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Four Fresh Summer Snack Ideas

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Family, Giveaways, Health, Summer | 11 comments

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® The weather has warmed up, and summer has finally arrived. Parents will be putting the backpacks away for the season and replacing it with a beach bag to spend summer days down at the beach. The biggest struggle that all parents have is with finding fresh new summer snacks to pack in the beach bag. The most important thing when packing summertime snacks is to use containers that are 100% leak-proof! We have all been there when we pack a snack in a cheap plastic food container, just to get to the beach to have our bag covered in food. The one product that I have found to keep my kid’s snacks airtight and leak-proof is the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers. They have innovative latches that keep my kid’s snacks exactly where I...

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Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

  Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured. When: Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 Cost: Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win (4) tickets to the festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or...

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Best Teen Summer Read – The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Books, Education, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 2 comments

 Sponsored The one thing that I love to do is read. With school ending within just a few short weeks, I have been busy planning my must-have summer reading calendar. One book that I couldn’t wait to read this summer is The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy. Imagine my surprise when I received a box on Friday that had a copy of the book I have been dying to read – I dropped everything and read the book within a couple of hours. Who doesn’t drop everything to get their hands on the newest Rick Riordan book? The man is a genius of an author who immerses his readers into another realm. The Trials of Apollo is one of my favorite book series by far! The book is complete with puns, backstabbing, poetry and so much more! The...

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Give Mom the Gift of Zen on Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Beauty, Giveaways, Health, Mother's Day | 11 comments

 Sponsored The best gift that you can give a Mom on Mother’s Day is the gift of relaxation and zen. I celebrated Mother’s Day a little earlier this year by getting a relaxing spa treatment at my local Burke Williams Day Spa. Burke Williams is my go-to place for a relaxing treatment in a beautiful atmosphere. I normally have massages at least once a month to help with the stress of being a mom to three active children, but because of my recent breast surgery at CosmetiCare, it had been six months until I felt comfortable enough to have a relaxation massage. When I went into the room to have my treatment, the massage therapist took her time to use pillows around my chest to ensure that I was 110% comfortable laying on my stomach before starting the massage....

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Aquarium of the Pacific Urban Ocean Festival

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer. WHEN: Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long...

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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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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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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed Late Night on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Aquarium will remain open past normal operating hours so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with the live bands and DJs. The Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars) event will feature Aztec dance, crafts, and bilingual educational programs, including an underwater SCUBA diving show, scavenger hunt with prizes, ocean-related activities, and environmental activities—all offered in both English and Spanish. The event will also feature special programming highlighting the world’s smallest and most critically endangered whale, the vaquita—only 30 remain. Mexican cuisine, beers, wine, cocktails, and refreshments will also be available for...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza 2017

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Easter, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 17 comments

  On Saturday, March 25th through Saturday, April 15th, Irvine Park Railroad will hold its annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Event activities include meeting and having your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, train rides, and more. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt. Irvine Park Railroad will also offer Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. Please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com for complete details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs. For the cost of $10.00, children can meet and have their...

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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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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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Super Bowl Mini Baked Potato Bites

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Giveaways, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you ready for some football? The Big game is this Sunday, and everyone is busy planning recipes for their upcoming Super Bowl Party. My husband always gets together with his college friends at a different house each year to watch the game together. Since it is our year to host the party, I wanted to make some unique and fun dishes that I know his friends will enjoy. I went to Smart & Final to pick-up some of my favorite First Street Brand ingredients and spent the afternoon testing recipes. One of my favorite recipes that I can’t wait to serve on Super Bowl Sunday are the mini baked potato bites that I made. My children loved them, and gobbled them all up within minutes. The recipe is super simple to make, and I would recommend making...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Festival of Human Abilities

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Celebrate the talents and creativity of people with disabilities at the Aquarium on the weekend of Jan. 28-29, and enjoy live music, dance, art, and demonstrations. At the Festival of Human Abilities, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Featured at the festival are hip hop wheelchair dancers Auti Angel, The Rollettes, Infinite Flow, a sign language choir, Kodi Lee, a singer who is blind and has autism, Dat Nguyen, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists. Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays, including mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. Diveheart will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport. A variety of free creative workshop classes...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 21st Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 26 comments

  Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 21st anniversary on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th. They’re rolling back prices to their original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides! It’s their way of saying thank you to all of their loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years. Irvine Park Railroad, which has become a favorite destination for families from across Southern California, takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates the ride pointing out all of the history inside of the park which is over 100 years old. The Anniversary Celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities including carnival games, a bounce house, panning for gold, face painting, and more. Face painting and panning for gold require two (2) tickets. There are $2 concessions, too, including hot dogs, sodas,...

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Harlem Globetrotters Return to Southern California

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

  Celebrating decades of smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to the Los Angeles area Feb. 11-19. It’s a great family adventure of wholesome fun that makes for special memories. Their one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment with incredible ball handling, hilarious comedy and loads of fan interaction, including a post-game autograph signing. When: Ontario at the Citizens Business Bank Arena on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Anaheim at the Honda Center on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mission Viejo at the Saddleback College Gym on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 12:30 p.m., and...

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Lunching at Corner Bakery Cafe

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 14 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of my kid’s favorite places to go out for lunch is Corner Bakery Cafe. There is always something for everyone; the dishes are filling and delicious. Since the portion sizes are large enough for two of my kids to share, they are always taking turns ordering their favorite dish to share with one another. When I told them that Corner Bakery Cafe recently introduced a choose any two menu offering, they were thrilled to know that they can still share a dish, and each gets what they want. The best part is that the meals are priced under $9!! When we went to Corner Bakery Cafe last week, we tried their choose any two menu offerings and got a Chicken pomodori half panini and caesar salad. The chicken pomodori sandwich...

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New Year and New Lashes

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Beauty, Featured, Giveaways | 8 comments

 We visited as a guest As mom’s, it is important to take time to spoil ourselves once in awhile. We work so hard to care for our families that we all deserve some pampering from time to time. Ever since I started wearing hair extensions (almost ten years ago), I have wanted to try eyelash extensions. All of my friends who have them look fabulous and the best part is that they never have to wear mascara in the morning. Once we wrapped up the busyness of the holidays, I made an appointment at Amazing Lash Studio Monarch Beach. When I arrived at the lash studio, I was immediately in love. The studio has a spa-like vibe, and the staff made me feel comfortable in one of their plush chairs while going through the process with me. While sipping...

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Odd Squad Live!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 10 comments

  Attention Odd Squad fans! Things are about to get very odd in your town, and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve the case. ODD SQUAD LIVE! is springing into action on stage at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside on Friday, February 10th! Odd Squad Live! is an interactive, laugh-out-loud adventure where audience members get to participate in solving a seriously strange case. When agents Orion and Oleanna get turned into grown-ups by villains, it’s up to the kids in the audience to use their math skills and help the agents decode, decipher and unravel clues. With a little help from Ms. O back at headquarters, the agents and the audience work together to save the day! Lucky audience members will even get to join the fun on stage and use amazing Odd Squad gadgets. The...

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Best Boutique Blowdry Bar in OC: Lavender Salon

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Beauty, Fashion, Giveaways | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of the venue The one thing that I wish I were good at doing is styling my hair. Unfortunately, whenever I attempt to style my hair for a big event, it ends in a disaster. I am so thankful that blowdry bars have been invented because they have helped me to look fabulous when attending a special event or premiere. Unfortunately, a lot of local “chain” blowdry bar salons have not been providing the same high-quality service that they once did, and while getting a recent blowdry, the stylist pulled too hard and damaged my hair extensions. Since I still need a stylist to blowdry my hair on a regular basis, I went on the hunt to find the best boutique blowdry bar in Orange County, and I was so lucky to find it...

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Frontier Communications Twelve Days of Giving

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Giveaways, Giving Back, Holiday, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored What do you love about the holidays? We love to spend the holidays giving back. Tis’ the season for giving. Frontier Communications is giving back to the community this holiday season with their Twelve Days of Giving Sweepstakes. They are giving back to local charities and customers from now until December 21st on their Instagram page. Every day during the sweepstakes, Frontier Communications will announce a different prize and charitable contribution, on their website, and on their Instagram page. Then consumers are encouraged to enter the sweepstakes by sharing a picture on Instagram of ‘what you love about the holidays.’ In the Instagram post, make sure to include the hashtags #Frontier #12daysofgiving and #Sweeps – don’t forget to tag @FrontierSoCal. Once you’ve shared your picture on Instagram, then complete the Twelve Days of Giving Sweepstakes entry form. Then...

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