Tuesday, August 30, 2016

TOO Cute Tuesday: Linky Par-Tay! #300

Grace woke up one day last week and declared that she wanted to ride
the train! So, we put on her overalls and headed to the Irvine Park Railroad.
The weather was beautiful and there were only a few other people there at
opening, so we had a great train ride together and then visited the
OC Zoo while we were on the property. The 2017 Pumpkin Patch is opening
on September 17th and we're super excited!!

Now onto TOO Cute Tuesday!

What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??
Come link up!

  • Must be made by you.
  • Link up to the specific post - not your main blog.
  • No Etsy shops or giveaways please :)
  • Please post the button or link back here so more people can join in the fun.
  • Visit some of the other participants and leave them some LOVE!
TOO Cute Tuesday will be open Tuesday-Saturday.
On Saturday or Monday I'll highlight some of my favorites
and then we'll start over on Tuesday!

This post brought to you by:

I changed the linky party so that the most recently uploaded project will show up as number one. This way everyone gets a chance on top. So, look in the first spot for your project, not at the end. Thanks!!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lunch Notes and Peanut Butter Sushi Roll with #SnapwareBTS

Disclosure: I was given product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

We're back to school and that means it time for packing lunches each day. It is honestly
one of my least favorite things about being back to school. I know the kids get tired of
eating the same thing every day, but I get in a lunch rut, and with a picky eater
sometimes my options are limited. That's why I am loving these Snapware Total Solution
On the Go sets with the ice pack because it opens up a world of foods that the kids
wouldn't eat because they need to stay cold to be yummy.

The Snapware Total Solution On the Go pieces fit perfectly inside the kids' lunch boxes
and I love that the lids snap on airtight and are leak-proof. This is really important
because the lunchboxes have to last the entire year. So if something gets spilled inside
of them they can get stinky really quickly. The included ice packs keep the food fresh
and cool and ready for lunch a few hours later. There is nothing worse than warm,
limp carrots or warm lunch meat when you sit down to eat.

One way I keep lunches exciting and fun at our house is to do something fun with the
same old peanut butter sandwich that both the kids love. One peanut butter sandwich
variation that is especially fun is the Peanut Butter, Honey, and Banana "Sushi" Roll.
It's quick and easy to put together and adds a level of fun to what is usually an ordinary
lunch. I made a little video below of how to make this sandwich. All you'll need is bread,
peanut butter, honey, a banana, a knife and a rolling pin.

Once your peanut butter sandwich "sushi" roll is done, pop it into your Snapware
container, add a couple of cute cupcake liners and fill with your fruits and veggies, and
your lunch box is now snazzy and ready to go. Then top it with the ice pack and
everything will stay fresh and ready for your kids' lunches that day at school. I also like
to use the little Snapware containers to add in some pretzels, chips or another side.

In addition to new variations on a the same old peanut butter sandwiches, I also like
to include a cute lunch box note as a fun little surprise for the kids each day. They both
love to see which note they are going to get that day and they make a big deal not to
see which note I've give them so it can be a big surprise at lunch. So that I didn't have
to stress each day about getting new notes printed or made, I created this little box
where I keep all the notes and they are easy to grab and put one in each day.

Be sure to grab your FREE PRINTABLE LUNCH NOTES at the bottom of the post,
as long as a chance to win a fantastic prize pack of Snapware Total Solution sets of your
own so you can rock lunch this year like we are doing at our house! And grab a little
box or basket so you can keep all your lunch notes handy. I even included a face plate
label in my notes so you can make your own lunch notes box!

Here's a little bit more information about the Snapware Total Solution products:

  • Airtight, leak-proof lid with 4 locking tabs
  • Safe to use in microwave, refrigerator, freezer & dishwasher
  • Space saving, nestable design
  • Write + Erase lids for easy labeling of contents
  • Total Solution lids fit both glass and plastic vessels
  • BPA-free polypropylene container & lid
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty  
  •          Ice Packs: Frozen ice packs will stay cool for approximately 4 hours at room temperature

It's time for a giveaway!!! The rad people at Snapware have given me a prize pack of
Snapware Total Solution to give away! You will love this stuff! So, go print your
FREE LUNCH NOTES by following the link and then enter to win this amazing 
Snapware prize package using the Rafflecopter widget below!

Good luck!

Keep up with Snapware on their social media channels!

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#Snapware #SnapwareBTS

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Aquarium of the Pacific Whale Watching Excursions

Disclosure: We attended a media boat excursion. All opinions are my own.
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and Harbor Breeze Cruises have partnered
together to bring guests a unique and amazing whale watching experience. Endangered
blue whales and fin whales have been spotted in the waters off of Long Beach and
guests of the Aquarium can purchase a combo ticket for a visit to the Aquarium of
the Pacific and a three-hour whale watching experience with Aquarium experts daily.

 The combo ticket can we purchased on-site at the Aquarium of the Pacific or in advance
by calling 562-590-3100. We had a fantastic experience on our adventure aboard
Harbor Breeze Cruises newest vessel - La Espada. The boat is spacious and had plenty
of on-deck viewing space for everyone aboard. There was a snack bar, inside viewing
opportunities, restrooms and a knowledgeable and helpful crew. 

We saw several blue whales during our 3 hour excursion - including a mama and baby
pair, which was just adorable to watch! I was worried that the kids would get bored
during the trip, but all three had a great time and were totally engaged during the better
portion of the whale watching experience. What is great about La Espada is that you
can be on deck or you can also view from on the the window tables inside. We did
both during the trip and had a lot of fun

I have a couple that suffer from motion sickness (as do I on occasion)  and so we came
prepared with our peppermint gum, hand fans, and essential oils. It helps to be up on
deck and watch the horizon if the motion sickness gets really bad. We all have mild
cases, so it is totally manageable and wasn't too distressing at all. However, if you are
more prone to motion sickness, then I recommend taking an OTC remedy before you
board so you can enjoy the whole whale watching experience.

After the whale watching excursion then we headed in to the Aquarium of the Pacific
to enjoy all the exhibits and learn even more about these beautiful creatures at the
interactive Whales: Voices in the Sea kiosk. It was amazing to see the life size model
of the largest creature on earth hanging above us and to realize we were right next to
these amazing animals when we were on our boat.

The combo tickets experience for both the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Sea Life Cruise
are priced $59.95 (12+), $42.95 (11 and under), and $56.95 (62+). 
Aquarium experts will be on board daily for both the 12:00PM and 3:30PM cruises.
While you're at the Aquarium of the Pacific be sure to visit the rest of the 11,000 animals and
see the new Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals exhibits.


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