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Klaus | Official Trailer | Netflix

It's officially the holiday season!  In 51 days, good ole' Saint Nick will come to town. Shopping centers are being decorated, stores are full of holiday trimmings and restaurants are taking reservations for your holiday party. Yes, Christmas is coming soon! The amazing part of this holiday season is a wonderful new holiday movie that everyone in the family will enjoy. "Klaus" is a lovely story sharing the origin of Santa Claus with an incredibly original twist.  This isn't the old "Santa Claus is coming to town" story line. Klaus is coming to select theaters November 8th and on Netflix November 15th; what a way to start the Holiday movie season. Official synopsis: "When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local t

TED Talk - What makes a good life? by Robert Waldinger

What makes a good life? This TED Talk (Technology, Entertainment, Design) shares a 75 year old study conducted by Harvard University. Take a few minutes to find out what happens when you have great relationships in your life. More TED Talks... Happiness- What your mother didn't tell you.

Back-to-School teacher donations through Donors Choose.

Welcome Back-to-School! This year please consider helping local teachers. There are thousands of teachers signed-up through Donors Choose requesting funding for specific projects. All you have to do is look-up your city and a list of teachers will appear. Donate $5.00, $10.00 or more and then tell others to do the same. Watch your community help teachers and students get the supplies they need. It will transform your community.   This year our community has several schools participating in the program. There are elementary, middle and high schools requesting donations. Teachers are requesting books, history supplies, furniture and art supplies. All of the items will benefit children in the classroom.   Jeffrey Trail Teachers  “Never doubt that a small  group of thoughtful, committed ,  citizens can change the world . Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. Photos and infor

The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Broad Museum is one of our favorite places to visit. It is located in downtown Los Angeles, California.  It is a great place to see and feel creativity. The museum offers free admission by ordering online in advance or waiting in line at the door.  We visit the museum a few times per year to get inspired. There is something about the art pieces at The Broad that brings extreme emotion to the surface. For example, the art piece named "Under the Table" evokes extreme feelings of joy for us. The piece reminds us of fun times in our younger years. This piece is by Robert Therrier, who is known for bringing  regular, everyday items to life while allowing us see them through a different perspective. It is a must see piece. Please see the video by The Broad Museum on this piece of art.  Alternatively, there is the Jeff Koons collection with bright colors and full of happiness. His pieces are like going to a party in the next room in which you have been invited. We reall

Southern California OC Fair Discounts

The OC Fair is in town from July 12th through August 11, 2019.  We want to help you save on your summer fun.  There are several ways to save on your admission and the rides. With careful planning you can save money, help the community and have fun all at the same time. Keep reading to find out how to save! DAILY SAVINGS: Active-duty military and veterans receive free OC Fair admission and are eligible to purchase half-price general admission tickets. Promotion is valid all 23 days of the OC Fair. Military ID is required. Free admission is not applicable for spouses or dependents. A maximum of six half-price general admission tickets may be purchased. This offer may not be combined with any other offers. San Diego / San Bernardino / Indio / Ventura & OC Fair Bounceback  Save your San Diego County Fair, Riverside County Fair, San Bernardino County Fair, or Ventura County Fair ticket stub for one FREE admission at the OC Fair, July 12-Aug. 11.  Ticket must be

Summer Field Trip - Blackberry picking in Southern California.

U-pick farms is one of our favorite ways to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. It is  also a great way to connect with nature. We visited Greenspot Farms this past weekend for an opportunity to pick blackberries. The season is just getting started, therefore, in the coming weeks there will be a lot more fruit on the vines. Address:  10133 Ward Way, Mentone, CA 92359  Greenspot Farms has many activities for you and your family including a playground for your kids and farm animals to keep them occupied. Our kids absolutely loved feeding the animals and would love to come back. Our favorite area of the farm was its' little market. It had several fruits from the farm for sale and refreshments to help keep cool. We recommend wearing light clothing such as shorts, t-shirts and make sure you put on sunscreen.  The summer heat is coming, wearing light clothing will help you face the hot weather this summer. The blackberry bushes are near the farm entrance. There are two sections of

Ice Cream and Shave Ice dessert places to visit this summer.

ICE CREAM!!!!!  We are big fans of ice cream, shaved ice and frozen yogurt. Our summer goal this year is to visit fun dessert eateries that offer yummy frozen treats.   We love shaved ice with a scoop of ice cream or an ice cream taco dessert. Planning our visit to the creamery shops is a joyous family event because it is a sometimes food. This summer, we plan on having more scrumptious moments in the hopes of capturing the perfect ice cream experience. We are sharing some of our favorite places we have visited in the past and a few new places we will be visiting this summer. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get exclusive information as we go on the hunt for the BEST Ice Cream / Shaved Ice / Dessert place. Places that we have visited and love: Baskin Robbins  -  Baskin-Robbins has more than 1,300 ice creams in its flavor library, and also offers custom ice cream cakes, frozen beverages and the Polar Pizza™ Ice Cream Treat.  They are located throughout Southern California.

4th of July Public Fireworks for Orange County

Fourth of July is approaching fast. There are several places in Orange County that will be putting on a fireworks display. The Orange County Fire Authority has a list of places that have approved fireworks. Just click on the link to get a list of places to visit this 4th of July:   2019 4th of July Public Fireworks Displays 2019 4th of July Public Fireworks Displays ALISO VIEJO Grand Park  Aliso Viejo Community Association 2 6703 Aliso Creek Road  LAKE FOREST  Lake Forest Il Sun & Sail Club 24752 Toledo Way  MISSION VIEJO  Lake Mission Viejo  BUENA PARK  Knott's Berry Farm  8039 Beach Boulevard  RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA  Lago Rancho  Santa Margarita  Beach Club 21472  Avenida de los Fundadores  DANA POINT  Dana Point Harbor  Doheny State Beach St.  Regis Monarch Beach Golf Club  1 Monarch Beach Resort  SAN CLEMENTE  San Clemente Pier  IRVINE  Woodbridge Village Association  31 Creek Road  Irvine Hi

California grows delicious CHERRIES!!!

We hit the road to Leona Valley this weekend. Our goal was to have some weekend fun picking cherries and eating them on the way back home. Yes, we hauled several pounds of freshly picked cherries and we ate lots of them on the way home. We wish we lived closer to the cherry farms because we would visit every weekend. It is so magical to pick and eat your own fruit. We hope that everyone reading this post gets an opportunity to experience the same fun day we had. Keep reading to find out where to go and how to get there...... CASH ONLY!!!!!!  The cherry farms are usually cash only so bring enough for $7.00 per pound. Some farms charge less others charge more but the average is $7.00. Due to the weather some of the smaller farms will be closing early while the larger farms will stay open until the end of June 2019. Most cherry farms have websites and Facebook pages where you can check on their availability. We highly recommend that you check their operating hours before you road

Universal Studios Hollywood is a great place to spend your staycation.

We participated in a Staycation this Spring Break. It was so easy and relaxing. It all started one perfect Sunday at 8:00 AM. We drove to Universal Studios Hollywood , about an hour away from our home. The kids had never visited before and they were curiously excited to get on the rides. The minute we arrived and parked the car, it was clear, we would have lots of fun. We could see and feel the excitement of season pass-holders as we watched them running to the front entrance. Once we got inside the park, we immediately headed toward the Kung Fu Panda Adventure ride .  Continue to read this post to find how to get discounts on Universal Studios Hollywood admission prices. The kids were excited when we used our upgraded Express Pass to enter the Kung Fu Panda multi-sensory attraction. It was our first time visiting Universal Studios and using express passes therefore we did not know what to expect. Quickly, we realized that EXPRESS was the way to go.  This benefit is well worth

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Silva's Fresh Eatery & Churrascaria

Are you looking for an amazing Brazilian BBQ Steakhouse, also known as a Churrascaria , that won't break the bank?  If you are a meat eater, you are in luck because we are about to embark on a foodie's dream.  Even if you have a family member or friend who is vegetarian, you can feel good about your restaurant of  choice.  That place is Silva's Fresh Eatery & Churrascaria!   Come one, take a tour with us. Silva's Fresh Eatery & Churrascaria has been open for about a year and brings fresh and delicious to the table until you throw in the towel.  Let's start with my favorite part of this experience, the Churrascaria.  Behind the buffet counter, you will find the Master Chef awaiting your selection of deliciously cooked meats including sirloin, veal, chicken, ribs and sausage.  The chef pulls the rack of meat off the oven, brushes it with the restaurants secret blend of spices and slices it to perfect right before your eyes.  The juices of the meat are ru