Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TED Talks that will inspire you!

This year I want to encourage you to be a champion for children. I am sharing some TED Talks that will inspire you. 

"Every Child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. " Rita Pierson

Be a storyteller as well as an involved parent. The magic begins at home. Engage, involve and inspire your child to love learning. 

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home. William Temple

Read more about education around the world.  Teacher in South Korea earns $4 Million dollars.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324635904578639780253571520

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer Concert on the Green: Rangoli Dance Company | Fowler Museum at UCLA

Art, Music and dance is an essential part of education. There is a great opportunity for Southern California residents and visitors to experience the Arts this Sunday at the Fowler Museum located at UCLA
Admission is free to the museum. However you must pay for parking per hour or by day. Twelve $12.00 dollars for all day parking is the best deal. Bring a picnic lunch and dress for the weather. Don't forget your dancing shoes. 
Disclaimer:This event is for all who enjoy getting out and exploring life.
  Summer Concert on the Green: Rangoli Dance Company | Fowler Museum at UCLA
When: Sunday August 30th, 2015

Where: Fowler Museum 308 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Time: 2pm - 4pm

A free concert for our community. Malathi Lyengar, UCLA Alumni, began the Rangoli Dance Company along with Rangoli Foundation. Both were established to bring art, music, dance and visual arts of India to the community. This program will be filled with storytelling and dance that will use classical Indian form, "Bharatanatyam".  This is a great opportunity to have your experience travel without leaving Southern California. 

Hours & Directions Museum Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: noon – 5 pm
Thursday: noon – 8 pm
Friday: noon – 5 pm
Saturday: noon – 5 pm
Sunday: noon – 5 pm
Transportation:
Pay-By-Space parking is always available for Fowler visitors, regardless of whether the lot 4 parking kiosk is staffed!
Automated pay stations in Pay-By-Space accept $1 and $5 bills and credit cards.
The parking fee is a maximum of $12 for the whole day. One hour parking costs $3, 1.5 hours is $4, and two hours is $6.  When the parking kiosk is staffed, it is also possible to pay there a flat daily fee of $12.
The Fowler is visible to your left when you ascend from the elevator or stairs.
Arriving by Public Transportation
The Fowler is a lovely walk from the UCLA Transit Center at Hilgard and Strathmore Avenues, where several public bus lines stop. Use the interactive map on the UCLA Transportation website to find the best connection to public transportation for you.
Arriving by Tour Bus
For groups coming to the Fowler via a bus, free bus parking is available near the Museum.
To reach this designated bus zone, follow these directions: 
  • enter campus from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza.
  • Take the first right onto Charles Young Drive and
  • park along the right side of the street, across from the athletic fields.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Beauty of Black Star Canyon, Silverado, CA

Black Star Canyon is located a few miles from Disneyland and Irvine Spectrum. It is hidden gem and can only be accessed through walking or biking. It is a place that feels as though you have traveled back in time when California was young and unexplored. Some say that this canyon may be haunted or worse a home base for aliens. Who knows? We did not encounter anything of that sort. In the spirit of Harvest and Halloween, we thought you might enjoy this field trip because of the stories that follow this canyon. 

The canyon is beautiful and inspiring. There is no city lights or noise. The air is clean and crisp in the mornings. There is a hiking path that takes through beautiful trees. Birds are abundant throughout the canyon. Bugs can be seen and heard as you walk on the path.

One recommendation: We highly recommend that you stay on the walking path because there is one strange thing we found. As you walk further into the canyon you will see an eerie place to the left. It can be described as a bunker or an extreme home compound? Again, we recommended that you visit with others in the daylight not at night because it is rumored that people who live nearby will shoot first. We did see hiking and biking professionals (people who are super athletic.)pass us by. Our experience was tranquil and inspiring.




The best time to travel to the canyon is during cooler weather and early in the morning. If you Google "Black Star Canyon", you will find articles that suggest the place is haunted. My family and I did not experience anything out of the ordinary. We actually felt at peace and stress free. 

Again, do not visit alone because it's such a large place and you can easily get lost. Always travel with food and water when hiking or biking. Watch out for the professional bikers who use this as their training gym. 

Find out more information on this mysterious place. 

http://laist.com/2011/12/03/top_10_questions_about_black_star_c.php

http://www.kcet.org/living/travel/socal_wanderer/outdoors/orange-county-opens-black-star-canyon-to-public-for-first-time.html

http://ocparks.com/parks/irvineranch/

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

How to make slime!

It's hot and the kids are bored! What to do? Make slime and have fun is the answer. Homemade slime is so much fun to make and play with. Just take a peek at our home video.



Most of the ingredients are already in your cabinet. Glue, liquid starch, food coloring and water is all that you need. The key to success is to mix the Starch a little at a time. Do not put all the ingredients in at once because it will turn to liquid goo. We made that mistake the first time around. You may have some Starch left over. Watch the video before attempting to make the slime. 

Ingredients:
5 oz of Clear Glue (We used Elmer's Glue)
1/2 cup Liquid Starch (found in the detergent isle in the grocery store.)
3 to 4 drops of food coloring
1/2  of the Clear glue bottle filled with water
1 large bowl
1 plastic spatula

This was fun for all of us. We hope that you try it and enjoy it!

Disclaimer: No pens or pencils were hurt in the making of this video and craft. This project may cause extreme excitement for all involved. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

TEEN TITANS GO! HOUSE PESTS SEASON 2 PART 2

Now out on DVD is Teen Titans Go Season 2, House Pests.  This amazing collection includes over 4 Hours of content on 2 DVD discs!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  We were provided a free copy of this DVD set in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions in this post are our own.
Our boys love Teen Titans, from Robin, Beast Boy, Raven, Cyborg, to Starfire, they can't get enough of their wacky adventures fighting crime in search of justice.  This amazing 2 disc set is host to an amazing 26 episodes and 284 fun filled minutes of entertainment.  Even I, who have never been a huge super hero fan is deeply amused by this cartoon series.
Released on August 18th by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE), Teen Titans Go! is ranked the #1 show on Cartoon Network for Boys 6-11 and #2 show for Kids 6-11.
Join the DC Comics characters in their never-ending quest for silliness, justice and always a little couch time. Things kick off with a backwards battle as Robin faces off against his Bizzaro World counterpart, Nibor. Raven is pushed to her limits during Crazy Day and it’s anything but a vacation when the Teen Titans visit Starfire’s home world.
We were truly excited to get the opportunity to review this DVD series for our readers.  If your kids love Cartoon Network as much as our boys, go out and pick up a copy of this great entertainment.  At an MSRP of $19.97, your kids can watch the fun any time of the day.  Great as a birthday gift or save it for the rapidly approaching holiday season...just think Black Friday is only 96 days away.  We hope you enjoy this DVD  series as much as we do!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Factory Tours and Museums in Southern California.

Southern California has many great hidden treasures for travelers and local residents to explore. Factory Tours and Museums are a great way to experience them.  In this post, we share our most recent factory tours and museum visits. We hope that you find this information fun, helpful and exciting. Included in this post you will see suggestions to make your experience more enjoyable. Start exploring Southern California today! Continue reading to find out more....

(1.) Learn how traditional hand-crafted mattresses are assembled by visiting the Custom Comfort factory.  It takes approximately 14 hours for a mattress to be completed from beginning to end. Each step of the way human hands give it the special touch to make it the most comfortable bed. 

Custom Comfort Corporate office is located in Orange, CA. The small business welcomes all who want to learn about the process of making quality mattresses. Their website encourages tours of their facility. You must first make an appointment by phone at (714) 693-6195 to schedule a factory tour. Tours are given during business hours and are about an hour long. Schools, educators and parents who homeschool are encouraged to visit.  Custom Comfort is family owned and they are proud to make handcrafted luxury mattresses. This is very evident throughout the tour as you will see. Each mattress is handled  by human-hands and made to order. Their turn around time is about (2) days for a custom mattress.  As you tour the facility, you will be able to feel the fabrics and materials that are used. The tour-guide will explain how each piece is made and the equipment that they use. Sewing machines, quilters and employees hand-sewing mattresses are among some of the things you will experience. The largest swivel tables, the size of Texas, hold mattresses for assembly. The entire experience left us inspired to think about our bed. A must experience tour for anyone with a bed. I highly recommend that you take one. Happy dreams.

Suggestions - Age for this tour is 10 years or older with the ability to focus and pay attention to instructions. Participant must be able to stand and walk for about an hour. Wearing comfortable shoes is highly recommended. Attire should be casual with long pants and closed toe shoes.  Allow for 15 minutes to find parking. Parking spaces are limited. 
Contact: By appointment only (714) 693-6195

(2.)Discover Micro-greens at Urban Produce. There you will find Kale, Basil and more growing in a controlled environment with delicious results. Locally grown produce and herbs is the latest in sustainable living. 

Urban Produce is located in Irvine, California. Their indoor farm is a short distance from the (5) freeway and the (405) off Bake Blvd.  Micro greens are fresh, organic, healthy and locally grown. They are produced for local restaurants, markets and organic juice bars. Product is made to order with a (7) day turn around. These micro greens offer (4-6) more times the vitamins of that of fully grown produce. Here, the motto is, "a little goes a long way." Micro greens may be consumed in a salad, sauces, juice or any meal that you would add vegetables. Some of the produce they offer at Urban Produce include basil, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, cress, daikon, kale, parsley and radishes. A regular micro green is between 1" to 2", stem with two cotyledon leaves, which are the two leaves that first emerge from a seed after the plant germinates. Baby plants are thought to be extremely healthier than the full grown vegetable or herb. For this reason, Micro greens are great for your next meal. Top chef's and gourmet kitchens are some of the biggest customers of organic micro green produce. Visit the indoor farm and find out first-hand how the world of produce is changing. Call first to make an appointment.

Suggestions: This tour is open to public schools and media. Call ahead to make arrangements: 949-600-9888. Photographs of the indoor farm require permission. The facility requires person(s) to wear hair nets and shoe booties. Cleanliness is a top priority and enforced. 
Contact:Urban Produce, LLC, 1 Marconi, Suite F, Irvine, CA 92618 


(3.)Experience a 30 million dollar car collection first-hand and find your racing side at the Marconi Automobile Museum. The automobile museum is working hard to help at risk children. Mr. Marconi will encourage you to "Learn, Earn and Return" to our community.
Marconi Automotive Museum located in Tustin, California. Over 70 luxury car and estimated value of $30 million dollars are on display for the general public to visit. The museum allows visitors to experience the automobiles up close. Ferrari's, Lamborghini, Porsche, Mercedes, muscle cars, BMW Race cars and many luxury vehicles can be seen at close range. It is a car-lovers dream. The museum hosts many social events throughout the year. Mr.Marconi's personal story of overcoming struggles has made him understand that children are important for our future. As a result of wanting to make a difference, he and his family opened the Marconi museum to help at risk children. Admission donations are used to help at risk children. The museum opens it's doors to social events and closes it doors to the general public during these events. Please call to find out the hours of operation.

Suggestion: The museum recommends a $5.00 donation for adults and children are free. All of the vehicles are accessible to the public to photograph and admire. Wear comfortable shoes. It is a car-lovers dream. This is a must see museum in Southern California. 
Contact: Marconi Automobile Museum 
1302 Industrial Drive, Tustin, CA 92780.
(714) 258 -3001

Pretend City Children's Museum

We took a short drive to see the "Heart and Seoul": Growing up in Korea exhibit displayed at Pretend City Children's museum. The family first saw a video of everyday life in Seoul, Korea. The video was vibrant and full of the city bustle and it made us want to see more.  The perfect introduction to the other (8) exhibits highlighting Korean life: Korea Plaza, Korea K-Pop Stars Studio, Animation Studio, Restuarant, Apartment, Classroom and Hanok Guest House. The classroom had musical instruments that we were able to play. Desks were placed for visitors to sit and watch a short documentary on Korean School life. The documentary shared many fun moments of school life. Our favorite was when the pre-school children had lunch in the school's cafeteria because they drank hot soup without spilling.  Moving through the exhibits was both inspiring and educational. Our final stop was the Apartment exhibit which included trying on traditional clothing. It was fun to try on beautiful garments and feel special. Alright, I loved it more than the kids because the dresses were beautiful. Overall our experience was unique and unforgetable. 

Suggestion: I recommend that you bring your toddlers and get them started on hands on exhibits. Children ages 0-8 years old will enjoy the many toys, crafts and play opportunities that this museum has to offer. Bring your child's play driver's license and have him/her drive through the streets in a plastic car. Bring a light snack and be prepared to stay for a few hours. Buy an annual pass and go as many times as you want. Perfect place to make friends for new moms. 
Call if you have any questions: 949-428-3900
Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

http://pretendcity.org/tour/

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Have a wonderful time exploring Southern California. 

Alma 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Date Night with Two Broke Girls Season 4 DVD

Grab the one you love, a bottle of wine, some sweet treats and the Two Broke Girls Season 4 on DVD. The hit CBS show is now available on DVD.  Classy, funny, sexy, bold are the words for this epic Season 4 collection. You will laugh, giggle and shake your head while watching, "Two Broke Girls." They have very little filter and their comedy keeps you guessing the entire time.
Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored posting.  We were given a free copy of this DVD in exchange for this posting.  All opinions and comments are our own.
All of you favorite characters including Max, Caroline, Earl, Oleg, Han and Sophie for 22 episodes on 3 discs.  This amazing set includes unaired scenes and gag reel for even more fun.  The disc includes subtitles in English, Spanish and French.  Original air dates between Oct 2014 and May 2015, revisit all of those hilarious moments over and over.
My wife and I curled up together on the couch with a great bottle of wine and laughed our way through an amazing fun filled evening of laughter.  Grab a special someone in your life and a copy of Two Broke Girls Season 4 on DVD tonight!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pancake Breakfast August 2nd, 2015 St Thomas Catholic Church

Saint Thomas More Catholic Church is hosting a fundraiser this August 2nd to benefit Pro-life, OC Charities and Saint Thomas More Catholic Church. Help our community to raise funds while attending church. You can make a difference in making this event successful. Please tell others and make this the place to be on Sunday.
Address: 51 Marketplace • Irvine, CA • 92602 • 949.551.8601
 http://www.stmirvine.org/index.php/

Friday, June 26, 2015

Our Del Taco Story plus a giveaway.

Del Taco is one of the places that my family and I stop to eat when we go on a Field Trip.  Their menu offers a little bit of something for everyone in our family such as burritos with slow cooked beans, quesadillas with cheddar cheese that is grated fresh, made to order hamburgers with crinkle-cut fries and delicious Ice Tea made every day.  All the menu items are made to order with fresh ingredients.  This month, we tried their new menu items: Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito and a side of sliced Avocado. Disclaimer: Sponsored post. Giveaway and food product were made possible by the awesome people at Del Taco Headquarters. Continue to read to find out why my family and I enjoy eating at Del Taco so much. #EpicAvocado and #UnFreshingBelievable


A few years ago, we met the nicest people at our local, "Del Taco".  Where the cashiers, greet you with a "Hello! and How are you?"  This is huge news because in a large city everyone is moving fast, talking fast and ignoring the human connection.  Noemi and Carmen are two ladies that make all difference at Del Taco in Irvine.  Both of them are warm, friendly and quick workers.  They greet everyone with a smile and "Hello, how are you my friend?"  Sometimes people ignore the sweetness and kindness these ladies offer because they are going too fast.   It doesn't matter if you are kind or rude Noemi and Carmen both treat you as you are the only customer that matters. If you sit down in their dining area to enjoy a meal while Noemi and Carmen are working, you will see people come in just to say, "Hi" and order a taco or two.  Each food transaction is executed with kindness, thoughtfulness and a feeling of home cooking. It is an amazing thing to see in action. (If you are in the area you should stop by and experience it for yourself.)
We have been regular customers of "Del Taco" for several years because of the delicious food and the warm customer service.  It is our go to place when we need a breakfast burrito or a crinkle French fry fix. Now, our latest thing is to order the avocado.  Avocado is on their menu and can be ordered as a side dish, as slices or added to any menu item. The Del Taco menu has something for everyone. Please try the new menu items! Thank you for being a loyal reader!
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Monday, June 22, 2015

5 things to do with your dad to make him feel special.

June is the month that we spoil my husband as part of a month long Father's Day celebration.  The celebration began with a day spa at home with fresh mint cucumber infused water.  Then, we play dad's favorite music, eat at his favorite restaurant, nature to nurture dad's soul and finally give him a fun car experience with a rental.
   
We bought a face mask, new nail clippers, new scrubbing sponge, foot creme, cucumber soap and cucumber lotion.  All the ingredients for a pedicure and manicure you can imagine, in cucumber scent, were used to make spa day special for "Dad".  My kids helped pamper their dad by giving him a soft head massage and gently rubbing his arms.  It was totally cute and adorable to see the kids get involved with pampering their father.

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Play his favorite music week.
Music is a big part of our lives.  We listen to the radio in the morning. We play CD's at home and on long road trips.  For a week in the month of June, the entire family listens only to Dad's favorite music.  We purchase and rent CD's of dad's favorite bands and we listen to them together.  Along the way we find our own favorites from his sounds.  This helps us to bond together as a family because we have something in common. It's really adorable to hear small children try to understand the sounds of the past.  The kids enjoyed Bon Jovi and other bands I can't even pronounce.  Dad really loved the Rock and Roll from the 80's (AC/DC, Poison, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Kix and more.)

Eat at his favorite restaurant on a regular day. 
My husband loves sushi and steak.  His favorite place offers happy hour deals during the week when it's less crowded.  To help make happy memories, we almost never visit a restaurant during heavy times.  On a Thursday night, two weeks before Father's day, we surprised dad and took him to his favorite spot to eat Sushi.  The experience was relaxing because we did not have a crowded restaurant or long lines to wait through. We surprised him with presents after his favorite meal. It made for a very special day for dad aka husband. 
Nature to nurture the dad's soul.
We are very lucky and live 20 minutes away from Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Corona Del Mar as well as gorgeous parks and nature centers.  For the month of June, we make every effort to visit the beach or a park at least once a week.  Time is set aside for our family to eat a picnic meal at some beautiful location like Laguna Beach, OC Great Park or Northwood Park aka Castle Park. During this time of nature to nurture, we engage in family conversation as well as play time.  The main focus is to get Dad back to playing and feeling active and re-energized.  Sometimes, it can be as simple as playing football at the park or walking around the park. 

This year, we had a unique opportunity and we rented a New Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vehicle from Budget rent a car for a week.  Dad got to have a new experience with a 2015 Santa Fe, Hyundai that offered hands-free Bluetooth connections and AM/FM/Sirius XM / CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers (features our current car doesn't offer).  The vehicle handled smooth and light. My husband aka Dad, drove the new car to San Diego and we all went on a small road trip in style. It was nice to experience something new together. 
Suggestion: For smaller budgets I recommend small acts of kindness. In the past we have had the car washed and the oil changed as well as making sure the gas tank was filled. 

The month is almost gone and Father's day has passed. I want to encourage you to continue doing small acts of love and kindness for your family and others. It is may hope that every home is filled with respect, love and understanding. Happy family field tripping!

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