Archives for November 1, 2016




Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-beforeseen levels. A veritable revolution in live performance, Odysseo comprises a list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production and traveling big top, the biggest stage, the most beautiful visual effects, and the largest number of horses at liberty.  Odysseo features 65 horses of 11 different breeds of horses, riders, acrobats and musicians as together they embark on a soulful journey from the Mongolian steppes to Monument Valley, from the African savannah to Nordic glaciers, from the Sahara to Easter Island.



 Odysseo by Cavalia

WHEN: Returns to Orange County for the 2016 holiday season: From November 16 to January 8

WHERE: Under the White Big Top in Orange County

at the junction of the I-405 & the SR-133 in Irvine

TICKETS: Available at and by calling 1-866-999-8111.

Tickets are priced from $29.50 to $254.50 + applicable taxes and fees.

Special pricing & packages available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).



Credit: Cavalia.

Win a “Trolls” family fun pack by entering Sensible Portions’ Snackalicious Smiles Sweepstakes


Looking for a tasty snack? I love the Sensible Portions® Garden Veggie Snacks! They are tasty and have no artificial flavors or preservatives! My favorite is the Zesty Ranch Garden Veggie Straws! They taste so good! I highly recommend! They also come in Sea Salt flavor.


Have you seen the New Movie Trolls? I haven’t yet but it looks like a cute one!

Sensible Portions® Garden Veggie Snacks, a Hain Celestial snack brand, is launching a photo sweepstakes today in celebration of its collaboration with DreamWorks Animation’s new animated film “Trolls.”


You do not want to miss this Sensible Portions Veggielicious, Snackalicious Sweepstakes!


HOW TO ENTER: Post a photo or video of your family’s snackalicious smiles on Instagram using #SnackaliciousSweeps, or submit on Sensible Portions’ Facebook page.


WHEN: Sweepstakes began at 12:00:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) on October 17, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on November 11, 2016.


PRIZE: You’ll be entered to win a prize pack full of fun items for the whole family, including movie and visa giftcards, Trolls pillow pets, Trolls coloring books and more.



MORE ABOUT SENSIBLE PORTIONS: Sensible Portions® combines garden-grown potatoes and ripe vegetables to create a veggielicious, snackalicious treat your whole family will love. Not only are they tasty, they’re non-GMO and free of fillers, so you’ll feel good seeing those snackalicious smiles!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post and share the sweepstakes. No other compensation was received. Photos were provided.

Mewlan is the Pet of the Week!


Halloween’s done, Thanksgiving hasn’t yet started, and so of course, we’re way past thinking about the December winter holidays. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, consider adopting Mewlan right away! She’s a lovely pure-as-the-driven-snow white with a Valentine of a pink nose and eyes green as a spring day. I suppose that means that Mewlan will be relevant any time of year! Meet her at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A578456.


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)


Credit: Courtesy of  the Companion Animal Village.

Have a baby ? Travel stress free this holiday season with the perfect travel-friendly booty essentials!


The holidays are here and that often means travel! That means that it is important to pack the baby’s necessities! Boudreaux’s Butt Paste comes in handy with both Original and Maximum Strength travel-friendly 2 oz. formulas. I highly recommend these for any travel plans! They fit perfectly is a diaper bag, overnight bag or even your purse!


Look for them at a store near you! I know it can be found at our local Target!  You can also buy on Find out more here.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.


GoMacro’s new line of Thrive is a must for Healthier snacking!


Looking for a healthier snack bar? Thrive by”GoMacro” is a must-try! I love the different flavors. One of my favorites is the Blueberry Lavender bar. Sugars are only 6 grams! The Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip is pretty tasty too! Their new line of bars are plant-based. I received a complimentary box to try all the flavors and I love how these taste so good and are healthy! Thrive are made up of a superfood ancient grain blend, are all less than 200 calories and provide plant-based protein, essential fatty acids, and prebiotic fiber
Like all GoMacro products, Thrive are USDA-Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, Gluten-Free certified, 100% Vegan, and soy-free. Thrive is currently available to purchase online and are available at Whole Foods. 


We have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win a prize of 1 box of assorted Thrive bars! To enter leave a comment below and also like GoMacro on Facebook!  Deadline to enter is November 6th, 2016 at noon PST. One winner will be selected via

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post/giveaway. SoCal City Kids will select the winner and GoMacro will ship the prize to the winner. Photo Credit: GoMacro.

Long Beach Will Be Overtaken By Holiday Spirit When CHILL Returns To The Queen Mary! CHILL Unveils New Immersive Digital Adventure Alice in Winterland Select Dates Nov. 23 - Jan. 8



The City of Long Beach will once again be overtaken by the holiday spirit when the fifth annual CHILL returns to the majestic Queen Mary ship November 23, 2016 through January 8, 2017. In addition to ice skating, ice tubing, sleigh rides, and visits with Santa, Southern California’s coolest holiday adventure will unveil a new interactive and immersive experience,Alice in Winterland.

Light up the night and follow the Queen down the rabbit hole this holiday season with Alice in Winterland. The newest attraction at CHILL brings an inspired re-imagination of the classic Lewis Carroll story to life through the magic of an interactive and digitally immersive 14,000-square foot walk-through experience. Guests can unlock the hidden secrets of the adventure with RIFD technology to make each individual visit truly unforgettable. Alice in Winterland features stunning, larger than life lanterns as you follow Alice and her adventure into the Hall of Doors, the White Rabbit’s Kitchen, Mad Hatter’s Work Shop, the proverbial Tea Party, the Hedge Maze and visits from the Caterpillar and the new Queen of Diamonds.

The fifth annual CHILL welcomes back Glacier Glide Ice Tubing with six lanes of glistening ice slides standing two stories tall and 100-feet long. Ice skate under the stars on the 6,000 square-foot ice skating rink with the backdrop of the picturesque Queen Mary ship.

Stroll through the North Pole Village and stop by the Queen Mary Village’s post office to send a letter to Santa. Take a spin on the Swinging Sleigh Ride, the Giant Rocking Horse or play Prancer’s Paintball for holiday thrills.

A trip to CHILL is not complete without a stop by the Gingerbread House to make a festive edible creation, and a visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Claus Cottage. The holiday fun is endless.

CHILL pricing starts at $39.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids (ages 4-11).

Tickets include entrance to Alice in Winterland, Ice Tubing, CHILL Village and access to the Queen Mary ship. Hotel and VIP packages are also available. CHILL will be open select dates Nov. 23 through Jan. 8. For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, visit


Credit: The Queen Mary.

Boka Helps Give Kids a Healthy Smile!


Many parents worry about their child’s oral hygiene more than their own and that’s okay! Boka’s fully customizable boxes allow parents, children, and the rest of the household the opportunity to stay on top of dental health!

What is Boka?

Well, it is a great way to keep you and your family have healthier smiles! I received a kit to sample and was really impressed with it! I also love that it can be sent every 3 months! This really would be great for both children and adults!


Starting at just $14.50 per kit, every three months a box with a fresh new toothbrush (child and/or adult size), natural toothpaste, mint floss, and Cocorinse can be delivered right to your front door! Making it simple to remember to change everyone’s toothbrush every 3 months (like the dentist ordered).   One can also purchase each product individually on

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.


The 16th Annual Fall Back Festival: The Gaslamp Quarter’s Only Event Just For Kids! Sunday, November 6th, 2016 11am - 4pm

It’s a blast from the past the entire family can enjoy at The 16th Annual Fall Back Festival!  Bring the whole gang down for a day of play and educational fun in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. This FREE children’s historical street faire is in the heart of downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter, with the lively festivities taking place on Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM in front of the William Heath Davis House, spanning 4th Avenue between Market Street and J Street and Island Avenue between 4th and 5th Avenues.
Take a stroll down the historical streets of the Gaslamp Quarter and fall back into San Diego’s wild past of the 1880’s. The whole family can experience the magical old-fashioned atmosphere that is brought to life each year. It is the perfect way to make history fun, yet educational. Kids can saddle up for pony rides, learn about making survival tools and weapons, make a quilt, and even pan for real gold with real prospectors! There is fun to be had for the entire family.
Stop by one of our countless historical booths to learn more about what life was like in the 1800’s in our diverse Gaslamp Quarter with many fun, hands-on activities like fish-rubbing art! Don’t know what fish-rubbing art is? Come out and stop by the Japanese American Historical Booth to find out! Come and be amazed by the incredible skills of our Gaslamp Quarter blacksmith, or if you would like to completely immerse yourself in history, take a photo in time-period costumes at the Grand Ladies of the Old West Photo Booth and keep the memory forever!
Discover the fun side of history with tons of historical demonstrations, reenactments, and other interactive activities all-ages will love. Old-fashioned contests are sure to make your cowboys and girls work up an appetite, but never fear: FREE FOOD is here! Enjoy a variety of free snacks for the kids from some of the Gaslamp’s most favorable food finds like complimentary quesadillas from Mr. Joey’s Taco Shop, hot dogs, vegan muffins, popcorn, cotton candy, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes, and more. While enjoying these endless options of scrumptious food, families and their kiddos can enjoy shows from incredibly talented performers from all over San Diego! Some of these include Del Rio Country Band, Tap Fever Studios, Infinity Gymnastics & Dance, Ballet Folklorico from the Gift of Dance, School of Rock San Diego, and more! Kids and adults can also enter into one of our pie-, and ice cream-eating or even in our bubble gum blowing or pumpkin seed spitting contests for your chance to win some awesome prizes!
The timelessly cherished tradition of Fall Back Festival is a FREE event for the public to enjoy. This Sunday-funday will be filled with numerous historical demonstrators, interactive activities, and live entertainment. This is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon with family and friends. Fall Back is produced by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, and helps to advance our mission of preserving the history and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter and providing a living history of San Diego.  For more information, please contact 619.233.5008 or visit
Credit: The Gaslamp Quarter.