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Santa’s Village is Back

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday | 3 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Santa’s Village is back! Do you remember the excitement of visiting as a child? We sure do! When we heard it would be opening again it was as if we regressed and were youngsters again! You’ll be happy to know that SkyPark at Santa’s Village is just putting the finishing touches on the park. We were lucky enough to participate in a sneak peek of the Christmas themed amusement park; bringing back memories with grandparents and all the childlike wonder bubbling up in each of us. We were going to see Santa!! The original Santa’s Village opened in 1955, having been closed for the past 18 years. After 30 months of careful restoration and transformation; in keeping with the nostalgia of the park, SkyPark at Santa’s Village is about to open and you too can visit the North Pole themed outdoor adventure park. Strolling through the new park, you begin to breathe in the crisp, cool mountain air; taking in the natural beauty of the forest. The sound of festive music fills the air, with a visual explosion of all things Christmas! Twinkling lights adorn the trees, taking a moment to look down; as we notice the lights embedded on the meandering pathways throughout the park....

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The ‘Write Gift’ for the Teen Who Loves to Learn

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Education, Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored There are two things that my son loves more than anything in life, and that is learning and cooking. He is always striving to do his best in school so that he can accomplish many of his life goals. When I was a teenager, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but my son has already planned many of his life goals, one of which he recently achieved by getting into the culinary program at the Orange County School of the Arts. Thousands of children applied for this esteemed high school educational program, and after a lengthy interview process, he was invited to attend the high school program. Since starting the school in the Fall, I have watched him blossom, grow and love life more than ever. He is passionate about his educational path and leaves on the bus at 5:50 am and returns at 6 pm every day. When he gets home by 6:30 pm, he does his homework until 10 pm and then drifts off to sleep. Many children his age wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rigorous school program, but he loves it and wakes up every morning excited to go to school. Ever since he got into the high school, I had wanted...

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Let’s Talk about Adolescent Depression

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored More than 150,000 children in Orange County suffer from a mental health condition. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people ages 10-24. These are staggering statistics. Depression in the adolescent years happens more than many realize. When it impacts a family, many feel that they are the only ones, and alone. CHOC Children’s acknowledges that there are many adolescents in our community that are in need of help, and they are in the process...

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Kicking off the Holidays at Knott’s Merry Farm

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the venue. This year our family visited Knott’s Merry Farm for the very first time. Having not been to the park since I was a child, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but we were so pleasantly surprised and it ended up being the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and really kick start our Christmas spirit! Upon entering the park the first thing one notices (especially my kids who are...

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U-Pick Oranges in Orange County is Back

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

  One of our favorite things to do in Orange County is to go orange picking at one of the last orange groves in Orange County. The trees in the groves at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center are in abundance with ripe fruit, and your family is invited to come pick oranges on these select dates/times. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to do with your children. Dates: Friday, December 2nd from 1-4pm Sunday, December 11th from 1-4pm Cost:...

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7th Annual Christmas with the Critters

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 6 comments

  Rancho Wildlife Foundation hosts its 7th annual Christmas with the Critters event for Orange County families. Bring the entire family and enjoy a festive day at the Rancho Wildlife Foundation. There will be a visit from Santa, bounce houses, crafts, live holiday musical performances, and more! You can even watch the resident exotic animals open their Christmas presents, including a Bengal tiger, zebras, African servals and other beautiful animals. Lunch is included with purchase of entrance tickets. When:...

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Girlfriends Guide to a Breast Lift

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has been three weeks since I had my mastopexy (breast lift) with Dr. Niccole at CosmetiCare, and I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. At first, I was nervous about publicly talking about my procedure, because it is something that nobody seems to talk a lot about having done. After going public with news of my breast surgery, I was overwhelmed with how many women have had it done or are wanting to have it done....

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Give the Gift of Gringo Bandito

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Dining, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored What do you give your foodie friends who have everything? A couple of jars of Gringo Bandito private reserve. Every year, I purchase a bunch of jars of Gringo Bandito and use them to create gift baskets for my foodie friends – it makes for the perfect holiday gift. It is the private reserve bottles that are so highly sought after and sells out quickly. This year’s Private Reserve is an exclusive recipe featuring the Yellow Bhut, Yellow...

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OC Winter Wonderland at Winter Fest 2016

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored Families are invited to experience a magical winter wonderland this year at Winter Fest 2016. This holiday event is the perfect place for your family to come together and create magical memories that will last a lifetime. Winter Fest will happen at the OC Fair and Event Center from December 16th through January 1st. Winter Fest Activities (Some activities require additional fee): Festival of Lights Stroll through a 2 million light illuminated pathway and explore 10 holiday themed...

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Pacific City Holiday Movie Nights

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Film | 0 comments

  Get in the spirit of the holiday season as Pacific City in Huntington Beach presents Holiday Movie Nights every Wednesday in December. Bundle up, grab the kids and meet at Level 2 near Saint Marc and Smocking Birds for some of the most beloved holiday classics of all time. The Pacific City Holiday Movie Night listings are: December 7: Elf December 14: A Christmas Story December 21: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version) The holiday movies...

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Laguna Playhouse Presents Sleeping Beauty

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight is coming to the Laguna Playhouse from December 7th through December 30th. Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy, and this production is one of their best yet. Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight is based on the European fairytale where a Princess called Aurora has a curse put on her by an evil fairy Carabosse. By her 18th birthday, Aurora will prick her finger on a...

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Advance Tickets Available for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  The highly anticipated time has come for Star Wars fans to purchase tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that will blast into theaters on December 16th. Tickets are now available everywhere that movie theater tickets are sold, and we highly recommend purchasing them early before they sell out. As an added bonus, select theaters are offering special promotions for fans who purchase their tickets early. Curious about the upcoming blockbuster hit? We are thrilled to share...

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Moana Teen Movie Review

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I saw the movie as a guest of Disney Ever since I was young, I have loved Disney Princesses! My whole world revolved around them, and now that I am an older I still love them! When Frozen came out, I was so happy. I had to get all of the Frozen toys and gizmos. I even had three Elsa costumes! When I heard about Moana, I could not wait, and I was hoping it would be amazing just...

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New Baby Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Have someone in your life who is expecting or just had a new baby to shop for this holiday season? We have the best gifts to purchase when shopping for someone in your life who is expecting or recently had a new baby. Boppy Nursing Pillow The original, award-winning Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner celebrates over 25 years of supporting moms, dads and babies! This versatile nursing pillow lifts baby to a more ergonomic position for comfortable breastfeeding...

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Tech and Teen Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Once your child turns into a teenager their holiday wish list transforms from toys to tech. When shopping for your teenager this holiday season we have a list of all the coolest teen and tech (and non-tech) gift ideas in this holiday gift guide. One company that has really stood out to me this year, more than any other is HP. They have two great products that are perfect for teens and parents won’t break their family budget...

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5 Fun Facts about Moana

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We saw the film as a guest of Disney Moana is one of the most magical things to ever be created by the Walt Disney Animation Studios. There was so much research that went into the film and so many fun facts about the making of the movie that we wanted to share our five favorite facts about the film Moana. While it your might think that Moana is wearing the same outfit in the movie – look closer...

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Moana Holiday Gift Guide

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

  Once your children see the movie Moana, they are going to fall in love with the story, and Moana toys will be at the top of their holidays wish list. Hurry and get these adorable Moana toys before the sell-out, and watch your child squeal with delight when opening them on Christmas morning. Hei Hei Plush They will have plenty to crow about when they give the adorable Heihei a hug. Moana’s stowaway rooster shows off his colorful...

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Magical Moana Premiere

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

 We attended the premiere as a guest of Disney It was a magical night in Hollywood as my daughter and I put on our prettiest dresses and walked the red carpet at the world premiere of the movie, Moana. As we arrived at the premiere, we saw that the streets were lined with fans eagerly awaiting a chance to see one of the favorite actors in the film. The minute that a celebrity arrived the crowd would squeal with...

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Feel the Aloha Spirit with Moana

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney It had been less than a week since I had major surgery, but that wasn’t stopping me from going to see the amazing film “Moana” and meeting the cast and creators of the film. My kids and I jumped into the back of my friend’s car on a Saturday night, and she whisked us up to Los Angeles to see the movie “Moana.” The film was everything that I hoped...

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Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Disney, Events, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended the celebration as a guest of Disney Today is a special day to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort because it is Mickey Mouse’s Birthday! Mickey has been busy traveling the world in anticipation of his special day and will be returning to California just in time to celebrate his birthday with families at the Disneyland Resort. On November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse made his first debut to the world at The Colony Theatre. It was...

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Bull Riding Family Fun

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored On Saturday morning, the kids woke up, and we surprised them with the news that they were going to see their first bull riding show. They immediately ran to get their cowboy gear out of the closet, and couldn’t wait until it was time to see the show. The minute that we arrived at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, there was a buzz in the arena. Families were getting snacks and souvenirs with excitement before the show was...

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Preparing for a Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Season


Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Health, Holiday | 1 comment

  The holidays are here, and for parents of children with diabetes, this typically joyous time can quickly become scary. While the upcoming food-filled holidays take a bit of extra preparation and conscientiousness, it does not mean that you and the family will miss out on the holiday cheer. With Halloween behind us, we have a few more dessert-filled holidays on the horizon and there is no reason kids can’t indulge in a piece of pumpkin pie or a...

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Orange County Black Friday Dining Specials

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Christmas, Deals, Dining, Holiday | 0 comments

 After getting all your shopping done on Black Friday, you don’t have to worry about cooking with these great Orange County Black Friday dining specials. Ways & Means Oyster House 21022 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (714) 960-4300 www.wmoysters.com Specializing in fresh seafood dishes, tropical cocktails, and a waterfront views from their extensive outdoor patio, Ways & Means is a casual eatery at the Pacific City outdoor mall in Surf City, USA. To celebrate, Ways & Means...

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Magical Train Rides to the ‘North Pole’

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Christmas, Giveaways, Holiday | 15 comments

  You and your family are invited to come join us for this annual holiday tradition at the Orange Empire Railway Museum on December 2,3,4. 9,10, 11, 17,18 and 19. Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop. Ride the train where elves will lead families in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and story telling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. Visit with Santa & Mrs....

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2016 Orange County Tree Lighting Events

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  Our favorite family holiday tradition is visiting tree lightings around Orange County. There is many Orange County tree lighting events happening this week for your family to enjoy. Crystal Cove Tree Lighting 8471 N Pacific Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Saturday, December 3rd Complimentary festivities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m., with a seasonal bazaar featuring handcrafted treasures by local residents and artists as well as old-fashioned holiday decorations. The excitement builds when Santa...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Thanksgiving Donations

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Giving Back, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is preparing for the holiday season and is urgently seeking the community’s help to provide Thanksgiving meal items for the homeless families living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. The organization is seeking over 840 pounds of turkey and ham, 800 pounds of vegetables, several desserts and more to provide a Thanksgiving to remember for formerly homeless men, women and children. Several of the families who currently live...

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Bring the Kids to See Santa Skydive in OC

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  On Saturday, November 19th, your family is invited to witness Santa’s official arrival in Surf City USA! Straight from the North Pole, Santa will appear in the sky and land on the beach in front of Pacific City in Huntington Beach! Families can watch all the excitement from Pacific City’s Main Deck (near Simmzy’s and Lemonade). Special surprises are in store as Santa arrives at his Holiday Airstream and then guests can enjoy photo ops with Santa and...

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Family Staycation at The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored When it comes to staycations, families living in Orange County have so many options, but when it comes to a beachside getaway, The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a premier choice for locals. The historic vacation destination has recently undergone a major renovation and offers guests plush accommodations just steps away from the crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean. As our children are getting older, it is becoming harder for all of our family to be able to...

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2016 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Dining, Featured, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  Don’t feel like cooking on Thanksgiving? The top restaurants in Orange County are helping to make Thanksgiving less stressful for families by offering delicious dinners to-go and unforgettable dining experiences in their restaurants. Find the best restaurant for your family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by using our Orange County Thanksgiving dining guide. Anaheim White House Restaurant 887 S Anaheim Blvd Anaheim, CA 92805 (714) 772-1381 Thursday, November 24th, 2016 12 Noon – 9 p.m. Traditional Thanksgiving Feast:...

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A Napping Oasis for Newborns

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample received Every new mom’s dream is to have a happy, content, resting baby. There are so many products on the market that make guarantees to be the best product to help a new mom, but after raising three children, the one product that I couldn’t live without was my Graco pack ‘n play. My Graco Pack ‘n Play was my best friend when my children were babies. I took it everywhere that I went, and it was the...

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