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Game of Thrones: The Musical! – A Song of Nice Satire

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My husband is a huge fan of Game of Thrones (as in obsessed).   I’m not allowed to watch the show with him because I’m a newbie that ask way too many lame questions and basically take the joy of watching the show away from him.  He has his routine of recording Eastern Time so that by 8 o’clock he has the entire downstairs to himself without interruption.  If by any chance I need to grab something from downstairs, rules have been placed that I cannot enter the GoT realm until he deems it okay.  It’s pretty intense so I avoid the situation completely so that our marriage stays intact.  So when the opportunity to preview Game of Thrones: The Musical! – A Song of Nice Satirecame up I knew that I...

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The Harlem Globetrotters: The Most Entertaining Basketball Team in History

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When you hear the name Harlem Globetrotters you think basketball, laughter and family fun.  We’ve seen the Globetrotters numerous times and I can tell you that we will see them many more.  After the first time I watched them play, I decided to find out more about the most entertaining basketball team in history.   I was surprised to find that the Globetrotters originated in the south side of Chicago, Illinois, in the 1920s, where all the original players were raised. Back then, the Globetrotters were known as the Savoy Big Five and played exhibitions before dances. In 1928 after several players left the team in a dispute, the remaining team, led by Tommy Brookins, formed a team called the Globe Trotters which toured Southern Illinois. Within months, they hired Abe...

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RENT – 20 Years Later

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I love musicals; they are my favorite genre in theater.  It may be traced back to when I was 4, sitting in front of the TV for hours watching Hello Dolly, King and I, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and so many Rogers and Hammerstein musicals that I cannot list.  Regardless of its origins in my soul, I love them, that being said none of them spoke to me like Rent. Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson which is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème.   Set in the 1990’s this musical hits home to GenXer’s like myself who could relate to the struggles of this group of misfits.  It was through their strife that this group learned what love and friendship is...

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Irvine Spectrum Snow Day

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

  The forecast on Saturday, Dec. 10 calls for 100-percent chance of snow at Irvine Spectrum Center. Beginning at 6 a.m., 20 tons of ice blocks will be shaved into soft mounds of snow for the event. One side of the snow area will be reserved for younger children and toddlers to get a feel for gliding on snow. Active Ride Shop team members will assist the youngsters as they stand on small boards with leashes and gently lead them across the snow. In another area, older children will be able to enjoy two snow-covered ramps and rails. From noon to 4 p.m., children will have the opportunity to learn how to snowboard on real snow. Snowboards and helmets will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. In attendance will be the Anaheim Ducks’ mascot, Wild Wing, the...

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Kicking off the Holidays at Knott’s Merry Farm

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the venue. This year our family visited Knott’s Merry Farm for the very first time. Having not been to the park since I was a child, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but we were so pleasantly surprised and it ended up being the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and really kick start our Christmas spirit! Upon entering the park the first thing one notices (especially my kids who are huge adrenaline junkies) are the huge rollercoasters looming overhead.  Screams and shrieks of joy (or possibly terror) ring out in the air, but are merrily drown out by Christmas music humming in the background.  We took that as our cue to first check out the seasonal happenings in the park. Almost everywhere you look there are festive holiday touches adorning the...

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Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay & Holiday Events

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  One of Southern California’s most cherished holiday traditions will come alive as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort hosts its 26th Annual Lighting of the Bay on Friday, November 25. The festivities will include live musical performances by OC Song & Dance and the Corona del Mar High School Choir, a roaming magician, three puppet shows and a visit by Santa Claus who will flip a massive switch to illuminate dozens of floating “trees” and other holiday decoration on the water. There will also be screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for the kids. Parking and all activities are free including, build-your-own-s’mores, cookies, hot cocoa, and cider. The Dunes will be selling its award-winning seafood chowder, hot dogs, chili and corn muffins and bar will be open for the grown-ups. Friday, November 25th Event Details: 3 p.m....

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2016 Annual Pumpkin Launch

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  It’s time for the annual popular family event, The Pumpkin Launch, filled with hands-on challenges, flying pumpkins launched by giant trebuchets, and family-friendly activities and entertainment in celebration of the holiday season. Teams made up of local middle school, high school, and college students, as well as local families, will compete and apply their engineering skills to create pumpkin catapults to launch pumpkins at targets. A winner will be named for most amount of points accrued by hitting targets at varying distances. Additional activities include: Building catapults with Popsicle sticks Designing paper airplanes for distance and accuracy Launching marshmallows at mini targets Engineering standalone block towers Launching film canister rockets Archery Demonstration Medieval costumes, weapons and weaving materials, as well as other artifacts from the medieval ages, will also be on display. Attendees will have an opportunity to...

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The Secret Garden Ballet presented by Festival Ballet Theater

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the venue. To top off a perfect Mother-Daughter Sunday afternoon, we recently attended The Secret Garden ballet preformed by Festival Ballet Theater at the Irvine Barclay Theater. Festival Ballet Theater (FBT) is one of Orange County’s premier accomplished professional ballet companies. Their mission is to enrich Orange County’s artistic and economic vitality, to inspire love and appreciation for dance, and to invigorate ballet. FBT produced a beautiful rendition of the classic tale, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story’s main themes of loss, hope, dreams and transformation are masterfully relayed through innovative choreography, original cinematic score, and multimedia design. Located in the heart of the University of California, Irvine, the Barclay Theater is a quaint, small-scale venue perfect for an intimate feel of a production.  It is small enough so that every seat in the...

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‘Boo it Forward’ with Ghostbusters

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Halloween, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Product sample received One of our favorite things to do at Halloween is to “Boo” our friends. Every year, the kids go shopping for fun trinkets and treats to make Halloween-themed care packages for their friends. Then comes the fun part when we tip toe around in the dark in hopes of not being caught secretly delivering the care packages to all our friend’s houses. This year, we made our “Boo” care packages a little different. Since the new Ghostbusters movie just came out on DVD and Blu-ray on October 11th, we created ghostly themed care packages for all our friends (minus the green slime). We filled the packages with mini rubber ghosts, candy, and a copy of “Ghostbusters: Answer The Call.” We also included a reminder to “Boo it Forward” by making a care package and delivering it...

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Fall Fun at the Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guest of the venue. One of the hands-down best pumpkin patches in Orange County is Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch.  We go nearly every year and are always impressed. Located at Irvine Regional Park, and set among rural scenery and tall oak and sycamore trees, it is the quintessential pumpkin patch.  There are tons of fun activities for the kids, various photo ops, a train, haunted house and, of course, pumpkins! Admission to the pumpkin patch is free and tickets for the different rides and actives can be purchased individually or in a book (for a discount). If your kids are like ours, they’ll want to do everything, so we think it best to opt for the book and let everyone have their fun! Activities include: train ride, hay ride, moon bounce, John Deer races, carnival...

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Behind-the-Scenes of Beauty and The Beast

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney We’re all kids at heart, so when we were invited to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank to peek inside the Walt Disney Archives for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Beauty and the Beast,” we couldn’t wait!! We didn’t really even know such a thing existed and having the chance to soak in a bit Disney history was a great way to spend an afternoon! Seeing the Archives filled with so many Disney memories; props from movies, television shows, theme park pieces and the mass volumes of books alone was amazing! Do you know they preserve every video, book, record, script and publication? Yes, when a film wraps they choose the most iconic pieces to archive. We are huge book and film lovers, so we could have spent hours in...

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24 Hours in San Francisco

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Featured, San Francisco, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the Hyatt While on our way home from Squaw Valley, we made a last minute decision to book a night at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and spend 24 hours exploring the city with our children. It was a whirlwind getaway to the foggy city where we created lifelong memories together. Thinking about planning a quick getaway to San Francisco? Find out how to see the city in just 24 hours. Saturday 11am. Our family drove over the Bay Bridge, and into the city. The kids had their hands pressed on the glass windows as our family got closer and closer to the city. 12pm. The kids were hungry from the drive, and we didn’t want to stop for a big breakfast, so we went for lunch at the popular Little Italy pizza...

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Laguna Beach 2016 Passport to the Arts

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Start planning your summer exploring the arts with your children in Laguna Beach, and save with the 2016 Passport to the Arts package. For just $24, families can purchase a passport to the arts to use for Festival of Arts, Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art Festival from June 24th through August 13th. Passport holders receive unlimited admission to all three festivals through August 31, 2016. Special discounts from selected retailers, merchants, hotels, attractions and restaurants throughout Laguna Beach are also available to Passport holders, as well as one-time free parking at Lot #16 (Act V) at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. The 2016 Passport to the Arts benefits include: Unlimited admission all summer long to all three Laguna Beach art festivals More than 500 artists and 300 hands-on art workshops Great music at all three festivals throughout the season...

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Don’t Miss Seeing Idina Menzel in IF/THEN

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The highly anticipated time has come for Idina Menzel to perform for a limited-time in Orange County in the Broadway Musical IF/THEN. The musical will be at Segerstrom Hall from January 19th through January 24th with tickets starting at $29, and a limited amount of discount tickets available on Goldstar. IF/THEN is a contemporary new musical that follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in this city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. IF/THEN follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. Tickets may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or...

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A Snow White Christmas

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

  FOUR more days until the FINAL curtain call to be a part of the Lythgoe Family PANTO Production! I was a guest of the performance in Laguna Beach’s “world renown” Laguna Playhouse. Wow! WHAT a FANTASTIC time! I would definitely say its a “FEEL GOOD” family musical–quoted by the LA Times! This British Panto production showcases an amazing talent of cast leads. Glee’s Lindsay Pearce, Nickelodeon Star Jonathan Meza, and Star Treks Marina Sirtis to name a few. As a mother, sometimes I feel as though the Holiday Season progresses in warp speed and whisks by in a blink of an eye. This season, it has been my wish to slow down –live for the present and enjoy it’s many nuances of goofy giggles, memorable sibling exchanges and quality down time with Daddy. I ask myself if there...

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2015 SoCal Christmas Eve Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Enjoy spending time with your loved ones this holiday season by dining together at one of these popular Southern California restaurants on Christmas Eve. Orange County The Ritz Prime Seafood 2801 West Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 (949) 720-1800 Celebrate Christmas Eve and/or New Year’s Eve with some glitz and glam at The Ritz Prime Seafood. In addition to their full dinner menu, The Ritz will be offering a special 3-course Prix Fixe menu with wine pairings on both nights (December 24 and December 31). Guests will begin with an amuse bouche from Chef Phil Kastel, then select from a number of appetizers and entrees, and for dessert select from indulgent options like Passion Fruit Creme Brulee, Chocolate Flourless Cake or Piper Heidsieck Champagne Toast. In addition, a festive holiday-themed cocktail (details pending) will be available for...

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Verizon FiOS Helps Families Give Back During the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Verizon FiOS rewards their customers every day with the My Rewards+ loyalty program. Every month that customers use their Verizon FiOS service, they earn points through the loyalty program that can be redeemed for gift cards. Points are earned by doing the simplest things like paying your bill online to connecting with Verizon FiOS on social media. During the holidays, families can redeem their points for gift cards to use as a stocking stuffer or to give back to the community with the Charity Choice gift card. What is a Charity Choice gift card? It is a gift card that goes directly to a pre-selected charity of your choice. There are more than 1000 charities that Verizon FiOS customers can choose from to use their My Rewards+ points to send a donation to their favorite charity with the...

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Weekend Happenings in Orange County: November 27th – 29th

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Holiday events are in full swing this weekend in Orange County. It’s time to get excited about holiday season. Most cities have community celebrations to kick off the season within the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled for your local event! Enjoy your weekend! Multi-Day Events / Museum Happenings Selfies with Santa (November 27 – December 24) Irvine Spectrum Center (Carousel Court) 670 Spectrum Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618 shopirvinespectrumcenter.com/Events/Details/5067 Santa returns to Irvine Spectrum Center, Orange County style!  Clad in a Hawaiian shirt and board shorts, St. Nick will greet visitors in his Crystal Cove beach-inspired house decked out with iconic OC accents including surfboards and orange crates. Shoppers are invited to share holiday wishes and take complimentary Selfies with Santa.  Every visitor can take two complimentary photos with their cell phones or cameras....

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Moonlight Madness Holiday Savings at The Outlets at San Clemente

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored The all-new Outlets at San Clemente is the premier shopping destination in Orange County this holiday season. On top of the already low outlet pricing, stores are adding additional savings during the holiday weekend that you’ll not want to miss. The Outlets at San Clemente is located at 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa in San Clemente. Bass Factory Outlet Entire Store 50% – 70% Off. Take an extra 15% off your entire purchase: Thanksgiving Thursday, 11/26/15 through 10:00 am on Black Friday, 11/27/15. Doorbuster Savings on Gifts for Him and Her: Fleece $9.99 & Up Slippers $19.99 & Up Handbags $24.99 & Up Smart Style. Smarter Savings. Valid 11/26/15 – 11/27/15. Valid in store only. Some exclusions may apply, offer subject to change. See store for details. Calvin Klein Entire Store on Sale Up to 75% Off. Additional...

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A Year with Frog and Toad at South Coast Repertory

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  We attended as guests of South Coast Repertory.  The fabulous, Tony Award nominated musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, retuned to excited audiences at the South Coast Repertory (SCR) this November via their Theatre for Young Audiences series. The musical is based on the classic children’s books written by Arnold Lobel, which have captivated readers for generations with their whimsical characters who explore of the meaning of true friendship in charming storylines. Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne Lobel, commissioned the musical in 2002, which had huge success both on and off Broadway. A Year with Frog and Toad, catalogs a year between two unlikely and utterly opposite friends. Frog is a gregarious and adventurous fellow, while Toad is a shy and somewhat grumpy companion. No matter their differences, or the rift that threatens to form in their friendship, they discover the important lesson that...

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