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Rare Madagascar Vanilla Limited-Time Yogurtland Flavor

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue BREAKING NEWS ALERT:  Vanilla bean crops in Madagascar are in jeopardy due to tremulous storms.  The worst tropical cyclone in 13 years has not only devastated the country leaving farmers without crops, it has also caused a huge shortage of vanilla beans worldwide.  Vanilla is one of the most popular flavors in the world and is used in many recipes.  Currently is nearly impossible to get your hands on Madagascar vanilla, but Yogurtland was able to secure a small supply so that its patrons can enjoy the Rare Madagascar Vanilla for just one week while supplies last. My children and I were invited to a private tasting and our palettes thanked us afterwards.  I’m a believer in being honest in my posts and don’t like pulling the wool over people’s eyes. ...

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Help Send Homeless OC Kids to Summer Camp

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is in critical need of the community’s help to provide funding for its fifth annual “Summer to Remember” program, a nine-week summer camp for children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families. Starting at just $15 per day per child, community members can choose to sponsor one day, one week, or even the entire summer for a homeless child. The program, which begins on June 19 and is designed for children ages 5 to 12, provides kids with STEM-based learning activities, as well as a curriculum that focuses on building solid foundations in science, technology, engineering and math. “This is an important program that helps children to grow not only intellectually, but also socially and emotionally,” says Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue...

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Celebrating Spring at Farmhouse Restaurant

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Dining, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I don’t know about you, but for me the luxury of living in an area with weather that permits year round outdoor dining is one of my favorite things about living in Orange County. And judging by the wait time to get a seat at the relatively new, Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden, I am not alone in this sentiment. Since its opening last year, I’ve had an increasingly difficult time getting in to this, one of my favorite new spots. With lines for bar seating and long lead times for reservations, I consider it a real treat when I do get to dine here. So, when invited to a preview of Chef Rich Mead’s new Spring Menu, there was no way I was not going. There’s a reason for this. Farmhouse,...

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New Summer Exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attend as guest of the Aquarium.  This summer the Aquarium of the Pacific opens three new exhibits that will take visitors on a journey around the planet and back to California through new exhibits, films, and programs. The first exhibit, FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, will explore the mysterious world of frogs, ranging from lush rainforests to arid deserts. Visitors will learn about two dozen frogs and their amphibian relatives through new and  beautiful exhibits. Kids will be able to get up close and personal with many varieties of frogs they likely have never encountered before. Finally, the Aquarium, with their usual conservation and eco-friendly focus, will explore why frogs and other amphibians are disappearing from our planet and what we can do to help. The second exhibit focuses on archerfish and their unique hunting ability of forcefully blasting water from their mouths to...

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Hero Up During the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney Along with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! super hero fans will experience more fun during the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park. The fun begins on May 27th, in Hollywood Land with photo opportunities, dance-offs, and more. One of the fun things to experience during the Summer of Heroes is the “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” Star-Lord brings his boom box to the party and will invite guests to show off their moves in an interactive dance-off. A Guardians of the Galaxy dance-off wouldn’t be complete without Gamora and Groot. Groot will make an appearance at the end of the dance-off just to say three words: “I am Groot!” The dance-off will feature classic 70’s songs like: “ABC” by The Jackson...

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10 Moments to Experience this Summer at The Disneyland Resort

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney The best place to create unforgettable memories with your children this summer in Orange County is at the Disneyland Resort. Fun things are happening at The Most Magical Place on Earth this summer. With the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! And Summer of Heroes happening at Disney California Adventure Park, there is something new for every family to experience this year. Disney California Adventure Park Take the (dance) floor with the Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord and Gamora will appear in the epic “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off.” Classic songs blasted from Star-Lord’s boom box will inspire some friendly dance competition. Help Rocket save his friends on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!: Before the action begins, guests will have to raise their hands...

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Bold Girlz to the Rescue with Superhero Etiquette Workshop

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the venue. Have you ever wanted to instill in your kids a sense of manners and social graces, but not sure how to go about it and make it fun in the process?  Or, maybe as a Mom you aren’t confident in exactly the right fork to use for which course at a dinner party, much less how to instruct  your daughter to do so?  We’re not exactly in the old fashion age where etiquette caries a lot of weight, but that doesn’t mean that it all has to be thrown to the wind either. Enter Bold Girlz‘ brand new Superhero Etiquette Workshops, a fun, modern and interactive way of teaching manners and social graces to children ages 6 to 14. Bold Girlz is known for birthday parties, fashion camps and other events with a...

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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 | 1 comment

 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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