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Our family came up with a list of our five favorite film remakes currently streaming on Netflix that we think you will enjoy as well.  We had several other movies we came up with that hopefully will be streaming on Netflix soon. We will post another list when those ones are available.  We encourage you to take some time with the family this weekend or maybe even Monday night, to sit down and spend time together.  Make it a family movie night!

Freaky Friday – A rare example of a remake better than the original.  Jamie Lee Curtis is best when doing her comedic roles.

Parent Trap – Try not to compare it to the original and you will find that this is a fun movie.

Robin Hood – Disney’s 1973 animated version is our family’s favorite Robin Hood movie. It’s a quick watch with catchy tunes to sing-along.

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Tarzan – While we are at it, Disney’s version of Tarzan is also the most fun of any Tarzan film we’ve seen.  Phil Collin’s soundtrack is timeless.

Flubber – This remake of The Absent Minded Professor is preferred by my kiddos over the original for several reasons: it’s in color, it stars Robin Williams and the Flubber itself is a true character in the movie.

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Are there any remakes of family films that your family enjoys?

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

I think if you read this site on a regular basis, you know that I’m a fan of Irvine Park Railroad. One of my favorite times of the year is Halloween and heading to Irvine Park Railroad to pick a pumpkin and participate in the fun activities has now become a tradition for our family.

There are plenty of places for photo opportunities and the pumpkin patch has great size pumpkins at a pretty reasonable price. We usually head there twice during the season.

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We love letting the kids pick our pumpkins.

This year’s Pumpkin Patch activities include:  Train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, a hay maze, pony rides, a moon bounce, carnival games, John Deere tractor racers, face painting , picture stands, cookie decorating, and panning of gold.

The Tractor Rides are our fave!

The Tractor Rides are our fave!

The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open daily through October 31st.
Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is free. Prices for all other activities vary. Head over here for additional  information.

 

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Irvine Park

1 Irvine Park Rd.

Orange, CA 92869

 

It’s Giveaway Time!!

We’re giving away a fun package. Leave a comment letting me know who you would take to the pumpkin patch and you will be entered to win. Winner will receive

4 Tickets that can be used to ride the train  or for Pumpkin Patch activities
1 Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine
Park bike rental (excludes the double surrey) ·
1 Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine
Park paddle boat rental

Giveaway ends on Wednesday October 1st at 11:59 pm.
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Happy Monday! I love anniversary celebrations, and I definitely am loving this one I’m going to share about. On Friday, September 26th, the Queen Mary, will celebrate its 80th anniversary. Yes, 80 years!!!  To celebrate the Queen Mary will offer FREE admission to guests, along with $5 parking all day long.  The day long anniversary will also feature live entertainment, discounted tours ($10), and much much more.

I’ve never had the opportunity to tour the Queen Mary and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. If you’re like me and want to check out this amazing ship, and get in for free, you definitely don’t want to miss out. To learn more about this super fun celebration, head here.

 

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As a kick-off to the annual CHOC Walk in the Park on October 14, Downtown Disney recently held another fun fundraising event benefiting CHOC Children’s: Taste of Downtown Disney. This is the 7th year the event has been held and continues increasing in popularity each year, with several ticket levels selling out early. This event offered guests the opportunity to try foods from many of the restaurants located at the Downtown Disney district.

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Food and drink specialties were offered from each of the major restaurants around Downtown Disney. Those attending were put into five different groups who would then rotate through each area every 15 minutes.  You had to eat and drink fast, but it was worth it as you eagerly look forward to the next station.  Some of my personal favorites included homemade guacamole and tortilla chips from Tortilla Joe’s and the lamb burger sliders from the Uva Bar. Yummy stuff!

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Samplings were had at the following locations:
Catal Restaurant and UVA Bar
Tortilla Jo’s
Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria
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Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
House of Blues
Jamba Juice
La Brea Bakery
Wonderground Gallery

And a special presentation by Art Attack!

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Each of the pieces of work created during the Art Attack! presentations were auctioned off for CHOC later in the night while we sipped on Jamba Juice.  The event was well timed and we were all able to watch the firework show as the went off right over our heads. It was a magical way to end the night.

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For 2014, the CHOC Walk in the Park will be held on October 12th. The CHOC Walk covers three miles through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park where “CHOC Walkers” get a special peek behind the magic before the parks open to the general public. At the end of the 5K walk, the event continues in the resort’s Downtown Disney District where event sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for Walk participants.
In order to help CHOC reach its goal of providing quality healthcare to the region’s two million children, each CHOC Walker must raise a minimum of $50 to participate in the Walk. Everyone can register at www.chocwalk.org and receive up-to-date event information at CHOC Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.
You can join our team! Here is the direct link for Team Daytrippingmom. We’d love to have dozens of our readers participate and be part of the team.  It’s a minimum of $50 to walk and it’s all for a good cause. Participants get a t-shirt and wrist band.  There are prize levels for higher dollar amounts raised, as well as awards for teams. Let’s do this!
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Brick or Treat Party Legoland

Brick or Treat Party Legoland

 

The days are flying by, and although it’s hard to believe with 100 degree plus weather, Halloween is only about a month away. It is one of my family’s favorite holidays and we go all out. We love to decorate, dress up, and make our way to some fun Halloween events.

One of our favorites is the Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland. The party is taking place every Saturday in October, plus two Friday nights, October 17th, and October 24th. We make it out each year and it so much fun! There is so much for the kiddos to do. They can trick or treat, dance the night away, costume contests, and Fireworks! Brick-or-Treat is included with general day admission, or you can purchase event only tickets for that evening. Event tickets start at $30 for Friday nights, and $35 for Saturday nights.  We have season passes and get in for Free. It’s one other reason why I love having an annual pass to Legoland.

For additional info or to purchase your ticket head here.

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It’s unfortunate, but 1 in 5 children in the USA are going hungry. 48.8 million Americans—including 16.2 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.  59% of food-insecure households reported that in the previous month they had participated in one or more of the three largest federal food and nutrition assistance programs: SNAP, School Lunch and WIC.

As some of you know, I work at a middle school where the majority of students depend on school breakfast and lunches.  These are often the only wholesome meal that they eat during the week.  Denny’s is working with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.  No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. You can help surround kids with healthy food where they live, learn and play.  Most of us associate Denny’s with breakfast and that’s Denny’s focus in their campaign.

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Through September 30th, nearly 1,600 Denny’s nationwide will sell coupons in support of No Kid Hungry’s efforts to help the more than 16 million American children struggling with hunger. For a $3 donation, guests will receive $9 worth of coupons redeemable at participating Denny’s restaurants. Every dollar donated helps feed a child up to 10 healthy meals.

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Everyone who donates online will be e-mailed a coupon for $5 off their next $20 meal at Denny’s. Customers can also pledge their support by purchasing one of three exclusive No Kid Hungry campaign t-shirts – designed by Denny’s team members in Texas, Nevada and Kentucky – for $10 each. T-shirts are available at dennys.com/nokidhungry and a portion of all sales goes directly to No Kid Hungry.

You can also donate as little as$1 by clicking below:

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The best burgers around are found only in Temecula at the Bushfire Grill. We have raved about this restaurant in the past.  The use all organic, free range chicken and grass-fed beef. All the ingredients are from sustainable farms. The menu is also full of gluten free and vegetarian options. 

New to their menu is a list of seven gourmet burgers with three different patty options. Burgers can be ordered with house ground beef brisket and round patty, ground lamb patty or a quinoa veggie patty.  Most of the burgers feature their homemade alioli, which is superb.  My son ate the original burger and finished the entire thing. The picture above is the Californian which features sharp cheddar and avocado.  Their hamburger buns are made fresh at the restaurant and they can also serve it to you on a Udi gluten free bun or lettuce wrapped.  These are gourmet burgers so the prices start at $9.95 and are worth every cent for the quality.

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Speaking of quality, all the food is made fresh and displayed to show the freshness and prove that it was made right there in front of you in their visible kitchen.  Our favorite side dishes are the sweet potato fries, garlic mashed potatoes and grilled veggies.

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You can watch your food assembled. Even the focaccia bread is cut to order.

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The restaurant offers a wide selection of local wines and beers, many produced right in Temecula Valley.  Also be sure to try their homemade lemonade.  Bushfire Grill is located at 40665 Winchester Rd. Temecula, CA 92591 (Next to Trader Joes)
Phone Number: 951-296-0190

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Sat:
Sun:
11:00am – 9:00pm
11:00am – 8:00pm

The next time you head down to the Temecula Wineries for a Mom’s or Dad’s Day Out, stop by Bushfire Grill.  You can order ahead off their website.  Tell them Daytripping Mom sent you!

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October is going to be a GREAT month in San Diego for families. I shared earlier that both the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Safari Park are offering free admission to kiddos in October, along with dozens of cool places like the USS Midway, The Birch Aquarium, and many many more places. Kiddos can also travel for free to San Diego in October.

On Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, kiddos can ride for free with each adult rail fare to Oceanside, Old Town San Diego, and the Downtown San Diego Station. You can travel from the Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange County areas.  The Pacific Surfliner kids ride free offer is valid for travel October 1-31, 2014 and three (3) day advance reservations are required.

For additional info head here.

 

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Last month I shared about the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Kids Free in October. It is a crazy amazing deal and it is my favorite time to visit San Diego. The crowds are gone, the weather is perfect, and you can treat your family to some amazing adventures, without breaking the bank.

If you’re planning a weekend down in San Diego, make sure to take advantage of the San Diego Museum Council’s Free Admission. From October 1st to October 31st,  children 12 and under receive Free Admission with 1 paid adult(2 free children’s admission with one paid adult). There are close to 40 participating museums, including the ones at Balboa Park.

Some of the participating museums and cool places are

  • The San Diego Zoo
  • The San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • The USS Midway
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps (one of my faves!!)
  • San Diego Botanic Gardens
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • and many many more!!!

Download the coupon here! Enjoy!!

 

 

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Our favorite #Moms4JNJConsumer #HealthyEssentials

 

 Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, and The Motherhood. However, all opinions are my very own. 

Fall is almost here. You really wouldn’t know it from the heat this weekend, but it really is almost here. The days are getting shorter, and kids are Back to School, or almost Back to School. I returned to work mid August, and my kiddos returned to school a few days after.  Our lazy days of Summer seem far behind now and I have to admit that I’m enjoying being back into a routine(even if that means giving up sleeping in). The kids are happy to be back to school and so am I.

We always make sure to be stocked up on our favorite Healthy Essentials for Back To School. The Healthy Essentials is website is your one stop for savings for some of your favorite products and necessities. You can save over $40 on your favorite essentials, by signing up here.

You can print coupons for the following products:

  • Save $1.00 on JOHNSON’S® Baby NO MORE TANGLES® or Extra Conditioning hair care product (excludes sizes 1 oz.-4 oz., JOHNSON’S® BUDDIES® and JOHNSON’S® KIDS® products)
  • Save $2.00 on any (2) AVEENO® products (excludes cleansing bars and moisturizing bars, trial sizes and 2.5 oz. lotion sizes)
  • $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Cleansing, Moisture, or Acne product
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash, or (1) LISTERINE® NATURALS Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN® Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE, or (1) LISTERINE® ZERO®, or (1) LISTERINE® FLUORIDE DEFENSE® Anticavity Mouthwash product (Valid on products 1L or larger)
  • and many other products. I listed just some of my favorites.

For additional tips, coupons, and more make sure to check out the Healthy Essentials website.

 

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