Friday, January 24, 2014

Learn with me program offered by Panda Express.


Panda Express is a unique fast food restaurant that is very popular here in Southern California. They have over 1600 location throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.  Their food is delicious and cooked fresh every day. They offer gourmet Chinese food that is Panda Express ready.  My kids love the brown rice with Teriyaki Chicken. I love the Shrimp and veggies with brown rice and hubby loves the Beef Broccoli. We all enjoy our meals and share with one another family style. It is a great value the price is just right. To help teachers, parents and caregivers share the traditions of the Chinese New Year the year of the Horse they are offering  a free kit. Read below to find out how to access it from your home.
The people at Panda Express want to share their love of their culture by offering a free educational kit on the topic of the Chinese New Year. As you know Chinese New Year is just around the corner and this year it's the year of the Horse. To get your own free kit just fill out a form online. Here is the link:
Want to experience the Chinese New Year first hand then take the OC Metro Link to Chinatown, Los Angeles California this February 1st. There you will find the 115th annual Golden Dragon Parade. The day will be filled with cultural performances and gourmet food trucks. It promises to be a fun filled day. 
  
The OC Metro is giving the first one hundred people a free roundtrip train ticket to the Chinese New Year parade. Just arrive by 8am.
Irvine Station located at:15215 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
You may also purchase a $10.00 weekend pass. Metrolink offers a Weekend Day Pass for only $10. This pass allows a passenger to ride anytime, anywhere systemwide on either Saturday or Sunday. The Weekend Day Pass includes free rail and bus connections throughout Southern California. Great deal if you plan on enjoying the weekend traveling between Orange County and Los Angeles County.  Read how you can win prizes while you wait for the train by visiting their link  OCTA Metro.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Free gardening classes at the Orange County Great Park - Irvine, Ca


Every second Sunday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Orange County Great Park along with UC Master Gardeners offers  FREE  gardening classes to children. This hands-on learning experience is open to children ages 3yrs-9yrs old. The garden is located next to the Great Balloon and Carousel you can't miss it once you park the car.
We attending the January workshop, "Can You Dig It?" was the theme. The workshop taught us about soil, what plants need to grow and how compost happens. There was a Bug Bingo game that had prizes. My kids had a fun time digging, playing bingo and learning about the gardening. 
The workshop offered a take home seed bomb plant. What is that you ask? It is seed rolled onto clay, sand and compost. This is a unique way to start a small garden. We all got to make a seed bomb to take home and plant. It was a great way to practice having a green thumb. Kids are excited to see the plants grow.
After the hands-on lesson we explored the gardens. There were live chickens inside a chicken coup that engaged my kids with different why questions. Questions like why are they different colors? Why can't we feed them? Will they bite us? All important questions for young minds.  Around the bend from the chickens were the avocado trees and artichoke plants. Keep walking and you will see the compost bin filled with worms that you can touch.  Some of the plants have a magnifying glass for kids to see things at a closer view. The garden inside the OC Great Park is the right size for little kids just learning about mother earth.
Your next opportunity to catch these free hands-on experience field trips will be on the following dates.

THE 2014 CHILDREN’S GARDENING WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:
Garden Detectives 1: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Monarch
Sunday, February 9
Come and investigate the mysteries of the Monarch’s life-cycle and learn how to attract them at home


Growing a Rainbow
Sunday, March 9
Find out all about the wonderful world of flowers, their uses, and how to create a magical floral rainbow of your very own.


Three Sisters Gardening: A Native American Tradition
Sunday, April 13
Native American legend says, corn, beans and squash (the food staples of many Native American cultures) are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive when planted together. Come listen to the legend, absorb the wisdom and reconnect with the land by planting your own Three Sisters Garden for your yard or patio.


Garden Detectives 2: What’s All the Buzzing About?
Sunday, May 11
 Learn about why Bees are important.


The Web of Life
Sunday, June 8
Make your very own Web of Life to take home with you.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

How to make a California Mission Model.

Learn how to make a California Mission Model at home or in the classroom. We made this project as part of the California Public School Fourth grade requirement in a group setting. Continue to read on to get the supply list and instructions for a successful mission model.

CA Mission
On an ordinary day, I was reminded how amazing kids really are when there are no limits. Just as equally amazing are the teachers who guide them and teach them everyday.  I am very thankful for the opportunity that I was given as a parent volunteer.  The day was like a beautiful dance where parents, teachers and students came together for a common goal. The goal was to make models of California Missions from a simple picture and lots of cardboard.  I can honestly say the goal was reached and everyone deserved an "A".
CA Mission

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Del Taco is now offering Turkey Tacos.


Let's talk turkey tacos. Del Taco is now serving delicious crunchy tacos and tostadas made with turkey. They are  only 150 calories and 33% percent less fat compared to the seasoned beef tacos. I tried them and they tasted delicious. The pico de gallo is made fresh everyday and it a great side dish with the tacos.  
My husband and I went out for a lunch date the other day to Del Taco. He ordered the fish tacos and I ordered the turkey tacos. He wanted a soft shell and I wanted the crunch. It was the perfect lunch date because we both ordered what we wanted eat. (The Menu at Del Taco is full of great selections, so everyone can find something yummy.)  With our meal came the pico de gallo (salsa) item and it was the perfect size for lunch. Our lunch hour was fun with great food and conversation.  Del Taco is our place to go for a quick delicious meal.

Next time you have lunch think of Del Taco for a low calorie savory meal. Del Taco is the perfect place to get fast food that is tasty and delicious.  In a hurry, then try their drive-thru and take it to go.  The best part is that the staff is friendly and super fast at the Del Tacos.

 
Follow the conversation and use the hashtag #Letstalkturkey
You can find coupons and deals on their Facebook Del Taco Facebook
Find a location near you Del Taco Location guide
 
Low fat and great tasting turkey tacos are now being served at Del Taco.  Del Taco is sponsoring a giveaway here on your favorite blog. Enter for a chance to win one $20.00 dollar gift card to Del Taco. Remember the more you enter the better the odds of winning.
 
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. Photo credit Del Taco and Field Trip Mom. Thank you Del Taco for sponsoring the giveaway. Updated 01/17/2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Chicken Spaghetti Made in Minnesota

My mother-in-law is a great homemaker and a great person. The other day on the phone we got talking about what was happening in Minnesota. When we got to talking about her favorite new dish. Her and my father-in-law have been experimenting in the kitchen. One recipe they found that they love to make and share with friends is "Chicken Spaghetti". The recipe came from the show The Pioneer Woman a food blogger, who is now on the Food Network.  Of course, I would say send me pictures and the recipe for me to share with others. They did just that with their own twist to the recipe. I would like to add that I am extremely thankful to my in-laws for always sharing their thoughts, ideas and recipes. With their permission I am sharing their Minnesota twist on Chicken Spaghetti.
 
 
  

CHICKEN SPAGHETTI MINNESOTA STYLE

 
  
Ingredients:
 
 
 
1 whole raw chicken, cut into 8 pieces
 
1 pound thin spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
 
3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar
 
1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
 
1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
 
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
 
1/8  teaspoon cayenne pepper
 
Two 10 3/4-ounce cans cream of mushroom soup
 
1 medium white onion, finely diced
 
 Freshly ground black pepper 
 
 
 
 
Directions:  
Preheat the oven to 350° F.  While the oven is heating up bring a large pot of water to a boil. The water should be enough to cover a whole chicken cut up.  Add the chicken pieces to the boiling water and boil for a few minutes, and then turn the heat to medium-low and simmer, 30 to 45 minutes.  Remove the chicken and 2 cups of the chicken cooking broth from the pot.  When the chicken is cool, remove the skin and pick out the meat (a mix of dark and white) to make 2 generous cups.  Discard the bones and skin, but not the chicken broth. You will need the broth to cook the spaghetti.
 
Cook the spaghetti in the chicken cooking broth until al dente.  Do not overcook.  When the spaghetti is cooked, combine with the chicken, 2 cups of the cheese, the green peppers, red peppers, seasoned salt, cayenne, soup and onions, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Stir in 1 cup of the reserved chicken cooking broth, adding an additional cup if needed.  Place the mixture in a 9- by 13-inch casserole pan and top with the remaining 1 cup cheese.  Bake immediately until bubbly, about 45 minutes.  (If the cheese on top starts to get too dark, cover with foil.)
 
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and Ideas are all my own. A big thank you to my father-in-law for the pictures and another big thanks to my mother-in-law for sharing her cooking tips.

LEGO - Free Mini Build Today (Jan 7th 2014)

Our family has frequented the LEGO stores monthly free mini builds since our boys were small.  These amazingly organized events are at your local LEGO store nationwide and provide your kids with a great field trip adventure.  Kids learn engineering, math, science, and life skills like following instructions provided by others as a result of these events.

Today, Jan 7th 2014, the Lego Stores will be providing kids with a snow plow mini kit to take home with no obligation.  Arrive early as the line builds pretty extensive and the stores offer only a limited quanity so first come first serve.  I have not seen an instance where the stores were out of the kits however that is our experience at our local store.
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**Photo courtesy of the LEGO store website
To find a store near you, log onto their website at:  LEGO Store Locations.  You will also find the LEGO store calendar of events full of great information.

Written by guest writer and COO of fieldtripmom.com:  Tim Bosek
This is a Non-Sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  Please check with your local store for times and build information as it is subject to change without advanced notice.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Free printable and a calendar offered by John Wayne Airport Orange County, California

http://www.ocair.com/reportspublications/calendar/JWA2014.pdf 
When I travel via airplane, I am always in a hurry. My mind is filled with checklists and more checklists to make sure I don't forget anything. I rush to get to the airport on time. Then, I rush to get through security and checked in. When I finally get through and sit down to wait for my flight, I am tired. By then my kids are full of energy but I am not. I am sure this happens to many of us parents. This week I found this great link on the John Wayne Airport website to keep the kids entertained and happy. All you need is crayons and a folder to keep the pages together. The booklet has several pages of coloring, puzzles, a map and a maze. I suggest you print it out and then make several copies for down time.  CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

NEA - 2014 Read Across America Day Poster

Reading is the best gift you can give a child. March is Read Across America month. The National Education Association has their poster out on their website for all to print. To make things easy for you I am sharing it with you. Make sure you mark your calendar and look for special events at your local library. Don't forget to stop by a bookstore or your local library to encourage reading.

NEA - 2014 Read Across America Day Poster

Picking oranges at La Verne Heritage Foundation



Take a moment to go into the past and visit La Verne Heritage Foundation to experience life a hundred years ago. This experience will give you the opportunity to pick oranges the way farmers did in the past. This is one of the last working orange groves in the area that offers a great family field trip. Bring cash to purchase a bag or two of oranges that you pick yourself.  Each bag is $5.00 and they supply the picking pole. The season of picking oranges will begin January 4th, 2014 and end mid March. For more information call (909) 593-2862 or visit their Website at www.laverneheritage.org.
Location: 5001 Via De Mansion, La Verne, CA 91750

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Trout Derby hosted at Rancho Jurupa Park

 
Let's go fishing and make 2014 a fun year full of life and great memories. The best way is to purchase tickets in advance through their http://www.rivcoparks.org/parks/rancho-jurupa/news-and-events/
The tickets are $10.00 per person and it is rain or shine.
 
The event starts super early at 6:00am. Wear layers to make sure you are not too cold or too hot. The event will end at 12:00pm.
 
All derby entrants are required a state fishing license, (not sold at park) for more information, please call (951) 684-7032. For reservations, call 1(800) 234-7275 and for directions to Rancho Jurupa Park 4800 Crestmore Road Jurupa Valley, CA. 92509
 
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. This is an event is hosted by Jurupa Ranch Park.