Friday, January 29, 2016

Boating: 2016 Progressive Boat Show Win Tickets | #LABoatShow


Now that we are boat owners, we have discovered that B.O.A.T. stands for "Bust Out Another Thousand"!  Why?  There are always a lot of great upgrades that your boat can use.  Where do you go to see the latest toys and upgrades?  The 2016 Progressive Insurance® Los Angeles Boat Show® which is running February 25-28.  

 This year, the West Coast’s premier boating event cruises into the LA Convention Center
and Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey so you have two great locations to look at.  Did you know if you want to see both, there is free transportation to and from each of them?

The 2016 Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show takes place February 25-28, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Burton W. Chace Park in Marina del Rey. The four-day event showcases hundreds of vessels from entry-level family cruisers to million dollar yachts, plus the latest in boating, outdoors, and marine accessories. Features also include a high-energy kids’ zone, educational seminars from industry experts, on-the-water boating lessons and maritime fun for all-ages. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

PBR: Professional Bullriders Ride Into Anaheim

Anaheim

The Professional Bull Riders will be in Anaheim THIS weekend!  Don't miss the chance to see these spectacular athletes in action in the Built Ford Tough Series on January 29-31 at the Honda Center.

The greatest bull riders in the world will once again go head-to-head with their 2,000-pound plus opponents through three days of non-stop action filled with captivating 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks. This is the only chance in 2016 that SoCal will be able to witness these courageous cowboys take on the best bulls in the business.

PBR Pre-Party
Don't miss a special PBR pre-party outside of Honda Center's south entrance on Friday (6 to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (5 to 7 p.m.) nights. The fun and interactive area will feature a mechanical bull, live DJ, the all new "Dirty Jack" PBR-themed cocktail, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a 1,500-pound PBR bucking bull up close and personal!

The Anaheim Invitational will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29; 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30; and 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31. Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $17 to $130, and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, via phone at (800) 745-3000 and at the Honda Center Box Office.

PBR

TICKETS
California fans will also have a chance to purchase PBR Elite Seats for $404. This VIP PBR experience includes a pre-event reception, backstage tours featuring a PBR 101 presentation, meet and greets with the PBR’s exclusive entertainer Flint Rasmussen and PBR bull riders, with seats located in a special VIP section right next to the chutes.

The BFTS’ Top 35 bull riders will ride one bull each in Rounds 1, 2 and 3, Friday through Sunday. After Round 3 on Sunday, the riders’ individual scores will be totaled and the Top 15 riders will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for one more ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.

Five PBR World Champions, including Mike Lee (2004), Guilherme Marchi (2008), Renato Nunes (2010), J.B. Mauney (2013), and three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014), are all expected to compete in Anaheim. Fan favorites Reese Cates and Matt Triplett, as well as current rookie sensation Kaique Pacheco will also compete.

The Anaheim Invitational is the fourth stop on the 2016 BFTS schedule. The season will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6 when the 2016 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most points during the 2016 season, will be crowned and receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Horses! Cavalia's Odysseo Comes to Orange County | @Cavalia #Odysseo

Cavalia's Odysseo

I can't believe that Odysseo is almost here!  Only one more week until the Cavalia's Odysseo is back in Southern California!  It has been 3 years since I saw it last in Burbank and  I can't wait to share it with my family in Orange County!  We were invited to review it with other media and I will be sharing the show on my social media sites.

Have you bought your tickets yet?  Don't worry!  The producers see how fast the tickets are selling out and added 13 more shows!  Instead of the  original 2 weeks, it is now running for four.  There are time slots sure to make everyone happy with Matinee and evening performances scheduled February 3rd through February 28th!

February is the month of love and I can't think of any other way to say I love you than with horses.  Every woman at one point of their life was horse-crazy.  In my case, I never outgrew it.

Odysseo’s 65 magnificent horses are enjoying a relaxing 10-day stay at a local farm in San Diego County before their Orange County debut and after sold-out performances in San Francisco, the four-legged stars were transported to a lavish farm in Southern California, in specially equipped trailers alongside Odysseo’s equine specialists.

Cavalia's Odysseo

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Local Hikes: West Fork Trail San Gabriel Mountains Wheelchair Accessible


My family loves getting outdoors and getting exercise, that is no surprise.  What is a surprise is that it occurred to me that we hadn't been hiking in way too long.  I have been wanting to explore our local mountains and see what wonderful day hikes we have in our own back yard.

My husband had mentioned that his family used to visit Crystal Lake in Azusa and he thought our kids would enjoy it as well.  We checked the local website for weather conditions and road closures and made plans for Martin Luther King Day.  There was a forecast for snow and my kids were SO excited!  We made sure that we had the proper cold weather clothes and sleds and we were on our way.

As we drove to the Cogswell Dam on the 39, we saw a discerning sight.  A road construction sign said that Crystal Lake was closed(despite the website stating otherwise)!  We were disheartened to learn that we wouldn't be able to play in the snow that day.

We had driven an hour from Long Beach and we really didn't want to just head home.  We drove a little past the Cogswell Dam and saw a rest stop for the West Fork Day Use area.  We were intrigued.  Maybe we could get in a hike after all!

There are multiple "rest rooms" at this location for pit stops.  When I say "pit-stops",  I mean pit!  The bathrooms were not the cleanest and definitely stunk!  The toilets are sitting over a deep pit as most camp bathroom are wont to be.  However, they had toilet paper and I didn't have to squat so it was a small win.  Don't forget to bring hand-sanitizer!


A beautiful bridge brought us down to the main trail which to our surprise was an asphalted road.  This seemed odd to me but it occurred to me that do to this road, people in wheel chairs could easily enjoy the beautiful nature area as well as any other.  In fact there were 3-4 handicapped fishing platforms along the way.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Stacked Huntington Beach: Now Open


Have you heard that Stacked: Food Well Built has arrived in Huntington Beach?  As of this week, it is now open!  Before you doing your shopping at Bella Terra, go across the street and build your meal your way with your table's iPad.


I was invited to a sneak peak of the new location and enjoyed a wonderful lunch date with my hubby.  I was having a rough morning and thought that I would see what "adult specials" were.  


I was a little intrigued by the "Hot Chocolate Shake" and the "Ultimate Coffee Shake" but the drink that caught my eye was the "Not Your Father's Root Beer Shake".  I had never heard of the "Not Your Father's Root Beer" line of drinks but I will be seeking it out in the near future.  This delicious drink had the taste of a root beer float but with a little adult kick.  Yummm!  


It makes me think out of the box about what delicious treats I have yet to discover.  It seems I find a new drink every time I go to Stacked!

We started off with one of my favorite classics, Spinach and Artichoke dip and chips.  I loved how fresh the chips were.  Our table of three devoured them in moments.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

WIN IT: Kung Fu Panda DVD Set Plus FREE Printables

GIveaway

My family have grown up with Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 and were can't wait until Kung Fu Panda 3 comes out in theaters January 29th!  In honor of the new movie coming out, we have a great giveaway for BOTH of the Kung Fu Panda movies to relive the exciting story of Po finding his way in life as the under-panda. 

We also have a great set of FREE activities to get your kids in the Kung Fu Panda mood!  Feel free to print as many as you like.

 In DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda, Jack Black is perfect as the voice of Po, a noodle slurping dreamer who must embrace his true self – fuzzy flaws and all – in order to become the Dragon Warrior. With groundbreaking animation and high-kicking humor, the Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda is delightful entertainment for the whole family. 

Black reprises his role as Po in Kung Fu Panda 2, the fiercely funny Academy Award nominated sequel. In his biggest challenge since becoming the Dragon Warrior, Po must lead his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five, on a mission of epic proportions to defeat his most threatening rival yet! 

The re-release of these films will include exciting new bonus features for the whole family to enjoy, including an all-new 22 minute animated adventure, “Secret of the Scroll,” and an exclusive sneak peek of DreamWorks Animation Kung Fu Panda 3

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Gray Whale Sweethearts with Harbor Breeze Cruises | @HaborBreezeC #LBWhales

Harbor Breeze Cruises


Gray Whales, the Sweetheart of the Sea.  Did you know that with every breath they take, they create a heart with their exhale?  It puts a smile on your face for sure!  Have you ever considered whale watching romantic?  I have!  In fact, my husband and I were invited by Harbor Breezes to a recent date on the Triumphant and we both loved it!  This would make a great Valentines Day gift!

Harbor Breeze Cruises

January is an exciting month off our California coast.  Did you know that on almost every whale watching trip, there is a strong possibility of seeing a newborn Gray Whale calf?  

Gray whales migrate from the Bering Sea down to the Baja Peninsula to give birth in the warm waters.  Most of the expecting mothers give birth on their way down to the coast in mid-January.  On our recent trip, we saw we saw a newborn as we were leaving to head back into port! SO CUTE!  Did you know that they can drink up to 300 gallons of milk a day?!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Coming Soon: Cavalia's Odysseo Orange County | @Cavalia #Odysseo #BigWhiteTop

Cavalia's Odysseo

I had the pleasure of seeing Cavalia's Odysseo a couple years ago when it was in Burbank and thought it was hands-down the most spectacular display of equestrian riders in world!  In fact, most of the riders are from around the world.  You can see my review of it here.

Coming back to Southern California, February 3, 2016, in Irvine, you might have seen the large white tent going up last week!  Odysseo is unlike any show you have ever seen.

What is Odysseo?  It is a live equestrian performance that tells tales from around the globe.  It starts off in a misty enchanted forest where horses roam free under a sky of rolling clouds and setting sun.  The horses and riders take its audience on a journey through the worlds natural wonders.  


Cavalia's Odysseo

Using the mind-boggling theatrical effects and a state of the art video screen that is three times larger than the largest movie theater screens, it brings the world to the audience before our eyes.  A three story mountain, a real lake with 40,000 gallons of recycled water, and a magical connection of horse and rider that takes your breath away.

Friday, January 8, 2016

8 Must Try Restaurants in San Jacinto Valley | @VisitSJV #VisitSJV

PUBlic House Temecula

During my recent trip to the San Jacinto Valley in California, I had the pleasure of trying a variety of different restaurants that I feel worth mentioning.  From casual to country clubs and all in between, I thoroughly enjoyed being a foodie.

We started out our trip in Old Town Temecula, which is about 20 minutes from the Valley,  where we had a delightful lunch at the PUBlic House.  This was not a new restaurant to me as I had visited here early in the Summer but as they change their menus with the seasons, I had the chance to try something new.  

It was here that I discovered my new favorite TEA of all things!  Since we met up for an early lunch before exploring Downtown Temecula, I decided to try their Cheery Cherry Iced Tea.  I was so impressed by this tea, I asked where to buy it.  Thinking that I would have to order it online, I was pleasantly surprised that there was the Spice and Tea Merchants only a block away that was the creators of this delightful drink.


Temecula CA

Another new for me was duck.  I had never had the opportunity to try duck in my travels and took the opportunity to try the Duck Stuffed Pork.  I wasn't sure what to expect but I was game.  My dish was well plated and a delight!  I had heard that duck can be oily but the duck mixed well with the juices from the pork which laid on a bed of kale.  I would definitely order this again.

Looking for dinner where you can enjoy food and decor straight from Switzerland?  The Anchor Bar offered us a variety of dishes, I chose the Swiss dish that was recommended by the owner herself.  While I cannot ever hope to pronounce the dishes name, it was wine infused pork with a light gravy over mashed potatoes.  WOW!  I was instantly in love.  


Hemet CA

I loved the nautical decor throughout the dining room and had no idea that the restaurant held a surprise bar and billiard area through the doors.  You had the intimacy of the dining area and yet you could let down your hair in the next room.

It is no surprise that I am a meat lover and the next restaurant had high recommendations from friends all over!  Sweet Baby Janes BBQ was a place of my own heart.  The restaurant houses large smokers out back that could slow cook a couple steers to perfection!  This little restaurant packed a big punch. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Golden Village Palms RV Resort is for the Fun Adult Crowd | @VisitSJV #VisitSJV

San Jacinto Valley VisitSJV

During my travels last month, I discovered a wonderful hidden gem in the Inland Empire, the San Jacinto Valley.  Having grown up in Southern California, I am stumped as to why I had never been there and hardly ever heard of it!

The San Jacinto Valley is a valley located in South Western Southern California at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains.  In the South end of the valley, lies the Santa Rosa Hills and to the East, and the San Goronio Pass in the North.

At an elevation of 1500 feet, it is home to Hemet and San Jacinto.  The valley was settled by Native Americans thousands of years ago but was more recently settled by the Serrano and Cahuilla people.  It is a place of rich history of their proud heritage.  The Soboba Indian Reservation just East of San Jacinto has many of the descendants of the original people.

The valley is rich with knowledge of early California history and I was excited to get to know it.

Since I was invited to tour the Valley with a great group of travel and lifestyle bloggers, we needed a place to hang our hat.  Since we often use our travel trailer to travel, we stayed at the adults only Golden Village Palms RV Resort.

Not all of us use trailers or RV's but that didn't stop them because they had the most adorable and stylish "cottages" to make you feel right at home.  It is a great place to stay the night, week, month or even years!  There were cottages custom-made to your satisfaction.

Golden Palms Village RV Resort

The Golden Village Palms RV Resort has amenities that make you want to never leave,  In fact, the resort is a famous stopping point for "snow-birds" visiting from Canada and other cold areas.  The weather is great year round!

  • 3 pools with water volleyball courts and jacuzzi
    • They hold water aerobic classes daily
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Indoor shuffle-board tournament style courts
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Full laundry facilities
  • Pool tables
  • Library with community computers
  • Pickleball(I tried this and it was SO much fun!)
  • Dancing
  • Adult only activities
    • Beer carts anyone? Tequilla?
  • Crafting classes and so much more!
  • Pets? Don't worry! Dogs even have their own activities! 
  • How about concerts?  They have a series of adult favorites! (no Justin Bieber here!)