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World Premiere of Pete’s Dragon

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney The minute that I received the invitation from Disney to walk the “green carpet” at the World Premiere of Pete’s Dragon, I squealed with delight. Pete’s Dragon is one of the first books that I read to my children, and I couldn’t wait to see how Disney would bring the story to life. Then there was the second most exciting part of getting the invitation, letting my daughter know that she was also invited to attend with me. I left little notes in her room that morning with hints of what the news was that I was going to surprise her. It didn’t take long for her to guess, and the first thing she said was, “What are we going to do with our hair?” I hugged her with all my might, and said, “It is going to be a magical night.” And a magical night it was… We both got new dresses for the premiere, and my daughters best friend curled her hair beautifully. When we arrived in Hollywood, Hollywood Boulevard was buzzing with excitement over the premiere. Fans were lined along the street hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrity, and limos were beginning to arrive. After checking into the premiere we were...

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Majestic Havasupai

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Arizona, Travel | 0 comments

 Havasupai has been on my “bucket list” ever since I saw my first picture of the beautiful blue-green water and falls. If you’ve never heard of Havasupai or seen photos – get ready to add a new destination to your “bucket list.” Please note – this and all pictures are completely unedited. I didn’t use any filters or any other manipulations. All photos were taken by me on my iPhone 6 or my Samsung TL220. The water really is that beautiful blue-green. And the photos really don’t do it justice. When planning a trip to Havasupai, you need to know that it is a long process. You will want to visit the official website of the Havasupai Tribe   for current fees and information. You can also find information from the National Park Website since it is located in the Grand Canyon (However, the Havasupai Reservation is not under the jurisdiction of the national park system). The name of the game when making Havasupai reservations is PATIENCE and PERSERVERENCE. The reservation process opens on Feb 1 at 7:00am Arizona time (in February that’s Mountain Time – Arizona doesn’t have daylight savings time, so during the winter it’s Mountain Time, and during the summer it’s Pacific Time). Each year, they sell out all of their reservations for the year within...

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Hipster Dining at Rocker Squaw Valley

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Dining, Family, Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Finding places that serve good food is a necessity when traveling. The one thing that I loved about our summer getaway to Squaw Valley is that there were multiple delicious dining destinations within walking distance of The Village at Squaw Valley Resort including Rocker at Squaw. After the drive from OC to Squaw Valley, my kids were starving. While they wanted to eat anything within reach, my husband and I were...

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Squaw Valley High Ropes Extreme Adventure

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Featured, Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The one thing I am proud about instilling in my children is their love for adventure. I have been encouraging them always to go off the beaten path, and explore the world in a way that others don’t. Now that my children are getting older, they spend time researching our upcoming travel destinations to see where we can go exploring, and when planning our end of summer getaway to Squaw Valley,...

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Viceroy Zihuatanejo Romantic Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Featured, Mexico, Travel, Zihuatanejo | 1 comment

 We stayed as a guest of the resort When was the last time that you had a weekend getaway with your husband? For my husband and me, we couldn’t remember the last time that we got away without the kids, so we realized that it has just been way too long. My husband was gearing up to have a major corneal transplant done, and I thought that taking him to a magical place in Mexico would get his mind...

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Breast Augmentation Virtual Consultation

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Last week, I shared with all of you about how I want to have my breast fixed. I have been a mix of emotions since finally making the decision to have it done and made the choice to have a virtual consultation for my breast augmentation vs. coming into the CosmetiCare office. I thought I might feel more comfortable taking my top off to be looked at in the comfort of my home, and I loved that they...

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5 Ways To Start The School Year Off Right

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  Kids are adjusting to their first couple weeks back in a classroom. Some are very excited to be learning new things while others long for afternoons on the playground or at the beach. Either way, there are some ways kids can start the school year off right, so they have a great chance of academic success while still having the opportunity just to be a kid. Its important students learn organizational skills but still have time for friends....

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Traveling Tea Birthday Parties

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Birthday Parties, Family | 0 comments

  Does your daughter love dressing up and pretending she is her favorite princess or fairy? Does she love getting make up and nails painted? Does she ask to have a magical tea party with real tea cups? Then we have a birthday package for you! Traveling tea parties learned exactly what little girls love and have made the perfect princess tea party package. Make up, hair, dress up, nails, fashion show, music, tea party with manner lessons. All...

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Fios by Verizon Joins Disney Movies Anywhere

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  Do you have Fios by Verizon and use Disney Movies Anywhere? Then you are in for a big treat! Disney Movies Anywhere just announced that starting today, August 23rd, that Fios by Verizon customers can now connect their digital movie collections, including “The Jungle Book” that releases today. Now, Fios by Verizon families can enjoy their favorite Disney Movies Anywhere downloads from their home television, phones, tables, and with the Fios Moble app. In celebration of this partner...

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OC Rescue Mission Seeks School Supply Donations

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Imagine not having fresh new school supplies to start the school year? The OC Rescue Mission is gearing up for another school year and is seeking help from the local community to gather school supplies for the children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility in Orange County. These children attend various schools within the Tustin Unified School District, and it is because of the community’s incredible generosity that we are able to...

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Summer Fun Continues at Newport Dunes

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

  The kids might be headed back to school, but the fun still continues at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Currently, the Dunes is extending its summer festivities through September. Moe B’s Watersports Park, featuring a number of inflatable aquatic attractions including rock climbing walls, icebergs and water trampolines, will remain open Saturdays and Sundays in September. Cost is $25 for 2-hour sessions (special pricing is available for RV guests). Also, rentals of paddleboats, pedal boats, kayaks, hydro bikes...

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Preserving Your Kid’s Photos with Google Photos

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Family, Hot Topics, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Ever since switching from an iPhone to a Droid, I have been struggling with how to preserve my cell phone images. Since I am a busy mom, I am always using my cellphone to capture all my favorite memories with my children, and I don’t want to risk losing them in the event of something happening to my cell phone. Like many busy moms, I, of course, put off figuring how to backup my photos until I received...

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Building Bright Futures in YMCA Afterschool Care

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you looking for childcare options for your children this fall? The YMCA before and afterschool care provides opportunity for your child to learn, grow, and thrive as they make their way from K-5th grade. They provide daily physical and educational activities like homework support, sports, arts, and technology that allow students to engage in the learning process and have fun with friends at the same time! With over fifty locations on school campuses throughout Orange County, the...

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Fabletics Fitness Clothing Store Comes to OC

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Shopping | 0 comments

 We attended a preview event as a guest of the venue Big news for us, fitness-minded people, looking for cute, and comfortable workout apparel in Orange County. We have a new Fabletics retail location which recently opened in The Shops at Mission Viejo. It was so exciting for me because I enjoy working out and I really like the Fabletics line. On a recent evening, I popped in to take a peek at the store up close. While familiar...

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The Importance of Eye Exams for Kids

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.” One of the hardest things that I have faced as a parent is having a child with a learning disability. School has never been easy for my younger son, and we have done everything in our power to get him as much help as possible, but nothing has seemed to help. He has...

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LEGO Nonfiction Books Makes Learning Fun

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Books, Education, Entertainment | 31 comments

 I partnered with Scholastic to offer this giveaway… My son lives and breathes LEGO®. He has LEGO creations located throughout our house that helps to immerse him into a magical world of play. The hardest thing that I’ve had getting the kids to do this summer is reading. So, when I heard about the LEGO nonfiction books, I couldn’t wait to get a set for my little LEGO lover. The minute that he picked up the LEGO nonfiction books...

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Model Meals for Busy Moms

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 Samples received As a mom of three children, I am always on the go. This year I’ve been focusing on my health and losing weight, which has been a big challenge when I’m not home every night to cook dinner. But, I haven’t let that stop me, and I’ve found alternative ways to eat healthy meals still without having to cook every night with Model Meals being my new favorite food delivery service. I’ve tried many healthy delivery services...

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Don’t Miss the Rams Training Camp at UCI

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Events, Featured, Fitness | 2 comments

  I grew-up in a house full of girls, and I don’t have a memory of watching a single football game as a child. It wasn’t until meeting my husband that I was introduced to the sport, and with his family being huge Rams fans (even though they left for Saint Louis) I began sitting through many nights watch football on television. Now that I have children, and two boys, a love for football was passed down to my...

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I Loved Nursing But it Destroyed My Breasts

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having children takes its toll on a mother’s body. When my oldest son was adopted, I wanted the best for him. I wanted him to have the best nutrition possible, so I met with a lactation consultant who assisted me with bringing in a milk supply to try and breastfeed him. I took special supplements and pumped, and pumped, and pumped the life out of my breasts attempting to produce milk, and was unsuccessful. Then when my youngest...

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Life is a Cabaret

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the SCFTA We were invited to attend the opening night of “Cabaret” now playing thru August 21, 2016 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Performed by The Roundabout Theatre Company while they are celebrating their 50th Anniversary Year. As big fans of the arts and the theatre, we were thrilled to be invited to see Cabaret! In the opening scene, the Emcee, played by Randy Harrison; introduces you to...

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Mother and Daughter Film Review: Pete’s Dragon

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of Disney Pete’s Dragon tells a story of a local wood carver, (brilliantly played by Robert Redford), who has long been telling stories of a dragon who lives deep in the woods. His daughter, (Bryce Dallas Howard), is a forest ranger who stumbles across a young orphaned boy, Pete (Oakes Fegley) who has been living in the forest for the past six years and claims to live in the woods with a...

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Interview with the Cast of Pete’s Dragon

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney Earlier this month, I was given the amazing opportunity to participate in discussions with the stars in the film “Pete’s Dragon,” Bryce Dallas Howard (Grace), Oakes Fegley, (Pete), and Oona Laurence, (Natalie). The relationship between Pete and Natalie plays a big part in the film. Fegley said that he felt that when Pete sees another little person, someone like himself, he is very curious about her and needs to explore this relationship....

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Robert Redford on Developing His Character in Pete’s Dragon

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney In the upcoming Disney film, Pete’s Dragon, Robert Redford is a wood carver named Meachum who is the only one in the town who claims to have once seen a magical dragon in the woods. Earlier this month, I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to talk with Redford about his role in the upcoming movie. When it came to the part of Meachum, David Lowery (Director) was working...

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Back-to-School Shopping Rewards at Plaza West Covina (Giveaway)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Deals, Giveaways, Shopping | 61 comments

 Sponsored Back-to-school shopping can quickly put a strain on most family budgets. More and more families are flocking to outlet centers, discount stores, and places where they can earn rewards when doing their back-to-school shopping this year. Plaza West Covina recently introduced a new “Oh, So Simple Rewards” program, so we went shopping at the mall this year to check it out. The mall in readily available off the 10 freeway, and has one of the largest variety of...

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Family Fun at the Ventura County Fair

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Events, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

 Sponsored Growing up in Orange County, I’ve only attended our local OC Fair. This year, I wanted to visit a different local summer fair, so I surprised my kids with news that we were going to take the train to have fun at the Ventura County Fair. The Ventura County Fair is just steps away from the ocean, and I couldn’t wait to experience the fair with the benefit of cool ocean breezes. With Amtrak having a station that...

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Exploring the Puerto Vallarta Malecón

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the Marriott After having an incredible dinner at El Arrayán in Puerto Vallarta, my daughter and I ended our evening with a sunset walk along the Malecón. The Puerto Vallarta Malecón is rich with art and entertainment and is an experience that everyone who is visiting the area must experience. The first thing we did was walk down to the sand to watch the beautiful colors of the sunset over the crystalline waters....

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Six Facts About The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored After giving birth to my son, Tyler, the first thing that I did was get educated on how to provide him the best nutrition possible by breastfeeding. I was able to use many resources available in our community to help me with successfully breastfeeding my premature baby, and I was so grateful to be able to nurse him for a little over two years. One of the best resources that at-risk mothers have for help with breastfeeding is...

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Building Kids Self-Esteem at Mon Reve Dance

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Ballet, Camp, Family, Fitness, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Is your child interested in learning about dance? Are you looking for a new way to help build their self-esteem? A chic new OC dance studio, Mon Reve, recently opened for children ages 2-12 years of age. The studio offers ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop classes, and they’ve also recently started offering an adult hip hop hour that is a sassy and fun way for moms to relax from their daily stress. The owner of Mon Reve is...

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Trader Joe’s Tasty Tostada Recipe

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  Trader Joe’s is my go-to place for a quick dinner. When I am stuck wondering, “what can I make for dinner?” the girls that work in the sample section of our local Trader Joe’s always have the answer. One of my favorite recipes that they have shared with me is their simple, delicious, and tasty tostada recipe. You can make these tostadas for your family within minutes, and everyone in your family is guaranteed to love the delicious...

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Falling in Love with the 2016 Toyota Prius

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Test drive vehicle provided After driving the 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid, I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of the all-new redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius. When the car was first delivered to my driveway, I fell in love with its sleek new body style, and the blue crush metallic color. Once I got behind the wheel of the Prius, I felt like I was driving on air. We drove the car for one week on a road trip...

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