Friday, March 27, 2015

The movie "HOME" is out in theatres today.

The movie, "HOME" is out today. My family and I received an opportunity to watch it a few days before the release to review it. We were included as part of their media screening. My family and I experienced the purple carpet! 
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My personal opinion:
I have to say that I cried and laughed super loud.  Home was inspiring to me because of the human connection it discussed.  "HOME!"  Home is a word that brings an instant feeling of belonging.  Throughout the movie, I knew that home was a very important part of film.  The filmmakers did a great job sending several messages of hope, compassion and forgiveness.  This is a must see movie.  Bring tissues and be ready to hug your loved ones after the movie. 
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Jim Parsons plays Oh, one of the main characters along with Rihanna (playing Tip or Gratuity Tip Tucci ) and Jennifer Lopez (Tip's Mom).  Steve Martin plays the character of Captain Smek. This is a movie for ages 7 and older because there is some sad parts. 

The Boov Alien's invade Earth and one little girl (Tip) doesn't get transported to the new human location. She is separated from her mom and her adventure begins when she meets "OH", the most unliked Boov in the entire Universe. Things get worse when the Boov's realize "OH" has sent an invitation for a party to their enemy by mistake.  Oh, the Alien, becomes a fugitive and runs away with Tip to help her find her mom.  One scared alien and one kid connect while they fight off being captured.  It's a great inspiring movie that had me liking all the characters.  I hope you enjoy it too. 

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Sesame Street - The Best of Elmo 3 DVD

Looking back on the toddler years, I can still recall when my kids would sit and watch Elmo from Sesame Street.  Together we would sit after breakfast and watch Elmo on our Television. We would sing and dance with Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and their friends. Sometimes we would rewind the same DVD to sing or dance just one more time. 

The toddler years were fun and I hold very fond memories in my heart of those precious moments. Sesame Street Workshop has a new DVD out, "The Best of Elmo 3", with up to date celebrities. It is my hope that if you have a toddler that you may consider the Sesame Street DVD collection. These educational DVD's are tools that can shape your child's life forever. 
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"The Best of Elmo 3" is extremely educational for toddlers and special needs learner. Each song and dance in the DVD will help young learners connect the dots to loving language, math and help build self confidence. This is an easy way to start toddlers on the road to success.
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My children are not toddlers anymore. They still love Elmo just as much. We watched, "The Best of Elmo 3", all of us danced and laughed together. For a few moments we were back in time remembering the toddler years. Elmo is still very much in our hearts because he was a staple in our home. I often hear from friends and strangers that the toddler years are the hardest. My response to their statement, "Do you have an Elmo DVD or CD? They help you sing and dance with your toddler when you are having a bad day." (True Story: I still have both DVD's and CD's for when I want to get the kids singing and dancing!)
The Best of Elmo has celebrities singing and being part of the show. Michael Buble, Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars just to name a few. Many more celebrities sing and play with the Sesame characters on this new DVD. I hope you get a chance to see it and enjoy it as much as we did.
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About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help all children reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, including television programs, digital experiences, books and community engagement, its research-based programs are tailored to the needs of the communities and countries they serve, helping children everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder. For more information, visit us at

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Children's Place Spring Collection - Big Fashion Small Prices

The Children's Place is my favorite retailer for fashionable clothing for kids ages 0 to 12 years of age.  I have been shopping at their stores for the last ten years.  They have helped to keep my kids cute and fashionable.  I can always depend on them to carry tagless soft t-shirts and jeans with adjustable waistbands for the perfect fit.  This Spring, The Children's Place asked us to shop at their store as a sponsored visit.  I jumped for joy and then ran to their event.  Armed with a few shopping tips, I managed to dress two growing boys and spend only $90.00.  I want to help you save on your next shopping trip so I am sharing my (5) most important tips with you. 
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Tip #1 - Sign up to receive email notifications of sales and special offers.  This can save you up to 40% on your entire purchase.  It is very simple to sign up, simply go to their email subscription offer link: Subscribe via  Email, enter your email address and start saving.  The Children's Place will send you coupons and offers when they become available.  I use this method often.

Tip #2 - Check their current sales online and at the retail stores.  My online shopping experience during the Christmas holiday was very positive.  I found jeans and licensed t-shirts for both my boys without battling the mall rush.  I highly recommend that you consider shopping online when you are busy.  I received my purchases on time right to my door.  Shipping was free for our purchase with a very minimal purchase amount.  The added bonus was that everything I bought was on sale.
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Tip #3 - Buy the next size up on t-shirts and shorts when they are on sale.  I enjoy going to their retail store after a major holiday and buying the next size up for both boys.  Fantastic prices can be found in stores as well as online during Fall and Spring.  Kids grow up so fast that buying a bigger size might mean that you will always have something that fits in the closet.  I highly recommend it for all you budget conscience parents.  Think ahead for the next year.  The clothes at "The Children's Place have cute designs that won't go out of style."

Tip #4 - Ask the clerk for any upcoming deals or special offers.  When I shop I always ask about upcoming deals and special offers.  Most of the time I receive great money saving tips on things in the store I missed or that are upcoming.  One favorite sale is the $5.00 graphic t-shirts.  I usually buy (10) or more shirts for the boys because I have two of them and the deals are too hard to pass on.

Tip #5 - Rewards membership  - Sign-up for their rewards program and save money.  For every dollar you spend, you may earn credits towards gift certificates that can be used toward your purchase at The Children's Place.  At the end of the year, I usually get a gift certificate, which is an extra savings.  I have enjoyed the rewards program for several years now.  It is always a great surprise when the store clerk tells me I have money coming to us.
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As you know, children grow fast and it seems like we are always needing to replace a pair of jeans for holes in the knees or too much belly showing.  At The Children's Place, you can find quality kids clothing at great prices and be budget conscious all at the same time.  I recommend you take a trip to your local store today to find some of the hottest summer outfits and save on next years winter finds going on seasonal clearance now.  Hundreds of convenient locations available and don't forget to log on to The Children's Place for additional great finds.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Aquarium of the Pacific's Noche De Estrellas

Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a Latin-themed Late Night event, "Noche De Estrellas".  The night will have Latin music, dance and food. Come Friday, March 27, 2015 from 6:30pm until 10:30pm and dance Cumbia, Salsa and Rock En Espanol.
The price of admission is only $14.95 for the Latin Adventure. In addition, the aquarium will have over 11,000 animals that you can see and some you can touch. 

March 27, 2015

Live Bands you can expect to see at the event: Sonsoles and Raskahuele
& DJ Quinto Sol

Live Dancing you will experience: Aztec dance with Danza Azteca Cultural Ketzaliztli

Activities- crafts with the Museum of Latin American art, and bilingual educational programs, including an underwater SCUBA diving show, scavenger hunt with prizes, ocean-related activities, drought education with Mujeres de La Tierra, and more—all offered in both English and Spanish. Mexican dishes and refreshments will also be available for guests to purchase.
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The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, celebrates the largest and most diverse body of water: the Pacific Ocean. Great place for families to explore and learn together about one our most important resources.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Giveaway winners!

Dear Readers,

Our giveaway winners have been contacted. We have a few surprises coming up, please remember to leave comments and come back often. We sometimes receive great prizes and pick readers at random as winners for small prize packages.

Thank you for your support.

Field Trip Mom Family

"The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream" William Shakespeare

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza.

Dear Readers,
We are so excited to have received several opportunities for sponsored giveaways. It is with great joy that we are announcing a Facebook contest that expires March 12th at 5pm. You must go to Field Trip Mom Facebook page and leave a comment, telling me why you would like to visit the Irvine Park Railroad. This great sponsored giveaway is to help bring attention to the wonderful Easter Eggstravaganza at the park. Just leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win.  All entries must be in by 5pm this Thursday to be entered. It's a 48 hour giveaway extravaganza! Make sure to like our page as well as Irvine Park Railroad 
    Giveaway package includes the following:
    Enter for a chance to win tickets for Irvine Park Railroad.
    6 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Easter Eggstravaganza activities)
    1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park surrey rental (excludes the double surrey)
    1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park paddle boat rental
    The approximate value of this prize package is $70.00
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Address: Irvine Regional Pk, 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869
(714) 997-3968
Photocredit: Irvine Park Railroad.

Creamistry - Customize your Ice Cream

Serving nothing but the freshest ingredients, Creamistry offers several base cream and sorbet opinions including over 40+ flavors and 50+ mix ins and toppings.  Every order is made to order, there is no pre-made containers to scoop from and no chance of stale, freezer burnt ice cream served. 

Disclaimer:  We received no monetary compensation for this post.  Creamistry sponsored our family to try out a variety of ice creams of our choice free of charge in exchange for this post.  All opinions are our own.

Creamistry hand crafts all of your ice cream dreams to order with fresh premium cream, organic cream or non-diary sorbets.  A specially trained creamologist, pours the finest dairy or non-dairy into a large mixing bowl and adds your choice mix ins.  Next, they head over to the specialized creamery mixing station.  Then the magic truly happens, Creamistry starts mixing your ingredients together and sprays in the -321 degree liquid Nitrogen.  As the Nitrogen mixes with the air, it begins to evaporate causing a plume of vapor around the mixer.  The flash freezing process is so cold the cream molecules stay very small without forming ice crystals.  This process creates the softest, creamiest ice cream with amazingly fresh ingredients.  It's like getting hand churned ice cream at Grandmas house without the 2 hour wait and the tired arm from winding the churn.

We all wanted to experience our own unique taste and everyone was excited to order.  Among the choices included coffee premium ice cream with Heath Bar mixed in, Oreo cookies and premium cream with a Kit Kat topping, salted carmel premium ice cream with chocolate chips and pretzels laddened on top and a Dole pineapple sorbet topped with marchino cherries.  Soft and creamy, every flavor was our favorite.  Options included the ability to make your ice cream into a divine shake or add a waffle or brownie to your bowl. 

The ice cream is reasonably priced for the quality you receive.  Big portions are ideal for sharing a large size bowl between friends and the small is perfect for individuals wanting to customize to their own unique tastes.  The ice cream is full of flavor, fresh and silky to eat.  Your won't be disappointed in the experience.  If you are a fan of frozen yogurt, Hawaiian shaved ice or premium hand churned ice creams, you must try Creamistry.

 As part of the offer, the great people at Creamistry wanted to offer our readers the opportunity to win a gift card to try out this incredible ice cream.  Enter to win your chance at winning this gift card and take your family to the newest and freshest ice cream store.

Store Locations
Long Belmont Shore - 4725 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803
Cerritos - 11442 South Street, Cerritos, CA 90703
Irvine - 3972 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606
Corona - 2150 California Ave. #105, Corona, CA 92881
Rowland Heights-1390 Fullerton Rd. Ste 104, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Costa Mesa -1870 Harbor Blvd. Ste 104, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (coming soon)
Mission Viejo - 27730 Santa Margarita Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (coming soon)
Beverly Hills -253 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (coming soon)

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Knott’s Boysenberry Festival 2015 #knottsSpring

Knott’s Berry Farm is celebrating Spring with a Boysenberry Festival.  They are turning the park into a boysenberry paradise complete with live shows and a food fest.  Kids and adults will have the opportunity to participate in a pie eating contest (located in front of the Bird Cage Theater) and baking your own pie tart (food cost may apply).  The food fest includes boysenberry bits, cheese curds, Boysenberry ICEE, boysenberry frappuccino (served at the Gourmet Coffee station) BBQ Chicken and many more open aired barbecue treats that will make the foodie in you say, “Yum, Yum!”  
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The park will be filled with Boysenberry plants, food and live shows that will celebrate spring.  The Easter Beagle will be greeting fans and taking pictures with the family all day long.  Last year, we took many photos of our spring day adventure.  Here is just a few of those pictures.  Tasting the different food offerings, cheering on the pie eating contestants and meeting the Easter Beagle made our visit special.  The highlight of our food adventure were the BBQ wings with a Boysenberry dipping sauce.

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Music is a very important part of this Spring celebration at the park.  Knott's has added a few opportunities for you and your family to get down and dance all day long.  Peanuts Party in the Park is a great new show with lots of bright fun colors and the Peanuts gang showing off their dancing abilities.  Jammin' in the dark will make everyone get up and dance with DJ Howly.  Lucy's Really Big Spring Show is a great sing-a-long for the tiny tots.  Salsa dancing in the Fiesta Village will have you doing the Cha-Cha-Cha long into the night.  All of the entertainment will leave you feeling excited and inspired.  
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Sponsored Giveaway - Enter for a chance to win (2) tickets to Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival. You must be 18 years of age and live in Southern California. The tickets are only good during the Spring celebrations March 28th-April 12, 2015.


Disclaimer: Sponsored giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. My family and I have been invited as part of media.
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Friday, March 6, 2015

The Flintstones &WWE - Stone Age Smackdown

Looking to take Wilma on a long deserved vacation to Rockapoco, Fred tries to ask his boss, Mr, Slate for an advance on his paycheck.  Through a comedy of errors, Fred must pay for damages he causes at the rock quarry.  With the help of his trusty side kick Barney, Fred comes up with a harebrained idea to make enough money to take both families on vacation.  Teaming up with John Cenastone, Marble Henry and the Undertaker, Fred becomes an event promoter for a crowd pleasing wrestling entertainment show worthy of a packed arena.  Family fun for an evening together; you and your kids will laugh your way through the entire movie.

Hanna Barbara, WWE Studios and Warner Bros Studios join together for an amazing stone age movie with a modern storyline.  Available on DVD, Blu Ray and Digital HD via Ultraviolet, this movie is 52 minutes of great Flintstone fun.  Go out today and pick up a copy for this evenings family movie night.

Disclaimer: received a free Blu Ray copy of this film in exchange for our review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged for this post.  All opinions are our own.

Friday, February 20, 2015

California Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. #CYN

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! This week there will be many opportunities to see the Lion Dance in many Southern California Cities. We hope you get a chance to experience the festive celebrations first hand in your local area. Here is a few places that will be holding parades and fun events for all ages. Remember it's the year of the goat! 



1. Southwest Airline Chinese New Year Parade – 3/7/2015, 6-8pm (San Francisco)
2. Chinese New Year Flower Fair – 2/14/15, 10am-8pm, and 2/15/15, 9am-6pm (San Francisco)
3. 116th Annual LA Golden Dragon Parade – 2/21/15, 1pm (Los Angeles)
4. Midnight Temple Ceremony – 2/18/15, 10pm-1am (Los Angeles)
5. The Highlighted Undiscovered Chinatown Tour – 2/21/15, 10:30am-12pm (Los Angeles)

Celebrations across the United States


1. Lunar New Year Celebration – 2/21/15, 11am-4pm (Seattle)
2. Chinese Lunar New Year – 2/18/15, 5:30-7:30pm (Seattle)


1. Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade – 2/22/15, 1pm (Chicago)
2. Visit 360Chicago – 2/16/15-3/5/15 (Chicago)
3. Sounds of China: A Chinese New Year – 2/15/15, 3pm (Chicago)
4. Chinese New Year Kickoff Celebration – 2/19/15, 12-1pm (Chicago)
5. Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Garden – 2/21/15, 11am-3pm (Glencoe)
6. Chinese New Year Lantern Festival – 3/1/15 (Chicago)


1. Lan Su Chinese Garden – 2/19/15 through 3/5/15 (Portland)

New York:

1. Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival – 2/22/15, 1pm (New York)
2. 16th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival – 2/19/15, 11am (New York)
3. Chinese New Year Lantern Making Workshop – 2/19/15, 3:30pm (Poughkeepsie)


1. Lunarfest 2015 – 2/21/15, 10am (New Haven)


1. Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival 2015 – 2/22/15, 11am (Orlando)
2. Chinese New Year Festival – 2/16/15, 11am-6pm (Miami)
3. 2015 Asia Fest – 2/21/15, 10am-5pm (Naples)
4. Kid’s Club: Chinese New Year – 2/19/15, 11am-12pm (Jacksonville)
5. Chinese New Year Gala – 2/14/15, 2-6pm (Tampa)
6. Chinese New Year Festival – 2/21/15, 10am-4pm (Tampa)


1. 8th Annual Chinese New Year Festival – 2/14/15, 10am-6pm, Luther Jackson Middle School (Falls Church)
2. Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration – 2/15/15, 12-4pm (Tysons Corner)
3. Chinese New Year: Year of the Sheep – 2/22/15, 1 hour (Fairfax County)

Washington, DC:

1. Chinese New Year Family Festival – 2/14/15, 11:30am-3pm
2. ImaginAsia: Love in Every Language – 2/15/15, 12-4pm
3. Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year at the Fair Oaks Mall – 2/21-2/22/15, 1-5pm