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Explore Your Imagination at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue If you have ever enjoyed playing dress up or playing make believe as a child, plan a visit to Pretend City with your kiddos! Whether you were running around in your firefighter jacket and fire boots or having a cup of tea in your princess dress with matching tiara, give your kids the chance to explore their imaginations. I wish Pretend City was around when I was a child, even now as an adult, I can’t wait to go back and see my boys play and learn so much. Pretend City is exactly that; an entire city for your kids to explore hands on and truly be a part of a magical world. Let’s start with what this exciting kid-sized city offers: Bank with ATMs Post office Grocery store Restaurant Farm...

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Amazing Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Last night my family and I had the opportunity to see Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment at the Honda Center. Our whole family thoroughly enjoyed the show. My three year old left the show asking to go back to see it tomorrow and my one year old watched in amazement. This show is so well done and entertaining it had both of my young kiddos sitting still and watching in awe the entire time. Mickey and Minnie host the show by introducing scenes from Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and Frozen. Each storyline was presented with such talent from the ice skaters as they tell the story of each of the movies. Toy Story 3 started in Andy’s room as he says goodbye to his toys before he...

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Disney’s World of Color – Season of Light

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Disney’s World of Color is our all-time favorite show to watch when visiting the Disneyland Resort. This year, Disney debuted World of Color – Season of Light, and it is the best yet providing more lights, music, and magic for families to enjoy when visiting the Disneyland Resort this holiday season. The show begins with a tribute to the end of fall and then goes into the heart of the holiday season. The light spectacular features all of your favorite Disney characters and music. Our children’s favorite part of World of Color – Season of Light is the scene with Stitch from Lilo and Stitch – their favorite Disney film. When I saw Bambi appear, my heart melted. There is so much love in this show, and if you look closely, you’ll...

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Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of our favorite things to do at the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season is to watch the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party. The costumes, the music, and the magic always get our family into the Christmas spirit. The street party happens multiple times throughout the day at Disney California Adventure Park. The first thing that your family will see are the beautiful folklorico dancers leading the parade followed by Panchito, José Carioca, and Donald on a large float. The folklorico dancers give an epic performance offering families a taste of the Latin-American culture. A street party wouldn’t be complete without Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The two beloved Disney characters join in on the celebration complete with their Latin-American inspired outfits. They show off their dance skills to guests visiting Disney...

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Holiday Fun at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

 We were invited as a guest of the venue. This year, our family got into the holiday spirit at The Aquarium of the Pacific! During the month of December through December 23rd, the Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating Aquarium Holidays with tons of animal fun for families to enjoy. With so many exciting things to visit and see, the Aquarium of the Pacific offers many treats. There is a Santa Diver that appears daily in the Honda Blue Cavern. Along with a photo of Santa with the fish, families are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to visit with Santa in front of the beautiful Honda Blue Cavern, as well as with Holiday Aquarium characters. On weekends, be sure to catch the Penguin Walk on the 2nd floor at the Northern Pacific Gallery. There is a gingerbread house...

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Merry Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Universal If you haven’t found yourself singing a holiday carol, go to Universal Studios Hollywood during Grinchmas! Last weekend, my husband and I took our two young sons for our very first time. Grinchmas let us embrace the holiday spirit in full swing; it was a great, fun-filled Sunday. As we entered the park, our ears were welcomed by sweet carols and the sound of laughter. My 4-year old son, Piercen, and I caught ourselves singing along to Jingle Bells. Instant happiness! My 2-year old son, Harlen, was smiling ear to ear, pointing at the sparkling lights, ornaments and some characters he recognized, Spongebob Squarepants and Curious George were the first of many. Every nook and cranny were decorated for the holidays with a ton of detail. I loved it and appreciated every...

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Give the Gift of a Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Family, Giveaways, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 12 comments

 Sponsored We have been season passholders at Knott’s Berry Farm since our kids were babies. Every Christmas, we wake up to find Knott’s season passes in our stockings from my husband’s parents. The season passes at Knott’s Berry Farm are affordable enough for our parents to purchase them for all their kids and grandkids so that we can create family memories together throughout the year at the theme park. The best part about the Knott’s Berry Farm season passes is that there are no blackout dates! Here are some other great reasons to get your family a Knott’s Berry Farm season pass this holiday season. There is always something to do At Knott’s Berry Farm they call it ͞Seasons of Fun͟ because the offerings always change based on the season. Spring is the best time for foodies with Knott’s...

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The Return of The Main Street Electrical Parade

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Last night was the start of the 108th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, and Disney surprised families by introducing a beautiful Main Street Electrical Parade-themed boat. The boat will give families a small glimpse of the magic that the Main Street Electrical Parade has provided guests for many generations. Disney introduced the special boat at the parade in celebration of the return of The Main Street Electrical Parade which will return to Disneyland Park for a limited engagement starting on January 20th. It will be the parade’s return to Disneyland for the first time since 1996. It will feature a 23-foot-tall Clock Tower looming over Cinderella’s Ball, a smoke-breathing dragon, and more. Guests who wish to be among the first to welcome the parade back to Disneyland may purchase a special, separate ticket for an after-hours premiere...

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Top 10 Disney’s Festival of Holidays Food Offerings

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended the festival as a guest of Disney Families are invited to go on an epicurean adventure at Disney California Adventure Park during the Festival of Holidays celebration. There are festive food booths located throughout the theme park offering delicious culinary creations throughout the holiday season. While at the Disneyland Resort this year, I was able to eat my way around Disney California Adventure Park and these are my top ten favorite dishes. Roasted Turkey Slider with cranberry sauce and gravy located at the Winter Sliderland You’ll have a taste of Thanksgiving with every bite of this flavorful slider. The slider packs all the flavors of the holiday season inside of a soft, warm bun. Braised Beef Short Rib with mashed potatoes and sauerbraten sauce Locate at Heritage Cottage This dish has a German influence and is rich,...

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Disney’s Sugar Spiced Noodle Kugel Recipe

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Family, Holiday, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a media event as a guest of Disney The holidays are sweeter this year at the Disneyland Resort with their all-new Festival of Holidays celebration at Disney California Adventure Park. There are many delicious sweet and savory food offerings at different kiosks located throughout the theme park. One of the tastiest food offerings during the Festival of Holidays is the Sugar Spiced Noodle Kugel. While I was visiting the Disneyland Resort this holiday season, I was honored to be given a unique opportunity to learn how to make Disney’s Sugar Spiced Noodle Kugel and share the cooking tutorial with all of you. The recipe is a twist on a traditional dish served during Hanukkah. It features a lemon cream sauce with cranberries and frosted flakes. It is simple to make and a great recipe to invite your...

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Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Princess Elena is one of my kid’s favorite princess. The minute that she first debuted to the world on television, our family fell in love with her. She is a princess with a heart of gold who spreads kindness throughout the world. This holiday season, your family can visit Princess Elena at Disney California Adventure Park and enjoy a festive street parade called Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival. When our family celebrated the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort this year, the first thing that we did was go to see Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival. Our kids were dancing to the music as Princess Elena arrived on a beautifully decorated float. She sung some of our favorite songs and then came off the float for a few minutes to greet some...

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The 80’s are Back with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of Disney Just like many of you, I grew up watching Star Wars. I would dress up like Princess Leia and immerse myself into the magical world of Star Wars while doing imaginative play with my friends. Star Wars was a big part of my childhood, and when I had children, I knew that I wanted it to be a part of their childhood too. Once my kids were old enough to start walking, I purchased them their first box set of the Star Wars movies. As they have grown-up, we have spent many nights watching Star Wars together, and I’ll even dress-up for some imaginary play time with them from time to time. Recently, new Star Wars films have begun coming out, and now our children are starting to have a...

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World Premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the event as a guest of Disney Last week something incredible happened… My daughter and I had just arrived in Yosemite for a mother/daughter getaway. Once we arrived at the hotel, I had to go into a short meeting, and my daughter returned to the room to relax after our long drive. When I returned to the room to meet my daughter, I opened the door, and she started talking with so much excitement that I could barely make out the words that she was saying. Then I heard her say, “Mom, you missed a call while you were gone, and you got invited to the world premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!” And then we both started screaming!! Words cannot describe how excited and honored I felt to have been invited to this once...

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Holiday Magic Under the Sea at SeaWorld

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Giveaways, Holiday, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 Sponsored It has been many years since our family has visited SeaWorld San Diego, and since our youngest is passionate about animals and conservation, we made plans with Reserve San Diego booking services to visit SeaWorld San Diego during Thanksgiving break. The minute that we entered the gates, our children were immersed into a magical world under the sea that was all decorated for the holiday season. We started our visit to SeaWorld San Diego by watching the entertaining Dolphin Island Christmas. The show began with festive Hawaiian holiday music followed by an interactive dolphin show. It was the perfect way to kick-off our day at SeaWorld San Diego. Then our children got a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with bat rays in the large touching pool. Guests visiting the park have a chance to purchase...

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Advance Tickets Available for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  The highly anticipated time has come for Star Wars fans to purchase tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that will blast into theaters on December 16th. Tickets are now available everywhere that movie theater tickets are sold, and we highly recommend purchasing them early before they sell out. As an added bonus, select theaters are offering special promotions for fans who purchase their tickets early. Curious about the upcoming blockbuster hit? We are thrilled to share with all of you an extended look into the film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows a group of unlikely heroes in a time of conflict who band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars...

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Moana Teen Movie Review

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I saw the movie as a guest of Disney Ever since I was young, I have loved Disney Princesses! My whole world revolved around them, and now that I am an older I still love them! When Frozen came out, I was so happy. I had to get all of the Frozen toys and gizmos. I even had three Elsa costumes! When I heard about Moana, I could not wait, and I was hoping it would be amazing just like Frozen. I heard about Moana about three months before it was going to come out. I was so bummed that it wouldn’t be coming out for a while, but then the very next day, Disney sent me the Moana book! I immediately started reading it, and I fell in love. It took me about a two weeks to read...

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5 Fun Facts about Moana

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We saw the film as a guest of Disney Moana is one of the most magical things to ever be created by the Walt Disney Animation Studios. There was so much research that went into the film and so many fun facts about the making of the movie that we wanted to share our five favorite facts about the film Moana. While it your might think that Moana is wearing the same outfit in the movie – look closer because she wears seven different outfits. One of her most elaborate outfits was only shown for six seconds in the film during a dance sequence. My favorite character in the film, Heihei was originally going to be a smart and sassy chicken, but the filmmakers didn’t feel like it was working with the film, and almost cut his character from...

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Moana Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  Once your children see the movie Moana, they are going to fall in love with the story, and Moana toys will be at the top of their holidays wish list. Hurry and get these adorable Moana toys before the sell-out, and watch your child squeal with delight when opening them on Christmas morning. Hei Hei Plush They will have plenty to crow about when they give the adorable Heihei a hug. Moana’s stowaway rooster shows off his colorful plumage with this soft plush that will wing its way into their hearts. Disney Moana Toddler Doll Even before becoming a wayfinder, Moana showed signs of her adventurous nature. With ”sand” on her toes, her turtle friend in hand, and her shell necklace, the little Polynesian explorer is looking for hugs. Disney Moana Tsum Tsum Complete Set of 9 Plush...

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Magical Moana Premiere

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the premiere as a guest of Disney It was a magical night in Hollywood as my daughter and I put on our prettiest dresses and walked the red carpet at the world premiere of the movie, Moana. As we arrived at the premiere, we saw that the streets were lined with fans eagerly awaiting a chance to see one of the favorite actors in the film. The minute that a celebrity arrived the crowd would squeal with delight and call out their name in hopes that they would come towards the crowd for a selfie or autograph. The minute that we stepped foot on the “blue carpet” I looked over at my beautiful daughter who was beaming with happiness. There was a Polynesian band who was playing festive music to greet all of the guests attending the...

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Feel the Aloha Spirit with Moana

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney It had been less than a week since I had major surgery, but that wasn’t stopping me from going to see the amazing film “Moana” and meeting the cast and creators of the film. My kids and I jumped into the back of my friend’s car on a Saturday night, and she whisked us up to Los Angeles to see the movie “Moana.” The film was everything that I hoped it would be and more. The music, the imagery, the story, made the film one of the best Disney movies ever created. We drove home that night singing all the catchy tunes from the songs in the film, and I had a list of questions that I was eager to ask the cast the next morning. We were going to...

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