Everyone loves an outdoor event with the sun shining and gorgeous weather. San Diego is known for the weather and it is easy to find some activity almost every weekend that is worth attending.

Old Town San Diego is the birthplace of California. In 1769, Gaspar de Portola and Junipero Serra founded the San Diego Presidio and Mission San Diego de Alcala. There were the first Spanish settlements in Alta California which is now the state of California. In the 1820’s, San Diego started at the base of the bluff now known as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. In 1834, the Mexican government granted San Diego a chartered town but in 1838, that status was revoked. The area was too far from water needed for importing and exporting goods. California was admitted to the United States in 1850 even though it had a small population of around 650 people.  But Old Town still remained the heart of the city until development of the downtown San Diego area.

Today Old Town is a tourist area with hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and events that bring people from everywhere to visit and enjoy the flavor of the past combined with the present.

I attended an event called the TwainFest. This free and family friendly event took place August 18. This event celebrates the writings of Mark Twain. There were games for the children such as sack racing and flipping “frogs” in different booths. The booths were all a tribute to the Mark Twain writings that we grew up with.





I was fascinated with the large puppets that roamed the area. And there were even horse-drawn rides that absolutely terrified my Doberman puppy. She barked every time they circled the square where most of this event took place. I was busy taking photos with my new Nikon camera so I was wandering around watching the happy children and families. The historic costumes were a great addition to the overall atmosphere.




One of the highlights to my visit was a narrator to one of the books that Mark Twain wrote. This “actor” read this book at a podium with a crowd of people who stared in amazement at the inflections and entertainment of this reader. His voice carried well and the audience laughed out loud while listening intently.


I hope you enjoy my pictures and a glimpse into the area and history of the region. There is so much to do in San Diego and I would love to share this with you, my readers.





Kindle Anniversary Giveaway


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Celebrate Our Bloggin’ Anniversary

November 15 to December 3

*Reading is fun! And Kindle makes it easy*

All-New Kindle Fire 7″ Tablet

7″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16GB

Loads of ebooks to go with it !!
Thanks to all these wonderful authors x

Runner-up ebook prizes too !!
#1 Runner-up gets
Sisters in Love by Melissa Foster
Lovers at Heart by Melissa Foster
Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayala
Hidden Under Her Heart by Rachelle Ayala
The Symbolon by Delia Colvin
The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo by Marshall Best
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Sisters in Love by Melissa Foster
Lovers at Heart by Melissa Foster
Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayala
Hidden Under Her Heart by Rachelle Ayala
These Awesome Friends are celebrating with us!

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We love finding and experiencing all the great adventures that reading brings us. I am so excited to be a part of this giveaway and for you to have a chance at this Kindle and the many FINE books listed above!

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$100 Black Friday Shop Till You Drop Giveaway

Black Friday 2013 $100 Giveaway brought to you by Xtreme Qpon and Minding My Matters

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Newman’s Own Organic

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I have never thought myself an organic loving person. I was surprised at how good they can be. Newman’s Own Organic foods are in a class by themselves. They are flavorful and good to eat.

I received a collection of their products to try for myself. I was skeptical but plunged right in. I am putting their chocolates at the top of my list of candies that I recommend and eat. I loved the raspberry, caramel and peanut butter cups. Yum!!! They weren’t what I considered organic should taste like. They were rich in flavor and satisfied my sweet tooth.

My son loved the Ginger-O’s Cookies. He said that they tasted like gingerbread but with a little bite to them. He thought it was because the ingredients were natural. The Newman-O’s Creme Filled Chocolate Cookies were another favorite. They were crisp and tasty. I would have never associated them with what I considered “organic”. And the juicy dried fruits were amazing.

I am changing my opinion on organic. I love products that have ingredients I have heard of. I will try more of Newman’s Own Organic products and recommend them to everyone I know.





If you would like to try these, I am offering a giveaway with some of the chocolate products. Please enter below and try these products. You can find them in some local organic stores.

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I received products to review. All opinions and photos are my own.


Patch Games Holiday Gift Hop



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Patch games are a part of my childhood. Some of these games have been around a long time but are timeless. I am happy to be reviewing one of these fun games.


Dice games have always been my favorite. That is why I chose Shizzle to review. Game night will never be the same. Shizzle is for ages 8 and up. This is perfect for my family. My adult children like to get together to play games and the laughing and bonding that goes on is great.

Shizzle is a game that uses six dice. Each die has its own combination of colors and dots. The dice are thrown and then lined up for points. You want to match colors or dots in the row to get points. Getting six in a row gives you the Shizzle that you are looking for. You add up points. There is a bank in the middle that has the chips used for the points. The round ones are worth one and the square ones are worth five.



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The directions are easy to follow so join in and have fun with your friends and family. For a chance to win your own Shizzle game, enter my rafflecopter below.

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I received a game to review. All opinions and pictures are my own.

Hallmark Get Carded Challenge

Hallmark. It is a name we have known for years and years. We associate it with quality and good taste. But with the popularity of computers today, we get away from the personal touch we used to have with our family and friends.

I jumped at the chance to participate in the Hallmark Get Carded Challenge. It is the opportunity to connect and reconnect with the people you care about. This is the challenge to send seven cards in seven days. I was sent a package of ten cards and even the stamps to send them.


I am on day three. On day one, I sent a birthday card to my daughter Becca. It was a little late but I am anxious to hear from her. Today I mailed a birthday card to my oldest grandson, J.J. who is turning 17 years old on the 10th. This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. With six children and twelve grandchildren, it is a challenge in itself to remember birthdays.

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Next I will mail to two of my grandsons a card to encourage them for the new school year. Mikey lives in Maryland and Joseph lives in Virginia. Sabrina, my granddaughter will receive a late birthday card but I am adding a pair of earrings along with the card. She won’t care that it is late. I have chosen a special card for a special sister-in-law. She is always thinking of others and it will be nice to remember her just because.

This is one post that will be a work in progress. I will share with you the response from these mailings.


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One other very nice bonus is the discount code I have available for you. Use the discount code BLOG30 to buy cards for 30% off at throughout the year.

And to top it off, they are offering the Hallmark Card Rewards. Register and check it out. Every 100th new member, up to eight, to sign-up will receive $250. That’s eight chances to be rewarded just for signing up! Once you complete the sign-up form, you will be eligible.

Enter my giveaway to get your own set of Hallmark Cards. They are beautiful, sentimental, silly, funny, happy and encouraging. Everything you want to share with your loved ones.
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And for all you bloggers, if you meet the qualifications you can do the challenge too. Check it out here.