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Dana Point Family Travel Guide

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dana Point, Featured, Kia, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored Dana Point is the perfect place in Orange County for families to create long lasting memories together. The city is home to some of the best beaches in Orange County and luxurious resorts. When looking for the best place to plan your next family staycation, Dana Point is one of the top choices to have a getaway full of sun and fun. Where to stay There are many resorts in Dana Point that each offer a different vacation experience. The DoubleTree Dana Point is just a few steps away from the beach. They have luxurious suites and guest rooms that offer beautiful ocean views. Your family can rent a bike and cruise around Dana Point when staying at the DoubleTree Dana Point. If you’re looking for a luxurious resort on the cliffs over the pacific ocean, The Ritz-Carlton is the ideal destination. The resort offers the best dining experiences in Orange County; a beautiful sandy beach just steps away from your hotel room and luxurious guest rooms. Your family will want to spend every minute of your staycation at the resort when staying at the Ritz-Carlton. For the families looking to incorporate golf or spa into their staycation, the Monarch Beach Resort is the perfect place. The resort has one of the best...

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Win a Signature Facial at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Giveaways | 39 comments

  Now that the kids are going back-to-school, it is the perfect time to treat yourself to a signature facial at the CosmetiCare med spa. CosmetiCare Signature Facial This anti-aging skin renewal treatment combines the medical and cosmetic and is individually-designed for you to improve the overall health and beauty of your skin. It uses advanced physical and mechanical procedures to nurture and rejuvenate the face and neck, which are particularly sensitive to the signs of aging. This total care treatment features gentle microdermabrasion and epidermal exfoliation to remove old, dead skin cells, custom chemical formulations to improve uneven skin tone and skin texture, and finished with a CO2 (aka Slurry) to restore clarity, smoothness, and softness while also firming and toning the skin. It is one of their signature custom treatments, an amazing treatment for face, hands and décolleté. The result is both short and long term—it energizes and beautifies skin instantly, but also initiates a sustained process of cell rejuvenation and collagen stimulation. Over time, and ideally with regular application, it works to reverse wrinkles and photo damage and helps prevent the development of pre-cancerous lesions. It is a popular procedure with visible cosmetic benefits for both men and women. We are thrilled that CosmetiCare has offered one signature facial to giveaway...

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Best Burger in Pasadena: Pie-n-Burger

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dining, Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest Did you know that Pasadena is where the burger was invented? When I learned this fun fact, I knew that our first meal on a staycation in Pasadena had to be at the popular burger joint, Pie-n-Burger. Pie-n-Burger is located right in the heart of downtown Pasadena. We drove our Kia Sorento to the restaurant, parked on the street, and then went into the historic building for lunch. Inside the small building is a...

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Hula Lessons at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort During our stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, our children signed up for many cultural classes that are offered to guests staying at the resort. My daughter has always wanted to learn how to do the hula, and she was counting down the days until she would take hula lessons at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. The morning of the class, we met the instructor on the grass near the pool. She...

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New Dining Hot Spot: Legado Bar + Kitchen

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest After living in South Orange County for the past 15+ years, I am always in search of a new restaurant that serves fresh and creative culinary dishes. The only downside to South Orange County is that it is the chain restaurant capital of California with very few innovative family-owned restaurants. I always find myself driving to North Orange County to get a meal that is made with fresh, organic and GMO-free ingredients until now....

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You’re Invited: Playa Vista Medical Office Open House

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Events, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Providence Saint John’s Medical Office in Playa Vista is opening to the public tomorrow, August 17th, and your family is invited to attend the festive event. During the event LA Lifeguards will be there teaching Sidewalk CPR. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to draw their own picture at the arts and crafts section. Drawings collected at the event will be permanently displayed throughout the office for children to see when they return to the office...

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The Percy Jackson Coloring Book + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Books, Giveaways | 6 comments

 “Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway!” Over the past decade, millions of young readers, parents, and teachers have come to adore Rick Riordan’s classic series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which made ancient Greek mythology contemporary, relevant, and entertaining as it turned kids on to reading. Now fans can literally color Percy’s world with the amusing portraits, dramatic scenes, and intricate designs on every spread of this large format...

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Taking Care of your Heart Health

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 1 comment

 Sponsored When it comes to heart disease, many people often think that it is a disease that mostly affects males. However, women are just as much at risk of heart disease. It is the #1 cause of death for women in the united states, and only 45% of women are aware of this. I was just a teenager when my father went out to walk the dog, and when he came home, he asked my mother to take him...

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Best Teen Summer Movie: Descendants 2

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We received a copy of the film The first Descendants movie was my favorite Disney Channel original movie ever, and that is coming from a girl who has grown up watching the Disney Channel. I watched Descendants over and over again when it first came out, and when I heard that they were making Descendants 2, I was thrilled. Descendants 2 was everything I had hoped it would be. It has fantastic music, a lot of action, and awesome...

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MaxPass Enhances the Disneyland Experience

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Disney, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Earlier this month, our family spent a magical day at Disneyland, and it was our first time using MaxPass. What is MaxPass? It is the best thing to happen to families wanting to visit the Disneyland Resort. With MaxPass, families can request a FastPass directly on their cellular device. That means no more rushing over to your favorite attractions with your kids just to tell them that they have to wait until...

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Should you get Lipo or Tummy Tuck with your Breast Surgery?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored When planning to get my breast lift (mastopexy), one of the biggest decisions was whether or not to get lipo or a tummy tuck at the same time. So many of my friends who have had their breasts done at CosmetiCare also took care of their stomachs at the same time so that they only had one recovery. During my first consultation with Dr. Niccole, he did recommend lipo if I wanted to have my full pre-baby body...

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The Habit Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dining | 1 comment

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of the best things about the summer is all the fresh produce, with strawberries being my kid’s ultimate favorite summer fruit. The Habit is one of my kid’s favorite restaurants to get a juicy burger and fries, but this summer they have a new favorite at The Habit, the Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad. Never in a million years would I think that my children would prefer a salad over a...

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Best Beaches for Bonfires in Orange County

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Beaches, Best of OC, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite things to do during the summer is to take our kids to one of our local beaches to roast marshmallows in a fire pit and eat s’mores while watching the sunset over the crystalline ocean waters. Families are encouraged to come early to snag one of these sought after fire pits. Curious about where to find them? We have everything to you need to know on where to find Orange County beaches with fire...

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Bring Your Kids to a OC Soccer Club Game

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

 Sponsored If you have kids who like to play soccer or want to introduce your kids to the sport, then you want to bring them to see Orange County’s only professional soccer team play at the Orange County Great Park. Your kids will enjoy the excitement, action and great team spirit that the OC Soccer Club players possess. During the family-friendly games, there are activities for the kids, player autograph sessions and a food and beer garden for the...

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The Lion King Sing Along at The Greek Theater

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Music | 1 comment

 We attended as guests Disney’s The Lion King Sing Along at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. The Greek Theater is located in the beautiful Los Angeles hills of Griffith Park. Our family was so excited to see this Disney Classic and sing all of the songs you know and love from The Lion King as we watched the movie at The Greek Theater. As we entered the venue, we were greeted and took our photo with Rafiki...

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You’re Invited: Orchard Walk Grand Opening

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a new home in Orange County? Olson Homes is bringing 37 brand-new single-story villas to Orange in their new community Orchard Walk! Home seekers far and wide are invited to the #OlsonOrchardWalk Model Grand Opening event on Saturday, August 12th. Attendees will be treated to a tour of four fully-furnished attached model homes showcasing Olson’s expertise in home design and livability. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4700 E. Washington...

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Lobsterfest Newport Beach isn’t Just for Adults

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue I have been going to Lobsterfest Newport Beach at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort for the past three years, and it is one of my favorite events to attend with my family. Not only is it all you can eat food/drink (if you get a VIP ticket), but there is also a band, people dancing, and photo ops everywhere! Lobsterfest is not just an event for adults, but kids will have...

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature Premiere

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio We attended a meet and greet with the cast of The Nut Job 2 to talk about the film and to get some insight on what it is like to work on an animated film.  Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias and Bobby Moynihan were on hand to answer questions and to tell us about their experience making this fabulous animated film. Will Arnett explained that making an animated film is definitely...

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Five Ways to Help Your Kid Socialize This Summer

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Kids have a ton of opportunities to socialize during the school year because they see their friends and classmates almost every day. During the summer, however, many kids don’t get a chance to socialize as much as would be ideal. Some students live far away from their school or don’t get to spend time with classmates for any number of reasons. However, there are tons of ways to help your kid socialize this summer so they can learn...

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Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the biggest decisions when getting my mastopexy (breast lift) was whether or not to get an implant put in at the same time. I already had decent sized breasts, but I decided to get a small implant put into my during one of my consultations with Dr. Niccole. Why get an implant with your breast lift? The way that my breasts were shaped and the amount of lifting that I needed, the Dr. advised me that...

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The Rivers of America at Disneyland

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The highly anticipated time has come for The Rivers of America to reopen at Disneyland. The Disneyland classics are back and better than ever for your family to experience while creating lifelong memories together. The Mark Twain Riverboat One of the most beloved classics, The Mark Twain Riverboat is ready for families to go on a journey along the Rivers of America. Storytelling is richly embedded in the attraction, making it a...

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Young Americans Performing Arts Summer Camp

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Camp, Giveaways | 0 comments

 Sponsored The performing arts experience of a lifetime. Campers spend the week learning a one-hour show from a cast of 35+ Young Americans. On top of learning a one-hour variety show, campers will take classes in voice, dance, improv, performance techniques, and songwriting, just to name a few. The Young Americans summer camp is such a unique and fun experience because of the high-energy, fast-paced style the cast provides while providing a positive and safe environment for campers to...

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Making Kitchen Remodeling Easy

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Family, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored As the summer nights come to an end and the kids go back-to-school, parents will be getting back into their weekly routines of cooking healthy dinners every night for the family. Going from barbecuing every night to cooking in the kitchen is more fun when you’re in a beautifully remodeled kitchen. Worried that kitchen remodeling will be stressful and complicated? It can be made easy with the help of Best Buy. Best Buy is the best place to...

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The World’s Tallest Thermometer

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite things to do while on our way to Las Vegas is to make a stop at the World’s Tallest Thermometer in Baker California. It only takes a few minutes out of your road trip, and the stop is a must. The town of Baker is a great place to get a refreshing drink at The Mad Greek Cafe and stock up on some alien jerky before checking out how...

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Holiday Inn Summer of Smiles

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Holiday Inn hotels and Scholastic have teamed up for their first ever “Summer Of Smiles” program. They began the fun family program in June at select Holiday Inn hotels. At the hotels, they will have different activities and Character breakfasts for families to enjoy. We were invited to come check out the activities at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Anaheim. Right as we walked into the lobby, we were fully immersed...

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Summertime STEAM Family Fun

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  Astronomer Carl Sagan believed “every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist.” Think about it, children exhibit insatiable curiosity! Everything babies touch ends up in their mouths and they love to study cause and effect in their environments. Toddlers stop to investigate bugs on the ground and often imitate their parent’s every move. Elementary aged children have a strong need to know “why” and “how.” In recent years, educators have pushed the STEAM initiative. STEAM is an acronym...

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Summer Fun at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Kia, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Tenaya Lodge is our favorite place to create family memories. We have visited many times during the winter months and had yet to visit during the summer until recently. While on a weekend getaway to Yosemite, we drove our Kia Sorento to Tenaya Lodge to enjoy some of their fun summer activities. We started our day at Tenaya by having lunch and swimming in their large pool. Tenaya has a beautiful...

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Last Chance to Experience Lobsterfest

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Our favorite family summer event of the year is Lobsterfest in Newport Beach. The family-friendly event is located right on the water at The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, and everyone in our family has a blast every year. The event is happening this Sunday, and it is going to be bigger and better than ever! Thousands of fresh Maine lobster are flown in the morning of the event for families to enjoy. We always get the VIP ticket...

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Philly’s Best BBQ Summer Menu

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 9 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue My daughter is a cheesesteak fanatic! Whenever we go out to eat, and there is a cheesesteak on the menu, that is what she will order every single time. Since she loves cheesesteak, Philly’s Best is one of her favorite fast casual restaurants. This summer, the popular dining destination is mixing things up by adding some summer BBQ items to their menu. Since there is a Philly’s Best next door to...

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What to Expect at your First Invisalign Teen Appointment

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Beauty, Invisalign | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Invisalign I recently had my first Invisalign Teen appointment with Dr. Passamano in Irvine. When I went to the orthodontics office, I had no idea what to expect, and I was super excited to start the first step of getting my Invisalign aligners. I went inside of Dr. Passamano’s office, checked myself in with the front office staff, and then went to sit down in the waiting room. When they called my name, I confidently walked into...

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