Mar 31, 2016

OC PET EXPO Coming soon (Ticket GIVEAWAY)

April 22 - 24 @ OC Fair & Event Center

It's that time again - time for the 27th  annual America’s Family Pet Expo. The expo returns on Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24, 2016 to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626). Cats, dogs, miniature farm animals, birds, and exotic reptiles, will come together in this unique event giving show guests the opportunity to experience furry, feathered and scaled friends in a variety of different ways.
“The Pet Expo is excited and proud to once again bring responsible pet care, entertainment, and pet adoptions to Orange County for the 27th year” said Doug Poindexter, President of the World Pet Association, producers of the America’s Family Pet Expo.  “As the years progress, so does the show, with a variety of educational presentations, product launches, amazing pet acts and our popular animal adoptions. The Pet Expo truly is the place for anything pet-related.”

Last year 45,000 guests visited the America’s Family Pet Expo showing a 5% increase from 2014. There were more than 600 animal adoptions including dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs –that were adopted into “forever homes” from the Pet Expo’s Southern California animal rescue partner organizations

New to the Pet Expo, is an adorable collection of mini farm animals including mini donkeys, mini cattle, mini sheep, mini dairy goats, chickens, rabbits, and pot belly pigs.  For equine lovers, horses from Camp Rusk Foundation for Retired Horses will make their debut.

Returning fan favorites include Splash Dogs, offering a wet-and-wild canine competition, and the Police Dog & Protection Demonstrations, crime fighting dogs in action showing how they serve and protect our community.  The Free Flight Bird Show, where magnificent birds spread their wings and take flight, will perform throughout the weekend.

Kids can get in on the action by designing and creating a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kids Aquarium Contest.  There will also be pony rides, face paintings, and The Great American Petting Zoo for the whole family to enjoy. 

Pet Adoptions will be handled on site for those looking for that “purrfect” animal addition to the family.  There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their forever home from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.

General Admission, $13.00; seniors 60 and over, $11.00. Children 6-12, $8.00. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. 

Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.

OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626
Facility charges $7.00 parking. 

** Kindly leave all pets at home**


One person will win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Pet Expo.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway will end on April 14 @11:59pm (pst).

Winner will be chosen at random using the widget above and notified via email and twitter. Winner has 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Ticket vouchers will be mailed to the winner via USPS and winner is responsible for redeeming them for event tickets at the box office. Tickets are good for any day of the expo.

Disclosure: SoCal Blog was provided with complimentary tickets to the event and tickets for a giveaway in exchange for posting event material/information. SoCal Blog was not monetarily compensated. 

Mar 29, 2016


Amazing Lash Studio
3825 Grand Avenue Suite A1
Chino, CA 91709
(909) 863-8800

Ladies, listen up! Have you ever wanted to spruce up your everyday look? Ever given thought to eyelash extensions but were not sure where to go or how it works? Well look no further, I found the cutest little Spa and Studio specifically dedicated to lashes! 

Last week I was lucky enough to be pampered by the lovely people at the Amazing Lash Studio in Chino, CA. This fantastic studio offers four unique styles of eyelash extensions along with a few other makeup and skincare products. The stylists work with your specific eye shape to create longer, fuller, lightweight, and easy to maintain lashes.

The four eyelash styles include:

        Gorgeous – Longer, thicker lashes across your entire lash line will have you always looking red-carpet ready.
        Natural – Your natural lashes… only better! Add length to your existing lash line to enhance the natural shape of your eyes.
        Sexy – Flirtatious flare on the outer corners of your eyes will make every wink count.
        Cute – Big bright eyes are all yours when we add length to the center of your lashes to   make   your eyes appear longer.

lashes last anywhere from 2-3 weeks depending on your daily makeup/cleansing routine.

They also now offer ‘two toned’ lashes and lashes that come in different colors such as red, blue, green, and purple. Whatever look you hope to achieve they're sure to have it! 

I was so excited since it was my first time getting eyelash extensions and from the moment I walked in everyone was very friendly and inviting, I really liked that they were prompt to get me in at the time of appointment and nothing felt rushed. My personal stylist (Courtney) walked me through the entire process; asking me what look I wanted to achieve and even helped me find the perfect style of lashes to flatter my eye shape. 

before (top) / after (bottom) - using "Gorgeous"

I ended up trying out the “Gorgeous” look and my friend tried out the “Sexy” look. I felt so comfortable and relaxed here. I wasn’t sure what to expect after the process had begun but when I was finished I looked in the mirror and noticed right away a huge difference in my overall appearance! My eyes appeared larger and more vibrant - the best part is that I wasn't even wearing any eye makeup.

before (top) / after (bottom) - using "Sexy"

Courtney also gave me tips and tricks to keep my lashes looking great and keeping them clean. I am so happy I decided to try these out. I love them and am so pleased with the look and overall experience. My eyes now look bolder and brighter!


Amazing Lash Studio currently has an intruductory offer for new clients - First set of lashes only $79.99 (regular price $250). 

You also have the option of becoming a member and saving 25-30% off regular prices on refills. Members can save up to 50% on specialty eyelashes and members save every day on all retail products. You also earn rewards for referrals and enjoy priority booking and standing appointments. 

With 7+ locations in SoCal there's absolutely no reason why you can't take a chance on trying this great deal. Go get your lash on!

Get more info by visiting

Disclosure: SoCal Blog's co-writers were provided with one complimentary services in exchange for an honest service review on the experience. SoCal Blog was not momentarily compensated; only services were provided. 

Mar 24, 2016


With my daughter turning a year old in a few days we thought it'd be fun to get out and start celebrating - and what a better way to start than with some delicious strawberry picking!

One of the many things I love about living in the IE is that there is so much to do outdoors. Just last year we went out and picked blueberries in Temecula - yum!

Here are some photos of us having a fun time picking strawberries at the fantastic Kenny's Strawberry Farm in Fallbrook, CA. If you're ever in the area I highly recommend stopping by, it's totally worth it!

Matt (the hubs) wasn't leaving without his very own homemade Strawberry Jam.

Abby probably ate about a good half a pound of strawberries haha. Yes, they were that delicious.

Kenny's Strawberry Farm
953 Rainbow Valley Blvd., Fallbrook, CA

$4 for 1 lb of strawberries
$6 for Strawberry Jam
$12 for T-shirts and Onsies

Open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm

U-Pick Crops Offered:
Strawberries (March - July and October)
Hydroponic Vegetables (April - August)
Watermelon (July - August)
Pumpkins (October)
Christmas Trees (December)

*gift certificates sold at check out stand
*cash, debit & credit cards accepted
*parking is FREE
*pota potty on premise - no baby changing station(s) (silly, it is a FARM after-all)

Mar 21, 2016

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove - TICKET GIVEAWAY

Audiences will discover endless riches when an extraordinary lineup of stories from the Disney Vault come to life for the ultimate Disney animation celebration with the delightful production Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove,  – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with its skating spectacular spanning tales from the first full-length animated film to the 50th Disney film, playing the Southland from April 13-24 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario and Long Beach Arena.

Hit the ice with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they embark on a fun-filled treasure hunt for some of the most popular Disney films ever. Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn. Enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney Princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Tiana, Mulan and, of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook & his pirate pals! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock!

Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards. Plus set a playdate with Woody and Buzz Lightyear because the toys are back in town! Highlighting eight Disney movies and more than 50 Disney characters featured, Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove – Presented by YoKids will create memories your family will treasure for a lifetime!

Wednesday, April 13 - Sunday, April 17
-Wednesday, April 13 @7pm
-Thursday, April 14 @7pm
-Friday, April 15 @7pm
-Saturday, April 16 @11am, 3pm & 7pm
-Sunday, April 17 @1pm & 5pm

Citizens Business Bank Arena - 4000 Ontario Center Pkwy, Ontario, CA 91764
Ticket prices range from $22, $28, $48 (VIP) and $70-$75 (Front Row*)
Opening night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid for premium seating)

Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*ticket prices vary between weekday/weekend performance tickets may be subject to service charges/facility fees - prices subject to change.

Thursday, April 21 - Sunday, April 24
-Thursday, April 21 @7pm
-Friday, April 22 @1130am & 7pm
-Saturday, April 23 @11am, 3pm & 7pm
-Sunday, April 24 @11am, 3pm & 7pm

Long Beach Arena - 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
Ticket prices range from $22, $28, $50-$55 (VIP) and $75 (Front Row*)
Opening night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid for premium seating)

Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Long Beach Arena Box Office.
*ticket prices vary between weekday/weekend performance tickets may be subject to service charges/facility fees - prices subject to change.

Use “Special Offer” Code Word – MOM 
for discounts on the below performances ONLY on  and 

Valid Ontario Performances:
·         Thursday, April 14 at 7PM
·         Saturday, April 16 at 7PM
·         Sunday, April 17 at 1PM

Valid Long Beach Performances:
·         Friday, April 22 at 11:30AM
·         Saturday, April 23 at 11AM
·         Sunday, April 24 at 11AM


One lucky winner will win a family 4-pack of tickets to the opening night show (Wed 4/13 @7pm) at the Ontario venue.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway will end on Friday, April 1 @11:59 pm.
Winner will be chosen at random using widget above. Winner will be notified via email and twitter; winner has 24 hours to claim tickets or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and over. Tickets will be available for winner to pick up an hour before showtime at the box office.