Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Children's Place Winter: Warm, Cozy and Stylish | @ChildrensPlace #BigFashionLittlePrices


With fall brings cooler weather and the need for warmer clothes.  Even in California where the weather only drops to 50's on average, the need for layers is necessary.

Last week, I had the chance to see what our favorite children's fashion store had to offer.  The Children's Place has always been our go to place for the latest fashions at great prices and when I got the email to come take a look, I jumped at the chance.  

Walking into the Tarzana store, the first thing that caught my eye was the chosen theme of the year.  Can you guess what it is?  You got it!  Frozen!  While there weren't an over abundance of actual licensed clothing, the over all look made you want to curl up next to a campfire in cozy clothes.

    
 
 Tired of hearing and seeing all things Frozen?  Don't worry, there are plenty of other adorable dresses.



The boys clothes were just as cozy but had a distinctive boyish flare.  Have you seen Big Hero 6?  They have a great selection!  Our favorites were the t-shirts for only $5!


I found the cutest selection of holiday pj's!  My daughter loves her new "Elf on the Shelf" nightgown!

Since we spend so much time outside camping, I needed to make sure that my kids had warm jackets.  These jackets are 3 in 1 so they can peel off the layers with our crazy California weather.


Whether you are looking for the latest fashion or just trying to keep your kids stylish and warm.  The Children's Place has it all!  Don't forget to sign up for the emails because you can save almost a guaranteed 20-30% with their weekly emails!

DISCLAIMER:  This is a sponsored post.  I received compensation to purchase clothes in exchange for sharing my experience.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The "Coolest Place In Town" is Queen Mary's CHILL! | @TheQueenMary #LONGBEACH

Ice Kingdom

Winter is right around the corner and most of the country is blanketed in snow.  While we Southern Californian's will never see that weather here, we can go see the coolest place in town!

The Queen Mary is hosting CHILL for the 3rd year in a row, opening November 21st.

This years general admission ticket encompasses all that CHILL has to offer.  Some of the fun activities include:
  • Unlimited access to the Ice Kingdom- Brilliant ice sculptures in a 9 degree Farenheit display.
  • All new ice-slides with a California Christmas theme
  • Unlimited ice-tubing
  • Ice-skating with skate rentals(although you can bring your own)
  • Visit onto the Queen Mary
The theme, California Christmas, showcases our amazing state in the Ice Kingdom.  Enter through poinsettia lined arch and stroll(quickly because it is FREEZING) through a forest of candy-canes.  Santa shreds the 20 foot tall ice-waves and visit with Jolly St. Nick.

  

Slide down the frozen replica of the Queen Mary with four all new slides.  

The Nativity Scene and the almighty Ice-Queen round out the spectacular California Christmas in the Ice Kingdom.

The Ice Kingdom is kept at a chilling 9-degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the glistening ice sculptures. Public parkas are available, and guests are encouraged to bring their own jackets, hats and gloves to stay warm while inside the giant igloo-like exhibit. 


The Glacier Glide at CHILL offers guests unlimited ice tubing down six-lanes made entirely out of ice that stand more than two stories tall and 100-feet long. Guests can enjoy a perfect Southern California evening on a yuletide glide on the CHILL Ice Rink presented by the Port of Long Beach. The world-class 6,500 square foot outdoor ice skating rink gives skaters an awe inspiring view of the majestic Queen Mary, complete with twinkling lights installed just for the holidays, on her world famous stacks. This year ice skate rentals are included with each ticket or guests are welcome to bring their own skates. 

  

CHILL also invites visitors to explore the festive holiday village complete with a gingerbread house, holiday carolers, the decoration adorned Candy Lane and a visit with Santa Claus. CHILL features live festive entertainment, food and beverages nightly.

A holiday experience like no other, CHILL tickets start at $39.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids (ages 4-11). Tickets include entrance to The Ice Kingdom, ice skating and skate rental, ice tubing and access to the Queen Mary ship. Lodging packages are also available. CHILL will be open Nov. 21-30, Dec. 2-7, Dec. 9-Jan. 4 and Jan. 8-11. CHILL sponsors include The Port of Long Beach, Hawaiian Host, YP, Coca-Cola, Heineken and Finlandia. For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/chill/.

About the Queen Mary:

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco d├ęcor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FREE Kids Fishing Derby at El Dorado Park | @TVFishing #LongBeach

Legg Lake, Whittier Narrows

I have great news!  The FREE Kids Fishing Derby is back at El Dorado Park!

Join Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife for a free Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, November 22. 

El Dorado Park 
7550 E Spring Street
Long Beach

“Loaner” fishing poles and tackle to catch fish will be provided to youth ages 15 years old and under. Participants over 16 years old are required to have a California State Fishing License.
Adults may fish after the derby is over so parents don't forget to bring your rods!

Schedule: 8-9 a.m.
Registration will begin 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fishing Derby 1 p.m.: A special drawing will be held.

For more information about the Youth Fishing Derby or El Dorado Regional Park, please call (562) 570-1771. For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, call (562) 570-3100 or visit www.LBParks.org.

El Dorado Park Fishing Derby

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Boat Parade Schedule: Los Angeles and Orange Counties | #Christmas



Photo Credit: John Schuman at Naples Boat Parade naplesca.com
2014 Los Angeles/Orange County Boat Parade Schedule

Dana Point - Boat Parade of Lights

When
: Friday, December 5; Saturday, December 6;
Friday, December 12; Saturday, December 13
At 7:30pm

Viewing Locations: Dana Point Harbor 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA

You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of the waterfront restaurants. 

There are also boat rides with Santa December 6-7 from 10 am to 2 pm from the Dana Wharf Sportfishing Dock.

Info: (949) 923-2255  www.danapointharbor.com

Huntington Harbor Boat Parade
16889 Algonquin Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

When: December 13 and 14th 5-8pm
Where: Parade Route

Info: Phone (714) 840-7542 http://www.hhboatparade.org/
King Harbor Boat Parade in Redondo Beach
When: Saturday, December 13, 2014
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM- Concert with Santa
4:30 PM – SUP/Paddlecraft
5:30 PM – Boats

Viewing Locations:
From King Harbor Marina to the Redondo Beach Pier
All along the waterfront from restaurants, breakwalls or along the piers

Parking: Paid parking in the Pier Parking structure, Redondo Beach Marina and street parking


Long Beach Parade of 1000 Lights in the Downtown Shoreline and Rainbow Harbor Marinas
When: Saturday, December 13, 2014, 5:30 pm

Best Viewing Locations:From restaurants and the boardwalk at Shoreline Village
The Marina breakwall behind Shoreline Village
Shoreline Park around the Lighthouse

Parking: Paid Parking at Shoreline Village, the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Pike, metered street parking, pre-paid ticket boxes at the Downtown Marina
Info: www.shorelineyachtclub.com

LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade 

What: Decorated boats parade through the Port of LA Main Channel.

When: Saturday, December 6, 2014, 6-9:00 pm

Best Viewing Locations: 

Banning Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington
The Port of LA Cruise Ship Promenade, 600 N. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
Ports O' Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro
Cabrillo Marina, 200 Whaler's Walk, San Pedro

Info and Parade Route: http://laharborholidayafloat.org/parade-route-2/

Marina del Rey Boat Parade

When: Saturday, Dec 13, 2014,
Fireworks: 5:55 pm, parade 6 - 8 pm 

Best Viewing Locations:
Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey
Music, commentary and judging
Fisherman's Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey
View from along the channel or from one of the restaurants with a waterfront view.

Parking: Parking fees in County Parking Lots are waived for the parade. There is NO street parking.

Info: www.mdrboatparade.org

When: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 “Parade night” Streets close at 5:00 PM

Best Viewing Locations:  
Many of the restaurants along Seaport Village

Parking: Alamitos Bay Marina off 2 Street and Marina Drive offers substantial free parking just over the Davies Bridge from Naples. Mothers Beach off Revenna and Appian Way has some metered parking as well as Beach parking at Bayshore and Ocean Boulevard.

Info: http://www.naplesca.com/Home_Page.html

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

When:
December 17-21, 2014. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm. There is an opening night fireworks show on December 188 at 6:20 pm.

Check the Route Map for the day you will attend.

Free Viewing Locations:On the bay side of Balboa Peninsula from 18th Street to the end of Bay Avenue
Anywhere along the water on Balboa Island
Along Pacific Coast Highway between Balboa Bay Club and Riverside Drive
Along the water on Lido Isle.
Boats go into the channel on the west end of the island only on weekends

Paid Viewing Locations:Seating is available at the American Legion Post 291 located at 215 15th Street. Call early to reserve (949) 673-5070 or 1-800-655-0149.
The Newport Sea Base (1931 W. Coast Hwy.) has lawn seating with a view of the Parade. Call 949-642-5031 for more details.
Info: www.christmasboatparade.com, (949) 729-4400

For years, my family participated in the annual LA Harbor Afloat Parade and Newport Beach Boat Parade. While my family does not own boats anymore, it is still a cherished tradition that I have passed onto my own children. It is a great excuse to bundle up the children in warm clothing, grab a couple thermos' of hot cocoa, pack the chairs, and head to the harbor for the magical boat parades. It is similar to going around the neighborhood looking at lights but instead the lights come to you!

Each boat is decorated in the years theme to vie for prizes in the various contest categories. Some enter the contests and some just enjoy a wonderful night out on the water with as many lights as they can fit on their vessel.

With music blaring Christmas Carols and well wishers yelling Merry Christmas, it is the perfect activity to put your family in the holiday mood.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Win Tickets to Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate | @DisneyOnIce #Giveaway

Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate looks to be the best show yet!  Have you gotten your tickets yet?  

There are 4 different arenas in Southern California for you to go.  Long Beach, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Ontario.  The dates vary but be sure you get your discount code here so you can get the best deal!

Tickets are now on sale at the following locations:

Los Angeles
STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015

Wednesday, December 10 – Sunday, December 14
Wednesday, December 10 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 11 7:30 PM
Friday, December 12 11:30 AM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 13 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 14 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 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.


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 90802Wednesday, 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.

Mickey and Minnie Disney On Ice

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DISCLAIMER:  I will attend a media night performance for the purpose of a review.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Raney Ranch Retrievers: San Diego's Best Dog Trainers | @RaneyRanchRet #ad #RaneyRanch #Hunting


Looking for a great reliable Hunting Dog?  A good hunting dog can mean the difference between thousands of dollars wasted in hunting trips and disappointments galore.  

There is nothing like shooting down your birds and being unable to retrieve it due to a dog unable to locate it or because it lacks the ability to read your signals at a long distance.  We, hunters, rely on our dogs to be one of our greatest tools in our amazing sport.

A reliable gun and proper hunting training is a must for us but what about our other tool, our dogs?  Without proper training, a hurt bird may suffer or never be found.  


Where do you go for reliable training in Southern California?  Raney Ranch Retrievers.

Raney Ranch Retrievers is a first class training facility that sits on over 150 acres overlooking Lake Henshaw in San Diego County.  Raney Ranch has it all if you are looking for great dogs!  

Steve and Carrie Raney are the owners and are responsible for all the training and breeding programs that make the perfect obedient hunt dog that you are looking for.  They have been breeding and training dogs for over 20 years.


The training programs are not only for hunting.  

The programs that are offered are:
  1. Boarding with exercise 3 times a day
  2. Dog boarding with hunt training(Labradors only)
    1. perfect for established hunting dogs to get ready for hunt season
  3. Puppy Head Start
    1. 18weeks -6 months intro to obedience, retrieving and loving birds
  4. Obedience Training  Any breed of dog/age
    1. On lead
    2. Off lead
  5. Gun Dog Training (Labradors only)
    1. Basic and Advanced
  6. Hunt Test Training (Labradors Only)
    1. Meeting the needs of each individual dog to compete in AKC Senior and Master Hunt Test
  7. Rattlesnake Avoidance Training
  8. Day Training(Appointment Only)
  9. Trained Dogs for Sale
  10. Puppies for Sale
  11. Breeding Studs/Bitches
I got to meet up with some of the 6 week old puppies that were going to their new homes in a couple weeks,  Aren't they gorgeous?  SO full of personality!


Soon we headed off to the fields to see the dogs work.  There are 150 acres to work with them that includes cabins for clients, training barn, whelping barn, training kennels, goats, ponds, and more!


Here, Steve Raney works one of the many pups work in the field and pond.  You can see how much respect and love they have for each other.  That is the key to a good partnership!

Check out the dogs in action in this sample of the great work that they do.


Whether your Labrador is just starting out their hunting career or you are aiming for a Master Hunt title, Raney Ranch has the perfect program for you.  Check out their latest litter and champion dogs on their website Raney Ranch Retrievers  or give them a call at (760) 782-0484



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Irvine Park Railroad Giveaway: Christmas Tree + Prize Package! | @IrvineParkRR #ChristmasTrain

Irvine Park Railroad


Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away and Christmas(YES, I said Christmas) is only 7 weeks away?!  WOW!  It seems like the kids just went back to school!

You may not have thought about your Christmas tree yet but your favorite park wants to help you find the perfect tree while enjoying a festive filled evening.  I am talking about Irvine Park Railroad.  Yes, our fun train ride to Santa now includes a NEW Christmas Tree Ranch!

Irvine Park Railroad
Photo courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad
The Christmas Tree Ranch is located in the Party Pavilions next to the train station. 
Christmas trees are individually priced; all trees contain a tag with the cost for that tree. 
Visitors may park in the Irvine Park Railroad parking lot which is next to the Christmas Tree Ranch. 

This year, Irvine Park Railroad is open November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, through Tuesday December 23rd.

Trees Available:
  • Douglas Fir, Noble Fir and Grand Fir trees
  • 4-12ft
  • Tree stands, preservatives, wreaths, garland and more
Don't forget to take your family to meet Santa on the Christmas Train!  You must reserve a time for this special train ride.  Enjoy hot chocolate while enjoying the beautifully lit decor while waiting.


Activities to enjoy(WEEKENDS ONLY) through December 15th and (DAILY until December 23rd):
  • Carnival Games
  • Photo Ops
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Story Time with Mrs. Claus
  • Coloring Corner
  • Ice Fishing
  • Moon Bounce and more!
  

HOURS:
Friday, November 28th through Tuesday, December 23rd
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Irvine Park Railroad
(Located inside Irvine Regional Park).
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

For pricing, park directions and complete details, please visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com.

PARKING:
Parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Parking for the Christmas Tree Ranch is free after 5:00 PM.


Note: Dogs and professional videography/photography are prohibited. Hours are subject to change without notice. The Christmas Tree Ranch is open when weather permits.

WIN A CHRISTMAS TREE AND PRIZE PACKAGE BELOW!


US Residents Only. No purchase necessary to enter. All fans have an equal chance to win, however, you must enter to win. A winner will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter and notified via email. No cash value. Winner will have 72 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected the same way. Several different ways to earn entries (some can be done daily). Not liable for unclaimed prizes or fulfillment.

DISCLAIMER:  I will attend a media event in exchange for helping promote Irvine Park Railroad.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Contest! How to Train Your Dragon 2 DVD/Blu-Ray plus FREE Activities | @FHEInsiders #HTTYD2 #DragonInsiders

Box Art Cover

The time has come that my kids have been waiting for all summer!  How To Train Your Dragon 2 is out on DVD/Blu-ray!  

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

There is even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS, an all-new animated adventure featuring the original voice cast. A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk! DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS will be available exclusively on the Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD double pack and Digital HD.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received a copy of the movie in return for the purpose of a review.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Winner must respond within 48 hours of being notified or a new winner will be drawn.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Disney On Ice Let's Celebrate Tickets Now On Sale | @DisneyOnIce

Disney On Ice


Disney On Ice is ready for their new show "Let's Celebrate!" is coming to Anaheim, Inland Empire, Long Beach and Los Angeles with 16 your favorite stories from December 10, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as the celebrate all of our favorite party holidays!  
  • Celebrate Halloween with the Disney Villains
  • Very Merry Un-birthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter
  • Mardi Gras with Tiana and Prince Naveen
  • Valentine's Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses
  • Hawaiian Luau with Lilo and Stitch
  • Winter Wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz
  • Go around the world to Japan, Brazil, China and more and find out how they party!
Presented by YoKids is the ultimate jam-packed celebration of the century featuring fun and surprises for the whole family!

Tickets are now on sale at the following locations:

Los Angeles
STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015Wednesday, December 10 – Sunday, December 14
Wednesday, December 10 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 11 7:30 PM
Friday, December 12 11:30 AM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 13 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 14 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PMTICKETS: 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.

Anaheim
Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806Tuesday, 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 PMTICKETS: 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 91764Thursday, 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 PMTICKETS: 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 BeachLong Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802Wednesday, 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 PMTICKETS: 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.

DO YOU WANT A DISCOUNT?
This discount code: MOM14 is good for select dates at select locations. Please refer to the above flyer.

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.FeldEntertainment.com.
DISCLAIMER:  I will attend a media night performance for the purpose of a review.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Home and Family TV: Your Go-To DIY Show | @Home&FamilyTV #Home&FamilyTV

Christine Ferrare, Tanya Memme, Mark Steines, Kym Douglas, Sophie Uliano

I love looking up potential projects for my family to do on Pinterest. The DIY projects that range from baby clothes, cleaning products, recipes, photograph tips and so much more are so enticing but alas, very much out of my non-creative abilities.

In fact, have you seen the Facebook memes that show what a project will look like if you follow their directions and the reality of the actual fail of the result? The result is what mine usually look like!

I discovered an easy alternative in the Home & Family TV show on the Hallmark Channel. This program is more than a show. You watch the hosts, Mark Steines and Christina Ferrare, draw you into their family of friends and guests. You actually feel like they are real people who actually believe in what they talk about instead of actors reading from a script.

In fact, their set is not even a set! Their location is an actual working house and yard that just helps bring their audience into their "family". The house does not have ceilings because of the lighting required for filming but everything in the house is full working house. Walking up to the house, you would never guess you were walking on the back lot of Universal Studios.

Halloween


What can you expect on the show?
  • DIY projects
  • Cooking
  • Guest interviews and more!
I was invited with several other bloggers to experience the show and the atmosphere for myself.  Starting from the time we walked up to the front yard, I felt like I was home.  The yard was decorated with the spookiest of Halloween decorations that were easy to replicate in our own yards.

Christina Ferrare

We walked into the house and were greeted by Mark Steines and Christina Ferrare.  Their easy and comedy filled manners put us at ease as were offered a tour of the house.  In each room, we were confided in little jokes and experiences that made us feel like we were in our own houses talking with good friends.

Were led to the backyard where we were greeted by some of the other Home and Family members, Kym Douglas, Sophie Uliano, and Tanya Memme.  Each were DIY experts that shared their ideas and wisdom with us and actually got me making projects that looked the part!

Home and Family TV

Sophie Uliano, author of "Gorgeously Green", gave us the recipe for making a wonderful exfoliating hand scrub using: sea salts, oils and essential oils.

Tanya Memme, renowned lifestyle expert, showed us the perfect Halloween craft that even I couldn't make look bad!

Kym Douglas, author of "Beauty Bliss", shared wonderful everyday beauty tips using household products that have a host of different uses.

I almost forgot that we were on the Universal Studios back lot until I heard the tram pass us letting its passengers know what a great show that lay behind the gorgeous front yard.  

Next time you are at Universal Studios, be sure to check out the set itself!  Often, interested tram riders are invited to take part and watch a filming of Home and Family as the audience!  You can inquire if the show is filming on the day that you ride, your tram driver might know.

Until you get to see the show up close and in person, you can catch Home and Family on the Hallmark Channel or online.  Please check your local listings for times.  


Thank you to everyone on the "set" of Home and Family who made us feel at ease and part of their family!  I thoroughly enjoyed talking to each of you and learning that even a un-crafty person like me can take ordinary items and make Pinterest worthy pins!