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Ultimate Country Music Fun at the Shipkicker Country Music Festival

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We were invited as a guest of the venue. The Queen Mary hosted its 3rd Annual Shipkicker Music Festival, and it was the place to be for Southern California country music fans.  Not only did you have a full day of music, but there were also food and beverage vendors, merchandise vendors and the Shipkicker Saloon with line dancing and amazing performances on three different stages. Jake Parr is an amazing up and coming singer, songwriter, and musician who opened things up on the main stage.  This talented young man is an OC native growing up in Tarzana, CA and after just a few seconds into his set, he had the crowd on their feet and dancing to his music.  After his set, Jake took to the crowd to shake hands and mingle with his fans.  It is one...

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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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A Behind the Scenes Look at Marvel Universe Live!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Yesterday my children and I were given the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the all new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes live action show at the Honda Center.  My son is a huge Marvel fan and was excited to see how the team makes the magic come alive. We were greeted by the stunt superhero team which gave us a demonstration on how they perform their moves.  Fight 101 wasn’t just hands on; it was also about mind control.  Ten hours of training daily is how this team makes sure that they are not only safe but also on point.  The show is action packed with so many moving parts, being in sync with one another is what is need to make the show a success and to keep...

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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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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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Kobe Bryant: How His Family Lives a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 I visited as a guest of BodyArmor The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), in partnership with NBA LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and LA Galaxy legend Cobi Jones, recently announced the newest Gold Cup partner: BodyArmor. The event began at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with Kobe and Cobi holding a joint press conference announcing BodyArmor, which is dedicated to providing athletes only the best in nutrition and hydration. Some products include BodyArmor Sports Drink, BodyArmor LYTE Sports Drink, and BodyArmor Water. What better spokesmen for a product and company that has its motto: “The best never rests. The best are obsessed.” In all they do, Kobe and Cobi certainly embody an obsession for excellence. Introducing BodyArmor to the media pool, Cobi Jones expressed, “I’m excited to see this partnership grow and I’m excited...

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Brew Hee Haw 2017: Not Your Ordinary Craft Beer Roundup

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

 I attended as a guest of the event. Year after year, the OC Fair continues to allure me with its fried food and exhibits, but this year, Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup showed me why the fair’s opening weekend is the best time to go. This craft beer festival, held on July 15 and 16, served as the perfect excuse to attend the fair earlier than I usually do and was an incredible outing for my friend David and me. My expectation for OC Brew Ha Ha Productions’ fourth annual Brew Hee Haw was high due to my experience at Brew Haha, and I can happily commend that they succeeded. Entering the festival was really easy – once we walked through the fair’s gates, we spotted the large tent where the festival was happening right away. Security quickly...

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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 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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Cars 3: Road to the Races

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Disney kicked off their Cars 3 Road to the Races nationwide tour at Disney Springs on March 23rd before heading out to 27 cities across the country which ended this past weekend in Sonoma. Mack Trucks, Inc. transported the life-size cars on the coast-to-coast tour.  Guests got a sneak peek at the Cars 3 movie and had a chance to have some Cars fun with photo spots, games, and even a special tasting from Dole. Alamo Rent A Car hosted a street art booth bringing Cars 3 to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends. Thanks to Coppertone, little ones who love Luigi & Guido as much and I do took part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity. Fans were provided an opportunity to create a...

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The Whole Purpose: A Welcome Hug From a Friend

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on The Whole Purpose: A Welcome Hug From a Friend

 We attended as a guest of the venue An invitation to attend The Whole Purpose is like a welcome hug from a friend. If you ladies would like to do something good for just YOU, then this is it! While a day sounds like a lot because often times, we hardly take an hour for ourselves; it is a must for your own well being. After attending, I am completely hooked and thrilled at what I learned, the friends I made and even (gasp) left with my shoulders relaxed and back where they should be all the time. The event was held at the House of Blues in Anaheim which was the perfect setting with about 150 women in attendance; I love when venues think outside the box and utilize their space during off hours. A group of women...

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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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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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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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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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The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Events, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 4 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Something magical is happening this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood. Once the sun has set and the sky turns to darkness, Hogwarts Castle will light up the night with an interactive light show. The spectacular show is happening multiple times a night throughout the summer. During the performance, the four houses of Hogwarts will project on the castle: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. Along with the lights and projects, the experience will immerse families with beautiful music. The music accompanying the performance is created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams and is based on original scores from the film series. Our family enjoyed our first day of summer vacation at Universal Studios Hollywood. We arrived at the theme park in the afternoon and were able to experience all of the rides...

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Ninth Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Newport Beach Waterfront Resort welcomes the Ninth Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 3 to 8 p.m. This annual celebration of summer centers around a fresh, whole Maine lobster dinner with dancing to live music, opportunity drawings, prizes and fun on the beach for the entire family. Live, whole Maine lobster is flown in fresh on the morning of the event and prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes New York strip steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salads, fresh baked sourdough rolls and dessert. In addition to serving a whole Maine lobster dinner and all its complements, Lobsterfest at Newport Beach features a full bar with craft beer and premium wine, live music from “West Coast Party Crashers”, and special activities on-site for children provided by Camp James. Event proceeds support Make-A-Wish® – Orange...

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Tickets available for the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  One of Southern California’s most exclusive and acclaimed wine and food events, the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin of Newport Beach, returns to the contemporary Newport Beach Civic Center on September 30th and October 1st. Tickets are now on sale for the weekend of festivities, kicking off on Friday, September 29th, which will include tastings from 40 top Orange County restaurants and their executive chefs, 250 varieties of world-class wine, spirits, and brews, celebrity chef cooking demos and dinners, Master Sommelier tasting panels, VIP events, live music, and a new “Havana Nights” after party. Weekend Schedule of Events: Friday, September 29th Bravo’s Top Chef Women All-Stars dinner at Waterline Newport Beach, Balboa Bay Resort: Winner, Brooke Williamson with All Stars, Shirley Chung, Casey Thomson and Rachel Haggstrom. French Connection dinner...

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Celebrate the 4th of July at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Let freedom ring and celebrate Independence Day aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, spectacular drinks from multiple bars, Ferris wheel ride, and more on Tuesday, July 4 from 2 – 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s best 4th of July fireworks display above one of America’s “shining seas.” The patriotic festival kicks-off at 2 p.m. with the sound of the historical Queen Mary horn. Upon entering The Village, guests will be greeted with a petting zoo, kids’ activities, inflatables, and more. Attendees will enjoy carnival games, strolling performers, delicious eats, All American Xpress Train, Ferris wheel ride, and live entertainment including performance by popular 80s R&B singing group The Pointer Sisters at 8 p.m. The festivities run...

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Summer Art Classes by the Sea

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored Whether you are on a staycation or just looking for a quick escape to get creative, Motif Paint will be offering immersive art classes for adults and children this summer at The DoubleTree Doheny Beach/Dana Point. Enjoy a walk on the beach or breakfast in bed while your child/children create a one of a kind work of art inspired by the sea life and activity life of Doheny Beach. If you choose the evening time, enjoy happy hour at MoQuila overlooking the ocean. Art events are open to hotel guests and the community. Children’s Paint Classes Monday – Friday 9-10:30 am Wine Wednesday: Wine glass painting or canvas painting. Sunset deck. 6:00-7:30 $35 per person Customers may purchase wine, beer, and appetizers from LIMITED MENU. Regular Adult Paint Sessions: Friday nights Sunset deck time: 6:00 -7:30 pm We...

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A night to Remember: Circus Vargas Steam Cirque

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Events | 3 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Welcome to the Big Top! Circus Vargas has returned to Orange County with one its best circus performances yet. Over the weekend, I took the kids to the Orange County Great Park to experience the animal-free circus, and it was one of the best circus performances we have ever witnessed. Since I refuse to attend a circus that uses animals for entertainment, it had been years since I had seen a circus, and a first for my children. When we walked up to the venue, it was not super fancy and had an old school feel. There was a small courtyard outside of the tent where families could purchase popcorn, slurpees, and light-up toys for the show. What I really like about the concessions is that they didn’t serve alcohol –...

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