Archives for December 10, 2015

Celebrate Christmas at the OC Zoo Dec. 12

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Join OC Parks and the animals of the OC Zoo to celebrate the Christmas season on Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Christmas at the OC Zoo invites children to a special story time with Mrs. Claus and a visit with Jolly Old St. Nicholas. Guests will enjoy seasonally inspired crafts and a photo area. Watch the animals of the OC Zoo receive treat-filled gifts hidden inside of Christmas trees and inside gift boxes throughout the day. Reservations are not required to enjoy Christmas at the OC Zoo. The holiday activities are free with paid zoo admission.

 

While visiting the OC Zoo, shop for a Christmas tree or take a ride on Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train through Irvine Regional Park. The Christmas Train runs through December 23. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

 

The holidays are upon us so gather the family and ring in the winter season in celebration with OC Zoo and OC Parks!

 

December 12 – Christmas at the Zoo

10 a.m.4 p.m.

Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park)

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under are free

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (714) 973-6847

http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/

Credit: OC Zoo.

 

The amazing animated Christmas jumper! Introducing the epic new range of animated festive knits from the clever people at Morph Costumes

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The NEW Morph Costume Christmas Jumper selection has arrived just in time for Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on December 18th. But if you’re after a boring, run-of-the-mill festive knit, forget it.

I received one of these awesome sweaters and it takes Christmas sweaters to a much more fun level! I have never seen anything quite like this! Move over Ugly Christmas sweaters! Now, it is time for fun and awesome!

But, they don’t do ordinary Christmas jumpers at Morph Costumes. By now, you should know they are quite unique!

Thanks to some totally awesome Digital Dudz jumper technology, their NEW 2015 collection of warming woolies is guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd at home, out and about or at the annual office party.

Children and grown ups alike will marvel at the realistic animation we’ve created for each individual design.  And everyone will want one just like yours.

Each Morph Costumes jumper has its own secure pocket space to house your smart phone.  Not only is it a handy little place to keep your handset safe, you also get to impress friends, family and colleagues by downloading their special app. Once you’ve done that, just locate your chosen jumper design and load up the animation that’s going to bring your amazing new festive masterpiece to life.

The full jumper range is online now on both their UK site and their US site  – available while stocks last. This year they’ve come up with a whole host of new designs to get you in the festive mood, from crackling fires and snowy scenes to a cute blinking kitten, cheeky gingerbread man and naughty Moving Mooning Santa.

I received the Gingerbread man and this one is so clever! It actually looks like the Gingerbread Man’s head is nibbled away. I can’t wait to wear it and impress this holiday season!

Each product listed online has a handy video guide to help you get started. Like this one here

Each one will also fit most mobile devices up to 13.6cm x 7cm.  Please note though that the Samsung S6 and iPhone 6+ won’t fit. They’re just a bit too big.

If you have an Apple device make sure it’s running on iOS 8 or greater. Android must be running 4.0 or greater. Download the FREE jumper app here iOS / Android

Here’s something else fun from our friends at Morph Costumes!

 

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And, for even more holiday fun:

Which Christmas movie character are YOU?

Christmas is only 2 weeks away! Twinkling fairy lights are going up everywhere, festive music is playing, ice rinks are heaving and Starbucks are already on it with the Christmasy drink (Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Gingerbread Latte).

But when it comes to festive celebrations, are you more Buddy the Elf or Scrooge? To find out, take our “Which Christmas Movie Character Are You?” quiz and see which of our favourite famous Christmas icons matches your personality.

You can find it via the link below:

http://www.morphsuits.co.uk/blog/which-christmas-movie-character-are-you/

Happy Holidays and thank you to our friends at Morph Costumes!

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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. 

Peppermint Essential Oil by Simply Earth

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Peppermint Oil can be used for many things! One of my favorites is the Peppermint Essential Oil by Simply Earth – 100% Pure – Non-Toxic – No Additives – Unfiltered and Undiluted with No Fillers. It smells really good and I like that it can be used in scrubs and other recipes. I really also like that peppermint oil has healing properties. This one is quite affordable to. Retails for $6.00 and can be found here.

Self Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for an unbiased review.

Healthier recipes for the Holiday Season!

Holiday time is usually the time for cookies and other sweets! But here are a couple of healthier recipes to try featuring  Viki’s Granola! I love the taste! Viki’s Granola is nutritious, delicious granola made with 100% all natural ingredients, is Gluten Free with minimal added sugar, and baked with love!

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Viki’s Granola Crisp Chicken Cutlets

Ingredients:

  • 2  Eggs, beaten
  • 1 Cup  Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup  Viki’s Original Honey Granola
  • 1/2 Cup  All-purpose flour
  • 1.25 Pounds Chicken cutlets
  • Vegetable or canola oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Place beaten eggs into a shallow dish.
  2. In a food processor, pulse pulse panko crumbs and Viki’s Original Honey Granola. Place crumb mixture into a separate shallow dish.
  3. Place flour into a third shallow dish.
  4. Season chicken cutlets with salt and pepper.
  5. Coat a large frying skillet with 1/8 of an inch of vegetable or canola oil and set over medium heat.
  6. While oil heats, dip/coat cutlets one by one first into flour dish, then into egg dish, and finally into crumb mixture.
  7. Once oil is hot, place cutlets onto frying skillet.
  8. When the bottom is golden brown (approximately 3 minutes), flip cutlets and brown the other side until fully cooked through.
  9. Transfer to a platter lined with paper towels.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

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Viki’s Granola Munchkins

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Viki’s Granola (any variety)
  • ½ cup of smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup of mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Chill for 30-40 minutes in the fridge, then roll into balls
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge

Viki’s Granola – Nutritious & delicious granola made with 100% all natural ingredients, Gluten Free, minimal added sugar, and baked with love!  Unlike other granolas on the market that have harder textures and clusters, Viki’s Granola boasts a fresh, soft, chewy texture with ingredients you can pronounce and no artificial aftertaste. Today, Viki’s Granola is available in five delicious flavors (Original Honey, Blueberry Almond and Maple Cranberry, Banana Walnut & Apple Cinnamon)and has a loyal following. Viki’s Foods is dedicated to creating foods made from inspiration and high quality ingredients, with health and happiness at the core.  All of Viki’s recipes are “one of a kind culinary art creations,” with a strong emphasis on taste, presentation, and consistency. The family owned and operated brand prides itself on its approach to maintain traditional, homemade cooking. Sold at retailers nationwide and online at www.VikisFoods.com MSRP: $5.49 / 12oz.

Credit: Viki’s Granola. I received free samples to facilitate this post.

Family Friendly Christmas Festival at Rancho Los Cerritos Old Time Christmas Festival on Sunday, December 13th

Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy 19th century Christmas traditions at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site on Sunday, December 13, as the Rancho hosts an Old Time Christmas Festival between 1:00 -7:00 p.m. People of all ages can experience and celebrate customs from the California frontier while learning about history in Long Beach’s only National and State Historic Landmark. Admission is $5/person, 3 and under free, and is payable at the door.
The historic adobe home will be festooned with fragrant garlands and wreathes, as well as themed-Christmas trees decorated in 19th century fashion. During the afternoon, children can make old-fashioned holiday decorations and gifts. There will be engaging storytellers to share popular tales from long ago, and opportunities to swing at a piñata and visit with Santa Claus. The Rancho will be filled with joyful holiday music throughout the festival.
As evening descends and oil lamps are lit, guests will have the opportunity to explore the 1844 two-story adobe house by the glow of candlelight. Costumed docents will share holiday traditions from the past and provide stories about the Temples and Bixbys, early owners of the 27,000-acre Rancho.
Light refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon and evening. Decorative ornaments, gourmet jellies, old-fashioned children’s toys, and unique handmade Christmas gifts will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

Celebrate an Old Time Christmas at Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos is at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. The 1844 adobe home will be adorned with Victorian greenery and decorations throughout the holiday season and can be toured during public hours, Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The Rancho will be closed December 24, 25 and 31, 2015, and January 1, 2016. For more information please call (562) 206-2040, or visit the website at www.rancholoscerritos.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rancholosc.

Holiday Gift Suggestions!

Christmas is approaching and will soon be here!

Here are some more of our top Holiday gift suggestions!

This first one is great for couples!

Gnoments: bringing the magic back into relationships!

Gnoments– a unique relationship-building tool to help you share and create special moments with the one you love.  The Gnoments kit includes a boy and girl gnome, each with a special pouch for including notes, mementos, and gifts, along with an embedded NFC chip for high tech messages, and a 32 page hard-covered, illustrated story book with ideas to get you started so you can begin making special moments today.

I received a sample and love what a creative and unique idea this is!!

For a more high-tech option, use the embedded NFC tag (Near field communications) to program a variety of messages and adventures.Currently available for most Android users, and surely soon to be enabled for iPhones everywhere, smart phones can easily program the NFC tag inside each gnome to offer another exciting way of being romantic, thoughtful, and fun. Record a YouTube video, sound clip, write a text, or set up a scavenger hunt, and all your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, or anyone else for that matter simply has to do is scan the gnome, and they will see the message on their phone! If you are away from your gnome, but still want to send a special message, Gnoments’ mobile-friendly website includes a special messaging system called Gnomifications, where one can create a Gnomitar (a gnome avatar) and send an email or text with the same links one can share through the embedded NFC tags.

Looking for a  great gift idea or a stocking stuffer for Teens and Mom and Dad?

This next one is a must-buy!

The wallet that will change your life!

 

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This one is very cool! I like that there is a different variety of patterns available.

Introducing the CardNinja!

The CardNinja is a spandex pocket with 3M adhesive that attaches to the back of any smartphone or case and keeps your ID, cash and up to 8 cards secure. Pick from six great colors (Black, Gray, Gold, Eggplant, Magenta and Blue) and new patterns (Hawaiian, Paisley, Cheetah, Zebra, Gold Polka Dot) to match your phone and your style.

It’s the perfect lightweight solution when you’re on the go and don’t need to carry a bulky wallet or heavy purse around.

CardNinja retails at $9.95 and is available online and in over 7,000 locations nationwide including Amazon Prime, CVS, select Verizon stores and all Microcenter locations. CardNinja is the perfect present for anyone and everyone, even YOU!

The next items are great to start off the New Year in a healthy and fun way!

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Eco Mat for Kids – Available in 6 styles/designs!

I love these mats! They are bright and colorful and a fun way to get young kids moving! 

MERRITHEW’s biodegradable, kid-friendly mat is great for yoga, exercise, playtime and more! Protect kids’ spines from hard surfaces while they have fun and develop healthy habits. Designed specifically for exercisers-in-training, kids love the bright design and fun-to-touch texture and parents feel good knowing that these mats are free of toxins, heavy metals and phthalates. Complete with a built-in-handle, this eco-mat can accompany kids wherever they choose to enjoy their workout.

-Protect kids from hard surfaces during exercise & playtime
-Extremely durable, non-slip, water-proof and sun protective
-Biodegrades in soil after 6 months
-Made of innovative baby-safe PER material

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Mini Handweights, pair – 4.4 lbs (2.2lbs. Ea) – Available in 4 weights/colors are a real must have for Moms! I received the 3.3 lb and love them!

Compact and portable weights to keep you toned without adding bulk these mini-hand weights from MERRITHEW come in 4 weights and color options. Super cushy and durable these small hand weights are great for toning the arms and increasing the intensity of your workout and challenge stabilization and mobility of the arms, shoulders while imporving stamina and endurance.

-Available in 4 weights/colors
-DVD workouts available

I don’t know about you but DVD exercise programs are often a motivator for me! I love this next one!

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DVD – Morning Mobilizer is great for strength and agility!This DVD features exercises that use the body’s own resistance and simple movements that will challenge overall strength and stability through the core and peripheral muscles. These straightforward sequences focus on balance, mobility and muscular engagement and can be used to achieve increased functionality and improved performance, every day.

Eco Friendly Mat – Watermelon Mango is another must-have! I love this one!

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This eco-friendly, recyclable and decomposable 6mm (0.25”) thick mat is perfect for protecting your spine on hard surfaces while you enjoy your Pilates, Yoga or matwork routine. 61cm (24”) wide and 173cm (68”) long, it includes a carry strap so it can accompany you wherever you choose to enjoy your workout. This mat is made from TPE (Thermal Plastic Elastomer) foam, helping you do something good for yourself and the environment. This one is my favorite new to-go-to yoga mat!

-Available in 8 colours

If you are looking for more DVD choices these two are also great!

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DVD – Basic Pilates vol 2 and DVD-Matwork Flow are both a great way to get through the holidays and start off the New Year right!

Find these products and so many more at https://www.merrithew.com/

The next one is perfect for the mother or grandmother who needs a little extra warmth in the winter, tell her you treasure her with a H.O.P.E. Fleece Blanket. 

I just love this company and their products! I received a purple Fleece Blanket and it is so pretty, soft and comfie!

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Find these blankets and many other wonderful inspirational gifts at Hope in a Box.

Looking for a fun game for the kids?

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The Lay It or Break It Action Game is a lot of fun! 

You actually dress up and act like a chicken to play this game and it is fun to watch the kids play. The eggs do break open easily but I think part of the fun is being careful with the eggs so they don’t break open too easily! The player with the most unbroken eggs wins! Adventurous parents may want to try this one too! Guaranteed fun and laughter!

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

This next one is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages! Sleeping bags from Wildkin!

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The one pictured is the Camo Green Sleeping Bag which my son really likes! He finds the pattern cool and it is comfortable! They have such a variety to choose from on their website.

More info:

30in. W x 66in. L
Includes a matching travel pillow
Includes storage bag and elastic storage straps
Cotton/polyester exterior
Lined with 100% cozy cotton flannel interior
Naturally flame-resistant
Never treated with chemicals
Conforms to U.S. flammability test requirements.

Find this one and many more on their website!

The next one is great if you are looking for a more personalized custom gift! I just love this company! You may remember that I have features them before!

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My son loves designing shirts on this website! He designed a really great hoodie sweatshirt and we love how it turned out! The print is wonderful and it is really great quality! I like that you have a choice of different fonts and so many designs and it’s easy and fun!

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Check out Customink for designing your own t-shirts, hoodies and more this holiday season!

Ravensburger is SoCal City Kids favorite for games and puzzles!

Here are a few of our favorites this holiday season!

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San Juan – Players take on roles and construct buildings in this extraordinary card game set in the capital city of beautiful Puerto Rico. The player who best adapts to their roles and corresponding actions collects victory points, and the one with the most points at the end of the game wins! Ages 10+, SRP $34.99

This one is a great family game especially if you have older kids! I like that it is fun and challenging!

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I just love this puzzle of Eiffel Tower! I love how it changes different colors! I want this one for myself. 

Eiffel Tower by Night – The world-famous landmark comes to life like never before, lighting up the night with five electrifying LED colors – red, yellow, green, blue and purple – to showcase the iconic building’s amazing metalwork structure! SRP $36.99.

Find these and so many more at Ravensburger.com.

 

 

Self Disclosure: I received samples of these products to facilitate this holiday gift suggestion round up.