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Shop, Stay, Eat and Play in Costa Mesa

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Featured, Giveaways, Travel | 17 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 | 2 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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Free Drive-Thru Christmas Lights Experience

Posted by on Dec 1, 2020 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

In celebration of the Christmas season, Saddleback Church is providing “Light of the World: Christmas Lights at Saddleback,” a free COVID-19 safe holiday experience for everyone to enjoy. Through the collaborative efforts of 4,400 church volunteers, Saddleback is sharing the joy of Jesus during these unprecedented times to bring the Southern California community together while social distancing. Using half a million lightbulbs, the “Light of the World” drive-thru is approximately one-half mile long and will feature a 35-foot Christmas...

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Santa Ana ZOO is OPEN!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys,” announced that it is open as an outdoor experience from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Parking is free. Zoo Members and children under age 3 are also free. Adults are just $12 each and Children ages (3-12) are just $9 each. “You came as a kid, now come back with yours!” A scientific study shows that a zoo visit is good for your...

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Avoid These Mistakes in your Cybersecurity Career

Posted by on Nov 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether in life or in a profession, one should always learn from their mistakes. And it’s even better to learn from other people’s mistakes. If you have just kickstarted your cybersecurity career or even if you are a mid-career professional (because it’s never too late to start learning, right?), this article is for you. Below you will find listed some of the most common mistakes that people make in their cybersecurity careers. Read these till the end and remember...

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Choose the 1st Birthday Cake for Your Son Like a Pro

Posted by on Nov 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The first birthday of your son is something that you have been planning for a while. as a result, there might be a million ideas going through your head and you just cannot comprehend which ones are good enough to execute and which ones you should drop. While at some point of time you must be thinking that it is only you who is feeling highly indecisive to make these decisions, however, every parent when trying to plan a...

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Party Jewelry Trends for the Year 2021

Posted by on Nov 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The only constant aspect about the fashion does jewelry industry is that it is highly fickle and keeps on evolving every other day if you are unable to catch up with the changing trends you might not even realize when your ideas will be outdated and irrelevant hints in order to be an indispensable part of the industry it is highly essential for you to be on a roll and every possible aspect about the changing jewelry trends. While...

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Sylvan Irvine Black Friday Sale

Posted by on Nov 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Gift Ideas for Aspiring Musicians

Posted by on Nov 22, 2020 in Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

Do you have a friend who is interested to pursue a career in music? Or just makes a hobby out of it? Regardless, it is always a good idea to give them something they are passionate about. Here is a list of gift ideas perfect for the holidays, special occasions, or even just a regular day! Musical Instruments Violin The number of violinists grows each day. It is inspiring to see someone perform beautiful, serene, and calm music with...

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COVID-19 Travel Advice for Air Travelers

Posted by on Nov 22, 2020 in Travel | 0 comments

Holidays are around, and so is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has truly overstayed its welcome. So, what do you think, should you travel to your home during this pandemic? Well, of course, all of us want to spend time with our family. But, how safe is it to step out of your home and travel to your home city or country? In all honesty, air travel is as safe as you want it to be, only if you know...

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Sal’s Pizzeria Opens New Location at Kaleidoscope

Posted by on Nov 17, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Sal’s Pizzeria, one of South Orange County’s most popular pizzerias, has opened its second location at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo. Ladera Ranch resident Matthew Darienzo owns the award-winning pizzeria, which he launched last year in Foothill Ranch. Named after Darienzo’s father-in-law Sal, the pizzeria serves authentic Sicilian-style pizza and an array of specialty dishes with only the freshest and high-quality ingredients, including Stromboli, calzone, pinwheels, heroes, pasta, salads, and cannoli. All sauces and the mozzarella are made fresh by...

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OC Rescue Mission in Dire Need of Food Donations

Posted by on Nov 17, 2020 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching quickly and Orange County Rescue Mission is in dire need of critical food items to serve homeless individuals and families in need throughout Orange County. The food items will aid in providing Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of homeless men, women and children, as well food boxes for families in need throughout the region. Orange County Rescue Mission, which has received the highest 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for the last three years in a...

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Help Support Our Veterans at OC Rescue Mission’s 3rd Annual OC Veterans Day Dinner

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Nearly 11,000 veterans in California are homeless. This is three times higher than states like Florida, which has the second highest population of homeless veterans across the U.S. These sobering statistics demonstrate the importance of supporting these unsung heroes. By attending Orange County Rescue Mission’s 3rd Annual OC Veterans Day Dinner, you can help in the expansion of Tustin Veterans Outpost, an apartment complex that offers transitional housing for veterans along with veteran-specific services. Hosted at the Santa Ana...

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Jungle Bells Festivities Return to the San Diego Zoo

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Christmas, Events, Featured | 1 comment

San Diego Zoo guests are invited to ring in the holiday season with the Zoo’s annual celebration, Jungle Bells proudly supported by California Coast Credit Union. The jubilant festivities will take place Dec. 4–6, Dec. 11–23, Dec. 25–31, 2020 and Jan. 1–3, 2021, treating guests to views of some of their favorite animals, seasonal decorations, lighted displays, music and joyful roaming entertainers. There will be an abundance of culinary delights to enjoy at the Zoo’s many restaurants and food...

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A List of Luxe Push Presents

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

Something that is becoming more and more common now is a push present given by a partner to the brave woman who just gave birth. These gifts generally are something beautiful and special to commemorate you bringing a wonderful new life in the world. After all that hard work and rewarding experience that is giving birth, you are gifted with your beautiful child… but another luxe push present can be the cherry on top! So in case you feel...

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Daily Creative Writing Prompts for Adults

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

When it comes to creative writing on the internet, the volume wins at the end of the day. Plenty of people all over the world are creating content for books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites, social media platforms, and more. While most seem to enjoy the idea of producing content constantly for their readers, it can be both physically and mentally exhausting. The last thing you need as a writer is to suffer from burnout because that can leave you...

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5 Tips to Declutter Space for an Office for the Whole Family

Posted by on Nov 3, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

There’s nothing worse than being engrossed in your work and when something distracts you and you can’t get back in the zone. That frustration can be compounded even more when you’re working from home and your kids (who are doing distance learning due to COVID) come to you for one reason or another. According to the Homelight Q3 survey, 7% of real estate agents said their clients want multiple home offices and 1% stated their clients want a dedicated...

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Working Woman’s Food launches new Chef to Table service for the holidays!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

We’ve all lived through so many cancelled events and gatherings this year. This holiday season can be different. Even though your favorite hotels and restaurants may not be able to accommodate your holiday gathering, Working Woman’s Food has a new, low-stress solution. With Working Woman’s Food’s Chef to Table program, you can have a noted professional chef prepare a memorable and delicious gourmet meal for your family and friends in the comfort and safety of your home. Beyond a...

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Festival of Arts Monthly Virtual Concert Series

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach’s online concert series in partnership with Yamaha continues with another Festival favorite: Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project. On Thursday, November 12 at 5:30pm, the monthly series dubbed Concerts on the Screen will virtually showcase a performance of the well-liked Joni Mitchell tribute band. Tickets are $25 per household for the general public and free with registration for Festival members. “During this time, music feels more necessary than usual,” said Susan Davis, Director...

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Cool New RV Resort on the San Diego Bay

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

Costa Vista, the highly anticipated luxury RV resort located right on the San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, has launched their website landing page and opened up their bookings page. Set to open in 2021, Costa Vista is now accepting reservations for April 2021 throughout the rest of the year, which can be booked here. Equipped with an abundance of luxury amenities, Costa Vista serves as a trailblazer in the RV park industry, offering full-service sites including unique park...

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Segerstrom Fall Musical Theater Training Program

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is offering its first Fall Musical Theatre Training Program for young people ages 9-18 years of age. Students of all experience levels are welcome for this 5-class virtual program, where they will be coached in musical theater performance and technique by some of the industry’s leading professional artists and educators. The classes will be live but virtual Tuesdays and Thursdays November 5 – 19. Because the classes are live, they will provide immediate interaction...

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Give Thanks with Toast Kitchen + Bakery: Pie + Pint Presale

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Toast Kitchen + Bakery, a Costa Mesa dining staple, is here to take some of the holiday stress away! This season, Chef John Park and his team at Toast will be offering an exclusive Pie & Pint presale just in time for Thanksgiving. Featuring nine-inch pies and a pint of their famous homemade ice cream, you’ll have your choice of the following parings: – Taro Blueberry Pie with Blueberry Pie Ice Cream – Apple Pie with Mulled Wine Ice...

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Greatest Gifts to Buy During Black Friday Sales

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

There are some gifts everybody waits years to get. Sometimes, you can wait a lifetime to get gifted, so it’s essential to look out for you. Nowadays, it’s more important than ever to treat yourself, along with your loved ones, and Black Friday is about the most opportune time to make this happen. Black Friday occurs only once a year and the discounts extended in stores are super bargains. Black Friday refers to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and...

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The Challenges of Distance Education: Evaluation

Posted by on Oct 23, 2020 in Education, Family | 0 comments

In this article, we want to explore the area of assessment in a remote and asynchronous learning environment. We present several strategies to address the three most important challenges in distance assessment: Student mindset, structure/content, and logistics/technology. How to Design Assessments to Ensure that Student Work is Authentic? Strategies Consider using performance evaluations where students demonstrate their new knowledge in a product, such as an investigation, portfolio, project, Assignment, experiment, prototype, or even a real situation like write my...

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Halloween Fun for the Family at Scarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Discover creepy creatures as you wear your costume at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright. Everyone is invited to explore outdoor exhibits in search of the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific during its Scarium-themed weekend October 23 to 25, 2020. Guests can enjoy spooky décor and creepy creatures on these special days. You can see lorikeet birds eating pumpkins, and look for pumpkins in the animal exhibits, such as the June...

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Savory Plates of Goodness at Ironwood Cellar

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

Dining Partner I never hesitate when I’m asked what my favorite dish is at Ironwood Cellar, Pillows of Heaven! It’s much easier to find it on the menu as Sweet Corn + Roasted Garlic Agnolotti but after the burst of flavor-filled bite, I’m certain you will feel the same. Pillows of Heaven for the win! The warm Agnolotti pasta is drizzled with the most delicious mixture of Preserved Lemon, Sonoma Goat Cheese, Basil, and Pistachio Brown Butter. As I...

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Georgia’s Introduces BREAST BUCKET for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and Anaheim Packing House will be offering a special new Breast Bucket & Sides all throughout the month of October 2020 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help increase awareness and support! The Georgia’s Restaurant new Breast Bucket & Sides features a 6-Piece Bucket of Boneless Chicken Breasts (all white meat) and Choice of Two Sides including selections such as their signature Collard Greens, Garlic Rice, and French Fries...

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Bistango Monday Night Jazz Series

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Bistango and Sunset Jazz at Newport have continued their Monday night jazz series into fall, with some amazing award-winning musicians gracing the wonderful patio at Bistango. October 12th Join us as we continue our Sunset Jazz series at BISTANGO: Autumn Al Fresco Mondays. Called “brilliantly entertaining” by Downbeat and considered “magic” by Mel Torme, don’t miss this iconic and award-winning jazz clarinetist and saxophonist on the Bistango’s patio. Tickets & Info: www.bistango.com ; call (949) 759.5003; or email [email protected]

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Cute Car for Teen Drivers: Chevy Bolt EV

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Autos, Family, Featured, General Motors | 0 comments

Are you looking for an affordable (and cute) car for your teen driver? We recently drove the 2020 Bolt EV and found it to be a top pick for your teenager’s first car. The best part – your teenager won’t be coming to you for gas money, because it is a fully electric vehicle! Let’s start by talking about the best part of the car – being electric. I have never driven a fully electric vehicle before. Plus, being...

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Golf “Fore” Blind Children’s Learning Center

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

As many golfers already know, golf has been one of the few sporting refuges available during the pandemic. Blind Children’s Learning Center in Santa Ana is proud to partner with 19th Hole Golf Productions to host this year’s Dr. Frank Villalobos Fall Classic at Aliso Viejo Country Club. This physically-distanced event will be held on Monday, October 19 and promises to bring participants closer than ever before to BCLC’s mission – to prepare children with visual impairments for a...

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LEGOLAND California Treats Kids to a Bricktacular Halloween

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Events, Featured, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Fall is a time for costumes, treats and family fun, and even though LEGOLAND® California is still awaiting approval to open, the Resort is joining in the festivities with an outdoor experience of its own…Introducing: Halloween in Miniland! Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during October (Oct. 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30 & 31) the Park’s Miniland U.S.A becomes a not-so-spooky Halloween destination filled with activities, tasty treats and one of a kind LEGO® Halloween décor inviting families to wear their...

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5 Iconic Skyscrapers to See NYC from Above

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in New York, Travel | 0 comments

There is a lot to see and do in New York City, but one of the must-see’s is the skyline of the city from above. With so many skyscrapers, you have plenty of options to choose from to get different perspectives and appreciate the different architecture of the buildings as well. So for your next trip to the city, here are 5 iconic skyscrapers in NYC to check out and see the city from above: The Empire State Building...

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