Tuesday, December 20, 2016

More of #California- Day 2 #Travels

I had some clothes to exchange today at Eddie Baurer, at the Outlet Mall, in Cabazon, so that was our first stop this morning. We then packed it up and headed into Cathedral City, Ca. Since we didn't want to be driving the RV all over the city, we stopped at Walmart, parked the RV there and unhooked the SUV. We drove Jakey after that to doggy daycare, and then headed out ourselves.

Our first stop was over to Desert Hot Springs, Ca. about 25 minutes away to see the Cabot's Pueblo Museum. We took one of the hour long guided tours, and went through the home, as well as did a walk through his yard and gardens. Cabot’s pueblo spreads 5,000 square feet, divided into 35 rooms and adorned with 150 windows and 65 doors. It was an impressive place.

No photos were allowed inside the home however. The yard also was equally impressive, with it's BIG hand carved indian head in the lot.. great photo!

After we left there we drove to Thousand Palms, Ca., to the Coachella Valley Preserve - that also is where the San Andreas Fault line sits! 

This place is free to visit- donations welcome. Walking trails as well but most were at least 2 miles and we just weren't up for a long walk so we just walked throughout parts of the area, took some pictures of the California Fan Palm, which were amazing to see, and of Gerry walking on the fault! ( You don't see it of course- they just tell you it's there!) 

Very cool place.. you see desert for miles and in the middle of it is this oasis of tree and trees! It reminded me of what a Gilligan's Island could have looked like-LOL

Once we got back into town we had Arby's to eat for supper, picked up Jakey and headed out. Tonight we'll stay again in Indio, Ca for the night, do a few things in the morning and then head back to Quartzsite till our next adventure mid January!


2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Children's gifts are the easiest and the funnest to buy for during the holidays. I personally love seeing all the new things out every year just for kids! Most kids too are happy with just about any new toy or gadget. Gift buying for kids is fun! Here are some favorite picks for the kids on your holiday gifting list this year.

BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages

BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages decorated prints are a fun, inexpensive AND practical last-minute stocking stuffer. As many parents know, no matter what journeys and adventures kids are exploring, being prepared to heal everyday cuts, scrapes and wounds quickly is a necessity. With the help of fun, decorative BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages – which have been clinically proven to help heal cuts, scrapes, and burns five days faster as opposed to leaving a wound uncovered – moments of hurt are transformed into moments of healing. From Frozen to Star Wars, Peanuts to Paw Patrol, BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages come in an array of designs that children will want to use.

Scavenger Hunt for Kids

The Amazing Indoor Search Game-

Players: 2 to 4
Ages: 6 and up
It's the classic game of search and find for kids! Players have two minutes to search for silly stuff like a purple shirt, a funny hat and other items around the house. Kids move ahead one space on the game board for every item they find and additional spaces for putting everything back where it belongs (so the house stays tidy). The first player to move his or her pawn across the finish line wins!

Chicken Charades-
Players: 3 or more
Ages: 8 and up

Think fast! Act out Charades with a squeaky chicken! You only have 10 seconds - bend it, balance it, twist it, pull it, feed it, love it - use your imagination! Contains over 1,000 charades (84 cards), one die, one sand timer, and one squeaky chicken.

Kid Made Modern -
Kid Made Modern is on a mission to inspire kids and parents to find and enjoy creativity everywhere. Everything KMM does is dedicated to giving kids opportunities to feel their creative spark; to be imaginative, self-expressive and resourceful.

Kid Made Modern started out as a love letter that renowned designer Todd Oldham wrote to his parents, thanking them for bringing him up in a home filled with creativity. Todd's childhood helped turn him into the award-winning designer he would later become, and KMM aims to provide kids with the high-quality tools they, too, need to connect to the magic of their own inventiveness.

Gifts for All Occasions!
Award-winning personalized books and gifts that are truly unique and created especially for each child. Children love seeing their names and photos in print!

If you are in need for a special gift for a young child, browse through our selection of award-winning books customizable for any occasion! Our lovingly customized storybooks make ideal presents for birthdays, births, baptisms, holidays and more. You can include a photo of the child and a printed dedication from the gift-giver for an extra personal touch.

I See Me! offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, as we are confident that your children will love receiving these keepsake story books. Order today for a unique personalized gift that your child will cherish for a lifetime!

*** My niece got one of these books for Christmas and everyone, including her was so excited by it! 

Teletubbies 8" Talking Laa Laa Plush Toy-

Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are back with 60 brand new episodes on Family Jr.! 

The new episodes stay true to the original series but is designed to captivate the hearts and minds of today’s digital toddlers with updated elements and visual CGI enhancements. To celebrate, new Teletubbies plush products are available like the 8" Talking Laa-Laa Plush Toy! Made from super soft plush, and with realistic speech and sound effects, children will love the 8" Talking Laa-Laa! Simply squeeze her tummy and listen to her talk.


Funrise Sing-A-Ma-Lings -

Silly, huggable, singing plush characters that are entertaining for kids of all ages! Each character has 3 different modes of play! 

PLAYMOBIL Groomer with Pony:
Groom your pony to perfection with the PLAYMOBIL Groomer with Pony. Brush the mane and tail and decorate them with barrettes and other accessories. Available in four different sets: Bloom, Heart, Star and Butterfly.

Storytime Huxley-
Incorporate story time to any bedtime routine with Storytime Huxley, the interactive story bear. Children will fall in love with this charming companion as he reads five classical bedtime stories whenever they want; play it, pause it, or even change the volume with a simple squeeze of a paw. Kids can also follow along with an illustrated storybook, written just for Huxley. Children will love snuggling up to their cuddly friend for a good night’s sleep. 

  • Reads Five Classic Bedtime Stories
    • Billy Goats Gruff
    • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • The Ugly Duckling
    • The Tortoise and the Hare
  • Exclusive, lllustrated Storybook
    • 44-page colour storybook for both parent and child to read along
  • Sound Options
    • Press Huxley’s paws to play and pause a story
    • Adjustable volume controls
  • Timer and Features
    • Auto shut-off after 10 minutes of no interaction
    • Requires 3 AA batteries; batteries are included
Age recommendation: 3+ years
MSRP: $44.99
Available at independent toy, gift and baby stores across Canada

Rubik’s Spark-

Rubik’s have created an amazing, new electronic cube that offers hours of fun, and six games in one.
Designed for ages 6-11, the Rubik’s Spark is a new, high-tech evolutionary game platform, using lights, sounds, and ‘Bubble Control’ Technology to challenge the senses and unleash your inner competitive self.
Players tilt turn shake and flip the Spark to complete digital puzzles, games, mazes and challenges.

The flashing cursor will always try to ‘float to the top’ making game play a balance between speed and skill.

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The Good and the Bad of Southern #California

Yesterday we drove to Disney, with our SUV. We unhooked from the RV (still staying in the casino parking lot), and figured we had about an hour and 10 minute drive there. Well, we did have to make pit stops for us and for Jakey, so that added on to that time. On the way there the traffic was fast, terribly busy and we were glad we didn't take the RV.We got to Anaheim, dropped Jakey off at the doggy daycare, stopped at the pet store ,had lunch, then headed to Disney.

We chose this time to go to Disney California Adventure, which is directly across from Disneyland, and in the same area. Same principal just a bit different. (Parking for the SUV was $18 USD)

If you get Park Hopper tickets you can see both parks if you like, in one day- and if your feet can handle it! We are good for about 5 hours max of walking and that does us in.The park of course offers attraction, entertainment and dining throughout, as well we shops of all kinds. The day was cooler but got warm by afternoon. Best to go either earlier in the day or when it is cooler, otherwise you really can find your dragging yourself in the heat. The park offers drinks and ice cream, etc throughout though but keep in mind they are more expensive than at your local convenience store.

Be aware of line ups for attractions. We saw most being 40-55 minutes and didnt want to wait. You can cut wait times though by purchasing a FastPass. Please note this is not available for all rides though.

We had a nice day walking around though and taking in sites and such.
The worst part of the day once we picked up Jakey and headed back was that the traffic was terrible- beyond terrible x 10. We were in 8 lanes of crawling traffic at times and it took us about 3 times the amount of time to get back than when we went. We are so glad we never took the RV as well. This is something that we have noticed with driving through this area, from before...The bad is: Southern California is extremely busy everywhere for traffic and people. The good is: there is places like Disney to come to  to have a bit of fun!