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Cut the Cord With the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player

I was compensated in the form of a Best Buy gift card in exchange for sharing this news. All opinions are my own. 

To “Cut the Cord” or NOT to “Cut the Cord”? 
For the past few years, there’s been an ongoing dilemma in our home surrounding the topic of cable. Specifically whether or not to “cut the cord”? You know, ditch cable? Although I don’t always time to watch a lot of TV, I’ve just never wanted to get rid of cable. Because, what if? I mean what if I have a day off and can spend hours watching TV that day? Or what if I am home sick and can do nothing but watch TV while lying on the couch? My husband’s side of the argument is mostly about how much money we’d save by cutting the cable cord. It would literally save us hundreds of dollars each year. But then I go back to my what ifs. 

Well, I’m not afraid to do it anymore because there is a way to have access to all of the shows we love without having to keep cable! Yes! With the  Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player you can now have the best of both worlds! It’s available at Best Buy and allows you to watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, look at photos, listen to playlists and more, all streaming on your TV from any your family’s devices. It’s very easy to use, too! You just plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV to power and BAM! You’re streaming!

You can even stream from your phone to your TV with the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player! How magical does that sound?  Stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap and you can still use your phone while doing so! Chromecast is designed to make the most of the apps and entertainment already on your phone. Shows, movies, live TV, YouTube, photos and more. The Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player works with over 2,000 streaming apps you know and love like Netflix, YouTube, YouTubeTV, HBO NOW so you can enjoy your favorite TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more! Some subscriptions may be required to access some content.

“Hey Google, play Fuller House from Netflix on my kitchen TV.”

You can also stream using your voice because Chromecast and Google Home work seamlessly together. Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and you can control your TV hands-free*! *Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.

Not only do you save money by getting rid of cable and bringing Google Chromecast into your home but it’s like expanding your home entertainment without buying a new TV. It’s so affordable you can get one for every TV in the house. To learn more about Google Chromecast and to purchase yours, please visit Best Buy HERE.

Image is property of Best Buy and used with permission. 

 

 

{Giveaway} Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd Annual Santa Train Tickets on Sale 11/1

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Santa’s coming! Santa’s coming! He’s making his annual trip to Irvine Park Railroad and will be here before we know it! I know it’s still Fall and the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is still open, but it’s time to start planning for Santa visits and photos with everyone’s favorite bearded guy! Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas Train is Orange County’s best place to visit and celebrate the season with family and friends! This year, Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas Train will be open beginning Friday, November 30th through Sunday, December 23rd.The Santa Train
Take an enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The Santa Train departs every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and drops passengers off at “The North Pole”.Christmas Train Tickets
The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $15.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free. Christmas Train tickets must be purchased, in advance, to ride the train, and are ONLY available for purchase ONLINE, starting November 1. Tickets are designated for a specific date and time and WILL SELL OUT! Once you’ve purchased your Santa Train tickets online, you can rest assured that on your date, you can come to  Irvine Park Railroad, get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchased tickets.At the North Pole, where Santa’s Train drops off, visitors may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn, hot pretzels, and cookies from Santa’s Snack Shop. (A more extensive menu is available at the main train station.)

Photos With Santa 
Visitors may take their own pictures with Santa or you may purchase a picture taken by Irvine Park Railroad. Each 5” x 7” photo will be presented with an Irvine Park Railroad frame and available for pickup shortly after being taken.After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to the station.

Other Activities at Irvine Park Railroad in Santa’s Village
There are also a variety of activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village, which is located next to the train station. You are welcome to enjoy these activities before and after your train ride or even just come out to Santa’s Village without riding the train. Activities in Santa’s Village will be open when the Christmas Train runs and include:

  • Story Time with Mrs. Claus
  • Christmas Cookie Decorating
  • Carnival Games
  • Ice Fishing
  • Santa Claus Moon Bounce
  • Blizzard Ball
  • Christmas Coloring Corner
  • Picture Stands

Please note: Prices for activities vary.

When visiting the Christmas Train, remember to dress warmly, bring a camera, and arrive early to avoid crowds.

Parking
The parking fee to enter Irvine Regional Park, where Irvine Park Railroad is located, is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends Parking for the Christmas Train is free after 5:00 PM.I’m also hosting a very quick, FLASH giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win:

  • 4 Christmas Train Tickets
  • 6 Activity Tickets
  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Double Surrey Bike Rental

This prize package is worth $130. Giveaway is not open to influencers. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck and thanks for reading!
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For more information about Irvine Park Railroad, including hours, address, pricing and to purchase your Christmas Train tickets online, please visit HERE.

Guide to Knott’s Camp Spooky Weekends Through 10/28

I was invited to spend a day in the Park in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

If you’re looking for a great place in Southern California to spend the day celebrating fall and Halloween with your family, you should definitely head over to Knott’s Berry Farm. This time of year you’ll find all kinds of Halloween fun there during the weekend daytimes because it’s transformed into Knott’s Spooky Farm, a kid-inspired Halloween celebration with special “spooky” activities.

Here are some of the “spooky” things to do at Knott’s Spooky Farm this year

  • Go trick-or-treating throughout Ghost Town – Little ghouls can walk through Calico to collect sweet Halloween treats from the friendly ghosts and shopkeepers. Trick-or-Treating in Ghost Town is newly expanded and is sponsored by Hershey’s this year. Treat bags are available at the entrance for guests ages 3-11.
  • Visit the Creepy Critters of Calico – Guests of all ages can roam through the Livery Stable to get up close and personal with the creepy critters of Calico. There are insects and other bugs, snakes and other reptiles, rats, and the “Skeleton” horses.
  • Peanuts Costume Contest – Enter the Peanuts Costume Contest held over in the Camp Snoopy Theater. After the contest, sing and dance along with your favorite Peanuts characters in a dance party!
  • Pumpkin Decorating – Pick out a pumpkin and decorate it over in the Calico Park Pumpkin Patch. (for an additional fee)
  • Cookie Decorating – Stop by Calico Park and grab a Peanuts box filled with supplies and a freshly baked cookie to decorate. (for an additional fee)
  • Hope aboard the Grand Sierra Railroad –  This railway, located in Camp Snoopy, is transformed into a one-of-a-kind experience which takes riders on an adventure, along with the Peanuts Gang, to Camp Spooky with added special Halloween effects. It’s a spooky good time!
  • Ride Halloween Hootenanny – During Knott’s Spooky Farm, Timber Mountain Log Ride is transformed into Halloween Hootenanny which features fun surprises inside the ride as you ride past Calico Coffin Creeper Band, the town’s Green Witch, and splash down Skull Mountain at the end. It’s even scarier at nighttime during Knott’s Scary Farm!
  •  Dia De Los Muertos Celebration – Stop by Fiesta Village to admire all of the Dia de los Muertos decor.

Knott’s Spooky Farm also features Halloween-themed entertainment  including  a friendly magician who mystifies little ones with spell-binding tricks, “The Monsters are Coming” show in Camp Snoopy Theater, and . For a full schedule of entertainment, check out Knott’s  daily schedule HERE. All of the Knott’s Spooky Farm fun is included with regular park admission or your 2018 Season Pass. If you aren’t a current Knott’s Season Pass holder, now is the best time of the year to grab yours for 2019! A Knott’s Season Pass has no blackout dates plus allows you to enjoy early entry to select rides during the summer and special discounts on food & merchandise,

A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2019 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates. New Passholders: Receive one free visit this year plus $14.99 additional visits for the remainder of 2018. Free visit and $14.99 additional visits not valid for Scary Farm or special events. Renewing Passholders: Receive a limited time renewal price and one free Bring-A-Friend Ticket valid any fall daytime from September 8, 2018 – December 14, 2018. Right now, a Regular Pass is just 11 Easy Payments of $7.50 ( After an initial payment of $12.50 due on the date of purchase). This pass can also be purchased for $95 total + applicable taxes and fees.  Applicable taxes and fees apply online. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

Knott’s also offers a Gold Season Pass which includes unlimited admission in 2019 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. New Passholders: Receive one free visit this year plus $14.99 additional visits for the remainder of 2018. Free visit and $14.99 additional visits not valid for Scary Farm or special events. Renewing Passholders: Receive a limited time renewal price and one free Bring-A-Friend Ticket valid any fall daytime from September 8, 2018 – December 14, 2018. Right now, the Gold Pass is available for just 11 Easy Payments of $9 (after an initial payment of $16 due on the date of purchase) This pass can also be purchased for $115 total. + plus applicable taxes and fees. Applicable taxes and fees apply online. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.
Knott’s Spooky Farm runs weekends September 29 – October 28  and on Halloween Day. Hours vary from day to day so check out their daily calendar HERE. For more information on all the exciting things that are going on at Knott’s Berry Farm, visit knotts.com and follow the conversation using #KnottsSpookyFarm.

How to Get Into Knott’s Scary Farm Early + Fright & Fast Lane Add-On

I was provided with media tickets in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own.

Have you had been to Knott’s Scary Farm yet this year? It’s Southern California’s largest and most terrifying annual Halloween event and it’s not for the faint of heart!  Knott’s Scary Farm only happens at night after the regular Knott’s Berry Farm Park is closed. The Park is fully transformed into “Scary Farm” and comes alive with more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner. haunted houses, mazes and attractions, sinister shows, a dozen thrill rides in the dark and more!Each night at Knott’s Scary Farm is unique as monsters spill out onto the streets and turn theme park midways into terrifying scare zones. From the world famous Ghost Town Streets to the Boardwalk area filled with evil clowns, there’s nowhere to hide in Knott’s Scary Farm. It’s where nightmares never end! So, if you’re curious about how exactly you can gain early access to Knott’s Scary Farm, there is a way, so lean in while I spill. The Knott’s Scary Farm BOO-fet Grants Guests Early Access to the Park 
Come early and munch with the monsters before you face your fears! Treat yourself to a Knott’s Scary Farm BOO-fet dinner followed by early entrance (included with the BOO-fet) to select areas of Knott’s Scary Farm. The BOO-fet features endless portions of signature Knott’s entrees and desserts + receive a souvenir cup, which is a $14.99 value.)  Buy your Knott’s Scary Farm BOO-fet online HERE and save $5 off the price. Please note: A separate Knott’s Scary Farm Admission is required for entry to the BOO-fet and is not included in the price of Boo-fet dinner itself. 

Add on Fast & Fright Lane to Your Knott’s Scary Farm Ticket
If you’re looking for a way to make your night out at Knott’s Scary Farm even better, consider adding on Fright & Fast Lane wristband to your ticket. With this special add-on, you’ll receive unlimited priority access for all mazes plus priority boarding on all Fast Lane rides. You can ride and scream as many times as you want, all night long! Fright & Fast Lane rides include:

  • The all-new HangTime
  • Ghostrider
  • Xcelerator
  • Voyage to the Iron Reef
  • Coast Rider
  • Silver Bullet
  • Calico Mine Ride
  • Sierra Sidewinder
  • Pony Express
  • Montezooma’s Revenge
  • Jaguar!
  • Supreme Scream
  • Halloween Hootenanny (a.k.a. Timber Mountain Log Ride)

For more information about the Fast & Fright Lane add-on, please go HERE. Please note: Admission to Knott’s Scary Farm is not included with Fast & Fright Lane. 


There are also hotel packages available at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, which is adjacent to the Park. You can “Scream and Dream” with a Knott’s Scary Farm Hotel Package. Play late and stay just steps away from the park. Nightmares are guaranteed. Click HERE to learn more about package details, pricing and availability.
This year, Knott’s Scary Farm runs select Thursday – Sunday nights through October 31. There are also 2 Wednesday evening dates on October 24 and October 31. The event hours are as follows:

  • Thursday nights – 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights – 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Wednesday October 24 & Wednesday October 31 – 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

To view the Knott’s Scary Farm calendar with remaining 2018 event dates, please go HERE.

Some images and logos are property of Knott’s and used with permission. 

 

 

 

Help Wipe Out Breast Cancer at Valvoline Instant Oil Change Locations

I partnered with Valvoline Instant Oil Change for this post.  All opinions are my own. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I’ve already seen the color pink popping up everywhere. From pink ribbons to special pink products in stores to sporting teams wearing uniforms with something pink on them, so many are showing their support for a great cause.Did you know this year, 252, 000 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer? That is a scary statistic, which is also why you need to make sure to do monthly self-examinations on your breasts and keep current on your mammograms. Speaking of…when’s the last time you did a self breast examination? Also, are you current on your mammograms? I really appreciate brands that go the extra mile to support great causes , so when I had the opportunity to partner with Vavoline Instant Oil Change to share about their “Wipe Out Breast Cancer” campaign, I was “in”.  VIOC is selling AutoTex PINK Wipers throughout October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with proceeds going to National Breast Cancer Foundation.Lucky for me, there’s a Valvoline Instant Oil Change super close to my home. If you’ve never been to one before, it’s a full service 15-minute drive thru oil change with no appointment needed. You basically stay in your car during the entire service. It’s very easy for busy people and moms like me, especially if you have your kids in tow. VIOC does much more than just oil changes though. They also perform many other services including:

  • tire rotations
  • belt replacements
  • fluid exchanges
  • battery services
  • air conditioning recharges

Save Money on Your Next Service at Valvoline Instant Oil Change
Right now, you can stop by your local VIOC, save money on a service by using the coupon  I’ve posted below and pick up a pair of full Pink Wipers or Black Wipers with a small pink ribbon to have installed on your vehicle, to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The wiper blades fit 98% of cars, trucks and SUVs manufactured after 2003 and are available at participating VIOC locations. Check HERE if your local VIOC is participating in this promotion.What’s amazing about this campaign is that VIOC has raised over $86,500 for NBCF through this campaign to date. I’m excited to see the final dollar amount. This is obviously a cause that so many of us are passionate about, all for different reasons and personal connections. On October 19th, National Mammography Day, Valvoline Instant Oil Change is making a
double donation on all wipers sold that day. It’s the perfect day to stop by.

Hey, this is a friendly reminder to schedule your mammogram and be pro-active with your own breast health. To learn more about VIOC’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign please visit viocpink.com. Enter to Win Free Oil Changes for a Year
How cool would it be to win free oil changes for a year? Right now, after you stop by your local Valvoline Instant Oil Change location and purchase your own Pink Wipers, you can enter to win by uploading a photo of your vehicle with its new pink blades and telling why you “Pink’d Your Ride” at http://wshe.es/tIUjKeck.

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franchisee. Operating over 174 service centers across ten states including: California,
Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort

I was invited to attend LEGOLAND® Brick or Treat Nights in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own.

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights have returned to LEGOLAND® California Resort. It’s one of our favorite annual Halloween events to attend and you can attend this year, Saturdays through October 27! This event is a separately ticketed party offering exciting entertainment, sweet treats and not-so-spooky thrills and it’s an event where guests of all ages are welcome to dress up in costumes.  Brick-or-Treat is a very family-friendly and a must-do for us each year. This year, Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is presented by Disguise Costumes and will be offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • September 29
  • October 6
  • October 13
  • October 20
  • October 27

The Park is transformed into a monster mash bash for the ultimate family fun Halloween party and features the following:

  • Treat stations with more than 1 million pieces of candy
  • Costume contests and interaction with the “Boo Crew”
  • a new pop-badge challenge
  • Ghost Cruise adventure
  • LEGO Character Meet and Greets
  • Heartlake City Fall Festival with Pumpkin Patch Build and craft time with the LEGO Friends
  • The AstroBash Dance Party
  • “The Curse of the Hallowmeenie” theater show
  • The “Spirits of Halloween” animated light show
  • Bluegrass Band Jamboree
  • a special LEGO Friends meet and greet in Heartlake City, where kids can decorate their own craft

In addition to all of these special Brick-or-Treat Party nights offerings, guests also have access to many of the regular attractions during the party.Admission for Brick-or-Treat Nights can be purchased for as low as $54, if purchased online and in advance. LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE® aquarium are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on select dates throughout October and LEGOLAND® Water Park is open weekends 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. through October 27. With special event admission to Brick-or-Treat Party Nights on September 29, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, guests can extend their day until 9 p.m. at both LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE aquarium to enjoy all of the Halloween festivities-plus- add on a second day Resort Hopper ticket to extend the fun all weekend long. For exclusive savings and more information, please visit http://www.BRICKORTREAT.com or call 760.918.5346.

A very special THANK YOU to LEGOLAND California Resort for hosting us for a fun night out! 

 

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch to Open in Los Angeles on 10/5

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Los Angeles celebrity and family-favorite MrBones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City will be open this year from October 5th through Tuesday, October 30. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch has been a Los Angeles–area seasonal staple since 1987, offering families a spooky, fun environment to celebrate the Halloween season. The location offers huge selection of fresh and unique pumpkins, lots of exciting activities and an outrageous boo-tique. Visitors can participate in pumpkin carving, straw mazes, face painting and more.

Admission to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Weekday admission is always complimentary at Mr. Bones Culver City, except Friday evenings. The weekend entrance fee is $15 per person, and children under 2 are free. Children receive 3 free activity tickets with admission. Adults receive a $5 pumpkin coupon with admission.  Activities are always available for an additional cost.

Daily activities at Mr. Bones include:

    • Life-size pumpkin houses in the Pumpkin Village
    • Tipi Village
    • Mr. Bones straw maze
    • Pumpkin decorating
    • Petting zoo full of sweet goats, sheep and ducks
    • Spooky Spider bounce house
    • Pony rides
    • Capt. Billy Bones Jump and Fly
    • Giant rocking horses (perfect for a photo op!)
    • Creepy and cute face painting
    • Glitter tattoos
    • Jumpin’ Pumpkin bounce house
    • Mr. Bones Super Slide

Special Passes Available for Purchase
This year, Mr. Bones will be be offering a VIP Pass (for Adults and Children) and a Kids Ultimate Pass, available for purchase. Please note: The Mr. Bones VIP EXPERIENCE is available on Saturday and Sunday only from 10 am to 5 pm. 
ADULT VIPs – $45 per person and includes:

  • 1 adult admission (children under 2 included)
  • Expedited Entry
  • Unlimited use of Jump + Fly and Petting Zoo
  • 15% discount on all pumpkins & merchandise (excluding activity tickets and food)
  • Access to exclusive VIP Area featuring:
  • Private toilets
  • Free cold drinks and snacks
  • Private, direct view of stage
  • Secure area to stow personal items & pumpkins
  • Guaranteed wagon access

This pass does not grant front of the line privileges. 

CHILD VIPs – $45 per child and includes:

  • 1 child admission
  • Expedited Entry
  • Access to exclusive VIP Area, if accompanied by a VIP adult
  • One Kids Ultimate Pass Wristband granting, unlimited access to:
  • Dancing Spider or Baby Spider bounce house
  • Captain Billy Bones’ Jump & Fly
  • Straw maze
  • Mr. Bones Super Slide
  • Petting zoo

Please note: Face painting, pumpkin decorating, and pony rides are not included in the Mr. Bones Ultimate Kids Pass. This pass does not grant front of the line privileges. 

Mr. Bones Ultimate Kids Pass – $30 and includes unlimited access to:

  • Dancing Spider or Baby Spider bounce house
  • Captain Billy Bones’ Jump & Fly
  • Straw maze
  • Mr. Bones Super Slide
  • Petting zoo

Please note: Face painting, pumpkin decorating, and pony rides are not included in the Mr. Bones Ultimate Kids Pass. This pass does not grant front of the line privileges. 

Special Events at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch 

This year, Mr. Bones will be hosting some really fun events you won’t want to miss out on.

  • 10/6 – Slumberkins will be hosting a pop up market at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch! Drop in from 10AM-5PM to shop parent-approved food and clothing brands such as Munchkin, Fawn Designs and Alice & Ames. You can even pick up a copy of the very first Slumberkins x Mr. Bones children’s book!
  • 10/17 – Howl-o-ween, our annual costume contest for dogs, scheduled from ~5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • 10/26 – Trick-or-Treat Night, a now-annual trick or treating event and costume contest at the patch, scheduled for 5 – 7:30 pm

Weekend Entertainment
Weekend entertainment at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch this year will include performances from Bank of Harmony, whose members perform as Disneyland’s famous Dapper Dans,
Rhythm Child, The California Feetwarmers and more. For a full calendar of events and activities including scheduled food trucks please visit their site HERE!

Opening Weekend Specials 
Visitors can take advantage of Mr. Bones’ opening weekend specials on October 6-7. Purchase $10 admission to the patch all day, activities are additional, under 2 are free. Children receive 3 free activity tickets with admission. Adults receive $5 pumpkin coupon with admission.

Purchase tickets online
You can skip the lines and buy your tickets online. Advance admission and event tickets may be purchased in advance online here. How convenient is that?

Parking
Parking is available on site for a nominal fee. Pricing is as follows:

  • Weekdays $5
  • Weekends $6
  • Valet $12

Hours for Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch are as follows:

  • Friday and Saturday, 9am–9pm
  • Sunday-Thursday, 9am–8pm

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is located at

West LA College, 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

For more information, including activity hours and special events, please visit http://www.mrbones.com.

Image is property of Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and used with permission. 

Small Plates and Sips at MainPlace Mall’s CPK + Enter to Win a Gift Card

I was invited to dine at CPK as a guest of MainPlace Mall in exchange for my coverage. All opinions are my own. 

Let’s talk about food. It seems to be one of my favorite topics and if you follow me on my Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you already know how much I love to share about food. So if someone invites me to dine out somewhere, you can 500% guarantee I’m going to be all over that! And that very thing happened a couple weeks ago.MainPlace Mall extended an invitation for us to come and dine at their CPK location.  I was excited to head over after work one day. Have you been over to MainPlace Mall recently? It’s located in Santa Ana and has been undergoing a bit of “facelift” lately, a sign of the times. As a teen, many of us enjoyed roaming around MainPlace Mall with our friends, and now the mall is basically growing up, right along with us. I like the idea of the transformation into more of a lifestyle center, offering shopping, dining and family entertainment too. It’s also centrally located in the city and is within close proximity to many of the city’s museums and other hot spots. CPK, otherwise known as California Pizza Kitchen. is just one of MainPlace’s dining options and is located in the “Patio Restaurants” area of the mall. Did I mention how convenient it was for me to pull up and park super close and just go right in? Other eateries in this section of the mall include:

  • Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
  • Wokcano
  • Applebee’s
  • Panini Kabob Grill

What I love about eating at CPK is whether you are stopping by for lunch, dinner or even small plates and sips after work, the food is always consistently fabulous because they strive to create unique dishes, using the freshest ingredients. You can actually taste how much care they’ve put into creating your made-to-order meal.CPK offers teas, sodas and other non-alcoholic options, as well as a full bar and beer and wine. We started the meal with a Cucumber Reviver, which is made with freshly puréed pineapple & cucumber with Monin. torn mint and agave sour and then topped with sparkling water. We also ordered a Sparkling Cranberry Cooler which is made with cranberry juice, sparkling water and fresh lime. These non-alcoholic drink options feel like a celebration any time of year.We decided to go with a few of CPK’s Small Plates and Appetizers to share, in lieu of ordering traditional meals. Do you ever do that? Maybe add in a cup of soup or a salad too? It’s fun to change it up. We tried to order things off the menu we hadn’t tasted before. If you ask me to choose which of these was my most favorite menu item, I wouldn’t be able to decide as they were all fabulous. Here’s what we tried:

  • Mexican Street Corn – This spin on a traditional favorite is made with creamy, sweet corn that’s been removed from the cob and roasted with smoked paprika, Feta and Parmesan. It’s served with fresh cilantro, lime and house-made Ranchito Sauce.
  • Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower – At first I wondered how this would even be a menu item and then I tasted it! Oh my goodness, it’s so good! Made with fresh cauliflower florets that are battered and fried to a golden brown. Then it’s tossed in house-made Sriracha buffalo sauce and topped with a salad of celery, cilantro, scallions and Gorgonzola.
  • Crispy Mac N’ Cheese – This is a twist on a classic dish. This mac n’ cheese is lightly fried with Panko and served on creamy cheese sauce.
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip – This is generally one of my family’s favorite appetizers and we make it all the time at home but we’d never tried CPK’s. It did not disappoint. It’s served hot with house-made blue and white corn tortilla chips.

We thoroughly enjoyed each of these are were so full after finishing them. However, it just seems unjust not to finish off a great meal with dessert. So we ordered one Butter Cake and a Brownie with Vanilla Häagen-Dazs on top from the Kids Menu. There’s always room for dessert, right?After we finished our meal, we took on the rest of MainPlace Mall for some serious shopping. I love the history of this mall as it has remained an integral part of the Santa Ana landscape over the years. It’s such a comfortable and inviting place to gather with friends and family for shopping, dining and entertainment. You should stop by and check it out soon!

MainPlace Mall is located at
2800 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

I’m hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win a $25 gift card to CPK. To enter my giveaway, fill out the Rafflcopter below. Good luck everyone!
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For more information including the mall directory, dining options & hours, please visit HERE.

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Fall Into Fitness with These 4 Workout Essentials

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. All opinions are my own. 

Raise your hand if you had an amazing Summer, filled with relaxation and lots of good food? (*raises hand) Yes, Summer was good to me but now that we’re heading towards Fall, I’m realizing that I need to get myself back into a regular fitness routine. Like in a big way. I honestly feel so much better when I have one in place too. When BabbleBoxx reached out and asked if I was interested in partnering with them to try out one of their fitness-themed boxes to share about on my blog, the answer was a big “Yes!“. The box was filled with 4 must-try fitness and health essentials that’ll help you stay in your workout routine. You’re going to love these so let’s take a look!First off, Tiger Balm is a brand name I’ve grown up knowing and loving. This Tiger Balm Active Muscle Spray is definitely a must-have for someone who works out and has muscle ache and soreness from their workouts.The spray application is easy-to-apply, especially for those hard to reach areas. You can toss it into your gym bag too, so if you’re on the go and showering at the gym after your workout, you can spray it on afterwards. It works wonders, especially for someone like me who is just jumping back into working out. You can read more about Tiger Balm: Active Muscle Spray HERE.How many pairs of headphones do you go through in a year? 3? 4? more than 4? Whether they get lost, “borrowed” by your teen, or break, headphones are something I feel like I’m constantly replacing. It’s nice to have a reliable pair for things like listening to audiobooks or working out. My BabbleBoxx had a pair of AfterShokz: Trekz Air in it. These are like the headphones you never knew you needed but somehow once you try this open-ear design, you’ll never be able to be without them again. I love that they aren’t headphones and don’t even go in your ear. They’re made using bone conducting technology and are so light.  They’re constructed with used titanium everywhere possible to ensure a better fit and sound. When you put them on you realize how light they are.
Right now, you can grab your own pair of AfterShokz headphones for $55 off the regular price by using discount code BABBLE at checkout. To purchase your own pair, go here. I already purchased a second pair for my daughter because she kept trying to take mine. Please note: Promotional discount ends 11/1/18. Goodness, it’s like BabbleBoxx knew I needed these! They sent me 3 pairs of GO Comfort Insoles: All Day Insoles, Work Insoles, and Athletic Insoles.  If you’re wondering how they differ, let’s look a little closer.

  • All Day Insoles – This isn’t an ordinary comfort insole, this is a super one because it delivers 18+ hours of comfort for long-lasting support.
  • Work Insoles – This type of a work insole is what everyone in the work force needs. It provides anti-fatigue support for concrete and hard surfaces. This is amazing news for those who are literally standing on their feet all day at their jobs
  • Athletic Insoles – Whether you’re doing your daily workout or playing a sport, this athletic insole provides long-lasting support with max shock absorption for high impact activities.

I didn’t realize that were different and specific types of insoles but now that I’ve tried each of these GO Comfort Insoles, I can feel how they each provide that extra support I was lacking during different activities. I would definitely recommend using a pair in your own shoes on a daily basis. Whether you prefer a comfort insole, a work insole or an athletic insole, GO Comfort Insoles help relieve arch, heel and lower back pain, which is something we could all do without. Your feet will thank you! To get 20% off + Free Shipping on GO Comfort Insoles, use Code GOcomfortBB20 at checkout. You can purchase your own HERE. Note: This offer is valid until 12/31/18. I have tried so many pre-workout drinks before, each promising something different, and have yet to find one I actually liked. Well that is, up until now! I didn’t know how I’d feel about this strawberry kiwi guava flavor but it was so good! Did you know that according to CELSIUS, drinking one of their drinks and then engaging in physical activity increases the rate at which you burn calories even more? Count me in! If you’re curious to read more about how it works, go HERE. I kid you not, CELSIUS is like your Ultimate Fitness Partner®!

How’s your fall fitness routine coming along? Do any of these great products look like something you’d be interested in adding to your fitness routine? Share with me in the comments!

 

 

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