NEW Help Me Grow ONLINE for Busy Parents!

Do you ever wonder if your child is on track developmentally, but don’t know where to go to find out or don’t have time to look into it? Help Me Grow Orange County is known to connect parents to their local resources for children birth to 6 years of age, but now they’ve made it even easier for parents like you to get the personalized help you need with their NEW “online” services. All you do is fill out a short survey about your child’s concern online (there is no automation), and a Help Me Grow Specialist will call you with personalized services for the appropriate support or service provider. … READ MORE

We Test Drove the Mattel Disney • Pixar Cars Micro Drifters Press Event!

My family and I were thrilled when we won tickets to a Disney Pixar Cars event. My kids love, Love, LOVE Disney•Pixar Cars. We’re also annual passport holders to Disneyland so we’ve been to the new Cars Land (opened since June 2012 at Disney California Adventure) several times. Just imagine everything you remember on Route 66 in Radiator Springs from the movie: the desert scene, canyons, Flo’s V8 Cafe, Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa Della Tire shop, and more blown up to a life-sized version. You must see with your own eyes to believe. What’s more is there is a life-sized McQueen and Mater that cruises Route 66 for photo … READ MORE

Single Rider Lines Are the Way to Go @ Disney California Adventure!

I was with my girlfriend Jenn the other day at Disney California Adventure trying to get one last meet-up in before school starts, and we were saying how nice it would be to go back and ride all the “adult” rides without the kids. If you know me, you know that a big light bulb went off in my head to plan it. Moms need breaks too so we asked our other girlfriend, Kirstin (who also has an annual passport) to take a morning off for ourselves and have some fun.

WON’T BACK DOWN is Heartfelt and Inspiring!

I was invited to a pre-screening this week for the new upcoming movie of Won’t Back Down and was asked to write a review. This movie was inspired by actual events and the works of dedicated parents, teachers and advocates across the country. It is about two moms (one was a teacher) who had nothing in common other than they did not want their children to get lost in the system. MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL (Oscar® nominated actress), as Jamie Fitzpatrick, is a single mom working two jobs and has a child with dyslexia. Her daughter, Malia, was taken out of a good supportive school, because they had to move for more … READ MORE

Splash Pad at Atlantis Play Center in Garden Grove! #updated

Harry Dotson Park), this splash pad is located in one section of the park so it’s easy to keep an eye on the kids. Maybe it’s because my kids really enjoy water play this year, but I felt the water sprays were not super strong as some others. You’ll want to pack their sunblock and their wetsuits. A restroom is located toward the entrance of the park near the covered picnic area. If the splash pad is not a hit, don’t worry because there are lots to do at this park to keep them entertained such as some nearby swings (which my kids didn’t venture off to), large play structures … READ MORE

Toddler Trails Back-to-School Event Invite at Seascape!

You won’t want to miss Toddler Trails’ Day at Seascape Kids Fun! Toddler Trails is hosting a special back-to-school event with lots of fun giveaways for their readers on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 9am-1pm.* Seascape Kids Fun 4471 E. Hunter Ave Anaheim, CA (714) 970-7100 www.seascapekidsfun.com Admissions: $10.00 per child *Seascape will be open one hour early for “Toddler Trails Fans” from 9am – 10am However, you will be able to stay and play until 1pm. (Seascape’s Toddler Time is 10am-1pm) Door prizes giveaway will be between 9:30am-10am and will include: Day Passes to Seascape Kids Fun Punch Cards (Admission) to Froggs Bounce House A Family 4-Pack to Pretend City … READ MORE

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Discount!!

Are you feeling adventurous? Back by popular demand, Living Social is running another deal for San Diego Zoo Safari Park! Our family have done this before and were simply amazed. We took the Africa Tram Safari and didn’t even feel like we were in California anymore. You will see herds of giraffes, rhinos, ostriches, zebras, buffalos, etc. in a replica of their natural environment. Fun for the whole family! You’ll want to pack some comfortable shoes and water to stay hydrated. EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF AFRICA! “Travel through a bit of Africa on the Park’s Africa Tram Safari, an exciting expedition that gives you a chance to connect with our … READ MORE

Back-To-School at The Children’s Place! @ChildrensPlace #PLACEfall

If you are already fans of The Children’s Place, you will love them even more with their new Fall collection! Yesterday when we were shopping for Back-to-School, I couldn’t stop grabbing stuff off the shelves. Here’s why – it’s their new Designer Michael Giannelli’s first Back-to-School collection. (Michael used to work for Gap Inc.) His new collection for girls is all about the “sparkle & shine” and boho. For boys, he doesn’t disappoint either with trendy rugby and rocker-looks. Let me post a few pieces that I love. From the School Uniform Collection Aren’t these dresses and shorts too cute? * * * * * * * * * * … READ MORE