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World Premiere of Disney’s Aladdin

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the Aladdin premiere as a guest of Disney Aladdin is one of my daughter’s favorite stories of all-time. We got a chance to see the film last week, and she fell in love with the live action film just as much as the animated version. She loved the movie so much, and I was thrilled to surprise her with the news that we would see it again at the world premiere! She nearly fainted when I told her the night before that I would be picking her up early from school to attend the premiere. She immediately started going through her closet in search of the perfect dress to walk down the carpet wearing. The morning of the premiere, I picked my daughter up early from school, and we went to Los Angeles. We started at the DryBar, getting pampered with a fresh blow-out and curls. Once our hair was done, it was time to drive over to the El Capitan Theatre for the world premiere. The minute that we arrived at the El Capitan, you could feel the excitement in the air as fans were lined up along the street in hopes of getting a glimpse of their favorite celebrities. We got our tickets and then slowly made our way down...

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Epic Family Staycation at The Pacific Edge Hotel

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the venue It has been a couple of years since we last had a family getaway to the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, and when I noticed the temperatures were getting warmer, I immediately jumped at the chance to stay near the beach for the weekend. The weather was perfect, the hotel was plush, the food was incredible, which made our weekend one of the best family staycations that we have had in a long time. We arrived on a Friday evening after the kids were done with school, and my husband was done with work. We checked into our room just in time to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Pacific ocean. The kids squealed with delight while watching dolphins jumping in the waves while the sun slowly disappeared on the horizon. We took our shoes off and walked down to the beach for an evening walk before dinner. Our family bond became stronger than ever before as my husband, and I walked hand in hand while talking about our week with the kids splashing their toes in the water. Before returning to our room for the evening, we walked next door to Driftwood Kitchen for dinner. My husband sunk his taste buds into a juicy...

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The Magic of The Lion King

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We saw The Lion King as a guest of Disney The all-new live-action Lion King captures your interest in so many ways. The movie is mesmerizing with all of the music and characters, and you do not want ever to take your eyes off the screen. I enjoyed watching the film and singing along to my favorite songs and laughing at all the jokes Pumbaa and Timon made. I used to watch this film with my children when they...

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World Premiere of Disney’s The Lion King

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the premiere of Lion King as a guest of Disney My daughter and I have always had a very special and close relationship. As she has become a teenager, it has been harder than ever to keep that relationship the same as it was when she was younger. While we attend many events and travel together, there is one type of event that brings us close together again, and that is at Disney premieres. Whenever I get...

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Ensalada con Nopales: Delicious Cactus Salad Recipe

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

I can’t stop having fun experimenting with fresh cactus (nopales) from Melissa’s Produce. After making nopales con huevos (cactus and eggs) for breakfast, I then made a fresh and delicious cactus salad for dinner. The salad was fresh, delicious, and packed full of nutrition to fuel my kids growing bodies. It was very simple to make and is perfect for your next summer barbecue or potluck. Plus, if you have a picky eaters like me, it is super easy...

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Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Events, Halloween | 0 comments

For the first time ever, Sony Pictures’ classic film, Ghostbusters, is coming to “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood – bringing the most memorable scenes, characters and supernatural spirits from one of pop culture’s most iconic films to life in immersive mazes based off the 1984 classic at the nation’s premier Halloween events, starting this September. Ghostbusters has entertained generations with its comedic yet frightening tale of four paranormal investigators on their quest to eradicate supernatural threats from...

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The Magic Behind Bringing The Lion King to Life

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the Lion King event as a guest of Disney The Lion King is one of the most beloved Disney animated movie. I fell in love with the movie all over again when first getting an opportunity to see the all-new live-action film at the world premiere. The one thing that I loved about the movie was how they respected the original storyline and added some incredible new music. After seeing the film, I couldn’t wait to learn...

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Celebrate Santa Ana’s 150th Birthday

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

In honor of the City of Santa Ana’s 150th birthday, you are invited to partake in a re-enlivening of the Santa Ana Historic Street Breakfast, a civic tradition that dates back to 1928. Join us for GIGANTIC ENTERTAINMENT, homemade chilaquiles, good ol’ fashioned pancakes or even Vegan migas and stick around for arts and crafts, Santa Ana merchandise, micheladas, historic re-enactments and dress-up for our group photo, special guests and speeches, sing the City happy birthday, live music and...

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Hello Kitty Summer Carnival

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Hello Kitty Cafe at Irvine Spectrum Center is hosting a Summer Carnival on Wednesday, July 24th! Hello Kitty herself will make a rare public appearance for a meet & greet with fans! Parents and children can enjoy: Hello Kitty Cafe lemonade stand Cotton candy station Fun games such as corn hole, wheel spin, ring toss & bean bag race A balloon artist will fashion special Hello Kitty creations Live DJ Photo opps with Hello Kitty! This will be a...

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Nopales Con Huevos Recipe: Cactus & Eggs

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Have you ever had nopales (aka cactus)? Well, now is the time to try it. Nopales Con Huevos is one of my favorite breakfast dishes to enjoy while in Mexico, and after getting some fresh cactus leaves from Melissa’s Produce, I couldn’t wait to make it at home for my kids to enjoy. Nopales Con Huevos can be prepared many different ways. When in Mexico, it is usually offered at an omelet station where guests of the restaurant can...

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SoCal Summer Movie Night at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Movies al fresco on special SoCal summer nights have returned for the fifth year at Hotel Irvine’s always entertaining The Backyard. On Saturday, June 29, the whole family and everyone young at heart can roll out blankets to see “Captain Marvel” harness her special superpowers in this superhero film and PG-13 “Crazy Rich Asians” is being screened on Thursday, July 25 – the perfect flick for the gang, couples and dates, taking them on an outrageous trip to Singapore....

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4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Go Little Tokyo’s 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo returns to the heart of Downtown Los Angeles for two days on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th and features over 20 exclusive events including all-new interactive workshops, tastings, and demonstrations curated for first-time foodies and culinary enthusiasts alike. Taste, experience, and indulge during Delicious Little Tokyo, Los Angeles’ largest annual Japanese culinary weekend. The foodie festival features two days of delicious food harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo,...

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2019 OC Fair Discounts and Deals

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

There are so many great deals at the 2019 OC Fair that there is a way to experience Acres of Fun for free or at a discount every single day. Here’s how to save: We Care Wednesdays: Each Wednesday through Aug. 7, fairgoers can donate to one of our local nonprofit partners’ supply drives for free general admission plus one carnival ride per person. (Excludes the Titan ride.) The offer is valid from noon to 3 p.m. and donations...

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How to Prepare and Cook Cactus ‘Nopales’

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Guess what one of my favorite foods to eat in Mexico is? Cactus aka as nopales. Every morning, depending on what region I am visiting, I will either have machaca or nopales (cactus) in my eggs. This summer, I went to Puerto Peñasco and found myself in line at the grill to have eggs made with nopales three times. My daughter looked at my stack of plates at the end of breakfast and told me it was time to...

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Mary Poppins The Musical

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Giveaways, Theatre | 48 comments

Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, the hit Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Poppins lands in Orange County with a heartwarming score, a spoonful of imagination, a lovable jack-of-all-trades named Bert and a flying nanny who’s practically perfect in every way. Come be swept away by classic tunes like “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and, of course, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, as young Jane and Michael learn many valuable life lessons from their unconventional nanny. Mary Poppins the...

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The World’s Largest Bounce House

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Big Bounce America’s 2019 tour is bringing the most action-packed experience of the year to Riverside, California from Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 18th. Featuring the world’s largest bounce house, The Big Bounce America tour is the largest touring inflatable event in the entire world and will be taking place at the Norco’s SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park. The Big Bounce America tour features three massive inflatable attractions: the world’s largest bounce house, an incredible 900+ foot...

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Festival of Arts Family Art Day

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

“Family Art Day” at the Festival of Arts is the most fun-filled, art-filled and enchantment-filled day of the entire summer for families! When kids arrive, they will get a booklet full of coupons redeemable for special activities and treats. Kids can participate in “Art Quest”–an art exhibit treasure hunt where they will answer kid-friendly questions by investigating different exhibits throughout the grounds. Enjoy a special performance by the award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe, America’s only all-kid cirque company. Limited space...

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DreamWorks Trolls Afternoon Tea

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

This summer, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is thrilled to offer a DreamWorks Trolls Afternoon Tea, designed especially for little fans and featuring colorful tea treats inspired by the beloved characters! The experience brings to life the wonderful, glittering world of DreamWorks Trolls from the blockbuster film as well as the popular Netflix original series, DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! The DreamWorks Trolls-inspired menu features Queen Poppy speckled donuts, Queen Poppy and Branch friendship cookies, a white chocolate meringue...

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6 Must-Have Things For Your Family Vacation

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Whether it is a summer house in North Carolina or a weekend away to Florida, we all dream of a picture-perfect family vacation. However, planning the holiday is not as easy as we’d like it to be. If your children are still little, of course, you want a place that they will not only enjoy but also give the adults of the family an opportunity to get some much-deserved rest. This means a place where the children can explore...

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Summer Fun at Sea Legs at the Beach

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

The weather is finally heating up in Orange County…Finally!! What does that mean? The fun is ready to start at Sea Legs at the Beach. This weekend, summer kicked off with a rockin’ party at Sea Legs with the most beloved local band, Tijuana Dogs. People came from all over Orange County to see this killer band play just steps away from the beautiful Pacific ocean. Sea Legs at the Beach is a unique concert destination. It is right...

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Last Minute 4th of July Party Snack

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The 4th of July is tomorrow. Are you ready? I sure am not. We have plans to attend multiple parties, and while I would love to spend the day in the kitchen making dishes, with three kids, I just don’t have the time. I went searching for a quick and easy snack to bring to the multiple potlucks we are attending tomorrow and discovered Popcornopolis’ limited-edition gourmet Americorn popcorn!! It is the perfect way to stand out at one...

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Celebrate the 4th of July at Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Gather family and friends at Dana Point Harbor this 4th of July and look towards the sky over Doheny State Beach to experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display! A popular spot for locals and visitors to celebrate 4th of July each year, the City of Dana Point hosts one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Southern California with its own customized playlist to sing along to. Dana Point Harbor will be the perfect lookout point to...

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Burger Lovers, Rejoice! Burger Week Comes to Orange County

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

This month, Orange County will experience its inaugural Burger Week from Sunday, July 14th through Saturday, July 20th. Presented by The Fork Report, the event highlights burgers from nearly 60 participating restaurants countywide. Diners will be able to explore a variety of burgers, ranging from classic to creative, featuring various proteins from beef to plant-based, on menus priced at $10, $15 and $20 and luxe burger menus at $25. Burger Week menus from participating restaurants: 17th Street Grill –...

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Critical Need of Donations for Homeless at the OC Rescue Mission

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the 268 men, women and children currently residing at various campuses and the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. Donated items will be shared during the Rescue Mission’s “Christmas in July” event on Friday, July 26. The organization hosts this event annually with a two-fold purpose: providing resident families a second chance at a holiday celebration; and reminding the community that there...

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6th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The 6th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup is set to showcase more than 80 regional favorite and rarely seen craft beers on July 12 and 13, 2019 at the opening weekend of the world-famous OC Fair. For the first time, the highly anticipated 6th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will be held at The Hangar, the heart of the OC Fair & Event Center, with live entertainment from Orange County Oingo Boingo Tribute band...

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Irvine’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The City of Irvine’s annual summer tradition returns on Sunday, July 7th, when the Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts kick off at Mike Ward Community Park – Woodbridge. The community is invited to a series of six free family-friendly concerts out in the park covering a variety of musical tastes — from country hits and pop variety to classical symphony and dance party rock. Bring a picnic basket or plan to purchase treats from gourmet food trucks. 2019 Sizzlin’ Summer Concert...

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Best Place to Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Knott’s Berry Farm had a very distinct start; it is THE only theme park that was born from food. Before the many attractions and rollercoasters were installed, the Knott family began a small business by selling berries and fried chicken to Buena Park locals. The history of Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant started in June 1934 when Cordelia Knott served the first fried chicken dinner meal for 65 cents each on the land that is today known as Knott’s...

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Mamma Mia at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Due to overwhelming demand, LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is EXTENDING the first show of its 99th season, the perfect romantic comedy to kick off the Summer, ABBA’s intoxicating MAMMA MIA! The music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson, book by Catherine Johnson, originally conceived by Judy Craymer with musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed & choreographed by Karen Babcock Brassea. MAMMA MIA! begins previews on Friday, July 5; will open on Sunday, July 7 at 5:30pm...

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Five Crowns New Summer Menu

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Five Crowns welcomes a new summer menu courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla. Experience the rich flavors of the season’s most inspiring ingredients to complement Five Crowns’ favorite classic dishes. The vibrant menu features sixteen new seasonal menu items including Ricotta Ravioli with tomato consommè, basil oil and heirloom tomato, Stone Fruit & Burrata with puffed quinoa and lavender & blueberry vinaigrette, and Soft Shell Crab with corn salad, diced mango and pickled fresno chili. Save room for decadent...

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Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios to Share Never-Before-Seen Footage at D23

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) are gearing up for an exciting weekend of announcements and presentations—sharing never-before-seen footage—plus interactive displays, artist autograph signings, sharable photo opportunities, and giveaways for 2019’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. This year, Pixar and WDAS will join forces with Disney’s live-action team, creating a thrilling Walt Disney Studios slate presentation that promises to wow Disney fans in Hall D23 with new announcements, surprise talent appearances, and sneak peeks of select...

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A Day in the Canyon at The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Orange County residents and visitors are invited to attend “A Day in the Canyon” at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Held from 11AM to 6PM on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the property’s coveted Scout Camp, this interactive community event will include outdoor activities, delicious organic cuisine, beer and wine pairings, and fun for the whole family. At 7PM, the day will shift to a separate adults-only VIP event called “A Night in the Canyon” featuring an outdoor movie...

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Andrei’s Celebrates 10 Years of Giving with Month-Long Anniversary Fundraiser Benefiting Miracles for Kids

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in July and in honor of this milestone, the Irvine restaurant will be donating 20% of all sales for the month to Miracles for Kids, with the mission to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families in need. In addition to the month-long fundraiser, from July 1st through 13th guests will be able to partake in a special menu of 10 Andrei’s signature items, all priced at...

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