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Shop, Stay, Eat and Play in Costa Mesa

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Featured, Giveaways, Travel | 16 comments

While this is a very uncertain time, the future ahead is bright and sunny, especially in our favorite Orange County city – Costa Mesa. As our family eases back into traveling, we plan to start by staying close to home with mini staycations, and Costa Mesa plans to be one of our first destinations. Why Costa Mesa? The city is rich with culture, arts, shopping, and of course…cuisine. While most places are not quite open for business, soon they will be, and now is the best time to start planning your upcoming family getaway in Costa Mesa. Best Places to Stay in Costa Mesa Avenue of the Arts, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel Unparalleled comfort and a scenic lakeside setting facing Segerstrom Center for the Arts are found in this AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel. BLVD Hotel BLVD hotel is just a short distance from OC Fair & Event Center. This chic boutique hotel features a relaxed, surf-culture vibe true of coastal Southern California. The Westin South Coast Plaza Located directly between South Coast Plaza and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, discover the culture, glamour and excitement of Orange County in one of its most tranquil retreats. Hilton This hotel exemplifies class and elegance with a modern twist set amidst popular attractions, stores, and activities. Marriott...

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World Premiere of Disney Pixar Onward

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

We attended as a guest of Disney and Pixar. One of my favorite things to do with my children is to attend a world premiere of a Disney and Pixar Animation film. I was beyond thrilled upon receipt of the invitation to attend the world premiere of Disney and Pixar’s newest feature animated film, Onward. It felt like a dream come true, receiving the invitation, and I could not wait to tell my boys that they would be attending with me. The first thing that my boys did was to watch the trailer for the film. From that moment on, they could not wait to attend. The day of the premiere, my younger son got all dressed up before school so that he would be all ready for the premiere. You can imagine his sadness when he called me an hour into school to tell me that he fell into a puddle of mud, and needed me to bring him a change of clothes. Thankfully, he had a large variety of clothes in his closet, and I was able to bring him something cute to change into at school that he could also wear to the premiere. I was counting down the clock until it was time for us to leave for Los Angeles,...

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Glamping in a Tipi under the Stars in Joshua Tree

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Autos, Joshua Tree, Kia, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 4 comments

Glamping in Joshua Tree with AirBnb was one of my favorite mother/daughter trips. My daughter and I love visiting unique and fun places. Recently, a listing on Airbnb in Joshua Tree caught our attention. It is a place that we wanted to visit, and we added it to our travel bucket list over a year ago. During the holiday break, I surprised my daughter with an overnight to Joshua Tree to go glamping in a tipi! Hiking to Heart...

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How to Keep Your Furniture Safe from the Kids (and Vice-Versa)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in Parenting | 0 comments

Children are a joy and lots of fun, there energy and exuberance contagious. Children are also generally rambunctious and really bad at not breaking things, and it’s not always there fault. Youth means less developed motor functions, and that means clumsiness. This tends to become apparent in the teen years when puberty starts causing kids to drop stuff randomly. It can also mean a hard time keeping the furniture in good shape. This question probably brings to mind grandma’s...

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TCL Presents Golf4Hope

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and TCL is challenging ourselves and our friends to make a difference in the lives of those affected. TCL is sponsoring Golf4Hope, charity golf tournament, to raise money and awareness for a group of families that really needs assistance through the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), an organization with a simple mission to help underprivileged children and their families manage the journey of care that comes with a diagnosis of Cancer. As a longtime...

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Rubio’s Giving Free Chips & Guac on National Guacamole Day

Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

On Wednesday, September 16, Rubio’s is celebrating National Guacamole Day by giving out free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Tortilla chips are also prepared fresh daily with a light sprinkling of all-natural sea salt. Simply enter coupon code MKTG958 for online orders placed at rubios.com or in the Rubio’s app, or present the coupon: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-guacamole-day at any of...

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Halloween at Descanso Gardens

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Believe it or not, ‘tis almost the season for everyone’s favorite gourd—pumpkins! This fall, if you’re looking for a Halloween experience that’s less about frights and more about the joy of the season, then Descanso Gardens has the perfect activity for you. Throughout the month of October, the Gardens will celebrate Halloween at Descanso, a pumpkin-filled extravaganza that invites guests to safely wind their way through socially-distanced pumpkin-themed displays in the most popular sections of Descanso Gardens. Entering through...

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Patty’s Cakes & Desserts Celebrates 35 Years

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Patty’s Cakes & Desserts celebrates 35 years in business and ten years at its storefront in Fullerton, California. In addition to its regular menu of fresh-baked offerings, the award-winning bakery debuts a full lineup of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes available daily. They recently introduced new flavors like Very Berry Strawberry, Snickerdoodle, Blueberry Pancake, S’mores, and Chocolate Caramel Salty. With nearly 100 flavors of iced-to-order cupcakes available daily, Patty’s Cakes & Desserts offers one of the largest and most comprehensive...

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Ocean Institute’s First Virtual Maritime Festival

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Garnering support from oceanic institutions worldwide, the Ocean Institute – an Orange County-based ocean education center offering in-depth marine science, maritime history and outdoor education programs – has announced it will replace its annual Tall Ships Festival with its first Virtual Maritime Festival, a multi-layered interactive and educational event featuring a three-day global stream marathon, September 11th to 13th. During this three-day stream marathon, Ocean Institute will bring together maritime establishments from around the globe, with interactive virtual experiences...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Registration for Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ two schools – American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities will offer live virtual classes starting in September. Attached is a release that talks about Studio D., in particular, and the new features that have been developed in order keep kids (ages 3-22) healthy and secure at home until it’s safe to return to the Center’s studios. Registration is available now. Even though classes are virtual,...

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How This app Can Protect Your Child from Cyberbullying?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2020 in Education, Family, Tech | 0 comments

We do not have to tell you this, but you probably already know that smartphones and other digital devices are now an integral component of our daily lives. This is particularly true for your child. Someone growing up in an environment where digital technologies are pervasive will consider them to be a normal part of life. However, if you follow the news, you also know that the internet and similar technologies have a dark side as well. For example,...

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On The Way to Bass Lake, Don’t Miss the Madera Wine Trail Wineries

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

Central California’s Madera County is the largest rural county in the state and home to the Madera Wine Trail. The landscape stretches from productive farmlands to rolling foothills and upward into the High Sierra. It’s no mystery why this countryside has been winemaking since the 1800s, the weather is warm, the skies are clear and the snowcapped mountain tops nourish the foothills and central valley. “Visitors from across the state are taking notice of the amazing adventures they can...

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How to Keep Your Family Cool When the Heat Wave Comes to Your Neighborhood

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Events, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

As years get hotter and hotter, it becomes more and more important to keep your whole family cool and safe. Babies, small kids, and teens are all sensitive to hot weather. It takes a toll on everyone. Hot weather is also troublesome for elders, as many of them can experience heat strokes and dehydration. Even those who love the sun know that the heat often rises a bit too much — particularly if you work or reside in places...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Diaper Donations

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

OC Rescue Mission has recently announced an urgent need for size 5 and 6 diapers, 3T-5T boys and girls pull-up pants, and baby wipes for its large number of toddlers and young children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility for homelessness in Orange County. The organization is seeking help from the local community to provide a combined total of more than 21,000 diapers, pull-up pants and wipes, which will provide a month’s worth...

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Locca Churros & Tea Introduces DIY Boba Kits

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

South County’s favorite boba shop, Locca Churros & Tea, has good news for boba tea lovers, as they have launched a DIY Premium Boba Kit. The family-friendly activity provides a box with the boba and a variety of tea to make as many as 16 drinks. Available in-store at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo or on Locca’s website for $35 per kit, the “Daily Joy” Boba Kit contains Organic Earl Grey, Organic Matcha, Premium Jasmine Tea, a package of boba/tapioca...

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Yoga on Tap

Posted by on Aug 25, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Yoga is a powerful practice and important to our minds, bodies and souls, but sometimes we can take it a bit to seriously. Haus of Show is here to help you remember to crack a smile when you’re standing strong in your tree pose. Our Haus is built on the philosophy that fitness can be fun, experiential yet still provide healthy benefits. We bring outdoor workouts such as yoga, surfing and SUP to our OC communities for all levels...

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No Fair? Mutt Lynch’s Introduces OC Fair-inspired Foods

Posted by on Aug 18, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Mutt Lynch’s has introduced a menu inspired by the funky foods found at the OC Fair. Available for a limited time, the special menu sees the addition of iconic Fair favorites, including Giant Turkey Legs and Deep-fried Oreos. When the OC Fair was canceled this year for the second time in its over-130-year history due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Mutt Lynch’s found a way to keep its magic alive with a special menu recreating some of the Fair’s most...

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OC Rescue Mission Seeks Community’s Help as the New School Year

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

OC Rescue Mission has announced an urgent need for funding to provide long term distance learning for its 61 homeless children living at its transitional facility, Village of Hope, for the 2020-2021 school year, which begins in less than two weeks. This urgent need follows Governor Newsom’s recent order to convert all Orange County schools to distance learning models for the upcoming school year, according to Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. The Orange County Rescue Mission...

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Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach Expands NEW foaVIRTUAL

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The celebrated Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is proud to continue to fulfill its mission and support local artists with the recent expansion of the non-profit’s latest digital initiative. The new 3D immersive online gallery, foaVIRTUAL, now allows guests the unique opportunity to listen to audio from participating artists as they explore and purchase artwork from over 120 Festival of Arts exhibitors. As virtual guests navigate around the gallery, or take a guided art tour, select artists now...

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Raw Bar by Slapfish Offers $1 Oysters on National Oyster Day

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Seafood lovers have something to celebrate on National Oyster Day when Raw Bar by Slapfish offers $1 oysters on Wednesday, August 5, from 12 to 9pm. Guests who purchase one dozen of the sexy bivalve mollusks will also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to enjoy on their spacious outdoor patio. Raw Bar will serve a variety of east coast and west coast oysters on the half shell with shallot vinegar, grated horseradish, and cocktail sauce. Widely known as...

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Cox Communications Donates 300 Computers to Capistrano Unified School District

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Cox Communications has donated 300 computers to Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) to enable low-income families to connect with educators and resources during the current emergency distance learning state. Cox utilized nonprofit Computers2Kids, San Diego, to deliver these devices to the South Orange County school district. Cox piloted the now national Connect2Compete program in San Diego in 2012 with local schools and organizations. Connect2Compete includes in-home wifi, free installation and access to the online Cox Digital Academy. As back-to-school...

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Give Back with Miracles for Kids: A Slice of Summer Online Auction!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Looking for a unique way to help your community during these tough times? Miracles for Kids’ A Slice of Summer Online Auction gives you the chance to do just that! Featuring 10 summer-themed items ranging from a round of golf on luxury greens to a private in-home dinner for you and your guests, the Irvine-based nonprofit is turning fun summer activities into a new opportunity to provide support to families with critically-ill children. We guarantee there is an auction...

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The OC Rescue Mission: Donation Needs for Christmas in July

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the more than 260 men, women and children currently residing at its various campuses and the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. “Christmas in July,” which is an annual event, will be held on Friday, July 24 and will consist of a celebration that aims to bring the hope of the holidays to resident families living at the Rescue Mission. The...

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Everything at Your Fingertips: 10 Must-Have Items No Bathroom Cabinet Should Be Without

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

Regardless of the number of people living in the home or the size of the bathroom, certain items must appear in the bathroom cabinet. Having these items on hand guarantees they remain easily accessible when a family member becomes ill or when an emergency arises. A well-stocked cabinet ensures last-minutes runs to the pharmacy become a thing of the past. What ten items need to appear in every bathroom cabinet? Band-Aids Cuts and scrapes happen. No matter how much...

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Celebrate LIT Cafe’s 1-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

LIT Cafe is turning one! Though the restaurant’s official anniversary is on July 1, Anaheim’s favorite modern dining destination will be celebrating for the entire month of July with a special (and tasty!) $1 menu. See below for the full list of food, drink, and pastry offerings that you and your loved ones won’t want to miss! Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 “Heath Bar” cookies with chocolate + cornflakes Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 handcrafted grapefruit-citrus soda...

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OC Together: Do Your Part and Wear a Mask

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Events, Health, Hoag Health | 0 comments

Hoag Partnership While there has been a lot of controversy in our community surrounding wearing or not wearing a mask, Hoag Health is asking our community to come together this 4th of July weekend and all wear a mask. This weekend, if we all wear our masks, we can help keep our family, friends and community safe from #COVID19 and other contagious diseases. Hoag Hospital is well-equipped to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those with other conditions,...

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2020 Virtual OC Fair

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The 2020 OC Fair is going virtual! While fairgoers may not be able to hop on their favorite carnival ride or enjoy crazy Fair food in person, we are keeping the spirit of the Fair alive on social media and ocfair.com. Starting July 17, several Virtual OC Fair elements will be highlighted each day on social media through July 27, with lots of fun content on ocfair.com all summer long. Videos of your favorite performers, photo galleries of summer...

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Secret to a Successful Business: Russell Brunson Traffic Secrets

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sponsored Do you have an online business? Finding customers is one of the biggest challenges for most online business owners. Russell Brunson has recently published an incredible book, “Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers.” While reading the book written by the Best-Selling Author & CEO of $100M software company ClickFunnels, I did a 30-day challenge to slowly start implementing his advice into my business. While reading the book over the...

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Celebrate Toast Kitchen + Bakery’s 2-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Toast Kitchen + Bakery is turning two! Though their official anniversary is on July 24, Costa Mesa’s favorite modern diner will be celebrating throughout the entire month of July. Join Chef John Park as he and his team celebrate two years and enjoy weekly specials on Toast’s most popular menu items including craft cocktails, entrees, wine and dessert. See below for the full list of offerings! Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5: 2-for-1 craft cocktails during Happy Hour...

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Never Forget to Do These 3 Things If You’re Left to Your Own Devices While Aging

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

As we age, we need to consider how and where we will live, who will take care of us if we are no longer able to do it on our own, and our finances. For those of us with a partner or family, the process may seem cut and dry. We may designate our partner or family members as caretakers, medical proxies, and beneficiaries of our estate. However, more of us are aging alone or remaining single in our...

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Alegría Fresh Produce is Now Available to the Community

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Alegría Fresh is offering an important avenue of support by providing its regenerative organic locally grown produce to the community again. Today more than ever, most people need to strengthen their immune systems, feel better and have more energy. The FarmBoxx includes 23+ heart, gut and brain healthy greens, herbs, veggies and edible flowers, delivered same-day within hours of harvest. At a time when people need a healthy boost, the quality, freshness and diversity in the FarmBoxx delivers it....

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Outdoor Patio Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 in Dining, Events, Featured | 3 comments

With the reopening of restaurants taking place across Orange County, we have discovered the best places to enjoy outdoor patio dining in Orange County. Las Brisas Perched above the scenic Laguna Beach coastline, Las Brisas is a classic Southern California restaurant that delivers stunning ocean views with a sea-to-table menu infused with traditional Mexican flavors. Upon reopening earlier this month, the restaurant debuted a brand new outdoor “Margarita Garden,” complete with ocean views, astroturf, and socially distant tables to...

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Flower Duet’s Online Living Art Camp

Posted by on Jun 20, 2020 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

For the summer of 2020, Flower Duet wants kids (and their parents) to learn how to make fabulous floral designs, botanical crafts and gain a few entrepreneurship skills, too! Flower Duet’s online Living Art Camp weeks will enable anyone to fill the void many summer camps left behind after being cancelled due to social-distancing guidelines. To align with many parents’ desire to keep kids occupied over the summer with activities that are fun and educational, Flower Duet designed 12...

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