Getting Ready for Summer with Land of Nod

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not only did i clean-up and rebrand this blog, i am also in the process of cleaning-up and re-organizing my life…my home included. the constant being-on-the-go has really taken a toll on the my home.  and it doesn’t help that i’m a borderline hoarder (at least in the garage). well, it’s time to let go, clean house….in mind…in home…in life. i want to spend this summer relaxing at home, playing with the kids and taking a slower approach to life.

part of this process is creating a space the kids and i enjoy being in. i have to admit, a lot of the time, i take the kids out on the town to avoid cleaning up the house. but that will be happening a lot less this summer. i am creating a space we can all enjoy and also be happy in. i want the spaces around our home to be functional for different kinds of play….a playroom with arts and crafts….game center….backyard area etc.  i am on the hunt for some functional furniture and fun decor.

when i heard the Land of Nod was opening a store in South Coast Plaza on May 31st, i nearly jumped for joy. i’ve been buying items from their catalog since my oldest as a baby. if you aren’t familiar with the store, you have probably heard of Crate and Barrel…and Land of Nod is their children’s line. their style is traditional with modern flare. if you been to my home, you would see i like playful quirky items in pops of colors. that pretty much sums up Land of Nod.

check out the inspiration boards i have created below. the boys love games and art, so i am going to focus on getting organized there first. i’ve got a few weeks to get this house in order before school ends so we can enjoy summah!!!!

Land of Nod Playroom Inspiration

1. Keep it Together Paper Clip Wall Hook | 2. Mojo Chair | 3. Chinese Checkers | 4. Activity Table | 5. Good Read Book Caddy | 6. Blue Striped Ball Finials | 7. Art Caddy

and for the outside, i want to organize the garage and backyard to make it more functional for my kids to play and keep toys from being scattered all over the yard. we may…or may-not have gotten a notice from our homeowners association about toys all over the yard. but hey! at least my kids are outside playing. i really like the storage solutions below and the my kids would have fun with the toys. i have always wanted a teepee playhouse.


1. Flea Market Wire Ball Baskets  | 2. Colorful Milk Crates | 3. Excavator Ride-on | 4. Top Secret Spy Kit | 5. Orange Stripe Teepee   | 6. World Playground Ball


Monarch Butterfly Day

join OC Parks at Mile Square Regional Park for the fourth annual Monarch Butterfly Day. on Saturday, February 2, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. you are invited to learn everything about the California Western Butterfly and its habitat with an up close look at the magnificent creatures while they flutter through the Butterfly Garden and gather under netted butterfly enclosures in the park’s Camp Sycamore.

children will be able to help the Butterfly Garden continue to grow by planting over 150 native plants in the garden to help attract the Monarch butterflies. you can talk with butterfly experts who will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens. additional event activities will include crafts, face painting, balloon art, puppet shows and guided nature walks through Mile Square Regional Park’s Natural Area. children in attendance will receive native seeds as a take away to continue to help build safe habitats for Monarch Butterflies and other creatures.

 wanna go? here’s the info….
Monarch Butterfly Day
Saturday, February 2, 2013  •  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
cost is FREE • Parking: $5 per vehicle
recommended for ages 4 to 12. rain will cancel this event.


Monster Jam is Here!

it’s been as exciting as waiting for Christmas Day in our house this week. why? because we are going to Monster Jam this weekend! the boys have been playing with their monster trucks, practicing their jumps, donuts and ultimate car crushing.  
be sure to grab your tickets. Monster Jam is fun for the whole family.  and if you want to meet the monster trucks and their drivers up close, get a pit pass for the ultimate experience.
Monster Jam
Angel Stadium 
 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806
saturday, january 12th at 7:00 pm
saturday, january 26th at 7:00 pm
saturday, february 9th at 7:00 pm
pit party
open from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm prior to each show
Pit Passes are required for entry and can be purchased for $10 at or the Angels Box Office.
Adults – $25, $35 or $45
kids (age 2-12) $10 each select seating
total access pass – $75
**above ticket prices are advance purchase only; all tickets are $2 more day of show.
tickets subject to convenience and handling fees.

Discount tickets of $3 off Adult tickets are available at Jiffy Lube Auto Parts locations
all seats are reserved and available at the venue Box Office, online at or by calling 800-745-3000.
{disclaimer: sandy toes & popsicles received complimentary tickets to Monster Jam in return for posting about the event. however, we would have gone either way because this our most favorite activity of the year. we love Monster Jam.}

OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party and Giveaway!

if you don’t already have plans this New Year’s Eve, you do now! what would be more fun than an evening of live tribute bands and DJ entertainment by the decade, Demolition Derby, Casino Lounge and the PARTY ZONE, carnival rides plus…FOOD TRUCKS!  back for it’s third year, the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party is unlike any other New Year’s Eve celebrations. it offers great fun in a casual setting….no black ties here! so get a babysitter and make plans to enjoy the night with your sweetie or friends at the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party.

here’s what you could enjoy…
Gourmet Food Trucks
a variety of gourmet food trucks to satisfy every palate.
Border Grill, Me So Hungry, The Lime Truck, Short Stop BBQ, Garlicscapes, Piaggio On Wheels, The Burnt Truck, White Rabbit, The Bakery Truck, Dos Chinos, Baconmania, Dogzilla, A Bite Truck and Ragin Cajun
in addition to food, there will be mule full bars selling beer, wine & alcohol.
live music
 Abby Road vs Jumping Jack Flash
1960’s Stage
9:30 p.m.
Abby Road
Jumping Jack Flash
Beatlers vs. The Stones
Journey Unauthorized Heartbreaker Queen Nation
1970’s Stage
8:00 p.m. – Journey Unauthorized
9:45 p.m. – Heartbreaker
11:30 a.m. – Queen Nation
 Atomic PunksDead Man's PartyStrangelove
1980’s Stage
8:15 p.m. – Atomic Punks
10:30 p.m. – Deadman’s Party
12:15 a.m. – Strange Love
 Green ToDayThe Joshua Tree No Duh
1990’s Stage
8:45 p.m. – Green Today
9:20 p.m. – The Joshua Tree
12:15 a.m. – No Duh
demolition derby
game room
carnival zone
Carnival Games & Party Zone
you ca enjoy all the spinning fun you can handle. FREE unlimited rides on the Bumper Cars, Super Shot and Super Slide all night except during the New Year’s Eve midnight celebration. and dance your way into the New Year as DJ spins dance music from this millennium.

wanna go? here’s the info….

OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party

monday, december 31st, 2012
7:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
now for the giveawayhow about 2 tickets to enjoy the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party on December 31st, 2012! contest ends wednesday, December 26th at noon. good luck!!!


Free Lego Reindeer at this Month’s Mini Build

this month’s Free Monthly LEGO Mini Model Build is going to be a reindeer! did you know that one day each month you can learn how to build a cool LEGO mini model, and take it home – for FREE.  it happens on the first tuesday of each month at your local LEgo store.
Lego Reindeer Mini Model Build free
december 4th at 5:00 pm
quantities are limited and the offer is good only while supplies last. you may want to come a little early.  i have seen people line up an hour before! a new model available every month and will be specially themed to that month – ask a store associate for details! models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. one free per child aged 6 to 14 only. check with your local LEGO Store for dates and times.