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Five Best Valentine’s Day Wines

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Dining, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Whether you are planning a romantic night out or an evening at home, serving your Valentine the perfect wine on Valentine’s Day makes the evening perfect. Every Valentine’s Day, we put the kids to bed, and then pop open a bottle of sparkling Stella Rosa Moscato. We toast to our love and our life together. Are you looking for the perfect wine to toast with your love on Valentine’s Day? These are our five top Valentine wines. Moscato Imperiale Rose This superb sparkling Moscato Imperiale Rose from Northwestern Italy is a unique “semi sweet” wine with light effervescence and approachable sweetness. Crafted with exacting standards, this Moscato Rose or pink moscato is of the highest quality. Stella Rosa Red This refreshing wine reveals deep, red color and is combined with natural flavors of ripe raspberry, wild strawberry, and...

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Teeny Tiny Valentine’s Day Card Kit

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Crafts, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Looking for something different to do with your kids this Valentine’s Day? Instead of purchasing pre-made Valentine’s at the local grocery store, have fun creating memories with your children while handmaking their Valentine’s. Know I know that we are all busy mommies, and don’t have time to purchase all the supplies needed to create handmade Valentine’s, and Stampington & Company took care of that for all of us. They have created a unique kit that has “almost” everything you need to make Teeny Tiny Valentine’s Day cards with your kids. Over the weekend, I sat down with my daughter to make the Teeny Tiny Valentine’s Day cards together. Everything was carefully placed inside of a cellophane wrapper with instructions on how to make the Valentine’s. We put all the supplies on the table and got ready to have...

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Exclusive Zimzala Restaurant Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Dining, Holiday, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Looking for the perfect cocktail recipe for your Valentine’s Day dinner or looking for one of the most romantic places to go out for a cocktail in Orange County? Zimzala Restaurant at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach is one of the hottest new places for couples to escape together for the night to sip on delicious handcrafted cocktails while enjoying the fresh ocean breezes. The general manager of Food and Beverage at Kimpton’s Shorebreak Hotel, Blake Brissette-Mathias, let us peek into his recipe book, and share two of his Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes. With more than eight years of experience, Blake is at the forefront of the culinary scene in Orange County by creating cutting new food and beverage initiatives. Get your cocktail glasses ready, and entice your husband tonight with one of these distinctive cocktails. Sex...

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2016 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Dining, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Love is in the air. Hire a babysitter, and plan an unforgettable Valentine’s Day evening at one of these top Orange County restaurants. Babette’s 7962 East Coast Hwy Newport Coast, CA 92657 Celebrate your love by enjoying the picturesque sights and sounds of the Newport Coast while indulging in a spectacular meal. Join Babette’s Newport Beach on Sunday, February 14 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. as they provide guests with an experience to give them an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. They will be featuring their regular meal time offerings as well as a special a la carte menu for those looking to enhance their experience. Featuring only the finest in locally sourced ingredients, Babette’s focus is on providing patrons with clean food in an eclectic, cutting edge environment. Their dining room features both family-style and intimate seating to...

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2015 Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Events in Orange County

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Valentine’s Day is not just for couples but families too. Take the kids on a Valentine’s Day walk in the wild at the Nix Nature Center or listening to music at the Mission, there is something for every family to enjoy at one of these kid-friendly Valentine’s Day events in Orange County. Pretend City 29 Hubble Irvine, CA 92618 February 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wear pink or red to receive $1 off general admission! Cards, candy, flowers…Valentine’s Day is here! Children will love making Valentine’s Day art and celebrating this holiday at Pretend City with the sweetest of activities. Sensational Story Time: The Very Special Valentine is a heartwarming story that will encourage your child to appreciate the gift of love. Smart Art: Heart art will fill the art studio today! From love bugs to...

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Lady and the Tramp Valentine’s Day Dinner and Movie at the El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Entertainment, Film, Valentine's Day | 1 comment

 In honor of Valentine’s Day, guests can see the classic Disney film “Lady and the Tramp” at the historic El Captian Theatre from February 13-19th. Guests are invited to make reservations for a candlelit dinner before the movie catered by Miceli’s. During the dinner guests can enjoy their choice of Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce or Spaghetti with Meatballs, a garden salad, Miceli’s famous dinner rolls and mini cannoli. (limited seating available, and reservations are required for the sweetheart dinner) The El Capitan Theatre will host Tiny Tot Tuesday on February 17th at 10:00 am. During this special screening of the film, parents and small children can enjoy the movie in a Tiny Tot-friendly way – complete with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels. Daily showtimes are 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now,...

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Sweet and Savory Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini Recipe

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Featured, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Making a romantic dinner for your honey this Valentine’s Day? Maybe like me you have a Valentine’s Day themed party and are looking for a festive dish that captures the holiday. These easy to make Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini are a perfect blend of sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy. Crispy baguette toasts are topped with a creamy mascarpone mixture and topped with a heart shaped strawberry that’s been resting in a luxurious bath of chocolate balsamic vinegar. Turbinado sugar lends a satisfying crunch and sweetness with roasted pistachios countering with a bit of salt. The basil adds a perfectly paired herbal note for the strawberries. Appetizer or dessert? You decide! Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini PrintSavory and Sweet Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini Ingredients1 French Baguette sliced ½ cup Olive Oil (enough to brush on both sides of baguette...

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Take a Romantic Break on the Water with Sunset Gondolas

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Zerve All of you out there with little kids – I mean tiny, little ones – I feel for you. I do. You are sleep deprived, stressed, and running in three different directions at all times. I was totally there. And now that my two girls are 11 (11 and three quarters, thankyouverymuch) and 14, you would think I have it made. All the free time in the world, with two middle schoolers. You’re jealous, I know. But yes, I’ve paid my dues. I do sleep through the night and don’t have to worry about chokeable items around the house, but I hate to break it to you – it just gets busier. Between six dance classes, confirmation, girl scouts, band and orchestra performances, homework like algebra that I don’t remember how to...

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Win an Epic Valentine’s Day at Kaleidoscope

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Events, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Wondering what to do on Valentine’s Day? How about winning an epic Valentine’s Day at the Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo? It’s easy to win…but you only have until Wednesday to win dinner, movie and spa treatments to help make your Valentine’s Day extra special! Start sharing your picture today. Valentine’s Day #SweetheartSelfie contest You could even win a wonderful evening with your special someone by taking a photo of you and your sweetheart at Kaleidoscope, or your favorite spot at Kaleidoscope framed in a heart, and post it to the center’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #SweetheartSelfie. The winner will receive dinner for two at Riptide Rockin’ Sushi & Teppan Grills, 2 movie passes from Edwards Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, and two 25 minute spa treatments at Burke Williams Day Spa and Massage Center. The contest...

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10 Simple Ways to Show Love

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 Many people seem to take elaborate steps to show their love on Valentine’s Day. And it’s no wonder since approximately $13.19 billion is spent on Valentine’s Day yearly, and more than 195 million roses are produced for this the day of love. But fancy gifts and expensive dinners not only take a hit on your pocketbook, they do not always speak from the heart. After all, isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about? At one time, it wasn’t about aisles of sappy Hallmark cards, overindulging in a high-fat five-course meal, and standing in an endless line at See’s Candy. It used to be about the simple act of showing love to one another. To get back to the ‘heart’ of the matter, here are 10 simple and powerful ways to show your love without breaking the bank: Make a handwritten note...

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Apple Turnover Recipe

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Family, Featured, Parenting, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 sample kit provided One of the best Valentine’s Day gift is one that is handmade with love. For Valentine’s Day gifts, me and the kids made heart-shaped apple turnover recipe using the Foodstirs cooking kit. Foorstirs offers shipments with everything that your family needs to make the suggested recipe. Everything comes pre-packaged with labels so that even kids can make the recipes with parental assistance. They make a great gift idea or something to order for your kids on a regular basis. Apple Turnover Recipe courtesy of foodstirs Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 Tbl. brown sugar 1/2 tea. salt 12 Tbl. unsalted cold butter 1/3-1/2 cold water 1 egg 3 tea. sparkling sugar Apple pie jam Bertolli olive oil spray popsicle sticks clear plastic covers/ribbon heart-shaped cookie cutter cookie sheet Directions: 1. In a bowl mix flour, brown...

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Clever Strawberry Valentines at Manassero Farms

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of Manassero Farms What shall I do for Valentine’s Day? This is the same question I ask myself every year. How about something special for my daughter’s teachers? Let’s face it, there are many people I would like to surprise with a special treat. This year, Manassero Farms has many delicious Valentine’s ideas. I was familiar with Manassero Farms because I buy their delicious organic strawberries at Whole Foods. But they offer so much more. Manassero Farms has been a family owned farm since 1922 and today the third generation is in charge. I visited their beautiful Irvine Market location where you are surrounded by fresh herbs and the expanse of the fields. There is a produce stand with an impressive selection of fruits and vegetables, as well as a cute gift store with...

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Factory Tour

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Events, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a special way with your kids this year at the ChocXO chocolate bark making class and chocolate factory tour. They will pour warm liquid chocolate onto a cookie sheet, and your kids can help to add their own toppings. While the chocolate is hardening, you’ll get an exclusive tour of the ChocXO Chocolate factory! $25 per person Includes bark making experience, 20 minute front of house tour, and your chocolate bark to take home. Approximately 1 hour Only 16 spots available per time slot, so book online today! Children over 6 are welcome. Valentine’s Day Schedule: Friday, Feb 13: 4pm: Chocolate Factory Tour 5pm: DIY ChocXO Bark +Tour 6pm: DIY ChocXO Bark +Tour 7pm: DIY ChocXO Bark + Tour Saturday, Feb 14 1pm: DIY ChocXO Bark + Tour 2pm: Chocolate Factory Tour 3pm: DIY...

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Hotel Palomar Valentine’s Day Lover Package

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in San Diego, Travel, Valentine's Day | 1 comment

  Rekindle the romance in your marriage by planing a romantic Valentine’s Day this year at the beautiful boutique hotel in San Diego, Hotel Palomar. The resort is offering a Lazy Lover Package making it the perfect time to plan a romantic weekend getaway. The new Lazy Lover package includes the following: · Deluxe accommodations · $100 credit/night to Nature’s Spa by Jurlique OR $100/night dining credit to be used for in-room dining from Saltbox Dining and Drinking · Cliché romantic welcome amenity: rose petals, cheap champagne, Whitman Sampler™ chocolates, mylar balloon, intimacy kit and a teddy bear · Morning coffee and tea service in the living room to help with the aftermath from that cheap champagne · Hosted evening wine reception in the living room · 24-hour access to in-house fitness room to work off the entire box...

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Netflix Valentine’s Day Themed Movies for Kids

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Entertainment, Film, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team   Valentine’s Day is one of my kids favorite holidays. We adorn our house with pink and red decorations and have lots of fun Valentine’s Day themed playdates with my kids friends. Not only do we indulge in sweet treats and celebrations throughout the month but we also spend many nights cuddled up together as a family watching some of our favorite family Valentine’s Day movies on Netflix. Netflix is constantly adding new movies during the month, and these are a couple Valentine’s Day themed movies for kids to start streaming now to get in the spirit of the holiday. Stay tuned as we will be updating this list throughout the month as more titles are added to Netflix… Kipper: Puppy Love One of America’s most beloved dogs will share...

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Italian Romance at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Featured, Staycation, Travel, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 Rekindle your romance this Valentine’s Day at The Resort at Pelican Hill. During the month of February, the resort has luxurious and romance packages for the the ultimate romantic Valentine’s Day. Ready for Romance Spa Suite Experience Embrace romance with an aromatherapy oil blending experience for two, followed by a couple’s Duet Massage featuring Aroma Intentions Massages with your freshly blended Ready for Romance oil. Celebrate your love together in the private Spa Suite with sparkling Prosecco, chocolate truffles and spa cuisine lunch entrees for two. $510* Monday – Thursday, or $590* Friday – Sunday Dinner of the Senses February 14 An intimate and sensual dining experience, Pelican Hill’s popular Dinner of the Senses stimulates each of the five senses of sight, touch, taste, scent and sound. Created by Coliseum Pool & Grill’s Chef Micah, the seven-course menu for...

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Love to Laugh at the Irvine Improv

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Events, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples but also for families too. The Improv at the Irvine Spectrum Center is hosting a special family-friendly Valentine’s Day comedy show, Love to Laugh. Parents and children will laugh together to the hilarious show performed by the world-renowned juggler and comedian, Ron Pearson. The show is on February 14th at 1pm with tickets priced at $12 per person. Lunch menu will be available at an additional charge. Feel the love with your children at this fun loving event at the Improv at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Hurry..tickets are limited! When: February 14th Time: 1pm Location: Improv at Irvine Spectrum Center About Ron Pearson.. Ron Pearson is a comedian, an actor and a world record juggler that The Hollywood Reporter called “a comic ball of fire.” The Los Angeles Times wrote, “I laughed...

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day on the Queen Mary

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Events, Health, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, my husband and I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Ehrmann Mixim yogurt on The Queen Mary in Long Beach. They turned the Queen Mary into the Love Boat for Valentine’s, hosted an amazing launch party complete with live band and fireworks, set a world record, and donated over $20,000 to the Children’s Heart Foundation. Mixim yogurt is unique in that it comes in a heart-shaped container with 3 separate chambers for the yogurt and 2  mix-ins. This ingenious design allows the yogurt, fruit, and dry toppings to stay fresh until to open the container and mix it all together. The top corners of the heart fold over to easily mix everything together without a mess. The Love Boat event was free to attend, but there was a VIP Lounge for media...

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Best of Whole Foods Market for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored..but these are our own opinions The big day is tomorrow! Still don’t know what to cook for your Valentine? We went to the Whole Foods Market Valentine’s Day tasting event earlier this week, and discovered some delicious offerings to make your Valentine’s Day dinner extra special this year. These are our top picks for creating a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Picnic Pick Planning a Valentine’s Day picnic? Our top pick to put into your picnic basket is the Whole Foods Asparagus Salad. It comes with ripe tomatoes, avocado and red onion with a sweet and spicy vinaigrette drizzled on top. Dessert Your heart will melt with every bite of the Whole Foods Chantilly Cake. Not up for cake? Our other top pick at Whole Foods Market is B. toffee. You can’t just have one bite of this freshly...

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Sundried Tomato Parmesan Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Holiday, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Creamy pasta sauce is the key to my kids hearts. For an early Valentine’s Day dinner, I made this decadent garlic parmesan sundried tomato pasta recipe. It was made within just minutes, and the kids devoured every bite. If you are still wondering what to prepare for your kiddos on Valentine’s Day – this recipe is going to be a hit in your household. Make the meal extra special with some pink and white ravioli that can be found at Surfas in Costa Mesa. Where to start? I starting the sauce right when I put the noodles in the water (the sauce is made that quick!) Ingredients: Your favorite pasta 2 Tbl. butter 1/2 cup chopped onions 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup of diced sundried tomatoes (the kind in oil – not dried) 1 Tbl. of chopped...

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