Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#OAOTWEETUP at Outlets at Orange !

Fall Fashion, Fall Foods and Fun !

Last night I was privileged to attend a fall fashion preview at the Outlets at Orange. There was a lot to see and taste as the event was put on in such a fun way that it was like a mini LA Fashion Week preview !

With seasons changing every few months (well in most places other than SoCal..), it's fun to see what fashions are headed to the shops !

Some of my favorites were featured at the event. Saks Off Fifth and Banana Republic are always on my browsing list each season! They seem to hit it spot on for men and women - top to bottom . I saw a pair of men's shoes that looked perfect for Mike but sold out in his size !

A lot of fun bring colors are "in style" and being paired with calf length boots and a black rebel short jacket or long coat. Of course the houndstooth is still showing its black and white - I like it !

The models were decked out in some of the hottest fashions for this Fall! Not bad - not bad at all !
I loved all the new styles for this Fall but browsing does work up an appetite - so I also enjoyed some of the sweets and foods that were offered to us while we hung out a bit and wrapped up the night with fun the photo booth !


Awesome night out at the Outlets at Orange ! 
Thanks for the fun and sneak peek of this years Fall Fashion ! 

#FallFashion #OutletsAtOrange #OAOTweetUp #WhatsNewThisFall #SaksOff5th #Lindt #BananaRepublic #DressMeUp #OrangeCounty #Fashion 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Paint a Cookie ! **GIVEAWAY**

Family Paint Night !

I just love my friend Michelle - and all her sweetness and sweets !  Yes she is a multi-talented mama. 

If you have seen my blog posts on Michelle's Cakes, from parties we've had, you know how amazingly beautiful her work is. 

Not only does this girl hit it spot on with her cakes and the amazing taste they always have but she also does all sorts of sweets and cookies too ! 

For fall she is selling the most tasty sugar cookies I have ever tasted...but wait... you can have fun painting them too ! YES you can paint them and then eat them. 

So much fun for anyone. 

Michelle is so "sweet" she has given me some "Paint Your Cookies" to giveaway ! 

This will be a flash giveaway and the winners must be able to meet me for pick up since they are Fall/Halloween themed and Halloween is Friday ! 

These would be perfect for a date night, family night, kids craft or after dinner fun !

Enter now for your chance to win a set of 4 "Paint Your Cookies" by Michelle's Cakes .

To enter please LIKE and SHARE and COMMENT BELOW - I will 2 random winners since this is a FLASH GIVEAWAY - winner will be announced tomorrow evening !

Thank you for entering and good luck to all ! 

More info on Michelle's Cakes HERE 

#PaintYourCookies #Sweets #Cakes #FallFun #FallCookies #OrderNow #MichellesCakes #PaintAndEat #OrangeCounty 

Local Entries Only - Will randomly select 2 winners . Thank you to Michelle's Cakes for the donations of the Paint Your Cookies to make this #Giveaway possible !

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Carnitas (Pork Shoulder) at HOME !

Winner Winner Carnitas Dinner ! 

I love food and usually I will post about places to eat that have good deals or are just phenomenal ...but occasionally I like to share my own #yummyformytummy creations too..

My #slowcooker #carnitas is yummy..even my kid loves it a taco..with sides..or just as is !

Slow Cooker / Crock pot or a Rice cooker that slow cooks too
Garlic fresh 4 pieces of the clove
Garlic salt
That's it ! Sometimes I add a little lemon too..

I start with pork shoulder ... I cut a few slits into it and fill it with chopped garlic.. then save the rest for the top of it

I then put just a 1/4 water into crock don't have to..the juices will be there but I like it to not stick while heating up..

To the water add a few pinches of all the seasonings ..stir it up ..

Drop in your pork shoulder and again season...season the top and sides with all you seasonings to taste..we like garlic so I use more of that than salt but season to your taste

That's it !

I've also added oregano and rosemary but more to a pork loin ...not for carnitas 

Close the lid and I set the slow cooker for a total of 4.5 hours..but at the 3 hour mark I open and look at it.. I leave it for the extra time so it's super soft and almost falls apart... an additional 1 hour to 1.5 hours is what I suggest but check and adjust to your liking..just make sure it's fully cooked 

A great side would be mashed potatoes too cause you can use the juices to make a quick gravy ...but... for carnitas it's taco time in our house !!!

Either way it's #yummygoodness and I'd love to hear if you try it and like it ...or if you too have a recipe that you'd like to share !!

#homecooked #diy #greatfood @FoodNetwork

First pic is at the 3 hr mark ..second two pics are at 4.5 hrs and on warm for 30 mins.

Have a #HappyTuesday all !

#carnitas #homemade #freshandclean #HEALTHYEating #freshmeals #kidsloveit #dinner #easyhomemade #crockpotfood #yum #portshoulder #simple

Its Time For some CHILI !!

Fall is here... so I bring my crock pot out a lot ! I have a few favorites.. here is one.. CHILI !

Here is a yummy ‪#‎chili‬ ‪#‎crockpot‬ ‪#‎slowcooker‬ recipe ...
Will need:
chili powder
ground cumin
cayenne pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
Pinch of sugar
1 to 2 lbs of ground beef or in this case I used turkey for the first time and it was great and just tasty. I use this as a 2 day meal or share with others use 1 lb for less for sure or less if you'd rather your chili be more beans less meat..
Beans.. I used kidney beans, white beans, pinto beans (1 super large can) and chili beans .. 2 cans of all others than pinto.
Toss these into your slow cooker
1 can diced tomato and 1 can diced tomato with chili's .
Toss this into your slow cooker as well.
Season to taste.. my family likes it with a little heat so I add more of the chili powder and ok all of these get added until I taste the spice that's right for the heat desired 
Brown your meat on stove until it's just done not longer and toss in some of your seasoning mix too while cooking..when done drain from juices and mix with beans.
Let it all slow cook together on low for 2 to 3 hrs then let it sit on warm ...
Done and done.. yummy !
Pair it with some cheese, onion, sour cream or in a sourdough bowl and oh my ‪#‎yummygoodness‬

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOO at the ZOO ! **Santa Ana Zoo - GIVEAWAY**

Take a walk on the wild "Merry not Scary" side and visit BOO at the Zoo !

Have you been to the Santa Ana Zoo ? 
We have gone a few times the last few years and I remember going with my own parents a lot when I was a kiddo. 

The Santa Ana Zoo has a lot of memories for me ! I chose to take my kids there too so that we keep traditions alive and support the Zoo itself !

We have never been to Boo at the Zoo and I am looking forward to all the fun and entertainment for
 the kids they have to offer. 

Boo at the Zoo is a "Merry not Scary" family friendly event where everyone is encouraged to come in costume ! One of the safest places for children (ages 2 to 12) to trick-or-treat for Halloween enjoying goodies from 10 stations ... and of course the Zoo itself ! 

Boo at the Zoo Features :

  • Ten Prize Stations on the Trick-or-Treat Trail
  • Entertainment
  • Animal Presentations
  • Storytelling
  • Fun and Games
  • Costume Parade
  • "Teen Scream" Haunted House (a separate area, included in the price of admission)
  • Hot Dogs & Chips For Sale by Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary, Zoo Docents, and Knowlwood
  • Free Parking

Members : $7.00
Non-Members : $14.00
Children Under 2 : Free 

Also - Join the Zoo as a FOZA Member to get the half price offer by clicking HERE 
Admissions are good for any night !
Admission also available at the front entrance on the night of the event. 
Advance admissions are only available on-line at the site HERE , so avoid waiting in line and enter at will-call on the night of the event !

Again, Please see HERE for ticket sales !

BUT WAIT !!!! 

I am hosting a GIVEAWAY for TWO TICKETS to BOO at the ZOO !

Enter now for your chance to win ! 
Two Tickets for the 25th, 26th or 30th !

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks and good luck to all ! 

#SantaAnaZoo #BooAtTheZoo #FamilyFun #OCFun #HalloweenFun #HalloweenTime #TrickOrTreatForKids #SafeFallForKids #Animals #Zoo #OrangeCounty 

**Winner will get two tickets to the night of their choice (25th, 26th, or 30th) to attend Boo at the Zoo - Winner must reply with in 24 hrs of notification of Giveaway win . Thanks to Boo at the Zoo for providing two tickets for my Giveaway ! You are awesome ! 

*photos and details approved by and belong to the Santa Ana Zoo.

Friday, October 3, 2014

San Diego Kids Expo Is This MONTH ! **FLASH GIVEAWAY**

San Diego Kids Expo Is This MONTH !

The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair presented by Toyota every April and October, is part businesses and non-profits on display, part fun fair and part music and dance festival. And definitely all kids!
Fun Fair! All throughout the event are things to do like a 200’ long Zip Line and a Euro Bungee where 4 kids can jump on trampolines and do flips safely. Little ones can “hang around” in the Tumble Gym Bus, which is a rolling indoor gym or jump in the inflatable jumpies. Or get their face painted. Want to try the new low impact paintball by JT Splatmaster? They have a 100’ long inflatable room the size of a gymnasium where kids can run an obstacle course. Climb a rock wall courtesy of Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center. And Human Hamster Balls where you get inside a 6’ clear ball and they blow up the ball and you walk on water! And Laser Tag by Equinox with real military issue laser weapons! Ride the Safari Cycles from Jungle Gym & Café, which are 3 three sizes of mechanical stuffed animals that you can race around a track. And much more!
  • Kids Workshop by Home Depot
  • Arts & Crafts by Michaels
  • Robotics workshop by 3R’s Robotics
  • Music workshop by Recreational Music Center
  • Art workshop by Art with Larisse

  • Air Track Gymnastics Mats
  • Play area by Playtown
  • Soccer demo by Soccer Shots
  • Electric Bike Demo

(please check the schedule for times)
 Baby Zone: Competitions and Presentations by Babies “R” Us
  • Dance Stage inside: Dance, Modeling, Karate and more
  • Rock & Roll Stage outside: Live bands from all over Southern California
  • Taylor Guitar: with acoustic music
  • Animal World: Exotic Animals by EcoVivarium

Rock & Roll Main Stage:
Listen to bands from all over San Diego and Southern California

  • Zip Line
  • Human Hamster Balls
  • Water Rollers
  • Laser Tag
  • Xorbing Balls
  • Parachute Rocket
  • Coconut Climb
  • Paint Ball
  • Euro Bungy
  • Grand Central Raceway remote control cars

Trackless Train around the entire KIDS ZONE Inflatable Jumpies and Slides

Outdoor KIDS ZONE activities cost between $5 - $10 each except the following:

  • Jumpies and slides for young children cost $5.00 for an all day wristband to all jumpies and slides.

You can pay with cash or debit/credit card at the ticket sales booth.

Businesses and charities! Expect to see 150 local and national companies that have things that make a child’s life better. Check out the new Baby Zone with products and services for your baby or baby on the way. Babies “R” Us will be hosting the baby (and parent) games and competitions. Visit The Home Depot Kids Workshop, where kids can build and paint a project. Learn to cook healthy for kids in the Cooking 4 Life area. Meet karate instructors and soccer coaches. See music schools and swim instructors. Talk to modeling agencies and all kinds of businesses that are fun for kids. Plus meet charities making a difference in children’s lives.

4 Stages of Entertainment! Meet the real Moshi Monsters from Mind Candy and other characters like The Incredibear by John’s Pizza. Also watch karate demos, dance exhibitions and lots of music by kids and students. How about a fashion show by John Robert Powers? The Cooking 4 Life Stage will have chefs teaching tricks and tips for cooking healthy and fast. And when mom and dad need a break, stop in the “Mommy’s lounge” and “Daddy’s lounge” where Jerome’s has massage chairs for mom and a “man cave” for dads !

So head on down to the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair to experience everything for kids and their families!

Saturday, October 18, 2014  10am to 5pm
Saturday, October 19, 2014  10am to 5pm

Children 12 and under: Free
Adults: $8.00

Del Mar Fairgrounds in the Exhibit Hall and adjacent Parking Lot
Del Mar Fair Grounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216

BUT WAIT !!!!!! 
We have a GIVEAWAY for you ! Enter now for a chance to win !
Prize  -  4 tickets to the San Diego Kids Expo !  Kids under 12 are FREE so that means 4 adults get in FREE -

Good luck to everyone ! Happy Kids Expo !
OnTheGoOC !

#SanDiego #Fun #SoCal #OC #LA #SouthCounty #KIDSFestival #KidsExpo #SanDiegoFun #Soccer #Jumpies #IncredibleJohns #BabiesRUs #parentsFun #ThingsToDo 

Winner MUST reply within 24 hours and provide mailing address since event is on the 18th and 19th of October !
Contest Giveaway will run from October 3rd until October 10th ! ENTER NOW !

**ALL Info and Pics are property of San Diego Kids Expo and we were given tickets to attend the event**