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You’re Invited: Ruby’s San Clemente Grand Opening

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Since its first location opened at the Balboa Pier in 1982, Ruby’s Diner has served millions of guests – but the new Ruby’s Diner at Outlets at San Clemente is unlike any other. This is among the few locations to offer premium wine and beer – a welcomed respite for shoppers – and the first in Orange County to include a walk-up in-diner ice cream shop. The location also features an outdoor, pet-friendly patio with fire pits and a private Tiki Room for birthday parties or small gatherings. The Tiki Room can seat up to 20 guests and is free of charge. Celebrating 35 years of success in 2017, Ruby’s Diner serves up America’s favorite burgers, hand-made milkshakes, and delicious fries in addition to a wide selection of breakfast entrees. Ruby’s Diner at Outlets at San Clemente will...

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Paisano’s at Pechanga Resort & Casino

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Dining, Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After a fun day exploring Temecula wineries with Grapeline Tours, we returned to Pechanga Resort & Casino to have a romantic dinner at Paisano’s. The minute that we stepped foot into Paisano’s, we were treated like royalty and had a delicious authentic Italian dinner. We started dinner by sharing the Bruschetta Con Pomodori that featured tomato, basil, baby arugula, olive tapenade, goat cheese, roasted garlic and a balsamic pipette. The dish was beautifully presented and was the perfect start to our dinner at Paisanos. My husband and I sipped on a glass of wine while sharing our favorite memories from spending the day exploring Temecula Valley wineries together. There were so many delicious dishes on the menu that it was hard for us to choose just one. One of my husband’s...

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Disney’s Food & Wine Festival Beef Tenderloin Sliders Recipe

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Disney, Recipes | 0 comments

 Recipe courtesy of Disney Where’s the beef? It is at Disney California Adventure at the Food & Wine Festival. While eating my way through the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, I enjoyed many delicious bites. One of the highlights of the festival was the Beef Tenderloin Sliders at the Garlic Kissed kiosk. The slider packed a large amount of meat that was juicy, flavorful, and every carnivore’s dream come true. Sliders are one of my go-to recipes to make on a busy night after the kids have had after school activities, and I need to make dinner in a dash. I was thrilled to find out that Disney was willing to share their secret recipe to this family-friendly “perfect” weeknight meal with us. Let’s get cooking, and make these tasty sliders for our families tonight. Make plans...

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Josh Gad’s Kids Reaction to Him Playing LeFou

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney I’ll never forget the time that I saw Beauty and the Beast for the first time in theaters. It was in the winter of 1991, I was fifteen years old, and it was the first time that my parents let me go to a theater alone with my girlfriends. All I remember was being captivated by the music, falling in love with the characters, and realizing that true love really does exist. Flash forward over 25 years, and I find myself falling in love with the story all over again when watching the live action version in a Los Angeles theater. Only this time, I wasn’t the teenager, my two children sitting next to me were. I got to watch my fifteen-year-old son fall in love with the story just as much...

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Grapeline Wine Tours in Temecula Valley

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When planning a couples getaway to Temecula Valley, a wine tour is the safest and best way to enjoy wine tasting. Before going to Temecula for the weekend, I spent a lot of time researching the different wine tour companies in Temecula, and Grapeline Wine Tours came highly recommended online and by our friends who have gone wine tasting in Temecula. I easily made reservations in advance online. We were given a specific time to be outside of Pechanga Resort and Casino. The morning of our tour, we had breakfast at Pechanga Resort and Casino and then walked outside the front doors of the resort where our tour guide was waiting for us. We boarded the bus, and our guide talked to us about what to expect throughout the day. Our...

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Swashbuckling Pirate Fun at Disneyland

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Disney, Film, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Argh, Matey! Get ready to bring your family to Disneyland Park this weekend for some swashbuckling pirate fun as Disneyland celebrates the Pirates of the Caribbean 50th anniversary. Your family will get to sing everyone’s favorite pirate themed song while riding Pirates of the Caribbean, savor exclusive pirate-themed food, entertainment, and more. Beginning Thursday, March 16th Guests may feast upon special, pirate-themed food at French Market Restaurant, Mint Julep Bar, Harbour Galley, Royal Street Veranda, Cafe Orleans and Blue Bayou Restaurant. Blue Bayou also celebrates its 50th anniversary on March 18. Food items vary by location and will include: Buccaneer Pulled Pork Sandwich: Jerk-spiced Pork, Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce, Pineapple Caribbean-style Slaw and Fried Yucca Lost Treasure Beignets: Lemon-flavored Beignets with gold shimmer dust Jolly Roger Punch: Spiced Tropical Juices with hints of Pineapple, Orange and Mango...

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Disney’s Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie Recipe

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Disney, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Recipe courtesy of Disney One of my favorite desserts that I savored at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival was the Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie. It was unlike anything I had ever had before, and I kept going back to order more. I was beyond thrilled when Disney offered the recipe for their tantalizing Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie for us to share with you. Have fun making this tasty dessert with your children at home, and then bring the kids to Disney California Adventure Park to have it during the Food and Wine Festival. Hurry! The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is happening until April 16th. Disney’s Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie Recipe Recipe courtesy of Disney Makes 12 BACON BRITTLE 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons chopped, cooked bacon BACON CAKE 1 box...

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Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards in Temecula Valley

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Grapeline Our final stop on the Grapeline Wine Tour in Temecula Valley was to Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards. The winery was one of the most popular vineyards that we had visited while on the wine tour, and had some of the most delicious sparkling wines, with the sparkling almond wine being one of their most popular wines. We entered the winery and found two seats at the bar where we would embark on a delicious wine tasting adventure. The sparkling wines were some of the best sparkling wines that I have tasted with the Orange Mimosa and Peach Bellini being my two favorites. Chardonnay has always been my favorite wine and their “Yes Dear” Chardonnay was pure perfection. The winery had an extensive gift shop and plenty of outdoor seating to relax...

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Top Spring Break Family Escapes

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

  It is almost time for the kids to be off from school for Spring Break, and the perfect time to plan an unforgettable family getaway. When looking for a place to vacation with your family during the Easter holiday, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable vacation at one of these top Spring Break escapes. A Tropical Easter Getaway for the Gang Tamarind | Barbados Situated on the platinum west coast of Barbados, Tamarind, a contemporary Caribbean oasis, welcomes worldly travelers, couples and families alike to experience warm Bajan hospitality and play in an island paradise. Visiting this Spring? No need to worry about missing the Easter Bunny, he knows his way around the island. In addition to an Easter buffet lunch featuring live entertainment, Tamarind is hosting a special Kids Party and Easter Bonnet parade on the lush...

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Ten Best Dishes at Disney’s Food and Wine Festival

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney It is the most delicious time of the year to bring your family to Disney California Adventure Park for an epicurean adventure at the 2017 Food and Wine Festival. The festival features delicious cuisine, food demonstrations, entertainment, and more. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival and these are our top ten must-have dishes when attending the food and wine festival. Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese One of the all-time best macaroni and cheese dishes that I have ever enjoyed was this one at Disney California Adventure Park. The dish features creamy macaroni and cheese topped with pieces of smoked bacon and barbecue-seasoned crispy onions. You can’t just have one bite! This dish is available at the Bacon Twist Kiosk for $7.50. Maple-Bacon Whoopie Pie A fan...

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Wahoo’s ‘Wows’ with a Limited-Time Carnitas Taco

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Wahoo’s In celebration of South Coast Plaza’s 50th Anniversary, Wahoo’s has created a limited-time carnitas taco that is only available at the South Coast Plaza location. Last week, we went to Wahoo’s at South Coast Plaza where we had a sneak peek taco tasting with the co-founder Wing Lam. The South Coast Plaza location is on the second floor of Crystal Court and is the perfect place for families to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of South Coast Plaza. The specialty taco was created by the culinary mastermind, Brian Huskey who is well-known for his competition on Top Chef and his culinary creations at Tackle Box. The taco featured Camarena Tequila Chipotle-Braised Carnitas with a citrus pineapple slaw. It is paired perfectly with rice and beans for just $5.50 (symbolizing the 50th anniversary). The...

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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed Late Night on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Aquarium will remain open past normal operating hours so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with the live bands and DJs. The Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars) event will feature Aztec dance, crafts, and bilingual educational programs, including an underwater SCUBA diving show, scavenger hunt with prizes, ocean-related activities, and environmental activities—all offered in both English and Spanish. The event will also feature special programming highlighting the world’s smallest and most critically endangered whale, the vaquita—only 30 remain. Mexican cuisine, beers, wine, cocktails, and refreshments will also be available for...

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Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery in Temecula

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Grapeline While on our Grapeline Tour in Temecula, we visited various wineries with Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery being one of our favorites. When we arrived at the winery, it felt like we were in the middle of a winery in Italy. The Tuscan-style winery is located at the top of the Temecula Valley hilltop and is surrounded by rows of grape vines. We entered the winery and were given poker chips for some tastings that were included with our tour. Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery had some of the best red wines that I have ever tasted. My husband enjoyed their Malbec wine so much that he purchased multiple bottles to bring home. It wasn’t just the wine that we enjoyed while visiting Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery but also their signature...

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Finally Feeling Confident in a Swimsuit

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Beauty, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored After having my last baby, I have never felt comfortable wearing a swimsuit in public. Every time that I would take my children to the pool or the beach; I would never take off my cover-up. Why? I never liked the way that my sagging breasts looked in swimwear. I had purchased many different swimwear styles. Had professional swimsuit fittings at expensive swimwear stores, and still never had the confidence I needed to feel good in my skin. Since I love spending almost every summer day with my children at the beach, I finally got tired of always sitting under an umbrella watching my children have all the fun just because I lacked self-confidence in wearing a swimsuit in public. At the end of last year, I made an appointment with Dr. Niccole at CosmetiCare to get a...

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Inspiring Children to Learn through Play

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Education, Parenting, Parks | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. One of the best gifts that a parent can give their child is the gift of play. Putting down the electronics, going outside, and playing. With my job requiring me to be online for a large portion of my day, many would think that my children live a high-tech lifestyle, but we actually have the opposite. The minute that I had children, I knew that I wanted them to be outside as much as possible, digging in the dirt, climbing trees, and learning through play. My younger son attends a Waldorf School where he learns by going on nature walks, draws his own textbooks, and has a no-tech learning environment at school. Ever since...

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Streaming Music to Spark Creativity in Children

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Best Buy If you have teenagers living in your home, then tech and music is a big part of your household. Having two of my children attend art schools, music is a big part of our lives. While getting my degree in Early Childhood Education, one important thing that I learned was how music could create a creative environment for children, so I have music playing in my home as much as possible. Since my children all have different tastes in music, they will often be wearing their headphones during homework time or while relaxing in our home. Since they all have better playlists than me on their cell phones and tablets, I recently got a Google Chromecast Audio from Best Buy for the home so that they can share their favorite music with the family. I...

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Five Perfect Graduation Announcements

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Education, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Is you child getting ready to graduate this year? Create a lovely graduation announcement for all your friends and family before your precious child puts on their cap and gown and gets ready to walk up to the stage to accept their diploma. When it comes to graduation announcements, the choices are endless, but when it comes to announcing one of your child’s biggest accomplishments, you’ll want to send high-quality announcements. Basic Invite is one of our go-to places for high-quality announcements and invitations, printed on your choice of high-quality 110-pound matte, semi-gloss, or shimmer card stock. They offer their customers over 150 different colors to personalize your card to perfection. You can change the color of the text, background, and photos making all their templates customizable. If you’re worried about invitation etiquette, they have experts available via...

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Save a Life with Bayer Aspirin

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 I am participating in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central and hosted by the makers of Bayer® Aspirin. I have received compensation to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. One night when I was a teenager, my father went out to walk the dog along the beach. The minute that he walked into the house, I immediately knew that something was wrong. He calmly went up to my mother and said the words that no child ever wants to hear their parent say, “I think I am having a heart attack.” Since my grandma had a history of heart-related issues, my mom knew what to do and got him a Bayer aspirin to chew on while she rushed him to the emergency room. Looking back, she should have called 911, but we...

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Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Dairy Queen is serving up a sweet deal to thank fans and celebrate the first day of Spring with a Free Cone Day. On Monday, March 20, participating non-mall Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations in the U.S. will host a Free Cone Day when fans can enjoy a FREE small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer while supplies last). At the same time, participating locations also will collect donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Over the last 32 years, the Dairy Queen system of locations that are franchised by ADQ, a Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B) company, has raised more than $120 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in local communities. Last year, the Dairy Queen system raised more than $200,000 in one day for Children’s Miracle...

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Babychella Family Art & Music Festival

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to welcome the inaugural Babychella Family Art & Music Festival at Mason Regional Park in Irvine on Sunday, March 12 from 12 – 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event invites parents and children to enjoy entertainment and activities in the park’s picturesque springtime setting. Babychella Family Art & Music Festival will offer a variety of engaging activities for children including story time, face painting, and an interactive bubble village. Find a spot on the grass near the main stage and enjoy beloved songs and fun-filled sing-alongs fit for the whole family. Participate in mommy, daddy and me yoga, pose for pictures in themed photo booths, and take part in various hands-on arts and crafts. Discover the newest trends from popular baby brands on-site and hear from family-oriented educational speakers....

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