The kiddos might be going back to school soon, but until then, it’s still National Ice Cream Month! When the weather gets this hot, is there really anything better than ice cream? My Did you know that California is the country’s leading producer of milk, ice cream, butter, nonfat dry milk and whey protein concentrate? Our dairy cows are busy women and contribute greatly to the country’s milk supply.
Here’s a simple recipe for ice cream sandwiches featuring Real California Milk:
- 1 or more scoops of your favorite ice cream
- 2 extra-large cookies of your choice
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Scoop the ice cream onto the center of one cookie. (Depending on the size of the cookie, you may need two scoops.)
- Place the second cookie on top. (For the best-looking sandwich, put the topside of each cookie facing out.) Gently press the top cookie down to create a solid connection between ice cream and cookies. If you like, use the knife to clean up the edges of the ice cream. You can also roll the edges in sprinkles. Take a bite of the sweetest sandwich in this book!
Want to learn more about the Real California Milk seal and California Dairy? Visit the RealCaliforniaMilk.com
There are a number of ways to enjoy ice cream featuring the Real California Milk seal – from milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches to plain, good ole ice cream! For recipe ideas, visit the Real California Milk website at realcaliforniamilk.com/our-food or the ‘Real California Recipes’ online cookbook.
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Our family is crazy about Halloween. It is definitely my husband’s favorite time of year. We go all out with decorations and try to hit a few Halloween events. This year is no different and I was super excited to read last week that the Disneyland Resort announced the dates for Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.
The park will dress up for Halloween from September 11th to November 1st, 2015. Haunted Holiday will return along with Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.
Mickey’s Halloween Party returns for 17 nights this year! I love being able to dress up with my kids, enter the park after hours, and trick or treat all over the park. It is sooooo much fun!!! Plus, you can’t miss the fireworks. The Disneyland Halloween Fireworks are the best and are exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party. This is a great way to get into the park at a discounted rate.
It has become an annual tradition for our family and we seriously are counting down the days! It’s going to be so fun! The first year I took my daughter, I had to buy my ticket off Ebay because every night was sold out. I was lucky to score one and now I make sure to always buy our tickets ahead of time.
Here is a list of dates/prices.
|Times||Advance Ticket Price||Annual Passholder Advance Ticket Price||Ticket Price on Event Date|
|Friday, September 25, 20157:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability||$69.00||$69.00||$77.00|
|Monday, September 28, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$69.00||$63.00||$77.00|
|Wednesday, September 30, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$69.00||$63.00||$77.00|
|Friday, October 2, 20157:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability||$77.00||$77.00||$77.00|
|Monday, October 5, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$69.00||$63.00||$77.00|
|Wednesday, October 7, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$69.00||$63.00||$77.00|
|Friday, October 9, 20157:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability||$77.00||$77.00||$77.00|
|Monday, October 12, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$69.00||$63.00||$77.00|
|Wednesday, October 14, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$69.00||$63.00||$77.00|
|Friday, October 16, 20157:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability||$77.00||$77.00||$77.00|
|Monday, October 19, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$69.00||$63.00||$77.00|
|Thursday, October 22, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$77.00||$77.00||$77.00|
|Friday, October 23, 20157:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability||$77.00||$77.00||$77.00|
|Sunday, October 25, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$69.00||$63.00||$77.00|
|Tuesday, October 27, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$77.00||$77.00||$77.00|
|Thursday, October 29, 20156:00 PM to 11:00 PMCheck Availability||$84.00||$84.00||$84.00|
|Saturday, October 31, 20157:00 PM to midnightCheck Availability||$84.00||$84.00||$84.00|
Tickets are now on sale for Annual passholders and will be on sale to the public on July 29th. For additional info head here.
When people think of Temecula, I think most people immediately think of a good glass of wine and maybe some golf. We’ve lived in the area for almost three years and have fallen in love with the city. It is the place to come wine tasting and it’s also a great place to hang out with the family. Here’s my suggestions for a daytrip to Temecula with the family(you can also make a pit stop at one of the local wineries, which happen for the most part, to also be family friendly).
Our first stop would definitely be a stop in Old Town Temecula. This charming little area has been around since 1882 and is home to some pretty cool old buildings. It’s a bustling area with many restaurants and shops. We love heading there to visit one of our favorite children’s museums, Pennypickle’s Workshop.
Pennypickle’s Workshop is located in the heart of Temecula’s Old Town. This 7500 square foot facility allows a child’s imagine to run wild. The workshop is packed to the brim with hands-on everything! From experiments to gadgets, there is nothing that is hands off. Your kiddos can touch and learn from almost everything around them. Nothing is off limits!
Kiddos will learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, and other scientific concepts. The best part is that all these concepts are learned through playing. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and really let the kiddos explore hands on.
Admission to Pennypickle’s Workshop is $ 5 a person. Kiddos 3 and under are free. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday.
42081 Main Street, Temecula 92590
After a few hours of playing you’re kiddos will surely build up an appetite. We like stopping off for a treat at Old Town Root Beer Company, which is home to more than 5oo different variety of sodas. My kiddos love going in and checking out all that they have to offer. They have the best root beer floats and soda flavors. It’s a great little place to stop off and cool down. You can pack a snack/lunch and grab a soda to enjoy on the grounds. If you’re looking for a fun place to eat lunch, we enjoy Rosa’s Cantina, which is pretty delish and affordable. We also enjoy heading a few blocks from Old Town to stop at one of our favorite restaurants from San Diego, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto. They have a family deal for $20 that is out of this world good. You can add a 99 cents kids plate of spaghetti that your kiddos will devour.
Old Town Root Beer Company – 28500 Old Town Front Street, Temecula 92590
Rosa’s Cantina – 28636 Old Town Front Street, Temecula 92590
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto – 27309 Jefferson Avenue, Temecula 92590
Make sure you pack a bathing suit and towel because you will definitely want to pay a visit to the Temecula Splash Pad, located inside of Margarita Park. I saved this little treat for last because it tends to be less busy in the afternoons. I would pack a chair, some towels, a change of clothes, and some drinks to ensure a good time for all. Your kiddos will love running around the sprinklers and adjacent play area while you relax in the shade. The park is gated and since my kiddos are a little older, I can relax and allow them to run around the park without having to worry about them every minute. There are plenty of shaded areas and bathrooms close by.
Temecula Splash Pad – 29119 Margarita Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
If you’ve been meaning to visit Temecula, you definitely should! It’s a beautiful city with plenty to do for families.
I recently had a makeup disaster. My makeup bag was destroyed and so was most of my makeup. I had to buy a new case, along with new makeup. I was headed to Walmart to pick up a few things/groceries and I was able to go alone. I was in heaven. That meant I was able to stroll the aisles in peace, without being asked how much longer it was going to take. It was the perfect time to go shopping to replace my broken makeup.
I love a good deal and I knew that shopping at Walmart would mean I would score the best prices on some of my favorite brands like CoverGirl and Olay. I love Walmart because not only can I shop for groceries, household items, and clothes, I can also shop for my beauty needs. They have a large selection of your favorite beauty products at prices that can’t be beat!
I love the CoverGirl brand. I love using their LashBlast Volume Mascara. It is designed to max out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look. I also love their Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner pencil. It is self-sharpening and glides on easily so you get the perfect line every time. If I can leave the house with my eyes and lips made up, I feel like I can conquer the world. I was also able to pick up a few shades of lipstick and of course an adorable new case to house all of my makeup.
I also made sure to grab a pack of my favorite beauty bar, Olay® Ultra Moisture Beauty Bars. They are so gentle that I use them to wash my face.
At the end of my shopping trip I was pretty pleased with all that I picked up!
It’s giveaway time! Win a $25 Gift Card to Walmart to purchase your favorite Olay or CoverGirl products. Just leave a comment letting me know about your favorite CoverGirl/Olay product. That’s it! Giveaway closes on July 25th, at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
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Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.
We love the Orange County Fair and look forward to it every single year. It is definitely a Summer tradition for our family. This year’s theme is , “One Big Party”, and it definitely promises to be better than ever! The Orange County Fair will run from July 17th to August 16th. The fair will be open from Wednesday to Sunday. The fair is open from noon to midnight Wednesday to Friday and from 10am to midnight on Saturday-Sunday. Admission is
- $12 for ages 13 and up
- Kids 6-12 are $7
- Seniors (60+) are $7
- Kiddos 5 and under are Free
Parking is $10 and it is cash only. Getting to the fair can get a little pricey. However, you can definitely head to the fair on a budget. Here are some of the promotions you can take advantage of.
- Free admission and parking on opening day from noon to 1pm
- Free admission for active duty military or veterans
- Kids 5-11 can earn three free carnival rides by reading two books. Click here for the book form.
- Kiddos are free on Thursdays all day long.
- $3 admission from 10-11am on weekends.
We Care Wednesdays – Free admission and 1 carnival ride with specific donations . From noon to 3pm every Wednesday.
- 7/22 – Food Drive – Donate 5 cans of food benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank.
- 7/29 – Children’s Book Drive – Donate three new or gently used children’s book.
- 08/05 – Clothing Drive – Free admission with 5 new or gently used clothing.
- 08/12 – School Supply Drive – Donate school supplies valued over $5.
There are a number of concerts that will also take place at the Pacific Amphitheater. Concert tickets include admission to the fair. It’s giveaway time! We’re giving away a 4 pack of tickets to the Austin Mahone concert/admission to the fair on August 16th. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know what’s the one thing you look forward to at the fair. Giveaway ends on July 22nd at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
For additional OC Fair info head here.
I love traditions. Our family has quite a few traditions throughout the year. Our Summer traditions are very special to us. We look forward to continuing and adding to our traditions. One of our traditions is making it out to the Hollywood Bowl and enjoying an evening out under the stars.
This year we had the opportunity to attend the Back To the Future 30th anniversary concert. We were treated to a night out enjoying this classic movie as the LA Philharmonic played in the background. It was a wonderful evening out. This year my dad the trek with us and had a great time. The season is underway and there are great shows coming up.
* 7/21 & 7/23 – Carmina Burana with Dudamel
* 7/22 – Sinatra´s 100th Birthday Celebration
* 7/28 – A Midsummer Night with Dudamel
* 7/30 – Mozart with Dudamel
* 8/7+8 – Sheryl Crow and Alex Cuba
* 8/19 – Buenavista Social Club with Diego El Cigala
* 9/4+5 – ET with John Williams
* 9/19 – ABBA: The Concert
Tickets start out at $13. You can bring in snacks, pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a great night out under the stars. This year we had dinner before the show and just brought in snacks/drinks. The kids had a great time and asked if we could go again before the season is over.
To purchase tickets or for additional info head here.
All we’ve heard all week is the excitement over the new Minons movie opening. In the spirit of those spriteful Minions, here are some fun films currently streaming on Netflix in July.
Hiccup and Toothless make a life changing discovery in the adventure sequel.
Speaking of Hiccup and Toothless, have you checked out this new series, exclusively on Netflix? 13 animated episodes to enjoy. The animation quality is top notch along with the messages presented in each episode.
We loved this when we saw it in the theater. A prehistoric family is forced out of the cave home, which is something they rarely did before a big quake occurred. They learn more about the world outside and about themselves too.
Similar to Minons, the Boxtrolls are a cute, quirky bunch. A human boy and his friend fight to save the Boxtrolls from certain doom.
These are just a few of the fun movies playing this month. So after a full day of playing out in the sun, grab some popcorn and ice cream and curl up on the couch with your kiddos for some quality family entertainment.
We love Summer. We have about a dozen traditions and places that we consider a “must visit”. One of those is experiencing Pageant of the Masters each Summer. I love Pageant of the Masters. It is an experience I look forward to every year. This year we plan on taking both kiddos. I think they’re both ready and able to sit through the entire show.
What is Pageant of the Masters? It is one incredible 90 minute outdoor experience that showcases “living pictures”. These “living pictures” are incredible re-creations of classic and contemporary works of art. Real people pose to look exactly like their counterparts in a larger than life setting. This year’s theme is, “The Pursuit of Happiness”. Pageant starts on Wednesday, July 8th and ends August 31st. Tickets start at $15 for weekday shows.
It is an incredible and I’m really not doing it justice in my description. It is one of those things that you have to see with your own eyes to believe! It is a perfect date night or family night, with kids 7 and up. I can’t recommend it enough.
The show tends to sell out quickly but you can still purchase tickets here.
I love Summer. It’s a time to be with friends, family, and enjoy the outdoors. One of the things we most look forward as a family is celebrating our country’s independence. As a Mexican-American, I enjoy the blending of both cultures. We celebrate the 4th by spending it with our family.
Last year I headed up to my sister’s cabin in Wrightwood and had a great picnic at the lake. We then headed back to her place and had a carne asada, or traditional Mexican barbecue. We barbecue carne adada, hotdogs and hamburgers. We also make potato salad, arroz, frijoles puercos, watermelon and S’mores. Yes, you can barbecue S’mores. Here’s a recipe that we love from Honey Maid
1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
2. Place ¼ of a HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bar and one large JET-PUFFED Marshmallow on ½ a HONEY MAID Graham Cracker. Top with the other graham cracker half.
3. Wrap S’more in aluminum foil and then place on grill.
4. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until marshmallow is melted.
We love Honey Maid products and can’t wait to try out the new Teddy Grahams are now available in Birthday Cake flavor. The perfect treat to celebrate our nation’s birthday!
S’mores are the ultimate compliment to any Fourth of July party! Check out Honey Maid’s deliciously sweet tips and ideas for endless s’more fun here.
I love Friday nights. We usually go out to dinner as a family and enjoy sharing about our week. Plus I’m usually way too tired to cook. This past Friday we had the opportunity to check out Islands Restaurants for dinner and also try some our their new Summer time menu!
Islands recently introduced new limited time menu items featuring Kalua pulled pork. I tried the Waimea Burger, a classic Islands burger topped with the savory pork, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and grilled pineapple. It is sooooo delish! We also tried some of the classics like cheese fries, buffalo wings, and of course their out of this world Chocolate Lava dessert. The kids loved the kids menu and ordered burgers, chicken fingers, and of course a lot of french fries.
In addition to the new summertime menu items, guests will be able to enjoy Islands’ happy hour deals in the bar area every Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with late night happy hour available at select locations. Happy hour favorites include Islands’ famous Mai Tai, Cheddar Fries and Hawaiian Sliders. Along with food and drink specials, each of Islands’ 55 restaurants is giving away a custom beach cruiser this summer – perfect for riding along the boardwalk.
Beginning June 21, guests can enter for a chance to win every time they visit an Islands location, and the lucky winners will be selected on September 22. For more information, follow Islands on Twitter and Instagram @IslandsBurgers and like Islands@ www.facebook.com/IslandsRestaurants.
It’s giveaway time! We’re giving away a $50 Gift Card to Islands Restaurants. Just leave a comment letting me know who you would take out to lunch or dinner. That’s it! You can also gain additional entries by liking us on FB and Twitter. Winner will be selected at random. Giveaway ends on Friday, June 26th at 11:59pm. Good luck!
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Dinner and a gift card were provided for review/giveaway purposes.