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The San Diego Zoo has a great live holiday show going on this weekend (November 20-21). The Fisher-Price Little People costumed characters will be singing and dancing in a brand new live musical show.

There are two shows daily, at 1:00 and 4:00 pm (40 minute show) and the show is free with zoo admission. The show is designed for children ages 6 and under, but my 7 year old is just as excited about it as my younger kids. Little People are a long time favorite in our house and we’re excited to see what the show is all about.

For More Information Visit the San Diego Zoo Website


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Christmas on the Farm at Bates Nut Farm

by Rachel on November 5, 2010

I’ve heard great things about the Bates Nut Farm but we haven’t made our way over there yet. They have some fun things coming up for the holidays that you won’t want to miss. This weekend, November 6-7th they are holding “Christmas on the Farm”.

This sounds like it would be a great family event! There will be arts and crafts, a pancake breakfast, country BBQ, kettle corn, and what I’m sure will by my family’s favorite – a classic car show.

For more details visit Bates Nut Farm.

Thanks San Diego Deals and Steals!



Shopping isn’t generally something I enjoy, but I love bargain shopping and can’t pass up a great deal. Tonight, November 1 from 5pm-9pm at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets you can “Shop under the Stars” and support some great causes while getting a great deal for yourself.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. I’m not sure if it’s too late to get advanced tickets or not. 100% of ticket sales benefits these charitable organizations: Casa de Amparo, Labrador Rescuers of San Diego, National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Pacific South Coast Chapter, Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad, Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Simon Youth Foundation.

Each ticket includes complimentary hors’d’eourves, a glass of wine or ‘shoppertini’ , and a complimentary souvenir tote with a gift and exclusive savings from the outlet stores.

For more information, see the Shop Under the Stars brochure.

Stacey, from San Diego Bargain Mama, tells me that this is an event that you don’t want to miss. It’s my first year going so I’m excited to have a fun night out and support some great charities.



Last year our 4th son passed away after living for only 10 minutes. His life was short but he has impacted our family deeply. Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and if you are one of the surprisingly large group of parents who have lost an infant there are some great events going on today to help you come together with other parents who understand where you have been.

The 1st Annual Balloon Release put on by Sweet Pea Project will be held tonight at La Jolla Shores in San Diego at 5:00. I’d imagine that this eco-friendly balloon release will be a beautiful sight to see.

The following information about the event is posted on

Please join us for this free event in San Diego at La Jolla Shores, on October 15th, 2010 to honor all of the babies gone too soon. They are so dearly loved and missed.

It is an eco-friendly balloon release. Balloons and note cards (seed paper) will be passed out at 5pm and will be released at 6pm.

October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Your hosts for this event are: Tamberly Slagle, Tara Kizer, and Bridget Crews (founder of Molly Bears)

Sweet Pea Project:

Here’s the flyer:


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Free Healthy Mom & Baby Event

by Rachel on August 11, 2010

Pharmaca Pharmacy in La Jolla, CA is holding a free Healthy Mom and Baby event on August 27th from 1-5 p.m. There will be:
  • Consultations with health care practitioners about your child’s health
  • Kids’ activities
  • Product samples & more!

GIFT WITH PURCHASE: Receive a free Nordic Naturals Omega 3•6•9 Junior (4 fl oz) with a $75 purchase. A $24.95 value! While supplies last.

Receive $20 in coupons* on event day
*Limitations apply. See store/coupons for details. Valid only on event day.

Visit Pharmaca Pharmacy for more details.



I think movie ticket sales must be down because there are a ton of great deals on movie tickets right now. I came across Weekly Cinema on another blog and thought it was a great idea. You get one free movie ticket just for joining to a movie of your choice (we’re going to go see Despicable Me), and for $14.99 a month you get 3 movie tickets a month, which is much cheaper than you could buy them for at the ticket booth. The tickets are good for a year so you can stock up if you need more tickets to take everyone to the movies. We have 5 people in our family so if we were planning on a night at the movies for everyone we’d have to stock up on our tickets but we don’t go to the movies that often so every few months as a family or once a month for a date night is perfect for us.

I just joined this (You can join Weekly Cinema and get your 1 Free ticket and 3 tickets a month here) and I’m excited to use our free ticket to Despicable Me, which I actually heard was pretty good. Between this, the BOGO deal for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and our San Diego Children’s Film Festival Free preview tickets we’ve been getting plenty of movie time lately.



Taste the Fun at the San Diego Fair

by Rachel on July 4, 2010

San Diego is a new adventure for us. We’ve only lived here for a few months so we’re enjoying discovering the area for the first time. I’ve been hearing for months how amazing the San Diego Fair is from locals who have gone every year since before they can remember. I grew up in D.C. where, as far as I know, there are no fairs (although they do have a killer Medieval Festival), so I have never been to a fair that was anywhere near the size of the San Diego Fair. My family and I set off to explore the fair with San Diego Bargain Mama Stacey Ross and I was amazed by all it has to offer.

Taste the Fun

Before going to the fair, the one thing I kept hearing over and over again was how amazing the food was. They weren’t kidding. The food was one of the most interesting parts of the fair. They have everything from the traditional corn dogs and pizza to the outrageous – chocolate covered bacon and deep fried Oreos. After hearing that there was deep fried mac and cheese I was in but sadly, after searching all over the fair for 2 days, was told that they didn’t do it this year. Bummer. Mac and cheese is one of my all time favorite foods.

The first day we went to the fair, we sampled way too much of everything. We started with desserts (hey, it’s a fair. Dessert first is fair game). We don’t normally eat much processed food but for some reason my 6 year old loves Pop Tarts so we had to try the deep fried Pop Tarts from Chicken Charlies (where nothing is beyond the reach of the deep fryer. I actually saw a YouTube video where he deep fried a pair of sunglasses). That was a hit with the kids as were the deep fried Oreos. I personally preferred the deep fried Klondike bar and the chocolate covered cheese cake on a stick (yea, I’m probably going to need to take up running or something to work of the calories now).

For the main course, the fair had a great selection of greek food and BBQ places – which between the two of them pretty much satisfies everyone in my family. We kept watching plates that people were carrying by and when something looked good we’d head in the direction that they came from. Smoked turkey legs are always tasty and they were a surprising hit with my 2 year old.

We made a huge food breakthrough with our kids while testing out the $2 Tuesday Taste of the Fair deals at each booth. My kids refuse to eat hamburgers. They will eat chicken sandwiches and fish sandwiches and hamburger meat plain – but they won’t touch burgers. One of the booths had sliders as their Taste of the Fair deal so we got a few to test out on the kids. They loved them. They loved them so much that they ate 3 a piece. When I told my almost 7 year old that he had just eaten a hamburger he said, “Really! They are really good”. So almost 7 years without eating a burger and now he can’t get enough of them. He was bummed to find out the same booth didn’t offer sliders on any other day of the week when we went back to the fair a second time.

Strangest San Diego Fair Food

The sheer variety of the food at the fair was insane. I’m pretty sure you could find just about anything you had a craving for, including some more, umm, interesting food choices. If you wanted a quick snack you could try some deep fried butter or chocolate covered bacon from the Heart Attack Cafe. I was actually less grossed out by those choices though than by booths that offered to dip a pickle in chocolate.

If you were looking for dinner fare, Chicken Charlie’s had some deep fried frog legs that thoroughly disgusted my kids. If you wanted to combine dinner and dessert you could always go for the chicken sandwich on a Krispy Kreme glazed donut. I can’t quite wrap my brain around that one. It made us laugh every time we went by the booth but apparently that one has been a big hit with people.

I could have been entertained for days simply wandering through the food booths. I’m actually embarrassed to admit how many different food items we tried over the course of 2 days at the fair. I’m sure my arteries thank me for it but the food really made the fair experience a celebration. I laughed a bit when I heard people planning out their food choices before the fair but I had no idea how many food items there were going to be to choose from. Next year, I’ll be prepared with a plan. That deep fried Klondike Bar is definitely going to be on my list.

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