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Glamping in a Tipi under the Stars in Joshua Tree

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Joshua Tree, Kia, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia My daughter and I love visiting unique and fun places. Recently, a listing on Airbnb caught our attention as 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! Joshua Tree is just a short drive outside of Palm Springs, so we packed up our Kia Sorento and got ready for an unforgettable mother/daughter adventure in the desert. Before checking into our tipi for the night, we went into Joshua Tree National Park to look for “heart rock.” We went on a beautiful hike and were lucky to find the mysterious heart-shaped rock. As the sun started to set, we got back into the car and headed to the tipi to check-in for the night. When we arrived at the campsite, it was everything that we wanted – and more! There were a couple of different tipis and glamping tents (perfect for bigger families) on the property. We had selected to stay in the smaller tipi (The Rising Sun) that is also closest to the bathroom and facilities. The one thing that I loved about this location is the fully...

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One Week After Liposuction Surgery

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored One week after having my Liposuction surgery at CosmetiCare it was time to come in for my one-week follow-up appointment. I didn’t think that I would be off painkillers and driving after a week so I had to schedule my appointment around my husbands work schedule, and so I had to make it for one week and one day after my surgery. Little did I know that I would already be driving the kids to school, off painkillers and even packing school lunches! When I arrived at CosmetiCare a week later, I was already feeling myself again, although I could feel that my body was telling me not to overdo it. My body feels stiff, a little hard to move and I definitely feel best when resting in bed while watching Netflix. But, Dr. Champion had advised that the more I move around, the faster I will heal, and she was right. After arriving at the office, they took me back to a room where Dr. Champion happily greeted me. The only problem that I was experiencing is that body seems to be retaining a lot of the water that I have been drinking. Dr. Champion advised that I have a lymphatic massage to help with the water retention, and she provided me...

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Disney on Ice ‘Frozen’ Returns to the Southland

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to...

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2018 Orange County Easter Dining Guide

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Dining, Easter, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

  Easter is a time for families to come together and create memories that will last a lifetime with enjoying delicious cuisine. While there are many dining choices on Easter, these are our top picks of where to spend the holiday with your family. Easter Feast and Fashionable Fun in the Ballroom Sunday, April 1; seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For this holiday, it’s time to round up the family and hop over to Fashion Island Hotel...

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Festival Ballet Theatre Presents Coppélia + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 1 comment

  Festival Ballet Theatre will enchant Orange County audiences with its performance of Coppélia on March 24 and 25 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Following a very successful Nutcracker season of sold-out performances, FBT presents the sentimental comic story which will delight audiences with its humor and charm. Set in a small European village, this beloved ballet tells the story of an eccentric inventor, Doctor Coppélius, who creates a life-size dancing doll that looks so lifelike, some believe she...

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All Things Boysenberry at the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Family, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a media preview as a guest of Knott’s Do you know what is just around the corner? It’s delicious, tart, sweet and all wrapped up in a ton of fun. Yes, it’s the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival! All things boysenberry with savory bites, sweet treats along with a variety of fun activities. We most recently had the chance to sample some of the enticing boysenberry themed food and drinks that Knott’s will be serving during the festival. Like...

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70MAI: Smartest Dash Cam

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Autos | 0 comments

 Sponsored Just like in the 70’s there were CB radios in almost every car, this day in age more and more people are installing dash cameras in theirs. The 70MAI: Smartest Dash Cam truly is the smartest dash cam that is on the market. This fully integrated Dash Camera is ideal for everyone as it has so many advanced features that are standard which separates this Camera from the others out on the market. The 70MAI is rechargeable, and...

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The Book of Mormon Returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

  Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a limited engagement March 20 – April 1, 2018. The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony...

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Peppa Pig Live + Giveaway

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

  Surprise! Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her all new theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Surprise! The brand new production features Peppa, George, and all their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises! OINK! Tickets for the brand new ‘Peppa Pig’s Surprise’ SoCal dates are ON SALE NOW! 4/5 Anaheim @ City National Grove 4/7 Thousand Oaks @ Fred Kavli Theatre VIP Peppa Pig Surprise Party Passes are available here. GIVEAWAY! Enter to...

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The Royal Palace on the Disney Dream Cruise Line

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Dining, Disney, Disney Cruise Line, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference After having dinner at the Enchanted Garden Restaurant on the Disney Dream Cruise Line, we couldn’t wait to experience dinner at the highly-acclaimed Royal Palace. Our family was going to attend a pirate party after dinner, so we arrived at the palace in our favorite pirate attire, ready for a delicious dining experience. My children were the most excited to see our servers again, Sudarmaji and Vinay. They treated my...

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48 Hours After Liposuction Surgery

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has been 48 hours since having Liposuction at CosmetiCare, and I am still suffering from some pain that has been well managed with pain medication. I woke-up feeling gross and stinky, ready to have my first shower. Today was all about the “first shower.” It was not an easy process and took both my husband and daughter to help. After the surgery, I was put into a full body suit. Inside of the bodysuit is soft pieces...

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Let your Light Guide You Through A Wrinkle in Time

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

 We attended a screening as a guest of Disney Have you ever felt alone, misunderstood, different?  Have you ever closed your eyes and imagined a magical land that you feel is within your reach?  If yes then maybe you experienced a wrinkle….A Wrinkle in Time.  Based on the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time is the story about the journey a girl makes to find not only her father, who is lost in a wrinkle in...

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2018 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, April 7 bringing craft beer, mouthwatering tacos, and live entertainment oceanfront. As the first stop of the festival series — now in its fifth year in Southern California — KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival gives craft beer connoisseurs and taco aficionados the opportunity to sample over 150 brews and a variety of delectable...

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You’re Invited: Farmhouse Local Artisan Dinner

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

  Farmhouse Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead is pleased to host an evening of unforgettable food and great company on Monday, March 19 from 6-9 p.m. Taking place during Roger’s Gardens’ annual Spring Celebration and benefitting The Ecology Center, the Local Artisan Dinner will feature an exclusive, multicourse menu and beverage pairing highlighting the season’s freshest flavors. Under the stars and amongst the olive trees, meet and mingle with the real stars of the evening, the local food...

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The Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream Cruise Line

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Dining, Disney Cruise Line, Family, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference When planning our upcoming family vacation on the Disney Dream Cruise Line, I didn’t know what to expect when it came to dining. We had the option of selecting one of two different dining times, and we would be assigned to dine at that specific time at a different restaurant each evening. The first evening, we dined at The Enchanted Garden restaurant, and it was one of our favorite restaurants...

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Causes, Symptoms & Treatment: Children and Asthma

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored After my youngest son recovered from RSV as an infant, he developed Neutropenia and asthma. While we are grateful that the doctors at CHOC Children’s have been able to get his neutropenic levels up high enough not to need white blood cell replacement (GCSF) anymore, his asthma is something that he will continue to struggle with for years to come. The doctors at CHOC Children’s are the best in Orange County and have played a huge role in...

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A Wrinkle in Time will Inspire and Empower Girls

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening/interview as a guest of Disney I am an Iranian-American. I was born in Iran and immigrated to America right around the Iran hostage crisis.  It was hard having a name like mine, look the way I did, feeling the way I did.  I was different and different was bad.  With few friends, I turned to books and movies to past the time.  From that my love of fantasy rose as did my hope that one day...

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Introducing the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

  The Stinger sport sedan has ushered in a new era for Kia and has redefined driving enthusiasts’ opinions of the brand since going on sale in late last year. Continuing that excitement and arriving this summer, the limited-edition Stinger GT Atlantica celebrates the cross-Atlantic collaboration between the U.S. and the vehicle’s Germany-based development roots and introduces exclusive features not previously offered. With only a 500-unit limited-production run, the Atlantica edition is guaranteed to sell out quickly. The Atlantica...

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2018 Orange County St. Patrick’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Dining, Family, Holiday, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

 You’ll have the luck of the Irish this year while enjoying delicious authentic food at one of these top dining destinations in Orange County. The Blind Pig Restaurant + Bar — Rancho Santa Margarita The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar serves up shareable gourmet American cuisine, by Executive Chef Karl Pfleider, with an expansive selection of craft beers and specialty craft cocktails, by Bar Manager Ryan Autry. For St. Patrick’s Day this year, the team will offer a selection...

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St. Joseph’s Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Travelers with a passion for California history should add Mission San Juan Capistrano to their bucket lists this March. An official California Historic Landmark founded in 1776, the Mission is gearing up for their annual St. Joseph’s Day and The Return of the Swallows Celebration, marking a decades-old tradition dating back to the 1920s. The tale of the Swallows of Capistrano has brought both global renown and beloved traditions to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, culminating in an...

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Tutor Tips: Should My Kid Study in a Group or Alone?

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  Parents often ask if it’s better for students to study alone or in a group. There are benefits and drawbacks to both, and the answer will depend a lot on the individual student’s ability to concentrate and their specific learning needs. Many students find that it’s easier for them to study in a social setting as long as the students they are working with are equally motivated and able to focus on the task at hand. Students who...

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan makes its Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan makes its Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut performing the West Coast premiere of its new work Formosa, with concept and choreography by company founder Lin Hwai-min. Formosa will have three performances in Segerstrom Hall on March 16, 17 and 18, 2018. The music is by Kaija Saariaho, Liang Chun-mei, and Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw. Cloud Gate has been acclaimed as “Asia’s leading contemporary dance theater” (The Times), and “One of the finest...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Events, Featured | 5 comments

  On Saturday, March 10th through Saturday, March 31st, Irvine Park Railroad will hold its annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Event activities include meeting and having your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, train rides, and more. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the...

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Disney Dream Cruise Line Presents Beauty and the Beast The Musical

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Disney Cruise Line, Entertainment, Theatre, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference I am a huge theatre lover. Ever since I started school at the Orange County School of the Arts, the theatre has become a giant part of my life, and I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. When I did some research about our upcoming trip on the Disney Dream Cruise Line, and I discovered that there was going to be a theatre on the ship, and I was...

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Must-Have Foods: Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018 in Disney, Family, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The highly-anticipated time has come for the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. The popular event is happening now until April 12th and is the perfect time for families to come and enjoy delicious dishes, and for parents to sip on craft beers and fine wines. Located throughout Disney California Adventure Park are 14 different Marketplaces where guest can go on an epicurean adventure sampling California-inspired small dishes. The highlight...

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Healthcare Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

Posted by on Mar 3, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the hardest things about getting older is watching your parents start to age. As a child, I had always wished that my parents would live forever, but now that I am a parent, it is so hard to watch my parents grow old. The one thing I’ve realized is that I am not alone. A lot of my friends are experiencing the same pain, and some have started to have to care for their parents, and...

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Cinderella Ballet at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Cinderella performed under the directorial guidance of Artistic Director and award winning Choreographer, Mr. Charles Maple, premieres at the Irvine Barclay Theatre for a one-day engagement, Saturday, April 7, 2018. Featuring original choreography by Mr. Charles Maple, the beloved “rags to riches” fairytale comes to life on stage as a feature length ballet. Romance, emotion and spirit abound in this stunning production that stars a cast of the Southland’s rising young ballet artists. The storyline includes the infamous...

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LA Clippers Basketball Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Camp, Family, Featured | 5 comments

 Sponsored The LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps offer an exciting way for kids 6-14 years of age to take their game to the next level. The camps, which are open to children of all different skill levels feature an All-Star group of coaches including former Clippers Players Olden Polynice and Yari Korolev. Participants will receive top level instruction on shooting mechanics, footwork, ball-handling, defense, passing and mental approach to the sport in a fun environment. Camps will take...

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SAJJ Mediterranean: Fast and Healthy Family Dining

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Today I tried out SAJJ Mediterranean, a popular Bay Area restaurant that just opened up their first SoCal location in Rancho Santa Margarita, and I couldn’t wait to share all about it. Their cuisine begins with locally sourced produce, antibiotic/hormone free meats, and they offer many vegan & gluten free options to create fresh, healthy meals. The menu is fully customizable. You go down the assembly line and choose the items...

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​Gear Up for Iron Horse Family Steampunk Carnivale

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 1 comment

  ​Grab your goggles and parasols, put on your top hats and corsets, and jump into your airships to head over to the Orange Empire Railway Museum on March 17th and 18th for an extraordinary, two-day Steampunk Carnivale festival celebrating the fantasy, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk. Enjoy festivities geared for the entire family as we pay homage to the Victorian Era, Edwardian science fiction, and the Industrial Revolution with the museum’s steam-powered locomotive as the backdrop. Bring the...

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A Royal Treat: The King and I at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue The Lincoln Center Theater Production presents the highly-acclaimed Rodgers & Hammerstein’s, The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from February 27th through March 11th. I had the honor of attending the opening night of the production with my oldest son and was captivated by the story, the music, and the acting. The production is based on Margaret Landon’s novel, Anna and the King...

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