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a resource for families around the Cerritos, CA area, hopefully…


Tomorrow is the Cypress Community Festival at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Avenue, Cypress CA from 9 am to 5 pm.  This event includes an early morning 5K/10K run, a pancake breakfast , a car show, chili cook-off, family games, food booths, the Chamber of Commerce business expo, children’s rides, arts and crafts booths and live entertainment.

The 51st Annual Cultural Festival at the Southeast Japanese Community Center is also this weekend. There will be games, martial arts and dance demonstrations, and of course lots of delicious food. And last but not least, I’ll be there working the Hang Ten booth.

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Splendid Pasadena

One of my favorite clothing lines has invited my readers and myself to the grand opening of their Pasadena store.  It actually sounds quite fun but I will be watching my dear child in a basketball tournament and then I have to work at the festival sponsored by his basketball association.  Lucky me!  I think I’d rather be in Pasadena sipping and snacking.  If you’re in that neck of the woods, please check it out. Their clothes are SPLENDID!

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Wiener Nationals

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If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, check out the Wiener Nationals at Los Alamitos on Saturday night. The first race is set for 6:30 p.m. with the Wiener Nationals Championship race to be held at approximately 9:15 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults; Children 17 and under are free. General parking is free. The proceeds from this event benefit the Seal Beach Animal Care Center.


Los Alamitos Race Course
4961 Katella Avenue
Los Alamitos
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Hello Kitty



UPDATE: Everything was sold out by 10:15 am on Sunday

Hello Kitty Warehouse Sale

Shhhh….don’t tell anyone but guess what’s happening in our little town this weekend?!  The HELLO KITTY BLOWOUT SALE that’s what!  I really didn’t want to share this information so I could hoard all the cute merchandise for myself my daughter but alas, I just couldn’t do it.  So let’s just keep this between you and me.

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Mommy-n-Me Preschool Fall registration

The ABC Adult School offers a parent education program, which is essentially a mommy-n-me preschool program.  I love this program not only because it develops our toddlers’ socialization skills but it also allows parents an opportunity to meet other parents with children of the same age.   The classes are broken up by age and held at different campuses throughout  the district.  For the youngest group, this class is very similar to Gymboree play and music classes. The pricing varies by class but it is so reasonable for the experience you & your child will be receiving.   For more information, visit their website: ABC Adult School.

If you’re interested in enrolling in this program, online registration for the fall semester begins on July 18, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. or you can enroll in person at the Cabrillo Lanes campus starting August 26 at 8:00 a.m.  Spaces fill up fast so don’t wait!

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Eat More Chikin


Friday, July 11 is Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A! If you show up at any Chick-fil-A location dressed as a cow from head to toe, you will receive a free meal.  People who are partially dressed will receive a free entree.  You can click here for an easy DIY costume.


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TenMarks summer math

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Every summer I give each of my kids a workbook so their brains don’t turn into mush. This year a friend introduced me to an online summer math program recommended by her child’s teacher.  Reversing summer learning loss and helping students build a strong math foundation is TenMarks mission, which is why they are offering this program for free this summer (regularly $39.95).  First you set up an account, then your child takes a diagnostic test, and a personalized program is designed for them.  Try it out and see what you think.


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Happy 4th of July everyone!  To make it even better, bunch of apps are free!


Bamba Pizza is a fun interactive game for young children where as the name implies, you can make your own pizza. This app is only for the iPad and is regularly $2.99

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TeachMe: Kindergarten is a great educational app if you have a child ready for kindergarten. This app is regularly $1.99 and is the first time it’s been offered for free.

Skylanders Battlegrounds™ is also free right now. Regularly $6.99, this game will appeal to your older children.

Also my favorite app developer, Toca Boca is offering all of their apps for $0.99 this weekend.


Disney is doing the same so if you want to grab some great apps at a great price, do it now!

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Aaargh you ready?


Beware, Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier June 28- 29, 2014

It’s a Pirate Invasion in Long Beach this weekend!  Starting at 10 a.m. the Pirate Invasion will be kicking off at the Belmont Pier.   Admission is free!  We haven’t had a chance to check out this event but it looks to be a lot of fun.  Some of the highlights include a real live pirate battle for treasure with cannons and swords as well as other live entertainment.  Go get your pirate on!  Maybe they’ll have some Aaartichoke to munch on.

Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier
25 39th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803 
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Summer Recreation Swim Team

Have you heard about the Summer Recreation Swim Team? Apparently this is a little known program that the City of Cerritos offers every summer.  The Swim Team is open to Cerritos residents ages 6-18.  Workouts are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1-2:30 PM. It’s pay as you go so $2 or a child’s ticket for each workout, but they are raising the price so I’m not sure how this will be affected.  The team will compete in local events including the SCMAF-Southeast Meet.  In my experience, this is a much better swimming lesson than the regular ones the city offers if your child is swimming beyond flying fish level.

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