Monday, October 20, 2014

Let's Get AJ Out of the Crane ASAP!

Having a child in the hospital is no fun. Long days, confined to a bed, and feeling sicky is no way for a kid to spend their days. For the last few days, my four year old has had to stay in the hospital for appendicitis monitoring. Books, iPad, drawing, and TV isn't enough to pass the time and keep him distracted from the numerous tests he's undergoing or from the pain he's experiencing. Every day he says he's ready to go home. My poor baby...

But thanks to the great hospital staff, there is lots to keep him busy: a play room that's set up like a classroom, a Nintendo Wii in his room, as well as a long list of DVDs to choose from. He feels at home and comfortable knowing that the hospital staff want to keep him happy during his staty.

So, when I was asked to share the 13th Annual AJ’s Kids Crane with you all,  I was more than happy to do so!

Starting Friday, November 7th in the IKEA parking lot located at 2149 Fenton Parkway in Mission Valley, San Diegans are encouraged to donate toys in exchange for various prizes and/or activities. The event, originally created by morning radio personalities AJ Machado and Hula Ramos, will feature AJ living atop a 30-foot “crane” – rain or shine – with the goal of collecting 100,000 toys benefiting AJ’s Kids Fund for Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. 

Opening night, November 7th is dedicated to the ladies! The theme is Girl's Night Out and will feature a fashion show, boudoir photo opportunities, manicure/pedicure stations, and more!

Monday, November 10th is Kids Day with lots of fun things to do for families and kids including a diaper derby, exercise with Stroller Strides, music by Hullabaloo, and extra family fun!

There will be several days with different themes for get the community to come out and support.  I'm looking forward to the Taste of the Crane featuring sampling from over a dozen San Diego restaurants! 

Toys to be collected and donated will help the young patients feel more at ease while undergoing procedures or a stay at Rady Children’s Hospital. "It's been incredible watching the community of San Diego grow this annual toy drive over the course of a dozen years. I have faith that we'll have another great event benefitting the amazing patients at Rady's Children's Hospital” says Machado. 

San Diegans are encouraged to donate toys or monetary donations and as a show of appreciation and thanks from ENERGY 103.7 partners will receive various prizes including LEGOLAND® California child tickets, Disney On Ice tickets as well as tickets to an exclusive ENERGY 103.7 SeaWorld® Christmas Celebration – just to name a few. A complete AJ’s Kids Crane schedule of events and prizing will be available beginning November 3rd on

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Anaheim Packing District - Packed with Great Eats

My social media feeds have had many pictures from the Anaheim Packing District over the past few weeks. The pictures of yummy food and trendy atmosphere quickly had me adding a bookmark to my Yelp!

Since we're frequent visitors to Disneyland, a stop at the Anaheim Packing District was a must. Being just a few minutes away, we decided to stop by before heading home from one of our most recent Disneyland trips!

I loved the various seating areas inside! There some swings to sit in, large benches with big pillows, and a ton of tables for small or large groups. There is even a picnic area on the outside with plenty of grass and tables to enjoy the awesome So Cal weather!

The Anaheim Packing District is a new communal gathering place in the heart of downtown, complete with refurbished historic structures and new exciting uses. The Packing District, located at the intersection of Anaheim Blvd and Santa Ana Street, includes the restored Packard Building & former Car Showroom, Farmers Park and the restored citrus Packing House, including a community kitchen for private use, as well as an intimate backyard & outdoor venue with a fireplace and orange grove. There is also live music on the Mezzanine Stage every weekend! 

So, what did we eat?

The boys and I shared a ramen bowl and sushi from Orange Tei

Hubby had some pretty awesome fish and chips from The Chippy

The long line at PopBar got me curious so we got in line for these yummy goodies!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Rockout with the Roxstars at Hard Rock Cafe #ThisIsHardRock #HRRoxtars

Our family loves to eat out! We're always looking for fun ways to enjoy our meals and enjoy each other's company! When I heard about Hard Rock International's rockin’ and rolling new band of cool characters, I was super excited to share it with you! Hard Rock Cafe promised to make your little rock stars’ experience at Hard Rock Cafes® and Hard Rock Hotels® totally awesome!

The Hard Rock Roxtars®, Razzi™, Sir Kingston™, Styler™, Buddy Jr™, and Skiddley™ are hitting the scene and bringing along cool amenities for kids of all ages. Kids who dine at Hard Rock Cafe locations will be given the VIP treatment with Hard Rock Roxtars swag and new healthy menu options, such as Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast and “Twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta. Children who stay at select Hard Rock Hotel locations with their families can rock to their own rhythm, catch a live Hard Rock Roxtars performance or take part in musical learning activities!

To launch the Hard Rock Roxtars, Hard Rock Cafe is hosting “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest to encourage guest interaction with the new Hard Rock Roxtars characters, kids menu, and merchandise. For one night, during the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, kids eat free* at Hard Rock Cafe with a paying adult. Guests can bring their favorite pint-sized rock star dressed in their best costume to the cafe for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party* for eight of the rock star’s closest band members and entourage

For additional information about the Hard Rock Cafe “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, contact your local cafe for contest details!

To get you ready to rock out with the Hard Rock Roxtars®, I'm giving away a gift pack which includes a themed guitar-shaped plate, a 6” plush Hard Rock Roxtars character, a Hard Rock adult t-shirt, an activity book, and a $50 Hard Rock gift card!

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· Hashtag: #ThisIsHardRock, #HRRoxtars

I'm looking forward to meeting the Roxstars and sharing my experience with you all!

No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest. The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. I also received promotional items in exchange for this blog post.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Family Fun at Knott’s Camp Spooky Halloween

Southern California has so much to offer all-year round! There are so many fun, family oriented activities to keep little ones busy, especially during the holidays! Thanks to Knott's Berry Farm, we were able to check out Camp Spooky and all the fun Halloween festivities!

One of the first things we did was join in the fun while Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang hosted a costume parade in the Camp Spooky Theater. All kids were invited to participate! Children who participate can win all sorts of magnificent prizes! Here is our DJ joining in the parade!

All participants got a cool ribbon!

Our boys loved exploring their spooky creativity at the “Potion Station”. The fun Kool-Aid mixing station was lots of fun! They had a great time using the test tubes to create “Friendship Potions”.

At the “Mini Monster Maze”, we were rewarded with sweet treats waiting for us at the end.

Our family also got to enjoy a few special interactive spooky activities such as Medusa’s Bug Boutique and the many scream-worthy rides!

Its not too late for your family to also to be a part of Knott’s Camp Spooky! Weekends in October and on Halloween Day, Knott’s Berry Farm invites you and your family to join in on the Halloween fun in Camp Spooky. This daytime event is a non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities all geared for kids ages 3-11.

Admission to Camp Spooky is included with admission to Knott's Berry Farm. NOW is the perfect season to buy a 2015 Knott’s Season Pass. It's the lowest price of the year!

We know your family will have a great time, just like we did!

***Thanks to Knotts Berry Farm for a great time and to GigaSavvy as the contributor for this post. Although we received complimentary admission from Knott's Berry Farm, all the opinions in this post are my own.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

SeaWorld Spooktacular is Back!

Where can kids meet some fun and funny Halloween characters, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere? It’s all happening at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular®, where Halloween meets the sea. Also, kids can visit the park for free in October with the purchased of a full-priced adult admission. Don't forget SeaWorld offers free single day admission for active duty military members and up to 3 dependents.

This past weekend we were able to check out the festivities with a few other blogger families! Our morning began with a delicious breakfast of crepes, breakfast burritos, fresh fruit, and more! Executive Chef of SeaWorld San Diego, Axel Dirolf, always prepares great eats during our visits!

We then had some up-close interactions with a few creepy critters, just in time for Halloween!

DJ running away from the scary alligator

Cute little hedgehog


SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular festivities are geared for kids 12 years and under, who are invited to come in costume and enjoy trick-or-treating and colorful costumed characters from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following weekends in October.  

The hub of Halloween Spooktacular is Otto and Penelope’s Pumpkinfish Patch (on the lawn in front of Animal Connections), where kids can decorate cookies, paint pumpkins and meet a crazy cast of characters such as Colonel Cornelius Candy Corn, a spirited explorer accompanied by his female friend Lady Candy Corn. 

Also new this year are DJs Rock Candy and Cotton Candy, who get the party started and keep it going all day during Halloween Spooktacular, playing music and leading activities. Back by popular demand are Allure and Capri, beautiful mermaids that pose for photo ops; Goodie and Greta Gumdrop; and a silly School of Fish. 

Kids are encouraged to come in costume to trick or treat among 10 sea-themed stations. Trick-or-treat bags are provided! 

Thanks to our great friends at SeaWorld San Diego for a wonderful time at Spooktacular! Make sure your family doesn't miss the the great Halloween fun at SeaWorld

With our friend Sea World San Diego RP Rep, Kat
For more information, call (800) 257-4268, visit, Instagram (@seaworldsandiego), Twitter (@ClydeSeaWorldSD) and Facebook (

Although we received complimentary admission and promotional items SeaWorld San Diego, all the opinions expressed  in this post are my own.