Kids Tested, Mother Approved Healthy Pizzas

We attended another Whole Kids Cooking Club class at Whole Foods. The Healthy Eating Specialist had two healthy vegetarian pizzas for the kids to create.  One sweet and one savory.

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The savory pizza was made on sandwich thins, hummus with  shredded carrots, broccoli, romanesco broccoli, red and yellow bell pepper, zucchini and spinach as their topping options.

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The sweet pizzas were made on flat sandwich thins made with with raisins and flax seeds. The topping options were peanut butter, almond butter, sliced strawberries, bananas, kiwi, blueberries & raspberries. None of the kids seemed to have a problem with any of these options.

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The kids loved making their pizza’s. It was fun and easy for them to do. My little one always digs right in there and throws all the ingredients on her plate. The funny thing is, if I would have offered my 7 year daughter and 6 year grandson romanesco broccoli earlier in the day they probably would’ve said no. In a setting like this however, they were all more then willing to eat it or at least try it.

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 I recommend taking your picky eaters to Whole Foods  for a Whole Kids Club cooking class. For $5.00, they provide a fun environment with kid friendly food ideas that empower kids to try  new things.

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Staying Safe on the Road

Information and image from http://www.madd.org/blog

During the summer months, families often take to the highways for vacations and extended road trips. While these excursions can start off as a happy occasion, they can too often result in tragedy.

A new infographic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council shows how even if the drunk driving crash doesn’t kill or seriously injure you, the consequences will still ruin your life.

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S’more $1.00 books, $1.00 coffee and the word please.

On Sunday, before heading to church we made a visit to the One Dollar Book Store  in Lake Forest. Its was great! They have a wide selection of books, novels, cookbooks, comics, some DVD’s & videos.

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Be prepared, you have to search. Everything is organized by genre however at this time only novels are organized by author. My daughters made themselves at home, took a seat and looked through the books. My oldest daughter scored some American Girl books, my youngest wanted a bible and I found a great little book on Aromatherapy/Essential Oils. We could have stayed there much longer but we had to get to church. I can’t wait to visit again.

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 When we arrived at church we were greeted by the heavenly scent of coffee from Frijolitos Mobile Coffee truck. We quickly decided to take in services outside on the comfy chairs and enjoy a cup of coffee. My husband and I both had the “Mariachi Loco” coffee drink. We were pleasantly surprised when they told us all coffee drinks were only $1.00! I love a deal.

As it turns out, Frijolitos will be there every Sunday at the 6 pm service with drinks priced at $1.00! Life is good. Back to our Sunday, the message was incredible and at the end of service we had yet another surprise. They turned on the fire pits and had smore’s kits for everyone. Families were able to enjoy the evening, make s’mores and fellowship. It was a wonderful evening and I wouldn’t mind having s’more Sundays just like it.

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Redbox hosts LEGO Movie Contest

Calling all Legomanics , it’s time to get creative! The Lego Movie is at Redboxes everywhere and Redbox is holding a “Build a Redbox Kiosk” contest now through July 28th.

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To enter, you need to create a Redbox kiosk out of Lego’s and submit a photo to Instagram. Use #RedboxLEGOMovieContest. There will be 10 winners who will receive a prize pack. The Prize pack will include a year’s worth (one per week) of Redbox Blu-ray disc rental codes a Blu-ray combo pack of The Lego Movie, and two The Lego Movie mini-figures. Bring out your Lego’s and get to work!

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Here are the full details:

Calling all The LEGO Movie fans! With “The LEGO Movie” Blu-Ray and DVD available at Redbox starting this week, we’re celebrating with a kiosk building contest and an exclusive discount to own the movie at a great value: • The “Build a Redbox Kiosk Contest”- From now until July 28, build a Redbox kiosk and post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag #RedboxLEGOMovieContest. Ten winners will receive a The LEGO Movie prize pack, including a year of one-night Redbox Blu-ray rentals (52 promo codes), a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack of The LEGO Movie and two The LEGO Movie mini-figures. • “Love It Forever” Promotion – Rent The LEGO Movie from Redbox and provide your email addresses at checkout for a $5-off coupon to purchase the 3D Blu-ray or Blu-ray/DVD combo pack at participating retailers. Please see the press release below for more information and visit the website for details on the contest: http://www.redbox.com/build. Tiny Bricks at Tiny Prices: “The LEGO® Movie” Comes to Redbox Redbox Customers Can Get a $5-Off Coupon to Buy the Movie or Enter to Win “The LEGO Movie” Prize Pack with a Year of Free Blu-ray™ Nights OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. (July 15, 2014) – Redbox, America’s destination for new-release entertainment, is celebrating the Blu-ray and DVD release of “The LEGO® Movie” at kiosks nationwide with the Build a Redbox Kiosk Contest and an exclusive discount to own the movie at a great value. From now until July 28, Redbox asks fans to build a Redbox® kiosk from toy blocks and post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag #RedboxLEGOMovieContest. Ten winners* will receive a “The LEGO Movie” prize pack, including a year of one-night Redbox Blu-ray rentals (52 promo codes), a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack of “The LEGO Movie” and two “The LEGO Movie” mini-figures. The best entries will be shared on Redbox’s social channels. Also through July 28, customers who rent “The LEGO Movie” from Redbox and provide their email addresses at checkout will get a $5-off coupon to purchase the 3D Blu-ray or Blu-ray/DVD combo pack at participating retailers. “Redbox consistently offers the latest and best movies on Blu-ray and DVD at an incredible value, and ‘The LEGO Movie’ is no exception,” said Kiera Hynninen, SVP of Marketing at Redbox. “We’re thrilled to offer consumers even more value with the Build a Redbox Kiosk Contest and the opportunity to own the ‘awesome’ movie at a great discount.” Additional details about the Build a Redbox Kiosk Contest can be found here: http://www.redbox.com/build *Redbox “The Build a Redbox Kiosk Contest” Rules NO PURCHASE/RENTAL NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE/RENTAL WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Begins 12 am CT on 7/15/14. Ends at 11:59:59 pm CT on 7/28/14. Open to legal residents of any 1 of the 50 US, DC, or PR who are at least age of majority. Internet access and a valid Instagram account req’d. Void where prohibited by law. SUBJECT TO FULL OFFICIAL RULES, which contain important requirements for all photos and posts. Winners will be chosen based on following criteria/weights: skill in execution of design and construction using building brick toy pieces (60%); creativity in representing an actual Redbox disc-rental kiosk (30%); creativity of the composition of the Photograph(s) (10%). Creativity is encouraged and entries are not required to look exactly like an actual kiosk. ARV of each prize package: $122. Total ARV of all prizes: $1220. Limit 1 entry per person, per account; multiple entry photos from same person/account will be judged together. Sponsor: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC, One Tower Lane, Suite 900, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Instagram or The LEGO Group.

 

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Tustin Movies in the Park

More Summer Movies in the Park, right here in Tustin!

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July 24th – Despicable Me @ Cedar Grove Park

July 31st – Meet me in St. Louis @ Peppertree Park

August 7th – The Lego Movie @ Frontier Park

August 14th – Turbo @ Heritage Park

August 21st – Frozen @ Centennial Park

Booths and Activities start at 5:30, Movies start at dusk.

 

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FREE – Family Movie Night Tonight

For families and kids of all ages! **FREE** at Calvary Church located at 1010 N. Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana 92705

Join the Calvary Town team for a family-friendly movie night under the stars. At Calvary Church, in front of the gym.

Bring your own chair or blanket for seating. They’ll provide the popcorn and fun snacks!

July 16 – Madagascar 3
August 13 – Frozen

For more info, visit www.calvarylife.org/town

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What a powerful video!

In a world where women are judged so harshly by what we look like and music videos of women prancing around barely dressed this video is so very refreshing.

Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, Colbie Caillat, was tired of being photoshopped. She recently released “Try” a song that addresses today’s beauty standards and how women/girls “try” to be liked/accepted based on them.

 I get it, it’s easy to get confused. It’s even easier when women who should stand together against stereotypes of what a woman/girl “should” look like are busy  judging each other. Judgement’s based on clothes, weight, looks, hair. It’s a shame that more women aren’t lifting each other up instead of tearing each other apart.

We should be looking at each other and saying she’s such a wonderful/kind hearted women, she’s so faithful to the lord and her faith, look at how much she gives back to her family/her community.

When we, as women stop judging each other maybe we can force a change in others around us. Maybe we can start focusing on what’s really important. There are very impressionable young girls and boys surrounding us, looking at us, learning from us. Make the right choices of what’s really important in a person and surround yourself with people who feel and act the same way.

I hope you enjoy the video and the powerful message it sends.

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FREE $25.00 gift card for Land of Nod

Monday, July 28 thru Friday, August 1 at 3pm, Land of Nod is hosting their FREE Camp Nod events. A full week of events will be held at their South Coast Plaza locations as well as their North and Clybourn, and Oakbrook locations.

If your kiddos are in attendance all week, you’ll receive a $25 gift card to @thelandofnod. Now how great is that!

Please make to see your store web page for specific details for each location, and be sure to RSVP with your store you would like to attend at nodevents@landofnod.com #nodevents

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Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center and Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

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If your driving along Irvine Ave., in Newport Beach, you might not even notice this 10,000 square foot building. The Interpretive Center is built into one side of the bluffs, and has the most spectacular views of the Bay. I’ve discovered that many people who live in the area are unaware of the Interpretive Center and all it has to offer.

Visiting the Interpretive Center is FREE. Kids can make themselves at home and explore the many puzzles, books, puppets, coloring pages and study the various “pets” in terrariums: snakes, frogs, spiders, etc.

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There is an interactive display that shows children the various wildlife to be found in the bay and the importance of keeping it clean. In the theater, you can watch a short film “Saltmarsh Seasons” that the friendly staff will invite you to view at any time.

A few years ago, I was drawn to the Interpretive Center to have my oldest daughter attend one of their weekly classes – Tideland Tykes/Wild Tales ( ages 2-8, $5.00 per child).  They read a story, go for a nature walk on one of the trials, point out animal tracks and talk about the bay. Afterwards, they go back to the Interpretative Center and do a craft or coloring page. This place is in our “favorites” list. The Interpretive Center is also home to Family Science Sundays (which are FREE).

When we go as a family on the weekend, we usually let our girls play inside, have our lunch in the covered outdoor amphitheater, then we go for a walk on one of the many trials. It is truly lovely here.

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They also hosts regular coastal clean up and restoration days(great for scouting groups or as a family event). The clean up days are a great way to teach your kids one of the many ways to take action in your community and how important it is.

The center is open from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

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 For more information on their Program and Events. For more information, call (949) 923-2290.

The Interpretive Center is located at the corner of University and Irvine Ave. Directions can be found at newportbay.org

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Promoting Literacy for $1.00!

That’s right, $1.00, you can buy books at Piccolo’s Books for just $1.00! They have three locations in Southern California: Lakewood, Long Beach and Lake Forest, with more stores on the horizon.

Piccolo Lewis, the man behind the One Dollar Book Store/Piccolo’s Books was in the book business for years when he decided he wanted to reach out to his community and promote literacy. In 2006, he opened his first store in Long Beach.  The One dollar Bookstore/Piccolo’s Books sells pre-owned books, videos, DVDs and LP records for a $1.00.

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I love going to my local “Big Brand” book store but let’s face it I can make dinner for the entire family for less then the cost of one book. When you have budget to keep, buying a $10.00 book can seem a bit firvolous. We utilize our library on a regular basis but I can buy a book for a dollar at this place. Yeah, I am more than excited about visiting the Lake Forest Store.

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So now let’s get to the root of this story, Piccolo Lewis. Here is a man who makes a difference. Piccolo was was born in Compton and raised in Long Beach. A diagnosis of dyslexia led him to his mission in life: to promote literacy and provide affordable education to all who have desire.

Due to his dedication of promoting literacy, he started Gift of Knowledge, an organization that helps schools, organizations, libraries and orphanages as well as several other projects.

He donates an astounding 1,000 to 60,00 books a week and in the last two years he has donated over 1 million books to schools through out Los Angeles County as well Detroit, Africa, Haiti, Jamaica, the Philippians and Mexico. He is planning on opening two Children’s Libraries in impoverished neighborhoods this year.

In addition to story time for children he also hosts and produces art and entertainment events for the community,  as well as workshops on breaking into the entertainment industry, stage production, educational workshops on writing resume’s and how to land a job, how to sew and self-sustainability. He is determined to help children become productive citizens in their community.

It’s no wonder he’s been honored by Members of Congress, Councilman, the former Mayor of Los Angeles and the LAPD’s  Southeast Division.

What an amazing man, thank you for caring enough to help our youth and our community.

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Pictures from Piccolo’s Books Facebook Page

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OC Great Park has a great weekend of FREE events

Yesterday, I shared the Fresh Plates: Culinary Workshop that will take place to today at 10:00 am in the Farm & Food Lab at the OC Great Park but there are so many other great events going on at the Great Park this weekend, I had to share them with you.

I do want to highlight one event – Clinic in the Park. If you or anyone who needs health or dental care,  please let them know about this FREE event held on the second Sunday of each month.  Clinic in the Park is an Orange County-based nonprofit community health collaborative.

 

Now on to the weekend events:

 

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SPIRIT: Tae Soon Kim (Opening Reception)

Saturday, July 12

Time(s): 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Great Park Gallery | Map & Directions
Gallery admission, parking and the opening reception are free to the publicThe artwork of Tae Soon Kim reveals the “spirit” of traditional Korean culture by transforming, through the technique of collage, handmade paper (Han-ji) and old damaged books into objects of everyday life such as clothing, furniture, and books. Tae-Soon Kim was born in Kyungnam, Republic of Korea. Her artwork has been displayed worldwide, including at […]

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Movie on the Lawn – The Lego Movie

Saturday, July 12

Time(s): 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Terraced Lawn | Map & Directions
Starts at Dusk; Weather PermittingJoin us for an outdoor movie experience under the stars. Grab your beach chair, blanket and snacks for a night out with the family. Come see blockbuster hits and family favorites on the big screen at our Movie on the Lawn nights! This year’s Movie on the Lawn series will feature seven film screenings beginning […]

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Certified Farmers Market

Sunday, July 13

Time(s): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Farmers Market | Map & Directions
Free Parking & AdmissionSundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by the fresh produce and fun at our Certified Farmers Market. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Take home fresh […]

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Clinic in the Park

Sunday, July 13

Time(s): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Great Park Certified Farmers Market | Map & DirectionsOn the second Sunday of each month, Clinic in the Park connects children and their families to medical and dental resources, provides application assistance for low cost insurance, developmental health screenings for children, community resource referrals and facilitates health chats with doctors and nurses. These programs are offered and staffed by health-related professional organizations and […]

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Children’s Garden Workshops

Sunday, July 13

Time(s): 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
FreeThis season’s Children’s Garden Workshop Series is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.  A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and […]

pictures and information from OCGP.org & clinicinthepark.org

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FREE Argentine Cuisine Culinary Workshop

I love FREE and I love to cook. So I’m sad that I will not be able to make to this FREE  Fresh Plates event on Saturday, July 12th at the OC Great Park. This program is produced by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from Slow Foods Orange County.

The Fresh Plates Workshops are designed to introduce cuisines from around the world by local chefs and food experts. They  demonstrate how to prepare healthy meals from the garden to the table in less than 30 minutes. Participants are taught techniques and benefits of traditional old-world cooking.

The focus for this event is Argentine Cuisine – Masters Of Fire: Argentine food is an intoxicating blend of indigenous dishes mixed with the Mediterranean influences of its European settlers, but it’s the expert use of fire that makes this cuisine truly extraordinary.  

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60 minute presentation/demonstration

Ages 16+ are welcome to attend

Time(s): 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Location:Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions

Cost: Free

 

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Alisa’s Law

New federal legislation  was introduced on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The proposed law was presented by  Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY). This law would require that states require all convicted drunk driving offenders to install an ignition interlock for a minimum of six months for all convicted drunk drivers.

More than 10,000 people die each year due to a drunk driver, said Congresswoman Lowey. “In addition to the enormous emotional toll, drunk driving costs taxpayers $132 billion each year. We know interlocks work and it’s time for every state to adopt this lifesaving measure.”

Did you know that the average drunk driver has driven drunk 87 times before being caught? Yep, think about that. I’m praying that this bill is passed and that drinking and driving will finally be taken more seriously.

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The following is from MADD.ORG/Blog/

Representative Nita Lowey introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would push states to require the use of ignition interlock devices for a minimum of six months for all convicted drunk driving offenders. States that fail to comply would face a reduction in federal transportation funding.

The bill is called “Alisa’s Law,” in honor of the daughter of MADD National President Jan Withers. Yesterday would have been Alisa’s 38th birthday had her life not been tragically cut short by a drunk driver when she was just 15.

If passed, this legislation would represent a significant milestone for MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. When the Campaign was launched in 2006, New Mexico was the only state to require all convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock. Today, 24 states have passed similar legislation, and California instituted a pilot program that covers over 13 million people. The most recent count shows that over 300,000 interlocks are installed in the United States.

Every major traffic safety organization including the National Transportation Safety Board and AAA has endorsed the concept. As part of the MAP-21 surface transportation bill, Congress approved an ignition interlock incentive grant program to give financial incentives to states which pass all offender interlock legislation. Alisa’s Law is the next major step towards a nation without drunk driving, a crime that still causes almost one-out-of three highway deaths.

MADD thanks Congresswoman Lowey for her leadership to help eliminate drunk driving.

– See more at: http://www.madd.org/blog/#sthash.gKDEKHuz.dpuf

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