Help after surgery with Gain flings!

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Gain flings is a great item to use after surgery to help lighten your work load!

Two months ago, I had a minor out-patient surgery at my local hospital.  Recovery was not easy, but thanks to my wonderful husband and mother and the help of Gain flings!, I was able to get back on my feet fairly quickly.

At my pre-op appointment, my doctor advised me that I was going to need to take it easy and relax for the next six weeks.  I would also not be able to bend or lift anything heavy.

Gain flings is a great item to use after surgery to help lighten your work load!

My first thought was “who’s going to run my household?”  My family relies upon me to keep everybody and everything afloat.  How was the laundry going to get done?  What about the dishes?  Who was going to take the children to school and so on.  I ruminated about my upcoming surgery for days.

But then…things just fell into place.  My already helpful husband pitched in and took on even more household chores.  My mother came down to visit and took care of me for a few days while I recuperated in bed.  We ordered a lot of take out.  And things slowly, but surely, started to return to normal.

Looking back now, there are a few key things that really helped in my recovery – my family, friends and particularly the use of Gain flings!.

You see, normally I don’t like to do laundry.  In fact, it’s one of my least favorite chores.  But after having surgery, the task of doing laundry became physically painful for me.  So that’s when Mr. SoCal Field Trips stepped in to save the day!

For six weeks he carried the laundry downstairs for me.

Gain flings is a great item to use after surgery to help lighten your work load!

He tossed it in the laundry machine.

Gain flings is a great item to use after surgery to help lighten your work load!

And then added Gain flings! to the load and started the cycle.  Over and over again, he did the laundry while I recuperated.

Since I could not lift anything heavy, such as a typical laundry bottle, we used Gain flings! to make the task easier.  Sometimes after Mr. SoCal Field Trips loaded the laundry, I would toss in a Gain fling myself and press the start button.  It did not require much effort on my part.

Gain flings is a great item to use after surgery to help lighten your work load!

Not only are Gain flings! easy to use, they’re easy on the nose too.  With 50% more of the scent we love, plus Oxi- Boost and Febreze, our clothes were left clean and fresh.  That’s a good feeling to have when you are required to sit around in sweats all day and recover from surgery!

Plus Gain flings! work in all types of washing machines and water temperatures.  Just remember though, like any other household cleaning product, it’s important to keep laundry pacs stored away and out of the reach of children at all times.

To learn out more about Gain flings!, you can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.

Thanks to my recovery team and Gain flings!, I was able to get back on feet in no time and resume my normal responsibilities as “domestic engineer” for my family!

So now its your time to share – what’s your least favorite household chore?

As a member of The bLink Marketing Network, I participated in this sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Proctor & Gamble. The opinions and text are all mine.

A Picture Tour of Sea Life Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resort!

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!Earlier this month, I took my daughter to the grand opening of LEGO Friends Heartlake City at the LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad.  While at the resort, we decided to stop by the SEA LIFE Aquarium to check it out.  It was our first time visiting this small, but huge-on-fun aquarium located right next to the main theme park.

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

SEA LIFE Aquarium is an interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays.

The aquarium is home to more than 200 species of sea creatures that total to over 5,000 individual aquatic animals including sharks, rays, seahorses, clownfish & octopus.

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

I was particularly fascinated with their Giant Pacific Octopus.  I never knew that octopuses have three hearts and blue blood.  We were lucky enough to catch the octopus with his tentacles open wide.

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

Field Trip Girl enjoyed walking underneath the 35-foot-long ocean tunnel and exploring the Lost City of Atlantis, a 200,000 gallon ocean display featuring sharks, rays and a vast array of tropical fish.

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

The aquarium also recently unveiled a new exhibit called the Jellyfish Discovery, which offers guests a up-close look at more than 100 jellies (moon jellies, blubber jellies and spotted jellies) gracefully dancing around ceiling-high tube tanks with multi-colored spotlights.  They host daily educational talks for visitors too.

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

Outside Sea Life Aquarium has a touch tank with star fish for visitors to see and touch.  Here the aquarium attendant kindly scooped up a star fish with an abalone shell for Field Trip Girl to study.SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!!

Outside they also have a sand castle LEGO display and art project area.  Their friendly staff helped Field Trip Girl make a jellyfish craft out of an envelope.

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

Inside, if visitors are hungry, they can dine over at Ocean Journey Café to enjoy freshly prepared mini burgers, salads, macaroni and cheese, and more.

The cost of admission to Sea Life Aquarium for adults and children is $20.00 per person, but if you book online 7+ days in advance, you get 20% off!

SEA LIFE Aquarium is your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopus & rays!

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view are my own.

Introduce Your Child To A New Career! Celebrate National Zookeeper Appreciation Week at the OC Zoo on Saturday, July 25!

On Saturday, July 25 we will be joining OC Parks in celebration of National Zookeeper Appreciation Week at the OC Zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  My kids will learn what it takes to be a zookeeper and get to experience the animals of the OC Zoo up close!

I am always on the lookout for opportunities to introduce my children to new career paths.  Whether that’s taking them on a field trip to a manufacturing facility, visiting a local grocery store or exploring a ranger station at the National Park, I want my kids to know that they can be whatever they want to in life if they put their minds to it.

So on Saturday, July 25 we will be joining OC Parks in celebration of National Zookeeper Appreciation Week at the OC Zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  My kids will learn what it takes to be a zookeeper and get to experience the animals of the OC Zoo up close!

Zookeepers will be giving “keeper chats” throughout the day and delivering special treats and toys to the zoo animals. Guests will enjoy a special talk on “So You Want To Be A Zookeeper” with two star OC Zookeepers at 10:30 a.m.  Visitors can learn what a zookeeper’s day entails, see some of the tools of the trade and meet some zoo animals.

Children’s activities at the event include:

  • making thank you cards for the zookeepers
  • creating a Junior Zookeeper safari hat
  • playing zoo inspired games
  • partaking in a special scavenger hunt where children can enter to win a Zookeeper Shadow Experience

The first 100 children ages 12 and under to arrive at the event will receive a FREE train ride ticket for Irvine Park Railroad!  Children are also encouraged to attend the event dressed in zookeeper costume or attire.

Reservations are not required.  Activities at the event are FREE with paid zoo admission, which is $2 per person, ages 2 and under FREE.

Come experience the animals of the OC Zoo and celebrate the Zookeepers hard work with OC Parks!

Location: OC Zoo, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

For more information, please visit http://ocparks.com/parks/oczoo

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

GIVEAWAY: Attend Color Me Mine and Elbow Mac n’ Cheese’s Family Fun Night on July 10!

I am a huge proponent of family time, because it’s a chance to get out of the house and explore your local community.  But family time is even better when the entertainment and food are provided and all you have to do is show up and have a good time!  Now that’s my type of “family field trip”!

So attend Color Me Mine and Elbows Mac n’ Cheese on Friday, July 10 in Brea for a family night of painting and mac ‘n cheese!  Food and art always go hand in hand.

Family Fun Night costs $25 per person and includes the opportunity to paint a ceramic mug and choose from any one of Elbows Mac ‘n Cheese signature dishes,

My family and I ate at Elbows Mac ‘n Cheese earlier this year and it was great.  It is truly comfort good at it’s best!  I highly recommend the Holy Cow Mac n’s Cheese made with their signature Angus beef, bacon, mushrooms, and two types of cheese.  Delicious!

Now enter our giveaway to win one complimentary admittance to attend Family Fun Night at Elbows Mac ‘n Cheese on July 10!

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US Residents Only.  No purchase necessary to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter and notified via email.  Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen via RaffleCopter.  The prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor and arrive within one week after being selected.

To register your family for Family Fun Night,  please send email to elbows@boltpr.com.

Happy Dining!

Jilleen

A FREE Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach!

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California. We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

Last April, I shared with you 4 Grocery Store Field Trips For Kids in Southern California.

So yesterday, I led a field trip of 12 kids and their parents to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California.  We received an exclusive tour of the store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is ran and operated.   It was fascinating, even for this mom who has been grocery shopping for her family for years.

Upon arrival, we were kindly greeted by Assistant Store Manager, Suzanne.  Suzanne gave us a brief history about Bristol Farms and how the upscale grocery store chain opened its first store location in Rolling Hills Estates, California, in 1982.  Their vision of combining the service and food quality of a corner grocer, butcher and baker together was a huge success.  Now Bristol Farms operates fifteen stores, twelve in Southern California, and one in San Francisco.  The fourteenth and fifteenth stores operate as Lazy Acres Market in Santa Barbara and Long Beach.

The first stop on our tour was a visit to the quick meal counter.  Here you can order Chinese food, pizza, sushi, sandwiches and many other items to go.

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California.  We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

After filling up on pizza and cookies, Suzanne introduced us to one of the butchers in the meat and seafood department.  It was interesting to learn that Bristol Farms only serves fresh meat in their stores.  There is no frozen meat anywhere.

At this department, each child got to sample a piece of pepperoni pizza.  Delicious!

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California.  We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

Next we moved onto my favorite part of the store – the bakery!  Cookies, cake and muffins galore!!!  My children were especially enamored with the cherry cheesecake.  Thankfully, Mr. SoCal Field Trips wasn’t with us or we would have gone home with the Espresso Chocolate Truffle Cake!

At the bakery, the kids received a free sugar cookie from one of the resident bakers.

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California.  We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

After filling up on pizza and cookies, Suzanne introduced us to one of the butchers in the meat and seafood department.  It was interesting to learn that Bristol Farms only serves fresh meat in their stores.  They do not have any kind of frozen meat on display whatsoever.

After filling up on pizza and cookies, Suzanne introduced us to one of the butchers in the meat and seafood department.  It was interesting to learn that Bristol Farms only serves fresh meat in their stores.  There is no frozen meat anywhere.

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California. We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

The butcher explained how Bristol Farms’ lobsters are sourced from Canada and gain approximately 1 lb per year.

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California.  We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

The lobsters already come with rubber bands secured around the claws, because they can easily take off a finger.  Another mom and I were joking that the lobsters were delivered to the store by some mystery named “Six Finger Joe”!

After filling up on pizza and cookies, Suzanne introduced us to one of the butchers in the meat and seafood department.  It was interesting to learn that Bristol Farms only serves fresh meat in their stores.  There is no frozen meat anywhere.

Then the butcher let every child hold a live lobster!  Field Trip Boy was up for the challenge, but Field Trip Girl respectfully bowed out.  I don’t blame her.  Just look at that thing!

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California. We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

After ruminating over the lobsters, we perused the produce aisle and met the product department manager.  He was a sweet gentlemen and gave each child a fresh piece of fruit.

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California.  We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California.  We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

Bristol Farms has some really unique produce too.  It reminded me of my recent visit to Manassero Farms in Irvine when I attended their Breakfast in the Barn event.

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California.  We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

Our final stop on the tour was to the floral department.

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California. We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

Here they had gifts waiting for all of us.  A balloon for each child and a flower for each mom.  My heart melted as I realized how much effort they had put into our tour.  It was extra special!

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California.  We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

A Field Trip to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, California.  We took an exclusive tour of store and learned about the inner workings of how a grocery store is operated.

Bristol Farms went above and beyond anything that we could have imagined.  It was top-notch and for that, we are grateful!  We hope to come back again soon!

Bristol Farms has 12 Southern California locations including:

  • Hollywood
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Rolling Hills
  • Santa Monica
  • South Pasadena
  • West Hollywood
  • Westchester
  • Westwood
  • Newport Beach
  • Westlake Village
  • La Jolla
  • Palm Desert

Each store offers their own individualized FREE 45 minute tour for kids.  The ideal group size is 10 – 15 children.  Depending upon the age of your group, older children may hold a lobster while younger children decorate cupcakes.

To learn how to book a tour, please call the local Bristol Farms store in your area and ask to speak with the store manager.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view are my own.