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Five Best Summer Outdoor Movies

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 8 comments

 We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team One of my favorite things to do with the kids during the summer is to put up a screen in our backyard and stream one of our favorite Netflix summer movies. There is something magical about watching outdoor movies under the twinkling stars. Whenever we plan an outdoor summer movie, our kids invite all their friends to come over. The kids start early by setting up their blankets and pillows, so they are comfortable outside during the movie. While the kids are getting set-up, I am busy in the kitchen making special movie themed snacks for the kids to enjoy. You don’t need to have a fancy screen to have an outdoor summer movie. Before purchasing our screen, we would use a giant bed sheet, the side of our house...

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Three Fun Things to do at SeaWorld this Summer

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Events, Giveaways, Holiday, Summer, Theme Parks | 45 comments

 We attended as a guest of SeaWorld Some of my favorite memories as a child were spent at SeaWorld San Diego. When my children were little, we would visit SeaWorld on a regular basis until I felt a lot of the pressures from friends and family to cease going to the theme park because of the negative documentary that was released. Unfortunately, I stopped bringing my children to SeaWorld for many years without taking the time to consider all the conservation and animal rescue efforts that SeaWorld does for animals. I brought my children to SeaWorld San Diego for the first time that they could remember last year, and went on a behind-the-scenes tour where I learned all about the good that SeaWorld does for animals. They have a massive rescue and rehabilitation facility where they care for sick/injured...

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National Mai Tai Day Date Night at Islands Restaurant + Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 12 comments

  Tiki drink lovers rejoice! Time to plan an unforgettable date night this week at Islands Restaurant. National Mai Tai Day is coming up on June 30! To celebrate, Islands Restaurants is holding an all-day mai tai happy hour, serving up the ice-cold drink for just $4.75 all day. A fixture of the Islands menu since its opening, the chain has served more than 840,000 of their signature Mai Tais over the last five years – that’s a whole lot of rum. At under $5, Islands Mai Tai will knock your flip-flops off without breaking the bank. This ice-cold drink pairs perfectly with other Islands grub, like Islands’ savory Hawaiian Burger and warm gooey cheddar fries. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a $25 gift card to Islands Restaurant by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments...

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Talking to Your Children about Bullying + Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Family, Giveaways, Hot Topics, Parenting | 13 comments

 We partnered with JIMMY Patterson Books to share this post Bullying is a major issue that children of this generation face. While bullying has always been happening in schools, it has moved beyond the playground to online. Teens and tweens are feeling that cyberbullying is a big threat. According to a survey done by ReportLinker, Seven out of ten kids said that they are concerned, with 37% being very concerned. Having two teenagers in my household, bullying and cyberbullying is something that we continue to have an open discussion about. When a girl in my daughters class was involved in a sexting scandal last year, my daughter felt comfortable coming to me and talking about it. I was able to help guide her through what to do and not to do and give her tips on how she could...

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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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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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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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Circus Vargas – Steam Cirque!

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

  Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro- futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey! Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more! Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance. Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!  The storyline: An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon...

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Fun Game for Dad – Operate Now: Hospital

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Giveaways, Tech | 11 comments

 Sponsored Sometimes it is the simple things that make Dad happy on Father’s Day. If your husband enjoys playing games on his digital device during his free time, then we have found the perfect game to gift him on Father’s Day. Operate Now: Hospital is an interactive game that is perfect for the Dad who likes real-life video games. Gamers get a graphic insight into what it feels like to be a surgeon in this simulation game. But the hospital itself is at risk… they also need to build a team and enhance its reputation, if it is to survive. And as if that wasn’t already dramatic enough, emotions are running high…is paramedic James strong enough to handle things when his tragic history seems certain to repeat itself? How will surgeon Sirona cope with her family crisis? Chief-of-Surgery Noah...

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Four Fresh Summer Snack Ideas

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Family, Giveaways, Health, Summer | 12 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 | 5 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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