Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Aquarium Pacific Welcomes Horses Dragons Vanishing Animals Exhibit

Now Open at the Aquarium of the Pacific!

Explore and Learn about Horses, Dragons and Vanishing Animals at the new Exhibit


Under the Sea... there are so many wonders we can only imagine what we will discover next!

I was honored to be invited to preview the new exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific last Thursday. The exhibit is now open and will be open to all from now until March 31st, 2017. 



Love the Fuel Efficient Budget Friendly Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi Mirage - Mini-Compact 

Mini-Compact Packed With Features.......

We had so much fun test driving the Mitsubishi Mirage! Our family of 4 zipped around Orange County saving so much gas and loving the space this sweet affordable 2015 Mirage gave us. 

This awesome 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage starts at $12,995, making it a amazingly affordable, what a price point! Wow!

Splash Into Summer with Raging Waters - Discount Code

Raging Waters is NOW OPEN for the Summer!

Stay cool, have fun and spend your summer chilling out at SoCal's own Raging Waters.



I have been a fan of Raging Waters since I was a teen. I remember the commercials vividly and how much fun the water park was. Now as a parent myself, I am so thrilled to be a Raging Waters Blogger, bringing you the newest info and news... probably some discounts too... maybe one in this blog post... shhhh keep reading!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Upcycle Chick Fil A Salad Container DIY Herb Garden #ChickFilAMomsDIY

Upcycle Chick-Fil-A Food Containers

Washed and Cleaned Chick-Fil-A Salad Bowl Upcycled! 

So easy and you can get as creative as you like with it!

1. Get that Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad in your belly, so good, I love it.

2. Wash and dry your salad container

3. Here is where you can customize it however you want. I spray painted it red for our club soccer team spirit.

4. Let dry completely

5. With a sharp knife or razor blade carefully cut along the inside top cover to remove the Chick-Fil-A square portion

6. Fill with choice of soil and water. Get it seed ready.

7. Plant seeds

8. Cover and let seeds grow in their mini green house sort of planter.

9. I plan to put it on my kitchen counter since I planted cilantro and mint to use fresh when ready.

Get creating friends...let me know what you make! Snap a pic and tag me in it on social media!!

I love crafting fun but this upcycle goodness is my new obsession.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Stay Hydrated Over Summer with Aquaball #Giveaway

Beat the Summer Heat and Stay Hydrated with Aquaball Flavored Water 

Aquaball helps us kick off summer with a Giveaway. Check out all the new details about this awesome Flavored water and enter to win some for yourself too!


I am super excited that I am an Aquaball mom! What does this mean.... well I get the insider info of all the happenings at the headquarters and can bring all sorts of news, fun and cool stuff to all my readers. 

We have been fans of Aquaball water for over 4 years now. We have been in love with the fun design, Disney characters on the bottles and of course the taste of the water itself. There are many flavors that seem to hit everyone's taste-buds. 

There is so much going on over at Aquaball that I just have to share all the excitement over this kids drink (that even us parents love...shhh)! So here we go...

Whats New?
* New Packaging - as if these were not cute before the cuteness stays and the practical shape comes into play with a more oblong share. Perfect for the fridge and snack bags to go. They fit in cup holders and little hands much better.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Grand Legacy at the Park Partners with My Cup Counts to Give Back Locally

We LOVE the Grand Legacy at the Park! 

Our Fav Staycation Spot Just Won Us over Even More by Supporting Special Needs Adults in our Local Community

PC Grand Legacy of the New Rooftop Lounge - TheFifth
As if the renovations and new roof top bar, The Fifth, were not enough to entice me to keep coming back to the Grand Legacy at the Park, they have given me more reason to with their partnership with My Cup Counts.  
First Give Back Match Donation Check
My Cup Counts is an organization located in Anaheim, where special needs adults are employed, trained, educated and hopefully graduate into a job of their ability. In collaboration with My Day Counts, My Cup Counts, is on a fast track to give back to our local community in a big way!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Horses Dragons Vanishing Animals Coming to Aquarium of the Pacific

Horses, Dragons and Vanishing Animals, Oh My! 

There is a new exhibit coming to the +Aquarium of the Pacific .


So excited to head to the Aquarium of the Pacific this Thursday for a sneak peek into the amazing new wonders of the new exhibit. 

The new exhibit will feature a dozen species of Sea Dragons, Seahorses and some of their relatives. 

We can not wait to bring you all the details about the new exhibit and all the changing sealife that we are privileged to have at the Aquarium of the Pacific. 

There is so much to see at the Aquarium and it's so local to us in So Cal. It takes us about 35mins to hit the parking lot from South County, but it brings us so much closer to our local sealife and beyond!

Get all the details about the Aquarium of the Pacific on their website and come back soon to get all the deets on the new exhibit here!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Kaleidoscope Renovation is Complete Check Out All The Details

KALEIDOSCOPE ANNOUNCES THREE NEW TENANTS COMPLETE CENTER IMPROVEMENTS IN TIME FOR SUMMER


Welcome to Summer Fun at the Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo!


Press Release:

Mission Viejo, CA, May 16, 2016 – Just in time for the busy summer season, Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo is welcoming three new restaurants and has completed multiple center improvements.

Anchor Hitch, a contemporary seafood restaurant, will be the first restaurant to debut in Union Market Mission Viejo, a dining and retail space on the upper level of Kaleidoscope. Celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, June 4, Anchor Hitch will serve lunch and dinner daily.

Using only the finest ingredients in its handcrafted Seafood and Raw Bar creations, Anchor Hitch serves most dishes family style, to encourage table interaction. Signature dishes include House Miso Clams (fresh Manila clams, mirepoix, red potatoes and Nueske bacon), Green Curried Scallop Risotto (citrus honey-glazed Hokkaido scallops, creamy green curried risotto and chopped bell peppers) and Seared Halibut (white Pacific Halibut, parsnip puree, wild foraged mushrooms, ginger, scallions, roasted corn and charred cucumber). 
PC Kaleidoscope

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Legoland News Flash Discounted Tickets

Special Offer For Legoland on RetailMeNot

The secret’s out!


Check out the limited time special offer currently running on RetailMeNot for Legoland Tickets and it comes with an added bonus. 

Here is the deal...

Save $25 and get the 2nd day FREE when you buy a LEGOLAND® California/LEGOLAND Water Park Hopper ticket!

Here is the Link...

Pretend City Annual Fun Wellness Fair Saturday

Fun & Wellness Fair coming up on Saturday May 21 9am-2pm. 

This is +Pretend City Children's Museum 7th Annual Fun & Wellness Fair.

PC Pretend City

The Fun focuses on keeping kids healthy and striving for their success in every aspect of life.

At the fair, Pretend City offering free developmental screenings for children up to age 10.

This is where my son got another evaluation on speech a year ago and we were referred to a speech therapist. Very grateful for these resources!

These screenings are so important for early childhood development because they can gauge whether kids are reaching developmental milestones, or maybe what areas they need to work on. Research shows that screenings are crucial to catch possible developmental delays and help kids receive the aid they need to succeed academically and socially.

The screenings Pretend City is offering are as follows:

• Speech and language

• Social and emotional

• Developmental

• Vision

• Hearing

• Dental

• Body Mass Index
(subject to change without notice)

Also, to make things even more exciting, each child that completes 3 health screenings will receive a free ticket to Pretend City Children’s Museum. When you visit all the booths, you’ll be entered to win a special prize! They will also have parent resources, yummy food, fun games, live performances, and special vendors!
Head out to Pretend City with your family this Saturday for the fun and wellness too! Get all the updated info here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Stefanos Fresh Flavors Laguna Hills Location Now Open GIVEAWAY

Stefano's... More than Just Ham!



Have you heard of Stefano's? There are two locations... Yorba Linda and their newest in Laguna Hills.


This family-owned business has years of History bringing delicious flavors to the plate. Stefano's Standalone locations may have been bringing us amazing eats since 2003 but the name itself has a deeper history rooted in Rich flavorful Golden Baked Hams for over 25yrs.

The entire family prides their love of bringing fresh flavors and it shows in everything that they do from Farm Fresh to Table to supporting other homegrown family businesses inside the recipes.

Hand Drawn Chalk Board Design

When I first drove by Stefano's in Laguna Hills I too thought it was purely tasty Golden Baked Hams that they sold but after further foodie investigation, because of course my curiosity got to me, I saw that there was so much more to offer inside of this modern Delicatessen. Of course you can get a delicious ham on bone or off bone and by the lb!

The owners have revamped the inside completely and along with their amazing eats bring you a very comfortable open and friendly atmosphere with the highest of customer service.

Supporting Local Merchants and also selling their own Special Sauces
So of course because my mom was a huge Golden Baked Ham fanatic I was so excited when I was invited to come in and check out what they are really all about.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Civil War Reenactment at Railway Museum Brings History To Life

Civil War Reenactment at Railway Museum (May 21-22)

Bringing History to Life at the Railway Museum!


This is so cool... in so many ways, on so many levels, of Education, History and just plain remembrance of. 

I remember going to the battle fields in Virginia when visiting North Carolina in the summer of my sophomore year of high school. 

It was the most touching and surreal experience visiting what touches us all so closet o what we call our HOME, the USA, I have ever been to.

If you have the chance to get out to the Railway Museum please let me know what you think and how much you learned!

Here are the deets on the event!

Civil War reenactors will bring the history of the American Civil War to life on the grounds of the Orange Empire Railway Museum May 21-22.

History buffs of all ages can experience a piece of U.S. history at our "battlefield." Step back in time and see what life was like during the War Between the States. Visit the encampments of the Union and Confederate Armies. Watch one of several battles throughout the day dramatized by 60 reenactors. The event fits well with Orange Empire Railway Museum's educational mission as the American Civil War was the first military war to use trains.

There will be plenty of photo opportunities and family fun. Admission price for this event: Ages 12 & up $7, ages 5 - 11 $5, and ages 4 and under are free. Admission and all day ride pass: Ages 12 & up $12, ages 5 - 11 $8, ages 4 and under are free.

The Orange Empire Railway Museum is an all-volunteer organization that has been preserving Southern California's railway history since 1956. The museum's mission is to educate the public on the technology, history, and impact of the rail transportation industry in the West. Over 200 rail cars and locomotives, ranging from Los Angeles street cars to modern diesel locomotives, are preserved at the museum's 100-acre site at 2201 S. A Street in Perris, California, which is open 363 days of the year. For information, visit www.oerm.org or call (951) 943-3020.



Captain America Civil War - LOVED IT!

Captain America Civil War 

Have you seen it yet!?


We were able to get a sneak peek at the movie a few days before the release to all theaters. 

IT IS AMAZING! We loved it and still love it... we want to go see it again. Yes we are those people that see a movie a few times if we like it that much. 

This one is for sure one of the best Super Hero films I have seen. 

The anticipation leading up to the Civil War action is intense. Tied into all the story lines perfectly and when Spider Man is introduced in the real fun begins. 

It is action packed and full of war, the type of war that divides a team into two, but brings together so much more in the end....

No Spoilers I know.. but I hope you all get a chance to see it. 

Hot Tip - Check ratings and reviews but I really did not see much that I would not have let my 8yo watch... we are into this kind of movie buff fun though!

Happy Movie Going!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Orchard Supply Hardware Grand Opening Tustin May 14th *Giveaway*

Orchard Supply Love Everything About You!

Tustin Location Grand Opening May 14th 6:30am!

Welcome another awesome OSH location to OC!


I always get so excited about visiting Orchard Supply Hardware. Sometimes I am there just to check out whats new and sometimes I actually need something. 

A few awesome highlights of the new OSH in Tustin:

 * Resides in the former Tustin Lanes Bowling Alley.

* The "WorkBench" is an awesome expanded customer service feature that is significant to OSH. Basic needs such as keys, or a signature knife sharpened, to a personalized craft that you just need help with. 

* Color Coded Store allows you to follow the color and signage to simply navigate the store. 

* Grand Opening Celebration is May 14th beginning at 6:30am. There will be tons of festivities and OSH always gives out surprises to the first few int he door... hurry in!

 Personal Note: 
I love the garden area so much. The nursery is plentiful of trees, vines, flowers, specialty succulents and more...


I am very interested in crafting up a hardware project of my own. I have a tiny space in front of our condo that the kids like to plant (in pots) veggies, flowers and such. 

I an going to get started on a small sized raised garden bed. In this we can plant some vine veggies like cucumbers or squash again and not have the animals around getting to them. 

I am not sure how to even start this project but I do know that everyone at OSH will help me figure it all out. I mean look at the awesome hanging planter they helped me make... we can do anything..hehe!

I feel so handy when I am at OSH!


Do you have a special project you have been wanting to start? Let OSH Help! 

To jump start summer creativity and around house improvements.... enter my giveaway for $25 now... thanks to OSH.

Enter NOW:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ninjago World Opens May 5th at Legoland California - #NinjagoWorld

Ninjago World Opens at +legolandcalifornia on May 5th!

 Put your Ninja Skills to the Test!


Get in on the action on May 5th when Ninjago Word officially opens!

We were able to preview Ninjago World and the Ninjago Ride late last week. 

Ninjago World is right next to the first aid building when you walk in, to the right side of Legoland Park. 


The Kick off opening ceremony event was amazing! With smoke, fire, lighting, Ninja action and confetti blasting through the air, everyone was in awe!

So cool... a Sensei introduced the four main ninja the area is created around: Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane, and they each entered the Asian themed courtyard representing each of their elements: fire, lightning, earth and ice.

From the drums to the Ninja's showing off their skills, the energy was what brought it all to life. Everyone was so excited to be part of and introduce us to Ninjago World!