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Shop Dine Flourish at Village at La Floresta

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Since our family lives a green lifestyle, Earth Day is one of my holidays to celebrate with my children. On Earth Day this year, we started our morning with a bike ride around Irvine and then went to the Earth Day celebration at the Village at La Floresta in Brea. I hadn’t been to the new community since the early stages of the build-out, and at the time there were only a couple of stores open. When we arrived at the shopping community, it had flourished into a beautiful center with multiple dining and shopping experiences. The Earth Day celebration was one to remember forever complete with fashion shows, music, fitness exhibitions, cooking demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, and more. One of the highlights of the entertainment during the festival was a performance...

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Clean Cuisine at Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest All of my friends have been raving about Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point, so when I was making plans for our family seaside staycation at the DoubleTree Suites Doheny Beach, I also made reservations for us to have dinner at Coastal Kitchen. After a long day of endless fun in the sun, our children had worked up a big appetite. We got into the car and made the short drive from our hotel to the restaurant. When we arrived at the restaurant, I was in awe of how beautiful it looked. There is a large outdoor patio and a fire pit with androck chairs by the front door – the only thing missing was some marshmallows to roast. The inside of the restaurant is even more beautiful than the outside. The entire interior has...

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Doheny Beach Butterfly Garden & Nature Center

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Dana Point, Nature Centers | 1 comment

 We stayed as a guest of the resort I have spent many summer days with my children at Doheny Beach, and I never realized that they have a beautiful butterfly garden until a recent family staycation at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach. When I checked into the resort for the weekend, the front desk was so helpful with making some recommendations of things to do in the area, and when she mentioned the butterfly garden, I knew that I wanted to bring the kids to see it. Our family woke up on Saturday morning, had a relaxing breakfast in bed, and then walked across the street to Doheny Beach. At first, we had a little bit of trouble finding the butterfly garden, but a nice lady walking working at the State Beach advised us that it...

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Princesses And Super Hero Free Dance Class

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  As part of Arts Orange County’s 32nd Annual Imagination Celebration, Festival Ballet Theatre will hold a free day of play for children ages 2 – 12. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite princess or super hero and be ready for a movement class to learn to move like your character, fun crafts to accessorize your costume, refreshments and live performances by Southland Ballet Academy dancers. The event will be held at the Southland Ballet Academy studios in Irvine and Fountain Valley, the official school of Festival Ballet Theatre. Parents can rsvp for the event at www.festivalballet.org. Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Irvine Studio Southland Ballet Academy 710 Roosevelt, Irvine, CA 92620 Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Fountain Valley Studio Southland Ballet Academy 9527 Garfield Avenue, Fountain...

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Unveiling of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Music

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The Walkman opened, the awesome mixtape was inserted, and the Disney Imagineering team hit play to listen to nearly 100 high-energy songs before finally selecting the final six songs that will be featured in the new Disney California Adventure attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Just like in the movie, music plays a major role in the storytelling of the attraction that will immerse visitors into a futuristic world. This afternoon, I put on an old pair of work boots and drove to Anaheim to get an exclusive first look at the all-new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! When I arrived at Disney California Adventure Park, I was guided to the wall that surrounds the new upcoming attraction, handed a hard hat, and welcomed to come behind-the-scenes. Getting...

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Coastal Breezes and Cuisine at Doheny Surf

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Dining, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When checking into the DoubleTree Suites in Doheny Beach, I noticed the chic restaurant off to the side of the lobby. I took a peek at the menu and immediately knew that I wanted to have dinner with the family one night during our seaside staycation. After a fun day creating family memories at the beach, we returned to the hotel to have dinner at Doheny Surf. The restaurant has a coastal design that is perfect for families to enjoy an intimate dinner together. The one thing that I noticed in the restaurant is that they have a wood fire pizza oven which is rare to find in a hotel restaurant. The menu had a wide variety of culinary options making it easy for everyone in my family to find something...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Urban Ocean Festival

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer. WHEN: Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long...

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When can you Exercise After a Breast Surgery?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored When preparing for my breast lift surgery (mastopexy), I knew that I wanted to lose weight before the surgery. I worked with a nutritionist and exercised to help lose 20 of the 40 pounds that I have needed to lose. Since I had been working so hard to get fit, I was worried about how long it would be until I could resume exercising following my surgery. During my pre-op appointment with Dr. Niccole, he told me that it would be a couple of weeks after my surgery until I could start exercising again, and that we would discuss it in my post-op appointments. Every woman is different, and it really just depends on how fast I would heal. The one thing that he was very clear about is that in the beginning, I was to do nothing....

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10 Must-Have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Toys

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Things are heating up in theaters this summer as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 makes its official debut in theaters on May 5th! After seeing the new film, your kids are going to want to get their hands on the hottest and coolest Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 toys. Be ahead of the game and order the toys now before the sell-out once the movie is released in theaters. Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Bring the ultra-groovy style of Guardians of the Galaxy to life with this music-playing, sound-detecting, limb-shaking Dancing Groot! This 11.5-inch Dancing Groot figure is nearly the same size as Groot from the upcoming Guardians of Galaxy: Volume 2 movie, and features a clip from the song ‘Come A Little Bit Closer’ from the movie soundtrack, so that when the far-out...

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Inside look into the True Life Adventure ‘Born in China’ with Roy Conli

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney It was a rainy day in Los Angeles, and while most people in Southern California will avoid driving anywhere in the rain, I didn’t let that stop me from driving to Los Angeles to meet the producer of Born in China, Roy Conli. I have been a long-time fan of his work on Tangled and Big Hero Six. I entered a room at the Montage Hotel with a group of bloggers and took a seat to await the arrival of Roy Conli. When he walked into the room, I couldn’t help but feel like he has some facial similarities to some of the characters in Big Hero 6, but couldn’t quite put my finger on what character he looked the most alike. Once he took a seat, we all introduced...

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Explore the Fun of STEAM at Imaginology

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Students, families and classes can explore the fun of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – activities during Imaginology, free at OC Fair & Event Center this Friday through Sunday, April 21-23. Imaginology is the perfect environment for curious students of all ages to discover the opportunities available in these fields and to fuel their imaginations at makeshops and workshops. Students are encouraged to explore the possibilities as they learn through hands-on experiences and exhibits ranging from woodworking to prehistoric pets to robotics. This exciting, three-day exploration of STEAM is open Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and many hands-on activities are included. Parking is free on Friday; $8 on Saturday and Sunday. Creative learning: Students can participate in activities including sun prints, clay...

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Taste of Aloha at Island’s Restaurant

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest Island’s is one of our go-to family restaurants. They always have something for everyone in the family to enjoy, provides a relaxing dining environment, and the service is always impeccable. Some of our favorite dishes to enjoy at Island’s Restaurant features sweet pineapple. While savoring a delicious dish with pineapples, it always makes us reminisce about our favorite Hawaiian memories. Did you know that Island’s uses 182,000 fresh pineapples per year? That is a lot of pineapples, and something worth celebrating! In celebration of pineapple season, Island’s has launched a tasty pineapple pairing menu that matches their pineapple menu items with the perfect tropical drink. When our family heard about the new pairing menu, we made plans to have dinner together at our local Island’s Restaurant. Shortly after being seated at our table, the...

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Mesmerizing Disneynature’s Born in China

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

 We attended a screening as a guest of Disney One of my favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day with my children is to take them to see the recent Disneynature film. While watching Disneynature films, my children become immersed into a magical world that they would never get to see if it weren’t for the incredible cinematographers who create the timeless films. This year, I was given the honor of getting to attend an early screening of the Disneynature film, Born in China, and it is one of the best films yet. The moment that my children took their seat inside of the theater, they were mesmerized by the film. Born in China took us to different regions of China where we followed along with the real life adventures of three different animals; snow leopards, pandas, and golden monkeys....

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Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Events | 3 comments

  Experience a morning of fun and creativity at Irvine Spectrum Center during these themed weekly events in May! Enjoy live entertainment, crafts, and activities for your little ones. For added fun, all attractions (Kiddie Train, Carousel and Giant Wheel) will be free during event hours 10am-noon! May 2nd ~ Fiesta Activities: Craft Station: Decorate a mini wooden maraca or make fiesta tissue flowers Face Painting Balloon Artist Fiesta Selfie Station Target Kids Coloring Station Buckle Giveaways Pretend City Activity Table: Make a fiesta noise maker and play a sombrero toss game Snacks: TLT Mini Quesadilla Bites Wahoo’s Tacos Entertainment Schedule: 10am – 11am: DJ 11am – 11:45am: Live Mariachi Band 11:45am – 11:55am: Storytime May 9th ~ Spring Gardens Activities: Craft Station: Make a garden marker, decorate a mini terra cotta pot, decorate a garden wind chime, paint...

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Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 5 comments

 Sponsored This summer, get ready to send your kids on an epic adventure exploring the ocean with Southern California’s only bodyboarding school, Bodyboarding Adventures! The best summer camp for children is one that will keep the kids active, exploring, and having fun. Children will experience all of this and more at the Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp! Bodyboarding (or “boogie” boarding) is one of the best ways to get your children comfortable riding waves in our beautiful ocean and is much safer than surfing. Water safety is the biggest concern of parents when looking into a summer camp at our local beaches, but with Bodyboarding Adventures, parents can have the ease of knowing their children are safe in the hands of the most professional bodyboarders in the industry. Every instructor is CPR and First Aid-certified, and they have a maximum...

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Best Sunday Brunch at TAPS in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Our family loves to dine out, and Sunday brunch is our favorite. We love getting dressed up and going to a beautiful restaurant to enjoy flavorful culinary creations being served at local Orange County restaurants. Our family has experienced Sunday brunch at many local dining destinations, but there is one that continues to be a family favorite, and that we love returning for brunch on a regular basis, TAPS in Irvine. Recently, we had Sunday brunch at TAPS in Irvine, and from the moment that we walked into the restaurant, we began an unforgettable epicurean adventure. The ambiance of the restaurant is upscale yet very family-friendly. There are many tables, and booths for families to enjoy creating memories together while savoring delicious food. The TAPS Irvine Sunday brunch includes bottomless mimosas...

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OC Rescue Mission Family-Friendly Volunteering Days

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Looking for opportunities to give back and make an impact on your community? The Orange County Rescue Mission (OC Rescue Mission) is now offering family-friendly volunteer opportunities on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Join the community in making a difference every other Saturday morning, and choose from one of the below volunteer services: Chili Van Outreach – 1st Saturday Each Month Meet at the OC Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope and help load up Chili Vans with hot chili, bread, coffee and juice. Volunteers will follow the Chili Van to a local outreach spot, where hot meals will be shared with homeless individuals. The Village of Hope Campus – 3rd Saturday Each Month Volunteers will meet at the Village of Hope to help the homeless in various ways, including:...

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Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

  While on our road trip to Monterey, one of our favorite stops was to see the bubblegum alley in San Luis Obispo. My daughter and I have always wanted to see the bubblegum alley in Seattle, and we didn’t even realize there was one in San Luis Obispo until a friend mentioned it to us. We put the address into the navigation in our Buick Encore and made our way to have some sticky “and stinky” fun. The biggest challenge of getting to the bubblegum alley was finding parking. The alley is located right in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, and parking is not easy to find. Once we found a parking spot, it was only a one-hour parking, so we had to make our visit to the area brief. The alley was located in-between two...

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LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camp

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 2 comments

 Sponsored The LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps offer an exciting way for kids 6-14 years of age to take their game to the next level. The camps, which are open to children of all different skill levels feature an All-Star group of coaches including former Clippers Players Lamond Murray and Cherokee Parks. Participants will receive top level instruction on shooting mechanics, footwork, ball-handling, defense, passing and mental approach to the sport. Camps will take place Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm and will be held throughout LA, Orange County, the I.E. and San Diego. The Map, Garden Grove CA – June 12-16 Westwood Recreation Center, Los Angeles CA – June 12-16, June 24-28 Agoura Community Center, Calabasas CA – June 19-23 MMTSC, Irvine CA – June 19-23 Champions Sports Facility, Carson CA – June 26-30 CSUN, Northridge CA – July 10-14...

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Monterey’s Fish House

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Dining, Monterey, Travel | 0 comments

  After a long drive from Orange County to Monterey, we settled into our room at the Monterey Tides Resort, and then looked online for somewhere to get dinner. There are so many choices when it comes to dining in Monterey, and one restaurant that stood out to us among the rest was the Monterey’s Fish House. Little did we realize that we picked Monterey’s most popular restaurant to go for dinner. We arrived at the restaurant close to 8 pm on a Thursday, and there was a line of people that wrapped around the side of the building. We took our place in line and waited for a table at the highly acclaimed restaurant. Once we got a table, the service was phenomenal. We got a small table in the back of the restaurant and had one of...

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