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Who’s ready for Halloween? I know it’s still summer but I get so giddy just thinking about pumpkins and Halloween fun! One of our favorite things to do each fall is visit Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch and this year, they’ll be opening their 13th Annual Pumpkin Patch on September 15th! Yay!The Pumpkin Patch will beopen daily, starting September 15th and running through October 31st. If you haven’t visited before, you’ll want to make a trip out. It’s fun for both children and adults! Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner‘s Meadow just behind the train station.
Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin. In addition to the pumpkin patch, there are a bunch of activities there too. (Prices for pumpkin patch activities vary.)This year’s Pumpkin Patch activities include:
Panning for gold
A child-friendly haunted house
A hay maze
A moon bounce
Pumpkin ring toss
John Deere tractor racers
There’s also great food at the Pumpkin Patch and a lot more!Irvine Park Railroad will also host its3rd annual “Great Pumpkin Weigh–Off” on Saturday, September 22nd, starting at 10:00 am. Visitors can come see if pumpkin growers have what it takes to grow the biggest pumpkin. Cash prizes will be awarded and KTLA Channel 5 weatherman Henry DiCarlo will host this event. Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is free. Please visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for additional information and ticket costs.The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open daily from September 15ththroughOctober 31st and the hours are as follows:
Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Starting October 1st, Irvine Park Railroad will open at 8:00 am on weekends.The parking fee for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Important parking information: As Halloween nears, we encourage visitors to plan to arrive early to help avoid crowds, particularly on the weekend. Visit this page on our web site for special event parking information.While you’re in the park, visit Irvine Regional Park’s other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park. Thesefun and unique bike rentals that can be enjoyed by single riders or an entire family. Also enjoy paddle boat rentals, the Orange County Zoo and pony rides. Bike and paddle boat rentals are open daily at 10:00 am. Visit http://www.IrvineParkRailroad.com For full details including hours of operation and costs of these activities, please go here.
I’m also hosting a giveaway for one(1) of my readers to win a prize pack of tickets which includes 8 activity for the pumpkin patch, 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Double Surrey Bike Rental and 1 Paddle boat rental. The value of the prize is $100.00. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below. Please note: this giveaway is not open to bloggers. Good luck everyone!
Irvine Park Railroad’s annual events include the Anniversary Celebration, Easter Eggstravaganza, 4th Grade California History Education Program, Pumpkin Patch, and Christmas Train. For pricing, park directions, and complete details, please visit their site here:Irvine Park Railroad.
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One of our favorite resorts to stay at, Great Wolf Lodge, just announced some exciting news! They’ve formed of a Junior Chef Council, a panel comprised of the country’s top kid chefs and culinary tastemakers, who will come together to advise on and help develop a new kids’ menu for Great Wolf Lodge’s 17 indoor waterpark resorts!
“The idea of a Junior Chef Council is something we have been discussing internally for the past year. We’ve really enriched the culinary offerings for parents, and thought it would be fun to create a menu for kids, by kids. These are no ordinary kids, these are true junior chefs who have been around the culinary arts for years and will help create a kids menu unlike any other in the country.” – John Suley, Great Wolf’s Vice President of Food & Beverage
After an extensive search to identify youthful and passionate culinary talent who will bring a unique perspective to Great Wolf Lodge’s ever-evolving and innovative food and beverage program, the Junior Chef Council was formed. The six-person Junior Chef Council brings a diverse culinary background to Great Wolf, and will work together on developing a completely new kids menu. Great Wolf Lodge’s Junior Chef Council members include:
MasterChef Junior Season 2 winner, Logan Guleff (15)
MasterChef Junior Season 5 winner, Jasmine Stewart (13)
Jonas Cora Ehrlich (12) and Gavin Cora Ehrlich (10), sons of Iron Chef Cat Cora and wife, Nicole Cora Ehrlich
Madeline Zakarian (11) and Anna Zakarian (9), daughters of Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian;
Conrad Elliot (8) and Jed Elliot (6), sons of Chef Graham Elliot.
The talent level of the council is impressive. Logan and Jasmine each won a rigorous TV cooking competition, while the other members of the Junior Chef Council bring a different degree of culinary experience to the group, being children of some of the world’s most talented chefs. While Conrad is an official member of the Council, Jed will serve as the Council’s official taster, ensuring his brother and other members are delivering on the culinary goods.Great Wolf Lodge has placed a tremendous emphasis on expanding and enhancing the culinary offerings found at its family-friendly resorts over the past two years. With the launch of its Colorado Springs resort 18-months ago, the company introduced an elevated farm-to-fork dining experience called Barnwood that has now expanded to three additional resorts; and it recently established a food hall style Tex-Mex restaurant called Timbers Tacos which debuted at new resorts in Georgia and Illinois. The new kids’ menu will initially be featured exclusively at full-service restaurants at Great Wolf Lodges across North America.The Junior Chef Council will get together as a group later this summer at one of Great Wolf’s world-class resorts in order to collaborate on their menu with the resort’s executive culinary team, with plans to roll-out the menu nationwide later this fall. For more information about the Junior Chef Council and Great Wolf Lodge partnership, please go here.
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The CHOC Walk in the Park, held every year at The Disneyland Resort, is just around the corner. This wonderful , fundraising event will take place this year on Sunday, August 25. Have you already registered to particpate? Hopefully so.Another fun event to join in on is the CHOC Walk Ambassadors’ Rock’N Luau, which will take place the night before the CHOC Walk at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Downtown Disney®. Join in on the luau festivities Saturday, August 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. It’s going to be a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family.The CHOC Walk Ambassadors’ Rock’N Luau is hosted by the CHOC Walk Ambassadors, who are grateful CHOC patients and their families who team up to coordinate this incredible fundraiser! These courageous kids represent the children we “Luau” for, past, present, and future. This entire event is to help raise awareness and funds to support CHOC Children’s Hospital.This “1950s Polynesian” themed event will feature:
activities for kids (and kids at heart)
a Rock’N raffle
a bowlin’ buffet
authentic Polynesian entertainment
Guests are encouraged to rock their favorite vintage Hawaiian shirts or fabulous 50’s gear.
For more information or to purchase your tickets for this year’s CHOC Walk Ambassadors’ Rock’N Luau, please go here.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes is located in the Downtown Disney District
1530 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, Ca. 92802
Guests in attendance at this event will receive 5 Hours Downtown Disney Parking lot with validation.
I’m also hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win 4 Dave & Buster’s gift cards with 32 credits on each! To enter this giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter at the very bottom of this post! Good luck, everyone!
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It’s almost time for this year’s Pacific Wine & Food Classic, presented by Pacific Sales. Come celebrate Summer and the bounty of Southern California at this amazing annual event which will take place on August 18 & 19, 2018. at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. This irresistible event offers guests more than 100 experiences including: the best local chefs serving vibrant summer inspired cuisine, wineries, cold beer and delicious crafty cocktails.The Pacific Wine & Food Classic is an all-inclusive event that is designed for guests to enjoy food and wine in a beautiful setting. Soak up the beautiful soft sand, blue waters and sweet summer air. Tickets are limited to ensure an absolute quality experience for you!
Here’s a video showing some of the fun from last year’s event:
For more information about this year’s Pacific Wine & Food Festival and to purchase tickets, please go here.
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With the new school year on the horizon, we are in need of a new laptop for my daughter to utilize for both classwork and homework. It’s hard to believe that laptops have taken the place of paper and pen but it’s the reality of this day and age.We are an HP loving family so heading over to Best Buy to upgrade to the HP Envy x360 Laptop is something we plan on doing before school starts. Did you know….HP Envy x360 laptops are 2-in-1 devices that can transfer from a laptop to a tablet in seconds? Versatility is key and being able to change from a laptop to a tablet is a great feature.
These come with a full HD touch screen. The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity and the natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. It’s also energy efficient with WLED backlight!
HP Envy x360 touch screen laptops also come with Windows Ink capabilities and a Windows operating system so you can write on the screen with your stylus. This is helpful for things like note taking and art class.
Their AMD processors make them fast and thin so you can take them with you anywhere you go! This is definitely convenient if your son or daughter already has a lot to carry around at school.
Here are the product specs:
Windows 10 operating system – Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›
Built for Windows Ink – Quickly jot down notes and ideas with ease.
Full HD touch screen – The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient WLED backlight.
8GB system memory for advanced multitasking – Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
360° flip-and-fold design – Offers versatile functionality with laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes.
Have you considered upgrading to the HP Envy x360 Laptop? It’s perfect for the student in your life. Both the HP Envy 13 and HP Envy 15 are available at Best Buy either in-store or online. Now through 7/28, grab an HP Envy laptop for $100 off, too! That’s a great deal!
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There was exciting news out of Knott’s yesterday! As soon as I saw the first post online about the opening of Mrs. Knott’s Express Bakery now being open in the California Marketplace, which is located just outside the park, I knew I needed to investigate further!Anything food-related is going to grab my attention, especially when it’s at Knott’s. Bonus points if it’s “boysenberry” (and some of the items actually are) This was the tweet that caught my eye:
NOW OPEN: Mrs. Knott's Bakery Express Enjoy some specialty doughKNOTTS, coffee and boba tea now available at the new bakery express located in the California Marketplace next to the Cable Car Kitchen. 🍩☕🍴 #KnottsBerryFarmpic.twitter.com/DT5aPFoXnl
I mean, how could I ignore this tweet? Mrs. Knott’s Express Bakery looks like a great place to grab some delicious looking donuts! Plus, they offer coffee, tea, juice, soda and one of my favorites from last year’s Boysenberry Festival: Knott’s Boysenberry Boba Tea! Oh my goodness! We fell in absolute love with this drink and were sad to see the festival end, knowing we’d have to wait an entire year to get our hands on another one. Now you can grab one any time though!
But getting back to those donuts…. which one of these cronut-style donuts would you try first: Fruity Pebbles, Bacon or Chocolate Explosion? This picture from Clementine County looks like a good start! I can’t wait for my next visit to Knott’s!
For more information about Knott’s, please go here.
Some photos are property of Knott’s Berry Farm and Clementine County blog.
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It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the 2018 OC Fair! This year’s festivities began on July 13 and will run through August 12 . Visiting the OC Fair is something our family looks forward to doing every summer, This year’s fair encourages you to “Free Your Inner Farmer” and offers 23 days and nights of entertainment, food, rides, shopping, exhibits and more.If you’re like me, you’re probably interested in knowing about all the ways to save every single day at the OC Fair. So grab your overalls and plan ahead to take advantage of all these great deals.New this year is Overalls Day. All fair-goers wearing overalls get free admission every Thursday from noon to 3 p.m.Also new for this year is a weekend carnival special. Grab $35 unlimited ride wristbands from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and use them until 4 p.m.
Returning favorite promotions include:
Free Till Three on Opening Day; that’s free Fair admission and parking from noon to 3 p.m. on July 13 only. And our weekend commuter specials, the OC Fair Express bus and offsite Experian parking, save time, money and traffic headaches.
2018 SUPER PASS – Super Passes include admission to all 23 days of the OC Fair. Other perks include a carnival value book, 20 percent off OC Fair merchandise (one-time purchase), free admission to the Orange County Market Place for the calendar year, two-for-one tickets to select events at Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena, and the ability to purchase up to 10 general admission Fair tickets for $10 each. Super Passes are $40 (general admission) and $33 (seniors and youth) through May 31, and available for purchase here.
WEDNESDAYS – We Care Wednesday (noon – 3 p.m.) Free admission and one carnival ride with a donation to that day’s charity. July 18, school supplies drive; July 25, food drive; Aug. 1, children’s book drive; Aug. 8, clothing drive.
THURSDAYS –New! Wear Overalls Day (noon-3 p.m.) Fairgoers who wear overalls get free admission. $3 Taste of Fair Food – From noon-4 p.m., you can sample a variety of food from different vendors for $3 each. Kids Day (all day) Children 12 and younger receive free admission.
FRIDAYS- Seniors Day (all day) Guests 60+ receive $5 admission and free Ferris wheel and merry-go-round-rides. $2 Rides & $2 Games (noon-4 p.m.) Try out all of the Carnival and Midway attractions for just $2 each.
SATURDAYS – Best Deal Ever! (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Admission is half price ($7) for all guests, and rides are half the carnival tickets to ride.
SUNDAYS – New! Sunday Fun Day (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Admission is half price ($7) for all guests. Rides are half the carnival tickets to ride, OR guests can purchase a $35 unlimited ride wristband (11 a.m. – 1 p.m., valid until 4 p.m.)
Free Till Three on Opening Day (Friday, July 13, noon-3 p.m.) Admission and parking are free at all gates on Opening Day of the 2018 OC Fair until 3 p.m.
First Responders and Law Enforcement Week (Aug. 8-12) With an issuing agency ID, active-duty and professional staff of the police, sheriff, fire and emergency services departments receive free admission.
Salute to Heroes – Veterans and active-duty military receive free admission with a valid ID and are also able to purchase up to six general admission tickets for half off.
Fair It Forward – With the original ticket, guests who attended the San Diego County Fair, Ventura County Fair or OC Fair can receive free admission to both of the other two fairs.
Read & Ride – Bookworms ages 5-11 who read two books and complete the online book report form (available at bit.ly/readride2018) will receive three free carnival rides. This deal can be redeemed at the Information Booth in Centennial Farm during regular Fair hours.
Pacific Amphitheatre & Carnival Ticket Bounce-Back – Guests who attend a Pacific Amphitheatre concert receive one free ride on La Grande Wheel XL in the Main Midway with their valid ticket stub.
OC City Coupon – Orange County residents can pick up a coupon for $2 off full-price general admission from their local city halls or libraries. This coupon is valid for up to four people; must present original coupon.
Free offsite parking (every Saturday and Sunday) Park at the Experian lot in Irvine for free, and take the courtesy shuttle straight to the OC Fair.
OC Fair Express (every Saturday and Sunday) Fairgoers traveling to the Fair on OCTA’S OC Fair Express bus receive a coupon for $4 Fair admission. The bus fare is $2 each way ($4 round trip; $1.50 for seniors). Buses run 10 a.m. to midnight and will pick up from nine different locations throughout Orange County. Visit ocfairexpress.com for more information.
Regular pricing: General admission is $12 Wednesday-Friday and $14 Saturday-Sunday. Seniors (60+) and youth (6-12) admission is $7. Parking is $10.
The 2018 OC Fair is July 13-Aug. 12, open Wednesday-Friday from noon to midnight and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
The OC Fair is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. You can Free Your Inner Farmer till the cows come home at the OC Fair through August 12! For more information about these deals and this year’s OC Fair, please visit here.
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July 2, 2018 was an extra exciting morning at LEGOLAND® California Resort. After festive grand opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting, the all-new LEGO® City: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride at took its official maiden voyage. Among those in attendance were Mr. , the creator and also several Ronald McDonald House guests, who had been chosen to be among the first to ride. The interactive ride features more than 2,000 sea animals including several species of sharks, rays and other tropical fish amid new LEGO® modes, all themed around a ship’s sunken treasure! Five species of sharks and several species of rays including a southern stingray with a five-foot wing span, are among the sea animals guests will discover.Guests actually board a real submarine and go underwater to discover a truly amazing world filled with real sea animals. Through the use of interactive touchscreens at each porthole inside the sub, guests can help the LEGO® minifigure dive team identify LEGO® gems, pearls, gold coins and more throughout the more than four minute journey. During each “voyage” guests can achieve one of three levels: Junior, Senior and Master Explorer.The interactive touch pads aren’t the only feature that utilizes technology within Deep Sea Adventure. Before guests board the 22,000 pound submarines, they are given a briefing on the mission that awaits them by a 3-foot-tall LEGO diver whose face, with the help of a projector screen, is animated as he gives instructions to the explorers Here’s a short video showing our day:
Another fun interactive area is located at the exit of the ride, when you enter the souvenir shop. Guests of all ages can use the interactive screen to build their own fish and then “play” with it on the digital screen . Speaking of the souvenir shop, there are a ton of adorable LEGO souvenirs in the shop adjacent to the exit including t-shirts, themed plush and LEGO sets.
The LEGO® City: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride is now open daily during regular park hours and included among the park’s attractions. For more information, including park hours and ticket information, please go here.
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I have a love-hate relationship with coffee. I can’t imagine my morning without it but we all know that coffee is one of the things that can stain and yellow your teeth. Lately, I wasn’t loving what I saw when I’d look in the mirror at my teeth, so when I received an invitation to try out the all-new Naturally White OC, I jumped at the chance to try it out. Have you had your teeth whitened before, aside from an at-home treatment? I’d never had it done but now that I have, I feel like an in-office treatment is the best route to take. It was so convenient and simple to have done and it only took about an hour out of my day.The products used on your teeth at Naturally White OC are made with a plant and mineral based formula. The active ingredient in the whitening gel is a food-grade hydrogen peroxide that contains three key minerals to stabilize and strengthen the enamel. All of the products used at Naturally White OC are made in the U.S. so they’re compliant with FDA regulations. They make sure that every ingredient that goes into their products is safe for all clients to use, including children (13 and older). The results are guaranteed to lighten your teeth 3-12 shades lighter from just one visit! (One visit is broken into three 20-minute sessions.)What’s A Visit to Naturally White OC Like?
When you first arrive at Naturally White OC, you are greeted by someone from their friendly staff, which actually seems more like one big family. There’s some initial “paperwork” to fill out, similar to what you do at a doctor’s office, except this is all done on an iPad. How fun and modern is that?
After you’ve completed your paperwork, you’re led to the whitening area and seated in a comfy chair, like one of the ones you sit and relax in at the dentist. Before beginning any of the whitening treatments, your technician will uses a set of artificial teeth to compare your initial color to, to find out what shade your teeth started out at, to have something to compare it to when you’re all done. Next, your technician will start to prep you for the first 20-minute whitening session. They”ll put an aparatus in your mouth to hold it open (Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt at all.) and then apply the special whitening gel onto your teeth. Once your teeth are ready, you lay back and a special FDA approved LED light at your teeth to get the process going. This UV light is the most advanced and effective LED technology that is designed to accelerate the whitening process. To protect your eyes, you’ll be wearing goggles during these sessions. After my final session of the 3 was done, I rinsed my teeth and compared my teeth once more to find that they’d lightened by 4 shades. I was so excited about this! They recommended I not eat or drink anything dark (that could re-stain my teeth) until the following day. At-home treatments available for purchase at Naturally White OC
I loved that Naturally White OC also had several options available for purchase to do at-home whitening treatments and also to maintain your teeth after an in-office visit. Here are some of the products you can purchase from them:
Naturally White Pro-Home Kit
Naturally White Teeth Whitening Pen
Naturally White’s signature Boost Remineralizing gel
Naturally White OC is located at
2711 East Coast Hwy Unit C.
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
I loved my in-office treatment at Naturally White OC and love the way my teeth look now. I feel more confident about my smile after my treatment. Book your own appointment today, either online or by calling 949.287.6988.Connect with Naturally White OC on Facebook and Instagram.