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Five Spring-themed Educational Activities for Elementary School Kids

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  When kids are young, it’s fun to find a theme throughout the year that can help them get interested in academic educational activities. Now that spring is officially here parents and teachers can focus on spring-themed activities to help kids learn while having fun at the same time. Whether kids are doing an art project or learning about numbers, there are lots of ways elementary school age children can learn from the season. Arts and crafts projects There are some excellent spring-themed arts and crafts projects for kids that also have an educational element. Kids can learn about different types of flowers and even purchase a tulip bulb or wildflower seeds and plant them in a pot or their back garden. They can learn about soil and how much they need to water flowers and whether or not...

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Sweet Chili Chicken Wonton Cup Recipe

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Recipes | 0 comments

  Are you looking for the perfect appetizer recipe for your next event? Crazy Cuizine is one of my favorite products to make simple and delicious appetizers. The meats are made with restaurant-quality products, and every time I make an appetizer using the Crazy Cuizine Sweet-Chili Chicken, it is always a hit with my guests. Crazy Cuizine recently offered one of their best recipes for us to share with all of your, and it is guaranteed to be a proud pleaser at your next event. Happy Cooking! Sweet Chili Chicken Wonton Cup Appetizers Ingredients: 1 Box Crazy Cuizine Sweet-Chili Chicken 12 small square wonton wrappers ¼ cup cream cheese Splash of milk Sweet-Chili Chicken Sauce (included with product) To taste: green onion garnish To taste: red chili garnish Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Spray 12-cup muffin...

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Savor Flavors from Around the World at Sapphire Laguna

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue We had the chance to visit Sapphire in Laguna Beach this past week for an unforgettable evening sampling of a few of their delicious menu items. Sapphire is about to celebrate their 10th Anniversary! We’ve been to many restaurants in the local area. However, this was my first time visiting Sapphire Laguna. Chef Azmin is a world explorer in the kitchen sharing a variety of spices and flavors from around the world, and with all of us! We loved the immersion of different cultures within the small bites placed before us. The evening was full of one delicious surprise after another. We were provided with an array of samplings including Shrimp & Pork Steamed Wontons with Chili Oil – one of my favorites. I can’t forget about the Shrimp Warka; a...

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Creating Memories Hiking with Your Teens

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored As my two older children quickly became teenagers, it has been more important than ever for me to spend quality time with each of them. One of my favorite things to do with my teenagers is to take them for hikes along our beautiful Orange County trails. There is something about being close to nature and away from the stresses of daily life that help my teens to open up about the challenges and stresses of being a teenager in the 20th century. Earlier this month, I surprised my teenage daughter with news that we were going for a hike in Laguna Canyon. I packed up our GMC Acadia Denali with water bottles and snacks before getting ready to cruise down to Laguna Canyon. While on our way to the hiking trail, we rolled down the windows and...

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Five DIY Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Crafts, Deals, Family, Shopping, Tech | 1 comment

 Sponsored by Best Buy When we bought our second home in 2003, the kitchen was a mess. We had to remodel the kitchen, but as a young couple on a tight budget, we had to find a way to remodel the kitchen at the lowest cost possible. The only solution was to do a complete DIY kitchen remodel. Now, it has been over 13 years, and our kitchen is once again in badly need of another kitchen remodel. The appliances are starting to get old, the counter tops are outdated, and our cabinets are falling apart. As we gear-up to do another DIY kitchen remodel, here are five tips for helping you to remodel your kitchen without breaking the bank doing it all yourself. Tile Granite Counter Tops The biggest savings we had when remodeling our kitchen years ago...

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Cruising Down the Coast in a GMC Acadia Denali

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored When it is a sunny day in Southern California, one of my favorite things to do with my children is to go for a drive down the coast. One morning last week, I surprised my younger son with news that I was going to take him for a drive down the coast to spend the day at Legoland California. Not only were we going to Legoland, but we were also going to attend the debut of the new Lego Star Wars Miniland – he was in pure heaven. I packed a backpack full of snacks for the day, and we got into our beautiful GMC Acadia Denali, opened the sunroof, and got ready to start driving down to Carlsbad. While loading up the car, I realized that I had forgotten to charge my camera battery the night before....

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Fairy Tale Date Night at Selanne Steak Tavern

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 Sponsored While on a recent staycation in Laguna Beach, my husband and I hired a sitter to stay with our children at The Laguna Beach House Hotel, and we went out for an unforgettable date night at Selanne Steak Tavern. When we arrived at the restaurant, the building looked like something out of a Disney fairy tale. There was an adorable wishing well by the front door that we dropped a penny into before walking into the restaurant for an evening to remember. The inside of the restaurant is just as beautiful as the outside. We took our seat at a private table and got ready to embark on an epicurean adventure. Selanne has a wide selection of wines available, and we were able to select the perfect glass of wine to toast before starting our dinner together. For...

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Aquarium of the Pacific International Children’s Festival

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 9 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific’s twelfth annual International Children’s Festival is a special festival for kids on the weekend of April 1-2, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the amazing talents of children of many cultures, this festival featuresWest African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Persian, and Irish dance performances. Also featured will be an international children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in a percussion circle, Japanese origami, Native American crafts, and Pacific Islander traditional children’s games. The Aquarium is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated. “Our International Children’s Festival is the culmination of all of our cultural festivals, where our various communities can come together to learn about the importance of working together to protect our ocean planet,” said Peter Martineau,...

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Five Must-Have Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Foods

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Dining, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue In just a couple of more days, Knott’s Berry Farm is going to transform into a festive festival where families can celebrate delicious boysenberries during the 2017 Boysenberry Festival. The festival this year is going to be bigger and better than ever with the delicious food offerings being one of the highlights of the festival. When planning your upcoming visit to Knott’s Berry Farm during the Boysenberry Festival from April 1st through April 23rd, these are five foods that you can’t leave without savoring. The Fun Bun It has always been a food favorite during the festival, and I can’t wait to sink my tastebuds into a warm freshly fried fun bun again this year. Along with the Fun Bun, the Fun Stick is also a fan favorite. Boysenberry Pizza The...

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My Cinch Sack Burns Calories, Does Yours?

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Family, Fitness | 0 comments

 Sample received I have no shame in admitting this, but sometimes I feel like I have a career to support my obsession with traveling! Sure I travel for work to exciting places such as Wisconsin during the winter (ugh!) or to Palm Springs for a quick escape, but more frequently I travel around the world looking to take in new cultures, have adventures, and more importantly create memories with the people I love most. But I’ll admit that 99% of the time, hitting the Residence Inn dungeon of a hotel gym is not at the top of my list! I’ve always struggled with a way to stay motivated to work out while on vacation and even when I try to wake up an hour before everyone else, tip-toeing around the room in the dark trying to find my running...

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Blood Orange French Toast Recipe

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sample received Last week we got a special shipment. It was a beautiful green box and inside of the box were four beautiful Limoneira blood oranges. I immediately brought the oranges close to my face, and I was tantalized by the lovely aroma of the oranges. I couldn’t wait to share the oranges with my children, and they fell in love with the flavor of the blood orange. My kids were enjoying the Limoneira blood oranges so much that I decided to incorporate them into a recipe. I was getting ready to make the kid’s french toast for breakfast, and I wondered what the French toast would taste like with blood orange flavors. The result was some of the best french toast that I had ever made for the children. They devoured every last bite and asked if I...

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The Cirque Magique: A Morning at the Circus

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue On a Sunday morning, we surprised our kids with news that we were going to take them to have breakfast at the circus. When we drove up to The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, my kids screamed “PIRATES” but soon learned that they were going to experience something fun and new at the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, The Cirque Magique. When we entered the building, the entire lobby was set-up like a mini circus. There was popcorn being served, and everyone was dressed in circus attire. Clowns were walking around greeting and interacting with children until the time had come for everyone to enter the room for breakfast. In the main room, there were multiple tables and a large stage in the center of the room. Families took their seats and got ready for...

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Galileo Summer Camp: Inspiring Young Innovators

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored There are many choices when it comes to selecting a summer camp for your children, but there are few that can inspire your children to dream big and become an innovator. Galileo summer camp is a place where your children will be inspired, motivated, and encourage to explore without the fear of failing. The camp combines art, science and outdoor experiences in four different weekly themes so that children will experience something different during each week of summer camp at Galileo. It is unlike anything else. With Galileo’s innovative approach to project-based learning, your children will be learning while having fun. It is an excellent way to keep your kids thinking, learning, and growing during summer so that they can return to school in the fall ready to excel. There are programs for children from pre-k through 8th...

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Finding the Best Doctor for Your Breast Surgery

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the best things about making the decision to have your breast surgery at CosmetiCare is that they have the best doctors in the industry. When it came to finding a doctor to have my breast surgery (mastopexy) I did a lot of doctor research. I knew that I wanted to have the best doctor in Orange County, which I quickly learned are all at CosmetiCare, but I also wanted to feel comfortable with the doctor I selected. I had my first consultation with a nurse at CosmetiCare who talked to me about what I wanted to have done, and we discussed the different options. She was very informative and talked to me about the different types of implants, whether I wanted to have implants or mastopexy, and she talked about the different doctors they have in...

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America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC

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

  The America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. All creatures great and small, from four legged to flying, will all be on display at the annual family-friendly event. Last year, there were more than 500 animal adoptions including dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs – that were adopted from the Pet Expo’s Southern California animal rescue partner organizations. The Pet Expo is excited to announce the return of the crowd pleasing “Cook’s Racing Hogs & Dogs,” a race that consists of four pigs, which run from one end of a 90-foot U-shaped track to the other. Four dogs then compete in a similar race. Waiting at the end of the track is a treat – vanilla ice cream...

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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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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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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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