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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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Behind-the-Scenes of the 2016 Pageant of the Masters

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended the preview as a guest of the venue In just a short few weeks art lovers from around the world will flock to Laguna Beach to see art come to life. The Pageant of the Masters will run from July 7th through August 31st at the Festival of Arts grounds. We were honored to be invited for a behind-the-scenes look at how the art and characters come to life, and I documented every moment to share with you. The Pageant made its debut in 1933 ran for only eight days.  Year after year art and theater lovers would travel to Laguna Beach to watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of art. The popularity of the Pageant has grown so much that now it has 56 sold out performances a season and has...

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Behind-the-Scene of Newsies The Musical

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the SCFTA Newsies The Musical will be at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts May 17 – 29, 2016 We were invited to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a behind-the-scenes tour of Newsies The Musical. Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 musical film Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City.  Here are some images of what goes on before the show begins. The very talented and crafty Gillian Austin gave us the 411 on the wardrobes. Due to all the splits while dancing, nickers are the number one casualties of the show. The theme of the era is checkered material and wool. Luckily for the dancers they have three complete sets of outfits to...

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Sharing the Beauty of Art with Your Kids at The Bowers Museum

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Featured, Museums | 0 comments

  Growing up in London my mother would drag me to museums.  She would push my stroller from room to room showing me piece after piece.  I’m not going to lie, I hated it.  It sucked even more because then when I got older, my school would take us and I had to experience those boring pieces over and over again. When we moved to the states my mother wanted to continue sharing her love of art with me but it wasn’t that easy.  We had to travel to LA and that was a bit too overwhelming for a newcomer so our days of museums were put aside.  The funny thing about exposing your children to the art from a young age is that when the arts disappear from their lives, they feel a void. My soul craved art,...

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The Equestrian Masterpiece: Odysseo by Cavalia

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Have you have been wondering what the big white tent is off the 405 and Laguna Canyon Rd? Lucky for you, I’m here to tell you all about it. It is Normand Latourelle’s creation, Cavalia: Odysseo.  Who is Normand Latourelle you ask? Well besides being an artistic genius, he was also one of the four pioneers of a little show called Cirque du Soleil. He left Cirque du Soleil in the mid 90’s to try out new ventures. In 2003, Latourelle decided to create an experience to show the historical relationship between humans and horses. Through the years the show, then called  Voltige, evolved and became Cavalia, which by the way is a  fabricated word, inspired by the Spanish and French words for a horse (caballo and cheval) and the English word...

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Behind the Scenes of Odysseo in Orange County

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 2 comments

  Earlier this week, I had the extreme honor of going to see a sneak peek of Odysseo by Cavalia.  I live near Laguna Canyon Road, so I have seen the pre-production of the show from the of the posting of the sign to the arrivals of the trailers, and then the erection of metal beams and finally the rising of the tent. Watching the preparation of Odysseo has been a part of my everyday life for close to a month. When I went to the preview and was driving up to the tent, I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of it. The tent was so much larger than I had expected, but then again, of course, it would be, the tent’s height is equivalent to a ten story building. Walking into the tent, I feared that it would...

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The Breathtaking Odysseo White Big Top Raises in Orange County

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

  The time has come for the arrival of the massive white tent where the magical performance of Odysseo by Cavalia will come to life for families in Orange County. It took one hundred and ten semi-trailer trucks to transport the touring production to Irvine where guests will be invited to embark on an equestrian and acrobatic adventure featuring 65 horses and 45 humans. We were fortunate enough to be invited to attend the celebratory event where the big white tent was raised for the first time at the 405 and 133 freeway in the city of Irvine. The white tent stands 125 feet tall, is higher than the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, and is 58,397 square feet. There is seating for 2,000 people surrounding a stage that is approximately 17,500 square feet, bigger than the Honda Center...

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The Columbia Memorial Space Center

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Cool Places, Family, Featured | 0 comments

  Did you know that the city of Downey has a space museum?  I didn’t but I’m sure glad I found out about it.  Nestled between Kaiser Hospital Downey and the Downey Landing shopping center lies The Columbia Memorial Space Center.  You can’t miss its unique design or the space rocket up in front surrounded by planets, and the Columbia Memorial Space Center is going to be one of your families favorite places for exploring and learning about space. Why would such a museum be in Downey instead of Los Angeles? The site of the museum is the former Boeing/Rockwell/North American plant where all of the Apollo Command/Service Modules were built and were the Space Shuttle was conceived. Downey’s rich aerospace history dates back to World War II when Vultee Aircraft set up shop in Downey and produced 15% of...

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Growing Up Making Memories at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue My daughter practically grew up at Pretend City.   No joke, we were members from the first year they opened (2009) up until she started Kindergarten (2013). We had a set routine of dropping her brother off at school, spending the mornings at Pretend City, grabbing lunch and then  picking him up from school.  I can remember my daughter running around in diapers and growing to the age where she could finally use their tiny toilets. Pretend City was a huge part of her pre-school years and it wasn’t until our latest visit that I realized how special our time there was.  We were invited to spend the morning at Pretend City with Santa.  My daughter is now 7 and hadn’t been back to Pretend City in nearly 2 years so she was...

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Winter Wonderfest at The Discovery Cube OC (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Christmas, Museums | 1 comment

 We attended as a guest of the venue The other day I was walking around Target with my friend and saw the coolest sweater.  It was a picture of a sheep covered in Christmas lights and it read Fleece Navidad.  Obviously I was going to buy the sweater and was showing it my friend who said you are getting the wrong sweater.  Confused I asked how?  She casually pointed to the one right next to it which read Obsessive Christmas Disorder.  Most people would have been offended by that suggestion; I on the other hand am wearing my title with pride! That being said I must be the go to person for all things holiday fun.  That’s what she’s saying right?   So here is another one of my suggestions for holiday fun, The Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana! ...

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25th Annual Lighting of the Bay at The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue It’s November which means that we’re already dove into the holidays.  Thanksgiving is only a few days away and in about a month it Christmas!  If you are anything like me, you are checking all the blogs to see where to go to see lights.  Tonight I was invited to the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort to preview their 25th Annual Lighting of the Bay! Let me tell ya if you haven’t been then you must come out and see what they have in store for you.  The 3 day celebration with begin Friday November 27th at 3 pm with Live Performances by OC Children’s Song Group and Corona Del Mar High School Choir and then at 5:30 Santa Claus will paddle board in and flipping the giant light switch to illuminate...

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Holiday Fun at Knott’s Merry Farm

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Knott’s I love the holidays.  I love the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin spicy.  I love the way that the lights twinkle at night.  I love how the malls, houses and pretty much everywhere are decorated.  The holidays warm my heart and give me more reasons to celebrate. Every year around October I start my holiday list of things to do and once mid-November comes along I start getting antsy because I know it’s time to pull out my list and start checking off my must dos. Orange County is a holiday loving county which means my list is long and the season is short so I need to pack every weekend with fun activities. On the top of my list is Knott’s Merry Farm, yes you read it right MERRY as in...

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Comic Con Takes Over Long Beach

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Events, Family, Tech | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Twice a year in Long Beach, Ocean Blvd turns into a scene out of a comic book.  Strolling down the sidewalk you can see Batman walking alongside the Joker, as a group on Teenage Ninja Turtles cross the street to enter the Long Beach Convention Center.  As you rub your eyes in disbelief you realize that it’s that magical time again the Long Beach Comic Convention (LBCC). This was our family’s second pilgrimage to the LBCC and though we thought that we had seen it all at that the last one, we were very wrong!   The LBCC is an amazing experience for anyone who loves comic book and appreciates the animation world. Not only can you find fantastic deals from reputable comic vendors, but you can also find memorabilia, clothing,...

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10 Things Not To Do in a School Car Line

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Education, Family, Hot Topics | 1 comment

  As a mom, I have to drop-off and pick-up my kids from school. Now, I’m no expert on what to do and not to do, but here are a few ideas from what I have seen happen at my school car line. The obvious one is cutting everyone off and going to the front of the line.  Please stop!  Yes, we all very aware that you are more important than the rest of us, and “yes” so are your children. While in the pickup line, if you feel the need to talk badly about the school, teachers, children, and parents at the school on your car’s hands-free Bluetooth, maybe putting the volume on high isn’t the smartest thing to do.  Next time roll-up your windows up, turn the volume down, and talk all you want about how your child’s...

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Mary Poppins is Practically Perfect in Every Way

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue On Sunday my family and I took in the matinee showing of Disney’s Mary Poppins by the Musical Theater Orange County (MTOC).  I am a huge fan of MTOC and there productions. Last year I was invited to see Tarzan which blew my mind so I knew that Mary Poppins would be just as amazing.  Once again MTOC chose the beautiful PYLUSD Performing Arts Center located on the El Dorado High School campus as their home.  There truly isn’t a bad seat in the house.  The theater was comparable to that of South Coast Reparatory in size and sound.  With state of the art sound and lighting, any production held here would be supported well. First of all let’s start off with the impressive cast all singing and speaking in their...

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The Ultimate Ant-Man Movie Experience at the El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney I love summer break.  I love that I can spend more time with my kids and plan memorable adventure days.  My kid’s usual bedtime of 8 pm has been thrown to the wind, and I let them stay up later which means we can take advantage of the longer days.  On Monday, we were invited to preview the new Marvel movie Ant-Man up at the El Capitan in Hollywood. Now I know it seems like quite a trek to go up to LA but in all honesty it was so worth the trip.  If you haven’t seen a showing at the El Capitan, then you are missing out. The El Capitan Theatre first opened its doors in 1926.  It was dubbed Hollywood’s First Home of Spoken Drama and with it came all...

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Shark Steam and Spray Professional

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sample received I have been using Shark products for years.  My mom owned a Shark Steam Mop and loved it so much that she bought me one.  With my Shark steam mop I was able to clean my kitchen tiles in a way that I couldn’t dream possible.  Just imagine a deep steam clean floor that makes you feel that your house is dirt and germ free, I loved it. A few years back we installed laminate floors.  I was very hesitant to use my steam mop but once I did, I realized it was pointless using anything else.  I loved my Shark Steam Mop and there was no way I would ever give it up until a few weeks ago when I was given the Shark Steam and Spray Professional. When I got it out of the box...

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