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Tickets available for the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  One of Southern California’s most exclusive and acclaimed wine and food events, the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin of Newport Beach, returns to the contemporary Newport Beach Civic Center on September 30th and October 1st. Tickets are now on sale for the weekend of festivities, kicking off on Friday, September 29th, which will include tastings from 40 top Orange County restaurants and their executive chefs, 250 varieties of world-class wine, spirits, and brews, celebrity chef cooking demos and dinners, Master Sommelier tasting panels, VIP events, live music, and a new “Havana Nights” after party. Weekend Schedule of Events: Friday, September 29th Bravo’s Top Chef Women All-Stars dinner at Waterline Newport Beach, Balboa Bay Resort: Winner, Brooke Williamson with All Stars, Shirley Chung, Casey Thomson and Rachel Haggstrom. French Connection dinner...

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Celebrate the 4th of July at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Let freedom ring and celebrate Independence Day aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, spectacular drinks from multiple bars, Ferris wheel ride, and more on Tuesday, July 4 from 2 – 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s best 4th of July fireworks display above one of America’s “shining seas.” The patriotic festival kicks-off at 2 p.m. with the sound of the historical Queen Mary horn. Upon entering The Village, guests will be greeted with a petting zoo, kids’ activities, inflatables, and more. Attendees will enjoy carnival games, strolling performers, delicious eats, All American Xpress Train, Ferris wheel ride, and live entertainment including performance by popular 80s R&B singing group The Pointer Sisters at 8 p.m. The festivities run...

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Help Send Homeless OC Kids to Summer Camp

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is in critical need of the community’s help to provide funding for its fifth annual “Summer to Remember” program, a nine-week summer camp for children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families. Starting at just $15 per day per child, community members can choose to sponsor one day, one week, or even the entire summer for a homeless child. The program, which begins on June 19 and is designed for children ages 5 to 12, provides kids with STEM-based learning activities, as well as a curriculum that focuses on building solid foundations in science, technology, engineering and math. “This is an important program that helps children to grow not only intellectually, but also socially and emotionally,” says Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue...

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Edward Scissorhands House in San Diego

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 I visited San Diego as a guest of Kia While in San Diego learning about Kia’s ecoDynamics technology, I was given the opportunity to drive a beautiful 2017 Kia Soul EV around town. I got to explore the town with one of my best friends who shares a love for discovering unique and funky places. After I took her to see the skeleton house in San Diego, she then surprised me by bringing me to the Edward Scissorhands House (Harper’s Topiary Garden). We rocked out to our favorite tunes in the hip 2017 Kia Soul EV and felt the cool ocean breezes flowing in from the sunroof. We drove to one of the highest points of downtown San Diego, and there it was – one of the coolest front yards I have ever seen. The house sits on top...

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Bambi under the Stars

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

 Sponsored One of my favorite movies as a child was Bambi. When I first saw Bambi as a young child, it played a big part of me falling in love with nature. The movie has the sweetest message and is Disney storytelling at its best. Earlier this month, Bambi was released on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for families to introduce their children to this classic film during the summer. In celebration of the release of the film, I surprised the kids with an outdoor Bambi movie night under the stars while on a recent camping trip. Our family roasted marshmallows by the fire pit, and then I projected the movie on a giant outdoor rock in Yosemite National Park. We had just seen deer while exploring Yosemite earlier in the day, and when my children watched the...

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Summer Art Classes by the Sea

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

 Sponsored Whether you are on a staycation or just looking for a quick escape to get creative, Motif Paint will be offering immersive art classes for adults and children this summer at The DoubleTree Doheny Beach/Dana Point. Enjoy a walk on the beach or breakfast in bed while your child/children create a one of a kind work of art inspired by the sea life and activity life of Doheny Beach. If you choose the evening time, enjoy happy hour at MoQuila overlooking the ocean. Art events are open to hotel guests and the community. Children’s Paint Classes Monday – Friday 9-10:30 am Wine Wednesday: Wine glass painting or canvas painting. Sunset deck. 6:00-7:30 $35 per person Customers may purchase wine, beer, and appetizers from LIMITED MENU. Regular Adult Paint Sessions: Friday nights Sunset deck time: 6:00 -7:30 pm We...

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San Diego Skeleton House

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Autos, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited San Diego as a guest of Kia Whenever I visit a city, I’m always on the hunt to find a new funky and quirky spot to visit. When on a recent trip to San Diego to experience Kia’s ecoDynamics technology, I made plans to visit the San Diego skeleton house for the first time. I did some research to try and find the location, and I didn’t find very much published about the house. I was lucky to find the name of the street in one of my favorite road trip apps, so I added a stop to my travel itinerary. Along with my friend, we drove a hip 2017 Kia Soul EV to find the skeleton house. When we started to drive down the street in search of the house, it’s didn’t take long to spot...

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CARS 3 is Just as Good as the First

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We saw a screening as a guest of Disney Ka-chow! Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally and all your favorite CARS characters are back and ready to take your family on an all-new adventure in CARS 3. The first CARS movie is one of my all time favorite Disney-Pixar films, and I didn’t think it could ever be matched until watching CARS 3. When making plans to see the film, I had wanted my youngest son to see it, expecting him to be the target audience like the first two CARS films. Unfortunately, he got invited to a sleepover with some friends, and like most kids – he couldn’t say ‘no’ to his friends. I then told my teenagers that they were going with me instead of my younger son, and I got the typical teenager eye roll. I took my...

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A night to Remember: Circus Vargas Steam Cirque

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Events | 3 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Welcome to the Big Top! Circus Vargas has returned to Orange County with one its best circus performances yet. Over the weekend, I took the kids to the Orange County Great Park to experience the animal-free circus, and it was one of the best circus performances we have ever witnessed. Since I refuse to attend a circus that uses animals for entertainment, it had been years since I had seen a circus, and a first for my children. When we walked up to the venue, it was not super fancy and had an old school feel. There was a small courtyard outside of the tent where families could purchase popcorn, slurpees, and light-up toys for the show. What I really like about the concessions is that they didn’t serve alcohol –...

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On the Scene with the Cast of CARS 3

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 We attended as a guest of the venue The time has finally come for Lightening McQueen and Mater to make a return to the big screen in CARS 3. Our family fell in love with the story and the characters when the first CAR’s film came out in 2006, and we fell in love with them all over again when watching CARS 3. Over the weekend, I went to the Disneyland Resort where I had a special opportunity to sit down with the cast of the film and talk about what makes the movie so special. When I arrived at The Disneyland Resort, the venue was buzzing as people were busy getting the venue ready for the premiere that was going to happen later that evening. I found my seat in a room full of chairs and in front...

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MTOC Proudly Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a wonderful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Special Guest Artist: Ron Banks as Triton 
Ron Banks has been seen around the world in musical theater, opera, and voice over. He’s received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the King of Siam in The King and I and an 8-year run as Jafar in Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular, and many other roles across a 30-year career. Voice over includes World of Warcraft, and Quan Chi in the Mortal Kombat franchise....

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Illumination Foundation’s Carnival for Kids

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Illumination Foundation (IF), a local nonprofit breaking the cycle of homelessness, is hosting the 5th Annual Carnival for Kids on July 15, 2017 to raise funds for IF’s Children’s Resource Centers which provide year-round educational services for local homeless youth. Carnival for Kids will be a fun-filled event complete with games, rides, entertainment and delicious food by Villa Roma and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Food & Beverages. This year there will be a magician, a stilt walker, a petting zoo, and a hint of Disney magic. IF’s Children’s Resource Centers provide homeless and unstably housed children with year-round, trauma-informed care and educational services, including reading comprehension and STEM, as well as with daily meals, mental health services and consistent use of restorative justice practices. Join us on this day of fun to continue enlightening the minds of...

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Building Memories with Dad on Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Family, Father's Day, Shopping | 1 comment

 Sponsored One of the best gifts that children can give their Dad on Father’s Day is a gift that brings them closer together. A gift that they can use together, and create memories that will last a lifetime together while experiencing it. The best gift to give dad on Father’s Day that will encourage families to spend quality time together is LEGO. For years, Father’s have enjoyed spending time with their children building LEGO sets. It is a great opportunity for kids to talk to their dads, problem-solve together, and to just have fun together. Family is at the heart of the LEGO brand, and that shines in the LEGO Batman Movie that comes out on DVD tomorrow, June 13th. When looking for the perfect LEGO set to get for Dad on Father’s Day, these are some of our...

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How Kia Earned Their Way to Become Number One

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 I have a partnership with Kia It has been a little over a month since I have swapped my 2017 Mercedes GLS 450 for a 2017 Kia Sorento SXL, and I don’t ever want to go back. The few short weeks that I have been driving a Kia I have realized that Kia is just as good, and in my opinion even better than most luxury cars that I have driven in the past. It is comfortable, luxurious, and has every feature that our family could want in a vehicle. Last week, I went to San Diego to spend a couple of days learning more about the Kia brand. Why San Diego? Music is at the heart of San Diego and is also part of Kia’s DNA – music is the soul of Kia. Just like music evokes an...

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The Latest Installment in Robert Ludlum’s Book Series: The Bourne Initiative

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Books, Entertainment, Giveaways | 18 comments

 In partnership with Grand Central Publishing Over the years, I have enjoyed watching the Jason Bourne movies. I love suspenseful films, and every movie immersed me into the world of Jason Bourne, filled full of adventure, suspense, and action. Recently, I learned that the movies series is based off a popular series of bestselling books by the author Robert Ludlum. Once I discovered this, I immediately started reading the books and fell in love with the book series just as much as I did the films. Starting tomorrow, June 13th, an all-new book will be coming to bookstores nationwide, The Bourne Initiative. The new book is written by the New York Times bestselling writer, Eric Van Lustbader, who carries on Jason Bourne’s story with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory. I am...

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What Parents Need to Know about Eating Disorders and Children

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Family, Fitness, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored As a mother of a teenaged daughter, I feel it is important to be aware of any possible signs of an eating disorder. We live in a time where young girls feel an extreme amount of pressure to look a certain way, and can easily develop body image issues which can lead to eating disorders. Over the past year, I have been aggressively working on weight loss and changing my eating habits to be healthier. I have started to get concerned that maybe I have been spending too much time talking about my weight loss journey around my daughter, and wanted to ensure that my actions do not impact her and cause body image issues. Last week, I talked with Dr. Mery Taylor at CHOC Children’s Hospital about what is an eating disorder, signs that parents like myself...

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Win a Chance to See Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 15 comments

  Super heroes from all over Orange County will unite at the Honda Center for Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes! The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond. Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind. Show Location: Honda Center 2695 E. Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92806 Dates: Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23 Thursday, July 20 7:00 PM Friday, July 21 7:00 PM Saturday, July 22...

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Ecology Center 2017 Summer Farm Lab Camp

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Camp, Green Living, Summer | 0 comments

  Farm Lab Campers will dig deep into food and farm life in the season when the garden really comes alive. Activities include seasonal planting, chicken care, compost exploration, fort building, eco-crafts, and harvesting and cooking from the garden. All activities at The Ecology Center Farm Lab Camp revolve around our core initiatives of GROW, WATER, EAT, and MAKE. Taking place on a 1-acre teaching facility nestled next to a 28-acre organic farm, campers will have an unparalleled view of the farm process and what it means to grow from seed-to- harvest. Summer Farm Lab Camp Session 1 Ages 5-6 June 27-30 // Tue – Fri, 9 am – 1 pm Eco Farm Lab Camp Session 2 Ages 7-9 July 18 – 21 // Tue – Fri, 9 am – 1 pm Eco Farm Lab Camp Session 3 Ages...

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Segerstrom 2017 Movie Mondays Series

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

  One of the best ways to create summer memories with your children is to take them to an outdoor summer movie night. There are so many outdoor summer movie nights happening around Orange County, and The Segerstrom Center for the Arts Movie Mondays series is one of the best. Families can enjoy food from local food trucks and then watch a classic film on the side of the building. This year, they have one of the best movie lineups yet! The Segerstrom Center for the Arts kicks off its 2017 Movie Mondays series with beloved movies from five decades: 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s on July 10 1978’s The Wiz on July 17 1988’s Stand and Deliver on July 24 1990’s Edward Scissorhands on July 31 2003’s School of Rock on August 7. The showings are FREE, and, for...

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Bowers Kidseum Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Camp, Giveaways | 10 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a Summer Camp that your kids will remember forever? Kidseum is hosting some of the best Summer Camps in Orange County for children ages 6-11. There are nine weeks of themed camps from June 19th through August 18th. All Summer Camps are from 9:00 am-3:00 pm daily with pick up and drop off taking place at Kidseum (not the Bowers Museum). There are two extended care options available from 7:00 am-9:00 am for an additional fee of $40 and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm for an additional fee of $40. Each day Kidseum will provide a light healthy snack for each camper from 10:15 am-10:30 am. Kidseum will not provide lunch and ask that parents send their child with a non-microwavable lunch each day and a water bottle. If you register online, you will also need to download...

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