Rockin Mama™ Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews Sat, 20 Nov 2021 15:40:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rockin Mama™ 32 32 111966601 Parsons Dance Company at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Thu, 18 Nov 2021 17:00:00 +0000 Constanze Mozart once said that “dancing is like dreaming with your feet.” Dance is one of my favorite physical activities, but it is also an absolutely beautiful, diverse genre. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts recently brought dance back for audiences to enjoy. Earlier this Fall, the series opened with Alonzo King Lines Ballet followed by Ballet X. This weekend, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Parsons Dance Company, who will take the stage for one night.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents Parsons Dance Company

Parsons Dance Company

Parsons Dance Company is internationally renowned for its athletic, joyous style, making them one of the world’s leading modern/contemporary dance companies. The company will thrill audiences on November 20, 2021, with their effortless movement and enthusiastic dancers. Awe-inspiring works like their iconic Caught, display the company’s innovation and appeal.

The New York City-based contemporary American dance company is known for its energetic, athletic, ensemble work. The company has toured more than 447 cities, 30 countries, and 5 continents. Parsons Dance Company performs works from a vast repertory of more than 75 works created by co-founder and artistic director David Parsons. Through its GenerationNOW fellowship, the company also offers commissions to young American choreographers whom Parsons mentors through the creative process. The dance company is committed to providing enriching experiences beyond live performances including education and outreach, post-show discussions, open rehearsals, studio showcases, video workshops, open company classes, summer workshops for pre-professional dancers, and in-school workshops for public school students. I personally find their Autism-Friendly Program initiative to be incredible, which features sensory-friendly workshops and relaxed performances for audiences of all abilities.

Parsons Dance Company at the Segerstrom

Parsons Dance Company at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Parsons Dance Company will make its debut at the Segerstrom Center for one night on November 20th, 2021 at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased online at or in person at the Box Office, located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, California.

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Magic of Lights at Angel Stadium Wed, 17 Nov 2021 19:58:14 +0000 Last year we saw the emergence of unique, creative, engaging drive-thru experiences. Even in the midst of the pandemic, we appreciated the way brands pivoted to ensure families still had opportunities to celebrate the joy of Christmas and the holiday season safely. Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a brand new Southern California experience, Magic of Lights, which debuts at Angel Stadium on November 19, 2021.


Magic of Lights Angel Stadium

Magic of Lights

Angel Stadium, in Anaheim California, will be transformed into a vibrant, holiday-themed light display during Magic of Lights. This holiday drive-thru will feature dozens of displays, illuminated canopies, and digital animation,
all constructed with thousands of individual LED lights.

Magic of Lights takes place from the comfort of your vehicle, where you will see brand new displays including Prehistoric Christmas, Big Foot Monster Trucks, and the Snow Flurry Tunnel. Additionally, you’ll enjoy Magic of Lights favorites including 12 Days of Christmas, Toyland, and the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights.

Magic of Lights Drive Thru

Magic of Lights Fun Facts

  • 2+ million lights per event
  • 12.6 miles of lght cord per event
  • 3,750 man hours to set up each event
  • The steel displays are designed, bent, cut, and welded into about 800 frames that are combined in different configurations to create each show’s giant winter holiday scenes.
  • Each frame of each scene is designed using the latest CAD technology and hand built in-house from 15 pages of design specifications each.
  • Each Magic of Lights show uses about 10 miles of steel to build the displays and 10 miles of LED lighting installed inside the displays and there are 10 different colors of LED bulbs used in the shows.
  • Scenes are as high as 32 feet tall and as long as several hundred feet.
Magic of Lights Holiday Lights

Magic of Lights Tickets and Information

Magic of Lights runs daily 5 pm to 10 pm November 19 through December 26, 2021. Tickets start at $25 for a single vehicle. For additional information visit

Magic of Lights Logo
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Clifford the Big Red Dog Printables and Activity Sheets Thu, 11 Nov 2021 02:56:00 +0000 Our family’s affection for Clifford the Big Red Dog began years ago. I read many of the books in the original series as a child and subsequently introduced Clifford to my own kids. Reading has been an integral part of our time as a family, and Scholastic classics like Clifford the Big Red Dog hold a special place in our hearts. Inspired by the renowned book series, Clifford the Big Red Dog is now in theaters and available to stream exclusively on Paramount+.


Clifford Movie

Clifford the Big Red Dog

The classic book series about a lovable big red dog was the inspiration for Paramount Pictures’ Clifford the Big Red Dog. The first book in the series was published in 1963 and written by Norma Bridwell. The series details the adventures of Emily Elizabeth and her dog Clifford. Clifford was originally the runt of the litter, *deemed to be small and sick. But because of Emily’s love, Clifford grew to an enormous size. The unique message about “loving big” and Clifford’s size and color have captured the hearts of families across the globe. In addition to the expansive book series, there are a handful of TV series inspired by Clifford, but Paramount’s cinematic release is the first time audiences will see the big red dog in a feature-length film.

Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) is a middle-school-aged girl living in New York City, who’s world is complicated by the bullying she endures at the private school she attends. When her single mother goes out of town on a business trip, her uncle (Jack Whitehall as CaseY), who happens to live in a van, bears the responsibility of looking after her.

Scholastic Clifford the Big Red Dog

During a visit to the local carnival, Emily meets magical animal rescuer Mr. Bridwell, a nod to the book series’ author. He introduces her to the adorable and infamous little red puppy. He explains to her that the puppy will grow in size relative to how much love he receives. Unfortunately, Emily and her mother live in a small New York City apartment where there are no dogs allowed and she leaves the little red puppy.

As luck would have it, the little red dog stowed away in Emily’s backpack. She names him Clifford and begs her uncle to keep him. But he knows the challenges of keeping Clifford are insurmountable, so they make an agreement to keep him for just one night. And it is on that one tearful night, where Emily wishes for Clifford to be big and strong, that he grows to to a giant ten-foot pup! Thus begins the misadventures of Clifford and Emily.

The film is absolutely endearing, and a wonderful tribute to the original Clifford the Big Red Dog book series. My daughter and I have watched it at least 3 times since we first screened it. The film is funny and poignant, and Clifford is absolutely irresistible. And while the overall tone of the film is light, it does have some important messages about friendship and the relationship between a girl and her dog. Set in New York City, this origin story is the perfect “love big” film for the holiday season.

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Darby Camp & Jack Whitehall Talk Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog Printables

Clifford the Big Red Dog is now playing in theaters nationwide and on Paramount+. To celebrate the release of the film, we have an adorable Clifford the Big Red Dog Activity book filled with printables, coloring pages, and activity sheets.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Activity Book
Clifford The Big Red Dog Printable Treasure Hunt
Clifford the Big Red Dog Connect the Dots
Clifford the Big Red Dog Color by Number
How to Draw Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog Spot the Differences
Clifford the Big Red Dog Printable Dog Certificate
Clifford the Big Red Dog Printable Puzzle
Clifford the Big Red Dog Printable Pet Story
Clifford the Big Red Dog Printable Pet Tag
Clifford the Big Red Dog Printable Word Scramble
Clifford the Big Red Dog Printable Maze
Clifford the Big Red Dog Printable Word Search
Clifford the Big Red Dog Printable Answer Key
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The Science Behind PCA (Protocatechuate) – Dr. J’s Natural Wed, 10 Nov 2021 14:28:07 +0000 The past year has demonstrated the need for a renewed focus on preventive medicine and the benefit of natural remedies to complement traditional medicine. My approach to our family’s health has always been preventive, and we are huge proponents of supplements that have been okayed by our doctor. Last month, Dr. Lanny Johnson and Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen presented The Science of Protocatechuate (PCA). Their gala, red carpet event was an incredible opportunity to showcase the many health and wellness benefits of PCA.

Gifted. Please consult your physician before taking any supplements.

PCA BioScience

What is PCA (Protocatechuate)?

PCA is a natural ingredient found both in nature and our daily diet. Backed by evidence-based science and 18 patents, PCA has demonstrated five potential health benefits including antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and broad-spectrum antibiotic. PCA has been shown to help the body maintain health and fight microbes.

Dr. Lanny Johnson is a medical researcher and orthopedic surgeon who has spent over 15 years researching the effectiveness of PCA against certain bacteria and viruses. Perhaps the most exciting part of his research is the fact that PCA’s unique physical structure and antimicrobial properties have the potential for limiting exposure to bacteria and viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19. Through independent laboratory evidence, PCA was shown to have inactivated COVID-19 upon physical contact immediately and up to 24 hours. The result is a line of PCA-based nutraceutical and cosmeceutical products sold by Dr. J’s Natural.

Dr Lanny Johnson PCA BioScience

Dr. J’s Natural

Dr. J’s Natural is a nutraceutical company that offers access to quality supplements, skincare, and beauty products. The company is committed to providing the highest quality supplements and each ingredient is carefully selected and formulated by a team of doctors and clinical pharmacists.

Dr Js Natural Hand Sanitizer

Dr. J’s Natural offers an exclusive line of PCA products including PCA Spray Away D.O.A., PCA Face Mist Toner, and Advanced Formula Hand Sanitizer. I have been using the products for a couple of weeks and I absolutely love them! My favorite of the three products is the PCA Face Mist Toner, which smells incredible (I am using the Rose-scented spray) and helps my skin to feel smooth and refreshed!

PCA Spray Away DOA

PCA Spray Away D.O.A.

Never has there been more widespread use of sanitizers and antibacterial sprays and hand gels than the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This particular sanitizer can be sprayed on hands, surfaces, and face masks to fight off microbes.  If you regularly wear personal protective equipment (PPE), you can also use the spray on hats, gowns, shoes, and more.

PCA Face Mist Toner

Available in three refreshing scents, this toner is gentle enough to use throughout the day. It is made with PCA and designed to promote healthy skin and brighten complexion for a smooth, radiant feeling. In addition to PCA’s ability to fight microbes, it has also been shown to promote collagen production, reduce wrinkles and scars, and combat acne.

Total Wellness PCA

Total Wellness + PCA

Over the past year, I’ve increased the number of supplements our family consumes. While we always strive to get essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from foods, we recognize the tremendous value in supplements. While I have yet to try Total Wellness + PCA, I am impressed by its profile. This supplement, taken twice daily, can be used to help maintain overall health and wellness because it includes antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, the supplement provides the nutrients needed for bone and skin health at the cellular level. Lab studies have demonstrated PCA’s role in collagen synthesis, wound healing, and scar reduction.

Visit for more information about PCA and their exclusive line of products.

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Laura Benanti at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Tue, 09 Nov 2021 13:22:54 +0000 The very last show I saw before the curtains closed at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts last year was A Bronx Tale. No one imagined that the stage would close for so many months. Thankfully, theater is slowly returning, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts has an incredible season lined up, including a Cabaret series featuring the renowned Laura Benanti. Benanti will perform for three nights, November 11th, 12th, and 13th at the Samueli Theater.

Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti – The Cabaret Series

Laura Benanti is a Tony Award winner and five-time Tony nominee who will perform for three nights at the Samueli Theatre at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Her work includes My Fair Lady, She Loves Me, Gypsy, and Into the Woods. Benanti has also appeared in film and TV roles including TVLand’s Younger, HBO Max’s Gossip Girl reboot, the Netflix drama Worth, and her most recent film, Here Today.

Laura Benanti at the Segerstrom

Single tickets for Laura Benanti at Segerstrom Center for the Arts start at $89 and are available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or via phone at (714) 556-2787. Be sure to visit their website for up-to-date information on their COVID-19 policies.

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