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Armstrong Garden Centers Offer Free Kids Class Series in July

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Armstrong Garden Centers will debut its kids class series in July at select stores. The new, interactive sessions will engage the minds of children while helping them learn about critters that are important to gardens. Open to all ages, but ideal for kids grades kindergarten through third grade, topics include wiggly worms, bold butterflies and beautiful birds.

The July kids class series will only take place at Armstrong’s Carlsbad, La Cañada, La Habra, Temecula, Thousand Oaks and Torrance store locations. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.armstrong-kids-classesArmstrong Garden Centers July kids class series schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. – Wiggly Worms – Learn why worms are important to the soil and how they help plants grow. Kids in attendance will get to meet these wiggly creatures in a hands-on setting and take a worm home, too.
  • Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. – Bold Butterflies – This class will allow children to learn about the life cycle of butterflies and how they help flowers bloom. Each child in attendance will make a butterfly feeder to take home and enjoy.
  • Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. – Beautiful Birds – Gardens provide food and habitat for birds and birds help gardens grow. Kids attending this class will learn how along with planting a sunflower seed to take home.

California gardeners of all skill levels are invited to attend Armstrong’s community classes in July. Each workshop will encourage attendees to nurture their green thumbs with a wide range of topics to get ready for summer.Watering-gardenAdditional scheduled events for the first full month of summer include:

  • Saturday, July 15 at 9:00 a.m. – Healthy Plants: Fertilizing & Water – Different soils and plants have different nutrient requirements to stay in balance. Learn simple techniques to ensure that you have healthy and beautiful blooms and foliage all summer long. No registration required for this free class. Class not available at the Irvine Outlet location.
  • Saturday, July 22 at 9:00 a.m. – Growing Citrus in the Home Garden – Participants will learn tips to grow bounteous crops of juicy citrus fruit and hear advice from Armstrong’s experts. The Pasadena and La Habra locations will host a tropical fruit tree class during this time. Class not available at the Irvine Outlet.
  • Saturday, July 29 at 9:00 a.m. – Colorful, Flowering Water-wise Plants – Waterwise gardens can be full of colorful flowers. Armstrong’s experts will show attendees perennials and shrubs that provide blooms and beauty all year-long.Class not available at the Irvine Outlet.armstrong-garden-centers-flower

Each class is instructed by a nursery professional who will offer timely gardening advice and hands-on demonstrations.FreeGardenTalks Armstrong Garden Centers also offers free garden talks from its team of experts for local gardening clubs, homeowners associations and other community groups. For more information or to register for a class, please visit their here.

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‘Despicable Me 3’ Movie Review (No Spoilers)

I was invited to an advanced screening of Despicable Me 3 in order to write this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

I was a huge fan of the first two “Despicable Me” films, so you can imagine my excitement when I first watched the official trailer for “Despicable Me 3”! If you haven’t watched it yet, here it is:

(Please see the bottom part of this post for my spoiler-free review.of the film)

A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation to fun “Despicable Me 3” event at The Tuck Room in L.A. It was sort of a “pre-party” for the film. We were treated to a special breakfast, sponsored by Bounty, Kellogg’s & Yummy Spoonfuls, and special guest, Food Network Star Duff Goldman was in attendance.yummy-spoonfuls-smoothiebananas-with-minionscereal-for-breakfast While we sipped on smoothies and feasted on banana pancakes, cereal, & yogurt parfaits, Duff spoke about his partnership with Bounty and “Despicable Me 3”. minion-cupcake-and-pancakesAs a result of this partnership, you can find the most adorable line of Despicable Me 3 paper towels and napkins in stores now. (Hurry while supplies last though.)bounty-minions-paper-towelsDuff made a fabulous “Despicable Me 3” themed cake for the event, with frosting that resembled the new print of the paper towels. I wanted to touch the cake, but I held myself back. It was such a cool cake!despicable-me-3-cakedespicable-me-3-cake-sideKids in attendance at the event had the opportunity to create their own “Minion” cupcake toppers with Duff’s help. He guided them step-by-step to work with fondant to put together their own creations.  how-to-make-minion-cupcakesminion-topperI think the best part was when Duff passed out Minion cupcakes FOR BREAKFAST! Yep, he gave us all special permission to eat them that early in the morning! Duff is really a lot of fun to hang out with! (As you can see)duff-goldman-1Following the breakfast, we proceeded upstairs to the iPic Theaters. (It’s attached to The Tuck Room.) We snuggled into luxurious leather recliners and wrapped ourselves in super soft blankets. ipic-theaters-seatsus-in-theaterIt was such a perfect way to watch a movie and “Despicable Me 3” did not disappoint. I’m not a big fan of posting spoilers so I will just lightly touch on some of the things you already see in the trailer.despicable-me-3-gru-and-druI swear I’ve fallen in love with Gru over the past 2 films, as he’s transitioned into (kind of) a good guy and meeting his long-lost twin brother, Dru, in this one, just adds to the fun. They are hilarious together. I also adore Gru’s girls, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, but especially Agnes and her obsession with ‘fluffy unicorns”. I won’t give away anything but I was a fan of how Gru’s wife,Lucy evolved, especially her placement within the family structure. despicable-me-3-balthazarBoth adults and children will appreciate the 80’s style villain, “Balthazar Bratt” in this film. Personally, I couldn’t get enough of the music that would come on in his every scene and I couldn’t stop laughing at all of his dance moves. It was a definite nod to the 80’s.
despicable-me-3-minionsFinally, you really can never grow tired of Minions and there are some cute Minion-involving scenes in this film, although you won’t see all of the ones from the first film. Overall, I really enjoyed watching “Despicable Me 3” with my family and I would definitely recommend it for other families with children of all ages. It’s just a light-hearted feel good film.despicable-me-3-cast Have you seen “Despicable Me 3”  yet? Let me know your thoughts.

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‘Fantasmic!’ Nighttime Spectacular Returns to Disneyland July 17 + the Disneyland Railroad is Reopening

Summer is underway at the Disneyland Resort and visitors this time of year are in for a whole lot of WOW on their visits to both theme parks.  celebrate-summer-at-disneyland-resortThere’s something to be said about getting to experience new magic with your family, during your visit, and creating new memories together. I know it’s a favorite in our family. summer-at-disneyland-resortThe thrilling new attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opened at the end of May and according to wait times shown on the Disneyland app, it continues to draw large crowds on a daily basis. disneyland-app-guardians-of-the-galaxy-wait-timeIt’s the only Disney attraction in the universe where guests step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story, as they help Rocket rescue this cosmic gang of misfits. With multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll encounter.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-mission-breakout-facade

guardians-of-the-galaxy-insideMore exciting news for Disneyland Park as some of the classic attractions are scheduled to reopen n July.  On Monday, July 17, which will also be the 62nd anniversary of the 1955 grand opening of Disneyland,  a newly enhanced “Fantasmic!, will premiere. This popular nighttime spectacular. tells the story of Mickey Mouse and his vivid imagination. “Fantasmic!:will return to the Rivers of America in Frontierland with its classic theme song and engaging storyline, which guests have treasured for 25 years.fantasmic-mickeyIts portrayal of Mickey’s exploration now features new scenes with characters from “Aladdin,” “Tangled,” “The Lion King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”fantasmic-aladdin-sequenceOne dazzling sequence finds Aladdin and Jasmine discovering “A Whole New World” as they float on their flying carpet over a bed of fog on the Rivers of America. Those sensational “Fantasmic!” adventures come alive with new mist screens and innovative, state-of-the-art projection technology to create visuals that are brighter and more vibrant than ever before.disneyland-park-here-you-leave-todayExciting news for train lovers of all ages is the re-opening of the Disneyland Railroad, beginning July 29. Park guests aboard the Disneyland Railroad will, once again, be taken on a Grand Circle Tour of Walt Disney’s “original Magic Kingdom”.disneyland-railroadThe Disneyland Railroad, one of the park’s original attractions, returns with its iconic steam-powered locomotives for new adventures. The Disneyland Railroad will now travel across the rocks on a trestle that extends out into the Rivers of America, and for the first time ever it will make a left-hand turn on its tour of the park.new-disneyland-railroad-route-renderingAlong the way, guests will enjoy a view of Walt Disney’s legendary Dioramas of the Grand Canyon and Primeval World, which have been carefully restored to their original splendor with a bit of new magic added to both. Guests on board the Disneyland Railroad also will discover a breathtaking new view along the north bank of Rivers of America.

A gorgeous new Columbia Gorge section highlighted by five new picturesque waterfalls can be seen from the trains as well as from the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes. This new adventure complements the scenes guests have come to know and cherish through the years. Landscapes inspired by four of America’s majestic rivers–the Mississippi, the Columbia, the Missouri and the Rio Grande–are carefully recreated, complete with indigenous rock formations, natural forests and wildlife, and the waterfalls.disneyland-mark-twainOther Classic Rivers of America attractions are also set to relaunch July 29, including the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes. They’ll be bringing new adventures and breathtaking new views for guests to enjoy. Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island reopened June 16.disneyland-columbia-shipIn addition to the returning classics in Frontierland and New Orleans Square, the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade continues nightly performances in Disneyland through Aug.20, featuring such favorite scenes as Cinderella’s ball, the appearance (and disappearance) of Elliot, the smoke-breathing, tail-wagging “Pete’s Dragon,” and the glittering “To Honor America” finale.main-street-electrical-parade-signThere’s so much going on this summer at the Disneyland Resort. You’ll want to be sure to check out The Summer of Heroes festivities, which continue at Disney California Adventure Park through Sept. 10. For more information about all of the happenings going on at the Disneyland Resort, visit their site here.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Some images are property of Disneyland Resort. 

 

 

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Celebrate July 4th at Dana Point Harbor

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OC Parks invites the community to spend July 4th at Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy waterfront dining, ocean activities, boating, sailing, and experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza.Dana Point Independence DAyThe July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza will light up Dana Point Harbor. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views from the harbor, Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries located within the harbor. The display begins at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 and early arrival is recommended. Visitors are encouraged to bring a personal FM radio to tune into KSBR 88.5FM and listen to the patriotic music accompanying the fireworks display.dana-point-harborSpend the week of Independence Day enjoying Dana Point Harbor’s many waterfront restaurants and ocean activities, or take a cruise in the harbor on July 4th to view the fireworks display. The Ocean Institute, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, and Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari are all offering 4th of July Fireworks cruises.dana-point-harbor-whale-watchingVisitors are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle services on July 4th to avoid traffic jams. The shuttles will make round trips from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Shuttle service will suspend at 9 p.m. until after the fireworks and will resume until 11 p.m.dana-point-harbor-trolleyThe Dana Point Trolley will drop off and pick up at stop #6 on July 4th in the Harbor from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the inter Harbor shuttle will pick up and drop off at the restaurants and retail area, Baby Beach, the Island, and Ocean Institute from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.dana-point-harbor-baby-beachCelebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor and experience the spectacular July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. For more information visit http://www.DanaPointHarbor.com.doheny-state-beachPlease note: Streets within Dana Point Harbor will have restricted left hand turn lanes and cars will be detoured to go right only (Dana Point Harbor Drive, Puerto Place & Island Way). Cove Road will be closed during the fireworks and re-opened after the fireworks.

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Top 10 Phoenix Summer Getaway Deals

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Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to travel, especially when you can find a great deal. Right now, there are some amazing summer getaway deals you can grab in the Greater Phoenix area, & save 75 percent or more at landmark properties.
arizona-state-signCheck out these top 10 Phoenix Summer Getaway Deals: 

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Summer Inclusive Package
Save up to 75 percent at the famous Arizona Biltmore now through Sep 10, 2017. This package, starting at $215 per night, includes a luxurious guestroom, 20 percent off a la carte Spa Biltmore services, complimentary self parking and resort charge and entertainment such as family-friendly movies by the pool on every Friday and Saturday night.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort – Lather on the SPF: Squaw Peak Fun!
Avoid a boring summer and lather on the SPF with this package, which starts at just $124 per suite, per night, now through Sept. 9, 2017. This 60 percent savings over peak season rates lets guests enjoy the hotel’s four-acre water park for less, including sports pool, tennis courts, miniature golf and lazy river. Free kid’s programming and activities abound at Hole-in-the-Wall’s River Ranch including Saturday Dive-in movies.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa – Come to Life this Summer Golf & Spa Packages 
Come to life now through Sep 30, 2017 with two great packages where you can save over 100 percent. The Come To Life Golf Package starts at $179 per night and includes: $50 Resort Credit daily, unlimited golf (tee time restrictions apply), free kids meals (12 and under with a paying adult), 20 percent discount off spa treatments at Revive Spa and free resort fee included. The Come To Life Spa Package starts at $199 per night and includes a 50 resort credit daily, one 50-minute Revive Massage, free kids meals (12 and under with a paying adult), 10 percent discount off purchases in retail shops, free resort fee and a 25 percent discount off additional spa services.

Sheraton Wild Horse – “You Stay, We Pay” Package
Starting at $149 per night, this package includes a $50 daily resort credit, representing nearly 75 percent savings now through Sept 5, 2017. Families can retreat from the heat with the new River Boat Adventures, which include options to pedal boat, water bike, kayak or stand up paddle board down their winding river. The resort’s summer holiday waterpark weekends feature large-scale slip and slides, multiple inflatable water slides for kids of all ages, a dunk tank, family-friendly concession stands and much more. Guests can enjoy live poolside music and outdoor lawn games such as bocce, life-sized Jenga and cornhole. Adventurers can enjoy other unique experiences including the Native American culturally themed courses such as; jewelry and dream catcher making courses, gourd painting, canvas & cocktails and much more. Parents can get pampered at the Four-Star Aji Spa or on the links at nearby Troon-managed Whirlwind golf club while the kids take part in the Adventure Club Camp.

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa –The Big Chill Package
Now through Sept. 4, 2017 save up to 60 percent off high-season rates at the Westin with rates starting at $149 per room per night. The package offers a choice between a $50 per room, per night dining credit or two free sessions on the Kierland FlowRider wave simulator (a $70 value). All summer, the Resort’s FUN Team leads chill-seeking adventurers in activities created to beat the heat, suh as Freezin’ Fridays, the Adventure Pool, Lazy River, 110-foot waterslide and more. Kierland FlowRider will stay open until 10 p.m. with a poolside Glow Party with musical entertainment, glow sticks, S’mores, and party games to round out the fun. On Saturdays, guests enjoy wintery poolside games and activities all day including the Polar Plunge (hundreds of pounds of ice are dropped into the pool) and delicious Smokin’ Jack’s BBQ. All weekend long, guests can enjoy cool treats delivered by the Kierland ice cream truck as its makes its way around the Resort. Plus, the Resort’s one-of-a-kind, 3-D PaintScaping Show will be offered every evening through July 4.

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch – Summer at The Scottsdale
Cool off with weekend rates starting as low as $99 — over 60 percent savings over the high-season rate — now through Sept. 4, 2017. The package at this resort, which recently completed a $10 million renovation which transformed the indoor and outdoor spaces, also includes free entertainment, dive-in movies, games (horse shoes, ping-pong, corn hole, life-size beer pong), adult and kid snow cones and daily drink specials. Guests can have a rockin’ good time by the pool with live music by the Mark Long Band and rock ‘n’ roll-themed movies like ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ and ‘Walk The Line’ after the sun sets on select Friday and Saturday nights.

The Wigwam – SummerScapes Package Escape to The Wigwam
Now through Sept. 7, 2017 and get a fantastic weekday rate of $139 and weekend rate of $159 (25 percent savings), including a free summer camp for kids and a $50 resort credit per night per room that’s good for food, beverage, spa, golf, or tennis. The Wigwam currently spans more than 440 acres on an estate-like setting and features 331 casita-style guest rooms, including 72 suites, crafted from distinctive adobe architecture. The resort offers 54 holes of championship golf, The Red Door Salon & Spa, three pools with two twisting water slides, and five restaurants and bars. The hotel also offers Camp Wigwam, a complimentary summer program that focuses on activities for children up to age 12.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa – Splash Into Summer
Save 25 percent on the first room and 50 percent on the second room with this package, which starts at $149 per night and runs through Sept. 9, 2017. The package includes a $50 resort credit and complimentary self parking. Guests can enjoy the resort’s 2.5 acre water playground, beachside fun zone with games, dive-in movies every weekend, nightly entertainment, sandcastle competitions, a welcome summer “sipper” on check-in and much more.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – Summer Splash Birthday Bash Package
The package starts from $169 per night — up to 75 percent off the high-season rate — plus a $50 daily resort credit now through Sept. 4, 2017. The $30 resort fee includes complimentary half-day admission to the Trailblazers Kids Club for up to three children ages 5-12. In addition to the substantial savings at this luxury resort, guests can take advantage of the action-packed summer schedule of activities, such as fireworks every Saturday all summer long, concerts on the Lagoon Lawn and Float Fit paddleboard yoga at the rooftop pool. Guests can also enjoy Techno Glo pool parties with fog, lasers, LED hula hoops and DJ Splash, and the new interactive Techno-Bot siblings, Beta and Blast. Trailblazers Kids Club and Recreation Center will offer a new BEAM interactive floor playground and virtual reality adventures. Guests can ride on a roller coaster or glide above the clouds in an immersive, virtual reality 3D simulator, which are complimentary at the Kids Club. Classic games, billiards, ping-pong, shuffle board and arts and crafts are also available in this family-friendly fun zone on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North – Summer Rates
Make this a summer to remember with savings up to 25 percent now through August 31, 2017, with weekday rates beginning at $189 per night. The luxury resort offers easy access to sunrise hikes to adjacent Pinnacle Peak Park, dining al fresco under a blanket of stars and poolside pampering at the sparkling, two-tiered pool complex. The entire family can head to the pool for complimentary “Dive-In” movies, running every Saturday night throughout the summer.

To book the above packages or find even more summer deals, check out Visit Phoenix’s packages page here.visit-phoenix-summer

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5 Reasons Why Parents Need the Screen Time App This Summer

This post is in partnership with The Motherhood and Screen Time, but all opinions are 100% my own.

 

Technology is a wonderful thing. It’s brought our world up to light speed and has made many things so much easier and efficient. With that being said, I also feel that technology is a double-edged sword, especially when it comes to kids.screen-time-app-kids-on-technologySince our children are growing up in the digital age, many of them are using technology to open up their worlds. My own daughter uses her devices for a variety of things on an everyday basis, including communicating with friends, watching YouTube videos, playing games and using apps, doing homework, and going on social media.screen-time-app-technology-2As a parent, it’s one of my main responsibilities to protect my child and keep her safe from any physical and/or emotional danger – so I’ve always been cautious about her use of technology, especially when it comes to The Internet. Parents 10 years ago never had to consider the added responsibility that comes with having a child in the technology age because you also have to protect them from the dangers associated with being online – and the disadvantages that come from too much time in front of a screen (such as obesity, irregular sleep schedules, loss of social skills and less time for play).screen-time-app-dashboardEspecially during the summer, there’s so much for kids to explore beyond their screens, which is why I’m sharing 5 reasons why parents need to download the Screen Time app (You can click here to sign up now – there’s a free basic version, but the premium is worth the $3.99/month and includes a free 14-day trial).

Here are some of the advantages of the premium version of the Screen Time app:
Time limits – As a parent, I feel it’s important to set time limits on my child’s use of technology. It’s vital when she has things like homework and bedtime, and in the summer, I try to encourage outdoor play and discovery that doesn’t always involve a screen.

App blocking – With that being said, I also recognize that certain apps are necessary (and even required), especially for homework during the school year. Screen Time allows me to free up those apps she needs for homework, or apps we can use together to enhance quality family time, while making the others unavailable until later.

Remote management – I also recognize that technology time limits should be altered for weekends, vacation times and summer, and there are plenty of apps out there that can enhance playtime and outdoor/offline discovery (see a great list of them below). It’s so convenient that I can set the limits of my child’s usage of her iPad from my phone or any browser by just logging in.screen-time-app-2

Pause & Play – We all know how kids can become entranced by their devices – just one more video, one more game. Screen Time can help break that cycle by allowing you to pause onscreen activity without endless nagging or bargaining, so you can sit down to dinner as a family, take a walk through the neighborhood, enjoy your summer together. On the flip side, play, you can also add bonus screen time without changing any settings.

Daily web and app use reports – I’ve had a couple of months to test out this wonderful app in my own home, with the use of my iPhone and my daughter’s iPad. Since she spends time on her iPad on a daily basis, I’d always tried my best to monitor and supervise what she was doing – but when I was introduced to Screen Time, these daily reports enabled me to better keep track of her activity and set reasonable limits.

Screen Time is already running on over 1 million devices, and it’s obvious just how that came to be. It’s a great app that households everywhere should be using to keep control over their own children’s usage on devices. To try it now, visit screentimelabs.com.

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Grand Opening Celebration on 6/24 for New “Tapestry Walk” Townhomes in Anaheim

Olson Homes will host its Model Grand Opening of Tapestry Walk on Saturday, June 24. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Interested home shoppers may tour new model homes and learn more about exciting amenities to come in this brand-new neighborhood that offers easy townhome living and a desirable South Anaheim address.tapestry-walk-anaheimGuests at the Model Grand Opening will enjoy summer BBQ and music and have the opportunity to win Anaheim-themed prizes in the We Love Anaheim giveaway, including Disneyland passes, Angel game tickets, and gift cards to local restaurants. RSVPs encouraged for this event and can be made HERE.

Tapestry Walk is a collection of new, three-story townhomes that offers a small, close-knit community in a bustling location in the heart of Orange County. Homeowners will enjoy the benefits of residential design by Olson Homes, known for:

  • welcoming contemporary and traditional architecture
  • an impressive selection of floor plans to accommodate a number of lifestyles
  • green building features
  • a location within walking distance to a number of dining and entertainment destinations.

tapestry-rendering-2Eleven floor plans feature spacious, open designs with up to three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and range from 1,296 to 1,741 square feet. Tapestry Walk homes include large master suites with walk-in closets, impressive kitchens, and two-car garages. Second-floor decks in most floor plans provide lovely outdoor living opportunities, and a number of amenities will encourage connection and relaxation, including a private community pool, dog park, bocce ball court, and outdoor fireplace gathering area.tapestry-renderingTapestry Walk’s South Anaheim location presents abundant opportunities for work and play. The neighborhood’s convenient access to I-5 and multiple public transportation options, as well as its proximity to employment and business centers, make it appealing to commuters and busy professionals. Residents will enjoy an impressive variety entertainment opportunities, many within walking distance, including the Outlets at Orange, Angel Stadium, and Honda Center. The Disneyland Resort, numerous restaurants and shopping centers, and many Anaheim-famous attractions are only minutes away.

Tapestry Walk is located at
2337 South Manchester Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802

To learn more about Tapestry Walk and to sign up for the Interest List, visit http://www.tapestrywalk.com/contact-us/.

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Old Fashioned Family Fun at Knott’s Ghost Town ALIVE! Now Through Sept. 4

I was invited by Knott’s to a special media day in the park. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Knott’s Berry Farm holds fond childhood memories for me. The whole park has so much real-life history in it, dating back to when the Knott Family actually lived on the property with a farm, a chicken dinner restaurant, and an old-fashioned Western ghost town. It was from there that they built the theme park around it known as Knott’s Berry Farm, America’s 1st Theme Park.knotts-ghost-town-signLast summer in celebration of Ghost Town’s 75th Anniversary, Knott’s introduced a fun, interactive experience for guests called Ghost Town ALIVE  The concept of a working ghost town for guests to interact with was brought to fruition and I had so much fun experiencing it. You literally feel as if you’ve stepped back in time when you’re there in Calico, in the Wild West. There are townsfolk, cowboys, bandits, judges, all kinds of interesting people who live there in the beloved town of Calico.knotts-ghost-town-alive-town-hallknotts-75th-ghost-town-celebration-saloonI was elated when I found out that Ghost Town Alive! was returning this summer! It is a must-do for families visiting the park! There are so many fun ways to participate in all of the town’s happenings. You can become an honorary citizen of Calico and help out in the quest to capture the Mayfield Gang, which recently escaped the custody of Sheriff Wheeler.knotts-ghost-town-alive-us-in-jailIn our case, we were actually part of their gang, we were “bad guys”. I don’t think we were “bad”, just a bit “misunderstood” is all. Sheriff Wheeler saw right through us, just by looking at the color of our bandanas and took us right into custody, locking us in the town’s jail!knotts-ghost-town-75th-anniversary-photographersHere are just some of the things you can do in Calico during Ghost Town Alive!:

  • Grab a copy of the Calico Gazette, hot off the press
  • Participate in the town election and vote for the Mayor
  • Witness a wedding in Town Hall
  • Go to school in a one-room schoolhouse
  • Go to the Barbershop for a “shave” and a mustache
  • Help deliver a package from the Post Office
  • Visit the animals in the Livery Stableknotts-ghost-town-alive-schoolhouseknotts-ghost-town-75th-celebration-jail

Every evening, the town’s “story” culminates with a town-wide celebration in Calico Square at the town’s Hoedown. It’s so much fun for guests to dance and mingle with the townsfolk of Calico.
In addition to all of the fun action happening in the town of Calico, Knott’s also has an extensive lineup of entertainment this summer. The live entertainment continues with:

  • The explosive Wild West Stunt Show (Ghost Town)
  • The high kickin’ Calico Saloon Show (Ghost Town)
  • Get “krazy “when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies mount their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, gut-bustin’ country comedy show that will have audiences clamoring for more! In the evening a group of krazy talented performers will have guests kicking up their heels with vine dancing, a down home jug band and dueling fiddlers and banjos! (Wagon Camp Stage)
  • The renowned “Traveling Circus” also returns to Knott’s for another season of exhilarating performances. Set on the Calico Mine stage in Ghost Town, come witness a spectacle; see awe-inspiring stunts, and death defying acrobatics in “Circus of Wonders.” The astonishing 30 minute spectacular will be action packed with all-time favorite circus attractions such as the Trapeze, Tightrope, Aerial Acrobatics, Trampoline, and of course, clowns, incorporating lighting and pyrotechnics, making this nighttime show a totally unique event! Select dates, June 10 – August 20.
  • While you’re in the park, be sure to catch the all-new show, Snoopy’s Magnificent Magical Revue, starring the World’s Most Famous Beagle, Snoopy! This family-friendly show features Magician Extraordinaire Greg Wilson as he teams up with Snoopy and the entire Peanuts Gang to perform a jaw-dropping magic show and lavish musical production. Guests may even find themselves part of the act! Watch Snoopy’s Magnificent Magical Revue on select dates through August 20 .The show is dark Wednesdays. (in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre.)knotts-ghost-town-alive-snoopy

If you haven’t experienced Knott’s Ghost Town Alive! yet, you’ll want to head to Knott’s Berry Farm this summer, before September 4, to be part of this authentic western adventure. It’s definitely an action-packed experience and fun for the entire family and is included in the price of a Knott’s ticket (or Season Pass.) This summer is the perfect time to grab a Knott’s Regular Season Pass, which offers unlimited visits in 2017. Knott’s Gold Pass also includes admission to Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, whcih we enjoyed visiting recently. knotts-soak-city-sungearFor more information about Knott’s Season Passes, go here. To read more about Knott’s Ghost Town Alive!, go here.

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Great Gifts For Dads and Grads at Brea Mall

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June is a busy time of year, especially when it comes to celebrating Dads and Grads! Brea Mall is the perfect place to shop for great gifts for all of them. With 5 major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Macy’s Men’s, Children’s & Home, JCPenney, and Sears, plus more than 175 specialty shops, you’re sure to find something for every dad and grad in your life! brea-mall-directoryWe spent a fun afternoon out at Brea Mall, looking for the best gift options for all of the dads in our life. With a dad, a couple of grandpas, a step-grandpa, and several uncles to shop for, I found something for everyone in each of the shops we stopped at. We found a ton of gifts for Dads at The Art of Shaving, Tommy Bahama, Apple Store, and Bose.

dad-shops-brea-mallthe-art-of-shaving-1the-art-of-shaving-2tommy-bahama-clothingtommy-bahama-2apple-store-macbose-headphonesFor the grads on our list, we browsed through stores of all different types for the graduates on our list. Some of our favorite ones included Urban Outfitters, Sephora, Apple Store, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Typo. grad-shops-brea-mallurban-outfitters-giftsapple-store-mactypo-journalsdaisy-shoppe-grad-giftsBrea Mall also features several popular restaurants and a recently remodeled Food Court.Whether you’re looking to sit down and have a meal with table service or just grab a quick bite, you have plenty of options to choose from there. What a great place to go and “Dine With Dad” this Father’s Day or bring your family to enjoy a celebratory meal after a graduation. One of the places we enjoy dining at when we’re there is California Pizza Kitchen.cpk-menucpk-lunch-pizza-and-saladHave you finished all of your shopping for Father’s Day and Graduations? Brea Mall is a great center to stop by for a shopping and dining experience. For mall hours and a complete directory of shops and restaurants, go here.brea-mall-sign

 

 

 

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“An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life” Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

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Viewers can now stream the Amazon Original SpecialAn American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life” on Amazon Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany and Austria.This is the 4th special from Amazon Kids and you and your family are going to love watching this one together.

american-girl-summer-campWe were so excited to get a sneak peek at the special. As fans of the American Girl brand, we love any and all things “American Girl”. I feel like this special sends a powerful message to all girls, which is what I love about all of the American Girl toy, books, and movies….they help to empower girls!american-girl-story-friends“An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life”  is about friends Z (Zoe Manarel, The Nightingale) and Paz (Alison Fernandez, Logan) who arrive at S.T.E.A.M. camp excited for tech heaven. When the administrator(Camryn Manheim) surprises everyone by restricting their devices, they think their summer’s doomed. (No cell phone use is allowed.) 

_DSC0265.nefThings take a mysterious turn when they meet Jordan (Monique Green, Marriage of Lies), an enchanting “counselor” who sends them on an adventure, opening them up to a world of possibilities, including befriending a third camper, Drew (Lauren Donzis, Liv and Maddie).

_DSC0689.nefThis special, directed by Alison McDonald (An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win).

Here’s a preview of the special:

“Summer Camp, Friends for Life combines the relatable themes of friendship and collaboration in a fun and engaging S.T.E.A.M. camp environment. Our customers will be inspired by Z, Paz and Drew as they work together toward solving the mystery presented to them.” – ,” Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios.

One of the reasons I was really drawn to this special was the emphasis on S.T.E.A.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), as it related to girl. Females are often underrepresented in schools, in these subjects of study, and in the workplace, holding jobs in these fields, Teachers in elementary, middle and high schools currently encourage their female students to take interest in these areas of study and join in on S.T.E.A.M. focused activities and classes, in hopes of fostering their love for these areas and even motivating females to pursue further studies at the college level. I appreciated how the special even made mention of the first female civil engineer and the history of how S.T.E.A.M. came to be accessible to girls from all walks of life. S.T.E.A.M.is such an important topic!An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life is available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at http://www.amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at http://www.amazon.com/prime.american-girl-story-summer-camp-2Even more exciting news is that American Girl also announced plans to bring its newest contemporary character Z (short for Suzie) to life via a beautiful 18-inch doll, along with several outfits and accessories, like Z’s dog and scooter, as well as items that reflect her film making interests, including a camera, smartphone, and tripod. The Z doll will be available beginning today at the American Girl brand store at Amazon, through its award-winning American Girl catalogue andmericangirl.com, and at all American Girl retail locations nationwide.

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