The Circus is Coming! Ticket giveaway

By Lauren Moisant

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show – - Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions! Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!

Coming to San Diego Valley View Casino Center Aug 7-10
Show Dates: Show Time:
Thu, Aug 7   7:00PM
Fri,  Aug 8    11:00AM , 7:00PM
Sat, Aug 9    11:00AM , 3:00PM , 7:00PM
Sun, Aug 10  1:00PM , 5:00PM

And we are excited to give away a Family 4 pack of tickets!

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Tickets start at just $10!!!  This is an affordable family memory everyone will love

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey host an animal open house free to any ticket holders. Opening 90 minutes before the show begins you may see all the animals and meet some of the stars of the show. There is also an all access pre-show which begins an hour before show time, which allows you to participate in fun interactive experiences. Want to learn how to juggle? Or find out how do they balance on top of the tightrope. You may even see the Ringling Bros.majestic Asian elephant’s paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and meet the Ringling Bros. Clowns, who are guaranteed to keep audiences roaring with laughter!

To purchase your tickets click here


Summer Fun at Knott’s Berry Farm

By Nicole Hughes

Knott’s Berry Farm is fun for everyone!  This past weekend we were invited to see all of the Summer Fun going on at Knott’s Berry Farm and we loved it.  The new Camp Snoopy has three new rides this year including my son’s favorite the Linus Launcher.  Kids lay on Linus’ blanket and relive a classic Peanut’s moment as Snoopy grabs the blanket and launches kids up to 10 feet in the air.

Knott’s has a new video to show you just how fun this ride is, along with the other new rides at Camp Snoopy.  To see the video click here.

Knott's pic

The next ride was Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies, my son loved the all-terrain vehicle. But what he really loved was the bouncing, spinning and the bumps on this ride.  Tons of giggles and laughing was happening on this ride! 


We pretty much hit up every ride in Camp Snoopy…. Flying Ace (flying with Snoopy) Timberline Twister (a mini roller coaster)  Rapid River Run (think white water rafting, without the water) Camp Bus (large school bus ride) and what visit would be complete without the High Sierra Ferris Wheel!  Once we hit up almost everything in Camp Snoopy we headed over to the Fiesta Plaza were we went straight to the Hat Dance.  The picture below is my son and I waiting in line for the Hat Dance ride.  He was so excited upon learning he was tall enough to go on without me he asked if I could just watch him, I of course let him go by himself, he felt like such a big kid!


Next we went on the ride you can’t miss while at Knott’s Berry Farm, its a tradition, the Calico Mine Ride!  It was actually one of Knott’s first rides back in the 60′s, of what life was like for miners in the 1850′s.  Earlier in the year this ride shut down for five months for a renovation and you can delinatley see all the changes, and it is pretty remarkable.


During the summer Knott’s Berry Farm offers special Summer Shows, our favorite was an ice show called Snoopy Unleashed!    The show is about Snoopy and him wanting to do and go where he wants… unleashed!  All of the performers are on ice-skates, and wow they are incredibly talented!  At one point one of the performers is hanging 40 feet up in the air!  There is fun music and singing accopmanying the show.  Snoopy Unleashed is only during the summer months, it is also a great place to cool off during the warm summer days, the show runs now until August 24th.  


The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with Knott’s Berry Farm, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

San Diego County Farmers Markets

By Nicole Hughes

There is nothing better than fresh from the farm produce, which is why we love shopping a local farmers markets.  We love all of the free samples and trying something new.  If you are thinking about giving a farmers market a try see the full list below for North San Diego County.  To find other farmers markets in San Diego click here.

  • Bonsall – Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at River Village Plaza, 5256 South Mission
  • Carlsbad – Wednesdays & Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. on Grand and Carlsbad Village Drive
  • Fallbrook – Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 102 South Main Street & Alvardo Street
  • Fallbrook – Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South Main Street by the Primo Parking lot
  • La Costa – Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Costa Canyon High School (1 Maverick Way)
  • Leucadia – Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Paul Ecke Elementary School (185 Union Street)
  • Oceanside – Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of N.Coast Hwy and Pier View Way
  • Oceanside Sunset Market - Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tremont and Pier View Way
  • San Marcos – Wednesdays & Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cal State San Marcos Lot B
  • Solana Beach – Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 410 S. Cedros Avenue


Bringing kids to the Del Mar Racetrack

By Nicole Hughes

Kids at the racetrack?  Are you bringing your kids with you to the races this year?  We have taken our son to the races before and it was fine, he was only 2 months old though so it hardly counts.  There are tons of activities in the infield for kids on weekends called Family Fun Days.  Admission is FREE to children 17 and under and you can purchase an adult ticket as low as $6 (except on opening day).  Sunday July 24th in the infield is a Family Fun Day with Webkinz a giveaway, there are 5 times as many activities on this day.  It is very similar to the Del Mar Fair and the kids have so much fun.  For more information on the Family Fun Day with Webkinz giveaway click here.

The Del Mar Racetrack also has a camp for kids ages 5-12 for $24 per child.  Included is lunch, snacks, t-shirt and activities like mini golf, video games, inflatable jump house, air hockey and more.  This is a great option especially for out of town guests who can’t find a babysitter.  Camp Del Mar opens at noon and closes 30 minutes after the last race.  Registration is always open and located at the Mission Tower building, no reservations required.  For more information on Camp Del Mar click here.

Del Mar

Summer Fun – Make Ice Cream in a bag

By Nicole Hughes

A couple of years ago on the last day of school we made ice cream in a bag with my son’s class.  The kids loved it, and it was surprisingly very simple to make.  If you have younger kids like we did (they were in kindergarten) you may need to help with the shaking.  I would recommend wearing a pair of gloves to avoid frostbite!  We loved making ice cream in a bag, it is so easy and delicious!

  1. 1/2 cup half & half
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1 ziplock sandwich size bag (use a freezer bag)
  5. 1 ziplock gallon size bag (freezer bag works best)
  6. 3 cups crushed ice
  7. 1/3 cup rock salt
  1. Put first 3 ingredients in the smaller Ziplock bag and seal bag (Make sure it is closed). Put ice and rock salt in the larger bag and then add the filled small bag. Seal the large bag.
  2. Shake and squeeze bag until ice cream is thickened, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Remove small bag, unseal, and eat out of the bag, poor into a bowl, or put on a cone.
  4. Add any toppings if you wish and enjoy!

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Aviara Fireworks July 4, 2014

By Nicole Hughes

July 4th Celebrations at Aviara Park Hyatt in La Costa are in full swing this year!  The fireworks may been seen all around La Costa especially by the lagoon.  The firework display will begin at 9 PM, which is the same time as the La Costa Resort fireworks.

If you are a guest at the resort there is a festive Independence Day celebration.  Guests are invited to enjoy the Smokehouse Buffet in the Palm Courtyard, live entertainment from the Christopher Dale Trio, and a spectacular fireworks display at 9PM on July 4th.


Red, White & BOOM, July 4th @ Legoland!

By Nicole Hughes

The summer heats up at LEGOLAND with a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration, “Red, White and Boom!”  We have not missed Legoland’s Red, White & Boom for over five years! We love it, also love that the fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. we usually leave right after the fireworks to get kids home and in bed.

The Fireworks are set to patriotic music beginning at 8:30 p.m. with great viewing in designated locations throughout the Park. Throughout the day, kids can enjoy live musical performances and participate in all-American family picnic games, like water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, family build challenge and LEGO Hamburger relay.

Red, White and Boom! Building Competition
Stop by Build & Test 10am-5pm where one winner in each age category: 9 and under, 10-15 and 16 and up will be chosen.  The celebration lasts from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and fireworks at 8:30 p.m. All Red, White and BOOM! activities are included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California.  See below for the full line up of activities.

Lawn Games on Miniland Lawn



Character Dance Party

LEGO Friends


Stroller Parade
Registration 1:00pm - 4:00pm by Miniland Stage Parade through Miniland starts at 4:30pm 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizing for best patriotic stroller

Hallabaloo Band

Uncle Sam on Stilts – Miniland Lawn

Nalukai – The Water Park


Legoland Fireworks


Whole Foods Coupon for my readers only!

By Nicole Hughes

It is no surprise we love Whole Foods, my husband has a serious addiction to the store.  His office is in the same building as the Encinitas store, which is nice because I can always ask him to pick something up before he gets home.  It is also nice because he always tells me ahead of time that something will be going on sale.  For instance he bought 3 cases of coconut water last week, yes that is how amazing the sale was!  Whole Foods is our favorite market because of so many things but who doesn’t like a sale on something you were going to buy anyway?

Tomorrow June 27th Whole Food Markets in San Diego (Encinitas, Del Mar, La Jolla, & San Diego) will be offering a great discount with this coupon specially for my readers!  The items include lotions, facial and hair care and cleansers.  Please note this does not include vitamins, supplements, food and clothing.  Limit one coupon per customer, valid at Encinitas, Del Mar, La Jolla and San Diego locations only.  One day only, Friday, June 27th, 2014.

My favorite soap Whole Foods carries is without a doubt Dr. Bronner’s magic soaps!  The 18-1 hemp peppermint is my husband’s favorite and mine is the 18-1 hemp lavender.  It is called the 18-1 soap because of all the different ways you may use it!  The most common uses are to wash your face, body, and hair, however you may also use it to clean your vegetables or use it to clean your house. Dr. Bronner’s is a local company in Vista, California, who for over five generations have been making soap.  Dr. Bronner’s is family-owned and run to this day, all products are fair trade and certified organic.

whole foods coupon

Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by Whole Foods. Opinions expressed here are my own.

Fireworks in San Diego July 4, 2014

By Nicole Hughes

See below for the full list of firework shows in San Diego for July 4, 2014:

Big Bay Boom @ Shelter & Harbor Island, Embarcadero, Seaport Village & Coronado Landing – As most of you remember last year was the big bay bust, with all of the fireworks going off within 9 seconds! This year The Firework show begins at 9 PM, enjoy music on radio “The Walrus 105.7FM” for more information click here.

Carlsbad @ Legoland – The annual Red, white and BOOM! at Legoland California is a fun-filled day for the entire family.  You and your kids can enjoy live musical performances, family picnic games, like water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races and Uncle Sam Says.  The Firework show begins at 8:30 PM, earlier than most because they know kids need to go to bed!  For more information click here.

Coronado @ over Glorietta Bay – Coronado has a full day of activities on July 4th including the annual Independence Day Parade.  The parade begins at 10 AM from Orange Ave from 1st Street to Churchill Place.  Enjoy a concert in the Park at Spreckels Park at 4 PM where the Coronado Community Concert Band will perform.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, enjoy music by KYXY on 96.5 radio, for more information click here.

Del Mar @ Del Mar Fairgrounds – The fireworks at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is always incredible, I love that you can sit on the beach and enjoy the fireworks.  The fairgrounds have a full line up of things to do on Independence Day including a Home Town Heros Parade at 7 PM.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, the fair is open until midnight so you can still enjoy some rides after the fireworks if you wish.  For more information click here.

El Cajon @ Kennedy Park – This is a great family event to attend and it is totally FREE.  Enjoy carnival games, crafts, family games, skate park, kiddie train rides, live music and more.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM,the event activities begin at 1 PM.  For more information click here.

Escondido @ Grape Park - Enjoy a variety of free entertainment, including musical performances, magicians, baton twirlers, children’s arts projects, old-fashioned contests and fireworks!  The fun begins at 4 PM, and ending after the firework show at 9:30 PM.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, for more information click here.

Fallbrook @ Grand Tradition Estates – Fallbrook’s 9th annual July 4th celebration is now at a much lower price!  Adults (12 and up) are $20 and 11 and under are FREE.  Included is admission, parking, live entertainment, and of course the fireworks!  The Firework show beings at 9 PM, for more information click here.

La Costa @ La Costa Resort & Spa – La Costa has a full day of activities for children on July 4th including making s’mores (my son’s favorite) The Firework show begins at 9 PM, for more information click here or call La Costa to make a reservation.

La Jolla @ Elizabeth Browning Scripps Park – La Jolla has decided (amongst the fighting) that there will not be a Fourth of July Fireworks show this year.

National City @ Kimball Park - The annual carnival will have fun games, rides, live musical entertainment and contests.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, the carnival opens at noon, for more information click here.

Ocean Beach @ OB Pier The Firework show will begin at 9 PM, on the Ocean Beach pier.  The city asks if you do choose to roast marshmellows that you do NOT throw them.  It costs over $1,000 for the clean up and the city does not have the money for the clean up.  Please clean up after yourself!  For more information click here.

Oceanside @ Camp Pendleton - This event is for authorized patrons and their guests only.  It will be held at the Del Mar Beach Resort, which opens at 6 AM, Free family fun zone, live bands, and a fireworks show.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, and runs until 9:30 PM, for more information click here.

Oceanside @ El Corazon – Please note The Fireworks show was on July 3 at 9 PM, not July 4th. The city of Oceanside is celebrating 126 of incorporation on July 3rd.  The annual parade will still be held on July 4th in the harbor, for more information click here.

Poway @ Old Poway Park - Bring your family and friends and celebrate our country’s independence “turn-of-the-twentieth-century-style” at An Old-fashioned Fourth of July. The Old-fashioned Fourth of July is followed by the The Firework show at 9 PM. Please note the fireworks are at Poway High School there is a $2 fee for adults, children 11 and under are free, for firework  information click here.

Rancho Bernardo @ Bernardo Heights Middle School - The Spirit of the Fourth is a fun evening that begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Athletic Field of Bernardo Heights Middle School at 12990 Paseo Lucido, with an array of live entertainment.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, for more information click here.

San Marcos @ Bradley Park – The fun begins at 6 PM with carnival games, jumpers and food sales available on-site.  The Firework show begins at 9 PM, for more information click here.

Santee @ Town Center Community Park East - The Santee Salutes Fun Zone; will include a variety of inflatable attractions, carnival rides and games.  There is no cost for admission however parking is $5 – $15, The Firework show beings at 9 PM.  For more information click here.

Vista @ Moonlight Amphitheatre – Moonlight Amphitheatre is within Brengle Terrace Park in Vista.  Events include live music, the Light Up the Night Dinner, and one of the biggest fireworks displays in San Diego County!  The Firework show begins at 9 PM.  Admission is $5 (children under 5 are free) and parking is $15.  For more information click here.


Over 35 Birthday Freebies!

By Nicole Hughes

Acapulco – Free entrée on your birthday when you sign up for the Acapulco E Club, and receive free chips & guacamole.

Arby’s - Free milkshake when you sign up for Arby’s Extra’s and get a free roast beef sandwich at sign up.

Baja Fresh – Free burrito for your birthday when you sign up for Club Baja and a free taco at sign up.

Baskin Robbins – Free kids size scoop of ice cream or soft serve when you sign up for the Birthday Club also coupons via e mail.  Let them know before you order that you are redeeming your birthday freebie.

Benihana – Free $30 birthday certificate when you sign up for the The Chef’s Table to get $30 and updates and specials.  Valid Monday – Thursday only, not valid during lunch hours.

Bennigan’sFree entrée on your birthday when you sign up for the E Club and also receive a free brownie bottom pie with sign up.

BJ’s -  Free mini-Pizookie dessert coupon with email sign up here.

Black Angus SteakhouseFree steak dinner (with purchase of 2nd entrée) when you sign up for the Prime Club and receive a free dessert upon sign up.

Broken Yolk - Join the Broken Yolk E-Club for news, exclusive coupons and a birthday treat!

Buca di BeppoFree Buca small pasta at sign up and another for your birthday when you join the EClub.

Buffalo Wild Wings – Sign up for the Buffalo Circle for a FREE snack size order of wings.

Chevys – Free entree’ when you sign up for the Compadres Club and get a free appetizer at sign up.

Chili’s – Free brownie sundae when you sign up for the email club and get free chips and queso too.

Cold Stone  Buy one get one Free creation when you buy one when you sign up for the Cold Stone Club and get same at sign up.

Cost Plus World Market – Free $10 birthday reward when you sign up for the World Market Explorer and get $10 off at sign up too!

Daphne’s - Free entrée for your birthday when you sing up for the Pita Points Program, and receive coupons monthly.

Einstein Bros Bagels – Free breakfast sandwich with purchase of a drink for birthday, free at Club sign up too.

Famous Dave’s BBQ - Free entrée for your birthday when you sign up for the P.I.G. Club and receive special offers via e mail.

Firehouse Subs – Free sub on your birthday when you sign up for …Copy That, also a free drink for singing up.

Golden SpoonFree frozen yogurt on your birthday when you sign up for the E-Club and receive a 2 for 1 offer at sign up.

Gordon Biersch - Free $10 welcome gift and special offer on your birthday with Passport Rewards.

Hometown Buffet - Buy one get one free meal on your birthday when you sign up for Crave Connection and receive a BOGO at sign up.

IHOP – Free Rooty Tooty Fresh N’ Fruity (or a credit for $7.99 towards any meal) when you sign up Pancake Revolution and get it free at sign up too.

Islands Free meal on your birthday when you sign up for Tiki Link and receive $5 off of $25 coupon upon sign up.

Jersey Mike’s – Free sub and drink for your birthday when you sign up for the EClub, also receive coupons once a month via e mail.

Medieval Times – Free birthday royal feast and tournament when you sign up for the Kings Court and a free upgrade at sign up.

Melting Pot – Free chocolate covered strawberries for your birthday when you sing up for Club Fondue and coupons for fondue at sign up.

Mimi’s – Free entree’ when you buy one sign up for the ECLUB and get a free breakfast at sign up.

Noodles & CompanyFree entrée on your birthday when you sign up for Noodlegram and receive coupons via e mail.

Panera – Free coffee drink when you sign up for MyPanera and get a free sweet treat at sign up too.

Red Robin – Free birthday burger when you sign up for the Red Royalty Program and get treats at sign up too.

Rubios – Free meal up to $7 value when you sign up for the Beach Club and get a free taco at sign up.

Smash Burger – Free burger on your birthday when you sign up for SmashClub here.

Starbucks - Free beverage on your birthday when you sign up for My Starbucks Rewards for coupons and special offers.

Taco Bell – Free meal on your birthday when you sign up here and free coupons and special offers.

The Counter – Free milkshake when you sign up for the Counter Culture and get a free treat at sign up too.

Which Wich – Free sandwich when you sign up for the Vibe Club and get a free sandwich at sign up too.

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