Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Into Kids Fashion at Osh Kosh B'gosh! | @OshKoshBgosh #ImagineSpring #ad

Easter is only a week away and many of us are still looking for the perfect fashions for our kids.  There are so many different options out there and honestly, it is hard to know where to start looking.  We are constantly on the go and often outside so we need durable clothes that can hold up against even my kids.

I usually stumble upon the perfect outfit when I am not expecting it but then find another one and end up buying several.  At least my kids are well dressed right? 

When I was invited to check out Osh Kosh B'gosh's latest fashions, my first thought was, where is the closest store?  I used to wear their clothes when I was a kid and wasn't sure they were around anymore.  Luckily, they are!  To find a store near you go their store locator.

I visited the Citadel Outlets, which is where the closest store was to me to see if I needed more clothes(of COURSE).  I was glad I did.  
The first thing that caught my eye were the boys clothes.  My son LOVES sharks and these dress shorts with sharks on them were perfect!  I paired them with a blue polo for the Easter Egg hunts but the choices were numerous.

Want something a little more formal?  They had a variety of button downs and colors.

There seems to be an endless array of choices for girls clothes where ever I go but it seems like I see a lot of pinks bright colors which is fine but I really liked the shades of blues that I found at the store.  There are also separates that can be worn year round.

There are the Spring colors that turn our little angels into the princesses that we know and love.  I usually try and stay away from the lighter colors because I have a tom-boy and they don't stay clean for long but I do love the way my daughter's dark hair contrasts with them.

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DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and ideas are my own. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WIN TICKETS! Estrellas de Noches at the Aquarium of the Pacific | @AquariumPacific #Giveaway

Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific
Latin music and food in a family fun night?  Yes, PLEASE!

The Aquarium of the Pacific is holding a Latin Themed, Noches de Estrellas(Night of the Stars) evening with live bands, DJ's, underwater dive shows, scavenger hunt with prizes, kids crafts and so much more!  Did I mention the event is FREE to Aquarium members?  

Price is only $14.95 unless you are under 3, which is free.

Party with the Sea Stars on Friday, March 27, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The Aquarium will remain open past normal operating hours so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, salsa, rock en Español, ska, and more with the live bands Sonsoles and Raskahuele and DJ Quinto Sol. The Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars) event will feature Aztec dance with Danza Azteca Cultural Ketzaliztli, children’s crafts with the Museum of Latin American art, and bilingual educational programs, including an underwater SCUBA diving show, scavenger hunt with prizes, ocean-related activities, drought education with Mujeres de La Tierra, Earth science with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), and more—all offered in both English and Spanish. Mexican cuisine, beers, wine, cocktails, and refreshments will also be available for guests to purchase. In addition to being immersed in Latin culture, guests can journey through the Pacific Ocean to meet over 11,000 animals at the Aquarium, including penguin chicks and animals they can touch from sharks and rays to sea jellies and horseshoe crabs.

Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

Please note: The Lorikeet Forest aviary closes at 4:30 p.m. 

People can enjoy the ambiance of the Aquarium at night and this all-ages event for the discounted price of $14.95 per person.

WHEN: Friday, March 27, 2015, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

COST: $14.95 per person and free for Aquarium members and kids under age three. Includes event and Aquarium admission (food and drinks sold separately)

AGES: All ages (21+ with valid I.D. to purchase alcohol)

INFO: 562-590-3100 or (Spanish:ñol)

Photo Credit:  Sonsoles

AQUARIUM: The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, celebrates the Pacific Ocean and is dedicated to conserving nature and its resources by building interactions among people. Home to over 11,000 animals, the Aquarium features hands-on discovery labs, the Molina Animal Care Center, the Lorikeet Forest aviary, its interactive Shark Lagoon, the Ocean Science Center, the Wonders of the Deep gallery, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, and new Discover the Wonder exhibits. Beyond its exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers, and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Irvine Park Railroad: Sharing Memories with Friends | @IrvineParkRR #EasterEggstravaganza

Last weekend opened our annual Easter outing at Irvine Park Railroad and we brought along friends who had never been!  It was fun seeing the kids joy for the first time as I did 6 years ago.  The wonder of seeing the Easter Bunny or the pure joy at finding the goodies at the Egg Hunt.

All of these things I have taken for granted since we have been enjoying it for so long.  My kids have grown up at the park and it is amazing at how far we have come.  We were invited by the park to share our fun with everyone and we were happy to share the time with friends as well.

We got to the park early so we could get a spot in the egg hunt for kids 2-12.  We arrived in time to hear the cute jokes that the children and the organizer told and then it was time for the hunt.

Each child is only allowed to keep 8 eggs but may pick up as much candy as they want lying on the ground.  There are many opportunities to take great Easter photos, including those with the Easter Bunny.

How much have your kids grown since last year?  The growth chart is a fun way of keeping track.

Other activities included face-painting, moon bounce, balloon animals, carnival games, and of course my kids favorite, cookie decorating.

Don't forget the train, tractor, and pony rides.

Want to spend all day here?  There are bike rentals and paddle boat rides too!  There is also the OC Zoo for the animal lovers.

Irvine Park Railroad has been a family treat for my family since my children were in diapers and we look forward to many more years of enjoyment.

Before you go to the Easter Eggstravaganza, be sure to go to their website and print out coupons here.  If possible, go on the weekdays as the weekends get crowded and often the egg hunts sell out.

DISCLAIMER:  My family was given tickets to share our experiences.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Movie Giveaway! Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb + BONUS Printables | @FHEInsiders #NATM3Insiders #ad

If it’s laughter you’re after, get ready for the most hilarious night ever! Ben Stiller leads an all-star comedy cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais, for one final, fun-filled Night at the Museum. This time, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life!

Night at the Museum 3 follows in its predecessors footsteps in this hilarious movie!  Purchase the Blu-ray and get a special bonus or WIN a copy at the end of this post!

BONUS: Every Blu-ray comes with a bonus Digital HD movie! Select from either Night at the Museum or Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Improv, Absurdity and Cracking Up - The Comedy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
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A Digital HD Version of the film. (Watch it on the Big Screen TV, tablet or smart phone anytime, anywhere).

Five More Deleted and Extended Scenes
Bonus Digital HD Movie
The Theory of Relativity
Becoming Laaa
A Day in the Afterlife
The Home of History: Behind the Scenes of The British Museum
Fight at the Museum
Creating Visual Effects
Audio Commentary by Shawn Levy


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FREE KIDS EVENT: Mile Square Park Fishing Derby | @OCParks #Fishing

When was the last time you took the kids fishing? Mile Square Park is bringing back the Annual FREE Fishing Derby for kids to the North Lake from 9-12.

Kids ages 6-15 fish for free at the Fishing Derby and compete to win multiple prizes for finalists and champions in different age groups. The lake will be stocked with trout and catfish just for the derby.

Registration will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with the Derby starting promptly at 9 a.m. Fishing clinics will be hosted throughout the event and a limited quantity of fishing rods will be available for loan.

Join OC Parks for a fun filled day of friendly competition and fishing at Mile Square Regional Park.

Kids’ Fishing Derby

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Location: Mile Square Regional Park, North Lake

Address: 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle

Public Contact: (714) 973-6600

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Find the Pot O' Cold at Farrell's Ice-Cream Parlour with Irish Goodies | @FarrellsIsBack #PotOCold

Saint Patrick's Day is all about the Luck O' the Irish, leprechaun's and great food.  Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour has put a new spin on both.  

Corned Beef and Cabbage is a must in our house every March and it used to be a cut and dry meal with little variation.  Farrell's has turned this family favorite into something even better!  My family and I were invited to try the latest in Farrell's new monthly special menu items and it was a special treat.

My kids have been getting upset with us for leaving them out hubby's and my Farrell's lunch dates and we couldn't put off bringing them any longer.  The thought of "green food" had them excited.

The item of the day was the Blarney Burger with Irish Nachos.  No, they were not green but it did include our corned beef and cabbage with the classic hamburger.  The Irish nachos were delicious and tasted like a twice baked potato.

My kids are not as adventurous and hubby and I and chose the fish and chips.  To put my daughters words to paper, "It was the best fish she had ever had!"  My son actually tried our burgers and ate half of my husbands!  I guess his Irish is coming out in him.  

Time had come for the "Main Course", I mean the ice-cream.  My kids were bummed that their clown sundaes weren't green but the helpful staff said no problem and changed up the sundaes to make mini- Pot O' Colds!  The Pot O' Cold sundae has 1 scoop of mint chip and 2 scoops of chocolate ice-cream. Topped with green whipped cream and chocolate sauce and cherries and accented with a Girl Scout Mint Chip cookie.  YUMMM!

Our Irish family loves celebrating St. Patrick's Day and Farrell's is allowing us to celebrate all through the month of March.  Even if you are not sure about the corned beef and cabbage, you can't go wrong with the Pot O' Cold sundae.

You can find the closest Farrell's and check out their full menu by going to their website at

DISCLAIMER:  My family was invited to try the menu items for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

MOVIE GIVEAWAY: Russell Madness by the Creators of the Buddies Movies | @FHEInsiders #RussellInsiders #ad

Have you seen Russell Madness?  It came out in theaters on February 21st. 

If your family enjoyed the Air Bud/ Buddies movies, you are sure to enjoy Russell Madness!

Want to know more about it?  Print FREE fun activities for your whole family and enter to win a copy of this adorable movie through the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.  I received a copy for my family and one for you too!

RUSSELL MADNESS tells the story of Russell, an undersized but big-hearted terrier who dreams of having a family of his own. After running away from his pet store, Russell gets taken in by The Ferraros, a family desperate to revive their grandfather’s pro wrestling arena. That’s when they discover their new pet pooch has incredible wrestling skills. With help from his coach, Hunk, a savvy and hilarious monkey, Russell rockets to the top of the pro wrestling world and becomes a famous sports superstar. But when a dishonest promoter double-crosses the Ferraros, Russell will face his biggest challenge and discover that the strongest tag team is family. 


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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Aquarium of the Pacific Ticket Giveaway! International Children's Day | @AquariumPacific

March 14-15th, the Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating the diverse world that we live in with the 10th Annual International Children's Day and they are giving away tickets to enjoy it!

The amazing talents of children from different parts of the world will be performing from 9:00am to 5:00pm during the International Childrens Day Festival.

Aquarium of the Pacific
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What kind of performances?   West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Persian dance performances will be represented. Also featured will be a children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations.

Aquarium of the Pacific
Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to join in on an international percussion circle, face painting, and Native American and Pacific Islander traditional children’s crafts and games.

The Aquarium will honor Caroline Edmonds, the Young Hero Award winner for 2014 at 1:40 pm on Saturday, March 14th.

Aquarium of the Pacific
Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific
During the weekend of International Children’s Day Festival there will be a musical theater show for all ages. Entitled “Honu by the Sea” with original songs, dances, and colorful costumes, this performance is sure to inspire viewers to become guardians of the ocean.

Detailed events for Saturday, March 14, 2015:
10:00 a.m. International Peace Choir
10:40 a.m. Singing and Dance – Nixon Academy Musical Troupe
11:00 a.m. Honu by the Sea – Children’s Musical Play
11:45 a.m. Pacific Islander Performance – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani
12:20 p.m. West African Dance — Dembrebrah
12:30 p.m. Persian Spring Show – A Children’s Show Featuring the Music, Art, and Peace Learning of Persian culture
12:55 p.m. Chinese Folk Dance – Irvine Chinese School
1:30 p.m. Zoology for Kids – Animal Meet &Greet and Book Reading
1:40 p.m. 2015 Young Hero Award honoring Caroline Edmonds
2:30 p.m. Korean Traditional Dance – Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy
3:00p.m. Honu by the Sea – Children’s Musical Play
3:10 p.m. International Drum & Percussion Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experience
4:00 p.m. Mexican Folkloric Dance – Estrellas de Santa Rosa de Lima

Detailed events for Sunday, March 15, 2015
10:00 a.m. International Peace Choir
10:40 a.m. Martial Arts Demonstration – American Tiger Martial Arts and Fitness
11:00 a.m. Honu by the Sea – Children’s Musical Play
11:45 a.m. Pacific Islander Performance – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu
12:20 p.m. Mexican Folkloric Dance – Estrellas de Santa Rosa de Lima
12:55 p.m. West African Dance — Dembrebrah
1:30 p.m. Zoology for Kids – Animal Meet &Greet and Book Reading
1:40 p.m. Cambodian Traditional Dance – Spirit of Khmer Angkor
2:30 p.m. Japanese Traditional Dance – Fujima Seiyumi Kai
3:00p.m. Honu by the Sea – Children’s Musical Play
3:10 p.m. International Drum & Percussion Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
4:00 p.m. Chinese (Guitar) Zither Performance with Christine Hu

*All programs subject to change and weather dependent.


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Friday, March 6, 2015

34th Annual Avalon Harbor Cleanup, Healing a Harbor, Healing a Community #Catalina

Avalon Catalina Harbor Cleanup

The Avalon Harbor Cleanup in Catalina is over and it was bittersweet.  This year we brought up more trash out of Avalon Harbor than in any other year but the reason for it was heartbreaking.

In case you hadn't heard, there was a storm on December 30, 2014 that will always be remembered in Catalina as a horrific and heartbreaking night.  That night, while most of us slept on the mainland, the residents of Avalon were fighting to keep their town safe from horrible swells that came up with "Santa Ana Winds"/ North East winds.  The winds brought waves into the otherwise safe harbor causing massive damage to the boats that call the harbor home.

Many people lost not only their boats, which many consider a luxury but even worse, people lost their homes and in two instances, lost their lives. Tim Mitchell and Bruce Ryder were respected members of the Catalina family and will always be remembered.  

Tim Mitchell was a Harbor Patrolman, who also captained the King Neptune, one of my favorite SCUBA Dive Boats.   That fateful night, he was trying to save the boat from hitting the rocks and lost his life while the boat smashed to splinters with a handful of other boats.

Bruce Ryder, a long-time diver and resident, lived on his boat and was presumed to have been washed overboard.  His dog had swam ashore to his favorite hangout to find help.

The loss of life was horrific and the bottom of the harbor was littered with debris and personal artifacts from the boats that were lost.  The organizers of the Cleanup encouraged us to locate personal items that might be returned to their owners.

With heavy hearts, we entered the water.

Avalon Catalina Beach Cleanup

The visibility was crystal clear this year unlike most other years we could see about 50 feet in front of us in silted sand.

Beach Cleanup Bill Bushing Avalon Catalina
Photo Credit: Dr. Bill Bushing
As we collected debris, we were humbled by the shipwrecks and the trail they left behind.  It hit especially hard when I found a photo album filled with memories.

Beach Cleanup Avalon Catalina Bill Bushing
Photo Credit: Dr. Bill Bushing
With our tanks empty and our bags full, we returned to shore to check in with the dive master and see the results of the others.

This year, there was so much debris that the bins had to be emptied and brought back to fill yet again.  This was the first year that I had to leave debris in the water because I couldn't physically carry another piece!  After the stats were out, it broke down into:
  • 900 lbs of metal
  • 1640 lbs of boat parts
  • 400 lbs of trash
  • 427 divers
Some pieces of the boats were recovered by divers that returned after dropping off their bags.  These pieces were easily 10 feet long!

Beach Cleanup Avalon Catalina

As the last of the divers returned, volunteer kayakers and harbor patrolman discuss safety.

Kayaks Harbor Patrol Catalina

The finds were unbelievable!  
  • Kitchen and bathroom sinks
  • Sides of boats
  • Antique bottles
  • Sewing machine
  • Engines
  • Clothing
  • Compass
  • Photo Album and SO much more!
SCUBA Avalon

We all met at the Wrigley Stage in the middle of town for the ceremony and with Mr. Bob Kennedy(former mayor and owner of the King Neptune) leading a moment of silence for our fallen friends.

Avalon Mayor Catalina

The ceremony commenced when all divers were accounted for.  The awards handed out for the best treasures and stories. 

PhotoTJ Avalon Harbor Cleanup To my proud surprise, my good friend TJ Jones got the Golden Flipper Award for outstanding volunteering!  He has been the M.C. for the last 10 years!  He absolutely deserved his name on the plaque!

Avalon Harbor Cleanup CatalinaThere were awesome raffle prizes ranging from trips to Catalina, zipline tours, artwork, SCUBA gear, a Stratocaster guitar, and more to be handed out.  Of course, everyone loves a little swag too!

As the day wound down, many divers headed out of town but many more enjoyed the beauty of the Island.  With new friends and memories created, we are reminded of what makes Catalina so beautiful.  It is not only the external beauty that makes Catalina so special but the people that help keep it that way. 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Knott's Boysenberry Festival, Food, Wine and More! Win Tickets #KnottsSpring #Giveaway


The Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival is returning to its roots March 28-April 12 in the famous historic Ghost Town and you won't want to miss it! This food festival that many compare to the OC Fair, entices your taste buds with everything boysenberries.

Have you tried the boysenberry turkey legs? It is my family's favorite! Thanks to GigaSavvy, my family was invited to come tickle our taste buds with all the delicious treats. All opinions are my own and I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!

The festival includes entertainment from sun up to sun down with; dueling fiddlers, Jammin' in the Dark, Peanuts Party in the Park, vine dancing, swing dancing, live music and more all included in the admission to the park.

Did you know that the boysenberry is a cross between the loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry, and named the new berry after its originator Rudolph Boysen? It was harvested by Walter Knott in the 1930's and we have been enjoying it ever since!

Knott's Boysenberry Festival

Knott’s Berry Farm will once again make delicious history with the debut of its very own farm-made Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce during the Boysenberry Festival. During the food fest, the tangy, delicious sauce will add the perfect flavor to ribs, BBQ chicken, chicken wings, and so much more. Other must try Boysenberry Bites include fried cheese curds paired with a spicy boysenberry dipping sauce, fish and chips sandwich with boysenberry tartar sauce, Boysenberry ICEE Floats, Boysenberry Frappuccino and Latte, and more charbroiled treats cooked on open-air barbeques throughout the streets of the festival. As part of the festival, the Wine and Craft Brew Garden, located inside of Ghost Town’s Wilderness Dance Hall, will feature an assortment of wine and craft brew labels, in addition to a variety of boysenberry inspired gourmet food that’s just bursting with flavor. You can even bring home the tasty sauce by stopping by the Berry Market, General Store in Ghost Town or by visiting

Knott's Boysenberry Festival

The Boysenberry Festival also features an extensive line up of live entertainment from sun up to sun down. At the heart of all of the excitement is Birdcage Square, located in front of the famous Birdcage Theatre. Here, a stage will be set for daily contests like pie eating, a pie walk, and Grandpa’s Boysenberry PJs Contest, where guests will race to stuff the oversized long johns with balloons. In the evening, the Square will have guests kicking up their heels with vine dancing, a down home jug band and dueling fiddlers and banjos! At night, just inside of the Birdcage Theatre, things get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies mount their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, gut-bustin’ country comedy show that will have audiences clamoring for more!

Knott's Boysenberry Festival

New for 2015, right up the road from Birdcage Square, kids can join the classic Bear-y Tales characters in their very own pie making kitchen inside of Ghost Town’s Craft Barn. With the help of Razz Bear-y, Boysen Bear-y and the other Bear-y family members, each beautifully painted scene will follow the world famous boysenberry from field to blue ribbon winning pie! The pint sized chefs can also make their very own delightfully sweet boysenberry tarts complete with a crumble topping. Additional cost applies for tart making. The iconic Charleston Circle fountain transforms into a beautiful floral fountain, adorned with colorful flowers and boysenberries creating an iconic centerpiece for the celebration. Located in the Boardwalk area, the stunning monument will serve as a dramatic backdrop for two spectacular interactive shows. Peanuts Party in the Park celebrates spring in a big way with infectious music, vibrant set design, and an invitation for the audience to be a part of the show! After sundown, Jammin’ in the Dark will transform the blooming circle into an immersive dance party complete with illuminated boysenberries, vines and LED lighting effects affixed to the Charleston fountain; DJ HowLy will spin the hottest dance music for all ages. The boysenberry celebration is almost too much fun to stomach! 

Knott's Boysenberry Festival

Springtime fun has also taken root in Camp Snoopy, Fiesta Village and Boardwalk. During the limited-time event, the whole family can meet the Easter Beagle in his new home, blooming with colorful springtime décor, nestled inside of the recently rejuvenated Camp Snoopy area. The meet and greet location is the perfect place for shareable moments with the boisterous beagle and his friends – Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally and Linus. In Camp Snoopy Theatre, Lucy’s Really BIG Spring Show will showcase the Peanuts pals singing, dancing, and celebrating springtime. The theater will be filled with the sweet sound of little ones as they singing-along to the to the show’s cheerful tunes! Guests don’t have to be experts at the cha-cha-cha to enjoy Salsa Dancing in Fiesta Village, where everyone can to take to the floor to the rhythmic beat of popular Latin dance music.

Easter Beagle

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm, additional cost for food tasting experiences within the event. Knott’s has extended hours from 10am to 10pm during the Festival March 28 – April 12, 2015.


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