Carlsbad Last Concert in the Park 8/22

By Nicole Hughes

Tonight the City of Carlsbad will host the last free concert in the park of the summer.  NEW this year are the on-site food options, with new vendors with items like hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, barbeque and Fro-Yo!  In the past we have always brought our snacks with us but this year maybe we have tried out some of the new food options and they are delicious!  Bring low-back chairs, a blanket, snacks, and drinks if you would like.  Glass is allowed at these events ONLY, wine and beer bottles are okay to bring, they do ask that you recycle.  Concert is from 6 to 8 p.m.

Calavera Hills Park

2997 Glasgow Drive, 92010 (Get Directions)

Aug. 22    The Mighty Untouchables - cover dance mix

The Mighty Untouchables are a classy septet playing and singing Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Prince, Santana, AC/DC, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire and more.

The 29th season of TGIF Concerts in the Parks has received generous support from the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts. Major support for the Opportunity Drawings, which are organized and conducted by the Friends, comes from Alaska Airlines.

Presented by the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office.




No oil Carrot Zucchini Bread

By Nicole Hughes

This is my favorite recipe for carrot zucchini bread, we just made this again two days ago and I knew I had to share it.  I am always trying to make anything healthier, especially if it already contains sugar.  One of the reasons this bread is great is because there is no oil used at all.  Vegetable oil for this recipe would normally be about a cup, which would amount to nearly 2,000 calories and 220 grams of fat!  Apple sauce is an amazing substitute for oil while baking, saving calories and fat.

The next item we switch for a healthier version is whole wheat flour, while whole wheat flour and regular flower have the same calories the whole wheat is much better for you.  During the process of making white flour most of the nutrients and fiber naturally found in flour are lost.  Sometimes the nutrients are added back into white flour but not in its natural form, which is another reason white flour is so over processed. Below are the ingredients and directions to our delicious Carrot Zucchini Bread, enjoy!

  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups White Flour
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 ts Baking Powder
  • 1 ts Baking Soda
  • 2 ts Cinnamon
  • 1 ts Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Apple Sause
  • 1 cup Grated Carrot
  • 1 cup Grated Zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups Chopped Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together, whole wheat flour, white flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a Kitchen Aid mixer or mixing bowl and mix.  Next add the sugar, eggs and apple sauce and mix together.  Last add the carrots, zucchini and walnuts and mix.

Next put into greased (we used coconut oil spray from Traders) and put into bread pan, or into cupcake pan.  Let bake for about 50 min. or until it is cooked throughout the center of the bread.

carrot zucchini bread


Summer Movies in the Park Aug & Sept.

By Nicole Hughes

Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars with your family.    Arrive early to pick out a good seat!  Bring blankets or low back chairs to sit on while you enjoy the movies.  Bring a picnic dinner for your family to share as well.

Movies are all rated G or PG, the top movie this summer is Frozen (if you have a little girl this has been the movie for over a year!)  Movies like Monsters University, Planes, Rio 2 and Despicable Me 2 are also top favorites this year.  Each movie is at a local park all over both the city of San Diego and San Diego County.   All movies start at dusk (approx. 15 minutes after sunset). Movies are subject to change.  For more information visit the event website here.  See below for the movie/park nearest you:

Universal City 08/22 Frozen
Doyle Community Park
Click Here PG
San Marcos 08/22 Frozen
Woodland Park
Click Here PG
Southcrest 08/22 Monsters University
Southcrest Community Park
Click Here G
San Diego 08/22 Planes
USS Midway Museum
Click Here PG
Ocean Beach 08/22 Rio 2
Dusty Rhodes Park
Click Here G
San Diego 08/23 Despicable Me 2
Tecolote Community Park
Click Here PG
Carmel Valley 08/23 Frozen
Carmel Valley Community Park
Click Here PG
Poway 08/23 Planes
Poway Community Park
Click Here PG
Lakeside 08/23 The Lego Movie
Lindo Lake Park
Click Here PG
Ocean Beach 08/29 Frozen
Ocean Beach Elementary
Click Here PG
Lemon Grove 08/29 Frozen
Lemon Grove Park
Click Here PG
Otay Mesa 08/29 Frozen
Silver Wing Neighborhood Park
Click Here PG
Rancho Bernardo 08/29 Monsters University
Rancho Bernardo Community Park
Click Here G
Rancho San Diego 08/29 Planes
Hilton Head Park
Click Here PG
Lakeside 08/30 Frozen
Sycamore Goodan Ranch
Click Here PG
Oceanside 08/30 The Lego Movie
Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre
Click Here PG
La Jolla 08/30 The Little Rascals Save the Day
La Jolla Community Park
Click Here PG
Otay Mesa 09/06 The Lego Movie
Montgomery Waller Community Park
Click Here PG
4S Ranch 09/06 The Nut Job
4S Patriot Park
Click Here PG
University City 09/12 Monsters University
Standley Recreation Center
Click Here G
National City 09/12 Muppets Most Wanted
Kimball Park/Little Padres Field
Click Here PG
San Diego 09/12 The Little Mermaid
Waterfront Park
Click Here G
Julian 09/13 Frozen
Jess Martin Park
Click Here PG
Ramona 09/13 Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Dos Picos Regional Park
Click Here PG
San Diego 09/13 Rio 2
Cabrillo Heights Park
Click Here G
Mission Beach 09/27 Up
Santa Clara Recreation Center
Click Here PG


Stroller Strides Anniversary

By Lauren Moisant

Get an amazing workout while hanging out with your baby and meeting new “mom” friends.  I can’t say enough great things about Stroller Strides. I started in January when my baby was 4 months old.  I lost all my baby weight, met a lot of great people and it gets me out of the house every morning.  My baby loves socializing with his new friends while I’m sweating it out.

To celebrate their 13 year anniversary, Stroller Strides, FIT4MOM, is offering a $13 registration, a $79 value for the whole month of August.  With almost 30 locations, they are all over San Diego.  Click here to find a location near you. The first class is free, so there is no excuse to check it out.



Stroller Strides

Del Mar Summer Concert Series

By Nicole Hughes


The full line-up for the Del Mar Racetrack is fabulous this year with bands like Counting Crows and Steel Pulse!  For the list of the remaining dates see below:

Friday, August 8th – Steel Pulse

Saturday, August 9th – Counting Crows

Saturday, August 15th – Magic!

Friday, August 22nd – Special Guest

Friday, August 29th – Steve Aoki

Sunday, August 31st – Reggae Fest featuring Ziggy Marley

The Del Mar Racetrack has a great summer lineup of concerts which are all free with racetrack admission.  If you arrive after the last race, you ail be charged to concert admission price of $20.  Concert parking is $20, racetrack parking before the final race is $10 so try and get there early.  We love taking the coaster to the track, you may drink and not have to worry about driving.  The concerts coming up are great, Steel Pulse is one of my favorite bands.  I’m very excited to see who the ‘Special Guest’ is on August 22nd.

Del Mar

Giveaway – The Circus is Coming to town!

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

SoCal Savvy Mom is excited to share our giveaway for a Family 4 pack of tickets!

To enter leave a comment on post or like this at Socalsavvymom Facebook page.

Tickets start at just $10 for opening night, this is an affordable family memory everyone can enjoy.

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 tickets for opening night or any of the amazing shows 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 a fun family day.  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!

ice cream cones

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