Archives for April 2023

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces the Return of Beckman Arts & Science Family Festival

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the heavily anticipated return of the Beckman Arts & Science Family Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. This free family event is supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, and is a celebration of the connections between arts and science. The festival will be 3 hours in length and will feature performances and an assortment of engaging activities for the entire family. Visitors can expect to experience workshops, exhibits, roaming engagement, and performances by Doktor Kaboom, Circo Etero, Dancing Storytellers, and The Alley Cats.

The festival will feature engaging exhibits, workshops and hands-on activities presented by community organizations including Santa Ana Zoo, Shared Science, Kids@Science, Crystal Cove Conservancy, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Girls Inc. of Orange County, Irvine Public School Foundation, Columbia Memorial Space Center, Bytes and Bots, Brain Builders STEM Education, OC STEM initiative, Environmental Nature Center, Orange Coast College Astronomy, Science Heads Inc., Newport Bay Conservancy, Urban Workshop, Mesa Water District and Kaiser Permanente.  

The festival will also feature a building area, a designated space for creative play, featuring Segerstrom Center’s oversized building kits. (Imagination Playground, Rigmajig, and Panelcraft builder sets)

Food will be available for purchase at George’s Café on-site, and at food trucks Cali Delight (, INSTA @CALIDELIGHTSTRUCK) and Kala (, INSTA @KALA_TRUCK).

Credit: Segerstrom Center.

Looking for a Healthier Cookie Option?

Looking for a cookie that isn’t quite so sweet and a healthier choice? Look no further! Love Liv Bakeshop – a low-sugar bakeshop inspired by Liv. A kid with diabetes, a sweet tooth, and a mission to make sweets that everyone can eat. Finally, a cookie that someone with diabetes can eat!

I had the opportunity to try them and they are delicious! My favorites were the Chocolate Chip and the Snickerdoodle!

Sarah Beddoe, founder of Love, Liv Bakeshop, philanthropist and believer in change, was inspired by her experience of fighting Type 1 Diabetes alongside her daughter. Through the Love, Liv Bakeshop, she’s created a way for T1d warriors to enjoy the experience of having good, safe snacks. Today, Love, Liv Bakeshop aims to normalize food inclusivity by offering sugar-free, gluten-free and handmade snacks that everybody can enjoy. 

Website here: 

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

Experience Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park May 6th

Enjoy vibrant Folklórico dance performances at Rancho Days Fiesta. Credit: OC Parks.

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to experience the annual Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest on Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event celebrates the history of the rancho and Native American cultures through hands-on activities, music, dancing and more in a family-friendly atmosphere. 

Rancho Days Fiesta will feature activities for all ages including exhibitors, vibrant performances, crafts, piñata breaking and more. Folklórico and Native American dancing will be showcased, along with Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations. The historic buildings at Heritage Hill Historical Park will be open for tours, courtesy of the Amigos de la Colina docents.

“We look forward to another year of celebrating Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park,” said Donald P. Wagner, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “This event is a wonderful way for guests of all ages to learn about and commemorate the rich history of Orange County.” 

Heritage Hill Historical Park represents distinct eras in the early development of Saddleback Valley and the town of El Toro. Experience the excitement and activities of the rancho era with OC Parks at Rancho Days Fiesta. Pets are welcome outdoors only on leashes no longer than six feet. Admission and parking are free.

May 6 – Rancho Days Fiesta 

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630


Contact: (949) 923-2230

Credit: OC Parks.

Book of the Week: Corso’s Kids Children’s Book

Corso’s Kids Children’s Book

The Corso’s Kids Children’s book series will serve to inspire kids, parents, and adults alike to stir up their own adventures, bringing families/friends together to unlock the magic in every cookie… that very same magic that can be found in you. 100% of the book’s profits are donated to the Corso’s Kids foundation, which is dedicated to supporting educators, healthcare professionals, and organizations that work with and support children suffering from mental illnesses.

I recommend this book to all families with young children.

Available for pre-order at Amazon, Target,, Barnes & Noble, Indigo, 

Price: $16.99

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

Healthier Snack Option

Must-Have pantry item!

Chickpeas are a great substitution for losing weight and getting healthy in the new year because they are low in calories and high in fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. They are also a great source of plant-based protein, which can help support weight loss and overall health.

Chickpeas are versatile and can be easily added to a variety of dishes, making them a convenient and healthy option for those looking to make healthier food choices in the new year.

Festive Chickpeas have reinvented the chickpea, unhusking it to give it big crunch and even bigger flavor! All while being packed with protein and unbelievably goo food you!

Festive Chickpeas have ZERO preservatives, are non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free and are 100% vegan to accommodate every snacker’s lifestyle. Aside from being plentiful with protein and nutritious, they’re exploding with flavor. Each pocket-sized bag is abundant in fiber, iron and potassium, has 10 grams of protein and no trans fats. The crispy chickpeas are dusted with ocean-fresh sea salt – making them an easy and equally satiating alternative to potato chips.

Think you’ll still miss out on your favorite sour cream and onion indulgence? Think again! Festive Chickpeas are celebrating snack time one step further with new fun flavors, including Sour Cream and Onion, Sweet & Smoky BBQ and Ranch – because who wants to live without such tangy, savory flavor in their life?

I had the opportunity to try these and I love the Sweet & Smiky BBQ flavor the best! I also took a few to my other job and they quickly disappeared! The Sour Cream and Onion was definitely the biggest hit with my coworkers!

Festive Foods is introducing chickpeas to a new generation of people making it crunchy, crispy full of protein and fiber; satisfying flavor.

Find Festive Chickpeas at and available on Amazon.

Festive Chickpeas are available in variety packs of 1-ounce and 2-ounce snack bags.

Save 10% when getting them on auto ship!

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

5 Fun Ways to Use a Spinner Wheel with Kids

As parents, we are always looking for fun and interactive ways to engage our children in learning and creativity. A spinner wheel can be the perfect tool to keep them entertained while also promoting important skills. In this article, we’ll explore five creative ways you can use a spinner wheel to engage your kids, making the most of this versatile and exciting tool.

  1. Storytelling Prompts

A spinner wheel can help spark your child’s imagination and encourage them to create their own stories. Divide the wheel into different segments, each featuring a unique storytelling prompt like characters, settings, or themes. Let your child spin the wheel and use the chosen prompt to weave a tale. This fun activity not only promotes creativity but also helps to expand their vocabulary and communication skills.

  1. Chore Roulette

Turn daily chores into an entertaining game with Chore Roulette. Make sure you’re giving your kids age-appropriate chores and do it in a responsible manner. Allocate specific chores to the segments of the spinner wheel, such as putting toys away, clearing the table or watering flowers. Have your child spin the wheel and complete the chore it lands on. This adds an element of excitement to routine tasks and teaches your child the importance of responsibility and teamwork.

  1. Learning Games

The spinner wheel can be transformed into an engaging learning tool. Divide the wheel into sections with various educational categories like math problems, vocabulary words, or historical events. Encourage your child to spin the wheel and answer questions related to the selected category. This interactive approach to learning makes education more enjoyable and encourages active participation.

  1. Fitness Challenges

Promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle with fitness challenges using a spinner wheel. Create segments on the wheel that represent different exercises or physical activities, such as an obstacle course, jumping jacks, a jumping rope, or “The Floor is Lava”. Your child can take turns spinning the wheel and performing the chosen activity. This game encourages physical fitness, boosts energy levels, and helps to develop motor skills.

  1. Art Projects

Unleash your child’s creativity with an art project spinner wheel. Divide the wheel into segments, each featuring a different artistic approach or technique like painting, collage, or drawing. Your child can spin the wheel and create artwork using the selected input. This activity fosters creativity, self-expression, and fine motor skills development.

Setting Up Your Spinner Wheel: A Quick Guide

Here’s a brief guide on setting up a spinner wheel to implement the creative ideas mentioned above. You don’t need to purchase a physical spinner wheel or make one yourself – a digital spinner wheel can be just as exciting and enjoyable for your kids.

First, pick a spinner wheel website. Make sure to choose one that suits your preferences. I often use a spinner wheel named HeySpinner. Once you’ve selected a website, you’ll typically find a wheel editor near the wheel display. Use this editor to add your custom inputs to the wheel. You can adjust the size of each segment based on the likelihood you want it to be chosen – larger segments have a higher chance of being picked, adding an extra layer of fun to the activity.

Before you finish, be sure to save your customized wheel. You’ll likely need to create an account on the spinner wheel website to store your creations. By saving your wheel, you can easily create multiple wheels with your children and reuse them in the future. This fosters a sense of familiarity and anticipation, making the spinner wheel an activity your kids will eagerly look forward to.


A spinner wheel is a versatile and engaging tool that can be used in countless ways to entertain and educate your children. From storytelling prompts and chore roulette to learning games, fitness challenges, and art projects, the possibilities are endless. Encourage your child to participate in these activities, helping them develop essential skills while having a great time.

Melon, April 27th Pet of the Week

The 14 cats removed from a hoarding situation and brought to our shelter were each given the name of a fruit to put some sweetness into an otherwise doleful, pun intended, situation. Melon is one of the picks from the basket, and you musk—er, must meet him! This 3-year-old orange guy likes to hang out with his upstairs littermate, Apple, and is as sweet as his name implies. He be shy at first but comes out of his shell quickly when pets are liberally applied. He’s a great favorite of the volunteers, who call him Melonhead out of silliness. He’ll be a pawsome playmate for another cat or a great solo cat for you. Meet Melon, and you’ll say, “Honey, dew be mine!” Shelter hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 7700 E. Spring St. at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors). You can email to speed the process for adopting or fostering Melon. Ask for ID#A695636).

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Los Angeles Times Reveals Lineup for 28th Annual Festival of Books, April 22 and 23

The Los Angeles Times previously announced the lineup for the
Festival of Books, to be held April 22-23 at the University of Southern California. Heralded as the nation’s largest literary festival, the event will bring more than 500 writers, experts and
storytellers, and hundreds of exhibitors to the 226-acre campus.

Festival highlights also include:
● A screening of episode one of Apple TV+’s limited series “The Last Thing He Told Me,”
based on the book of the same name, plus a discussion with author and executive
producer Laura Dave and star and executive producer Jennifer Garner.
● L.A. Times Book Club featuring a conversation with Gabrielle Zevin, author of
“Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow.”
● Seven outdoor stages and activity areas: L.A. Times Main Stage, L.A. Times en Español
Stage, Children’s Stage, Poetry Stage, USC Stage, USC Friends and Neighbors Stage
and YA Stage
● Celebrity authors, family-friendly entertainment, Spanish-language programming,
interactive games and exhibits.
● Expert panels on a variety of topics ranging from pop culture to politics.
● More than 250 exhibitors with merchandise for sale, activities and giveaways.
● Live music, food trucks and more.

To kick off the literary weekend, on the evening of Friday, April 21, The Times will host the 43rd
annual Book Prizes at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. The event will honor James Ellroy with the
Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, the American Library Association’s Freedom to
Read Foundation with the Innovator’s Award and recognize outstanding literary achievements
in 12 categories. The complete list of finalists and further information, including ticket packages,
is available at
The 28th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The 28th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC.
Admission to the festival is free. Friend of the Festival packages (advance ticket packages),
which include reservations for indoor conversations, weekend parking and festival merchandise,
among other exclusives, are available for purchase now. Individual conversation tickets will be
available April 16. Schedule, location, ticket and transportation information can be found on the
festival website with updates and highlights available on the Facebook page, Twitter and
Instagram feeds (#bookfest).

Credit: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.