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A ‘Wild’ Night Camping at the San Diego Zoo

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the event as a guest of Lionsgate In anticipation of the upcoming movie “The Wild Life,” our family boarded a train towards San Diego for an unforgettable night camping at the San Diego Zoo. My kids love animals, and they have been anxiously waiting for The Wild Life to come in theaters. I didn’t tell them about the event and surprised them the morning of the event by having their sleeping bags and suitcases waiting for them by the front door. Our kids had just had their first train ride experience a couple of weeks ago, and when they found out that we were going on a train again, they were thrilled. When we arrived in San Diego, there was a shuttle bus waiting to bring us to a theater to see The Wild Life. The kids were giggling on the bus with all their favorite blogger buddies while eating tasty sandwiches. It was just a few minutes before we were at the theater, and the kids had popcorn and sodas in the their hands while waiting for the movie to start. As the lights in the theater dimmed, all the kids cheered with delight that they were about to see the movie. The film immersed our family into a story that...

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Queen of Katwe is a Must-See Teen Movie

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of Disney There are few movies made that are powerful enough to change the way that one looks at life. When I first saw the Queen of Katwe at an early screening a couple of months ago, it impacted me in a way that I never thought was possible. Ever since seeing the movie, I couldn’t wait to bring my teenage daughter to see it, and I was beyond thrilled to share the story with her at the world premiere in Hollywood last week. Queen of Katwe is based on the real-life story of a young girl, Phiona Mutesi, living in poverty in Uganda. Along with her brother, she would go to the market to sell maize to earn money to help feed her family. One day, she stumbled upon a building where children were playing chess together, and the missionary who was running the club invited her in to join the group. It was the beginning of her life-changing journey. The movie shares a small glimpse of the trials, tribulations, and obstacles that Phiona had to overcome in her life to become an international chess champion. The movie impacted my daughter so strongly that I could hear her sniffling while watching the movie. It gave her...

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Queen of Katwe World Premiere

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the premiere as a guest of Disney I woke up one morning, got the kids off to school, and then sat down at my computer to begin working. It was just another day until I heard an email notification, and opened an email from Disney inviting a guest and me to attend the world premiere of the upcoming movie “The Queen of Katwe.” I was overwhelmed with excitement and spent the rest of my day watching the...

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Cowabunga in Dana Point

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Cool Places | 0 comments

  Looking for a fun FREE way to entertain your kids?  With summer coming to an end and my summer bucket list drying up, I thought it be fun for my kids to get out and search for something more than a Pokémon. I had heard that Dana Yarger, a Dana Point resident and an ambassador to the Elephant Parade from a few years back, had begun looking for a new project to bring to the city. This time the project was...

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5 Questions a Student Should Ask the Teacher

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  Some students love to ask questions in class while others prefer to keep quiet. Although it can be intimidating for kids to raise their hands and ask the teacher pertinent questions, they can learn so much valuable information by speaking up from time to time. Whether a student is curious about the specifics of a topic or needs clarification on homework it’s highly beneficial for them to learn how to ask their teacher certain types of questions. Assignment...

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My Journey to Leadership with Girl Scouts of Orange County

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

  

My journey as a Girl Scout began as a first grade Daisy. I loved my troop and the friendships I made with my Girl Scout sisters. I’ve continued as Girl Scout into high school because this inspiring organization has shown me the power I have to lead and make a positive difference in the world by helping others. Challenging myself with difficult tasks has been the most rewarding part of my Girl Scout experience. I take things step...

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Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue Staycations are my favorite kind of family vacations. It just takes a couple of minutes to toss a couple of outfits into a bag and be poolside at a hotel relaxing within minutes. Because staycations are always far less stressful than major vacations, our family tends to take staycations a lot throughout the year. It is a perfect way to stop, relax, and recharge as a family without a big cost...

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Tim Burton’s Very Peculiar Fan Event

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

 We attended as a guest of 20th Century Fox The highly anticipated time has come for Tim Burton to release his newest masterpiece to the world, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” on September 30th. In celebration of the release of the new film, our family was invited to a very peculiar Tim Burton fan event where he would get his hand/foot print done at the TCL Chinese Theatre. As we arrived, fans were lined up along the street...

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PEANUTS The Great Pumpkin Patch Express (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Events, Family, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 30 comments

  PEANUTS The Great Pumpkin Patch Express is coming to Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA this October 15-16 and 22-23.Trains depart for an adventure to the Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch where passengers are greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Family-friendly activities at the Pumpkin Patch include kid’s concert, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, bounce house, face painting, vintage trolley rides and more. Each child may also select their very own pumpkin to take home! Children and adults are...

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OC Rescue Mission Diaper Drive

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The OC Rescue Mission is in critical need of diapers for its record number of young children living at The Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility in Orange County. The nonprofit is urgently seeking help from the local community to provide a total of 22,000 diapers and 32,000 wipes. “We go through approximately 5,500 diapers and 8,000 wipes per month, which can add up very quickly,” says says Orange County Rescue Mission President Jim Palmer....

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About After School Care at the Boys & Girls Club

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored The Boys & Girls Club provides transportation – you don’t have to drive your kids there after school! Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley has a fleet of 18 yellow school buses that bring kids to its three school age youth centers from 43 schools in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Garden Grove. And, the Club is open until 6pm, so if you’re a working parent, you can stay at work in the afternoon with no...

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Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen in San Diego

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Dining, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When I heard about the opening of the hottest new dining destination in San Diego, Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen, I couldn’t wait to make plans to go to San Diego for an epicurean adventure. When making plans to dine at the new restaurant, I learned that a new hotel, Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside, just opened next door, making it the perfect opportunity for a family staycation. After spending the day exploring...

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Outlets at San Clemente VIP Lounge

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The Outlets at San Clemente is one of the most premier shopping destinations for families in Orange County. There are a wide variety of outlets stores offering everything from housewares to shoes. One of our favorite things about the Outlets at San Clemente is that it is a very family-friendly shopping destination offering families spacious outdoor walking paths, outdoor family games, and an exclusive VIP lounge. When doing all of our...

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Segerstrom Center ‘Boogaloo Assassins’ Free Outdoor Concert

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center Continues its 30th Anniversary Celebration with LA-based Latin music sensation Boogaloo Assassins FREE concert on Saturday, September 17 at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. This event is to celebrate the Center’s three-decade anniversary, and L.A.’s very own Boogaloo Assassins will be onsite and ready to take the party to the next funky level. Event Schedule: 6 – 9:30 p.m. – The evening festivities kick off with the return of food trucks, games on the plaza and...

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2016 Surf City Surf Dog Competition

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

  The world’s best surfing dogs will once again gather in Surf City USA for the 8th Annual Unleashed by Petco, Surf City Surf Dog competition on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Huntington Dog Beach. More than 70 pawticipants and international surfurs will be competing for barking rights to claim the top dog honor, taking home the trophy in the second event of the Double Dog Dare Surf Dog two-part series. This year’s Surf City Surf Dog event has...

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Escape Bus Epic Adventure

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Cool Places, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My kids have been begging me to let them do an “escape” experience. They have heard all of their friends talking about the different escape experiences around OC, but when I researched them, they all seemed the same. That was until I learned about a new escape experience called the Escape Bus. I anxiously awaited the announcement of their first stop, and when it was going to be just a couple...

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4 Indoor Educational Projects for a Rainy Day

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Crafts, Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Kids love to spend time playing outside. However, even Orange County has a few rainy days (or days so hot everybody wants to stay indoors in the AC). There are some great education-based projects that can be completed indoors that are both fun and productive on a rainy day. Whether kids are working on their art skills, reading comprehension, or math, there are several things they can do as a family while learning something new. 1. Color mixing...

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Mother and Daughter Pampering at Images

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue As the summer came to an end, I took the time to have quality one-on-one time with each of my children before they went back to school. Since my daughter loves to have her nails done, I surprised her on the last day of summer with an afternoon of pampering at Images Luxury Nail Lounge in Irvine. When we arrived at the salon, we felt all our stresses of daily life...

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Books, Disney, Entertainment | 25 comments

 “I partnered with Disney-Hyperion to offer this giveaway” The highly anticipated time has come for Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor to debut to the public on October 4th. The second installment in Rick Riordan’s blockbuster Norse mythology series has Magnus and friends helping the god of thunder find his missing weapon before all Muspellheim breaks loose. Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Native American Festival (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 8 comments

  Envision what our region was like several hundreds of years ago and learn about the various tribes that maintain their historical connection to the ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The twelfth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, 2016. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts...

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Mommy & Me Decor: Transforming Your Child’s Room Together

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Family, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 As a busy mom, I know time is precious. You want to do all the good things, but there are only 24 hours each day. Thank goodness for time savers! When decorating my baby’s nursery, I realized vinyl wall decals could jazz up boring walls without draining time. That discovery began my passion and business: Just Sayin’ Vinyl, vinyl wall decals for home and kids. Devoting my career to helping families personalize wall space made me realize something big....

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Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China Returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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

  Lauded as one of the leading acrobatic companies in the world, the award-winning Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China has been entertaining generations of audiences for five decades, both at home and abroad. For its debut at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the company will perform a spectacular new show, “Shanghai Nights” on Saturday, October 1 with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. “Shanghai Nights” tells the story...

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Make the Switch for Soft and Strong Tushie Tissue

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Deals, Family, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by Charmin as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.” Finding high-quality products at the lowest possible price is important to most families like ours. One household item that I never want to sacrifice quality is our toilet paper. The only problem is that in a household with three young children causing us to through so many rolls a week, we are forced to purchase a lower priced toilet paper than we would like....

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Yoga Doesn’t Take Time, It Gives Time

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Family, Fitness | 0 comments

  I love coffee. I love yoga. I have a full time career. Now guess which one of those is the hardest to fit into my schedule? You guessed it, YOGA! But when I met Caffe Yoga’s founder and skilled yogi, Kimberly Tollman, she reminded me that yoga doesn’t take time, it gives time. As a woman in today’s high paced society, it’s hard to always remember that, but at the end of the day, we must. Walking into...

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Spooky Fun at Boo at the LA Zoo

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  This Halloween season, BOO AT THE LA ZOO offers goblins and ghouls of all ages a chance to feed their imaginations with fang-tastic fun and spooktacular learning throughout the entire month of October beginning Saturday, October 1 and continuing through Monday, October 31, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm. BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO 2016 features daily activities such as spooky caves and a corn stalk maze, while weekends include a “Mad Science Fire and Ice Halloween Show,”...

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Win Tickets to Savor Santa Ana

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 6 comments

  Downtown Santa Ana has dozens of top-rated Orange County restaurants within a few blocks. “Savor Santa Ana,” is the epicurean evening that takes you on the town, and it returns on Friday, Sept 16, 5-9 pm. Savor Santa Ana is a walkable, place-based food festival that brings you into OC’s best foodie neighborhood at an unbeatable price (tickets start at $10 for 5 tastes). When you pick up tickets downtown, you will receive a map to restaurants along...

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The Wild Life Tween Review

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  Do you love animals? With five pets at home, animals are one of my favorite things in the world. The Wild Life movie is all about animals and human bonding. Most of the animals in this film are animals I have never seen before, and that is why I like it. When I walked into the theater, I was so excited to see this movie. I sat down with my popcorn and waited for the movie to begin....

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The CSArts Academy Fall Program Offers Creative Arts Classes for Children and Adults

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Education, Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Are you or your kids looking for something fun to do on the weekends or during the evenings? The California School of the Arts (CSArts) Academy Fall Program is a great opportunity for artists of all ages and skill levels to explore new mediums, or learn about completely new art forms! Students ages 5 through 15 are invited to enroll in the CSArts Weekend Academy classes, regardless of whether or not they are currently enrolled at the Orange...

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Bringing Moana to Life

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney Moana is a 16-year-old girl who is passionate, outgoing, and adventurous. She is a Disney princess that girls around the world will admire and look up to after seeing the film. A lot of people came together to bring the character Moana to life, and we were given the incredible opportunity to meet with some of the people who played a role in creating Moana. Bill Schwab (Art Director, Characters)...

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Irvine Park Railroad 11th Annual Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Family, Featured, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 17 comments

  Irvine Park Railroad’s 11th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family! Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10:00 am, beginning September 17th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas...

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