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Shop, Stay, Eat and Play in Costa Mesa

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Featured, Giveaways, Travel | 15 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 | 0 comments

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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Fantastic Book for Kids and Families to Read Together: “The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot”

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Books, Entertainment | 0 comments

Josh Gottsegen’s “The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot,” available for pre-order through Amazon and iBooks, is a quick-paced and fun new adventure novel that incorporates strong values while teaching important life lessons. One of the best books for kids and families to read today, “The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot” is filled with thrilling, comedic, and sometimes harrowing tales to help children understand the importance of not giving up on their dreams, even when faced with adversity. “The Adventures...

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Stay Cute at Home With Comfortable T-shirts

Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Fashion | 0 comments

While we are all still at home during the stay-at-home order, stay comfortable while looking cute in one of these comfortable t-shirts. In A World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind’ Print Crew Neck T-Shirt $6.99 Looking for that ‘jeans and a nice top’ vibe? We’re obsessed with our Black ‘In A World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind. Featuring a ‘In A World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind’ slogan print with a crew neck...

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Father’s Day Guide to the Best Gifts

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

Show Dad how much he means to you by giving him one of these special gifts. CLIPOFF Tie Stay Nothing says “Happy Father’s Day” like a picture perfect tie ensemble! CLIPOFF provides the flawless finishing touch to any suit and tie ensemble. Using a magnetic fastener, it’s a simple and functional way to prevent repositioning. Becoming a welcome addition to the bars, clips, tacks and chains that are better known for tie security, this Tie Stay remains invisible eliminating...

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Heartwarming Documentary DADS will Debut on Apple TV+

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Apple today unveiled that new documentary and official selection of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, “Dads,” is set to make its global premiere just in time for Father’s Day on Friday, June 19th, exclusively on Apple TV+. About DADS “Dads” is a heartfelt and humorous documentary that celebrates the joys and challenges of parenting in today’s world. Featuring six extraordinary fathers from across the globe, this film offers a firsthand glimpse into the trials and tribulations of modern-day...

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Melissa’s Selected as the Official Produce Parter of the Las Vegas Raiders

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Events, Hot Topics, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Melissa’s/World Variety Produce Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership as the Official Produce Supplier of Allegiant Stadium and proud partner of the Las Vegas Raiders, effective May 2020. Melissa’s has been at the intersection of food and sports for two decades and has been reimagining the culinary experience in America for almost 40 years. By leveraging a strategic sourcing platform built upon global access and local growing, Melissa’s provides its customers with the finest produce throughout the...

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Best Summer Toys for Kids

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Family, Toys | 0 comments

Were you a big summer camp kid? They say summer camps can teach important life skills such as patience, how to treat a sunburn, and creative ways to get along well with others. The sickness (COVID-19) is cancelling 2020 summer camp programs left and right! Parents are scrambling and wondering how on Earth they’ll keep their kids entertained… for three whole months. What may sound like an impending nightmare can actually be an opportunity for fun, family bonding! Let’s...

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Glasspar in Dana Point is Ready to Safely Reopen

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Glasspar in Dana Point is ready to safely reopen. Chef-owner Rob Wilson and his team have gone through California’s 12-page document and 90-point guideline for resuming dine-in service. Since the guidelines were released last week, Glasspar has retrofitted their restaurant and made adjustments to service to meet and exceed the State’s proposed guidelines by removing tables, installing sanitizing stations, and providing the staff with RealShield™ PPE. While many of the State’s Individual Control Measures and Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols...

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Let’s Celebrate! Memorial Day Dining in Orange County

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Dining, Family, Featured | 0 comments

Let’s celebrate Memorial Day this year by enjoying delicious eats from one of these top Orange County restaurants. The Ranch Restaurant 1025 E Ball Rd #101A Anaheim, CA 92805 BBQ PACKAGE, $50 Preorder by Thursday 5/21 for pick-up Saturday 5/23 and Sunday 5/24. Family-style ready-to-eat package serves 2-4 people. Includes instructions to reheat. HALF RACK OF BABY BACK RIBS 4 BBQ CHICKEN THIGHS 4 JALAPEÑO-CHEDDAR SAUSAGES SIDES SMOKED BAKED BEANS CREAMY COLE SLAW MAC N’ CHEESE CAN’T MISS ADD-ONS...

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Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Partnership The minute that I saw the trailer for Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy, I immediately knew that I wanted to see the film. The film took me on an incredible journey into the life of this amazing woman. Having such a strong passion for the Mexican culture, I feel in love with the story of these woman’s life. Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of cookbook author and British ex-pat Diana Kennedy...

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The Last Kids on Earth Hottest Toys

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Toys | 0 comments

One of our kid’s favorite series to watch on Netflix is The Last Kids on Earth. Now, kids can expand on their favorite series by playing with one of these cool new toys. These toys make for the perfect end of school year gift for kids to enjoy playing with throughout the summer. The Last Kids On Earth Toys Jack Action Figure $9.99 The Last Kids on Earth 2. 5” Jack Sullivan and his iconic Slicer are ready to...

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Everyday California Reopens Kayak and Board Rentals

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

La Jolla-based ocean adventure and lifestyle company, Everyday California, just announced the reopening of their kayak, surfboard, boogie, snorkel and paddle board rentals, so locals can get out on the water to unwind and enjoy San Diego’s beautiful coastline while staying safe. To ensure the safety of their customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Everyday California is thoroughly sanitizing all gear between uses, has put a limit of only two kayaks every 30 minutes, and requires customers and staff to...

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John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) Educates Youth on Sun Safety

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF), a nonprofit organization that is committed to fighting cancer through courage, strength and grit, has announced that it will partner with TropicSport, a reef-friendly sunscreen and skin care line, to provide co-branded mineral facesticks to youth across the U.S. while educating youth about the dangers of sun exposure through its skin cancer education program, Block the Blaze. Block the Blaze is funded by JWCF and a leader in youth skin cancer education and prevention,...

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The Winery Restaurant Features New COVID-19 Safe Dining Experience

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

In preparation to reopen its dining rooms safely once state mandates allow for it, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has begun to implement measures that follow safety guidelines given to restaurants in the region. The Winery Founding Partner JC Clow has partnered with Super Color Digital to create partitions between tables, at the bar top and surrounding the host stand, where guests check in before they are seated. The restaurant utilized the expertise at Super Color Digital to...

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Give the Gift of Jada Jo Jewelry

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership Looking for a unique gift to give someone you love? One of our favorite brands makes the perfect gift, especially for the person who seems to have everything. Jada Jo Jewelry is beautiful, unique, and tells stories from around the world ~ creating jewelry that is unique pieces of art. The one thing that first caught my eye about Jada Jo was their unique bracelets. While I love wearing beautiful bracelets, it is rare to ever see me...

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You’re Invited: SCOOB Movie Night

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the whole Mystery Inc. Gang are bringing the party to your house this Friday, May 15th. Join them for the #ScoobMovieNight premiere event on Twitter starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Follow @SCOOB on Twitter for the #SCOOBMOVIENIGHT Premiere Event featuring cast, musical performances and exclusive clips. Here’s a Party Pack and Activity Guide to get you and the family ready for the big night! You can also learn the #ScoobDance on TikTok from celebrity dancer, Jalaiah...

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Quicker Than Quick: 30 Minute or Less Cookbook

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

From beloved Los Angeles-based cooking instructor and author of KITCHEN MATTERS, Pamela Salzman, comes PAMELA SALZMAN’S QUICKER THAN QUICK: 140 Crave-Worthy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Foods in 30 Minutes or Less- a cookbook complete with quick, delicious meals and kitchen hacks that make home cooking a breeze. Life, whether one works outside the home or not, is really, really busy. In a perfect world, we would write out our meal plans for the week, shop accordingly, and cook nutritious...

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The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season Two Giveaway

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 2 comments

Lincoln and his sisters are back in The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 DVD, where lessons are learned, friends are made, and everyone is making moves. Arriving May 19, 2020, these 13 episodes are packed with favorite characters, new adventures, lots of laughter and more. The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $13.99. The...

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Kid-Friendly Mother’s Day Recipe for Brunch During Quarantine

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Catalina Island, Family, Recipes, Travel | 0 comments

Honoring that special person in your life this Mother’s Day might look a bit different in 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, there are ways to be creative with gifts made with love at home. Roberto Hernandez, Executive Chef for Catalina Island Company including its Avalon Grille and Descanso Beach Club locations, is sharing his delectable French Toast with Bananas and Nutella recipe especially for Mother’s Day at home this year. It’s easy enough for the...

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You’re Invited: Segerstrom Virtual Spring Carnival

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts | 0 comments

“Come one, Come all!” Segerstrom Center for the Arts invites you to celebrate Spring at its first virtual Spring Carnival on May 17. Enjoy fun, food and crafts, all accessed virtually from the comfort of your own home. And admission is FREE to the Center’s Spring Carnival. In the days leading up to the carnival, we invite you to join the fun with our series of Instagram challenges. Each challenge hints at an activity that will be included with...

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Best Gifts for Mom

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Family, Mother's Day, Shopping | 0 comments

Want to get your mom something that will make her feel special? Wondering what to get? We have found some of the best gift ideas to get your mom for her birthday, mother’s day or just to tell her that you’re thinking about her. nyl Skincare nyl® skincare focuses as much on what is not in our products as what is, and we’ve found ways to leave the bad stuff out, leaving only the natural active ingredients in. nyl...

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Homebodies: What To Wear At Home

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Beauty, Fashion | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect outfits to wear at home? We have found the top fashion finds to help you with staying comfortable, active and present during the stay-at-home order. Grey Crop Loungewear Set $18.99 Lounge in style in our Grey Crop Jumper Loungewear Set featuring cropped hoodie and long legged pants. Style with some cool, chunky trainers and you’re good to go! Pink Off Shoulder Loungewear Set $18.99 Get yourself relax ready in this Blake Pink Off Shoulder Loungewear...

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Beef Tenderloin with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo Sauce in Five Steps

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

In time for Cinco de Mayo, Executive Chef of Mundo Cuervo Eduardo Marín takes inspiration from Jose Cuervo’s newly launched Tradicional Añejo for a culinary creation: Beef Tenderloin with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo Sauce in Five Steps. One of the hallmarks of the Relais & Chateux culinary program at Solar de las Animas is the creation of recipes using local ingredients, rich in history and tradition. For this “chef at home” series, Chef Marín has paired an all-time Jalisco...

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Stuck at home? Help UCI Researchers Cure Diseases

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Family, Health | 0 comments

During this time of uncertainty, communities, businesses and families are being impacted like never before. People are also coming together to help others in unprecedented ways. And while we all are spending more and more time at home, many of us are looking for ways to strengthen our communities while maintaining the current health and safety recommendations from the CDC. I’d like to invite you and your families to make a real difference without leaving your home or opening...

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Perfect At-Home Manicure and Pedicure

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Beauty | 0 comments

Just in time for our week of sunshine! Finding Calm in the Chaos from The Whole Purpose is back to share with us steps for the perfect at-home manicure/pedicure until we can indulge with a visit to the salon again. Since we have been sheltering at home and several “self-maintenance” items have fallen to the wayside, we all could use a little care. The Whole Purpose called their expert team at Pretty Women NYC to get professional help on...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County Online Fundraiser

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Girls Inc. of Orange County (GIOC) girls are at risk and need your help! Luckily, the organization’s first ever online fundraiser gives YOU the chance to do your part and donate so that the organization may continue providing online learning resources to combat the significant loss of learning during this time in addition to helping girls make heathy decisions while assuring them that they are not alone. The online fundraiser will begin on Monday, May 4, running all week...

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Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games Giveaway

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 4 comments

The Bubble Guppies are swimming back onto DVD for a fin-tastic collection in Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! Arriving on DVD May 12, 2020, preschoolers can dive into lots of fun and games with their favorite Guppies. Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $10.99. Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! episodes The Summer Camp Games! The Super Ballet Bowl! The...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with SOHO TACO

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Dining, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Cinco de Mayo is in just a few days, but why not celebrate it every day! Treat your family to a special (and delicious) dinner from our favorite taco spot – SOHO TACO this Cinco de Mayo. They are currently offering 99¢ happy hour tacos from 12-1 pm, family meals, and a limited-time Cinco de May package. Place your order online today. Exquisite Tacos Enjoy some of their finest tacos served on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla. 99¢ HAPPY HOUR...

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Fable & Spirit, Dublin 4 Gastropub & Wineworks for Everyone Reopen for Takeout Service

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Get ready to raise your glass because three of our favorite O.C. restaurants are coming back! Beginning Tuesday, April 28th, Dublin 4 Gastropub and Wineworks for Everyone will reopen for takeout service, offering a menu of food, wine, beer and cocktails. Executive Chef David Shofner presents signature dishes for guests to enjoy at their home, while Sommelier Ali Coyle curates a list of wines offered at exceptional prices, and Director of Spirits Drew Coyle presents a selection of cocktails...

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Puesto Reopens for Takeout & Delivery in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Orange County will be able to enjoy a contemporary and approachable take on authentic Mexican cuisine as Puesto at the Los Olivos Marketplace in Irvine reopens for takeout and delivery on Tuesday, April 28th. Sourcing its ingredients from in and around the state, Puesto has earned national acclaim for its Mexico City-style tacos made with non-GMO organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, crispy melted cheese and scratch salsas. Guests may order and pay via phone or online at eatpuesto.com for...

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