My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video – LEGO Edition

so, i was nominated by one of my Instagram friends to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. thought i would share it with you!

Hot Chelle Rae / All Star Weekend at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Plus ticket giveaway!

summer is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing – the OC Fair is just around the corner! this year’s theme is “Home Sweet Home” and will open on friday, July 13th!!!! yippee.  the Fair is open wednesday– sunday and runs until sunday, august 12th. we just can’t wait!

in addition to the great food, animals, agriculture, rides, exhibits and contests of the OC Fair, there is also an amazing line-up of concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre during the Fair. the great thing about the concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre is that you also get same-day Fair admission included in your ticket price! and there are a bunch of exciting bands & artists lined up.

click here to see the awesome line up of summer concerts.

one concert my kids and their friends are excited about is Hot Chelle Rae with special guests All Star Weekend. if you have tweens or teens, then you probably have heard them. and if you never heard of them? just ask your teenage child/niece/neighbor!

Hot Chelle Rae is a pop rock band formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2005. they gained widespread attention for their 2011 double platinum single, “Tonight Tonight.” and All Star Weekend is a pop rock band based in Poway, California. the band gained its popularity from the Disney Channel television network whe

{disclosure: i was given these tickets to do a giveaway on this blog.}

The Carlsbad Flower Fields are Open!

On our trip to Legoland last week, i was reminded that i had forgotten to post that The Flower Fields in Carlbad, California are now open. beautiful colors have arrived at one of my favorite places to go each year. we started going when my oldest was just a tot. mainly because he was in love with tractors, and going to the fields meant riding among the fragrant flowers in a giant tractor. he loved it.

now we continue to plan a trip every year. sometimes it’s a weekend, where we hit a couple beaches, Legoland and  The Flower Fields. it’s a great little day trip for the whole family…you can adventure out along the trails of flowers, there is a picnic area, gift shop, yummy treats, playground and wagon rides. so if you have a chance to go this year, it could be fun.

The Flower Field Season is open:
March 1st through May 13th 2012
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors,  $6 children 3-10
wagon rides are $5

Happy New Year! 2012

welcome 2012! 
and what a year 2011 was! although it was a little rough for our little family, we are so happy and GRATEFUL to have gotten to do so many fun things throughout 2011. and thank you for continuing to read throughout the years! this blog gives me joy and encouragement to be the mom i dream to be, and i love sharing our adventures and doings with you!
to recap on some fun things we did last year….
we jumped on giant trampoline’s at Sky High Sports in January

made salt dough conversation hearts and went to Monster Jam in february
and pear bunnies in april

visited RideMakerz in May,
made daddy a Father’s Day Star Wars kit in June
went to the circus in July

and made a crayon masterpiece in August
september we went back to school and made a fun homework caddy
and told chocolate chip ghost stories in October

got to be on television to share the Star Wars Exhibit at
 the Discovery Science Center in November.
and finally filled up on Gingerbread Pancakes in December!
whew….and that was just a few! what a year 2011 was. thanks again for letting Sandy Toes and Popsicles share it with you, and we look forward to sharing 2012. thanks for reading, and….
happy new year!
may it be filled with fun and joy!

The Circus is Coming!

how cool would it be for your kiddies to see this…..

or this…..

or even this…..?!?!?!

the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents their all-new show Fully Charged! and it’s coming to the Southern California this month! i still have memories of going when i was little. and one hour before show time, families can meet the performers, get autographs, dres up in circus clothes and see an amazing elephant that paints masterpieces at the All Access Pre-showfree with a purchased ticket!

rolling into town:
july 20th – july 24th – Staples Center, Los Angeles
july 27th – august 7th – Honda Center, Orange County
august 10th – 14th – Citizen’s Business Bank Arena, Inland Empire
wanna go? here is a special offer for families:
Save $4 per ticket
4-pack of tickets for $48.
just make sure to use code MOM by phone or online when ordering tickets.
(800) 745-3000 or