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.

New OshKosh B’Gosh Spring Looks plus Coupon

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OshKosh B'Gosh Spring LooksSpring is in the air here in the OC, and I am so excited to finally start dressing for the occasion. The weather in Orange County has been cooler than other winters. We actually had to dress in warm clothes. I have never been so happy to put on my spring clothes and feel the warm sunshine on my skin. The kids too! This year, we headed over to check out the new  OshKosh B’Gosh Spring Looks because I have an obsession for little kids in overalls (which is OshKosh’s signature). They also have a whole lot more. I had a bawl picking out Dani’s entire spring wardrobe for spring, including a couple great looks for Easter!

Make sure to read to the bottom for a chance to win an OshKosh Gift Card!

This week we met Dani’s little cousin Kota at the Lab in Costa Mesa for a little photoshoot of some of the cute OshKosh looks I bought them. We had so much fun exploring and checking out all the artwork. It made the perfect backdrop for our photos. These two have so much fun together as they are both two years old. Isn’t it fun to have cousins the same age!

This little black and white heart romper is so sweet and dainty. It’s a very easy look because its just one piece. The shoulders slip right down so that potty breaks or diaper changes are very easy. I am trying to find an outfit similar to wear so we can be twinning with this look.

OshKosh offers next level looks with lots of fun and unique details. They have styles that fit 3 months to size 14. My favorite is that they have lots of bright colors and kid appropriate styles. The fits are super comfy, which is especially great for our busy lifestyle.

My Favorite OshKosh B’Gosh Spring Looks

Besides the looks on the kiddies, here are some of my favorite pieces from the spring line at OshKosh.

Shirt | Tank | Purse | Shorts |  Hair Accessories  |  Shoes  | Romper | Overalls  | Bracelets

OshKosh overalls are my absolute favorite items from OshKosh. They are a timeless look that can be worn throughout the years. I remember wearing them when I was little. I have had my eye on this little dress with the denim bib with white eyelet skirt since before Dani was born. And it is as cute as I had imagined it on her. You can pair with a top, or wear it alone during the warm summer months. Perfect for here in Orange County.

Kota has on the vintage frayed denim shorts that are made from super soft demin which makes them easy to wear and play in. They also have an adjustable waist which is really important for some kids. I love the bright rainbow colors of his graphic tee. OshKosh has endless choices of tees and tops that are priced perfectly to stock up on them.

Here are some of my favorite pieces for boys in the spring line at OshKosh.

Tank | Top | Shorts |  Water Bottle  |  Glasses  |  Shoes

Love these looks for Easter

Along with their cute an comfy play clothes, OshKosh also has some casual dressy clothes that are perfect for Easter egg hunts and visits with the bunny. Again, I couldn’t resist this overall dress…thins time with it’s skirt in PINK! I also picked up a couple tutu skirts and a bunny shirt. For boys, you can find all the pastels in these dapper little button ups. dress up with kakis, or casual with denim cutoffs.

Don’t forget the Swimwear

I don’t know about you, but every Easter I find it’s the perfect time to get my kids swimsuits and new towels. I like to put them in my kids Easter baskets along with a pair of flip flops and goggles. It’s already getting hot enough to head to the beach and take a dip in the pool. Yay!

Girls Swimwear  |  Boys Swimwear

OshKosh has Pajamas too!

You can complete your entire clothes shopping list at OshKosh, because not only do they have clothes, but quality pajamas for girls and pajamas for boys in a range of different styles. From long sleeves to short sets, OshKosh has you covered.

 Pajamas for girls  |  Pajamas for boys

As you can see, the OshKosh B’Gosh Spring looks are ADORABLE! Now that you have seen Dani’s and Kota’s new spring wardrobe, you probably want to run over to OshKosh yourself! As you can see. someone is super happy to be playing in her new clothes.

Save 20% with this Coupon Code

You are in luck, because you can save 20% OFF your $40+ purchase using the coupon codes below both online and in-store. So now you can fill your little ones closet for spring. There are some exclusions with this coupon, so make sure to check out on the fine print below. Happy shopping!

Giveaway Time!

Here is your chance to win a $50 Gift Card to OshKosh!!! just enter via Rafflecopter below or on Facebook. contest ends April 14, 2019 at midnight. 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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Boysenberry Day at Knott’s Berry Farm

Today is Boysenberry Day at Knott’s Berry Farm because it’s National Boysenberry Day! This means you will see people dressed-up at the park to celebrate the yummiest berry ever – the BOYSENBERRY! How are we celebrating? By going to Boysenberry Festival of course! Dani is ready in her boysenberry top that I made her especially for the occasion. It turned out super cute in my opinion. And I opted for a purple sundress that I bought last year from Torrid in anticipation of the Boysenberry Festival. I normally don’t love purple, but when it has to do with boysenberries, I do. It paired perfectly with some of the Knott’s Berry Farm boysenberry sugar cookies that are available in the Ghost Town Bakery. Also, if you go to Knott’s today, you will get a National Boysenberry Day Button and there is a Boysenberry Day Berry Best Dressed Contest on the Calico Stage at 4:00pm.

People who love Knott’s from all over Southern California and beyond, will be dressed up in anything from lavender dresses to suits, to gingham skirts and purple shoes. But don’t worry, if you can’t get to Knott’s Berry Farm today, you still have time. Knott’s is having their FAMOUS Boysenberry Festival all month long from March 30 – April 28th. It’s their best year ever, with more boysenberry food options than ever before. My all-time favorite has always been the Boysenberry dipped Boysenberry Cheesecake. YUM YUM. So get your purple on and get over to Knott’s. You don’t want to miss it!

Need some Boysenberry  inspiration?

Here are some of my favorite Boysenberry-inspired looks that I have seen at the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival.

Little Gray Thread made her girls some adorable lattice pie dresses with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang fabric. They are the cutest little cutie pies…and Snoopy in his purple cubby suit is the best thing ever.

Chloe Noelle is rockin’ the vintage hair and the pie belt buckles and hair clip.

Clementine County made her girls Boysenberry Festival inspired poodle skirts. Look closely and the details…so cute!

I am crazy over the next looks. These ladies know vintage fashion and how to make it fun and boysenberry inspired. Next year I am definitely going to dress up like this.

Found this photo on the Knott’s Instagram Page.

Dole Whip Dame

The Atomic Redhead

Trainwreck Travelers

If you are going for simple, you can just use purple accessories. Purple glasses, a hat, a necklace or shoes will tell everyone that you are at Knott’s to enjoy the boysenberries. Check out Pattie Cordova’s look…

It’s easier than you’d think to find purple and lavender things to wear to the Boysenberry Festival. Knott’s has lots of fun shirts and even boysenberry socks. Also, you can look up purple clothing on Amazon and find a million things that are very reasonably priced. Below I have put together a round-up of some of my favorites. With Amazon Prime, you can get the perfect outfit in time to wear to the Boysenberry Festival. Aren’t those dresses super cute?!!!

 

Polka Dot Lavendar 50s Rockabilly Swing Dress  |  Pin Up Couture Women’s FLAPPER-35 Pump 
Retro Rockabilly Prom Dresses Cap-Sleeve  |  Platform Purple High Heel Sandals
Cat Eye Sunglasses  |  Colorful Purple Heart Sunglasses
Handmade Boysenberry Pie Hairclip  |  Handmade Boysenberry Hat

You can get the handmade knitted hats, beanies and hair clips like the ones above at Knott’s. Miss Doolittle’s handmade booth is located near the entrance to Calico Square, in front of the General Store. She can make custom orders as well, just ask.

I hope this post has inspired you to get your boysenberry on! It’s so fun to get dressed up and even more fun to head over to Knott’s and experience the Boysenberry Festival. Happy Boysenberry Day!

2019 Easter Egg Hunts and Spring Events in Orange County


springtime is here, and it’s time to celebrate with bunnies and Easter egg hunts! how about taking the kiddies to a fun Spring fling or and Easter Egg Hunt. there are tons of family-friendly and kids Easter events and happenings in Orange County this spring! here’s a list to help you find the ones your family will enjoy most. check them out…

Aliso Viejo
Spring Celebration and Pancake Breakfast – April 6, 2019 free
Brunchin’ with Bunny and Egg Hunt at Renaissance ClubSport  – April 21, 2019 (reservations needed)
Easter Egg Hunt in the water at Swimfish Swim School – April 13, 2019
Easter Egg Hunt in the water at Swimfish Swim School – April 19, 2019

Anaheim
Easter Celebration at Downtown Anaheim – April 18, 2019 free
Easter Egg Hunt at Ronald Reagan (Toyon) Park – April 14, 2019 free
Ostermarkt – Easter Bazaar at The Phoenix Club – April 14, 2019
Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt at The Phoenix Club – April 21, 2019
Eco Fun Faire and Spring Fling at Oak Canyon Nature Center  – April 20, 2019
Anaheim Plaza Easter Event  – March 24, 2018 free
Eggstravaganza at Anaheim Marketplace – April 20, 2019 free
Community Easter Egg Hunt at Cornerstone Church in Anaheim – April 13, 2019 free

Brea
Bunny Photos at The Brea Mall
Caring Easter Bunny Photos at the Brea Mall – April 7, 2019
Easter Bunny Pet Photos at the Brea Mall – March 31, 2019
Brea Community Eggstravaganza at Brea Jr. High – April 1, 2018 free
North Hills Church Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt – TBD free
Tween, Teen and Adult Easter Scavenger Hunt at Celebration OC – March 31, 2018 free
Easter Egg Hunt at Celebration OC – April 1, 2018 free
Annual Community “Egg”stravaganza at Carbon Canyon Regional Park – April 6, 2019 free

Buena Park
Spring Eggstravaganza at Henery Boisseranc Park – April 20, 2019 free

Cerritos
Easter Egg Hunt at Cerritos Knabe Regional Park – April 20, 2019 free
Easter Bunny Photos at Los Cerritos Center
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at California Pizza Kitchen – April 6, 2019
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at California Pizza Kitchen – April 13, 2019

Costa Mesa
Springtime Crafts at South Plaza
Bunny Carousel at South Coast Plaza
Easter Bunny Photos at South Coast Plaza
Egg-Citment at Tanager Park – April 20, 2019 free
Easter Storytime at SEED Peoples Market – April 3, 2019 free
Swedish Easter Påskbord Smörgåsbord – April 5, 2019
Easter Bunny Visits IKEA – April 20, 2019

Coto De Caza
Wagon Wheel Canyon Association’s Spring Event – April 20, 2019 free

Cypress
Spring Egg Hunt at Oak Knoll Park  – April 20, 2019 free

Dana Point
Easter Egg Hunt at Pines Park – April 20, 2019 free
Easter Egg Hunt at Sea Canyon Park – April 20, 2019 free
Easter Egg Hunt at Dana Crest Park – April 13, 2019 free

Fountain Valley
Egg Hunt at Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sport Park – April 20, 2019 free
Buster Balloon’s Easter Egg’stravaganza at Maverick Theater – April 14, 2019

Fullerton
Family Easter Celebration and Pancake Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church – April 21, 2019 free
Glow in the Dark Easter Party at First Presbyterian Church – TBD free

Garden Grove
Easter Egg Hunt, Pony Rides and Petting Zoo at Praise Chapel – April 21, 2019 free
Eggs-cavation at Atlantis Play Center – April 20, 2019 (pre-regitration required)
Egg Hunt at Orangewood Academy  – April 14, 2019 free

Huntington Beach
Awesome List of Huntington Beach Events
Easter Egg Hunt and Family Day – April 20, 2019 free
Easter Brunch at Old World – April 21, 2019
Lil Chickadee at Pacific City – April 16, 2019 free
Easter Bunny Photos at Bella Terra
Egg Hunt and Spring Festival at Bella Terra – April 13, 2019 free
Springtime Bunny Fun at Bella Terra – April 15, 2019 free
Easter Bunny Petting Zoo at Bella Terra – April 20, 2019 free

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How You Can Help No Kid Hungry End Childhood Hunger

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a special No Kid Hungry event at the Santa Monica Pier with my two youngest kids. Everyone in Southern California was invited and it was definitely the happening place to be on the pier that morning!  There were fun games like corn hole, a coloring station, photo station, a caricature artist and participants could jump on the bikes and pedal them to light up breakfast inflatables. Best of all, the DJ was there to pump up the crowd. We were ready to join in!

Click Here to Find Out Ways You can Get Involved with No Kid Hungry

The theme of the No Kid Hungry Event was Powered by Breakfast!

Breakfast at school gives hungry kids the fuel they need to reach their best potential. Did you know that 1 in 6 kids in America lives with hunger and more than half of the children who qualify for free school breakfast aren’t receiving it. It’s a nationwide problem that No Kid Hungry is trying to solve along with their partners Kellogg, Citi, Amazon, and General Mills. Together to make sure every kid is Powered by Breakfast every day.

What No Kid Hungry Does

The most effective way to feed hungry kids is by changing how schools serve breakfast, and No Kid Hungry support effective programs that provide kids with that food. Making breakfast part of the regular school day, just like lunch, has a powerful effect on kids. Kids can stay focused, studies show that grades and attendance rise. Plus, these programs also help teacher…not only by helping their students stay focused, but also with the expenses that teachers face. Research shows America’s teachers are spending an average of $300 each year from their own pockets to buy food for their students.

By having these programs available to everyone at the schools, no one child is singled out. When everyone eats together, it creates a feeling of community in the classroom, and kids who need that morning meal no longer feel singled out as the “poor kids.” I really love this message, especially because all kids need to feel safe and loved, and deserve the same opportunities as their peers without having to feel singled out.

It was great to see Chobani teaming up with No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America! My kids we loving the new Chobani Gimmies. they come in fun flavors kids love. YUM.

We had such a great day learning about No Kid Hungry, and now we are inspired to find ways that we can help in the movement. Not only does No Kid Hungry supports programs to provide breakfast, but also programs for lunch, after school meals and even summer meal programs. They also offer classes to kids and parents on how to get the proper nutrition, and work with community officials to find out what will best work for their area to end childhood hunger.

How You Can Join the No Kid Hungry Movement

Visit the No Kid Hungry website to find out ways to get involved with this important cause. No child should have to go hungry and childhood hunger is a problem we can most definitely solve. Are you with me?