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Aliso Viejo Waterfall Hike

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Aliso Viejo, Featured, Hiking Trails, Parks | 0 comments

  There are two things that I love to explore with my children – sea caves and waterfalls. Last year, I shared some of my favorite places to discover waterfalls with your family. Some of them are harder to find than others, and while I was enjoying sharing my favorite waterfall discoveries, there was one that I could never seem to find – the Aliso Viejo waterfall…until now. My younger son recently started attending Journey School in Aliso Viejo at the beginning of this school year, and every week he talks to me about the nature hikes his teacher takes him on, with one being to the Aliso Viejo waterfall. I waited until after the big rain that we had last night to have him bring me to this magical place where he and his friends play every week. I knew that if there was a significant rain that the waterfall would be fully flowing. We parked our car on the street in front of Journey School (27102 Foxborough, Aliso Viejo) and walked into Foxborough Park. We walked past the bathrooms and onto a paved trail where there were hikers and bike riders. Once on the trail, make a right-hand turn. We walked about 1/4 of a mile, and there was a small dirt...

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Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney It is the most magical time of the year to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort to witness the return of the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade. Watching the Main Street Electrical Parade in Disneyland was one of my favorite childhood memories, and now I get to share the same memories with my children at the Happiest Place on Earth. The parade debuted for the last time in Disneyland in November of 1996 and had traveled to Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and more before returning to Disneyland Park last night for a limited-time. The parade has performed more than 3,600 times for more than 75 million guests during its original run in Disneyland Park, and now more families have an opportunity to experience the magic with its return home. When I attended the premiere of the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, I got to relive the magic with my older son. There was rain expected in the forecast the night of the premiere, but the Disney magic shined bright and kept the storm clouds away just in time for the parade to premiere before hundreds of Disney fans. A tear rolled down my cheek as I watched my son dance to the classic song,...

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Ultimate Night Cream: Bellatorra

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

 Sample received As I am approaching my 40’s, it is more important than ever to care for my skin and use high-quality products. I have tried many skincare products over the past year, trying to find one that I truly see makes a difference in the overall look and feel of my skin, and haven’t had much luck until recently discovering the Bellatorra product line. I started by using the Bellatorra cellular repair night cream every night for one...

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Importance of Children’s Eye Health

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored This past summer, my husband and youngest son both underwent two major eye surgeries. My husband had a corneal transplant, and my son had surgery to correct his strabismus. Since my husband’s family has a history of eye diseases, I have had a strong focus on preventative eye health care ever since my children were born. We take our children every year for wellness checks and twice a year to the dentist, but many parents overlook the importance...

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Lorimar Vineyards & Winery in Temecula

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Grapeline While on a couples getaway to Temecula, we made plans to have a do a wine tasting tour with Grapeline Wine Tours. Our tour guide picked us up from Pechanga Resort & Casino and took us to our first stop on tour, Lorimar Vineyards & Winery. Our visit began with one of the winemakers giving us a semi-private tour of the vineyards. We were able to sample different Lorimar wines while strolling...

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Dinner under the Stars at Saffron in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Dining, Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Mayakoba is a magical place. When the sun goes down, the stars light up the sky, making it the perfect place for couples to reconnect together. While I was staying in Mayakoba, we made plans to have dinner at Saffron, Banyan Tree Resorts signature restaurant. The restaurant features Thai cuisine to be savored while sitting on a wood deck that floats over water and surrounded by lush tropical mangroves. We took...

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Fun Family Film: Surf’s Up 2 WaveMania

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Sony Sony Pictures invited us to help celebrate and kick off the new Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania film! Our family was excited when we received the invitation to attend the screening of Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. We welcomed the opportunity to spend the day with the Director of the film, Henry Yu, and witnessed firsthand some of his many illustrations from his storyboards in...

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Tips for Finding the Perfect Bra after a Breast Lift

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Beauty, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Before having my mastopexy (breast lift) everyone told me that the hardest part following the surgery was going to be finding the perfect bra, and they were right. These are some tips from my experience to help you with finding the perfect bra after your breast lift. When you come home from your surgery, you’ll be wearing a surgical bra. You’ll want to wear this for about the first week following your surgery. Once your doctor advises that...

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Breakfast at Journey’s End at Pechanga

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things about traveling is getting to have breakfast out. It is such a treat to not being the one having to flip pancakes for hungry children in the morning and to have someone else cook for me. While I was on a weekend getaway to Temecula with my husband, we made plans to have breakfast at the highly acclaimed Journey’s End at Pechanga. I had heard a...

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Farmer’s Market at El Pueblito in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Mayakoba One of the best things about bringing your family to visit Mayakoba in Mexico is that everything your family needs is within the Mayakoba community. While we were visiting Mayakoba, I wanted to do a little shopping to bring home some souvenirs, and when I learned that they have a farmer’s market at El Pueblito on Sunday afternoons, I made plans to bring my daughter to support local small businesses. El Pueblito...

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Harlem Globetrotters Return to Southern California

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

  Celebrating decades of smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to the Los Angeles area Feb. 11-19. It’s a great family adventure of wholesome fun that makes for special memories. Their one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment with incredible ball handling, hilarious comedy and loads of fan interaction, including a post-game autograph signing. When: Ontario at the Citizens Business Bank Arena...

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Exploring Cenote Burrodromo in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Mayakoba It has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl to explore a cenote in Mexico. When I learned that I would be going to visit Mayakoba that is located in the Yucatan peninsula, that is home to the largest amount of cenotes, I knew I couldn’t leave without visiting one. There was so much to see and do in Mayakoba that I didn’t have time in my schedule...

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Trader Joe’s Takes over Pretend City

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Events, Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Ready for some happy news? Trader Joe’s took over the grocery store exhibit at Pretend City in Irvine! This fun and engaging children’s museum started off their New Year with a bang. My family and I were over the moon hearing the news and were very excited to get a sneak peek. Donnie Martin, Orange County Regional Vice President for Trader Joe’s, was in person giving us the tour of the...

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Couples Movie Night: The Light Between Oceans

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Review copy received When was the last time that you had a date night with your husband? You don’t have to go out to have a special night together, and plan an in-home movie date night. My husband and I have an in-home movie date night every week where we set our kids upstairs with a movie of their choice, we order takeout, and enjoy a romantic movie together alone on the couch. When I was given an advanced...

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Wonder Sprouts Helps Kids Become Eco-Heroes

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Education, Events, Gardening | 0 comments

  In organic gardens overflowing with herbs, kale and berry bushes, Suzanne Slavens led my son and his new friends in song during the fall session of Wonder Sprouts at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. “Capturing sunlight, collecting worm poop, I can make a difference even though I am little.” Soon the children jumped up and danced to the music, their voices rising loud enough for the citrus trees in the hills above to hear. Suzanne is excited...

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Go Behind the Scenes of the Orange Empire Railway Museum

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

  Get “Behind the Scenes” on January 21st and 22nd at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, where volunteers operate, maintain and restore the West’s largest collection of vintage rail cars. At this annual all-day event, visitors get special access and tours of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars and artifacts dating back to 1870. Bring the family for a fun and fascinating day! Activities at Behind the Scenes will feature tours and special equipment...

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Travel to a Natural Oasis at 29 Palms Inn

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Do you ever have those moments in life where you feel so lucky to be exactly where you are at the moment? Well, we had one of those experiences when we visited the 29 Palms Inn. Sometimes you get the chance to discover a real gem! We felt that way when we drove thru the front entrance at The 29 Palms Inn. A beautiful natural Oasis in the high desert, located...

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Organic and Clean Eating at Green2Go in Brea

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I am always looking for a place to bring my children out to eat that makes their food with whole “real” ingredients and has a wide variety of healthy dining options. One of my friends has been raving about Green2Go in Brea for months, and during the holiday break, I decided to stop in for lunch with my kids. The restaurant is located in a popular shopping center in the heart...

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Amazon Prime’s Just Add Magic

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We were invited as a guest for a private screening of Amazon’s Just Add Magic. When my daughter found out we were going to attend a private screening and Q & A with the stars of Just Add Magic, she was giddy with excitement.  Not only were we going to get to see a private screening of episode 1 of season 2 but also were treated to tasty treats, a DIY station for decorating aprons, and a chance to...

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2017 Monster Energy Supercross Championship

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Affiliate link featured Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will bring the world’s premier off-road motorcycle championship series to Anaheim on Saturday, January 7, 2017 for the annual debut race of the 2017 season (followed by a second Anaheim racing event scheduled for Saturday, January 21st). This 17-race battle to crown a champion features the ultimate battle of man and machine, highlighted by a star-studded international field of competitors chasing the sport’s most sought after trophy. For...

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Lunching at Corner Bakery Cafe

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 14 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of my kid’s favorite places to go out for lunch is Corner Bakery Cafe. There is always something for everyone; the dishes are filling and delicious. Since the portion sizes are large enough for two of my kids to share, they are always taking turns ordering their favorite dish to share with one another. When I told them that Corner Bakery Cafe recently introduced a choose any two menu offering,...

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Universal Studios

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Events, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

  The “Year of the Rooster” gets a wake-up call from DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda stars, Po and Tigress when they make their first-ever appearance during Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual Lunar New Year. The event is included in the price of theme park admission and will take place from Saturday, January 21 to Sunday, February 5, 2017. A highlight of the time-honored tradition will mark the return of the Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON who will engage guests in conversation characteristic...

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Winter Family Travel Deals

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

  Want to take the family away this winter? Don’t know where to go? We have found the best winter travel deals available for families at the most desired vacation destinations. It’s Always Sunny in Jupiter, FL Where: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa // Jupiter, FL What’s the Deal? With the resort’s “Here Comes the Sun” offer, guests receive 20% off rates and daily breakfast for two. What You Get: A tropical oasis located on a stretch of secluded...

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Moana Sing-along at El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Film, Theatre | 0 comments

  The epic journey continues for MOANA fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure MOANA, coming to theaters nationwide January 27th! Fans are invited to warm up those vocal cords and set sail with an all-new sing-along version of MOANA launching in more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on Jan. 27 and exclusively at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre on Jan. 20. MOANA audiences were swept away by the film’s original songs...

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Recycling Tips for Families in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sample received/affiliate Ever since my youngest son started at a Waldorf School, he has been learning more and more about how he can better care for our environment. He has been sharing with our family everything he is learning at school, and we have been making a conscious effort to become a more “green family.” One of the biggest impacts families can make on caring for our environment is to recycle. I’ll be honest that over the past couple...

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New Year and New Lashes

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Beauty, Featured, Giveaways | 8 comments

 We visited as a guest As mom’s, it is important to take time to spoil ourselves once in awhile. We work so hard to care for our families that we all deserve some pampering from time to time. Ever since I started wearing hair extensions (almost ten years ago), I have wanted to try eyelash extensions. All of my friends who have them look fabulous and the best part is that they never have to wear mascara in the...

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Fashionable UV Protective Children’s Swimwear

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample Received It might be winter, but we are still getting some days with weathers temperatures in the high 70’s. Although it is winter, it is still important to keep our children protected from harmful UV rays. Since our family goes to the beach on a regular basis, it is important for me to find swimwear for my children that has added UV protection to help keep their precious skin protected. There are a lot of swim wear lines...

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How to Find a High-Qualified Tutor

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

 Sponsored in partnership with Everly Learning has never been easy for my youngest son. When a family has a child who struggles in school, it can often impact the entire family. My husband and I spend all of our time in the evenings helping our youngest son trying to ‘catch-up,’ and our two oldest children don’t get as much time from us to help them with their homework. I finally made the decision to hire a tutor to help...

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Five Orange County Rainy Day Activities

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Best of OC, Featured | 1 comment

  I love sitting by the fire sipping on a cup of tea while playing a board game with my children on a rainy day, but with so many rainy days in our forecast, it’s important to get the kids out and staying active. If you want to get your kids out of the house on a rainy day, here are five fun things to do with your children on a rainy day in Orange County. Take them to...

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A New Twist on Your Cardio Workout

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 Sample Received After not being able to exercise for a couple of weeks after having surgery, I was having trouble getting motivated to start working out again. Every time I walked past my elliptical, I just couldn’t bring myself to get back on it, but I knew that I needed to start working out again, so I began looking into a fun way to mix-up my traditional ‘boring’ workout routine. When I started researching workout routines, I was overwhelmed...

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RENT – 20 Years Later

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I love musicals; they are my favorite genre in theater.  It may be traced back to when I was 4, sitting in front of the TV for hours watching Hello Dolly, King and I, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and so many Rogers and Hammerstein musicals that I cannot list.  Regardless of its origins in my soul, I love them, that being said none of them spoke to me like Rent....

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