Yogurtland Offers $5 Ultimate Creation Cup on November 14 Featuring Two Limited Time Flavors Made With Ghirardelli® And Limited Edition Collectable Spoon

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On Tuesday, November 14, Yogurtland fans will have an even greater reason to celebrate with Yogurtland’s $5 Ultimate Creation. From 4PM-9PM local time, for just $5 dessert lovers can visit their local Yogurtland and swirl up their own 16oz ultimate creation with any of the 16 available frozen yogurt and ice cream flavors, including two new limited-time flavors Made With Ghirardelli.The two flavors are:

            Frozen Hot Chocolate- Combining the perfect blend of rich Ghirardelli cocoa, cream, and marshmallow, this flavor takes winter’s favorite hot drink and perfects it in frozen form.

            Dark Chocolate Blueberry Sorbet- Inspired by Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Blueberry square, this sorbet provides delicious dark chocolate flavor from Ghirardelli cocoa, followed by notes of sweet blueberry.

Yogurtland guests can pick up their ‘I Heart Ghirardelli’ cup and swirl up their choice between two flavors Made With Ghirardelli or both, and head over to the topping bar to build their satisfying, delicious creation with even more Ghirardelli goodness with Ghirardelli toppings and sauces. With over 60 fruit, candy, cereal, nuts, cookies and other toppings to choose from, Yogurtland offers fans the chance to completely customize their ultimate creation experience with all their favorite additions.

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually seeking craveable flavors that keep fans loving their experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

 All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

 Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Guam, Korea, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

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Credit: Yogurtland. Photos and information were provided. Some form of compensation may be received for posting. 

Brentwood Home celebrates Veterans Day with 15% off ALL mattresses through November 13

 Brentwood Home, California-based designer of healthy, luxurious, affordable home essentials is offering 15% off all mattresses from November 2-13 using code THANKYOU15.

All Brentwood Home mattresses are handcrafted in Los Angeles and come with a zero-risk guarantee, including: 120-night trial, free shipping and returns, 0% financing and a 25-year warranty.

Click here for details on the highest quality mattresses available online including the eco-friendly Cedar,  top-selling Oceano and premium but affordable Ojai.

Brentwood Home – designs and manufacturers mattresses, yoga and meditation pillows, sheets, pet beds and more. Brentwood Home’s mattresses are 100 percent handcrafted in Los Angeles and they are the most eco-friendly mattress available for purchase online.

Credit: Brentwood Home.

Dana Point Harbor Welcomes 40th Annual Turkey Trot

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The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite the community to experience the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce’s 40th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 23. The community is also invited to enjoy special Thanksgiving menu items and prices at select restaurants in the harbor.

“The Turkey Trot is a long-standing tradition at Dana Point Harbor and we’re excited to celebrate this family-friendly race for its 40th year,” commented Dana Point Harbor manager Shannon Levin. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy the harbor, and indulge in the Thanksgiving specials offered at select eateries throughout the harbor.”

The Dana Point Turkey Trot will be held from 6 – 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 23. Registered participants can walk, jog, or run a 5K or 10K through picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. Kids ages 5-12 can also join the fun during the Kids’ Gobble Wobble race. Parents are allowed and encouraged to join their children during the Gobble Wobble race without prior registration. All participants will receive a shirt prior to the race and will awarded a medal after crossing the finish line. For more information and to register visitwww.TurkeyTrot.com, online registration closes November 20.

Explore Dana Point Harbor on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy coffee and breakfast from Coffee Importers, where the espresso bar will be open from 5:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the Deli & Juice Bar will serve guests from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visitors and locals can also enjoy Gemmell’s Restaurant from 12 – 7 p.m. for traditional French style cuisine.

Wind & Sea Restaurant will feature a traditional family style Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. including staple dishes like stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with the guests’ choice of oven roasted turkey, grilled Atlantic salmon, or prime top sirloin.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Dana Point Harbor to experience the 40th annual Turkey Trot and to enjoy food and drink from select eateries. For more information please visitwww.DanaPointHarbor.com.

Credit: OC Parks.

Universal Studios Hollywood “Day of Giving” Community Event Hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood Employee Volunteers Welcome 300 Homeless School Children from Operation School Bell in Support of Theme Park’s 13th Annual “Day of Giving” Philanthropy Event

 Hundreds of employee volunteers band together in support of Universal Studios Hollywood’s 13th annual “Day of Giving” community outreach event as the destination hosts 300 homeless children from Operation School Bell.

The inspirational “Day of Giving” event is a yearly Universal Studios Hollywood tradition designed to connect employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the Discover A Star Foundation whose mission is to empower individuals and families to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.

As part of the event, the children will benefit from the gift of new clothing and school supplies, followed by an afternoon of theme park fun that includes a visit to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” a chance to visit with Minions and experience the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride and “Super Silly Fun Land” play zone, and venture aboard the world-famous Studio Tour to experience the “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” thrill ride.

The day-long event will also support several other non-profit organizations across Los Angeles including AIDS Project L.A. (APLA), Downton Women’s Center, Tree People, Union Station Homeless Services and Shane’s Inspiration.

WHO:               Hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood employee volunteers and 300 homeless

                        children from Operation School Bell.

WHEN:             Thursday, November 9, 2017

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Universal Studios Hollywood – at theme park’s main entrance

                        100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

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How to keep homeschooling fun for your kids

It’s important to keep things interesting and fun when it comes to homeschooling to avoid your kids (and you) getting bored throughout the day. There are plenty ways to have fun while still staying on track with learning and lessons. To keep your teaching from being limited to textbooks, try out some of these ideas in your homeschool!

Take brain breaks throughout the day
Don’t forget to take breaks throughout the day to keep your child engaged in learning. Check out these 20 three-minute brain breaks for some ideas! You can turn on some music and let your kids dance it out between lessons. Brain breaks are a great way to recharge both you and the kids to keep the day moving and to stay on track!

Use hands-on learning
When you let your kids use their hands, they sometimes can forget they’re even learning! You can try including some of these geography crafts into your day, or choose from this list of preschool learning games and let your kids have a blast for a chunk of the day.

Incorporate educational videos
If your child is a visual learner, movies can be great to include in your curriculum. Pure Flix offers a variety of educational movies to supplement your homeschool curriculum. You can watch a documentary or history movie with your kids. Try incorporating an educational video every week of the school year to keep things interested!

Do math in the kitchen
Baking can be a great way to let your kids get messy while still learning valuable information. Take a break from your normal math lessons, and teach your kids about basic fractions while going through the recipe with them. Learn about some of the benefits of learning with baking here. You can use the treat you decide to make for snack time, too!

Take the learning outside your home
Don’t keep your classroom limited to your house! One thing your child might miss out on if you homeschool is interacting with other kids while they learn, especially if they’re an only child. You can go on a field trip to the zoo or a museum near you to mix up your teaching style and learn with fellow homeschoolers, or even just go outside in your own backyard for the day. When you and your kids both need some fresh air, try one of these outdoor learning activities for a change!

If you’re able to let your kids have a little bit of fun during your homeschool day, things will be a lot easier for both you and them! You can choose to incorporate any of these into your school year. To keep things fresh, try incorporating something new each week to keep kids excited to learn at home with you!

Ruby’s Diner Thanks Veterans and Military with Free Meal

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Ruby’s Diner would like to thank service men and women for their dedication and service to our country this Veterans Day. All veterans and active duty members of the military are invited to enjoy a Ruby’s adult entrée on the house on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at participating locations. The complimentary meal options include a Two Eggs Combo Breakfast with a choice of thick-cut bacon, turkey bacon, lean country ham, club sausage links, veggie sausage or turkey sausage (available until 11:30 a.m.); or the Classic Ruby Burger topped with crisp lettuce, tomato, RubySauce and choice of double thick American cheese, Swiss, cheddar, bleu cheese, pepper jack or low-fat American cheese (available open to close).

WHEN:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Valid for dine-in only.

Complimentary Two Eggs Combo (valued up to $9.99) available open to 11:30 a.m.

Complimentary RubyBurger & Fries (valued up to $9.99) available open to close.  

 

 

VALID FORMS OF MILITARY IDENTIFICATION:

U.S. Uniform Services ID card

U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card

Current Leave and Earnings Statement

Veterans Organization Card (American Legion, VFW)

Photograph in uniform

Wearing uniform

DD214

Citation or Commendation

Military Dog Tags

WHERE:

Participating Ruby’s Diner Locations
*Offer may vary by location
Anaheim: 1128 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805. 714.635.7829
Ardmore: 5 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003. 610.896.7829
Cabazon – Morongo: 49000 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230. 951.849.3850

Carlsbad: 5630 Paseo Del Norte, #130D, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Corona del Mar: 2305 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, CA 92625. 949.673.7829

Costa Mesa – South Coast Plaza: 3333 Bear St. at South Coast Plaza – Suite 120, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 714.662.7829

Citadel: 100 Citadel Drive, #222, Los Angeles, CA 90040. 323.382.7829323.382.7829

Glen Mills – Brinton Lake: 919 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342. 610.358.1983

Huntington Beach: #1 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. 714.969.7829

Irvine: 4602 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604. 949.552.7829

Irvine Spectrum: 505 Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine Spectrum. 949.753.7829

Laguna Beach: 30622 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651. 949.497.7829

Laguna Hills: 24155 Laguna Hills Mall #1636, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. 949.588.7829

Long Beach: 6405 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803. 562.596.1914
Mission Viejo: 258 The Shops at Mission Viejo, CA 92691. 949.481.7829

Oceanside: 1 Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054. 760.433.7829

Orange: 186 N. Atchison St., Orange, CA 92866714.639.7829

Palm Springs: 155 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. 760.406.7829
Redondo Beach: 245 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. 310.376.7829
San Clemente: 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92672

San Diego – Mission Valley Mall: 1640 Camino Del Rio N., #360P, San Diego, CA 92108. 619.294.7829

San Juan Capistrano: 31781 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. 949.496.7829
Tustin: 13102 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA 92780
Yorba Linda: 21450 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, CA 92887. 714.779.7829.

Credit: Ruby’s Diner.

Family Friendly Carlsbad is the place to visit! Don't forget that there's still time for your child to enter to become Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia!

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Were you able to attend the Carlsbad Kidifornia Beach Party? It was a blast!

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Photo Credit: (above photos) Visit Carlsbad. 

If you are looking for a great place to visit with the family? Carlsbad is a wonderful place to visit! I had the opportunity to stay at the West Inn & Suites and this is such a friendly hotel with great service! My son and I had a wonderful visit there!

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There are so many family-friendly things you can do in Carlsbad from taking a quick bike ride in the Carlsbad Village with Pedego to just going down to the beach and looking at the waves! One of our favorite things to do was to visit the Museum of Music Making! This is a smaller museum but the tour was very interesting and we really enjoyed our visit there!

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We learned about instruments that we were familiar with but we also learned about instruments that we had never heard of! Another must visit place is Choice Superfood Bar & Juicery! I had an amazing smoothie there and my son really liked a Lavender Almond Milk drink!

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We didn’t venture to Legoland this visit but as you know, SoCal City Kids loves Legoland and featured this past Summer!

If you missed the Kidifornia Beach Party…don’t forget there’s still time for your child to enter to become the next Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia!

Does your Kid want to be the  Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia? This really sounds like a cool opportunity! Carlsbad will be the first city in Kidifornia to organize its own government, and lobby to become the capital of Kidifornia! It’s super easy to apply!

All you have to do is create a maximum 1-minute video of your kid expressing what he or she most enjoys about the city, showing why he or she should be the Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia.

Parents…please read the Terms & Conditions to participate (no purchase is necessary). If you are a Kid and reading …please get your parent’s permission but hurry! Deadline is November 12th! 

Here are the rest of the directions:

STEP 2: Ready, set, film!

  1. Study your itinerary: Think about which activities you like the most, filming those experiences you most enjoy.
  2. Prepare your equipment: Make sure you’re using a fully charged device and that you bring your charger on your excursions just in case.
  3. Think about how you’ll film: Before you press record, take a look this helpful “how to film” video prepared by UrLife’s Hollywood-film editing pro’s. Tips include:
  • Hold your phone camera horizontal
  • Keep the sun behind you
  • Use movement when filming (Pull back/Pan over/Scroll down/Pull and Push in)
  • Framing (keep backgrounds in mind, connect subjects to background, get in front to see faces)
  • Retry and repeat if necessary!
  • Add an interview and commentary
  • Frame your actors like stars!
  • Include the behind the scenes (airports, transportation, breakfasts!)
  • Signage (streets, hotels, the Carlsbad sign!)
  • Bookends (an introduction and a close to your film, offered by you!)

STEP 3: Edit your film and share!

Tell your story of your trip to Carlsbad, editing the great footage into a short film showing how you enjoyed the destination and why YOU should be named MAYOR OF CARLSBAD, KIDIFORNIA! Upload your video before November 12th to Instagram or Facebook, simply with the hashtag #MiniMayorCarlsbad and #VisitCarlsbad, to enter the competition.

STEP 4: Win an awesome prize!

The winner will get a package for your family including two nights at West Inn & Suites, dinner for four at Bistro West, lunch for four at Grubby’s and four park passes to LEGOLAND!

Self Disclosure: I participated in a media visit to facilitate this post. Compensation was also provided. Top images Photo Credit: Visit Carlsbad. All other photos: SoCal City Kids. 

Discover Wildlife on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks Experience a Virtual Wildlife Takeover November 1 to Catch a Glimpse of Native Species on the Landmarks

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Irvine Ranch Conservancy invites the community to discover native wildlife on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks by registering for a public program on the open spaces. Nature lovers can also catch a glimpse of fauna on the lands through a virtual “Wildlife Takeover” on Wednesday, November 1 beginning at 6 a.m.

The first annual virtual Wildlife Takeover will include 24 hours of wildlife and feature a photo or video of a different animal posted every hour to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks’ FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages. Virtual takeover participants can look forward to posts that will include a picture or video of a native animal, information on the species, and links to programs on the Landmarks where visitors have a chance to see wildlife firsthand in their natural habitat.

“Fall and winter months are ideal for exploring the lands, and if you’re lucky you can spot wildlife in person during a program,” commented Dave Raetz, Irvine Ranch Conservancy Deputy Director. “From mule deer to migratory birds to arachnids, there’s an incredibly diverse community of native species on the Landmarks. We’re excited to launch our first-ever virtual Wildlife Takeover on social media where you’re guaranteed to see these amazing creatures.”

Join the virtual takeover by “liking” the Landmarks’ Facebook page (Facebook.com/irlandmarks) following them on Twitter (@IRLandmarks) and on Instagram (@OCMountainstoSea), and find birds like the California Gnatcatcher, arachnids like tarantulas, and mammals like coyotes and bobcats to enjoy a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitat.

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Irvine Ranch Conservancy works in partnership with OC Parks, City of Irvine, and the City of Newport Beach to offer a wide selection of activities where nature lovers can connect with the land and catch a glimpse of wildlife that calls the Landmarks home. Whether visitors choose to register for a volunteer-led activity or explore the open spaces during self-guided access programs, outdoor enthusiasts have a chance to spot wildlife in their natural environment throughout the year. Click the programs below to register for a free program and experience the great outdoors.

  • Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon on Saturday, November 4 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. welcomes hikers, bikers, and equestrians ages 12 and up to discover the plant and wildlife in Black Star Canyon through self-guided access.
  • Orchard Hills Evening Hike on Tuesday, November 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. invites hikers to explore the three-mile Orchard Hills loop trail and be rewarded with sweeping views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline
  • Thursday Morning Trek: Bommer Canyon on Thursday, November 9 from 8 – 11:30 a.m. invites visitors ages 12 and up can hike a seven-mile loop through Bommer Canyon in Irvine and spot a variety of different animals.

Irvine Ranch Conservancy offers a full calendar of free programs all year long, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, habitat restoration, and other special events for nature and wildlife lovers of all ages and skill levels. For more information about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and to register for an activity visit http://LetsGoOutside.org.

 Credit: Irvine Ranch Conservancy.