Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Book of Life Movie inspired me.

This week a new fun and exciting movie is coming to theatre's near you, "The Book of Life."  Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We had the opportunity to review it.
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The Story:
Rated PG and Starring: Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, and more. Directed by: Jorge Gutierrez and Produced by: Guillermo Del Toro.

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A fairy tale about a boy named Manolo, who faces his fears and is forced to travel between three worlds.   The worlds he is forced to travel through are: here and now, the land of remembering and the land of the forgotten.  His goal was to be with his true love “Maria”.    In the end, Manolo realized that his biggest challenge in life was to be true to himself.  The twists and turns the movie takes open your heart to looking inside of oneself and finding forgiveness and love.  The movie has incredible vibrant colors and art that fill the movie screen with happiness and joy.  This love story celebrates life and the afterlife in a bright upbeat setting while promoting forgiveness. 
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My Opinion: The most incredible and inspiring movie for all ages is now showing, "The Book of Life."  This fictional story brings to life a Mexican tradition, "The Day of the Dead."  The subject of death is handled very carefully and with the sense that the spirit is always with us. The movie is filled with folk art that is bright and lively. The characters are wooden looking and fun to watch. The movie sound track is a blend of American and Mexican music like nothing I have ever heard before. The movie teaches, inspires and reminds us to forgive and love more. It is a must see with the entire family.  
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You can find more information on the movie by visiting Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and the official website.
 


Music:  The soundtrack to the movie is a mixture of American and Mexican music.  The music and art made this movie into an amazing piece work of art.  Our favorite song from this movie was “The Apology Song”, because it was inspiring.  Let me share with you a few of the songs that appear on the Track listing:
TRACK LISTING:
1.            Live Life – Jesse & Joy
2.            The Apology Song – La Santa Cecilia
3.            No Matter Where You Are – Us the Duo
4.            I Love You Too Much – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
5.            I Will Wait – Joe Matthews, Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
6.            Mas – Kinky 
7.            Cielito Lindo – Plácido Domingo
8.            Creep – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
9.            Can't Help Falling In Love With You – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
10.          Ecstasy Of Gold – Gustavo Santaolalla
11.          Do Ya Think I'm Sexy – Gabriel Iglesias and Gustavo Santaolalla
12.          Just A Friend – Cheech Marin and Biz Markie
13.          El Aparato /Land of the Remembering – Gustavo Santaolalla  Café Tacvba
14.          Visiting Mother – Gustavo Santaolalla
15.          The Apology Song – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
16.          No Matter Where You Are – Diego Luna, Zoë Saldana and Plácido Domingo
17.          Te Amo y Mas – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
18.          Si Puedes Perdonar – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Del Taco Fresca Bowl * Giveaway alert

Del Taco is introducing its brand new menu items the Fresca Bowl.  The fine people at Del Taco invited the Field Trip Mom family to their local restaurant to try their new cuisine.  Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post.  We were given food items from Del Taco's restaurant in exchange for this post; we were not paid for these services but were provided food free of charge.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Del Taco is offering three new Fresca Bowls, the Fire Roasted Veggie, the Pollo Asado Grilled Chicken Bowl and the Southwest Chicken and Veggie Bowl.  All of these bowls are full of incredibly fresh ingredients.  Imagine seasoned black beans, fresh Pico de Gallo salsa, freshly cooked grilled chicken, fresh grilled veggies all over a Fresca Lime Rice.

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These delicious new bowls have amazing flavor in every bite.  Portioned correctly for a single serving, they range in calorie counts from 450 to 530 calories.  A great meal that fits into everyone's dietary restrictions.  The flavors are delicious with a hint of lime flavor in the rice that isn't overpowering but enough to give a fresh flavor flare.  Served piping hot with amazing black beans and your choice of veggie, chicken or chicken and veggie then all topped with a mild Pico de Gallo salsa.
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These new Fresca bowls are only $4.00 and perfect for anytime day or night.  A filling meal that will keep you going through the busiest of days.  Head over to your local Del Taco and try the new Fresca bowls for yourself.  I am positive you will enjoy them as much as we did.

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Written by: Tim Bosek, Contributor and COO, Fieldtripmom.com
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Knott's Camp Spooky

It's that time again....Head over to Knott's Berry Farms' Camp Spooky.  Whether your kids decide to dress up as a pirate, Dracula or a cowboy, the fall daytime, non-scare celebration is perfect for family members of all ages.  Let the kids take part in Snoopy's Costume Party and Parade and visit the always famous Camp Spooky with all of the new rides recently added this past summer.  This celebration is all cheer and with no fear. Disclaimer: We were invited to participate as part of media day. We did not receive any compensation for attending. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.  


 
 
Once the sunlight fades, the ghouls and goblins Un-Earth themselves into the darkness under the moonlight.  The bigger kids in the family can then get their chills from the ever so creepy Knott's Scary Farm.  The evening hours are not for the faint of heart...beware of what hides in the fog....Starting September 25th and continuing until November 1st.  Tickets are limited and typically sell out so secure your date now.

Additionally, Knott's daytime celebration is host to several great events such as Charlie Brown's NEW Halloween show where the entire family will be singing and dancing.  Next, your family can run over to the Potion Station to concoct a fun Kool Aid mixture in their very own test tube.  Head over to the Mini Monster Maze where the kids can experience an obstacle maze finding candy along the way.  Ready to enjoy the fun....pre-order your tickets online at knotts.com.  What a great way to enjoy a safe Halloween celebration allowing your children to dress up as their favorite Ninja Turtle and enjoy fabulous rides and shows.  Come on down and join the Field Trip Mom family for a day of fantastic fun at Knott's Berry Farm.


Follow the fun and post your own pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #campsnoopy! Have a great weekend!

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 friends...you 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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