Saturday, August 31, 2013

Fillmore - Fish and Honey

Not much going on today; so we took about a 20 min. drive out to Fillmore to feed fish, taste honey and buy some fresh produce.

Our first stop was at the Fillmore Fish Hatchery, where the girls had fun feeding the trout that were in trout beds as my daughter described it.  We had gathered about 40 dimes to get handfuls of pellet fish food.  We also brought some plastic cups for them to put the food in.  There is a small bird sanctuary next door to do a little bird and duck watching.  The girls spent about an hour here before we ran out of dimes.  My oldest had to make sure every fish was fed, which was impossible to do.

Down the road is Bennett's Honey Farm.  This is really a small gift shop selling honey and bee products.  There are about 5 different types of honey you can taste including avocado, orange, sage and 2 others.  I was excited to try the avocado since I love avocado.  It did taste like avocado; but I didn't like it as a honey flavor.  My favorite was the sage and bought a small honey bear of it that was on clearance.  They also have a small glass encased display of live bees to watch.

After honey tasting we went to Francisco's Fruits to buy some fresh produce.  We had brought a picnic lunch and purposely didn't pack fruit in order to get it here.  They are the produce stand that is recognized for their red and white tent and has the most cars out of all the other produce stands. Everyone got to pick what they wanted.  My oldest picked baby bananas, the youngest picked strawberries which she shared with me and hubby got apricots.  All the fruit was great!  But the strawberries were the best tasting strawberries.  They were much sweeter than the strawberries we normally have.  Even my oldest who is not a big fan of strawberries liked these ones. It was a fun frugal few hours spent out of the house.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Free Breakfast at Chick-fil-A

From September 9-14, 2013, participating Chick-fil-A® restaurants are giving away a variety of FREE breakfast entrees to customers who make a reservation online. To make your reservation, visit this website beginning Thursday, August 29, 2013 and choose your preferred Restaurant, the date, the time and breakfast entree.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Santa Clarita Youth Sports Festival

 We had never been to the annual Sports Festivals; but decided to try it out this year.  The girls had a lot of fun despite the scorching heat.  The first activity they did was ride the big tricycles.  After a few rounds on the obstacle course, we went to spin the wheel at the Valencia Ice Station table.  The girls won a free public ice skating session and a free trial class.  Next they did some archery.  My youngest wanted to be like the girl on Brave, so she was very excited to try this.  After almost getting the target, they decided to do rock wall climbing. 

By this time it was getting really hot to be outside, so we moved indoors.  Inside was the Healthy Family area.  A mini grocery store was set up and the kids were given a bag to go shopping.  They were able to make their own choices of what 3 foods they would like.  They kept their food and went along to the healthy snack table to pick a snack.  There were 3 snacks to pick from such as carrots, bananas and apples accompanied with a dipping sauce.  My girls chose carrots snack; but didn't care for the yogurt dipping sauce to much.  After snack, they did some hula hooping, played indoor soccer and that concluded the 2 hours we were there.  There were many other activities to do; but didn't have time for them all.  The girls had a great time and would like to go back next year.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Children's Hunger Fund - Bagging Beans

This was our 1st time volunteering at the Children's Hunger Fund.  It was a fun experience.  We helped bag the pinto beans! 

The Sylmar warehouse was bulging at the seams with a great group of 73 volunteers who packaged 5 gigantic bins of pasta and beans and built 1,071 Food Paks for kids in Mexico!