Mermaid Sighting at Newport Beach

This post is sponsored by Fin Fun.

Orange County locals are so lucky to live near some pretty amazing beaches. so amazing that mermaids come to visit them! it’s true. last week there was a mermaid sighting at one of our favorite beaches, Marina Park in Newport Beach. we were so lucky to spot the mermaids…and a couple of cute sharks as well. it’s not everyday that you get to see a mermaid.

okay, okay…so maybe they weren’t real mermaids, they were the cute girls of When In Huntington wearing the most adorable mermaid tails from Fin Fun.

these sweet girls were dressed in vibrant colored swimmable mermaid tails making them feel like real mermaids! Fin Fun mermaid tails are made of a stretchy swimsuit like fabric that fits snuggly around the ankles, allowing you to walk delicately to the water’s edge. Fin Fun’s mermaid tails are designed for safety – the open bottom allows water and air to pass through. if you want to swim with the mermaid tails, you must use the patented mono fin that slips in the bottom of the tail and gives the tail its fluke shape.

Fin Fun mermaid tails are meant to be used by experienced swimmers ages 6+, and as with any water activity, it’s important to have parental/adult supervision.
Fin Fun began when seamstress Karen Browning’s young granddaughter asked her to make a mermaid tail to swim in. tt caught the attention of mermaid wannabees and a business was born. we are so glad she did, because we are in LOVE with Fin Fun. just asked these girls. after the mermaids were spotted by locals on the beach and some of my favorite Sandy Toes and Popsicle readers, anyone who wanted to try on a Fin Fun Mermaid tail for themselves could. it was so much fun to see everyone trying on the tails…they are so colorful and fun to play in. and in addition to the beautiful mermaid tails, Fin Fun also provided Shark Fins for kids to try out. so simple to put on, just strap on like a backpack!

Fin Fun also provided mermaid tails for toddlers but these are for dress up, not for use in water.


and into the water they went…

and it wasn’t just the kids trying them on…..moms also did. everyone was loving them.

How to Wear a Fin Fun Mermaid Tail

Fin Fun swimmable mermaid tail consists of two separate pieces— a mermaid tail skin with open bottom that goes over the legs, and the patented monofin for swimming. there are sizes available for both kids and adults, with lots of choices and colors for the mermaid tail skins.

Fin Fun’s patented monofin is made of dive-grade neoprene covering an unbreakable polypropylene insert. to wear the monofin, both feet are placed inside the monofin’s two ankle holes to fit snuggly in the fin. it will accommodate any foot size.

the mono fin is what gives the mermaid tail its fluke and mermaid-like shape. while wearing a Fin Fun mermaid tail, swimmers can move twice as fast through the water using a dolphin kick motion.

Fin Fun’s Mermaid Tail Skins come in classic mermaid scale designs in every color of the rainbow that create a realistic scale effect in the water. they come in many fashion colors and patterns. Fin Fun’s mermaid tail skin is made of durable, machine-washable swimsuit fabric with comfortable 4-way stretch that hugs the body. the tails are open at the bottom, allowing water and air to pass through for greater safety and comfort while in the water. every Fin Fun mermaid tail comes with a unique 60-Day warranty that tips will not tear. you will notice other brands tail tips tend to get holes from rubbing on rough pool surfaces. that is why people trust the quality of Fin Fun.


SPECIAL GUEST: ACTRESS EMMY PERRY

we were thrilled to have actress Emmy Perry  join us at the mermaid sighting. she was the perfect guest…as she played the lead role in the newly released feature film “Scales: Mermaids Are Real” she played  “Siren Phillips”, a mermaid, alongside Morgan Fairchild and Elisabeth Rohm, which premiered in theaters this July. so she is kind of a “real life” mermaid. and if you want to watch her movie, you can get it on Amazon Prime and iTunes, and be on the watch for it on DVD soon.

Emmy is a local of Orange County, California. she started her love of acting in the theater where she had the privilege of sharing the stage at the Greek Theater in a duet with Kristin Chenoweth. she’s been on multiple tv shows including her favorite to date, Glee. she can be seen alongside Morgan Fairchild and Jason London in the 2015 film “Wiener Dog Internationals” as “Kitty”. Emmy is also an animal advocate and founder of Emmy’s Hope. her passion to rescue animals has turned into a wonderful organization that has helped connect countless pets find their forever homes. her hope is that every animal in their lifetime will feel forever loved, and has saved hundreds of orphaned/abandoned/abused dogs and kitties. she continues to be their voice and spread awareness about the importance of adoption and rescue. another fun fact is that Emmy was named one of 12 of the most talented and driven standout Whiz Kids in Orange County….

wow, congrats Emmy! we all had so much fun meeting you at the mermaid sighting.

and last but not least, the boys! of course they were more than welcome to try on the mermaid tails…there are even boy styles available. but they all LOVED trying on the Fin Fun Shark Fins. there have been so many shark spotting in Orange County this summer, but this was the cutest by far.

swimming like a mermaid (or shark) is so much fun…i hope that you can have the chance to try a Fin Fun Mermaid Tail too! but DON’T FORGET – it’s very important to stay safe while swimming with your Mermaid Tail. mermaid tails are intended for use by competent swimmers ages 6+ who can meet the criteria to be “Mermaid Ready”. here are 5 Fundamental safety tips to swimming like a mermaid or a shark:

• Learn to swim – an essential life-saving skill that builds confidence, increases fitness
• Never swim alone
• Know your Limit; swim within it
• Don’t depend on inflatables
• Don’t dive in open or shallow water

all mermaid wannbes and their parents should watch this water safety tips video before swimming with Fin Fun.

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How to Have an Awesome Backyard Campout!!!!

This post is sponsored by Energizer.How to Have an Awesome Backyard Campout

Summer is here…and passing by quickly, so it’s time to power up for a little summer fun with some outdoor adventures. and those outdoor adventures don’t have to take place far away. they can be in your very own backyard. as i have mentioned many times this summer, it has been much harder having a little baby, so we’ve had to make due with staying around our neighborhood. we haven’t gotten to go camping at all, which is sad since we usually go a ton during summer. so to make it up to the boys by having an awesome backyard camping adventure….all thanks to Energizer.

having a fun backyard campout doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot time to set up. i just grabbed a bunch of things from the house and set up a tent. i wanted to share with you some of the items i used to make the evening extra special for the whole family. we really had the best time.

first off, i set up the backyard with a tent, blankets and pillows from the house, some books, snacks and flag banners i had left over from a party.

i brought out these giant dominos that are meant to be played outdoors and layed out a quilt with pillows on the lawn. this way the kids could lay out and read books under the stars.

i made sure to have my Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights ready to brighten up our campout as soon as it started to get dark. the great thing about these Energizer lights is that they are super portable and super bright. just a few of them can light up the backyard. plus they are battery powered, which makes them easy to use anywhere. there is no need for a campfire which would be dangerous with the kids running around the backyard. they would be great for all kinds of outdoor entertaining throughout the summer—from holidays to family barbecues.

what i really like about the Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights is that you can use them in a bunch of different ways. you can use them as a regular flashlight, and they have a stand so that you can use the flashlight as a spotlight. they also have a floodlight portion that you can use to light up a tent or area of the backyard, plus they have hooks to hang them up where you need them.

once everything was set up, it was time for dinner! i decided it would be fun to have Walking Tacos. walking tacos are basically tacos in a bag of chips. it put all the taco toppings in cute bowls and set them in a tray with some bags of chips.
all you do, is open the bags of chips and put your favorite toppings into them. then, hold the top of the bag shut and shake. now you can either pour the walking tacos into you mouth to eat, or use a fork to eat them out of the bag. yum.i also bought some special sodas and lemonades for the dinner to make the dinner extra fun.

next up was crafts….

we took some 12 x 12″ pieces of wood and hammered 1″ nails into them making a shape. we chose to make kitty cats, but you can do any shape you would like. you want to place each nail about 3/4 to 1″ apart. next, you take string or floss and wind it around the nails to make your shape more distinct.

it’s a really easy craft, but the kids love hammering the nails and stringing their shapes…i high recommend this activity. here is how ours turned out.

you can’t have a backyard campout without s’mores

so i set up a DIY tabletop s’more station. but instead of roasting them on sticks, we had s’mores in waffle cones. just put marshmallows and chocolate in a waffle cone, wrap with foil and place on the campfire for a few minutes until warmed. in our case, we didn’t have a campfire. instead, i took terra cotta pots and lined them with foil. i then placed 5-6 charcoals in them and light them up. they stay hot enough to cook on for about an hour.

did i mention that we also roasted fruit chews?!!!!!! we did

we took fruit chews, stuck them onto wooden sticks and roasted them over the coals. then we put them onto graham crackers to eat. soooooo YUMMY. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!

as it got dark, we played on the blanket just outside the tent and looked up at the stars. we had a fun app on our phone that helps fin the constellations in the sky. they we used the flashlights to read some books.

finally, it was time to head to bed in the tent. we took our lights into the tent so that we could settle down and tell some ghost stories. then it was lights out. i can’t imagine a better backyard campout…it was so fun and relaxing hanging out together.

who better to help power the busy and the fun night than Energizer®? and it definitely was a fun night….even if mom and dad didn’t get much sleep. the key to having a successful backyard campout is to just have fun, lots of snacks and food, a few games and of course a comfy place to sleep. hopefully you can have a fun backyard campout too…with these easy tips, having a family campout is just a backyard away! have fun.

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Sharing my Love for Orange County with MrOwl App

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MrOwl.com. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mr. Owl App

have you heard of the new app, MrOwl? it’s a new app that can help you organize all the web links, photos, and cool things you find online into one place…right on your phone or computer. think of it as a home for all of your interests. and best of all, it’s FREE.

when i heard about MrOwl app, i immediately thought…this will be a great way to help others enjoy the OC and Southern California. for almost 10 years i have been sharing Orange County lifestyle on the blog and on my social channels. and there are other local bloggers that doing the same thing. there is a lot of great content out there…would’t it be great to keep it organized? by using MrOwl, you could help organzine everything.

so, i went ahead ahead and set up my own account on MrOwl. i added branches to my tree with categories of things found in Orange County.

 

 

i made a branch for Orange County Museums…a branch for Orange County Beaches….a branch for Orange County Eateries and more.

 

 

within the branches i have added links and photos that correspond to that category. now, whenever i find something interesting that happens to do with the category on one of my branches, i can simply add it. everything i find that i love in that category will be located on that branch. cool huh!

 

 

and it doesn’t have to be limited to those categories. i can make branches for anything i love. i can follow branches from others who inspire me and get some great new ideas. i would love to find some hidden gems in Orange County. hopefully i will find some cool branches to follow on MrOwl.

Setting up Your Own MrOwl Account

wanna join the fun of MrOwl? you should try it out. it’s EASY and FREE. just Download The MrOwl app to get started!

once you have created your account, you can set-up your own branches of interest. you need to create different branches for different categories. think of it as a HOME for all of your interests. then, you can search the internet and find links from websites you like to add to each of the branches. by using MrOwl’s unique search, you can find exactly what you’re looking for and organize all your content in ONE easy place. it’s like your own personal filing cabinet of things you love.

stay private or share with the world? you can choose to have your branches be private or public. you can collaborate with other MrOwl app users on topics you love and also find new interests to get inspired by. you have the option to join a connected community curated by REAL people like you. this is a great way to share your interests and passions with other people, sharing your knowledge with the community, and your world with other people.

 

Orange County California Palm Trees

Following Others on MrOwl

with MrOwl, you can also follow other people’s branches of interest. currently, i have many branches of interesting things to do in Orange County and Southern California. if you chose to follow one, whenever i add a link something new, it will show up on the branch. you get to share in my fun.

i’d love for you to follow me! my username is PopsicleBlog. i’ll be sharing all about Orange County…fun places to go, the best eats, beautiful photos and hidden gems. i am passionate about the lifestyle here, and would love to share it with you. these are my inspiration boards and i want to inspire you and to be inspired by you. so if you do sign up for MrOwl, message me, i will follow you back!

time to Sign Up! there are many different branches located on MrOwl with different interests created by people all over the world and within your very own community. there is definitely something for everyone no matter what interests you. just search and follow the people that inspire you. let your imagination guide you and see your interests come to life. share your world. share you.

Popsicleblog at Balboa Beach Pier

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CHOC Walk Wednesdays at Chick-Fil-A PLUS Win Chick-Fil-A for a Year

This post is sponsored by Chick-Fil-A.CHOC Walk Wednesdays

as you know, we are super excited about the CHOC Walk this year! we’ve set up the Sandy Toes and Popsicles Team to Fundraise, and are trying to spread the word about some amazing CHOC Walk Fundraising events. here’s one of them. CHOC Walk Wednesdays. and the best thing about this FUNdraiser, is all you have to do is buy COOKIES!!!!! (make sure to read to the bottom of this post for an AMAZING giveaway!!!!)

CHOC Walk Wednesdays

CHOC Walk Wednesdays

so what are CHOC Walk Wednesdays? just stop by any Orange County Chick-fil-A locations on any of the four Wednesdays leading up to the CHOC Walk to purchase a Chocolate Chunk Cookie!!!! they are really yummy and made fresh each day. this FUNdraiser applies to a single cookie, a six pack or a catering tray of 12 or 24.  100% of the proceeds will go directly to CHOC Children’s Hospital.

The dates are as follows:
Wednesday, August 2nd
Wednesday, August 9th
Wednesday, August 16th
Wednesday, August 23rd

so take your family, take your friends, treat yourself to a yummy Chocolate Chunk Cookie! you deserve it…and so did the children at CHOC. we couldn’t wait to show our support, so we ran down there for breakfast this morning. yep, cookies for breakfast. little miss Dani has never had a cookie before…but she took that matter into her own hands. we couldn’t keep them away from her.
to sweeten the deal, Chick-fil-A has given me an amazing prize to offer my readers…

Win Free Chick-fil-A for a Year!

one lucky winner will win the Grand Prize of Chick-fil-A for a Year!!!!! this prize consists of 52 meal cards valued at $380.00. this prize is sponsored by the Orange County Chick-fil-A locations, but is redeemable at any Chick-fil-A location in Southern California. how amazing is this prize. Chick-fil-A has been so giving and supportive of CHOC…they are an wonderful and amazing sponsor.

there are a few ways to enter this giveaway. i am holding the contest on my instagram and Facebook channels as well as on this page. you can enter one one or all three places. all entries will be combined and one winner will be picked from the bunch. must be at least 18 years old to enter.

so head over to the Sandy Toes and Popsicles Facebook Page, the Sandy Toes and Popsicles Instagram Page and/or enter below via rafflecopter. contest ends August 20th at midnight. Good luck!!!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{ Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Chick-fil-A has donated the Grand Prize. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. #cfa4choc }

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Homemade Shark Attack Pop Tarts for Shark Week

it’s Discovery Channel Shark Week, which means lots of shark movies, shark television shows, and shark themed activities and treats. my boys love shark week so much that i decided to find a fun Shark Week activity for them….of course in a food theme. so, i came up with Homemade Shark Attack Pop Tarts! super easy to make and even include oozing blood from a shark bite. they are pretty much a homemade strawberry pop tart with blue icing, fishy sprinkles and a gummy shark. i found the gummies at our local Sprouts market and the fishy sprinkles are by Wilton and i purchased them from Michael’s Craft Store.

How to make Homemade Shark Attack Pop Tarts

all you need to make these Shark Attack Pop Tarts is pie crust (i used the refrigerated ready-made), strawberry jam, confectioners sugar, blue food coloring, sprinkles (optional) and shark gummies. plus, one egg for the egg wash.

first, cut the pie crust into rectangles. you will need two of the same size for each pop tart. for best results, use a ruler and a sharp knife to cut the dough.

place the bottom half of the pie crust on a baking sheet.

top each rectangle piece of pie crust with strawberry jam, making sure not to get it too close to the edges. leave at least a 1/2″ border.

next, place the second pie crust rectangle on top of the jam. with a fork, crimp all the edges to seal. also prick the top of eat pop tart a few times.

brush each pop tart with egg wash. a mixture of one beaten egg and a dash of water.

place the finished pop tarts into a preheated 450º F oven. bake until golden brown. approximately 10-12 minutes.

finally, mix the confectioners sugar with water until the correct frosting consistency. add food coloring. frost the pop tarts and add sprinkles and gummy sharks. then enjoy for Shark Week!!!! YUM.


 

 

 

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