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


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 Ticketmaster 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.}

Heritage Hill Victorian Christmas & Candlelight Walk

looking for a family friendly activity to get into the Christmas spirit? check out what is going on at Heritage Hill Historic Park in Lake Forest.
Heritage Hill Historic Park Victorian Christmas 
Saturday, December 1st
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
admission $4 for adults, $3 for children 3-12
hot chocolate, apple cider & homemade cookies will be available for purchase
this special Victorian Christmas event will feature the park’s historic buildings adorned in turn-of-the-century holiday finery with costumed docents hosting. the Bennett House and the Serrano Adobe will feature quilt displays and weaving and spinning demonstrations. there will be handicraft vendors,  free children’s crafts, festive holiday entertainment, living history demonstrations, historical exhibits, tours through the decorated, historic buildings and visits with Santa Claus. there will also be a unique and old-fashioned marionette puppet theatre on the Bennet Lawn, as well the OC Chapter of the California Carvers Guild demonstrating and displaying wood toys and carvings.
children can participate in:
• old-fashioned, hands-on activities, including churning butter & candle dipping
• decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus
• make ornaments and crafts.
• view historic exhibits
• visit with Santa in the arbor area.
Heritage Hill Historic Park Candlelight Walk
Saturday, December 8th & Sunday, December 9th
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
admission $4 for adults, $3 for children 3-12
hot chocolate, apple cider & homemade cookies will be available for purchase
at the Candlelight Tour, more than 1,000 luminarias will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the air with holiday music. children can visit with Santa in the arbor and sit at a turn-of-the-century school desk while storytellers spin holiday tales in the one-room El Toro Grammar School.

Irvine Park Christmas Train

you probably read my

earlier post about the Irvine Park Christmas Train, and if you haven’t go check it out! the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is one of Orange County’s favorite family holiday traditions. i can tell you from experience, that it is one of those holiday traditions the kiddies look forward to year after year. and we are excited to be offering a fantastic prize package to the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

more information about the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train.

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train 2012

tis’ the season once again for Irvine Park Railroad’s Annual Christmas Train. come with your family and friends and take an enchanting night ride through the historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. people from all over Orange County and Southern California come to ride the Christmas Train each year. it makes a wonderful family holiday tradition.

the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train departs from the brightly-lit train station, where passengers will take a magical train ride through Irvine Park which is also lit up with twinkling lights.

passengers will be brought to the North Pole where you can purchase hot cocoa and popcorn, and…

take your turn to talk to Santa Claus and even give him your Christmas wish list.

don’t forget to get your family picture with Santa.  you can bring your own camera, or purchase a 5×7″ one taken by Irvine Park Railroad.

after visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “tunnel of lights”, on the ride back from Santa’s Village.

once back, there are other fun activities to enjoy, such as story time with Mrs. Claus, Christmas cookie decorating, carnival games…

a Santa Claus Moon Bounce, Christmas coloring corner or taking your picture with the holiday photo stands. (additional cost may apply to some of these activities.)

when visiting the Christmas Train, remember to DRESS WARMLY (i can’t stress this enough), bring a camera, and arrive early to avoid crowds. this is truly a Christmas event that you’ll remember for years to come!

All Aboard!!!