Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mission San Juan Capistrano family field trip.

California is rich with history. All you have to do to find it is walk outside your door and explore Mission San Juan Capistrano. It is a 239 year old monument that offers 10 acres of gardens, fountains, and structures. Take a Saturday morning to explore the past.

If the walls could talk? What would they tell us about what happened to the Native Americans, Mexicans and Father Junipero Serra. Saint Serra established 9 missions and converted about 5,000 Native Americans before his death in 1784. He died and was buried at his headquarters Mission Carmel, just outside of Monterey.

These photos are of the ruins of the great stone Church at Mission San Juan Capistrano. It took nine years to construct the great stone church. In 1806, the church opened it's doors to San Juan Capistrano Catholics who had been in a smaller building that could barely hold them. It was a great accomplishment for the people of San Juan Capistrano.  Unfortunately, six years later an earthquake would claim it and (40) of it's church members attending mass on December 8th, 1812. The church was never rebuilt. Today, we can see the hard work that went into the construction. 

As you walk through the great ruins at Mission San Juan Capistrano, take a close look at the materials they used to build the walls of the church. You can still see the seashells, rocks and other hard materials that were used to create the walls of the Mission. It is very inspiring to see how a seashell can survive 239 years.

Walking around the Mission you get a feeling of peace and serenity. It feels like you are seeing the beginning of our history in the State of California. We suggest you visit the Mission this Spring when the flowers and fruit trees are in full bloom. You won't be sorry that you made the trip.

Happy travels... The Bosek Family.

Natural Products Expo West 2016

Natural Products Expo West 2016 was jumping this year with several new products. Our taste buds were in organic heaven the entire time we visited Expo West. As you know, Expo West has been one of our go to events for several years. We review, test and taste organic products, then share our results with you to help you shop smarter and stay within your budget. This year, we found some delicious, high fiber and healthy snacks. Let me start with Mission® Certified Organics Tortilla Chips. They are made with masa ground from organically grown corn. The tortillas are then  cooked in organic oil and topped with fresh sea salt. 
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While at the Expo West Hall, we tasted the Mamee stacked potato crisps and Dragon fruit in a pouch. Both were delicious and full of great ingredients. These products are Non-GMO, gluten free and Vegan friendly. Both products are great for packing in lunchboxes and on the go healthy eating. Ask your grocery store for these organic products. They are sure to change your eating habits!
Vegan Bacon Bits, Love Beets and Spinach Wraps were also tasty and healthy. All of the above products are organic and full of healthy ingredients.  Beets, Beets and more Beets, the more you eat them, the better you feel. One of the amazing things that happened in our house is the kids fell in love with BEETS!!!  They are in love with beet juice, beet snacks and beet anything because of the colorful packing. Who knew that beets could be so lovable and delicious as well as healthy for the entire family! 
Fresh coconut water from the Vietnam fields via @Hamona USA, Boxed water (Boxed Water, an eco-friendly and BPA-free alternative to bottled water) and fresh fruit bars are great products to take on your next travel adventure. The coconut stays very fresh if you freeze it right in the shell. The fresh coconuts were brought all the way from across the world to be sold at our local markets. The boxed water was the perfect size to pack in my children's lunch box. The boxed container sparked a conversation between the kids about going  BPA-Free. It made for a fun lunch experience for my kids at school. Pure bars are filled with only great fresh ingredients and are Non-GMO, gluten free and vegan friendly. They are the perfect bite for an afternoon snack. Our whole family are now fans of the Pure Bar. 

This is a small sample of products that Expo West had to offer. We are still testing and sampling organic products. Please continue to stop by to read about our latest food adventure.
Disclaimer: We reviewed food products for a period of six weeks. Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and Ideas are all our own. No fruits or vegetables were hurt in the making of this blog post. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ratchet and Clank iconic PlayStation video game comes to the movies.

Ratchet and Clank, the iconic video game is coming to a theatre near you on April 29th, 2016.  Take a sneak peek at the movie here and you will see how fun and educational it will be for your entire family.  The movie is entertaining as well as educational.  Ratchet and Clank, the two main characters, walk us through forming new friendships, believing in ourselves and self-discovery. ,As these two partner up to save the galaxy, they will encounter many obstacles that they will need to overcome. Read on to find valuable resources that can help your child learn.

We attended a movie preview at the Google offices in Venice, California.  Google L.A. and Focus hosted an interactive film event for approximately one hundred students from the Downey Unified School district.  After the movie was over, the students were able to ask questions.  The panel included two game developers, movie animator, director of the movie and two voice actors (Ratchet and Clank).  The Q & A was amazing because the kids asked some amazing questions. 
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After the Q& A with the panel of Ratchet and Clank experts, the audience was treated to a special introduction on animation. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math were very much present during this event.  Here, the films lead animator walked us through the process of creating Ratchet and other characters.  The kids were amazed at the entire process of animation. 
The fun continued as the audience was asked to participate in game.  The game was to design a new weapon that Ratchet and Clank would use in their next adventure.  The students were given markers and a blank piece of white cardboard to start their design.  Immediately, kids formed friendships and ideas started forming.  Soon, the kids were in teams brainstorming.  It was wonderful to watch young minds at work. 
They were given about 15 minutes to get their ideas on paper and present to the judges.  The youngest student at the event was a third grader.  Age did not matter in this competition. 
The competition was exciting!!!  The team that won made a technology glove for Ratchet to use in his next adventure.  The voice actors, the movie director and the entire panel along with Ratchet were on hand to thank the entire audience for coming to their interactive movie premiere.  The experience was incredible for all of us as well as the Downey Unified School District because we could see Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math come together in the movie. 

Bonus: Computer Science Education Resources that can help your child learn 

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Disclaimer:  We were invited to a private preview of the movie. We did not receive any compensation or prizes. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. Allied Hispanic 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Travel must have is Salonpas pain relief patch.

California is a beautiful place to live and visit because the sun is always out.  Our family often travels to historical sites, museums, Regional Parks or entertainment places made for family fun.  As parents, we have to be energized and ready to hike, walk, jump and play with our two kids during these fun travels.  Most of the time, we are able to be completely active and in great spirits.  There are times however when our bodies have pain.  "Oohh my lower back", shoulder, foot or neck.  It's Murphy's Law, not feeling good usually happens when you have tickets to a limited engagement event and have spent a significant amount of money on.  Not going because you do not feel well is just not an option.  The kids are looking forward to the event and really, you are too.  Taking medication that will cause you to be drowsy is worse because you need to be alert for the experience.  What to do?  We started using Salonpas pain relief patch to save the day!!!

Both my husband and I had the opportunity to test Salonpas patches.  They easily adhere or spray onto all parts of the body.  The results of using Salonpas were incredible for us.  It gave us complete day and overnight relief while allowing us to travel, sit in the car and move around with more comfort.  We became fans of the product and we have added it to our emergency bag for travel.  We would like to recommend that if you experience pain in your lower back or anywhere on your body, to try out these products first before taking oral medication.  Your liver and stomach will thank you for it.

Salonpas gave us temporary relief of our aches and pains.  We are now doing Yoga and changing our diet to help reduce the chances of chronic pain.  As parents to young children, we can not afford to be down with the aches and pains of age or soreness of a strained muscle.  Salonpas helped us to be more active and stay healthy.  We tested the product over a period of (8) weeks and personally used them on our own bodies.  The patches tingle with a warming sensation and have a light menthol scent.  We were very happy with the results and will continue to use this product to help us with our travel and occasional muscle aches.

Disclaimer: Sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. We are not medical professionals. Please consult with your doctor before using any products to reduce pain. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Point Fermin Lighthouse San Pedro, California.

San Pedro, California is home to the historical Point Fermin Lighthouse. Point Fermin Lighthouse was built in 1874 and was active until 1941. This Victorian style lighthouse was the creation of draftsman, Paul J. Pelz, who went on to design (6) lighthouses in total for the United States. This architectural beacon was very important to early California settlers due to the high volume of ships arriving daily with supplies. Lighthouses traditionally helped seamen determine their position at sea and warned them of any danger ahead. Today, we have approximately (30) lighthouses spread out throughout the California coast however only a little over a dozen remain open to the public. Point Fermin is a rare place to visit and very easy to access.

This early Victorian architectural style lighthouse is a simple design decorated with a gabled roof and horizontal siding. The lighthouse served as symbols of strength and safety for the people who battled the sea. Point Fermin Lighthouse site and museum is open to the public free of charge. All are welcomed to visit and explore this historical site.
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the ocean breeze after your tour of the lighthouse. Remember, they are only open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 PM until 4 PM. They may be closed for holidays or other events. Always call or check their website before visiting to ensure a great visit.

Getting to the Fermin Lighthouse:

Point Fermin Lighthouse
807 W. Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA

**The Point Fermin Lighthouse is located on the south side of San Pedro, just west of where S. Pacific Avenue reaches its southern end. Children under 40 inches tall aren't allowed in the tower.

Approximately, 25 plus lighthouses still remain on the California coast. Only a dozen lighthouses still remain open to the public. Here is a list of lighthouses that remain open to the public.

Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay
Battery Point, Humboldt County
Piedras Blancas, near Hearst Castle
Pigeon Point, Santa Cruz
Point Arena, Mendocino County
Point Bonita, Marin Headlands near San Francisco
Point Cabrillo, Mendocino County
Point Fermin, Los Angeles
Point Loma, San Diego
Point Montara, San Mateo County, south of San Francisco
Point Pinos, Pacific Grove, near Monterey
Point Reyes, Marin County
Point San Luis, near Pismo Beach
Point Sur, Big Sur
Point Vicente, Los Angeles

There is an added bonus. Point Fermin is a great spot to watch whales during January through May. Keep exploring your city or the world. 

Best regards,

Bosek Family

Friday, March 25, 2016

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is an educational and entertaining family hot spot.  As you walk through the doors of the Medieval Times Castle, you feel as though you have stepped into the past; a past filled with rich history showcasing Kings, Princesses, Knights and Lords.  The castle is filled with beautiful paintings, kingdom artifacts, coat of arms art work, battle gear and armor from the 11th Century Middle Ages.  Educational topics that can be found in this fun and entertaining arena include knighthood & heraldry, feudalism, medieval feasts, history, falconry, weaponry & combat and horsemanship.  The experience will make your heart jump from the live performance. 

Disclaimer: Sponsored post.  We were provide (4) free meals and show in exchange for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Some of the inspiration we saw first-hand included knighthood and heraldry. This is first introduced as you are welcomed into the castle as the ladies assign you a crown that reflects the knight that you will be cheering for during the entertainment.  Another inspiration that is introduced relating to the Middle Ages is the fight for land and safety of the kingdom.  Feudalism becomes evident as the knights fight for their kingdom.  Feudalism was a combination of legal and military customs in medieval Europe that flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries.  The nobility held lands from the Crown in exchange for military service and vassals were in turn tenants of the nobles.  Peasants (villains or serfs) were obliged to live on their lord's land and give him homage, labor, and a share of the produce in exchange for military protection.  The tournament depicts the lives of the Middle Ages and does an excellent job protraying feudalism of the time. 

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During the knighthood tournament, a Medieval feast is served which includes garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, a pastry of the castle for dessert, coffee and two rounds of select beverages.  In addition, Medieval Times offers a full-service bar for adult guests so you can order your ale for your special event.  Vegetarian meals are also available upon request.  Just as in the middle ages, there are no spoons or forks, everyone enjoys this wonderful feast with their bare hands. 

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The tournament is two hour story of jousting, swordsmanship, hand-to-hand combat, extraordinary horsemanship and falconry set in Medieval Spain.  The swordsmanship comes to life in the arena during combat. Two knights duel in the middle of the arena to win the tournament.  During the tournament, horses and knights are paired for an amazing display of horsemanship as the animal’s gallop and race at a their riders command.  The rich history can be seen in the clothing, swordsmanship, food and language.  It is a live representation of what a knight's tournament might have represented during the European middle ages.  It is as though history is coming to life in our modern world.

For an amazing field trip through history, dinner and show, book your reservations with Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament today.  Medieval Times is located at 7662 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA  and select markets across the Nation including Dallas, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Orlando and more.

Learn while you have fun Medieval Times Dinner & TournamentExperience the middle ages and learn history while enjoy...
Posted by Field Trip Mom on Friday, March 25, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas by Cedar Lane Natural Foods - Food Review

Fieldtripmom.com is always on the hunt for delicious foods that are made with healthy ingredients.  Last week, we had the opportunity to taste Quinoa and Vegetable Enchiladas made by Cedar Lane Natural Foods.  We were so excited to have dinner on the table in under 10 minutes.  The microwave did all the cooking and we just sat back waiting for our meal

Disclaimer: We were provide Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas by Cedar Lane Natural Foods for free in exchange for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are our own and we were not compensated monetarily for this review.
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Cooking the enchiladas was easy.  All we did was follow the directions on the package.  In under 10 minutes, we had dinner on the table.  The kids took one bite and decided they missed the chicken in the enchilada and didn't care for the sauce.  My husband enjoyed the flavor combination but said he wouldn't stock the freezer with the product.  I did not like it because the spices were overpowering to my palette.  Overall, our house was divided on the enchiladas. 

I do have to say, as a family we prefer a different variety of flavor combinations. Although we didn't care for the product, this doesn't mean your family won't. Our personal preferance is traditional Mexican food and this was not as such. I strongly believe that everyone should make their own choices and if you enjoy the ingredients listed below then give it a try. 
Ingredients: Quinoa and Vegetable Enchiladas (Yellow Corn Tortillas {Stone Ground Corn, Water, Guar Gum, Trace of Lime}, Quinoa {Quinoa, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Salt}, Roasted Tomatillos, Roasted Anaheim Pepper, Roasted Corn, Black Beans, Roasted Red Bell Peppers, Monterey Jack Cheese {Grade A Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes and Cultures}, Cheddar Cheese {Grade A Pasteurized Milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes, and Annatto Color}, Roasted Onions, Roasted Mushrooms, Roasted Yellow Squash, Roasted Green Zucchini, Cilantro, Black Olives {Ripe Olives, Water, Salt, and Stabilizer: Ferrous Gluconate}, Cornstarch, Roasted Garlic, Diced Jalapeno Peppers {Diced Jalapeno Peppers, Water, Vinegar, Salt, trace of Calcium Chloride}, Salt, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Spice, New Mexico Chile, Roasted Serrano Peppers, Green Onions, Lime Juice, Vegetable Base {Sautéed Vegetables [Carrots, Celery, Onions], Evaporated Cane Sugar, Native Starch, Salt, and Natural Flavoring}, Evaporated Cane Sugar, Black Pepper), Roasted Poblano Crema Sauce (Water, Roasted Poblano Chile, Sour Cream {Grade A Cultured Milk, Cream, Nonfat Milk Solids, Enzymes}, Butter {Pasteurized Sweet Cream}, Vegetable Base {Sautéed Vegetables [Carrots, Celery, Onions], Evaporated Cane Sugar, Native Starch, Salt, and Natural Flavoring}, Rice Flour, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Cornstarch, Natural Flavors, Salt, Jalapeno Peppers, Organic Yeast Extract Powder, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper), Monterey Jack Cheese(Grade A Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes and Culture), Cheddar Cheese(Grade A Pasteurized Milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes, and Annatto Color). Contains: Milk
You can find Cedar Lane Food products at your local store: Albertson's, Ralphs, Sprouts and Whole Foods. 

Giveaway: Enter for a chance to win Movie Tickets.

Dear Readers,
Spring Break is here. We at Field Trip Mom Blog want to help you enjoy your vacation. We are offering you a chance to win movie tickets. All you have to do is enter with your favorite social media outlet. Good luck to you. Have a great Spring Break!!! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

O-live Tree Mediterranean Cuisine

Recently, we were invited to O-live Tree Mediterranean Cuisine for dinner.  Located within the business towers of Irvine and conveniently off the 405 FWY and MacArthur Blvd, our family ventured out for an amazing evening of food and fun.  DISCLAIMER: Sponsored post, we were provided a meal for four in exchange for this review.  All opinions are all our own and we were not compensated.

The O-live Tree Mediterranean Cuisine is an great place to grab a great fresh lunch to fuel you through a busy day or entertain a client for that important business meeting.  However, the restaurant is now open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 PM to 9:30 PM.
During our visit, we wanted to experience as many of the offerings as possible to get a full flavor palate for our readers to wet your appetite.  Our kids are fairly picky when it comes to new experiences however with some guidance based on past experiences, we easily guided them to the correct choices.  Our little guy choose the Chicken Kabob Plate with rice and Greek salad.  Our oldest selected the Beef Kabob Plate also with rice and Greek salad.  Alma selected a Homemade Red Lentil Soup and the Greek salad and I chose the Adana Kabob Plate with rice and Greek salad.  Adana is a ground beef and lamb kabob mixed with Mediterranean spices.  I had never tried lamb and wanted to reach outside my comfort zone although that isn't hard to do for me.  When it comes to food, my motto is, "Put it in front of me and watch your fingers!"  We all sampled a bit of one another's plates and enjoyed a casual dining experience with excellent service and soft music playing in the background.  The restaurant also has a beautiful outside patio with gas lanterns and a gorgeous view of the Southern California skies.

The food is delicious, offering large portions at very reasonable prices.  Other plates we saw during our visit included a Grilled Salmon plate, Falafel plate as well as some incredible appetizers like the Roasted Eggplant and Hummus. They offer options for every diet including vegetarian, gluten free and diary free. Authentic food in the heart of Irvine, well worth travelling for a night out with your spouse, friends or a great date spot featuring many local entertainment options nearby.  The O-live Tree is also available for catering and can host private parties upon reservation.

The O-live Tree can be found at 2010 Main Street Irvine, CA 92614.  For reservations call 949-250-1838.  On Saturday, March 19th, The O-live Tree is hosting an evening of dinner and belly dancing, an amazing event to put on your calendar.  You must call now for reservations, seating is limited and filling up quickly.  Click on the link for a belly dancing dinner brochure explaining the event!

We recommend this restaurant, your family will love it.

Written by guest blogger
Tim Bosek
Partner, FieldTripMom.com

Mediterranean Cuisine, homemade red lentil soup, adana kabob, falafel pita, gyro plate, dolma, tzatziki, lentil rice, tabbouleh, hummus, soups, salads and baklava.

Places to eat near John Wayne Airport.

Giveaway: Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove

Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove an ice skating show. Performance at Long Beach Arena & Ontario Citizens Business Bank Arena promise to be packed with Disney fans. The shows will feature favorite Disney Princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Tiana, Mulan and, of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Disclosure:  Giveaway is sponsored. No other compensation was received. AD

Update: The giveaway has ended.  We are happy to share an exclusive discount code to help you save 30% on Disney on Ice tickets. Here are the details. 

Discount tickets by entering code: MOM30 
You will receive 30% off tickets for all shows (except opening night) for a limited time only. Valid on $20-$29 price levels only (not valid on Front Row or VIP. No double discounts. Limit of 8 tickets.).
To redeem online, enter in MOM30 in the special offer box – For Citizens Business Bank, Ontario @ AXS.com / 888-9-AXS-TIX or Long Beach Arena @ Ticketmaster.com 800-745-3000.

Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook & his pirate pals! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa & Timon as they re-discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ 

Do not be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards. Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! 

Set a playdate with Woody and Buzz Lightyear because the toys are back in town. Create memories your family will treasure for a lifetime.

Go online to purchase tickets today:

VENUE: Long Beach Arena

ENGAGEMENT DATES: Apr 21, 2016-Apr 24, 2016

PRICING: Tickets start at $22!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Travel Food: The Pure Bar

Food is very important to our family. Travel sometimes can put challenges in eating healthy or just getting enough fiber. Our family tradition is to carry a healthy fruit bar where ever we go. It is important that we read labels and find a variety of energy bars that offer flavor and nutrition. We are currently enjoying "The Pure Bar”, an organic, GMO free and Gluten free fruit bar that contains antioxidants, proteins, fiber and lots of flavor. 

The Pure Bar is designed to help children and adults eat healthy. This bar is favored by Vegetarian folks who look for key ingredients that will nourish the body. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to eat these delicious bars. You just need to be hungry and excited about giving your body the necessary nutrients. They offer a variety of flavors for you to choose from and experience. Right now we are favoring the Banana Coconut bar and the Chocolate Brownie bar.
When you travel take “The Pure Bar” with you and avoid going hungry or eating greasy foods. You can’t go wrong with a few of these bars with you while on the road. They are made with fresh ingredients that have no chemicals or dyes. They are Kosher certified and contain no dairy as well. Which means you can share them with friends or family as you travel. 

"We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly." -Anna Thomas

Happy travels!!!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum.

Los Angeles is home to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.  It is one of the most visited places in Southern California.  On a recent visit, we explored the museum and watched a 3D movie.  Our entire family found the experience unique and valuable.  Continue reading to find out what we found fun about the visit.

The La Brea Tar Pits is located 5801 Wilshire Blvd. in the heart of Los Angeles, California.  It is neighbors to LACMA, Craft & Folk Museum and The Petersen Automobile Museum.  The La Brea Tar Pits is one of the most interesting places that you will experience because of the subject matter.  They host ice age fossils that tell the story of Los Angeles as it took place hundreds of millions of years ago.  Buried in the tar, scientists continue to find a wide variety of animals that roamed the area of Los Angeles.  Coyotes to Sabre Tooth Tigers and even beetles or as we call them, Stink Bugs, are still being discovered today during excavations.  The museum hosts a live laboratory where visitors can view from behind glass windows the process of fossil identification know as the "Fish Bowl".  Some of this process has to be completed under a microscope so scientists can place broken fossils together. The  use of their microscope and a fine tipped paint brush, the scientists move fossil pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle in their identification process. It is very engaging to watch the scientist work their magic inside the "Fish Bowl". 

This museum is extremely import because it gives us a window into the history of Southern California and it occupants. Some of those occupants are still living in Southern California like the coyotes. During your visit you will be able to see evidence that the coyotes have survived thousands of years. It is an incredible moment when you see the evidence of life thousand years ago. The museum is not very large in size, but it's artifacts, fossils and information is rich with knowledge. I hope that  you visit the museum with your family and friends. 

For history fans: Important dates and people that you want to know regarding the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum:
(information taken from http://www.tarpits.org/la-brea-tar-pits)

  • 1875 W. Denton first describes fossils from Rancho La Brea 
  • 1901 W. W. Orcutt and F. Anderson excavate at Rancho La Brea 
  • 1905 J. C. Merriam from the University of California at Berkeley visits the locality and excavates 
  • 1907 J. Z. Gilbert LA High School brings students to excavate 
  • 1910 J. Z. Gilbert opened ‘Academy’ pit with funding from Southern Californian Academy of Sciences 
  • 1913 Hancock owner of the ranch gives exclusive rights to Los Angeles County to dig for two years 
  • 1913-1915 are the best documented excavations by the museum and yields 750,000 specimens in 96 sites 
  • 1924 Hancock Park designated as a protected park and donated to Los Angeles County 
  • 1929-1931 Bliss and others occasionally excavate for the museum 
  • 1945 core samples taken around the park to look for more sites 
  • 1963 Rancho La Brea is designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service 
  • 1969 Pit 91 is reopened in order to collect intense samples due to original collecting biases (left at 10 ft. in 1915) 
  • 1969-2007 Pit 91 intensely sampled 
  • 1975 The George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries opens in 1977 
  • 1985 Salvage of Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Japanese Pavilion site and the Hancock Family dump site 
  • 2006 16 fossil deposits discovered during the construction of LACMA’s underground parking structure 
  • 2008 Project 23 salvage begins to excavate 23 tree boxes and prepare a near-complete mammoth 
  • 2015 The Page Museum is renamed the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum to highlight the tar pits
Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. 

7 Things to do in Irvine, California with your family.

Irvine, California is filled with fun and adventure. In a single day, you can go from visiting a Chocolate Factory to walking through a Great Park. The City of Irvine is filled with great shops and eateries as well. As a local, I would like to share with you a few of the spots that I have visited with my family. 

Chocxo - Award winning chocolate made here in Irvine, Ca. The product is Gluten Free and Kosher certified. The only Chocolate factory that offers field trips and tours in Orange County. You will have to contact them in advance to book a field trip or tour. It is a unique experience that your taste buds will love.

9461 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618. 

Irvine Spectrum Center

The Irvine Spectrum is a great outdoor shopping mall with a whole lot more for families.  Start out your weekend indulging in cocktails and a delicious meal with your friends or family.  Enjoy amazing cuisine prepared by talented chefs at places like Kabuki, Tender Greens, Cucina or Paul Martin's American Grill.  Afterward, take in a newly released blockbuster at the Edwards IMAX 21 Theaters or grab a latte at Starbucks, Le Cafe de Parc or Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.  Satuday morning can include an after breakfast stroll among the 164 stores located within Irvine Spectrum.  Enjoy great stores like Target, Barnes and Nobles and Nordstroms as well as others like H & M, Osh Kosh, Active, Adias and Verizon.  Enjoy an adults evening out at the Improv with your loved ones and end the evening with a Carmel Apple or delicious chocolate treat at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  There is something for every member of the family at the Irvine Spectrum.  Fun, Food, Family Fantastic, visit the Irvine Spectrum today.

Playground is located near the Carter's Baby store. They have a small water play area that get really busy. We recommend that you bring snacks, towels, change of clothes for the kids. 

670 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

Orange County Great Park - This large open space is perfect for walking, riding a hot air balloon, enjoying a carousel ride or just visiting one of their many events. The park offers a vegetable garden for kids to explore and learn about growing a garden. The garden is cared by the Master Gardeners of Orange County. Visit their calendar of events to find the next adventure at the OC Great Park. 

C Street, Irvine, CA 92618

Pretend City - Here your child will learn through touching  and experiencing. This children's museum is one of a kind with many interact displays for kids of all ages. Imagination play is very big here and is encouraged. Parents love that kids play and learn at the same time. The museum hosts many fun events throughout the year to encourage the love of life learning. Make sure to check their calendar of events. 

The Irvine Museum - A small art museum that is located near the John Wayne Airport is a perfect place for Art fans. This museum offers educational tours with advance registration. Folks that work nearby will often take a moment to visit the museum during lunch hour to decompress from their busy schedule. Take moment from your busy schedule and visit them today. 

18881 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100 Irvine Ca 92612

UCI Arboretum - Right off Campus Drive and Jamboree road you will find a tiny driveway that will lead into another world. This Arboretum is filled with plants native to California and wild trees from other parts of the world. Walking through this plant retreat you will find birds singing and butterflies touring right along with you. The Arboretum is small, but it still delivers a beautiful experience. 

Campus Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

UCI Basketball / Sports

Take in an exciting basketball or baseball game at the University of California Irvine.  Adult ticket prices start a $11.00, children $8.00.  This exciting weekend sporting event gets your children exposed to college campus life including the local team rally excitement.  Studies have shown children exposed to repeated events through childhood tend to continue those tendencies through adulthood. Why not make this exposure a positive one on a college campus.

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State of California has been ordered to turn over public school student information.

Public Notice: All California Public Schools have been order by the United States District Court to submit student records to a third party ( Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and Concerned Parents Associate a non-profit organization.). You can object to disclosing your child's information in writing only. Please continue reading to find out more about this deadline of April 1, 2016. Do not wait and send your form now, if do not wish to have your child's information released. 

MORGAN HILL CONCERNED : CASE NO. 2:211-CV-03471-KJM-AC PARENTS ASSOCIATION, an : unincorporated association, and : CONCERNED PARENTS : JUDGE: KIMBERLY J. MUELLER ASSOCIATION, an unincorporated : association,
"This is a message from the United States District Court in the case identified above. This notice may apply to you if you are: the parent or guardian of a child (including an infant) with disabilities; the parent or guardian of a student who is attending or attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008; or a person over the age of eighteen who is attending or attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.""The Plaintiffs in this lawsuit, Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and Concerned Parents Association, are not-for-profit associations comprised of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. Plaintiffs allege that the Defendant, the California Department of Education (CDE), has violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), among other related laws, by failing to monitor, investigate, provide services to, and enforce the rights of children with disabilities consistent with its obligations under the law. The Defendant denies these allegations." 
If you object to the disclosure of your or your child’s protected personal information and records, you must notify the Court by April 1, 2016, in one of two ways. 

First, you may print out and complete the “Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records Case No. 2:11-CV-03471” form at the CDE’s website www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase, and mail your objection to the Court at the address below. 

Second, you may write a confidential letter to the Judge, including the name of the student on whose behalf you are writing, your name and relationship to the student, the student’s date of birth, county, school district, and school, and, if you wish, the basis of your objection. 2. If you write a letter, on the first page of your letter, write in large or underlined letters: “TO BE FILED UNDER SEAL” and “OBJECTION TO DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT INFORMATION AND RECORDS, CASE NO. 2:11-CV-03471.” 

3. Mail your letter or objection form to:

The Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller
C/O Clerk of the Court
U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
501 I Street
Room 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814

If you are the parent or guardian, you must state in the objection the relationship that you have with the affected child or student. DO NOT CALL THE COURT. THE COURT WILL NOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS ABOUT THIS MATTER. YOUR OBJECTIONS MUST BE SENT TO THE COURT IN WRITING. Failure either to submit a Objection Form or letter to the Court by April 1, 2016 will be deemed a waiver of your right to object to the disclosure of your or your child’s protected personal information and records as described above. All objections will be maintained by the Court under seal, which means they will not be available to the public. 



Disclosure: This is a public notice only. We are not giving any legal advice. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Day Candle Holder (handmade)

Valentine's Day is around the corner. Celebrate this holiday by making beautiful glass candle holders. This simple and fun handmade Candle holder craft will help you  make Valentine's Day special. 

  • clean, empty mason jars
  • white, pink and red tissue paper, cut into small squares (one inch in size.)
  • glue and water (mix 1/4 water and 3/4 glue and stir until the paste is well mixed.) 
  • paint brush for the glue
  • tea lights (either real candles, or battery operated ones)
  • clean work space
Make sure that you have all your tissue cut into small one inch pieces and the glue mixture is well mixed. Then begin by brushing glue on to the glass jar with an immediate one inch white tissue square covering the glue area. Repeat the process until your entire jar is covered with white tissue and glue. 
Completely cover the entire glass jar with white tissue and glue then add a second coat of glue. Your project should be glue, tissue and then glue again. After this process is complete, then begin adding your hearts (details). Using your glue paint brush press the hearts gently onto the glass jar. You will use more glue mixture to add the hearts onto the jar. 

This craft should only take a few minutes to complete. Once all of your hearts are added to your candle holder add a final glue mixture on top to make sure the tissue papers are completely covered. Leave the final product to dry overnight.

It is only take a few minutes to make this lovable candle holder.


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