August Events and Activities in Our Community

Looking for something to do with your little ones (Great for ages 0 to Teen)? Here’s a listing of things going on in our community. Make sure to check back often as things will be updated as I find them. (Some names aren’t exactly as listed on the library website for trademark reasons)

Tuesday, August 1

Wednesday, August 2

Thursday, August 3

Friday, August 4

Saturday, August 5

Sunday, August 6

Monday, August 7

Tuesday, August 8

Wednesday, August 9

Thursday, August 10

Friday, August 11

Saturday, August 12

Sunday, August 13

Monday, August 14

Tuesday, August 15

Wednesday, August 16

Thursday, August 17

Friday, August 18

Saturday, August 19

Sunday, August 20

Monday, August 21

Tuesday, August 22

Wednesday, August 23

Thursday, August 24

Friday, August 25

Saturday, August 26

Sunday, August 27

Monday, August 28

Tuesday, August 29

Wednesday, August 30

Thursday, August 31

 

**Events and Activities are subject to change without notice. Please check the linked website before attending.**

Circus Vargas Presents SteamCirque

Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Debuting their innovative new production in the Bay Area.

The show:

Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro-futuristic production, SteamCirque! Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more!   Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance.  Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

The storyline:

An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. SteamCirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician-part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new, imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts.

Join us for an amazing experience, under the big top as Circus Vargas celebrates its 48th year and create new and treasured memories for generations to come! This Wonderful show has something for everyone! Its 2 hours of amazing music, lights, magic, acrobats, aerialists, daredevils, comedians and more!

Ticket Information:

General admission tickets are $12-$27 for children and $22-$37 for adults. Reserved Ringside seating is $47-$62 for children and $57-$72 for adults. For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location. Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind the scenes video.

  • San Jose: August 16 to August 21
  • Hayward: August 31 to September 11

Interested in seeing the show? Just click on the link and follow the directions to enter. For this giveaway you must be live in the Bay Area.

 
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*I received complimentary tickets from Circus Vargasto giveaway and for personal use in exchange for sharing this show information with you.

Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes

Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed battle to defend the universe from evil. This all new show unites Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before Loki gains control. This ancient artifact would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of the universe. Witness the cutting-edge special effects and immersive video projection in this legendary, live adventure.

This amazing show is coming to Oakland’s Oracle Arena on August 11th through 13th and San Jose’s SAP Center on August 17th through 20th. Tickets start at just $15! You can save 25% on tickets for any performance by using the code MOM just click HERE! Savings not valid on Front Row, VIP or other premium seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply. Follow the tour on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter.

Interested in seeing the show? Just click on the link and follow the directions to enter. For this giveaway you must be live in the Bay Area. a Rafflecopter giveaway

*I received complimentary tickets from Feld Entertainment to giveaway and for personal use in exchange for sharing this show information with you.

Korean Ground Beef and Rice

The other night I decided I was going to make something with ground beef and just because it was Tuesday didn’t mean it was Taco Night. Well I decided I would make this sweet and a little spicy dish. My daughter loved it and asked for more, which is always a plus. I hope you find this recipe easy to make and that you find it as yummy as we did! It has become a favorite in our house.

Enjoy!

1 pound lean ground beef

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce

2 tsp sesame oil

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

2 cups hot cooked white or brown rice

sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnish if desired

Directions:

In a large skillet cook the ground beef and garlic breaking it into crumbles over medium heat until no longer pink.

In a small bowl whisk brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and pepper. Pour over the ground beef and let simmer for another minute or two.

Server over hot rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

July Events and Activities in Our Community

Looking for something to do with your little ones (Great for ages 0 to Teen)? Here’s a listing of things going on in our community. Make sure to check back often as things will be updated as I find them.

Saturday, July 1

Sunday, July 2

Monday, July 3

Tuesday, July 4

  • Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 5

Thursday, July 6

Friday, July 7

Saturday, July 8

Sunday, July 9

Monday, July 10

Tuesday, July 11

Wednesday, July 12

Thursday, July 13

Friday, July 14

Saturday, July 15

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Monday, July 17

Tuesday, July 18

Wednesday, July 19

Thursday, July 20

Friday, July 21

Saturday, July 22

Sunday, July 23

Monday, July 24

Tuesday, July 25

Wednesday, July 26

Thursday, July 27

Friday, July 28

Saturday, July 29

Sunday, July 30

Monday, July 31

 

**Events and Activities are subject to change without notice. Please check the linked website before attending.**

I’ve Become an Usborne Book Consultant!

So, guess who just became an Usborne Book Consultant? Yep, that would be me! I decided since I want to make sure that my daughter loves books and continues to read now instead of waiting until she was an adult like I was to love books I’d better start something now while she’s still young.

I was introduced to Usborne about a year ago when I purchased our first book. It was a Shine-a-light book and Sierra absolutely loved it. So I purchased a few more for her as well as some drawing books and needless to say, I’m hooked and she loves them all!

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get into another Direct Sales position because it is really hard to keep up with parties, etc but with Usborne I thought, if anything our library would be great to build and in the process help others build one for themselves.

Books are great with growth and inspiration for our kids and what a wonderful way to bond with your child. I’m hoping with Usborne I can help others come together and be closer like it has for my daughter and I. Reading before bedtime every night has become a great habit for us.

If you’re interested in seeing Usborne books please feel free to check out my link to a world of options and fun!

On with a new adventure!

Our Scariest Moment Ever

The sound of the waves crashing on the shore were deafening. Tunnel vision on the only thing that mattered in my world. Curses running through my mind a mile a minute. God don’t take her. God let me get there. God please don’t let the water take her further. God please let me make it to her in time. God don’t you dare take her away from me. Please let me get to her, what if I can’t get to her fast enough, what if the wave pulls her under, what if I can’t swim to her, what if….

An evening of warmth at the beach of playing in the sand could have turned so different. I beat myself up every night. I let her down, I didn’t protect her enough. But then I look into her eyes, into her angelic face, into her contagious smile and worry still takes my breath away.

I was always told to never turn your back on the ocean and that evening was no different. I never turned my back on the ocean, never turned my back on my daughter as she played. But one of the biggest things that I forgot was that the ocean, the beaches here aren’t to be messed with. A simple, small wave with not much water could be the worst nightmare. You always think that the big waves that crash so violently are the ones that you have to worry about, the ones that you stay away from but no the small ones can change your life just as quickly.

I will never forget how my heart stopped, how my whole body went numb with the idea of no longer holding my daughter, no longer seeing her smile… It scared me to my very core. In slow motion, a running, jumping, giggling little girl was pulled to the ground, flipped over and slowly being dragged towards waves and the ocean beyond.

I hug and kiss her more, I tell her I love her more. I’m so thankful that nothing happened. So thankful that all she was, was soaking wet and a bit sandy. You never know what you have until it’s almost taken away from you.

My husband and I have a hard time talking about it. It will always be at the back of our minds. We will always be more fearful but even more cautious around water then we were before. Thank you for not taking her away from us……

June Events and Activities in Our Community

Looking for something to do with your little ones (Great for ages 0 to Teen)? Here’s a listing of things going on in our community. Make sure to check back often as things will be updated as I find them.

Thursday, June 1

Friday, June 2

Saturday, June 3

Sunday, June 4

Monday, June 5

Tuesday, June 6

Wednesday, June 7

Thursday, June 8

Friday, June 9

Saturday, June 10

Sunday, June 11

Monday, June 12

Tuesday, June 13

Wednesday, June 14

Thursday, June 15

Friday, June 16

Saturday, June 17

Sunday, June 18

Monday, June 19

Tuesday, June 20

Wednesday, June 21

Thursday, June 22

Friday, June 23

Saturday, June 24

Sunday, June 25

Monday, June 26

Tuesday, June 27

Wednesday, June 28

Thursday, June 29

Friday, June 30

 

**Events and Activities are subject to change without notice. Please check the linked website before attending.**

 

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

Cinemark at Tanforan Mall in San Bruno is starting their Summer Movie Clubhouse on June 5th! With 10 great movies for just $1 a movie or $5 for all 10. Movies are either G or PG. All movies start at 10am.

  • Monday, June 5 thru Thursday, June 9

The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

  • Monday, June 12 thru Thursday, June 16

The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)

  • Monday, June 19 thru Thursday, June 22

Trolls (PG)

  • Monday, June 26 thru Thursday, June 29

Shrek the Third (PG)

  • Monday, July 3 thru Thursday, July 6

Goosebumps (PG)

  • Monday, July 10 thru Thursday, July 13

The Iron Giant (PG)

*This list of movies was taken directly from Cinemark’s website. The poster of this list is linked in the comments above.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Have you ever taken your children to a place that you had gone to as a kid and thought how much it was the same but how different it was at the same time?

Well we decided to take our daughter to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom one Saturday and I must say that we had a great time. Of course things are much different now than they were back when we were younger, with all the roller coaster rides but the same light in the eyes and huge smiles on the kids faces are the same.
A little history for ya, when my husband and I were younger, maybe even around 7 yrs old like Sierra, Discovery Kingdom was in Redwood City and it was called Marine World Africa USA, they opened in 1968 there. It was a lot different then. No roller coaster and the main features were the animals. Now with them being in Vallejo, there’s huge roller coasters but some great animal shows to see.
Our first show was Odin’s Temple of the Tiger. These magnificent animals are so beautiful but of course not the cuddling type. I was impressed with the show in that it was educational and not, see what tricks these guys could do. They showed how far they could leap, how high they could stand on their hind legs if they needed to reach food, how far up they could jump if their prey was in a tree and even how they could swim in the water. It was a great show by far and I suggest seeing it.
Outside of the arena is a handsome white tiger that you can see lounging in the grass. The beauty of these animals is beyond words for me. I could stand at the enclosure for hours just watching the easy movements of them.
Our next stop was the dolphin show at Toyota Stadium~ Drench. Now this is only my opinion but as much as I love seeing the dolphins perform, I would much rather it be an educational show and not have the trainers in the water with them. They are beautiful, playful and very smart animals and showing a more realistic side to what they would do in their everyday lives would have made me happier. That being said, it was a good show and people were laughing hard when the dolphins sprayed water on the people in the splash zone.
Off to the butterfly habitat. Although it was muggy inside and we were all sweaty, we stayed here the longest. There were so many butterflies that we could hardly keep up with them. Many different species and colors, everywhere you turned there was one flying by or sitting on a leaf. There was even a bird sitting in a tree. (Does it eat the butterflies? Hmmm)
*All photos were taken by my husband Jon Lobo

May Events and Activities in Our Community

Looking for something to do with your little ones (Great for ages 0 to Teen)? Here’s a listing of things going on in our community. Make sure to check back often as things will be updated as I find them.

Monday, May 1

Tuesday, May 2

Wednesday, May 3

Thursday, May 4

Friday, May 5

Saturday, May 6

Sunday, May 7

Monday, May 8

Tuesday, May 9

Wednesday, May 10

Thursday, May 11

Friday, May 12

Saturday, May 13

Sunday, May 14

Monday, May 15

Tuesday, May 16

Wednesday, May 17

Thursday, May 18

Friday, May 19

Saturday, May 20

Sunday, May 21

Monday, May 22

Tuesday, May 23

Wednesday, May 24

Thursday, May 25

Friday, May 26

Saturday, May 27

Sunday, May 28

Monday, May 29

Tuesday, May 30

Wednesday, May 31

 

**Events and Activities are subject to change without notice. Please check the linked website before attending.**

Tortellini Soup Recipe

Since the days have been a bit cold, I found this warm pick me up to enjoy for lunch or even dinner.

My daughter isn’t much into vegetables but she loves the tortellini and the broth. Instead of using only 8 oz of cheese tortellini I buy the 20 oz and add it all to the soup. I have also used leftover pasta sauce in place of the tomato sauce when we didn’t have any available.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

 

1 pound mild italian sausage, casing removed

1 cup onion, chopped

2 large cloves of garlic, chopped

6 cups beef stock

16 ounces can tomatoes, drained and chopped

8 ounces can tomato sauce

1 large zucchini, sliced

1 large carrot, sliced

1 medium green pepper, diced

1/2 cup dry red wine (optional)

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

2 teaspoons oregano

8 oz cheese tortellini (I used 20 oz)

Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Brown Sausage and remove from skillet. Drain the oil. Add onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes.

combine meat, onion, garlic, beef stock, tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini, carrot, green pepper, wine and spices in a large pot. Simmer about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add tortellini. Cook until tender. Serve with cheese