Nov 22, 2013

Downtown On Ice at Pershing Square In L.A.

Downtown on Ice - Pershing Square, 532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Looks like those people are having a blast, so why not join in for some holiday fun!

Get your glide on this holiday season at the Downtown on Ice outdoor skating rink where the coolest fun gets underway on LA's biggest outdoor rink with the smallest admission price. As an original Southland tradition and a favorite holiday destination, the community rink is open everyday November 14 - January 20, 2014.

Celebrating it's 16th season spectacular at picturesque Pershing Square, 532 South Olive, the facility boasts a medley of FREE events including a winter concert series, the Winter Holiday Festival (Dec. 14), championship skating exhibitions, broomball games and more.

Framed by towering skyscrapers and stunning historical landmarks in the heart of the city, the spacious rink is made possible through collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Councilmember 14th District, and Willy Bietak Productions which handles rink operations and management.


Downtown on Ice - Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hours of Operation:
November 14 - January 20, 2014

$8 per person; one-hour skating session
$2 skate rental (figure/hockey)
Purchase tickets at the rink or in advance at

Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square is easily accessible by car, bus or Metro (Pershing Square stop). A partnership with Metro and Metrolink allows riders to receive a $1 skating session discount by showing their Metro transit receipt/pass. Montebello Bus lines also feature a $1 discount coupon available on buses. Underground discount parking is available with validation.

Daily Schedules:
Monday - Thursday                      11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday - Sunday                            10 am - 11 pm
December 21 - 30                        10 am - 11 pm daily (Extended holiday hours)
November 28 (Thanksgiving)        11:30 am - 9:30 pm
December 24 (Christmas Eve)      10 am - 8 pm
December 25 (Christmas Day)      11:30 am - 11 pm
December 31 (NYE)                    10 am - 9:30 pm
January 1 (New Years Day)          10 am - 9:30 pm
January 2 - 5  (Thurs - Sun)          10 am - 11 pm
January 6 - 20 (Mon - Thurs)        11:30 am - 9:30 pm
January 6 - 20 (Fri - Sun)              10 am - 11 pm

Nov 21, 2013

Casey's Cupcakes Grand Opening in Hunting Beach

Calling all cupcake lovers...

Seriously, you may want to listen up because this one's especially for you and your taste-buds.

Casey's Cupcakes will open their sixth location at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach on Saturday, November 23.

Not only is this exciting news because SoCal is getting yet another one of Cupcake Wars winner Casey Reinhardt's delicious shops but also because there's going to be gifts/prizes for those who attend the grand opening.

With an appearance by Reinhardt, and special "pink tickets" burried in cupcakes making 5 lucky customers recipients of prizes such as a spa-pampering overnight stay at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside with spa treatment at Kelly's Spa, cupcakes for a year, and Bella Terra gift cards, how could you possibly stay away...?

When:      Saturday, November 23
                Grand opening event - 11 am (Appearance & ribbon cutting by Casey Reinhardt)
                Store hours 10 am - 10pm

Where:     Casey's Cupcakes
                Bella Terra
                (Next to Century Theaters)
                7777 Edinger Avenue
                Huntington Beach, CA 92647

About Casey's Cupckaes:
Caseys Cupcakes ian award-winning cupcake boutique inspired by CaseyReinhardt’great-grandmothers homemade cupcakes. Casey's Cupcakes com in 20 delicious flavors from the popular Rockin' Red Velvet and Sassy Strawberry to Decadent Dark Chocolate and Luscious Lemon. A gluten free Rockin' Red Velvet and sugar free Coconut Vanilla are also offered and each month a special "Cupcake of the Month" is featured. Each boutique takes design inspiration from a classic Parisian cafe with a glamorous Hollywood twist incorporating bright splashes of pink with classy black accents and whimsical accessories. Casey's Cupcakes has six locations in Southern California in Laguna Beach, Hunting Beach, Fashion Island, Woodbury Town Center, Irvine Spectrum Center and at the AAA Four Diamond, and Historic Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. For more information on Casey's Cupcakes visit

Cupcakes can be pre-ordered online & picked up at any of the six locations. Cupcakes are $3.50 each.

Nov 20, 2013

Disney On Ice Presents "Rockin Ever After" Ticket Giveaway

Oh, you weren't aware this fabulous show was coming to SoCal?! Crazy, because I wrote about it just last week...check it out here.

If you've never witnessed the joy of watching your favorite Disney characters dance around on ice skates then you're really missing out. I'm 30 years old and probably get a kick out of it more than my 7 year old niece who always accompanies me, haha. 

This show is not only featuring the cool Ariel, Belle, and Repunzel but it's also the ice skating debut of Merida. Fun times are definitely ahead. Check out these promo photos -> 

Show locations & times:

STAPLES Center (1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015)
Wednesday, December 11 – Sunday, December 15
  • Wednesday, December 11th at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 12th at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 13th at 11:30 pm

Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806)
Tuesday, December 17 – Sunday, December 22
  • Tuesday, December 17th at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 18th at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 19th at 10:30 am and 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 20th at 1:30pm

Citizens Business Bank Arena (4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764)
Wednesday, December 25 – Sunday, December 29
  • Thursday, December 26th at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, December 27th at 12:00 pm 

Long Beach Arena (300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA)
Wednesday, January 1 – Sunday, January 5
  • Thursday, January 2nd at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, January 3rd at 11:30 pm

Ready to attend? Check out the giveaway below.

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One lucky winners will win 2 ticket vouchers* to attend any weekday performance at any SoCal venue.

*vouchers must be exchanged for actual show tickets before desired showtime at venue and are only good for weekday performances (excluding Friday night & Holidays). See full disclosure below for more information.

Giveaway will end on Monday, December 2 @ 11:59 pm (pst). Winner will be chosen at random, notified via email and must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. 

Disclosure: SoCal Blog was compensated with tickets in order to preview the show. Ticket giveaway vouchers are valid for weekday performances only (excluding Friday night and holidays). Vouchers DO NOT guarantee seats and must be exchanged in advance at the Box Office. The value of the vouchers are $28 each. If the $28 section is sold out, tickets will be issued in the $22 section. For additional tickets, adjoining seats can be purchased when redeeming vouchers. If vouchers are lost or stolen, they cannot be replaced. Ticket vouchers will be mailed via USPS to winner by SoCal Blog and will not be replaced if stolen or lost.

Nov 19, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner - Why Not Let Someone Else Cook

This is going to be the first year I host Thanksgiving dinner for my little family. I know for most people this is a big deal, they go all out and cook all day long, running themselves ragged just so everyone else can eat a ton of food. I say everyone else because I for one never end up eating after I cook...who wants to grub after spending 8+ hours staring at it on the burner? Yeah, not this lady.

I like to really enjoy my food so I'm letting someone else do the cooking! Being as we're uber close to the day you're probably thinking it's too late to place an order...wrong. You'd be surprised how many restaurants will take orders up until the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Here's a list of places I found are still taking orders until this Friday, Nov. 22.

Marie Calendar's (various locations)- They wiill supply everything from a Turkey or Ham to the coffee you serve with your pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving feasts start at $99 for 6-8 people. You can even place your order online.

OrangeTree Deli* (Orange, CA) - Their regular Thanksgiving dinner (they say feeds 5-6 people, IMO it feeds 6-8) includes: Cooked turkey (cut or whole), 2 pies (pumpkin & cherry), homemade cranberry sauce, homemade mashed potatoes, stuffing, green salad, homemade biscuits & butter, utensils, and drinks. They charge $15.95 per person, so if you have a party of 5 this meal will cost you $79.75. Website does not give info on this dinner, call 714-998-4847 & ask for Leah for more details.

Lucille's BBQ (various locations) - Not just can get a whole smoked Turkey for as little as $49.99 or opt for their delicious Holiday Family Feast with Fixin's starting at $149.99.

*This is who'll be cooking up my Thanksgiving dinner. I had them once before, 2 years ago, and they made such a great meal I swore I'd use them if I ever had to host.

Nov 16, 2013

Harvest Festival: Original Art & Craft Show Ticket Giveaway

Friday, Dec. 6 - Sunday, Dec. 8 @ Fairplex in Pomona

Tis the season for fabulous shopping! And giving, of course.

But why not get it all done in one place - you can do just that by visiting the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. Not sure what exactly this show's all about? Just check out yesterday's awesome post for all the details and down below for the gist of it.

What: Pomona Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show
When: December 6-8, 2013
Where: Fairplex in Pomona, Building #4, 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768
Hours: Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tickets: Adults: $9, Seniors (62+) $7, Youths (13-17) $4, Kids 12 and under are free
Benefactors: Steven’s Hope for Children; Nature of Art For Kids; GAP Food Bank Ministries; Kids Are 1st.
Info: Info and tickets are available at or call 800-346-1212

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2 lucky winners will win a Family 4-pack of tickets* to the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show in Pomona.

Giveaway will end on Sunday, November 24 @11:59 pm (pst) and is open to all US residents. 
Winner will be chosen at random, contacted via email and must respond within 48 hrs or a new winner will be chosen. Tickets will be mailed via USPS to winner by SoCalBlog and we or Harvest Festival is liable for lost/stolen tickets.

*remember, kids 12 & under are FREE

Disclaimer: SoCal Blog was compensated with a family 4-pack of tickets to attend the event. The opinions and views in this post are my own.

Nov 15, 2013

Harvest Festival: Original Art & Craft Show in Pomona

Friday, Dec. 6 -Sunday, Dec. 8 @ Fairplex in Pomona
Even Scrooge would be impressed! 

Check off your holiday shopping list at the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show in Pomona where shopping and entertainment combine for a winter wonderland of fun the whole family can enjoy December 6-8, 2013. The Fairplex in Pomona comes alive with hundreds of artisans showcasing more than 24,000 handcrafted originals, stage entertainment, crafting demonstrations, a Kidzone, strolling performers, contests, specialty foods, and more. Best of all, kids 12 and under are free!

Unique reigns supreme at the holiday celebration revered as the west coast’s largest and finest indoor craft show, a winter tradition now 41 years in the making. Exhibitors hail from throughout North America, specializing in “made in the USA” handcrafted items at affordable prices. Patrons who bring a donation of non-perishable food items to support the GAP Food Bank Ministries will receive $2 off both adult ($9) and senior ($7) admission. Entertainment includes the sensational Scott Land Marionettes and a stilt walking Santa. 

The festive holiday-themed atmosphere makes exploring the array of exhibits an exciting discovery of beautiful jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, hand woven clothing, photography, candles, wood carvings, garden designs, homemade sauces and soups, antique treasures, children’s accessories, sculptures, holiday ornaments, and more. Patrons appreciate the opportunity to interact with the artists, get items personalized, or even learn some helpful tips through crafting demonstrations. 
You can’t help but get in the spirit the moment you walk through the door – with holiday decorations, interactive activities, entertainment, and artistic displays.” says Nancy Glenn, Harvest Festival Show Manager. 
Ever since the 70s when the Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show burst on the scene as a creative way to showcase top artists and craftspeople, the organization has continued to build upon its industry precedent for quality and innovation. Nine shows now crisscross California and Nevada with a loyal following.

What: Pomona Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show
When: December 6-8, 2013
Where: Fairplex in Pomona, Building #4, 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768
Hours: Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tickets: Adults: $9, Seniors (62+) $7, Youths (13-17) $4, Kids 12 and under are FREE
Info: Info and tickets are available at or call 800-346-1212
Benefactors: Steven’s Hope for Children; Nature of Art For Kids; GAP Food Bank Ministries; Kids Are 1st.

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Check back tomorrow for a ticket giveaway to this fun-tabulous event!

Nov 13, 2013

Disney on Ice Presents "Rockin' Ever After" is Coming to SoCal

Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, an all-new live production coming to the Southland! 

A cast of world-class skaters brings your favorite moments from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to life in a  musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom. Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the Academy Award-winning Disney•Pixar film, BRAVE, competes to win the heart of adventurous, sharp-shooting Merida, making her on-ice debut! 

Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this superstar line-up to Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and Long Beach

Tickets are on sale now!

Los Angels: Staples Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015
Wednesday, December 11 – Sunday, December 15
o Wednesday, December 11 – 7:30pm
o Thursday, December 12 – 7:30pm
o Friday, December 13 – 11:30am & 7:30pm
o Saturday, December 14 – 11:00am, 3:00pm & 7:00pm
o Sunday, December 15 – 11:00am, 3:00pm & 7:00pm

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22-$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*
Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the
venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Anaheim: Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
Tuesday, December 17 – Sunday, December 22
o Tuesday, December 17 – 7:30pm
o Wednesday, December 18 – 7:30pm
o Thursday, December 19 – 10:30am & 7:30pm
o Friday, December 20 – 1:30pm & 7:30pm
o Saturday, December 21 – 11:00am, 3:00pm & 7:00pm
o Sunday, December 22 – 11:00am, 3:00pm & 7:00pm

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22–$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*
Tickets available for purchase online at or, charge by phone at
800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Ontario:  Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764
WHEN: Wednesday, December 25 – Sunday, December 29
o Wednesday, December 25 – 6:00pm
o Thursday, December 26 – 7:00pm
o Friday, December 27 – 12:00pm & 7:00pm
o Saturday, December 28 – 11:00am, 3:00pm & 7:00pm
o Sunday, December 29 – 1:00pm & 5:00pm

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22-$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*
Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the
venue Box Office.
*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Long Beach:  Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
Wednesday, January 1 – Sunday, January 5
o Wednesday, January 1 – 6:00pm
o Thursday, January 2 – 7:30pm
o Friday, January 3 – 11:30am & 7:30pm
o Saturday, January 4 – 11:00am, 3:00pm & 7:00pm
o Sunday, January 5 – 11:00am, 3:00pm & 7:00pm

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22-$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*
Tickets available for purchase online at or charge by phone at
800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

**Featuring the Ice Skating Debut of MERIDA from Disney•Pixar's BRAVE**

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MOM Discount:
Family 4-pack of tickets for $80

Nov 12, 2013

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards {Giveaway}

** This giveaway's officially being hosted on my other blog but wanted to share it with y'all. Feel free to enter below. **

I'm sure a few of you guys are gasping at the fact that I'm bringing up *whisper* "Christmas" and the fact it's probably time to get that tush in gear and start ordering those Holiday Cards.

Good thing is, I'm here to help...well technically, Tiny Prints is here to help.

For those of you living under a rock for the last like 5 years, Tiny Prints offers some of the best holiday cards around. Personally, they're the only company I've ever (and probably will ever) use when ordering Christmas Cards.

True story - two years ago they promised to have my cards sent out within 48 hours and when their printers went down and didn't allow my order to go out for 72 hours, they had my order shipped overnight (causing my cards to only be two days late) and provided me with a $50 gift certificate as compensation for the error. Um, freakin' this company!

So of course it's no surprise I'm surfing their site for this years cards. Only problem is, I love them all.

Especially these ->

Christmas Comic

Glittering Powder

Happy Pawlidays

Tagged Tidings

The Naughty List

The Tiny Prints 2013 holiday card collection offers fantastic new options:
o   New trim options for 2013 - Square, rounded, bracket, ticket & scallop trim options
o   Clear cards!
o   New design styles for 2013 – Contemporary, Classic, Vintage, Full bleed photos, All That Glitters, Bold Expressions, Simply Chic, Woodland Wonder & The New Tradition
o   Matching address labels and envelope liners

And if you really want to get in the early holiday spirit, Tiny Prints is hosting a Twitter Party with @ResourcefulMom on Wednesday, Nov 14 @2pm (EST). Join the fun by using #TinyPrintsCheer or RSVP here and check out all the awesome prizes they'll be giving away.

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One lucky winner will win a Tiny Prints promo code for $50 Off their order*.
(*Order must be $50+ ; promo code can be used on other products, not just holiday cards; except calendars, William Arthur collection, photo books, Erin Condren notebooks & planners & gift certificates.)

Giveaway will end on Sunday, November 26 @11:59 pm (pst) & is open to U.S. residents (18+). Winner will be chosen at random & contacted via email.

Disclosure: Tiny Prints provided me with a discount in exchange for writing this post & posting this giveaway on their behalf. I was not monetarily compensated for this post & all opinions are mine. See Rafflecopter widget "terms & conditions" for more information.

Nov 11, 2013

Restaurants Are Thanking Veterans With FREE Food

To all those brave men and women that have fought and are still fighting for our country...Thank you!

Local restaurants all over the U.S. are showing their gratitude by providing free delicious food for all active and retired military personnel. If you know someone who's served or still is, let them know and have them take advantage of this great deal. They earned it.

Applebees - Stop into a participating Applebee's on Monday, November 11, 2013 to get your Veterans day free meal

You'll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veteran's Day menu that includes steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, salad, pasta, chicken, and shrimp. You can see the complete menu by using the link above. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included.
You'll need to bring in one proof of military service such as a U.S. Uniform Service ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, photograph in uniform, be wearing your uniform, a veterans organization card such as American Legion or VFW, or a DD214.
Texas Roadhouse -  will be giving away Veterans Day free meals for lunch on Monday, November 11, 2013 to active, former, or retired military.
Free entrees include your choice of steak, country fried chicken, country fried sirloin, pulled pork, pork chop, cheeseburger, BBQ chicken sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, grilled chicken salad, or chicken critter salad plus your choice of sides. You'll also get a free coca-cola product, tea, or coffee.
You'll need to bring in a military ID, Veterans Affairs card, or Discharge papers. Dine-in only at a Texas Roadhouse near you.
Red Robbin Please be sure to contact the Red Robin you want to visit to make sure they are participating.
Veterans and active duty military can stop into their local Red Robin on Monday, November 11 to get a free Red's Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.
Be sure to bring your military ID to take advantage of this Veterans Day freebie.
Denny'sStop by Denny's on Monday, November 11, 2013 and all active, non-active, and retired military personnel can get free all you can eat pancakes from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
All Denny's locations are participating in this promotion and you'll just need to bring a valid military ID along with you.
LongHorn SteakhouseLongHorn Steakhouse is giving away free Texas Tonions and non-alcoholic beverages to veterans who stop into their local Longhorn Steakhouse on Monday, November 11 through Thursday, November 14, 2013.

You'll need to bring proof of service with you for this freebie such as wearing your uniform or showing Military ID.
Little CeasarsStop into a Little Caesar's near you and get a free order of Crazy Breadfor Veterans Day 2013. This is valid for veterans as well as active military members.

Bring in proof of service such as your ID card or DD-214 form to get this freebie.
BJ's - BJ's will be giving free pizzas or lunch specials to veterans on Monday, November 11, 2013.
Red Lobster - Veterans can stop by Red Lobster and get a free appetizer Monday, November 11 through Thursday, November 14, 2013.
They get to choose from Spicy Buffalo Chicken Bites, Lobster Pizza, Sweet Chili Shrimp, Crispy Calamari & Vegetables, Lobster-Artichoke-and-Seafood Dip, Lobster Pizza, Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Parrot Island Coconut Shrimp, Crispy Fried Green Beans, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, or Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail.
California Pizza Kitchen - California Pizza Kitchen is having a Veterans Day free meal as well and both veterans and those in active military duty can take advantage.

Stop by your local California Pizza Kitchen on Monday, November 11, 2013 and you can get a free pizza and non-alcoholic beverage when you dine-in.
You'll need come in uniform or bring your military ID or another proof of service.
Chili'sVisit Chili's on Monday, November 11, 2013, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty. You'll get to choose between these free meals:
  • Oldtimer with Cheese
  • Chicken Crispers
  • Margarita Grilled Chicken
  • Classic Turkey Toasted Sandwich (full)
  • Lighter Choices Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Soup & Salad Combo
  • Any Flatbread (full size)
  • Any 9" Pizza
  • Any Lunch Combo during lunchtime
You'll need to show proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal.
Olive GardenOlive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal for all veterans on Monday, November 11, 2013.
Veterans can choose a free entree from a special menu. All these entrees come with freshly baked garlic breadsticks and choice of unlimited soup or salad.
StarbucksStarbucks will be giving out free tall brewed coffees to veterans, active duty military, and their spouses on Veterans Day.
Call ahead to make sure your local Starbucks is participating.
Krispey Kreme - Veterans can start their Veteran's Day off with a free breakfast at Krispy Kreme that includes a doughnut and a small coffee. No purchase is necessary.

Nov 6, 2013

"A Day Just For Women" Conference In Pomona

I'm not at all going to blame you if you instantly had an image of grown women embracing one another while singing "Kumbaya". Truth is, I had a brief image of that flash into my own head.

However, this is way cooler than that.

A whole day of listening to amazing, strong, smart women speak about...well, women. This cool event is happening this Friday, November 8 (I know, short notice much?) at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona and it's bound to be a fantastic way to get to know yourself. 

Whether you choose to take the day off from work and play hookie or spend the day away from the kiddos...this is the place to be. Especially for a mere $40. I know I'd totally be there* if I didn't have a day full of doctors appointments.

Hope some of you can make it. If anything, just to sit there and listen to the amazing Dr. Jenn Berman. No lie, I listen to her entire show on the commute home. Who needs to pay for therapy when you have her on XM radio haha.

*The venue was kind enough to offer me a ticket but since I can't make it they're letting me give it away to an awesome blogger (only catch is you have to live if you wouldn't be doing it anyway, right?). Leave me a message if you're interested in my ticket.

Oct 9, 2013

Strictly Sail Long Beach Ticket Giveaway

I posted about this fabulous event a few days ago and I'm excited to give you guys the opportunity to win some tickets.

With the temperatures finally coming down a bit in the IE, I can only imagine how beautiful it must be by the sea. The best way to spend that kind of day...? Um, yeah, by the sea. On the docks, touring a boat. Or better yet, on a paddle-boat.

Strictly Sail Long Beach will be held on Thursday, October 23 - Sunday, October 27 at Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, CA.

Fun times all around and for the entire family at Strictly Sail Long Beach!


ONE lucky winner will win a family 4-pack of tickets to Strictly Sail Long Beach.

How to enter:
Simply complete as many the entries below as you'd like. Be sure to leave an email address where you can be reached in case you're the lucky winner.

 •  Tell me, have you ever been on a boat or gone paddle boating?
 • Follow us on Twitter.
 • Like us on Facebook.
 • Follow us on Instagram.
 • Follow us on Bloglovin.
 • Tweet this: " Spend a fun day@ the docks w/the fam by entering to win a Fam 4-Pack of tix to Strictly Sail Long Beach. @socalblog "

Giveaway will end on Thursday, October 17 @11:59pm (pst) and is open to US residents, 18+. 

Disclosure: Giveaway tickets provided by venue; winners will be able to pick up their tickets at the box office. SoCalBlog was not compensated in any way for this giveaway or posting the material.

Oct 7, 2013

Strictly Sail Long Beach

From land to sea, Strictly Sail Long Beach is the Place for Families to Be!

Living in Southern California, water sports are a great way for family together time. Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Long Beach returns to Rainbow Harbor, on Thursday, October 23 to Sunday, October 27th, offering people of all ages a chance to explore the fun of sailing and the boating lifestyle.

Whether you want to shop for the family’s new toy or purchase your dreamboat, learn to sail on an entry-level sailboat, on-land or in-water, kayak, or test the waters on a Stand up Paddleboard, Strictly Sail Long Beach has it all. Bring the kids for an afternoon of  “fun in the sun” with activities geared for all ages and skill level. 

And, kids under 15 are FREE (with paid adult ticket). 

Located in the center of Long Beach’s famed Shoreline Village, Strictly Sail Long Beach features:

    • Already have a boat? Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center: Participate in hands-on clinics and get DIY questions answered. Certified Marine Service Technician, Fred, offers up practical and professional advice on maintaining, repairing or upgrading your boat or engine.
     It’s a boaters’ shopping paradise: There is no better place to shop and compare the top brands of sailboats, sailing gear and accessories. The best deals on new and brokerage sailboats ranging in sizes from 6 feet to 76 feet can be found at Strictly Sail Long Beach.
   • Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training: On-the-water workshops, presented by Discover Boating, will take sailing skills up a notch for both new sailors and experienced captains. This year’s show features a full schedule of workshops including Fundamental Sailing Skills, Docking Under Power and Introduction to Catamarans.     
     Free sailing lesson – Sailing Simulator:  Get a feel for the water without leaving shore. The highly advanced Discover Boating sailing simulator, featured at this year’s America’s Cup in San Francisco, recreates the movement of a boat under sail. With the help of a certified instructor, learn  to use a tiller and feel how a boat reacts to wind and waves. 
     The grown-ups, educational clinics and seminars: Experienced and novice sailors alike can benefit from the numerous educational sessions offered on and off the water at Strictly Sail Long Beach. Blue Water Sailing Magazine presents a complete schedule of free hourly seminars on topics including the basics of hoisting sails, boating safety and navigating by the stars.  World-renowned sailing pros will teach a number of immersive three-hour, half-day and full-day paid seminars and clinics, which include same day entry to the show.
    • For moms, dads, kids – even grandparents! Try It Cove featuring on-water fun:  Free hands-on, on-the-water, activities for all guests to enjoy. Try out entry-level sailboats, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking and more.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a suit and towel for Try It Cove activities.
    • 2nd Annual Cruising Outpost Cruisers’ Party – Saturday, October 26:  — All sailors are invited to this dockside celebration featuring free beer and pizza, live music and prizes.

Strictly Sail Long Beach is $10 for adults; youth 15 and younger accompanied by an adult and active military with ID are FREE.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the box office (cash only). 

Show Hours:
Thursday and Friday 12pm-7:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am-7:00pm and Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm. 

For more information call (714) 633-7581 or visit  Strictly Sail Long Beach on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and show updates about guest speakers, seminars, exhibitors, giveaways and highlights! 

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Giveaway coming soon!

Sep 13, 2013

Things I Said Would Never Happen If I Had A Dog...

Yep, that's my new pup.

We took her in a little over a month ago after her family put up an ad to re-home her on Craigslist. It's been a tough few weeks with all of us trying to get used to each others habits but she's been great. Thank gawd.

Since bringing her into our lives I've actually noticed I've started to do those things that I swore would never ever happen if I had a dog.

Ha, what a fool.

Believe me, I'm eating my words.

I'd sworn "I'd never..." but am totally doing:
  • Let the dog on the couch. (she's only allowed to lay on it if her blanket is down first)
  • Buy "special" dog for delicate a puppy stomach.
  • Spend tons of money on grooming supplies and flea control.
  • Feed it teeny bits of my people food.
  • Sleep in my bed, under my covers, between the hubs and I.
  • Feel guilty whenever I have to leave her for work.
      and lastly
  • Talk to it in baby talk.
I know, I the mighty have fallen. But I mean, who wouldn't for that cute little face and one blue eye.