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Roadside Attraction: Fork in the Road

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Whenever I am visiting a new area, I am always on the hunt for a fun and funky roadside attraction. With Pasadena being a city rich with historical history, I knew that I would find something fun to discover with my kids. While driving around the city in our Kia Sorento, my younger son spotted a giant fork in the road. We couldn’t believe our eyes and the kids insisted that I pull the car over to check it out. There was some parking down one of the residential streets and we walked over to look at the cool roadside attraction. The first thing that I thought of when I saw the giant fork in the road was the scene from the muppet movie which was one of my favorite memories...

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Grand Opening of Saint John’s Playa Vista

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Families living in the Playa Vista community now have access to the best healthcare in a beautiful new facility at Saint John’s Playa Vista. The new office offers families access to pediatrics, primary care, and specialty care physicians. In celebration of the new facility, we attended their grand opening community event. During the event, there was a lot of fun activities happening for families. As we toured the facility, there were activities located throughout the building, and our first stop was with the LA Lifeguards for a CPR tutorial. The lifeguards took their time to teach my son and I the basics of CPR. Since I am already certified, they gave me a short refresher and spent most of their time teaching my son the basics. My son left feeling empowered that he can now save a life!...

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How to Have an Epic Lion King Movie Night

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the most beloved Disney movies, The Lion King, is being released to the public for a limited-time. If you don’t already have the movie in your home movie collection, this is the perfect time to add it. While I have an older copy of the film in our movie collection, I’ve been going digital with all our movies, so I purchased it to add to our digital movie collection. In celebration of downloading the film to our Disney Movies Anywhere account, we hosted some friends for an unforgettable Lion King movie night. Below is everything you need to know to have the same fun experience with your children. Food: The best part of having a home movie night is to create food that is themed after the movie. The Lion King is easy to think of...

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Orange County Solar Eclipse Events

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The exciting time has come for the world to get to see a solar eclipse. On Monday, it will be the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. Eclipse glasses are sold out everywhere and families are making glasses out of cardboard boxes, but there are some places where you can bring the family to see the eclipse and all the materials will be provided for you! UCI’s Department of Physics & Astronomy is hosting a free public viewing party for all ages, and it’s the perfect opportunity to do one last thing before everyone is back to school. Location on campus: The UCI viewing party is at...

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Pasadena Neon Retro Arcade

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue While on a weekend staycation in Pasadena, I surprised the kids with a visit to the neon retro arcade after having dinner at The Luggage Room. The neon arcade is an old fashioned arcade that features many classic video games along with some newer games; Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Fix it Felix Jr and more! When we arrived at the arcade, my kids squealed with delight. Most of the games in the arcade they had never heard of before, and I had a blast introducing them to some of the best video games ever created. The arcade is small, so parents don’t have to worry about losing their kids, and the walls illuminate with neon colors at night. The entire arcade is set-up just like arcades looked like when I was...

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Festival of the Lion King at the Walt Disney World Resort

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Disney, Florida, Travel, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney In celebration of the classic Disney film The Lion King coming out of the Disney vault, I went to the Walt Disney World Resort to be immersed into the magical world in which Timon, Simba, and Pumbaa live. During my trip, most of my time was spent at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and one of my favorite things that I did while exploring the theme park was watching the interactive production of Festival of the Lion King. During the performance, the film beautifully came to life. There was music, dancing, and all of our favorite Lion King characters. One of my favorite parts of the performance was when a dancer came out onto the stage and spun a wheel of real fire. He did many tricks with the fire and even breathed a...

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Win a Signature Facial at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Giveaways | 43 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...

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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 cheeseburger 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 long bar where people were enjoying delicious burgers and creamy milkshakes. Because it is one of the most popular dining destinations in the area, there was a short wait for chairs at the bar when we first arrived. There is a giant menu on the wall of the restaurant, so my kids were able to decide what they wanted to...

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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 greeted everyone and then started to teach the basics of the hula. She took her time to ensure that everyone in the class was comfortable before turning on some Hawaiian music. It was just minutes before everyone in the class was dancing the hula. My younger son who was hesitant about taking the class because he thought the hula was...

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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. I had heard a lot of buzz around the opening of Legado Bar + Kitchen, and I wanted to wait a couple of weeks after they opened before coming in to try their culinary creations so they could work out any kinks that go along with opening a new restaurant. I was thrilled that I happened to be in town...

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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 for their first appointment. Along with a drawing craft there will be a food craft where children can create animals out of fruits and vegetables. Families can capture photos from the event in front at the Greenscreen photo booth. Attendees will stand in front of a green screen and have the opportunity to have their photo taken on a beach,...

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The Percy Jackson Coloring Book + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Books, Giveaways | 7 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 paperback. This book is a great way to introduce young children to the series, to allow older fans to reminisce, and to augment classroom units on Greek mythology. We were lucky to get a copy of the book before it was released in the store, and my two boys have been enjoying all of their free time bringing the stories...

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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 to the hospital. The next time that I saw my father, he was in a recovery room with tubes coming out of his chest as he was recovering from a bypass surgery. After his heart surgery, he has spent the rest of his life fighting to survive heart disease. Heart disease wasn’t new to me because as a child growing...

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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 plot-twists. While I was waiting for the summer day to come when Descendants 2 would arrive, I read the book at least three times. The Return to the Isle of the Lost really gives you some prior knowledge of the movie. I loved the book almost as much as I enjoyed the film. When July 21 finally was here, I...

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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 your selected FastPass time to experience the attraction. You’ll now bring your kids to the attraction on time specified on the Disneyland app. The most important thing that you’ll want to know about MaxPass is that if you already have the Disneyland app installed on your mobile device, you’ll want to update it before coming to Disneyland. Otherwise, you’ll have...

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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 back but I was nervous about the recovery. I spent a lot of time thinking about this decision and finally came to the decision that I would work extra hard after my breast surgery to lose my baby weight naturally. It has been nine months since my breast surgery. I have been exercising 2-3 times a week, eating a low-calorie...

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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 burger, but it finally happened. I first got one of the salads at the beginning of the summer and my younger son asked for a bite. Once my other kids saw his reaction to tasting the salad, they all asked for a taste. They were all hooked. The salad features a bed of fresh hand-cut lettuce topped with sliced strawberries,...

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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...

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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 pits for your next summer beach bonfire. Aliso Creek Beach 31131 S Pacific Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 This beach is one of our favorites to have a bonfire because the fire pits are so close to the parking spots. There is also clean bathrooms, a lifeguard, and a playground for the kids to play. If you want to...

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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 parents. The best part about the soccer games is that it is affordable for families to attend a game. Ticket pricing starts at just $15, and they have just started playing in the beautiful new championship stadium at the OC Great Park that seats 5,000 people! If you want to attend multiple games this season, there are season tickets and...

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