Harlem Globetrotters Ticket Giveaway and Discount Code!

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The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are coming to So Cal and we have a ticket giveaway and discount code for you! Make sure to read below for details.

Upcoming Harlem Globetrotters So Cal show dates and times are:

Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Anaheim – Honda Center

Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. – Los Angeles – STAPLES Center

Monday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. – Ontario – Citizens Business Bank Arena

This show is an experience your family will never forget as highflying dunks, eye-popping tricks, and hilarious jokes will have you smiling from start to finish.

Before the game, fans can even take part in a 30-minute pre-show experience with the “Magic Pass.”  With the purchase of a separate Magic Pass ticket (along with their game ticket) guests will be allowed entry on the court with the Globetrotters for one-on-one time  shooting, trying out tricks, getting autographs and taking photos.

Leave it to the Harlem Globetrotters to think of an innovative way to involve their loyal fans in the game, and to take kid participation to a whole new level! The nationally recognized basketball team announced their “You Write the Rules” 2013 World Tour and kicked it off with a fun and unique contest.

During the “You Write the Rules” World Tour, fans are given a chance to vote for a new rule that may determine the outcome of a game. Rules vary from playing with two basketballs at once to getting double points for each basket made. Visit the vote page on the website to cast your vote.

Harlem Globetrotters Giveaway & Ticket Discount Code!

Readers can enter Harlem Globetrotters ticket discount code BLUE and receive $5 off ticket purchases using that promo code at checkout.

Get an exclusive opportunity to spend special quality time with your loved ones by entering to win a family family four-pack of ticket vouchers to a game at the venue of your choice February 16th – 18th, 2013. Here’s how to enter:

What if you could rewrite one rule in your life?

When you submit your new “life” rule by commenting below (one comment per person please) you will be entered for a chance to win.

Contest runs through Wednesday, 2/6/13 at 8pm PST.

Winner will be selected at random and contacted via email, so please make sure to leave your email in the comments (won’t be published.)

So, whether you’re a rule maker or a rule breaker, we think you’ll love this contest and the chance to win tickets to see the always entertaining Harlem Globetrotters!


[Photo images and graphic courtesy of Harlem Globetrotters. Disclosure: we will receive complimentary tickets to take our family as a thank you for running this giveaway. Lucky us!]


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Weeknight Family Dinner Conversation Starter

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Recently I took my girls for a family dinner at my girlfriend’s house where they had the cutest weeknight family dinner conversation starter I wanted to share with you. We now do this with my family each night and provokes some interesting conversations!

It’s simple.

Everyone (including mom and dad) goes around the table and answers the following:

What was your thumbs up part of the day? 
What was your thumbs down part of the day?
What was your thumbs middle part of the day?

I thought these questions were great, because everyday really does consist of all the above ~ the good, the bad and the so-so.

I made a free printable of these questions for your kids to fill out if you would like a little activity to keep them busy in the 10 minutes while you are trying to get everything on the table!

Do you have any fun table topics or conversation starters you do with your family? Please share!


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Best Thermometer for Kids: Exergen TemporalScanner

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Last week our house got hit with the flu. Bad. When my inaccurate thermometer was to blame for an unnecessary trip in to see the doctor, I realized I have GOT to find the best thermometer for kids. Stat.

Having the most accurate thermometer for kids might just be the most important tool in Dr. Mommy’s medicine cabinet. Make sure to enter to WIN one in our giveaway below!

By a brilliant stroke of luck, that same week, a representative from Exergen TemporalScanner contacted me to see if I would be interested in doing a review on their temple scanner thermometer, which is supposed to be the easiest way to take your kid’s temperature.

I wrote back YES as fast as I could.

First the story of what happened when my six-year-old daughter got the stomach flu. It was horrendous, she was so sick, and feverish. So I searched for our old digital thermometer, and not knowing where it had been in the past (ahem, we had it since she was a baby), I thought it best to take it under her arm.

The number kept climbing and climbing til it reached 103.5. Then I erroneously ADDED a degree, as I thought the arm pit was the one where you added a degree, so I thought she had temperature of 104.5, which freaked me out a little.

Since she couldn’t keep anything down, including a fever reducer, I took her into the doctor’s where her temperature there was 101. Yes, a fever, but not a 104.5 fever. And I cursed that stupid thermometer!

When my Exergen TemporalScanner arrived this week I think I  heard the angels sing, because this product is seriously the answer to Dr. Mommy’s prayers.

It is so easy to use, which is exactly what a mom needs in the throes of dealing with a sick little one.

I popped the battery in, put the TemporalScanner on her forehead, pressed the scan button and then moved it from the center of her forehead across to her hairline for 2 seconds and voila! I was done and had a digital readout of her temperature in 2 seconds!

The Exergen TemporalScanner infrared thermometer is able to gauge body temperature by capturing the naturally emitted heat from skin over the temporal artery, which runs across the forehead and is directly connected to the heart.

Accordingly to the company, research proves this is amongst the most accurate way to test for fever in all ages and is certainly the least invasive.  

Tests show it is accurate to within + 0.2° F – which is more accurate than taking the temperature any other way.

If ONLY this had existed when my kids were babies. It truly is a must-have for any mom. In fact, this is going to be my gift for when a new baby arrives. Forget another darn outfit, a kinder, gentler thermometer is what a mommy needs!

If you couldn’t tell, so I will say it again, I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. They are available at stores like Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Costco, Babies R Us, Toys R Us and Sam’s Club nationwide.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway! Enter to win your chance to win a Exergen TemporalScanner. Good luck!

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[Disclosure: I received a complimentary TemporalScanner to facilitate this review. LUCKY ME.]

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Where to Go to Play in the Snow in So Cal

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This post about where to go to play in the snow in So Cal is written by guest blogger, Daley Erickson. She has a ton of great info on making a day trip from OC to see the snow. Here is what she writes…

“Admittedly, I am not much of a snow person. Given a choice, I am probably more of an “order drinks with umbrellas by the pool while the kids splash” kind of girl.

However, if my 3 1/2 year old Avery dressing Barbie up like a snow bunny and my almost-7 year old Ethan attempting to “sled” down the stairs on a box top are any indication, I believe my “get out of the snow free” pass is officially up. It’s time for this Orange County family to suit up in snow gear or ship out!

Luckily in our amazing nook of the world, it truly is possible to drive from 70 degree warm weather to literally 20 degrees and snow falling about an hour and a half away. So last weekend I set out to get the snow party started. With a little prep and planning, we made some amazing snowy memories and I have a feeling the winter games are just beginning.

So what do you need and where do you go for your first OC Snow Outing?


Every mom I talked to told me that if we all stayed warm, we would have a MUCH better time and the snow party would last for much longer. Nothing like soaking wet socks, damp clothes or cold hands to cut the fun short. I was lucky enough to borrow most everything we needed from a friend. Boots, ski pants/ jumpers, parkas, gloves, extra socks, scarves and hats are the most paramount. Everything kept us warm and toasty.

Considering that you may only use these clothes a few times a year, borrowed, discount or gently used clothing is a great way to go.

If you want to purchase new items for the family, P.F. McMullin Co. in Santa Ana is a great place to grab good quality discount gear.

Newport Kids Consignment in Costa Mesa is another good option for gently used jackets and other items. They accept only higher-end brands, so you will find up-date-styles at highly discounted rates.

Weather and Route

Make sure you check the weather and find out which local spot would be ideal for your day trip. Are the roads open? Is your car equipped with chains? Do you want to head to a snow park with lifts and tubing/sledding zones or just find a fluffy fun spot of your own on the mountain? Here are some great areas and the toll #s to call to check conditions, map your plan and map your route.

Big Bear (800) 427-7623
Mt. Baldy (909) 981-3344
Mountain High (888) 754-7878
Crystal Lake (626) 335-1251

I would recommend printing out directions once you decide on your destination outside of OC. Cell phone coverage is spotty or not available once you are in the mountains.

Comforts of home

Pocket hand and boot warmers, carafes of hot chocolate, sleds and snow discs can all serve to make the experience more comfy, special and exciting. They will never forget that amazing day sledding down the hill and the nice warming cup of cocoa mom had back at the car after.

You can find fun fancy stuff for winter trips at REI in Tustin.

We headed to the beautiful recreational area at Crystal Lake which was about 1 ½ hour super easy drive.

The kids had snow ball fights, raced down the hills in sleds and just goofed off in the majestic scenery. It was SO FUN for all of us and the perfect simple day trip. For our next adventure, we will most likely try Snow Play in Big Bear.  They have a big tubing and sledding park that is action-packed, not to mention skiing and snow boarding for beginners and the advanced.

The awesome benefits of our first Snow Day:

Unplug:  There is zero cell or wi-fi coverage on the mountain, so we “unplugged” for a bit from our cells, ipads, kindles, etc.
Inexpensive: Once you have the gear, entertainment can be either free or very inexpensive
Enjoy Nature: Spectacular scenery in the great outdoors never hurts.
Active: Snow play is awesome active play in the freshest of mountain air! They will sleep wonderfully once they get home.
Family Memories: Nothing is better than snuggling with your sweet family back at home in the OC, laughing about all the fun times and great memories we made.

Our family’s love of Snow Days has just begun!”

Daley Erickson is an OC mom of two beautiful kids, 3 1/2 year old Avery and 6 1/2 year old Ethan. As a health advocate and Personal Power Planner, she helps people meet their goals to live their best lives. Visit Daley’s blog here -> Next Level OC

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Surf Books for Kids [Giveaway]

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The Adventures of Kirra and Rincon are darling surf books for kids and living in So Cal, I am sure there are a ton of surf-loving families who would love these books!  Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a set of these cute surf books for kids!

The original book, Li’l Kids, Big Waves is a story about a girl named Kirra who leaves Australia to visit her cousin Rincon in California and the surfing adventures that follow.

My daughters love the bright pictures and melodic prose and I love the positive messages throughout like eating healthy snacks, picking up trash on the beach and appreciating friends and nature (not to mention the inspiring “girl power” when Kirra is the first to catch a perfect barrel wave!)

The newly released second book, Warm Winter Waves, is about Kirra and Rincon and their journey to Hawaii to explore different surf spots.

Warning: It will make you want to book a trip to Hawaii with your family. Like now.

Once again, this delightful book is filled with positive messages including respect for the ocean, friendship and the importance of helping a friend in need.

You can purchase the books at www.kirraandrincon.com.  The first edition is also available in both hard cover and soft cover, and also on iBook, Kindle, Kobo and Nook. These books would make a great gift for any child ages 3+.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway! One lucky reader will win a copy of both books autographed by the author along with a special Kirra and Rincon tee-shirt.  Good luck!

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[Disclosure: I was provided a copy of these books as a gift from my friend Shelley who is one of the talented authors.]

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