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Epic Los Angeles to Las Vegas Road Trip

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Featured, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 1 comment

Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite summer road trips was when we went off the beaten path from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Normally, when going on a Las Vegas road trip, we can’t wait to get to the city and drive all the way to Vegas with as minimal stops as possible. This year, we did things differently and turned a four-hour drive into a 12-hour drive, and it was the best Las Vegas road trip ever! If you make this road trip, you’ll want to leave early! Leaving from Los Angeles or Orange County will take about the same amount of time, and your family can easily accomplish all these stops, and make it to Vegas before sundown. You’ll want to load up your Kia with plenty of snacks and water for the kids. Then put your favorite playlist on the radio, and get ready to experience an epic road trip! Our first stop along the road trip added an extra hour that we weren’t planning, but was the adventure of a lifetime. If you have an AWD vehicle and have a family who likes thrilling adventures, then you’ll want your first stop to be at the Mojave Desert Rock Faces. They are a little hard to find...

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48th Annual Festival of Whales

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

Dana Point Harbor invites families to experience the 48th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales, March 2-3 and 9-10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can explore Dana Point Harbor during the gray whale’s annual winter migratory ritual, and enjoy engaging activities including whale watching, first day Parade and street fair, sand sculpting, live music, the Dinghy Dash, Art in the Park, Chowder Cook-Off, Ocean Awareness Day, delicious harbor eats, educational programs, and much more. Home to over 400,000 common dolphins and five species of whales, Dana Point is the “Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World.” Locals and destination seekers alike can experience the near perfect conditions and enjoy exceptional whale watching year-round. Dana Point Harbor is the ideal location for whale watching with quick and easy accessibility to open ocean. Winter celebrates the Gray Whale and year-round regularly viewed whales include Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, and Minke Whales. Many believe Dana Point is a reference landmark for the whales and is famous as a gathering area. During their southern migration, they tend to hug the shore. This allows for visitors to approach the whales in a peaceful manner letting us make more intimate contact with them. The Dana Point Festival of Whales, one of Southern California’s largest and...

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Indulgent Dinner with Daou and Black Angus

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined at Black Angus as a guest of the venue What a great evening we had when Black Angus and Daou Winery invited us to dine with them. Yes, these two have decided to partner and bring us a new menu complimented by the well known and delicious wines of Daou. Black Angus recently remodeled the Lakewood, Ca location; it has a bright, fresh, contemporary design; a brand new take on Black Angus for all of us yet...

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Kiwano Horned Melon Fruit Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

In my family, when salsa is made it is eaten within the first couple of hours. Instead of going to the regular grocery store and buying salsa I decided to try to make some with the recent kiwano (horned melon) I got from Melissa’s Produce. I told my family that I was making kiwano fruit salsa and they were so excited! Before I tell you how to make the salsa I should give you a little bit of background...

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Santa Ana Zoo Annual Birthday Bash

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys,” announced today that its 67th wild birthday celebration will take place Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd on the Zoo grounds from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. You came as a kid, now come back with yours! Parking and entertainment are included in the cost of general admission. Zoo members and children under age 3 are free. Did you know that multiple animals at the Zoo were born in...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 32 comments

Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd anniversary on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th. We’re rolling back prices to our original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides! It’s our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years. Irvine Park Railroad, which has become a favorite destination for families from across Southern California, takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates...

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Electrifying Harlem Globetrotters Return to SoCal

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 51 comments

Committed to bringing fans the best experience and most electrifying athletes on the planet, the Harlem Globetrotters will give their fans a chance to get closer than ever to the action and team’s stars with their brand-new Fan Powered World Tour, which is set to come to the Los Angeles area in February. Harlem Globetrotters Schedule *Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State University Friday, February 15 at 7pm. *Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario Saturday, February 16 at 2pm...

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In Melissa’s Kitchen with Nancie McDermott

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Last week, I had the honor of visiting Melissa’s Produce for a cooking demo by the highly renowned author, Nancie McDermott. I was in for a treat. Not only did I get a chance to sample some of the foods from her cookbook, Fruit: a Savor the South, by I also got to learn so much from her. My favorite thing that they served from her cookbook was a Horchata de Melon cantaloupe seed drink. It was light, refreshing,...

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The LEGO Movie 2: The LEGO Space Hollywood

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We visited The LEGO Space Hollywood as a guest When the first LEGO Movie came out my younger brother had an obsession with LEGO’s, so naturally, we had to go see it. My whole family loved it! Now that the second film is out in theaters my brothers and I saw it as fast as we could! The LEGO Movie 2 could be one of my new favorite movies! But my favorite part was The LEGO Movie 2: The...

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First Look at The Genie in Disney’s Aladdin

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

It was an exciting night last night as the world got their first look at The Genie in Disney’s upcoming live action feature film, Aladdin. The newly released video also features never-before-seen footage, that you’ll not want to miss sharing with your children. Aladdin Television Feature About Disney’s Aladdin A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie...

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Three Little Pigs Join Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

We experienced Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession as a guest of Disney The Lunar New Year is a time for families to gather together to celebrate, and what better place to do that than the Disneyland Resort. My favorite thing to experience while at the Disneyland Resort during the Lunar New Year is Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession. This year, guests visiting the resort are in for a big treat. With it being the year of the pig, The...

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Love is in the air in Orange County as sweethearts make dining arrangements to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one they love. We have found the best restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Orange County. Montage Laguna Beach Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6000 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach Studio’s Six-Course Valentine’s Dinner Created for Gourmet Lovers Thursday, February 14 Chef Ben Martinek is serving heartfelt selections to delight couples who desire impeccably served, delicious food presented...

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How to Cut a Kiwano Horned Melon

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

When I first read about Kiwano horned melons in the Melissa’s Great Book of Produce, I was a little bit confused on how to open and eat them. I eventually figured it out and I am here to now share that knowledge with you. If you do not know what a kiwano horned melon is, it is a orange melon (about the size of a mango) and it has little spiked on it. The fruit is a little intimidating,...

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Valentine’s Day Date Night Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Valentine's Day | 65 comments

Pamper your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day by spending the day at The District at Tustin Legacy. We have created a guide to having an unforgettable day with the love of your life. Start your day with a little bit of pampering and relaxation by getting a couples massage at Massage Envy. You’ll be able to connect with your mind, body, and soul making your love for each other stronger than ever. After a little zen, it’s time for some...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center: Camp Pinniped

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for children, ages 8 – 13, to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! A perfect experience for budding veterinarians, scientists and animal lovers! Campers learn how their animal care team rehabilitates their seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Each day has a different theme in order to provide a...

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Lunar New Year 2019: South Coast Plaza Dining

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Select South Coast Plaza restaurants have created special dishes in honor of the Lunar New Year! Celebrate the year of the pig by enjoying delicious cuisine at one of these premier restaurants. AnQi by House of AN February 5-10, 2019 from 5 – 10 p.m. Join AnQi for a festive Lunar New Year. Start the Year of the Pig with beautiful décor, “Li Xi” Good Luck Red Envelope; and Heaven & Earth Good Luck Prosperity Menu of specials served...

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Upscale Pizza at Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined at Pitfire Pizza as a guest of the venue Pizza is the key to my heart. There can never be too much pizza in your life. So, when our family plans dinner out, we usually end up having pizza. There are so many choices when it comes to having pizza in Orange County, and I am always looking for somewhere new to try. Recently, we went to Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa, and it was love at...

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How To Roast Romanesco

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

Romanesco is one of my all-time favorite vegetables. While at Melissa’s Produce last month, I was able to bring home some to prepare a dish for my family. Melissa’s Produce Description of Romanesco Though Romanesco looks like a vegetable from another planet, it is a member of the Brassica family that includes cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. The bright green symmetrical spirals of varying sizes are actually individual buds of the plants flower. It is believed that Italian farmers in...

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Knott’s Berry Farm Peanuts Celebration

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited the Knott’s Berry Farm Peanuts Celebration as a guest The Peanuts played a huge part in my childhood, so every time I go to Knott’s Berry Farm I get those wonderful memories brought back. When Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates the Peanuts Celebration it is my favorite time to go because of the beautiful decoration and amazing shows. I went to Knotts Berry Farm this Saturday and I got to experience the best things that are being featured...

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Roasted Fennel Pizza Made With Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

Making pizza has been an activity I have grown up doing. I love spreading the dough and putting all the toppings on top especially when it is with my family. Furthermore, I love finding fun, new ingredients to put on the pizza. When we received fresh fennels from Melissa’s Produce, my mom and I just knew that we had to make a roasted fennel pizza. Roasting Melissa’s Produce Fennel We started by roasting the Fennel the night before and...

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Orange County Super Bowl Dining Guide

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Deals, Events, Featured | 0 comments

The big game is this weekend, and some of the top restaurants in Orange County are hosting some tasty specials. Don’t watch the game alone at home. Enjoy it with the company of other foodies in OC at one of these top places to see the Super Bowl. Bad to the Bone 31738 Rancho Viejo Rd. San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 The Super Bowl is next weekend, and with the Rams set to face off, Orange County is going...

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Bring Home Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 2 comments

After walking the red carpet at the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and seeing the film, I was in love. The movie is based on the book, not the ballet, and is a film that families can enjoy watching together for years to come. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms One I saw the film, I couldn’t wait to share it with my children. Before opening night, I read them the books, took them...

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ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

The Queen Mary welcomes back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI on February 16-17, 2019. ScotsFestival & International Highland Games Celebrate the Queen Mary’s rich Scottish legacy first hand through a full schedule of authentic Scottish activities. Including, the new North American Professional Highland Games, dancing, entertainment, and cuisine. Plus, tastings all in honor of the Queen Mary’s Scottish heritage. Construction began on the Queen Mary eighty-eight years ago in the quaint seaside town of Clydebank, Scotland....

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Creating Memories at The Summit House

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Dining, Family, Fullerton | 0 comments

We dined at The Summit House as a guest There are so many fantastic restaurants to create memories with your family in Orange County. But, few offer an intimate dining experience, delicious cuisine, and stunning views like The Summit House. During the holidays, we dined at The Summit House in Fullerton for the first time and decided to make it one of our new holiday traditions. Fairytale Restaurant The restaurant looks like it just came out of a fairytale....

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From Mexico to Malibu: The Lula Cocina Cookbook

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 1 comment

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know how much love I have for Mexico. Last year, I traveled to the country over ten times, and currently working on purchasing a home in Mexico. I love the food. I love the people. I love everything about Mexico. Cookbook Event at Melissa’s Produce When my friends at Melissa’s Produce invited me to an event to learn about a Mexican food cookbook, I cleared my calendar to...

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dance Class

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

We attended The Nutcracker and the Four Realms event as a guest of Disney One of the best things about Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is the music. While in Los Angeles a couple of months ago, I went to Pro Dance LA. At Pro Dance LA I got to experience a Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dance Class. The best part, is that it was taught by some of the cast from Dancing with the Stars/Dancing...

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The 77’’ LG OLED TV From Best Buy Steals the Show

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy With endless rainy days, and chilly weather, our family ends up spending a lot of time indoors. While we love a good family game night, movie nights are our favorite. So, it is important to us to have the best in home entertainment technology. Thankfully, Best Buy always has cutting edge technology, and knowledgable staff. Electronic Selection at Best Buy Our family has been looking for a new television, and we went to Best Buy...

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Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Fennel Recipe

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

One food that I have been dying to experiment with is fennel! When I received a box full of fresh produce from Melissa’s Produce, I was so excited to see fennel. I didn’t know how to prepare it, and after doing some research, I found out that most people roast the vegetable. So, I used two of my favorite ingredients to roast with: garlic and parmesan to create this recipe. I planned to roast the fennel one night, and...

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Seasonal Fare at The Patio on 101 in Encinitas

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Dining, San Diego | 0 comments

We dined at The Patio on 101 as a guest of the San Diego Restaurant Week San Diego is well-known for having some of the best restaurants in California. Every year during the San Diego Restaurant Week, I head down south to try a new restaurant. This year, I brought my daughter to try The Patio on 101 in Encinitas. San Diego Restaurant Week During San Diego Restaurant week, they have a 3-course dinner menu for $40. Plus, there...

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D23 10th Anniversary Collectable Pins

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Disney, Events, Giveaways | 9 comments

Now, is the best time to become a D23 member. In honor of D23’s 10th anniversary, Disney created an exclusive box set of 10 pins. The set features characters, movies, television shows, and theme park attractions. Plus, D23 is also celebrating landmark anniversaries. These beautifully crafted pins—including such favorites as Donald Duck, Haunted Mansion, and The Little Mermaid. It comes in a D23 embossed tin. Also, it will be sent to all guests who join or renew their D23...

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You’re Invited to Monarch Butterfly Day

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

OC Parks invites the community to learn about Monarch Butterflies in their natural habitat during the 10th annual Monarch Butterfly Day at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. DUE TO WEATHER – THE EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED!! Monarch Butterfly Day celebrates majestic Monarch Butterflies during a free day of outdoor fun that takes place in the Forest Shelter near parking lot C. Butterfly experts will be onsite to engage attendees with...

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