Thursday, September 25, 2014

Irvine Park Railroad's Pumpkin Patch - Giveaway

Fall is here and the pumpkin patch at the Irvine Park Railroad is now open until October 31st.  My family and I took a field trip to the park this past weekend and had a wonderful experience. Read on to find out what happened. Disclaimer: Sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.  

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Fall in California is beautiful at the Irvine Park Railroad because of the gorgeous vintage Oak Trees and the natural beauty of the surroundings.  It is such a peaceful place to play with the family.  This time of year, the park has pumpkins, rides, games and food for sale.  The park uses tickets to ride the rides and play the games.  Each ticket is $5.00 which is good for one train ride. The best deal in town is the book of 15 tickets for $60.00.  I highly recommend you buy the book if you have more than two kids.  There are free activities such as the Haunted House, Straw Maze and lots of fun photo opportunities. Kids ages 12 months or younger ride the train and hay ride for free with a paid adult admission.

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Wear your comfortable shoes and stay all day long to enjoy a list of activities such as the Train Ride, Hay Ride, Moon Bounce, John Deere Racers, Carnival Games, Cookie Decorating, Panning for Gold, Face Painting, Mini Haunted House and the Straw Maze.  Not enough for you to do, then head over to the OC Zoo which is within walking distance of the pumpkin patch.  Nearby there is a lake with hungry ducks waiting to be feed small bread crumbs.  Next to the lake, there is a bike and paddle boat rental for adventurous people.  The park has many fun things to do all year long, but fall is a favorite time to take pictures and enjoy the crisp fresh air.  Don't forget to take a jot around the stable on the pony ride.
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The great people of Irvine Park Railroad are sponsoring a giveaway on this blog. Enter for a chance to win One free paddle boat rental, one free bike rental and (4) railroad tickets. Must be 18 years old to enter and live in Southern California. Good luck and happy field tripping.  Find more things to do around town by visiting our Facebook page:
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sessions Sandwiches West Coast Deli in California

Newport Beach, California has a yummy new west coast deli called "Sessions Sandwiches". This summer, we were very excited to visited this incredible restaurant and try some of the their deli favorites.  The Banhmi Sandwich, Meddock Melee Sandwich, Hot Dog Beast, Cucumber Salad, Greatfella sandwich and Pasta Salad filled our dinner plates. Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. Read on to find out more: Sessions is located at 2823 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663 and opens its doors to guests every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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On a regular day in the middle of the week, my family and I had a picnic dinner at the beach. The day was made special as the entire family enjoyed some tasty food from the Sessions menu. The food was fresh and made to order. We called ahead so it was super fast with no waiting. We grabbed our picnic dinner and headed to the beach to play and enjoy the family.
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We shared all of the items so everyone had a chance to try a little bit of everything. My favorite was the Meddock Melee Sandwich with no Guacamole and the Cucumber Salad.

The Bahn Mi sandwich is a pork and beef meatball sandwich with Sriracha aloli, pickled onions, carrots and jalapenos, fresh cilantro all loaded into a soft, fresh French roll.  The boys and my husband couldn't get enough of the Beast Hot Dog loaded with pastrami, pickled mustard seed, razor onions and cherry peppers  Add on sides like the cucumber salad with fresh cucumbers, onions, corn, cherry tomatoes all tossed in a light sweet vinegerette....DELICIOUS!!!  For more information on all of their incredible eats click on the Sessons Menu.
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As we headed to the beach to play in the sand, we took our picnic bag full of delicious deli favorites.  We sat near the pier to say good-by to the day. The kids played while my husband and I watched the sun go down. 
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This year, we will have an endless summer every time we visit Sessions Sandwich deli. You can make your summer endless too with a picnic dinner and a visit to the beach.  The Beach ball is optional. Have fun this fall with the ones you love and don't forget to field trip.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California has two baby penguins.

Baby Penguins are now playing at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. We received the chance to go on a family field trip to visit them and all of the other sea creatures. Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. Scroll down to read about our latest adventure.
Did you know that penguins don't just live in the cold? They also live on the beaches of Argentina with weather that is similar to California. If you live in California, you know that it is always sunny and warm. It rarely rains and it is never below 65 degrees. Perfect weather for the baby Magellanic Penguins that just arrived at the Aquarium of the Pacific. We recently got a chance to explore their new home and see them up close along with a few other fun exhibits. 
Once we welcomed the new babies, we headed over to the shark tank, lobster exhibit and the other sea creature exhibits.  With each exhibit, we wondered how these wonderful animals survive and thrive at the aquarium.  The kids were amazed that there were so many sea creatures that come in all shapes and sizes.  The whole time, we learned about their food sources and saw first hand how they interact within the fish tanks with other types of fish, sea urchins and mammals.
We got our hands dirty while touching and learning about the Horseshoe Crab and Sea Anemones.  The Horseshoe Crab is one of the oldest living species and it's blue blood is coveted for it's health benefits.  We got to see both the Horseshoe Crab and it's blue blood.  It was eye opening for all of us. PBS has a short video on why the Horseshoe  unique blood has powerful properties valued by the biomedical industry.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Westminster Mall event and giveaway!

We went to Westminster Mall for back to school shopping and more. Disclaimer: This is a sponsored giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.
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This summer, we found some incredible finds at the indoor Westminster Mall. We parked our car and shopped several stores in the comfort of air conditioning and with less driving from store to store. Old Navy, Target, DSW, Vans and so many other stores are all under one roof. The vast selection of stores gave all of us a chance to find our favorite things. We found shoes, fashions, food and home goods. It felt like a fun treasure hunt.  
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Our first stop was Target where we found back to school supplies and food for the school's emergency kit. The schools gear was all in one place, so it took us very  little time to put together all the items the kids needed for their class. We bought supplies for the teacher like tissue paper and glue sticks. The whole experience took about 15 minutes because we had a list and stuck to it.  It was super easy and it made it for a very pleasant shopping experience.  We got to check that off our list of things to do.
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Then we headed out to into the main mall to buy shoes and fashions. We fell in love with DSW where my husband and I bought shoes for us. The prices were so incredible that just like that we decided that we needed back to school shoes too. It was the first time we thought of us as needing back to school shoes for ourselves. Yes, parents do need new shoes  for running around and getting back to the school schedule. Both of us bought brand name shoes for under $60.00 dollars. We saved $90.00 dollars on the purchase because they were on clearance 70% off. (DSW is were we spotted the deals!)
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After shoe shopping we headed to Old Navy, Vans, The Children's Place, Panda Express and Tokyo Japanese Lifestyle. There we found the gear that we all needed to get back to our school routine. We left feeling like we saved money and time. It made for a great rest of the day and a great start to a new school year. Visit our Instagram page to see our purchases and the latest photos of our shopping experience.  

Directions to the indoor mall:
1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683-4943
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The Westminster mall is having a special event this September 13th from 10AM to 12PM at Target Court for fun, DIY activities, music, an all-new episode screening, prizes and more! Take this as your personal invitation. So come and find great deals on fashion, food, home accessories and so much more under one roof! Now for the best part of this post the giveaway. Enter for a chance to win one $25.00 gift card to help you shop.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sealegs is the best place for date night in Orange County.

Life with busy jobs, kids, stress of the daily grid can become overwhelming and feel like a never ending feat.  We all deserve a moment to slow down, to relax, to enjoy family and know, to enjoy the finer things in life.  Locating in Huntington Beach a few minutes from the beach, you can find an amazing place to wind down, relax and take time for yourself.  Come down and join us at Sealegs Wine Bar. Disclaimer: We were invited for their date night event. No compensation was received. We received complimentary food and beverage only. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.

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Sealegs is an amazing wine bar with some of the finest eats in Southern California.  Voted OC Weekly's 2013 Best Wine Bar, Best California Cuisine by the Golden Foodie Awards and Gayot's Top 10 Restaurants in OC, Sealegs delivers in a big way.  We were invited for an official date night where we could sit back and enjoy life to the fullest.  We were greeted at the front door by Sealeg's amazing staff who walked us back to a beautiful lounge area.  The air was filled with great music and the room with a casual laid back entertaining area lined with couch style seating and small end tables surrounded by individual casual arm chairs.  The room can be converted into an amazing party room for every occasion.  We were joined by friends for some great conversation when our waiter brought us our first of three courses paired with amazing wines.

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Our first course started with Quinoa Crab Fried Rice with an amazing white wine selection specially paired by the owner of the restaurant.  A truly amazing dish by the master chef which made us a new fan of quinoa.   Next, we were brought the Fresh Vegetable Flat Bread also paired with another finely selected white wine.  This dish was a Mediterranean style pizza and was amazing.  Then, they served the Charred Fillet Medallions which were cooked to perfection and paired with an incredible red wine by the fine wait staff.  After enjoying three great dishes, our waiter came to our table with a Divine Bananas Fosters and a beautiful sparkling white wine.  It was the perfect finish to the amazing dining experience.

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Sealegs is a romantic, friendly, social and relaxing environment serving fine wines and delicious cuisine.  This restaurant and wine bar is perfect for completing a day at the beach, a romantic and relaxing date night, a night out to enjoy family and friends or simply for their Sunday Brunch.

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Sealegs is locate at 21022 Beach Blvd. In Huntington Beach.  Open Monday through Friday 4  to 11:30 PM, Saturday 11 AM to 11:30 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 9:30 PM.  Champaign Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM.
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Pretend City Children's Museum 5th birthday and "When I Grow Up Day"!

Happy 5th birthday to Pretend City Children's Museum! This summer they celebrated their 5th year making kids happy. We were invited to come and play at their wonderful place. The theme for the day was "When I grow up" career day. The museum was filled with professionals sharing knowledge of their work experience with young minds. There was a total of (21) professionals open for questions and answers. The list of professionals included: Zoo Keeper, Beauty Queen, Scientist, Lifeguard, Park Ranger, Firefighter, Police Officer, Coast Guard, Food Bank Worker, Restaurant Owner, Professional Sports, Musicians, Animal Rescue, Fine Artist, Iphone Case Designer, Make-up Artist, Librarian, Orthotist, Illustrator and a Dentist.
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The day proved to be very fun and educational as well as memorable because the kids enjoyed a day of play.  It began with the kids meeting the dentist on the bus
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The first career stop we visited was the dentist. The kids had a chance to ask questions and experience a free dental check up along with a fluoride treatment. She had a mobile office on site and we saw first hand what sugar and diet soda can do toward damaging our teeth. She provided  many visual examples of sugar contents in everyday drinks. Many kids passing by were whispering "I am not going to drink that anymore". Our brief visit gave us an understand of the importance of dental health.
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We then had the chance to visit with the local police and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary before we met the a business man (Iphone Case Designer). The police officer was a meet an greet and it offered an opportunity to ask questions about his career in law enforcement. The kids said they noticed he was polite and friendly. The interaction was short however the kids were very impressed meeting Officer Ayala. The U.S. Coast Guard taught all of us about water safety and life jacket fitting. They explained the proper way to be safe while wearing a life jacket on a water vessel. The kids felt like they were being allow to play with grown-ups who have professional jobs. The experience continued when we met the Iphone case designer.

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Promoideation a local business shared their laser engraved iphone phone cases. The company had on site before and after product samples along with a small presentation that explained the "how to" of making custom iphone cases. The company gave a mini-presentation of their product and the kids were allowed to ask questions. When we left I asked if they knew what being in business for yourself meant? They both replied "it means we are the boss".  It was very cute.
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As our day ended we stopped by the OC Park Rangers station. They had live animals to see and touch.  A snake, Breaded Dragon and fur samples of various wild animals were on hand to see and touch. The kids received stickers, a poster and sunglasses to remind them of their visit to the OC Park Rangers station.
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We had a meeting with the Mayor of Irvine, Steven S. Choi, PH.D., who was there to wish Pretend City a very happy 5th birthday. It was a great moment to take a once in a lifetime picture with our mayor! 

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All of us had such a great time playing and learning at Pretend City Museum.  We can't wait to go back for their next fun event.

September is Storybook City, "Where Books come to life" at Pretend City. I encourage you to visit and enjoy play and learning. Hope to see you there.
Disclaimer: We did not receive compensation for this post. We did receive complimentary admission to the museum. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Solo to Social with Flips Audio

Are you looking for a high quality set of head phones for your I Pod, tablet or phone?  Are you also looking for amazing sound speakers that you can take on the go?  Flips Audio has the perfect product for you enabling you to have your cake and eat it to.  Introducing Flips headphones, the Field Trip Mom family received an amazing opportunity to try out the hottest new product in audio technology.  This is a sponsored post, Flips Audio provided us with a set of headphones for review.  All thoughts and opinions are our own and we were not paid monetarily for any advertising.

Compact folding high definition headphones for your solo music choices with a comfort fit.  These headphones are extremely light weight and have a compact design that folds nicely into its own protective case.  The headband is adjustable and the ear cups are lined with plush memory foam.  Easily plug in the charging cable to the headphones and to the USB port of your computer to quickly charge the headphones for the party.  

Flip the ear cups to face outward and get the party started with an intense amplified and powerful sound.  The headphones stay charged with a lithium ion battery and USB cable for hours of high quality sound capable of getting any party started.  Easy to connect, easy to charge and extremely simple to use.  These headphones deliver whether you are rocking out studying for an exam, biking to your job, strapped to your desk for a late night of work or having your friends over on Friday night.

When I received the package, I couldn't wait to open it.  I plugged the Flips headphones into my tablet and fired up some Pantera, "Cowboys from Hell."  The headphones have amazing sound quality, from the deep throaty base tones to the loud and raunchy guitar riffs, Flips Audio has hit the target with this product.  The headphones have a high quality construction, rough and tough for any environment.  Wanting to experiment with the sound quality, I inserted some old school rap by Too Short listening to "Life is....Too Short and Cusswords."  All I can say is "Truly Amazing!"  The chest vibrating bass notes and subtle rhythms surrounded me as if I was standing listening to the music live.  Complete noise cancelling ear cups allow for premium High Definition sound.  I highly suggest you visit your local store today and try out a set for yourself.  From heavy metal to rap to smooth jazz, you will not be disappointed. 

Product Review and Writing by Tim Bosek, Field Trip Mom
Photos Courtesy of Flips Audio Website
Video Produced by Tim Bosek, Field Trip Mom
Music by Maroon 5, "Maps"
Field Trip Mom has no interest or rights to any music played during the video

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Field Trip to Vietnam in Orange County

This summer we are exploring Asia without leaving Southern California. I know it sounds a little weird but let me explain what I mean. Southern California is home to several different neighborhoods that offer international products, foods and experiences. There is Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles, Little India in Artesia, Koreatown in Los Angeles and Little Saigon in Westminster OC. We live close to Westminster so on a regular day we visited Little Saigon with friends. Our first stop was the fruit market to experience Jack, Lychee, Rambutan and Dragon fruit.
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Little Saigon in Westminster, CA is a neighborhood filled with shops, markets, restaurants and bakeries that bring the Vietnamese culture to Southern California. It is truly amazing that a little piece of Asia is right here in Orange County for all of us to enjoy and experience.

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We started our field trip to Little Saigon with the Fruit Market Trai-Cay Ngon located off Bolsa and Magnolia.  The shopping center has an Asian Supermarket,  (2) other fruit shops  and other Vietnamese stores.  A friend recommended Trai Cay Ngon Fruit Market because they offer a guarantee on all produce purchased.  The prices are a little high compared to other local markets, however the guarantee keeps regular customers coming back. We experienced long lines and lots of loyal customers shopping for Jack fruit, Lychee, Dragon Fruit and  Rambutan. 
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Lychee and Rambutan Fruit was a new experience for us.  The texture for both was like nothing we had every seen in nature.  Lychee fruit has a leather like appearance.  Our first thought on the fruit was will it taste sweet or sour? rambutan fruit photo ramadanfruit2_zps8f36a081.jpg
As we peeled the fruit we noticed it looked like a grape with a large seed.  The taste was sweet and very delicious.  Rambutan is sweet, grape like and with a large seed.  It was just as delicious as Lychee.  The kids had fun calling it the hairy fruit and the dinosaur grape.

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Jack Fruit is this large giant oval produce. It is one of the largest tree fruits in the world. The inside is yellow with  large seeds. The average cost of Jack fruit is around $30.00 dollars because they are so large. The fruit shop sells pre-cut and ready to eat containers for a lesser price. The texture is like an onion with layers of fruit with a sweet taste. It is an acquired tasted because it is a little stringy and a bit rubbery.

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Dragon Fruit tasted like a Kiwi. It was soft, juicy and sweet. The fruit is about 6.00 per pound and it is sold in most markets in Southern California. My family liked this fruit the most out of all the above. The price is a little high for it to be a regular item in our household, but we will eat for special occasions.

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The shop was full of tropical produce that we had never seen before or tasted. It was absolutely a learning experience for all of us. We can't wait to return and taste Rose Apples and Asian plums.

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The field trip to the Asian fruit market was a great experience for the entire family. It opened our eyes to other delicious healthy food choices as well as educated us about a country on the other side of the world. We experienced hearing a new language, tasting new foods and learning about Vietnamese culture through our visit.

Related links:
Korea Town In Los Angeles
Little India Artesia
China Town Los Angeles
Little Saigon

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

Friday, August 8, 2014

Don Roberto Jewelers and my birthday.

It’s my birthday month! Hooray! This year I celebrated with a jewelry purchase from Don Roberto Jewelers. I recently visited their Riverside store during a grand opening. I went to buy a watch that is sold at their store and online. What happened next was completely a surprise to me.

 Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts are all my own.
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 I really wanted the watch, but ended up finding a great deal on a fabulous ring.
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My New Ring:
As I entered the store I ran to the women’s watch selection. I really wanted to get a trendy watch I had seen online. I spotted the watch right away and asked to try it on. The watch was exactly as I had seen it online. But as I looked down I noticed this unique silver ring. The design of  the ring caught my eye.  I knew that ring was for me and that I would wear it everyday.  Just like that I forgot how much I wanted the watch and purchased the ring.
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On my wish list.
While I was paying for my ring, I noticed the “Semanario” bracelet. (Translation is the “Seven day bracelet”.)  The Semanario is usually worn by Mexican woman as way to bring good luck them all (7) seven days of the week. My cousins, friends and relatives own a set of these special bracelets, but I have not yet.  When the sales clerk came back with my purchase, I asked if he could let me try the bracelet. He did and I immediately knew I had to add this to my wish.
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While I was there I noticed that Don Roberto Jewelers carries more than just everyday rings and bracelets. They also carry wedding rings and religious necklace. I had a great time trying many different things types of pieces. Their associates are very friendly and the whole experience was very enjoyable. I can't wait to go back and find another great piece of jewelry. Thank you Don Roberto Jewelers for my new ring that I love.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches 101 Delicious meals. #Giveaway #cookbook

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Get organized for back to school with this informational cookbook, "Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches." Recipes that help you create delicious meals with your sandwich maker. So dust off your sandwich maker and get cooking breakfast like a chef.
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