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Remnants of the Past Vintage Show

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Events, Featured | 2 comments

 Sponsored Remnants of the Past Vintage Show will be on Friday, May 12 & Saturday, May 13 at The Centennial Farm located at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Remnants has been rated one of the top vintage shows in the nation by Flea Market Decor, Romantic Homes and Romantic Country magazines. Remnants will be having the top purveyors of vintage and handmade featuring French farmhouse, country chic, bo-ho chic, European,rustic, industrial, mid-century modern home decor, and handmade artisans. The event will feature Erika Kotite as a special guest. Erika wrote the book The She Shed which is a wonderful book about how you can create your own tiny personal spaces. Erika will have a She Shed at Remnants and will be signing her book. Erika was recently featured on Oprah.com. There will also be an...

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Sensory Friendly Performance of The Painted Garden

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts has scheduled a Sensory Friendly performance of The Painted Garden performed by Compagnia TPO on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in Samueli Theater. During this immersive, interactive dance and multimedia show, children are invited to accompany dancers on stage where sensors respond to movement and sound. Spontaneous and filled with surprising twists, the show is a memorable adventure for children where they not only observe the story of the wonderful garden, but also experience it with their bodies. Sensory Friendly performances are geared towards patrons with sensory sensitivity and their families. They often feature ambient lighting throughout the performance, and a reduction of or warning about loud sounds. Additionally, traditional theater etiquette rules are more relaxed. Patrons can move around and enter and exit the theater as needed as well as use...

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Tonita’s Mexican Food in San Luis Obispo

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Dining, San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

  There is nothing I love more than authentic Mexican Food. While on our recent road trip to Monterey, we made a quick stop in San Luis Obispo to look at Bubblegum Alley and to have lunch. When we arrived in town, there were endless choices of places where we could stop for lunch, but it was a small taco shop on the corner that caught our eye, and we had one of the best lunches at Tonita’s Mexican Food. The restaurant is a small building that has a large outdoor patio with a beautiful view of lush plants and trees. We were a little deceived at first because the Yelp app was advising that the restaurant was closed, but when we turned the knob on the front door, there was a lovely lady at the counter ready to...

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Artisan Eco-Friendly Jewelry

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Giving Back, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored I love wearing handmade jewelry and supporting local artisans. Recently, one of my friends was wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry, and when I looked at the website where she purchased it, I immediately knew that I wanted to get a beautiful necklace to add to my jewelry collection. The company, Songa, is unlike any other artisan website that I have ordered an item from before. They employ skilled women throughout the country of Rwanda to make jewelry and handbags. They provide the women with skills that they need to create beautiful pieces of art and give them an opportunity to money to help support their families. A great part of the jewelry line is that everything is made with recycled products, and the women receive fair wages for their work that help them to move forward with...

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Growing up Celebrating Easter at Irvine Park

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Spring is my favorite time of the year. I love the beautiful wildflowers along the side of the road, the time we get to spend with family, and the religious meaning of the Easter holiday. One of the best parts of springtime is getting to create memories that will last a lifetime with my children at the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza. No matter how old my children get, they still love coming to the park, riding the train, playing the games, and getting into the Easter spirit. The event at Irvine Park Railroad keeps getting bigger and better every year. This year, we enjoyed it so much that we returned for the second day of springtime fun. When you first arrive at Irvine Park Railroad, you’ll want to register for...

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Hilton Reinvents the California Road Trip

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  In California Summer starts in April. Travelers from around the globe will enjoy the ultimate Golden State adventure with Hilton’s “California Road Trip,” a destination package that inspires thrill-seekers and value-minded explorers. Discover an array of adventures and authentic experiences with rates starting at $149 per night. The package will highlight premier destination cities such as San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Anaheim and San Diego with special rates available through Labor Day Weekend 2017. The California Road Trip package features savings of more than $125 per night, with exclusive discount of up to 15 percent on Enterprise/Alamo and National Car Rentals, $25 food and beverage credit (available in MIX Restaurant only), complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, unlimited access to the hotel’s Health Club & Spa and a California Road Trip Road Kit featuring exclusive discounts on local entertainment and attractions. Room...

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Berry Good Times at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Knott’s It is one of the most delicious times of the year to bring your family to Knott’s Berry Farm during the Boysenberry Festival. Boysenberry decorations adorn the entire theme park during the festival that’s happening until April 23rd. The food is clearly the highlight of the festival, and your family is going to want to devour every delicious bite of the different boysenberry themed foods. The best way to get a great variety of tastings during the festival is to purchase the tasting card. For $25 you can get six tastings of select boysenberry foods. The tasting card features some of our favorites including the boysenberry bbq meatballs, boysenberry ravioli, and the boysenberry pizza. The festival isn’t just for kids this year. Parents can take a break and enjoy sampling over 50...

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Should You Get Implants with Your Mastopexy?

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored To get implants or not? That was one thing that I had trouble with making a final decision before my breast surgery. I already had good sized breasts, and a lot of breast tissue, did I want to go bigger? One of the best things about having a mastopexy (breast lift) at CosmetiCare is that the doctors take their time to help their patients make the best decision for their body. During my virtual consultation with Dr. Niccole, he had recommended that I do the mastopexy and get a small implant put in. He agreed that I had good sized breasts, but when they would be lifted up after the procedure, that the implants would give them a more rounded and natural look. A couple of weeks before my surgery, I had an in-person consultation to go over...

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Visit The First Motel in the World

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

  While on a mother and daughter road trip from Orange County to Monterey, we added a stop at the first motel in the world to our itinerary. The first “Mo-tel” was opened on December 12, 1925, and was closed in 1991. Since we love to travel, we thought it would be neat to have a chance to see where travel first started right in the heart of San Luis Obispo. We were driving a beautiful 2017 Buick Encore that made it easy to locate the destination with the vehicles seamless navigation system. The motel was located right on the side of the freeway making it easy for us to stop and take a look without adding a lot to our drive time. When we arrived at the motel, we pulled our Buick Encore into the parking lot, parked...

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30,000 Easter Egg Helicopter Hunt in Yorba Linda

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Crosspointe’s 6th Annual easter Eggstravaganza is coming back to Yorba Linda High School and it will be filled with fun for the entire family! Join us April 16th, at 10:30 AM for awesome music and a short Easter message. Immediately following, the crowd will watch as a helicopter hovers over and drops 30,000 Easter eggs onto the grass below. Children, ages 2 – 11, will then run onto the field and collect the Easter Eggs. Nobody will go home empty handed! Some of Orange County’s most popular food trucks will be there, so get there early this year, because we are adding some family-friendly fun just before the service starts! This will be an unforgettable event your family won’t want to miss! With exception of the food trucks, this event is absolutely FREE to the community. WHEN: April...

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Kick Off Summer at Newport Dunes

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to announce four exciting days filled with fun activities and events catered to RV park guests and those looking for a waterfront travel destination this Memorial Day weekend May 26 – 29, 2017. On Friday, May 26, experience the first Movies on the Beach of the season. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy a free, family-friendly movie on the beach. Arrive early and stop by the all new Bay Café on the beach for a new summertime menu of summer bites and refreshments. Movie starts at dusk. For more information, please visit http://newportdunes.com/resort/recreation-area-guide/. Newport Beach Beerfest returns to Newport Dunes on Saturday, May 27 from 7-10 p.m. Unlimited samples of over 150 craft beers, wines and spirits, along with live bands, DJs and a food truck tasting village set the summer stage...

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2017 Orange County Easter Dining Guide

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Dining, Easter, Holiday | 0 comments

  Easter is just days away, and it is the perfect holiday to take your family out for a beautiful Easter brunch at a premier Orange County dining destination. We have found the best restaurants in Orange County to have an unforgettable Easter brunch together. The Ranch Restaurant 1025 E Ball Rd Anaheim, CA 92805 Menu is $75.00 Per Person, not inclusive of tax or gratuity Includes Endless Glass of Bubbles, Dry, Sweet, or Mimosa FIRST COURSE HOUSE SMOKED SKUNA BAY SALMON TARTINE Gribiche / Easter Egg Radishes / Everything Sourdough DUROC PORK BELLY English Peas / Oregon Morels / Spring Garlic Salsa Verde COUNTRY FRIED PETALUMA QUAIL Brentwood Corn Waffle / Apricot BBQ Sauce SALAD OR SOUP MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE CHOPPED SALAD Iceberg / Radicchio / Garbanzo Beans Soppressata / Provolone / Oregano Dressing WEISER FARM POTATO & SPRING ONION...

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Oceanfront Dining at Vizcaino at Monterey Tides

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Dining, Monterey, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I have been hearing a lot of buzz surrounding the cuisine being created at Vizcaino (previously Cafe Beach) at the Monterey Tides Resort. When planning a short weekend getaway to Monterey, I made reservations for us to have dinner at the highly acclaimed restaurant. We made reservations to have dinner right at sunset, and it was the perfect timing to have dinner at Vizcaino. We took our seat right next to big glass windows that provided us with beautiful views of the crystalline waters. We ordered our drinks and got ready to embark on an unforgettable dining experience. Our meal started by sharing the Queso Fundido. This dish is one of our favorites to have while in Mexico, and this dish had the same authentic flavors like the ones we enjoy...

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Why the Buick Encore is Perfect for Every Driver

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Vehicle loan provided Last week, I took the 2017 Buick Encore on an epic mother and daughter road trip from Orange County to Monterey. While on our road trip, we cruised along the freeway in ultimate comfort and created memories that will last a lifetime. I have been driving a GMC Yukon XL for the past nine years, so when I got behind the wheel of the Encore, it felt like I was driving a race car. It had the same power as my Yukon XL, and I felt just as safe as I do in my full-size SUV. I enjoyed the zip and light ride that the Encore made me feel when behind the wheel. Since I have a teenager turning 15 next month, we are in the market for his first car. I thought that driving the...

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Experiment, Explore and Play at The STEAM Carnival

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Events | 1 comment

  Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is excited to present the third annualSTEAM Carnival on Saturday, April 22. A creative twist on the traditional carnival, this family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). This event is also a 20th Birthday Bash in celebration of IPSF’s 20 years of impact in Irvine! You won’t want to miss this epic party with activities for all ages including a “Cheers to 20 Years” beer and wine garden, live music featuring the band, The Brevet, student performances, and local food trucks. Discover, experiment, learn and play as a family with a variety of STEAM activities, games, animal exhibit, live demonstration, prizes and so much more! Activities this year include...

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An Afternoon with Dan TDM

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of YouTube My son has never played Minecraft, but he sure loves watching one of his favorite YouTube stars Dan TDM play the game. Over the past couple of years, he has been watching his YouTube channel, and I didn’t realize how big of a fan he was until we got an invite to go to YouTube Space in LA to meet Dan TDM. When I mentioned the invitation to my son, he nearly passed out with excitement. He circled the date on my calendar and started counting down the days until he was going to meet his favorite YouTube star. I waited until we were on our way to LA to surprise my son with the news that he was going to get a one on one meet and greet with Dan TDM...

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On-the-Scene with Spider-Man: Homecoming Star Tom Holland

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 2 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Sony/Marvel Last year, I got the invitation of a lifetime. I opened my email to find out that I was invited to fly to Atlanta to go to the set where they were filming Spider-Man: Homecoming. The only thing was that I couldn’t tell anyone where I was going. I had to go dark on social media and disappear for a couple of days to see them film a scene from the movie and interview some of the cast. One of my favorite interviews while on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming was with Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Jacob Batalon (Ned, Spider-Man’s best friend). I had just finished watching them film a scene from the film, and I sat down with Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon to talk about the film. We...

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Five Clever Tips to Simplify Making School Lunches

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

  We are down to the last couple of months of the school year, and I know that I am not alone when it comes to school lunch burn-out. I started the year making the kids creative bento box lunches, and now I find myself digging through my refrigerator every morning trying to find everything I need to pack my kids a well-balanced lunch. When my kiddo came home from school one day asking me if he could buy school lunch, I knew it was time to get out of my lunch packing rut and find some ways to simplify making my kids healthy and tasty school lunches. Making lunches the night before I know that we are all tired at the end of a long day chasing after toddlers or driving our kids all around town and just...

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Is Your Teens Hair Clogging Your Drain?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Beauty, Family, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored My teenage daughter has the most beautiful long hair. Her hair has sunkissed highlights, and her long locks go all the way down to her hips. The only problem with having a teenager with long hair is the beating it puts on your household drains. At least once a week, our shower drain will back-up from the hair she loses in the shower, and our bathroom sink as well. We have tried everything from drain traps to natural remedies, and nothing has seemed to work. While the easy solution is to have a teenager clean their hair out of the shower or sink after getting ready in the morning, let’s be honest, that’s just not a reality. After trying every single natural remedy, I finally decided to turn to a commercial product to help solve our household problem...

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Play for Free on Tuesdays at Irvine Regional Park’s Farmers Market

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Family, Green Living, Health | 0 comments

  Every Tuesday morning, Cecile Wight takes her two active boys to the Irvine Regional Park playground to burn off their energy and buy produce at the Irvine Regional Park’s farmers market. Not only does Cecile cleverly hide the vegetables in the dinners she makes for her kids, but she also juices for a friend who has cancer. Best of all, Cecile loves how vibrant the market fruits and vegetables taste. “You can tell the difference when the produce is fresh.” Cecile buys most of her produce from the Ray Ranch stand because the family run farm is certified organic. While packing bags and weighing, Cathy Ray offers advice about how to use various fruits and vegetables in recipes and tells stories about her sixteen years of farm life with her six kids. “I like selling heathy, organic fruits...

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