Like most of you, my family lives a pretty busy life. I try hard to balance it all, but it can be hard with school, activities, blog, and running a household. In fact, I think being a parent in our fast paced world, usually means we are a bit overwhelmed and trying to find a way to balance it all.
One of the ways that my husband and I try to balance it all, is by coordinating our schedules. We both have smart phones, and we add important dates, appointments, things that are due, etc.. to our home calendar. It really helps add some order to our home. I also use the note section of my phone and make lists for errands, grocery lists, etc.. I love being able to check off items off my list and since my phone goes where I go, I always have what needs to be bought or done with me, all of the time.
It seems we always seem to run low on two things, paper towels and tp. We recently tried out Angel Soft and it’s now on our list of items to buy. It’s soft, great quality, holds better than even and is very reasonably priced. If you would like to try out Angel Soft, head here for a coupon.
I love having my phone to help me keep sane. How about you? What helps you keep your balance?
Last month after an outing we headed to Stonefire Grill in Irvine, for a super yummie Saturday night family dinner. We were in for quite the treat! The food was delicious, quick and priced just right!
We had dinner on a Saturday night which can be a busy time for dinner. We didn’t have to wait long for a table and even if you have to wait for a bit, it’s totally worth it! I promise! We decided to try out the Stimulus Special, which is $24.99 for a pound of tri-tip, a medium pizza, salad and pizza. You can’t go wrong with that! We also wanted to check out their kids meal and had the pasta meal and the ribs meal. The kiddos loved it and the mashed potatoes were out of this world. I think we almost wound up licking the plate! So yummie!
You really can’t go wrong with the Stimulus Special. It’s basically the price for fast food, but instead you get a delicious meal with quality ingredients. The tri-tip is the best tri-tip I’ve ever had. So delish! Plus it’s super family friendly and you don’t have to worry about anyone looking at you funny if your kiddos are really enjoying their meals(you know how it is sometimes, the kids get excited, talk a little loud, and those pesky eye rolls from neighboring tables start coming in). The food is great, the prices are fantastic and a great environment. It’s a fantastic place and there are a few locations around the SoCal area.
Stonefire Grill is definitely a great place to take out the family for dinner. It’s delicious and affordable. You won’t be dissapointed. I promise! For additional info head here.
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A complimentary dinner was provided to aid in review. However, Stonefire Grill is delicious and I would eat there again in a heartbeat! It’s delish!
Last week we headed to Laguna Beach to help celebrate my niece’s 17th birthday. We booked a room at the Pacific Edge Hotel , right on the water. We had a great time and an even better time, when we decided to ask for an upgrade in room and were put in a beachfront suite right above the water. All you have to do is ask and sometimes pay a little extra, and you will be in for a treat! I’ll share more about that on a later post this week.
Spring Break is in Full Swing. If you have kiddos at home, I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase as we parents, we hate to hear, “I’m bored”. Tomorrow is the First tuesday of the month, and that means free admission to some great places! Here is a list of the museums and gardens that offer free admission. If you are looking for something to do, make sure to check it out.
- Kidspace Children’s Museum - Free Family Night is the first Tuesday of every month from 4p.m. to 8p.m.
- Natural History Museum – Free Tuesday admission
- George C Page/La Brea Tarpits - Free Tuesday Admission
- San Diego Botanic Gardens- Free Admission first Tuesday of the month
Free and Fun? I say win, win!
My husband and I are huge classic movie fans. My kiddos have also become huge fans. One of our favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz. The kids can watch it over and over. Turner Classic Movie Channel (TCM) can be found on any of our television sets at any given time.
The Turner Classic Movie Festival is held over four days in the heart of festival. The TCM festival is a place where movie lovers from around the world can gather to experience classic movies as they were meant to be experienced: on the big screen, in some of the world’s most iconic venues, and with the people who made them.
Verizon FiOS has partnered with the TCM festival as part of the SoCal Experience. From now until April 30th, a fleet of uniquely designed, tech-laden FiOS SoCal Experience vehicles will make appearances through April 30 at community events, festivals, and neighborhoods throughout the Palm Springs, Riverside, High Desert areas and through Southern California. The team will cruise on through giving away some pretty amazing prizes (including tickets to the TCM festival), inspiring you to get involved in some pretty great events supporting our communities( I can’t wait to share more about this!) and introducing you to Quantum internet, one of the highest internet speeds and service available! We switched over to FiOS last year and I can’t tell you how much we LOVE it. Our service is almost “speed of light” fast! We have “converted” to FiOS and can’t imagine going back to anything else!
Make sure to keep your eyes out for one of the Verizon FiOS Experience Fleet, like the one pictured above. The vehicles are decked out with FiOS Quantum internet and FiOS TV capability. You will find them driving all over Southern California. To find a Verizon FiOS Experience vehicle in your area head here.
One of most important aspects of the SoCal experience is support for some great local organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Guide Dogs of the Desert. Another fun aspect of this fun campaign is the Conquer your Creativity sweepstakes, which enables you to virtually design graphics for a beach bike, skate or surfboard, and enter those designs in the sweepstakes.
As the dates get closer, I will be sharing more info about the festival and how you can involved! Can’t wait!
For more information about the SoCal Experience and To learn more about each organization and vote on projects to be funded, and to enter to win one of many cool prizes head to www.Verizon.com/FiOSSoCal.
Also make sure to check out Verizon FiOS on
- Facebook at Facebook.com/VerizonCA
- Twitter at Twitter.com/VerizonCa
- Instagram at Instagram.com/FiosSoCal
- YouTube at Youtube.com/FiOSSoCal
Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Verizon FiOS SoCal. However, I have been a customer for almost a year and I’m crazy about FiOS!!! Love it and so will you!
This past Friday, the kiddos and I spent a super fun afternoon at the Discovery Science Center. Spring Break is here and we have been trying to do something fun each day. Spring Break also means that Bubbefest is back at the Discovery Science Center. The Spring Break tradition is back and better than ever! Bubble artist Deni Yang, brings his unique show to Orange County. Bubblefest is a show like no other. The bubble extravaganza features a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes
The show also features a pretty cool festival area with water spheres, a bouncy play slide area, and other fun stuff! The kids had an absolute blast and my son just walked by, caught a glimpse of the post, and said “Mom, when can we go to Bubblefest again?”. He was one of the lucky kiddos that was chosen to be inside a bubble. I don’t think he will forget that anytime soon!
A visit to Bubblefest is not complete without some play time at the museum. The kiddos had a blast before and after the show. Our visit to the Cube and to Bubblefest will definitely go down as a highlight of our Spring Break!
Bubblefest tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. A general admission ticket is required to attend the event. For additional info or to purchase tickets head here. Bubblefest will be at the Discovery Science Center until April 14th. You don’t want to miss it!
Disclosure: Discovery Science Center is a Daytrippingmom Sponsor.
I shared last year that I had stopped attending/promoting the Circus, because it didn’t feel right as an animal lover. It honestly breaks my heart to read about animals being subjected to cruelty, at certain circuses. I was beyond excited, when I found out that Circus Vargas, a traditional Circus, does not use animals! I’ve wanted to take the kiddos to Circus Vargas and think I’m going to take the kiddos, when it comes to Temecula.
The show will play in Vista, at the Temecula Promenade Mall, in San Bernardino, and at the Ontario Mills Mall. I found discount tickets at Goldstar and it looks like the best deal I could find on the internet. For additional info or to purchase your tickets, head here.
Our Dad Blogger Robert, wanted to share about a super fun event taking place in Laguna Hills this Saturday, March 30th. This Saturday March 30th between 10am and noon there will be a very fun Easter event for kids, and best of all it is free! Crossline Church in Laguna Hills will be having their annual Helicopter Easter Egg Drop.
This year the Easter bunny will be dropping 40,000 plastic eggs filled with candy from a helicopter that hovers above an open field. The event organizers make sure to have separate areas set aside for different age groups so the smaller children don’t get trampled, and that all of the kids get some eggs. Once all of the eggs are dropped, as a grand finale, the Easter Bunny will parachute from the helicopter down to the field to greet the children.
My kiddos fell in love with Despicable Me, from the first moment they watched it! They were thrilled to learn (as was I) that Despicable Me 2 is coming to theaters, July 3rd! We can’t wait to catch it and wanted to share the trailer for the movie. It looks like it’s going to be a blast!
Yesterday, the kiddos came home from school and they started watching TV. I love watching my own shows once in a while, but I really am not a fan of my kiddos sitting down and watching TV. I decided to follow and go with a moment of inspiration. I turned off the TV, asked the kiddos if they wanted to head to the park and we did just that. We played for about half an hour. The kids loved it, they got the wiggles out and when they came home they played in the backyard until dinner time. I need to follow those inspired thoughts and go for them. We all do. They all seem to lead to good.