The FiOS SoCal Experience at the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival #FiOSConnectsSoCal #ad

Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival

Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival

It sure is starting to feel like Summer around So Cal. June Gloom is in full effect, the weather is getting warmer, and there are so many fun events taking place all around So Cal. This weekend we had the opportunity to check out one of those events, The Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival. I’ve always wanted to check it out and when Verizon FiOS asked me if I would like to have the opportunity to attend I jumped at the opportunity.

We can't wait to head back next year.

We can’t wait to head back next year.

The Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival takes place every year during the last weekend in May. The festival features all of the amazing things the Temecula Valley has to offer. The festival is held at Lake Skinner and features great live entertainment(Daughtry and the Plain White T’s), amazing food, wine and beer paring, a kids fair, and of course beautiful hot air balloons.  We arrived to the festival on Saturday afternoon and were in for quite the treat.

The FiOS So Cal Experience

The FiOS So Cal Experience

We also had the opportunity to check out the FiOS SoCal Experience. The Experience launched 2 years ago and in that short amount of time, Verizon FiOS has given 122,500 in grants and Verizon employees have provided more than 1300 volunteer hours to local So Cal charities.

FiOS SoCal Experience

FiOS SoCal Experience

The Fios So Cal Experience Team also lets you discover all that Verizon FiOS has to offer. We’ve become loyal customers and have FiOS Quantum TV at home and absolutely love it. Did you know that you could record 12 shows at one time with FiOS Quantum? You can learn all about what FiOS has to offer when the FiOS So Cal team comes to your neck of the woods.

FiOS SoCal is also currently hosting a Road Trip Pack Sweepstakes. Head over here to enter to win a Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet, Skull Candy Headphones, and more. You can enter through June 7th.

The Glow

The Glow

After checking out the Experience, we had the opportunity to pretty much eat our way through the festival. We also were able to check out the balloon glow at dusk. About a dozen balloons are lit up and it’s an absolutely beautiful sight to behold. Like I said, I can’t wait to make this a yearly tradition. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to unofficially kick Summer off.

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Verizon FiOS. However, all opinions are my own.

Verizon FiOS Makes Family Entertainment Easy #FIOSFuels


We have been enjoying the new Verizon Quantum TV. This month they have also featured a free preview the new Disney On Demand channel.  Quantum TV has simplified a major problem with our modern television viewing. Now each of our three televisions can access the DVR, pause TV and record more than two shows at a time.  My husband can watch his old movies on Turner Classic in our bedroom, the kids can watch their Disney XD programs in the loft and I can watch my Lifetime movies On-Demand in the family room.

The new service also features 200 hours of HD storage. That’s enough to store an entire season of Walking Dead and then some! Verizon reports that currently, more than one-third of all TV viewed is recorded content, and adoption of DVR capabilities has grown roughly 60 percent over the past five years.

One of the main reasons why we love our @verizonca Quantum service #FIOSFuels

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According to the latest Verizon FiOS Innovation Index survey, 78 percent of respondents nationwide want more DVR storage capacity to record and save more TV programs and movies. Survey responses also revealed that 63 percent want more tuners so everyone can watch and record live TV when they want; 63 percent want to watch DVR-recorded programs on every TV in the house; and 57 percent want to pause, rewind and fast forward live TV programs on every TV in the house.

I should also state that television viewing is limited in our house to specific times during the day and to specific types of programming. We enjoy access to all the Discovery channels which are mostly educational. We also watch lots of music programming on Palladia and VH1 Classic.  Many of our favorite movies and some fantastic specials have been found on EPIX.


Disclosure: Verizon FiOS provided us with a Quantum TV upgrade for purposes of this review.

A Day at the Circus #FiosFuels

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Verizon Fios. However,all opinions are my own and I had a blast at Circus Vargas.

I promised myself a few years back that I wouldn’t attend another circus unless they were animal free. I’ve wanted to have the kiddos experience the circus and they have been asking about going to the circus for the last few months. I’ve shared in previous posts how Verizon Fios is a big part of our family’s entertainment. We listen to music channels, watch our favorite shows, and  hold our movie nights in thanks to our Fios Subscription. They made a night out with the family to the Circus possible, and I will share later on how they can make your own customized entertainment experience a reality! First let me share all about the Circus!

If you grew up in Southern California, you probably remember the commercials, “See Circus Vargas! The Big One is Back! They are still around and better than ever with their animal-free circus experience!  They are the largest family owned tent circus still touring these days and providing an unforgettable night of entertainment.

We caught them at  Ontario Mills last week. They will be playing at the Chino fairgrounds this week, and moving on to Arcadia, Santa Ana, and Irvine in the upcoming


The big top played at the Ontario Mills Parking Lot and it was fantastic to not have to pay for parking. I like going out to shows and experiences with my family, but absolutely do not like having to dish out extra cash for parking. It’s never a fun experience. Many of Circus Vargas shows are in locations where you do not have to pay for parking. That already started our experience on the right foot.


Good times at the Circus!

The kiddos loved the show. There is a cool pre-show experience that allows the kiddos to get on the ring floor and try out their circus skills. They loved being able to hula their hearts out and also learned to balance feathers on their face. My daughter did such a great job that they picked her out as a “Guest Star of the Night”. She was in heaven!!!  All of the kiddos looked like they were having a blast. The actual show was very entertaining and good old fashioned fun. There were trapeze artists, aerialists, contortionists, and so much more! We had a fantastic time and without feeling an ounce of guilt, because no animals were used in the show. We can’t wait to catch the show again. It was a dream come true for the kids.

Verizon wants to make your own dreams come true. Verizon Fios SoCal is hosting a sweepstakes you want to make sure you enter. Verizon Fios wants to “Fuel Your Connection” and  give you your customized entertainment experience. Whether it’s a pampering day at the spa or tickets to your favorite sporting event. They want to make your experience a reality. All you have to do is post  your 6 second video(think Vine, Instagram)  to Verizon Fios Facebook page. 6 seconds! That’s it!

Verizon Fios was able to surprise one loyal subscriber with a special day out.  Check it out.

The contest ends on April 18th.  Hurry over to enter. It’s going to be great!