Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament with Kids + Ticket Giveaway!

We have visited the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Show in Buena Park several times now and and every time, we have a blast! The show is fun, family-friendly, and it includes dinner. As we walk through the Court of Flags, they crown us, and we instantly feel like we are in for a great adventure! One of the first things we did upon entry is meet Princess Catalina for a photo opportunity. This varies between the King, a Knight, or Princess. The printed keepsakes are optional to buy and distributed later in the show.

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Bowers KIDSEUM New TeamLab Future Park Exhibit + Ticket Giveaway

Bowers KIDSEUM, an interactive children's museum and learning center founded in 1994, is an extension of the main Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Dedicated to pre-school and early elementary aged children, it offers a "hands-on" experience for history, art, and culture. A new traveling exhibit called FUTURE PARK: Art & Technology in collaboration with Team Lab Kids, Inc. is coming September 17th and will be here until January 15, 2018. Designed to inspire creative thinking, encourage collaborative play and build and interest in digital technology, this digital exhibit features four areas for the children to explore - Sketchtown, Light Ball Orchestra, Connecting Blocks, and Hopscotch. 

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My Lipoabdominoplasty Journey Part 3 - Surgery Day and 2 Week Post Op Recovery

If you are following my mommy makeover journey with Lipoabdominoplasty, it has been two weeks since my procedure at Cosmeticare with Dr. Brian Reagan, and I'm doing great. I started walking up straight the same day thanks to tension sutures. My doctor is amazing! I've been off pain meds for days, I'm showering, walking but walking slow, sleeping in my own bed (no longer on the couch), still drinking lots of water, stronger every day, and I had a lymphatic massage yesterday. I'm still wearing my binder as instructed and will soon switch to Spanx. Everyone that visited me say they are surprised how well I am doing in this short amount of time. I have some helpful tips that could make recovery a bit easier. 

Surgery Day

I think the hardest part on the day of surgery was the wait time. I was a little nervous going in. I packed a tote with all my prescribed medications, my ID, cell phone, a small pillow. I wore my glasses, post surgery gown, undergarments, and flip flops. I didn't eat or drink anything as instructed since 9:30 pm the night before. I brushed my teeth and tried not to swallow anything and especially no drinking water... 

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Paella Wine & Beer Festival Ticket Giveaway!

Join Orange County’s first ever PAELLA WINE & BEER FESTIVAL on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 4-9 pm at the Orange County Fair and Event Center. There will be live entertainment including Flamenco performances and Spanish rock, and local vendors will offer tapas, sangrias, cocktails, cultural art, and more! Featuring an experience like what you would find while strolling through a lively outdoor market in Spain, watch as nearly 50 local chefs compete with their own paella recipes for the chance to represent the United States at the World Paella Championship in Sueca, Valencia, Spain! 

With thousands expected to attend, the Paella Wine & Beer Festival is one of the most authentic Hispanic culinary events in the United States and presents a unique opportunity for local chefs to become known internationally. Every paella will be judged by experts, most of which are traveling from Spain, to weigh in on the competition. At the event, there will also be a record set with the largest paella ever made in the United States, enough to feed 3,000 people, prepared by Chef Leo Razo of Villa Roma in Laguna Niguel.

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End of Summer Family Movie Nights DVD Bundle Giveaway!

Summer is ending and we will soon be back to busy, busy schedules when the children are back in school. Need some down time? Help ease the transition with Family Movie Nights! We love in-home family movie nights, because it gives us a chance to catch up on popular titles that we might have missed in theaters but now we can enjoy them in the comfort of our own home. In the past, we threw some really fun themed-parties thanks to being a part of the Fox Home Entertainment Insider program. The children enjoyed the film even more when we went that extra mile. Which leads us to this next blogiversary online party giveaway - one LET'S PLAY OC! reader will win this wonderful movie bundle! Enter below for a chance to win (1) copy of DreamWorks' SHREK Anniversary Edition 4-Movie Collection in DVD, (1) copy of Tim Burton's MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD, (1) copy of DreamWorks' KUNG FU PANDA 3 in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD, and (1) copy of Blue Sky's THE PEANUTS MOVIE Collector's Edition in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD!   

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Adventure City Little Theme Park Height and Age Restrictions + Ticket Giveaway!

One of the attractions that is big on family fun is the little theme park in Anaheim - ADVENTURE CITY! Did you know this amusement park is right down the street from Knott's Berry Farm (between Ball and Cerritos) on Beach Boulevard? This family owned and operated park has 17 rides, shows, and attractions including a petting zoo, a misting rain room, arcade, and Thomas & Friends area which is a great resting spot. Their newest ride is a coaster called "Rewind Racers". It goes backwards, forwards, and once it reaches the top, it goes backwards in rewind! It is a favorite! With admissions like $18.95 per person, unlimited rides, and free parking, it's really hard to beat! This park is not that big, but it's packed with things to do for all ages. It's also the perfect size for the little ones. The park is not super crowded like the others so it's less time in lines and more time on rides.  I'll highlight a few with height and age restrictions below. 

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Jumpstart Your Fitness With a Visit to Oaks at Ojai Wellness Destination!

The Oaks at Ojai is one of a kind. It is an all-inclusive wellness weight-loss resort in the City of Ojai in California. My sister and I went for my birthday this year and loved it so much, we want to go every year (maybe for next year's girls' trip?) The resort provides all the meals, snacks, beverages, as well as fitness classes, enrichment program, parking and wifi included in a one night stay. For three days, we didn't wear makeup nor fixed our hair, we went to bed early every night, woke up early each morning to hike or do a brisk walk around town. I especially enjoyed the morning stretch class. We followed the itinerary as closely as we could without skipping meals and snack breaks, took as many classes as possible, and if we were tired, we either took a nap or laid out by the pool. We even had time to stop by the farmers market which was only a block away and scheduled a spa service. It was low key and it was great. Everything on the itinerary was optional, and we are fully in control what we want to do at our own pace. 

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Buy Cookies to Support CHOC Walk on ChickfilA Wednesdays + Free CFA For A Year Giveaway!

CHOC Walk is early this year and is held on Sunday, August 27 at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney! The fundraising walk is always done in the early hours before the park opens to the public and raises funds for health care programs, education and research for Southern California’s kids. (Note: It does not include admissions to the park but you are walking through the park before operating hours, and there's a special offer to purchase discounted park tickets same day only.) "CHOC WALK Wednesdays" at Chick-fil-A is a fundraising effort to support CHOC Children's Hospital. Stop by any Orange County Chick-fil-A location on the four Wednesdays leading up to the CHOC Walk and purchase a Chocolate Chunk Cookie, a six pack or a catering tray of 12 or 24 and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to CHOC. Learn all about it below and enter for a chance to win Chick-fil-A for a year! 

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Pair Up Back-to-School Program at JCPenney August 1-15

This month, we're all gearing up for Back-To-School, and I'm working on a game plan so I don't get anxieties this year. For example, I will try to avoid crowds by shopping early in the season and in the mornings. I'm already finding some good deals at the mall. This year I am "Pairing Up" with JCPenney! I like collaborating with JCPenney, because not only do I find affordable pieces and they have a great selection of licensed tees that we love, every year they roll out a program to help children in need. This year for two weeks (8/1 through 8/15), for every pack of socks or underwear sold, JCPenney will "Pair Up" and donate a pack to the Y to give to kids in need up to 750,000. What a great cause!

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My Body Contouring Abdominoplasty Journey - Part II Scheduling and Pre-Op

If you are following my abdominoplasty journey, my surgery date is this week, and is scheduled with Dr. Brian Reagan at Cosmeticare. They required a $500 deposit to secure the date. You can go in as many times as you need for free consultations, but when it starts getting serious and you want to lock down a date, they'll ask for a deposit. The deposit is applied toward your balance, and it is refundable if you change your mind. You can understand that they want you fully committed and no last minute cancellations are acceptable. They have to schedule staff and book the facility, etc. Since I won't be able to drive for two weeks, I had to schedule around my children's school schedule. For us, summer time is best. My second option would be around the holidays. When you book your surgery, you will also need to make an appointment 1-2 weeks prior for Pre-Op (pre-operation) instructions. I recommend 2 weeks if possible. During those two weeks, I filled prescriptions and went shopping for this post-operation garment they recommended. They call it a muumuu with a zipper, and I found it at Kohls online as a zip-front robe. I also ran last minute errands, stocked up on groceries and needed down time to mentally prepare. 

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Firefly Dental Travel Kit + Show Your Rinse Face Sweepstakes!

Dental hygiene has always been important to me for my family, because our smiles is what everyone notices first. Plus, I know how expensive corrective procedures can be. It is, however, still challenging to get my children to brush their teeth without me reminding them. There are a lot of products out there geared toward children, and I have found that if they are in the characters they love, it will motivate them to use it more. As a FIREFLY Toothbrush Mom Ambassador, sometimes I get products to test.  This last shipment I received a couple of fun Firefly Dental Travel Kits in Star Wars and Hello Kitty. They would have been perfect for our summer road trip this year. The kit includes a themed toothbrush, a tube of kid's toothpaste, a toothbrush cover, and a compact travel bag. 

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SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Now on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray DVD Digital

The new SMURFS movie is about Smurfette. You might remember her origin from the cartoon series. She was created by the evil wizard Gargamel out of clay to find the Smurf Village. She turned good and became one of the most beloved Smurfs. However, in this film, everyone has an identity and a name that matches their personality. No one is able to define Smurfette and it really bothers her. To make her feel better, her friends take her out of the village for a day of surfing. Right before she is captured by Gargamel, she comes face to face with a mysterious creature. Gargamel discovers The Lost Village and the rest of the movie is about uncovering the mysteries in the Forbidden Forest. SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is now on digital and 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is fully animated unlike the other movies. I think I like this version way better. After seeing this film, I love Smurfette even more.  

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