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Marvelous Marvel Universe Live!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Being a mom of two boys, I have learned to love superheroes. My boys are constantly educating me and teaching me about the lore behind the comic book stories. When my boys first learned about Marvel Universe Live that was coming to the Honda Center, they asked if I could take them. It was the day after we were scheduled to arrive back from a week in Maui, and I was worried that we would all be too tired to enjoy the show, but my boys were showered, dressed and ready to go hours before it was time to leave. On our way to the Honda Center, my kids got even more excited about the show reading about Naz and her children’s experience going behind-the-scenes. Her kids got to learn about...

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Las Vegas’ Seven Magic Mountains

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia While on our road trip from Orange County to Las Vegas, one stop that we couldn’t miss was seeing Seven Magic Mountains created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Pictures of the colorful rock towers have been all over Instagram this summer, but there is nothing better than seeing the artwork in real life. We had made many stops along our way to Las Vegas and didn’t arrive at the Seven Magic Mountains until dusk. It ended up being the perfect time to visit the popular Las Vegas desert hot spot because there were hardly any visitors there. The art sculptures are located off a paved road just a couple of miles outside of Las Vegas. My cellular service was not giving me a good signal in the desert, so I used the GPS on our...

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Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson at Hale Huakaʻi

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort The alarm went off in our spacious room at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui, and I opened the curtains to reveal a beautiful view of the ocean with my children who had arrived on the island the evening before. As I opened the curtains, my kids all said, “wow.” They were in awe of the beautiful view. Then I surprised them with the news that we were going down to the beach to have a family Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) lesson at Hale Huakaʻi. Hale Huakaʻi is a public activities center located on the resort where they offer snorkeling, cabana rentals, SUP, and more. Our kids got their swim gear on and after a filling breakfast at the Tiki Terrace; we went to meet our instructor at the beach....

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Best Shave Ice in Maui: Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort After checking into the beautiful Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui, I went for a short drive up north to see the Nakalele Blowhole. While on my way to the blowhole, I was admiring the lush landscaping when I spotted the cutest VW bus I have ever seen on the side of the road. When I noticed that the sign on top of the bus said “shave ice,” I turned my car around to enjoy a sweet and refreshing treat at Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice. Little did I realize that I was about to sink my taste buds into the best shave ice I have ever had. Inside of the bus was the nicest man who helped to navigate me through their menu. There were so many delicious flavor choices and of...

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Coastal Wine, Arts & Music Festival

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Wine aficionados will come together with music and art enthusiasts in Orange County for a unique experience that will excite both your senses and taste buds. During the Coastal Wine, Arts & Musicl Festival guests will sample premium varietals from wines around the world and enjoy small bites from local chefs plus indulge in a sushi and sake tasting, cupcake pairings and more all while music performers and local artists keep the party lively. Enjoy wine tasting, live music performances, small bites all while taking in beautiful works of art from various local artists. Where: Gray Matter Museum of Art 485 East 17th Street, #101 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tickets: Available online and starting at $59 The Coastal Wine, Arts & Music Festival is a live music, food,...

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How Breast Augmentation is Affordable

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored The best money that I have ever spent on myself was getting a mastopexy (breast lift) and breast augmentation. As moms, we are always putting our children first, and the thought of spending a significant amount of money on ourselves is never normally a priority. After nursing my son for over two years, my breasts were sagging, and I never felt confident in my skin. I had always wanted to do a breast lift and augmentation to transform my breasts back to the way they were before giving birth. As my children were growing up, my breast surgery was never a priority when it came to our family budget. As I began to approach my 40’s and my kids are starting to get older, my husband and I discussed carving out some money out of our budget so...

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Moms Helping Moms to Encourage Healthy Oral Hygiene

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 This post and party were sponsored by ACT Kids Toothpaste but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Once Spring Break ended and the kids went back to school, I invited some of my friends to come over for a morning full of fun and friends. Whenever I get together with my girlfriends, we always end up talking about the same thing – our parenting struggles. One of the biggest struggles that most of my friends have is with teaching their children to have good oral hygiene. According to a recent survey, more than half of moms (56%) say they struggle with getting their kid(s) to brush their teeth every day and even more (69%) say they wish getting their kid(s) to brush their teeth was easier. In fact, 52% of moms say they would give up their “me...

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Pirate-themed Irvine Spectrum Toddler Tuesday

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Hosted in partnership with the Irvine Spectrum Center Summer is in full swing and families came together to celebrate the season during a fun and interactive Pirate-themed Toddler Tuesday at the Irvine Spectrum Center. With Toddler Tuesdays being such a huge hit during the school year, the free family event has returned for select third Tuesdays of the month. During the event, children came dressed in pirate-themed attire and enjoyed a wide variety of complimentary activities. There was face painting, balloon art, crafts, and more. Not only were there fun activities, but children also got to enjoy complimentary train rides, carousel rides, and Ferris wheel rides during the two-hour event. Did you miss the fun? Don’t worry. Toddler Tuesdays will be back again next month at the Irvine Spectrum Center with a fun circus theme on August 15th from...

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Disney*Pixar’s COCO ‘Remember Me’ Song Debut at D23

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

  Guests were treated to the first-ever public performance of “Remember Me” from Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming feature film COCO. Anthony Gonzalez, who provides the voice of Miguel in the film, and Benjamin Bratt, who lends his voice to Ernesto de la Cruz, teamed up to perform the song written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Capping the animation presentation, the grand finale featured more than 160 performers who descended upon Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center, including the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea and Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles under the direction of Kareli Montoya, and the Grammy®-winning Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band. “Our film embraces a broad landscape of music,” said director Lee Unkrich. “We were fortunate to have Kristen and Bobby create ‘Remember Me’—it’s the signature song made famous by Ernesto de la Cruz,...

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Nakalele Blowhole in Maui

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort When our family recently visited Maui, I had a different flight than my husband and kids, and I arrived on the island a couple of hours earlier. It ended up being a brilliant way of traveling because I was able to rent our car, check into our room at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and get some groceries for the week. Then when my husband arrived with the kids, it was a much more relaxing and less stressful arrival for the kids and us. Once I was done checking into the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, I decided to take the car for a short drive up north to explore. One thing that had been on my bucket list for quite awhile was to visit the Nakalele Blowhole in Maui. I had read mixed...

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4th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Event

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

  Awarded 1st Place at the Western Fairs Association’s Annual Convention for Best Event Within an Event for 2016, the 4th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup returns to the OC Fair July 15 and 16, 2017. The successful collaboration between Brew Ha Ha Productions and the OC Fair & Event Center offers a first-class beer tasting experience on opening weekend of the OC Fair. The unique craft beer event allows guests to enjoy all the fun the OC Fair has to offer, while experiencing the great music, fun games, dancing, and unlimited tastings from some of the top breweries in the country. Tickets available now at www.brewheehaw.com. The highly anticipated 4th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will kick-off opening weekend of the OC Fair July 15-16. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes...

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Celebrating a Love for Avocados

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Events, Family, Health, Recipes | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Avocado season is my favorite time of the year. Every morning, I wake up and make the kids and myself avocado toast for breakfast. I am always getting creative with the different toppings that go on our morning avocado toast, but there is nothing better than enjoying avocado toast when the delicious fruit is in season. Why avocado toast? Every kid loves avocados, and it is a great way to get good monounsaturated fat and nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients into their daily diet. Plus, avocados contain less than one gram of sugar per 1-ounce, the least amount of sugar per serving of any other fresh fruit. This avocado season,...

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SOCO Teen Designer Summer Camp

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Camp, Family | 0 comments

  Designer Summer Camp, Southern California’s only comprehensive and collaborative design-based summer camp for young adults ages 11-17 is coming to Orange County partnering with ​SOCO and The OC Mix​! This unique week-long program is in partnership with nationally-recognized brands in the design industry such as D​esign Within Reach​, ​Drifter​, ​Farrow & Ball​, ​31 Bits​ and more. Located in Drifter at SOCO, Designer Camp gives students a rare opportunity to engage and learn through hands-on workshops, informative talks from working designers and behind-the-scenes tours of showrooms and galleries. Designer Camp also partners with organizations allowing students to design for social good. This year the students will create a ​B Corporation​, using their creativity combined with the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. This boutique camp (capacity is set at 25 students) allows students to explore the...

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Pinot’s Palette Ultimate “Paint and Sip” Experience Coming to Huntington Beach

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the best places for an unforgettable Mom’s Night Out or Date Night is at Pinot’s Palette, and an all-new location will be opening in Huntington Beach on August 5th! Their mission at Pinot’s Palette is to be a place for people to come together in a fun atmosphere and unleash their creativity while painting and enjoying cocktails. The new location is owned by a local couple with two boys. They knew that Huntington Beach was in need of a festive and fun destination for Mom’s to enjoy a night out, and they selected Bella Terra in Huntington Beach to be the place where they would open their franchise location. Their wine and painting parties are fun for all occasions! Ideal for Mom’s Night Out, Bachelorette Parties, Anniversaries and Corporate Team Building Events. Contact the studio today...

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Getting a Massage After a Breast Surgery

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored As a mom, massages are part of my monthly routine to help with relieving stress from raising three active kids and managing a busy household. After getting my mastopexy (breast lift) at CosmetiCare, I didn’t feel like I wanted to get a massage for quite awhile, but I knew that I needed it to help with my stress management. After my surgery, I was advised not to sleep on my stomach or my side until cleared by the doctor. I was always a stomach sleeper before my surgery, and with the assistance of pregnancy pillows to help me with staying on my back after my surgery, I became comfortable with sleeping on my back. Since I had been sleeping on my back for quite awhile, I was worried about what would happen to my breasts when laying on...

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DIY Plumbing Fixes Made Simple

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored There is nothing worse than finally getting a few minutes without the kids to take a nice and relaxing shower. Then it happens, the shower pan slowly starts backing up, and you find yourself rapidly rinsing the soap out of your hair so you can get out of the shower before the shower pan overflows into your bathroom. It is something that happens to me way too often. In the past, when this would happen, I would run downstairs soaking wet, wrapped in my towel to get the toilet plunger to attempt to unclog the drain. I would then start plunging the drain in the shower getting splashed with black grossness that would begin to spray up from the drain. These were the worst memories that I had as a homeowner until discovering Roto-Rooter products. Now, when I...

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Irvine Spectrum Toddler Tuesdays Returns

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 Hosted in Partnership with the Irvine Spectrum The Orange County family event of the year, Toddler Tuesdays, is coming back with more endless fun. Join us every third Tuesday of the month from 10am – 12pm in the Giant Wheel Court at the Irvine Spectrum Center to experience mornings of fun, creativity and special offers from select eateries at Irvine Spectrum Center. Enjoy live entertainment, crafts, and activities for your little ones. Tuesday, July 18: Pirate Party Entertainment Schedule: 10am-12pm noon: DJ and pirate character 11:45am – 11:55am: Story time Activities: Craft Station: Make a wooden pirate flag, color a pirate bandana, etc… Face Painting Balloon Artist Giveaways: Pirate eye patch and necklace Snack: Pirate’s Booty popcorn Tuesday, August 15: Circus Time Entertainment Schedule: 10am-12pm noon: DJ and juggling clown 11:45am – 11:55am: Story time Activities: Craft Station: Color...

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Route 66: Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Every time that we go to Las Vegas, we are always in a rush to get to the city to have some fun. This summer, I took the kids by myself to Zion National Park, and we made a quick stop in Las Vegas. Since I was traveling without my husband, I decided to take my time getting to Las Vegas and explore some stops along the small strip of Route 66 that was just a short detour on our way to Las Vegas. One of our favorite stops along Route 66 was Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch! The small area of Route 66 between OC and Vegas adds about an hour to your road trip (depending on how many times you want to stop and take cool pictures). Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is...

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Three Fun Things to do at SeaWorld this Summer

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Events, Giveaways, Holiday, Summer, Theme Parks | 45 comments

 We attended as a guest of SeaWorld Some of my favorite memories as a child were spent at SeaWorld San Diego. When my children were little, we would visit SeaWorld on a regular basis until I felt a lot of the pressures from friends and family to cease going to the theme park because of the negative documentary that was released. Unfortunately, I stopped bringing my children to SeaWorld for many years without taking the time to consider all the conservation and animal rescue efforts that SeaWorld does for animals. I brought my children to SeaWorld San Diego for the first time that they could remember last year, and went on a behind-the-scenes tour where I learned all about the good that SeaWorld does for animals. They have a massive rescue and rehabilitation facility where they care for sick/injured...

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DIY Spider-Man Homecoming DisneyBounding

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my daughter’s favorite ways to spend the day at the Disneyland Resort is to Disney Bound her favorite Disney characters. What is DisneyBounding? It is where you take regular clothes that look like a Disney character, and is an excellent way to unleash your fashion creativity. While I was in New York City for the Spider-Man Homecoming press event, I was given a fun challenge of creating a Spider-Man Homecoming themed costume using clothes purchased from the local Goodwill. The biggest part of the challenge was that I was in a smaller Goodwill store with about 20 other bloggers on the same mission, and we couldn’t spend more than $25, and only had 20 minutes to find items to create a costume. I knew that I wanted to create DisneyBounding costume for my daughter, but I...

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