Thursday, August 29, 2013

Buccaneer Cove! Our Family Review @BoomersIrvine #BuccCoveIrvine

Driving down the 405 freeway through Irvine, you might have noticed a new structure being built this summer.  Boomers of Irvine has expanded their park to include a good sized water park!

It was finished early this August and I was invited along with other media to check it out. 

My family enjoyed many things about the water park.  Here are a few pictures to show you our favorites! 


Buccaneer Cove has a large splash pad fun for all ages surrounded by cabana's and lounge chairs.  If it is especially busy, there is a nice grass area to lay towels to sit on.


6 water slides!  All of the slides have no height requirement! I will warn you that 4 of the 6 slides are enclosed tunnels.  The younger children didn't like them as much and stuck to the open topped slides.

If you want a little privacy for a party, you can rent a cabana or two and have hot and cold food served to you.  The food was adorable in its "pirate theme" and was tasty as well.

We ended the day warming up on the mini-golf course.  We got a little lost on the course but had a blast making memories!


I hope you enjoyed our photo journey of the new Buccaneer Cove at the Boomers of Irvine!  My family had so much fun! 

I would like to give your family the chance to experience Buccaneer Cove yourself before the water park closes for the winter season at the end of September.

Enter the drawing below for a chance to win tickets!

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DISCLAIMER:  I was given tickets to review Buccaneer Cove at Boomers Irvine.  All thoughts are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

We Had an #EPICDay at Fox Studios! @FHEInsider

A great new adventure from the creators of Ice Age is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Deluxe Edition, and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Epic, directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age Franchise) featuring an amazing voice cast including Colin Farrell, Amanda SeyfriendChristoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Pitbull, and Beyonce.
Teenager (Amanda Seyfriend) is transported to a magical world and recruited by nature spirit, Queen Tara (BeyonceKnowles), to help the “Leafmen” save their existence –and ours- from evil warriors.

This is a fast-paced thrill-ride, with astonishing animation and all-star voice cast that includes Conlin Farrell, Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and Steven Tyler!
Every Blu-ray and DVD comes with the Epic Coloring and Storybook Builder app. The app will allow kids to create their own Epic story and share it with family and friends.

The Epic Blu-ray combo-pack includes Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD and comes complete with exclusives that willhave kids both engaged and learning about the environment just before heading back to school.  With special features including an overview of what life as a person two inches tall would be like, to discovering all of the different bugs from the film, Epic is the perfect gift for families to enjoy from summer to the holidays!

Epic 2-disk Blu-ray Combo Pack –BD/Ultraviolet/DVD &DC
  • Mub & Grub Intro- Join Mub and Grub for EPIC tour through the special features of this Blu-ray!
  • Birds, Bugs and Slug: Forest Explorer- Journey into the forest to meet the real-life counterparts of the EPIC world!
  • Bugs of Camouflage- Join us to find out how bugs use their environment to hide right under our noses, just like Leafmen!
  • The Epic Life At Two Inches Tall-How would your life be different if you were only two inches? Aside from being small, there are some surprising and amazing benefits!
  • Mysteries of Moonhaven Revealed- Meet the incredible talented filmmakers, artists, and animators at Blue Sky, and learn all about the making of EPIC!
  • World
  • The Leafmen
  • Queen Tara
  • Mub & Grub
  • Nim Galuu
  • The Stompers
  • Finding Moonhaven
  • Epic Coloring & Storybook Builder App- Color your own EPIC story with exclusive pages on your iOS or Android devices. Then become the story teller by recording your own voice and share on your television.
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Mub & Grub- Join Mub and Grub for an EPIC tour through the special features 
  • Rot Rocks- Mandrake might be the bad guy, but his world of rot benefits ours in a number of ways, discover how!
  • Bugs of Camouflage-Join us to find out how bugs use their environment to hide right under our noses, just like the Leafment
  • Epic Coloring & Storybook Builder App- Color your own EPIC story with exclusive pages on your iOS or Android devices. Then become the story teller by recording your won voice and share on your television.
  • Theatrical Trailer

Miss M and I were invited to spend a few hours at Fox Studios for an exclusive event with Ken the Bug guy! Ken is featured in the bonus feature “Bugs of Camouflage”.
The kids got to meet one of the stars of EPIC  Nim Galuu
Ken the Bug Guy is the largest seller of “bug” in the United States- if not the world- Ken the Bug Guy has anywhere between 5,000-15,000 exotic invertebrates at any given time. 
Nim Galuu is not thrilled with the Vinegar  Roon on him.

Thanks to Fox Studios and Fox Home Insiders, Miss M and I had a great (although a bit scary) time with the bugs to celebrate the release of EPIC on Blu-Ray/DVD on August 20, 2013.

Meghan from Kiddie Concierge is a single mom who's goal is to get her daughter unplugged from the TV and experience life as best as she can, in style.   Follow her journey through parenthood on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

DISCLAIMER:  This is not a sponsored post.  We were invited to attend a media event to celebrate the release of EPIC and meet some of the bugs that inspired the movie.  All thoughts are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

Friday, August 23, 2013

"Hunting" Blue Whales for Photos! @AquariumPacific @HarborBreezeC #LBWhales

Well, my family seem to have fabulous luck going whale watching lately with the crew of the MV Triumphant with Harbor Breeze out of Long Beach!  I would love to show you a few pictures from our recent trip out to see the magnificent Blue Whales and teach you what I learned that day.

On the search for the 2 Blue Whales, "Hook" and "Delta" today out on the MV Triumphant, we saw an abundance of wildlife!   I don't think that we found those particular whales, identified by their flukes.  But there was no lack of wildlife.

Captain Dan Salas did find us 6 Blue Whales, 100 dolphins, Sea Lions, a Mola Mola (that jumped out of the water!), a variety of sea birds and a SHARK!  Just in time for Shark Week!

I learned more about the Blue Whales that I thought I would share.

  • They are the largest animal to EVER inhabit the earth! Larger than ANY dinosaur!
  • Their tongues can be the size of an African Elephant
  • The babies weigh up to 3 tons at birth and gain 200 pounds a day on their Mom's milk that is 50% fat! (Humans milk fat is 2%)
  • Babies are about 25 feet long at BIRTH
  • Blue Whales in the wild( as opposed to captivity?) live to be 80-90 years old
  • The main arteries of the Blue Whale are so large that a small human can swim through them
  • They have been increasingly been hit by large carrier ships entering the shipping ways to the Port and killed
  • Recently, the shipping lanes have been moved to accommodate the migrating pattern of whales to avoid fatalities

I hope you enjoyed the pictures that I took that day.  If you have never been on a whale watching boat, the sight of these magnificent creatures, will take your breath away!  It leaves unforgettable memories in children and sparks a love of the ocean! 

If you get sea sick, I recommend bringing medicine or a sea sick patch or bracelet.  Several people got sick today because of the large swells.

Bring a good camera, you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirates and Princesses @DisneyLive #LongBeach #Hollywood

Disney Junior Live on Tour!
Pirate and Princess Adventure 


Long Beach Terrace Theater, September 21-22
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, September 27-29
 I got notice this week of an event that my kids are going to love!

Do you have little princesses and pirates in your house too?  I don't know about you but I have seen every episode of "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" and "Sophia the First"!
Disney Junior has made our kids favorite shows into an All-New Stage Show!  

The love of theatre should start young.  I don't just mean the love of movies but the love of acting.  This new Disney Junior show introduces young fans to the theatre with characters that they already love.  It keeps even the young children enthralled.

In this original storyline, Mickey and Minnie lead the audience on an exciting adventure that will have families rooting for their favorite pirate Jake and Disney's first little girl princess Sofia.
Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure begins with a special interactive pre-show featuring the loveable 6-year-old doctor to toys and stuffed animals, Doc McStuffins. Children and their parents will sing “The Check-Up Song” along with Doc as she provides tender love and care.

Audiences will then embark on a journey to the magical world of Enchancia, where Sofia, her step-siblings Amber and James, and the entire kingdom are preparing for the annual friendship festival. Sofia has the honor of delivering the perfect gift to her royal subjects at the celebration, and the one-and-only Cinderella visits the castle to help Sofiain her mission to find just the right present. 

The excitement continues when families cast away to Never Land where Jake and his Yo Ho pirate friends Izzy and Cubby are in a race against time to locate a mysterious treasure-filled volcano. Danger, thrills and adventure lurk around every turn when our swashbuckling friends battle Captain Hook for the ultimate prize. Peter Pan makes a special appearance, aiding the team in their heroic quest, and with the help of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Jake and his crew fly above the stage in their journey.

In 2012, “Doc McStuffins” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” ranked as cable TV’s Top 2 series for all kids ages 2-5, reaching 46.7 million and 36.5 million unique total viewers, respectively, throughout the year. Launching at the top 2013, “Sofia the First” is cable TV’s #1 series year to date among Kids 2-5 and Girls 2-5, and is the #1 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49. In fact, the November 18, 2012 premiere of its introductory TV movie, “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess” became the #1 cable TV telecast ever in Kids 2-5, and #1 preschool cable TV telecast of all time in Total Viewers (8.2 million) and Women 18-49.


Terrace Theatre (300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802)
September 21st, 2013 (1:00pm, 4:00pm) - September 22nd, 2013 (1:00pm,

Ticket Prices: $25.00 / $30.00 / $45.00 / $70.00

To order tickets by phone: 800-745-3000



Dolby Theatre (6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA)
September 27th, 2013 (6:30pm), September 28th, 2013 (10:30am, 1:30pm 4:30pm), September 29th, 2013 (1:30pm, 4:30pm)

Ticket Prices: $25.00 / $30.00 / $45.00 / $70.00

To order tickets by phone: 800-745-3000


To Find out more about Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure and to purchase tickets, visit or visit us on Facebook and Twitter (@DisneyLive). 
DISCLAIMER:  This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own.  My family is receiving tickets to attend a special media night to watch the show.  Do not use any pictures without permission.  All photos are property of Feld Entertainment.

New WaterPark in #Irvine! @BoomersIrvine #BoomersIrvine #BuccaneerCove

Have you seen the newest water park in Southern California? 

Boomers, our mini-golf, games and fun go-to place for parties and kid hang out, has opened their new water park called Buccaneer Cove!

Buccaneer Cove at Boomers Irvine

New Water Play Park Now Open at Boomers!

Buccaneer Cove, an all-new water play park, has opened at Boomers in Irvine. In addition to go karts, miniature golf, and arcade games, guests can now make a splash at the brand new 20,000 square foot water play park located inside Boomers Family Entertainment Center.

The new Buccaneer Cove is a water wonderland that includes:
  • The largest water play structure in OC
  • Dozens of interactive water elements for the whole family
  • 6 colorful water slides
  • Wet water tunnels
  • Spray cannons/loops
  • Cylinder spray fountains
  • Splash/dump bucket with 100 gallons of water
  • Lounge chairs for breaks
  • Semi-private cabana's with food service available to rent

Buccaneer Cove is now open daily through Labor Day and will be open weekends in September. General admission to Buccaneer Cove will be $19.99 or admission can be added to an all attraction Champ Pass for just $10. For a limited time, guests can get the rest of the 2013 Buccaneer Cove season for free when they buy a Boomers Season Pass for just $49.99. The water play area is available for birthday party reservations. For more information, visit

Boomers Irvine & 102.7 KIIS-FM 

Boomers Summer Bash

Boomers Irvine is teaming up with the #1 L.A. radio station, 102.7 KIIS-FM, for a fun filled summer. KIIS-FM will be at Boomers Irvine several times during the summer along with special celebrity guests. In addition, KIIS-FM will be taking it to the streets with a Boomerang enter to win sweepstakes, for your chance to meet and greet one of the celebs.

For sweepstakes details and info on how to obtain a Boomers Boomerang Rewards Card, CLICK HERE.
Boomers! Irvine
3405 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 

Buccaneer Cove is now open daily through Labor Day and
will be open weekends in September.
11:00am – 7:00pm 

Only $36.99 when purchased online - SAVE $3.00
$39.99 at the park 
$49.99 each

About Boomers and Palace Entertainment:

Boomers Family Entertainment Center that offers a wide range attractions and services. Open 365 days a year, the park features bumper boats, rock wall, batting cages, miniature golf, go karts, and a huge arcade full of gaming options. Buccaneer Cove, an all-new water play park, is now open seasonally at Boomers. Boomers is owned by Palace Entertainment. Palace Entertainment owns and operates 40 parks nationwide, including water parks, family entertainment centers, theme parks and animal parks. Palace entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the nation.

DISCLAIMER:  My family was invited to visit Buccaneer Cove on a special Media Day for covering their new park.  All thoughts are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Angel, Hank Conger at the OC Zoo! #Free Admission! @Angels @OCZoo @IrvineParkRR

Families get into the OC Zoo FREE and meet the  Anaheim Angel, Hank Conger!

OC Parks and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have teamed up to provide children and families with a free day at the OC Zoo. On Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m.Angels catcher Hank Conger will make a special appearance at the OC Zoo and all visitors wearing Angels gear will receive free admission. In addition, all visitors wearing Angels gear will get half price rides on the train at Irvine Park Railroad. Both offers are good for the entire day.
While at the OC Zoo, Conger will take part in a special animal presentation with OC Zoo animal keepers and take photos with event attendees. Families are invited to visit the zoo, meet Conger, learn first-hand about his career in the majors, and take photos with him. As many guests as possible will be allowed to meet and take pictures with Conger, however, only the first 100 will be guaranteed spots at the animal presentation and photos with the Angels catcher.
Conger is from Huntington Beach, California and was drafted 25th overall by the Angels in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft directly out of high school. He was selected to represent the United States in the 2010 All-Star Future Game and hit a three-run home run, earning him MVP honors. He made his major league debut in 2010.
The OC Zoo is located inside beautiful Irvine Regional Park in the city of Orange. The zoo focuses on animals and plants native to the southwestern United States. Animals on exhibit include black bears, mountain lions, bald eagle, island fox, ocelot, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, coyotes, turkey vultures, coati and more. The zoo also features a Children’s Zoo with domestic goats, sheep, rabbits, doves and pheasants.
Irvine Park Railroad, founded in April 1996, is a one-third-scale train that takes both children and adults on a scenic ride through historic Irvine Regional Park. Other attractions at the park include the paddleboat and bike rentals, pony rides, hiking trails and more.

Angels at the OC Zoo
Time: OC Zoo opens at 10:00 a.m. Presentation begins at 11:00 a.m.and concludes at 12:30 p.m.
Location: OC Zoo
Contact: (714) 973-6847 or email
Cost: Free zoo admission for every visitor who wears Angels gear. All others $2.00 per person ages 3years and over; Ages 2 years and under are free. Also half-price rides on the train at Irvine Park Railroad.
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Hank Conger of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 

OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Plane Ride with Kids... Disaster or Delightful? Ideas to Try

Next week, my family is embarking on a trip to the beautiful Island of Maui. Most people imagine beautiful beaches, drink in your hand, swimming at the pool type of vacation.

I would love to imagine that kind of vacation too until I realize that I have to get there on a 5 hour plane trip first... with 2 young children!  Will I survive?  Will the other passengers maul me because my ADHD child cannot stop wiggling in his seat or kicking the chair in front of him?

Will my 4 year old stay awake asking a million questions to each and every passenger that surrounds her? Probably.  As parents we worry about our children's happiness but we also worry about being kicked off the plane for unruly children.

We survived our first plane trip to Hawaii 2 years ago.  My children were 2 and 4 at the time and it was a challenge to say the least. Despite the long plane trip with a few dirty looks, we decided to make a return trip to see my father in Kihei. 

We took precautions to keep our children busy on the long plane ride and I thought I would share them with others.  Maybe we can all avoid the embarrassment of having children that are...well... acting like kids in an adult world. 

We survived our last trip without too many dirty looks and I hope to do the same this time.

What to bring for each child:
  • Individual back packs
  • Change of clothes/sweat shirt or jacket- it can get cold on the plane
  • Favorite blanket/teddy/doll
  • Snacks that are not the norm that they will be excited about
  • Wipes!!!
  • DVD player (you can bring only one but it gets tricky unless they like the same shows)
  • Movies
  • Gum for take off and landing for their ears (you can bring fruit snacks as long it keeps their jaw busy)
  • Spiral notebooks for writing/coloring.  It keeps artwork less messy
  • Twistable crayons for coloring- they don't break easily and last a long time
  • Stickers
  • Books for reading
  • Deck of cards to play
  • My children have Leap Pads and other game systems.  I know its not ideal at home but keep it handy if all else fails
  • You might have a Kindle or Ipad at home that you can pre-load with games as well
  • If you have a special needs child with sensory problems, be sure to bring anything you need to make your child as comfortable as they can
  • Bring headphones for children that don't like loud noises for take off/landing
These are the items you might have thought about already... What about something different? 

Envelopes with different small activities or crafts in them that they can pull out through out the flight is a fun and inexpensive way of keeping the children busy.  They anticipate a new unknown and unless they keep asking when they could open the next one, it keeps them relatively quiet.

Small Dollar store toys such as toy soldiers/animals/dolls are a big hit and they can really use their imagination.  Wrap the small toys to make them more interesting.  Dollar stores are also great for crafts. 

If you have small boys, draw a race track or have them draw one a piece of paper and they can race cars on the tray in front of them.

My daughter loves makeup... yes I know 4 year olds should not wear makeup but we allow it for playtime/dress-up.  By going to the makeup section of the Dollar store and picking out a lip gloss and eye shadow, I can almost guarantee quiet time.  Have her put makeup on you or her dolls.  You can even draw a picture of a girl on paper and have her put makeup on it.  It is harmless fun and washes off with soap and water. 

Small puzzles/games are okay as long as the children are at an age where the pieces don't get thrown or lost easily.

You can also bring a few paper lunch bags and have them make puppets with their crayons and maybe googly eyes with a glue stick.

I hope this helps and I will keep you up to date which worked best on our trip.

Monday, August 12, 2013

BBQ and Pie? @MarieCallenders @OCMomBlog #BackyardBBQ #ad #GIVEAWAY

This week started off on the right foot! I was invited by OC Mom Blog to enjoy a delicious summer luncheon at Marie Callenders! Joining us would be a great group of OC bloggers and great friends.

I was delighted to receive a swag bag that was sponsored by GoGo Squeez and Sifteo! What a pleasant surprise! Snacks and an electronic game for my husband and I (I mean my KIDS) to play with! It is challenging but fun! It will be perfect on the airplane when we visit Hawaii next week.

Marie Callenders is doing more than ever to entice us! I am a meat and potatoes kind of girl and while I love a salad, steak wins out every-time. They introduced their summer of BBQ and Pies! And there is definitely a lot of meat to go around.

Anything that includes pies are worth a stop in right? Their BBQ menu included a little bit for everyone! Salads, seafood, vegetables, fruit, and of course meat! You can't forget the wide array of pies to choose from to top it off!
To get a taste of the menu while you wait, I suggest ordering one of their appetizers. 


To get the best deal, I recommend the Build Your Own BBQ Platter for only $15.99. Choose two BBQ items, two side dishes and get a slice of pie, FREE!

Choose two delicious BBQ favorites for your platter:

• Slow Roasted and Hand-carved Tri-Tip
• Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewer
• St. Louis BBQ Ribs
• Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast
• Crispy Chicken Tenders

Plus, choose two sides:

• Southern-style Mac n’ Cheese with ham and apple wood smoked bacon
• BBQ Baked Beans
• Sweet Potato Fries
• Coleslaw
• Potato Salad
• French Fries
• Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Are you are in the mood for something lighter? Try some of their new salads or vegetable plates. I love the choices!

And of course don't forget a slice of pie! My favorite was the fresh Strawberry pie and the Kahlua pie! Which would you choose? There are so many to choose from it's a hard choice. These were my favorites!

I had a fabulous lunch with some awesome ladies! Thank you Marie Callenders for sharing your tasty Backyard BBQ and decadent desserts with us!
Would you like to win a FREE Marie Callender's Pie?  I was given $10 gift-cards for 3 lucky winners!  Enter the GIVEAWAY below!

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DISCLAIMER: I was invited by OC Moms Blog and Marie Callenders to share in a hosted luncheon and received a swag bag and lunch for attending. All thoughts are my own. Do not use any pictures without permission.