Shopping At Ontario Mills For Back To School And The Holidays!

We just finished up back to school shopping – which is usually a real pain. However this year it was much easier than the years past because we went shopping at Ontario Mills, and if you’re in Southern California, you should definitely check it out!

Ontario Mills is located in Ontario, CA at the 10 and 15 freeways. It’s California’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination with more than 20 places to dine and over 200 stores boasting some of the biggest names in men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, jewelry, sporting goods, footwear and more. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it at Ontario Mills.

Usually when we do back to school shopping, it’s a big production. I have to take the girls separately from Ethan because while the girls love shopping, driving to 10+ different stores is not Ethan’s idea of a good time. What’s great about shopping at Ontario Mills is that we can hit all of the kids’ favorite stores – like Nordstrom Rack, QuicSilver Outlet, Justice, H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet, and our newest favorite place to shop, the Skechers SuperStore (topped only for the girls by the Disney Outlet!) – all in one place.

There are stores for the parents too! I can’t go to Ontario Mills without hitting the Coach Factory Store and Restoration Hardware Outlet. You can check out a list of all of the shops at Ontario Mills here.

What I love about shopping at Ontario Mills is that we got all of our back to school shopping done in just one afternoon! From backpacks to shoes and clothes, and even school supplies, we found it all in one spot. It’s convenient, affordable, and fun. Not only did we get our shopping all done, we even had time to stop for lunch at Rainforest Cafe.

But there’s so much more than just shopping at Ontario Mills. Whether you want to stop for a quick bite in the food court or sit down for a meal at a great restaurant like Market Broiler, Dave & Buster’s, or Johnny Rockets, there are many food choices for even the pickiest eaters.

There’s lots of entertainment, too. Hit up a comedy show and dinner at the Improv or catch a movie at AMC 30 Theatres. You can even play like a kid again at GameWorks.

Because Ontario Mills is so big, you’ll want to check out the map to find your favorite stores. We spent the afternoon wandering and found many stores we didn’t even know were located at Ontario Mills. And check out the Deals at Ontario Mills on their website so you can hit the sales that you won’t want to miss!

Now that back to school shopping is done, holiday shopping is up next. I love the idea of being able to go shopping for everything on my holiday list and being able to do it all in one place. I can shop for the kids, family, and even for holiday decorations. Bonus points for being able to go during the school day when the crowds or smaller than on the weekends. Don’t forget to become a Mall Insider so you’ll be the first to know about retailer deals and mall events. Plus you’ll have a chance at a $1,000 shopping spree…perfect for holiday shopping!

I highly recommend visiting and shopping at Ontario Mills if you haven’t been there before. Lots of parking, lots and lots of shops and dining, great deals, and fun too!

Disclaimer: I was compensated for shopping at Ontario Mills however all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Weight Watchers Light String Cheese Snack Ideas

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Weight Watchers as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

New year, new promises to myself to take better care of myself and lose weight. Last year in June, I started Weight Watchers (which, by the way, I LOVE and highly recommend) with a group of friends and lost almost 20 pounds by October! I was extremely proud of myself. Then the holidays came around, and let’s just say that I am looking forward to getting back on track. I’m a huge snacker, so instead of eating big meals each day I do a lot of little snacks here and there. One of my favorites is Weight Watchers Light String Cheese.

At only 1 Smart Points per serving, Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is a delicious and versatile snack if your a cheese lover! Snack ideas included.

What makes this string cheese the ideal snack is that it’s cheese, which is my favorite thing in the world, and it’s only 1 SmartPoints per serving! That’s almost as good as free!

This string cheese doesn’t taste like a “fat free” or “diet” cheese. It’s made from milk and is full of flavor – it has an amazing taste you have to try to believe. Not only is Weight Watchers Light String Cheese delicious, the individually wrapped string cheese offers portion control and are a great snack whether you’re home or on the go. The kids love it, too.

Weight Watchers Light String Cheese Snack Ideas

Since I eat Weight Watchers Light String Cheese almost daily, I thought I’d share some of my favorite snacks!

At only 1 Smart Points per serving, Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is a delicious and versatile snack if your a cheese lover! Snack ideas included.

When I’m home, this is my favorite snack. Grapes and cheese. It’s only 1 Smart Points total. Since fruits and veggies are free points, I eat a lot of them. Sometimes I’ll freeze the grapes, but most of the time I just grab some and call it good. A sweet sliced up apple is yummy too. Whether I’m working or watching TV, this is the kind of snack that satisfies me.

At only 1 Smart Points per serving, Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is a delicious and versatile snack if your a cheese lover! Snack ideas included.

This is my go-to on-the-go snack; a package of Jack Link’s Beef Steak and a Weight Watchers Light String Cheese. This is one I also go to when I’m starving or feel like I need a meal instead of just a snack. The beef steak is also only 1 Smart Points, so for a total of 2 Smart Points, this one is one of my favorite, filling snacks.

At only 1 Smart Points per serving, Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is a delicious and versatile snack if your a cheese lover! Snack ideas included.

And this one can be an appetizer or a snack! These Caprese Bites are mine (and Lila’s) fave. Just swap out the mozzarella balls for cut up pieces of Weight Watchers Light String Cheese. 11 bites are just 2 Smart Points!

You can also cut up a Light String Cheese into pieces and add it to some arugula, tomatoes, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for a super easy salad.

Or simply wrap a piece of deli meat (pepper turkey is my favorite!) around the Light String Cheese for a protein powered snack.

Now that you see how versatile – and delicious! – this Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is, head to Walmart to get some for yourself! Now through January 31, you can even use this Digital Savings offer and save $1.00 on 2 Weight Watchers Cheese items at Walmart.

At only 1 Smart Points per serving, Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is a delicious and versatile snack if your a cheese lover! Snack ideas included.

Worried you may not like the taste? Don’t be. Great Taste GuaranCheesed! Love it or get your money back. If you’re concerned about the taste of the product, Weight Watchers is providing a money back guarantee offer valid from January 1, 2017 – April 30, 2017.   Full Terms & Conditions as well as rebate details can be found at www.TakeTheGreatTasteChallenge.com. So there’s no reason for you not to try it for yourself!

What fun ways do you choose to eat your Weight Watchers Light String Cheese?

Going to Chill at The Queen Mary’s CHILL!

Next weekend, we are taking the kids to the Queen Mary’s CHILL event. It’ll be the first time any of us have been there, and we are all very excited to be going!

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The kids have been on the Queen Mary and I’ve been to the Queen Mary Dark Harbor event, but CHILL will be a first for all of us. We’ve heard it’s a blast!

Now through January 10th you can experience CHILL. What is it? CHILL transforms over two million pounds of sparkling ice into larger than life hand carved colorful ice sculptures in a giant Igloo called The Ice Kingdom, located inside the Queen Mary’s Dome, once home to the legendary Spruce Goose. The Ice Kingdom is kept at a VERY COLD nine degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the ice. And so you don’t freeze while you’re visiting, all guests receive parkas to help protect them from the chilly temperatures.

The Ice Kingdom brings Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to life with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come frozen in glistening ice.

We’ll walk-through scenes from the Nutcracker complete with castles and sugar plum fairies. There’s even a life size candy cane forest to get lost in and a penguin village to explore.

And if you’re up for an adventure you can slip and slide down ice slides off of a 30’ high replica of The Queen Mary! While the kids and dad do that, I might have to enjoy a festive cocktail at the all-new ice bar aboard the ship’s frozen bow.

The 4th annual CHILL welcomes back Glacier Glide Ice Tubing with six lanes of glistening ice slides standing two stories tall and 100-feet long in front of the Ice Kingdom.

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You can ice skate under the stars on the 6,000 square-foot ice skating rink with the backdrop of the picturesque Queen Mary ship. There’s a holiday village where the kids can visit Santa Claus, listen to holiday carolers, snow days and live festive entertainment.

CHILL pricing starts at $34.99 for adults and $24.99 for kids (ages 4-11). Tickets include entrance to The Ice Kingdom, Ice Tubing, CHILLVillage and access to the Queen Mary ship (lodging packages are also available.) For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/chill/.

Stay tuned! I’ll be sharing the adventure with you after we visit The Ice Kingdom next weekend!

Disclaimer: My family received tickets to Queen Mary’s CHILL to accommodate this post. All opinions expressed are mine.

Learning With LeapFrog is FUN!

InRPQmhY-MnbZZrb7TPpi_Fvvi3nwb2HoK17qbY9X0U We LOVE LeapFrog products, and I’ve been using them with the kids since Ethan was little. The LeapFrog Tag Reader is one of the girls’ favorite things. It’s really helped them to read by themselves, and that gives them the confidence they need to keep reading! And last year, Santa brought each kid a LeapBand, which they still use regularly. When LeapFrog selected me to be a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador I literally leaped with excitement! I’m very proud to be a part of the LeapFrog MomSquad!

So when a huge box arrived from LeapFrog, I had a really hard time NOT opening the box until the kids got home! They were just as excited as I was, and we weren’t disappointed with what we found inside.

If you're looking for a great way to combine play and learning, look no further than LeapFrog! LeapFrog makes learning fun, and your kids will love to play!

Inside the box, we found the We got the LeapFrog Word Whammer and LeapPad Platinum with Imagicards!

If you're looking for a great way to combine play and learning, look no further than LeapFrog! LeapFrog makes learning fun, and your kids will love to play!

The LeapFrog Word Whammer has been a lifesaver for Lila. Since she’s not a huge fan of reading and struggles with it, the Word Whammer has really helped with her word-building skills (there’s 100+ words) and with her letters and their sounds and phonics skills. She loves to play with it! There are 3 games to play by twisting and tapping the handle. She likes it because it’s a lot of fun. I like that she likes to play with it and that she’s learning at the same time. Another bonus? It adjusts to your child’s skill level. It goes everywhere with her!

If you're looking for a great way to combine play and learning, look no further than LeapFrog! LeapFrog makes learning fun, and your kids will love to play!

The LeapPad Platinum is an all-new tablet featuring a 7” multi-touch screen with sharp, crisp graphics, a fast and powerful processor and a sleek design. And of course LeapFrog was smart – they created the LeapPad Platinum with a shatter safe screen and wrap around bumper, so if (when) it’s dropped, it won’t break. Other features include:

  • Kid-Smart Fun: Access 1,000+ games and more (sold separately) designed or approved by LeapFrog educators with select titles featuring Just For Me™ Learning.
  • Wi-Fi with Kid-Safe Web: A safe, protected web browser serves up a ton of kid-appropriate videos and more—all reviewed or approved by learning experts.
  • Exciting, interactive gameplay: LeapFrog Imagicard™: Unlock more gameplay with 6 bonus LeapFrog Imagicard™ digital game and interactive cards including a demo game, photo fun, trivia and more. (Game download required.)

This is Mia’s favorite because it’s packed with a ton of games! She also loves that she can take pictures (it holds up to 40,000!) and videos with it. I love that I can let her go on the web without worrying about what she might find. It’s packed with a ton of stuff, too: 8GB memory, and 10 apps: Music player plus 10 songs, Pet Pad Party, Pet Chat, Photo Fun Ultra, 5 Utility Apps and a choice of 1 app download.

If you're looking for a great way to combine play and learning, look no further than LeapFrog! LeapFrog makes learning fun, and your kids will love to play!

The LeapFrog Imagicards are really cool. The kids use the LeapPad camera to activate characters and curricular cards that they then play with. There are currently three sets available:

PAW Patrol – Unleash Math Skills

  • 17 Learning Activities
  • 50+ PAWsome Trivia Questions
  • 33 Cards Bring It All to Life

Letter Factory – Step Right Up to Reading (Note: This has really helped Lila!)

  • 6 Games + 18 Carnival Attractions
  • 50+ Trivia Questions
  • 30 Cards Bring It All to Life

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Deploy Shell-tastic Math

  • 15 Learning Activities
  • 50+ Turtle Trivia Questions
  • 33 Cards Bring It All to Life

LeapFrog Imagicards comes with a branded tin for easy storage and a play mat for card sorting and offline learning activities. All of the cards are digitally included in the game so no worries on missing out on games if the cards are lost.

If you're looking for a great way to combine play and learning, look no further than LeapFrog! LeapFrog makes learning fun, and your kids will love to play!

We really love LeapFrog, and I bet your kids would too. It’s a great way to put play and learning together, and I don’t feel at all guilty giving them screen time.

You can learn more about all LeapFrog product at LeapFrog.com!

And of course don’t forget to follow LeapFrog everywhere! They always have fun contests, giveaways, ideas, deals, and more!

Disclaimer: As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share. All opinions expressed are my own.

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