Category: Holidays

SoCo Spring Fling

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Put a spring in your step with SOCO’s Fourth Annual Spring Fling at SOCO Collection in Costa Mesa on March 29, 2015 from 10am to 3pm. This free, family-friendly event will include fun activities like face painting, a petting zoo, live music, egg hunts, bingo, and more – there’s something for everyone in the family!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is excited to participate in SOCO’s Spring Fling with activities such as “Make Your Own Easter Eggs”, “Create Your Own Easter Bugs Bunny” and contribute your drawings to a lie-size mural! A list of additional activities, happenings and sepcials are below.


Milk & Honey Baby – Yarn Butterfly Craft

Smocking Birds – Easter Basket and Box Decorating

The Cheese Shop – Clementine Coloring Page/Activity Kids

Farrow & Ball – -Small wooden bird houses for kids to paint in our Zero VOC eco friendly paint (aprons, and gloves will be provided), Simple Origami for kids using our Wallpaper, Markers and Hole Punches with Wallpaper

St. Patisserie – “Sweet Station” Tasting Table

Granola Babies Children Boutique – Free Easter craft and bubbles station for children of all ages

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity – “Make Your Own Easter Eggs”, “Create Your Own Easter Bugs Bunny” contribute your drawings to a life-size mural

Additional Activities / Specials:

The Cheese Shop: Grilled Cheese- $3.50 Adult Grilled Cheese- $7

Farrow & Ball – Photo Booth Decorations – Suzy Cakes – 3 dozen cookies – Iced tea and Lemonade from Green Leaf

Peinture – Photo Booth & Décor

For more information, visit

  • When: Sunday March 29, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 
  • Where: SOCO Collection is located at 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
  • Cost: FREE

The Egg Hunt’s are on!


It’s officially spring and that means the the Egg Hunt’s are on! We were invited by Irvine Park Railroad to the Easter Eggstravaganza. As was our first Easter event of the season, my girls were very excited to see the Easter Bunny and go on an egg hunt.


As we arrived, I realized I forgot the Easter baskets. Well, Irvine Park Railroad knows that sometimes we parents forget these details. A quick visit to the booth that sells Easter baskets and bags (for parents like me – starting at just $2.00) and we were ready to start our day.


We decided to schedule our Easter Egg Hunt right away. All of the day’s Egg Hunt’s are scheduled at different times for different age groups (which I thought was great idea). When your scheduled time slot comes, show your bracelet and you’re in. Because of the smart scheduling, the egg hunts don’t get overcrowded and there’s plenty of candy and eggs for all.


The next most important thing for us was to do a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. Although, the easter bunny was at a loss for words he was eggceptionally cordial (I couldn’t help it, I had to include some corny egg humor). In addition to the Easter Bunny photos, they have plenty of Easter themed photo props scattered around the park.


We then proceeded to take the train ride, there is also a Hay ride but due to my oldest daughters allergies, we stayed away. The girls also took some time at the bounce house, carnival games (where everyone is a winner) we took some photo’s and my youngest daughter decided she wanted to get her face painted, It was adorable. (She loved being a green tiger).


We found a picnic bench under a big shady tree and enjoyed our lunch. If you forget your lunch at home along with the baskets, they have food options available. While munching on some popcorn we were visited by a peacock, which made all of the kids there crazy with excitement.


Afterwards, the girls decorated cookies, using far too much frosting and sprinkles, then spent some time at the free coloring corner.


We made sure to visit the Nature Center (this is always a must do for us) went for a walk and had the girls play at one of the playgrounds. With so much to do, we ran out of time. We well have to go back for another full days visit of nature trails, the Orange County Zoo, and a bike or paddle boat rental. I always forget how close we are to home when we’re here, it feels like your up in the mountains.


We had a wonderful time and look forward to this adventure next year as well.


Easter Eggstravaganza takes place at Irvine Regional Park located at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869. This event takes place every day until April 4th, weekday hours are from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Weekends are from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. The entrance fee to Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends (unless you have your OC Parks parking pass – then it’s free).

Taking part in the activities requires tickets, which are $5.00 each, with the exception of face painting and printed photos with the Easter Bunny, which require two tickets. You can save some money by purchasing book of tickets for $60.00 ( which is a $15.00 savings) . 


If you’re doing this visit on budget, you can pack your lunch, bring your some cookies or cupcakes and decorate them at one of the picnic benches, enjoy the music, take pictures with one of the many Easter props, have the kids visit the coloring corner, then take a stroll to the nature center and the play ground. We’ve done this in the past and had a great time.

Disclosure: Irvine park Railroad provided my family with complimentary tickets to this event during their opening/media weekend. My thoughts and opionions are always 100% my own.


Easter Eggstravaganza – Giveaway!!!

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza GIVEAWAY
Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza GIVEAWAY

Are you ready for Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza? The Easter Bunny is hoping into Irvine Park Railroad from Saturday, March 14th through Saturday, April 4th.

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Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

You can ride the train through beautiful Irvine Regional Park and children ages 2 through 12 can go on an Easter egg hunt. Each egg is filled with candy or a prize.

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Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring your Easter baskets but no need to worry if you forget  – Irvine Park Railroad will have Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt.

Please visit for complete details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs.

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Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

Children can meet the Easter Bunny and have their pictures taken for $10.00 (this includes a complimentary photo that will be taken by Irvine Park Railroad staff) If you’d like additional prints of the same photo, you can buy them for $6.00. Photos will be printed in a few short minutes at the Easter Bunny booth.

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Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

There will be other activities to take part in during the Easter Eggstravaganza including hay rides, a moon bounce, Easter cookie decorating, carnival games, face painting, picture stands and more. Please visit for full details including costs.

The park entrance fee – charged by the County of Orange – is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends and it not included in the giveaway.

Irvine Park Railroad opens daily at 10:00 am and is located at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.

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Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

Now for the fun part – Project Refined Life has a giveaway compliments of Irvine Park Railroad. Here are the details:

One Reader will be given chosen randomly to receive the following giveaway** consisting of the following:

  • 4 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Easter Eggstravaganza activities)

  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park deuce coupe bike rental

  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

The approximate value of the Giveaway package is $55.00! Enter to win this fun giveaway in the form below. You can begin entering tonight, February 28, 2015 at midnight through 3/7/2015 at midnight.

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**No purchaseis necessary to enter. The winner will selected by Rafflecopter and will receive an email notification. Please make sure to respond within 48 hours of notification otherwise another winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. The winner will receive tickets that will be mailed directly to their home (or mailing) address from Irvine Park Railroad. This giveaway applies to US Residents Only.

Disclosure: Although has received complimentary admission to this event, all opinions are strictly my own.


Lunar New Year Celebrations


I love to explore different cultures, traditions, art & especially food (yes, I love all types of food). I believe that exposing my children to different cultural events and activities opens new doors and inspires new interests. This weekend’s Lunar New Year Celebrations provides some great learning opportunities and some great food options as well.

In addition to the my previous post on the FREE Lunar New Year Celebration at Pavilion Park in Irvine on Saturday, here are a few other great Lunar New Year Celebrations taking place this weekend.


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The Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown (Downtown LA) takes place on Saturday, February 21, 2105 at 1:00 pm. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles presents the 115th Annual Golden Dragon Parade. With over thousands and thousands of individuals lining the parade route and thousands viewing the telecast each year, this colorful celebration along North Broadway in Chinatown has become the premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community.

The parade takes place on Hill Street at Temple toward Bernard. then turns right on Bernard, another right on Broadway and then back to Broadway & Temple.

for more information visit


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The Tet Fesitival in Costa Mesa at the OC Fair & Event Center brings in the year of Goat starting on Friday, February 20, 2015 through Sunday, February 22, 2015. Stated to be the largest Tet Festival in the entire world! The festival attracts of over 100,000 guests annually and caters hundreds of booths in a span of a three-day weekend event.

Visitors are immersed in a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, cultural displays, festive games, and spectacular firecrackers show celebrating the new year.

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Disney California Adventure Park rings in the Lunar New Year with unforgettable sights, sounds and tastes of this multicultural holiday celebration from Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 22, 2015, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Some of these experiences may include:

  • Exhilarating live performances

  • Photo opportunities with select Disney Characters

  • Stunning scenic displays

  • Special event merchandise

  • Limited-time food and beverages items through out the park

  • Complimentary face painting

Over the course of this multicultural event, Paradise Gardens in Paradise Pier will be decked out in celebratory décor and a diverse variety of continental colors.

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President’s Day Festival

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What better way to celebrate President’s Day and the 72nd Birthday of Battleship IOWA than at the Battleship of President’s!

This day long festival is FREE for the whole family to enjoy!  Come and explore the history that the Battleship tour has to offer (at an additional price), and then stay for a drink, some music, dancing and fun.  Celebrate in the Sailor’s Bar and have a drink, order a snack at one of the food trucks, dance along to the music of a 40’s jazz band, try your aim at the WWII shooting gallery or simply walk around and visit with the local vendors.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy so come on down.

The Festival is FREE to the public.  Parking is available for $1/hour directly in front of the Battleship.  Regular admission rates will apply to all daily tours.   Food and beverages will be available at an additional fee.

  • When: Today, February 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
  • Where: Battleship IOWA, 250 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Cost: The event is Free, Parking fees apply

If you have questions call 877-446-9261


President’s Day Celebration

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Come and mingle with our founding fathers at the Ronald Reagan Library President’s Day Celebration. The 23rd Annual President’s Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum starts today, February 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This celebration includes fun for the entire family, including crafts, musical entertainment, storytelling, and presidential and first lady look-a likes. Hot dogs, pie and other all-American food will be available for purchase.

President’s Day activities are free to the public. Regular Museum admission rates apply to view the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, the Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit, and the spectacular Air Force One Pavilion.

  • Ronald Reagan Library is located at: 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA. 93065
  • For more information, please call 805-522-2977.

Lunar New Year at Pavillon Park

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Pavilion Park in Irvine. The grand event will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Join the fun at this Lunar New Year celebration on the Terrace with something for everyone! Exotic teas. Kids arts & crafts. Floral arrangement demonstrations. Cupcakes. traditional Chinese flute music and a traditional lion head dance. Happy New Year!

Where: Pavilion Park Terrace, 194 Compass, Irvine, CA 92618



Valentine’s Day History & Crafts

Valentine's Day Crafts

We just moved into a new apartment 2 weeks ago today. It was a very unexpected move, so I’ve been pretty busy unpacking. With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow besides getting some homemade valentine’s cards ready, we haven’t crafted very much this year. Today, in-between running errands and getting ready for my Girl Scout meeting, I thought I could squeeze in a couple of these crafts.

Before I show you the last-minute crafts I have in mind, I wanted to share a nice little history report my daughter wrote about Valentine’s day. This wasn’t school work, she just decided she wanted to do some research about Valentines Day. This is an unedited version of her report and I think it’s wonderful (but I may be a little biased).


 Symbols of Valentine’s Day


Cupid is the Roman God Of love and is the most popular symbol of Valentine’s Day. Originally he was shown as a young man with a bow and arrows.  But over the years, Cupid went from a handsome man to a pudgy baby?  The reason is that the Romans believed that Cupid was the son of Venus, the God of love and beauty and a god of playful and tender love. Another reason is that the Victorians wanted to make Cupid more appropriate for everyone. So, they changed him from a young man to a pudgy little baby.

                    Valentines Cards

“Why did you give me a Valentine?” Then you say, “I don’t know. Maybe I’ll do a report.” The custom of exchanging love notes goes back to the Roman Lupercalia festival. But the British were the ones who popularized sending your feelings to someone via a printed card. The first Valentine card was created by Chrles, Duke of Orleans, imprisoned in the tower of London for several years following the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.  he sent Valentine poems to his wife in France from his jail cell.  Commercial Valentines didn’t appear until 1800 (In England) and although handmade cards had been around for years.  In the 19th century a new kind of Valentine emerged called “Penny Dreadfuls” that were insulting and cruel rather than loving and flattering. In America, hand-made Valentines appeared around 1740 and were sealed with red wax and left secretly on a lover’s doorstep or sent in the mail. Commercial cards took over around the 1880’s. But people still make homemade ones too. Some included trinkets, locks of hair and in some cases there were “The Bank of Love” which are valentines printed to look like money.


We still have a few more Valentine’s cards to make, I found these cute all-in card/envelopes at My girls will have fun making these and I have all the supplies we need to make it.

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 Here’s a fun and quick craft for the little’s from This Paper Plate Sensory Heart craft even comes with “how to” video tutorial. My little one will enjoy making this squishy craft.

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 Another quick craft (that I have all the supplies for) is this sweet little Mosaic Heart from

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Create a Valetine

IMG_20150116_123337The sweetest children’s bookstore in Tustin, Once Upon a Storybook, is hosting a “Create a Valentine” event on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Once upon a Storybook provides all of their craft materials for you and your kids to participate in an a make-your-own-valentines extravaganza! 

They’ll provide craft tables filled with red, white, doilies, stickers and glitter. If you need some inspiration, they’ll have some samples available for you as well.

In addition, they’ll have a Valentine’s surprise just for YOU!

See you and your little sweethearts on Thursday!

  • When: Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Where: Once upon a Storybook,17300 E. 17th St, #C, Tustin, CA 92780 
  • Cost: FREE

Valentines Day for Little Critters


Aliso & Woods Canyons Wilderness Park is hosting a special Valentines Day event for the little critters in your life on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 8:30 – 11:00 am.

Bring your little ones so they can find out if animals exchange chocolates and Valentine’s Day cards? Kids will help discover how animals share their love for their families and friends. Make animal adaptation themed valentines and treats after the hike. This is a 2 mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is located at: 28373 Alicia Parkway
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, the event will be held at the Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas, meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 5 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link