Over The Top Mommy

Month: April 2015

The Band Perry, Fifth Harmony / Debby Ryan and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo / Dennis DeYoung Added to 2015 Toyota Summer Concert Series at The OC Fair!

unnamedThe OC Fair just announced more performances as part of their 2015 Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre!

fair-collageTickets for the following performances will go on sale May 2:

  • The Band Perry / Annie McQueen (Thursday, July 23)
  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo – 35th Anniversary / Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx (Thursday, August 6)
  • Fifth Harmony / Debby Ryan & The Never Ending / Bea Miller / Natalie La Rose (Saturday, August 8)

As always, concert tickets include Fair admission.

Tickets for these events go on sale Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster or at the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office, which is open Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone (800) 745-3000.
The remaining performances at the 2015 OC Fair will be announced in the coming months. Sign up for pre-sale emails at ocfair.com.

Connect with The OC Fair on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Celebrate Bear Awareness Day on May 2 at The Orange County Zoo!

orange-county-zooDid you know that May 2 is Bear Awareness Day? You are invited to come learn more about bears and have fun at the OC Zoo on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family event will include activities such as crafts for kids, special zookeeper chats about bears, and a learning station where you can find out more about bear conservation and research, how to “bear proof” camping sites, and what to do if you see a bear.

bearsReservations are not needed for this event.
All activities are free with paid zoo admission, which is $2 per person. (ages 2 & under are free.)


 Visit OC Zoo at  http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo.

You Are Invited to the Grand Opening Festivities at We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano! (May 1-3)

You are invited to join in on a weekend of festivities at We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano’s Wine Bar to celebrate the grand opening of their new wine bar. From Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, the store will be conducting wine tastings, presenting live music, offering an olive oil culinary demo, providing free olive oil ice cream, and more! There will even be an opportunity for someone to win free olive oil for a year!

wine and food 2We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano, the unique culinary retail boutique located in downtown San Juan Capistrano, recently announced the opening of its quaint wine bar. Designed to be tasting-oriented and educational, the wine bar will offer small-production artisan wines, a selection of specialty handcrafted beers and small tapas plates that feature We Olive products. With over 20, small production California wines offered by the taste, glass, or bottle, guests are invited to shop and taste in the store’s comfortably elegant environment.

Wine and foodHere’s a schedule of grand opening weekend’s events:

  • Friday, May 1
    Wine Tasting + Live Acoustical Music (5:30 p.m. – close)
    Celebrate the start of the weekend with a wine tasting of We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano’s small-production artisan wines with live music all in We Olive & Wine Bar’s comfortably elegant environment.
  • Saturday, May 2
    Events all day starting at 11:00 a.m. and wrapping up at 8:00 p.m.
    Stop by for free olive oil ice cream at We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Attend an olive oil class with Carol Firenze, founder of The Passionate Olive and author of The Passionate Olive – 101 Things To Do With Olive Oil from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. followed by a special book signing from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Meet the award-winning Fandango olive oil growers and learn the stories of the growers themselves from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Join Brian Cameron of Levendi Winery in Napa Valley for a delicious wine and cheese pairing from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3
    Events all day starting at 11:00 a.m. and wrapping up at 6:00 p.m.
    Stop by for free olive oil ice cream at We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Attend an olive oil grower demo with Olivas De Oro from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Attend an olive oil culinary demo featuring “Fast and Easy Flavor with California Olive Oil” presented by Suzie Lewitan and Olivas De Oro from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Hungry? Join us for a beer and cheese pairing with Max from Aniata Cheese from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

In addition to artisan wines, We Olive’s wine bar will also offer delicious, healthy foods, including shareable bites, salads, hummus and spreads, flatbreads and sweets. Specialty menu items, include: an Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie Plate featuring an ever-changing selection of artisanal cheeses and hand-made salumi with crackers, fruit, nuts, sweet balsamic mustard and Colorado sweet yellow clover honey; Stuffed Peppadews, mild, sweet South African pickled peppers stuffed with goat cheese and salami and then drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar; and an Arugula, Blue Cheese and Apricot Salad, which comes complete with toasted almonds and blue cheese, tossed in peach white balsamic vinegar and Ascolano olive oil.

Just in time for spring, We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano will offer its guests a happy hour, every Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The happy hour specials will include $3 off all wines by the glass, $2 off craft beer and $3 off select menu items. In addition, We Olive will offer a weekly “Wine Wednesday” where guests can enjoy half off wines by the glass all day. These specials will constantly change based on the new wines and ever changing seasonal menu.

Martini-Lover-1024x1024Whether you’re shopping for a unique gift, in search of some lite, healthy bites, or want to do some wine tasting, stop by We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano and you can find it all.

We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano is located in downtown San Juan Capistrano.

31760 Camino Capistrano Suite B
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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(images provided by We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano)

Cirque du Soleil KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ is Coming to Southern California October 15! Tickets on Sale Now!

Cirque du Soleil is returning to Southern California with its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™! Beginning October 15, the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top will be up in Costa Mesa at the OC Fair & Event Center.


KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ premiered to the world in Montréal in April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

Exclusive access to the best seats and prices are available for existing Cirque Club members starting on April 20. Visit cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueclub to sign up for a complimentary membership. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats under the Big Top, deals and discounts for tickets, promotions with partners and a chance to experience never before seen exclusive Cirque du Soleil content. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning May 1 by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Tickets range from $50 – $165.

This Costa Mesa appearance, plus a performance at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles beginning December 18, will be the only Cirque du Soleil engagements in Southern California in 2015, so you’ll want to grab your tickets for this amazing production now!



i♥oc Giving Day is Here! Show Your Love for Orange County and Join in by Giving Back! #iheartOC

i-heart-oc-day-pinkIt’s here…the 1st Annual country-wide fundraiser to raise money that directly gives back to OC nonprofits. Join the Orange County Community Foundation as they attempt to raise their goal of $2 million for OC nonprofits. This virtual, online event will last just 30 hours, starting at 6 a.m. on April 21 and going until noon on April 22. During this time period, you’ll have the opportunity to show OC non-profits how much you care! Participating Orange County nonprofits will be eligible to receive funding through bonus awards and prizes provided by OCCF and their Giving Day partners. (Just look at the long list of amazing partners!)

I am so proud to call Orange County “home” and have lived here for a great majority of my life. It warms my own heart to see so many exemplary OC non-profits giving back to those in need within our community. I also know how much work goes on behind the scenes of these non-profits and how desperately they are always in need of donations in order to keep up the work they’re doing. It’s so important to give when you can, especially when it’s beneficial to local organizations.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should give on #iheartoc Giving Day:

  • Your donation stays local
  • Your gift benefits the cause you choose
  • Pool your donation with others from OC who share the passion to help
  • A little goes a long way. (Donations start at just $25)

OCCF_homepage_banners_R5_Page_1I encourage everyone to participate in Orange County Community Foundation’s #iheartoc Giving Day and make a donation in honor of your love for The OC. It takes the entire community to come together and encourage Orange County’s spirit of giving so you can also join in and spread the word.  Give to an OC nonprofit that speaks to your heart by visiting iheartoc.org.

i-heart-oc-dayFollow the Orange County Community Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information surrounding this wonderful event!

Disclosure: I was provided with information about this event to share with my readers and compensated for my time. All opinions are 100% my own.

I Shopped ’til I Dropped at The Carlsbad Premium Outlets®!

Carlsbad has become one of my favorite places to visit. It’s a beautiful city by the sea,  just south of where we live in Orange County, and has a lot to offer its visitors. Some of the fun day trips we’ve taken there recently were to visit LEGOLAND California and The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch.

carlsbad-premium-outletsnext-doorOn my last trip down to Carlsbad, I spent the morning touring The Flower Fields. Afterwards, I walked next door to The Carlsbad Premium Outlets for some lunch and shopping. (It’s literally next door as you can see in the picture) There are 90 outlet stores from the world’s largest leading designers and name brands there. It’s an outdoor shopping center, where you stroll through the sunny corridors, that are lined with palm trees. Among the shoppers, you’ll also find families with children at the play area, guests walking their dogs, and others taking a break, seated next to a fountain. I loved the vibe this center had.

Before I started my shopping, I grabbed some lunch at Ruby’s Diner. (Did I mention that The Carlsbad Premium Outlets also have a ton of food options?) As I was eating, I was also glancing over the store listings and center map, and began to create a list of stores I wanted to shop at. Since I’d already spent a good part of the morning roaming around The Flower Fields, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to shop at ALL of the stores, which was fine because it just meant I’d need a return trip, right?

I headed over to Nike first. There’s always something about that store that draws me in first. There were so many different shoes I wanted in there and they were offered at great prices too. They also had a ton of workout and active wear for the entire family.

nike-outlet-shoesNext, my eye caught the Sunglass Hut sign. I don’t think anyone can ever have enough pairs of sunglasses.

It seemed like every pair in the store was being offered at a sale price on top of the outlet prices.The girls working there were very helpful and made sure I picked out a pair that “made me look like a total rockstar“! (that was how they worded it)


glasses-collageI practically skipped across the way from Sunglass Hut to Converse when I saw that sign! I’d been wanting to get myself a pair of Converse to go with all of my jeans but just hadn’t gotten around to it. Here was my chance!

Little did I know I’d spend over an hour and a half in that store! Not only were their regular outlet prices great, but they also had a huge sale rack in the back with so many adorable pairs of Converse. There were way too many to choose from and my “try-on pile” grew even larger when the guy working there pointed out that I could also fit into kids’ sizes for the girls section!  So many Converse, so little time!

converse-collageshoe-collagekeychainsI kind of ran out of time shopping and had to head back home to pick up my daughter from school that day, but I love that I’ve now found a fun place to shop in Carlsbad! Have you been to The Carlsbad Premium Outlets yet? If not, I suggest you do. I also suggest signing up for the VIP Shopper Club before you go, which will give you exclusive access to the online VIP Lounge with member benefits such as exclusive online coupons, a voucher for a free VIP Coupon Book, and other perks! Just stop by the Information Center when you get there. They can answer any questions you may have.

information-centerCarlsbad Premium Outlets® are located at:

 5620 Paseo del Norte, Suite 100
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!

Thank you to The Carlsbad Premium Outlets who provided me with lunch and a gift card towards my shopping purchases. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2-American’s Safety Legend Shows Kids How to Stay Safe – Outside and Online! #BlartRidesAgain

If you loved Kevin James in Mall Cop, then you’re going to love him in the sequel, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 which opens in theaters on April 17!

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Here’s a synopsis of the film: In this sequel, in which Kevin James reprises the role of Paul Blart, the security guard is headed to Las Vegas to attend a Security Guard Expo with his teenage daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) before she departs for college. While at the convention, he inadvertently discovers a heist – and it’s up to Blart to apprehend the criminals.

I’m excited to share the “Paul Blart’s Safety Smarts” Educational Program with you! The program features fun and educational quizzes and materials you can use with kids (ages 7-11) to teach them about safety tips.

Watch Paul Blart (Kevin James) in this safety video!


 Don’t miss PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 in theaters nationwide on April 17th
paul-blartFollow along on Facebook and Twitter!

You Are Invited to the 2nd Annual Truck Adventures for Kids Benefiting Make-a-Wish For Kids Foundation Los Angeles!

2nd-annualYou are invited to the 2nd Annual Truck Adventures benefiting Make A Wish Foundation Greater Los Angeles on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9am to 3pm! This unique, fun filled event, allows children of all ages to get up close to and even sit in more than 50 plus trucks and vehicles that they see on the road everyday. Some of last year’s participants include Kraft Foods Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, LA County Fire Dept Shakey Quakey Van, Sponge Bob Car, Fedex, Colgate, Time Warner, DirecTV, AAA, City of Arcadia Police, Fire & Public Works depts, Sunstate Equipment, Quinn Rental, Caltrans, Los Angeles Police Department SWAT, Brinks Armored Trucks, US Forestry, Waste Management, Republic Services, US Navy, Army and Marine Corps, California National Guard, HD Forensic Scientific Investigation and many more.

trucksThere will also be other activities, such as Home Depot’s Kids Workshop and food trucks. Prebuy discounted tickets at http://www.truckadventures.org.

Santa Anita Racetrack is located at 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, 91007. Hope to see you there!

Join the Orange County Community Foundation’s First-Ever #iheartoc Giving Day!

emi-heartI love living in “The OC”! Orange County residents share an amazing pride that runs deep.  I was so excited when I learned about Orange County’s first-ever Giving Day coming up at the end of April because any opportunity to give back to this place we all call home is important!

oc-giving-day1The Orange County Community Foundation is hosting Orange County’s first-ever countywide giving day on April 21-22, 2015. The “day” will be a 30-hour period, starting on April 21 at 6:00 a.m. and extending through April 22 at Noon.  The goal of the i♥oc Giving Day is to inspire our community to come together to give and support the exemplary work of local nonprofits. OCCF is aiming high with the goal of delivering $2 million to OC nonprofits in the 30-hour period.

Here are just some of the benefits to donating:

  • Your donation stays local
  • Your gift benefits the cause you choose
  • Pool your donation with others from OC who share the passion to help
  • A little goes a long way. Donations start at just $25
  • Chance to supersize your donation with $500,000 in bonuses and prizes

Here are some of the ways you can help and participate in Orange County’s first-ever Giving Day:

what-you-can-doSecure, tax-deductible donations will be accepted on iheartOC.org during a 30-hour period, and participating Orange County nonprofits will be eligible to receive funding through bonus awards and prizes provided by OCCF and our Giving Day partners. You can also enter to win $150 to grant to the nonprofit of your choice during #iheartoc Giving Day on April 21-22. OCCF is giving away three of these. Just enter below in the Rafflecopter! To read more about the contest, click here

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Let’s come together to show our Orange County pride and show the nonprofits how much we care! To learn more about #iheartoc Giving Day and the more than 340 participating nonprofits, click here.

Follow the Orange County Community Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and information surrounding this wonderful event.

Disclosure: I was provided with information about this event to share with my readers and compensated for my time. All opinions are 100% my own.