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Touching Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay Mexico

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest If you’ve been following our family travel adventures, then you know how much we love to have unique and adventurous travel experiences. A couple of years ago, I heard about how during a short period out of the year, families can touch wild gray whales in Magdalena Bay, Mexico. That’s right – you can touch wild gray whales!! I didn’t realize that Magdalena Bay was close to La Paz, Mexico until a friend of mine posted that it was whale season in Magdalena Bay on her Facebook page. The minute that she told me that Magdalena Bay was just a couple of hours drive from La Paz, I went online to book our airline tickets to visit La Paz to see the whales. Why can you touch gray whales in Magdalena Bay and nowhere else in the world? It is the place where the mommy gray whales go to give birth to their babies. During the birthing process, the body sends endorphins to their brain that causes them to be very calm. Whales are one of the smartest animals in the ocean, and we witnessed it when we went to see them in Magdalena Bay. The whales are proud to show-off their new babies to humans visiting the bay...

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Funfetti Rainbow Pancakes

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored I love making pancakes for my family every weekend. I am always trying different ways to make pancakes, and after being inspired by the upcoming National Pancake Day holiday, I decided to make funfetti rainbow pancakes for my kids. The recipe was easy to make using my new T-fal pan. While I used to make pancakes from scratch, I have found that Krusteaz takes just as good as making them from scratch, and allows me more time to be creative with the different types of pancakes I make for my children. When I made the funfetti rainbow pancakes this morning for my kids, they squealed with delight when their eyes first spotted the colorful pancakes. I made the pancakes extra special for my kids by topping them with whipped cream and extra sprinkles. How do you make funfetti rainbow pancakes? It’s super easy. Ingredients: 2 Cups of Krusteaz pancake mix 1 1/3 cup of water 1/4 cup of sprinkles (I used the hearts to add extra love into my recipe) Directions: 1. Mix the pancake mix and water together until fully blended. 2. Add the sprinkles. 3. Heat your T-fal pancake frying pan over medium heat. The frying pan has a unique heating indicator to show when the pan is ready to be...

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DIY Upcycled Plastic Earrings Tutorial

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Crafts | 0 comments

 We are a Chick-fil-A Ambassador I love reusing product packaging whenever I can. Recently, I was challenged to create an upcycling project using the plastic soup containers from Chick-fil-A. I wanted to do something different and fun for the DIY project, so I turned to my teenage daughter to start brainstorming some different ideas. Since my daughter loves jewelry, we decided to make upcycled plastic earrings using the plastic Chick-fil-A soup container. The hardest part of this DIY challenge...

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The Best Fish Tacos in La Paz

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

  Ever since visiting La Paz last May, I have been craving the fish tacos that I had at Tacos De Pescado El Estadio. They were the best fish tacos that I have ever eaten in my life, and I couldn’t wait to have more when I returned to La Paz. When planning our recently family weekend getaway, I made plans one morning to bring my family to Tacos De Pescado El Estadio for breakfast. Why fish tacos for...

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Stand-up for the Right to Have Access to More Organic in the US

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Family, Green Living, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my most important jobs as a mother is to ensure the food I am feeding my children is the highest quality available. I try to incorporate as many organic foods into our family diet and help to supplement the cost of purchasing organic for a family of five by growing backyard summer produce and doing a majority of my grocery shopping at local farmer’s markets. I am sure that parents like myself agree that we need...

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10th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Dining, Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Montage Laguna Beach, the luxurious five star, five diamond oceanfront Laguna Beach resort, will host the 10th annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation For No Kid Hungry event on May 21, 2017. A number of celebrity chefs will come together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Event attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable tastings, fine wines, signature cocktails, and picturesque...

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The Lego Batman Movie Days at LegoLand

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue As a mom of a superhero-loving son and daughter, I am well aware of all things that are superheroes.  Before my son became the guru of superheroes, I was the one that knew when the newest movie, toy, and event were happening. My children would marvel in my knowledge and ‘oh’ and ‘ah’ with each discovery (that might be an exaggeration, but it’s my story, and I am sticking to it!). ...

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Batsheva Dance Company: Decadence

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue. One thing I absolutely love doing is taking time away and dipping in the arts. This venue was no ordinary dip…it an artistic plunge! Segerstrom Center for the Arts presented Israel’s acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company in the Segerstrom Hall for a special one-night-only engagement. This ballet company brought in a whole new revolutionized dance. After sinking back in my red velvet-plush theatre chair at the Segerstrom Hall, I couldn’t help but...

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How to use the ‘CBX’ Cross Border Xpress

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

  I love traveling to Mexico. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The country is rich with culture, delicious food, and welcoming people. Ever since I learned about the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), I will never travel to Mexico again without using it. Families can get flights to different regions of Mexico at 75% less than flying out of John Wayne or LAX. Last weekend, our family was able to have a weekend getaway to...

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Barks of Love ‘Bark Bash’ Family Festival

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Barks of Love is an all-breed dog rescue in Orange County, CA that is the #1 non-profit rescue committed to match-making the perfect dogs with their perfect families. 100% No Kill and 100% Foster-based since 2008. Sadly though, they can never keep up with the demand of dogs in need. They often find themselves unable to take a dog into the rescue due to lack of an available foster. This problem has driven a need to expand the...

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A Girls Night Out at Corks & Canvas

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Recently, I had the chance to attend a really cool monthly event; Corks & Canvas, hosted by Fire + Ice at the GardenWalk in Anaheim. The funny thing is, I had just added a night out to go painting on my list of must do’s for the year ahead, I’m big on broadening my experiences each year. I was even more excited since this would allow me to revisit my love...

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46th Annual Festival of Whales

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Families are invited to the “Whale Capital of the West” during the Dana Point Festival of Whales March 4 & 5, 11 & 12. Experience this ancient winter to spring migratory ritual with family and friends, and enjoy seaside activities and whale watching excursions. The 46th Annual Festival of Whales will take place on the weekends of March 4 & 5 and 11 & 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore all that Dana Point Harbor offers...

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A New Star Wars Story Begins

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

  The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London. The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the...

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Paws Fur Pink: Dog-Friendly Run/Walk

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Do you have a furry best friend? Then you’ll want to get a pink leash and bring them to the Irvine Regional Park this weekend for the Paws Fur Pink dog-friendly run/walk to raise awareness of breast and canine cancer. Participants can register to run or walk with their dogs and raise funds for charity paw-tners, which include the Orange County and Los Angeles Affiliates of Susan G. Komen, and the National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF). The first...

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Making Monster Jam a Tradition

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Monster Jam is one of my most favorite shows to take my two sons to see. My oldest son is now 14, and we have been attending Monster Jam ever year since he was just 4 years old. We always make sure to get Pit Passes when purchasing our tickets so that we can get an up close look at the impressive monster trucks and meet their drivers before the show....

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Erasing My Breast Surgery Scars

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Beauty, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored After having my mastopexy (breast lift), I have been diligently using different products to prevent scarring. Although I have been doing everything possible to erase my breast surgery scars, I wasn’t successful in having them disappear completely following my surgery with just creams/gels alone. During one of my follow-up consultations with Dr. Niccole, he recommended that I have a V-Beam laser treatment done to fully erase the surgical lines from my breasts. Almost everyone who makes the investment...

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Breakfast with a View at Las Brisas

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue If you’ve been following us on social media, then you are aware of how we’ve become very fond of the new menu items at Las Brisas. While staying loyal to favorite traditional dishes here, we love to explore the new entrées that are being introduced to complement their menu. One recent morning we were invited to dine and enjoy a fantastic breakfast at Las Brisas. What’s better than Las Brisas on...

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59th Annual GRAMMY Gift Lounge

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Did you watch the GRAMMY’s this year? It was one of the best award shows of the year, and we were thrilled to have an inside looking into the 59th Annual GRAMMY Gift Lounge. The gift lounge was located in a series of white tents next to the Staples Center where the most influential stars in Hollywood gathered to be showered with lavish gifts. When we walked into the gift lounge,...

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The Harlem Globetrotters: The Most Entertaining Basketball Team in History

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When you hear the name Harlem Globetrotters you think basketball, laughter and family fun.  We’ve seen the Globetrotters numerous times and I can tell you that we will see them many more.  After the first time I watched them play, I decided to find out more about the most entertaining basketball team in history.   I was surprised to find that the Globetrotters originated in the south side of Chicago, Illinois,...

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Books, Entertainment | 23 comments

 Sample received I love to watch and read Marvel Comics. Growing up with two brothers there has always been Marvel Comic books all over my house and a Marvel movie always playing on the television. It is rarely I read or look at a Marvel movie about a girl, so when I found out about the book The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World I was stoked! I literally grabbed the book and started reading it the first minute...

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Five Best Restaurants in Mayakoba Mexico

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The best part about planning a family vacation to Mayakoba is that you don’t have to leave the property. There is a wide variety of dining options between the three resorts, and there is complimentary shuttles available for guests staying at Mayakoba. When planning your upcoming visit, make reservations to dine at one of the five best restaurants in Mayakoba. La Laguna Fairmont Maykoba La Laguna offers a large breakfast buffet...

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Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

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

  Descanso Gardens is pleased once again to welcome springtime with its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Due to overwhelming popularity, the festival will expand to two weekends this year—Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5 and 11-12, 2017. Reservations must be made in advance for timed tickets that will go on sale to the public February 17 at descansogardens.org. As always, this year’s celebration will feature entertainment, Japanese cuisine, origami and more. Activities include the following and are free with admission...

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OC Rescue Mission Faces Food Shortage

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  As homelessness continues to rise throughout Orange County, the Orange County Rescue Mission is in dire need of food supplies. The nonprofit organization is urgently seeking the community’s help to provide more than 33,600 canned and boxed food items, which will help to feed 400 local families in need each month for six months. “Hunger is an epidemic that is spreading right here in our community,” says Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission, who explains...

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The Pizza Press Opens in Rancho Santa Margarita

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I had heard so much buzz about the pizza being served at The Pizza Press but was never able to make it to North Orange County to try it. The minute that I heard they were opening a new location in Rancho Santa Margarita; I couldn’t wait to sink my taste buds into some of their freshly made pizza. When my daughter had a day off school last week, I brought...

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Tickets Available for The Carlsbad Flower Fields

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored Springtime is here, and for ten weeks, 50 acres of the rolling hillsides in Carlsbad, CA are adorned with giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers transforming the landscape into a solid expanse of vibrant banded color at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®. This spring, The Flower Fields is debuting a new greenhouse blooming with a historical display on the evolution of the poinsettia. This is a special treat for all visitors as the flower normally only blooms during the...

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Authentic Mexican Cuisine at La Laguna

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue On our last evening in Mayakoba, we were treated to an evening full of culinary delights at La Laguna at the Fairmont Mayakoba. La Laguna is located right on a river where families can bask in the beautiful water views. My daughter and I had a seat right on the waterfront where we could see animals frolicking in the mangroves across the water. The minute that the menu arrived, we were...

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Kaiser Permanente Farmer’s Market

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Kaiser Permanente has a strong focus on family wellness. Just one of the benefits of being a Kaiser Permanente member is being able to take advantage of seeing your physician and bringing home fresh produce from their onsite farmer’s market. Once a week, Kaiser Permanente invites local farmers to come to their facility to offer locally grown produce for their customers. Recently, I had the honor of visiting Kaiser Permanente in Irvine to explore their farmer’s market. While...

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Mysterious World of Magic at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  The mysterious world of magic will once again cast its spell upon The Queen Mary at the 2nd annual FantaSea Saturday, April 8, from 12 – 6:00 p.m. The glory of The Queen Mary and the mystique of the Academy of Magical Arts, and their World Famous Clubhouse – The Magic Castle, will converge to create another captivating day of show-stopping performances and sleight-of-hand tricks. Get up close and personal with roaming magicians ready to captivate, learn a...

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Anaheim White House Foodie Fundraising Event

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  In a show of solidarity, many top OC chefs and restaurateurs are uniting to help their colleague, Sir Bruno Serato, in the wake of a fire that closed his Anaheim White House restaurant, leaving his staff unemployed. The public is invited to attend the event to be held at Highway 39 Event Center (1563 South College Blvd, Anaheim, 92806) on Presidents Day, Monday, February 20 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and include menu...

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Garden Workshops Blooming at the Great Park

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The Orange County Great Park is in bloom with its Winter/Spring Garden Workshop series beginning Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Great Park’s Farm + Food Lab. The Garden Workshops, developed in cooperation with the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County, features instructions from gardening experts on sustainable home gardening practices. The Garden Workshops will take place on select Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. All workshops are free to the public, along with take-home project activities...

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