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The Great Wolf Lodge Howl-O-Ween Staycation

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue When looking for the best place to have a Halloween staycation with your family this year, The Great Wolf Lodge is the place to have a epic Howl-O-Ween getaway. Last week, our family had a weekend getaway to the premier vacation destination, and it was one of the best family staycations we have ever had. We checked into The Great Wolf Lodge on a Friday afternoon, and then took the shuttle over to Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Our kids trick-or-treated, enjoyed tasty Halloween-themed treats, and watched the fireworks twinkle over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Once the clock struck midnight, and Disneyland started to close, we made our way back to The Great Wolf Lodge where our children would dream of cake pops and lollipops. Our family would spend the weekend in fun KidCabin themed suite. The room had more than enough space for our family be comfortable for the weekend. It featured a spacious bathroom, living room area with couch and dinette, full-size bed, and a kid cabin sleeping area. The kid’s sleeping area looked like a mini cabin right in the middle of our hotel room with one bunk bed, and one twin bed. There was a tv and our kid’s favorite feature of being...

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Fighting the Fall Flu Bugs with Providence Express Care at Home

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored I have found this year to be one of the hardest as a mom. I have three children in three different schools with three different after school activities. Since school started in September, I have been living in my car, spending all day driving my kids around town. If I’m not shuffling the kids from activity to activity, I am stopping at various coffee shops to try and get my work done. Winter coming soon means the start of colds and flus. Normally, I would be fearful of my kids coming down with a cold or flu this year because I just don’t have a free moment in my schedule to take them to a doctor’s appointment to get a prescription. Over the summer, I learned about a great online tool for parents called Providence Express Care Virtual. I have used the service many times since learning about it, from getting a prescription for pink eye to getting a prescription for a sinus infection. Sometimes you need more than connecting with a practitioner virtually. The organization now offers a new service called Providence Express Care at Home where parents can schedule to have a licensed and board-certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner come to your home. The practitioner can help with a diagnosis, treatment...

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Behind-the-Scenes of Dr. Ken

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio Earlier this month, we had the unique opportunity of going behind-the-scenes of the making of the popular ABC television series Dr. Ken. I was given a tour of the set where they film the show, meet with the cast and snap a ton of pictures. If you haven’t been on the set of a television series before, it is super cool. The sets are located inside of large buildings (soundstages) with...

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Frightfully Fun Treats at Nitrolado

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Dining, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Are you looking for somewhere fun and unique to take the kids for a Halloween treat? I recently brought my kids to one of the newest hot spots in the OC, Nitrolado, for some of their mouthwatering ice cream. The store is located in the heart of Garden Grove, and they use dry ice to make frightfully fun treats for kids to enjoy during the Halloween season. When we arrived at...

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Five Ways to use the CVS Mobile App

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Family, Health, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Every since I learned that CVS Pharmacy is now in our local Target, I have been taking advantage of filling my prescriptions while doing my weekly Target shopping. While I was filling one of my prescriptions at Target, the pharmacist introduced me to the CVS mobile app. The mobile app has become one of my favorite apps that I use on a regular basis, and these are five ways that you can use the app too. Save Money...

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Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

  Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to the Southland. This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen. Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little...

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What Parents Need to Know about Sunscreen

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  We all know how important sunscreen is for protecting our families, especially in sunny Southern California. But with the overwhelming number of brands and SPFs on the market, making a decision on what to purchase can be complicated. Sunscreen labels are packed with information, but not all of it is crystal clear to the average consumer. What does SPF stand for? What are “mineral” vs. “chemical” sunscreens? What are UVA and UVB rays? There are significant differences between...

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My First CSArts Academy Visual Arts Class

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Education, Family | 0 comments

 We are proud to be an OCSA family If you don’t know what OSCA is, then you should definitely do some research! OCSA stands for Orange County School of the Arts, and it is amazing! There are certain things you can apply for to be accepted into OSCA. My brother applied for Culinary Arts & Hospitality and got accepted, and I was so excited for him. I love photography and drawing, so when I found out there is a...

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World Premiere of Keeping up with The Joneses

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio After having an epic ‘Mom’s Day Out‘ in Los Angeles doing fun activities featured in the film “Keeping up with The Joneses,” I couldn’t wait to see the movie. I spent the day skydiving, throwing darts, and experiencing an interactive cooking class – just like the actors did in the movie. After the fun day around LA, I was able to bring my husband and two teenagers back to LA to...

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Free Dance and Music Classes for Children with Disabilities

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Events, Family | 0 comments

  Following the enthusiastic reception to last spring’s dance classes for children with disabilities, Segerstrom Center for the Arts will hold two additional dance and music classes on Friday, November 11th. The classes are free and have been developed for children with special needs such as those who are visually impaired, have autism, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome or other complex needs. These classes combine dance, movement and music with plenty of sensory experiences to ensure that children have fun...

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Huntington Beach Airshow Takes to the Skies

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

  The inaugural Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow, the West Coast’s only beachfront airshow, takes to the skies Oct. 21 – 23 over one of Southern California’s most popular beaches. Jaw-dropping jet stunts by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Breitling Jet Team and other performers can be viewed on the 2-mile stretch of beach from the Huntington Beach Pier to Magnolia Street. This free community event features interactive exhibits from NASA, Boeing and Ford with more than a mile...

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Mom’s Day Out Keeping up with The Joneses

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the event as a guest of 20th Century Fox Over the years of living in suburbia, I have watched many neighbors try and “keep up with the Joneses.” When I first saw the trailer for the upcoming movie “Keeping up with the Joneses,” I couldn’t wait to see it with my husband. Along with the honor of receiving an invitation to the premiere of the film, I got invited to have an epic Mom’s Day Out in...

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Live Symphony

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Theatre | 0 comments

 Featured Affiliate Calling all Harry Potter fans!! The Segerstrom Center for the Arts recently announced that a live symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on November 11 – 13, 2016 as part of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The film concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing to picture every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot...

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How to Host an Alice Through The Looking Glass Tea Party

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Birthday Parties, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We received a copy of the film The magical movie “Alice Through The Looking Glass” is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD starting today, October 18th. The film is beautifully made, and one that families will want to add to their home movie collection to enjoy for years to come. One of our favorite things to do when a great movie is released on Blu-ray or DVD is to host a movie night. Since the weather is getting cooler,...

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Dine for a Cause: The Outlets at Orange

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Following a successful year in partnership with Susan G. Komen, The Outlets at Orange joins the organization once more for the 2016 “More Than Pink” campaign. Guests looking to participate and dine at Dave & Buster’s from 6pm – 8pm on October 20 will be seated in a special area of the restaurant where 10% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen. Lucky Strike Lanes will also donate 10% of diners’ proceeds on October...

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Journey School’s 10th Annual Harvest Faire

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Archery, jousting and fable figure making are just a few of the activities offered at Journey School’s 10th annual Harvest Faire on November 5th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children can make their own fairy wands, walking sticks and jump ropes. “It’s an old-fashioned harvest faire,” says Nicola Wellner, chairperson of the event. “And the materials are as natural as possible.” Admission is free and tickets may be purchased for activities and food. The Fairy Café offers...

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Orange County School of the Arts Master Class with Wynton Marsalis

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Education, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

  It is not every day that high school students have the opportunity to work with legendary artists of our time. However, 21 students in the Orange County School of the Arts’ (OCSA) Ambassador Jazz Orchestra participated in the once-in-a-lifetime master class with the internationally renowned trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis on Friday, October 7, 2016. For those not familiar with the nine-time Grammy Award winner, Wynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center....

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Donate Your Costume’s to Homeless OC Children

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Family, Giving Back, Halloween | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is urgently seeking the community’s help to provide nearly 100 Halloween costumes for its record number of homeless children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. Orange County Rescue Mission President Jim Palmer explains that many of these children have experienced traumatic life events that children their age should never have to encounter, which is why creating opportunities to be social and enjoy a common interest among other...

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Exploring Coit Tower in San Francisco

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

  It has been a longtime dream of my daughters to visit San Francisco. One of the things on her list to see when in San Francisco is the historic Coit Tower. The tower is a 210-foot tower located in the Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco. Lillie Hitchcock Coit left a part of her estate for beautification of the city, and the money was used to build the tower in 1933. Before checking into the Grand Hyatt San...

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‘Boo it Forward’ with Ghostbusters

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Halloween, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Product sample received One of our favorite things to do at Halloween is to “Boo” our friends. Every year, the kids go shopping for fun trinkets and treats to make Halloween-themed care packages for their friends. Then comes the fun part when we tip toe around in the dark in hopes of not being caught secretly delivering the care packages to all our friend’s houses. This year, we made our “Boo” care packages a little different. Since the new...

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Customizable Mexican Food at Chronic Tacos

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Chronic Tacos has locations across Orange County, and it wasn’t until this week that I finally made my way into a location to see what all the hype is about. Since I spend a lot of time driving from South OC to Santa Ana for my son’s school events at Orange County School of the Arts, I find myself stopping in Tustin a lot to eat. While on my way up...

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ICE AGE Adventure at Discovery Cube OC

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

 We visited as a guest of the venue All of your favorite ICE AGE characters are back in an all-new movie “ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE.” Our children love all the characters in the ICE AGE series and couldn’t wait to see the new movie when it came out in theaters, and now are they even more thrilled to be able to add the movie to our home movie collection. In celebration of “ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE” coming out on...

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The Habit Introduces the Golden Chicken Sandwich

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There are two go-to burger places in Orange County, In-n-Out, and The Habit. You get something a little different from each burger joint, and both of them deliver the highest quality burgers around. When I heard the news that The Habit was introducing a new menu item, I couldn’t wait to get all the details. The only downside was that I am on a 21-day cleanse, and eating a burger doesn’t...

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Tickets Available for Luau at the Disneyland Hotel

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Families are invited to a special Luau at the Disneyland Hotel Adventure Lawn in support of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) CHOC Walk. The event will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 2pm to 6pm. This special Polynesian-themed event for the whole family will be the perfect way to celebrate the day before the CHOC Walk. The event will feature activities for attendees of all ages, including: *Special photographs with Disney® characters *Tattoos by Kaman’s Art...

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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest After exploring Teotihuacán and having lunch at Restaurante Gran Teocalli, we returned to Mexico City to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is one of the most sacred places in Mexico City and where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. We first visited the newer circular shaped Basilica where we had a once in a lifetime opportunity of seeing the original image of...

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Story Angels Bridges the Gap Between Generations

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Culture, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

 Sponsored The Story Angels project is part of the Fullerton School District’s iPersonalize curriculum in Narrative Writing and Listening.  Fifth-grade teacher, Angela Platon, said that when she was young, her grandparents were the best storytellers and she thought that by pairing the younger generation with the seniors from Morningside Retirement Community, it would be a great vessel for the district’s iPersonalize curriculum. 90 fifth grade students from Fullerton School District would work in teams of 4 and be partnered with a...

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Disney’s Jack Skellington Sugar Cookie Recipe

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Disney, Family, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  The best way to celebrate the Halloween season is by cooking delicious desserts and treats with your children. After visiting the Disneyland Resort with your family, come home and create magical memories together while making these tasty Jack Skellington sugar cookies. Here is the delectable recipe courtesy of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Jack Skellington Sugar Cookies Makes 18 cookies 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup...

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DIY Easy Mermaid Costume

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  I love making my kids Halloween costumes. Since I take the kids to so many different Halloween events throughout the season around Orange County, my kids usually end up needing more than one costume a year. Since my daughters favorite television show is Mako Mermaids, she wanted me to make her a mermaid costume this year. I had to stop and think for a few minutes about how I would make a skirt that she could walk in,...

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Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of our favorite Halloween traditions is to experience all the fun happening at the Spooky Science exhibit at Discovery Cube OC. While we were at Discovery Cube OC for a special Ice Age event, we went over to the exhibit for some Spooky Science fun. The event is happening every weekend until Halloween with a different theme each week. That means that your kids can experience something different every time...

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Spooky Family Fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Halloween, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Knott’s It might be quite scary in the evening at Knott’s for Knott’s Scary Farm, but it is all family fun in the daytime during Knott’s Spooky Farm. Visiting Knott’s Spooky Farm has been a yearly tradition that our family has enjoyed since our kids were toddlers. I can still remember the time when my youngest was still in diapers trick-or-treating around Camp Snoopy, and now he is all grown-up. Our kids kept...

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Restaurante Gran Teocalli

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest After spending the day exploring Teotihuacán, everyone in our group had worked up quite an appetite. We had heard a lot about the popular dining destination, Restaurante Gran Teocalli, so we decided to stop for lunch before heading back to Mexico City. The minute that our bus arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by their friendly staff who were all dressed-up in traditional tribal outfits. They were playing music and dancing as we...

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