Way Fresher, Way Easy-er

Grocery shopping used to be one of my favorite things to do. But with four girls, plus activities, plus working full time, it has come to be a chore.

And figuring out coupons and sales and stuff like that really gets to be a pain.

Enter Fresh and Easy. I’ll be honest. Years ago, I didn’t get that store. It didn’t seem right for me. But over the years my love for that store has grown. I can be confident that the meats are fresh, the produce is great and I don’t have to deal with all the eye catching junk that the supermarket sells.

Their easy to go meals have made it easier for me to get a quick dinner on the table on busy nights and I can be confident that it will taste good and fresh. Carnitas tacos? Easy 10 minutes!

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And now they’ve added a bunch of great tasting items and a partnership with Wild Oats for delicious organic foods. The Wild Oats bread? Best tasting bread ever! Even my picky kids love it.
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And now they even have quick breakfast foods. No more tempting drive through trips needed. I can stock up on these breakfast items for easy eating on the go. Getting 6 of us out the door suddenly became a little more manageable. Plus, grab a fresh sandwich for lunch!

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And snacks! Healthy snacks, not junky ones. Nuts galore. Which I need to sustain my work day energy. Hey now! I can’t be supermom if I’m falling down on the job from exhaustion. (Falling down due to clumsiness, that’s another thing.)

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Best of all? I don’t have to break the bank for all this freshness. They still have the Friends rewards program with personalized coupons and rewards loaded right on my phone app. Easy!

If you’re one of the lucky people with a Fresh and Easy nearby, check out the new Fresher and Easy-er!

I participated in a personal tour and was provided with a gift card to try out the new items at Fresh and Easy.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

 



California Strawberry Festival *Giveaway*

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One of the very best things about living in Southern California is the availability of delicious fresh fruits… especially Strawberries! Strawberry pie, strawberry sundae, strawberries in salads, strawberry jam, and of course, biting into a fresh juicy sweet strawberry.

The 31st Annual California Strawberry Festival May 17 & 18th in Oxnard is coming up with all day fun for the whole family. The celebration ranks among the top outdoor Festivals in the nation. Best of all, it’s non-profit with proceeds benefitting more than 40 southland charities. Over the past three decades more than $4 million has been generated to impact lives.

 

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California Strawberry Festival ingredients for a memorable outing include: 50 food booths, concerts on two stages, 250 arts & crafts booths, gooey contests, celebrity cooking demonstrations, and “Strawberryland For Kids” with rides and attractions, including visits with the lovable Strawberry Shortcake character.

This year’s concert headliners are two-time Grammy-award winners “The Maraichi Divas,” and international stars “The Young Dubliners,” among others.

Tickets start at $5.

 

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Not only is the California Strawberry Festival May 17, 18 in Oxnard a blast for families, now there’s a Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest for kids with $5,000+ in prizes – including a date night for parents.

Festive in their berry best strawberry attire, contestants up to four years of age are invited to parade across a tented stage before a panel of judges (parents can assist). Ripe for fun and the perfect photo opportunity, it makes a special day of attending the Festival celebration that serves up delicious fun while fundraising for So Cal charities.

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You can join me in all the fun, by entering my giveaway for four free passes!

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This Giveaway ends  May 10, 2014 at midnight PST. Void where prohibited. (1) winner will be selected using Rafflecopter and notified through email. U.S. residents only.  Must be 18 years or older to participate. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Winner has 2 days to respond before I select another winner.  Entries/Comments that do not follow the submission guidelines will not be counted. No purchase necessary.





Knott’s All Year Long

If you’ve hung around my blog and seen me on instagram and twitter, you’ve seen how my love for Knott’s Berry Farm has grown.

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I still remember being a little kid and Knott’s was a small amusement park with an Old West theme. As I grew, so did Knott’s! Adding roller coasters, shows, Camp Snoopy, and more! All this time, I’ve never been to Knott’s Soak City, the water park.

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If I’m truthful, I’m a little nervous about going for the first time. Opening day is May 17th and I’ll be there along with my big girls. They are so excited, so I’m not going to let my fears of being not so bikini ready (ha! there’s no such thing, Lex!) and I’m going to have a blast!

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It’s pretty easy to get a Knott’s pass or plan a Knott’s vacation. They offer easy pay programs and everything!

Knott’s Gold Season Pass, which includes both parks

Knott’s Hotel Vacation Easy Paying Program, you can plan your stay and make payments before you go.

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Knott’s Soak City offers its own pass and loads of summer fun.

And of course, I plan on finishing the day with some famous fried chicken and biscuits with boysenberry jam.

The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.



Fun in the Sun

Once upon a time I lived in a house with a swimming pool.

Now I live close to the beach. But that doesn’t mean I don’t wish I still had a pool. I miss it.

For now, this is how the kids are cooling off. And they had a blast!

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