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We love the theater and love sharing when a good show comes in town. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is coming to the Ahamanson Theater next month and you don’t want to miss it! This family friendly productions features this classic story along with some fantastic. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award® winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific  with a contemporary take on the classic tale.

The show will play from March 17th to April 26th at The Music Center. To purchase tickets and for additional info head here.

 

 

 

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Our view was breathtaking!

Our view was breathtaking!

 

Our family is trying to go out and be active. We’ve decided that we want to go out and explore nature more often. One way that we’re doing that is by going on family hikes. I decided to start a new series, hikes with kids. To kick off our series, I wanted to start with our last hike. My daughter and I headed down south and hiked around Lake Poway. The Lake Poway Recreation Area is located just a few miles away from the 15 freway and is very easy to find. It is northeast of Poway, off Espola Road. Parking is $5 for non Poway residents on the weekends and holidays.

We worked up a sweat.

We worked up a sweat.

We took the hike around the lake, which was 3 miles round trip. I don’t think we are quite up to the famous Potato Chip hike, that you can also hike from Lake Poway. That hike is very steep and is 8 miles round trip. Since we are still fairly new to hiking, we stuck to the lower 3 mile hike. It was beautiful, serene, and with access to many restrooms(porta potties) along the way. There were also two covered lunch table areas that would make an excellent spot for a picnic.

The hike led us to some spectacular views and scenery.

The hike led us to some spectacular views and scenery.

What I love about hiking with my family is being able to get away from all the distractions and being able to just talk/relax. With school, activities, and a very busy schedule, it’s sometimes hard for families to get that time to unwind and really connect.

Slowly but surely we’re learning what we like to take our hikes. Here’s a list of what we take.

  • Good pair of walking shoes/tennis shoes(with traction)
  • Layer clothing. We take a light jacket early in the morning and wrap it around our waist mid hike.
  • Water. Plenty of it.
  • A good backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks or lunch
  • Charged phone

I can’t wait to share more of our hikes and hear about your adventures! Stay tuned for more.

For directions and to learn more about Lake Poway head here.

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Strawberry Picking

We had a very sweet and strawberrylicious Valentine’s Day. We had the opportunity to take the Strawberry Tour at Tanaka Farms and had soooo much fun! My sisters, mom, and nephew joined us for a great afternoon. Tanaka Farms is located in Irvine and they are known for their family friendly farm tours. They also happen to have some of the best strawberries and produce in all of Southern California. Tanaka Farms is proud to educate, entertain, and feed families all year long. They have various tours throughout the year depending on what is growing. They have strawberry, watermelon, and pumpkin tours, depending on the season.

We picked some of the ripest and sweetest strawberries I've ever tasted.

We picked some of the ripest and sweetest strawberries I’ve ever tasted.

Strawberry season started a little earlier this year because of our wacky weather and that means that the strawberry tours are back. This was our first time taking the tour and we were very excited. There are no reservations required for weekend tours and they  leave every hour beginning at 9:30, with the last departing at 2:30. Tour times are: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. We arrived a half hour before the tour began to assure a spot, find parking, and not be rushed.

The tractor ride is a hit with both young and old.

The tractor ride is a hit with both young and old.

Once we checked in and were given our baskets, our tour guide came by to lead us to the tractor pulled wagon. My two year old nephew was in heaven! The guided tour takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The tour takes you around Tanaka Farms and you will be able to see how fruits and vegetables grow in the land. You will also be able to sample some of the fruits and veggies in season. It was very informative and although I know it was an hour long, it only seemed to last a few minutes because we were having so much fun!

We learned how to properly pick strawberries and how to pick the ripest fruit.

We learned how to properly pick strawberries and how to pick the ripest fruit.

Our last stop on our tour were the strawberry patches. We were given 15 minutes to find the juiciest and ripest strawberries we could find. Each person is able to take home a one pound basket of strawberries. We had so much fun picking our fruit and taking the tour. I highly recommend that everyone take this tour with the family. It is a great experience.

I had one happy picker.

I had one happy picker.

The strawberry tours take place every weekend. Weekday school tours begin March 19th.  Reservations are not required for weekend tours.

Tours are $18 per person. Children 2 and under are free. For additional information head here.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. Admission was provided for review purposes. 
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Kid skip_Flight Time (left) and Hi-Lite

 

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming back to Southern California. The world famous athletes will be back in the next week at a location near you. The Globetrotters are back with their brand new show, 2015 Washington Generals Revenge Tour.

We’ve always wanted to attend and this year we’re going to try to catch a game this weekend.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be playing at

  • The Santa Barbara UCSB Event Center – Wednesday, February 11th at 7pm
  • Honda Center – Saturday February 14th and Monday February 16th
  • Staples Center – Sunday February 15th.

Tickets are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com and at the venue box office.

It’s giveaway time!

We’re doing a flash giveaway and giving a family four pack of tickets to the Staples Center or the Honda Center. Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 10th, at 5pm. Winner will be selected at random. Just leave me a comment letting me know who you would take and why. That’s it!

For additional info click here. Good luck!!

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Tickets were provided for giveaway purposes.

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01

Marvel Universe Live!

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Credit: Marvel Universe Live!

Credit: Marvel Universe Live!

 

Superheros are very popular in our home. Chances are if you have little boys or girls at home, superheros rule! I love arena shoes and if it’s involving a superhero, my family is going to be there. Marvel Universe Live! is coming to an arena near you and you definitely don’t want to miss it!!!

Marvel Universe Live! is an original Live-Action arena experience. It brings together more than 25 Marvel characters together into one epic quest. The show is a high intensity non-stop action extravaganza! It is an original story created just for this show. It is geared for fans of all ages and will feature superheroes, villains, motocross, aerial stunts and so much more!!

Credit: Marvel Universe Live!

Credit: Marvel Universe Live!

The show is coming to Southern California next month and promises to be a blast.

The show will play at

  • Honda Center-Anaheim – March 26-29
  • Citizens Arena- Ontario – April 9-12
  • Valley View Casino- San Diego – April 16-19
  • The Forum – Inglewood- May 1-3

To purchase tickets or for additional info head here.

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    Always up for some fun!

    Always up for some fun!

    Disclosure: Disclosure : This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

    We love the weekends and holiday breaks at our home. It’s our time to go out and have fun exploring. However, sometimes our long breaks and weekends can throw off our routines. It is really important to keep our kiddos on routines, even on the weekend. I was reading through the new TomaLeche.com website and read this great post reminding me of the importance of having set routines for our kiddos. It’s important to make sure that no matter what happens, we stay to those routines. I have to admit that I struggle with this on the weekends. I want to play and through routines out the door. I notice that when that happens, Mondays are rough on all of us. Keeping a routine is crucial in helping our kiddos do well in school. I loved all of the tips and reminded me to make sure to follow all of them, even on the weekends and during those holiday breaks.

    You can find tips on helping to establish routines, along with many others, on TomaLeche.com. You can also find dozens of delicious recipes, including this one, which is my absolute favorite, arroz con leche. It takes me back to my childhood and is one of my to go comfort foods. It’s also really simple!

    Arroz con Leche

    Arroz con Leche

    You will need

    • 1 cup rice
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 4 cups of milk
    • 2 cups of water
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • ground cinnamon
    • raisins (optional)
    1. Place rice in water.
    2. When the rice is almost cooked, add the sugar, milk and cinnamon stick.
    3. Let mixture boil until rice is soft and fully cooked.
    4. Serve and garnish with ground cinnamon and raisins.
    5. Enjoy!!!

    To find this and other delicious recipes head here.

     

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    MM2015-V

    Start planning some weekends and trips down South. During the month of February, over 45 museums and attractions have partnered up with Macy’s to provide half price admission to visitors and San Diego Residents. To take advantage of this awesome promo, you must pick up a Museum Month Pass at any Macy’s store in San Diego, Temecula or Imperial Valley.  The Pass is free and one pass is good for up to four half-price admissions at each museum so you can take family or friends, too. Keep the Pass and use it all month long!

    Here is a list of some of the participating museums. We had the opportunity to check out the Birch Aquarium Saturday,  after not visiting for a couple of years and had so much fun with the kiddos. Make sure to take advantage of this sweet deal!

    • Birch Aquarium
    • Reuben H Fleet Science Center
    • San Diego Air & Space Museum
    • San Diego Botanic Gardens
    • San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
    • Museum of Making Music
    • San Diego Natural History Museum
    • The New Children’s Museum
    • USS Midway Museum/Ship
    • and many many more!

    To learn more about Macy’s mUseum Month head here.

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    Disclosure : This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

    I’ve been battling my weight for what seems like a lifetime. This new year instead of making resolutions, I’ve decided to make small changes and completely change my lifestyle around. It also means being outside more, taking a walk whenever I can squeeze one in and getting more sleep. I’ve also decided to make sure I’m not skipping meals and meal planning for the week on Sunday. I’m making this year all about taking care of myself and keeping healthy.

    One of the things that I’m doing is making sure to eat breakfast. I know that will ensure that I’m happier  and more positive in 2015!  I have to admit that before I decided to make this change, skipping breakfast was the norm for me and I would be famished by lunch. t’s hard for me to sit down for breakfast since I leave for work so early. To make sure that I eat breakfast, I make it to go. . Every morning I make a smoothie. It They are easy to make and keep me filled. Plus Milk Fuels a Better Future and ensures that I’m set for successful day!

    This is my go to recipe :

    • ¼ orange, peeled
    • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
    • ½ cup pineapple chunks
    • 1 cup milk.
    • ½ teaspoon honey
    • I also like to throw in a few strawberries

    Blend until desired consistency.

    It’s only two weeks but I’m already seeing a difference in how I feel. I think one of the biggest differences that I’ve noticed since I’ve implemented these new changes is just how full of energy I feel. Getting in a good night’s sleep has been life changing. If you’re planning on making changes to your lifestyle, I can’t stress enough how  getting in some extra zzz’s can make a big difference!

    Zion National Park was amazing!

    Zion National Park was amazing!

    One other thing that I’ve decided to do this is year to have a very happy and positive 2015 is to take myself out of my comfort zone and confront some of my fears. I don’t like heights and to take myself out of my comfort zone we made a trip two weeks ago to Zion National Park and Hoover Dam. It was a little nervous but … I had an incredible time and was wowed by the view/scenery. I had a great time and can’t wait to push myself to new limits this year.

     

     

    Overlooking Hoover Dam was definitely a little nerve wracking for this acrophobic.

    Overlooking Hoover Dam was definitely a little nerve wracking for someone who has acrophobia.

     

    To learn all about how Milk Fuels a Better Future, make sure to check out the TomaLeche website.For additional info make sure to check out Toma Leche’s on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Pretend City

    Pretend City

     

    I love when my children have the opportunity to play and let their imaginations run wild. When we lived in Orange County we had memberships to both Pretend City and The Discovery Science Center. We’ve spent many days playing until we couldn’t play any longer. I vowed that this year we will be doing a lot more playing and exploring than we have in the last couple of years. We’re definitely hitting more children’s museums than ever and I also know it can admission for a family of four can get expensive. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of children’s museums and their free admission days. Here is a list of our favorite places and the days in which they offer Free Admission or almost Free Admission.

    1. Children’s Museum of La Habra – Target Free Admission on the First Sunday of the month for two sessions of play. 1st session is 1-2:45pm and 3:15-5:00pm. Hand stamps distributed at 1pm.
    2. Discovery Science Center -Orange County- Free Admission on the First Sunday of the month with Bank of America Debit/Credit Card and Free Admission on the First Tuesday of the month for Santa Ana residents.
    3. Bower’s Kidseum -  Free Admission on the First Sunday of the month.
    4. Kidspace Children’s Museum – Free Family Night on the first Tuesday of the month.
    5. New Children’s Museum – Free Admission the second Sunday of the month
    6. Pretend City - Way To Play Days -2 for 1 admission the second Friday of the month
    7. Pennypickle’s Workshop - $5 admission

     

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    31

    Rose Parade Viewing Tips

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    The Dole Rose Parade Float in the making.

    The Dole Rose Parade Float in the making.

    Two weeks ago we had the opportunity to head to Fiesta Floats and check out Dole Packaged Food’s Rose Parade Float, “Rhythm of Hawaii”. I can’t wait to spot on TV tomorrow. This year we are out of town and will not have the opportunity to see it in person. The float follows in the tradition of DOLE’s four Sweepstakes Trophy-winning predecessors of showcasing the regions where DOLE employs workers and grows fresh produce.

    If you’re in town and are thinking of heading to Pasadena to watch the parade in person, you still have time. The years our family has watched it in person, we made the decision to watch early New Year’s Day. If you’re thinking of doing it, DO IT! It is so much fun!!!

    Here are some tips for watching the Rose Parade. I promise it is super fun and everyone should watch it in person at least once!

     1. Layer up -  The high for New Year’s Day should be a high of 59 and that is chilly!! It’s going to in the high 30’s early in the morning. Dress in layers so that you can easily remove a layer or two when it starts to warm up. If you’re bringing little ones I would also bring scarves, gloves, a blanket and mittens

    2. Camping – bring plenty of blankets, sleeping bags and pillows.  If you are camping be prepared for a sleepless night. I’ve camped out a couple of times with my family and didn’t sleep a wink.

    3. Bring Drinks/Snacks

    4. Parade Route – The Tournament of Roses Parade follows the same route every year: Starting on Ellis St., it heads north on S. Orange Grove Blvd., then east on Colorado Blvd, north (left turn) on Sierra Madre Blvd., and ending at Paloma Street.- Plan ahead to determine where you would like to seat. There  is no public, curbside parade viewing on Orange Grove Blvd. from Del Rosa to Colorado Blvd. and on Colorado from Orange Grove to Terrace. Grandstand ticket holders only.

    5. Early Morning Arrival – If you would like to see the parade live in person, but have small children or the idea of camping out seems like a nightmare, this might be for your.  Our friends suggested to leave about 30-45 minutes before the parade starts and head over to the end of the parade on Sierra Madre blvd. You can easily find a spot without having to camp out.

    6. Parking  –  Parking can be a nightmare. You can park in residential areas but be prepared for a walk. You can also pay anywhere between 10-40 dollars and park close up to the parade route in any of the private lots. If you are planning on this, make sure you bring cash.

    7. Time  –  The parade starts at 8am sharp and is approximately 2 and a half hours long.

    8. Post Parade –  If you would  like to view the floats close up, you can buy tickets for the Post Parade Float Viewing.  You can get closer to the floats and talk to their builders here. Crowds will be smaller if you can arrive immediately when they open on the morning after the parade. Use an area park-and-ride lot, or if you have a carful of people, try for one of the paid lots near Pasadena High School. I will be covering this in a later post.

    Have fun and Happy New Year!!!

     

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