Month: September 2014

The Power of Parenting



Summer has come to an end, and kids are back at school. But do we parents have the supplies we need to make this a successful school year? No, we’re not talking about backpacks and pencils.We’re talking about the tools every parent needs to keep their kids safe.

Did you know alcohol kills more teens than all other drugs combined? That’s why it is so important to talk with your teens about underage drinking. But we know that this can seem like a daunting task, which is why we created the Power of Parents® program to provide parents with proven tips and tools tohelp your kidsstay alcohol-free this school year.

Here are seven tips for getting through to your teen:

Communicate before a problem starts – Have important discussions now, before there’s blame, anger or punishment. Agree on a time to start talking together about the dangers of alcohol.

Discuss rules and consequences – Explain how you expect your son or daughter to act, and why. Tell your teen plainly that you don’t want him or her drinking. Agree on consequences of broken rules.

Show you care – Gently touch your teen on the arm or back to show affection. Tell your teen you love them and want them to be healthy and safe. Explain that’s why you need to talk together about the dangers of underage drinking.

Pay attention – Even when life gets hectic, take time out to listen to your teen. Monitor where your teen is and what your teen is doing.Share family activities – Have dinner together at least three times a week.

Give and get respect – When your teen talks to you, listen and reply respectfully. Insist that your teen treat you with respect, too.

Enforce consequences consistently – If your teen breaks the rules, stay calm and enforce the consequences.

Click here to get the PDF version of Seven Tips for Connecting with your Teens, as well as helpful conversation starters.

Want to learn more? Get our Parent Handbook for a detailed guide on talking to your teen about alcohol, and our Power of You(th) booklet to help teens take a stand against underage drinking.

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Fires & Earthquakes & Hurricane’s, oh my…get prepared!

I posted coupons for Irvine Park Railroad yesterday however due to the large brush fire burning in Silverado Canyon, many North OC Parks are currently affected. Irvine Regional Park/OC Zoo is now closed as it is serving as a fire camp for the Silverado Fire. It will be closed to the public through Wednesday 9/17/14.

With everything that’s going on, Fire’s, Earthquakes & Hurricane’s, its time to get prepared.

Does your family have designated meeting places in case of an emergency? Different disasters may require you to go to different places. Make sure you identify a meeting place in your neighborhood, a meeting place just outside your neighborhood, and a meeting place out of town. Review these plans with all members of your family. 


Graphic courtesy of CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response. #NatlPrep

To get an Emergency plan together for your your family visit for complete details and ready to use plans, checklist, first aid kits and emergency contact lists.

Here’s a sample of what is available and ready to use for your family plan. 



How does your garden grow?

Master_GardenerJoin Masters Gardeners of Orange County for “Grow it now: Cool Season Vegetables”  to get all your questions answered.

This is a FREE informative presentation that will cover everything from gourmet selections to stir fry gardens ready to harvest in the fall, winter and spring.

  • September 16, 2014 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Katie Wheeler Library – 13109 Old Myford Rd., Irvine, CA 92602 (714)669-8753



Back to Scouting and my Girl Scout Leader Jitters.

I have the most adorable Girl Scout Troop! 11 bouncing Brownies, full of energy, opinions and spunk.

Tonight, is our first meeting after taking a summer break. At our end of year celebration in June, I fully intended on getting together for at least one meeting during the summer…but we didn’t. Summer was busy and I took my Girl Scout Leader hat off, I’m glad I did. I really needed the rest, leading a troop meeting can be exhausting.


10 of my brillant Brownies at Carol Fallon Riding Center

As I am preparing for tonight’s meeting I find myself feeling nervous. Why I am feeling so jittery about leading 11 girls through an 1.5 hour meeting? Quality. I really believe in the Girl Scout program. I love what it does for the girls and the opportunities it presents. I want to give them the best experience, the best quality I can possibly provide.

I want them engaged, learning and having fun. I want them to want to be involved in Girl Scouts, even if I’m not their leader. So, I feel the pressure of providing good content. I’m usually exhausted at the end of meeting because I give it everything I’ve got for those 1.5 hour meetings, which is good but exhausting. These girls  have no idea how much they motivate me to do better.

Tonight’s meeting agenda is set. Today, I will be shopping for everything needed to complete our badge work and I will (as I always do) continue thinking of ways to make it better….all day.

As with all things in my life, I am my biggest competition. My jitters come from a desire to have these girls look back at these times as some of the most refining times in their lives. So, with this in mind – please pray for me and I’ll update you on our meeting next week.

Until then, Happy Scouting!


A Weekend for Heros

whoa_logoCalling all Veterans, active military, reserves, police, fire and paramedics, with a valid ID you and one guest can visit the Los Angeles County Fair for $2.00 each. 

Weekend for Heroes is this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 13 & Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

The proceeds from the $2 admission for hero and guest will be donated to Wounded Heros of America.

for more complete details on parking other fees, see my post on the Los Angeles County Fair.




What’s your Tailgating Gameplan?


Football season is upon us! Are your ready to cheer on your favorite team?

Tailgating is a great way to get together with friends and fellow fans before a game to show your team spirit. However, it can also be a challenging environment to monitor alcohol use.

If you are planning on hosting or participating in a tailgating party, make sure to check out our Tailgating Gameplan, and read our safe tailgating tips to make sure everyone stays safe, healthy and happy this football season.


No matter how you celebrate or who you cheer for, don’t ruin game day by getting a DUI, or much worse.  Always put safety before the party this football season by designating a non-drinking driver before you leave the house.


Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Get ready for fall at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch in Orange County!

Irvine_Park_Railroadroad_LogoThe Pumpkin Patch opens on Saturday, September 20th. Activities include train rides, thousand of pumpkins, hay rides, face painting, panning for gold, picture stands, a pumpkin moon bounce, carnival games, and more! 

 The Pumpkin Patch is located within Irvine Regional Park, just behind the train station. Admission to the event is FREE  however there is a charge for activities and as well a gate fee entrance to the park. Don’t miss the link for coupons at the bottom of this post.

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Event information from Irvine park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch Dates Saturday, September 20th – Friday, October 31st.
Pumpkin Patch Hours The Pumpkin Patch is open 7 days at week at 10:00 am (weather permitting).
Activity Tickets The cost to enter the Pumpkin Patch is free.Activity tickets are $5.00 each or buy a book of 15 tickets for $60.00 ($15.00 savings).
Coupons Visit the coupon page for Pumpkin Patch, OC Zoo, bike rental, and other coupons
Parking For important Pumpkin Patch parking information, please visit and read this page.

Here’s a post with a full page worth of coupons for Irvine Park Railroad Coupons


FREE admission to Los Angeles County Fair today!

Never Forget


On this day in 2001, the city, the country, and the world united together in the face of unimaginable tragedy. Today, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, we gather together once again to honor and remember the 2,983 men, women, and children who were killed in the attacks of 2001 and 1993. As part of the commemoration, please observe the following moments of silence:

8:46 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower.

9:03 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower.

9:37 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

9:59 a.m.: The South Tower collapses.

10:03 a.m.: After learning of the other attacks, passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 launch a counterattack on hijackers aboard their plane to try to seize control of the aircraft. In response, the hijackers crash the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, P.A.

10:28 a.m.: The North Tower collapses.