Help for the Busy Mom on Saving Money for the Kid’s College

This post is sponsored by ScholarShare.

as a mom, i know all too well that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs to get done. so much to do, and so little time. does any mom EVER have a moment to sit down and figure out how she’s going to save enough money for her child’s college? you may have even heard of ScholarShare, California’s 529 savings plans, but have you had a moment to check out what it’s all about? i admit, it’s definitely a hard task to do while juggling  kids, the lunch packing, the laundry, the grocery shopping and the cleaning.

there’s school pick-ups…

there’s swim practice and dance lessons….

and babies to feed…

you can practically forget trying to get any sort of work done!

but before you know it, these guys will be going to college. am i ready???

i sure hope so.

ScholarShare is trying to make saving for college easier on us moms.

you all know how much i love Scholarshare…i’ve written about them many times, and how their  college saving plans work. but maybe you are finding that figuring out how to set up a saving plans for your kids or how the 529 plans work is hard or time consuming. so ScholarShare is here to help!

“529 Crib Notes” Webinar hosted by celebrity Fashion Designer

on Thursday, May 18 at 12:00 noon PST, ScholarShare is hosting a FREE 30-minute webinar.  “529 Crib Notes” with celebrity author and fashion designer Rosie Pope and ScholarShare’s very own Garianne Dashiell. together, both Rosie and Garianne plan to help moms tackle the seemingly insurmountable task of paying for college!

you will learn: what is a 529 plan?how do they work? the different investment options, AND things to consider when selecting a 529 plan. PLUS, there will be a live Q&A session. it will be short and sweet with everything you need to know about your child’s college saving future! so make sure that you register for the “529 Crib Notes” webinar!

and guess what?????

ScholarShare will match your first $50

it’s that time again! ScholarShare is celebrating National 529 Day. this means Scholarshare will be having a special three-day promotion to help families jumpstart college savings for their children. To be eligible for the matching promotion, families must just open a new ScholarShare account between Wednesday, May 24 and 26, 2017 and deposit $50 or more. ScholarShare will match the $50!

this is an AWESOME way to get your child’s college savings account started. it’s all about starting small. every little bit counts. last year, i shared this college savings chart. it thought it would be a great way to motivate us to save a little money each month which in turn would benefit our children greatly in the future. click here to download your own College Savings Chart, and don’t forget to open those 529 Plans from May 24 through 26, 2017 to get the $50 matching promotion. HAPPY SAVING!

Note: The matching deposit of $50 will be made to the eligible ScholarShare account on or before 11:59 p.m. PST on January 30, 2018. Limit: one matching deposit per new ScholarShare account opened for each new beneficiary. Must sign up for a $25 Automatic Contribution Plan for six months. More information and complete terms and conditions here.


Strawberry Picking at South Coast Farms in San Juan Capistrano

a few weekends ago, we decided to head down to South Orange County and check out the U-Pick Strawberries at South Coast Farms. it’s located in the heart of San Juan Capistrano just about a mile from the San Juan Capistrano Mission. quite a few Sandy Toes and Popsicle Blog readers have recommend i check it out, so i just had to. and i was very glad i did. our family had the best time picking strawberries and enjoying the beautiful fields, landscape and OC sunshine. and the best thing is that all the strawberries are organic!we started by grabbing a handful of baskets…you are also welcome to bring your own baskets or sacks, and headed over to the field.we read the rules and headed into the field. but not before we snapped a picture with baby girl and sat in the tractor!

the strawberries were big, red and very juicy. there were plenty to choose from. we spent a good amount of time exploring the fields and hunting out the best and biggest berries.

even Miss Dani had fun picking the strawberries! daddy too.then we headed to the farm store to weigh and purchase our freshly picked strawberries. the farm store has plenty of fresh produce to purchase as well. if you don’t feel like picking your own strawberries, you can purchase a basket or five. there are also lots of different fruits and veggies.Vann really wanted an apple! so he got an apple LOL.

we ended up with four baskets of strawberries to take home. they were prices at just $3 per pound which is great for organic strawberries. they didn’t last long because they were sweet and delicious.then it was time to head home. but first let’s eat an apple hee hee.

we had the perfect afternoon at South Coast Farms in San Juan Capistrano. i see many more trips in our future. we loved the strawberries so much, and it was a great experience for the kids to pick their own food. so much fun.

Healthy Kitchen Kids Cooking Classes at Discovery Cube

Healthy Kitchen Kids Cooking Classes at Discovery Cube if you don’t know that Discovery Cube OC has kids cooking classes…you do now! my kids LOVE to cook, and ever since we started watching Master Chef Junior as a family, they’ve wanted to learn how to be little chefs. so we certainly were very thrilled that the Petersonville Healthy Kitchen has opened at Discovery Cube OC.

the Healthy Kitchen offers 1-hour long kids cooking classes at Discovery Cube with a new recipe each month. there are multiple time slots offered on certain days of the week. you can make reservations or just ask the front desk at the Cube if there are any openings. most classes are $20 for a party of 4, so you can have up to 4 children or children and adults participate together. this includes the class and food that you will be making. the class is in addition to your admission into the Cube.

the class begins with putting on an apron and a good hand washing.Healthy Kitchen Kids Cooking Classes at Discovery Cube

an instructor will help the kids with every step of the recipe and teach them not only how to prepare the food, but also the science behind each process. it’s like a bunch of science experiments. i love how the kids can see the instructor in detail on big television screens above and also in person in front of the class. i also like that there are only 6 stations, so the classes are small and intimate.Healthy Kitchen Kids Cooking Classes at Discovery CubeHealthy Kitchen Kids Cooking Classes at Discovery Cube

i think the class is great because the kids get to learn many different techniques on how to prepare food and also get to prep it, prepare it and eat it. at this class, we made Rainbow Wraps! we have also made gingerbread cupcakes in another class. both classes were equally fun.

here are some photos of the boys cooking up their food…

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kids not only learn how to cook, but also how to use real kitchen tools.

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and the best thing is….that they are usually willing to taste what they made. i probably would have never been able to get Vann to eat a Rainbow Wrap at home. but since he made it, he was willing to try it. AND he liked it!!!!!

Discovery Cube OC Cooking Class

we have been loving the Healthy Kitchen at Discovery Cube OC so much, that we want to go back every month to try each new class. you can click here to get more information and for a list of classes and times. hope you have a fun time!!!!Discovery Cube OC Cooking Class


Irvine Park Easter Eggstravaganza 2017

we are so excited because the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza has open for the spring season! we headed over there last weekend with a few of our cutie cousins and had such a great time. it is 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.

make sure to bring a basket so your kiddies can join the egg hunt. the eggs have candy or prizes like free train rides or fun wheel rentals. everyone gets the same amount of eggs plus candy.

we had a lot of fun on the hay ride!

there are adorable photo opportunities all around the railroad. our Easter Bunny photo turned out pretty cute this year! can believe all these kiddies were looking at the camera. and the baby loved him!

aren’t the photo backdrops cute! the cousins had so much fun.

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

And lots of fun games to play!

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!

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.

Bubblefest at Discovery Cube OC 2017

spring break in Orange County means going to Bubblefest at Discovery Cube, which happens every year during spring break! we always have a tradition of going on opening day…this year was baby Dani’s first time to visit, and we also brought our cousins from England they all loved it. it’s also my favorite event that takes place at The Cube. when you see bubbles, you just have to smile….there’s just something about them. and Bubblefest sure does make a lot of smiles. this year’s Bubblefest runs April 1st – 16th.

here is Dani checking out the bubble show for her first time with my cousin!

Bubblefest at Discovery Cube has two parts to it. first there the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show and then there are the Hands-on Bubble Exhibits. the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show is performed by the talented Deni Yang, a magical bubble show that’s unlike anything we have experienced. this year’s show takes place inside the brand new expansion of Discovery Science Center – in the state of the art auditorium that was especially designed for the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show.

as always, the show was awesome! we enjoyed….The Best Bubble Show in the World

giant mega bubbles….

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snow bubbles….

lasers and bubbles….

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lasers, fog and smoke bubbles…

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kids inside bubbles…

people of ALL AGES love the bubble show….even my grandma who wanted to come back with us this year since she loved it so much last year.

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the Bubblefest Show is simply magical. you won’t believe how many bubbles there are. plus there are bubble tricks, a bubble movie, and bubbles dancing to the music…all of it being performed of course by Deni Yang. the coolest bubble show we’ve have seen.
Deni Yang Show at Bubblefest
after the show we headed to the other part of the Bubblefest experience – the hands-on bubble exhibits. everything for Bubblefest is inside The Cube except for the bubble blowing. this is nice because you don’t have to wait out in the hot sun for the bubble spheres. this is a favorite of many of those at Bubblefest.
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some of the other interactive exhibits included making a bubble wall, learning about bubbles from the bubble scientist, making shadows on the bubble light wall and trying some cool laser tricks. the boys also enjoyed racing against each other on the bubble house obstacle course.
outside in the Discovery Cube courtyard, the boys had the most fun making their own giant bubbles. they had these great bubble wands with the perfect solution to make enormous bubbles. i was pretty impressed at my boys ability to blow bubble out of the hands. it was so much fun to watch the joy in their faces as they created amazing bubbles.
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and before you leave Bubbliest, be sure to get your photo inside a giant bubble, and if you want to take home some bubble making supplies, there are lots of kits to choose from in the gift shop.
 Bubblefest made for the perfect Spring Break Kick-off for the kiddies and i, and inspired some fun new ideas for my boys to think about. my oldest now wants to design laser shows. thank you Discovery Cube OC for hosting this fabulous Bubblefest experience…it was AWESOME!!!!!!  and if you would like to see if for yourself, hurry. it all ends on April 16th. click here for the details.