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Win a Signature Facial at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Giveaways | 43 comments

  Now that the kids are going back-to-school, it is the perfect time to treat yourself to a signature facial at the CosmetiCare med spa. CosmetiCare Signature Facial This anti-aging skin renewal treatment combines the medical and cosmetic and is individually-designed for you to improve the overall health and beauty of your skin. It uses advanced physical and mechanical procedures to nurture and rejuvenate the face and neck, which are particularly sensitive to the signs of aging. This total care treatment features gentle microdermabrasion and epidermal exfoliation to remove old, dead skin cells, custom chemical formulations to improve uneven skin tone and skin texture, and finished with a CO2 (aka Slurry) to restore clarity, smoothness, and softness while also firming and toning the skin. It is one of their signature custom treatments, an amazing treatment for face, hands and...

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Best Burger in Pasadena: Pie-n-Burger

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dining, Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest Did you know that Pasadena is where the burger was invented? When I learned this fun fact, I knew that our first meal on a staycation in Pasadena had to be at the popular burger joint, Pie-n-Burger. Pie-n-Burger is located right in the heart of downtown Pasadena. We drove our Kia Sorento to the restaurant, parked on the street, and then went into the historic building for lunch. Inside the small building is a long bar where people were enjoying delicious burgers and creamy milkshakes. Because it is one of the most popular dining destinations in the area, there was a short wait for chairs at the bar when we first arrived. There is a giant menu on the wall of the restaurant, so my kids were able to decide what they wanted to...

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New Dining Hot Spot: Legado Bar + Kitchen

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest After living in South Orange County for the past 15+ years, I am always in search of a new restaurant that serves fresh and creative culinary dishes. The only downside to South Orange County is that it is the chain restaurant capital of California with very few innovative family-owned restaurants. I always find myself driving to North Orange County to get a meal that is made with fresh, organic and GMO-free ingredients until now. I had heard a lot of buzz around the opening of Legado Bar + Kitchen, and I wanted to wait a couple of weeks after they opened before coming in to try their culinary creations so they could work out any kinks that go along with opening a new restaurant. I was thrilled that I happened to be in town...

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You’re Invited: Playa Vista Medical Office Open House

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Events, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Providence Saint John’s Medical Office in Playa Vista is opening to the public tomorrow, August 17th, and your family is invited to attend the festive event. During the event LA Lifeguards will be there teaching Sidewalk CPR. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to draw their own picture at the arts and crafts section. Drawings collected at the event will be permanently displayed throughout the office for children to see when they return to the office for their first appointment. Along with a drawing craft there will be a food craft where children can create animals out of fruits and vegetables. Families can capture photos from the event in front at the Greenscreen photo booth. Attendees will stand in front of a green screen and have the opportunity to have their photo taken on a beach,...

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The Percy Jackson Coloring Book + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Books, Giveaways | 6 comments

 “Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway!” Over the past decade, millions of young readers, parents, and teachers have come to adore Rick Riordan’s classic series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which made ancient Greek mythology contemporary, relevant, and entertaining as it turned kids on to reading. Now fans can literally color Percy’s world with the amusing portraits, dramatic scenes, and intricate designs on every spread of this large format paperback. This book is a great way to introduce young children to the series, to allow older fans to reminisce, and to augment classroom units on Greek mythology. We were lucky to get a copy of the book before it was released in the store, and my two boys have been enjoying all of their free time bringing the stories...

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Taking Care of your Heart Health

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 1 comment

 Sponsored When it comes to heart disease, many people often think that it is a disease that mostly affects males. However, women are just as much at risk of heart disease. It is the #1 cause of death for women in the united states, and only 45% of women are aware of this. I was just a teenager when my father went out to walk the dog, and when he came home, he asked my mother to take him to the hospital. The next time that I saw my father, he was in a recovery room with tubes coming out of his chest as he was recovering from a bypass surgery. After his heart surgery, he has spent the rest of his life fighting to survive heart disease. Heart disease wasn’t new to me because as a child growing...

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Should you get Lipo or Tummy Tuck with your Breast Surgery?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored When planning to get my breast lift (mastopexy), one of the biggest decisions was whether or not to get lipo or a tummy tuck at the same time. So many of my friends who have had their breasts done at CosmetiCare also took care of their stomachs at the same time so that they only had one recovery. During my first consultation with Dr. Niccole, he did recommend lipo if I wanted to have my full pre-baby body back but I was nervous about the recovery. I spent a lot of time thinking about this decision and finally came to the decision that I would work extra hard after my breast surgery to lose my baby weight naturally. It has been nine months since my breast surgery. I have been exercising 2-3 times a week, eating a low-calorie...

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The Habit Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dining | 1 comment

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of the best things about the summer is all the fresh produce, with strawberries being my kid’s ultimate favorite summer fruit. The Habit is one of my kid’s favorite restaurants to get a juicy burger and fries, but this summer they have a new favorite at The Habit, the Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad. Never in a million years would I think that my children would prefer a salad over a burger, but it finally happened. I first got one of the salads at the beginning of the summer and my younger son asked for a bite. Once my other kids saw his reaction to tasting the salad, they all asked for a taste. They were all hooked. The salad features a bed of fresh hand-cut lettuce topped with sliced strawberries,...

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Dana Point Family Travel Guide

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dana Point, Featured, Kia, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored Dana Point is the perfect place in Orange County for families to create long lasting memories together. The city is home to some of the best beaches in Orange County and luxurious resorts. When looking for the best place to plan your next family staycation, Dana Point is one of the top choices to have a getaway full of sun and fun. Where to stay There are many resorts in Dana Point that each offer a different vacation experience. The DoubleTree Dana Point is just a few steps away from the beach. They have luxurious suites and guest rooms that offer beautiful ocean views. Your family can rent a bike and cruise around Dana Point when staying at the DoubleTree Dana Point. If you’re looking for a luxurious resort on the cliffs over the pacific ocean, The Ritz-Carlton...

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You’re Invited: Orchard Walk Grand Opening

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a new home in Orange County? Olson Homes is bringing 37 brand-new single-story villas to Orange in their new community Orchard Walk! Home seekers far and wide are invited to the #OlsonOrchardWalk Model Grand Opening event on Saturday, August 12th. Attendees will be treated to a tour of four fully-furnished attached model homes showcasing Olson’s expertise in home design and livability. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4700 E. Washington Avenue, Orange, CA 92869. Attendees can also enjoy light snacks, beverages, a balloon artist, and live music! For more information and to RSVP, view their Facebook event page HERE. Orchard Walk will present two and three-bedroom attached residences featuring Spanish architectural styles and modern style open layouts. Homebuyers can choose from four different floorplans ranging from approximately 1,340 to 1,566...

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Five Ways to Help Your Kid Socialize This Summer

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Kids have a ton of opportunities to socialize during the school year because they see their friends and classmates almost every day. During the summer, however, many kids don’t get a chance to socialize as much as would be ideal. Some students live far away from their school or don’t get to spend time with classmates for any number of reasons. However, there are tons of ways to help your kid socialize this summer so they can learn and grow with their peers. Summer camp Summer camp can last all summer long or might just take up a week of a kid’s time. There are tons of options from sports camps to arts and crafts programs to academic programs that help fill a kid’s schedule while giving them a chance to socialize in a structured environment. It’s important...

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Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the biggest decisions when getting my mastopexy (breast lift) was whether or not to get an implant put in at the same time. I already had decent sized breasts, but I decided to get a small implant put into my during one of my consultations with Dr. Niccole. Why get an implant with your breast lift? The way that my breasts were shaped and the amount of lifting that I needed, the Dr. advised me that my breasts would have a pear shape without the implant. He showed me a rough estimate of what it would look like with and without the implant, and I decided that having the implant would give my breasts the nice round shape that I was wanting. The next big question was whether to silicone or saline implants. I quickly learned...

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Young Americans Performing Arts Summer Camp

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Camp, Giveaways | 0 comments

 Sponsored The performing arts experience of a lifetime. Campers spend the week learning a one-hour show from a cast of 35+ Young Americans. On top of learning a one-hour variety show, campers will take classes in voice, dance, improv, performance techniques, and songwriting, just to name a few. The Young Americans summer camp is such a unique and fun experience because of the high-energy, fast-paced style the cast provides while providing a positive and safe environment for campers to step outside of their comfort zones while growing as people and performers. Master teacher is Diana Morris. Diana is a YA alumni. She has performed on Broadway national tours, like the first national tour of Chorus line. She currently resides in Southern California and performs every week in Frozen – Live at the Hyperion in Disneyland. She will be teaching...

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Making Kitchen Remodeling Easy

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Family, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored As the summer nights come to an end and the kids go back-to-school, parents will be getting back into their weekly routines of cooking healthy dinners every night for the family. Going from barbecuing every night to cooking in the kitchen is more fun when you’re in a beautifully remodeled kitchen. Worried that kitchen remodeling will be stressful and complicated? It can be made easy with the help of Best Buy. Best Buy is the best place to start when beginning your kitchen remodel. They always have the newest cutting edge appliances with competitive pricing. The product that you’ll want to have in your newly remodeled kitchen is the LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerator. The high tech appliance features a tinted glass panel with a “knock twice” feature that illuminates its contents without opening the doors, fingerprint resistant, and...

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The World’s Tallest Thermometer

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite things to do while on our way to Las Vegas is to make a stop at the World’s Tallest Thermometer in Baker California. It only takes a few minutes out of your road trip, and the stop is a must. The town of Baker is a great place to get a refreshing drink at The Mad Greek Cafe and stock up on some alien jerky before checking out how HOT it is in the middle of the desert at the world’s tallest thermometer. Once our kids and luggage get loaded into our Kia Sorento, I always ask the kids how hot they think it might be by the time we reach the world’s tallest thermometer. All of the kids make their guesses, and I bring a small prize along...

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Summertime STEAM Family Fun

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  Astronomer Carl Sagan believed “every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist.” Think about it, children exhibit insatiable curiosity! Everything babies touch ends up in their mouths and they love to study cause and effect in their environments. Toddlers stop to investigate bugs on the ground and often imitate their parent’s every move. Elementary aged children have a strong need to know “why” and “how.” In recent years, educators have pushed the STEAM initiative. STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The goal of this initiative is to help students develop critical thinking skills through the use of project based learning. The rationale behind this learning philosophy is that the ability to solve novel problems will prepare children for the future. Examples of STEAM activities involve asking “why” questions, engaging kids in counting and...

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Summer Fun at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Kia, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Tenaya Lodge is our favorite place to create family memories. We have visited many times during the winter months and had yet to visit during the summer until recently. While on a weekend getaway to Yosemite, we drove our Kia Sorento to Tenaya Lodge to enjoy some of their fun summer activities. We started our day at Tenaya by having lunch and swimming in their large pool. Tenaya has a beautiful pool area complete with a family pool, adult pool, and toddler pool. It is nice and spread out so that families don’t feel cramped when visiting during the peak summer months. After getting settled in our cabana for the day, the server came over to take our lunch order. There are a wide variety of drink and food options at...

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Philly’s Best BBQ Summer Menu

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 9 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue My daughter is a cheesesteak fanatic! Whenever we go out to eat, and there is a cheesesteak on the menu, that is what she will order every single time. Since she loves cheesesteak, Philly’s Best is one of her favorite fast casual restaurants. This summer, the popular dining destination is mixing things up by adding some summer BBQ items to their menu. Since there is a Philly’s Best next door to my daughter’s orthodontist, I surprised her with lunch after her recent doctors appointment. When we walked in the door, she was tempted to order her all-time favorite cheesesteak sandwich, but I convinced her to try the new dishes, and after one bite, she wasn’t disappointed. There are four new menu items, and we tried them all. Our favorite was the...

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What to Expect at your First Invisalign Teen Appointment

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Beauty, Invisalign | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Invisalign I recently had my first Invisalign Teen appointment with Dr. Passamano in Irvine. When I went to the orthodontics office, I had no idea what to expect, and I was super excited to start the first step of getting my Invisalign aligners. I went inside of Dr. Passamano’s office, checked myself in with the front office staff, and then went to sit down in the waiting room. When they called my name, I confidently walked into the office where I would have my first appointment. Meeting with the Orthodontist Shortly after arriving, they called my name and brought my mom and me into a room to have my first official consultation. Dr. Passamano talked to me about what Invisalign is, and what they will do transform my smile. He first looked at my teeth to ensure...

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Desert Roadside Attraction: Alien Fresh Jerky

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia We have traveled from Orange County to Las Vegas an endless amount of times, and the most we have done in Baker is stop for gas or a refreshment. On a recent road trip that I did with the kids, we wanted to see some new things, and that included a stop at the famous roadside attraction, Alien Fresh Jerky. Whenever we are driving through the desert, my kids are always obsessing about aliens. When I told them we were going to stop for some alien jerky, they were ecstatic. We first got some milkshakes at The Mad Greek Cafe and then drove down the street to Alien Fresh Jerky. The building was currently under construction, and they are in the process of building an alien hotel in the back! It was clear...

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