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Earth Day

 

Each year on April 22nd, individuals, schools, businesses and the government come together to celebrate Earth Day and learn more about what we can do to help save our planet. We can use Earth Day as a wake-up call to educate others on protecting the environment and doing what we can to take care of the earth. Everyone can do their part in the smallest of ways because it does not take much to make a difference. 
1. Switch to reusable bags.
When packing your kids' lunch or going grocery shopping, forget about brown paper bags or plastic bags. Use reusable bags instead! You can find these tote bags anywhere in cute designs and they're super cheap. You can also buy your kids insulated lunch bags with their favorite characters on them so they can show them off during lunch time.
2. Get some exercise.
Instead of driving your car everywhere, try to walk places instead if you are going somewhere nearby. Get in some exercise and ride your bike to work if possible to save on gas and lower your carbon emissions. If it's too far to walk or ride your bike, you can also start taking public transportation or carpool to work.
3. Plant a garden.
Planting a garden is a fun and easy activity for the whole family and it will save you money on grocery shopping. You can plant your own fruits and vegetables and you don't even need a large space to do so. This has a really positive impact on the environment and you can also research eco-friendly methods of maintaining your garden such as composting and collecting rain water to water your plants.
4. Buy local and eat smarter.
Visit your local farmer's market whenever you can to purchase locally raised and organic dairy, eggs, meat and more. Not only are you supporting eco-friendly food practices but you're also supporting your local economy. Plus, local food tastes better and is fresher.

5. Use eco-friendly cleaning products.

Rockin' Green eco-friendly cleaning products are all biodegradable and gluten and vegan friendly. They don't contain phosphates, SLS, Parabens, or optical brighteners. All of our packaging is made from recycled materials. Being green can be fun, and quite possibly even cool. We can all do our part to make the Earth a better place. Our green laundry detergents work hard to fight dirt and stains while being gentle to the environment and your budget. One bag of Rockin' Green laundry detergent can do 90 loads of laundry!
6. Unplug.
Whenever you are done using your appliances during the day (including the tv, computer, etc.), unplug them. You can also use a "smart" power strip which will cut "phantom" energy use when it is able to sense that an appliance is turned off and not in use.
7. Buy e-books and read online.
There's no need to continue buying paperback books when there are so many book titles available online as ebooks. They are inexpensive and can be easily transported with you during your commute to work without having to lug heavy books around. You can even cancel your newspaper and magazine subscriptions and read articles online.
8. Save water.
Your family can start taking shorter showers to save on water consumption which will also lower your water bill saving your family money! There are special shower heads you can buy for the bathroom which reduce water flow to save on water use and the money you save on water will be worth the investment.
9. Buy secondhand.
Think about what you need before you go out and buy brand new products and see if it's a product that you can buy secondhand. You can visit your local thrift store or even browse online for new or gently used secondhand products. Craigslist is a great site to check for furniture, appliance and more that people are selling cheaply or even giving away for free.
10. Save energy.
You can save energy at home by setting your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter. This will also help you save on heating and cooling costs. Another idea to save energy is to hang your clothes up to dry on a clothesline instead of using a dryer which consumes a ton of energy.
11. Bring your own cup.
Do you go to your favorite coffee shop for a cup of coffee every morning before work or during your midday slump? Bring your own cup to your coffee shop so you will no longer toss out the plastic cups they give you during your daily trip. Also keep in mind that some coffee places will give you a discount for bringing in your own cup. Bonus!
12. Use cloth diapers.
If you have a little one in the house you can cut down on waste and save money by getting rid of the disposable diapers and using cloth diapers instead. Cloth diapers are better for baby's skin and also much better for the environment. While disposable diapers get thrown away after one use, cloth diapers are washed and reused over and over again.

Submitted by:   Rockin' Green eco-friendly cleaning products
 

Join the Adventure with Gru, His Girls and the Minions

 

Helmed by (former?) super-villain Gru, with assistance from the slightly forgetful Dr. Nefario, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” will captivate fans when it recruits guests and transforms them into beloved, gibberish-speaking Minions.

 

Universal Studios Hollywood will also bring to life the first film’s memorable seaside carnival with the introduction of “Super Silly Fun Land,” an all-new, over-the-top outdoor family play zone inspired by the lively experience shared by Gru and his three adorable girls: Margo, Edith and Agnes. A highlight of “Super Silly Fun Land” will include the “Super Silly Space Killer” arcade game, where Agnes “won” her lovable stuffed unicorn (“It’s so fluffy!”).

 

Together, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” will represent a distinct, immersive environment within the theme park, reimagined to fully engage guests in the world of Gru and his Minions joining Universal Studios Hollywood’s dynamic roster of award-winning themed attractions.

 

Walk-about characters, including Gru, Margo, Edith and Agnes, countless mischievous yellow Minions and Kevin, an evil, crazy-haired purple Minion, will also stroll around to interact and pose with guests.

 

 

Where and When It Opens

 

“Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjacent “Super Silly Fun Land” will open at Universal Studios Hollywood as an all new featured attraction and immersive environment at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. in Spring 2014.

 

Experience Disney Magic during an unforgettable 24-hour party taking place at the Disneyland® Resort from 6
a.m. on May 23 to 6 a.m. May 24, 2014! Regular Theme Park tickets and the So Cal Resident Tickets are valid for admission to this
special event.
*Valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of residency is required for
purchase and admission. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. Tickets expire June 6, 2014. Blockout dates of 3/31/14-4/20/14 apply. May purchase up to 5 tickets per person
per day with valid ID. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Subject to capacity, restrictions and
change without notice.
** Magic Morning admission currently allows admission into selected attractions to Disneyland® Park before the park opens to the general public on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Each
Guest must have valid theme park admission. To enhance the Magic Morning experience, it is strongly recommended that Guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular
park opening. Magic Morning admission is based on availability and capacity. Applicable days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of
attractions, entertainment, stores and restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to restrictions and cancellation.
Hours of operation for the event will take place from 6 a.m., May 23, 2014 to 6 a.m., May 24, 2014. Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available. Valid theme park
admission is required. Event is subject to restrictions and change without notice.

 

Mat Pilates Class for Moms To Be and Mommy and Me

6451 El Camino Real Ste B-2
Carlsbad
Pilates is a system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.  Learn the essentials for strengthening your core properly and helping improve your posture and balance.  Safe for pre/post natal, and modifications will always be given.  First class free. For further information contact Jen at 585-738-9617 or jen@jenbellengerfitness.com.
In Time for Earth Day - Celebrate One of Nature's Most Majestic Mammals - Bears
In an epic story, Disneynature's new film, Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two young cubs are taught how to make their way in the world. Set in the grandiose Alaskan wilderness, the film follows them as they emerge from hibernation and experience the incredible world they live in complete with predators, avalanches and the search for food. "Bears is a fantastic and inspirational wild life adventure that many people will adore and watch again and again," notes KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12. See his full review below.
Bears
Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Video review available here. http://youtu.be/3kTcYEhKy9s
I thought this documentary would be like a usual educational lecture-like film about bears and the life of a Mama-bear. Boy, was I completely wrong. Bears is a fantastic and inspirational wild life adventure that many people will adore and watch again and again.
The movie has a mix of action, thrills, adventure, education, comedy and, of course, adorable human-like cubs. They make you fall in love the second you see them on the screen.
The story begins when a brown bear who lives in Alaska's national park has just gave birth. She is planning to leaves her winter nest soon with new born cubs (Amber and Scout). Then she begins her big and hard journey trying to store enough food through the season. Her name is Sky. She meets a couple of friends and protects her little ones from predators. 
This film has crazy close-ups on the bears. At one point I swore the bear was less than an inch from the camera. Unlike other documentaries, this one has a storyline. Honestly, I thought that this fit better as a movie. The narrator makes us believe that the bears have feelings. I would love to know how the cameramen got so close to the bears and watched bear when she was in her winter den. That was perfect and nearly impossible. Kudos to Disney Nature for bringing us this unforgettable experience.
My favorite scene is when they search for salmon. Scout and Amber go to the beach for the first time. While Amber keeps close to mommy, Scout is in the water getting clams stuck to his claws. The scene shows that there is some family fun time anywhere in the world. Even with bears. 
This movie has some thrills and some violence, remarkable since it is unscripted. I recommend this for ages 9 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Coming out in theaters April 18.
Credit: KIDS FIRST! 

 

2014 Parent Connection's Annual Spring Luncheon & Fundraiser

Sunday, May 4 from 10:00am to 1:30pm
Hilton Del Mar

Please come enjoy a tropical retreat experience while we join together to fund crisis relief, education & events for San Diego Parents and Families.

A day to share with friends, family, neighbors, and parents in your life!

Celebrate your playgroup with a mom's morning out!

Unite with friends for a playgroup reunion!

To purchase tickets, click here.

 
Attraction Discounts:   Parent Connection members only can purchase discounted tickets to attractions.  Membership is only $20/year.  New Attraction Discount alert includes Knotts Berry Farm.
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