Friday, April 29, 2011

PCRF Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon - Sunday May 1st

I am so excited to attend the Pediatric Cancer Research Cinco de Mayo half marathon this weekend. This is their 13th annual race to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research. There is going to be a 10K, 5K, 1K Kids’ Fun Run and Bike Tour event at the Irvine Spectrum, CA on May 1, 2011.

Highlights of the expo include food, goodies and free giveaways. The OC Family Kids’ Fun Zone features a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, video game truck, bounce houses galore, face painting, train rides, and much more! The adults can stop by the beer garden for a cold beverage after the race. Attendees enjoy the live entertainment featuring local bands, mariachis, deejay, dancers, and local pro sports mascots. PCRF’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta is one of the OC’s favorite weekend family events!

Did I mention that Tenley and Kiptyn from the Bachelor are going to be there? They have volunteered their time to come out and be the honorary starters of the race. They are involved through a Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Charity Partner, the Cancer Angels of San Diego. I love to hear about celebrities that are passionate about getting involved in charities that help children.

There is still time to register to run!

I hope to see all of you at this great event this weekend.

May 1, 2011
6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Irvine Spectrum Center
(Race located on Gateway between Alton and Irvine Center Drive)
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Help End Child Hunger in America #childhungerendshere #Walmart

Hunger is a reality in America, one that more children face every day. Food is their chance for a better tomorrow and a strong foundation for the future

•Children who are hungry may experience slower growth and inhibited brain development.
•Children who are hungry may suffer from more stomach aches, headaches, colds, ear infections, and fatigue.
•During the school year, about 20.5 million children depend on free or reduced-price school meals to help keep them from going hungry.
•Children who are hungry may not perform well academically
•Research indicates that even mild under-nutrition experienced by young children during critical periods of growth impacts their behavior, school performance, and cognitive development.

How you can help:

1. Go to Walmart and purchase specially marked Conagra foods

2. Enter the code on the Child Hunger Ends Here website

3. You have then helped to feed a child in America

Thank you for helping!


I was compensated for this post as part of a social shopper survey with #collectivebias. Although I am passionate about hunger in America and all these thoughts and opinions are all my own!

Disney Prom Opens Tomorrow April 29th

Disney Prom opens in theatres tomorrow, April 29th. It is the perfect movie for young teens to go and get excited about their high school prom.

I will never forget my prom. I went with Steve (now my husband). We had to go to two prom's because we went to different schools in Orange County. Prom was such a magical night and seeing this movie made me want to go back 16 years to that magical night we had together.

I took Ella to go see the movie and she loved it. After I had wished Steve and I had gone together. It was a perfect date night and we could of laughed together and reminisced about our prom night.

Here is what Ella thought of the movie:

Who are you going with?

Cinco de Mayo Savings: Limited José Olé Coupon

Make José Olé® part of your Cinco de Mayo party plans this year!
With José Olé® Frozen Mexican Food, every day is a party, especially during Cinco de Mayo. José Olé® uses only the finest ingredients and authentic seasonings to bring you a fiesta of flavor. All José Olé® products - Mini-Tacos, Taquitos, Quesadillas, Chimichangas, Breakfast Burritos, and more - are great tasting, easy to prepare, and are sure to get smiles from the entire family.

Whether you’re partying with two, four or twenty-four, we’ve got the products and recipes for all your needs. Taste the Fiesta® with José Olé®!

Instructions to download coupon:
To get your coupon and big savings on José Olé® products:

1. Click on the link and go to the José Olé® Facebook Page:

2. Click on the tab called “Cinco de Mayo Coupon”

3. “Like” José Olé® if you aren’t already a fan

4. Click the “Download Coupon” button

5. Download and print the coupon

6. Head to your grocer or club store and pick up a package of delicious José Olé® in the freezer section and enjoy your scrumptious Cinco de Mayo celebration!

And while you’re on the José Olé® Facebook page, please also click on the SWEEPSTAKES tab to find out about the Coolest Mom Party Photo Challenge. We’re giving away thousands of dollars of prizes and cash every month, AND donating to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® for every valid entry and vote cast! Good luck!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Mother's Wish to Freeze Time

Mothers Day Promo from Kimberley Blaine on Vimeo.

Z'Tejas Gluten Free Menu - Orange County Gluten Free Restaurant Options

Read my full post on Z'Tejas Gluten Free options at OC Menus here.

Easy Baked Ziti Recipe - Conagra Foods & Better Homes & Garden Cooking Utensils

We found this amazing recipe on the Conagra Foods website


  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 8 ounces dry ziti pasta, uncooked
  • 1 pound ground sirloin beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (26 oz each) Hunt's® Four Cheese Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can (6 oz each) Hunt's® Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Cook beef in large skillet over medium-high heat 7 minutes or until crumbled and no longer pink, stirring occasionally; drain. Stir in pasta sauce and tomato paste until combined.
  2. Spoon 1/2 cup meat sauce into bottom of prepared dish. Top with half the pasta, half the remaining sauce and 1/2 cup cheese. Repeat layers, starting with pasta and ending with cheese.
  3. Bake uncovered 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

I went to Walmart to get all the supplies we needed

You can see my entire shopping & cooking process on my This Moment story:

I was compensated for this post from Collective Bias as part of a social shopper insights study. All thoughts are of my own

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: The Happy Handle Bar Shopping Cart Cover

I love doing product reviews! I love trying out new products and working with brands to help them improve and promote their products.

 I have always wanted one of those cool shopping cart covers to have when I take the kids grocery shopping. I would always walk around the store and panic everytime they would chew on the handle bar of the shopping cart. I wish I had committed to getting one when the kids were younger, however I was more than excited to get my first one to do a review with last month.

I headed out to the store the first day I got it, super excited to go shopping knowing that Tyler would not get any germs. The cover was great! It has a hard plastic mold that is covered with the fabric to snap right on the handle bar. There are also pockets for your wallet or snacks for your child while shopping.

When I went to put Tyler into the shopping cart - he was too big. I was trying every angle to try and get him to fit into the cart, even asking the employee to try and help me fit his little legs into the seat. At first I cryed - when did my baby grow-up so much that he is too big to fit into a shopping cart seat? Then I cryed because I had no idea how I would be able to review this awesome shopping cart cover?

Steve and I sat around and brainstromed how we could do the review. Then I noticed that my friend who is just launching her first blog was looking for a shopping cart cover! Plus her baby is still a baby and she could get a lot of use out of the cover. So I gave her the shopping cart cover and she more than rocked her first product review! Make sure and stop by and check out her first product review and to see how awesome the happy handle bar shopping cart cover is!

If you are looking for a high quality shopping cart cover visit the Happy Handle Bars website!

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Please help support A Mile For Maddie

Maddie James
Dear Readers,

I hope this email finds you well. On Saturday, May 14th I will be participating in A Mile for Maddie, a 1.2 mile fundraising walk to benefit The Maddie James Foundation. I have joined a team for this event and I would be grateful if you would consider supporting my fundraising efforts by joining my team or making a donation.

You may have heard about Maddie James from Dana Point. Maddie was a five-year old kindergartner who was diagnosed with a malignant and inoperable DIPG brain tumor in January. She passed away March 13th.

The Ocean Institute in Dana Point was one of Maddie's favorite places to visit. The Maddie James Foundation is dedicated to raising $1M to complete the Ocean Institute’s capital campaign to build a $4M educational center for K-12 students. With your help, this dynamic facility will be named The Maddie James Seaside Learning Center.

Here is a link to a powerful video about the James Family, The Maddie James Foundation and The Maddie James Seaside Learning Center:

Please consider supporting me by joining our team, Team OC Family, or by making a donation in my name. If you join our team, please identify the Team Captain as Suzanne Broughton at Step 2 of the Registration page. If you make a donation, please make sure to identify me (Shelby Barone) as the “registered walker” you are supporting at Step Two of the Donation page.

To learn more about A Mile for Maddie, to join my team or to make a donation, please click on this link:

Thank you.

Shelby Barone

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Andrew has never had any piano lessons and yet I thought he did such a beautiful job playing this song.

During Easter dinner yesterday he sat down and started playing Mary had a little lamb. Leave a comment below and let him know how you think he did.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blog for Good: P&G Future Friendly Challenge #shespeaks

Future Friendly is P&G's multi-brand conservation education program aimed at helping consumers like you save energy, save water and reduce waste by focusing on simple, tangible actions you can take in your home. The program is designed to provide practical conservation advice and branded products featuring clear benefits in water savings, energy savings and waste reduction.

You can see how we are working to become a future friendly family:

The tale of two headless statues

When Andrew was born we were given this sweet statue of a Father and Mother holding their baby. I loved it and always displayed it in my home next to a picture of Andrew. Being a new Mom I did not realize the importance of keeping everything out of toddler reach. It was not long before Andrew dropped it off the shelf and broke the head off the daddy.

Steve was so upset that he carefully glued his wooden head back on and told me to always keep it out of reach and on a high shelf.

Then when Tyler was born I got a matching wooden statue of a pregnant lady. Not being a new mom anymore I made sure and always kept it on a high shelf.

The high shelf was no match for a flying Dora the Explorer doll. Who knew Dora could fly?

Two statues celebrating my boys births - both beheaded by each of my boys.

Easter Eggstravaganza Celebration

After the jog-a-thon we headed to celebrate Good Friday with my friend and awesome new blogger Adrianne and her adorable children. The kids were excited to attend their first egg hunt of the year and the Easter Eggstravaganza had over 16,000 eggs at this local church event.

Tyler and his buddy Matthew

a sea of eggs

After the egg hunt all the parents came rushing onto the field to help their kids look for eggs.

Yes! All my kids came away crying because they were not successful in getting an egg.

All the tears were made up for when we ran into their favorite Christian music singer Rob Biagi.

Ella and Tyler ended the event with a yummy cotton candy.

Happy Easter!


The kids had such a great time at their jog-a-thon this week! Ella and Andrew both raised money for the PTA last month in preparation for the jog-a-thon.

Tyler was a volunteer and helped mark the kids back to show how many laps they made

There was a huge amount of kids running and they ran for 20 minutes!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Shel Cosmetics Earth Day Sale

In honor of Earth Day 2011, Shel Cosmetics is having a 1-day Sale to promote Shel Cares. Purchase any magnetic palette with refillable eyeshadow pans and receive 15% off your entire order.

Use Promo Code EARTHDAY at checkout on the Shel Cosmetics website

Making Resurrection Biscuits

Yesterday I spent the day at Tyler's preschool! Being a retired teacher I loved spending the day in the classroom with the children. His teacher did a fun counting game with the children and we made resurrection biscuits with the children. I spent most of the day reading in the book center with the kids and putting on a puppet show with them. 

You can see my post in 2009 when I made resurrection biscuits with the kids here:

 His teacher did this super fun game with the kids. She laminated some pictures of yellow chicks and wrote numbers on them

Then she had the kids each count out the number of cotton balls to match the number on their chicks

Then we made resurrection biscuits with the kids. You can get the recipe to make them here.

The Marshmallows represents Jesus

Then we seal him in the tomb

Then cook them. While cooking the marshmallow will melt symbolizing that Jesus has risen! Ms. Debbie did a great job telling the kids about the biscuits. She is such a wonderful preschool teacher.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

You used to say it with macaroni

Remember making those cards with glue, glitter and macaroni that never, ever wanted to stay on the paper? Tiny Prints remembers those days fondly and they want to bring them back for you too. After all, the best Mother’s Day cards are still the ones you make!

Dreamworks New Movie - The Help

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer. Three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

THE HELP opens in theaters everywhere on August 12th.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: How about a kiss?

My parents newest bulldog Hermione

Our Friday the 13th Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday my husband Steve and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. Honestly saying that we have been married for 13 years makes me feel so old - especially when I think that we have been a couple of 20 years. Steve and I first met when I was only 15 years old. We first met at the McDonald's at South Coast Plaza (hence where my email address came from).

Before we had children we would have the most romantic anniversaries. We would go dine at a romantic restaurant or have a lovely meal at home by candle light. Now that we have three kids the way we celebrate has changed so much. Our 13th wedding anniversary was more like Friday the 13th.

We were planning to attend a pre-screening of African Cats in Burbank last night with the kids. It was the perfect opportunity to have a fun dinner in LA followed by a quiet evening in the theatre.

For the first time I attempted to take a nap with Tyler so I would not have any dark circles be all rested for our exciting night. During that hour I got woken up by the UPS driver, the FedEx driver, one of Andrew's friends who needed to see Andrew's vocabulary words and a neighbor who had to complain that our porch light that we have had for three years was now just a too bright for her to sleep at night.

With no nap we headed out for our family night on the town!

After about an hour on the parking lot freeway filled with complaining children, flying goldfish and a flying sippy cup slapped up the side of Steve's head. We decided it was not worth the three hour drive. We headed into Steve's favorite restaurant The Cheesecake Factory. We were seated right away and the evening already seemed promising to be a fantastic dinner.

The dinner was filled with arguing kids over who was taking the most bread, Tyler spilling his food all over me,  and Andrew crying from his chest pains because he snuck a piece of Ella's chicken. It was so romantic that I found myself wanting to run away and hide. Actually I did try and run away - but the kids were right behind me on my dash to hide in the bathroom stall. So I spent my five minutes of quiet that I so despartely needed in the bathroom listening to one of my kids reminding me about everything he needed for his field trip the next day.

We both went to bed with a headache laughing about how it was possible for some many things to go wrong in one night. Steve and I decided that there is no point in celebrating our anniversary again until the kids have grown and are off to college. Next year we will celebrate at Chuck E Cheese where the kids can run and play while we enjoy a romantic dinner over sugary pizza and dance with a singing mouse.

Unique Orange County Gem - Nieuport 17 Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Broughton
Last week Orange County Blogcrush members were invited to enjoy dinner at Nieuport 17 in Tustin. I had never been to Nieuport 17 before, however I was immediately impressed with the look and feel of the restaurant when I walked in. There were pictures of planes covering the walls, unique chandeliers and the most romantic furniture and ambiance. This restaurant is a aviator lovers dream dining experience!

Why is the restaurant named Nieuport 17? It is named after the Nieuport 17 early French hi-wing single seat fighter plane in which many allied flyers became aces. It was flown by American volunteers of the celebrated Lafayette Escadrille prior to America's entry into WWI.

Nieuport 17 was founded by formla naval aviator Bill Bettis who opened the original location with only $11.

He has a love for aviation and has one of the finest collection of aviation artifacts, photos and painting within his restaurant. Many famous aviators have enjoyed Nieuport 17 including  R.G. Smith, Gen. Curtis LeMay, the Blue Angels, The Thunderbirds, Flying Tigers, Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, Gen. Adolf Galland, Eddie Martin, Gunther Rall, Sahuro Sakai, Frank Tallman, Bob Hoover, and other aces and test pilots covering almost the full spectrum of aviation.

Priscilla Willis & I enjoying the live entertainment

Come enioy a wonderful evening of delicious steak, seafood and cocktails with live entertainment in the bar!

Nieuport 17 is located at
13051 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
Open Monday-Friday: 11 am | Saturday: 5 pm | Sunday: 4:30 pm

We were provided with a lovely dinner for review purposes only. My thoughts and opinions are of my own

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Disneynature's African Cats Pre-Screening

Tonight we get an opportunity to get to see a pre-screening of Disneynature's African Cats in LA!

I cannot wait to see this amazing movie that is scheduled to hit the theatres on Earth Day, April 22nd.

Disney provided us with three exclusive clips to share with you of this featured film:

I will be sure to come back tomorrow with an update of how the movie was. Disneynature will make a donation for every ticket sold from April 22 through 28 to Save the Savannah. Make sure and "like" African Cats on Facebook.

We were given tickets to a pre-screening for review purposes only. All thoughts are of our own.

Blowing you a kiss...

Review: Smart & Sexy Swimwear

Smart & Sexy Swimwear was created for you to look amazing at the beach or pool. Like Smart & Sexy intimate apparel, their swimwear comes in bra sizes to give you the support and cleavage you desire, at an amazing price - Smart & Sexy Swimwear prices start at just $18. Sold as separates, mix & match your tops & bottoms for an individualized look!

Smart & Sexy was created with YOU in mind - they know you want to wear sexy, great fitting, affordable lingerie, sleepwear & swimwear, everyday! I was sent this Smart & Sexy leopard print bikini to review. I learned that I am not quite full bikini ready for the summer yet - I am still in the tankini phase. Plus I would need my team of artbrush experts to photograph myself in a full bikini. When I walked into the room I found Tyler trying it on. He looked so cute I had to share!

For every Smart & Sexy item sold, a donation is made to organizations that support women. Smart & Sexy Swimwear is offering Free Shipping to our readers on your next order using coupon code APRILSWIM. The discount is good until May 15, 2011.

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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.
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