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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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Burke Williams Teen Facial Experience

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Beauty, Giveaways | 38 comments

 Sponsored Being a teenager can feel very stressful at times. What I have been learning is that when I am stressed, it will lead to pimples on my face. This year, I am starting a new school, and as the summer is slowly coming to an end, I have been stressed about meeting new friends and fitting in at my new school. Because of my “new school stress” my face has been breaking out, and my mom knew just what I needed – a mother/daughter spa day and a teen facial. Not only is a spa day relaxing and helps to alleviate stress, but when having a facial, you’ll leave with glowing skin. I have been to a couple of hotel spas before, but nothing compared to my experience at Burke Williams. Since I am not 18 yet, I...

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How Much Does a Breast Augmentation Cost?

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

 Sponsored The biggest question that I get from friends since having my breast lift (mastopexy) and augmentation is how much did it cost? It is a hard question to answer because every woman’s body is different, making every woman’s surgery different. The doctors and nurses at CosmetiCare take their time during the consultation process to customize a surgery proposal that is perfect for each woman. The consultation process begins with finding out exactly what you want to have done. Do you want to have a mastopexy, a breast augmentation, or both? Do you want to have silicone or saline implants? Do you want to do lipo or tummy tuck at the same time? How big do you want your breasts to be? All of these questions play into the cost of the surgery. Once you’ve worked with the doctor...

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Cool Down from the Desert Sun at The Mad Greek

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia After stopping at Zzyzx Road on our epic OC to Vegas road trip, the kids were in the mood for a refreshing treat. In the past, our family would always stop for a milkshake at The Bun Boy, but since they have gone out of business, we decided to try The Mad Greek instead. We arrived just before dusk, and the area was busy with families fueling up their cars with gas, getting some alien jerky, and grabbing a bite before getting back on the road. I pulled our Kia Sorento into the parking lot of The Mad Greek, and we made a dash from the air conditioned car into the air conditioned restaurant – it was about 120 degrees at the time! As we walked into the restaurant, the kids were enjoying...

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CosmetiCare Fat Freezing Friday Event

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

 We are a CosmetiCare Ambassador Do you need a fun girls night out? Some of the best Mom’s Night Out I’ve had have been at CosmetiCare. We enjoy the beautiful views of Newport Harbor, chat, and learn about the newest services being offered at the highly-acclaimed med spa. On August 4th at 5:30 and 6:45 you’re invited to come to CosmetiCare for their fat freezing Friday event. During the event, you’ll get to meet the CosmetiCare doctors and staff, and learn all about how you can easily burn any stubborn fat non-surgically with coolsculpting! Plus! If you decide to make an appointment to have a procedure, you can save 10% by telling them that the OC Mom Blog sent you and using the discount code: Shelby100!! What are you waiting for? Call your friends and RSVP for this fun...

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Is it safe to travel with a kid who isn’t vaccinated?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored Vaccinations are a touchy subject to talk about with other moms. Some moms are very passionate about their position on vaccinations, and I’ve had many friends who have gotten into a heated debate when talking about whether or not they should be vaccinating their children. The fact is that we should have healthy discussions about the subject, educate each other, and make the best decisions for our children. While I am not anti-vaccinations, I do have a child who is not vaccinated. It isn’t something that I publicly talk about because I fear being shamed for it, but it isn’t by my personal choice. My two older children have been fully vaccinated, and are healthy growing teenagers, but vaccinations pose a life-threat to my youngest son who has neutropenia. Weeks after my son was born, he developed neutropenia....

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Western American Railroad Museum

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Featured, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Every kid loves trains. Ever since my boys were toddlers, they have loved everything about trains, and that love never seemed to end as they have gotten older. While planning our OC to Las Vegas road trip, I was looking for some new places to explore, and the Western American Railroad Museum came up on my radar. I had never heard of it before, and it is located in Barstow (just a quick stop on our way to Vegas), so I made plans to bring the kids to visit it. When we arrived at the railroad museum in our Kia Sorento, my boys squealed with delight. Outside of the museum were multiple train cars just waiting for my boys to explore. By the time that we had reached the museum, it was right...

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Dinner & Live Entertainment at Maui’s Tiki Terrace

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the resort After our first day in Maui, we were in the mood for some delicious food. There are so many choices when it comes to dining in Maui, and especially in the Lahaina and Ka’anapali Beach area. When planning our trip, I had so many friends recommend Tiki Terrace at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and since we were staying at the resort, it made it an easy choice to enjoy our first dinner on the island. The best part about the Tiki Terrace at the Ka’anapali Beach is the live entertainment. The resort offers free live entertainment every night for guests staying or dining at the resort starting at 6pm. We made our reservations for 6:30pm so that we could enjoy the live entertainment while dining on the restaurant patio. When we...

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Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dining, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim is back! Yes, and it’s a toe tapping, let your spirit be free and enjoy the good vibes kind of Sunday morning Brunch! If you walk in feeling down, you’ll walk out feeling up! The show will bring warmth to your soul and a smile to your face. I had my sister join me in celebration of her recent birthday, and I certainly scored good sister points. Just seeing her dance, sing, clap, and smile during the show warmed my heart. The real fun came when the gospel singers invited those celebrating a birthday or an anniversary on to the stage. Everyone danced, the room was filled with enormous energy while the audience stood clapping, singing and capturing photos of friends and...

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What is a Mastopexy?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored When I first started talking about having a breast surgery, I had many people asking me why? I already had decent sized breasts, and many thought that I was planning on enlarging my breasts. What many didn’t realize is that I didn’t go in for my consultation to enlarge my breasts, but to help lift them back up again. One thing that I never knew before nursing my son was that my breasts would enlarge and then drop. After two years of nursing my son, my breasts looked like deflated balloons. It was so bad that I couldn’t see my nipples! I purchased every type of support bra in hopes that my breasts would go back to the way they were before nursing, but they never did. For years, I felt uncomfortable with my body, until deciding to...

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Starting Summer Designer Camp at SOCO

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Camp | 0 comments

 I attended camp as a guest of the venue A few weeks ago my mom told me that I would be participating Designer Camp that was going to be held for the first time in Orange County at the SOCO Collection. I was super excited not because it was my first summer camp this summer, but because it was DESIGNER summer camp. When I first arrived at SOCO at 8:45 am, some friendly team members greeted me, and they directed me to Drifter to where the camp was meeting. Once I was inside, I checked myself in, and all of the team members introduced themselves and gave me and name tag. Once I got to the studio, I sat down in a chair and then was given a bag that I was to decorate and a clipboard with my...

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Explore Rock Faces in the Mojave Desert

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Mojave Desert, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Before leaving for our road trip from Orange County to Las Vegas, we had all our stops planned. Everything was perfectly timed so that we would have enough time to see everything we wanted before arriving in Vegas. While I was driving, my daughter noticed something online that caught her attention – Rock Faces. She immediately plugged the location into the GPS in our Kia Sorento, and we learned that it was along our route. Little did we know at the time that it was going to be an adventure we would remember forever. The GPS took us off the highway and into the heart of the Mojave desert in Victorville, and it told us to start driving along a dirt road. Keep in mind that I was traveling alone with my three...

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Five Best Summer Outdoor Movies

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 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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Best Fish Tacos in Maui: Ono Tacos

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort If you’ve been following our blog for any length of time, then you know about my obsession with tacos. Everywhere that I travel, I have to try and find the best tacos in the area. The last place that I expected to find good tacos was while on our trip to Maui. It was our first day together as a family on the island, and we just finished paddle boarding with Hale Huakaʻi around black rock, and we were relaxing on the beach under a cabana at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel when I received an Instagram message from one of our readers. She had noticed that we were in Maui and knew my love for tacos, and recommended that I try Ono Tacos. I immediately googled the taco shop and realized...

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Las Vegas’ Seven Magic Mountains

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia While on our road trip from Orange County to Las Vegas, one stop that we couldn’t miss was seeing Seven Magic Mountains created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Pictures of the colorful rock towers have been all over Instagram this summer, but there is nothing better than seeing the artwork in real life. We had made many stops along our way to Las Vegas and didn’t arrive at the Seven Magic Mountains until dusk. It ended up being the perfect time to visit the popular Las Vegas desert hot spot because there were hardly any visitors there. The art sculptures are located off a paved road just a couple of miles outside of Las Vegas. My cellular service was not giving me a good signal in the desert, so I used the GPS on our...

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