Fun easy Easter treats to make with kids

By Nicole Hughes

This is a fun, and easy Easter treat to make with your kids, even toddlers!  As you can probably tell because my child made the ones below!  Simply dip into icing (put in microwave for about 15 seconds) then dip into sprinkles and set aside to dry.  It really is that easy!  The only items needed are:

  • Peeps (multiple colors)
  • Sprinkles (the more the merrier)
  • Icing (any color you choose)

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No baking required, no chopping, no prep, just dip and let dry.  You may choose to use melting chocolates instead of icing, I have done both ways and feel the icing is easier than the melting chocolates.  There are tons of things you can do with your peeps once decorated.  Put on a stick and hand out to friends, which is what we will be doing for my son’s class tomorrow.  It is hard to find something for my son’s class… one child is gluten-free, another nut allergy, another no dairy, and another child who doesn’t celebrate holidays.  Usually if I can’t make all 4 happen I will bring something else for those kids so they don’t feel left out.

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 Happy Easter!


Easter Egg Hunts in San Diego Saturday 4/19/14

By Nicole Hughes

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Carlsbad @ Poinsettia Park -  Saturday, April 19th, the annual EGGStravaganza Spring Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Poinsettia Park.  Please note this is not a free event, the cost is $6 for the Activity card.  Which allows you to participate in what is called the “Egg Scramble,” plus tons of fun things for the kids to do in the Fun Zone with bounce houses, a giant slide, obstacle courses and  a chance to “soak the bunny.”  The kids will collect eggs in the ongoing “Egg Scramble” activity between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Children race to collect assorted eggs on the baseball fields.  This activity sends groups of approximately 20 children of similar age into the out field to collect as many eggs as they can.

Carmel Mountain Ranch @ Recreation Center - Bring a basket for the egg hunt and stick around for bunny pictures, crafts, jumpers, and some treats! From 10:00 am is tots-2 years.  At 10:20 a.m. is 3-5, 10:40 a.m. ages 6-8, 11:00 a.m. ages 9-11, and 11:20 a.m. ages 12 and older.  For more information click here.

Encinitas @ The Ecke Sports Park - The City of Encinitas is hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt Festival on Saturday, April 19 at Ecke Sports Park (278 Saxony Road, Encinitas) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This free event features arts and crafts, a giant inflatable slide, face painting, and of course, 22,000 eggs!  The Egg hunt times are as follows; 10:15 – 2 years & under, 10:45 – 3 year-olds, 11:15 – 4 & 5 year-olds, 11:45 – 6 & 7 year-olds, 12:15 – 8 & 9 year-olds.  Bring your own basket or bag for eggs. For more information click here.

La Jolla @ La Jolla Recreation Center – From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. join in for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  For children from ages 2 to 12 years old, the egg hunt is free to all.  If you want to take a picture with Peter Rabbit there is a small fee which includes face painting, and arts and crafts as well.  The cost is only $3 per child, for more information click here.

Linda Vista @ Recreation Center - The annual egg hunt is an event where kids search for that special egg. Participants will be grouped according to their age. All participants will receive a goody bag. Don’t forget to bring you colorful basket or bag. The White Rabbit will be available for photos. Please plan on arriving early.  The start time is 10:00 a.m. and the ages are 2 to 12 years.  For more information click here.

Oceanside @ Joe Balderrama Park - FREE Easter Egg Hunt! Bring your own basket and get ready to hunt for the “Golden Eggs” worth special prizes!  Ages 1 to 12 years of age. Sponsored by the City of Oceanside Neighborhood Services Dept. and Eastside Neighborhood Association.

Oceanside @ Buddy Todd Park - Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for children ages 4 – 11. Sponsored by City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation.

Poway @ Poway Community Park - Don’t miss this year’s Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Living Way Church from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Poway Community Park. Activities will include an egg hunt, inflatable bounce houses and slides, fun zone, games, and a pancake breakfast starting at 8:00 am. $4 fee for the pancake breakfast; all other activities free. For more information, contact Living Way Church at: (858) 486-1441 or email: lwcpoway@aol.com.

San Diego @ Allied Garden Rec Center - The Spring Egg hunt will be tons of fun this year with party jumps, crafts, face painting and refreshments. For $5 you may purchase a wristband which includes jumps, crafts, a hot dog, bag of chips and juice.  There are also free contests and games for kids of all ages.  The egg hunt is by age beginning at 11:30 a.m and ending at 12:50 p.m.  For more information click here.

San Marcos @ Walnut Grove Park - Begining at 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., come and have breakfast with Peter Cottontail at “The Williams Barn” in Walnut Grove Park located off Twin Oaks Valley Road on the corner of Olive and Sycamore in San Marcos. Bring the whole family to enjoy this early morning chow-down of pancakes & sausage prepared by the bunny’s helpers. Tickets can be purchased at the door. $5 adults, $4 youth (10 & under)  Immediately following the breakfast at 10:15 AM, toddlers through 5th graders are invited to the community “Holiday Egg Hunt” where eggs with prizes will be well hidden by the bunny himself!  Come early to have your picture taken with Peter Cottontail and enjoy carnival games and party jumps. Bring a bag or basket for each child. $5 donation per family.

Santee @ Santee Lakes – The Spring Eggstravaganza is all about the eggs!  Continuous egg hunts, live entertainment, petting zoo, craft booths and carnival rides are sure to please! This event is brought to you by the Padre Dam Municipal Water District and the City of Santee.

Solana Beach @ La Colonia Park – Located at 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach join in on the Egg Hunt with plastic eggs filled with treats.  The Egg Hunt 9s for children 3rd grade and younger only.  The Egg Hunt beings at 10:30 and at 10:45 a.m. to noon there will be games and refreshments.  For more information click here.

Vista @ Brengle Terrace Park – Join in for the annual Brengle Terrace Park Egg Hunt from 9:00 am to 12 noon at Brengle Terrace Park, located at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive.

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EGGStravaganza this Saturday in Carlsbad!

By Nicole Hughes

Carlsbad @ Poinsettia Park -  Saturday, April 19th, the annual EGGStravaganza Spring Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Poinsettia Park.  Please note this is not a free event, the cost is $6 for the Activity card.  Which allows you to participate in what is called the “Egg Scramble,” plus tons of fun things for the kids to do in the Fun Zone with bounce houses, a giant slide, obstacle courses and  a chance to “soak the bunny.”  The kids will collect eggs in the ongoing “Egg Scramble” activity between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Children race to collect assorted eggs on the baseball fields.  This activity sends groups of approximately 20 children of similar age into the out field to collect as many eggs as they can.

This year you can save time and avoid lines by purchase Activity Cards in advance.

As a courtesy, $6 activity cards and $6 Unlimited Fun Zone wristbands will be available for purchase in advance starting April 1 through April 18 only at the following locations during regular business hours:

Advance activity card sales must be made in-person; no phone or online sales.  All sales are final; absolutely no refunds.  Activity cards purchased in advance that are lost or not brought to the event will not be replaced.

More information may be found by clicking here.

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Easter Egg Hunts in San Diego this weekend

By Nicole Hughes

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Campo @ The Campo Depot - The Bunny Train The long-eared carrot-cruncher returns to Campo with lots of Easter eggs and fun craft activities for the kids.  Trains depart Campo depot at 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. each day for a scenic one-hour round-trip journey through the mountains with the Easter Bunny.  Toddlers 2 & under are $5, children ages 3-12 are $10, teens 13 & over are $15, and seniors (65+) are $12.  Advance reservations required for this very popular event. Click your desired date to be taken to the reservation page.

Clairemont @ South Clairemont Recreation Center - Located at 3605 Clairemont Drive the  Spring Egg Hunt will take place.  Bike decorating beings at 9:00 a.m. and the Parade of Wheels is right after from 10:25 -10:45 a.m.  There will be jumpers, popcorn, arts & crafts and tons of fun!  The Egg Hunt times are 11:00 a.m. ages 2-4, 11:15 a.m. ages 5-6, 11:30 a.m. ages 7-9, and at 11:45 a.m. ages 10-12.  More information may be found here.

Escondido @ Bates Nut Farm - This Saturday begining at 9:30 a.m. start the day with fun Easter crafts at Bates Nut Farm.  Then at 10:30 a.m. the Easter Egg Hunt will begin, stick around for the Easter Bunny, who will be on hand for pictures!  For more information visit Bates Nut Farm Website or contact Elizabeth Usher 760-749-4902.

Ocean Beach @ Robb Field Athletic Area - Located at 2525 Bacon Street, in Ocean Beach, CA the 39th Annual Ocean Beach Spring Egg Hunt will be held.  Begining at 10:00 a.m. children ages 1-2, at 10:15 a.m. ages 3-4, at 10:30 a.m. ages 5-6, at 10:45 a.m. ages 7, 8, & 9, at 11:00 a.m. ages 10, 11 & 12, and at 11:15 is all ages.  For more information click here.

South Bay @ Robert Egger, Sr. Center – The annual Spring Egg Hunt will take place at the South Bay Recreation Center begining at  10:00 a.m.  The ages range from toddlers to 10 year olds and be on the look out for the “Special Egg!”  Who knows what it will be worth!  For more information click here.

Vista @ The Vista Optimist Club  - The 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & All you can eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 11: a.m.  Tickets: $5 at the door and includes breakfast and egg hunt. (All Participants must have a ticket).  At 9 a.m. the Bonnet Contest will begin and at 10 a.m. the Easter Egg Hunt (for children under 12 years) will begin.  For more information click here.

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Easter egg hunt at Bates Nut Farm 4/12/14

By Nicole Hughes

This Saturday begining at 9:30 a.m. start the day with fun Easter crafts at Bates Nut Farm.  Then at 10:30 a.m. the Easter Egg Hunt will begin, stick around for the Easter Bunny, who will be on hand for pictures!  For more information visit Bates Nut Farm Website or contact Elizabeth Usher 760-749-4902.

A little about Bates Nut Farm:  Bates Nut Farm started with walnuts, but now purchases nuts from all over the world. Pistachios, pecans, cashews, peanuts, pignolias, sunflower seeds and much more can be purchased on the farm. The nuts come raw, roasted, some spiced up and unsalted. To ensure quality and freshness we roast and package our nuts on the farm. The Bates family takes pride in providing a quality product at a fair price. It’s part of the tradition.

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Adopt a Pet this weekend with SoCal Honda Dealers!

By Nicole Hughes

Saturday, April 5th at the Orange County Fair Grounds SoCal Honda dealers are putting on Helpful Honda Pet Adoption.  Stop by from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. for the Costa Mesa Green Dog Foundation at Spring Pet Days held at the Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa 92626.  The SoCal Honda Dealers will be out in their blue shirts helping pets find loving homes. Please visit for a free leash, collar, and maybe even a new best friend!  For more information on this event click here.

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If you can’t stop by this weekend don’t worry there is another opportunity to adopt a pet in a few weeks.  Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Griffith Park the What’s Up Dog L.A. will be held.  It is to support the Much Love Animal Rescue and the 14th Annual Walk for Prader-Willi Syndrome. This event will take place at Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles 90027.  More information for this event may be found here.

Disclosure:  SoCal Savvy Mom was contacted directly by SoCal Honda Dealers, no products or services were given in exchange for this post.

Easter Treats for kids

By Nicole Hughes

We love to make treats to give out in my son’s class for pretty much any holiday, and I wanted to share this super cute idea I found for Easter treats.

It is a little play on smores, items needed:  Graham crackers (will use two per child) 1 tiny chocolate bar (last year we used chocolate bunnies) and 1 marshmallow peep (in whatever color you choose)

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To make use place two graham crackers, 1 tiny chocolate bar, and a marshmallow peep inside a cute plastic bag that you can see through.  Add a cute note saying to use as a smore, then write a note from your child and include it inside.

Enjoy!  For another fun Easter treat idea click here.

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Ergobaby new 360 carrier review and more!

By Lauren Moisant

This post is written by me on behalf of Liz Lange and Ergobaby.  Product was provided.

Baby Bloggy Bootcamp was a few weeks ago and I got the privilege of attending and learning about the hottest newest baby products out on the market. They were demonstrating new baby products that are about to hit the shelves. I love the new stuff from Ergobaby and Liz Lange Maternity. I was so excited to see the new products Ergo had and the new fashions of Liz Lange.

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Ergobaby was demonstrating their new carrier the Ergo 360.  I was excited to see all the new upgrades.  I have used the Original Ergo for several years and loved it. It was used daily for 3 years and still looks brand new, so I know what quality to expect. The Ergo 360 has added features, such as a wider back belt waistband that Velcro’s and now has forward facing ability. I know forward facing has it’s dangers to the childs hips, but somehow Ergo has solved this problem.  Baby actually sits in the Ergo instead of dangling as other front carriers tend to do.  The baby’s knees are still above their bottom as they are facing inward. The new added features makes babywearing a lot more comfortable. I was so excited to use the new Ergo 360, my husband, baby and I headed to the local vineyard for a tour to test out the new carrier.

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Ergo also demoed their Ergobaby Wrap.  The fabric on the wrap is incomparable to other baby wraps out there. It’s soft, comfortable, and the wrap keeps baby close to your body and your heart.

I also got to check out the newest from Liz Lange. Liz Lange Maternity offers comfortable maternity fashion at affordable prices.  The dresses are so velvety soft, feels like pure luxury.  Their maxi dresses are figure flattering and feels like pajamas. It almost make me want to get pregnant again, almost.

This post is written by me on behalf of Liz Lange and Ergobaby.  Product was provided.

What is your Disney side?

By Nicole Hughes

images-2We love Disney!  But then again who doesn’t love Disney?  We love Disney so much we were asked to host a party to show our Disney Side, and it was so fun!  We planned a party for my niece who was turning 5 and had a princess (for the girls) and mickey mouse (for the boys) party!  The kids loved the snacks from craisins especially because Mickey Mouse was on them!

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To go with our Disney Side theme we made colorful fruit skewers for the kids to enjoy!  When ever something is colorful I feel like kids are more likely to start munching on it.  We added two blueberries, two purple grapes, a raspberry, a tangerine slice, pineapple, and two green grapes.  The fruit skewers were gone before I knew it!  I wish I had made more, because I turned around and the kids had eaten them all up!

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I have showed you the healthy snacks we served and I’m not going to lie we also had a candy table.  What kid doesn’t love a candy table?  The theme for our candy table was more the princess theme with purple and pink being the major colors.  The candy table was put off to the side so kids didn’t see it right when they walked in.  I told every child they could take a small bag of candy home with them if their parents would let them.  I think the parents may have enjoyed the candy table more than the children!

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Some of the fun games we played were pin the tiara on the princess, and pin Mickey’s ears on Mickey!  It was very cute to see the little girls line up to see who could pin the tiara closest!  The little girls took the game a lot more serious than the boys.  The boys would take off the eye mask and just laugh, just little boys acting like boys!

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We loved sharing our Disney Side with our guests and with you.  How do you show your Disney Side?


Easter treats fun to make with kids

By Nicole Hughes

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It is a cloudy day here in SoCal today, that is why I decided what better to do than make treats! I am hosting Easter brunch for my family and friends on Easter Sunday and I wanted to try out a few recipes and I thought I would share. I love-making Easter Egg Nests, not only are they adorable but they are ridiculously delicious as well. Items needed to make these are marshmallows, butter, vanilla, and dry chow mein noodles, and small candies for the eggs.

4 Cups Dry Chow Mein Noodles
3 Cups Mini Marshmallows
3 Tbsp Butter
1/2 Tsp Vanilla
Candy Eggs, Mini Robin’s Eggs, M & M’s, or Jelly Beans

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Over low heat, melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan, once melted stir in the vanilla. Pour the noodles into a large bowl. Pour the marshmallow and butter mixture over the noodles, stir until well coated. Rub some butter on your hands, this is important as it will all stick to your hands and not together. Then take the noodle mixture and form it into small round bowls in-between the size of a golf ball and tennis ball. Place the balls on the cookie sheet, with the back of a spoon, press the center of each ball to make a hollow indentation. Next let the nests set until they are hard and then fill each nest with candy eggs.

Last year my son and I make enough for all the children in his class. The year before I made them for place settings on Easter Sunday. I took a tooth pick and small piece of paper and wrote everyone’s name and placed at each setting on the table. No one had to get up for something sweet after the meal! Tell me what you choose to do with your nests!

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