nFuse Bar & Kitchen now open in Anaheim!

nFuse Bar & Kitchen now open in Anaheim!

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Parents!  Are you planning a vacation to Disneyland anytime soon?  What do you do once the kids hit the sheets and grandma bunkers down in front of the TV?

My recommendation…escape!  Go on a date night with your spouse to the new hip nFuse Bar & Kitchen at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, California.  Located only a few blocks from Disneyland, it’s the perfect opportunity for adults to getaway while on vacation with their children.  I know.  It’s a oximoron!  So better yet, why not stay night at the Anaheim Marriott.  Just recently the Marriott underwent a multi-million dollar renovation that includes all new furniture, bedding, artwork and a fantastic new restaurant – nFuse Bar & Kitchen.

nFuse Bar & Kitchen is a comfortably modern social lounge and restaurant featuring California microbrews, premier tap wines and handcrafted cocktails.

And lucky for SoCal Field Trips we were among the first to try out their new culinary experience!

“Sharing” is everything to nFuse.  From the open floor plan to the whimsical seating to the spacious bar area, nFuse does not miss a beat when it comes to facilitating human conversation and connection.

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Even their menus are designed for sharing and celebrate California cuisine with inspiration from around the globe.

Mr. SoCal Field Trips (AKA my hubby!) enjoyed savoring many of their dishes at the media event.  First let’s talk about the appetizers!  One after another they came out for us to sample.  Mini sliders, flat bread pizza and kale chopped salad.  And this was just the first go round!

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Mr. SoCal Field Trips then moved onto tasting nFuse’s Rack of Lamb and said it could rival the likes of any 5 star restaurant in town!

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Tired of the old mac’ n cheese that you make for your children at home?  Not this time honey!  Try nFuse’s Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese.  It is divine!

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No date night is complete without desert and a night-cap, right?  nFuse’ got you covered there too!

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So the next time you are on vacation, and need a little break from your children, head on over to nFuse Bar & Kitchen.  They will be waiting with their menus wide open!

Happy date night!

Jilleen

Disclosure:  We were invited to a media event at nFuse Bar & Kitchen to help facilitate this post.  All points of view are our own.

Marble Painted Valentine’s Day Cards!

Marble Painted Valentine’s Day Cards!

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One of my favorite pass times is being creative and doing arts and crafts with my kids.  I guess you can blame it on being left brained!   Once creative, always creative!

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Field Trip Girl doing her first art project in 2010.

With writing for my blog on almost a daily basis now, our family’s arts and crafts times had been put to the back burner for a while.  The kids still colored and glued and turned my house into a craft lover’s paradise, but me…not so much!  I missed it a lot! Therefore, yesterday, I decided it was about high time that our entire family started doing it again!

The first project my children and I got rolling on (literally!) was Marble Painting.  Marble Painting is as easy as it gets when it comes to crafting.

Only four simple items are needed – acrylic paint, a marble, watercolor art paper and a cookie sheet.

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I chose to use Plaid’s folkArt Acrylic Paint and Martha Stewart Crafts’ Multi-Surface Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint for this project, because it was close to Valentine’s Day.

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Here’s how to do it!  

1. First, put a piece of watercolor paper (I got mine at Michael’s Crafts Stores) on the cookie sheet.

2, Next, add a few drops of acrylic paint (whatever colors you want depending upon the season) onto the paper.

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3. Finally, put a marble on the paper and swirl it around through the paint.  You can also use different size marbles if you want to.  It’s that easy!

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The last time we did marble painting, I used the top of a cardboard box to roll the marble around.  However, since I didn’t have one this time, I improvised by using a cookie sheet instead.  It turned out to be a fun challenge for Field Trip Boy as he tried to keep the marble on the cookie sheet.  Just take a look at his face!

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Field Trip Boy and I came up with all sorts marble painting concoctions.  We tried different color patterns, different paint textures and even different ways to roll the marble around.

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After the paper dried I decided to create some quick and easy Valentine’s cards with it.  We plan to send these cards to grandma and grandpa this year for Valentine’s Day!  They love homemade presents just as much as we do.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Crafting!

Jilleen

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

Visit the LEGO Monuments Roadshow at the Glendale Galleria!

Visit the LEGO Monuments Roadshow at the Glendale Galleria!

Feb. 7 – 22, 2015

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photo credit: Banfield

Last month, my husband and I took Field Trip Boy to Legoland in Carlsbad, California to celebrate his 8th birthday.

We plan to go again next summer, but in the meantime, we want to check out this new traveling LEGO exhibit coming to Glendale in February.  The new exhibit will definitely satisfy any LEGO loving child or even adult!

From Saturday, Feb. 7 – Sunday, Feb. 22, Los Angelinos can visit the LEGO Monuments Roadshow: Building Across America at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale.  People of all ages will want to check out this highly visual, educational and FREE traveling installation of larger than life LEGO replicas of some of the nation’s most beloved landmarks.

The show features nine one-of-a-kind, large scale models of American Landmarks made completely out of LEGO bricks by LEGO Master Builders – including the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall and Old North Church.

Plus on Saturday, Feb. 14th and Sunday, Feb. 15th from 12 pm to – 4 pm in the Center Court Building, children can build and take home their own mini version of a LEGO U.S. Capitol Building model for FREE!

LOCATION: The Glendale Galleria, 100 W. Broadway, Glendale, California 91210

TIME: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm

PHONE: (818) 549-0733

For further information, please visit Facebook.com/GlendaleGalleria.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All opinions are my own.

6th Annual Monarch Butterfly Day in Fountain Valley!

Miles Square Regional Square Park presents the 6th Annual Monarch Butterfly Day!

February 7, 10am – 2pm

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Recently I did a post about Where to see and learn about Monarch Butterflies in Southern California.  Afterwards, I received this great news about another spectacular butterfly event happening in Orange County on February 7.  Read on to learn more!

OC Parks invites families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures during the sixth annual Monarch Butterfly Day on Saturday, February 7 at Mile Square Regional Park.

This FREE event takes place inside the Butterfly Garden at the park’s Camp Sycamore located near parking lot E.

Children can take part in planting native plants to attract the Monarch Butterflies. Participants are invited to step inside a netted butterfly enclosure. Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens. Additional activities available at the event will include children’s crafts, face painting and guided nature walks.

The event is recommended for ages 4 to 12.  Bringing a camera is recommended.  If it rains the event will be rescheduled.

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Cost: Free

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Happy Field Tripping,

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. All opinions are our own.

Yakult USA is now offering tours of their new factory in Fountain Valley!

Yakult USA is now offering tours of their new factory in Fountain Valley, California!

Yakult is now offering tours of their new factory in Fountain Valley, California!

The probiotic – Yakult – was originally created by microbiologist Minoru Shirota in 1935.  The beverage was introduced to the United States in 2007 by the Japanese.  Currently, Yakult sells their yogurt drink in more than 30 countries and regions worldwide.

Thanks to the amazing growth of Yakult right here in the United States, they opened their first U.S. factory in Fountain Valley in June 2014.  Yakult selected Fountain Valley because of its proximity to Los Angeles, the company’s largest market.

The new facility produces 400,000 bottles a day, every one of them packed with billions of Yakult’s exclusive probiotic strain, L. casei Shirot.  The bottles are shipped to mainstream supermarkets throughout the western and central regions of the country; California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

During a trip through Yakult’s state-of-the-art facility, see how Yakult is made, and learn more about their amazing probiotics!

photo credit: Dezza Wong

To set up a field trip to visit Yakult’s factory in Fountain Valley, you have to fill a tour application online and send it via email to Factorytour@yakultusa.com or by fax to (714) 434-7300.  

You can also call them directly at (714) 434-6500 (option 4).

According to their website, these are their guidelines for all tours:

  • Please allow a minimum of 3 business days for them to respond to your request.
  • A minimum of one week before your scheduled tour date, the leader of each group will be asked to sign a waiver of liability, assumption of risk and indemnity agreement for the members of the group.  The waiver will be sent to you along with factory tour safety guide after the tour date is confirmed.  Please send back the signed waiver to them through email or fax.
  • If they do not receive the signed waiver one week before the tour date, your tour will be cancelled.
  • Please note that live production cannot be guaranteed as a result of our production schedule being subject to change.
  • At least one adult (>18y) will need to be present throughout the tour for any group with children or youth.
  • They accept groups with a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 60 people at a time.
  • There are three parking spaces for buses as well as plenty of regular parking spaces.
  • The minimum age to attend the tour is 5 years old.

I want to plan a field trip to see the factory myself this summer with some fellow adventure loving friends!

Happy Field Tripping,

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All opinions are my own.

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