WORLD OCEANS DAY is Thursday, June 8th! Be a friend to the ocean by using reusable totes which reduces the amount of plastic that end up in the ocean. RUBIO’S is celebrating its 8th annual WORLD OCEANS DAY by giving away free bags (while supplies last)! PLUS for the first time, Rubio’s will also be holding a World Oceans Day social media contest where guests can share a picture of their World Oceans Day tote bag using hashtag #rubiosrollsdeep for a chance to win $250 in Rubio’s gift cards.
As a Mom, it is hard to think of myself when there is so much that needs to be done, but I do believe making time for myself to recharge is important. I am looking forward to summer break when I don’t have to wake up at 6:30 am to nag my kids to get ready for school, no more homework tears, and let’s not mention occasional road rage during school drop-off and pick-up lines. I do get a lot done in the morning when I am by myself – running errands and sometimes I get to meet friends for coffee or a hike. What a treat! (We are going to have fun this summer too. I am currently working on a bucket list to do with the children this summer.) But first, let me tell you about one of the mornings when the children were in school. I met with blogger friends to try Facialworks Facial Bar in Newport Beach. I have tried them once before at another event and really enjoyed it.
Planning weekly meals for the family is often challenging for me, because I only want to make one grocery run for the week, and I can’t spend too much time putting it together so if I am missing an ingredient for the recipe, I have to find a new one. Foster Farms has new product called BAKED that are in the frozen section at Albertson’s or Vons. They come in 1.5 lb bags and you can always have them as a back up or if you need to make quick meals. I was up for the challenge and ended up making three simple meals that are so easy. If I can do it, anyone can do it.
The 2017 California Strawberry Festival is the perfect summer kickoff! Located at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard, this “berrilicious” event has expanded by 50% this year and now covers 15 acres. Fairgoers can now enjoy over 50 food booths, live concerts, 200+ arts & crafts exhibitors, and cooking demonstrations as well as a Strawberryland for Kids with rides and attractions. The Strawberryland Kids Theatre presented by Wells Fargo hosts live shows throughout the day. Be sure to enter the “Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest” if you have children under the age of 4 years old for prizes. Proceeds to the event will benefit Southland charities. All the non-profit food booths receive 100 percent of their sales proceeds. This 34th annual festival is on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st this year!
MIGUEL’S JR. is opening their 16th location in Redlands, California this week in the Mount Grove Shopping Center. I got a sneak peek of their new 3,000 square foot establishment and it is quite modern and nice. It is in a great location and the staff members are eager to serve the Redlands community with a tasty menu with family recipes. It might make a great stop for savory breakfast burritos on the way to Big Bear or a quick dinner coming back. It is also down the street from Splash Kingdom Waterpark, and since it’s in a shopping center, here’s another option for a quick bite to eat.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting its 8th annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. Learn more about our Pacific waters off Southern California and the diverse group of animals that live among the coast. Festivities will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more.
We stopped in recently to try out some of Stonefire Grill’s latest offerings. It was casual family-friendly dining but they also have catering and takeout so you”ll want to call ahead if you want to save time. They have options that will satisfy the whole family like pizza, ribs, tri tip, sandwiches, pasta, soups and salads. I like that you can buy a whole chicken or family sized portions as well as get it in petite sizes if you are not super hungry. Our favorites are the lemon chicken or salmon, bbq tri tip, baked rigatoni with meat sauce (my kids love it). Did you know that there is a STIMULUS PACKAGE on their secret menu? It is a pretty good value. For Dine In or Takeout, you can select half tri tip or whole chicken, a small salad, 12″ two topping pizza, and 8 yummy breadsticks for $29.99. It was a lot of food for a small family of 4.
As we’re heading into the final four weekend of the NCAA March Madness, let’s talk about game time snacks that will save you time in the kitchen and give you more time watching the game. FOSTER FARMS have a ton of options like Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs, Cheese & Jalapeno Corn Dogs, Honey BBQ Wings, Buffalo Bites, Popcorn Chicken, Orange Chicken, Crispy Strips, Breast Nuggets, Hot & Spicy Wings, Chicken Breast Patties, Buffalo Hot Wings and more that only take about 20 minutes to heat up! (Hint: They also have Crispy Strips that is a 100% all natural with no antibiotics). I received complimentary sample products to try, and now I have them stocked in the freezer so they are always ready to go!