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A Girls Night Out at Corks & Canvas

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Recently, I had the chance to attend a really cool monthly event; Corks & Canvas, hosted by Fire + Ice at the GardenWalk in Anaheim. The funny thing is, I had just added a night out to go painting on my list of must do’s for the year ahead, I’m big on broadening my experiences each year. I was even more excited since this would allow me to revisit my love of painting; something I haven’t done for about ten years now. Venturing out in the rain this evening, I found I wasn’t going to let a little water from the sky stop me from painting and following my passion again. Corks & Canvas is all about enjoying an evening of painting! I loved that our instructor was from the local college and would guide us all, helping to create our own individual masterpieces. The knowledge of an instructor is key, plus they can teach you all the little tricks that make the paintings come to life. It’s a bit like a puzzle, but then the brushstrokes of paint take a life of their own. What was once an empty canvas is full of color. I adored that I could have a girls night out too!...

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46th Annual Festival of Whales

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Families are invited to the “Whale Capital of the West” during the Dana Point Festival of Whales March 4 & 5, 11 & 12. Experience this ancient winter to spring migratory ritual with family and friends, and enjoy seaside activities and whale watching excursions. The 46th Annual Festival of Whales will take place on the weekends of March 4 & 5 and 11 & 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore all that Dana Point Harbor offers both on and off shore with a variety of fun and educational activities for the whole family including a parade, the Whale of a Concert and BBQ, sand sculpting competition, educational hands-on activities and more. The Festival of Whales Parade on March 4 at 10 a.m. will kick off the two-weekend celebration, embracing the festival’s theme of Magical Migration with floats, giant helium balloons and more. The route will run along Pacific Coast Highway, beginning at Selva Road and ending at Golden Lantern in Dana Point. Whale watching excursions will depart from the wharf every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the festival weekends, and showcase the abundance of marine life on Southern California’s coast. Prices and trip durations vary. Wrap up a wonderful weekend of whale watching at the...

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A New Star Wars Story Begins

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London. The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the...

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Paws Fur Pink: Dog-Friendly Run/Walk

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Do you have a furry best friend? Then you’ll want to get a pink leash and bring them to the Irvine Regional Park this weekend for the Paws Fur Pink dog-friendly run/walk to raise awareness of breast and canine cancer. Participants can register to run or walk with their dogs and raise funds for charity paw-tners, which include the Orange County and Los Angeles Affiliates of Susan G. Komen, and the National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF). The first...

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Making Monster Jam a Tradition

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Monster Jam is one of my most favorite shows to take my two sons to see. My oldest son is now 14, and we have been attending Monster Jam ever year since he was just 4 years old. We always make sure to get Pit Passes when purchasing our tickets so that we can get an up close look at the impressive monster trucks and meet their drivers before the show....

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Erasing My Breast Surgery Scars

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Beauty, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored After having my mastopexy (breast lift), I have been diligently using different products to prevent scarring. Although I have been doing everything possible to erase my breast surgery scars, I wasn’t successful in having them disappear completely following my surgery with just creams/gels alone. During one of my follow-up consultations with Dr. Niccole, he recommended that I have a V-Beam laser treatment done to fully erase the surgical lines from my breasts. Almost everyone who makes the investment...

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Breakfast with a View at Las Brisas

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue If you’ve been following us on social media, then you are aware of how we’ve become very fond of the new menu items at Las Brisas. While staying loyal to favorite traditional dishes here, we love to explore the new entrées that are being introduced to complement their menu. One recent morning we were invited to dine and enjoy a fantastic breakfast at Las Brisas. What’s better than Las Brisas on...

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59th Annual GRAMMY Gift Lounge

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Did you watch the GRAMMY’s this year? It was one of the best award shows of the year, and we were thrilled to have an inside looking into the 59th Annual GRAMMY Gift Lounge. The gift lounge was located in a series of white tents next to the Staples Center where the most influential stars in Hollywood gathered to be showered with lavish gifts. When we walked into the gift lounge,...

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The Harlem Globetrotters: The Most Entertaining Basketball Team in History

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When you hear the name Harlem Globetrotters you think basketball, laughter and family fun.  We’ve seen the Globetrotters numerous times and I can tell you that we will see them many more.  After the first time I watched them play, I decided to find out more about the most entertaining basketball team in history.   I was surprised to find that the Globetrotters originated in the south side of Chicago, Illinois,...

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Books, Entertainment | 14 comments

 Sample received I love to watch and read Marvel Comics. Growing up with two brothers there has always been Marvel Comic books all over my house and a Marvel movie always playing on the television. It is rarely I read or look at a Marvel movie about a girl, so when I found out about the book The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World I was stoked! I literally grabbed the book and started reading it the first minute...

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Five Best Restaurants in Mayakoba Mexico

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The best part about planning a family vacation to Mayakoba is that you don’t have to leave the property. There is a wide variety of dining options between the three resorts, and there is complimentary shuttles available for guests staying at Mayakoba. When planning your upcoming visit, make reservations to dine at one of the five best restaurants in Mayakoba. La Laguna Fairmont Maykoba La Laguna offers a large breakfast buffet...

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Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Descanso Gardens is pleased once again to welcome springtime with its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Due to overwhelming popularity, the festival will expand to two weekends this year—Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5 and 11-12, 2017. Reservations must be made in advance for timed tickets that will go on sale to the public February 17 at descansogardens.org. As always, this year’s celebration will feature entertainment, Japanese cuisine, origami and more. Activities include the following and are free with admission...

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OC Rescue Mission Faces Food Shortage

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  As homelessness continues to rise throughout Orange County, the Orange County Rescue Mission is in dire need of food supplies. The nonprofit organization is urgently seeking the community’s help to provide more than 33,600 canned and boxed food items, which will help to feed 400 local families in need each month for six months. “Hunger is an epidemic that is spreading right here in our community,” says Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission, who explains...

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The Pizza Press Opens in Rancho Santa Margarita

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I had heard so much buzz about the pizza being served at The Pizza Press but was never able to make it to North Orange County to try it. The minute that I heard they were opening a new location in Rancho Santa Margarita; I couldn’t wait to sink my taste buds into some of their freshly made pizza. When my daughter had a day off school last week, I brought...

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Tickets Available for The Carlsbad Flower Fields

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored Springtime is here, and for ten weeks, 50 acres of the rolling hillsides in Carlsbad, CA are adorned with giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers transforming the landscape into a solid expanse of vibrant banded color at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®. This spring, The Flower Fields is debuting a new greenhouse blooming with a historical display on the evolution of the poinsettia. This is a special treat for all visitors as the flower normally only blooms during the...

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Authentic Mexican Cuisine at La Laguna

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue On our last evening in Mayakoba, we were treated to an evening full of culinary delights at La Laguna at the Fairmont Mayakoba. La Laguna is located right on a river where families can bask in the beautiful water views. My daughter and I had a seat right on the waterfront where we could see animals frolicking in the mangroves across the water. The minute that the menu arrived, we were...

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Kaiser Permanente Farmer’s Market

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Kaiser Permanente has a strong focus on family wellness. Just one of the benefits of being a Kaiser Permanente member is being able to take advantage of seeing your physician and bringing home fresh produce from their onsite farmer’s market. Once a week, Kaiser Permanente invites local farmers to come to their facility to offer locally grown produce for their customers. Recently, I had the honor of visiting Kaiser Permanente in Irvine to explore their farmer’s market. While...

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Mysterious World of Magic at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  The mysterious world of magic will once again cast its spell upon The Queen Mary at the 2nd annual FantaSea Saturday, April 8, from 12 – 6:00 p.m. The glory of The Queen Mary and the mystique of the Academy of Magical Arts, and their World Famous Clubhouse – The Magic Castle, will converge to create another captivating day of show-stopping performances and sleight-of-hand tricks. Get up close and personal with roaming magicians ready to captivate, learn a...

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Anaheim White House Foodie Fundraising Event

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  In a show of solidarity, many top OC chefs and restaurateurs are uniting to help their colleague, Sir Bruno Serato, in the wake of a fire that closed his Anaheim White House restaurant, leaving his staff unemployed. The public is invited to attend the event to be held at Highway 39 Event Center (1563 South College Blvd, Anaheim, 92806) on Presidents Day, Monday, February 20 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and include menu...

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Garden Workshops Blooming at the Great Park

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The Orange County Great Park is in bloom with its Winter/Spring Garden Workshop series beginning Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Great Park’s Farm + Food Lab. The Garden Workshops, developed in cooperation with the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County, features instructions from gardening experts on sustainable home gardening practices. The Garden Workshops will take place on select Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. All workshops are free to the public, along with take-home project activities...

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Latin Asian Cuisine at El Puerto in Mayakoba

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The first thing that I wanted to do when arriving in Mayakoba was to have dinner at the highly acclaimed Richard Sandoval restaurant, El Puerto. The restaurant combines Asian and Latin cuisine that takes guests on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. We checked into our beautiful room at the Fairmont Mayakoba and then got dressed to have dinner at El Puerto. We took a seat at a table that looked out over...

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Action and Adventure in The Lego Batman Movie

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Warner Bros Your children are going to fall in love with Batman all over again in theaters starting today when watching The Lego Batman movie. Last week, I took my kids to the Warner Bros studio lot in a cool Chevrolet Cruz Hatchback for a sneak peek at the film, and my kids loved every minute of the movie. Once the theater went dark, and the film began, we were immersed into the...

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Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African-American Culture

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways | 3 comments

  Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s fifteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers. The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, and storytellers....

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Storymakery: a Perfect Daddy/Daughter Night Out

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the activities my wife and I like to do from time to time is spend an evening with each child one on one.  With that in mind on Friday night, my daughter and I had a planned activity. Trying to figure out an activity that is fun, educational and unique was my focus for the week prior to our night out. Fortunately for me, I was given an opportunity...

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5 Tips to Keep Your Elementary School Kid on Track This Winter

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Parenting | 0 comments

  There is so much to learn during the elementary school years and the school year seems longer to a student of this age. In fact, many students lose interest in school halfway through the year and have a little bit of trouble staying on track. Testing requirements seem to get harder each year, and teachers don’t have as much time to review as they did in the past. Although pressure is higher, there are so many ways a...

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Girl Scouts of OC Ignites Girls’ Interest in STEM

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Girl Scouts of Orange County Ignites Girls’ Interest in STEM with STEMsational ME badge! Girls lose or gain interest, skill, and confidence in STEM by the 8th grade – a startling statistic made more alarming given that women make up half of the workforce, but only 25% of STEM professions (U.S. Department of Commerce). Girl Scouts of Orange County is working to change this by developing girls’ love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) before they reach...

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Romance on the Water with Hornblower Cruises

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Best of OC, Dining, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The best gift that parents can give their children is the gift of having parents with a healthy marriage. The one thing that I have found to be key in keeping the spark alive in my marriage of almost 20 years is to spend as much time together alone as possible. We go on date nights at least a couple of times a month and try our best to have romantic...

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The House of Blues is Back

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Entertainment, Music | 2 comments

 We attended the preview as a guest of the venue We have exciting news to share with all of you and especially the music lovers; House of Blues in Anaheim is opening at the end of this month! Yes, the legendary venue will be back on February 28, 2017, and who better to perform on opening night than Social Distortion! Did you know that Social Distortion holds the record for the longest sold out residency sales? Yes, at 30...

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World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Autos, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Da na na na na na na BATMAN! The highly anticipated time has come for The Lego Batman movie to debut to the world in theaters on July 10th. My son lives, breathes and dreams about legos. When I told him the news that we were going to Los Angeles for the World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie as a guest of Chevrolet, he squealed with delight. Did you know that the Batmobile is a Chevrolet? That’s...

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DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures in Mammoth

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in June Lake, Mammoth Mountain, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My boys have always dreamed of doing a snowmobile adventure, so when planning our winter family getaway to June Lake, I made reservations with DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures in Mammoth. With the weather being unpredictable when we were visiting the area, I waited to tell the boys the news that we were going on a snowmobile adventure until the morning we were expected to go. I was so happy when I woke...

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