Thursday, April 17, 2014

The hunt is on

No Plans for Friday, April 18th from 9:30 -11:30am with your kidlets? 

No problem and No RSVP needed just show up at the Laguna Hills Community Center. 

Don't worry about doing breakfast or grabbing coffee before you come. As donuts, snacks and drinks will be served. Don't fret about letting your kidlets overloaded on sugar. They can release that energy as they bounce, slide and run. 

Want to know what the best part is? 


Eggstravaganza 2014

 ~ Bounce Houses
~ Big Slide
~ Face Painting
~ Balloon Artists
 ~ Crafts and Candy
~ Goody Bags
~ Snacks and Drinks
~ Donuts
~ Egg Hunts 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Our Visit to the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza

My boyznberries and I had the opportunity to visit the Irvine Park Railroad for their annual Easter Eggstravaganza. We were invited to check it out by the Easter Bunny himself. I was really surprised when I got there. As you know I did share about what was going on at the Irvine Park Railroad however this past saturday was the first time the boyznberries and I went to their eggstravaganza.

Once we got into the park (you need to pay to get into the park I believe its $3 during the weekday and $5 on the weekend, check the website to make sure however I believe I am right) my boysenberries hopped on over to ensure that they make it to one of the easter egg hunts.

I want to let you know that I always dread, I REALLY dread Easter egg hunts with other people. WHY…well its not the kids that are the problem its the parents. Yes I am going to shame the parents, they are the ones who don't follow the unspoken rules, some kid always gets hurt and you see parents snagging all the eggs for their child. Besides that its enough in a crowded place when my child is running around but adults stampeding and pushing while they hunt for the eggs is a bit much. Its for the kids and sometimes parents don't get that. So I avoid events like these. So when my boys ran up to give their tickets I was very uneasy.

As we waited I wiped the sweat rolling from my face. I made sure my brother and older son would help me with the two younger ones. I honestly expected the worst, and then it happened. Before we could go on the egg hunt we needed to show our wrist band and we needed to sit down to listen to the rules.

We had an EGGcellent MC!

He went over the rules, oh I was so relieved that they had rules. Parents were not allowed to pick up the eggs, only 8 eggs per child because we need to make sure there was enough for everyone however candy was a free for all! This was the first event I have been to that the easter egg hunt was so peaceful. Parents were so well behaved, no shoving or fighting and NO child was crying because they didn't get eggs or candy. I LOVE THAT YOU HAD RULES!  I should also mention the age group was 2-12 years old. It was the BEST easter egg hunt I have been to, I know I said that however I need to really emphasize this. I didn't lose my child in the crowd no one was running and everyone got eggs and candy. It was EGGTASTIC!

After the hunt we took some pictures with the Easter Bunny

and decided to walk around the park. In doing so we stopped by to say hello to this duck and her babies.

 We also rented a bike and enjoyed what this beautiful park had to offer. My brother and my boys kept saying how wonderful this was.

After the bike ride

We jumped in the bounce house,

Got our faces painted by the most sweetest and talented lady, Ms. Jellybean. Her name is just as sweet as she was.

Enjoyed a balloon animal or two,

and rode the train.

I will highly suggest that you visit as you have until Saturday, April 19th, to be apart of the festivities. When you do go I will also recommend making a day out of it and if you can bring a picnic and just enjoy being in the moment. Irvine Park is so beautiful and I truly forgot how spectacular it is. Sadly the last time I was there was 7 years ago for a company picnic, I will not make this mistake again. I forgot how beautiful this park is and how many wonderful things you can do.  I also liked how my boys were unable to connect to instagram while here. They actually had to enjoy the time we had together. That was the golden egg right there!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

9 Rules for Surviving a Teenager’s Birthday Party

teen blowing out candles on his birthday cupcakes

I’m still not sure how I was persuaded to host a swim / movie party for my teenage son and his 14 friends. I suppose I should be somewhat grateful as 22 were originally invited. On the other hand, only 12 RSVP’d that they’d be coming so either way the math was off. This brings me to rule # 1: Invite sparingly and don’t count on the 50% rule – that 50% of the people you invite won’t show. It’s like playing Roulette – just pick a number and stick with it. Don’t…I repeat DON’T…deviate from plan especially when inviting teenagers.
Rule #2: Hoard everything you can get your hands on. You need to triple everything! Cups, Napkins, Plates, and Forks etc. You can NEVER have enough cups at a party. And don’t even get me started on plates. Just because you had one Taco and you want another one doesn’t mean you have to get a BRAND new plate every time. Someone is ALWAYS going to throw their plastic cup away even if their name is written on it in a sharpie pen and even if they took just a teeny tiny sip.
Rule #3: All children are different. I say this because when I negotiating with my oldest as to the duration of the party. I assumed these kids would love the water as much as my boys do – after all this was a swim party. With that in mind I scheduled the party from 1-8pm, figuring the boys would swim from 1-4 followed by dinner and a moving from 4-8. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! They were in the water for 20 minutes before getting bored, completely obliterating my plan to prep dinner while they were swimming. Instead I needed to facilitate every game and keep them engaged. What happened to the good old days were kids just loved swimming?
Rule #4: If you’re hosting a swim party, make sure to think about what to include in the gift bags. Lest you be stuck with 16 pool noodles as was the case here. They loved to swim with them, but nobody wanted to take them home. I guess I’ll be “accidentally” leaving them at the pool all summer long.
Rule #5 : You will never have enough food to feed a group of teenage boys. I told the parents to make sure the kids ate lunch before they arrived, as dinner would be at 4:30 pm. Within the first 5 minutes of the party a kid came up and said he was starving. Thank goodness I had snacks on hand including water, oranges, chips and string cheese. This only satisfied their ravenous appetites for 15 minutes, causing me to slip into panic mode and get their dinner ready by 3pm.
Rule #6: Hold off on playing any games involving candy until just before their parents pick them up. That way you won’t get the full backlash of the sugar high. My friend Chiara did this cool memory game for my baby shower. She made a board and placed words all over the board and covered them up. If you matched the word you got a candy associated with it. Since this was a teenagers party I did one related to their age group. The words on the left they had to match up and the candy was what they got for the match up.
  • Friends – Peeps
  • Bullies – Air Heads
  • Music – Pop Rocks
  • Finals – Whoppers
  • Cliff Notes – Life Savers
  • Graduation – Skor bar
  • First Crush – Crush Soda
  • Lunch – Crunch bar
  • Daydreaming – Milky Way bar
  • Furlough Day – Snickers bar
  • Spring Break – Spree hard candies
  • Homework – Cry baby sour candies
  • Gossip – Juicy Fruit gum
The kids loved it!
Rule #7: If you do load the kids up with sugar, make sure without a doubt they are really going home. In my case, 9 out of the 14 kids wound up spending the night. My son asked if ONE of his friends could spend the night. Well someone told someone that told someone who then asked me if they too could spend the night and, well, that is how I ended up with an apartment full of hyper teenage boys. Like animals they can smell fear so I didn’t allow my fear to show. I figured I could take on this task. In all fairness these boys were all great kids. The saying is true, boys will be boys.
Rule #8: Don’t attempt this again. Long gone are the days where you could go to Chuck E Cheese and pay for everything and leave without a mess to clean up. I am going to look into things for my teenager next year because it won’t be at my house. When my son said this was so much fun he can’t wait to have 50 kids next year, I made sure he had his cake and ate it too! He laughed as he had cake in his face.

teen with pie thrown at his face
Rule #9 Seeing how happy my son was: Priceless! This party is a lot like childbirth. Lots of joy and pain followed by a promise that you’ll never do it again. A few months later you forget all of the chaos and start to plan for the next one.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pretend City's Rock the City Talent Show

Does your child like to scream and shout and let it all out saying, "Ohh, wee Ohh, wee oh wee oh, and perform on stage?" If so Pretend City’s Rock the City Talent Show is the place to be. All guests are invited to enter to participate. Finalists will be selected by a random drawing on April 25, 2014.

                               Youtube Video of Matty B - I posted because I thought it was cute. Not affiliated with Pretend City 

Who Can participate? 
  • Children must be 10 years or younger 
  • Non-professional performers only. Professional entertainers are not eligible.  A professional is anyone who has received payment for performing even on a one-time basis.

Submit your video entry!
  • Participants must upload a video of their child’s performance on YouTube with the video title, Rock the City Talent Showcase Entry Video.”
  • Video must be under 3 minutes long.
  • Share your video link to Pretend City’s Facebook Page by April 25, 2014
  • Non-Facebook users can email the video link to
  • Depending on the number of applications received, finalists will be determined by a random drawing on April 25, 2014 to determine performers for May 3, 2014.

Performance Guidelines 
(Applies to finalists performing on May 3)
  • All acts must be appropriate for family audiences.
  • The following categories will be permitted for performance singing, dancing, instrumentals, poetry readings, child-friendly comedy, drama, skits and novelty acts.
  • Lip sync and karaoke are not permitted.
  • The uses of batons, pyrotechnics, dangerous equipment or live animals are prohibited.
  • Each finalist will be given a pre-determined time to perform.
  • Due to space, time and equipment constraints on the day of the Rock the City Talent Showcase, the maximum number in a group is five people.
  • Parent/guardian must be present with contestants.  Parent/guardian must sign registration form.   All acts must complete the media release form.
  •  Each act will have up to 4 minutes to perform, and up to 5 minutes to set up and take down.
  • Participants are responsible for their own props, costumes,and music. This includes bringing their own media player, CD, or DVDs.
  • Click to see our complete Rock the City Talent Showcase Rules & Regulations.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza 2014

photo credit:  Irvine Park Railroad

Hop on over to the Irvine Park Railroad until April 19th to meet the Easter Bunny himself. 

photo credit:  Irvine Park Railroad

Easter Egg hunts are held daily starting at 10:00 AM. 

photo credit:  Irvine Park Railroad

Be sure to bring your Easter baskets for the hunt, should you forget there will be some available for purchase. 

photo credit:  Irvine Park Railroad

During the Easter Eggstravaganza, children will not only get the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, they can participate in other activities throughout the day. Hay rides, a moon bounce, Easter cookie decorating, carnival games, face painting, picture stands and so much more. For pricing information please go to 

photo credit:  Irvine Park Railroad

While you are enjoying family time at the Irvine Regional Park, be sure to stay and stroll or hop about the parks other spectacular activities, including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike and paddle boat rentals, pony rides and the Orange County Zoo. The park entrance fee - charged by the County of Orange - is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends.
Irvine Park Railroad opens daily at 10:00 AM. The cost for train tickets is $5.00 per person; children younger than 12 months ride free. 

photo credit:  Irvine Park Railroad

Irvine Park Railroad is located at 1 Irvine Park Road,  Orange, CA 92869. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Coach Getaway Zebra Crossbody Handbag

CoachGiveawayEvent Welcome to the blogger sponsored giveaway for this super cute and trendy Coach Getaway Zebra Crossbody Handbag! Hosted by Everything Mommyhood and a big thanks to all of the fabulous bloggers that sponsored this event, Budget Earth, Momma Lew's Blog, Hopscotch & Jellybeans, Monica's Rants, Raves & Reviews, Mom To Bed By 8, Mommy Knows What's Best, Crafts a la Mode, Pretty Pink Living, A Coupon Addict, and Simply Sherryl.

 It's Spring time, which means time for getting out and about! With this stylish crossbody handbag from Coach, it will keep you hands free, and stylish at the same time! I am so excited to be sharing this giveaway with you. I love all my Coach items from Handbags, coin purses, sunglasses and wallets. This is the cutest handbag for Spring. The perfect Mother's Day gift for you or that special lady in your life. I hope you enter and I am crossing my fingers that you win!

~ Zebra print canvas fabric in mineral
~ Inside zip, cell phone and multifunction pockets
~ Zip-top closure, fabric lining Outside open pocket
~ Adjustable strap for shoulder or crossbody wear
~ 11 1/2" (L) x 9 3/4" (H) x 2 3/4" (W)

  Now for the giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive the Coach Zebra Crossbody Handbag in Mineral, pictured above. Retail value $128. Open to US and Canada, 18 and up. One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be chosen randomly via the Giveaway Tools entry form and will be emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends 4/15/2014 at 11:59pm ET.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

14 years of Pi

The years went by so fast and I blinked. As much as I tried I couldn’t keep time standing still. I kept thinking I would have endless days in these moments.

I kept thinking It would be years before you would stop putting your hand prints all over my nicely cleaned walls or I wouldn’t be stubbing my toe on the items on your floor. Oh right, that was yesterday ha ha ha!

 How did I let 14 years go by so fast?

 I love you so much and these last 14 years have been exciting to say the least. You know I am so proud of  you so I will spare you the mushy gushy stuff. I want you to know that I pray for you everyday, I pray that you will continue to make good choices and I will always be here for you.

 Happy Birthday Son I love you so much! 14 on the 14th of 2014!!!!!