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Erasing My Breast Surgery Scars

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Beauty, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored After having my mastopexy (breast lift), I have been diligently using different products to prevent scarring. Although I have been doing everything possible to erase my breast surgery scars, I wasn’t successful in having them disappear completely following my surgery with just creams/gels alone. During one of my follow-up consultations with Dr. Niccole, he recommended that I have a V-Beam laser treatment done to fully erase the surgical lines from my breasts. Almost everyone who makes the investment of having their breasts done, uses the V-Beam laser to have their surgical lines erased. Once you’ve spent a couple of thousand dollars to get beautiful breasts, why not spend a couple of hundred dollars more, to erase the signs that you had any surgery? The V-Beam laser is a 3-part process. You’ll have it done once a month for...

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Breakfast with a View at Las Brisas

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue If you’ve been following us on social media, then you are aware of how we’ve become very fond of the new menu items at Las Brisas. While staying loyal to favorite traditional dishes here, we love to explore the new entrées that are being introduced to complement their menu. One recent morning we were invited to dine and enjoy a fantastic breakfast at Las Brisas. What’s better than Las Brisas on a beautiful, bright, crisp morning after a fresh rain the night before? Seated inside with a gorgeous view of the ocean, we were grateful for the opportunity to slow down for a bit during the holidays to share time and an excellent meal together. If you’ve been to Las Brisas, you know the views are stunning! Chef Johannes continues to...

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OC Rescue Mission Faces Food Shortage

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  As homelessness continues to rise throughout Orange County, the Orange County Rescue Mission is in dire need of food supplies. The nonprofit organization is urgently seeking the community’s help to provide more than 33,600 canned and boxed food items, which will help to feed 400 local families in need each month for six months. “Hunger is an epidemic that is spreading right here in our community,” says Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission, who explains that the homeless population in Orange County continues to increase significantly year after year. “Homelessness increased by 20 percent from 2013 to 2015, and the need continues to grow. Ensuring that these men, women and children have enough food to eat is a priority for all of us,” says Palmer. Donated food items will be shared with local families through...

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The Pizza Press Opens in Rancho Santa Margarita

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I had heard so much buzz about the pizza being served at The Pizza Press but was never able to make it to North Orange County to try it. The minute that I heard they were opening a new location in Rancho Santa Margarita; I couldn’t wait to sink my taste buds into some of their freshly made pizza. When my daughter had a day off school last week, I brought her to the new location for lunch. The minute that we walked into the restaurant, we loved the vibe. The restaurant is decorated with black and white colors with rich mahogany woods. We were greeted by a staff member at the door who was ready to help us with taking our order. There were so many delicious options on the...

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Kaiser Permanente Farmer’s Market

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Kaiser Permanente has a strong focus on family wellness. Just one of the benefits of being a Kaiser Permanente member is being able to take advantage of seeing your physician and bringing home fresh produce from their onsite farmer’s market. Once a week, Kaiser Permanente invites local farmers to come to their facility to offer locally grown produce for their customers. Recently, I had the honor of visiting Kaiser Permanente in Irvine to explore their farmer’s market. While I was there, I was able to purchase an abundance of fresh produce for my family, get locally made honey and order an acai bowl for my lunch. The staff working at the different booths were friendly and proud to share their healthy and locally made items with everyone who was visiting the farmer’s market. Once I was done exploring...

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Mysterious World of Magic at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  The mysterious world of magic will once again cast its spell upon The Queen Mary at the 2nd annual FantaSea Saturday, April 8, from 12 – 6:00 p.m. The glory of The Queen Mary and the mystique of the Academy of Magical Arts, and their World Famous Clubhouse – The Magic Castle, will converge to create another captivating day of show-stopping performances and sleight-of-hand tricks. Get up close and personal with roaming magicians ready to captivate, learn a trick or two from expert performers, and experience the thrill of tarot card reading. Enjoy an enchanted cocktail in the Magic Mushroom Bar, and let your senses bubble over with eccentric libations made by wizards of the cosmic world at Magic Mixology. Following a day of tantalizing fun, experience the one-of-a-kind evening magic shows with celebrity magicians. Step inside the...

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Anaheim White House Foodie Fundraising Event

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  In a show of solidarity, many top OC chefs and restaurateurs are uniting to help their colleague, Sir Bruno Serato, in the wake of a fire that closed his Anaheim White House restaurant, leaving his staff unemployed. The public is invited to attend the event to be held at Highway 39 Event Center (1563 South College Blvd, Anaheim, 92806) on Presidents Day, Monday, February 20 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and include menu samplings; VIP tickets at $75 each offer early admission at 5 p.m. and beer and wine are included in the ticket price. To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/HelpAWHEmployees or call (949) 310-5839. Participating restaurants will prepare samplings from their menus, allowing guests to enjoy diverse offerings from many well-known and beloved establishments. Among them are Mozambique, Zov’s Bistro, Provenance, Taps, The...

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Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African-American Culture

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways | 3 comments

  Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s fifteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers. The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, and storytellers. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the festival’s offerings and discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 SCHEDULE: SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. African-American Dance — Fantasia 10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition —...

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Storymakery: a Perfect Daddy/Daughter Night Out

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the activities my wife and I like to do from time to time is spend an evening with each child one on one.  With that in mind on Friday night, my daughter and I had a planned activity. Trying to figure out an activity that is fun, educational and unique was my focus for the week prior to our night out. Fortunately for me, I was given an opportunity to visit Storymakery at Irvine Spectrum. While I was not fully familiar with the store, the evening’s plan was very intriguing.The activity would start by local author, Jeannie Fung reading her book (Hawaii) and then answering some questions. After that, the kids would each write their own stories and get it published. I thought that ending the evening with a...

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5 Tips to Keep Your Elementary School Kid on Track This Winter

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Parenting | 0 comments

  There is so much to learn during the elementary school years and the school year seems longer to a student of this age. In fact, many students lose interest in school halfway through the year and have a little bit of trouble staying on track. Testing requirements seem to get harder each year, and teachers don’t have as much time to review as they did in the past. Although pressure is higher, there are so many ways a student of the stage can be successful in the classroom environment while still learning at their own pace. One of the best ways for elementary school kids to be successful is to work on time management with the help of their teachers and parents. Homework organization Elementary school kids are not ready to organize homework on their own, so they...

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Girl Scouts of OC Ignites Girls’ Interest in STEM

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Girl Scouts of Orange County Ignites Girls’ Interest in STEM with STEMsational ME badge! Girls lose or gain interest, skill, and confidence in STEM by the 8th grade – a startling statistic made more alarming given that women make up half of the workforce, but only 25% of STEM professions (U.S. Department of Commerce). Girl Scouts of Orange County is working to change this by developing girls’ love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) before they reach this critical tipping point. The leadership development organization recently introduced STEMsational ME!, a new STEM badge exclusively for Orange County Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5). Whether you have a sporty girl, a creative girl, or an engineer in training, STEMsational ME! is all about encouraging all 4th and 5th grade girls to explore how they use STEM every day to...

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Romance on the Water with Hornblower Cruises

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Best of OC, Dining, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The best gift that parents can give their children is the gift of having parents with a healthy marriage. The one thing that I have found to be key in keeping the spark alive in my marriage of almost 20 years is to spend as much time together alone as possible. We go on date nights at least a couple of times a month and try our best to have romantic getaways whenever we can. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, our children’s busy schedule has us booked driving them around town on Valentine’s Day, so we celebrated earlier this year by having a romantic morning enjoying brunch on the water while on a Hornblower Cruise. We had always wanted to do a dinner or brunch Hornblower Cruise, and this year seemed...

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World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Autos, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Da na na na na na na BATMAN! The highly anticipated time has come for The Lego Batman movie to debut to the world in theaters on July 10th. My son lives, breathes and dreams about legos. When I told him the news that we were going to Los Angeles for the World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie as a guest of Chevrolet, he squealed with delight. Did you know that the Batmobile is a Chevrolet? That’s right – it sure is! Since Batman drives a Chevrolet, we couldn’t arrive at the premiere driving any other kind of car. The morning of the premiere, we got into our cool blue Chevrolet Cruz Hatchback and cruised down the freeway to the premiere. I downloaded The Lego Batman soundtrack album to my iPhone, plugged my phone into the Chevrolet...

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Moto Racer 4 Video Game Review

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Tech | 1 comment

 Sample received Growing up with two brothers has made me play a lot of video games in the past. It is rare that I find a video game that I like and then one day my younger brother asked me if I wanted to play Moto Racer 4. Of course, I said yes, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. My brother turned on the X-box One and set up the game for us. We started playing the game, and it was so much fun! We challenged each other on different levels and raced to see who could make it to the top first! Out of all the video games, I played (there is a lot) this one definitely makes my list of the top ten. We played for a really long time, even though it only felt like...

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Get Flawless Skin with Skin Pi

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Beauty | 0 comments

 Samples received As I have gotten older, caring for my skin is one of my number one priorities. I am always trying new skincare products, and doing whatever I can to reduce the signs of aging. I was recently introduced to a new skincare line that has some of the best face masks that I have ever used called Skin Pi. The Orange County-based company was started by an OC Mom, Goby Liu who was a former runway model who learned the best ways to care for her skin. Once she became a mother, she wanted to create a skincare line that was effective, easy-to-use, and safe if it gets transferred to your baby’s sensitive skin. Over the past couple of weeks, I have incorporated the Skin Pi Exfoliation Scrub and Hydrating Face Mask into my daily skincare routine,...

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Give Your Kids the Gift of Memories

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Tech, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored I love to give my children handmade gifts on Valentine’s Day. I love them so much and want them to know how much they mean to me. Every year, I try to think of something special that I can make for them that they will cherish in their hearts forever. This year, instead of making a craft or recipe, I am going to give them the gift of our memories together by making a photo slideshow. I recently started using the Moto Z Droid from Verizon and have the Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod, so I thought it would be perfect to surprise them on Valentine’s Day by sharing my photo slideshow on their bedroom wall before going to bed with my Moto Z Droid Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod. When I told my husband and what I was going...

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Inspiring Ali Stroker Performs with OCSA Students

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Education, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of OCSA Last week I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with Ali Stroker at Orange County School of the Arts (OSCA). My mom and I attended the “Performing with the Pros” showcase performance at OCSA featuring Ali Stroker. Ali Stroker had been working with the students in the showcase for weeks leading up to the performance by sharing her talents and inspiring the group of students to reach for their dreams. Ever since I was ten, I have been watching Glee and The Glee Project, so I was so excited to meet Ali Stroker in real life and not just on a television screen. In case you don’t know Ali Stroker is, she is the first ever Broadway star in a wheelchair, and she also stars in multiple shows. When we...

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Game Plan for Healthy Kids Mind, Body & Soul

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own As parents, we all know how important it is to raise healthy children. We are all working hard to give our kids the best lifestyle, nutrition, and care. A significant factor in helping to raise healthy children is to take advantage of different parenting resources that are available like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play wellness guide. What is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Triple Play? It is a valuable resource for parents that is put together with the support of The Coca-Cola Company and the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation to give parents the tools needed to raise children with a healthy mind, body,...

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3rd Annual LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Giveaways | 6 comments

  After selling out two years in a row, the LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is returning for its third year. The West Coast’s largest baking and pastry expo will take place February 18 & 19, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Due to increased demand, the show is quadrupling its space over last year’s event to make room for even more attendees and vendors. With nearly 50,000 guests expected throughout the weekend, sweets enthusiasts can enjoy free samples from over 275 local shops and national brands, meet their favorite foodie TV stars, watch baking demonstrations, and participate in hands-on workshops. The LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show will be complete with five stages and classrooms for workshops focusing on Traditional Baking, Vegan/Gluten-Free/Paleo Baking, Cake Decorating, Cookie Decorating, and the Celebrity Guests stage. Attendees can also admire...

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Trendy Totes for Teens

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Fashion, Shopping | 6 comments

 Sample received I am always looking for cute and trendy items for my teenage daughter. When I learned about the adorable totes being hand crafted by Brenda Kristine, I knew that I had to get one for my daughter – and myself. Brenda Kristine is an OC Mom who wanted to create small totes for her daughter to bring her make-up to cheer practice. Once other cheer moms saw her creative luxe bags, everyone wanted one, and “Conversation Bags” was born. She now makes bucket bags, eye glass cases, clutches, and wallets. The handcrafted conversation bags are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your teenage daughter, friend or mother. There are a wide variety of unique designs to fit each teenager’s unique personality. It also makes for a great gift for yourself. I got myself the Chambre Shimmer conversation...

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