"Izzy's Corner" Open House March 2nd


"Every child deserves to have love, food and shelter." Alma

The Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County is helping to supply food to those in need. This coming March they are hosting a Kids Volunteer program, "Izzy's Corner".  Getting our kids involved in volunteer work not only helps others, but it brings awareness and education to helping our community. I hope you sign-up and attend this great community event.

The local food bank "Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County" is hosting an open house for a kids only volunteer program on  March 2nd, 2013. They will be having refreshments, face painting, tours, and more! RSVP to   SpecialEvents@FeedOC.org

Come from 11am-2pm for an opportunity to help others in our community. Great way to teach your kids about giving back.  (*If you can bring a food donation. See the list below.)
Can not attend? No problem. There are other ways you can help. You may donate money or drop off food at anytime to the food bank.  Here is a list of most needed items:

Most Needed Items

Food Drive Most Needed Items
Non-perishable canned goods or dry food:
  • Canned meats, fish, soup, fruits, vegetables
  • Pasta, hot & cold cereal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Peanut butter
Personal care items:
  • Diapers
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Toilet tissue
  • Soap
* Please no glass containers or expired items.

Want to help from your computer? Start a Virtual Food Drive by signing up here
On-line Food Drive
Tell others about your community event to help The Second Harvest Food Bank.


Knotts Berry Farm’s Giveaway first ever Spring Fling!!!

Knotts Berry Farm’s first ever Spring Fling is coming  March 23 through April 7, 2013

 Knott's Berry Farm is one of the best Amusement Parks in Southern California per the Orange County Register 2012.  Known as the first theme park in Orange County, Knott's Berry Farm continues to surprise us with fun events like the upcoming "Spring Fling". The event promises to be the hit of the Spring Season for all ages. There is something for everyone and every age. I personally always enjoy the educational shows that Knott's Berry Farm has to offer. They are educational to me, because they bring history to life. They are the following:

  1. Native American Dancers - Hoop Dance ( a form of Native American Storytelling)
  2. Cowboy Antics - Costumes and character bring to life the wild west cowboy personalities.
  3. Mystery Lodge - Captures the spirit of the Native American's
  4. Marshall Purdy - A fun show to make you smile,
  5. Fool's Gold Stunt Show - This is a fun and funny show to share with the kids.
Courtesy of Knott's

Knott's will  be hosting the following events on March 23rd with your paid admission:
  • The Search for the Easter Beagle will have kids (3-11) scurrying across the park to find images of the famous beagle. All participants who complete the quest have a chance to win egg-mazing giveaways.
  • Peanuts characters are doing in “Peanut’s Party in the Park,” a new interactive live show located in Charleston Circle.  This musical revue includes some of today’s top ten tunes that will have the whole family singing along. 
  • The Big Boardwalk Board Games that is.  It’s family game night to the extreme as everyone becomes oversized game pieces in some of their favorite board games. From dominoes to tick-tack-toe – it’s game on!
  •  At the Grande 3-D Art Show at the Silver Bullet midway, guests can step into life-size drawings of some of nature’s most beautiful spring scenery for priceless photo opportunities.  The park will also be filled with giant interactive displays that scream “spring! 
  • For all those who get into art, Knott’s invites you to do so, literally.  At the Grande 3-D Art Show at the Silver Bullet midway, guests can step into life-size drawings of some of nature’s most beautiful spring scenery for priceless photo opportunities.  The park will also be filled with giant interactive displays that scream “spring!
  • Knott’s Towering Topiary Gardens located in Wilderness Dance Hall will offering fresh food and international beverages for an additional fee.
  • “Lucy’s Really Big Show” in Camp Snoopy features Lucy Van Pelt in her very own show at the Camp Snoopy Theatre. (These seasonal shows always offer such a fun time with the little kids.)
  •  Spring Fling Dance Party in Fiesta Village will offer nighttime entertainment offering music for dancing. (Bring your dancing shoes and lets go dancing.)

The best part of the whole Knott's Spring Fling is that you pay regular admission and you get all these extras. Start your spring with some fun and join me on March 23rd at Knott’s  Berry Farm.  To make it more fun Knott's will have extended hours, from 10 am to 10 pm for families to take advantage of all the Knott’s Spring Fling entertainment offerings.  For information about the day you plan to visit and available discounts, call (714) 220-5200 or click on Knott's Berry Farm

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Disclaimer: All opinions expressed or implied are all my own. I did not get paid to post for Knott's. I have been given the opportunity to attend their Spring Fling and enjoy the day with my family. Again thank you to all involved

Wordless Wednesday - Richard Nixon Library ,Yorba Linda, CA

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Leo Buscaglia - Learning and playing have a vital connection. #Quotes

It is not impossibilities which fill us with the deepest despair, but the possibilities which we have failed to realize.

-  Robert Mallet


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats



It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play  without seeing the vital connection between them.

- Leo Buscaglia



Weekend Field Trip Ideas For Everyone.

March is around the corner and the weather is getting warmer, which is perfect for weekend "Field Trips" for everyone.  There are great opportunities to learn about ocean life, rodeo's and orange picking. Each field trip is great for all ages and requires very little money.


Ends Mid March 2013

La Verne Heritage - Orange picking - This is one of the first field trips that my hubby took my kids on without me and it changed us. My family loved the whole experience. I suggest you take advantage of this great place and plan a field trip today.

Open on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm the address: 5001 Via De Mansion, La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 593-2862


Dana Point Festival of Whales  - This festival  offers great opportunities to talk about the migration of the whales. The Ocean Institute is hosting several events. Please plan to attend early morning to get the best parking and the best of the event. It gets crowded.
Ocean Institute
March 2 - 3 and 9 - 10, 2013
During the festival weekends, a hands-on journey into the mysterious and fascinating world of whales will allow visitors to explore a variety of fascinating phenomena unique to these magnificent animals. There will be opportunities to examine how they communicate and eat, to see how pollution can affect them, learn how whales are different, and create fun children’s crafts.

Additional activities include animal feedings, ROV driving, and tide pool touch tanks.

Admission price is $6.50 for adults (13 yrs+) and $4.50 for children (3 -12 yrs); Children 2 and under are free. Members are free.
Seashore Interpretive Family Hike Guided family tidepool hikes through the Dana Point Marine Protected Area with Ocean Institute naturalists. Hikes are available on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk of the Ocean Institute after admission is paid, no additional charge.


Channel Islands Harbor - Celebration of the Whales Festival
SUNDAY March 24, 2013
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
at the Farmers' Market, 3350 S. Harbor Blvd.
adjacent to Marine Emporium Landing
Channel Islands Harbor Farmers & Fishermen's Market in conjunction with the Channel Islands Harbor celebrates the migration of the Pacific Grey Whales. The event features live entertainment, whale and marine education exhibits, whale watching excursions, an arts & crafts market, children's activities, BBQ and seafood booths, and a certified Farmers & Fishermen's Market.
So you are more Inland and can't make it to the Ocean, then go to a local rodeo.


Cal Poly Pomona Rodeo
Cal Poly Pomona 4th Annual College Rodeo
March 1 & 2, 2013
Ingalls Equestrian Center – Norco, CA
The annual Cal Poly Pomona Rodeo is scheduled for the weekend of March 1-2 at Ingalls Arena, located at 3737 Crestview Avenue in Norco. The rodeo begins 6:30pm Friday and 5:30pm on Saturday. Tickets are $5, with children 10 and under free. Come out and root for our team as we compete against 10 other collegiate teams!
For more information, contact Broc Sandelin at basandelin@csupomona.edu.

Disclaimer: I did not receive any payment or any form of compensation for posting these events. Opinions expressed here are all my own. Please contact the facilities to confirm the times and dates. Happy field tripping.


FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY - Nixon Presidential Library

Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.

~Chinese proverb
Nixon President

(Updated) February 15th, 2016, we celebrate President's Day. What better way to spend the day then by visiting your local museum or local presidential library. The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is hosting a free day on February 15th, 2016 (original post 2/18/2013) along with activities. This is a great way to learn about our presidents and our nations history. This museum has some amazing things that you can share and discuss with your kids. Including in the tour is the childhood home of our late President Richard Nixon. You will see first hand a presidential helicopter. Bring cameras and walking shoes. This a good size library and museum. I won't tell you too much for now. I want you to get out and explore.  All you have to do is order the tickets online through EvenBrite  and they will be sent to your email box.
Order your tickets here EvenBrite
You may contact their website for more information: Nixon Library
The Richard Nixon Foundation for event information: Free Admission
If you don't live near Orange County, CA. then I suggestion you contact your local museum to find out how they are celebrating President's Day. You maybe surprise to find out they may be hosting fun activities to keep families involved.  
Remember to keep learning and field tripping even if you are 96 years old. It is never too late to field trip.  
Happy President's Day!

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum


Temporary Admission Prices:

Adults: $6.00

Seniors: $4.25

High School and College Students w/ ID: $3.50

Active Military: $3.50

Children (7-11): $2.50

Children (6 and under): Free

Members: Free 


Daily 10 AM to 5 PM
Sundays 11 AM to 5 PM 

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day 
Disclaimer: My love of learning and keeping my community informed is why I share my local events. I was not paid or compensated for posting about this event. All opinions are all my own and are not affiliated with this organization. Happy field tripping.


Field Trip Adventures at Black Star Canyon - Silverado, CA

If you are looking for an amazing trip, consider taking a hike or bike ride through Black Star Canyon in Silverado, CA. Located 10 miles east of Orange, CA, one can experience the splendor of Northern California in the densely populated area of Orange County, CA. Whether you are an experienced hiker, mountain biker or just enjoy a friendly stroll, this Orange County Regional Park will take your breathe away and leave you asking to see more. Large trees line the trails including oak, acorn, willow and many other varieties. Wildlife has been seen by hikers and bikers along the trail adding to this amazing journey. Great for families who want to teach their kids more about nature. This trail allows for a simple family stroll to smell the daisies or for that power hiker in the family, more advanced climbing to get your heart pumping.
Several organizations including the California Chaparral Institute, the Sierra Club, Wilderness4All, Students of Cal Poly Pomona and more are working to turn the Santa Ana Mountains into a National Monument named Grizzly Bear National Monument.  
This names comes from the grizzly bears who called cities like Irvine and Corona home in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  On Jan 8th, 1908, the last known grizzly bear in Southern California was tracked and killed in Holy Jim Canyon.

With hundreds on native species of plants, shrubs and trees, Black Star Canyon and the Santa Ana Mountains make an incredible place to learn more about natural science and wildlife that inhabit this area.  Being our first trip to this glorious place, we were provided a tour of the canyon by Joel Robertson of Naturalist-For-You who added lots of insightful information about the plant and wild life in these mountains and canyons.  Hikes are calendared several times a month and if you are interested in learning more, simply log on to Joel's website Naturalist for You Organization.
On behalf of all of the Field Trip Mom family members, we would like to thank Joel as well as Valerie Mitchell of Sweeps4Bloggers.com for coordinating this adventure!
If you would like to add your name to the list of supporters for Grizzly National Monument, visit Santa Ana Mountains or email info@santaanamountains.org.
To see more of this amazing nature adventure, check out our new video blog on You Tube below.

Written by guest blogger Tim Bosek, VP and COO of Field Trip Mom


Fighting Bronchitis Germs

I am home with bronchitis. The doctor gave me antibiotics for my illness, but not the other stuff.  My nose is running, I have some congestion and I am exhausted. My sore throat and dry lips hurt. After resting for a few hours, I headed over to Walmart to get a few things that I needed to fight Bronchitis

Dry lips and sore throat required I run to the medicine aisle. Cough drops, lip balm, Vapor Rub, Nasal spray and cough medicine were on my list. But once I was there I realized that I needed a few more things to get me back to health. Lysol, Clorox wipes and Puffs Tissues were also needed to help me fight bronchitis.

The Vapor Rub helped my breathing. (It is an ointment that can be used to suppress cough and open up your breathing.)  EOS organic lip balm with vitamins helped my dry lips to feel better. Cough drops with Eucalyptus helped my sore throat immediately. Just a few things can make a difference in feeling better.

Bronchitis won't get the best of me. I feel better already.  Yes, the antibiotics are helping too.

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post. All of the opinions are my very own. 


Thank you for the love and support.

Life is full of many moments. Some moments are wonderful and others not so much. When I began this blog I was struggling with making tough decisions. How do I go back to work without disrupting our home life?  Where do we live to make sure we are all eating dinners together? These decisions would bring on change and consequences. Some of the changes would bring fun happy moments and others would bring on heartache. (The moving and selling of the house has been filled with pain and sadness.) My friends and my family have kept me positive and focused.  Happiness has come through my writing, volunteer work at school and family dinners. Work has brought happy surprises, because I have met many kind and loving friends. Overall I feel so loved by everyone around me. I am extremely blessed. The bonus is that I have you, the reader, supporting and reading my posts. Some of you have shared my blog with others and that brings more love to this blog. I am very thankful for the love and kindness you have shown me. It doesn’t go unnoticed.  I hope that you know just how much I appreciate the love and support.

Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

**While having lunch with my family, I found a chive in the shape of a heart next to the seaweed.**

Field Trip Mom

May you always find love in everything, in everyone and all that you do.