Fisher-Price® House Party Play Date with Imaginext and Rev ‘n Go Toys!! #Review

We were one of the select few out of thousands of applications to Host a Fisher-Price® Joy of Learning Playdate from House Party. What an AMAZING experience! House Party sent us all this stuff based on our application. The toys were gender and age specific. We have boys so they sent us all “boy” toys. Look at all this stuff they sent us! (1) Imaginext® Eagle Talon Castle (1) Imaginext® Dragon (1) Imaginext® Ogre (1) Imaginext® Castle Accessory (4) Imaginext® Castle Figures (1) Rev ‘n Go Stunt Garage (1) Rev ‘n Go Stunt Hauler (6) Rev ‘n Go Vehicles (13) Batteries for toys Yes, you are reading correctly. Even batteries! … READ MORE

My MNO: Shopping, Happy Hour, and a Movie!

This month’s Mom’s Night Out for me was a shopping day, happy hour, and a movie with my girlfriends. The Outlets at Orange (formally The Block of Orange) because they had 3 major department stores: Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Last Call Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom Rack. Last Call Neiman Marcus had 40% off everything! You can find a directory of their stores here. Happy Hour Cafe Tu Tu Tango had happy hour drink prices on a Saturday! Can we say Half Off? My friends and I enjoyed dishes like shrimp skewers and chicken wings. The Movie It was the opening weekend of the last installment of The Twilight Saga: … READ MORE

Lisa Ramelow’s La Strada Restaurant Does a Toy Drive!

The fabulous owner of La Strada Italian Restaurant in Long Beach celebrates her birthday with a toy drive! I don’t know too many people that would do that, do you? What a fabulous lady, Lisa Ramelow is. She was out there mingling with her guests and seen hugging many of them. I know I felt special when she came over to hug me. The event (open to the public) included DJ music and with a $15 unwrapped toy donation (or a $20 cash donation), you enjoyed a gourmet Italian buffet on the house and a drink ticket. The toys collected will go to the needed children of Long Beach. The … READ MORE

Family Fun Day @ Boomers! (Giveaway ended)

Hey remember what it was like when you were a young teenager in love or just a teenager? Before the time when it wasn’t just about video games and when your parents had to drop you off/pick you up, because you had no car? I hope I’m not revealing my age here by telling you that I remember watching the original Karate Kid Movie with my older siblings, and they used to take us with them to play miniature golf, arcades, and sometimes I got to go on their date nights too. LOL Our Family Fun Day Over this weekend, I had the pleasure of getting reacquainted with some of … READ MORE

2012 Autism Walk @ OC Great Park

Great Park Balloon This year the 2012 Walk Now for Autism Speaks Orange County was held at a new location – the Orange County Great Park! (Last year it was at the Angel’s Stadium.) This was our third year walking to create autism awareness. We usually come to visit the huge resource fair – it’s always stroller-friendly and family-friendly with fun bounce houses and activities, but this year it included balloon rides and a carousal (which is always free at the Great Park by the way). Among some of the sponsors were Sprouts Farmers Market, Bourbon Street Restaurant, PBS SoCal, and 93.1 Jack FM (only to name a few). The … READ MORE

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere @ Disneyland

Want to Feel Festive? Go to Disneyland. It’s October and who doesn’t love Halloween? A group of Moms and I took a morning off to play. Our destination was Disneyland. This is the second morning we got to do this. (Please also read my previous post, “Single Rider” Lines are the Way to Go @ Disney California Adventure.) It’s one of my favorite times of the year so of course, I brought my camera along this time. Pumpkin Entrance to DisneylandYou’ll be greeted with Pumpkins as soon as you see the entrance. Mickey’s Head is a Pumpkin with Mouse Ears on Main Street Pumpkin Back Drop near Main Street Visit … READ MORE

How to Form a Play Group and Save Money

Have you ever thought about going somewhere fun but changed your mind, because you saw how much it cost? Would you change your mind back if you saw how much you would save if you had a Group Rate? Are you a working parent that doesn’t have time to meet new parents? This morning I’m going to show you how easy it is to Form a Play Group to Save Money. When my son was born, I reconnected with an old friend and she kept trying to get me to join her Mom Group. A little background – I’ve worked since I was 16 so when I had my son, … READ MORE

How to Host a Playdate @ Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch and Save Money

We love Tanaka Farms! It’s organic, educational, healthy, and we get to sample various produces on the wagon tour – what’s not to love? Although we try every year to attend at least one (or all) of their seasonal famous tours (see also Strawberry and Watermelon), let’s face it – it’s not cheap. Here’s how you can experience Tanaka Farms and save money. Maybe you’re not a planner, but I’ve done a few of these, and it’s not as bad as you may think. Let me show you how easy it really is to plan your own play date. Communication is key and practice, it’s gets better each time. Form … READ MORE