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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 | 3 comments

  Nestled along the ridge top trail of Aliso Summit is where my family came face to face with fairies on the Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail. That’s right fairies are real, and we found their beautiful homes.  After exploring the mile trail and seeing their beautiful houses, I needed to find out more about the fairies and how they came to Aliso Summit.  As I researched the trail, I stumbled upon their story. “On a summer evening in 2016, a group of fairies was flying over Laguna Niguel when suddenly Fairy Lily, Queen of the Fairies, broke her wing. The fairies had to land on the Aliso Summit Trail. As the days past while waiting for Lily’s wing to heal, they found something very magical and mysterious about this canyon and trail. They grew to love the views of...

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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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Cowabunga in Dana Point

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Cool Places | 0 comments

  Looking for a fun FREE way to entertain your kids?  With summer coming to an end and my summer bucket list drying up, I thought it be fun for my kids to get out and search for something more than a Pokémon. I had heard that Dana Yarger, a Dana Point resident and an ambassador to the Elephant Parade from a few years back, had begun looking for a new project to bring to the city. This time the project was in the shape of cows known as Cowabunga. The statues will be auctioned off at the end of the summer with proceeds going to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. The camp is a program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California which hosts children diagnosed with cancer and their families.  My kids and I started at 9...

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Creating Summer Memories at MTOC Production of Beauty and the Beast

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 Sponsored Once Spring break is over and we are on the tail end of the school year my mind starts thinking about summer.  I am blessed to be a stay at home mom but by making that choice, we went from a dual income home to a single one which means less money on summer camps and more creative planning.  So once Spring break is over I go into plan mode.  From museums to parks, festivals to random road trips our summer days are filled with memory making moments.  One of my family’s favorite summer musts is going to Musical Theatre Orange County’s (MTOC) summer production. I got turned on to MTOC in 2014 when I saw Tarzan The Musical.  From the jaw dropping sets and phenomenal acting I was hooked. As I was researching our summer activities I...

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Bodie – California’s Official Gold Rush Ghost Town

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

  Some people dream of seeing Paris, some dream of Hawaii, I on other hand dreamed of seeing Bodie.  Bodie?, yes Bodie.  Now before you rush to your web browser to find out what/where Bodie is I can give you the 411.  Bodie is a ghost town east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, off the 395.  It’s quite a trek to travel to Bodie so if you are interested in visiting might I suggest making it a weekend getaway maybe stay at Mammoth Lakes or Lake Tahoe which are about an hour away in either direction.  The drive along the 395 is quite scenic and if you don’t pay attention you may pass Bodie Road so make sure at least one of you keeps an eye out.  Halfway through the 10 mile drive on...

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Hello Kitty Cafe is finally here

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue As a child of the 70s, three things were very much a part of my life: Tang, The Love Boat, and Hello Kitty.  Alas Tang and The Love Boat are no longer but my love of all things Sanrio continues to live strong and has been passed down to my daughter. A couple of years ago an article surfaced about a Hello Kitty Café.  Now as any good Hello Kitty loving child of the 70s would do, I searched the internet high and low and found that my vision of Kitty shaped cookies was nothing but a pipedream. So I thought! Fast forward to Winter 2016 and the ramblings of a pop-up Hello Kitty Café surfaced.  I didn’t want to get my hopes up and didn’t listen to the gossip but then...

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84th Annual Festival of Arts

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

  OC Mom was invited to Laguna Beach for a behind the scenes look at the 84th Annual Festival of Arts which will run July 5 – August 31, 2016.  The festival hosts 140 local artists as well as live music, hands-on art activities, exhibitions of local student artwork and a wide variety of special events. One of the perks of the behind the scenes access is meeting artists Carla Bosch, Mike Tauber and Vinita Voogd who gave us a preview of what will be showcased in July. The Festival will have dozens of events through its run.  One that I look forward to is the Festival Runway Fashion Show on August 13.  Models will strut down the runway wearing fashion designed by recycled materials.  After seeing a few dresses from last year, I can wait to see what...

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