Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Southern California Family Field Trips for May

Family field trip opportunities are abundant in the month of May throughout Southern California. The list of adventures that are waiting for you and your family include blue berry picking, discovery of over a million bug species and even an Italian festival. 

Blueberry picking at Temecula Berry Company farm is now open. They are open from 8 AM until 6 PM.  Enjoy the sunshine and beautiful rows of blueberry bushes while capturing some incredible family photos.  The freshly picked berries will be a family favorite.  Visit their website at: http://www.temeculaberryco.com/
Temecula Berry Company is located at 39700 Cantrell Road Temecula, CA 92591
temecula farm
The Temecula Berry Company is a pick-your own blueberries farm. Walk up to the little red barn and get a cute bucket for picking. Make sure to apply sunscreen and bring water because it gets super-hot out in the field. Once you pick your desired amount of blueberries, bring your basket back to the pay station. Only wash the ones you are going to eat as the washing speeds up the aging process and your berries will spoil faster. The farm only takes cash and they do not allow eating while in the fields. The experience will leave your family with a full belly of yummy blueberries. It is a great road trip adventure for our family.  Prices are subject to change, please check the website frequently for more information.
Natural History Museum

Bug Fair 
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
https://nhm.org/site/activities-programs/bug-fair

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has an extraordinary Bug Fair, May 20th and 21st. Over 50 vendors will have hundreds of species of insects on display and for sale. Interact and enjoy a hands-on experience with research and collection staff members while enjoying live animal presentations. Adult admission is $12.00 and kids 3-12 are $5.00. This admission price does not include the Butterfly Pavilion which is an additional $5.00 per person.  There are other exhibit options to choose from, visit their website for additional information. Make sure you arrive early because it does get really crowded and busy. 
santa barbara chalk
Photo credit IMadonnari 
Old Santa Barbara Mission 
2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Italian Festival - http://www.imadonnarifestival.com/
Old Mission Santa Barbara will host a fun street chalk painting festival during the Memorial Day Weekend, May 27th - 29th. Walk around and experience colorful chalk paintings by local artists. The festival is named after Italian street painters who traditionally depicted the Madonna. This event raises funds for the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program. 


Find more events and field trip ideas on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FieldtripmomFTM/?fref=nf

Disclosure: Not a sponsored post. To ensure a great adventure always check the website and or vendor for hours of operation. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What Is Free Comic Book Day?

Free Comic Book Day happens every year on the first Saturday of May. Participating comic book stores across the US will be giving away special comic books while supplies last. This popular event is geared towards getting new and existing readers into local stores. We attend almost every year and it helps to get the kids excited about reading. While it is a free event, once you are inside the store you won't be able to resist buying a few comics. 

Wondering what is a comic book? Comic books are considered an American Art form. The start of this art form began in the 1930's. Many people around the world collect them. Throughout the years comic books expanded their genres and categories. There is almost something for everyone like Hello Kitty, Superman, The Simpson's or Horror stories. 

Find a participating comic store: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator

Get more information by going to Freecomicbookday.com 
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Article/116108-FCBD-Site-FAQs#Q14


Disclosure: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. 

State Testing and a letter of encouragement

State Testing CCSS SBAC is starting next week for our area. This semester, my son's fourth grade teacher has asked that I write him a letter of encouragement.  She gave us a few weeks notice. I have, in the past few days, written a few handwritten notes of encouragement. Then, I would wake up the next day realizing that it was not loving enough and second guessing myself. This task has been a little hard for me. CCSS SBAC
Then, the final email reminder came from the teacher. It read as follow: "This is just a friendly reminder to please send a letter of encouragement to your student to be opened this coming Monday, May 1. Students will be given the letters prior to taking their first test."  Oh my goodness, I have to get it done!!! So, I put on my big girl pants and re-wrote the letter for the 5th time. This time, I made it classroom friendly and left out lots of the I love you's and all the mushy stuff I had written before. The letter went something like this: 
positive encouragement
Dear Son,
I am so proud of you. You have shown great growth this year. I see your hard work every Friday when I get your completed assignments. I couldn't be more proud of your great listening skills and kind personality. You are a bright boy with lots of patience and amazing reading skills. I believe in you. Soon you will be taking a state test in your classroom. Please do not be nervous because you have prepared for it and you are ready. Do not worry about the score because no matter what happens you will still be a great kid who is smart and compassionate. 
Remember that Dad and I love you to the moon and back and then some more. 
Love,
Mom 

tips and prep
State testing starts next week and my hope is that my son does not stress over it. The teacher has been instrumental in giving us tips on how to help our child get through this period. Here is a few of her tips:
1.) Before the test make sure your child sleeps well and is rested. 
2.) Student should have a well balanced breakfast.
3.) Encourage your child to read each question on the test carefully.
4.) Visit CCSS SBAC parent guide:http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents/
5.) R.A.C.E. is an an acronym for a simple writing strategy that can help students construct more thoughtful and thorough responses. This strategy can be modified to fit all grade levels and with a few modifications can also be used in mathematics.

Here’s how to help your students win at writing!

RESTATE – Students restate the question in the form of a topic sentence.

ANSWER – Students answer ALL parts of the question.

CITE – Students cite examples from the text that support their answer.

EXPLAIN – Students explain how their evidence supports their answer or connects to another text.

6.) Websites to help review: 
https://www.khanacademy.org/
http://www.k12reader.com/

7.) Offer words of encouragement before you drop them off at school. 

I wrote this post with the intend to help other parents. Send me a note if you find this helpful. 
Fieldtripmom@gmail.com

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. 

Travel accessories that will make you say, "Wow!"

Travel is fun and exciting with colorful accessories. The other day I found these cute "MUST HAVE" items. They include a key chain, sun hats, bath soaps, makeup bag and a clutch handbag. They are bright as well as very practical.  I found these must have travel items at the Charming Charlie store in the city of Tustin: http://www.charmingcharlie.com/gifts.html
travel
http://www.charmingcharlie.com/gifts.html
The store carried a watermelon sun hat that fit me just perfect.  This bright, fun hat is perfect for lounging near the pool, a family BBQ or a shopping at the beach city shops.
If you enjoy sitting by the pool then you will love these cute diamond shaped inflatable cup holders. 
I love to bring fun face masks when I travel. It makes bedtime so much fun while on vacation. If the day doesn't go as planned then I have something to look forward to along with a hot bath to decompress
Usually travel involves hanging under the sun and so caring for our skin is very important. After the kids have taken their bedtime bath, I rub in Aloe Vera to hydrate and repair their skin.
These are just a few things that I suggest you add to your travel gear to make your adventures memorable and joyous.

Disclaimer: All thoughts and ideas are all my own. Not a sponsored post. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 Regal Summer Movie Express for $1.00

The list of Regal Summer Movie Express for June 6th through August 2017 is out. Every summer Regal theaters offer two days of $1.00 movies that are rated G or PG. Tuesday and Wednesday theaters are packed with movie fans trying to catch great movies on the big screen. 

Summer movies

For only $1.00 you can see the most popular G or PG movies that were released within the last 12 months. It is a great way to spend time with friends and family.  Here's a list of  free summer movies playing at Regal theaters this summer for only $1.00. Both of the movies will play on both days. The start time is 10:00 am sharp. 
summer movies
  • Week 1: Kung Fu Panda 3 and Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Week 2: Trolls and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Week 3: Monster Trucks and Penguins of Madagascar
  • Week 4: RIO 2 and The Boxtrolls
  • Week 5: The Secret Life of Pets and Sing
  • Week 6: Kubo and the Two Strings and Ratchet and Ratchet and Clank
  • Week 7: The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water and 
  • The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • Week 8: Happy Feet 2 and Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Week 9: Storks and The LEGO Batman Movie
Visit the Regal Summer Movie Express website to find a movie theaters near as well as times and dates.  
http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express

Orange County, California Movie schedule:
WeekDatesMovies

Week 1Tue June 20
Wed June 21
Kung Fu Panda 3
Ice Age: Collision Course
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***
Week 2Tue June 27
Wed June 28
Trolls
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***
Week 3Tue July 4
Wed July 5
Monster Trucks
Penguins of Madagascar
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***
Week 4Tue July 11
Wed July 12
Rio 2
The Boxtrolls
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***
Week 5Tue July 18
Wed July 19
The Secret Life of Pets
Sing
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***
Week 6Tue July 25
Wed July 26
Kubo and the Two Strings
Ratchet and Clank
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***
Week 7Tue August 1
Wed August 2
The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The Adventures of Tin Tin
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***
Week 8Tue August 8
Wed August 9
Happy Feet 2
Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***
Week 9Tue August 15
Wed August 16
Storks
The Lego Batman Movie
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Please make sure to call ahead and confirm dates and times. The theatre may change the movie or times at any time without notice.

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cookbook Giveaway: Switch It up by Corinne Trang

It is giveaway time! Cookbook, Switch It Up by Corinne Trang. Corinne is an award-winning chef, cookbook author, wellness coach and an expert in healthy living. She is sharing her quick, easy meals to help you manage diabetes and other health conditions that require healthy meal planning. This giveaway is for one copy of the cookbook. The retail price is $14.99. All you have to do is enter for a chance to win.  This giveaway will run from 04/19/2017 through 04/29/2017. Must be 18 years or older. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN! 

To enter, click on the Rafflecopter icon below: 
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This colorful cookbook offers soups, whole grains and legumes, as well as many other options to healthy cooking and eating. This cookbook is endorsed by the American Diabetes Association who is leading the fight to end diabetes. Eat your way to a healthier you with this incredible cookbook. ISBN: 978-1-58040-549-2

Monday, April 10, 2017

Medieval Times Chivalry in action.

Buena Park, California is home to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. On most evenings, you can enjoy a roasted chicken while watching Knights engage in games of chance, skill, joust and battle. The experience is like no other on the planet.  The great people at MedievalTimes are now offering a matinee show titled, “Chivalry in Action.” This show is geared towards teaching our youth about anti-bullying while encouraging chivalry at every point in their lives. The cost is $25.00 per person which includes lunch and this great educational show. The plate is a quarter of a chicken, a half of a baked potato, half piece of corn on the cob, delicious garlic bread and a bottle of water to drink. They also give you a chocolate chip cookie at the end of your meal for desert.  All of the food is eaten by hand, just like the evening shows and how food was consumed in the royal era. For vegetarians, they offer a delicious pasta veggie dish with fruit and garlic bread. I have a diet restriction so I tested the veggie plate. Let me tell you, my meal was super delicious.
medieval times
The beginning of the show is tailored toward presenting how a knight would handle bullying and over sharing on social media.  For thirty minutes, we are entertained with several great examples of what the “Chivalry in Action” would look like with a modernized twist. As the show continues on, the knights compete in tournaments and show off their skills. The crowd is encouraged to cheer for their Lord.  By the end of the show, the crowd has received a great message of kindness and compassion as well as experiencing an amazing medieval jousting tournament.

On the day we attended, the matinee was booked to capacity by several local schools.  As we pulled into the parking lot, you saw the school buses lined up as they finished dropping off the students.  When the show ended, like a well-oiled machine, teachers and students loaded up on to their buses within minutes while the knights climbed onto every bus to bid the students a final farewell. It was an amazing sight to see 1,100 students disappear on to the highway within minutes of the show finale.

Are you looking for a great field trip for your class or simply looking to take your kids to an amazing entertainment destination this coming Spring Break?  Try Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. The matinee prices end June 15th, 2017. Link to dates and times: http://www.medievaltimes.com/plan-your-trip/buena-park-ca/celebrate-with-us/educational-matinees.html

Disclaimer: We were invited as media to cover the show. We did not receive compensation for this post. All thoughts and ideas are all our own. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is in full bloom.

Between February to Mid-May, you can count on seeing the most beautiful flowers California has to offer at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. You can experience the beauty fields of the California Poppy as well as Owl's Clover, Fiddleneck Pygmy-Leaved Lupine, Cream Cups and much more. We recently visited the reserve to see its 18,000 acres and 7 miles of trails. We hiked about 2.25 miles in, 4.5 miles round trip, nevertheless it was still full of beauty and wonder. 
California poppy
The California Poppy was named the state flower in 1903. The poppy fields can be traced in history as far back as the 1700's when Spanish Sailors documented them. They had named them "La Sabanilla de San Pasqual". Other names people have used to describe this gorgeous flower include "Copa de Oro", "Amapola" and "Dormidera". The flower is very smart as it closes up as the sun starts to set or when a cool wind or clouds are present. 

Life in the poppy reserve attracts many wild animals, reptiles and birds. During our visit, we saw a baby Rattlesnake, Roadrunner and Desert Spiny Lizard. Staying on the trail is very important to prevent injury to nature and yourself.
wildlife lancaster
This is a desert and you will need to carry lots of water with you. While on our hike we consumed at least one bottle of water per adult. You should wear good hiking or athletic shoes, bring sunscreen, sun glasses and a hat to protect yourself from the elements.  To find the best spot for lush flowers, you will have to walk a distance. You should be able to walk a minimum of (2) miles to experience a little of the beauty.  There are varying degree of trail slopes with terrain from compacted desert dirt to loose gravel at the higher elevations.  The Reserve has 5 Vista Points for viewing including the highest peak,  Antelope Butte Vista Point, at an elevation of 3,027 feet above sea level. 
poppy flower

There are several rules you should know before visiting the reserve. Pets of any kind are prohibited in the reserve. Please leave your pets at home as the extreme desert conditions can make it too hot to leave your pet in the vehicle. Picking the flowers is against the law as they are protected by the state. The front gate is the ONLY entrance. Do not walk through the fields! There is absolutely no smoking or eating while on the trails.  Keep trash with you and dispose of it in a trash can near the restrooms. There is absolutely no flying drones over the reserve to protect the native birds. Scattering the ashes of your loved ones is not allowed without a permit.  Student, Commercial or For Profit photography and video recording requires a permit from the State of California Parks. There are State of California park rangers driving, hiking and monitoring the visitors.  Violations of any of these rules can and will be enforced with a fine starting at $250.00 per violation.  For more information on permits, please check in or call the visitor center at 661-724-1180 or visiting www.parks.ca.gov.

You can see these beautiful California Poppy fields at 15101 West Lancaster Road, Lancaster, CA 93536.

Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bubblefest at Discovery Cube OC 2017

Discovery Cube, Orange County, is an award winning museum. It is located in the heart of Orange County off the 5 Freeway and Main Street in Santa Ana. Currently, they are hosting an amazing S.T.E.A.M exhibit and show, “Bubblefest”. With over twenty years of experience, Deni Yang has been combining science, technology, art and music to bring to life a gazillion bubbles. Our family has had the opportunity to see and experience this amazing show for several years now. Each time we experience something new. 
bubble science
Bubblefest OC - Imagine a gazillion bubbles floating in the air dancing to upbeat music. As we sat in our seats, we could see and feel the magical spheres. Each bubble performance brought me back to my childhood of wonder and awe. Our kids were filled with joy and excitement as the music played and a gazillion bubbles filled the room. This allowed everyone to touch and feel these wonderful soapy spheres. 

The performance is filled with educational value. One can see the effects of dry air, freezing air, and how other non-conventional objects can make bubbles. There is a laser show that brings light into the performance and gets everyone pumped.

Bubble Zone 

During this visit, we experienced hands-on activities at the Bubble Zone. This area helped us understand the science behind bubble making. For toddlers and young bubble scientists, they offer the Cube Jr. Playground that provides additional bubble training. Bubble play is serious business at the Discovery Cube OC. To add to the experience they offer a water sphere play area. To capture the special moment, you can purchase a photograph of the kids inside a giant bubble. There is an additional fee for the photo. We called it, the evidence that you mastered bubble making. 
gazillion bubbles

Bubblefest XXI

Bubblefest XXI is only around for a short period of time. The show will run from April 1-16th, 2017. Tickets can be purchased online or at the entrance of Discovery Cube OC. If you are a family of (4), the best deal is a membership package. Along with Bubblefest, Discovery Cube OC offers all of their other amazing scientific exhibits for you to enjoy. The Discovery Cube OC also has amazing healthy food choices as you are certain to get hungry after all of this play. This is a great Spring break entertainment venue for the entire family. With an annual membership, you can enjoy several other monthly / bi-monthly exhibit changes as the Discovery Cube OC makes sure that they always have something new for families to experience.

Tips: Please remember to arrive early to have the best experience possible. 

Address: 2500 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

General Admission: $17.95 Adults $12.95 Children (3-14) Bubblefest Show $10.00 Adults and $10.00 Children 


Disclaimer: We were not paid for this posting however were provided free entrance to a media event at the Discovery Cube OC, the Bubblefest show, exhibit and photo opportunity. All opinions are our own.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Visiting Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles

Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles is beautiful this time of the year. Recently, we headed to Little Tokyo for a fun family field-trip. Our first stop was exploring the Buddhist Temple on East Third Street. The docent, Nancy, really inspired us to be more compassionate and kind to one another. She was very articulate in delivering the message of Buddha and the Japanese Culture. The way she impacted us was through story telling of her life as a Japanese American. The entire experience was very humbling and eye-opening. I can honestly say that our entire family felt honored to meet Nancy and visit the temple. 
los angeles japanese
Next, we happily ran to the Japanese American National Museum after our visit to the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple. We were all excited to learn more about the culture after meeting Nancy. However, The visit to this museum was a slightly different experience. We all had knots in our throats when we left. Let me explain. The minute you walk in, you are hit with images of US Executive Order 9066. This order was a horrible thing that destroyed many Japanese-American lives. 
order 9066
Dorothea Lange [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons and WENDY MARUYAMA, AMERICAN (LA JUNTA, COLORADO, 1952 – ), ROHWER (THE TAG PROJECT) AND JEROME (THE TAG PROJECT), 2011, TEA- AND COFFEE-STAINED CUT PAPER, INK, STRING, THREAD, AND METAL, 144 INCHES X 24 INCHES, ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER FOUNDATION COLLECTION: GIFT OF THE ARTIST.
I cried as we read with disbelief through the displays of Executive Order 9066. Reading history books and hearing about American history is not the same as being presented with evidence and photographs of American bigotry. Standing next to a large display of Japanese American Tags was piercing. There were hundreds of tags hanging in a corner of the museum. These tags were used as part of the human accounting system for the concentration camps that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had built to enforce U.S. Executive Order 9066. Reading and living through the museum displays was heart-breaking. Looking at photographs of children being removed from their homes and placed into concentration camps just because of their ancestry. No crime had been committed, no trial or conviction had been established. It was unconstitutional and it happened right here in the US for the Japanese Americans of that era. These innocent people were imprisoned and lost everything for a war that the US didn't want to get involved in. Imagine today, being imprisoned for being a specific race, being separated from your family, losing your home and all of the possessions you have worked so hard to save for nothing more than to fight a war. Democracy and freedom are not protected by racism. Whether brown, black, white or any where in between, we are all immigrants to this fine Nation. The only true natives to this country are the American Tribal Nationals, remember this the next time you are tempted to say, "Go back to your county, you are not welcome here!" Let us all put down our "Arms" and be fast to wrap them around your neighbors regardless of the color of their skin.
US Order 9066
Dorothea_Lange  via Wikimedia Commons 
After our visit to the museum, we were all hungry and significantly sad. What to do? Therapy shopping. Just a few feet away is a great plaza filled with food and shopping. We found lots of great things that we could not leave behind. Around the corner from the plaza, we found the Japanese Cultural Center Garden. This beautiful sculpted garden was perfect to help us restore ourselves to peace and zen. Adorned with a trickling brook throughout the garden, this is a perfect spot to sit and enjoy tranquility, take some beautiful family photos or walk and admire all of the beautiful plants.

To visit and learn more:

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple is located at 505 East Third Street Los Angeles, CA 90013. You may call them at 213-626-4200 or visit their website at http://hhbt-la.org/

Japanese Village Plaza is located at 335 E 2nd St #223, Los Angeles, CA 90012

You may visit their website at http://japanesevillageplaza.net/

To learn more about the Japanese American concentration camps of WWII visit

www.janm.org - JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
phone: 213.625.0414

https://thetagproject.wordpress.com/

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All of our thoughts and opinions are all our own. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Aquarium of the Pacific giveaway for Noche de Estrellas.

Aquarium of the Pacific is sponsoring a giveaway on Fieldtripmom.com. The giveaway is for (4) tickets to “Noche De Estrellas”. The Night of the Stars event offers live music and fun family activities. On March 24th, 2017 from 6:30pm until 10:30pm, the Aquarium will be filled with Latin music and sounds. DJ Quinto Sol, Sonsoles and Mayaztek will be performing as well as the Azteca Cultural Ketzaliztli. Children are invited to attend with their parents to dance Rumba, Salsa, Cumbias and the Cha-Cha. During the evening, there will be bilingual presentations with underwater divers, a treasure hunt with prizes, children's crafts, and other activities. Mexican food, beer, and beverages will be available for purchase for an additional fee. You can also travel the Pacific Ocean through the Aquarium exhibits to learn more about the more than 11,000 animals, including over 150 sharks that you can touch. Please note: The Australian Parakeet Forest will be closed.
noche de estrellas

Aquarium of the Pacific is located 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, Ca 90802. 
March 24th, 2017 line-up

Music: J Quinto Sol – 6:30 p.m.
Sonsoles - 7:45 pm
Mayaztek - 9:15 pm 
Bilingual dive show with: Honda Blue Cave - 6:45 p.m.
Azteca Cultural Cultural Ketzaliztli - 7:00 pm
The cost of admission is $14.95 per person. Kids under 3 years are free. 

Enter for a chance to win (4) tickets to this fun event. Please only Southern California residents. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Remember that it's for March 24th, 2017 Noche de Estrellas event only. 
Good luck and hope to see you there!!!
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Aquarium of the Pacific is our sponsor. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER TO WIN.  Prize is (4) tickets for Aquarium of the Pacific. These tickets are  for the Noche de Estrellas event only to be claimed on 03/24/2017 The tickets will be at the front desk on the festival date from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m. This family 4-pack to Noche de Estrellas, March 24, 2017, does not include food, beverages, gift shop purchases or applicable taxes. Giveaway starts 03/15/2017 and ends 03/22/2017. You must be a Southern California Resident, 18 years or older to enter.  You must be able to claim prize by March 24, 2017.  There are no substitutions or replacements.  Lost or stolen tickets are the responsibility of the winner.  There is no cash value. Entry is done through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook via Rafflecopter. Winners will picked at random through Rafflecopter. 
Privacy- all entry information is not shared with any third party. Field Trip Mom blog is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. No Substitution or cash value replacements. Winner will be notified via social media and email. Aquarium of the Pacific is the sponsored of this giveaway. The tickets will be at the front desk on the festival date from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m.

Caspers Wilderness Park an 8,000 acre park great for a family field trip.

Family field trip alert: Orange County offers many great parks. One such park is located in San Juan Capistrano.  Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park and Camping is open year round from 7:00 a.m. - Sunset. It is a an 8,000 acre park filled with beautiful wildflowers and running streams. The park is great for hiking and just spending the day in the sun. If you are looking to camp then we suggest that you make reservations through their website: http://www.ocparks.com/rnp/reservation
    The park offers family events, ranger led hikes and educational programs. For wilderness fans there is a nature center that is filled with lots of hands-on exhibits.  On most weekends you will find bird watchers, hikers and nature groups enjoying the beautiful landscapes. 
    Caspers offers the following:
    Amphitheater:Located at Nature Center
    Barbeques/Fire Rings
    Bicycling/Bike Trails
    Camping-Family Group: RV electrical hookups available
    Dump Station
    Equestrian Camping
    Equestrian Trails
    Family Picnic Area
    Hiking Trails
    Interpretive Center: Open Saturday & Sundays only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Interpretive Programs
    Playground/Tot Lot
    Restrooms
    Scenic Overlook
    Showers


Caspers Wilderness Park
33401 Ortega Hwy.( P. O. Box 395)
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 923-2210 or (949) 923-2207


Check-in time 2 p.m. and check-out time 12 p.m.
Day Use - 7 a.m. to sunset all year. 
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., (Mon. - Fri.)
Parking fees (day use): $3 per vehicle entry Monday - Friday; 
$5 Saturday - Sunday; Higher for some holidays and events.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Field trip to Medi-Rub Massager

This past summer, our family visited the Medi-Rub Massager headquarters.  The Medi-Rub Massager is a device that is used to help people who suffer with leg cramps, blood flow, while strengthening the Plantar Fascia and improving reflexology.  This product is sold worldwide and is preferred by many doctors to help with diabetes and other related illnesses.  We were first introduced to this machine at our local Sam’s Club.  There, we all took turns testing the product out and found it to be very relaxing.  Our first time using the foot massager, we immediately felt tingling throughout our feet and legs.   We became fans. 
diabetes
When we found out that the machine was made locally, it only made sense to find out more about the product.  Our family drove to their office in San Clemente to tour their manufacturing processes.  The family field trip was very informative and eye opening.  We all saw how a small business impacts our local economy.  The owner, Yolanda Holly, gave us a personal tour of her offices as well as shared their company history.  The company has been helping folks with circulation problems since 1976.  Doctors recommend this product for patients who need to improve their circulation.  Yolanda explained that they accept custom requests on the foot massager for folks who have trouble with lower extremities.  All they have to do is call and request it.  This small business goes out of their way to make your experience a success because they understand how important your health is to you and the ones you love. 
diabetes
The tour gave us a small glimpse into what it takes to run a medical product company for over 30 years.  We saw an organized and clean manufacturing facility as well as friendly employees.  We were impressed with the kindness that was shown to us by everyone at the headquarters.  We left knowing more about a product that we own and use frequently in our home.  All of this information helped us feel confident about our health and purchase. 

We highly recommend this product for folks that do lots of sitting or have a hard time walking.  This product relieved and cured my husbands plantar fascia and is recommended for persons with diabetes, circulatory concerns, leg cramps, tired feet and legs and much more.

Contact Information: 240 Calle Pintoresco, San Clemente, CA 92672-7504
Toll Free 877-Medi-Rub (633-4782)
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Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Day gift idea.

Pan Dulce (Sweet Bread), an easy Valentine's Day gift for friends, neighbors, teachers, co-workers and anyone who enjoys a sweet treat.  A simple idea, budget friendly and heart-shaped; turn ordinary Mexican baked goods into a fun Valentines gift.  Use pink baked breads or cookies from your local Mexican bakery and add your own creativity to brighten someones day on Valentine's Day.

To get started, visit your local Mexican bakery and pick out your favorite cookies or breads.  We used breads and cookies with pink and red frosting as well as fun shapes.  This gave our gift box a fun "LOVE" theme.  We than asked the baker for an extra box.  We left with (2) dozen baked treats and our total was $14.00. For this price, we had enough cookies and baked items to fill (6) medium boxes.  
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At home, using food gloves, we repackaged the brown box and adorned the outside with hearts and ribbon to give it an added flair.  To decorate the inside of the box, we added some special paper.  If you don't have colorful tissue paper, look around your kitchen for other creative ideas.  We used coffee filters for one gift, while parchment paper works great too.
  

We glued paper hearts and used rope to give this brown box a decorative look. It made the box look very homemade and sprinkled with love.  We made a Valentine's Day very special with this brown box and the Pan Dulce (sweet bread).  Try it and watch someone light up when they receive the Pan Dulce Valentine box. 



Don't have a local Mexican bakery, then look for a local bakery that offers a variety of breads and cookies at a reasonable price. We spent on average $0.50 per cookie or bread.  One place you may want to consider is Costco's food court as an alternative bakery.  They sell Mexican Churros in their food court.  If you are buying more than (10) Churros, then you will have to call ahead to order.  Remember to use your creativity for wrapping the Churros.  A pretty box with some ribbon goes a long way to make it look special. 



Valentine's Day for us is about showing kindness and gratitude towards our community and friends as well as family members.  We do not spend very much money on gifting; however we use creativity and effort to show our appreciation.  We feel that the love is in the details.  We hope that this helps you spread love and kindness this Valentine's Day season. 

Disclosure: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fowler Museum at UCLA

The Fowler Museum is located inside the UCLA campus grounds. The museum covers global arts and cultures. The works of art are from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas-past and present. Here you will find thought-provoking exhibits. Our curiosities lead us into each room. As our visit came to an end, we realized that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We are sharing a few of our pictures from our visit. 
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http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/exhibitions/
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The Fowler Museum is part of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture. The museum is open to the public and admission is free, however donations are welcome. 

Hours of operation:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: noon – 8 pm
Thursday: noon – 5 pm
Friday: noon – 5 pm
Saturday: noon – 5 pm
Sunday: noon – 5 pm


HOLIDAY HOURS:
Open on Veteran’s Day
Closed on Thanksgiving
Open on the Friday after Thanksgiving
Closed on Christmas Eve Day
Closed on Christmas Day
Open on New Year’s Eve Day
Closed on New Year’s Day
Phone: (310) 825-4361
Email: fowlerws@arts.ucla.edu


Directions: Enter through the UCLA campus Lot 4 from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza and turn left into the Pay-By-Plate area of the lot.  Easy, self-service, Pay-By-Plate parking is available.

The address of Lot 4 is 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

During your visit make sure to see the UCLA sculpture garden, The Botanical gardens and the UCLA Meteorite collection. 
https://www.botgard.ucla.edu/
http://www.meteorites.ucla.edu/

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.