Get Kids Moving and Mindful with GoNoodle GoSummer

This post is brought to you by GoNoodle and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever heard the term “GoNoodling?” Then you will want to read this post! I don’t know about your kids, but as soon as summer begins, my kids think that they should have unlimited screen time. Unfortunately, for them, that wish will never be granted. BUT, I am excited to let them GoNoodle!  GoNoodle is free kids content that is actually fun, plus it is parent and teacher approved. It’s not your average content, it has dance-alongs, yoga videos, mindfulness activities, and other awesomely active and fun ways to move!  It’s screen time that parents can trust and appreciate.

What Makes GoNoodle Different from Other Programming?

GoNoodle promotes moving and creates opportunities for kids to wake up their bodies, engage their minds. All content on GoNoodle has been created to energize or calm, stimulate or relax, recharge or focus the body and mind. No more sitting around and checking out in front of a screen. In my opinion, this is a win win. The kids will get the screen time they want, and I get kids being creative, moving and learning new things.

Get Kids Moving and Mindful with GoNoodle GoSummer

Beginning  Between May 27 through August 15, GoNoodle will launch their GoSummer programming…and it sounds super cool! It has been specially developed for kids to play at home and will include a bunch of new “How-to” videos  to keep kids active and learning all summer long. There will be two new videos every week, so kids can learn new tips, tricks, and crafts all summer long. The videos are two to seven minutes in length and will show kids how to do things from card tricks to making slime. SLIME???!!! Gotta love it.

For a quick sneak peek at the kind of content you can expect from GoNoodle GoSummer, check out this fun, engaging How To video: How to Make a Fortune Teller.

Kids can work together to achieve fun goals. If students collectively achieve “15 Million Minutes of Movement and Mindfulness” this summer, GoNoodle will unlock a new GoNoodle Champ. GoNoodle Champs are characters in the app who have unique personalities and encourage kids to stay active to grow and succeed. The new Champ will be available for kids to enjoy when they are back in school this Fall.

The kids and I spent a whole afternoon checking out GoNoodle. We found a bunch of fun games and tutorials. We learneg some dance moves we didn’t know and also so easy and super fun games.The best thing was that everyone had fun and there was no fighting! That is a win in my book.

We even learned to Floss!

Is GoNoodle Educational?

Yes! GoNoodle is trusted by teachers. Everything on GoNoodle is developed by child development and education experts. It has been used in 80% of U.S. elementary schools this year…over 14 million total students! Chances are that your child has already been GoNoodling at school.

Is the GoNoodle App Safe for Kids?

All GoNoodle’s content is Y-7. There aren’t any inappropriate ads to be worried about. This is such a biggie for me. Lately, even the apps and videos I have trusted have snuck ads and commercials I would not have expected. It’s becoming harder and harder for us as parents to monitor this stuff!

I am super excited to add GoNoodle to our summer routine. Although we like to be out and about most of the summer, there are many days when we are stuck at home. Being a work at home mom, I still need time to focus on my work. During this time, my kids can be GoNoodling, and I can watch them enjoying themselves and not feel the guilt that they are wasting the day away in front of screens.

Getting started with GoNoodle is easy and free!Download the GoNoodle app available for Android, iOS device, Apple TV, or Roku onto your device. Then, simply visit the GoNoodle homepage and click “Start GoNoodling.” I’m looking forward to seeing my kids learn yoga, some new dance moves, and create some fun crafts. Gosh…I wouldn’t mind learning some new dance moves right along with them!

Getting Old Fashioned Photos at the Knott’s Pitchur Gallery

would have to say, one of the most unique and fun experiences you could have at Knott’s Berry Farm is getting your picture taken at the old time Pitchur Gallery in Knott’s Ghost Town. My husband and boys just recently visited to Pitchur Gallery and had the one of the best times we’ve had at the park. Not only do you get to take home a cool souvenir photo when you get your photo taken at the Pitchur Gallery, but you also get the experience of trying on old fashioned clothing and pretending you are back in time – in the old wild west. It was a great experience for all.

When you arrive at the Knott’s Pitchur Gallery, a Knott’s team member will take you to the Pitchur Gallery dressing room where you will get to choose a costume for your photo. There is old west proper attire, military attire and old west cowboy attire.

Getting Dressed up in Old-fashioned Clothing

There are so many choices of old fashioned wild west costumes in the Pitcher Gallery dressing room. There’s something for everyone – as there are clothes made to fit most everyone, no matter your size. There are costumes for adults, children and even babies. Most of the clothing can be worn over your existing clothing, and there are dressing rooms provided for you if you need them.

There are also lots of accessories to liven up your costumes. From vintage belts, to hats, to feather boas, parasols to guns. You can pick out whatever items you think will make your photo just right. Fun fact, it doesn’t matter if your outfit matches! Since the photos are printed in black and white or sepia toned, all the colors disappear. So all you have to worry about, is if you like the style and look of your attire.

Taking Old Fashioned Photos at the Knott’s

Now the fun begins. The Knott’s photographers will show you to the photo studio where you can choose from five different scenes – a stable area, a saloon area, an old fashioned parlor area, a staircase or a wild west outdoor scene complete with a bucking horse.

Once you pick your scene, the crew will pose you and your party for the perfect old fashioned wild west photo. It’s a lot of fun….you kind of feel like a movie star.

During your photo session, the photographer will take a couple different photos including ones where no one smiles, and some where everyone smiles. You can choose to move into a couple different poses as well.

The photographers are great with setting up the scene just right and getting everyone’s attention, even the kids. They make it a fun experience for everyone.

I wasn’t sure about taking a saloon photo, but it ended up being a lot of fun. I think this is probably the most popular scene in the Pitcher Gallery.

When you are finished getting your photos taken, you can then change out of your costume and head over to the front desk area to pick out your favorite photos. There is no need to wait weeks to get your photos. They will be printed right there on the spot after you choose what you want. There are a variety of size and color options and you can also purchase a digital copy.

You can choose to purchase vintage style frames in unique styles to display your photos in if you would like. Maybe you want your photo as a wanted poster! That is also available as an option.

The Final Results

Let me share some of the finished photos our family got. Normally you would just take one scene unless you want to purchase multiple packages, but I wanted to be able to show the different options that are available.

Remember the saloon scene….I really like how it turned out. I chose this picture to be printed in black and white. This one was the most fun to take because you can add more personality into it.

Old Fashioned Photos at the Knott’s

My son really wanted to take a picture riding the famous Knott’s horse. I really like how it turned out, especially when printed in sepia tone.

Besides the sepia toned and black and white photos, you can also choose from a tinted photo that has just a hint of color. My husband and I thought it would be fun to take a proper old time photo together. I probably should have chosen the one of us not smiling, but I liked this one of us smiling. So I guess it’s not a hundred percent proper!

The boys took this fun robber photo of them stealing money in the barn area. It was hard to choose, because they took a lot of funny photos. I just have to laugh.

My favorite photo of the bunch was this family photo in sepia tone. I think it looks like it really was taken back in time, and most likely…it’s going to be our Christmas card! Yep…this is the perfect time to get those holiday card photos taken.

The Pitcher Gallery experience at Knott’s is one-of-a-kind and actually quite affordable. Each package includes one costume change, one scene and a photo, and is priced according to how many people you have. Additional photos can be purchased as well. You can have as few as one person up to large parties of people. So getting your picture taken at the Pitchur Gallery could be a fun souvenir to remember a visit with family and friends. And even if you don’t want to get your picture taken, I highly recommend to head over to Ghost Town and peek inside. It is pretty fun to watch everyone dressed up in costume. My family and I had the best time getting taking our Old Fashioned Photos at the Knott’s, and plan to continue visiting every year to document how we’ve changed each year when we visit Knott’s.

How we’ve come to Trust Bay Alarm Medical

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bay Alarm Medical. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s been almost two years since we set grandma up with one of the Bay Alarm Medical Alert Systems, and she couldn’t be happier! When we first set up her Bay Alarm medical alert system, we immediately felt a sigh of relief knowing that grandma now had a tool to help her if she had a medical emergency. She wasn’t sure at first she wanted the system, but now she tells us all the time how much comfort she has knowing she can get help if needed.

After we had our system for a few months, we also decided that since grandma is still very mobile and drives a car, that adding GPS would be a good idea. This is the Bay Alarm Medical on-the-go system, which she can take along with her.

Adding GPS to Our Bay Alarm Medical Alert System

You can read all about when we added GPS to our Bay Alarm medical alert system here. This is just a small hand-held device that can be put in your pocket or into a purse. It would come in handy if grandma is in an accident away from home such as on a walk or in the parking lot, or driving. 

This here is an older model of the mobile GPS, but Bay Alarm Medical has a new model of the mobile GPS. Aside from the new look, it has similar functionality and as a result, comes in handy if grandma has an accident if she is away from home on a walk. We are just in the process of upgrading my grandma’s mobile GPS now!

It’s been nice to have the GPS option because the in-home system is not meant to work outside.

Thinking About Getting Bay Alarm Medical Alert System?

If you are thinking about getting a Bay Alarm Medical Alert System, I highly recommend that you take the plunge. Getting one will give you the piece of mind that your loved one can call for help when necessary. PLUS, setting the Bay Alarm Medical Alert System is very EASY!

When ordering, an agent will help you through the process to get a custom tailored solution for you an aging parent or loved one. You can choose from different packages right over the phone or online that include the services you need. You can get just the in home package, and/or add the in car  package, 360º Protection, and Auto-Fall protection. You can also order additional accessories such as extra help buttons to place around your home.

The Bay Alarm Medical comes delivered in the mail, and is practically already set up. All you do is plug it into the wall via phone jack and power cord. Your information is already registered from when you ordered. It can also easily be changed with a quick phone call.

You also get a Vial of Life. This can speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself. It allows Bay Alarm customers to have their complete medical information ready in their home for EMS to reference during an emergency.

We followed the easy steps to place help buttons around grandmas house, at the correct levels recommended. These buttons are just an extra insurance that she is able to connect with a medical emergency crew.

Now, I can’t imagine my grandma not having the Bay Alarm Medical system. I would worry night and day that she is okay. Having her live alone can make us worry, but she is still not ready to not live at her home. She is still independent and needs that freedom. At the same time, if she were to have a fall or medical emergency…there is no one there to help her. That where Bay Alarm Medical comes into play. As soon as she presses the button, emergency services are alerted and so are her children.

Bay Alarm Medical alert system has been tried and true with our family. I wouldn’t have shared it on my blog three times if it wasn’t. After hearing so many stories of friend loved ones not being able to get the help they needed, I knew that we needed a system just like this one. We love our grandma so much. We just want her to have the best.

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Bubblefest is Back at Discovery Cube OC

Bubblefest at Discovery Cube OC is back for the 2019 season! It’s the perfect spring break activity to entertain the kiddies. It’s and additional cost to the admission price, or to your annual passes…but it is worth it.

Going to Bubblefest has been a spring break tradition of ours for many many years. it’s fun for the entire family – even the adults! The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show with the famous Deni Yang and his sister Melody is the premiere part of Bubblefest, so make sure that you don’t miss it when you come to Bubblefest.

Located in the front of Discovery Cube, the is an area to make ginormous bubbles. There are bubble wand and bubble solution to help you create the biggest bubbles around!

The Bubblefest Laser Show takes place on the second level of Discovery Cube in the theater. There is stadium seating, and a large area near the stage for kids to sit and enjoy the show up close. Luckily, all the seat are great, so you can enjoy the show wherever you sit.

Highlights from the Bubblefest Show at Discovery Cube

These are some of my favorite moments from the show! Since Dani is mobile now, I had to focus on making sure she didn’t run up on stage this year, so I wasn’t able to take as many photos as i usually do.

The Mega Bubble Laser Show was AMAZING!!!

After the Mega Bubblefest Laser show, we spent a good hour exploring the rest of the Bubblefest exhibit before we headed up to the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. There is bubble art, a bubble experiment lab, bubble tables, bubble inflatables, bubble experiments, an area for toddlers, and lot more bubble stations to make your own bubbles.

Hands On Activities for Kids at Bubblefest

One of my kids most favorite activity was the Bubble Rollers! You get inside inflated plastic bubbles and roll over the water in a shallow pool. the line get long, so i would suggest getting there early and doing these first thing. it was hilarious watching the kids try to stand up in the balls. The lines get very long for this, so try to get there when it opens and go straight to the bubble rollers. Or have one adult wait in line while the kids explore the Bubblefest area.

There is an inflatable obstacle course that is great for older kids.

Dani LOVED bubble art!

The is a bubble lab with a bubble scientist.

And there is even a Toddler Bubble Zone for younger kids!

So. Much. Fun. Bubblefest 2019 didn’t disappoint and the kids had a blast. I am very glad that we were able to start our spring break off with this amazing exhibit at Discovery Cube OC.  Bubblefest ROCKS!!!!

{Disclosure: we were invited guests of Discovery Cube. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own}

5 Ways to Celebrate Cats the Musical has Come to Orange County

One of the biggest hits in musical theatrical history, CATS has come to Orange County for ONE WEEK ONLY!!!!  Starting April 9, 2019 through the 14, 2019, you can head over to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and see this beloved show. Can you believe the original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre?!!!  It ran for an impressive 7,485 performances and 18 years. But even though it had a super long run, I have yet to see this musical. I have been wanting to see it since I was in grade school when I learned to play “Memory” on the piano. So you know that I am definitely going to the Segerstrom to see it.

If you didn’t know already, our family loves cats! We only have two – Phineas and Ferb, but if I let the boys have their way, we would have a dozen.

 

 

 

It’s fun sharing cat memes and buying cat trinkets for the boys since they love them so much, that is what I was so excited to find out that we would finally get to see the musical CATS. I have been wanting to share this experience with them for years and we are finally going!

Since we are so excited that CATS has finally come to the OC that we have found 5 ways to celebrate.

#1 See CATS the musical at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

You won’t want to miss CATS the musical. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in more than 30 countries in 15 languages, and is soon to be on tour across North America!

This tour of CATS features new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation. It’s only in Orange County for ONE WEEK, so don’t procrastinate.

Tickets start at $29 and are available for purchase at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, April 13, 2019 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. Experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again!

#2 Head over to your local Animal Shelter

There are a few animal shelters here in Orange County that allow you to help with the cats. You can volunteer at the Irvine Animal Care Shelter, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, and the OC Animal Shelter. Also, check in with Petco. They allow volunteers to play with the cats and clean out their cages daily.

You can also volunteer to foster cats in your home if you don’t want to take on the commitment to keep them forever. Also, you can donate food and pet supplies to the shelter to help with their care.

#3 Sign up for a subscription to the Cat Lady Box

The CatLadyBox unlike any other subscription box out there. Each month, you’ll receive a meowvelous selection of high-quality cat-themed items only available through the Cat Lady Box. From super-soft shirts and beautiful jewelry to inspired home decor and quirky cat toys, it delivers the ultimate ways show off your cat lady pride!


Each month has a new theme — like Pampurr Yourself, Another Day in Purradise, or Meowloween! — and the things in each box are inspired by that theme. Choose the basic CatLadyBox (just for cat ladies!) or the Crazy CatLadyBox (things for both you and your cats!). Decide whether you want the 1, 3, or 6-month plan, the more you order, the cheaper per box!  They ship all the boxes once a month!

#4 Have Lunch or Coffee with some Cats

Did you know there is a Kitty Cafe and Lounge right here in Orange County? Catmosphere is located in Laguna Beach. It is a cafe and lounge where the kitties roam free to mingle with the guests! All the cats in the cafe are shelter cats are up for adoption. You can play with them while you get a cup of coffee or a bite to eat.

The environment of Catmosphere transitions the homeless cats and kittens to a safe environment before they enter their forever human homes. All of the felines at Catmosphere are certified healthy and arrive with big personalities! 100% of the proceeds from adoptions go directly to the care, treatment, and welfare of our cats and kittens. Catmosphere Laguna has been called “a destination and an experience.”

#5 Go to the OC Pet Expo

In just a few weeks, the OC Pet Expo will be coming to the OC Fair & Event Center. It all happens April 26-28, 2019 and is fun for the whole family. So once you get you CATS the musical fix, you can then head over to the OC Pet Expo and enjoy hundreds of cats, along with hundreds of other animals.

The Pet Expo has been hosting the pet community for over 30 years. This long running show gathers pet enthusiasts for three days of family fun—all honoring the health and well-being of our furry, four-legged, finned and feathered friends. Attendees are treated to exciting competitions, demonstrations and stage shows; breed clubs looking to educate the public on their dogs, informational Q&A sessions with animal experts, veterinarians, breeders, trainers and hobbyists; adoptable animals looking for forever families; and a comprehensive showcase of pet products and services.

I hope that you are inspired to get your whiskers on and go see CATS the musical. It’s a great show to bring the family too and the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the theater. I feel it is very important for everyone to be exposed to the arts, and am very happy for show like CATS to inspire us all with their music and creativity.