9/30/16

Fun things to do with kids in Southern California.

California is beautiful during the month of October. We see pumpkin patches, corn mazes and festivals popping up in the community. Outdoor activities become more popular in the summer time because of the weather. San Diego County offers discounted or free admission to museums, park and the zoo. You could say October is California resident month to celebrate all of the wonderful things we have to offer in entertainment and culture. Keep reading to find out more....
This week we have lots of fun opportunities for you and your family to experience. Just go to our Fieldtripmom Facebook page to get a list of fun festivals, rodeo's, and science activities for everyone in the family. 


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9/26/16

Apple picking in San Diego County.

Apple Season in Southern California is from August to September. Our family has been apple picking for almost (6) years.  We usually drive to Oak Glen, California to pick our apples.  This year, we changed our family field trip and visited Volcan Valley Apple Farm in the city of Julian.  The drive seemed shorter and we tried something new as a family.  It was a success with everyone in our family.  Let me share with you our family experience and our family photos. 
We arrived in the afternoon, just in time to pick the best apples of the season. We were a little surprised that the apples were small.  We asked the farmer about the apples and he told us that it was because of the drought.  As you know, California agriculture is going through hard times as a result of the water shortage.  It was very evident on the drive to the orchard.  The hills are brown and the roads have little or no plants at all.  The farmer made lots of sense in explaining the crop size.  The size of the apples did not matter to us because they still tasted delicious.  We still found joy in picking and eating fresh apples.  
The farm was full of families picking apples and enjoying the day.  It was great to see so many people with their families field tripping.  After apple picking we headed to Julian Apple Pie Shop down the road.  Picking apple was hard work and all of us were super hungry. Carmel apple pie was with a small cup of coffee was the cure for this problem. Mmmmmmmmmm. The kids had milk instead of the coffee with their slice of pie.  Our pie was gone before we arrived home.  The pies are small...(wink, wink).  OK, really our slices were quite generous.

The family field trip adventure was full of delicious treats and new finds.  As we exited out of town, we noticed a sign for Camel Farm offering an open house next month.  Camel farm, huh?  We are coming back to Julian to see the camels.  Can't say no to an open house with camels. 
Now, let's get back to the family field trip.  The pick was very fruitful and tasty.  We highly recommend that you plan a trip to the apple orchards next year because this year the season is just about over in Julian.  We called around to find out who was still open for picking in the Julian area and everyone that we contacted was closed.  The Chamber of Commerce for Julian responded by saying that one or two orchards are still open by appointment only.  They did not offer any contact information or links to apple farms.  It is safe to say that the best pick for apples in Julian will be next August or September.  Fresh fruit doesn't keep a long schedule.  Keep that in mind when planning a trip to the local farms.

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

9/25/16

Green 2 Go restaurant offers delicious healthy options.

What you put in your body is important because it impacts your health. Talk to a fitness expert or nutritionist and they will tell you that busy people are eating completely wrong because fast food restaurants are not offering good quality food options.  Fast food restaurants that offer organic and hormone free options are hard to find.  Recently, we had a chance to review a delicious organic fast food restaurant to help those with dietary restrictions and help you get healthier.  We were excited to taste hormone free, grass feed beef tacos. Green 2 Go has a large selection of dishes that are organic, gluten free and healthy. The menu included a kids plate of grass feed beef sliders with sliced apples. Our entire family enjoyed tasting several organic dishes. Keep reading to find out more about our experience. 

Why should you add this restaurant to places you must try: Food can heal you or make you sick. Take for example my first encounter with food attacking the human body.
The first time I realized that food allergies were dangerous, I was at work. It was a regular day and the boss had brought in bagels and cream cheese for our staff. Having food in the department was not uncommon. It seemed like someone was always bringing in something or we were celebrating a birthday, holiday or a just because day. Our team was very close and enjoying food was our common interest. On one particular day, I was in really good spirits. I had a bagel in one hand and coffee in another and it was a great way to start the day. Around 9 AM, one of my co-workers popped her head over our shared cubicle wall. I heard a faint voice ask, “Alma, Do I look okay?” I was engaged in my tasks so it took me a bit of time to look-up. I looked up and what I saw made me feel fear immediately. I saw my beautiful friend look like an ogre like Shrek. Her face was three times as big as her normal self. Her lips were red and swollen as though she had been in a fight that she lost and one eye was half swollen shut. In that moment, she must have seen the fear in my face and she said, “It’s okay, I will just go to the bathroom.” I don’t think I said anything to her. I immediately ran to get help and call 911. Sometime during the whole ordeal, I heard her say to another staff member that she had only had a taste of the cream cheese. It turns out, she was highly allergic to dairy products and this was why she was now on her way to the hospital. I was young and had never experienced anyone with food allergies before. This whole experience has stayed with me since it occurred. As a result, I do not share my food with others and we are very cautious by sticking to fruits and vegetables and Popsicles when bringing treats to our kid’s school.

Understanding food allergies and restrictive diets is a necessary part of today’s busy lives.  As we learn more about health issues and how they relate to diet, it has become evident that food is the key to health.  The eight most common allergenic foods include eggs, fish, dairy, nuts from trees, ground nuts like peanuts, shellfish, soy and wheat.  People who cannot digest gluten can have severe gastrointestinal issues.  Image your body is a state-of-the-art machine that only functions using clean meats, fruits and vegetables as fuel, however, many of us are feeding it over processed, chemically enriched and genetically modified fuels.   If your body cannot digest what you feed it then it will begin to fight itself from the inside out.  This manifests itself in forms of a rash, gastrointestinal issues, swollen body parts, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and so on.  It’s like filling your car’s diesel engine with unleaded gasoline…it breaks down the internal components causing knocking, stalling and major engine damage.
Clean eating is a great way to get your health back.  With busy lives, eating healthy requires pre-planning and being organized on a daily basis.  It can be overwhelming to some people who are not use to clean eating.  There are several diet plans that promise healthy results such as Paleo, Vegan, Raw, No Carb, and Gluten Free.  However, how do you stay on track with so many choices?  Unfortunately, for so many today, these options are mandatory to remain healthy.  Some might say, “I can’t afford to eat healthy!”  For those I say, clean, nutritious and healthy eating may cost more up front, but when your body receives food rich in nutrients, free of free radicals, chemicals and over processing, you eat less balancing the perception of “Too Expensive!”  The health benefits of eating clean has been proven to reduce medical bills, insurance costs and over the long term, increases life expectancy.  Try comparing the cost of clean eating without the need for doctors and hospitals versus less expensive fast food meals and its associated cost of triple bypass heart surgery or monthly insulin and other prescription medication costs.   

Green 2 Go is a restaurant that offers clean eating and healthy choices for kids and adults.  The restaurant works with health professionals, fitness trainers and nutritionists to help people recover from disease.  Green 2 Go was developed by two mothers who have had to battle with food allergies and heart disease within their own families.  The owners understand first hand why eating organic, gluten free, heart and diabetic healthy is necessary.  To them, it is necessary just like breathing air.
Operating for several years, Green 2 Go opened its restaurant, bar and bakery in Brea, CA with others, who have dietary restrictions, in mind. Their menu includes farm fresh ingredients straight to your table with classic plates such as burgers, tacos, salads, Paninis,  sandwiches and rice bowls. They offer delicious bakery items for the morning grind or to top off your dinner date. Catering is available and they offer special event and gourmet food truck experiences. The Field Trip Mom family received the opportunity to enjoy a few of the Green 2 Go specialties so we could share our experience with our readers. WARNING: Addictive behaviors can present themselves after indulging in this restaurant style, clean eating experience in the fastest of food delivery. Don’t wait in line for fast food with MSG, GMOs and processed foods, get clean food fast at Green 2 Go.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
For this culinary experience, we ordered the kids Beef Sliders with organic apple slices, the soup of the day which was Turkey Chili, Leaf Lettuce Tri-Tip Tacos, and a House Turkey Burger on Squaw Bun, custom dressed with caramelized onions, house guacamole, sauteed mushrooms and feta cheese. We completed our meal with a fresh baked berry cobbler and a fair trade chocolate flour less cake.  Both gluten free and delicious.  Our kids enjoyed fresh cane sugar sodas from a local vendor and my husband and I enjoyed a seasonal ginger peach iced tea.


Green 2 Go works with local vendors to offer quality fresh food. They offer local beers that are exclusive to the restaurant. This includes a Scottish Ale brewed in whiskey barrels, a Red, a Blonde and a Pilsner.  The breweries are hand picked by the owners of "Green 2 Go", by personally visiting the brew masters. They only purchase one keg and never repeat a beer to keep a local, one of a kind feel

The restaurant works with the community to bring good food, fun and celebration. They do this through hosting special events posted to their website and Facebook page. Tickets are sold for an evening of dining and tasting favorite beers. October 21st is there next event. Only $60.00 will get you in to taste local organic foods paired with locally brewed beers. Here are the details: 

October  21, 2016
7pm-9pm

Mother Earth beer dinner menu
$60.00
Menu
Turkey chili
Beer- ME Blond

Brussels sprout hot salad
Beer- hop diggity IPA

Bbq sandwich
Beer- Hocho hefe

Berry cobbler
Beer- Blend beer Cali Creamin and sin tax call it Cali sin

https://www.facebook.com/livegreen2go

Be the first 20 people to order online and you will be entered to win a dinner for 2.
Disclaimer: We were hosted to review a few items on the menu. No payment was received for this review. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. 

9/22/16

Rafflecopter giveaway, "The I heart naptime cookbook."

A few weeks ago, I received "The I Heart Naptime" cookbook, for review.  It is filled with bright, colorful pictures that invite you to make a meal.  The book offers over 200 pages of inspiring and helpful meal ideas.  Our family put it to the test the other day with great results.  Keep reading to find out how this cookbook inspired a great family moment. 








There is truth in the saying, "We eat with our eyes first."  When I shared "The I Heart Naptime" cookbook with the kids, their first reaction was go to the most delicious picture in the book.  What they found was this delicious hamburger recipe that made their little tummies growl as soon as they saw it.  The directions looked easy and we were all inspire to make our dinner look just like the picture in the cookbook.  (See Below - Right side shows our homemade hamburger.)


The adventure began at the local grocery store while shopping for hamburger ingredients.  First, we headed to the meat isle.  Standing there, the kids decided turkey meat was better for the burger recipe instead of the recommended beef.  The discussion over the type of meat to use for the burgers was funny because I would point to the recipe and remind them it called for beef.  After several minutes of going back and forth, we agreed to substitute turkey for the beef.

Then, we headed toward the bread isle to pick-up hamburger buns.  Picking-up the sesame seed bun package would present another decision crossroad for my young chefs.  Sesame seed bun or NO sesame seeds for our burger?  The answer would be, "No".  Plain hamburger buns were immediately put in our shopping cart.  The final stop for this shopping trip would be the produce isle. Here we would all grab one ingredient that would help make the hamburger tasty.  By the time we got to the check out line all of us were starving and eager to get home to cook our burgers.
Thank goodness we all agreed to work together to quickly put dinner on the table.  We spent more time shopping for the ingredients than actually cooking dinner.  The experience taught us that dinner is easier with all hands on deck. 



This cookbook was easy to explore for both myself and my young kids. The recipes do not require special ingredients or special machines. Overall, this cookbook screams happy, colorful and very uplifting. 


Disclosure: Received book for review only. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. 

9/16/16

Happiness is an important part of education.

Education is an important part of life. Kids learn from their surroundings and the people that care for them. Happiness is something that can be cultivated and taught through love and compassion. Remember that happiness is more important than things you can buy.