You Can Now Watch Disney’s Frozen 2 at Home!

This post is sponsored by Disney’s Frozen 2.

Our hearts are melting because Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” is now available on Digital in 4K Ultra HD™, HD and Movies Anywhere, and will be available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 25th. And what is even more exciting is that “Frozen 2” will include some pretty awesome bonus features! It will include deleted scenes, deleted songs, Easter eggs, outtakes and a sing-along version with lyrics to the film’s forever-infectious songs. Disney sent over the Blu-Ray and some fun games to celebrate this exciting release. And of course, that meant we needed to have a family Frozen 2 movie night that included Frozen 2 games and karaoke!

So all the cousins came over dressed in Frozen attire to watch Frozen 2. We decorated the house with blue and white streamers and balloons, and pulled out the play snowballs from the Christmas boxes. They made it feel like we were in the snow! I also got some Frozen 2 party decorations for the cake area because it just happened to be grandma and aunties birthday.

To add more fun to our Frozen 2 movie night, we played some fun “Frozen 2” games. On February 22, all-new toys inspired by the film’s finale featuring Queen Anna and Elsa the Snow Queen will hit retail shelves in celebration of the in-home release. Check out what we played.

I would have to say the the Frozen 2 Snowflake Catch was the kids favorite, along with Frozen 2 themed UNO and Frozen 2 Bop It! We even got uncle to play.

As I mentioned before, the Frozen 2 movie release comes with some amazing boys features. Dani’s most favorite bonus is by far the sing-along version with lyrics to all the Frozen 2 songs. You can sing along to your favorite songs as you watch the entire movie.

Along with the games, we were also given a Frozen 2 Karaoke Machine which she has not stopped playing with since we got it.

Everyone had so much fun singing along, however, these two wouldn’t share the microphone with anyone else but themselves. Hee hee.

We finished the evening with cake, because we had some special birthdays to celebrate. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening. Everyone had so much fun…thanks to Frozen 2!

Disney’s Frozen 2 is such a great movie that families love, no wonder it’s on it’s way to becoming the No. 1 animated feature of all time!

Why Buying Girl Scout Cookies is More than Just Eating Cookies

This post is sponsored by Girl Scouts of Orange County.

I was a Girl Scout for seven years, and the thing I remember most about it was selling cookies door-to-door out of my little red wagon. I also remember my mom buying cases of cookies and filling up our freezer so we would be stocked up with cookies months after cookie sales ended. If we had any left once summer came, we would make s’mores with them. YUM! Those were the days! I can’t wait to make those same kind of memories with my little girl.

(Make sure to read to the end to enter to win some Girl Scout Cookies!!!)

Good news! Girl Scout Cookie season is in full swing here in Orange County – you’ve probably seen a cute Girl Scout or two selling them either door to door, or at your local grocery store. So if you have been craving a box (or two or three!) then you better hurry and stock up now, because cookie sales end March 8th!

Why You Should By Girl Scout Cookies.

Buying Girl Scout cookies goes beyond yummy cookies in your tummy. The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, is the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurship program. Nine in ten Girl Scouts say the cookie program has built their entrepreneurship skills and their interest in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career path! How cool is that. Every cookie purchase is an investment in the world-changing business leaders of tomorrow.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls to develop five essential life skills – Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.

Girl Scouts all over the Unites States are busy selling Girl Scout cookies to raise money for their troops to do fun learning and enrichment activities! Each individual troops works together to decide how their troop’s proceeds will be spent. Plus, when you purchase cookies within the OC, all that revenue stays within Orange County to support life-changing programs for nearly 20,000 girls.

The Deets Girl Scout Cookies!

Now that you are probably in the mood for some Girl Scout Cookies, you probably want to know what kinds are available and how much! Girl Scout cookies in Orange County run $5.00 per package. The gluten-free are $6.00 per package.

This year you can get all your favorite flavors. Regular flavors include Caramel Delights, Shortbread, and Peanut Butter Sandwich. Vegan cookie flavors include Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties & S’mores. The gluten-Free are Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies and a limited in availability.

Can’t Eat Cookies? You Can Donate Them…what?!!!!

Did you know that Girl Scouts has a Cookie Share option? If you don’t eat them, treat them! Customers can buy and donate cookies that are then distributed to our nation’s military and local food banks. Just let the Girl Scout know that you want to purchase for a charitable cause and they can help you right there at the cookie booth.

I think that the Girl Scout program is super awesome and really wanted to help support these girls during cookie season. So that is why I wrote a whole post on just Girl Scout Cookie sales. Plus, we really LOVE Girl Scout Cookies! Our favorites are the Caramel Delights and Thin Mints.

If you are having trouble locating cookies, use the Cookie locator to locate a Girl Scout selling cookies near you. You can also have a chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie Prize Package below…

Girl Scout Cookie GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!

Here is your chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie Prize Package!!! Just enter via Rafflecopter below or on Facebook and you could win a box of all the Girl Scout Cookies available in Orange County. Contest ends February 24th at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen randomly and must be 18 years or older and a resident of the United States. Good luck!!!!

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Discovery Days at Centennial Farm

Centennial Farm is located in the OC Fair & Event Center in the city of Costa Mesa in Orange County. If you have been to the OC Fair, then most likely you have also visited Centennial Farm. The big red barn marks it’s location!

Did you know that you can visit Centennial Farm for FREE?!!! It’s open to the public almost every day of the week, unless there is a special event or if the OC Fair is open, which in that case you can still visit if you have a Fair ticket! You can stroll to gardens and say hi to all the animals which is especially fun for small children.

If you want an extra fun experience at Centennial Farm, then I suggest visiting during one of their Discovery Days.

Discovery Days at Centennial Farm are set up for school field trips, but you are welcome to visit on your own alongside the groups. They have volunteers onsite with demonstrations and hands on activities for kids to learn about gardening and farm life. Did I mention that there is NO CHARGE for you to visit on your own! We took Dani last week and had such a great time.

When you arrive, make sure to check in at the tables located at the entrance to the farm. They give you a map and explain what is happening inside the farm. They also give each kid a coloring book and a packet of seeds. Then you will head inside the Centennial Farm for your self guided tour.

We started out heading over to the garden to check out all the vegetable being grown. WOW! They have a little bit of everything growing out in the fields. There a signs in front of each fruit or vegetable with details and info about the plant and how to grow it. If you have older children, you can have them read the plaques, and with younger children

They also have a touch table set up with lots of different fruits and vegetables for the kids to hold, touch, and smell. A volunteer is there to help the kids explore and learn about what they are touching.

The volunteers are also available to talk to you and are so excited to answer questions and show the children different areas of the garden.

Next we headed over to check out a rather large bull. He was very sweet, and we were allowed to carefully brush him under strict supervision of course. There were volunteers telling us all sorts of facts and stories about him, and also answering any questions we had.

Around the corner, there was another variety of cow! How fun to see a dairy cow up close…she was so beautiful. And inside the big red barn, they have milking demonstrations. Make sure to grab a seat early, as it gets quite full inside.

Kids also get to learn about seeds and have the chance to plant their own radish seeds to take home. Radish seeds have a 21 day growth cycle, so kids can see the progress of their plants pretty quickly.

One of the most exciting parts of this day, was seeing the baby pigs that were born less than 24 hours before our visit. There are always pregnant pigs at Centennial Farm, and there is always a batch of new piglets to enjoy and observe.

We got to not only see the newborn piglets, but also a set of 7 week old piggies. Oh my goodness…they were all so cute!

And besides the pigs, there are many other animals to see and learn about. Here are some photos of our animal encounters.

There is so much to see and do at Discovery Days. There was a welder demonstrating different techniques, and doing demonstrations on bending metal for farm and garden accessories.

If you plan on spending a good amount of time at Centennial Fam Discovery Days, you can bring a picnic lunch. There is a nice sitting area where you can sit and relax when you need a break. Honestly, the views of the garden here are so beautiful, and it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the OC Fairgrounds.

Before you leave, stop by the community garden box and grab a bunch of fresh veggies. It’s donation only, and gives kids the opportunity to experience eating something that they can also see growing right before their eyes. We had a choice of different varieties of lettuce, radishes, and swiss chard!

We had such a great time enjoying Discovery Days at Centennial Farm. It’s one of the best truly free activities available to the public in Orange County. It brings some of the best parts of California to our fingertips…our rich agricultural, farming and fabulous Oc volunteers. I hope that you and your family can experience Centennial Farm Discovery Days on day!

Easy Vegan Curried Vegetable and Lentil Soup Recipe

This easy Vegan Curried Vegetable and Lentil Soup is full of veggies and packed with a lot of flavor. Living in Southern California, it’s easy to forget that soup makes a great meal. It doesn’t get very cold here, and usually you think of making soup when it’s cold. But it’s been cold and a little drizzly lately…the perfect time to make all the soup. Because we all know it’s not going to stay cold very long. So here’s a new soup recipe to add to your list.

You only need one pot to make this comforting healthy vegetable lentil curry soup. It’s a vegan soup that even meat eaters will enjoy. It’s an easy, hearty and satisfying soup with a mild curry flavor. The great thing about this recipe is that the prep time is only about ten minutes. Then you put it on the stove to cook and simmer for about an hour and half.

To begin making this recipe, you will need olive oil, onion, curry powder, cumin, tomato paste, vegetable stock, green lentils, broccoli, carrots, parsnip, celery, parsley.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, curry powder and cumin for about 4 minutes or until onion softens. If you prefer spicier dishes, more curry powder can be used.

Stir in the tomato paste and vegetable stock and bring to a boil stirring occasionally.

Reduce the heat to low and add the lentils. Cover the pot and simmer for 40 minutes.

For the finally cooking period. add the broccoli, carrots, parsnip and celery.

Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.

Finally, stir in some fresh parsley. This adds a pop of fresh and makes the flavors so vibrant. Now you can serve it up! Just add a side of crusty bread and you will have a warm and hearty dinner the whole family will love.

Best of all, if you have leftovers, you can store this soup in the fridge for up to 5 days. It tastes great..maybe even bet reheated. Make sure to add a dash of fresh parsley…because YUM!

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Easy Curried Vegetable and Lentil Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 2/3 cup green lentils
  • 3 cups broccoli flowerettes
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 parsnip peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Cook the onion, curry powder and cumin for about 4 minutes or until onion softens.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and vegetable stock and bring to a boil stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the lentils.
  • Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Add the broccoli, carrots, parsnip and celery.
  • Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in parsley and serve.

Notes

This is an easy, hearty and satisfying soup with a mild curry flavour.
If you prefer spicier dishes more curry powder can be used. If you have leftovers store this soup in the fridge for up to 5 days – it tastes great reheated!

Best Tips for Monster Jam 2020 at Angels Stadium

For us, this time of year is all about Monster Jam! The boys look forward to going to Monster Jam all year long. And the wait is finally over. Monster Jam is coming to Angels Stadium in Anaheim on January 11th & 25th, and February 8th & 22-23rd. We go as an entire family – mom, dad, boys and girl. even grandma and grandpa usually go with us. Monster Jam is great for the whole family…and I would love to share some of my BEST TIPS for Family Fun at Monster Jam.

Best Tips for Going to Monster Jam

Tip #1 – Make a day of it. We always have the most fun when we do the whole experience. Pit Party, Tailgating and then heading to official Monster Jam show.

Tip #2 – Plan ahead and don’t run late. Angels Stadium is big and there will be a lot of people trying to get into the venue. Whether you are going to the Pit Party or just the main Monster Jam show, plan on getting there about an hour early. Lines can be long getting through security and you don’t want to miss the show.

The Pit Party

The Pit Party, happens a few hours before the Monster Jam show. It’s a separate ticketed event and these tickets sell out quick. Tickets are $15 per person. The Pit Party is where you can get up close to actual monster trucks and even meet the drivers. There are also booths with hands-on activities, game booths and food vendors. this year, the lines to get into the pit party were extra long due to security, so we only got to enjoy it for a short time.

Tip #3 – get to the pit party when it opens. This is one of the best parts of Monster Jam in my opinion.

Tip #4 – Bring something to get signed by the drivers. It’s really fun to wear a Monster Jam shirt or bring a Monster Jam poster to get signed by the drivers during the Pit Party. I have also seen people bring toy Monster Jam trucks and also notebooks to get signed.

Here are some of the photos from our visit to one of the Monster Jam Pit Parties.

I really like to get Dani’s photo with girl drivers so that she can see driving monster trucks is not just for boys. This is Brianna Mahon’s monster truck, Whiplash. She was the only female driver of the evening when we went. Unfortunately, we got to the truck a little late and Brianna had to run out. But we still got Dani’s photo with Whiplash!

We all really enjoyed the Pit Party, and so did our grandparents!  Then we headed back to our car for a tailgate dinner….because that is what you do at Monster Jam.

Bring a Picnic to Tailgate at Monster Jam

Tip #5 – Bring food to Tailgate. I love to make our Monster Jam extra special, so I buy special picnic foods to enjoy between the Pit Party and Monster Jam show. My yummy picnic includes cold cut sandwiches, deli style chips, dips, pasta salads, homemade cookies, brownies and drinks.

TIP #6 – When Tailgating, bring a folding table for the food, and some beach chairs. You can open your trunk and enjoy your picnic dinner right in the parking lot before the show.

TIP #7 – You can also bring food into the stadium…as long as it is not in bulk. Unopened water, gatorade, juice boxes, empty reusable water bottles are also allowed into the stadium. I like to bring snacks such as peanuts, popcorn, candy and licorice for the kids to enjoy during the show. Because they always beg for food inside no matter how much they’ve already eaten.

After dinner, head into Angels Stadium to get ready for the show to start. It’s very exciting to see it all ready and set-up for a Monster Jam competition. The show is super loud once the trucks get going, so it is really important to protect those kids ears from the noise…even adults need ear plugs. Of course the baby had a really good pair pf headphones to protect her ears.

TIP #8 – Bring Earplugs for everyone, and noise cancelling ear phones for kids and babies. You can usually find them at Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, and Amazon. Vendors usually sell them outside of Angel Stadium for a premium price, and of course they sell them inside the venue.

TIP #9 – Dress for the weather. Monster Jam happens whether is warm or cold, rain or shine, so make sure to dress appropriately. Ponchos are great for rainy weather, and jackets, scarves, hats and gloves are great for cold weather. You can also bring a light blanket.

The Monster Jam competition began with a head to head competition race with trucks racing against each other. then they had a new race, called the “two wheel” competition. where trucks tried to do tricks on jut two wheels. It’s amazing to see what some of these truck can do. There will be a few wrecks…which always makes the crowd go wild!

Tip #10 – Have your cell phone ready with the Monster Jam App. Fans were able to vote for the trucks using their cell phones, so you can get in on the excitement and vote for your favorite drivers. It’s pretty interesting to see the scores the kids give to the drivers, and hearing their explanations on why they deserve each score given. I love that everyone gets to participate, it make the show even more fun.

The last race of the night is a freestyle competition. All of the trucks pretty much wreck themselves by going all out on the tricks and speed. Almost all the trucks ended up without shells, and trucks will even do backflips!!!!! It AMAZING!!! Get ready for the crowd to go wild.

By the end of the night, we have so much fun that the little kids are usually all tuckered out. 

I should also mention that our family feels that Monster Jam gets better and better every year. Last year was the best we had ever been to!  The driving was awesome, the tricks were amazing, the crowd was ecstatic, and the show was very entertaining.  Monster Jam surely didn’t disappoint, I’m so glad that I got to experience it with my boys AND my little girl.

Discount Promo Code for Monster Jam Tickets

Tip #11 – You never know how fast Monster Jam tickets will sell out, so I suggest getting tickets early…especially pit party tickets (those sell out the fastest). This year there are five chances to see Monster Jam in Orange County! Last year there were six, so if you want to go, make sure to get your tickets soon before they sell out.

Tip #12 – Use discount code MJMOM20 for $5 off each ticket.

Lastly,

TIP #13 – If you can only afford seats at the top…it’s okay!  I just wanted to mention that all seats at monster jam are great! You can see everything up there. Some people prefer sitting up high. Seats down low are great for being up close, but you can’t always see everything. So there are benefits up high as well as down low.