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Shop Dine Flourish at Village at La Floresta

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Since our family lives a green lifestyle, Earth Day is one of my holidays to celebrate with my children. On Earth Day this year, we started our morning with a bike ride around Irvine and then went to the Earth Day celebration at the Village at La Floresta in Brea. I hadn’t been to the new community since the early stages of the build-out, and at the time there were only a couple of stores open. When we arrived at the shopping community, it had flourished into a beautiful center with multiple dining and shopping experiences. The Earth Day celebration was one to remember forever complete with fashion shows, music, fitness exhibitions, cooking demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, and more. One of the highlights of the entertainment during the festival was a performance by Adam Lasher from American Idol season 14 and 15. Our family spent time enjoying the festivities and then had a progressive lunch so we could have a little taste of what the different restaurants are serving. Our dining experience started at Whole Foods Market where we sampled a bite from almost every dish on their menu. The cauliflower nachos were my favorite and a dish and I guarantee that you can’t just have one...

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Clean Cuisine at Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest All of my friends have been raving about Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point, so when I was making plans for our family seaside staycation at the DoubleTree Suites Doheny Beach, I also made reservations for us to have dinner at Coastal Kitchen. After a long day of endless fun in the sun, our children had worked up a big appetite. We got into the car and made the short drive from our hotel to the restaurant. When we arrived at the restaurant, I was in awe of how beautiful it looked. There is a large outdoor patio and a fire pit with androck chairs by the front door – the only thing missing was some marshmallows to roast. The inside of the restaurant is even more beautiful than the outside. The entire interior has a chic nautical look and is the perfect ambiance for families to enjoy a relaxing meal together. The restaurant features a large menu with coastal culinary offerings. When it comes to the appetizers, there are so many delicious choices. We were having trouble selecting just one appetizer to start our dinner, so we ended up ordering two. We began with The Park House Rolls which were some of the best rolls that I have ever...

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Doheny Beach Butterfly Garden & Nature Center

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Dana Point, Nature Centers | 1 comment

 We stayed as a guest of the resort I have spent many summer days with my children at Doheny Beach, and I never realized that they have a beautiful butterfly garden until a recent family staycation at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach. When I checked into the resort for the weekend, the front desk was so helpful with making some recommendations of things to do in the area, and when she mentioned the butterfly garden, I...

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Princesses And Super Hero Free Dance Class

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  As part of Arts Orange County’s 32nd Annual Imagination Celebration, Festival Ballet Theatre will hold a free day of play for children ages 2 – 12. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite princess or super hero and be ready for a movement class to learn to move like your character, fun crafts to accessorize your costume, refreshments and live performances by Southland Ballet Academy dancers. The event will be held at the Southland Ballet Academy studios...

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Unveiling of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Music

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The Walkman opened, the awesome mixtape was inserted, and the Disney Imagineering team hit play to listen to nearly 100 high-energy songs before finally selecting the final six songs that will be featured in the new Disney California Adventure attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Just like in the movie, music plays a major role in the storytelling of the attraction that will immerse visitors into a futuristic world. This...

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Coastal Breezes and Cuisine at Doheny Surf

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Dining, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When checking into the DoubleTree Suites in Doheny Beach, I noticed the chic restaurant off to the side of the lobby. I took a peek at the menu and immediately knew that I wanted to have dinner with the family one night during our seaside staycation. After a fun day creating family memories at the beach, we returned to the hotel to have dinner at Doheny Surf. The restaurant has a...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Urban Ocean Festival

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths,...

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When can you Exercise After a Breast Surgery?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored When preparing for my breast lift surgery (mastopexy), I knew that I wanted to lose weight before the surgery. I worked with a nutritionist and exercised to help lose 20 of the 40 pounds that I have needed to lose. Since I had been working so hard to get fit, I was worried about how long it would be until I could resume exercising following my surgery. During my pre-op appointment with Dr. Niccole, he told me that...

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10 Must-Have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Toys

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Things are heating up in theaters this summer as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 makes its official debut in theaters on May 5th! After seeing the new film, your kids are going to want to get their hands on the hottest and coolest Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 toys. Be ahead of the game and order the toys now before the sell-out once the movie is released in theaters. Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot...

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Inside look into the True Life Adventure ‘Born in China’ with Roy Conli

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

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney It was a rainy day in Los Angeles, and while most people in Southern California will avoid driving anywhere in the rain, I didn’t let that stop me from driving to Los Angeles to meet the producer of Born in China, Roy Conli. I have been a long-time fan of his work on Tangled and Big Hero Six. I entered a room at the Montage Hotel with a group of...

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Explore the Fun of STEAM at Imaginology

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Students, families and classes can explore the fun of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – activities during Imaginology, free at OC Fair & Event Center this Friday through Sunday, April 21-23. Imaginology is the perfect environment for curious students of all ages to discover the opportunities available in these fields and to fuel their imaginations at makeshops and workshops. Students are encouraged to explore the possibilities as they learn through hands-on experiences and exhibits ranging...

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Taste of Aloha at Island’s Restaurant

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest Island’s is one of our go-to family restaurants. They always have something for everyone in the family to enjoy, provides a relaxing dining environment, and the service is always impeccable. Some of our favorite dishes to enjoy at Island’s Restaurant features sweet pineapple. While savoring a delicious dish with pineapples, it always makes us reminisce about our favorite Hawaiian memories. Did you know that Island’s uses 182,000 fresh pineapples per year? That is a...

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Mesmerizing Disneynature’s Born in China

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening as a guest of Disney One of my favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day with my children is to take them to see the recent Disneynature film. While watching Disneynature films, my children become immersed into a magical world that they would never get to see if it weren’t for the incredible cinematographers who create the timeless films. This year, I was given the honor of getting to attend an early screening of the Disneynature...

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Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Events | 3 comments

  Experience a morning of fun and creativity at Irvine Spectrum Center during these themed weekly events in May! Enjoy live entertainment, crafts, and activities for your little ones. For added fun, all attractions (Kiddie Train, Carousel and Giant Wheel) will be free during event hours 10am-noon! May 2nd ~ Fiesta Activities: Craft Station: Decorate a mini wooden maraca or make fiesta tissue flowers Face Painting Balloon Artist Fiesta Selfie Station Target Kids Coloring Station Buckle Giveaways Pretend City...

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Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 5 comments

 Sponsored This summer, get ready to send your kids on an epic adventure exploring the ocean with Southern California’s only bodyboarding school, Bodyboarding Adventures! The best summer camp for children is one that will keep the kids active, exploring, and having fun. Children will experience all of this and more at the Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp! Bodyboarding (or “boogie” boarding) is one of the best ways to get your children comfortable riding waves in our beautiful ocean and is...

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Best Sunday Brunch at TAPS in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Our family loves to dine out, and Sunday brunch is our favorite. We love getting dressed up and going to a beautiful restaurant to enjoy flavorful culinary creations being served at local Orange County restaurants. Our family has experienced Sunday brunch at many local dining destinations, but there is one that continues to be a family favorite, and that we love returning for brunch on a regular basis, TAPS in Irvine....

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OC Rescue Mission Family-Friendly Volunteering Days

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Looking for opportunities to give back and make an impact on your community? The Orange County Rescue Mission (OC Rescue Mission) is now offering family-friendly volunteer opportunities on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Join the community in making a difference every other Saturday morning, and choose from one of the below volunteer services: Chili Van Outreach – 1st Saturday Each Month Meet at the OC Rescue Mission’s Village of...

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Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

  While on our road trip to Monterey, one of our favorite stops was to see the bubblegum alley in San Luis Obispo. My daughter and I have always wanted to see the bubblegum alley in Seattle, and we didn’t even realize there was one in San Luis Obispo until a friend mentioned it to us. We put the address into the navigation in our Buick Encore and made our way to have some sticky “and stinky” fun. The...

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LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camp

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 2 comments

 Sponsored The LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps offer an exciting way for kids 6-14 years of age to take their game to the next level. The camps, which are open to children of all different skill levels feature an All-Star group of coaches including former Clippers Players Lamond Murray and Cherokee Parks. Participants will receive top level instruction on shooting mechanics, footwork, ball-handling, defense, passing and mental approach to the sport. Camps will take place Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm...

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A Dress for Every Occassion at Ever-Pretty

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Fashion | 0 comments

 Sponsored My new favorite clothing company is Ever-Pretty Dresses. Ever-Pretty is a fashion website with some of the cutest dresses I have ever seen. They have so many different styles and prints to choose from and has something for every single occasion. From simple sun dresses to fancy prom dresses, they literally have a dress for everything. It took me awhile, but I was finally able to narrow down my choices to order for the Spring. First I went...

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Monterey’s Fish House

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Dining, Monterey, Travel | 0 comments

  After a long drive from Orange County to Monterey, we settled into our room at the Monterey Tides Resort, and then looked online for somewhere to get dinner. There are so many choices when it comes to dining in Monterey, and one restaurant that stood out to us among the rest was the Monterey’s Fish House. Little did we realize that we picked Monterey’s most popular restaurant to go for dinner. We arrived at the restaurant close to...

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Remnants of the Past Vintage Show

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Events, Featured | 2 comments

 Sponsored Remnants of the Past Vintage Show will be on Friday, May 12 & Saturday, May 13 at The Centennial Farm located at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Remnants has been rated one of the top vintage shows in the nation by Flea Market Decor, Romantic Homes and Romantic Country magazines. Remnants will be having the top purveyors of vintage and handmade featuring French farmhouse, country chic, bo-ho chic, European,rustic, industrial, mid-century modern home decor,...

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Sensory Friendly Performance of The Painted Garden

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts has scheduled a Sensory Friendly performance of The Painted Garden performed by Compagnia TPO on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in Samueli Theater. During this immersive, interactive dance and multimedia show, children are invited to accompany dancers on stage where sensors respond to movement and sound. Spontaneous and filled with surprising twists, the show is a memorable adventure for children where they not only observe the story of the wonderful garden, but...

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Tonita’s Mexican Food in San Luis Obispo

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Dining, San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

  There is nothing I love more than authentic Mexican Food. While on our recent road trip to Monterey, we made a quick stop in San Luis Obispo to look at Bubblegum Alley and to have lunch. When we arrived in town, there were endless choices of places where we could stop for lunch, but it was a small taco shop on the corner that caught our eye, and we had one of the best lunches at Tonita’s Mexican...

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Artisan Eco-Friendly Jewelry

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Giving Back, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored I love wearing handmade jewelry and supporting local artisans. Recently, one of my friends was wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry, and when I looked at the website where she purchased it, I immediately knew that I wanted to get a beautiful necklace to add to my jewelry collection. The company, Songa, is unlike any other artisan website that I have ordered an item from before. They employ skilled women throughout the country of Rwanda to make jewelry...

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Growing up Celebrating Easter at Irvine Park

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Spring is my favorite time of the year. I love the beautiful wildflowers along the side of the road, the time we get to spend with family, and the religious meaning of the Easter holiday. One of the best parts of springtime is getting to create memories that will last a lifetime with my children at the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza. No matter how old my children get, they still...

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Hilton Reinvents the California Road Trip

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  In California Summer starts in April. Travelers from around the globe will enjoy the ultimate Golden State adventure with Hilton’s “California Road Trip,” a destination package that inspires thrill-seekers and value-minded explorers. Discover an array of adventures and authentic experiences with rates starting at $149 per night. The package will highlight premier destination cities such as San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Anaheim and San Diego with special rates available through Labor Day Weekend 2017. The California Road Trip package...

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Berry Good Times at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Knott’s It is one of the most delicious times of the year to bring your family to Knott’s Berry Farm during the Boysenberry Festival. Boysenberry decorations adorn the entire theme park during the festival that’s happening until April 23rd. The food is clearly the highlight of the festival, and your family is going to want to devour every delicious bite of the different boysenberry themed foods. The best way to get a great...

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Should You Get Implants with Your Mastopexy?

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored To get implants or not? That was one thing that I had trouble with making a final decision before my breast surgery. I already had good sized breasts, and a lot of breast tissue, did I want to go bigger? One of the best things about having a mastopexy (breast lift) at CosmetiCare is that the doctors take their time to help their patients make the best decision for their body. During my virtual consultation with Dr. Niccole,...

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Visit The First Motel in the World

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

  While on a mother and daughter road trip from Orange County to Monterey, we added a stop at the first motel in the world to our itinerary. The first “Mo-tel” was opened on December 12, 1925, and was closed in 1991. Since we love to travel, we thought it would be neat to have a chance to see where travel first started right in the heart of San Luis Obispo. We were driving a beautiful 2017 Buick Encore...

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