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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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Celebrating Spring at Farmhouse Restaurant

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Dining, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I don’t know about you, but for me the luxury of living in an area with weather that permits year round outdoor dining is one of my favorite things about living in Orange County. And judging by the wait time to get a seat at the relatively new, Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden, I am not alone in this sentiment. Since its opening last year, I’ve had an increasingly difficult time getting in to this, one of my favorite new spots. With lines for bar seating and long lead times for reservations, I consider it a real treat when I do get to dine here. So, when invited to a preview of Chef Rich Mead’s new Spring Menu, there was no way I was not going. There’s a reason for this. Farmhouse,...

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Edward Scissorhands House in San Diego

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 I visited San Diego as a guest of Kia While in San Diego learning about Kia’s ecoDynamics technology, I was given the opportunity to drive a beautiful 2017 Kia Soul EV around town. I got to explore the town with one of my best friends who shares a love for discovering unique and funky places. After I took her to see the skeleton house in San Diego, she then surprised me by bringing me to the Edward Scissorhands House (Harper’s Topiary Garden). We rocked out to our favorite tunes in the hip 2017 Kia Soul EV and felt the cool ocean breezes flowing in from the sunroof. We drove to one of the highest points of downtown San Diego, and there it was – one of the coolest front yards I have ever seen. The house sits on top...

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San Diego Skeleton House

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Autos, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited San Diego as a guest of Kia Whenever I visit a city, I’m always on the hunt to find a new funky and quirky spot to visit. When on a recent trip to San Diego to experience Kia’s ecoDynamics technology, I made plans to visit the San Diego skeleton house for the first time. I did some research to try and find the location, and I didn’t find very much published about the house. I was lucky to find the name of the street in one of my favorite road trip apps, so I added a stop to my travel itinerary. Along with my friend, we drove a hip 2017 Kia Soul EV to find the skeleton house. When we started to drive down the street in search of the house, it’s didn’t take long to spot...

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Five Ways to Cope with Summer School

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  Summer is here and students are out of school; they‘re excited to take a break from academics and enjoy exploring some fun extracurricular activities. However, many students need to attend a summer school program of some kind. Summer school used to be something students needed to do to catch up but, these days, many students attend summer school programs to get ahead or even help them apply to college. Most students will resist summer school to some extent but there are definitely some great ways to cope with the idea of spending more time indoors. Mix it up Many summer school programs offer students the chance to work on academics in the morning and sports or creative activities in the afternoon. This is a great way for students to work on math or English while still having the...

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Building Memories with Dad on Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Family, Father's Day, Shopping | 1 comment

 Sponsored One of the best gifts that children can give their Dad on Father’s Day is a gift that brings them closer together. A gift that they can use together, and create memories that will last a lifetime together while experiencing it. The best gift to give dad on Father’s Day that will encourage families to spend quality time together is LEGO. For years, Father’s have enjoyed spending time with their children building LEGO sets. It is a great opportunity for kids to talk to their dads, problem-solve together, and to just have fun together. Family is at the heart of the LEGO brand, and that shines in the LEGO Batman Movie that comes out on DVD tomorrow, June 13th. When looking for the perfect LEGO set to get for Dad on Father’s Day, these are some of our...

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How Kia Earned Their Way to Become Number One

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 I have a partnership with Kia It has been a little over a month since I have swapped my 2017 Mercedes GLS 450 for a 2017 Kia Sorento SXL, and I don’t ever want to go back. The few short weeks that I have been driving a Kia I have realized that Kia is just as good, and in my opinion even better than most luxury cars that I have driven in the past. It is comfortable, luxurious, and has every feature that our family could want in a vehicle. Last week, I went to San Diego to spend a couple of days learning more about the Kia brand. Why San Diego? Music is at the heart of San Diego and is also part of Kia’s DNA – music is the soul of Kia. Just like music evokes an...

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The Latest Installment in Robert Ludlum’s Book Series: The Bourne Initiative

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Books, Entertainment, Giveaways | 18 comments

 In partnership with Grand Central Publishing Over the years, I have enjoyed watching the Jason Bourne movies. I love suspenseful films, and every movie immersed me into the world of Jason Bourne, filled full of adventure, suspense, and action. Recently, I learned that the movies series is based off a popular series of bestselling books by the author Robert Ludlum. Once I discovered this, I immediately started reading the books and fell in love with the book series just as much as I did the films. Starting tomorrow, June 13th, an all-new book will be coming to bookstores nationwide, The Bourne Initiative. The new book is written by the New York Times bestselling writer, Eric Van Lustbader, who carries on Jason Bourne’s story with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory. I am...

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What Parents Need to Know about Eating Disorders and Children

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Family, Fitness, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored As a mother of a teenaged daughter, I feel it is important to be aware of any possible signs of an eating disorder. We live in a time where young girls feel an extreme amount of pressure to look a certain way, and can easily develop body image issues which can lead to eating disorders. Over the past year, I have been aggressively working on weight loss and changing my eating habits to be healthier. I have started to get concerned that maybe I have been spending too much time talking about my weight loss journey around my daughter, and wanted to ensure that my actions do not impact her and cause body image issues. Last week, I talked with Dr. Mery Taylor at CHOC Children’s Hospital about what is an eating disorder, signs that parents like myself...

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Win a Chance to See Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 15 comments

  Super heroes from all over Orange County will unite at the Honda Center for Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes! The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond. Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind. Show Location: Honda Center 2695 E. Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92806 Dates: Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23 Thursday, July 20 7:00 PM Friday, July 21 7:00 PM Saturday, July 22...

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Ecology Center 2017 Summer Farm Lab Camp

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Camp, Green Living, Summer | 0 comments

  Farm Lab Campers will dig deep into food and farm life in the season when the garden really comes alive. Activities include seasonal planting, chicken care, compost exploration, fort building, eco-crafts, and harvesting and cooking from the garden. All activities at The Ecology Center Farm Lab Camp revolve around our core initiatives of GROW, WATER, EAT, and MAKE. Taking place on a 1-acre teaching facility nestled next to a 28-acre organic farm, campers will have an unparalleled view of the farm process and what it means to grow from seed-to- harvest. Summer Farm Lab Camp Session 1 Ages 5-6 June 27-30 // Tue – Fri, 9 am – 1 pm Eco Farm Lab Camp Session 2 Ages 7-9 July 18 – 21 // Tue – Fri, 9 am – 1 pm Eco Farm Lab Camp Session 3 Ages...

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Bowers Kidseum Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Camp, Giveaways | 10 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a Summer Camp that your kids will remember forever? Kidseum is hosting some of the best Summer Camps in Orange County for children ages 6-11. There are nine weeks of themed camps from June 19th through August 18th. All Summer Camps are from 9:00 am-3:00 pm daily with pick up and drop off taking place at Kidseum (not the Bowers Museum). There are two extended care options available from 7:00 am-9:00 am for an additional fee of $40 and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm for an additional fee of $40. Each day Kidseum will provide a light healthy snack for each camper from 10:15 am-10:30 am. Kidseum will not provide lunch and ask that parents send their child with a non-microwavable lunch each day and a water bottle. If you register online, you will also need to download...

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Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Aliso Viejo, Cool Places, Featured, Hiking Trails, Parks | 3 comments

  Nestled along the ridge top trail of Aliso Summit is where my family came face to face with fairies on the Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail. That’s right fairies are real, and we found their beautiful homes.  After exploring the mile trail and seeing their beautiful houses, I needed to find out more about the fairies and how they came to Aliso Summit.  As I researched the trail, I stumbled upon their story. “On a summer evening in 2016, a group of fairies was flying over Laguna Niguel when suddenly Fairy Lily, Queen of the Fairies, broke her wing. The fairies had to land on the Aliso Summit Trail. As the days past while waiting for Lily’s wing to heal, they found something very magical and mysterious about this canyon and trail. They grew to love the views of...

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The Bodyguard the Musical Delivers an Epic Performance

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Autos, Entertainment, Kia, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue/vehicle provided by Kia I have grown up going on a regular basis to see performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The creativity of the artists I have watched perform over the years made me fall in love with the arts, and then become an integrated arts student at the Orange County School of the Arts. Every time that I see a performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, I am blown away, especially when seeing The Bodyguard the Musical. We went to see the performance earlier in the week, and I didn’t know what to expect. I knew that the film which the musical is based on was one of my mom’s favorite movies as a teenager, and so I knew that it was going to be something...

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Did Someone say Doughnut? Voodoo Doughnuts Opens in Los Angeles

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Dining, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Today, June 2nd is National Doughnut Day. But down at Universal City Walk, Doughnut Day is EVERYDAY!! Just adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood, Voodoo Doughnuts has just opened and is filled with some of the most fabulous doughnuts you have ever tasted, and seen. This new little shop fits right on the walk with its vibrant colors, original doughnuts and its giant Voodoo doll doughnut statue standing nearly 12 feet tall in front. The statue, of course, was my girls’ favorite part, mostly because they have a matching doughnut that is a replica of the giant one standing outside the store. As guests of Voodoo Doughnuts, we were able to sneak some tastes of the amazing doughnuts that filled the store with its aroma. Elle grabbed the most colorful sprinkled cake...

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Fun and Funky Art at Tio’s Tacos

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Dining, Kia | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia I’ve seen pictures of the funky artwork at Tio’s Tacos on Instagram for many years. When planning a day trip to visit the California Citrus State Historic Park with my daughter in Riverside, I made sure to add to our itinerary a stop at Tito’s Tacos for lunch. Many of my friends who have been to Tio’s recommended that we do not go during the lunch or dinner rush. It is a popular place, and there is often a line that wraps around the building to order food. Thanks to my friend’s recommendations, we arrived around two o’clock, and practically had the place all to ourselves. The restaurant is an Instagrammers dream! I parked our Kia Sorento right under a giant skeleton sculpture riding a bicycle, and then we spent over an hour walking around....

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Being Prepared to Protect Your Family During Fire Season

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored There is nothing scarier than not being able to get in contact with a loved one during an emergency. Earlier this week, my younger son and husband were at an evening event at my son’s elementary school, when a fire broke out in the brush just a few short yards away from the school. Everyone stayed calm, the firefighters raced to the scene and were successfully able to put the fire out within just a few minutes – saving the surrounding homes and my son’s school. Thankfully, my husband had Verizon service and was able to immediately contact me on his cellphone to let me know that everyone was alright before I was to see it unfold on social media. Thank you #OCFA for the quick response and great teamwork! #AlisoViejo #OCSD @OCFA_PIO @alisoviejocity @LtMacPherson pic.twitter.com/w1x90f79be — AV...

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Five Educational Activities For Your Kids This Summer

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Family | 0 comments

  Summer is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors, catch up on studies with the help of an Orange County academic tutor, and indulge in some extracurricular activities that students don’t have time to participate in during the school year. There are also some wonderful educational activities available where kids can learn and have fun at the same time. Most of these are family friendly, something everybody can participate in and even learn something new. Whether kids are into science, art, or are more of the outdoor type, there’s something for everyone in Southern California. The Aquarium The aquarium offers an excellent opportunity to learn about local marine life in the comfort of an air-conditioned environment on a very hot summer day. Whether at the Long Beach aquarium or the...

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Explore Randsburg Ghost Town

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Kia | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia My favorite thing to do with my kids is to explore hidden gems and quirky places. I am ‘that mom’ who will drive thirty minutes out of our way just to see the world’s largest buckle. I have found that exploring quirky and fun places with my kids have made for some unforgettable memories that we love to reminisce about from time to time. For Mother’s Day, I wanted to go hiking with my family at Red Rock Canyon California State Park. When doing some research on how to find the State Park, I realized that Randsburg Ghost Town was on our route, and I immediately got excited about bringing the kids to see a real ghost town. We spent the morning hiking around Red Rock Canyon California State Park, and then put Randsburg Ghost...

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The Secret Life of Pets ‘Pupcakes’

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

 I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team One of our favorite movies to watch right now on Netflix is “The Secret Life of Pets.” The hilarious animated film is about a terrier named Max and a stray who Max doesn’t like named Duke. Together they go on an epic adventure in New York City trying to find their way home. The film has a great message, is super funny, and is a film that families can enjoy watching again and again. During the holiday weekend, my kids wanted to stream “The Secret Life of Pets” on Netflix, and I surprised them by making ‘Pupcakes’ for their movie snack. I paused the movie when the dogs were at the sausage factory for an intermission and brought out the pupcakes. The minute that my kids saw the paw print...

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