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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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.

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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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Join the Sandy Toes and Popsicles CHOC Walk Team

hi friends! i am so excited to announce that Sandy Toes and Popsicles is heading to the CHOC Walk in the Park! lately, i’ve been working on promoting the CHOC Walk in the Park and it has become a cause near and dear to my heart. the boys and i went to their Paint Your Way to Miracles and Magic event and the boys were inspired to help the children at CHOC as well. so….

it’s perfect! have been wanting to do some good for the community and what could be better than to raise money for CHOC, Orange County’s very own children’s hospital. thus, Sandy Toes and Popsicles has created our first team to head to CHOC Walk in the Park. will you join us????

the CHOC Walk in the Park is coming up quickly. it will be happening at Disneyland Resort on Sunday, August 27, 2017. walkers who have met the fundraising goal, get to walk through the park for this amazing cause…with your favorite Disney® characters cheering you on, celebrating children has never been so fun!

Join Sandy Toes and Popsicles at the CHOC Walk in the Park

i would love to have you join my team and walk at the CHOC Walk in the Park! it’s going to be a morning of fun…walking through Disneyland Resort as a team. i would love to meet and walk with all of you the morning of August 27, 2017. i hope to secure team t-shirts and either host a pre-party or a post-party to get some more one-on-one time with you all. it’s going to be so fun.

to join, all you have to do is register here! make sure to choose Sandy Toes and Popsicles as your team. we will be walking up in front that morning. i will have my whole family…and hopefully some of you. i can’t wait.

How the CHOC Walk in the Park Works

anyone can register for CHOC Walk in the Park. to be eligible to walk, you just need to raise $85 per person. (it’s not as hard as it seems…I will help you!) if you raise more money, you will be eligible for different prizes. you can check them out here. anyone who walks can also buy up to (5) discounted Disneyland tickets the day of the CHOC Walk. $86.00 for Disneyland® Resort 1-Day Park Hopper® ticket or $57.00 for a 1-Day, 1-Park ticket valid at either Disneyland® Park or Disney California Adventure® Park. good on 8/27/17 or your next trip to the Disneyland® Resort before 9/23/17!

can’t walk on August 27th? no problem. you can still register as a sleepy bear. you will still be eligible for the fundraising prizes and still be helping a great cause. plus, you are welcome to come to the Sandy Toes and Popsicles pre or post party!

How to Raise the Money

this is what i am most excited about. there are many ways to earn money for your team. i am making this a family affair….we are going to have a lemonade stand, a popsicle stand, and make homemade dog and cat treats to sell to our friends. we also hope to have a silent auction on the Sandy Toes and Popsicles Facebook page. there are so many ways you and your family can earn the funds to walk in the CHOC Walk in the Park. it’s a great way to show our kids how to get involved for the good of our community…helping other children in need.

PLUS, CHOC Walk in the Park has made it really easy. just download the CHOC Walk FUNdraiser app on your mobile device! the CHOC Walk FUNdraiser helps you raise money by:
• Providing pre-written fundraising messages for texting, Facebook and Twitter updates and emails.
• Effortlessly links to your phone contacts and email apps so that you can start fundraising right away.
• Allowing you to quickly and easily check your fundraising status and see how close you are to meeting your goals!
• Providing the option to put your Facebook fundraising efforts on “auto pilot” with our automated social media posting service.

Please Join Team Sandy Toes and Popsicles!

if i haven’t convinced you yet, i hope that this little girl can. this is Jordin, she is the CHOC Walk in the Park 2017 Ambassador. she has been battling sickle-cell anemia all of her life. she and her family have been fundraising for CHOC for many years. they know what it is like to be sick in the hospital for weeks and months on end. please join and know that you will be helping children just like Jordin get the help and services they need.

CHOC Walk in the Park brings the community together for one single goal – to raise funds for health care programs, education and research for Southern California’s kids. if you have an questions at all, you can message me on Facebook or send me an email. i am happy to help!

Click here to sign up for CHOC Walk in the Park. don’t forget to sign up for Team Sandy Toes and Popsicles!

if you do sign up, let me know, and i will add you to my private Facebook group! And if you are a local business who would like to partner with me, message or email me and we will collaborate.

My Kids Back to School Photos for 2017

last year on a whim, i decided to get the boys back-to-school photos done by local Orange County photographer, Bonnie Elliot of Short & Sweet Photography. she does Back-to-School mini sessions that are quick and easy…all done in about 15 minutes. a bunch of my friends were getting them, so i thought i would too. i LOVED how they turned out so much, that i had to get them done again this year!

we ended up getting them done last week, and i wanted to share with you how they turned out. i LOVE them. this year we decided to take them at a different location. i am glad we changed it up…the red house adds the perfect pop of color. plus Bonnie has great props and is great with the kids. she managed to get all these photos in just one mini session. all i had to do was show up with my boys dressed and ready to go. you all know how much i love to dress up my kids! (you can see last year’s photos here. awwww….i am so sad, my boys have grown up so much from last year. it’s so hard to see their baby faces disappear as they grow older.)

we got a photo of all the boys together…

and one with all the kids together, just because.

here are the photos we got of Vann. he just lost a tooth, so it was fun to capture that.

here are Kyle’s photos. he is very photogenic….probably since he’s had a lot of practice with all my crazy picture taking ideas.

here are Jackson’s photos. he’s going to high school this year, and thought he was too old to get photos done. but i had to get a few. i wanted all the boys to have matching photos! i am glad he agreed to do these few even if we couldn’t put a cute outfit together in time. this close up captures him perfectly.

finally, we couldn’t end the session without  photo of little Dani Kat. she won’t be in preschool for at least 3 years, kindergarten for 5 years, and high school for 14 years, but i thought this was adorable. it’s going to be so fun to show her this picture in 2035 when she is hopefully graduating high school.i’m so glad we did another year of back-to-school photos. Bonnie does such a great job…we love all of them. she still has a bunch of mini sessions available on different dates, so visit her Facebook page to get the info. you can also email her if you’d like! you won’t regret getting them. Thanks Bonnie for the great work!