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Get Your Tickets for Lobsterfest 2016

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Lobsterfest is our favorite family event of the year, and tickets sell-out FAST! This is the 8th year of the family-friendly event hosted by Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina on Sunday, August 7, 2016, from 3 to 8 p.m. Live Maine lobster flown in fresh on the morning of the event will be prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes NY Strip Steak, corn-on-the-cob, salads and dessert. Live entertainment from 4 to 8 p.m. will be provided by Pinch Me! Band, a high-energy rock-n-pop band playing favorites from more than seven decades. Pinch Me! features a saxophone, keyboards and guitars accompanied by exceptional vocal harmonies. Their play list includes tunes for dancing and fun. In addition to whole Maine Lobster flown in from Maine the morning of the event, NY Strip Steak and all its complements, full bar and live music, Lobsterfest will have special activities on-site for youngsters provided by Camp James. Tickets for the Lobsterfest at Newport Beach are $60 per person in advance, $80 at the door. Additional lobster may be purchased for $20 each. A special ‘box’ meal for children under 12 is available for $20 in advance and $25 at the door. VIP tickets, which include all-you-can-eat lobster dinner, complimentary beer and wine, valet parking and reserved...

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Free LA Art Exhibit – Open Call 2016: Play

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

  The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) are pleased to present Open Call 2016: Play. On view at LAMAG, which is located at Barnsdall Park (4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90065) from August 18 through September 18, 2016, the community-based, thematic biennial explores the notion of “play” in all its forms and is set to showcase more than 300 promising artists from across Southern California. This year’s Open Call is among the largest and longest running non-juried exhibitions in Los Angeles. The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception on Sunday, August 14, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., which is sponsored by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. The reception will feature an award ceremony honoring best in show ($250), second place ($100), third place ($50), and three honorable mentions ($30) selected by former LAMAG curator Scott Canty. Having begun as the “All City Outdoor Festival” in 1950, Open Call has evolved into one of LA’s premier exhibitions for emerging artists and students to exhibit their artwork and achieve recognition through cash prizes. In 2014, nearly 400 artists lined up to deliver their artwork to the Gallery and this year’s biannual Open Call followed a different format with artists encouraged to freely interpret...

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Get Your Groove and Grub on at Pete’s Sunset Grille

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Music, Summer | 0 comments

  This summer, get your groove and your grub on at a Surf City hotspot Pete’s Sunset Grille at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, with and enticing selection of food and free live concerts every Friday and Saturday evening from 7:00 – 10:00pm. The beachy restaurant is bringing down the house with live rock, hip-hop and blues musicians, and serving up foodie fun with Friday night Taco Buffets and Saturday BBQ the whole family will enjoy, now through Labor Day...

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Couples Day Out at the California Beer Festival (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 1 comment

  Looking for the perfect day date? The California Beer Festival is a great reason to hire a sitter, and spend the day enjoying the best beers in Southern California at Bonelli Park in San Dimas on September 10-11. Celebrating the best microbreweries and craft beers from across the Golden State, California Beer Festival Los Angeles will showcase over 85 ice-cold craft beers on tap, exciting musical performances, a fleet of food vendors and more. Beer enthusiasts and aficionados...

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Extreme Dinos and Hands-On Harley Davidson Fun at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador The Discovery Cube Orange County is always one of my families favorite places to visit. There is always something new to explore, and right now they have two new exhibits running. The first is Extreme Dinosaurs running from May 28 – September 5. The other exciting exhibit is Hands-On Harley-Davidson, it runs May 28 – September 11. Both of these new exhibits gave us hours of enjoyment. We first went to the...

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Pete’s Dragon Family Activity Kit

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  I can’t wait to bring my children to see Pete’s Dragon when it comes out in theaters on August 12th. To get them excited about seeing the movie, I surprised them this weekend by doing some fun and interactive Pete’s Dragon family activities from the Pete’s Dragon Activity Kit that Disney created. Disney knows the importance of expanding on a moviegoing experience with children and creates these amazing activity kits for parents to use with their children at...

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Best Family Hotel in La Jolla: Hyatt Regency La Jolla

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort Last year, we started spending a lot of time in La Jolla. We created unforgettable memories kayaking into sea caves, whale watching, visiting the sea lions, and dining at cutting edge restaurants. The one thing that we have not experienced was staying the night together as a family in La Jolla until recently. Instead of making our summer trip a day trip, we made it a weekend getaway by staying at...

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La Jolla Strand Beach

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed in La Jolla as a guest of the Hyatt While staying at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, I wanted to visit a beach that didn’t have the crowds that La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove have. The staff at the hotel recommended we visit La Jolla Strand Beach for the afternoon, and it was one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited. Since the beach isn’t overcrowded, parking is easy at La Jolla Strand Beach....

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Family-Friendly Asian Cuisine at Cafe Japengo

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Dining, Family, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue While staying at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, we had an unforgettable dinner at Cafe Japengo. When we first made our reservations at the restaurant, I was concerned that it might not have enough kid-friendly options, but the staff at the Hyatt ensured me that it was the best choice for dinner, and they were right. After a day of fun in the sun, we walked across the street for dinner....

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How a2 Milk® Has Changed Our Lives

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.” It has been a couple of months since my family has switched from traditional milk to a2 Milk® and we have seen a significant different in the way we feel. My son, who experiences sensitivities to regular milk, now happily enjoys a glass of a2 Milk® along with his brother and sister at dinner every...

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Creating Summer Memories at MTOC Production of Beauty and the Beast

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 Sponsored Once Spring break is over and we are on the tail end of the school year my mind starts thinking about summer.  I am blessed to be a stay at home mom but by making that choice, we went from a dual income home to a single one which means less money on summer camps and more creative planning.  So once Spring break is over I go into plan mode.  From museums to parks, festivals to random road...

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Free Alessia Cara Concert at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

  Do your kids love Alessia Cara? Mine sure do! Guess what? She is giving a free performance at the Irvine Spectrum Center on Friday, August 19th at 7:30pm at the Giant Wheel Court. The concert is part of the Irvine Spectrum Center back-to-school shopping season and the return of the Endless Summer Festival, which will be held August 18-20. Shoppers will be able to enjoy fun activities across the center all three days from 2 p.m. to 7...

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Season 2 of DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender is Coming

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team One of my kids favorite summer Netflix series has been Voltron Legendary Defender. I have loved watching my children fall in love with the series just as much as I did as a child. Guess what? We just got news that the adventures will continue with season two in late 2016. Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery and writer Tim Hedrick thrilled fans with confirmation of a...

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The Segerstrom is filled with The Sound of Music

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We were invited as a guest of the venue. The Sound of Music has always been one of my all time favorite movies that I enjoyed sharing with my daughter so when I heard that the musical production was coming to the Segerstrom, I was filled with excitement to be able to have her see a live version! The visual aspect of the film is just amazing, and I wasn’t sure of how they would translate the beautiful scenery...

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Cool off with the new Ice Age: Collision Course

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  That pesky squirrel Scrat is at it again, and his quest for his precious acorn jeopardizes the lives of Manny and the rest of his Ice Age Family. His unknowingly cosmic damage he is creating for the love of his acorn puts all on Earth, including the beloved wooly mammoths and their friends all at risk. For those of you new to the Ice Age films you will find humor with a touch of the traditional family moral...

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Ray Romano on Marriage, Parenting, and Ice Age: Collision Course

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of the studio What does Ray Romano say when walking into a room full of mom bloggers? “Is this foreign press?” He then continued to say, “I’m going to put my wallet here. I know exactly how much is in it, so don’t get any ideas.” When a blogger in the room responded by saying, “I’ll trade you,” he said, “You don’t want what’s in there. You don’t want a condom from...

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Bodie – California’s Official Gold Rush Ghost Town

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

  Some people dream of seeing Paris, some dream of Hawaii, I on other hand dreamed of seeing Bodie.  Bodie?, yes Bodie.  Now before you rush to your web browser to find out what/where Bodie is I can give you the 411.  Bodie is a ghost town east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, off the 395.  It’s quite a trek to travel to Bodie so if you are interested in visiting might I suggest...

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Aaron Axelrod’s Dark Matter LA Debut

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

  We had the pleasure this past weekend of being a guest at the Barnsdall’s “Breaking Convention” Summer Soiree, an interactive evening of art, food & fundraising to kick off Aaron Axelrod’s multi-media exhibition, Dark Matter, it was on view at Barnsdall Park thru July 17th. We have an extreme passion for the arts so being able to view this installation really was a treat and sang to our souls. Interactive art brings together a variety of mediums; art,...

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Octonauts Live Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 2 comments

  Explore. Rescue. Protect! “Octonauts” announced a brand new, action-packed and interactive theatre show for the very first time in the U.S. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand new and fan favorite songs led by the entire Octonauts eight-member crew including Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, as they invite audiences aboard an underwater quest through a world full of adventure, interactivity, and tons of sea life surprises. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea...

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Hello Kitty Cafe is finally here

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue As a child of the 70s, three things were very much a part of my life: Tang, The Love Boat, and Hello Kitty.  Alas Tang and The Love Boat are no longer but my love of all things Sanrio continues to live strong and has been passed down to my daughter. A couple of years ago an article surfaced about a Hello Kitty Café.  Now as any good Hello Kitty loving...

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OC Waterfall Hikes

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Cool Places, Family, Hiking Trails | 0 comments

  There are two things that I love in life – waterfalls and sea caves. There is nothing better than getting to splash water on your face from a waterfall after a summer hike. When planning a summer hike with your family, surprise them with a beautiful waterfall at the end of one of these OC waterfall hikes. Holy Jim Waterfall Hike This probably the most popular waterfall hike in Orange County. The hike provides plenty of shade along...

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Best Family Hybrid Compact Sport Utility Vehicle

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Test drive vehicle provided Ever since I found out that my son got into Orange County School of the Arts for their Culinary Arts and Hospitality high school program, I couldn’t stop thinking about how high our monthly gas bill will be from driving him over an hour away from home each day. The logical solution is to start thinking about trading in our gas-guzzling full-size SUV for a more economical Hybrid vehicle. The first hybrid that I put...

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Thrilling Summer Read – Baby Doll

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Books, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 9 comments

 This post is brought to you in partnership with Redhook During the summer, I am always looking for a new book to bring along with me to the beach or pool. I was looking for something a little different to read, and fell in love with the book ‘Baby Doll.’ The minute that I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down, and finished the book in just one day! If you’re looking for a thrilling summer read,...

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Three Books to Read Before Seeing Pete’s Dragon

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Books, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Affiliate links included The story of Pete’s Dragon will come to life for children and adults everywhere in theaters on August 12th. Before taking your kids to see the movie, spend time reading the story together with them at home. While reading the story, your children will gain excitement about the upcoming movie. These are three books inspired by the upcoming Disney movie Pete’s Dragon: Pete’s Dragon: Elliot Gets Lost Age Range: 4 – 8 years Grade Level: Preschool...

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chefschool Summer Camp at The Hood Kitchen

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Camp, Family, Summer | 0 comments

  Do your kids love to cook? Have they shown an interest in culinary arts? Then sign them up for a week at one chefschool’s interactive summer camps. The summer camp is led by a trained chef at the popular Hood Kitchen in Costa Mesa. The week-long, half-day camps offer aspiring young chefs the oppportunity to have fun, learn real-life cooking skills and techniques. All of the classes use fresh local and seasonal ingredients to make “real” food with...

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Creating Summer Family Memories at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Hotel Irvine Hotel Irvine is one of our favorite family staycation destinations and is hosting one of the best summer movie nights in OC at their plush backyard garden. Hotel Irvine has a lush backyard where the outdoor movies take place, and families are made to feel like they are at home during the events. Children can run around, play lawn games, and parents can sit back and relax after a long summer...

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Best Beach Parks in the OC

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Cool Places, Family, Featured, Parks | 0 comments

 Sponsored Orange County is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and parks in Southern California. During the summer, families are often spotted spending time with their children at one of the best beach parks in the OC. I teamed up with Expedia.com for its #SoCalSummer series to share some of the best beach parks in the OC. Bring along your beach gear and get ready to have an unforgettable summer day at one of these...

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The Los Angeles Angels Diamond Club Experience

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Autos, Dining, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Toyota One of our favorite summer family traditions is spending quality time together at an Angel’s game. This year was extra special for our family because we were given the rare opportunity to watch a game at The Los Angeles Angels Diamond Club with Toyota. On the morning of the big game, Toyota delivered a gorgeous Rav4 Hybrid Limited for us to drive in style to the Angel’s game. The car featured a...

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Snorkeling at Los Arcos in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I sat on the balcony of our oceanfront room at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa watching the sunrise over the crystalline waters excited about spending the afternoon snorkeling at Los Arcos for the first time. On my previous trips to Puerto Vallarta, I had tried to make plans to snorkel at Los Arcos, but it never seemed to work out. I had heard so much about the beautiful fish...

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Health eXpress For Busy Families

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Education, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Last month, I woke up with pink eye. I didn’t have time to eat lunch let alone make an appointment to see the doctor or wait hours at the walk-in. So, like many busy moms like myself, I self-treated myself by using leftover drops from one of my kid’s previous pink eye endeavors. What I didn’t know, until recently, was that I could have gotten a virtual consultation with a practitioner using Health eXpress for only $39 while...

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