Monday, June 30, 2014

DISCOUNT: Pirates Adventure Dinner! | @PirateDinnerCA @usfg


Pirate Dinner of Buena Park has a great deal going on and I can't wait to share it with all my readers!  

If you haven't been to Pirate's Dinner Adventure , it is a two hour live performance filled with magic, acrobatics, swordplay and audience interaction! We loved going there over the holidays and we were invited back to check out their latest shows in return for sharing their latest discounts!

  • The four-course feast fit for a pirate king includes:
  • Preshow Appetizers
  • Vegetable Soup or Fresh Garden Salad
  • Roasted Half Chicken or BBQ Beef Kabobs
  • Buttery Mashed Potatoes or Caribbean Rice
  • Fudge Brownie a la mode.
  • Vegetarian and kids meals are available.
  • The meal also includes unlimited soft drinks and complimentary coffee.  
VEGETARIAN or ALLERGIES?  If you have any diet restrictions, be sure to let them know ahead of time and they are happy to accommodate you! 
  • Complimentary on-site bus, car and handicapped parking.
  • Fully-enclosed, air-conditioned venue offers two full bars, gift and photo souvenir shops.
  • Guests from all over the world are accommodated by a multilingual staff with exceptional customer service.
  • More than 150 guests have the chance to play an actual role in each show. We love all the audience interaction!
Come Live the Pirate's Life at Pirate's Dinner Adventure California
My Readers Save $25 off Adult and $15 off Child admission
$25 off Adult and $15 off Child admission over the phone and mention code "USFAM" at time of purchase. Reservations required. Share this exclusive coupon to Pirate's Dinner Adventure!


Conveniently located off the 5 and 91 freeways in the heart of the Buena Park Entertainment Zone just 10 minutes away from the Disneyland Resort and 15 minutes from John Wayne Airport with domestic/international service.  It is almost across the street from Knotts Berry Farm! 
Pirates Dinner Adventure
7600 Beach Blvd Buena Park,
 CA 866-439-2469
DISCLAIMER:  My family was offered tickets to review the new Pirate Adventure Dinner's how in exchange for sharing this promotion.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any of the photos without permission.

ICE-CREAM for Charity: Farrells Starts Their 5th Year Helping Kids | @FarrellsIsBack #Brea

The Splendiferously  Superific Summer Spectacular Ice-Cream Eating Challenge!
Last week I was invited to watch last years ice-cream eating contests winners submit their times and defend their trophies!  We were joined by Allie Kay with KTLA live on air to showcase the contest.
This is Farrell's 5th year with Make A Wish Foundation and CHOC!  The proceeds from the entry fees go to help children in need. 

CHOCO the bear was there to cheer the contestants on!
Team "Make A Wish" were all smiles qualifying for the 4 person category!


This cutie was last years Big and Small Category Champ and is now competing in the Kids Category as he has passed the Big and Small Category to his little sister!
Last years winner of the Professional Category is actually a High School teacher coming back to teach his kids how to persevere!
What do the contestants need to do?  Can anyone enter?  Is it appropriate for kids and families? 
There are a variety of categories that fits your needs. 
Amateur Categories: $20 entry fee
  • Individual Men's- 16 and up
    • Must eat a 3 scoop sundae fastest to qualify
  • Individual Women's- 16 and up
    • Must eat a 3 scoop sundae fastest to qualify
  • Individual Kids- 9-15
    • Must eat a 3 scoop sundae fastest to qualify
  • Big and Small- team of 2- (1) 8 and under and (1) 16+
    • Must eat a 3 scoop sundae fastest to qualify
  • Four Person Team- all contestants need to be present
    • Must eat a 6 scoop sundae fastest to qualify
    • Must eat a Zoo for the Championship!
Professional Category: (don't let the name fool you, anyone can enter for a cash prize!) $40 entry fee
  • Must eat a 6 scoop pigs trough to qualify
  • Must eat a Zoo for the Championship!
What do they win?  Check out the prizes for the Amateur Category!  That is a card that entitles you to free ice-cream for a year and a great t-shirt!
The Professionals get a $300 cash prize for the winner and a great trophy!  Of course, they need to get through The Zoo first! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

DINOSAURS: Prehistoric OC is Coming to Newport Beach | @OCParks #PrehistoricKidsDay

We have enjoyed the Prehistoric Kids Day put on by the Cooper Center every year! 

The kids get to learn by doing hands on activities all about the Orange County past.

On June 28, bring your kids from 10-2 for Lectures, Hikes and Fieldtrips. 

Take a look here to see some of the fun we have had in past years.

WHERE: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Join us for Prehistoric Kids Day featuring a number of activities for young and old including: archaeological and paleontological demonstrations, exhibits, Junior Scientist Camp, educational crafts and hands-on activities. Members of the Kizh/Gabrielino tribe will be present to share their culture with visitors.


Felidae Conservation Fund
Fossils in Your Backyard
Rock-n-Roll Reptiles

Archaeology Dig
Make Your Own Fossil
Native American Rock Art
Make Your Own Shell Jewelry
Prehistoric Coloring Book
Parking and Event are FREE!

Check out the schedule below for the times of your favorite activities.

Monday, June 23, 2014

OC FAIR: Concerts and Action Sports Schedule! | @OCFair #SummerStartsHere #CostaMesa

Live Music and Action Sports coming to the OC Fair!

Check out the schedule!

July 11-August 10

The 2014 OC Fair will offer a month-long bonanza of great music and wild entertainment in The Hangar and Action Sports Arena July 11-August 10 (Wed.-Sun.) Tickets are on sale now and, as always, include free OC Fair admission.

The Hangar at the 2014 OC Fair:

July 11 Journey Unauthorized – A Tribute to Journey

July 12 Zeppelin Live – A Live Rock Tribute to Led Zeppelin

July 13 The English Beat / The Debonaires

July 16 Wild Child – A Jim Morrison Celebration

July 17 Atomic Punks – A Tribute to Early Van Halen

July 18 Joshua Tree – A Tribute to U2

July 19 Kenny Metcalf as Elton John – A Tribute to Early Elton

July 20 MenAlive – Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus Performing the Music of The Beatles

July 23 Purple Reign – THE Prince Tribute

July 24 Strangelove – The Ultimate Tribute to Depeche Mode

July 25 Metalachi – The World’s Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band / Mex-Zeppelin – A Led Zeppelin Tribute

July 26 No Duh – The Ultimate Tribute to No Doubt / Green Today – A Green Day Tribute

July 27 Ricky Nelson Remembered – Matthew & Gunnar Nelson

July 30 Hotel California – A Salute to The Eagles

July 31 Kalimba – The Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire

August 1 Rumours – The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show

August 2 KIDZ BOP – Dream Big, Sing Loud Tour!

August 2 Damage Inc. – Southern California’s Tribute to Metallica

August 3 Common Kings / Tini Grey

August 6 Moonwalker – A Reflection of Michael Jackson

August 7 Queen Nation – A Tribute to the Music of Queen

August 8 Hot August Night – The Neil Diamond Tribute

August 9 Dead Man’s Party – The Oingo Boingo Tribute

August 10 Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez

A concert ticket is required to have a seat inside The Hangar during these events. Concert tickets include free Fair admission for the same day before and after the concert.

Action Sports Arena at the 2014 OC Fair:

July 11 X-Treme Freestyle Moto-X

July 12 40th Annual Speedway Fair Derby

July 13 SummerFist VII – Mixed Martial Arts

July 16-20 Monster X Tour – Monster Trucks & Tuff Trucks

July 23-27 ASA Action Sports World Tour – Skate/BMX Half-Pipe

July 30 & August 1 Extreme Rodeo

July 31 & August 2 Broncs & Bulls

August 3 Fiesta del Charro

August 6 & 9 Orange Crush Demolition Derby

August 7 & 10 Motor Home Madness Demolition Derby

August 8 Damsels of Destruction Demolition Derby

Reserved seats include free Fair admission for the same day before and after the event. There is limited free seating available with Fair admission on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Tickets to The Hangar and Action Sports Arena reserved seats can be purchased online at, by phone (800) 745-3000, from all Ticketmaster outlets or at the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office, which is open before the Fair on Wednesday 1-9 p.m., Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and closed Monday-Tuesday and Friday, July 4. The Box Office is also open during the 2014 OC Fair.

The 2014 OC Fair, themed Summer Starts Here,is July 11 – August 10 and will bring 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Super Pass, Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre and events in The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats, single-day general admission and the popular Super Pass are available for purchase online at or from the on-site Box Office. Free parking and shuttle service are available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol St. exit of the 405 freeway.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, please visit, become a fan at, follow us at or call (714) 708-1500. Also, download the free OC Fair iPhone and Android apps available this summer.

Friday, June 20, 2014

MOVIES ON THE BEACH: Alfredo's Beach Club FREE | #LongBeach #Movies

Photo Credit: Port of Long Beach/Alfredo's Beach Club


Movies on the Beach Start at Dusk (approx. 8 p.m.)
Movie Screenings Start June 21, 2014 and run through September 9, 2014

Saturday June 21st - Movies at Mom's
Monsters University

Tuesday July 1st - Granada Beach

Saturday July 12th - Movies at Mom's
Mary Poppins

Tuesday July 15th - Granada Beach
Caddy Shack

Tuesday July 22nd - Granada Beach
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Tuesday July 29th - Granada Beach
Sixteen Candles

Tuesday August 5th - Granada Beach
The Wizard of OZ

Friday August 8th - Movies at Mom's
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Tuesday August 12th - Granada Beach
The Goonies

Tuesday August 19th - Granada Beach
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Tuesday August 26th - Granada Beach
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Tuesday September 2nd -Granada Beach

Saturday September 6th - Movies at Mom's

Tuesday September 9th -Granada Beach

MOVIES IN THE PARK: Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, Los Alamitos and more!


Movies in the Park in and Around Long Beach

Grab a picnic blanket, dinner and popcorn and take the family to see these great films at your local park!

All movies start at dusk.

6/20 – Whaley (Sing-a-long)
6/20- Rush Park
6/23 – Pan American
6/25 – Scherer
6/27 – Bixby
8/25 – DeForest
8/27 – El Dorado (Sing-a-long)
6/30 – Admiral Kidd
7/2 – Orizaba
7/4 – No Movie

7/7 – Coolidge
7/9 - Stearns Champions
7/11 – Chavez

7/14 – Somerset
7/16 – McBride
7/18 – Houghton
8/15- Rush Park

7/21 – Signal Hill
7/23 – Veterans
7/25 – Heartwell

7/28 – Davenport
7/30 – Drake
8/1 – Wardlow
8/18 – Grace

8/4 – Cherry
8/6 – King
8/8 – College Estates

7/18-  Rush Park
8/11 – Seaside
8/13 – Ramona
8/15 – Signal Hill

8/20 – MacArthur
8/22 – Silverado
6/27- Monte Verde (Lakewood)

8/8 Monte Verde (Lakewood)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

BABIES: New Baby Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific! | @AquariumPacific #Penguins

Recently, I visited the Aquarium of the Pacific to see the 2013 penguin babies up close and personal.  Now I have exciting news to share about the new additions to the penguin family!  

There were new Magellanic Penguin chicks born to first-time parents Kate and Avery and Patsy and Noodles, residents of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat.

The penguins were born about 2 weeks ago and are being cared for in their nest burrows.  The babies won't be available to see until late summer when they leave their nests.

A little bit about Magellanic Penguins:

Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch. The chicks hatch with their eyes closed, and they are able to open their eyes about a week later. Magellanic Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch. The chicks fledge, or replace their downy newborn feathers with water-tight sub-adult feathers, after about ninety days. 

The Aquarium’s penguin chicks are expected to fledge in late August or early September and join the other penguins in the viewable parts of the exhibit in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. It is also around that time that we may know if they are male or female. In the meantime, the public can help support the penguins at the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific through the Adopt an Animal program. Adoptions start at $25 and include various benefits such as a photo of your adopted animal, adoption certificate, invitations to special events, and more. Adopt an Animal is one of the many giving programs at the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is a nonprofit institution that recently earned a 4-out-of-4 score from Charity Navigator for financial health, accountability, and transparency.

To see the latest pics of last years babies, be sure to check out Walking With Penguins, here.

 100 Aquarium Way, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus! | @RinglingBros #Anaheim

 One of my favorite family traditions is returning this summer to the Honda Center, Staples Center and Citizens Bank Arena. I am talking about Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus! They are arriving with a brand new show, LEGENDS with a new "New Ringmaster Zone Behind The Curtain VIP Experience".

Featuring over 100 performers spanning 25 countries plus more than 85 animals from nearly every continent around the world, the Ringling Bros. 144th Edition features several unique acts including:

**Debut of New Ringmaster Zone Behind The Curtain VIP Experience**

Debuting this year for the ultimate circus fan, check out the exclusive and intimate fan experience within the Ringmaster Zone. Access to this VIP area is only available to select ticket holders and offers guests an unprecedented look “behind the curtain” of The Greatest Show On Earth. Fans have the opportunity to walk the Ringling Red Carpet, meet Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and the stars of the show, step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the Ringmaster’s float and have an up-close elephant encounter.


Be sure to arrive early to experience several exciting interactive elements before the show starts included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House (in Ontario & Anaheim only) to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more! 


WHEN: Wednesday, July 9 – Tuesday, July 15

Wednesday: July 9 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 10 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Friday, July 11 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 12 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 13 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Monday, July 14 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 15 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM **All shows include the All Access Pre-Show


STAPLES Center (1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015)


Prices range from $26, $30, $45–$50 (VIP), $75–$85 (Front Row) and $125–$155 (Ringmaster Zone)
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees ONTARIO

WHEN: Friday, July 18 – Tuesday, July 22

Friday, July 18 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 19 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 20 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Monday, July 21 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 22 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM **All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show


Citizens Business Bank Arena (4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764)

Prices range from $20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100–$115 (Ringmaster Zone)
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at or, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees


WHEN: Friday, July 25 – Sunday, August 3

Friday, July 25 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 26 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 27 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
Wednesday, July 30 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 31 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
Friday, August 1 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 2 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 3 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM **All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show


Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806)


Prices range from $20, $28, $42 (VIP), $75 (Front Row) and $125–$135 (Ringmaster Zone)
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at or, charge by phone at 800745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees 


DISCLAIMER: My family will be given tickets for a media night in return for helping promote this event. All photos are used with permission. All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

GREAT DEALS: Westminster Goodwill is Open w/ Designer Purses & Great Deals! | @OCGoodwill #Westminster #ad

Last week, I attended the Grand Opening of Goodwill's latest store in Westminster.  WOW!  I have been to a lot of Goodwill stores because I love a great deal and this store went above and beyond a good deal!

I got a sneak peak for a half hour before the crowd of 200 people came into the store and then I understood why there were so many people waiting! The quality of the products, purses especially, were mind-blowing!

After the store was officially opened, by the Mayor of Westminster and the OC Goodwill CEO, the crowd converged.  The first item you saw when you entered was this spectacular NEW Huffy woman's cruiser!  I LOVED it!

The first place most of the patrons visited was the purse area.  Why?  Because of the names that jumped out at you such as Louis Vuitton, Juicy Couture, Prada, Coach and more! I had never had the extra cash or the opportunity to purchase a nice purse before and that changed today!  None of the purses I looked at were more than $30!  I have been asked if they are original or knock-offs and I looked close and saw NO fakes.


Another question I get often is how the donations to Goodwill help?  Do they go to the CEO or back to the community?  I found out that 92% of all sales goes to helping the less fortunate!  I really liked the visuals they had that put the items into perspective.


There were so many great things to purchase besides purses!  I bought new uniforms for my daughter for the fall, Frozen and Hello Kitty(new in box) toys for a special prize for good behaviors and even a fishing net for $1 for my son!  Though, I must admit my favorite purchase was my new Coach purse!  

There are a lot of reasons to check out your local Goodwill and the new store definitely gives great deals but the main reason why I love shopping there is because it helps the community!  Whether you shop there or donate your unwanted goods, every sale goes to help give someone confidence, job skills and a new start.  

Check out the new store when you can and keep your eyes open for the newest Goodwill Boutique that will be opening in Anaheim in the next month or so!  If you think the deals are great at the Westminster Goodwill, wait until you see what is in store at the Boutique!

"NEW" Westminster Goodwill
Center West Shopping Center(Westminster/Goldenwest)
6741 Westminster Blvd B
Westminster, CA 92683

DISCLAIMER:  I was given a gift-card to help promote the opening of this store.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.