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$200 Apple Store gift card giveaway!

Posted on: March 14th, 2018 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

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This is one of our biggest giveaways ever!  Make sure to hop over to Highlights Along the Way and find our newest giveaway!  In celebration of me going back to school, we are giving away a $200 Apple Store Gift Card! Who wouldn’t love to win!  This is not at all sponsored – we are just giving back to our readers.

I know my San Diego Deals and Steals subscribers and fans are super lucky – so if you have not already checked out our other blog, now is the time!

Best of luck!

Butterfly Jungle Instagram Contest!

Posted on: March 13th, 2018 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is official open!  Now through April 15th you can visit thousands of butterflies in the Hidden Jungle.

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A visit to Butterfly Jungle is included in your admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  It can get very busy, so make sure to get there early or be prepared for a bit of a line.

There is a really fun Instagram Contest going on right now! Share your Butterfly Jungle memories on Instagram with the hashtag #ButterflyJungle for a chance to win a Flightline Safari for four! More details in the link!


LEGOLAND Resort is hiring!

Posted on: February 26th, 2018 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

Fun fact – I worked at LEGOLAND when it first opened! I will always remember it as a fun and cheery place to work. They are currently gearing up for the busy season and are looking to hire 200+ new employees! There are so many rolls to fill.


LEGOLAND® California Resort is the place where you ride your first roller coaster, get your first drivers license and go down your first water slide…notice what’s trending here? The family theme park also wants to be the home of your first job. The time is now to apply for a job at LEGOLAND California Resort as Spring Break recruitment has already begun!

The Resort is hiring Lifeguards for LEGOLAND® Water Park to start as soon possible for the start of the season on March 10. No experience is needed to apply as the Resort provides full and extensive Lifeguard training, including CPR, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration. Choose from unique, full-time Monday through Friday lifeguard roles, as well as our very flexible seasonal lifeguard opportunities that work around school schedules. Joining us NOW for spring break means you guarantee a summer of working with the Park, experiencing fantastic social events and be well placed for promotion opportunities to grow a career internally. Employees, or Model Citizens as LEGOLAND California Resort refers to them, celebrate ‘the love of fun’ every day in creating memorable experiences for their guests.

Career opportunities are at an all time high at LEGOLAND California Resort with LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel opening April 27. There’s approximately 30 leadership positions available such as Food and Beverage Manager, Restaurant & Bar Manager, Front Office Manager, Housekeeping Manager, Head Chef and more. Supervisor positions are also available such as Front Desk Agents, Housekeeping, Bell/Valet, Bartender, Server, Busser, Host, Steward and Cook. Whether you’re starting entry level or looking to further your experience in the field, the perfect position for you awaits at LEGOLAND Castle Hotel.

To discover job opportunities for LEGOLAND California Resort, LEGOLAND Water Park and LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, please visit:

Things to Do in March in San Diego – love where you live!

Posted on: February 26th, 2018 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

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Spring is coming, and it is a lovely time of year to enjoy living in North County. Check out the many great FREE and low-cost things to do in North County San Diego in March.



3/1-3/13 – CARLSBAD | FLOWER FIELDS AT CARLSBAD RANCH ($0 – $16 per person)

Relax and admire the vibrant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that adorn the rolling hillsides of The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This year will feature new landscaping and renovations. Enjoy the display gardens developed by the San Diego Master Gardeners, explore the fragrant sweet pea flower maze, learn about composting and gardening and finally, enjoy a new picnic area where you may bring in your own food or enjoy the food available. The Flower fields features two free parking areas, accessibility for people with disabilities, and restroom facilities.


Admission $16 adults, $14 seniors 60+, $8 children 3–10, free for children under the age of 2. Season passes and group tours available.



The Flower Fields

5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Enjoy the grand opening of local winery tasting room at Twin Oaks Valley Winery. Local wine makers since 2013, they only source their grapes from San Diego County farmers.


Two-for-one tastings, games, and music: Saturday, 2-4 pm, reggae beats by E. Lamour and Mystik Duo; Sunday, 2-4 pm, R&B by James Ian.


1pm to 5pm
Twin Oaks Valley Vintners

1575 Mulberry Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

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This event features contemporary art in San Diego. Some of the best visual artists in the region will be showcased, first with a local exhibition in two galleries and an online gallery with direct links to the artists and second a national publication sent to 1,000+ galleries across the U.S.


5:30pm to 8pm
Escondido Arts Partnership Escondido Municipal Gallery

262 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025
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The City of Encinitas annual Easter Egg Hunt with 20,000 eggs to be found. Two live shows from Hullabaloo on-stage at 10:30am and 11:15. Enjoy the day and picnic at Encinitas Community Park. Please note, there will not be any food or drink available for purchase at the event. Please bring your own basket or bag for eggs. Limited parking is available on-site at the park. Auxiliary parking is available at the Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas north parking lot, accessed off of Devonshire Drive.


10 a.m. to noon

Encinitas Community Park

425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
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FREE Pretzel at Auntie Annie’s on March 3rd!

Posted on: February 20th, 2018 by Kate Hamernik 2 Comments

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Our family loves FREEBIE days! Here is a fun one for your calendar.  Auntie Annies is one of our favorites when we go to the outlet mall in Carlsbad!

Get ready for free pretzels at Auntie Anne’s Free Pretzel Party!

Auntie Anne’s will be giving away free pretzels on March 3rd if they receive 1 million RSVP’s for their Free Pretzel Party! If they reach their quota, the Free Pretzel Party will take place from 10 AM – 2 PM March 3, 2018, at participating Auntie Anne’s locations. Valid for one free Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel per guest.

RSVP now & check back for your free pretzel!

Free Pretzels at Auntie Anne’s on March 3rd
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Disneyland Price Jump! Grab tickets through Get Away Today by February 20th for a discount!

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by Kate Hamernik

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Disneyland officially raised their prices on February 11th. With record breaking crowds and so many new attractions it was anticipated, but still a bummer for those on a budget.  I have a hot tip that can save you some money on a trip to Disneyland, but you will have to act fast.

Get Away Today has a special deal that expires on February 20th. Get Away Today purchases their tickets in advance and still has inventory of tickets! They have a limited amount of tickets and time to sell tickets at their original price.  If you are planning to go to Disneyland this year, it makes sense to scoop up tickets at a discounted price in advance. Current discount prices are available as long as you book your Disney vacation by Tuesday, February 20, 2018. With these specials, you will save anywhere from $20 – $35 per ticket. That’s a savings of up to $175 for a family of five – just for booking with Get Away Today by February 20th!

There are several outside ticket vendors, but there is only one that I endorse that partners directly with Disney (as well as other resorts – but this post is about discount tickets for Disneyland). Get Away Today offers discounted tickets as well as discounted hotel and ticket package deals.

Buy Discounted Disneyland Packages HERE! (Stay-cations!) – remember to use the code HIGHLIGHTS for a bonus discount of an additional $10 off most packages.

Buy Discounted Disneyland Tickets HERE! (Day-cations!)

If you are choosing one of their multi day packages with discounted hotel too, make sure to use the code HIGHLIGHTS for an additional $10 off.

Check out more information on Get Away Today tickets here.

Honestly, even at over $100 per one day ticket, I still think Disneyland is one of the best values around.  For our family they have the best rides, shows, and attractions of any Southern California Theme Park.

Discount Disneyland tickets limited time get away today