Del Mar Races with kids!

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Every weekend during the Del Mar Race season has fun for the whole family! Children are free and adults can get in as low as $3 with a diamond club membership (free to join) To join the Diamond Club look for a tent right where you would purchase regular admission tickets. It takes two minutes to sign up and you receive tons of discounts. For details on becoming a Diamond Club Member click here.

The FREE family events are held in the infield every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Del Mar Race Season. It is fun for kids and parents. There are a ton of free activities for children like Pony Rides, Giant Scramble Slide & Obstacle Course, Del Mar Mascot “Pony Boy”, Inflatable Games & Rides, Magic Shows, The GameZone, Face Painters, Caricature Artist, and Jockey Stilt Walkers.

On weekends, families always win at Del Mar. Join the party in the infield with plenty of fun for the entire family. Children receive free racetrack admission, adults are only $6 down to $3 if you are a Diamond Club Member. The Del Mar Races are a great place to bring the whole family. Kids love the Del Mar Races although for different reasons than their parents, kids will still have a lot of fun!

To see the full line up of activities at the Del Mar Races for kids click here.

The FREE activities feature:
Pony Rides Giant Scramble Slide & Obstacle Course
Inflatable Games & Rides Del Mar Mascot “Pony Boy”
Magic Show & GameZone Face Painters
Jockey Stilt Walkers Caricature Artist
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Marvel’s Tiniest Hero has the Biggest Heart

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How does one follow up the enormous battles of Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron? For Marvel the answer is to make things smaller and introduce (finally) a founding member of The Avengers, Ant-Man.

What Marvel has done so far with their Marvel Cinematic Universe has been impressive. Weaving multiple heroes from their individual films into two extremely successful Avengers movies. With each film the stakes have been raised, not only for the heroes, but for the studio as well, to deliver bigger and more impressive spectacles with each new film. Age of Ultron was a colossal film that followed the general Marvel movie template; gather your heroes, threaten the world, look like the heroes can’t prevail, then heroes manage to save the world from destruction. It’s a format that has been hard to argue with as each film seems to draw larger and larger audiences.

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Ant-Man continues the MCU while stepping away from the formula a little bit. The stakes in Ant-Man are not global in scale (at least not imminently) but are more close to home as the main focus of the film is family.

On the surface Ant-Man is a heist movie. There are two robbery set-ups in the film that would be great set-pieces in movies of their own. But the truth of Ant-Man is that it is really about two fathers trying to do right in the eyes of their daughters. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd in the titular role) is trying to figure out how to get back into his daughter Cassie’s life after a stint in prison. Dr. Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas doing a bit of the mad scientist) struggle is repairing the relationship he lost with his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). Both of these men are struggling with having made choices in the past that lead to separations both emotional and physical from their daughters. The Lang/Pym relationship is one of mentor and student, yes, but it’s more than that. Dr. Pym relates to Scott’s struggle and in that way they are each other’s emotional support. When Dr. Pym offers Scott the opportunity to be the hero his daughter still sees him as you can almost hear him wishing he could do the same with Hope. In this way Ant-Man finds an emotional grounding that has been somewhat lacking in the larger films like Age of Ultron. The struggles of Scott Lang and Dr. Hank Pym are familiar. They are the stakes that we can all relate to, of family, of mistakes and of hopeful redemption.

Antman 2Even the bad guy in this film struggles from a fractured father/son relationship with his mentor. Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) was Dr. Pym’s protégé and has taken control of Pym Technologies. His ambition and his brilliance, which attracted Dr. Pym to him when he was younger, has morphed into a madness that has made him obsessed with rediscovering a secret technology that Dr. Pym refused to share with him.

This technology is the Pym Particle. An invention that allowed Dr. Pym to alter the space between atoms thus allowing him to shrink to the size of an ant while also increasing his strength; resulting in a human who can break into almost any protected facility and packs a punch with the equivalent strength of a gunshot. Dr. Pym’s fear is a world where this technology is loose and armies of tiny super soldiers are able to carry out devastating surprise attacks and assassinations all over the world. His fears come from having been the Ant-Man for S.H.I.E.L.D. and seeing first hand how the governments of the world could use the technology he created.

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The only way to stop Darren Cross from successfully completing his own weapon (The Yellowjacket) is for Dr. Pym and Hope to train Scott how to fight, how to use the Ant-Man suit, and how to communicate with an army of ants so that he can engage them as his partners in his mission. The special effects for the suit are superb and the macro photography, while excellent, is kept to a minimum.

While the film is smaller in scope and the action is kept more confined and contained than in other Marvel films there is still plenty of connective tissue to the MCU to keep hardcore fans satisfied. Fans of Avengers: Age of Ultron will recognize a certain training facility, and Captain America fans will recognize the building being constructed in the 1980’s flashbacks is the  Triskelion, a.k.a. the headquarters of S.H.I.E.L.D., from Captain America The Winter Soldier.

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Ant-Man is not the biggest or the best film in the MCU. Ant-Man is a breath of fresh air for Marvel fans. It is a very entertaining and engaging film that manages to introduce a lot of concepts that are going to be important to the MCU going forward while telling a much more intimate and personal tale of broken families within this universe. Kids will enjoy the special effects and teens and adults will greatly appreciate the humor. Especially when Scott Lang’s sidekick Luis (Michael Peña) shows up on screen and steals the show. And the climactic battle between Yellowjacket and Ant-Man is appropriately action packed and colorfully humorous.

Ant-Man opens nationwide July 17, 2015.

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Take the Pony Express to the Races

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Traffic in Southern California is brutal in the summer and getting to the Del Mar Racetrack is not always fun. This year try taking the Pony Express! Not only will you be able to enjoy getting there with a nice view of the ocean, but you won’t get stuck in horrible traffic. Parking at the Del Mar Racetrack is $10 for general parking or $20 for valet. There is no better way to get there (unless by limo) and the Pony Express ticket includes your admission to the races.

Every race day, after Opening Day throughout the 2015 Del Mar Racing Season July 17 – Sept. 4, you can purchase the Pony Express combination ticket for just $11, which includes Stretch Run Admission (regularly $6) and round-trip COASTER fare (regularly $11) and a free shuttle between the Solana Beach COASTER Station and the track. That’s a 35% SAVINGS!  You’ll also save $10 in parking fees. The one-day ticket is valid every race day, except opening day. It also includes rides on the SPRINTER light rail and BREEZE bus service.

Making it easier than any ever before the Pony Express may be purchased in advance online, or with the new mobile app and in the ticket vending machines in every NCTD transit station by selecting the “Current Promotions” button.

Take the Shuttle from Solana Beach Station to the Track
Transit riders can take the COASTER or BREEZE bus route 101 to the Solana Beach Transit Station. From there, double-decker buses sponsored by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will shuttle race fans to the Del Mar Racetrack for every race.  Show your Pony Express ticket at the Diamond Club booth near the Stretch Run gate at the track to receive your race admission ticket.

The Double-Decker shuttle is FREE and leaves the track 15 minutes after every race ends.

Concert Admission
On concert days, you must enter the track gates with your Pony Express ticket before the last race.  If you do not enter before the last race, admission is $20.

Do not forget to sign up for the Diamond Club, it is free to sign up and you received discounts and special offers which include half price beer!

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Avalon Bay Airfryer Review & Giveaway!

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An air what? An air fryer? Yes, instead of frying with oil you can fry with air. Cooking has never been easier and healthier with the Avalon Bay Airfryer AB-AirFryer100R. Why use oil when you can use air and cut out half the calories in the process.

This product is great for making kids meals like french fries, chicken nuggets, grilled cheeses and many many more. My son helped me make chicken nuggets last night and he loved that he could make his own food. Today I was on Fox 5 San Diego and everyone flipped out over the Avalon Bay Air Fryer, and for good reason! They retail at Air & Water.com for $129.94 but are on sale right now for only $99. The airfryer comes in three different colors, red, white and black.

Air & Water is a great site, shipping is FREE! If you did need to send something back there is a money back guarantee, no restocking fee, and no return shipping fees.

  • Hassle free clean up with dishwasher safe parts
  • Mesh metal basket helps provide extra crispy results.
  • Rapid Air Circulation Technology which circulates hot air with speed and precision for perfect results
  • Safety Element: 30 minute timer
  • Stainless steel 304 heating element
  • Temperature control of 200-400°F
  • 1 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty

To see my full review see below:

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To enter our GIVEAWAY for the Avalon Bay Airfryer

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To see the Avalon Bay Airfryer in use see the Fox news segment here http://fox5sandiego.com/2015/07/15/mommys-favorite-things-3/

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Join the Diamond Club for Race Season

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If you plan on going to the Del Mar races anytime this season I highly recommend signing up for a Diamond Club Card. You will receive a 50% discount on admission to the races at Del Mar. For general admission it is only $3 instead of $6, and clubhouse is $5 lowered from $10.

Another great perk of being a Diamond Club Member is this little thing called Free and Easy Wednesdays!  Every Wednesday (except Opening Day), receive FREE Stretch Run Admission, FREE Program and FREE Seat along with HALF PRICE Beer (domestic drafts), Sodas and Hot Dogs at Stretch Run Concession Stands. Let’s be honest just the half price on beer is worth being a member! Also general admission tickets and clubhouse admission is half price when you are a member, so what are you waiting for?  For complete Diamond Club Member details click here.

How to sign up:

Bring a valid photo identification and present it at special Diamond Club booths at the Del Mar Racetrack or Surfside Race Place. You’ll find Diamond Club signup booths located on the 2nd floor of the Clubhouse, the 1st floor of the Stretch Run and outside the Stretch Run admission gates. You can print out the registration form to fill out and bring with you to Del Mar to speed up the enrollment process.del mar
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Summer Fun for kids, ice cream in a bag!

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Last year 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 first grade) 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 freezer bag small
  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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