Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:44:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://rockinmama.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-Rockin-Mama-Logo-32x32.png Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net 32 32 111966601 The Young Americans Perform Showstoppers https://rockinmama.net/the-young-americans-perform-showstoppers/ https://rockinmama.net/the-young-americans-perform-showstoppers/#respond Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:39:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=79473 Last Fall, we saw the Young Americans perform for the first time at Fashion Island, and their performance was absolutely riveting. Founded in 1962, the Young Americans inspire the world through music. Showstoppers, their latest show, will perform for one weekend at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The Young Americans

The Young Americans

The Young Americans inspire the world through music. The organization was founded upon the principles of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world through music, dance, performance, academic education, and cultural interaction between student members and their audiences.

In addition to talent, students are accepted based on their interest in helping other students across the country and the globe achieve self-confidence, self-esteem, and respect for others through dance, music, and performance.

The Young Americans Showstoppers

Showstoppers

Celebrate the Greats with Showstoppers. The Young Americans take you on a journey through a tribute of famous songwriters and Broadway musicals. The cast includes Young Americans Alumni and their resident company.

Tickets and Showtimes

The Young Americans will perform Showstoppers Friday February 28th through Sunday March 1st:

  • Friday, Feb 28th – 8pm
  • Saturday, Feb 29th – 2pm & 8pm
  • Sunday, Mar 1st – 2pm

Performances will take place at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
14900 La Mirada Blvd
La Mirada, CA 90638

Tickets start at $17 and can purchased online at YoungAmericans.org. Visit the website to learn more about their youth programs and performing arts college.

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The Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival https://rockinmama.net/orange-county-cherry-blossom-festival/ https://rockinmama.net/orange-county-cherry-blossom-festival/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:07:04 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=79438 Southern California’s rich diversity draws families to the region, and many cultures find that they can call it home, while still retaining their cultural identity. Despite living in Southern California my whole life, I still find myself constantly learning about all of the ways we celebrate culture through festivals and gatherings. The Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival returns to the Southland this year, and through food, entertainment, and activities, celebrates Japanese and Japanese culture.

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The Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year, the festival is held in Huntington Beach and includes traditional and contemporary performers and some of the best Japanese food and drink vendors in the region.

The festival was created in 2013 by a student ambassador from Huntington Beach who went to Japan. Out of her experience, she initiated the festival as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project. Today, the festival is one of the larger Japanese cultural events in Southern California and furthers the international student exchange program between Huntington Beach and sister city Anjo, Japan.

Performer at Cherry Blossom Festival

The Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival will feature Taiko drumming, minyo, classical dance, gagaku music, origami, ikebana are presented alongside cosplay contests, anime characters, electronic music, jazz, video game tournaments and beyond. And you do not want to miss the Sakura Night Market which features some of the best Japanese food and drink vendors in the region.

Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival

Performers

  • Anjo Cultural Association Dance Group: An authentic Noh Mai dance group.
  • Jingu Sha Troupe: A group who uses Koto and Sangen instruments
  • Akai Kouyou: A group who will perform traditional shamisen and song
  • Sakurai Tako Hozonkai/Sakurai Kite Preservation Group
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Sakura Night Market

Last year’s festival was so popular it has been expanded and will span three days. In addition to the daytime cultural programming, families can enjoy the Sakura Night Market on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Night Market will feature live performances, video game tournaments, cosplay contests, and light installations.

Mini Donuts Cherry Blossom Festival

Food Vendors

  • Green Eggs Co
  • Takoyaki Tanota
  • Babymini Donuts
  • LuckyBall
  • Rockin Gyoza
  • Kobe Wagyu Freaks
  • Kapimalya
  • Tenkatori USA
  • Cafe 949
  • Shin-Sen-Gumi
  • Norigami
  • SVR BBQ
  • AJAJ Café
  • Amamiya- Baby Castella
  • King Street Food
  • Squirrel Beach Company
  • Hungry Belly
  • Thai
  • Okamoto Kitchen
  • Drizzle
  • Angry Pig
  • Salt N Pepper
  • Scooters Italian Ice
  • Deli Doctor
  • Shake Ramen
  • Kushi Sushi
  • Rice Balls
  • Baby’s Burgers
  • Belly Bombz
  • Kona Ice
  • Inglorious Funnels
  • Taste of Soul on Wheels
  • Cruising Cones

The Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival Tickets and Event Information

The Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival runs Friday March 13 from 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday March 14 from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday March 15 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The festival will take place at Central Park, 7111 Talbert St. in Huntington Beach, California. For more information, visit OCCBFest.com.

Cherry Blossom Festival Weekend Pass

The Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival Giveaway

One of you will win four weekend passes to the The Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival. To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment with one thing you are excited about seeing at the festival. Giveaway will close on March 2, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST.

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US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.

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Is Your Child Getting Enough Omega-3? https://rockinmama.net/is-your-child-getting-enough-omega-3/ https://rockinmama.net/is-your-child-getting-enough-omega-3/#respond Sun, 23 Feb 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=79336 Experts say that it can take at least 10 times for a child to try a food before they like it. My ten-year-old has long surpassed that number with regards to fish and seafood, which leaves me challenged to find an Omega-3 supplement she will actually take. We were recently introduced to Kids Smart High DHA Fish Oil Chewable Burstlets, rich in DHA fish oil without the fishy taste. But would my ten-year-old take them?

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

Why Kids Need Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy brain, central nervous system, and cardiovascular systems development. There is also some indication that Omega-3 can support learning, healthy behavior, and temperament in children.

These essential fatty acids also help the body absorb nutrients and crucial for healthy eye function (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). But most children do not eat sufficient foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. And while our bodies do not produce Omega-3, without adequate consumption from foods, supplementation might be indicated (always check with your child’s physician before starting any supplement).

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Foods Rich in Omega-3

Food should be your family’s first source of Omega-3. Here are a list of food rich in these essential fatty acids:

  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Mackerel
  • Fresh tuna
  • Trout
  • Herring
  • Halibut
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp
  • Beef
  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Soy beans

Kids Smart High DHA Fish Oil Chewable Burstlets

While I do not worry about my son’s intake of Omega-3, my daughter does not consume any of the foods listed above. I have tried a number of Omega-3 supplements with her to no avail. She cannot get past the fishy aftertaste of many over-the-counter supplements.

Kids like colors, shapes, and choice, all three of which Kids Smart thought about when innovating these supplements. My daughter was immediately drawn to the fun fish shapes and she really liked that she had the option of chewing the supplement or squirting the oil in her mouth. Kids Smart is also offered in 3 flavors, giving my daughter an additional choice for supplementation.

We tried Kids Smart High DHA Fish Oil Chewable Burstlets together for the first time by simply chewing the burstlet and allowing it to dissolve in our mouths. Admittedly, the burstlet has a texture kids may or may not like. We decided to squeeze the burstlet into our mouth the next time we tried the supplement and both agreed that was the preferable method. To recap, Kids Smart High DHA Fish Oil Chewable Burstlets can be taken one of two ways:

  • Chew the burstlet and allow it and the oil to dissolve in your mouth
  • Twist off the tail of the burstlet and squeeze the liquid into or on food or directly into your mouth.

So…what do they taste like? Kids Smart High DHA Fish Oil Chewable Burstlets are offered in blackcurrant, strawberry, orange, and berry flavors. They are also micro-encapsulated, which means there should not be any fishy aftertaste. The burstlets are sweet and reminiscent of their respective flavors. While I did notice a slight fish taste upon consumption, there was not fishy aftertaste. These are definitely the most palatable Omega-3 supplements I’ve tried and the first my daughter will actually consume.

What You Need To Know About Kids Smart

• Kids Smart High DHA Fish Oil Chewable Burstlets provide up to 10x more fish oil than other kids’ supplements (133 mg), which is higher than many options on the market.
• The supplements are free of gluten, yeast, wheat, and dairy.
• Fish oil provides two essential omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
• A 30-count bottle typically retails for $9.99. A 180-count bottle typically retails for $54.99.

Kids Smart High DHA Fish Oil Chewable Burstlets are available to purchase
on Amazon at momsmeet.link/kidssmartamzn. Right now, you can save 20% on 30-count bottle of Kids Smart High DHA Fish Oil Chewable Burstlets
by using the promo code 20MM20KS on Amazon.

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A Bronx Tale at Segerstrom Center for the Arts https://rockinmama.net/a-bronx-tale/ https://rockinmama.net/a-bronx-tale/#respond Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:29:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=79299 My connection to The Bronx is personal. My parents met and fell in love in New York’s populous borough, and I still have family who call it home. As New York’s Northernmost borough, it is home to the New York Yankees, is the birthplace of hip-hop, and draws visitors across the globe to the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. The Bronx also sets the scene for Chazz Palminteri’s autobiographical, one-man show A Bronx Tale. The musical, which premiered in LA during the ’80s, will perform at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this Spring.

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A Bronx Tale

Written and performed by Chazz Palminteri, the autobiography tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young New Yorker caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he aspires to be. Set in the 1960s, A Bronx Tale evolved from Palminteri’s one-man show. While performing, Robert De Niro saw the show and brought the story and Palminteri to the screen in 1993, also launching his directorial debut. The film was successful, and Palminteri eventually performed A Bronx Tale on Broadway in 2007. De Niro also directed a musical version which opened in 2016 on Broadway and ran through December 2018. The musical features an original “doo-wop” score and inspires with its story about love, loyalty, respect, and family.

Calogero and Jane in a Bronx Tale

 A Bronx Tale Tickets and Showtimes

A Bronx Tale will performa at Segerstrom Hall March 10 – 22, 2020. Showtimes are as follows:

  • Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $26 and can be purchased online, at the Box Office, or via phone.

Cast of A Bronx Tale

Segerstrom Center for the Arts  Segerstrom Hall

600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

A Bronx Tale

A limited number of tickets to A Bronx Tale are also available on Goldstar. Be sure to visit SCFTA.org and BronxTaleMusical.com.

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Knott’s Peanuts Celebration Dining Guide https://rockinmama.net/knotts-peanuts-celebration-dining-guide/ https://rockinmama.net/knotts-peanuts-celebration-dining-guide/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 14:09:25 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=78981 Every Christmas, our family celebrates the season with Merry Christmas Snoopy, an ice spectacular that culminates with the Peanuts characters sharing the true meaning of the season. The show is warm and nostalgic, but it was only recently that I learned of its significance to Knott’s Berry Farm. An ice show featuring Snoopy was ultimately what compelled Charles Schulz’s son to agree to allow the Peanuts gang to officially become part of the Knott’s family. Camp Snoopy was born in the summer of 1983, and as the one of the most popular areas at Knott’s, it seemed fitting to add the Peanuts Celebration to the parks regular Seasons of Fun. Knott’s Peanuts Celebration runs through March 1st, and in honor of this incredible tribute to the Peanuts family, I’m sharing all of the ways to celebrate, including our favorite foods! Be sure to scroll down for our Knott’s Peanuts Celebration Dining Guide.

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Snoopy Comic Strip Photo Opp

Knott’s Peanuts Celebration

One summer, I spent an afternoon at the Charles M. Schulz museum in Santa Rosa, California, and caught a glimpse of Schulz’s inspiration for America’s beloved Peanuts characters. Sunday mornings, my father and I would read the comics, and the Peanuts specials were some of his favorites to watch, so visiting the museum was filled with nostalgia and reminiscence over my childhood.

And while I encourage a visit to the legendary museum if you are ever visiting NorCal, you can step inside the world of Charles M. Schulz this season at Knott’s Berry Farm. Knott’s Peanuts Celebration pays tribute to the iconic Peanuts gang with family-friendly activities throughout the park. Enjoy new Peanuts-inspired décor, engaging photo opps, including our favorite comic strip backdrops, live shows, commemorative merchandise, and brand new, Peanuts-themed food offerings.

Knott’s Peanuts Celebration Dining Guide

There is a shirt I once saw during Knott’s Boysenberry Festival that said, “I’m just here for the food.” Over the past few years, the chefs at Knott’s have completely transformed their menus across the park. The park has its origins in the boysenberry and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinners, and I love that each season, Knott’s incorporates fresh, seasonally-inspired foods into their celebrations. And while most days, I cannot leave the park without indulging on one of their boysenberry treats, Knott’s has so much to offer in the way of experiences for families…including the food!

To celebrate the famed Peanuts characters, the culinary team at Knott’s dreamed up these incredible eats and treats, all of which have some tie to Snoopy and the gang. Here is your Knott’s Peanuts Celebration Dining Guide, complete with meal plan-eligible items.

Knotts Peanuts Celebration Food Items
Everything Peanut and Butterscotch Blondie Shakes⁣

🥜Everything Peanut and Butterscotch Blondie Shakes⁣

Peanuts Cake Pops⁣

🍡Peanuts Cake Pops⁣

Peanuts Frosted Sugar Cookies⁣

🍪 Peanuts Frosted Sugar Cookies⁣

Dog House Brownie⁣

🍫 Dog House Brownie⁣

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Cookie⁣

🍪 Everything But the Kitchen Sink Cookie⁣

Sassparilla Root Beer Floats⁣

🥤 Sassparilla Root Beer Floats⁣

Mud Pie Funnel Cake⁣

🥧 Mud Pie Funnel Cake⁣

Tooty Fruity Funnel Cake

🍰Tooty Fruity Funnel Cake⁣

Root Beer Float Trifle

🥤Root Beer Float Trifle ⁣

Peanut Butter Jelly Roll⁣

🍥Peanut Butter Jelly Roll⁣

Peanut Butter Churro with Chocolate Dip

Deep Fried PB&J Sandwich

Charlie Brown Macarons

Apple Almond Galette

Meal Plan Eligible Items

  • Pulled Pork Baked Mac and Cheese – Wagon Wheel Pizza/ Ghost Town Grill
  • Thai Herb and Peanut Pie – Beachy Keens
  • Sweet Chili Thai Pizza – Wagon Wheel Pizza/ Sutters
  • Snoopy’s Dog House – Fiesta Dogs
  • Junkyard Dog – Wilderness Broiler
  • Sloppy Joe Burger – Boardwalk BBQ
  • Peppi Fries – Papa Loca
Snoopy Dog Beagle Scout Dog Joe Cool

🌭 Snoopy Dog, Beagle Scout Dog, Joe Cool

Dilly Dilly Dog

🌭 Dilly Dilly Dog

Meat Loaf

🥩 Meat Loaf

The Olaf

🌭The Olaf

Pulled Pork Mac n Cheese

🧀 Pulled Pork Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Thai Peanut Pizza Sweet Chili Thai Pizza

🍕Thai Peanut Pizza, Sweet Chili Thai Pizza

Pastrami Pastry

🥩Pastrami Pastry

Fried Pickles

🥒Fried Pickles

Sloppy Joe Burger

🍔 Sloppy Joe Burger

Juicy Lucy Burger

🍔Juicy Lucy Burger

Peppi Fries

Knott’s Peanuts Celebration runs weekends through March 1st, plus February 10th, 14th, and 17th, 2020. For more information, visit Knotts.com.

Peanuts Celebration Dining Guide
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