Disney On Ice Dare To Dream in San Diego October 1-4

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Nothing can stop a princess from a celebration of royal proportions when Rapunzel, Tiana, Snow White and Cinderella star in the sensational ice skating production of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt.  Relive memorable moments from Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and The Princess and the Frog as a cast of world-class skaters brings the romance, humor and adventure of the films to life in this contemporary skating spectacular.  Join your hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse for a princess-packed adventure, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true!

Laugh at Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel; her unlikely companion, Flynn; and Maximus, the Captain of the Guard’s determined horse; embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths!  Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Snow White escapes from the Evil Queen in her search for her one true love.  Watch as fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true.  And boogie to the beat of the bayou in a magical, musical journey that celebrates the story of The Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.  Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit of the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime when Disney On Ice presents Dare to DreamPresented by Stonyfield YoKids skates into your hometown!

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Disney On Ice Dare To Dream


October 1 – 4, 2015

Thursday, October 1st at 7:00 PM

Friday, October 2nd  at 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 3rd  at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 4th at 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM


Valley View Casino Center (formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena)

3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego CA 92110


Ticket price levels are $15, $17, $25, $45 (VIP) and $60 (Front Row). Kids tickets are $10 for all shows (not valid for VIP/ Front Row seating)

All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.

*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.


Don’t forget to check Disney on Ice out online on Facebook and twitter too!!

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Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Comes To San Diego

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairytales

Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy TalesPresented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. An enchanted quest featuring more than 25 Disney characters, this stage production from Feld Entertainment®, the producers of Disney On Ice, performs at Valley View Casino Center on Friday, September 11.  Tickets are now on sale.

Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they take audiences on a captivating journey and magically bring to life three timeless fairy tale adventures. Discover Snow White as she searches for her one true love; Cinderella getting ready for her magical night at the ball; and Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, as she finds happiness in the most unusual place. Anchored amidst a transforming set, captivating choreography, innovative lighting and breathtaking costumes, this authentically-woven tale of “happily-ever-after” is a heart-warming Disney experience for the entire family.

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairytales Snow White

Where: Valley View Casino Center (3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA  92110)

Show Date & Time: Friday, September 11, 2015 at 3:30PM & 6:30PM

Tickets: Prices range from $18, $22, $28, $45 (VIP) and $60 (VIP Gold)*

All seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.  

*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairytales Princesses

To learn more about Disney Live!, go to www.disneylive.com.


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME

Have you heard? The circus is coming to town! And the Simmworks Family Blog is giving away a family 4-pack for one local family to enjoy. Simply read the directions below and enter by commenting.

Ringling Bros Circus Xtreme aerial artists

Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts ever as Ringling Bros. goes to new extremes with the all-new energetic circus production, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME.  Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals.

From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, join us as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before at The Greatest Show On Earth.® Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME blends extreme circus displays for the ultimate family fun entertainment experience, playing the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego from August 6th–9th.

Ringling Bros Circus Xtreme Human Cannonball

Guided by Ringmaster David Shipman, Circus XTREME pushes the limits of excitement to featured artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying beloved traditional elements of the circus and combining them with never-before-seen contemporary spectacles, original fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. 

Featuring an international assembly of over 100 performers spanning 13 countries around the world, the Ringling Bros. 145th Edition is highlighted by several unique acts including:

  • Xtreme Sports display featuring BMX freestyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack line gymnastics tricks
  • Bungee Skydivers aerial acro-ballet
  • World’s youngest human cannonball Gemma “The Jet” Kirby has been shot from the cannon over 500 times
  • Mongolian Marvels strongmen create a human pyramid with a combined weight of over 880 pounds

Ringling Bros Circus Xtreme Mongolian Marvels

Be sure to arrive early to experience several fun-filled interactive elements before the show starts, included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show, where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!

New this year, ticketholders can purchase an upgrade experience for their show and go backstage with a VIP Behind The Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.  To take advantage of this incredible interactive experience, just log on to www.ringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, email and phone number to become a VIP Circus Insider.

Ringling Bros Xtreme Circus

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Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9
Thursday, August 6 7:00 PM
Friday, August 7 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 8 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 9 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM


Valley View Casino Center (formerly San Diego Sports Arena)
3500 Sports Arena Boulevard San Diego, CA 92110


Ticket prices range from $15, $20, $25, $45 (VIP) and $65 (Front Row)*
FREE GUEST PARKING in all official arena parking lots; visit arena website for more info

All seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online through Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.
*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

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Congrats Tiffany! 

Open to US only, 18+. Must be able to attend this event in San Diego from August 6-9. This giveaway ends July 31st, 2014 at 11:59EST.

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Disclaimer: I received tickets in exchange for promotion of this show. All opinions are my own.

Things To Do in San Diego for Mothers Day 2015

Things To Do in San Diego for Mothers Day 2015

This weekend is Mother’s Day weekend and many are looking for fun things to do around town. Including me! So I’ve put together a great list of things to do in San Diego for Mother’s Day. From brunch to dinner and everything in between, to a fun run and a home tour, there’s plenty to do in America’s Finest City this weekend!

I’m excited to spend Saturday afternoon with one of my favorite girls, my 4 year old daughter, at an event that benefits a wonderful cause. Chula’s Mission will be hosting “Once Upon an Apron” on Saturday, May 9th from 12-3pm. This is an event that is perfect for mother daughter bonding! Apron decorating, jewelery making, and more.

Chula's Mission event flier

I’m not quite sure what’s planned for Sunday but I’m up for anything. And we’ll be attending brunch the following Sunday at Karl Strauss to miss the crowds on Mother’s Day.

Now for a fabulous list of restaurants and events to attend in San Diego on Mother’s Day.

Things To Do in San Diego for Mothers Day

Brunch at Mister A’s
Enjoy brunch at Mister A’s, which is just minutes from Downtown and features beautiful views. Entrees include Buttermilk Fried “Chicken And Waffles” or Eggs Benedict With Fresh Crab Meat Or Pork Belly.
Price: $64.50 per person
Location: 2550 Fifth Avenue Twelfth Floor, San Diego, CA 92103

Brunch at Hotel Del Coronado
An elegant brunch with live musical entertainment, a rose for each mom that attends and a children’s buffet. MENU
Price: $115 for adults in the Crown Room, $105 in the Ballroom. Children ages 6-10 are $42, and children 5 and under eat free.
Location: 1500 Orange Ave Coronado, CA 92118

Dining at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
A limited menu will be served from from 1 – 5pm. Moms ordering from this menu will eat for free!
Price: varies, you can view the menu HERE
Location: 565 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA Gaslamp Quarter

SEA180°’s Mother’s Day Champagne Buffet Brunch
Champagne Buffet Brunch with omelets, a pancake station, a prime rib carving station and more. MENU
Price: $59.95 adults, $12.95 kids 6-12 and kids under 6 are free
Location: 800 Seacoast Dr Imperial Beach, CA

Mother’s Day Dining at BiCE
Traditional Italian cuisine located in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Featuring entrees like Swordfish Cutlet with Puttanesca Sauce and Homemade Oven Baked Lasagna
Price: $48 per person, Kid’s (10 & under) are $24 each
Location: 425 Island Ave San Diego, CA 92101

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Buffet at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Enjoy views of the Coronado Bay while dining on Maine Lobster Ravioli or Tenderloin of Beef. MENU
Price: $72 for adults and $32 for children ages 6 to 12
Location: 4000 Loews Coronado Bay Rd. Coronado, CA 92118

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
Mother’s Day is the last day to experience the beautiful Flower Fields this season.
Price: $12.00 for Adults, $11.00 for Seniors 60+, $6.00 for Children 3-10, Children 2 and under are free
Location: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Mother’s Day at Rancho Bernardo Inn
Dine at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn, featuring different menus throughout the day. Three different restaurants and menus: Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant | Avant | Aragon Ballroom
Location: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA 92128

Hornblower Mother’s Day Cruise
Enjoy being on the water in beautiful San Diego. Two different cruises to choose from: Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch with Live Jazz or Mother’s Day Sunset Dinner Cruise. Menus: Brunch Buffet Menu, Buffet Menu or Dinner Menu
Price: Varies, depending on cruise
Location: San Diego Grape St. Pier 1800 N. Harbor Dr

Bonita Golf Course Mother’s Day Brunch
Includes bottomless champagne
Price: Adults $33.95, Seniors $30.95, Kids $12.95
Location: 5540 Sweetwater Road Bonita

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at The Shores
Enjoy an oceanfront buffet with your Mom! Menu includes American Cheeses, Ginger Tangerine Glazed Chicken Salad, Angus Prime Rib of Beef, desserts, and a children’s station. MENU
Price: $49/person, $24.50 children 6-12, $4 per year children 5 and under
Location: 8110 Camino Del Oro La Jolla, CA 92037

Coronado Historic Home Tour
Tour 6 beautiful homes in Coronado on Mother’s Day
Price: $35 members, $45 non-members

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
Gourmet buffet, live music and beautiful San Diego views while aboard one of the vessels of the Flagship Cruises and Events fleet. Featuring an omelet station, carving station, taco bar & more
Price: $69.50/Adult, $41.70/Child 4-12 yrs
Location: 990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Brunch at Top Of The Market
Enjoy beautiful views at one of San Diego’s finest restaurants. Entrees include Steak and Eggs, Free Range Eggs Benedict with Blue Lump Crab Cakes and Smoked Salmon Scramble Omelet.
Price: Prices vary, see MENU
Location: 750 North Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101

Mother’s Day Dining at The Grand Del Mar
Brunch at The Clubhouse Grill (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) – $42 per person, includes coffee and tea MENU
Champagne Brunch in the Elizabeth Ballroom (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) – $108 per adult | $30 per child (ages 4 – 12) MENU
Dining at Amaya (Brunch: 11:30 am – 4:00 pm Dinner: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm) – $75 per person | Children’s buffet, $30 (ages 4 – 12)
Afternoon Tea and Bubbly (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) – $50 per person
Location: 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130

Mother’s Day Run
Run with Mom! This 5k and 10k benefits the San Diego Rescue Mission
Price: Entry fees vary. Register HERE
Location: 3000 N Mission Bay Dr. San Diego, CA 92109

Mother’s Day Brunch with Shamu
Enjoy brunch inside Sea World, with a french crepe station, omelet station, french toast, bagels and much more!
Price: This special brunch is $55.00 for ages 10+ and $27.00 for ages 3-9 (Park admission is required & not included in this price)
Location: Sea World, San Diego

Mother’s Day Brunch at Fleming’s Steakhouse
Enjoy delicious entrees such as Baked Brioche French Toast, Prime Rib with a Trio of Sauces, Porcini-Crusted Filet Mignon and more!
Price: $39.95 for adults and $18.95 for kids
Location: La Jolla (8970 University Center Lane, San Diego, CA 92122) and San Diego (380 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101)

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

Marvel Universe Live Recap

Tony Stark and Ironman Ethan

Sometimes all you need is a night out with some one-on-one time to make a kid feel special. And that’s exactly what we did last night. With our older daughter at Grandma’s house, we headed out with our son (and the nursling) for a fun night filled with super heros, action, and yummy food. The perfect combo for a 6 year old boy or a 36 year old boy!

Marvel Universe LIVE! is in town and is a must see for anyone. With loud action-packed scenes, the Marvel superheros we’ve come to love, and an easy to follow storyline, this is THE show to see. And a great way to introduce kids to live theater.

You can catch Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Valley View Casino Center until Sunday so grab your tickets now!

5 Reasons Why Star Wars Lovers Should Visit Legoland California

5 Reasons Why Star Wars Lovers Should Visit Legoland California

We are a family of Star Wars lovers. Whether it’s watching the original trilogy, catching an episode of Clone Wars on Disney XD, or building LEGO® Star Wars™ sets, the Star Wars vibe is definitely found in our home.

So when we were asked to come attend the unveiling of the new Miniland Death Star Replica Exhibit at Legoland California, we couldn’t say no. We were already familiar with the awesomeness of the other interactive displays in Miniland from our trip last year for our son’s birthday celebration and couldn’t wait to experience these new scenes.

If you’re a Star Wars lover then you will not be disappointed. Visiting for Comic Con in a few months?? Head north for a day trip to Legoland before you go home! Here’s why… [Read more…]

Disney On Ice Let’s Celebrate in San Diego January 21-25 + A Giveaway

Disney on Ice Let's Celebrate


Make an ordinary day extraordinary when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt brings more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in San Diego for one colossal party on ice!

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a delightful tour as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura.

This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs, playing at the Valley View Casino Center from January 21–25, 2015. [Read more…]

SD Mom’s Night Out Repurpose Event at Bottles & Wood

SD Mom's Night Out Repurpose Event at Bottles & Wood

As 2014 comes to an end SD Mom’s Night Out wants to help you refocus and repurpose. Enjoy a night out to recharge and rediscover your purpose, as a mom and a woman at Bottles & Wood.

Bottles & Wood repurposes glass, wood, and other locally sourced waste streams and turns them into beautiful products that are then sold to the community, gift and hospitality industries. They believe in reclaiming, repurposing and rewarding. Those are all things moms need, especially at the end of the year!

And on Thanksgiving you can take advantage of the Black Friday BOGO deal! You can buy one ticket and get one free for the ‪#‎SDMNORepurpose‬ event on December 11th. The BOGO deal starts Thanksgiving Day and ends this Saturday at 11:59 pm. Get your tickets while waiting for your turkey!


A portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit Art FORM San Diego. They offer art education workshops to schools, youth groups and the community for little or no cost. What makes them a perfect partner is that Art FORM uses found objects and recycled materials to help in the process.

SD Mom's Night Out Repurpose Event


Event Details

When: Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 7-9 pm

Where: Bottles & Wood
5039 Shawline St, San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 384-6114

Parking: Free lot and street parking available

Attire: Casual Chic

Cost: $25 early bird registration now through November 30 | $30 thereafter until 5pm December 11 | $35 at the door

Official Hashtag: #SDMNORepurpose
Ticket includes:

  • Entrance to an exclusive evening for San Diego moms at Bottles & Wood
  • Jewelry making
  • Personalized etchinG
  • Drinks, light apps and dessert bites
  • Swag bags and exciting prizes
  • Music (and dancing)
  • Inspiration and motivation from Angela Pennella, Strength Coach for the Mind
  • Bring your favorite beer or wine bottle to be repurposed!

Click here to purchase tickets to this amazing event.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration: Creating Family Christmas Traditions

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration - Creating Family Christmas Traditions

Last weekend we headed to Sea World to start a new family Christmas tradition. We were invited to attend a preview of the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration and boy was it fun!

With a whole line of Christmas-themed shows, real snow at SnowWorld®, beautiful lights everywhere AND Santa with reindeer games, our kids were in heaven. We let them plan the day out and gave them a list of the things we could do.

The best part was seeing the joy on their faces as they headed from one thing to another as they looked forward to their adventure. We’ll definitely be making the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration a tradition for our family.  [Read more…]

Attend an Inspiring Day Exclusively for Women: Sharp Women’s Health Conference

I am currently a participant in Sharp HealthCare’s blogger ambassador program. While Sharp HealthCare has provided me with samples, event opportunities and/or resources to serve as content for my blog posts, all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

Sharp Women's Health Conference

Register to attend Sharp HealthCare’s annual Women’s Health Conference, an event designed to empower women of all ages to live healthier and more balanced lives. The Sharp Women’s Health Conference is open to the general public and is an amazing way to get together with the women in your lives for a fun-filled day!

I’ve gone the past 3 years and couldn’t imagine NOT attending. From massages, to acupuncture, to amazing speakers and more! This is an event that is not to be missed if you love a great girls day filled with pampering, education, and fun.  [Read more…]

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