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Keeping East County Kids Safe

Which one of these would your child call a stranger?

Can your family identify the poisonous snake?


As a parent, nothing matters more than keeping our kids safe. And in La Mesa, there is an awesome program that helps teach children what to do if they find themselves in an unsafe situation.

Kidz Watch Academy is a free child safety program presented by the City of La Mesa Police Department that helps families understand the importance of being aware of their surroundings, how to identify dangerous people and potentially hazardous situations, how to handle a fire emergency, to be safe around water and how to avoid dangers in nature.

Kidz Watch was designed for children ages 6-11 AND their parents. It is a 6-class program involving professional lifeguards, fire fighters, park rangers and police. Kids get a behind-the-scenes tour of the La Mesa Police Department and jail, get to climb into a La Mesa fire truck, get to swim in the community pool, hike Mission Trails Regional Park and have fun while learning important safety skills.


The next Kidz Watch Academy begins on April 11th. Space is limited so don’t hesitate to register for this free program by filling out and returning the form below to the City of La Mesa Police Department, attention Claudia Ortega. 

Can’t make it to this spring’s Kidz Watch Academy? The Kroc Center offers a similar program in summer camp form called Police Academy. Campers partner with the City of La Mesa Police Department to learn the various aspects of law enforcement and the importance of citizenship. At week’s end, campers will be tasked with solving a fictional crime using learned procedures and protocols. For more information or to register for Kroc Police Academy Camp, visit


Shop & Save, Sell & Earn :)

If you are a mom on a budget you won’t want to miss next month’s Just Between Friends consignment event. SELL to earn money on the clothing, toys and gear your kids have outgrown. SHOP to save on everything from books to bikes and clothes to cribs. Or do what we’ll be doing — both!

Just Between Friends San Diego is the county’s largest consignment sale with more than 40,000 gently used and new children’s and maternity items at 50-90% off retail from 250 local families.

We love, love, love being “Prime Time Shoppers,” beating the public rush and being among the first to enter the sale. Tickets are  very much worth the $10 price ($15 at the door), and of course we’re giving away a pair of Prime Time Shopping Tickets to one lucky reader. Be sure to comment below for your chance to win them and join us for the shopping extravaganza on Friday, March 9th from 6-9 p.m.. 🙂

Can’t make it to prime time? Well there’s another amazing way to get in early with free tickets to the exclusive pre-sale.

Expecting and first time moms, first time grandparents, military families, foster/adoptive parents and teachers/home school teachers/preschool directors are invited to shop before the general public starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 10th.

Admission to the exclusive pre-sale is free, but does require advance registration. Visit this link to register for the presale.


Regular shopping begins on Saturday, March 10th at Noon and goes until 7 p.m. There is a $4 admission unless you get your free admission tickets HERE .

The event concludes on Sunday, March 11th with the half price sale from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Want to make money with JBF? What we like about selling at JBF is the ease of the process. Simply tag your items using their easy software program and drop items off at the designated times. Everything is nicely displayed in a retail-like setting, making it easy for shoppers to find the things you’re letting go of.

At the end of the sale, you simply pick up anything that may not have sold, donate items that you might not want to pick up and wait for your commission check to arrive.


To register to sell, sign up to volunteer or to find out more about admission, please visit

Don’t forget to comment below with which baby bargain you most hope to find at the spring JBF sale for your chance to win a pair of Prime Time Shopping tickets!

Just Between Friends Spring Consignment Event

Friday, March 9th – Sunday, March 11th

Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino Del Rio South


Something Special for Kids Touched by Cancer

I have a dear friend with a serious cancer, and I am so worried for her. I’m even more worried about her young children. Everything has completely changed for their family.

While I’m probably not going to do anything other than watch the Super Bowl on World Cancer Day, I have been trying to think of things that I can do to support our friend’s children and other kids who are touched by cancer. I think I found something . . .

Here in San Diego we have at least two different organizations that offer free summer camp for children impacted by their parents’ cancer. They sound like just the type of experiences I would love to help provide — a place where these children can have a great time and feel “normal” for a bit while being supported by the companionship of other kids who truly understand what they are experiencing.

Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem supports children through and beyond a parent’s cancer with innovative, fun-filled programs that foster a lasting community. Driven by passionate college student leaders, Camp Kesem operates more than 70 free summer camps in 33 states.

Here in San Diego, the summer camp is held on the UCSD campus. You can read some touching stories of the positive impact Camp Kesem has on children on their national website.  If know of a family that would benefit from a free week at Camp Kesem, please share this link so that they can register.

If, like me, you are moved to support this non-profit, I hope you will join me at the kid-friendly  Camp Kesem Caterpillar Crawl 5K on February 24th.


The Seany Foundation

Also in San Diego, The Seany Foundation’s main goal is to bring relief and happiness to kids struggling with cancer and to their families, particularly siblings. The Seany Foundation provides a number of camp opportunities including a Sibling Camp July 23rd – 28th and a Balboa Park Day Camp for children with cancer and their siblings August 13th – 18th.

Family Camp in Julian will take place April 6th – 8th. and Family Camp RyanStrong will be held August 24th – 26th where families have the opportunity to enjoy each other over campfires and on hiking trails, to dine on catered meals and participate in a variety of activities all for free.

I’m excited that the Seany Foundation offers  volunteer opportunities in addition to fundraising events including the Annual Seany’s Happy Camper 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Day.

They say that cancer is a family disease. I hope that you will help me spread the word about these wonderful organizations that might be helpful to families like my friend. Registrations are now open for both the Camp Kesem and Seany Foundation programs. For more information, please visit:


LEGOLAND California! Kids Go Free + GIVEAWAY!

It’s hard to believe that LEGOLAND California has been around for nearly 20 years! Opening back in March, 1999, LEGOLAND has grown and evolved into one of SoCal’s biggest and best attractions. Having added coasters, new models in Miniland, an aquarium, a waterpark, and a hotel, 2018 will be no exception to their ever-expanding fun! Read on to find out what’s new at LEGOLAND this year, plus your chance at winning a family 4-pack of tickets!

NEW! Join your favorite ninja heroes at a very special dojo training session in the LEGO ® NINJAGO ®: Master of the 4th Dimension 4D film now open inside LEGOLAND ®California Resort! Become part of the 4D action as Master Wu prepares the ninjas to take on the teachings of the mysterious ‘Scroll of the 4th Dimension’ but with disastrous consequences. Kai, Nya, Lloyd, Zane and Cole find themselves in a whole heap of trouble for not only them, but for the whole universe!

LEGOLAND has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including, LEGO NINJAGO World! Ninjas work to become masters of the ancient art of Spinjitzu and demonstrate all that they have learned on the interactive LEGO NINJAGO The Ride. This interactive, cutting-edge, technological marvel allows riders to control animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice. Plus, this summer, get ready for the NEW upcoming adventure of the LEGO CITY®: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride! The adventure begins on a real submarine that takes you on a hunt for treasure. On the way you’ll pass all kinds of real sea creatures, including stingrays and sharks, as well as bright LEGO® fish, crabs and scuba divers.

Inside LEGOLAND, you can enter a world of knights and princesses to conquer the Dragon Coaster. Kids can drive their own cars at Driving School. Make new friends at LEGO Friends Heartlake City. The Resort is also home to the LEGOLAND Water Park where you can splash and play. At the new Surfer’s Cove, show your speed as you race against clock on Riptide Racers. Or whether it’s building your own raft and floating down a not-so- lazy river, the LEGOLAND Water Park is ten million gallons of fun.

Right next door is the wonder-filled SEA LIFE ® aquarium with the NEW Sea at Night display coming this spring featuring an amazing bioluminescence display. There’s so much to do, you’ll want to spend the night. The amazing LEGOLAND Hotel is packed with themed LEGO features and the NEW LEGOLAND Castle Hotel is coming soon and is now accepting bookings! For Resort information, visit

Now, Kids go free to LEGOLAND California Resort when you buy an Honest Kids Juice 8ct carton at any retailer! The offer on the box includes a FREE Child Hopper Ticket with a full paid Adult Hopper Ticket admission coupon to LEGOLAND California Resort!

One of our favorite parts about LEGOLAND, is that there is something for the whole family to enjoy! With endless fun offered to kids ages 2-12+, your family is sure to enjoy your visit to the park for many years.

For your chance at winning a family 4-pack of tickets, comment below with what attraction you are most excited about at LEGOLAND this year!

*Note that these are not Park Hopper tickets, tickets expire Dec. 31, 2018,  and will be sent to the winner by regular mail.
**If you are not able to obtain the Honest Kids Juice cartons, and do not win our giveaway, the kids go free offer can also be purchased at using promotional code 189900.

How to Build Your Family’s First Aid Kit (and other emergency preparedness ideas)

I loved the advice on how to build a family first aid kit that our friends at Children’s Physician’s Medical Group recently shared. Over the years I have found that the only way to reduce worry and stress about keeping my kids safe is to empower myself with preparedness.

I have learned how to turn off the gas in our home in case of fire. We have secured bookshelves and mirrors to the walls in case of earthquakes. I have at least 3 days worth of food and water stored in case of a variety of emergencies that could make it hard to get groceries.

A simple first step to peace of mind is building your first aid kit. The essentials include hydrogen peroxide, gauze pads, bandages, triple antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, Benadryl, Motrin, Tylenol, safety pins, q-tips, scissors, a thermometer, ace bandage and a finger splint. It’s important to check expiration dates and replenish and replace when necessary.

CPMG is helping moms like us by giving away a 100-piece first aid kit that is perfect for your home or car. Enter for your chance to win by commenting here. Tell us, what do you do to reduce worry over family safety?

Follow Your Heart to the new Disney on Ice!

It’s about this time every year that we get giddy about the upcoming Disney on Ice show and what they will have in store for us! This year Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart, featuring some of our favorite characters from the smash hit animated movies, Finding Dory & Inside Out for the first time in a live production!  

Performances run from January 25-28, 2018 at the Valley Vo Center!


Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they help Riley find the confidence to win the big hockey game.

Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang.

WHEN:           January 25 – 28, 2018

Thursday, January 25           7:00 PM

Friday, January 26                  7:00 PM

Saturday, January 27              11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 28                 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE:             Valley View Casino Center – 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110

TICKETS:          Ticket prices start at just $15 each!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $12 (not valid for premium seating levels)

GIVEAWAY:          We are excited to be able to offer one lucky family a 4-pack of tickets, good for either Thursday, January 25th, or Friday, January 26th at 7pm. Tickets will be distributed as vouchers, which will need to be redeemed at the Valley View Casino Center box office.  For your shot at winning tickets to the show, COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR CHILD’S FAVORITE DISNEY CHARACTER!


All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at, charge by phone at
888-9AXS-TIX or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.  

*tickets prices are subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply


Hey mamas, why not start the new year off with a cool job that lets you set your own schedule?


photo credit: Beech-Nut Facebook Page

Beech-Nut is sharing this fun work opportunity for local parents …


Beech-Nut is recruiting San Diego parents to share their passion for food and family as an official 2018 Beech-Nut Ambassador. Ambassadors are responsible for a number of fun tasks, including sampling Beech-Nut products, participating in parenting and baby events around town, running local social media pages, serving a resource for other parents and being a true advocate for the Beech-Nut brand.

This position does NOT entail sales, but an outgoing personality is a must!

This is a paid position that requires a time commitment of 25-30 hours per month. Because Beech-Nut knows that life with kids is unpredictable, you’ll make your own schedule. You’ll have solid support from HQ and will receive all the supplies and swag needed to make the ambassadorship sing.

If you’re a parent with babies or toddlers, are passionate about feeding your kids the best and love connecting with other local parents, let’s chat! If you’re interested, please complete the application at or reach out to for more info.

Thanks and happy new year!

Gas Tax = Less Fun

This mom loves to crisscross San Diego County, chasing fun with my family. The recent 12-cent gas hike and the coming 2018 vehicle registration increase of about $48 per car means less of that.

Some say the tax hikes will cost a family of four an additional $500 a year or more. The new taxes are supposed to be devoted to repairing our deteriorating roads, but for as long as I’ve lived in California there has been much mismanagement of taxes.  It’s hard to believe that the money will be well spent. In fact, you can even see within the bill that there are plans to use some of the money for parks, railway projects and to hire new lifeguards. WTH?

That’s why I just signed the petition to repeal the new gas tax. Yes, I want safer, better roads. I wish they could just create a law that did only that with the money. Even better, politicians could start using the money already collected in gas tax to repair roads. Apparently it has mostly gone to other pet causes over the years.

I downloaded the petition to repeal the gas tax from and you can too!

However before I even mailed my petition, I met up with some volunteers collecting signatures at the mall and signed it there. If you’d like to find a public petition signing event, visit


Seaworld’s Preschool Fun Card is Back!

The Preschool Fun Card means more mommy & me days at Seaworld San Diego!

Credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

I was just recommending an annual pass to Seaworld to a new mom today, reminiscing about the sweet memories I created with my own kids when they were just starting to walk and explore the world. The Preschool Fun Card means free Seaworld park admission for children 5 years old and younger, making a Seaworld annual pass the best family bargain for any San Diego attraction.

Don’t delay in getting your pass! There are only 10,000 Free Preschool Cards available on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. After that time, a $10 Preschool Fun Card will become available.  You must redeem your free Preschool Fun Card eVoucher at the park by March 31, 2018. The $10 Preschool Fun Card must be redeemed at the park by April 30, 2018.

The 2018 Preschool Fun Card offers unlimited admission through 12/31/2018. Blockout dates apply. Does not include free parking, separately ticketed events or other discounts. Offer valid for limited time and subject to change and/or cancellation without notice.

For full details and to claim your card, visit the Seaworld website here.

Get Wild with Jack Hanna Live!

America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack Hanna, is coming to San Diego to take your family through the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia and to all the corners of the globe with his stage show, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live!  

You’ve probably seen this entertaining animal ambassador on Good Morning America or the Late Show with David Letterman. Now fans of all ages can enjoy seeing Jack in person and hearing his stories, watching footage from his numerous travels and seeing cheetahs, kangaroos, penguins and a variety of endangered animals join him on stage. 

Jack Hanna has experienced it all from brushing a hippo’s teeth to eating with wombats. Audiences around the country have enjoyed getting to learn more about fascinating animals in an unforgettable “wild” experience, and now it’s our turn! Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! will be at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on Saturday, January 6th. Ticket are on sale now for the 6:30 p.m. show. 

Jack Hanna is the host of TV’s Emmy award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown and is the Director Emeritus of the famed Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds. For more information about this show visit And don’t miss your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets on our social media!