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Wahoo’s ‘Wows’ with a Limited-Time Carnitas Taco

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Wahoo’s In celebration of South Coast Plaza’s 50th Anniversary, Wahoo’s has created a limited-time carnitas taco that is only available at the South Coast Plaza location. Last week, we went to Wahoo’s at South Coast Plaza where we had a sneak peek taco tasting with the co-founder Wing Lam. The South Coast Plaza location is on the second floor of Crystal Court and is the perfect place for families to celebrate the 50th...

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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed Late Night on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Aquarium will remain open past normal operating hours so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with the live bands and DJs. The Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars) event will feature...

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Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery in Temecula

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Grapeline While on our Grapeline Tour in Temecula, we visited various wineries with Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery being one of our favorites. When we arrived at the winery, it felt like we were in the middle of a winery in Italy. The Tuscan-style winery is located at the top of the Temecula Valley hilltop and is surrounded by rows of grape vines. We entered the winery and were given poker chips for...

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Belli Skincare Products

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

 Sample received One of the hardest things that I struggle with is acne. I do not have terrible acne, but I am always looking for ways to make it better. Recently, my mom received products called Belli Skin Care. The products are designed for pregnant women, but since my mom isn’t having a baby, she wasn’t going to use them. If the product is gentle enough for a pregnant woman’s skin, I figured that it would be gentle enough...

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Finally Feeling Confident in a Swimsuit

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Beauty, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored After having my last baby, I have never felt comfortable wearing a swimsuit in public. Every time that I would take my children to the pool or the beach; I would never take off my cover-up. Why? I never liked the way that my sagging breasts looked in swimwear. I had purchased many different swimwear styles. Had professional swimsuit fittings at expensive swimwear stores, and still never had the confidence I needed to feel good in my skin....

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Inspiring Children to Learn through Play

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Education, Parenting, Parks | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. One of the best gifts that a parent can give their child is the gift of play. Putting down the electronics, going outside, and playing. With my job requiring me to be online for a large portion of my day, many would think that my children live a high-tech lifestyle, but we actually have...

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Streaming Music to Spark Creativity in Children

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Best Buy If you have teenagers living in your home, then tech and music is a big part of your household. Having two of my children attend art schools, music is a big part of our lives. While getting my degree in Early Childhood Education, one important thing that I learned was how music could create a creative environment for children, so I have music playing in my home as much as possible. Since my children all...

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Five Perfect Graduation Announcements

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Education, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Is you child getting ready to graduate this year? Create a lovely graduation announcement for all your friends and family before your precious child puts on their cap and gown and gets ready to walk up to the stage to accept their diploma. When it comes to graduation announcements, the choices are endless, but when it comes to announcing one of your child’s biggest accomplishments, you’ll want to send high-quality announcements. Basic Invite is one of our go-to...

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Save a Life with Bayer Aspirin

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 I am participating in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central and hosted by the makers of Bayer® Aspirin. I have received compensation to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. One night when I was a teenager, my father went out to walk the dog along the beach. The minute that he walked into the house, I immediately knew that something was wrong. He calmly went up to my mother and said the...

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Hands-Free Pumping with Freemie Collection Cups

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Family, Health, New Baby, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sample received I just had my fourth child and now my days are jam packed with kids activities, homework and play dates. All while juggling my newborn’s needs it leaves little time for pumping after nursing to have a decent supply of breast milk in my freezer. I looked online to find something to help me with this problem. I tried a hands-free nursing bras which never held up my pump part enough, so I still had to use...

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Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Dairy Queen is serving up a sweet deal to thank fans and celebrate the first day of Spring with a Free Cone Day. On Monday, March 20, participating non-mall Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations in the U.S. will host a Free Cone Day when fans can enjoy a FREE small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer while supplies last). At the same time, participating locations also will collect...

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Babychella Family Art & Music Festival

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to welcome the inaugural Babychella Family Art & Music Festival at Mason Regional Park in Irvine on Sunday, March 12 from 12 – 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event invites parents and children to enjoy entertainment and activities in the park’s picturesque springtime setting. Babychella Family Art & Music Festival will offer a variety of engaging activities for children including story time, face painting, and an interactive bubble village....

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Guide to Have the Perfect Moana Movie Night

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Disney’s Moana is now available on digital download with Disney Movies Anywhere and will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD in stores starting tomorrow. One of our favorite family traditions is to have a movie night with friends when a new Disney movie is released to digital download or DVD/Blu-ray. During the summer, we have had many outdoor movie nights, and while we would have loved to have a Moana movie night as a “dive-in” movie at my...

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Disney’s Moana Pua Cookies

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Family, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored Disney’s Moana is one of my favorite animation movies of last year. I loved the story, the music, and the message behind the film. It wasn’t just me that loved the film, but also my children. When I found out that we could watch the film before it was released on DVD with Disney Movies Anywhere, I couldn’t wait to download it and start watching it with my children. Ever since downloading it, we have watched it over...

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Affordable and Fashionable Teen Prom Dresses

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Fashion | 0 comments

 Sponsored I have been fortunate to have been invited to attend many red carpet movie premieres and special events. Since I get to dress-up in fancy dresses on a regular basis, I have found the cost of my wardrobe getting a little bit too much to fit into our family budget. Especially, because I usually cannot wear a dress more than once. Now that I have a teenage daughter, who also likes to attend premieres and special events with...

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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...

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Getting Help Managing Child Mental Health Issues

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

 Sponsored I haven’t gotten this personal on our blog in many years. I think it’s time. There is nothing worse for a parent than to see their child under severe stress. Over the past couple of years, I have watched my younger son struggle in school, and seen the educational and social pressures cause him severe stress. The warning signs started small and then quickly escalated to the point that we were worried, and didn’t know what to do...

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Wyland Children’s Art Lessons in the Wild

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Dana Wharf Whale Watching and The Wyland Foundation announce the details for 2017 Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild” program – the most unique and creative experience on the water. The program officially began January 2017, and continues Saturdays through April 29, 2017. Passengers will learn how marine wildlife continues to inspire Wyland to create some of the most well-known art pieces of our time, while children will receive an art lesson from Wyland...

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Finally! GMO-Free Affordable ‘Natural’ Yogurt

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Family, Green Living, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored I make my kids a fresh yogurt smoothie every morning. It is a great way jump start their day with a glass full of nutrition. The best part about giving the kids morning smoothies is that I can sneak in things that they normally wouldn’t eat like kale, flax seeds, Goji berries, Chia seeds, and more. The only troubling issue that I have found with making their smoothies is finding a yogurt to add that is GMO-Free and...

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Juice Served Here ‘JSH’ Marina Cafe

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There is one thing that I love, and that is juicing. The only thing I dread about juicing is cleaning up the mess it causes in my kitchen. Thankfully, over the past couple of years, high-quality juice companies have started opening their doors around Orange County, and I no longer have to juice at home. Since I get a fresh juice at least once a day, I am always on the...

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5 Disneyland Hacks for Families with Young Kids

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Disney, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attend as guests of the venue. There are very few places on earth that can compete with the Magic of Disneyland in the eyes of your little ones. The amazing rides, fun-filled experiences, and something new and exciting to see at every turn. But let’s face it, as a parent it can be overwhelming to navigate if you’re a Disneyland rookie going for the first time in awhile, or if you’re a well-traveled guest but going solo with a few...

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Williams Sonoma Beauty and the Beast Kids Cooking Class

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

  Williams Sonoma, in partnership with Le Creuset, is announcing its first collaboration with The Walt Disney Studios. The kitchenware retailer is debuting an exclusive Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Soup Pot by Le Creuset to coincide with the release of the live-action adaptation of the 1991 Disney classic. The limited edition blue-enameled cast iron soup pot is decorated with the signature Beauty and the Beast rose with an oversized gold knob bearing the inscription, “Be Our Guest.” The...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza 2017

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Easter, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 17 comments

  On Saturday, March 25th through Saturday, April 15th, Irvine Park Railroad will hold its annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Event activities include meeting and having your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, train rides, and more. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the...

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Urth Caffé in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

  Ever since it opened, I have been dying to have breakfast or lunch at Urth Caffé in Laguna Beach. When arriving at The Inn at Laguna Beach for a weekend staycation, it was the perfect excuse to bring the kiddos for lunch at Urth. Urth Caffé is located in the historic building in which the popular dining destination, The Cottage was once located. It is right across the street from the Laguna Art Museum and has a spacious...

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Sun and Sunsets at The Inn at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort Our favorite place to have weekend staycations is in Laguna Beach. When planning our recent Laguna Beach getaway, we made plans to stay at the highly acclaimed Inn at Laguna Beach. I have seen the hotel many times while walking along Main Beach or driving down PCH, and I couldn’t wait to stay and experience the resort. I picked up my kids early from school on a Friday afternoon and took...

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Funfetti Rainbow Pancakes

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored I love making pancakes for my family every weekend. I am always trying different ways to make pancakes, and after being inspired by the upcoming National Pancake Day holiday, I decided to make funfetti rainbow pancakes for my kids. The recipe was easy to make using my new T-fal pan. While I used to make pancakes from scratch, I have found that Krusteaz takes just as good as making them from scratch, and allows me more time to...

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DIY Upcycled Plastic Earrings Tutorial

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Crafts | 0 comments

 We are a Chick-fil-A Ambassador I love reusing product packaging whenever I can. Recently, I was challenged to create an upcycling project using the plastic soup containers from Chick-fil-A. I wanted to do something different and fun for the DIY project, so I turned to my teenage daughter to start brainstorming some different ideas. Since my daughter loves jewelry, we decided to make upcycled plastic earrings using the plastic Chick-fil-A soup container. The hardest part of this DIY challenge...

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The Best Fish Tacos in La Paz

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

  Ever since visiting La Paz last May, I have been craving the fish tacos that I had at Tacos De Pescado El Estadio. They were the best fish tacos that I have ever eaten in my life, and I couldn’t wait to have more when I returned to La Paz. When planning our recently family weekend getaway, I made plans one morning to bring my family to Tacos De Pescado El Estadio for breakfast. Why fish tacos for...

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Stand-up for the Right to Have Access to More Organic in the US

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Family, Green Living, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my most important jobs as a mother is to ensure the food I am feeding my children is the highest quality available. I try to incorporate as many organic foods into our family diet and help to supplement the cost of purchasing organic for a family of five by growing backyard summer produce and doing a majority of my grocery shopping at local farmer’s markets. I am sure that parents like myself agree that we need...

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10th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Dining, Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Montage Laguna Beach, the luxurious five star, five diamond oceanfront Laguna Beach resort, will host the 10th annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation For No Kid Hungry event on May 21, 2017. A number of celebrity chefs will come together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Event attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable tastings, fine wines, signature cocktails, and picturesque...

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