Archives for April 11, 2019

Explore Orange County’s History During Orange County Jamboree

Explore Orange County’s agricultural past during the second annual Orange County Jamboree hosted by OC Parks and the Orange County Historical Commission.

On Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a day of agricultural-themed crafts, a petting zoo, live music, pickling demonstrations, blacksmith and antique engine displays, a photo booth, tours of the park and more! Food will also be available for purchase.

Local historical societies will be on-site to help guests discover the rich history of Orange County and how to connect with historical resources in the local community. The event will also celebrate the centennial anniversary of the OC Historical Society.

Irvine Ranch Historic Park is a 16.5-acre special use park that retains 24 original ranch structures that represent the proud agricultural history of Orange County. Docent-led tours of the park will begin every hour starting at 10:30 a.m., with the last tour at 1:30 p.m.

Orange County Jamboree admission is free and adults and children of all ages are encouraged to attend and participate in the fun!

Orange County Jamboree 2019

Date: Saturday, April 13

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Irvine Ranch Historic Park

Address: 13042 Old Myford Rd., Irvine, CA 92602

Website: www.ocparks.com/historic/irvineranch

Cost: Free

Parking: Free. Parking will be available at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, 51 Market Place, Irvine, CA 92602.

Public Contact: (714) 973-6607

Credit: OC Parks.

Springy, April 11th Pet of the Week!

The phrase “spring has sprung” can describe Springy as much as it does the season. Springy, a Chihuahua or mix thereof, seems to have a permanent case of spring fever. When he sees a human coming, he leaps vertically and repeatedly into the air for attention. He loves people and is an absolute bundle of joy, but he calms down after climbing into the nearest lap. Springy is only 2 and so has a lot of seasons left to enjoy. Meet him at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A620678.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of our friends at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

Easter Gift Guide 2019

Looking for some ideas for Easter Baskets this holiday? Here are some of my favorites!


Skate, Shoot and Share with Tony Hawk Box Boarders! The skateboarding toy line from Tony Hawk will be a hit with your young skateboarding boys and girls!

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk has teamed up with Hog Wild Toys to introduce Tony Hawk Box Boarders, a brand new toy line that allows kids of all ages to easily land pro skateboarding tricks and film, edit and share videos of those tricks with the free Tony Hawk Box Boarders Studio App! Officially licensed by Tony Hawk, the Box Boarders community will be sharing content on social media using #TonyHawkBoxBoarders.

The world is your skatepark with Tony Hawk Box Boarders Action Packs, new from Hog Wild Toys! Choose from 16 famous skateboarder figures including from the Birdhouse crew such as Tony Hawk, Lizzie Armanto, or Aaron Homoki and get ready to roll! Underneath the skateboarder is a steel ball bearing, which allows the Box Boarder to skate around in any direction.  Film your tricks with the included Quarter Pipe Ramps or create your own park features at home.  With the free Tony Hawk Box Boarders Studio app, you can record and edit your footage to create unreal skate compilations and share them online with other fans using #TonyHawkBoxBoarders.

Each Action Pack includes:

1 Box Boarder, 1 collectible secret
Tony Hawk Box Boarder, 1 camera

holder and 4 Quarter Pipe paper ramps

Available January 2019

Age: 4+

MSRP: $7.99

US Retailer: Walmart

Box Boarders Super Pack

Flip, ride, grind, and land insane tricks with Tony Hawk Box Boarders Super Pack. Slide your phone into the phone slot located on the side of the bowl and begin filming your awesome tricks! With the free Tony Hawk Box Boarders Studio app, you can record and edit your footage and share them online with #TonyHawkBoxBoarders. Film tricks in all the Tony Hawk skate parks by collecting all 4: Kidney Bowl, Backyard Pool, Pro Park and Eight Bowl.

Each Super Pack includes:

3 featured riders, 1 collectible secret

Tony Hawk Box Boarder, 1 camera

holder, 1 fish eye lens and 1 Quarter

Pipe paper ramp

Available March 2019

Age: 4+

MSRP: $19.99

US Retailer: Amazon

I really love how these are for both boys and girls!

Find out more here!

I love this next one! They are bright and colorful and creative!

Stikbot is coming through with all new colors!! New for 2019, Stikbot now has a multi colored body! Now, how cool is that?!
Stikbots are easy-to-pose figures that are ready for your next Stikbot Movie! Stikbot figures are built with suction cup hands and feet, which can stick to almost any flat surface. ! With the free Stikbot Studio app, available on iOS and Android, kids can snap individual photos and stitch them together into a film, complete with built-in music and sound effect options. Users can share their creations using #Stikbot and see what others are making all over the world!  Children ages 4+ will have a blast with these posable characters!

Find them here!

In sunny Southern California…sunglasses for the kids would be a great gift suggestion for Easter baskets!

Real Shades are sure to be a hit! I love the styles and I’ve been told they are also quite comfortable! They provide 100% UV protection for the whole family from newborn to adult. They have a ton of styles from aviators to their latest color changing Switch sunglasses. Other popular styles include SkySurf and Explorer! You really have to check these out!
Prices start at $14.95 up to $34.95 a pair, which makes Real Shades a great/inexpensive gift idea to put in an Easter basket!

Remember the show Saved by the Bell? Do you know a fan of the show ? This next suggestion would be great to add to an Easter Basket!


SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
 from Shout! Factory

From 1989 to 1993, for a generation of TV viewers, “Saved by the Bell” was the show that perfectly echoed their lives in middle school and high school and it became a cultural touchstone, changing teen programming forever. To help this ultimate collector’s release matriculate, the pop culture mavens at Shout! have assembled an extra-credit worthy line-up of bonus programming, including two BRAND NEW documentary featurettes: “Past Times at Bayside High: Making Saved by the Bell,” a retrospective documentary featuring interviews with writer/producer Peter Engel, producer Franco Bario, writer/producer Tom Tenowich, writer/producer Bennett Tramer, actress Lark Voorhies, and more; and, “Bayside’s Greatest Hits: The Music Of Saved By The Bell,” a documentary short featuring songwriter/composer Scott Gale and composer Rich Eames! Additional bonuses include more in-depth featurettes, audio commentaries, a 16-page episode guide and more!

Can be purchased on Amazon.com.

Do you love Popcorn?


Add Some ‘Pop’ To Your Easter Hop with Popcornopolis 
Easter-Themed Gifts and Mouthwatering Treats! These would be great in an Easter basket!

Spring has sprung and Popcornopolis is sweetening the season with gourmet Easter treats that are egg-cellent for all ages and celebrations. The family-owned and operated popcorn company is proud to offer newly designed Easter-themed gift baskets, festive tins, and adorable Carrot-shaped Mini Cones filled with classic flavors and kid-approved recipes like classic Caramel Corn, sweet and fruity Unicorn Popcorn®, and of course, their most-loved Zebra® Popcorn. For a tasty treat that makes the perfect addition to every Easter basket, hop on over to Popcornopolis.

Make it a one-stop ‘pop’ and order your favorite sweet, chocolatey, or cheesy popcorn treats today with free shipping available online at www.popcornopolis.com April 1- 15, 2019. The Popcornopolis 2019 Easter exclusive offers include:

  • Case of 24 Carrot Mini Cones, Easter Egg Gift Basket, and 3.5 gallon Easter Egg tin offered online at Costco.com for $34.99, $39.99, and $49.99. 
  • Carrot Mini Cones offered at select Walmart locations for $2.00.
  • Easter-themed 1.26-gallon tin offered online at Amazon.com for $34.99
  • Easter themed gift baskets, mini gift baskets, Easter Egg tins, and Unicorn popcorn available online at www.popcornopolis.com.

“Made the way it oughta be”, Popcornopolis offers over 20 mouthwatering recipes and is made from American-grown, non-GMO corn. Crafted with big flavor, the company’s gourmet popcorn is also certified gluten-free with no high fructose corn syrup, or added preservatives, and only the finest ingredients and cooking practices. For more information, a full list of Popcornopolis gourmet varieties, and to place an order for Easter today visit www.popcornopolis.com.

I had the opportunity to try these and I love the Carrot Mini Cones! They are the perfect size to take to work for staff members, give to friends or include in Easter baskets!

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above products and also images were provided.

Go Little Tokyo For A Close-To-Home Spring Break Escape


Photo courtesy of Katie Yamasaki/Go Little Tokyo

Spring Break might only be seven days long, but just one day in Little Tokyo provides endless possibilities for exploration and exposure to another culture without having to leave Los Angeles. With unlimited eateries, museums, exhibitions, and an outdoor walking retail district, Go Little Tokyo provides a convenient and budget-friendly adventure close to home. Experience an action-packed day of memorable experiences and immersive lessons suitable for kids and just as fun for adults and teens in tow. Go Little Tokyo presents a curated lesson plan of the top five reasons to Spring Break in one of LA’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

  1. ARTS & CULTURE: Japan LA, a boutique anime culture shop, provides an insider’s look into the crossover of Japanese and Los Angeles pop culture. Venture through aisles full of toys, apparel, and accessories, and discover the gallery in the back of the store showcasing the best in “kawaii” (cute) art from all over the world. Continue on an art walk and stop by the “Moon Beholders” mural located at the end of the Japanese American National Museum’s Plaza. This larger than life mural by Katie Yamasaki is a hidden Instagram-worthy picture moment sure to make at-home friends jealous.

  2. ECONOMICS: Subtract the costs of hotel and travel fees from long-distance spring break trips, and add that money back into your wallet by riding Metro to Little Tokyo. Conveniently located only a few steps away from the Gold Line’s Little Tokyo/Arts District station, Metro provides hassle-free travel and more money to spend on fun activities. Two children under the age of five may travel free with each fare-paying adult on Metro’s bus or rail.

  3. ELECTIVE – Taste of Little Tokyo: Donuts are a delightful treat and definite crowd-pleaser, and newly opened Donatsu is a twist on the traditional. From flavors like Matcha-Pistachio and Churro, there isn’t a wrong choice at this vegan donut shop. Or, visit a Little Tokyo staple, serving the neighborhood for over 100 years and known for its family tradition and style, Fugetsu-Do is a Japanese confectionary that crafts delicious mochi and manju. Available till March 31st, try their spring special, sakura mochi inspired by the Japanese cherry blossoms.

  4. HISTORY: The nationally declared Women’s History month takes place every March with International Women’s Day recognized on March 8. Holding that same spirit, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) is celebrating Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) on March 3rd! Families are welcome to celebrate the happiness, growth, and good health of girls everywhere, with a fun-filled day of Culinary Arts, Cultural Arts, and Martial Arts; because girls kick too!

  5. LIFE SKILLS: No longer are the days of Home Economics classes, and for that we are grateful—so are the women who own Leola Lace and Monkey Pants in Little Tokyo. Grab a new, chic dress or necklace from Leola Lace, loved for its high fashion styles at affordable prices. Monkey Pants, as eclectic as the name suggests, is home to the kids’ next cool look for school and authentic Japanese housewares for gift items.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.