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

Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Legends


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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Please comment* below with a great circus memory (or family memory) of yours.

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

Upcycled Container Gardens: Housing Your Herbs

Upcycled Container Gardens Housing Your Herbs

Around this house, we try to repurpose and upcycle as many things as we can. If it can’t be composted or turned into something else, we try to donate. So very rarely do we end up with things that go in the trash. This makes for a great assortment of containers to be used in the garden.

When we picked up our chicks I knew we’d need a little home for them until they were big enough to go straight into our coop. At 3 weeks old they’d need to stay warm indoors so I picked up a metal bucket at our local hardware store.

Since I knew I would only be using the bucket for a short period of time I already had it earmarked for a project I’d wanted to do for quite a while… a stand alone herb garden!

Growing Chicks
I’m not sure if you know this but chicks, like children, grow like weeds! Seriously.

I turned around for a second and these cute little baby chicks are almost chickens at 2 months! But we still have 4 more months until they’re actually laying eggs (so I’m told).

Upcycled Container Gardens - growing seedlings

With so many things growing in our raised beds (like the broccoli that’s sprouting from our DIY K-Cup Seed Starters) we didn’t have any more room for the herbs I love to have on hand for cooking.

So it just made sense to have a container garden on the patio. What’s a better green work of art than a container garden?

Our next step will be to build a stacked container garden to house the strawberries we’ll be planting soon! How awesome does that sound? It’s as simple as taking this idea and stacking a few smaller containers on top of one another. Then planting in each tier.

Upcycled Container Gardens - cleaning out the container


Because our tub housed the chicks, I wanted to make sure that I cleaned the container very well before putting the soil and plants inside.

While some might question why I would clean out the container first – don’t people buy chicken manure? – the chicken poo that may be on the container hasn’t been composted yet. And I don’t want any bacteria that may have been left in the container to contaminate my plants.

But more on composting chicken poo later! Lets get to this herb garden. First up – the chalkboard label.

Upcycled Container Gardens - DIY Chalkboard Label

 Upcycled Container Garden Chalkboard Label

What you’ll need:

  • 2 paper towels (can also use newspaper)
  • painters tape
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • metal container

What You Do:

1. Wipe down the area you wish to put the chalkboard paint on with an all purpose cleaner. Then rinse the container out with water and let dry.

2. Grab two paper towels and cut each in half (4 half sheets). Then cut one half sheet in half again. You’ll have 3 half sheets and 2 quarter sheets.

3. Using the painter’s tape and the paper towel pieces, create a square or rectangle space to spray paint the chalk onto.

4. Put extra paper towels under the container to protect the table underneath from paint.

5. Using the chalkboard spray paint, spray on two coats of chalkboard paint onto the container. Wait about 20 minutes in between each coat to allow them to dry.

6. Remove the paper towels and tape to reveal your chalkboard label. Write on it with chalk and display for all to see!

Upcycled Container Gardens - variety of herbs

Tips for Planting Herbs in a Container Garden

  1. Use good soil – find a soil that’s good for growing vegetables or use a good blend of soil and compost
  2. Depending on where you’re putting your container garden, consider the height each herb/plant gets and plant taller herbs in the back
  3. Plant what you know you already use now in the kitchen
  4. Make sure you are also giving your herbs vegetable food (found at any garden center)
  5. Place the container garden in a spot that will receive direct sunlight and make sure to water!

Upcycled Container Gardens with Chalkboard Label

What’s your favorite way to upcycle old containers?

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…]

The Perfect Holiday Cards – Minted Giveaway

Looking for the best holiday cards this year? Look no further! Golden State Mom, Forever Ashley and Typically Simple have teamed up with Minted to give you $100 to spend on products from Minted.com!

Perfect timing for holiday cards, address labels or what ever your little heart desires! Choose your own favorite option or take a look at what Golden State Mom has shared:

Minted Collage [Read more…]

Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves

This post and giveaway are brought to you by Mentholatum® Nighttime Vaporizing Rub

What’s in your medicine cabinet? Most people stock commonly used items right up front: thermometer, lotions, bandages and ibuprofen. And, toward the back you may find a jar of chest rub that’s been around for years. Now there’s a reason to give chest rub a spot in the front row.

The Mentholatum Company talked to consumers to find out exactly why chest rub wasn’t a go-to cold relief product. Dissatisfaction with the fragrance was a major complaint. Users wanted a product that would bring relief for coughing and chest and muscle aches, but with the added benefit of a pleasant smell. New Mentholatum® Nighttime Vaporizing Rub was formulated with the soothing scent of lavender to address these concerns.

People have been claiming the therapeutic benefits of lavender for thousands of years, and herbalists value it for its calming and soothing properties. Its name comes from the Latin word lavare, meaning “to wash,” but its uses go far beyond the act of cleaning. Today you’ll find lavender as an ingredient or fragrance in many popular products.

Mentholatum_Nighttime_Vaporizing_Rub_Box [Read more…]

Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy in San Diego Oct. 2-5 + a Giveaway!

Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, comes to San Diego playing the Valley View Casino Center from October 2 – 5, 2014!  This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars and Toy Story 3 and Disney’s Tinker Bell and The Little Mermaid.

Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice.  Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within!  The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever!

From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy – Presented by YoKids, with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories. [Read more…]

$100 Gift Basket For Your Pooch or Kitty! I and Love and You Giveaway

I and Love and You giveaway

After trying and enjoying I and Love and You with Scout, our coonhound, I’ve been given the opportunity to share my love of this brand with one lucky reader! I and Love and You would like to giveaway a gift basket full of their products worth $100 to one lucky Simmworks Family Blog reader.

The gift basket for a dog will include:

  • 1 5 lb bag of nude food dog
  • 1 bully stick treats
  • 1 cow boom treats
  • 1 canned food
  • “I and love and you” swag
  • “I and love and you” coupons

(Cat basket would be equivalent products for kitty)

Interested? Enter to win below!

Enter to win a $100 Gift Basket in the I and Love and You Giveaway for your dog or cat below: [Read more…]

Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Legends San Diego Giveaway

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.

Read more about the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Legends! event coming to town August 7-10 here in this post.

Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Legends show

Enter to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Legends below:

Open to US only, 18+. Must be able to attend this event in San Diego from August 7-10. This giveaway ends August 1st, 2014 at 11:59EST.

Mandatory Entry
Please comment* below with a great circus memory (or family memory) of yours. [Read more…]

Heart Healthy Breakfast Ideas with Naked Juice

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heart healthy breakfast ideas

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US. And heart disease runs in my family. Knowing this means that I need to stay proactive and make sure I’m doing everything I can to ensure that I keep my heart healthy. And that means waking up to heart healthy breakfast ideas whenever I can.

In addition to my addiction to delicious oatmeal combinations (like the banana nut oatmeal recipe below), I’ve also found the ease and convenience of adding Naked Juice to my morning routine a heart healthy way to keep me full in the morning and pack in the daily fruits and veggies I need! [Read more…]

On The Ball Workout with Beyond Strong

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On The Ball Workout

January is the month that most people resolve to head back to the gym and give it a go. Now for someone who goes to the gym at least once a week that can mean only one thing… my gym is VERY crowded right now!

So in the next few weeks I’ll be avoiding it like the plague.

To make up for the lack of a workout at the gym, I’ve turned to a few awesome workout DVDs I have to keep me in shape and continue my workouts right at home. [Read more…]

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