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Hottest Gifts of the Season as seen on Fox5 San Diego


The holidays are in full swing and we have the HOTTEST Gifts of the Season to share with you! Wether your children are 1 or 17, we have a gift that will suit them. See below for all of the times featured on our TV segment on Fox 5 San Diego today. If you have any questions on any products or are unable to find any please e mail us. We will help you find whatever you may be looking for, even if it is sold out! We have you covered for all of your gifts this Holiday Season.

We will be back on Fox in a couple weeks with all the things to occupy your children while on winter break. My son has 3, yes 3 weeks off, believe me it is hard to keep an 11 year old entertained that long so we had to become creative. Follow along on the blog and on Fox 5 San Diego for our tips.


Rocket & Submarine mold free by Marcus & Marcus



Game Day Push Helmet by Simplay3

TwirlyGirl Dresses

School Aged:

SquishMallows Squeeze and Cuddle

Magic Light Brush & Drawing Pad by Crayola

Air Fort  


MiniFlyer by Mukikim


LOL Surprise! Fizz Factor


LilGadgets Headphones


DIFF Eyewear

Don’t try this at home…


I’m about a year into my new life, no longer under someones control. No longer told what I can and can’t do. No longer am I having to beg for money to go to lunch with a friend. My life looks so different from a year ago, and a lot different from what I thought it would. When I left I didn’t have any particular idea of what it would look like. It was a fly by the seat of your pants kind of moment, that has landed me to where I am today.

As most people do when they leave a spouse, they go to their parents or a relatives house. My mother passed away about a year and a half before I left, so it was just my dad in our family home. The same family home they built when my mom was pregnant with me, the only family home I have ever known. I never in a million years thought I would live in this home again, much less without my mother.

After a bit of a rough start my son and I got comfortable and settled into our new home. Soon after is when my father told me he was moving to their second home in Nevada. He said it was just going to be part-time, 2 weeks there 2 weeks in La Costa. This seemed reasonable to me, and I was happy for my dad as his new girlfriend lives there.

Fast forward to him moving out around May, I expected to see him in a few weeks, this never happened. He came for maybe 48 hours a month later, and I realized this man, my father no longer lives here. He moved, and permanently. That for whatever reason hit me like a ton of bricks, I’m now living in my family home with no one in my family.

How did this happen? How did I end up where I started? Also was there anything wrong with this? Not many will complain about a house in La Costa, and believe me I’m not! I now live there with my son and I am constantly thinking of my mom. Of her making our beds when we went off to school. How did she do this with three kids? She was superwoman.

Currently working on an agreement with my father, so I can stay for another year at least and it makes it so final. This is where I live, where I’m going to live, where I am going to raise my son. It’s my childhood again and the only difference is it isn’t Susan Connerley making dinner and doing laundry its Nicole Connerley. I am loving every second of walking in my mothers footsteps. Who said you can’t go home again?




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Holidays at Legoland California – Early Bird Discounts


Come one, come all to experience the Holiday season at Legoland California. Don’t miss the largest LEGO Christmas Tree, live entertainment with LEGO Friends in Heartlake City, and stay for a picture with a life-size LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer. Book now for HUGE savings, of over $40 per ticket! See below for information on HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND 




  • Limited time, online exclusive
  • November 18 – December 25
  • Includes 1-day weekday admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium





  • Limited time, online exclusive
  • November 18 – December 24
  • Includes 1-day weekend admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium





  • Limited time, online exclusive
  • Visit anytime from November 18 – December 24
  • Includes 2-day admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium




  • Includes overnight hotel stay + 2-day ticket
  • Exclusive benefits like great ticket offers, early access to LEGOLAND, welcome gift for the kids and more
  • *Based on 2 adults, 2 children (ages 3-12)


Coaster Holiday Express 2017, Ride the Train with Santa!


Families can take a ride on a magical holiday train with Santa, Mrs. Claus and friends on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th. North County Transit District’s Coaster Holiday Express is a specially decorated train ride that features photo opportunities with Santa and classic carol singing for children of all ages. Each 65-minute Holiday COASTER Express ride travels non-stop and roundtrip from Oceanside to Solana Beach. The ride is recommended for families with children between the ages of 3 and 10. Be sure to bring your camera for tons of photo opportunities throughout the train ride.

orion and santa

Last year we had so much fun taking our son on the Coaster Holiday Express, see picture above. It is only $10 per person this year with departure times of 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. from the Oceanside transit center. Please note tickets are NOT available day of and it will SELL OUT AND FAST! Tickets may be purchased on Thursday, November 3rd in person at a transit center or online here.

Saturday, December 10

Trains departing from Oceanside Transit Center at 10am, 12pm & 2pm

Visit with Santa Claus, his merry elves and the beautiful ice queen & snow princess while singing along with carolers

On-sale date: Thursday, November 2

Tickets: $10 per person (limit 10/person)

Purchase tickets online (link available at 8am on 11/3/16) or at the Oceanside Transit Center (205 S. Tremont St, Oceanside), open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

To purchase tickets after November 3 (up to 10 may be purchased at a time) please click here.


* Passengers must present a ticket to board the COASTER Holiday Express

* Every person must have a ticket (including children of all ages)

* The Holiday Express is recommended for families with children between the ages of 3 & 10

* Do not bring food, beverages, strollers, or bicycles on board the train.  Water & small snacks okay.

* Total trip time is approximately 65 minutes

* The trains depart ON TIME.  As this event is usually sold out, we will not be able to accommodate late arrivals.  Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before your departure to find parking.

* The Holiday Express will operate rain or shine.

Brick or Treat at Legoland


Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is back and better than ever at Legoland this year. Brick-or-Treat is a family tradition in our house, Legoland AND trick-or-treating? We are so there!

Awesome Awaits at the Park…after dark! Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND®California Resort is back for more Halloween excitement. The entire Park is open for Party Nights every Saturday in October. The home of Halloween fun is filled with…

  • Live entertainment + new shows!
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Costume Contests: Group, LEGO® Theme, Most Creative
  • Treat stations with more than 1 million pieces of candy
  • Heartlake City Fall Festival with Pumpkin Patch Build and craft time with the LEGO Friends
  • The AstroBash Dance Party
  • Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Pop Badge Challenge
  • And more!

If the park gets a little too crowded, stop by SEA LIFE and don’t miss candy, decorations and your fishy friends which is included with your Party Nights ticket.

As seen on Fox 5 Halloween Segment


Did you watch our Halloween segment on Fox 5 San Diego this morning? We had some fabulous treats and products to show off.

First let’s start with who are offering a 20% discount now until October 31st to viewers. The hottest costumes this year will be from Disney Descendants 2, Uma, Evie and Mal. Wonder Woman is going to be BIG with girls of all ages as well as Moana. For little boys Kylo Ren, Minecraft, and of course Batman and Spiderman are hot contenders. Did you see the cool T-Rex costumes? They are going to be a big hit for adults this year, check out for the hottest items.

Looking for an easy Halloween costume for baby? The new Gerber brand collection at Target features stylish baby essentials like bodysuits, Sleep N’ Plays, caps, mittens and more with on-trend 3D details in adorable prints and patterns. It’s simple! With this bunny bodysuit or newborn gown it’s easy for Mom to get even her littlest trick-or-treater in the Halloween spirit, all for under $10!

Trusted for generations, visit Target stores and to shop the new Gerber brand baby apparel collection.



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