Would you like some Donuts?


Ok, so did I get your attention with these de·lec·ta·ble donuts? I fought with myself about posting this (Yes, I do fight with myself). Although I’m not going to buy you donuts, you might need to buy some for a business meeting. Perhaps on Friday, July 11th??? If so, I’ve got a deal for you. You see,  I know that in the business world, donuts carry some major bargaining power. So here it is…To celebrate Krisy Kreme’s 77th birthday on July 11th, go to a Krispy Kreme near you for a great deal on donuts. If you buy a dozen, you’ll get a the second dozen for only $.077!!!

Phew, that’s was rough. I try very hard to keep the focus on healthy food but every once in while…well, you know. I hope this post can help you score some major input at the next business meeting. So on Friday, come in to your office meeting prepared and ask your co-worker…Would you like some donuts?

For locations near you click here.


OC Fair – Summer Starts Here


Are you ready for some food, carnival rides, carnival games, pig races and exhibits? It’s that  time again, the 2014 OC Fair  will begin this Friday, July 11th and continue through Sunday, Aug. 10. The fair will be open Wednesday-Sunday. Wednesday – Friday: Noon – Midnight and Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – Midnight

Some of the exhibits I’m excited about are the Culinary exhibits, the educational exhibits, contests, Explorium and the garden exhibits in Centennial Farm.

Explorium is an exhibit in which kids from all over  the OC entered the Kids Competitions for Wild & Wonderful Wings, Creative Critters, My Book Buddy, LEGOs, Poster Art, Fair Foodies, Junior Photography, Creative Writing, Drawing and Painting. I can’t wait to see the kids imagination’s at work.

Now, because I we have a budget to keep, I loved reading this article in the OC Registar about How to enjoy the fair without going broke. In addition, I’ve included a list of deals to get into the fair. Some of the fair admission deals even provide an opportunity to help your community through food, book, clothing & school supply drives on We Care Wednesdays.

For me, visiting the fair on the right days provides three very important things: 1) spending time with family 2) learning 3) giving back to your community. Now that’s refining!

Opening Day

FREE Admission & Parking
July 11 (Noon – 1 pm)


Active Military & Veterans
FREE Active Military & Veterans admission with I.D. Must Show Identification-Not Valid
for Spouses or Dependents
Read & Ride
Read 2 books for 3 carnival rides (ages 5-11)
Click here to download book report form
Submit book reports to the Information Booth @ Centennial Farm for FREE ride tickets
(Valid July 11- August 10, 2014)


$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband
(Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm) – Plus 2 FREE games
We Care Wednesday

We Care Wednesday
Promotion Schedule and Guidelines

FREE admission and 1 carnival ride per person every Wednesday with donation (donation changes weekly).Acceptance of donated items is at the discretion of the OC Fair. Limited to 1 FREE admission and 1 carnival ride per person
Food Drive July 16 (noon – 3 pm)
FREE admission with donation of 5 cans of food
Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County Food Bank
Children’s Book Drive July 23 (noon – 3 pm)
FREE admission with donation of 1 new children’s book
or 3 gently used children’s books
Think Together Early Literacy Program
Clothing Drive July 30 (noon – 3 pm)
FREE admission with donation of 5 new or gently used clothing items
School Supply Drive August 6 (noon – 3 pm)
FREE admission with donation of NEW school supplies valued at $5 or more. Receipt required.
Accepted items:

  • pens/pencils/crayons
  • notebooks/notebook paper
  • school backpacks
Share Ourselves


$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband
(Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm) – Plus 2 FREE Games
Kids Day
Children 12 & Under FREE Fair admission All day.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Look for Olivia for special shopping deals with select vendors all day.


Seniors Day (60+)
$2 off senior admission
FREE Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day
$2 Taste of Fair Food
Every Friday Noon – 4 pm
Download the $2 Taste of Fair Food list Coming Soon
$2 Rides and $2 Games
Every Friday Noon – 4 pm
Ride with OC Fair Express
Catch the OC Fair Express at one of the eight convenient locations in Orange County with direct bus service to the OC Fair and save!Price: $2 Each Way or $4 Round-Trip to the OC Fair
$3 OC Fair admissionTransit Locations: Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, San Juan CapistranoFor more information, visit octa.net/ocfairexpress
Ride with Metrolink
Take Metrolink to the Anaheim Canyon, Santa Ana or Irvine Metrolink station and connect with OCTA’s
OC Fair Express which provides direct bus service to the OC Fair. Just show your valid Metrolink ticket for a FREE ride to the OC Fair. Click linkfor details.

Saturdays & Sundays

Rise & Shine
$3 general admission
(10 am a 11 am)
Discounted tickets are sold until 11 a.m. and must be used by noon on the same day
Off-Site Parking (Weekends Only)
Free parking and shuttle service are available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol St. exit of the 405 freeway.
Ride with OC Fair Express
Catch the OC Fair Express at one of the eight convenient locations in Orange County with direct bus service to the OC Fair and save!Price: $2 Each Way or $4 Round-Trip to the OC Fair
$3 OC Fair admissionTransit Locations: Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, San Juan CapistranoFor more information, visit octa.net/ocfairexpress
Ride with Metrolink
Take Metrolink to the Anaheim Canyon, Santa Ana or Irvine Metrolink station and connect with OCTA’s
OC Fair Express which provides direct bus service to the OC Fair. Just show your valid Metrolink ticket for a FREE ride to the OC Fair. Click linkfor details.


General Admission and Parking (No deals) are as follows:

General (13-59) – $12
Senior (60+) – $7
Youth (6 – 12) – $7
Children 5 and under are FREE

Super Pass:
Buy the exclusive Super Pass and enjoy admission to the 2014 OC Fair for all 23 days! Must be purchased in person at OC Fair box office or online. Includes: admission all 23 days, express entry at all gates, 2-for-1 tickets for select Pacific Amphitheater/Hanger and Action Sports Arena concerts, 20% off OC Fair merchandise, and carnival value book.
General admission: $35
Senior: $28
Youth: $28

Parking Rates:
General parking passenger cars: $10
General parking buses & limos: $20
Pacific Amphitheater VIP: $30
*Parking is CASH ONLY. There is no in-and-out parking privileges.


Tustin Concerts in the Park

If your in or around Tustin, remember Wednesday night is Concerts in the Park night! In addition to some great music, during intermission you’ll get to hear  the School of Rock students perform. This is a great way to showcase our local talent.

Tonight they’ll have some classic rock. So bring your picnic dinner or buy it here from local non-profit vendors. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets and be ready to have a great time.





12 year old girl credited for breakthrough in lionfish research

 A 12 year old girl, Lauren Arrington of Flordia  decided to study the invasive Lionfish for her sixth grade science project. What she ended up doing is teaching biologists a thing or two.

Thanks to Lauren’s research, we now know that Lionfish, who pose a huge threat to reefs in Florida, can not only survive in salt water but semi-fresh waters as well.  Not good to have such a venomous and hungry fish in rivers and estuaries.

She is now being credited in an international scientific publication called the Environmental Biology of Fishes.

“They’re eating all the little fish, so there’s no food for the big fish, and it’s destroying the Florida ecosystem,” said Lauren Arrington


Way to go Lauren!

 You can read more  about Lauren’s research at the sun-sentinel.com


OC Parks Summer Concert Series

The annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series are a great way to get the family out and enjoy a evening of music. They are held every Thursday from 6 – 8 pm at various parks in Orange County.

Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.

We’ve missed the first two but the next concert will be this Thursday, July 10th,  and run through August 28th. 


The concerts and parking are FREE. Food trucks will be at each event. The lineup of bands/artists include No Duh (No Doubt tribute), Flashback Heart Attack, Suburban Legends, Papafish, Stacy Clark, Moonsville Collective, Matt Costa and more.

Pack up your cooler and chairs and get ready for some family fun.


IHOP $0.56 cent pancakes



Today only, July 8th 2014 from 7AM to 7PM, participating IHOP restaurants will be celebrating their 56th Anniversary. They will be offering their famous Original Buttermilk Pancake Short Stacks for just 56¢!

We don’t normally go out to eat but this very cost effective breakfast is a great chance to create a memory and spend some precious time with my little ones.

This offer is valid at participating IHOP Restaurant locations only. You can not use any coupons or any other discounts in combination with this offer.  This is for dine-in customers only and you can only order one 56¢ Original Buttermilk Short Stack (3 Pancakes) per Guest.

Find your participating IHOP locations.


Sunday Salsa

I’m not talking about dancing, I’m talking about the kind you eat. I made some salsa last night and thought I’d share the recipe with you.

Salsa, is so easy to make, you never need to buy salsa in a jar (its loaded with sodium) and you never need to use anything out of a can to make salsa (the lining of most cans, including tomatoes, contain a resin that leaches a toxic chemical, bisphenol-A (BPA), into food). You don’t even need to cook it. wpid-wp-1404699550881.jpeg

Did you know that 1/4 cup of salsa is equivalent to a one cup serving of vegetables? Salsa is high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Salsa provides a good source of iron, magnesium and potassium to help maintain normal blood pressure and capsaicin  (found in peppers) can help relieve indigestion and stomach pain.

Cilantro helps remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body while cumin helps with memory loss and the effects of stress on the body. All of these ingredients together provide high antioxidant levels and can help fight cancer.   wpid-wp-1404699550880.jpeg

If I had lime on hand, I would have included some lime juice in my salsa but it was fine without  it. Now if you notice the picture above, the serrano’s are just as big as the jalapeno’s. My husband likes hot salsa, so please adjust the recipe if you need to or de-seed the chile.

Sunday Salsa Ingredients

  • 3 serrano’s 
  • 2 jalapano’s
  • 4-6 tomaotes
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 clove’s of garlic
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon cumin
  • cilantro to garnish

Directions: Slice tomato, chile and onion and add into a food processor along with crushed garlic clove, salt, cumin, sugar and cilantro. Blend, serve and garnish with cilantro.




Target Free Sundays

Every month Target hosts “Target Free Sundays”. This programs provides FREE admission to museum’s and events around the country normally held on Sundays but there are museum that hold these events on others days of the week. As an example: The Atlanta Children’s Museum’s free day is on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.


We’ve used this program to visit The Children’s Museum of La Habra, Orange County Museum of Art, Bowers Kidseum and Bowers Museum, one of favorite exhibits was the Terra Cotta Warriors.


In Los Angeles County you can visit museums like Los Angeles County Museum of Art and  The Museum of Latin American Art. In San Diego you can visit The New Children’s Museum (We had a blast at this museum).

This program has many  participating museums throughout the United States.



pictures from molaa.com, bowers.org and thinkplaycreate.org


My Incredible Body app for kids

This app definelty gets added to the Summer Educational Series and beyond. “My Incredible Body” app from Zybright, is FREE for a limited time and is available for Andriod and iOS. My daughter loves this app.

My children love looking at their Human Body book but this interactive anatomy app takes them on a high quality animated tour of the body.

This kid’s anatomy app offers 3D models of the body that cover the brain, digestion, lungs, skeleton, kidneys, senses, muscles and heart.


The app allows you to pinch, swipe and zoom in on the 3D anatomy models. Each organ has multiple parts which they can tap on to bring up a brief description.  Kids have the option of reading and/or listening to the narration.

They can explore the models, see the connections, watch videos or see demos of the body parts in action.

 You can download My Incredible Body for iOS  and  Android for free for a limited time. 


Stay Safe this 4th of July

As I’ve said before celebrating the 4th of July holds a lot of memories for me. BBQ’s, family time, friends and fireworks. Now, a plea from me to anyone reading this post. Please, please, please, do not turn someone’s memory of 4th of July into the day they last their loved one. You are in control of that: you can designate a driver, take the keys from everyone at the beginning of the party & drink responsibly. I am not saying don’t drink, I’m saying don’t drink and drive. 

FACT: In 2012, almost HALF of all crashes with fatalities during July 4th weekend involved a drunk driver, making it one of the deadliest holidays of the year. In addition to the dangers posed by drunk driving on roadways, the United States Coast Guard reports that alcohol was the leading factor in boating fatalities last year, contributing to 16 percent of boating deaths.

As part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown around the Fourth of July, law enforcement agencies across the country will be intensifying their efforts to deter and detect drunk driving. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. That’s why MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® includes support for high-visibility law enforcement efforts.

So this 4th of July, make the choice to be a designated driver or designate a no-drinking driver.


– See more at: http://www.madd.org/blog/2014/july/celebrate-the-4th.html#sthash.F1BXhw1N.dpuf


A Simple Red, White and Blue Menu for the 4th of July

For the Forth of July take it easy, enjoy the parades and fireworks with this simple menu

To quinch your thrist a Strawberry Tea from GoodHouseKeeping.com


This idea from thechirpingmoms.com of simply adding Blue Corn Chips turns regular chips & salsa into a patriotic snack


Start your meal off right with cleaneatingmag.com‘s Mega Berry Antioxidant Salad


Add in some Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Stacks from eatsimpleloveyoga.com

EggplantTomatoandMozzarella Stacks

Then bite into these Turkey Kielbasa Sausage Kabobs from enjoylifeitsdelicious.com


Finish it up with an easy dessert from athriftymom.com  of Ice Cream Sandwiches with sprinkles


Now relax and enjoy the Fireworks


Drinks to Drink when your Not Drinking?

MADD Virgin Drinks and Walgreens think you might like some options. MADD Virgin Drinks are conceived and developed by Hill Street Marketing Inc. and offer a sophisticated and delicious alternatives for designated drivers and those who prefer not to drink.

MADD Virgin Drinks are sold exclusively at nearly 3,000 participating Walgreens stores across the United States. Walgreens and MADD Virgin Drinks will contribute 5% of retail sales in the U.S. and 10% of net sales in Canada to MADD and MADD Canada. These contributions will support MADD’s ongoing efforts to eliminate drunk driving and to continue offering support to the victims of this completely preventable crime.

MADD Virgin Drinks has a complete range of ready-to-serve Alcohol Free drinks.


Although these drink alternatives contain no alcohol, MADD Virgin Drinks will only be sold to adults 21 and older, as to not send a mixed message to those under 21.

Be a loving and caring Host for the 4th of the July, MADD encourage’s party hosts to always offer alcohol-free beverages for non-drinking designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.


MADD and Uber team up for the Fourth of July

This post is from MADD.org.blog

MADD and Uber are launching a national partnership for the Fourth of July holiday, one of the deadliest drunk driving holidays.

This Fourth of July, MADD will receive $1 for each rider in any of Uber’s 70 U.S. cities who uses the UberMADD promo code, and MADD will also receive $10 for each new Uber user who signs up and uses the UberMADD promo code on the Fourth of July.


MADD supports Uber, and other types of car services, as an alternative transportation option for adults who plan to drink alcohol.

Thank you Uber for helping to prevent needless deaths and injuries because of drunk driving.

Help us spread the word on social media about Uber’s support of MADD using #UberMADD!



See more at MADD.org


Bandana’s and the 4th of July

Decorating with the iconic red and blue bandana’s for the 4th of July gives an instant all American feel. Bandana’s also hold a special place in my heart as they remind me of my son.

Greeting guests with this easy to make bandana wreath from hatterandhareevents.blogspot.com will set the tone


 A festive bandana bunting from agirlandagluegun.com


A simple display of bandana napkin’s from Martha Stewart


 This bandana covered candle holder from countryliving.com completes the bandana theme on the table


Although this has nothing to do with a bandana, I love this mason jar with a modge podged flag and string from thriftyvintagekitchen.blogspot.com


or you can try this tabelscape with a bandana table runner and utensil holder from All You


A bandana lined basket from sweetsindeed.com/blog hugs freshly baked goods


This retro look from www.totalbeauty.com, tugs at my heart strings


A simply braided bandana bracelet from agirlandagluegun.com is something my daughter would love


A visit to the Dollar Tree is all I need to get busy creating with these simple last minute decorations.