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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bower’s Kidseum - Free Admission on the First Sunday of the month.
- Kidspace Children’s Museum – Free Family Night on the first Tuesday of the month.
- New Children’s Museum – Free Admission the second Sunday of the month
- Pretend City - Way To Play Days -2 for 1 admission the second Friday of the month
- Pennypickle’s Workshop - $5 admission
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!!!
From our family to yours, Have a Very Merry Christmas!
Aracely, Mike, Lauren and Mikey
We head up to Big Bear at least once or twice during winter. My in-laws have a cabin, and we like to take the kiddos up for some fun in the snow. You don’t have to wait for a massive storm to make some fun memories in the snow.
Big Bear Snow Play is now open for the season, and is a super fun place to take the family for an outing. Natural and man made snow are combined to make sure your family has a blast
Big Bear Snow Play has two lifts(one is covered and one is not). You can go snow tubing, play in the snow, or sled on down. There uphill lifts make sure you don’t use up your energy on the way up. It makes playing in the snow as easy as can be. It avoids having to hike up the hill with small children. You just hop on the Magic Carpet uphill lift, and you’re up the hill before you know it.
Big Bear Snow Play is open everyday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $30 per person and includes unlimited rides and an inner tube rental. It’s open everyday during the season from 10am to 4pm and it is open from 11am to 4pm on Christmas Day. For additional info head here.
I love going to Big Bear when we have the opportunity, but I have to be honest, I absolutely hate the drive. It makes me nervous, I get motion sickness, and it really makes me nervous when we have to drive in icy conditions. We had the opportunity to head up to Big Bear last week and although it was sunny and warm, the road still made me nervous. My sister has a cabin in Wrightwood and I love heading up there because it is an easy drive. No mountain driving and even when there is snow, it is very easy to maneuver. The drive to Wrightwood is also much much shorter.
If you’re looking for a fun day in the snow and don’t really want to drive too far, or deal with mountain driving, head over to Mt High in Wrightwood. North Pole Tubing Park is is the largest facility for snow tubing in Southern California with up to ten lanes, two moving carpets and custom tubes.
Peak times are mid morning to early afternoon. Make sure to get there early to avoid the crowds. The North Pole Tubing Park is open on weekend and holidays through mid March. It is open daily until January 4th. The hours of operation are 9:30am to 4pm.
Admission is :
Full Day: $35
36-42 Inches w/ paying adult: $15
Season Pass: $99
- Tubes are included in the ticket price.
- Children 36 to 42 inches must accompany a parent in a separate tube.
- Children under 36 inches tall are not permitted for safety reasons.
For additional info head here.
It’s official, the kids are out of school and Christmas is in the air. This means more time for relaxing by the fire with some hot cocoa and watching our favorite Christmas movies. To be honest, some of these we watch year round, but there is something special about seeing them during the actual holiday season.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol – This is a Muppet musical take on the classic Dickens Christmas Carol.
- Scrooged – Bill Murray stars in the hilarious modern take on A Christmas Carol.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas – If your family is like ours, you know this one by heart. Jack Skellington tries to bring Christmas to Halloweentown.
If you have younger children at home, the following films are worth watching:
These are just a few of some of our favorites available this month on Netflix. What are some of your go-to holiday classics to watch year after year? Why not give the gift of Netflix this Christmas, just $7.99! You don’t even have to go back to the mall.
SoCal got some much needed rain and some even more needed snow this past weekend. Big Bear got a whole lot of the white stuff, which is great for the ski slopes, especially around the holidays. My in laws have a vacation home in Big Bear Lake and we visit a few times of year during the winter months. We love visiting and playing in the snow for hours. It is the perfect day trip and there are so many fun places to visit , play and make special memories with the family. This post is all about having fun in the snow and not paying a penny to do so.
One of the best things to do when heading to Big Bear is to pull over and find a good spot to partake in good old fashioned snow play. There are my great spots to pull over on the way to Big Bear. We usually head to Big Bear along Hwy 38 or the “back way” as many locals call it. It is a pretty smooth ride and not windy. We take the Orange Ave exit off the 10 fwy in Redlands when heading east. Then make a left turn on Orange, go for a few blocks to Mentone Blvd and make a right. Mentone Blvd is Hwy 38 and you will take that road all the way up to Big Bear.
One of the first great places to stop off along the way is Whispering Pines Nature Trial just past Angeles Oaks. There is some parking and plenty of room for romping in the snow. You can also park alongside the road. The second spot is between mile 26 and mile 27. It doesn’t really have a name but it is right past Whispering Pines and you can’t miss it. There is plenty of open space and not many trees. A perfect place to sled and for a good snowball fight. The area surrounding the Greystone Amphitheater is also a great place for snow play. Just pull off the side of the road and be prepared for some fun.
Make sure to check for weather and road conditions. You are required to bring chains with you in the winter when traveling to Big Bear. We always bring ours but have yet to use them since we have a four wheel drive vehicle with a snow setting. If there is weather or ice be prepared for a bit of a long ride up. It just depends on the weather. Current weather reports and road conditions can be found here. Drive safe and have fun!