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What Is Free Comic Book Day?

Free Comic Book Day happens every year on the first Saturday of May. Participating comic book stores across the US will be giving away special comic books while supplies last. This popular event is geared towards getting new and existing readers into local stores. We attend almost every year and it helps to get the kids excited about reading. While it is a free event, once you are inside the store you won't be able to resist buying a few comics.  Wondering what is a comic book? Comic books are considered an American Art form. The start of this art form began in the 1930's. Many people around the world collect them. Throughout the years comic books expanded their genres and categories. There is almost something for everyone like Hello Kitty, Superman, The Simpson's or Horror stories.  Find a participating comic store: Get more information by going to

State Testing and a letter of encouragement

State Testing CCSS SBAC is starting next week for our area.  This semester, my son's fourth grade teacher has asked that I write him a letter of encouragement.  She gave us a few weeks notice. I have, in the past few days, written a few handwritten notes of encouragement. Then, I would wake up the next day realizing that it was not loving enough and second guessing myself. This task has been a little hard for me.  Then, the final email reminder came from the teacher. It read as follow: "This is just a friendly reminder to please send a letter of encouragement to your student to be opened this coming Monday, May 1. Students will be given the letters prior to taking their first test."  Oh my goodness, I have to get it done!!! So, I put on my big girl pants and re-wrote the letter for the 5th time. This time, I made it classroom friendly and left out lots of the I love you's and all the mushy stuff I had written before. The letter went something like this:  Dea

Travel accessories that will make you say, "Wow!"

Travel is fun and exciting with colorful accessories. The other day I found these cute "MUST HAVE" items. They include a key chain, sun hats, bath soaps, makeup bag and a clutch handbag. They are bright as well as very practical .  I found these must have travel items at the Charming Charlie store in the city of Tustin: The store carried a watermelon sun hat that fit me just perfect.  This bright, fun hat is perfect for lounging near the pool, a family BBQ or a shopping at the beach city shops. If you enjoy sitting by the pool then you will love these cute diamond shaped inflatable cup holders.  I love to bring fun face masks when I travel. It makes bedtime so much fun while on vacation. If the day doesn't go as planned then I have something to look forward to along with a hot bath to decompress .  Usually travel involves hanging under the sun and so caring for our ski

2017 Regal Summer Movie Express for $1.00

The list of Regal Summer Movie Express for June 6th through August 2017 is out. Every summer Regal theaters offer two days of $1.00 movies that are rated G or PG. Tuesday and Wednesday theaters are packed with movie fans trying to catch great movies on the big screen.  For only $1.00 you can see the most popular G or PG movies that were released within the last 12 months. It is a great way to spend time with friends and family.  Here's a list of  free summer movies playing at Regal theaters this summer for only $1.00. Both of the movies will play on both days. The start time is 10:00 am sharp.  Week 1: Kung Fu Panda 3 and Ice Age: Collision Course Week 2: Trolls and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Week 3: Monster Trucks and Penguins of Madagascar Week 4: RIO 2 and The Boxtrolls Week 5: The Secret Life of Pets and Sing Week 6: Kubo and the Two Strings and Ratchet and Ratchet and Clank Week 7: The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water and  The

Cookbook Giveaway: Switch It up by Corinne Trang

It is giveaway time! Cookbook, Switch It Up by Corinne Trang. Corinne is an award-winning chef, cookbook author, wellness coach and an expert in healthy living. She is sharing her quick, easy meals to help you manage diabetes and other health conditions that require healthy meal planning. This giveaway is for one copy of the cookbook. The retail price is $14.99. All you have to do is enter for a chance to win.  This giveaway will run from 04/19/2017 through 04/29/2017. Must be 18 years or older.  NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN!  To enter, click on the Rafflecopter icon below:  a Rafflecopter giveaway This colorful cookbook offers soups, whole grains and legumes, as well as many other options to healthy cooking and eating. This cookbook is endorsed by the American Diabetes Association who is leading the fight to end diabetes. Eat your way to a healthier you with this incredible cookbook. ISBN: 978-1-58040-549-2

Medieval Times Chivalry in action.

Buena Park, California is home to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. On most evenings, you can enjoy a roasted chicken while watching Knights engage in games of chance, skill, joust and battle. The experience is like no other on the planet.  The great people at MedievalTimes are now offering a matinee show titled, “Chivalry in Action.” This show is geared towards teaching our youth about anti-bullying while encouraging chivalry at every point in their lives. The cost is $25.00 per person which includes lunch and this great educational show. The plate is a quarter of a chicken, a half of a baked potato, half piece of corn on the cob, delicious garlic bread and a bottle of water to drink. They also give you a chocolate chip cookie at the end of your meal for desert.  All of the food is eaten by hand, just like the evening shows and how food was consumed in the royal era. For vegetarians, they offer a delicious pasta veggie dish with fruit and garlic bread. I have a diet restricti

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is in full bloom.

Between February to Mid-May, you can count on seeing the most beautiful flowers California has to offer at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve . You can experience the beauty fields of the California Poppy as well as Owl's Clover, Fiddleneck Pygmy-Leaved Lupine, Cream Cups and much more. We recently visited the reserve to see its 18,000 acres and 7 miles of trails. We hiked about 2.25 miles in, 4.5 miles round trip, nevertheless it was still full of beauty and wonder.  The California Poppy was named the state flower in 1903. The poppy fields can be traced in history as far back as the 1700's when Spanish Sailors documented them. They had named them "La Sabanilla de San Pasqual". Other names people have used to describe this gorgeous flower include "Copa de Oro", "Amapola" and "Dormidera". The flower is very smart as it closes up as the sun starts to set or when a cool wind or clouds are present.  Life in the poppy reser

Bubblefest at Discovery Cube OC 2017

Discovery Cube, Orange County, is an award winning museum. It is located in the heart of Orange County off the 5 Freeway and Main Street in Santa Ana. Currently, they are hosting an amazing S.T.E.A.M exhibit and show, “Bubblefest”. With over twenty years of experience, Deni Yang has been combining science, technology, art and music to bring to life a gazillion bubbles. Our family has had the opportunity to see and experience this amazing show for several years now. Each time we experience something new.   Bubblefest OC - Imagine a gazillion bubbles floating in the air dancing to upbeat music. As we sat in our seats, we could see and feel the magical spheres. Each bubble performance brought me back to my childhood of wonder and awe. Our kids were filled with joy and excitement as the music played and a gazillion bubbles filled the room. This allowed everyone to touch and feel these wonderful soapy spheres.  The performance is filled with educational value. One can see th