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You’re Invited: Little Lido Kids Club Event

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  You’re invited to the Little Lido Marina Village Kids Club on Thursday, June 15th from 10am-11am at Lido Village Books. Bring your children and enjoy a reading of Escargot by Dashka Slater and Sydney Hanson, followed by an interactive sing-a-long on the patio outside of Lido Village Books. Kids will enjoy a fun snail-inspired craft and moms will love the specials from participating Lido Marina Village retailers including 10% off your book purchase at Lido Village Books and Sugarfina candy bags and $25 off purchases at Eberjey. This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP by visiting http://bit.ly/2rVkUWU. Each person who RSVPs will receive 1 entry for a drawing of a $25 gift certificate to Lido Village Books. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, the Lido Marina Kids Club will be held...

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Fun and Funky Art at Tio’s Tacos

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Dining, Kia | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia I’ve seen pictures of the funky artwork at Tio’s Tacos on Instagram for many years. When planning a day trip to visit the California Citrus State Historic Park with my daughter in Riverside, I made sure to add to our itinerary a stop at Tito’s Tacos for lunch. Many of my friends who have been to Tio’s recommended that we do not go during the lunch or dinner rush. It is a popular place, and there is often a line that wraps around the building to order food. Thanks to my friend’s recommendations, we arrived around two o’clock, and practically had the place all to ourselves. The restaurant is an Instagrammers dream! I parked our Kia Sorento right under a giant skeleton sculpture riding a bicycle, and then we spent over an hour walking around....

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Being Prepared to Protect Your Family During Fire Season

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored There is nothing scarier than not being able to get in contact with a loved one during an emergency. Earlier this week, my younger son and husband were at an evening event at my son’s elementary school, when a fire broke out in the brush just a few short yards away from the school. Everyone stayed calm, the firefighters raced to the scene and were successfully able to put the fire out within just a few minutes – saving the surrounding homes and my son’s school. Thankfully, my husband had Verizon service and was able to immediately contact me on his cellphone to let me know that everyone was alright before I was to see it unfold on social media. Thank you #OCFA for the quick response and great teamwork! #AlisoViejo #OCSD @OCFA_PIO @alisoviejocity @LtMacPherson pic.twitter.com/w1x90f79be — AV...

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Explore Randsburg Ghost Town

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Kia | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia My favorite thing to do with my kids is to explore hidden gems and quirky places. I am ‘that mom’ who will drive thirty minutes out of our way just to see the world’s largest buckle. I have found that exploring quirky and fun places with my kids have made for some unforgettable memories that we love to reminisce about from time to time. For Mother’s Day, I wanted to go hiking with my family at Red Rock Canyon California State Park. When doing some research on how to find the State Park, I realized that Randsburg Ghost Town was on our route, and I immediately got excited about bringing the kids to see a real ghost town. We spent the morning hiking around Red Rock Canyon California State Park, and then put Randsburg Ghost...

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The Secret Life of Pets ‘Pupcakes’

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

 I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team One of our favorite movies to watch right now on Netflix is “The Secret Life of Pets.” The hilarious animated film is about a terrier named Max and a stray who Max doesn’t like named Duke. Together they go on an epic adventure in New York City trying to find their way home. The film has a great message, is super funny, and is a film that families can enjoy watching again and again. During the holiday weekend, my kids wanted to stream “The Secret Life of Pets” on Netflix, and I surprised them by making ‘Pupcakes’ for their movie snack. I paused the movie when the dogs were at the sausage factory for an intermission and brought out the pupcakes. The minute that my kids saw the paw print...

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Circus Vargas – Steam Cirque!

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

  Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro- futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey! Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more! Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance. Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!  The storyline: An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon...

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Fun Game for Dad – Operate Now: Hospital

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Giveaways, Tech | 11 comments

 Sponsored Sometimes it is the simple things that make Dad happy on Father’s Day. If your husband enjoys playing games on his digital device during his free time, then we have found the perfect game to gift him on Father’s Day. Operate Now: Hospital is an interactive game that is perfect for the Dad who likes real-life video games. Gamers get a graphic insight into what it feels like to be a surgeon in this simulation game. But the hospital itself is at risk… they also need to build a team and enhance its reputation, if it is to survive. And as if that wasn’t already dramatic enough, emotions are running high…is paramedic James strong enough to handle things when his tragic history seems certain to repeat itself? How will surgeon Sirona cope with her family crisis? Chief-of-Surgery Noah...

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Time to Unplug

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

  The infiltration of technology into our daily lives offers both opportunities and challenges for today’s parents. We raise children who have access to vast amounts of information and interface with others around the world without giving it a second thought. Questions can be answered in an instant, commercials can be bypassed so we don’t have to delay the gratification of knowing how shows end, and long gone are the days of waiting for snail mail to receive information from those we love. We have the ability to share our lives in live time and to create carefully calculated virtual identities. These advances are amazing, and yet there are moments when the disadvantages seem glaring. For example, I was recently out to dinner with my family. A father and his daughter walked into the restaurant and were seated adjacent...

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Red Rock Canyon California State Park

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Autos, California State Parks, Featured, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia One of my goals this summer is to take my kids to visit as many California State Parks as possible. One of the California State Parks that has been on my bucket list to visit for many years is the Red Rock Canyon California State Park – not to be mistaken with the Red Rock State Park in Nevada. Before packing up the Kia Sorento with everything that we needed for our weekend adventure, I tried to do some research about the park online. I could hardly find any information about it online, so we just jumped into the Sorento, and went exploring. The California State Park is only an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles, making it the perfect day trip. We left early in the morning, and within a couple of...

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Toddler Tuesdays Camping & Adventure at the Irvine Spectrum Center

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

 Hosted in partnership with the Irvine Spectrum Center The Toddler Tuesdays weekly series at The Irvine Spectrum ended this week with a festive camping and adventure theme. The fourth week of free family fun brought hundreds of OC Families together to create unforgettable memories in Big Wheel Court at The Irvine Spectrum Center. The event kicked off with children getting an adorable hat at the welcome table. Once families got checked into the event, they were guided to the Yogurtland and Corner Bakery table where delicious treats were awaiting them. From there, it was endless from 10 am to 12 pm. During the event, there was face painting, balloon artists, a photo booth, and live entertainment. The OC Mom Blog was at the event with an interactive spinning wheel where kids could win a fun prize. The center of...

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Exclusive Photos of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney I was so excited to get a sneak peek of the new attraction at Disney California Adventure Park, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! The attraction will immerse guests into the galactic world where The Guardians of the Galaxy live. The fortress is where The Collector (aka Taneleer Tivan) stores his most precious valuables of his collection. The experience begins in the garden where it will be a visual and auditory stimulating experience. In the garden is where Tivan keeps the most precious plants, vines and trees of his collection. Once guests enter the lobby, there will be Tivan’s prized possessions everywhere. There will be items in cases around the room, and hanging from the ceiling. Look all around the lobby to see if you can spot a familiar...

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Easter Eggs & Fun Facts about Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

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

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney The all-new attraction at Disney California Adventure Park, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, is full of Easter eggs. It will take guests visiting the ride hundreds of times to see all the different artifacts carefully placed by The Collector (aka Taneleer Tivan) in his fortress, and the artifacts in the lobby may be changing from time to time. Once guests enter the lobby, there will be pieces of The Collector’s prize possessions everywhere, with the most detailed items being in his office. I got a sneak peek of the ride, and I am excited to share some fun facts about the new attraction, and some Easter Eggs you’ll want to look for when experiencing Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! for the first time! When guests enter...

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10 Must-Have Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Themed Food

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Family, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney Once your family is done experiencing the all-new attraction at Disney California Adventure Park, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, you’ll want to sink your tastebuds into the new themed foods. These are the must-have eats that your family will want to experience tasting when visiting Disney California Adventure Park this summer. Super Hero-Sized Sub Available at Studio Catering Truck The hero sandwich features a hoagie roll, creamy dressing, mortadella, salami, cappacola, provolone, shredded lettuce, tomato, pepperoncini, pickled onions, and a red wine vinaigrette. Quiver of Funnel Cake Fries Available at Award Wieners The dish features raspberry and mango coulis, and whipped cream. Infinity-Ade Available at Schmoozies The refreshing lavender lemonade with a light up glow cup. Maple Bacon Cream Filled pastry Available at Schmoozies The delectable dessert features...

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Merchandise

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Disney, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney After saving The Guardians of the Galaxy on the all-new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, guests will enter a store where The Collector (aka Taneleer Tivan) is selling the last of his prized possessions, and everything must go! There will be four new product lines available that are themed to celebrate Super Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park. You’ll want to hurry and get one the ten popular toys and games themed from the 70’s and 80’s before they are all gone. Everyone loves bringing home a plush of their favorite character from The Disneyland Resort. There will be Groot, Cosmo, Rocket and Howard the Duck plush, each packaged in a vitrine case – perfect to add to your collection at home. Find the perfect retro-inspired apparel...

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Hero Up During the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney Along with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! super hero fans will experience more fun during the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park. The fun begins on May 27th, in Hollywood Land with photo opportunities, dance-offs, and more. One of the fun things to experience during the Summer of Heroes is the “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” Star-Lord brings his boom box to the party and will invite guests to show off their moves in an interactive dance-off. A Guardians of the Galaxy dance-off wouldn’t be complete without Gamora and Groot. Groot will make an appearance at the end of the dance-off just to say three words: “I am Groot!” The dance-off will feature classic 70’s songs like: “ABC” by The Jackson...

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10 Moments to Experience this Summer at The Disneyland Resort

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney The best place to create unforgettable memories with your children this summer in Orange County is at the Disneyland Resort. Fun things are happening at The Most Magical Place on Earth this summer. With the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! And Summer of Heroes happening at Disney California Adventure Park, there is something new for every family to experience this year. Disney California Adventure Park Take the (dance) floor with the Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord and Gamora will appear in the epic “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off.” Classic songs blasted from Star-Lord’s boom box will inspire some friendly dance competition. Help Rocket save his friends on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!: Before the action begins, guests will have to raise their hands...

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Four Fresh Summer Snack Ideas

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Family, Giveaways, Health, Summer | 12 comments

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® The weather has warmed up, and summer has finally arrived. Parents will be putting the backpacks away for the season and replacing it with a beach bag to spend summer days down at the beach. The biggest struggle that all parents have is with finding fresh new summer snacks to pack in the beach bag. The most important thing when packing summertime snacks is to use containers that are 100% leak-proof! We have all been there when we pack a snack in a cheap plastic food container, just to get to the beach to have our bag covered in food. The one product that I have found to keep my kid’s snacks airtight and leak-proof is the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers. They have innovative latches that keep my kid’s snacks exactly where I...

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Tips for Successful Raised Bed Gardening

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Autos, Gardening, Green Living, Kia | 1 comment

 Sponsored in partnership with Kia When my oldest son developed severe food allergies, I turned to food to help heal his overactive immune system. I found that by feeding him a plant-based diet with all organic produce that his allergies decreased, and he had fewer anaphylaxis reactions to food. The only downside was that feeding a family of five a diet rich with organic food was very costly, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I went to The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano and got information on how to start growing organic produce for my family in our backyard. I had my husband tear out most of our grass in the backyard, build raised beds, and we got started on what we now call “The Barone Farm.” Over the years, I have successfully been able...

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A Healthy Twist on Mexican Food at Taco Mesa

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I could eat Mexican food every night of the week. Unfortunately, most Mexican restaurants in Orange County do not offer a good selection of healthier menu options, until now. Taco Mesa is redefining Mexican food by opening a tortilla factory at Taco Mesa – Tortillería Orgánica & Café in Orange which makes GMO-free tortillas for all six of their restaurant locations in Orange County. When I learned about the innovative tortilla factory that founder and chef of Taco Mesa and Taco Rosa, Ivan Calderon, had created, I couldn’t wait to come in for dinner. My daughter and I went to the Orange location for dinner one night last week, and the restaurant was packed. The entire restaurant was filled with families enjoying healthy and authentic Mexican classic cuisine in the chic...

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MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! Age of Heroes

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into arenas across the country starting this summer with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure 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. The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will make it’s world premiere in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 7, 2017. Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin. The incredible superhuman...

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