Nutella Chocolate Bird Nests Recipe

Nutella Bird Nest Treats Recipe

here’s a fun treat to make with the kids that simple, easy and really yummy…Nuttella Chocolate Bird Nests! i made them last week and my kids really enjoyed having some baking time with me in the kitchen. plus, i think they turned out so cute…perfect for spring and the Easter holiday.

there are a lot of recipes out there for making chocolate birds nests, you can pretty much make them by simply using melted chocolate and chow mein noodles, but i added some Nutella and peanut butter for additional flavor….because everything is better with Nutella. so here is my recipe for Nutella Chocolate Bird Nest Treats:

what you need
2 bags of chow mein noodles
1/2 cup Nutella
2 cups chocolate chips
1/4 peanut butter (nut butter or shortening will work too)
candy eggs (Cadbury mini eggs, Robins Eggs or jelly beans work great)
wax paper

directions
melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler. once the chocolate chips are melted, add Nuttella and peanut butter. Mix until smooth. in a large bowl, add the chow mein noodles and melted chocolate. mix until the chow mein noodles are completely covered with chocolate.

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on a sheet of wax paper, scoop 1/3 scoops of the chow mien mixture, gently shaping them into nests. make a small dent in the center of each nest and place 3 candy eggs. make sure you add the candy eggs before the chocolate sets or the eggs will fall out.

chocolate-birds-nests-recipelet the nests cool and set for one hour. once they are set, you can move them to a pretty platter or an air tight container.easter-birds-nest-treatsi just love these little nests…aren’t they cute?!!  they taste good too. i just love the nuttiness the nuttella brings to them…you can hardly taste the peanut butter.  and since the recipe is fairly fool proof, you can play around with it to use the ingredients you like.

i can’t wait to serve these at Easter dinner. they will also serve as the centerpiece since they are also like decorations. a win win.

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A Visit to a California Strawberry Farm

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when California Strawberries invited me to the 365 Day of Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event, and to take a tour of a California Strawberry Farm, i would have to say, that i was beyond excited. to me, strawberries are the perfect fruit. when i eat a strawberry, there is something about it that makes me so happy….whether it’s the color, the taste or it’s smell, i’m not sure, probably all the above, but i just love them. being able to tour a working farm to learn about strawberries, how they are grown, how they are harvested and where they go after being picked was a big treat.

and besides learning about my favorite fruit (sorry watermelon), i was also able to experience the beauty of natures goodness in pure form. i mean, just look at these views.

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so myself, my littlest son Vann and my mom, headed up to Terry Farm in to Oxnard, California, where a lot of the California strawberries are grown. more than four hundred family farmers grow strawberries on approximately 40,000 acres from Orange County, all the way to the Monterey Bay. rich, sandy coastal soils, western ocean exposure and moderate temperatures, give California the perfect combination for a year-round strawberry growing season.  yes, a 12 month growing season!

we took a tractor pulled wagon around the fields and learned so many fun facts about strawberries. who would have thought there was so much to learn.

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we learned the importance of training the people who work in the fields and handle the strawberries to have the cleanest, germ-free hands possible. here is Vann using fluorescent particle infused soap to check if he removed all the germs and dirt from his hands. it takes a very thorough hand cleaning to make your hands clean enough to work with the berries in the field. clean hands are important to reduce the risk of disease from humans to food.

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this is William Terry, a fifth generation farmer teaching us how to properly pick a strawberry, how the fields are set up, and how the strawberry workers harvest the strawberries. workers at this farm are paid a minimum of $9 per hour with a bonus per box wage. with that bonus, the average worker is making around $22 per hour.

California’s strawberry farmers are among the most progressive and environmentally conscious in the state. they have invested millions of dollars in research and sustainable farming practices to reduce pesticide use and environmental impacts. he shared with us how they are able to use less pesticides by only using what is needed for a specific problem, and how they reduce bad bug populations with other bugs…a sort of “bug warfare.”

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each row of strawberries are planted in mounds that are about 18″ high. this makes it easier to harvest the strawberries because workers don’t have to bend over as much, reducing back problems. the plastic is used to keep the mounds of dirt moist with water. if they dry out, the mounds would collapse. inside the plastic, there are laser cut strips of irrigation material that is placed every 6 inches along the row. this cuts down the amount of water used to water the strawberries significantly, and makes water usage very efficient.

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the fields are planted and then completely plowed and replanted twice a year, February and October. here are some fields that are getting plowed and prepped for planting season.

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in the fields we picked and ate so many strawberries. they are so delicious! here’s my mom…she enjoyed the strawberries as much as i did.

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let me tell you some great facts that i learned about California Strawberries…

nearly 90%  of U.S. grown fresh strawberries come from California, with more than 1.7 billion pounds harvested annually. if California were a country, it would be the world’s largest producer of strawberries!

Strawberries are a Superfruit 8 strawberries contain more vitamin C than the average orange. they are low in sugar, with only around 50 calories, and are a great source of fiber, folate and potassium.

Strawberries are good for your health  nutrients and phytochemicals in strawberries help maintain a healthy heart, boost memory, reduce total cholesterol levels and may lower the risk of developing some types of cancer. eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging up to 2.5 years, potassium found in strawberries can help control blood pressure and fight strokes AND the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has identified strawberries, as one of the top 10 superfoods for a diabetes meal plan.

did you know that there is no such thing as a GMO strawberry? that is right, there are no genetically modified strawberries commercially grown and shipped. varieties of strawberries are developed for different climates and growing conditions, but these varieties are developed using traditional breeding methods that involve two parent plants that are crossed using their flowers.

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by the end of the day, Vann was in awe of the farmers. they really know their stuff. growing strawberries is more technical than i would have ever imagined…and they do a great job. Vann told me he wanted to be a farmer when he grows up. i could get used to having fresh strawberries all the time.

terry-farm-strawberry-oxnardbut i would have to say…eating the strawberries was the best part. and i haven’t even shown you all the yummy food. you can use strawberries for appetizers, entrees, dessert and even ketchup. i will be sharing all about the food in another post.

it was a good good day!

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touring the strawberry fields was really incredible. you can take a peek at the events of the day here.  or head over to the official California Strawberries website for more strawberry facts and some amazing recipes.

I Love California Strawberries Badge{disclosure: this is a sponsored post. i was an invited guest of California Strawberries to tour the farm and learn about the strawberries. all thoughts and opinions are a bazillion times my own. psssst….i LOVE strawberries. }

 

Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar | Family Travel

This is a sponsored post on behalf Hotel Indigo Del Mar.

Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar Review | Family Travel

a few days ago i wrote about our family’s great weekend getaway to the beach city of Del Mar, California. i mentioned that we stayed at the Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar, and due the the amount of photos i took, i decided to talk about our hotel stay in separate post.

the Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar is an upscale boutique hotel that brings elements of its beach surroundings and city’s horse racing roots into its decor and architecture. it had such a refreshing beach feel, and kind of made me feel like i was an expensive beach cottage. the weekend was all about seaside wellness, and that’s what we got.

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the room was beautiful, and decorated with a fun twist of traditional, modern and beachy.  it had wood floors, a large bathroom, television and really comfortable beds that i could have layer in all day long.

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there were fun decor elements around every corner. the lobby had a great vibe…bright and cheerful! i loved every bit of how it was decorated, from the colors and architecture to the fun artwork. the boys loved hanging out in the lobby.

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on our first morning at the hotel, we decided to drive a few blocks to the local bagel store and enjoy a quick breakfast while deciding what to do for the day. we sat on the street corner and enjoyed watching all the people walking by, some with dogs, some riding bikes, some jogging. everyone seemed so happy and fit. this little beach city is full of life and healthy living. read about all of the fun things we ended up doing here.

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and if you have a dog or are a dog lover, Del Mar is the city for you. we saw water bowls and treats outside all the restaurant and store entrances. people just love the doggies here.

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you will also find outdoor corner flower shops, and unique little boutique stores lining the streets. a walk to the beach is just blocks away and breathtaking beachside hiking trails and grassy knolls flank the beach.

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later on during the day, we decided to enjoy lunch back at the Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar which also has a beautiful restaurant and bar located adjacent to the lobby. the menu was full of mouth-watering choices and included breakfast, lunch and dinner. all menu options were also available to be delivered as room service. i was especially surprised at the prices which were so reasonable with entrees starting at around $10. i expected the prices to be a lot higher for such a nice restaurant.

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plus the food is fantastic. the hubby and i opted for a poolside lunch and shared this awesome cheeseburger. it was soooo good!

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the hotel manager was so friendly and treated us like family. beside telling us where all the fun things to do were, he also helped up send a personal greeting and photo from our family to all of the Hotel Indigo locations around the world. it was like a photo booth that connect travelers to each other…so fun.

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some other amenities at Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar are, a fitness room with cardio machines and free weights, a sauna, and a in-house spa that offers a full range of spa and massage treatments.

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and of course the pools…..my boys favorite part of the hotel. within the hotel there are two large pools and a hot tub. the main pool is surrounded by hotel rooms, the hotel restaurant and lobby, and the other pool and hot tub is more secluded by another group of hotel rooms that are setup more like condos.

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we had so much fun swimming and enjoying the beautiful weather.

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evenings at the hotel are also a great time to relax and enjoy yourself. just outside the hotel’s restaurant are two big fire pits with nice seating areas. you can order drinks, food or enjoy hot chocolate by the fire. this was definitely a favorite activity of my boys. we had a lovely evening chatting with them and talking about all the fun we had during the day.

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i would say that we had a fabulous stay at the Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar and hope to return very soon. and if you haven’t read about the rest of our Del Mar vacation, be sure to read all about it here.

if you would like to take a getaway to the Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar, i have a special promo code just for my readers. use “DREAMDELMAR” when you call the hotel directly and get a special discount for your stay. i hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!

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have you ever been to Del Mar before?

 

 

 

Mamma Mia! at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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last night i enjoyed a lovely girls night out with my dear friend Laurie. we went to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia! being performed at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts. Mamma Mia! is based on the songs of ABBA , the popular swedish pop band of the 70′s & 80′s known for songs such as “Dancing Queen” and “Money, Money, Money.” the show was FANTASTIC and will be at the Segerstrom  April 8-13th, 2014.

Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found. it takes you through the story of daughter Sophie, who is getting married and wants to find her father whom she has never met. while reading her mother Donna’s journal, she finds that there are three men who could possible be her dad. she invites them to the wedding without her mother’s knowledge….and the rest is history. you are going to need to go see the play to find out!

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we had such a fun time at the show and we were literally dancing in our seats by the end of the show and the entire audience was singing along with the Mamma Mia! cast.

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this show makes for a fabulous girls night out or mother/daughter evening. i wouldn’t recommend this show for young children, but it is great for young adults and adults alike. be sure to arrive early so you can share some dance moves with your friends on the dance floor. and also get your picture taken with the Mamma Mia! backdrops.

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wanna go? hurry and get your tickets. this show only play this week at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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dates & times
Tuesday, April 8th • 7:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, April 9th • 7:30 p.m.*
Thursday, April 10th • 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, April 11th • 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, April 12th • 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, April 13th • 1:00 p.m.  & 6:30 p.m.
tickets
start at $29 person 
purchase at the Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
online – SCFTA.org  •  phone (714) 556-2787

{disclosure: i received complimentary media tickets to reveiw the show. all thoughts and opinions are my own.}

 

Confessions of the Real Me: Picture Perfect Mom? | Free printable mom quote

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Confessions of the Real Me. a new series on my blog where i will share the not so perfect bits and pieces of my life. because in reality…our lives are not always the perfect pictures that we share on social media channels. i know mine isn’t….but i’ll take it.

Picture Perfect Mom?

as a blogger, a big part of my life is an open book. things i do with my children, daily happenings and photos of our lives are shared across my social media channels. i often hear; “you guys are always doing fun stuff,” “you have the best life” and “my kids wish i did more things like you.”  in fact, i hear things like this multiple times a week, which often makes me a bit uncomfortable. i sometimes wonder how others perceive my family and i. do they think we are always out doing fun things 24/7?  i would hate for someone to think that they don’t measure up to me. so sad.

although my family does get to do a lot of fun things (which i never take for granted) and i love my life, things aren’t always rainbows and unicorns over here. we are just a family with normal problems.

there have been times when i have talked to friends about getting together and they have said to me, “i am too embarrassed to have you over because my house is a wreck. i have seen how beautifully clean yours is and i need to clean mine up before i have you over.”  WHAT?

they have SEEN mine?

when have they seen my house….the one that is beautifully clean?

well, they have SEEN mine. on instagram. on Facebook. on this blog. that’s where they have seen mine. but, they have NOT REALLY SEEN mine.

the second that i heard this comment come from my friend’s mouth, i actually had a sad feeling in my heart. not because her house was so messy (because i am pretty sure her house was much cleaner than mine). but sad to think that she had to feel that she didn’t measure up to what she had seen on my social media channels.

because in reality, my house is opposite of that. it is ALWAYS messy, just ask my friends (except for every other Monday when i am lucky enough to have my housekeeper over). that’s just how it is over here. even my son’s friend mentioned that my house was WAY more messy than his. yep, that felt great! but with me being a full-time mom and full-time work at home mom, i rarely have the time to keep my house sparkly clean.

i guess what i am trying to get at is this…

the pictures we see, and stories we read on our social media feeds are just snippets of our lives, pieces of the big picture. for most people, the BEST parts of our lives. i don’t often love sharing my sink full of dishes or piles of laundry. when i take photos for my blog or instagram, i HIDE the clutter, zoom in on the clean areas and only show the happy parts. i enjoy sharing happy smiles and happy things. my instagram profile is my happy place. it’s where i put my best photos, the ones i love and the happy times. the good stuff i want to remember, not the bad. i am pretty sure most people do the same.

social media has made sharing our lives with one another easy. instagram, facebook, blogs and even pinterest are constants feeds,  showing what people are doing all day long.

“look what i am wearing”

“look what i’m doing”

“look at my kids”

“look at my yummy food”

“look where we are”

it can be really fun seeing everything going on with the people we follow.

how many times have you seen something shared on social media and wished you had the same? whether a beautiful home, yummy meal, happy kids, opportunity, exciting vacation. i know i have many times. but thats the beauty AND the ugly side of social media. because it’s really fun to see what everyone is up to, but sometimes we see these pretty pictures and think wow, “their lives are perfect” or “i would be happy if i had that.” which is not always the case…and what’s perfect for one family, doesn’t alway work for another.

just last week, i was telling my friend how i couldn’t believe all the stuff parents did for Valentines Day and St. Patrick’s Day. i was feeling bad that i didn’t do anything extravagant for my kids. even though my kids were fine with it, i was just seeing all the photos come through on my feeds and comparing myself and what i didn’t do. 

no, i am NOT trying to bash social media at all. i LOVE it, and use it daily as many of you know. but i just want to remind you that it’s just PART of the picture….that, we as moms are TOO HARD ON OURSELVES. and sometimes can compare ourselves to other moms and to each others lives, just trying to keep up. it’s only natural that we do this.  but please, please stop beating yourselves up about not doing enough. because you ARE AMAZING just the way you are.

we all have our weaknesses and strengths in life. but in the end, it all balances out….and at the end of the day, our kids are happy.

i have seen this quote many times throughout the years. “Good moms have messy kitchens, piles of laundry, sticky floors and happy kids” i love it because it reminds me of ME! i have it on my desktop as a little reminder, since i often beat myself up about not having an empty kitchen sink, that toys are scattered around the house, or that i made my kid wear pants out of the dirty clothes hamper because i didn’t get to the laundry that day (or week or month).

and i’m not saying that if your house is clean your kids aren’t happy either…all i am saying is that it’s okay that our lives aren’t always the pretty pictures we see on social media.

at the end of the day, its not how clean our houses are, or the fun places we went, or if we made a homemade meal or got takeout instead. what matters most is…that we even got through the day…that we did the best we could and what we could to make our families happy.

they love us for it.

and always remember that YOU ARE AMAZING!

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p.s. just in case you want to be reminded of this, i have included this a free printable for you to download. all you nee to do is print it out (at 100% scale) on a piece of card stock and place it in your favorite 8 x 10″ frame.

click here for the free printable mom quote

 

For the love of PEEPS Marshmallow Chicks and Bunnies

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when we received a big box in the mail this weekend labeled “PEEPS” on the outside, my kids were over the moon. we figured it was full of the traditional colorful chicky and bunny PEEPS that we always see during Easter time. we had no idea that we would find 15 different kinds of PEEPS. the boys went to town checking out all the different varieties and claiming which ones they had dibs on. luckily, i claimed them all, so the boys didn’t have to fight over them *wink*. the brightly colored PEEPS brought a rainbow of smiles into our home. they were just what we needed to get in the mood for spring.

since i had no idea that there were so many varieties of PEEPS,  i decided to check out the PEEPS website, and found there are even more varieties than the Easter and Spring ones we received. there were PEEPS for every season.  i also saw that on their website they have a whole gallery of PEEPS crafts and projects submitted by people all over the world. there are some great ones on there, and anyone is allowed to submit their own to be featured.

just for fun, i wanted to share some of the Easter PEEPS that i think would be fun for the kiddies Easter baskets or for a fun spring treat. check them out below!

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1. Marshmallow Bunny Peeps |  2. Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Peeps | 3. Yellow Chick in a Chocolate Egg | 4. Vanilla Creme Flavored Marshmallow Peeps | 5. Rainbow Pops Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks | 6. Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks | 7. Orange Creme Flavored Chicks  | 8. Party Flavored Marshmallow Chicks | 9. Peep Peepsters | 10. Marshmallow Bunny Peeps

Hash Brown Station for Easter Brunch | Free Printables

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Ore-Ida. hash-brown-brunch-recipe-ideaEaster is just around the corner and it is time to start planning what to make for Easter brunch. one of my family’s favorite foods is hash browns, so i wanted to find a really good hash brown recipe for my brunch menu. but then i came up with an even better idea. it would be really fun to make a hash brown bar, where guests could add different toppings to their hash browns.  i decided to do a test run for my kids to try them out this week during their spring break, and it was a complete success.

since the Easter holiday is a really special day for us, i want to make the the hash brown bar really pretty. i love making printables as you know, so i made some pretty tent cards to label all the toppings. then it was time to do all the food shopping.

i picked up a more than a few bags of Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes at Walmart. i really suggest stocking up now, because when holiday come around, they are hard to find. everyone buys them up because they are the best kind of hash browns in my opinion. for the hash brown toppings, i decided to buy; shredded cheese, bell peppers, bacon, tomatoes, sour cream, chives and ketchup. when i serve brunch on Easter, i am also going to add a platter of scrambled eggs, because those would be marvelous atop hash browns.
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i put all the toppings into pretty serve ware, and put the hash browns on a nice platter. i decorated the table to match the tents cards that i made earlier, and also made a 5 x 7″ sign to label the Hash Brown Station. flowers, a blue mason jar, Easter eggs, Easter grass and a colorful table mat made the set-up especially perfect for the Easter holiday. however, i even think this would be pretty for a baby shower or bridal shower brunch as well. ( i have included the printable at the bottom of this post)

WOW. i just love how it all turned out. and i really think my guests will love it too.

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not only did the table set-up turn out amazing, the food did as well. YUM! hash brown make the perfect bask for all those toppings. the perfect amount of crispy, tender, and savory with the freshness of the veggies. my kids and i had the best time filling up our plates and gobbling it down.

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i can’t wait till Easter morning, where i will be creating this yummy hash brown bar again. i have a feeling it is going to be a big hit with everyone.

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Free Easter Brunch Printable Cards
click here for the free printable tent cards and 5 x 7″ sign. i have also include blank cards if you need them for additional toppings i didn’t have. enjoy!

{I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

 

Family Getaway to Del Mar, California | Family Travel

Family Getaway to Del Mar, California Southern California Family Travel - Popsicleblogtwo weeks ago, we took a little family getaway to the lovely city of Del Mar, California to celebrate my birthday weekend. Del Mar is located in north San Diego just south of Carlsbad. i have always thought of Del Mar as horse racing city, and never knew that it offered so much more. it ended up being a great little southern California family vacation.

we took all three boys, and stayed at the refreshing Hotel Indigo, just wait till you see the pictures. i will write all about in another post. and if you just can’t wait…use this promo code for a great deal “DREAMDELMAR“. considering that we were taking this vacation as sort of a seaside wellness excursion, we were hoping to be able to relieve our mind and bodies of stress and fatigue and just enjoy natures seaside beauty. and that we did.

throughout the city of Del Mar, you will find unique details of its horse racing roots, but what you will also find is a beachside community full of small city charm and friendly people. as we walked around exploring the city, people were out and about; walking their dogs, taking a jog on the beach, enjoying a meal at the local eateries and just being active. everyone seems so happy and healthy.

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Del Mar’s main beach was awesome. it has hiking trails lining the scenic cliffs and a beach that is flanked with green grass, park benches, barbecues and even a playground. we spent the good part of the morning walking the trails and just taking in the beautiful views of the ocean.

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around lunchtime on Saturday, we headed over to the Del Mar Farmers Market. we were so glad we did, as we found so many great finds. if you decide to visit the Del Mar Farmers Market, be sure to come hungry and to bring a big bag for all the goodies you’ll want to buy and bring home with you.

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you will find vendors selling yummy things to eat like sandwiches and pasta, homemade spreads and sauces, and foods from all different cultures.

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you won’t be able to resist the fresh popped kettle corn, the homegrown veggies and fruits, and the freshly baked breads and desserts. [Read more...]

Berry Bloom at Knott’s Berry Farm | Ticket Giveaway

snoopy-flowers-knotts-berry-bloom1-1the second annual Knott’s Berry Bloom returns to Knott’s Berry Farm this spring season with larger than life displays of beautiful spring colors and interactive family-friendly activities. we just loved Knott’s Berry Bloom last year, especially the decorations and Beagle Easter Egg Hunt.

knott's_spring_berry_bloom_2014this year it’s all about the boysenberries! new for 2014, Knott’s is celebrating the nostalgic history of Knott’s roots (literally!) with an inaugural Ghost Town Boysenberry Festival. at the festival, guests can wine, dine, and buy boysenberry inspired products throughout the windings streets of the Old West. Cordelia Knott’s Original Roadside Boysenberry Stand will be recreated for the special event, from which guests can purchase authentic boysenberry plants and preserves.knotts-boysenberry-pie-bloomguests will find a variety of boysenberry inspired gourmet food and wine offerings inside Wilderness Dance Hall. towering sculpted topiaries provide shade during warm April days and twinkle brighter than stars at night. Ghost Town will be filled with the aroma of ribs, chicken, and other charbroiled treats smothered with boysenberry glaze and cooked on open-air barbecues. knott-berry-bloom-eventlocal artists will be selling boysenberry inspired items, and on School House Road, you can try your hand at western themed games with a boysenberry twist! daily boysenberry pie eating contests will take place in front of the Birdcage Theater, and in Ghost Town, you can watch demonstrations including jarring homemade jam, blacksmithing, and cooking homemade boysenberry glazes. watch out for bandits hankerin’ to steal a piece of boysenberry pie. at sundown, things may get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies mount their toe tap pin’, knee-slappin’, gut-bustin’ country comedy show in front of the Birdcage Theater.

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near the boardwalk, you will find more family fun with shuffle board, giant tic tac toe, bowling, and more at Big Boardwalk Games. Sally and Peppermint Patty might even come out to play, challenging park guests to some friendly competition.

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in Camp Snoopy, the Search for the Easter Beagle returns this year as the Easter Beagle’s ENORMOUS Egg Hunt. all five Easter Beagle locations will be prize locations for kids 3-11 years old who are on the hunt for spring time fun. the path will lead explorers to a grand finale meet and greet location with Snoopy in an area of Camp Snoopy created just for this attraction!

plus, don’t miss the all new musical revue in the Camp Snoopy Theatre, “Flower Power” will showcase the Peanuts pals singing, dancing, and celebrating springtime. little ones may even be invited on stage to celebrate with them!

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we can’t wait to go back this year, Knott’s Berry Farm is too much fun. we just love Knott’s Berry Bloom. i am sure your family will too.

keep up with the fun and follow Knott’s!
and if you visit the park…be sure to hashtag you photos with #KnottsSpring
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Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza 2014

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we are so excited because today the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza opens for the season! it has to be one of our family’s most favorite Easter activities to do in Orange County. there are fun spring activities around every corner such as Easter egg hunts, hayrides, face painting and of course the train.

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there are adorable photo opportunities all around the railroad. hopefully your kiddies will take better pictures than mine LOL!

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and you can’t leave without decorating a giant sugar cookie. YUM YUM

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the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza is fun for the whole family and just the thing to get you in the mood for spring. looking back through all my photos, we have memories from visiting every spring. my kids have been going since they were babies. the Irvine Park Railroad will always hold a special place in my heart.

wanna go? here’s the info….

march 29th – april 19th
open 7 days a week (weather permitting)
weekdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
weekends: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869 
(714) 973-6847 • oczoo@ocparks.com
located inside Irvine Regional Park in Orange.
Parking is $3 per vehicle on weekdays and $5 per vehicle on weekends.

tickets
$5.00 each ● 12 months and younger FREE!
book of 15 Tickets: $60.00 ● $10.00 savings!

activities
• meet the Easter Bunny $10.00 (includes picture)
• picture stands free
• train rides – 1 ticket
• hay rides – 1 ticket
• bounce house – 1 ticket
• egg hunt – 1 ticket
• face painting – 2 tickets
• cookie decorating – 1 tickets
• carnival games – 1 ticket
• meet the easter bunny w/picture – $10
• pony rides – $4

and if that isn’t enough, you can visit the OC Zoo, or you can head over to the lake and rent a paddle boat, surrey or one of the many fun bikes at Fun Wheel Rentals. wow…i am already getting excited. before you head over to the railroad, click here for some great coupons!

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