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World Premiere of Disney’s Dumbo

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the premiere of Dumbo as a guest of Disney When I received the invitation to attend the world premiere of Disney’s Dumbo, I was ecstatic. Dumbo was one of my favorite movies as a child. Getting to see the remastered live-action version as an adult for the first time at the world premiere was a dream come true. I decided to take my daughter with me to see the film, and planned a special mother/daughter day getting ready for the premiere. We started the day off by getting coffee at Starbucks, and then went to get our lashes perfected. Next, we were off to Los Angeles where we would get our makeup and hair done before putting on our dresses for the premiere. Getting ready for the premiere with my teenage daughter was so special. As a mother of a teenage daughter, it is so easy to lose touch and not be as close with them as they were as toddlers. Days like this bring us closer together and is a chance for her to open up to me about the struggles she is facing as a teenage girl. After we were ready for the premiere, we made the short drive down Sunset Boulevard to attend the event. We met up with...

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Best Breakfast in Mérida: Rosas & Xocolate

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Dining, Featured, Mérida, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Rosas & Xocolate as a guest of Mérida After using the (CBX) Cross Border Xpress to catch a flight out of Tijuana with Volaris conveniently, Xperiencia Maya picked us up in Mérida to bring us to Rosas & Xocolate for breakfast. Decor of Rosas & Xocolate in Mérida The first thing that made with fall in love with Rosas & Xocolate was the beautiful pink building. The hotel and restaurant looked like something out of a movie, and I couldn’t wait to taste their food. We walked into the restaurant, and they led us to the perfect table on their outdoor patio. Our table was right next to a pond when I enjoyed the relaxing sounds of the small fountain. After sitting in the restaurant for a few minutes, all the stresses from traveling melted away. The server immediately approached our table and poured us two glasses of their amazing coffee. We sipped on our coffee while overlooking the menu. Rosas & Xocolate Menu Everything on the menu looked delicious. I had trouble selecting just one item to enjoy. I wanted to try something different, and I decided on the Huevo con papa, calabaza local, longaniza, lechuga, aquacate y cebolla curtida. The dish came beautifully presented. It featured eggs with potatoes....

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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...

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Pretend City Kidstock Music & Arts Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 5 comments

Pretend City Children’s Museum is kicking off their second annual Kidstock Music and Arts Family Festival on April 1st with music from local musicians and interactive art activities for the entire families. Families will want to experience 10 days of music, dancing and art at Kidstock Music and Arts Family Festival at Pretend City Children’s Museum April 1st – April 10th. Country, pop, rock, rap — it will all get you moving and grooving together as a family. Live...

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Knott’s Boysenberry Pie Frozen Yogurt at Yogurtland

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Dining, Family, Knott's Berry Farm | 0 comments

For the first time ever, Knott’s Berry Farm and Yogurtland have teamed up to give fans a one-of-a-kind frozen yogurt experience inspired by Mrs. Cordelia Knott’s award-winning boysenberry pie. The new Yogurtland flavor was crafted alongside Knott’s and has arrived in stores nationwide, only a couple days away from the newly-expanded Knott’s Boysenberry Festival which runs daily from March 29 – April 28th. Each spoonful of Yogurtland’s Boysenberry Pie frozen yogurt flavor is bursting with the jammy richness and...

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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 26 comments

Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed late night, Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars), on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Aquarium will remain open late so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with the live bands and DJs. Noche de Estrellas will feature Aztec dance, crafts,...

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Kiwi Berries and Burrata Avocado Toast

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

When first introduced to Kiwi Berries from Melissa’s produce, I didn’t know what to make with them. I first experimented by making a smoothie so that I could fully experience their flavor. Next, I made a delicious tart for dessert, and the next morning make avocado toast with burrata and kiwi berries. It ended up being the best avocado toast I have ever made. Avocado toast is a healthy way to pack a lot of nutrition into your kid’s...

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Return of the Swallows Celebration at Mission San Juan Capistrano

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

Known as “the birthplace of Orange County”, the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano is gearing up for their signature spring event. The annual Saint Joseph’s Day and The Return of the Swallows Celebration began nearly a century ago as the only Mission in The OC became an iconic landmark and tourist destination. Taking place on Tuesday, March 19th, this special day will be filled with tradition, community, and festivities making it the perfect spring break outing for the entire...

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Aladdin at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended the performance of Aladdin as a guest Who doesn’t love a classic Disney movie turned into a Broadway production? With the lights, the costumes and the live acting there is something for everyone to enjoy. Aladdin is one of the most exciting Disney princess movies of all time (in my opinion,) so when seeing it performed on a stage, you can imagine the greatness. I went to the theater with my mom, and we quickly took our...

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Don’t Miss The 2nd Annual OCWineFest

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

OCWineFest returns to San Juan Capistrano March 9 and 10, to sip for a cause, bringing top wineries into one location for two days of wine tasting and wine education on the historic grounds of A Stone’s Throw Winery, with many OC-based winemakers, luxe exhibitors and great philanthropic organizations in the mix. All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass. In its second year, OCWineFest, produced in coordination with LAWineFest owner and CEO, Dr. Joel M. Fisher, will...

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The MARVELous Captain Marvel

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I saw a preview of Captain Marvel as a guest of Disney The big day is finally here, where the world will get to see the fantastic family film, Captain Marvel. I love a movie that has a strong female in a lead role, but what I liked the most about the film was the message of love and friendship. The movie is set in the ’90s and features some of the best music from that era. Captain Marvel...

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Kiwi Berries and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil and Ricotta

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What do you do when you receive beautiful Baby Heirloom Tomatoes from Melissa’s Produce? You make something delicious. Last night, dinner was a disaster. I attempted to make a recipe that failed and found myself digging through the freezer for food to feed the kids. That ended up being hot dogs. Ugh. I quickly learned what food snobs my kids have become after feeding them organic, fresh food every night of the week. I’ve never been that macaroni and...

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An Adoptive Moms Thoughts on Instant Family

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We received an advanced copy of Instant Family As an adoptive Mom (and previous foster Mom), I am always curious about films that talk about the subject. Some movies gracefully approach the subject, and others, not so much. When I first watched Instant Family, I fell in love with the film. It tells a story about family, love, and togetherness, in a light-hearted way. Now, that my two adopted kids are teens, I watched the movie with them. Together,...

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Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California for its sixth year on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, bringing craft beer, mouthwatering tacos, and live entertainment to the oceanfront. Entertainment at Sabroso After selling out for two years in a row, Sabroso at Doheny State Beach expands to two days, giving craft beer connoisseurs and taco aficionados the opportunity to sample an extensive collection of...

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Squash Blossom and Burrata Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

After making stuffed squash blossoms with my daughter, we decided to make a squash blossom and burrata flatbread with the squash blossoms we received from Melissa’s Produce. The flatbread ended up coming out amazing, and my kids devoured every last bite. Plus, they requested that I make it again for them the next evening. Where to Find Squash Blossoms If you are not familiar with squash blossoms, they are delicious. When you purchase them online at Melissa’s Produce or...

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Captain Marvel: A Movie About Friendship

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended an interview with the cast of Captain Marvel as a guest of Disney I had no idea what to expect when going to see Captain Marvel for the first time. The minute that the movie started, I was immersed in the film. I knew that I was going to love seeing a movie that has a woman as the lead role, but what ended up being my favorite thing about the movie is the messaging. The most...

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Minnie: Bow Be Mine + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 39 comments

The Happy Helpers Shine a Spotlight on Adventure! The all-new Disney DVD, Minnie: Bow Be Mine is currently available for purchase in stores nationwide. As the Happy Helpers from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, BFFs Minnie and Daisy take center stage as they tackle super-tough tasks and help friends who need a hand: judging a surfing contest in Hawaii, solving a doozy of a mystery, photographing a rare rainforest bird and much more! Then, watch Minnie rock out onstage...

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19th Annual Taste of Huntington Beach

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

The Annual Taste of Huntington Beach will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the HB Sports Complex. The event is held from noon to 4 p.m. with an exclusive VIP reception from 11 a.m. to noon. The Taste of Huntington Beach showcases the best local culinary talents and the region’s top wineries and breweries. For one all-inclusive price, attendees enjoy unlimited samples and sips from some of the area’s finest establishments. All proceeds from the event go...

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A Little Book of Cheese at Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Cheese? Yes, please! When I got an invite to attend a celebration of Chef Debbi Dubbs cookbook, A Little Book of Cheese, I immediately said, “Yes!” When I arrived at Melissa’s Produce, the kitchen smelled amazing. There were multiple dishes featuring cheese, and I quickly learned that the aromatic dish was the minestrone soup. I enjoyed a quick meet and greet with Chef Debbi. She signed a cookbook for me to bring home to my daughter, and also gave...

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Lemon and Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Squash blossoms are one of my favorite foods. During the summer, I grow squash blossoms in our backyard garden and enjoy cooking with them. One of my favorite things to do with squash blossoms is to stuff them with second favorite food – cheese. Where to Find Squash Blossoms Knowing how much I love squash blossoms, our friends at Melissa’s Produce, surprised me this week with a box of beautiful squash blossoms. When you purchase squash blossoms, you’ll want...

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You’re Invited: District Walk in Anaheim Grand Opening Event

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored by The District Walk in Anaheim Olson Homes will debut brand-new townhomes at District Walk in Anaheim, and you’re invited to the Model Grand Opening on Saturday, March 2nd at 11am! Come experience the ideal blend of a buzzing, hip neighborhood, a close-knit community, and an impeccably designed home. The good times begin at 11:00 a.m., and Anaheim Packing District favorites Popbar, Snow Monster, and Umami Burger will be on hand with frozen treats, eats, and drinks. Tour...

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PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Television Shows, Theatre | 67 comments

PAW Patrol Live! sets sail with a pirate adventure! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! When Tuesday, April 9th at...

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Sleeping Beauty at The Irvine Barclay Theatre

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), Orange County’s resident professional ballet company, will present the enchanting production of Sleeping Beauty, with Ballet West principal dancers Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell in the lead roles. Festival Ballet Theatre’s traditional, full-length production is choreographed and staged by Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla after Marius Petipa, and set to music by P. I. Tchaikovsky. Sleeping Beauty was first premiered by the Imperial Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg on January 15, 1890. Salwa Rizkalla...

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Lunch Specials and Bottomless Mimosas at Sapphire Laguna

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

This month marks 12 years of culinary excellence at Sapphire Laguna, where comfort cuisine meets exotic innovation, and from February 25th through March 3rd, Chef Azmin Ghahreman will host a weeklong anniversary celebration! Sapphire Laguna Anniversary Lunch February 25th through March 1st $12 Lunch Entrées – Guests are invited to enjoy any entrée on the Sapphire Laguna Lunch Menu for $12. Not only is the weather perfect for dining al fresco, but lunch menu is filled with mouth-watering dishes...

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Segerstrom 2019-2020 Broadway Series

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Entertainment, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces the 2019 – 2020 Broadway series, filled with exciting new shows, classic blockbusters and Tony Award® winners with enough razzle dazzle to delight and entertain every musical theater fan. Subscription renewals and new subscriptions are available now. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale at a later date. Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.org for more information about both the current 2018 – 2019 Season and the 2019 – 2020 Season. For inquiries...

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Cherimoya Coconut and Chicken Chili Recipe

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

Have you ever heard of a Cherimoya before? Me either. The one thing that I love about Melissa’s Produce is that they offer exotic produce, and introduces families to new culinary possibilities. When I received a package from Melissa’s Produce containing Cherimoya, I didn’t know what to do with it. I did some research, and found that it is best paired with tropical fruits like coconut. When doing my research on Cherimoya, I learned that you need to be...

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At Eternity’s Gate: A Magical Masterpiece

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We received a complimentary copy of At Eternity’s Gate Art is something very special for my family. Since my children were toddlers, I had them painting and expressing themselves through the arts. To this day, two of them are teenagers and attend one of the most highly-acclaimed arts schools in Southern California. Along with expressing themselves through art, it is also essential for me to educate them on past artists. When I learned about the upcoming release of the...

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Best First Electric Shaver for Teen Boys

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Family, Health, Tech | 0 comments

This Philips Norelco electric shaver story is in partnership with Best Buy I was starting to think that my teenager would never develop facial hair, but as he past his 16th birthday, I suddenly started to notice a small shadow over his lip. The time had finally come for him to get his first shaver, and since I wanted to avoid him cutting up his face, I knew that he needed an electric shaver. During the holidays, I wanted...

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DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising Interactive Game

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Tech | 1 comment

DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising is brought to you in partnership with Universal Pictures After seeing How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World with my children, I fell in love with the heartfelt family film. Then, after talking about the film with America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel I loved the movie even more. In celebration of the release of the film in theaters this Friday, Universal Games and Digital Platforms has released a new interactive game inspired by the...

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You’re Invited: Free Kid’s Fishing Derby

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Angler Chronicles invite families to enjoy the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at the North Lake at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, March 2. Register for the free event from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and enjoy the derby from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids ages 6 to 15 can fish for free at the Fishing Derby and compete to win multiple prizes in different age groups. The kid...

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America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel on How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Brought to you in partnership with Universal Pictures In celebration of the upcoming release of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters this Friday, I went to DreamWorks Animation studios to talk with America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel about their roles in bringing the film to life. The night before talking with the actors, I had a chance to see the film, and it was one of the best “How to Train Your Dragon” films ever...

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Romanesco and Bacon Quiche Recipe

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

After roasting some fresh romanesco that I had received from Melissa’s Produce, I was excited to make something delicious for my family. With breakfast being one of our favorite meals of the day, I decided to make a romanesco and bacon quiche. And, it was delicious. If you’re not familiar with romanesco, it is a delicious vegetable. My kids are always fascinated with how it looks, and that makes them want to eat more of it. It is often...

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