Rafting in a Pond. Awesome!

Rafting in a Pond. Awesome!

I heard about the adventure playground in Huntington Beach a few years back. I’ve wanted to take the kiddos for a few summers now and never got around to it. Last week, I decided this was going to be the week I took the kids. We packed a cooler, asked our friends to join us, and we headed West to Huntington Beach for a day of fun. It was sooooo much fun!!!!


Rafting was first on our list!

The Huntington Beach Adventure Park is a must visit friends! We had such a great time. It was actually one of those moments in which I found myself envying my kiddos. They were grinning from ear to ear. The park is geared for kiddos aged 5 to 12 years old. Kids can raft on a small pond, try to cross a rope bridge, build stuff with a real hammer and nails(kids each get 3 nails and can earn others), go down a mudslide, and have a great old time getting dirty. It is good old fashioned fun!

The Mudslide.

The Mudslide

The kids played hard. They got dirty. They had one heck of a good time. It’s all a mom could ask for. We had a seriously fun day. The Huntington Beach Adventure Playground is open only until August 14. You have to hurry and take the kiddos before it closes for the Summer!

You can also hammer your heart away and wash up after playing in the mud!

You can also hammer your heart away and wash up after playing in the mud!

Make sure to:

  • Bring Cash – This is CASH ONLY facility. Admission is $3 for kids. Adults are Free. 
  • Bring tennis shoes – NO one is allowed with sandals or open toe shoes(No water shoes either)
  • Bring a change of clothes – there are changing areas and showers(bring another pair of shoes).
  • Bring a large kitchen bag for the muddy clothes.
  • Pack a picnic/snacks/lunch – there are tables and a shaded area to eat under.
  • Parking is Free.  When you come in, head down the first two rows as far down as you can.
  • Bring chairs for the adults.
  • Enjoy your day! The park has only one entrance. We sat close to the entrance and just let the kids be kids. No hovering, no helicoptering… just fun for the kids and fun for the moms(we got to relax knowing our kiddos were safe!)
  • Plan accordingly. The Park is Open Mon to Saturday from 10am to 3:45 pm. The last day of the season is August 14th.

We had a blast and I know you will too! For additional information head here.

Huntington Beach Adventure Playground

7111 Talbert Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA

(714) 842-7442


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Water Play

Water Play

Disclosure: This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Kids love to play during the Summer. It has been non-stop play at our home. The kids have played their hearts out for the last four weeks. They’ve gone to the water park, the beach, the park, swimming pool, theme parks, and today we even visited an adventure park. We’ve had quite the fun Summer!!

Play and Summer go hand in hand. Kids are built for play, especially in the Summertime. I’ve learned to always be prepared when we are out having fun this Summer and that means making sure I have some of my favorite Healthy Essentials this Summer. WE always carry our Neutrogena Sunscreen, Band-Aid bandages, and other first aid necessities.

Our Summer Healthy Essentials!

Our Summer Healthy Essentials!

First-aid products are our bodies’ partner in play: the cheerleader that helps us get up, dust off and keep going. It’s important to be prepared with the products you need to clean, treat and protect your wounds, so you can get back to doing what you love.  Visit HealthyEssentials.com for expert advice and tips!

The HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love. You can save more than $45 by visiting http://www.HealthyEssentials.com in  July and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum

The San Diego Air & Space Museum

I’ve been trying to take the kiddos on a new adventure once a week. We’ve had some new fun experiences and two weeks ago we visited one of the coolest museums in So Cal. A good friend of mine was going to take her kiddos to the San Diego Air & Space Museum and asked if I wanted to tag along. How could I not tag along? I said of course, packed some goodies and embarked on a little adventure down South.

The Air & Space Museum is a must visit!

The Air & Space Museum is a must visit!

I was impressed from the moment we parked. There is a parking lot located right next to the museum and it is free of charge. We visited on a Friday morning and we easily found a spot. We were oohing and ahhing from the moment we set foot inside. The museum has every type of aircraft imaginable and does an amazing job educating the public about aviation’s history. Not to mention it is just pretty darn cool to be able to be around so many amazing airplanes.  The kiddos were equally impressed!

Checking out a helicopter.

Checking out a helicopter.

We spent about two hours at the museum, but we could have easily stayed for three. The place is amazing!  The museum has dozens and dozens of aircraft. It was interesting to learn all about the advances in technology in a fun environment.

You can check out every kind of aircraft imaginable!

You can check out every kind of aircraft imaginable!

The Kids Aviation Action Hangar is a must stop when you visit. The kiddos loved being able to play with a simulator , pretend they were bouncing on the moon, and even partake in some arts and crafts. They absolutely loved every bit of our visit!

Bouncing around the moon!

Bouncing around the moon!

The Kids Hanger.

The Kids Hanger.

If you’re looking for something to do that is a little different with the kiddos, make sure to visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum.  You guys will have a great time! Oh and I would highly recommend grabbing lunch at their Flight Path Cafe. I wish I would have taken a picture of this charming cafe. The Flight Path Cafe is called that, because it literally is on the San Diego’s Airport flight path. About every minute or two you will have a full size jetliner roar by as it makes its descent onto the runway. It was soooooooooo fun! The kiddos(moms too!) were giddy with excitement as each one roared by. It felt like they were going to land right on top of us! I can’t wait to do it again!

The girls couldn't help themselves. They all stood in front of their favorite flight attendant uniform.

The girls couldn’t help themselves. They all stood in front of their favorite flight attendant uniform.

Can't wait to visit again!

Can’t wait to visit again!


The Museum is open seven days a week and is located inside of Balboa Park. The museum offers free admission to San Diego County Residents on the fourth Tuesday of the month. For additional information head here.

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I grew up going out to Denny’s after church every weekend, and it really feels like home.  I”ve made a whole lot of memories at Denny’s and now I’m going to be making some with my own family!  I’m super excited to be a part of Denny’s Diners Ambassador program! I will be sharing about new promotions at Denny’s and am really looking forward to sharing all about our partnership during the upcoming months.

Red White & Blue Slam

Red White & Blue Slam

One of the first things I wanted to share about was Denny’s New Limited Time Offer Menu, featuring some of Denny’s Classic Hits “Remixed”. That’s right, some of your favorites like, The Original  Grand Slam, Moons Over My Hammy, and the Super Bird, are getting a new “spin”. These chart busting favorites are getting “remixed”.

Baja Moons Over My Hammy

Baja Moons Over My Hammy

Denny’s has also partnered with Atari and has also remixed three Atari Classics. You can now play food versions of some of your favorite Atari classics!


The three featured games are Hashteroids(which is a remix of Asteroids), Centipup (which is a remixof Centipede). and Take Out (which is a remix of Break Out). The games are super fun to play and you know what is even better? You can download them for free from apple. You can download them for free and have a blast playing the classics.

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drive in

Growing up we would go to the Drive-in theater in La Mirada every Friday. It was soo much fun! I’ve wanted to take my kiddos to the drive-in for some time and finally got around to doing it last Friday. It was soooo much fun and so cheap! We took the kiddos to the Van Buren Drive-in, which is located in Riverside. Here are some things I learned about heading to the drive in with the family.

Get there early

We got there fifteen minutes before the show started and we wound up missing the previews and a few minutes of the movie. There was a nice long line to get in, and I would suggest getting there at least half an hour to an hour before the show. You can make sure to set up your spot, and not feel rushed. The Van Buren Drive in offers double feature and it really is a great deal.

Bring Cash

Make sure to bring cash to pay for admissions. Most drive in theaters only accept cash.

Make sure to use the restroom before you get there

It is dark and tricky to maneuver around the parking lot in the dark. Make sure the kiddies have used the restroom before you get there and if you need to use them, make sure to use them during the intermission between the first and second feature when the lights are turned on.

Pack lots of yummie snacks/drinks

It was so fun to be able to just pack our dinner and head to the movies. We also packed blankets and pillows. It was great to not have to spend any money on snacks/popcorn. We stopped at the store to pick up licorice and water.

We had a great time and can’t wait to do it again. It was a really affordable night out. It was $18 for a night out for the four of us, plus the snacks we brought from home. We watched Maleficent and How to Train your Dragon 2.  A night out at the regular theater would have been over $50 at least!

Five Drive In Theaters in Southern California

There are Five Drive-in Theaters in So Cal.

  1. Van Buren Drive-in Cinemas - Riverside
  2. Rubidoux Drive-in Theater - Rubidoux/Riverside
  3. Vineland Drive-in Theater - City of Industry
  4. Mission Tiki Drive-in  - Claremont
  5. South Bay Drive-in  - San Diego

Go out there and enjoy a night at the drive-in. I promise you guys are going to have a great time!!!

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Summertime is when we head outside for fun in the sun. But now again, it’s time to cool down and relax.  That’s where Netflix comes in handy with some great new programs available for everyone. We fire up the Roku box, make some popcorn and sit under the ceiling fan to enjoy some downtime.

One of the first, which my son is crazy about is DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo FAST (Fast Action Stunt Team) which is back on Netflix this month with 5 all-new adrenaline-fueled episodes just in time for Summer.

There are some of the family friendly films available this July on Netflix. I did throw in Under The Tuscan Sun, not because it’s really family friendly but because I never get sick of watching that film.

1. “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” available on July 1
2. “The Karate Kid” available on July 1
3. “The Karate Kid II” available on July 1
4. “The Parent Trap” available on July 1
5. “Under the Tuscan Sun” available on July 1
6. “Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo” available on July 1
7. “Madeline” available on July 1
8. “Mean Girls” available on July 1
9. “My Girl” available on July 1
10. “My Girl 2″ available on July 1
11. “Sleeping Beauty” available on July 12

And for after the kids are in bed, season 2 of Orange is the New Black!



 *I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam but all opinions are my own.
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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post with The Motherhood and ConAgra Foods.  However, all opinions are my own and I love the #HungerFreeSummer initiative.

Earlier this month I shared about  ConAgra Foods Hunger- Free Summer with Feeding America. I shared about some of the ways that you could take part of this initiative and make sure that children in America do not go hungry this Summer. One of the easiest things to do is help share the video below. It takes less than a minute and each time you share, like, or view this video, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to two million meals.¹

It’s an easy way to help spread the word and help kiddos have a Hunger Free Summer. It is an issue that is very dear to my heart and our family has decided to do something about it. Every week when head grocery shopping we add extra groceries to our cart. It’s not much, about $10 each week.  Earlier this week we had enough extra groceries to drop a small load off at our local food pantry. It was easy and something that I plan on doing each week. My daughter shares below how we do it.

You can learn more about the initiative here.

If you are looking for some fun summertime ideas, make sure to check out Feeding America’s, Childlike Summer Pinterest board for some great ideas.


1For every view, like or share of this Kid President video recorded on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+ from May 22, 2014 through July 31, 2014, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate 11.1¢, the cost for Feeding America to provide one meal through its network of local food banks. Minimum donation of 10,000 meals ($11,111). Maximum donation of one million meals ($111,111). Valid in U.S. only.

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Can you guess what they want to watch next?

Movie Time!!!

We’re in to week two of our Summer Vacation and this week on the schedule are a trip to the Air and Space Museum in SD, a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the beach. We’re also planning on hitting a movie, but that can be pricey!!! We love visiting bargain theaters because they’re inexpensive and if the kids became bored and we need to leave, we are only out a couple of bucks. Family films are particularly popular at these type of theaters, so it’s usually easy to find something for everyone. We’ve had a great experience and I’m sure your family will too!! I’ve shared this list before, but this is updated and ready for you to use and take those kiddos to the movies, without going broke!

Los Angeles County

  • Academy Cinema – Pasadena – $2 before 6pm, $3 after
  • Cinemark Movies - Lancaster- $1.50 first movie of the day,  $1.50 all day Wednesday,$2 before 6pm,  $4.25 after 6pm
  • Starplex Cinema – La Mirada -$2 before 6pm, $3 after 6pm
  • Simi Valley 10- Simi Valley- $3.50 matinee, $4.25 evening
  • Whittier Village Theaters- Whittier- $5 Tuesday and Thursdays- all day- First run movies- Free movie program during the Summer – Tues/Wed 9:45 showtime, doors open at 9:15- $1 drinks and popcorn

Orange County

Inland Empire

Ventura County

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Camp Snoopy 30th Anniversary Logo

Disclosure: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Summer is here and we are ready to have a good time. Our family has a few Summer traditions, and one of those traditions is making sure we visit Knott’s Berry Farm. There are some pretty cool new things taking place at Knott’s Berry Farm this Summer that you don’t want to miss.

Camp Snoopy is turning the Big 3-0 this Summer, and to celebrate this milestone, Knott’s has added not one, not two, but three new exciting family rides: Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, Pig Pen’s Mud, and Linus Launcher. Snoopy is also back as the star of the summer hit, Snoopy…Unleashed! presented in the 2,100-seat Charles Schulz Theatre. Snoopy is off his leash and ready for action – going where he wants to go, doing what he wants to do in a way that only Snoopy can. This spectacular ice skating production includes the Peanuts characters, professional ice skaters, elaborate sets and music that will have you singing along all summer long.

 You will also love the  the summer debut of Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers inside of the newly renovated Camp Snoopy Theatre that now includes a brand new refreshing shade structure. 

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Plus one of my favorite rides, the Calico Mine Ride has been revamped from head to toe!!! The newly refurbished ride includes new animatronic figures, state of the art lighting and new special effects! I can’t wait to ride it. We are heading there next Saturday and I can’t wait to share photos about our visit!







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Creating at Sawdust Festival

Our family has Summer traditions and visiting the Laguna Beach Sawdust Art Festival is one of them. The Sawdust Art Festival features over 200 Laguna Beach Artists and their work. There are live demonstrations, a children’s area where the kiddos can explore their artistic side, live entertainment and art work all around.  It is a fun and unique experience for the entire family. Everyone in your family will find something fun to do or see at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival.

The Sawdust Art Festival will take place from June 27th to August 31st and be open from 10am to 10pm daily. Tickets are $8.50 and kiddos 5 and under are free.

Last year the kiddos had a blast taking one of the pottery classes and made some cute vases. They had a blast and can’t wait to do it again next year. To learn more about the festival, check out their class schedule, or get your tickets, head here.


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