Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy 90th Anniversary MGM! Movie Giveaway! | @FHEInsiders #MGMInsiders #ad

MGM Studios is celebrating their 90th birthday this year and they want to give back by re-releasing some of their classic family films.   With the re-releases comes great deals on many of their movies.

I have ALL THREE movies to give away!

When was the last time you watched film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?  My kids discovered the fun and imaginative film this last year and it quickly became a favorite.  In fact we often drive down the street while singing the catchy theme song.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls — start your engines. You’re about to take an incredible ride with one of the most wonderful family films of all time! With its clever tunes (including the OSCAR®-Nominated title song*), marvelous cast and enchanting storyline, this delightful romp is lots of fun and simply “toot sweet” to pass up! Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives — but also flies and floats — as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless adventure. 

 All Dogs go to Heaven:Set in 1939 New Orleans, this colorful, song-filled story centers on Charles B. Barkin, a roguish German Shepherd with the charm of a con man and the heart of a marshmallow. Out for revenge against his double-crossing former partner, a cigar-chomping pit bull known as Carface, Charlie finds himself guardian to a lonely little orphan named Anne-Marie. Her astounding ability to talk to animals leads this unlikely pair on an adventure packed with thrills, laughs, tears and true love. Own it today: Amazon 

The Secret of NIMHGet ready to meet some runaway rodents with an earth-shattering secret! Suspenseful and heartwarming, this beautifully animated odyssey stars Mrs. Brisby, a mild-mannered mother mouse with a plan to move Heaven and Earth (or at least her house and home) to save her family from Farmer Fitzgibbon's plow! Along the way she gets some help from a lovelorn Crow, a busybody neighbor mouse and a fearsome Great Owl. Unfortunately, Mrs. Brisby will need an engineering miracle to hoist her home, and for that she must face a mysterious rat, fend off a ferocious cat and claim a magic amulet! But when Mrs. Brisby discovers the astounding secret of NIMH...it could change her life forever! This timeless tale of love, courage and determination will transport the whole family into an enchanting world where the bravest hearts live in the meekest of mice. Own it today: Amazon.

Take a step back to your childhood and check out all the classics here.

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I would love to help you introduce your kids to these movies by giving ALL THREE away to one lucky winner!  

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DISCLAIMER:  I received copies of these movies in exchange for helping promote.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday Desserts at Baskin Robbins! Order Online | @BaskinRobbins #Christmas #spon

Christmas is just a few days away and I have been searching for the perfect dessert to bring to Christmas dinner.  Since I am not a great cook or baker, I thought maybe of looking for something different.

I knew Baskin Robbins had different ice-cream cakes and I had bought birthday ones in the past.  What were my choices for Christmas?

The main reason I like Baskin Robbins cakes is because of all the choices for flavors.  Really, how many cakes do you know that has 31+ choices?  As long as they have the ice-cream in stock, it can be made into a cake.

My daughter and  I went to take a look.  I was familiar with the Yule log cakes and like the concept.  They are easy to cut and everyone can have a circular slice.

These other choices were just as adorable!  "Un-wrap" your cake in the present design or add poinsettias for a traditional Christmas look.

The cake I ordered for our own Christmas had peppermint ice-cream with the Yule Log
design but if it were up to my daughter, she would have chose this Despicable Me Minion design with Bubble-gum ice-cream inside.  Maybe for her birthday.

If you are ready to decide which cake to order(order 48 hours in advance), do yourself a favor and order online at www.baskinrobbins.com/OnlineOrdering.

Need a great stocking stuffer?  Pick up Baskin Robbins gift-cards!  Who doesn't love free ice-cream?

Have a wonderful Christmas and whatever dessert you choose, eat a piece for me! 

DISCLAIMER:  I received gift-cards to order a holiday cake for my family.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Queen Mary's CHILL 2015 a Review | @TheQueenMary #Chill #Spon

Have you been to the Queen Mary this winter?  CHILL is back for the 3rd year and we were there to see the new improvements.

The best improvement that I noted was that the admission price included ALL activities except the bucking reindeer!  We made a day out of CHILL going ice-skating, tubing, bounce houses, watched shows, and of course saw the latest ice-sculptures in the 4 degree Ice Kingdom.

I love the quaint village outside the Queen Mary and in the Christmas-time, it turns into Santa's Village with all of the decorations.

There are outside activities from the moment you walk in.  From bounce houses to bucking reindeer and ice-skating, there is plenty to do.

For when you want to relax, there are shows for kids of all ages to watch.  Check out the sand sculpture!

My kids favorite part of CHILL was the Ice-Tubing and the Ice-Kingdom.  The lines can get long and I highly recommend spending the extra money for the ELF Pass!  Worth every penny to not have to wait in the long lines.  

The Ice-Kingdom is 4 degrees if you hadn't heard. It is insanely cold! I highly recommend bringing gloves and beanies for all. The parka they give you to use really only helps so much and are pretty worn. Also, the warmer the kids are, the longer you can enjoy the amazing sculptures and the kids can continue to slide down the iced Queen Mary.

The ice-sculptures were the perfect way to end the day and we went home to warm up.  I am happy to have experienced Queen Mary's CHILL every year since it started and I am happy to see the improvements made every year.  I can't wait to see what the Queen Mary holds for us in 2015.

Be sure to check out their upcoming events on their website at http://www.queenmary.com/.

Their next event is their New Years Eve party complete with Fireworks!

DISCLAIMER:  I received tickets for my family to experience CHILL in exchange for sharing my experience.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last Minute Gift Ideas at the Outlets At Orange Win $50 Gift Card | @OutletsAtOrange #OAO #Giveaway #spon

With less than a week left, many of us have procrastinated in getting our loved ones their Christmas gifts.  While shopping is NOT my favorite thing, I DO love giving gifts!

I have been thinking, shopping would be more fun if I had some clue as to what to get people.  Really, everyone is so different and everyone has different tastes.  Can't everyone just like the same thing? LOL

Well I bit the bullet and went shopping this week at the Outlets at Orange(formerly the Block of Orange).  Why did I choose the Outlets?  Bottom line, I love deals.  Also, the Outlets have so many stores, I knew that I had a great chance of finding the right gift for everyone on my list.  I also included a few ideas for the men in our lives because we all know that men HATE shopping!

One of the reasons I don't particularly like shopping is because I usually have my children with me, complaining the whole time.  How do I avoid that?  I found a solution.  Zoogamo!  I had walked into the Outlets and almost got ran over by a Panda.  Okay, it wasn't a REAL panda but these cute rental animals that keep little legs from getting tired while mom shops.

Imagine an electric bike covered in cute animal fur and you have an idea how it works.  They are very stable and I saw kids as young as 3 riding them.

I started off to the ASICS store to check out the latest running gear for my husband.  The Warrior Dash is coming up in May and we could both use some new shoes.  I found a huge selection of running shoes for every type of foot.  Also, the shoes were buy one and get one half off. PERFECT!  One for me and one for hubby.

Running isn't for everyone.  If you are looking for comfortable jeans and great looks, I recommend the Lucky Brand store!  I have never worn a more flattering pair of jeans.  The guys gave them the thumbs up too.

In our family, sports are a big deal.  At least one Christmas or birthday gift must be sports related.  I found that Sports Authority had a great selection on most of the local teams EXCEPT the LA Kings!  Despite that downfall, I loved the selection of Under Armour sweatshirts and good variety of sporty gifts like the GoPro Hero 4.

What to get teenage boys.  Does anyone really know?  I usually give my nephew clothes or money but I wanted to get him something he would love.  Game Stop was my solution.  They have a HUGE selection of the latest games for only $12!  I love the fact that there was a large selection of used games that they could get more for their money.

One of the stores that I find the most versatile for the active set is Tilly's!  They have durable and comfortable clothing for all those on the go!  

Did you know that the Outlets of Orange have a Skate Park?  Inside the HUGE Vans store, is a skate park that anyone may come and use for a small fee.  While you are there, check out these Star Wars Vans I found!  Perfect for my son!

Since I am a mom, it is hard to go anywhere and NOT buy something for my kids so I stopped in at Gymboree to check out their latest fashions.   I got some of these fleece hats and gloves as stocking stuffers to keep them warm when we visit the snow.

Men, you may not have to shop for very many people but it's a good bet that you will have to buy for that special someone in your life.  If you are thinking of popping the question this holiday, Kay Jewelers had gorgeous rings and jewelry!  A cute nighty wouldn't hurt either from Fredrick's of Hollywood or Victoria Secrets.

After shopping all day for others, I thought, what about me?  I saw the Nordstrom's Rack sign and made a bee-line to the store.  I don't splurge very often on me but I have a weakness for boots!  I LOVE boots!  My purchase of the day?  These ADORABLE brown Coach boots that were fur lined!  So soft!  I almost got the black ones too but refrained.  Maybe next Christmas.

Still haven't seen what to get your loved ones?  How about getting them a gift card?  There is a wide variety of restaurants, stores and activities to use them at.  One of my favorites, Dave and Busters!  Games for kids and drinks and food for adults!  You really can't go wrong.  Did you know that they have half off games every Wednesday? 


I hope I made your last minute shopping a little easier by bringing you along while I got MY shopping done!  If you haven't been down to the Outlets of Orange recently, they have made a lot of great improvements and there are new stores all the time.  To get a full list of all the stores, check out their website at http://www.simon.com/mall/the-outlets-at-orange.


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Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate (Review) at the Honda Center | @DisneyOnIce #LetsCelebrate

Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate,  opened this week at the Honda Center and we were there to experience it.  Full of familiar faces and favorite songs, Disney On Ice has succeeded again!

My contributor Heather Carroll took her children for the first time and shared their fun.  Here, her son looks on at amazement as the first of the characters come onto the ice.  The light up Dippin Dots cup had set the mood for a great evening!

The characters skated through our favorite movies such as Toy Story 2, Mulan and Lilo and Stitch, the costumes and talent were amazing!  The Chinese dragon was almost as long as the arena!


The costumes were great but the special effects made us believe in magic!  Between juggling fans, setting the ice on fire and SNOW, we never knew what was coming up next!

With Santa's big night just a week away, we were happy to see him as the star of the show!  Even if he does look a little "Goofy".   Snow White and Alice in Wonderland's  tea party put a smile on every little girls face.

Whether you have been to a Disney On Ice show or not, Let's Celebrate is a must see!  Full of entertainment, special effects, favorite characters and of course TALENT!  The jumps and spins makes you wonder if the will be in the Olympics!

Disney On Ice:  Let's Celebrate makes a great Christmas surprise present!  Check out the upcoming shows.

Anaheim Honda Center:
2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
Tuesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 21
Tuesday, December 16 7:30 PM
Wednesday, December 17 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 18 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
Friday, December 19 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 20 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 21 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office. *prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Ontario Citizens Business Bank Arena:
4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764
Thursday, December 25 – Sunday, December 28
Thursday, December 25 6:00 PM
Friday, December 26 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 27 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 28 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Long Beach Long Beach Arena:
300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – Sunday, January 4, 2015
Wednesday, December 31 4:30 PM
Thursday, January 1 6:00 PM
Friday, January 2 11:30 AM & 6:00 PM
Saturday, January 3 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 4 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office. *prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received tickets in exchange for sharing my experience.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boat Parades and New Years Eve w/ Harbor Breeze Cruises | @HarborBreezeC #Christmas #ad

Christmas Lights

In California, we pride ourselves on our laid-back beach lifestyles.  During Christmas time we do things just a little different than most of the world.  We decorate our boats as well as our houses.

Last weekend, my family was invited to enjoy 2 of our local Boat Parades, Naples and Long Beach Harbors.  While across the world, people decorate their houses with Christmas lights, here in California, we decorate our boats too.

I usually take my family to watch the parades from the beaches but this year, we joined Harbor Breeze Cruises, our favorite whale watching fleet, on the vessel the Christopher located next to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The 3 hour cruise included trips around the Long Beach harbor with the Queen Mary and continued down to Naples in beautiful Alamitos Bay.

Boat Parade  Sail Boat

The parade route was lined with colorful lit trees floating on the water.

Lights on houses

The houses and boats in Naples are decorated for the season and it is a unique experience seeing them from the water.

Reindeer Lights Paddle Wheel
 Electric Boats Fishing Boat Lights

We enjoyed hot chocolate for the kids and an adult refreshment for adults along with cookies and snacks.  While we saw the Triumphant, the Christopher's sister ship float by with it's charted party on board.

The ride back to the dock brought us along-side the majestic Queen Mary.

Boat Parade

We enjoyed the boat parade as we have been enjoying Harbor Breeze whale watching for years.  Did you know they do more than whale watching?

Check out their other activities!
  • Weddings
  • Company events
  • Holiday parties
  • Parades
  • Funerals
  • Harbor/Wild-life Cruises and more!
The most exciting event coming up in a couple weeks is their 21 + New Years Eve party! Fireworks, food, DJ, dancing and an OPEN BAR!

TICKETS:  To purchase tickets for any of the above activities, please go to their website here.

Boat Parade

DISCLAIMER:  My family received tickets to enjoy the cruise in exchange for sharing my experiences.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.