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Tru Grits: Modern Asian Fusion Restaurant

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love when I stumble upon a hidden dining gem in Orange County, and that was the case when I brought my family for dinner at Tru Grits in Anaheim. After a fun day at the Disneyland Resort, we were in search of something delicious and new for dinner that was within close proximity of Disneyland. I had heard a lot of buzz surrounding Tru Grits and decided to bring the family for dinner. The restaurant is located in the most unexpected place – the lobby of a local hotel! Normally, a hotel restaurant is ‘average,’ but that is not the case with this delicious dining destination. The cuisine is modern Asian fusion style that is 110% kid-friendly. Since it was our first time dining at Tru Grits, we decided to sample a variety of dishes off their menu. The kids favorite on the appetizer menu was the Tru Grits popcorn chicken. What kid doesn’t like popcorn chicken? The tasty fried bites were seasoned with an herb garden basil and secret chef seasoning. Even your pickiest eater will devour every last bite. For the vegetarian in our family, we ordered the crispy Brussel sprouts. The vegetables boasted with flavor from the balsamic reduction and were topped...

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Afternoon Tea with Paddington

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio In celebration of the all-new film, Paddington 2, I surprised my kids by taking them to The London West Hollywood for afternoon tea with Paddington. The morning of the event, my kids got dressed in their best clothing and were overwhelmed with excitement about seeing the movie. When we arrived at The London West Hollywood, there was a giant “Paddington” made out of balloons. My youngest son got super excited and insisted that I take his picture with the balloon character. Little did he know, that he was going to get to meet Paddington himself in person a few minutes later. Once everyone had arrived, we were welcomed into the screening room at The London West Hollywood. The kids were invited to get their favorite candy and bucket of popcorn to bring with them into the theater to see the film. Everyone found a comfortable seat in the screening room, and the movie began. The minute the movie started, Paddington won over our hearts. The movie is even better than the first and is a great story about love, kindness, and friendship. There were times during the film where it was hard not to cry and other times when I was overwhelmed with happiness. The movie...

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Viva Los Tacos Event + Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 1 comment

  Things are getting festive at the MainPlace Mall this month for Viva Los Tacos, a celebration of food, culture and art. Aiming to please, Viva Los Tacos will introduce some the best taco items, chefs and menus the Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles areas has to offer to 1,500 attendees. Viva Los Tacos will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (VIP admission at noon) at MainPlace Mall in Santa...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. never stopped asking the question, “What are you doing for others?” On Sunday, January 14, Segerstrom Center for the Arts will join millions of others across the country recognizing Dr. King’s legacy, honoring community volunteers, showcasing local service organizations and encouraging everyone to become involved and ‘do for others.’ The Center invites visitors and families from across the county to gather on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza from noon to 3 p.m....

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Four Things Kids will Learn from The Lion Guard: The Rise Of Scar

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored The Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies of all-time, so naturally, I instantly became a fan of the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard. When I learned about an all-new movie, “The Lion King: The Rise of Scar” being released on DVD, I couldn’t wait to get it and watch it with my younger son. The film is one of my favorite Lion Guard stories yet, and my favorite part is all the great lessons...

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Disney Live! Presents Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

  Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions when Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic visits Long Beach Terrace Theatre & Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario from January 18-January 21. Tickets are on sale now. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into...

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Five Ways to Prevent Clogged Drains

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored With a house full of teenagers, we were always faced with the issue of clogged drains. I’ve tried everything from using a bent wire hanger to salt/baking soda, but there is only one thing that I have found to tackle clogged drains, and that is Roto-Rooter. It has been almost a year since using the Roto-Rooter product in our household, and we have noticed a big difference in our plumbing. I have noticed that I don’t have to...

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Star Wars FREE Family Fun Day

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Do your kids like Star Wars? Then you’re not going to want to miss the Star Wars family fun day happening at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach on Monday, January 29th from 10:30-11:30am. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character to participate in Jedi training led by their Star Wars heroes!! During the event there will be stories, games, photo ops, and more. Don’t miss the fun! When: January 29th Time: 10:30-11:30 Where:...

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Paddington 2: A Story about Kindness and Friendship

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening as a guest of the studio From the first moment I watched Paddington, I fell in love with the tiny little bear cub. I absolutely love cute animals (who doesn’t?!?), and Paddington was that, plus he has a great story to tell. From the story to the characters there was nothing you couldn’t love about the cute, kind, and not to mention fluffy bear. When I saw the first commercial for Paddington 2, I was...

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Rejuvenate and Relax at Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Who likes to escape to a tropical paradise to rejuvenate and relax? We sure do, and we found the perfect place to share with all of you! Kona Kai Resort & Spa, a beautiful, local resort and spa in San Diego; truly a sparkling jewel. Pulling into the circular drive of Kona Kai Resort & Spa on Shelter Island reminded us of how close, and yet how removed we were from...

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What to Expect at Bella Terra’s New Restaurant: The Public House by Evan’s Brewing Co.

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

 We visited The Public House by Evan’s Brewing Co. as a guest of the restaurant. Bella Terra in Huntington Beach recently gained another restaurant on its property that offers foodies and beer enthusiasts another place to dine and indulge. The Public House by Evans Brewing Co. is the brewery’s second tasting room and restaurant which opened approximately a year after its first location in downtown Fullerton. The venue itself gives off a casual vibe to patrons as they walk...

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The Greatest Showman: Experiencing the Greatest Show

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening as a guest of the studio There are very few movies out there that are cinematic eye dazzling, body moving, tear-worthy masterpieces.  The Greatest Showman is that movie.  From the opening scene to the very end the audience’s attention is caught.  As the opening scene is about to appear you hear voices singing ‘Woah’ over and over for a good 30 seconds, this is the beginning melody from The Greatest Show.  As the melody continues,...

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Disneyland Resort Offers Southern California Residents Special Ticket Prices

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 1 comment

  The Disneyland Resort is kicking off the new year with a special ticket offer for Southern California residents, just in time for guests to “get more happy” with enhanced Star Wars experiences at Disneyland Park, the guest-favorite Lunar New Year celebration and popular Food & Wine Festival returning at Disney California Adventure Park, plus the first-ever Pixar Fest, a resort-wide celebration of stories and characters from Pixar Animation Studios. Additionally, the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort are...

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Toddler Tuesdays Construction Zone

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored It is the New Year and time for Toddler Tuesdays at the Irvine Spectrum Center to return. We are kicking off the year with a fun day under the sun with a construction zone theme. Get your kids construction hats on and bring them to the Irvine Spectrum Center on Tuesday, January 16th from 10 am to 12 pm. All activities are complimentary! See you there! Entertainment Schedule: 10am-12pm noon: DJ and activities 11:45am – 11:55am: Storytime Activities:...

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Al Fresco Dining at Center 360

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of the biggest additions to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, when the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza opened, is Center 360 cafe. Located right in the heart of the center is a beautiful outdoor dining venue where families can savor delicious cuisine before seeing a performance at the Segerstrom Center or just during an afternoon out and about. When Center 360 first opened a couple of weeks ago, our...

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It’s France vs. Italy at Bluewater Grill

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Bluewater Grill is kicking off the 2018 Bluewater Second Tuesday Monthly Tasting Series with a January 9th showdown between Europe’s two famous fish stews paired with hand-selected wines from each country. Following the special events, seafoodies will be able to declare which centuries-old dish is best: French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino. The “French Bouillabaisse vs. Italian Cioppino Tasting Event” – planned for Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Bluewater Grill restaurants in Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Temecula and Phoenix; Bluewater...

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Sparking a Love for Creativity and Literacy at Storymakery

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Reading has never been easy for my youngest son. I had a lot of complications during my pregnancy, and he was born prematurely. He could have had multiple major lifelong challenges, but thankfully he was only left with one – a learning disability. Unfortunately, when you are 10-years-old, a learning disability can feel like the end of the world, and struggling to read can cause endless frustration for a child. The...

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Las Brisas: Ocean Breezes and Delicious Cuisine

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Being invited to Las Brisas is always a welcome treat for us. We love the new menu items that continue to take us by surprise, the views, of course, are stunning and the genuine interaction with their staff (feels like family) always continue to delight us; full of laughter, kindness and impeccable service. A new midday menu has been introduced; exploring fresh ideas and keeping true to the classic favorites. You’ll...

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4 Things to Ask your Kid’s Tutor this January

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  It’s important for students to play an active role in their supplemental education services, which means asking their Orange County tutors questions and staying involved in the direction their education is taking. Students can inquire about study skills, challenging topics, and deadlines coming up this spring. It’s easy for students to become disassociated with their overall education in the middle of winter but playing an active part in their tutoring sessions will make a huge difference in the...

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Can You Stand Still? Pageant of the Masters Casting Call 2018

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Do you enjoy art, theater and music? Have you ever thought about posing on a stage? Do you enjoy being in the spotlight? And can you stand still for 90 seconds? Perfect – you could be a volunteer cast-member in the 2018 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. The Pageant of the Masters is looking for men, women and children to volunteer for next summer’s show, Under the Sun. People of all sizes and ages are needed...

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Monster Jam Crushes Through Angel Stadium

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Featuring more Monster Jam® events than any other city in the country, the 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks are ready to roar full throttle back into Angel Stadium of Anaheim with a newly added 5th weekend event – marking the first-ever Sunday event for Southern California fans! Now the most adrenaline-charged motorsports experience for families on the planet returns to Anaheim in 2018 with more action and bigger trucks than ever before ready to battle it out in...

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24 Hours After Liposuction Surgery

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has been 24 hours since my Liposuction surgery, and I am already feeling great. I have spent most of my first day sleeping and getting up every four hours to walk a little and to take my pain medication. I was hoping to start weaning myself off the pain medication today, but it is still too sensitive around my abdominal area to start weaning off the pain medication. This morning, I had my post-op appointment with Dr. Champion...

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Holiday Family Fun: Winter Fest OC

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Winter is my favorite season, and part of that is because of the holidays and all the fun lights and decorations. I also love the cold weather and sipping on hot cocoa with my family. This year, my family and I attended Winter Fest OC at the OC Fair Grounds. I knew from the minute I heard of it that it was going to be a blast and I was right!...

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Winter Wonderland: CHILL at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Now that you have some time between the holidays, you should check out the all-new CHILL at The Queen Mary! Whether you are looking for something fun and wildly different with the family, an outing as a couple or perhaps you want to gather a group of friends to play in the cold; it’s a great afternoon or evening of fun! CHILL at The Queen Mary is a winter wonderland full...

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The Day of the Liposuction Procedure

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has been a year since having my breast lift surgery. I told myself that I would give 110% to trying to get my pre-baby body back naturally for one year. I tried everything. I tried every diet. I tried every exercise, and yet I wasn’t able to get my body back. One year after my breast surgery, I scheduled my appointment to have liposuction done at CosmetiCare with Dr. Champion. The morning of the surgery, I was...

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Toast to 2018 Aboard The Majestic Queen Mary

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

  Ring in the New Year with a night of captivating live entertainment, delicious food, and spectacular drinks culminating with one of SoCal’s top New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Travel throughout the ship’s decks, ballrooms, and salons for one night of multiple celebrations including a live performance by well-known 90’s artist, Sir Mix-A-Lot. FIREWORK DISPLAY: Dubbed Southern California’s top fireworks display, the 15-minute-long fireworks show paints the night sky with exhilarating colors in-sync to...

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Ring in the New Year at Winter Fest OC

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

  Winter Fest OC, Southern California’s largest winter experience, invites you to ring in the New Year not once, but twice, with a special countdown, fireworks, and an unforgettable 3,000-balloon-drop at 6pm and midnight. The celebration begins early with not-to-miss meet-and-greets with PAW Patrol characters Marshall and Chase from 2:30pm to 9:00pm. Families are also invited to commemorate El Día de los Reyes, or Three Kings’ Day on January 6, where Winter Fest will host a traditional parade of...

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2017 Orange County New Year’s Eve Dining Events

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Dining, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

  Looking for somewhere to ring in the New Year? These are the hottest dining spots to ring in the New Year in Orange County. Ways & Means Oyster House 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 All aboard for Ways & Means Hawaiian New Year’s Bash! Throw on your cheesy Love Boat costume and get ready for a night of music & dancing! Guests can enjoy themed cocktails, costume contests, and giveaways all night long! Andrei’s Conscious...

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SoCal Firefighters: FREE Tickets to CHILL at Queen Mary

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  The world-famous Queen Mary and Urban Commons, the current Queen Mary lease holder, will offer SoCal Firefighters a FREE ticket to the all-new CHILL in appreciation of their efforts in fighting the recent California fires. Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL offers a rush of icy family fun with nightly entertainment throughout the park including international cultural celebrations, live music, Rockettes-style dance performances, fireworks, choreographed light shows, DJs, dancing, tasty food, a...

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Giving the Gift of Handmade Gifts

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Christmas, Crafts, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite gifts to give are those that are handmade. This holiday season, we took a break from the holiday stress and spent an afternoon decorating stockings to fill with Welch’s holiday fruit snacks for some of our family and friends. We decided to fill the stockings with Welch’s fruit snacks vs. candy because they are made with real fruit (which is the first ingredient), they are 100% DV vitamin C, 25% DV Vitamin A&E, fat-free,...

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