Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to holidays and gift giving, I always seem to struggle to find that ‘perfect gift’. Well, Christmas is gone and Valentine’s Day is creeping up quickly… I’ve been scratching my head, thinking about what I could possibly give my spouse or even ask for. If your husband or partner is like mine, they like a list on Amazon or somewhere easily accessible, to help them with ideas.

I decided to shop local in Sacramento, CA and gathered a few gift ideas for my readers, to make things just a little easier for you. I think you’ll appreciate some of the products below. No, this gift guide isn’t filled with hearts and roses, but there’s definitely something for everyone on your list.

Keep scrolling for 10 ways to spoil the love of your life this Valentine’s Day!

1. Jason Keyser of JK’s Rustic Woodwork, has a Rustic Heart Valentines Day event coming up in February. See the event details here.

2. Cassidy’s Crazy Cans in Sacramento offers some unusual handmade glass trays that can be seen here. She has a sale on Saturday Feb 10th from 11am-3pm.

3. Check out these beautiful handmade trays from Devine Gifts. You can find her on Facebook at Devine Gifts.

4. I love these super cute earrings from Twee Her jewelry is affordable and unique. Keri makes colorful, nature inspired jewelry that helps quirky girls show off their inner whimsy. 

5. I am super excited about Jens Custom work. She makes custom name rings, necklaces, bracelets and keychains out of strips of metal. Check out her page here

6. In need of some custom made Valentine cookies? Tausha has an in home custom cookie business. She makes cookies baked to order and can create custom cookie cutters and stencils. Find her on Facebook here

7. How about an adorable custom rose bouquet with a combo of real and dollar roses. Check out Congratulei

8. I love the steampunk look here from Penz Jewelz

9. Candles Soy Delicious offers custom poured candles. Make dinner by candlelight extra special with a custom candle.

10. Looking for something decorative perhaps? Check out Joy Bushey on Pinterest Do you have any cute ideas to add to this list? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

 

REVIEW: Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ presented by AMSOIL

My family and I were eager to see the Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA last night. This was my very first time attending a Monster Jam event, and of course, my kids couldn’t get there fast enough!

My husband (who is excellent at prepping for events and trips), made a quick stop at Harbor Freight for ear plugs and protective ear muffs. We all opted for the ear muffs… It gets rather loud at the show, so be sure to keep those ears protected, especially for little ones.

We left home early to secure a parking spot near the Golden 1 Center, but ended up circling for almost an hour. Be warned, if you’re attending the show, it’s best to go early! Traffic was crazy and parking was difficult…

Once we were inside, my kids were instantly captivated by the Monster Trucks. My daughter (5) squealed with delight as Monster Truck Zombie entered the arena, arms flapping with each amazing trick; my son (8), yelled with excitement when his favorite, Maximum Destruction, did cool tricks!

My favorite monster truck was Monster Mutt Dalmation driven by Cynthia Gauthier. Cynthia did an AWESOME job and won the first Monster Jam Freestyle at the Golden 1 Center. The crowd went crazy!

There was never a dull moment at this family friendly event! From racing buggies to ATV’s, to the large Monster Trucks themselves, this show is not to be missed!

The entire event is about two hours long, including intermission. You do not need close seating as every view is perfect. Be prepared for the noise, and have a great time!

For more pictures and video footage, please look for me on instagram https://www.instagram.com/z.queen.bee/

Here’s a clip of Monster Truck Zombie in action…

*Sponsored Advertisement. My family and I were given complimentary tickets in exchange for my opinion of this event.

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Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ presented by AMSOIL

Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ presented by AMSOIL Roars Into Sacramento For Three Action-Packed Events January 20-22

**Ultimate Showdown of Eight Extreme Monster Jam Teams

Going Head-to-Head in Seven Endurance Competitions

Driving Three Different Vehicles**

(Sacramento, CA) – The infamous 2,000 horsepower engines are revving up again and ready to roar full throttle back into the Central Valley as the Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ presented by AMSOIL, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, makes the first-ever motorsports event appearance in Sacramento’s new downtown venue, Golden 1 Center, for three action-packed events from Friday, January 20th – Sunday, January 22nd.

The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL can only be seen in select cities across the country and features the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam competing against one another in a points-based format that showcases the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles to deliver what fans want to see most – more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!

Unlike any other Monster Jam event, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series is the definitive test of endurance, versatility and driving skills that showcases these premiere athletes as they go head-to-head in seven unique endurance competitions driving three different vehicles: Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs; ultimately battling for points in both racing and freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit.

Opening Night tickets start at just $15 for the BIGGEST show in the Golden 1 Center! Don’t miss Monster Jam coming to Sacramento from Jan. 20-22! Restrictions, exclusions and fees may apply.

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Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ presented by AMSOIL

Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ presented by AMSOIL Roars Into Sacramento For Three Action-Packed Events January 20-22

**Ultimate Showdown of Eight Extreme Monster Jam Teams

Going Head-to-Head in Seven Endurance Competitions

Driving Three Different Vehicles**

(Sacramento, CA) – The infamous 2,000 horsepower engines are revving up again and ready to roar full throttle back into the Central Valley as the Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ presented by AMSOIL, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, makes the first-ever motorsports event appearance in Sacramento’s new downtown venue, Golden 1 Center, for three action-packed events from Friday, January 20th – Sunday, January 22nd.

The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL can only be seen in select cities across the country and features the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam competing against one another in a points-based format that showcases the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles to deliver what fans want to see most – more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!

Unlike any other Monster Jam event, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series is the definitive test of endurance, versatility and driving skills that showcases these premiere athletes as they go head-to-head in seven unique endurance competitions driving three different vehicles: Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs; ultimately battling for points in both racing and freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit.

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series team athletes vying to be Sacramento champions are:

Grave Digger® driven by Cole Venard

Max-D® driven by Jared Eichelberger

El Toro Loco® driven by Mark List

Monster Mutt® Dalmation* driven by Cynthia Gauthier

Zombie™ driven by Tyler Groth

New Earth AuthoritySM (N.E.A.) driven by Travis Groth

Scooby-Doo™ driven by rookie Myranda Cozad

Mohawk Warrior* driven by rookie Bryce Kenny

*Two new Monster Jam teams coming to 2017 Sacramento event (not featured in 2016 event)

Plus, fans are always encouraged to come to the arena early on both Saturday and Sunday for the Monster Jam® Pit Party pre-show experience which provides unprecedented access to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers – you can see the trucks up close, meet the athletes, get their autographs and take photos!

*Pit Pass required for entry; purchase price $10 for all ages.

WHEN: Friday, January 20, 2017

Event Time – 7:00 PM

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pit Party open from 4:30 PM–6:00 PM

**Saturday event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry

Event Time – 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pit Party open from 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

**Sunday event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry

Event Time – 1:00 PM
WHERE: Golden 1 Center – 500 David J. Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA 95814

TICKETS: Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at just $20 each*

Pit Passes available to purchase for $10 each

Tickets are now available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the Golden 1 Center Box Office.

*ticket prices subject to change – additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

For the die-hard Monster Jam fans, we are now offering the official Monster Jam Collector’s ticket featuring stunning 3D graphics! This special souvenir keepsake is your ticket into the show and is the ultimate collectible for Monster Jam fans – available for exclusive purchase online only through Ticketmaster.com.

**Sent only via UPS or Mail. Tickets will be delivered within four weeks of your purchase. Any changes to your ticket order after the fact may cause delays. Offer is only available at the time of your internet ticket purchase.
2017 Season Kickoff presentation video:

https://www.facebook.com/MonsterJam/videos/10154400000030833/

For more information on Monster Jam, please log onto www.MonsterJam.com

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http://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/sacramento-ca-0

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About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

DISNEY ON ICE presents PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE

Pack Your Bags for the Ultimate Tour of Disney Destinations in
DISNEY ON ICE presents PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE
Coming to Sacramento’s newest venue Golden 1 Center from November 3-6

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as your tour guides a magical globetrotting getaway as they travel to the timeless worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and the #1 animated feature film of all time, Frozen, in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure! Celebrate some of the most memorable Disney tales and landscapes with all your favorite characters in one fun-filled ice production, playing from November 3rd–6th at the the brand new Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento.

Mickey and Minnie will take audiences on a sightseeing adventure created for the entire family to explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to meet up with Tinker Bell. Plus, travel to Arendelle for an extraordinary adventure with sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite, huggable snowman Olaf, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all.

Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set that captures all four unique worlds. Upbeat music, lovable characters and unforgettable moments make this an experience families will cherish forever!

WHEN: Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6
Thursday, Nov. 3 7:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 4 7:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 5 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 6 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

WHERE: Golden 1 Center – 547 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at just $20!

Special Opening Night discount tickets available for 50% off for select seating (not valid for VIP/Front Row levels)

All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the Golden 1 Center Box Office.

*tickets prices are subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure, along with the full line up of Disney On Ice productions for the 2016-2017 season, go on sale August 16, 2016. Visit http://presale.disneyonice.com for the shows and dates coming to your hometown.

For more information, please visit www.DisneyOnIce.com or follow us on these social media platforms:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #PassportToAdventure
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

Disney On Ice Celebrates “The Magic of Storytelling” With a Passport To Adventure Storytime

Disney On Ice Celebrates “The Magic of Storytelling” With a Passport To Adventure Storytime at the Sacramento Central Library’s Kid Zone *Thursday, November 3 @ 10:30 AM*

Disney On Ice arrives back in Sacramento to showcase the fun-filled production, Passport to Adventure, with its first performances inside the new Golden 1 Center. Four classic Disney stories are featured in the performance including the timeless worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and the #1 animated feature film of all time, Frozen.

To help promote literacy among their young fans, Disney On Ice is making a special appearance at the Sacramento Central Library’s regular Thursday morning Toddler Storytime. Children and their caregivers are invited to 30 minutes of stories, fun songs, rhymes and movement activities, all designed to build early literacy skills. Disney On Ice will also take the kids on a Passport to Adventure journey through all the Disney “worlds” featured in the show with special themed activities from each of the movies.

Plus the kids & families will have a special surprise character visit from two of Disney’s biggest stars!

WHERE: Sacramento Central Library – 828 I Street, Sacramento CA 95814

*Event will be located in the Kid Zone / Lower Level

WHEN:
Thursday, November 3rd starting at 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – Frozen storytime with kids
10:50 AM – Disney character appearance

CONTACT: Heather Atherton, Atherton Public Relations
916.316.4568 (mobile) / athertonpr@gmail.com

Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure skates into Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center November 3-6, 2016. Tickets can be purchased at www.disneyonice.com.

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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com

Host a Party with Eggland’s Best!

On Sunday, September 20th, I enjoyed the company of local Natomas and Elk Grove families. I invited them over for a special taste testing with Eggland’s Best. I was delighted to host this event as I know how much my kiddos enjoy their eggs, whether fried, scrambled, baked or boiled! Those who attended, enjoyed the offerings and appreciated that Eggland’s Best strives to provide a nutritionally superior egg that is the best in quality, taste and freshness.

We enjoyed several recipes utilizing Eggland’s Best eggs, including a delicious Broccoli and Cheddar quiche, Caramel Cupcakes, Chocolate Bundt Cake, pancakes and so much more… The kiddos thought it was fun having hard boiled eggs and utilizing the Eggland’s Best serving spatula for our pancakes.

To learn more about the nutritional benefits of Eggland’s Best eggs versus other eggs, click here.

Check out all the photos from my party on my Pinterest Board here.

*In exchange for this review, Eggland’s Best eggs provided me with some supplies for my party. This review is entirely my own.

Marvel Universe LIVE!

My family and I were given the opportunity to attend opening night of “Marvel Universe Live!” on Thursday March 12, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena. With 25 superheroes and villains battling for the ultimate power, this was a show my family wanted in on!

Girls have plenty to see at other shows like Disney on Ice.  Finally, there is a live show that appeals to boys!  Of course our daughter had a blast too, so even though super heroes appeal to boys more than girls, girls will find fun characters like Black Widow and Captain Marvel in attendance.  Marvel Universe Live is action packed with fight sequences, superheroes, our favorite villains, pyrotechnics, video, motorcycles, acrobatics and some very creative special effects.  The only dull moment in the show is the intermission!

The show begins with a narrator giving us background on the plot, and some giant projected video shots to support that plot.  Thor the Asgardian appears and continues the narrative followed by a huge bang and pyrotechnics, so ear muffs might be a good idea for little ears.

There is a strong storyline based on Thor’s actions, and the reaction of his half-brother Loki, which the entire show closely follows after that initial bang.   Some of the greatest heroes and villains in the Marvel universe quickly find their way into the adventure, including Spider man, Iron man, Wolverine, the Hulk, Captain America, the Red Skull, Killian, the Green Goblin, the Lizard Rhino, Falcon, Storm, and a number of other well-known heroes and villains.

The creative plot sets up four storylines that converge and intersect as three groups seek out a power source and another pair (Bruce Banner and Wolverine) go off separately to free captured heroes from Loki’s grasp.  Each storyline features specific types of amazing acrobatic performances and fight scenes, as well as some amazing motorcycle and automotive stunt sequences.  The stunt sequences were pretty spectacular, and I quickly lost count of how many times my seven year old son said “Wow!” or “Look at that!  Did you see that?”  My son was absolutely mesmerized and had a wonderful time.

My young children never noticed the gimmicks and tricks used to make superhero powers.  There is a little bit of tongue in cheek suspension of disbelief when it comes to the costumes and special effects.  Teenagers and adults will probably notice early on that they make use of wires and pulleys to make the characters fly and zip around.  Yes, it’s true, these are actors and they don’t actually have super powers.  But the producers used some very clever and creative techniques to make spider man walk up walls and Thor fly while dishing out lightning bolts to the villains.  Before you go, remember that this isn’t a movie where they can use computer graphics to make the hulk transform right in front of your eyes and hide the blue screen.  It’s a theater production.  There will be wires, and smoke will hide the actors from time to time.  They might throw a net around some characters and shine the lights elsewhere so you don’t notice them changing the props.  But it’s still an amazing show.

Once you forget about the wires, teens and adults will enjoy the amazing acrobatic displays.  I know I said the actors weren’t actually super heroes, but the actors must have super human endurance and agility because there are very few people who could manage the level of energy, flexibility, and strength they displayed.

As an adult I was thrilled by the motorcycle and automotive stunts.   There are a few jumps that the Red Skull and Captain America made that made my jaw drop so far I’m still trying to close my mouth.  I couldn’t believe they could pull off those stunts without crashing into a wall or falling thirty feet onto their heads.  There were certainly no wires involved in the motorcycle stunts that had me on the edge of my seat!

Another thing that teens and adults should enjoy is the strong storyline.  The action isn’t mindless displays of acrobatics or explosions, but follows a continuous story that has plenty of peril and lots of humor.  Spider man and the Goblin trade as many verbal jabs as physical ones.  The Wolverine and Bruce Banner tease each other relentlessly.  Speaking of Bruce Banner, they don’t leave out his alter persona.  There is a climactic showdown between the Hulk and Loki.  Part of this climax is my son’s favorite moment when the Hulk “smashes” a jeep!

Kids most certainly aren’t the only ones who will get a kick out of Marvel Universe Live! Teens and other adult comic fans have much to look forward to.   Yes you may roll your eyes and groan at a bad pun.  You may stop for a moment and think “who is that villain?” or laugh uncontrollably when you figure out how they faked a superpower like Captain America’s shield flying through the air.  In the end though, I’m pretty confident that you will join in the applause at the end of the show when the good guys conquer the villains. Marvel Universe Live is fun for the entire family!

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my honest opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give opinions that are 100% mine.