Thursday, October 30, 2014

San Diego Safari Park Mommy and Me Date

This week, we had a little Mommy and Me date at the San Diego Zoo Safari park and got very close to some animals! We spent a little time observing the meerkats. We got there very early and went to the Nairobi Station to see the baby cheetahs, who were two sleeping balls of fur in a dog crate. We were able to get up close to a sugar glider, though. The zookeeper was getting him used to being handled, so we couldn't touch, but it was fun to get up close. The skink wasn't in his cage and my little guy kept looking for him.

Well it was our lucky day, because when we headed back to the front to wait for friends, we got up close to the skink as well! We found out that they thought she was a boy for 5 years until she laid eggs!

Then, with his tiger shirt on, my little guy and I headed up to the Tiger Trail to get up close to one more type of animal...

The Tiger Trail is a beautiful expansion that just opened earlier this year. It has several enclosures when you can really get close to the gorgeous tigers on exhibit there. 

They all seem to get pretty close to the guests.

We even heard one roar.

There is also a really nice new playground in the Tiger Trail area.

It was not crowded at all when we were there on Monday, so we almost had the playground all to ourselves, which is really nice when you're a little kid.

We also got to stop at the other playground after moseying around the park for a while. 

This playground was also very quiet and we had a lot of fun playing with just a few kids. I guess Monday is the day to go in the fall!

Check back in regularly if you want to keep up with our adventures in Southern California and beyond...

Blogger Tricks 101 - How to Save MORE Money on Everything You Buy Online

If you are like me, you are an online shopper. But I'm not just any online shopper, I'm an online shopper that saves the most on EVERY purchase. Not only do I shop the sales, especially clearance sales, and use promo codes and coupon codes, but I also got through

At, you will find all current promo and coupon codes, printable coupons and earn cash back on everything you buy.

If you go through their site, will send you a check 
once you reach $20 cash back.

Here's how it works:

First, head on over to and sign up.

Then you can enter any retailer you like in the search bar. Here's a screen grab with the search bar pointed out. (Note - this is my personal account and you can see that I've earned $27.55 from my normal online shopping on the right).

I searched for Kohl's. At, you can view all the latest coupons and promo codes. There will be 37 listed on this page (in the orange square you will see this number).

Then, in the green square you will see that you will earn 3% Cash Back of your Kohl's purchase in your account if you buy after clicking through any Kohl's link on this page.

Also, in the blue square, you will see that you will earn 50 Shopgold points which you can earn and use towards gift cards! 

All of this brings your savings to whole new levels, you never knew existed, right?

Just check out Clothing, my favorite category at where you will see all the top clothing deals at all the big brands and retailers going on right now. Once you click one, you can click the coupon you like and it will be activated when you check out on the retailers site. 

There are over 3,000 retailers list on their site with up to 70% cash back on your purchases!

Right now, you can browse Fall Savings at if you are looking for the best seasonal deals!

You can also search for retailers that offer free shipping, or see a list of top retailers showing how many coupon codes are available for each and percentage of cash back you will receive.

So don't forget to sign up and use their site on all your future purchases to see all your savings add up!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LEGOLAND California Brick or Treat 2014

I thought I'd share a few pictures of our little "Hookfang" from How to Train Your Dragon when we went to LEGOLAND Brick or Treat last weekend. Brick or Treat is the Halloween party that LEGOLAND throws every year for a few weekends before Halloween. As usual, we had an amazing time collecting treats, toys, dancing, and exploring.

I actually designed some of these little treat houses way back when I used to work there, and my husband helped build LEGOLAND California, so it is a treat in and of itself to see our little boy enjoying everything, now.

Speaking of treats... I don't know what all the other theme parks were giving out this year, but I would think that LEGOLAND truly gave out the BEST stuff! Not only did they give out a LEGO Chima set and commemorative DUPLO bricks, but a couple handfuls of candy, Annie's Bunny snacks and other snack bags, healthy granola bars, organic Honest Tea sippies, LEGO club magazines... there was so much! Of course we hit EVERY treat station. 

Our little guy's absolute favorite place to party was on top of Sealife. They had an awesome dance party going on that wasn't too crowded and there were several dancers doing routines and fun stuff with the kids. We stayed up there for an hour or so.

We had an amazing time and we'll be back next year for the party, too!

Review - Hoodsbee Hoodie

* If you use any of my links to make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.

This week, we got the chance to review a Hoodsbee "Tig the Tiger" sweatshirt, or is it a toy, or a pillow... The cool thing about the Hoodsbee is that it is all of these things! 

Hoodsbee is a hooded sweatshirt with an adorable animal or creature face that rolls up into a plush pillow toy friend. They are made out of super soft fleece, come in a variety of colors and styles for both girls and boys and are made in sizes 2T to kids size 7.

I chose the "Tig the Tiger" to review because it was on the more neutral side color-wise. Then the little guy went and picked out the brightest possible new shoes you could imagine. I may have to buy the the red "Eyevan the Monster" Hoodsbee, next!

My son had so much fun wearing the sweatshirt. Of course he had to get into character and act the part.

I felt like I had a little creature crawling around. 

When it was rolled up and snapped, it was very cuddly. This is the perfect sweatshirt to travel with because you can take it off once you get in the car or plane and use it as a pillow or just snuggle with it. 

These are so cute and so much fun!

How did this sweatshirt turn into a toy?!?! 

You can check out the video on the Hoodsbee site.

Our only problem is that our sweet dog was delighted by its plushy cuteness as well!

We really like this sweatshirt/toy/pillow combo and I can't wait to take it on our next trip once it gets a little chilly here in beautiful SoCal!

Check out Hoodsbee sweatshirts and pick one out for your little cutie!

Use Promo Code: BLOGBEE

You can also pick these up at Kohl'!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Giveaway - Disney Gift Card

We are obviously Disney fans (note the header on my blog) and we are currently planning a small trip up to Disneyland. The reason we haven't gone much these last few months is because I'm preggo and we didn't renew our passes, yet, because I figured I'd be too tired and not want to do all the walking there. Well, I'm over that. I'm ready to go back! But it is sooooooo expensive!!! Well, right now, I'm giving a chance for a reader to go for practically free.

One winner will receive a $1,000 Disney Gift Card.

Giveaway ends November 18th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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Blurb Book Coupon Code, Sweet Paul's Paul Lowe, and Gift Books with a Norway Theme

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Sweet Paul magazine features spectacular food photography, scrumptious recipes, and inspired crafts. In Blurb's interview with Paul, he discusses his childhood in Norway and provides a delicious recipe. You'll love Paul's stories of gnomes, trees (and tree-related disasters), food, family, and memories. 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Review - Racoon Rumpus Game

* If you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post, I may receive a small commission.

This week we got to test out a new game from Educational Insights Raccoon Rumpus Game. This game is for ages 3 and up but my son is just under 3 year old and he had no problem playing. In fact he beat us grown-ups a couple times!

Raccoon Rumpus is a simple game of chance for 2-4 players. Each player gets a card with a raccoon in his underpants. When it's your turn, you roll a pair of dice, one with a clothing item on each side, and one with a different color on each, to see what clothing card in what color you pick up for your nearly nude raccoon. 

The first player to get 5 clothing cards wins! If a player rolls underpants, his raccoon is stripped of all his cards and ends up in his skivvies again. You can also roll both pants and shirt and get two cards. 

This game is so clever and adorable. The raccoons are cute and the cards with their outfits each represent a different hobby or occupation for that extra little educational aspect. This is the perfect game for preschoolers and it is also fun for the whole family. 

There is no strategy needed, you just need to make sure your littlest one is following the rules instead of cheating his way to another win! 

Educational Insights Raccoon Rumpus Gameis very reasonably priced and makes a great gift. I would highly recommend it for any little kid to play with their family. 3 years old is probably a little too young to play it with friends but as he gets a little older, I could see him having a great time with his buddies playing Raccoon Rumpus, too!

* I received the game to facilitate a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.