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The Magic of The Little Mermaid Comes to Life

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My children’s love of musical theater began with Musical Theater Orange County‘s (MTOC) production of Tarzan. Each year around May, my children ask when the next production of MTOC will come out, and each year I tell them the same thing, July. The Little Mermaid was our 4th experience with MTOC, and like each production before, we were not disappointed. After last year’s Beauty and the Beast, I started following MTOC on Facebook and Instagram and kept up to date on their goings on. I was surprised to see how much they did throughout the year from musical theater, Capella group, Improv classes, acting, puppetry, as well as technical theater workshops. Year round MTOC was helping their talented students cultivate their art. Located in Anaheim their evening classes cap at 10 students and run about two...

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Marvel Universe Live!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Yesterday my children and I were given the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the all new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes live action show at the Honda Center.  My son is a huge Marvel fan and was excited to see how the team makes the magic come alive. We were greeted by the stunt superhero team which gave us a demonstration on how they perform their moves.  Fight 101 wasn’t just hands on; it was also about mind control.  Ten hours of training daily is how this team makes sure that they are not only safe but also on point.  The show is action packed with so many moving parts, being in sync with one another is what is need to make the show a success and to keep...

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Cars 3: Road to the Races

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Disney kicked off their Cars 3 Road to the Races nationwide tour at Disney Springs on March 23rd before heading out to 27 cities across the country which ended this past weekend in Sonoma. Mack Trucks, Inc. transported the life-size cars on the coast-to-coast tour.  Guests got a sneak peek at the Cars 3 movie and had a chance to have some Cars fun with photo spots, games, and even a special tasting from Dole. Alamo Rent A Car hosted a street art booth bringing Cars 3 to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends. Thanks to Coppertone, little ones who love Luigi & Guido as much and I do took part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity. Fans were provided an opportunity to create a...

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Storymakery: The Next Chapter

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue.    A little while ago, I took my daughter to Storymakery for a Father/Daughter date night.   I had a blast creating a book with my daughter; and she felt very special now as a published author.  To this day, the book is hidden somewhere in her bed, and when she thinks we are in bed, she brings it out and reads it.  With Father’s Day approaching, we decided to do another book. This time Storymakery had a new treat available to us. They are now publishing books in hard cover!  My daughter was so excited to publish her second book and this time in hard cover that she kept asking me when we were going.  Next time,  I won’t tell her until day of, so I won’t have to be...

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Hilarious Epic Adventure: Despicable Me 3

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio School is finally out which means making summer long memories with my kids.  Our summers are spent exploring, lounging, and watching movies.  Luckily Illumination read my mind and will share their newest Despicable Me, Despicable Me 3.  Steve Carell reprises his role as Gru, but also takes on the part of Dru (Gru’s long lost brother).  Kristen Wiig returns as Gru’s wife and partner in crime fighting Lucy, while Trey Parker voices new villain Balthazar Bratt.  Balthazar Bratt is a former child star who has become obsessed with the evil TV character he played in the ’80s which means the film is filled with amazing 80’s music, bright colors, and tongue and cheek references to an era from my childhood. We were invited to a morning screening of the...

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Rare Madagascar Vanilla Limited-Time Yogurtland Flavor

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue BREAKING NEWS ALERT:  Vanilla bean crops in Madagascar are in jeopardy due to tremulous storms.  The worst tropical cyclone in 13 years has not only devastated the country leaving farmers without crops, it has also caused a huge shortage of vanilla beans worldwide.  Vanilla is one of the most popular flavors in the world and is used in many recipes.  Currently is nearly impossible to get your hands on Madagascar vanilla, but Yogurtland was able to secure a small supply so that its patrons can enjoy the Rare Madagascar Vanilla for just one week while supplies last. My children and I were invited to a private tasting and our palettes thanked us afterwards.  I’m a believer in being honest in my posts and don’t like pulling the wool over people’s eyes. ...

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Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Aliso Viejo, Cool Places, Featured, Hiking Trails, Parks | 11 comments

  CLOSED AS OF AUGUST 14TH “Fairy Lily’s broken wing has now completely healed and Queen Lily and the other fairies that have been living along the Aliso Summit Trail have headed back to their homes in Ireland. All the fairies are very sad to leave their beautiful homes here in Orange County, but wanted everyone to know that they will fondly remember the very special time they had living here. They will cherish the friendships, the trinkets/rocks/gifts, as well as the hand written notes and drawings from all their human friends who have visited them. For those of you that missed visiting the fairies, Fairy Lily wants to remind you that you can always build your own fairy home in your home or yard, so that the fairies will be able to visit and surround you with unlimited...

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Wonderful Wonder Woman is Back

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Growing up in the late 70’s early 80’s my world revolved around Scooby Doo, The Love Boat, and Wonder Woman.  Even saying the words, Wonder Woman makes me feel like that 6-year-old, sitting on the shag carpet, staring up at the TV, watching Linda Carter spin and turn into Wonder Woman. She was amazing, and I always wished that I could be just as amazing as she was.  Sadly the show’s run ended and with that so did our female superhero role model for almost 30 years. I cannot believe it took this long for such a magnificent character to come to the big scene. With our world changing so much, and girl power being in the forefront socially and politically, this was a perfect time to introduce the new generation to Diana, Princess of the Amazons. For those...

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Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Talk about Wonder Woman Empowering Girls

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored My daughter and I were invited by Warner Brothers to an exclusive behind the scenes meet and greet with Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, and the woman who created the magic, Director Patty Jenkins. When we entered the sound stage, before us was a room filled with bean bags for the younger ladies and chairs for their mamas.   All the girls, dressed in their Wonder Woman gear were patiently seated, wide-eyed and smiling. As we waited for the dynamic duo to enter the room, mothers and daughters talked about the film. We all agreed that we had grown up loving Wonder Woman and how we were so thrilled that our heroine had reappeared. The joy we felt for the Wonder Woman of our generation was the same that our daughter’s felt for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and we couldn’t wait to meet...

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Miguel’s Jr. Delivers Fresh & Delicious Mexican Food

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 Sponsored Miguel’s Jr. is finally coming to Redlands in the new Mountain Grove shopping center! Judging by the happy faces and empty plates at the preview breakfast, it’s sure to be a hit. Founder Mary Vasquez and her son Javier, who is the CEO and President, were on hand to welcome everyone to what will be the 16th store in the beloved family business. Mike and Mary Vasquez opened the first Miguel’s Jr. in 1975 with recipes inspired by Mary’s childhood, and they have been fine tuning and improving the food ever since. Their commitment to delivering the freshest, best tasting Californian Mexican food in an inviting ambiance is evident in this newest location. The first thing you’ll notice when you enter is the bright and fresh design and the hearty welcome from the excellent staff. Walking past the...

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Game of Thrones: The Musical! – A Song of Nice Satire

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My husband is a huge fan of Game of Thrones (as in obsessed).   I’m not allowed to watch the show with him because I’m a newbie that ask way too many lame questions and basically take the joy of watching the show away from him.  He has his routine of recording Eastern Time so that by 8 o’clock he has the entire downstairs to himself without interruption.  If by any chance I need to grab something from downstairs, rules have been placed that I cannot enter the GoT realm until he deems it okay.  It’s pretty intense so I avoid the situation completely so that our marriage stays intact.  So when the opportunity to preview Game of Thrones: The Musical! – A Song of Nice Satirecame up I knew that I...

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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!).  Sadly those days had long passed me until I got the invitation from Legoland for The Lego Batman Movie Days. For two weekends (February 18-19 and 25-26) you and your little superhero can experience the ultimate Lego Batman experience filled with photo opportunities with Batman, Lego Batman inspired activities and a scavenger hunt on top of all the other fun...

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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, in the 1920s, where all the original players were raised. Back then, the Globetrotters were known as the Savoy Big Five and played exhibitions before dances. In 1928 after several players left the team in a dispute, the remaining team, led by Tommy Brookins, formed a team called the Globe Trotters which toured Southern Illinois. Within months, they hired Abe...

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International Frozen ‘Yogurtland’ Celebration

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored Calling all Yogurtland fans, the day we have been waiting for is almost here, International Frozen Yogurt Day!  Forget National Frozen Yogurt Day, Yogurtland has taken it to the next level and is making it an international affair by including locations around the world.  That’s right on February 6th Yogurtland will be handing out free froyo from 4-7 pm, you can RSVP on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/766824393485947/. Each guest will receive a 5oz cup to top to their heart’s content and also be able to collect the limited edition Hershey’s spoon (while supplies last).  We were invited to the Yogurtland headquarters for a sneak taste of the upcoming flavors and let me tell you; you won’t be disappointed.   If you are a fan of Yogurtland, you have probably already had their Hershey’s Chocolate Milkshake and have been...

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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. Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson which is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème.   Set in the 1990’s this musical hits home to GenXer’s like myself who could relate to the struggles of this group of misfits.  It was through their strife that this group learned what love and friendship is...

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Sleeping Beauty and Holiday Traditions

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue If you’ve read any of my posts, you’d know that I love theater and taking my family to as many shows as possible.  It doesn’t matter the venue; I’m always up for a show.  Last month one of my friends was talking about having a mom’s night out with our kids to see Sleeping Beauty at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach instead of a regular holiday dinner gift exchange.  I loved the idea of making holiday memories that didn’t consist of food and gifts, instead of experiences. I was the first to say yes for two reasons; one I love Sleeping Beauty (seriously she was my favorite princess growing up) and two, I had always wanted to see a show at the Laguna Playhouse.   I had driven by the venue...

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The Magical of the Holidays at the Sawdust Festival

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue For many years, the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach has been our family destination during summer.  With the various activities available for the whole family it makes it a great destination. This year we decided to visit the Sawdust Art Festival’s 26TH Annual Winter Fantasy. For years I had wanted to go but always hesitated because of parking, but then I learned that Laguna has multiple lots within walking distance so I could put my hesitation aside and enjoy a day out with my family.  I love the venue for the Sawdust Festival.  The outside reminds me of a fairy tale house similar to that of the dwarves from Snow White. The ground is covered in sawdust and as you walk through its gates you immediately feel the magic of Christmas....

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A Magical Experience at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Before my mother and I moved to California we lived in London.  Summers in London consisted of concert series in the park.  My uncles and aunts would pack picnics and we would head to Hampstead to listen to the orchestra play.  I would love playing about listening to the music as the sun set and watching the stars appear.  It was quite lovely and the memory is something that lives deep instead me.  When we moved here in the early 80s it was a bit of a culture shock.  Gone were the days of theater and concert in the park with my family which caused a void in my soul.  It wasn’t until 1986 that a spark of joy was lit again.  I was in 6th grade and Segerstrom Center for...

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Master of the Mystic Arts: Doctor Strange

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We saw a screening as a guest of Disney My 11-year-old is a huge Marvel fan. He’s got the comics; he’s got the encyclopedia (yes there is a Marvel Encyclopedia that has in-depth information about all things Marvel), and he seems to know about all things that are happening in the Marvel Universe including when movies are slated to come out. I grew up on X-Men but didn’t really follow the other superheroes until my son.  I love Marvel movies because they bring pop culture and humor into dark situations leading the viewer to feel all sorts of emotions from fear to happiness anger to dismay. I never leave a Marvel moving feel depressed, well that not true, I’m depressed the movie is over and that I have to wait a year or so for the next one.  So, whenever...

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Bringing the MARVELous Doctor Strange to life

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended an interview as a guest of Disney Doctor Strange, which is the story of Doctor Stephen Strange, the Master of the Mystic Arts, who made his first appearance in Marvel comics in 1963.  Bringing the story of Doctor Strange from print to film was MARVELous with so many complex and in-depth levels. All the pieces fell into place when Kevin Feige and Scott Derrickson decided to push the cinematic boundaries and create this breathtaking film.  With an insanely talented all-star cast consisting of talents such as Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and Benedict Wong, this film was meant to be not only a blockbuster action film but also one with thought provoking concepts holding true to its 60’s roots. As psychedelic and eye opening as this movie is, it doesn’t make you feel that...

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