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Should you get Lipo or Tummy Tuck with your Breast Surgery?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored When planning to get my breast lift (mastopexy), one of the biggest decisions was whether or not to get lipo or a tummy tuck at the same time. So many of my friends who have had their breasts done at CosmetiCare also took care of their stomachs at the same time so that they only had one recovery. During my first consultation with Dr. Niccole, he did recommend lipo if I wanted to have my full pre-baby body back but I was nervous about the recovery. I spent a lot of time thinking about this decision and finally came to the decision that I would work extra hard after my breast surgery to lose my baby weight naturally. It has been nine months since my breast surgery. I have been exercising 2-3 times a week, eating a low-calorie...

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The Habit Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dining | 1 comment

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of the best things about the summer is all the fresh produce, with strawberries being my kid’s ultimate favorite summer fruit. The Habit is one of my kid’s favorite restaurants to get a juicy burger and fries, but this summer they have a new favorite at The Habit, the Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad. Never in a million years would I think that my children would prefer a salad over a burger, but it finally happened. I first got one of the salads at the beginning of the summer and my younger son asked for a bite. Once my other kids saw his reaction to tasting the salad, they all asked for a taste. They were all hooked. The salad features a bed of fresh hand-cut lettuce topped with sliced strawberries,...

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Dana Point Family Travel Guide

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dana Point, Featured, Kia, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored Dana Point is the perfect place in Orange County for families to create long lasting memories together. The city is home to some of the best beaches in Orange County and luxurious resorts. When looking for the best place to plan your next family staycation, Dana Point is one of the top choices to have a getaway full of sun and fun. Where to stay There are many resorts in Dana Point that each offer a different vacation experience. The DoubleTree Dana Point is just a few steps away from the beach. They have luxurious suites and guest rooms that offer beautiful ocean views. Your family can rent a bike and cruise around Dana Point when staying at the DoubleTree Dana Point. If you’re looking for a luxurious resort on the cliffs over the pacific ocean, The Ritz-Carlton...

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Best Beaches for Bonfires in Orange County

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Beaches, Best of OC, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite things to do during the summer is to take our kids to one of our local beaches to roast marshmallows in a fire pit and eat s’mores while watching the sunset over the crystalline ocean waters. Families are encouraged to come early to snag one of these sought after fire pits. Curious about where to find them? We have everything to you need to know on where to find Orange County beaches with fire pits for your next summer beach bonfire. Aliso Creek Beach 31131 S Pacific Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 This beach is one of our favorites to have a bonfire because the fire pits are so close to the parking spots. There is also clean bathrooms, a lifeguard, and a playground for the kids to play. If you want to...

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Bring Your Kids to a OC Soccer Club Game

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored If you have kids who like to play soccer or want to introduce your kids to the sport, then you want to bring them to see Orange County’s only professional soccer team play at the Orange County Great Park. Your kids will enjoy the excitement, action and great team spirit that the OC Soccer Club players possess. During the family-friendly games, there are activities for the kids, player autograph sessions and a food and beer garden for the parents. The best part about the soccer games is that it is affordable for families to attend a game. Ticket pricing starts at just $15, and they have just started playing in the beautiful new championship stadium at the OC Great Park that seats 5,000 people! If you want to attend multiple games this season, there are season tickets and...

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You’re Invited: Orchard Walk Grand Opening

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a new home in Orange County? Olson Homes is bringing 37 brand-new single-story villas to Orange in their new community Orchard Walk! Home seekers far and wide are invited to the #OlsonOrchardWalk Model Grand Opening event on Saturday, August 12th. Attendees will be treated to a tour of four fully-furnished attached model homes showcasing Olson’s expertise in home design and livability. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4700 E. Washington Avenue, Orange, CA 92869. Attendees can also enjoy light snacks, beverages, a balloon artist, and live music! For more information and to RSVP, view their Facebook event page HERE. Orchard Walk will present two and three-bedroom attached residences featuring Spanish architectural styles and modern style open layouts. Homebuyers can choose from four different floorplans ranging from approximately 1,340 to 1,566...

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Five Ways to Help Your Kid Socialize This Summer

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Kids have a ton of opportunities to socialize during the school year because they see their friends and classmates almost every day. During the summer, however, many kids don’t get a chance to socialize as much as would be ideal. Some students live far away from their school or don’t get to spend time with classmates for any number of reasons. However, there are tons of ways to help your kid socialize this summer so they can learn and grow with their peers. Summer camp Summer camp can last all summer long or might just take up a week of a kid’s time. There are tons of options from sports camps to arts and crafts programs to academic programs that help fill a kid’s schedule while giving them a chance to socialize in a structured environment. It’s important...

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Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the biggest decisions when getting my mastopexy (breast lift) was whether or not to get an implant put in at the same time. I already had decent sized breasts, but I decided to get a small implant put into my during one of my consultations with Dr. Niccole. Why get an implant with your breast lift? The way that my breasts were shaped and the amount of lifting that I needed, the Dr. advised me that my breasts would have a pear shape without the implant. He showed me a rough estimate of what it would look like with and without the implant, and I decided that having the implant would give my breasts the nice round shape that I was wanting. The next big question was whether to silicone or saline implants. I quickly learned...

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The Rivers of America at Disneyland

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The highly anticipated time has come for The Rivers of America to reopen at Disneyland. The Disneyland classics are back and better than ever for your family to experience while creating lifelong memories together. The Mark Twain Riverboat One of the most beloved classics, The Mark Twain Riverboat is ready for families to go on a journey along the Rivers of America. Storytelling is richly embedded in the attraction, making it a fully immersive experience for guests. While on the riverboat, your family will be transported to a different time along the river. You’ll hear a story and witness beautiful nature and animal life. I recommend bringing your children to the Mark Twain Riverboat during a warmer part of the day so they can have a short rest, relax, and then they...

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Young Americans Performing Arts Summer Camp

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Camp, Giveaways | 0 comments

 Sponsored The performing arts experience of a lifetime. Campers spend the week learning a one-hour show from a cast of 35+ Young Americans. On top of learning a one-hour variety show, campers will take classes in voice, dance, improv, performance techniques, and songwriting, just to name a few. The Young Americans summer camp is such a unique and fun experience because of the high-energy, fast-paced style the cast provides while providing a positive and safe environment for campers to step outside of their comfort zones while growing as people and performers. Master teacher is Diana Morris. Diana is a YA alumni. She has performed on Broadway national tours, like the first national tour of Chorus line. She currently resides in Southern California and performs every week in Frozen – Live at the Hyperion in Disneyland. She will be teaching...

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Making Kitchen Remodeling Easy

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Family, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored As the summer nights come to an end and the kids go back-to-school, parents will be getting back into their weekly routines of cooking healthy dinners every night for the family. Going from barbecuing every night to cooking in the kitchen is more fun when you’re in a beautifully remodeled kitchen. Worried that kitchen remodeling will be stressful and complicated? It can be made easy with the help of Best Buy. Best Buy is the best place to start when beginning your kitchen remodel. They always have the newest cutting edge appliances with competitive pricing. The product that you’ll want to have in your newly remodeled kitchen is the LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerator. The high tech appliance features a tinted glass panel with a “knock twice” feature that illuminates its contents without opening the doors, fingerprint resistant, and...

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The World’s Tallest Thermometer

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite things to do while on our way to Las Vegas is to make a stop at the World’s Tallest Thermometer in Baker California. It only takes a few minutes out of your road trip, and the stop is a must. The town of Baker is a great place to get a refreshing drink at The Mad Greek Cafe and stock up on some alien jerky before checking out how HOT it is in the middle of the desert at the world’s tallest thermometer. Once our kids and luggage get loaded into our Kia Sorento, I always ask the kids how hot they think it might be by the time we reach the world’s tallest thermometer. All of the kids make their guesses, and I bring a small prize along...

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Summer Fun at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Kia, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Tenaya Lodge is our favorite place to create family memories. We have visited many times during the winter months and had yet to visit during the summer until recently. While on a weekend getaway to Yosemite, we drove our Kia Sorento to Tenaya Lodge to enjoy some of their fun summer activities. We started our day at Tenaya by having lunch and swimming in their large pool. Tenaya has a beautiful pool area complete with a family pool, adult pool, and toddler pool. It is nice and spread out so that families don’t feel cramped when visiting during the peak summer months. After getting settled in our cabana for the day, the server came over to take our lunch order. There are a wide variety of drink and food options at...

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Last Chance to Experience Lobsterfest

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Our favorite family summer event of the year is Lobsterfest in Newport Beach. The family-friendly event is located right on the water at The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, and everyone in our family has a blast every year. The event is happening this Sunday, and it is going to be bigger and better than ever! Thousands of fresh Maine lobster are flown in the morning of the event for families to enjoy. We always get the VIP ticket because it includes all you can eat lobster, steak, salad, and vegetables. Plus, there is complimentary wine for the parents. While families are enjoying freshly cooked lobster, there is fantastic entertainment. My kids love dancing to the music from the live band. Along with the entertainment are some fun photo opportunities. There is a giant lobster to capture a photo...

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Philly’s Best BBQ Summer Menu

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 9 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue My daughter is a cheesesteak fanatic! Whenever we go out to eat, and there is a cheesesteak on the menu, that is what she will order every single time. Since she loves cheesesteak, Philly’s Best is one of her favorite fast casual restaurants. This summer, the popular dining destination is mixing things up by adding some summer BBQ items to their menu. Since there is a Philly’s Best next door to my daughter’s orthodontist, I surprised her with lunch after her recent doctors appointment. When we walked in the door, she was tempted to order her all-time favorite cheesesteak sandwich, but I convinced her to try the new dishes, and after one bite, she wasn’t disappointed. There are four new menu items, and we tried them all. Our favorite was the...

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Desert Roadside Attraction: Alien Fresh Jerky

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia We have traveled from Orange County to Las Vegas an endless amount of times, and the most we have done in Baker is stop for gas or a refreshment. On a recent road trip that I did with the kids, we wanted to see some new things, and that included a stop at the famous roadside attraction, Alien Fresh Jerky. Whenever we are driving through the desert, my kids are always obsessing about aliens. When I told them we were going to stop for some alien jerky, they were ecstatic. We first got some milkshakes at The Mad Greek Cafe and then drove down the street to Alien Fresh Jerky. The building was currently under construction, and they are in the process of building an alien hotel in the back! It was clear...

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Impossible Science with Jason Latimer at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue This summer, my youngest son has developed a love for magic. He started enjoying learning different card tricks and then when I took him to see his first magic show in Las Vegas, he was hooked. After seeing his first magic show, he started watching countless YouTube videos to learn tricks and asked us to purchase him new things to master his tricks successfully. When I found out that the world famous magician, Jason Latimer, was coming to Discovery Cube OC to perform his Impossible Science show, I immediately went online to get tickets to bring my son. I waited to surprise my son with tickets to the show. When we arrived at Discovery Cube OC, he thought that we were going to spend the day exploring the interactive museum, but...

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How Much Does a Breast Augmentation Cost?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored The biggest question that I get from friends since having my breast lift (mastopexy) and augmentation is how much did it cost? It is a hard question to answer because every woman’s body is different, making every woman’s surgery different. The doctors and nurses at CosmetiCare take their time during the consultation process to customize a surgery proposal that is perfect for each woman. The consultation process begins with finding out exactly what you want to have done. Do you want to have a mastopexy, a breast augmentation, or both? Do you want to have silicone or saline implants? Do you want to do lipo or tummy tuck at the same time? How big do you want your breasts to be? All of these questions play into the cost of the surgery. Once you’ve worked with the doctor...

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2017 OC Parks Summer Concert Series

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks OC Parks invite the public to celebrate summer outdoors with the OC Parks Summer Concert Series. All concerts are free to the public and offer free parking. Food trucks and Ruby’s Diner will be offering food for purchase at each event. The Lagunitas beer and wine garden will be available to those 21 and over. Gather friends and family, bring a blanket and a beach chair and enjoy free live music under the summer sky with OC Parks. Mile Square Regional Park 16801 Euclid St Fountain Valley, CA 92708 Thursday, August 3 The Fenians and Orion Walsh Thursday, August 10 Common Sense and Wheeland Brothers Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Dana Point, CA 92629 Thursday, August 17 Andrew McMahon and Shelter & Grace Thursday, August...

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Cool Down from the Desert Sun at The Mad Greek

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia After stopping at Zzyzx Road on our epic OC to Vegas road trip, the kids were in the mood for a refreshing treat. In the past, our family would always stop for a milkshake at The Bun Boy, but since they have gone out of business, we decided to try The Mad Greek instead. We arrived just before dusk, and the area was busy with families fueling up their cars with gas, getting some alien jerky, and grabbing a bite before getting back on the road. I pulled our Kia Sorento into the parking lot of The Mad Greek, and we made a dash from the air conditioned car into the air conditioned restaurant – it was about 120 degrees at the time! As we walked into the restaurant, the kids were enjoying...

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