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Horse for 18" Doll

Horse and Horse Stable for 18″ Doll – Save 35%

If you have a little girl who loves American Girl doll then this deal on the Our Generation Horse and Our Generation Horse Stable at Target this week should not be missed.Horse for 18" Doll

There is a wide variety of horses to choose from at Target.  At the moment the horses that normally retail for $34.95 are now $29.00.  Use the 25% off coupon in the Target Toy Book this week from 11/2/2014 – 11/8/2014 and that brings the price of the horse down to $21.75 before tax.   This is the Thoroughbred Horse that I picked up in my local store today.

Horse Stable for Horse for 18" Doll

Target also has a beautiful Horse Stable.  It normally retails for $89.99 and is currently on sale for $79.00.  Use the 25% off coupon in the Target Toy Book this week from 11/2/2014 – 11/8/2014 and that brings the price of the horse down to $59.25 before tax.

The Target Toy Book was mailed to Red Card holders this past week and are available in select Sunday Papers November 2nd 2014.  The 25% off can only be used in store.  You can use up to four 25% off coupons in a day.  If you are not near a store then you could add the horse and horse stable to your childs’ wish list and save 10% on these 2 items.

Happy Shopping.

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Halloween Sugar Cookies

Halloween Sugar Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free

Last Halloween I wanted to make my sons experience a positive one.  It was his first Halloween without Gluten and Dairy and I new my choc-aholic would find it tough.

After much searching on the internet I found a sugar cookie recipe that I liked.   The recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free Sugar Cookie Recipe from Karen at Only Sometimes Clever.

This sugar cookie recipe is extremely versatile, in that the dough and the cookies freeze well and it’s simple to substitute different flours.  Handling of the dough once the cookies are cut is super easy, even for small hands.

I made these black cats and pumpkins to take to his class party and all the kids loved them.  I don’t think they even noticed they were gluten and dairy free.

I’m planning on making some more for this Halloween.  Does anyone have any tips for decorating?

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Hacienda Oaks Estates

5k For A Cause – Newbury Park

Hacienda Oaks EstatesHacienda Oaks Estates is hosting its second annual 5K trail run on 9/23 in Newbury Park, CA. Join us for a day of outdoor fun in support of this very worthy cause.  

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Newbury Park – Creeper Alert

If you live in Newbury Park, California be on the lookout for a black truck with an extended cab and a white male in his early 30’s.

I first became aware of this man when an email was sent out from our school.  I then saw the following post on the https://www.facebook.com/ThousandOaks365

CREEPER ALERT from on of our readers. “Please be aware and spread the word. There is a white male in his early 30’s that is trying to lure young girls into his truck in the NEWBURY PARK area. He attempted to get a young girl last night and then he tried to get my daughter and her friend tonight. My daughter and her friend were in the Trader Joes/CVS parking lot when he first approached them from his truck, asking them if they wanted $100. After coming out of Trader Joes, the girls headed toward Borchard. As they came around the corner, he was on foot and followed them asking if they wanted money and waiving it at them. They ran as fast as they could home. My daughter’s friend’s parents then went back to the parking lot where he was sitting in his truck. When they approached him he sped away quickly. He had light brown hair with blue eyes. His truck was black with an extended cab, maybe a Ford or Chevy. The license plate# is 8N41864 (might be 8N41684). The cops were called, but !  only took this down as an incident report, even though this was the second report in two days with the same vehicle description and pick up line.They told us that the guy wasn’t breaking the law, so there was nothing they would be able to do.”

If you see this man and vehicle fitting this description please call the Ventura Country Sherrif Department.

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Train 4 Autism – Wednesday Night Family Fun Run

When I got an email earlier this year about a weekly Autism Fun Run in Newbury Park I was excited.
I am not a runner (well I wasn’t) and I thought it would be wonderful way for my son to get some energy out in a safe environment.
This is a place where people on the Autism Spectrum (children, teens and young adults) socialize, stretch, run and encourage each other.
Parents who can run, and help set the pace do.  Others enjoy the much needed break and social time.  There is also at least one local runner who turns up each Wednesday night just to help set pace.
Over the past 3 months I have managed to get stronger and can almost complete a lap of Peppertree Park now.  I know it’s only 0.8 miles, but with arthritis in my feet and compressed discs in my lower back this is an achievement.  My son has learnt that he needs to pace himself if he wishes to complete more than one lap.
This is a Family Fun Run where everyone is welcome:
  • Kids with AutismSamCynthiaGatorRun
  • Siblings and friends
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Runners who want to make a difference and help set the pace for a kid with Autism.
When: Every Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: Pepper Tree Park (map)
                  3650 Old Conejo Rd.
                  Newbury Park, CA 91320
Cost: FREE!

Cynthia Conway, OTR/L, a well-known local Occupational Therapist and Owner/Director of Companion Connection, has begun coaching young people with Autism and together they recently completed their first 5K race. We want to build upon that success and encourage others on the spectrum (and their families) to come out and run, jog, walk, and have a great time! In addition to Cynthia, we’ll have volunteers from Train 4 Autism and Newbury Park Track Club to help everyone safely achieve their goals.   Water will be provided.

What do you need to do? 

  1. Get a good pair of running shoes! We highly recommend Road Runner Sports in Newbury Park to help find the best shoe for you. Jim Cera (Store Manager), Deb, and Israel are all Train 4 Autism supporters so please say hello!
  2. Join the Train 4 Autism monthly newsletter list!
  3. Join Train 4 Autism Ventura County Facebook group as this will be how we confirm our meetings and stay current on all upcoming events!
If you have any questions, you can email Brian the Ventura County Chapter President for Train 4 Autism.

Whether you are family effected by Autism or a runner who would like to make a difference in a families life we hope to see you there!

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AYSO Coach Find My Site

Using Shutterfly for your AYSO Soccer Team

If you are a Team Parent for your childs soccer team it may have been suggested that a Shutterfly site can help you communicate with the team.

Shutterfly is a great tool to share practice times, games, team party and photos.

If you’ve used Shutterfly before then you are probably used to setting up a new Share Site.

I discovered that there is an easier option if your Region has registered your teams.  In Newbury Park, Region 42 has done this.

All you need to do is have the coach forward you an activation email.

If your coach is unfamiliar with the process you can go to the Shutterfly Coaches page.

Enter your coach’s email address on the right hand side of the screen and select the Find my team button.

A list of teams will appear.  Below each team you will see a button labeled Request the email

Pressing this button will send an email to the coach.  The coach can then forward the email and you can set up the site.

You may be wondering what the benefits are of using this link to set up your site.

All the players and parent details will already be set up in Shutterfly when you open your site.  Depending on your typing speed this could save you some significant time.

Enjoy the soccer season.

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Kitchen Aid Professional Mixer

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Qt Stand Mixer

I decided to spoil myself for my birthday this year with this fancy KitchenAid Professional 6-Qt Stand Mixer. I’d been toying with the idea of getting a stand mixer this past year, since starting to bake large batches of gluten free cookies for our son.

With prices typically between $299 and $499, depending on the model it was going to have to be a great price at the right time.

At just $259 I got this professional mixer that was normally $499 along with free shipping and no sales tax.

If you’d like to order a KitchenAid KP26M1PSL Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Silver that features 10 mixing speeds and comes with the dough hook, flat beater, and wire whip attachments they are currently still selling for this low price.

I need to tell you that I did not get paid to write this blog post.  I will earn a commission if you choose to purchase from the link in this post.

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Help Raise $4000 for Hacienda Oaks Estates

We are very fortunate to have Cynthia Conway as part of our sons Team of Therapists.  Cynthia is an Occupational Therapist and on March 24th, 2012, will be running in the Dole Great Race of Agoura.

Cynthia will be participating as a member of Train 4 Autism, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together a community of athletes, physically-active, and socially conscious people who are committed to raising awareness and funds for research and treatment for those living with autism and their families.

Hacienda Oaks Estates,501(c)(3) mission statement is: Providing a self-sustaining farm that will offer opportunities for the community to live green and healthy, while empowering adults with developmental disabilities to lead meaningful and productive lives. (This is Cynthia’s Doctorate project through the University of Southern California)

Cynthia’s goal is to raise $4000.00 for Hacienda Oaks Estates by March 23rd, 2012.

You can donate by Clicking This Link to visit Cynthia’s personal web page and help in her efforts to support Train 4 Autism.

Please support Cynthia in her quest to raise funds for Hacienda Oaks Estates.   To learn more about Hacienda Oaks Estate you can visit www.haciendaoaksestates.org.

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Honeyville Grain - 10% off ends MONDAY, 2/27/2012 AT 6:00 PM PST

Honeyville Grain – 10% off ends MONDAY, 2/27/2012 AT 6:00 PM PST

When I make my Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies I use Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour.  I normally buy the 5lb bags.  They store well in the fridge or the freezer.

Honeyville are offering a 10% discount that ends Monday, 2/27/2012 AT 6:00 PM PST.

USE COUPON CODE “PREPPER” DURING CHECKOUT.  Save on the entire stock of freeze dried meals, meats, fruits, veggies, eggs and more.



Just a friendly reminder that the Honeyville Food Products Sale ends tomorrow evening, 2/27/2012, at 6:00PM, PST (Pacific Standard Time).  Don’t miss out on your chance to save 10% on your entire order*.  Not just one or two clearance items, but everything in stock!  Just browse to http://store.honeyvillegrain.com and add items to your cart as usual.  During checkout enter the coupon code PREPPER on the second page of checkout and click Apply to activate your discount.  Your savings will automatically be deducted.  We appreciate you as a customer and hope that we’re doing everything possible to earn your business.  Don’t miss out on these great savings on top of our everyday low prices.

*OFFER VALID FOR INTERNET ORDERS ONLY.  10% off discount applies only to the contents of your cart and does not apply to shipping. Discount is valid from Wednesday, February 22, 2012 thru Monday, February 27, 2012 at 6:00PM PST.  For assistance call (888) 810-3212 or email discounts@honeyvillegrain.com.

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G’Day LA: Tourism Soars With Help From Australia | NBC Los Angeles

LA tourism numbers have been released, and once again Australia has hopped in as the front-runner in generating the most overseas visitors in Los Angeles.

In 2011, approximately 26.9 million people visited Los Angeles, surpassing the 2007 record of 25.9 million visitors, according to Carol Martinez, vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. That’s an increase of 4.2 percent from 2010.

“This has occurred for the past couple of years, but there are a number of reasons that make Los Angeles is an attractive destination for Australians. One, being the boost in business linkages,” said the Australian Consul-General Chris De Cure.

via G’Day LA: Tourism Soars With Help From Australia | NBC Los Angeles.

Australia has been the front-runner in generating the most overseas visitors to Los Angeles for the past two years.   I’d have to agree with the writer that the increase would have a lot to do with the stronger Australian dollar.

When I moved to the US in late 2001 the Australian dollar bought just $0.50 US.  Today that same dollar will buy $1.04 US.

So I’d like to remind all my Aussie friends and family, especially those that have never visited.., that 2012 is the year for you to get on that Qantas jet and come to Los Angeles.

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