Fun Things to Do in Orange County - Let's Play OC! : September 2013

September 30, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Little Green Pouch Reusable Food Pouch | #Review @LttleGreenPouch

If you want the on-the-go convenience of disposable food pouches without the waste and expense, check out this review of the Little Green Pouch! I sent a sample pack to my sister Kim who has a toddler and this is what she reported...

My little one year old loves the food pouches filled with fruits and meals for stages 1 and 2. The pouches are most convenient when traveling. No need to pack a spoon or a bowl to feed the little tyke, because they just gobble it up straight from the pouch – how easy is that?!

Depending on bulk or sale opportunities, each organic pouch runs about $1.50 or more. In one sitting, my little one can eat up to two bags. You can create a lot of waste this way because neither the pouches nor the lids are reusable. It’s hard to give up the price of convenience and no mess which is why the Little Green Pouch(es) is a great solution of no waste, no mess, and less expensive.

September 29, 2013

Haunts, Harvests and Pioneers at Heritage Hill Historical Park @OCParks in October! #Halloween

This fall OC Parks and Heritage Hill Historical Park offers a full calendar of events to get your family into the autumn spirit. Visit Heritage Hill Historical Park October 18, 19 and 27 in costume, with your trick-or-treat bag in hand and with your family and let the seasonal adventures take you places beyond your imagination. More details below...

Photo Courtesy of OC Parks

September 27, 2013

Happy National Chocolate Milk Day! Enter to win a home delivery from Winder Farms! | @WinderFarms1 #Giveaway #ChocolateMilkDay

Today is National Chocolate Milk Day! In honor of National Chocolate Milk Day, Orange County’s premier home delivery grocery company, Winder Farms, is offering Let's Play OC! readers with a sample delivery of chocolate milk, cookies and other various Winder Farms’ products, totaling $50!

September 26, 2013

Splash! La Mirada Waterpark | @SplashLaMirada #Waterpark

Not too long ago we were invited to a birthday party at Splash! La Mirada Waterpark. Here's what we found...

They have free life vests! 
We brought our own just in case but it's nice to know that they have them when we need them.

September 25, 2013

24th Annual High Tea and Fashion Show Benefiting OC Ronald McDonald House | @RonaldHouseOC #CharityEvent

SoCal residents with a flair for fashion and philanthropy can now register to attend the 24th annual High Tea and Fashion Show in stylish Newport Beach. Benefiting the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California (RMHCSC), this chic event will highlight the latest trends while raising money and awareness for the charity, which provides a “home-away-from-home” for families with critically ill children. Guests will enjoy a dynamic afternoon that includes a high tea social, fashion show, reception and silent auction. Over the years, the event has helped raise more than $1.5 million for the charity.

September 24, 2013

Second Screen Live: The Little Mermaid! #Review @DisneyPictures #LittleMermaid

Last week we were invited to a new interactive screening of Second Screen Live: The Little Mermaid. It's a new second-screen technology that allows audiences to engage with the film and other audience members with their iPad's. It's the only time it's acceptable to sing-along and cheer in a movie theater. PLUS it gets competitive!


Before you go to the theater, download the FREE “Second Screen Live: The Little Mermaid App” from the iTunes Store to your iPad. (Note: iPad or iPad mini with iOS 5.0 or higher is required).

RECAP: Pirate Party at Pretend City | #TalkLikeaPirateDay @PretendCity #PhotoGallery

Last Thursday was at International Talk Like a Pirate Day! We put on our best pirate garb and headed to Pretend City for some fun!

Pretend City had a special buy one get one free ticket deal for all little pirates! Pretend City Pirates were everywhere to help the pirate boys and girls. We enjoyed a special pirate story time on Main Street.

Highlights from Disney Jr Live's Pirates and Princess Adventure | @DisneyLive #DisneyLive

For Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure in Long Beach, we sent our friend Tawny with her boys (BIG Jake and the Never Land Pirates fans) and this is what she reported...

If you have young kids who love Jake and the Never Land Pirates then you know just how crazy our kids get when they hear about the Merry Crew - Jake, Izzy, Cubby, Skully, Ahoy!  This adorable play features young Never Land Pirates racing to find a mysterious treasure-filled volcano, but they have to also race against Captain Hook.

Tech Tuesday: RAVPower 14000 mAh External Battery Charger RP-PB13 | #Review @RAVPower

I've been reviewing battery chargers lately, because I'm powering up for all the upcoming events for the holidays. Between checking social media, listening to Radio Disney, and game playing, I need back up power. 

For Tech Tuesday this week, I tested a RAVPower 14000 mAh External Battery Charger (RP-PB13 Model). With 14000 mAh, it's pretty powerful. Remember the the last one that I reviewed? It's comparable with multiple charges before I need to recharge it (about 7+ for my iPhone), but this one also has a built-in flashlight. Ask me why and when I will ever need a flashlight - when I'm checking up on my kids in the middle of the night, camping, power outages, or emergency situations. It's just a cool added feature! 

September 23, 2013

PLANNING: Movie Night with The Croods #TheCroodsDVD! PLUS a #Giveaway! @FHEInsiders @FoxHomeEnt @TheCroodsFilm #ColoringPages

As a Fox Home Ent Insider, we're gearing up to celebrate the upcoming release of The Croods on Blu-ray/DVD on October 1st so when Fox asked us to host a pre-screening party, of course, we said, YES! Follow along as I show you some of my party planning tips. I've also got coloring and activity sheets plus a giveaway below!

When it comes to planning play dates and gatherings, I like simple items that I can just pick up, because I'm all about easy clean up.

Here is my party planning check list:

GIVEAWAY: 3rd Annual EEK! At The Greek! Sun, Oct 27th | @greektheatrela #EEKGreek #Halloween (ends 10/12)

How fun is this! It's their 3rd Annual EEK! At the Greek! (Greek Theatre Nederlander Concerts). It's going to be a symphonic extravaganza! On Sunday, October 27th, this family-friendly event featuring the 60-piece Symphony In The Glen Orchestra with Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein will present a creepy collection of frightening favorites including:
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Night on Bald Mountain
  • Manuel de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance, and 
  • the return of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-tale Heart” with special guest narrator (TBA). 


The Greek Theatre’s front plaza will also be transformed into a “Trick-or-Treat Village,” welcoming families to bring their children for safe trick-or-treating and Halloween activities from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. It will also include a pre-show children’s costume contest with prizes! FUN!

September 22, 2013

REVIEW: Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Mysteries DVD #Giveaway! @FHEInsiders #ColoringSheet

Are you a fan of Strawberry Shortcake? I remember watching it with my sisters when we were kids. Now there's a new generation of of Strawberry Shortcake fans. I've gifted a DVD recently to one of my nieces, and she loved it!

In Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Mysteries, they learn to overcome their fears, solve mysteries, and are on a search for some missing VIP's (Very Important Pets). It's girl power to the rescue! Enter below for a chance to win a copy of your own!

  • Printable Coloring Pages included on disc (there's one below to get you started). 

September 20, 2013

Enter to win Modern Family: Season 4 on Blu-ray | @FHEInsider #MyModernFamilyBD @ModernFam ends 10/5

We hope you're all transitioning well back to school. Modern Family has some tips for you if you're having trouble. They're pretty funny. Plus enter to win the complete fourth season in Blu-ray below!

In Season 4, we watched as Haley went off to college and Lily had her first day of Kindergarten. These are two big steps that are often very hard for parents to handle. Here is some advice for all of those modern parents out there who are going through these transitional stages with their families.

6 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online, #GrowingUpOnline Free eBook PLUS The Lorax Blu-ray Giveaway

How do YOU teach your children to surf the web safely?

The More You Know Learning Series, in collaboration with NBC News, has launched Growing Up Online, the FREE eBook for parents to keep their kids safe on the Internet!
  • Our kids have never known a world without the Internet. They’re spending more and more time on the web, so teaching them about using technology responsibly and safely is critical. Use the #GrowingUpOnline Blog App and take the quiz to see if your child is ready to safely surf the web!
  • Download the FREE Growing Up Online eBook and be sure to watch all four entertaining comic book stories as a family, which show real situations that may occur when your kids go online.
  • This free eBook provides easy-to-use information that addresses the growing concern about kids’ online privacy and cyberbullying in a unique and engaging way. Growing Up Online is packed with important tips that every parent should know!

Aquarium Autism Families Night @AquariumPacific $7 Admissions Sept 29th! #Autism

Due to popular demand, the Aquarium of the Pacific added a special version of Aquarium Autism Families Night on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 6 tp 9 pm. Join them for a special evening at the Aquarium for families with adults or children with autism. The entire Aquarium, except Lorikeet Forest, will be open until 9:00 p.m. This will be a peaceful evening when guests can enjoy the tranquility of our exhibits and meet 11,000 animals from the world’s largest ocean.

Ticket Giveaway: Haunted Hollywood Sports @HauntedHSP ends 9/23 #HauntedHollywood

Haunted Hollywood Sports, home of the first walk-through Zombie Killhouse, returns this October for 10 nights of interactive, adrenaline-fueled horror.

I'm really scared to go, but I get to send one LUCKY Let's Play OC! fan to an exclusive MEDIA event on September 27th! You'll be among the first few to experience this intense haunted event BEFORE it's open to the public. Must be 18+ to enter.

Daphne's Greek Relay For Life Event is Sept 21st! #eat2beatcancer Supports @AmericanCancer @DaphnesGreek

Daphne’s California Greek joined the American Cancer Society to support its Relay For Life event, an annual, overnight community fundraiser held in cities across the country. On Sept. 21, guests who bring an official American Cancer Society flyer (click to enlarge) to any of Daphne’s 52 locations in California, Arizona and Colorado will receive 20% of their net purchase donated to the American Cancer Society.

The promotion comes during the Society’s 100th year of working to finish the fight by providing free cancer information; offering cancer research grants; advocating for legislation to help cancer patients and supporting free patient/caregiver programs for the public.

September 19, 2013

Bath & Body Works County Fair is Sept 21st | @Luvbbw #BBWcountyfair

You're invited to Bath & Body Works County Fair! 
On September 21, select Bath & Body Works stores will be transformed into festive county fairs, complete with Blue Ribbon interactive experiences.

Join Bath & Body Works for the Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Review—an activity where you’re the judge. 
  • Simply smell the range of NEW BBW Pumpkin candles and select your favorite. You can even take your top picks home! 
  • Next, visit the White Barn Home Fragrance area for the World’s Best Candle Challenge—take a trivia quiz to learn about all the ways Bath & Body Works’ superior candles enhance the home.

Yo Ho Ho! It's #TalkLikeAPirateDay. Now go get your @KrispyKreme! #PirateDay

Ahoy, Mateys! It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day! If you stop by Krispy Kreme's and talk-like-a-pirate, you'll get one FREE original glazed doughnut, but come dressed like one to get a dozen!

Not sure what to say or what to wear? Check out their examples below... How stinky cute are these?

OC Simon Malls Celebrate #WizardofOz75 Sept 21st! @ShopBreaMall @ShopsMV @ShopWestminster #EmeraldCity

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Simon Kidgits Clubs in OC are hosting special events this Saturday, September 21st at these locations:

  • Brea Mall - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Center Court, on the lower level
  • The Shops at Mission Viejo - 10 a.m. to noon near the Children’s Play Area
  • Westminster Mall - 10 a.m. to noon in Macy’s Court

At each celebration, families can participate in a variety of imaginative The Wizard of Oz inspired activities to revel in the charming tradition of the YELLOW BRICK ROAD. Children who attend will receive:
  • a map, which leads to various stations that feature viewings of The Wizard of Oz film clips, 
  • craft-making and coloring activities, 
  • cut-out character photo opportunities, and 
  • exclusive movie-focused giveaways. 
Children who wear a costume will receive a free Rubie’s Red Trick-or-Treat pail, while supplies last.

September 18, 2013

6 New Classic Burgers at Hof's Hut | #Review @Hofs_Hut #Limited

We were invited to check out the new Classic burgers at Hof's Hut. To celebrate their 62nd anniversary, Hof’s Hut introduced a modern take on its legacy burger with six new Classic burgers. Available only for a limited time (September through December), the six burgers are priced at $9.49 each and served with a choice of either French fries, onion rings, cole slaw, or fresh fruit.

Of course, we said, Yes! Deciding which one was the hard part... Which one would you have ordered?

License to Spill Tour in LA @MohawkFlooring | #licensetospill #followthetruck #shop #cbias #smartstrand #LALobsterFest

As you know, we were at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival this weekend and while we were there, we stopped to learn about Mohawk's SmartStrand carpets and to get our "License to Spill." 

Do you have small kids? Tell me - how often do you clean your carpets every year? For us, not as often as we should! It's frustrating, because right after we get them cleaned, there goes another spill, and, well, some of the red juice becomes permanent. Getting them cleaned is hard work too. I've tried renting the machine from the grocery store, and after trying to do it myself (I'm not that strong), I vowed to just ALWAYS rent a professional. I had a hard time carrying it up and down the stairs, it took forever to dry, and it still didn't look clean. Now imagine doing that four to six times a year (more if you have pets and your own machine).

My friends and I watched a short demonstration from Mohawk (see short video below) and you're not going to believe this, but we watched Mollie spray Powerade, soy sauce, and red wine in their carpet, then rinsed it off with just water! NO WAY!! Yes way!! (Even the red wine came off!) 

Chrysler's Score a 300 Experience @LuckyStrike Fri & Sat (Sept 20-21)! @OutletsatOrange

Want a chance of winning a band new Chrysler 300?? Join Chrysler at Lucky Strikes in The Outlets at Orange this Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 from 5:00 – 10:00 pm to bowl a perfect score of 300 in the Chrysler Challenge lane!

In addition to the opportunity to bring home a new Chrysler 300 by bowling a “perfect game”, bowlers will also have the chance to win other cool prizes including “Score a 300” branded t-shirts, tumblers, and USB chargers in the special challenge lane. Every individual who stops by the Chrysler brand “Score a 300” experience will also gain entry into the National Giveaway for a chance to win $45,000 towards any eligible Chrysler Group vehicle.

September 17, 2013

Knott’s Camp Spooky Family Weekends in October! @Knotts #KidFriendly #Halloween #CampSpooky #CampSnoopy

Disclosure: We were invited to a media family preview day by GigaSavvy and will share our finds with our readers.

Looking for something fun to do with the kids in Southern California for Halloween? You're invited to Knott's Berry Farm's Camp Spooky family weekends in October! Designed for kids ages 3-11, you might like that:

  • it's daytime, 
  • a non-scare celebration of cheer rather than fear, 
  • has themed-shows and activities, and
  • trick-or-treating!

Kids can take part in “Snoopy’s Costume Contest” and show off their costume as they join the affable group of monsters, and the PEANUTS characters, in a spirited procession through Camp Spooky.

RECAP: Carly Rae Jepsen and Hot Chelle Rae Concert | @GreekTheatreLA #carlyraejepsen #GreekTheatreLA

When the Greek Theatre invited us out to see Carly Rae Jepsen with Hot Chelle Rae in concert, we were so excited! With it being on a Sunday evening and an early rise the following day, we asked our friend Carolyn to cover this event for us. It was perfect, because her daughter was also celebrating a birthday. Here's what she reported...


It's hard to believe I've lived in Los Angeles for 25 years and I have never been to the Greek Theatre. What an amazing venue... maybe my new favorite. Tucked way back in Griffith Park, not too far from the Observatory, the Greek is an open-air amphitheater with 5900 seats. Having been to many, many concerts, at all types of venues, in my lifetime, I have to say watching a concert under the stars is definitely the way to go. Because the theatre is smaller than a concert hall, there really isn't a bad seat in the house. There is a different feel as well... much more intimate and personal.

2013 Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival and Tips for Next Year | @PoLALobsterFest #LALobsterFest

Over the weekend, my friend Jenn and I were at The Port of Los Angeles LobsterFest held in Ports O' Call Village in San Pedro. A large inflatable lobster arch welcomed us.

Expect to stand in a long line to get your lobster. Tip: If you upgrade to First Class, not only will it go to local non-profits, it will take you to a shorter line for food and the bar with a private dining area by the water. (So worth it!)

GIVEAWAY: BounceU of Huntington Beach #Review #PlayDate @BounceUofHB

Last week we were invited to play at Bounce U of Huntington Beach. I've shared info about them before, and there are several bouncy places in OC, but they're all unique. For example, both BounceU in OC have two rooms where they split half the time in each rooms. Parents love it when staff interact with the kids, and it's great exercise. They're currently getting a face-lift with fun new colors and logos. (Can't wait to see it when they're done.) Meanwhile, we ran around bouncing our butts off, and they're running an awesome promo below.


RECAP: Limited CUPS Froyo Breakfast Flavors | @ShopWestminster @CupsFroyo #FroYo

The other week we were invited to try the new breakfast fro-yo variety flavors available all day long at CUPS Frozen Yogurt. For a limited time (through end of September), you can enjoy Cinnamon Roll, French Toast, Barista Blend Coffee or Dulce de Leche all day long. We had it for dessert!

September 16, 2013

DEAL: BOGO Offer at Aquarium of the Pacific #Coupon

Fall weekdays are the perfect time to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific (summer crowds are gone and school field-trip season is not yet in full swing). We were there last week visiting the new baby penguins, and it was nice and calming. I'll have to tell you about our play date, but for now, get this special discount available Monday through Friday: Buy an adult ticket and receive an adult ticket FREE with this coupon valid through 9/30/15!  Get the coupon here. Limit four (4) discounts per coupon. This coupon can be used directly from a mobile device OR it can be printed from a desktop computer.

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA
(562) 590-3100

Regular Adult Admission $28.95
Regular Child Admission $14.95 (ages 3-11)

Parking is $8 for Aquarium guests in both the Aquarium and Pike parking structures when you show an Aquarium ticket stub. The parking structure for the Aquarium is on the water side of Shoreline Drive between Chestnut Place and Aquarium Way. 

Dun Dun Dahhh!! The Croods Global Media Day @DWAnimation @FHEInsiders | #TheCroodsDVD @TheCroodsFilm

As you know, we're Fox Home Ent Insiders, and we're getting ready for The Croods Blu-ray/DVD release. I sent my friend Erin to DreamWorks' headquarters to The Croods Global Media Day for a behind the scenes look and this is what she reported...
Photo Courtesy: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Upon arriving at the studio for the Global Media Day, we were kindly greeted by none other than Belt himself with arms wide open! Don't you want to just hug him??

Photo Courtesy: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Win Tickets to the 2013 OC Auto Show Oct 3-6th! @OCAutoShow #AutoShowOC #OCAutoShow #Giveaway

It has been announced that the 2014-Model Orange County International Auto Show will take over the Anaheim Convention Center Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6. With more than 500 new vehicles and plenty of fun for all ages - children 12 and under are admitted free all show days when accompanied by a paying adult on Register Family Days (sponsored by the OC Register). Kids are invited to:
  • climb in and try all the new vehicles on for size, 
  • take a test drive with an adult, 
  • snap photos with the SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired concept, 
  • climb a rock wall at Camp Jeep Anaheim and more. 
I've highlighted them below...

September 13, 2013

School of Dragons via @JumpStart3D #Review #GamePlay @SchoolOfDragons #Giveaway

Any DreamWork's How to Train Your Dragon fans here? Did you know they have a video game that launched at Comic-Con 2013? How would you or your kids like to train a virtual dragon in the School of Dragons™?? In this massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG), the adventure begins from the moment you choose a dragon to train.

Enroll in the School of Dragons™ for the ultimate dragon-training experience!

REVIEW: Lenmar's Battery Case BC5W and Retractable Cable CARET3L #MorePower | @LiveLenmar #Giveaway #BatteryCase

As you know, I'm a Mom On-the-Go. You might have seen I'm reviewing batteries lately. Why? Because after I take pictures and blast them in social media, I'm usually in the red by the end of a 2-3 hour event. My last battery was great for travel and all day conventions, but there are times I need to pack light. I found Lenmar's Battery Case BC5W and have been testing it all week. 

Here's what I like:
  • It's lightweight. Weighs 0.2 lbs.
  • It doubles my talk, text, and surf time = more juice for social media.
  • I can still use my phone when it's charging. 
  • I can charge both the case and my iPhone at the same time with the included micro USB cable. 
  • Power indicator changes color: green (high), blue (good), then red (low).
  • You can test your battery level with one click. 
  • There's a power button if I want to save juice for later. 
  • It looks clean and has a glossy finish. 
  • It matches my phone. (Also comes in black and red).

FREE @LEGOLAND_CA Child Ticket Offer @SEALIFEAquarium #BeachCleanUp Sept 21st! #Carlsbad

SEA LIFE at LEGOLAND are looking for volunteers for their End of Summer Beach Clean-up event on Saturday, September 21!

This year they had over 230 volunteers who helped remove more than 270 pounds of trash and recyclables from their beach. Here is another chance to support the community and help add to their record.

Each volunteer will receive:
  • a SEA LIFE® notebook and
  • one FREE Child Ticket offer to LEGOLAND® California and
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium or LEGOLAND Water Park* 
*Ticket offer is with purchase of a full price ticket of equal or greater value.

For more info, please see flyer below...

September 11, 2013

September is Pirate Month at Pretend City! Check out National Talk Like a Pirate Day - Arghhhh! #PirateDay @PretendCity

September is Pirate Month at Pretend City. On Fridays, they have Pirate and Princess Ballet Classes. They're also celebrating National Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th, Peace Day, and Pirates in the Fall.

  • Also if your child dresses up, you'll get buy one get one free admissions on 9/19!!

September 10, 2013

Magellanic Penguin Chicks Moved into June Keyes Habitat Sept 10 @AquariumPacific #LBpenguins

Photo by Hugh Ryono
Last June, two new Magellanic Penguins hatched at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Biologists moved the chicks into the June Keyes Penguin Habitat Tuesday morning (Sept 10th) and then it was open to the public at 9:00 am. They will be available for daily meet-and-greets at the Molina Animal Care Center.

Want to go behind the scenes?

Be the first two guests to check in each day on Four Square when you arrive at the Aquarium, and you'll get a chance to go behind the scenes at the penguin exhibit. ($100+ value)

September 9, 2013

TICKET GIVEAWAY! Carly Rae Jepsen Sun, Sept. 15th @GreekTheatreLA! @CarlyRaeJepsen

Alright who wants to win tickets to see Carly Rae Jepsen??? Carly Rae Jepsen is performing at The Greek Theatre this Sunday, September 15th! 

Fun Facts about Carly:
  • Carly’s single “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” which she co-wrote with producer Max Martin, is available on the debut album Kiss, which reached the Top Ten in the U.S. and Jepsen’s native Canada, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the UK. The video was shot in downtown Los Angeles in late January.

CUPS Frozen Yogurt – That’s Hot ™ Breakfast Flavors All Day Long @ShopWestminster | #LIMITED @CupsFroyo @MyWaffleWaffle

For a limited time, CUPS Frozen Yogurt is offering a variety of breakfast fro-yo flavors and toppings all day long through the end of September at participating CUPS locations.
Photo Courtesy of CUPS Frozen Yogurt

FIRST, check out these wonderful flavors:
  • Cinnamon Roll, 
  • French Toast, 
  • Barista Blend Coffee and 
  • Dulce de Leche. 

THEN, combine them with the following toppings:
  • WaffleWaffle (chocolate chip flavor)
  • Coco Pebbles Cereal
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal
  • Chocolate covered espresso beans
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Waffle cones 
And you might get ==>

Review: New Trent's N135T Powerpak+ and NT90C | @NewTrent #BatteryCharger

I'm a Mom on-the-go (and very active in social media) so when I'm at events live tweeting, taking pictures, and instagramming, my smartphone's battery won't last the entire day. Last Christmas I received a portable battery that was like my best friend which I carried everywhere proudly. It started out great with two full charges, then not six months later, I only got one charge before it eventually crapped out on me. (Didn't realize you'll have to eventually replace them.)

Now I'm in the market again for a new one and found New Trent's N135T Powerpak+. It's a little heavier than my old one, but it's definitely more powerful. With 13,500mAH charge power, I'm able to charge two devices at once (and I'm talking my iPad and iPhone with the two charge ports.)

Join SoCal Children's Museum for Touch-a-Truck Day Sat, Sept 14th | @SoCalKidsMuseum #Arcadia

There's a NEW Children's Museum coming to SoCal! Southern California Children's Museum is currently operating without walls and they're hosting a hands-on learning experience on Saturday, September 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Santa Anita Park.
  • Dozens of vehicles for children to climb, sit in the driver’s seat, touch and see. 
  • There will even be a beach ball dump and Cozy Coupe carwash. 
  • Goody bags available while supplies last. 

"We believe in the importance of play and community for young children to grow, learn, explore, and thrive. That’s why we, as parents of young children, have joined together to create that special place right here in the San Gabriel Valley."