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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 | 1 comment

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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Raw Bar by Slapfish Offers $1 Oysters on National Oyster Day

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Seafood lovers have something to celebrate on National Oyster Day when Raw Bar by Slapfish offers $1 oysters on Wednesday, August 5, from 12 to 9pm. Guests who purchase one dozen of the sexy bivalve mollusks will also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to enjoy on their spacious outdoor patio. Raw Bar will serve a variety of east coast and west coast oysters on the half shell with shallot vinegar, grated horseradish, and cocktail sauce. Widely known as...

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Cox Communications Donates 300 Computers to Capistrano Unified School District

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Cox Communications has donated 300 computers to Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) to enable low-income families to connect with educators and resources during the current emergency distance learning state. Cox utilized nonprofit Computers2Kids, San Diego, to deliver these devices to the South Orange County school district. Cox piloted the now national Connect2Compete program in San Diego in 2012 with local schools and organizations. Connect2Compete includes in-home wifi, free installation and access to the online Cox Digital Academy. As back-to-school...

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Give Back with Miracles for Kids: A Slice of Summer Online Auction!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Looking for a unique way to help your community during these tough times? Miracles for Kids’ A Slice of Summer Online Auction gives you the chance to do just that! Featuring 10 summer-themed items ranging from a round of golf on luxury greens to a private in-home dinner for you and your guests, the Irvine-based nonprofit is turning fun summer activities into a new opportunity to provide support to families with critically-ill children. We guarantee there is an auction...

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The OC Rescue Mission: Donation Needs for Christmas in July

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the more than 260 men, women and children currently residing at its various campuses and the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. “Christmas in July,” which is an annual event, will be held on Friday, July 24 and will consist of a celebration that aims to bring the hope of the holidays to resident families living at the Rescue Mission. The...

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Everything at Your Fingertips: 10 Must-Have Items No Bathroom Cabinet Should Be Without

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

Regardless of the number of people living in the home or the size of the bathroom, certain items must appear in the bathroom cabinet. Having these items on hand guarantees they remain easily accessible when a family member becomes ill or when an emergency arises. A well-stocked cabinet ensures last-minutes runs to the pharmacy become a thing of the past. What ten items need to appear in every bathroom cabinet? Band-Aids Cuts and scrapes happen. No matter how much...

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Celebrate LIT Cafe’s 1-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

LIT Cafe is turning one! Though the restaurant’s official anniversary is on July 1, Anaheim’s favorite modern dining destination will be celebrating for the entire month of July with a special (and tasty!) $1 menu. See below for the full list of food, drink, and pastry offerings that you and your loved ones won’t want to miss! Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 “Heath Bar” cookies with chocolate + cornflakes Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 handcrafted grapefruit-citrus soda...

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OC Together: Do Your Part and Wear a Mask

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Events, Health, Hoag Health | 0 comments

Hoag Partnership While there has been a lot of controversy in our community surrounding wearing or not wearing a mask, Hoag Health is asking our community to come together this 4th of July weekend and all wear a mask. This weekend, if we all wear our masks, we can help keep our family, friends and community safe from #COVID19 and other contagious diseases. Hoag Hospital is well-equipped to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those with other conditions,...

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2020 Virtual OC Fair

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

The 2020 OC Fair is going virtual! While fairgoers may not be able to hop on their favorite carnival ride or enjoy crazy Fair food in person, we are keeping the spirit of the Fair alive on social media and ocfair.com. Starting July 17, several Virtual OC Fair elements will be highlighted each day on social media through July 27, with lots of fun content on ocfair.com all summer long. Videos of your favorite performers, photo galleries of summer...

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Secret to a Successful Business: Russell Brunson Traffic Secrets

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sponsored Do you have an online business? Finding customers is one of the biggest challenges for most online business owners. Russell Brunson has recently published an incredible book, “Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers.” While reading the book written by the Best-Selling Author & CEO of $100M software company ClickFunnels, I did a 30-day challenge to slowly start implementing his advice into my business. While reading the book over the...

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Celebrate Toast Kitchen + Bakery’s 2-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Toast Kitchen + Bakery is turning two! Though their official anniversary is on July 24, Costa Mesa’s favorite modern diner will be celebrating throughout the entire month of July. Join Chef John Park as he and his team celebrate two years and enjoy weekly specials on Toast’s most popular menu items including craft cocktails, entrees, wine and dessert. See below for the full list of offerings! Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5: 2-for-1 craft cocktails during Happy Hour...

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Never Forget to Do These 3 Things If You’re Left to Your Own Devices While Aging

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

As we age, we need to consider how and where we will live, who will take care of us if we are no longer able to do it on our own, and our finances. For those of us with a partner or family, the process may seem cut and dry. We may designate our partner or family members as caretakers, medical proxies, and beneficiaries of our estate. However, more of us are aging alone or remaining single in our...

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Alegría Fresh Produce is Now Available to the Community

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Alegría Fresh is offering an important avenue of support by providing its regenerative organic locally grown produce to the community again. Today more than ever, most people need to strengthen their immune systems, feel better and have more energy. The FarmBoxx includes 23+ heart, gut and brain healthy greens, herbs, veggies and edible flowers, delivered same-day within hours of harvest. At a time when people need a healthy boost, the quality, freshness and diversity in the FarmBoxx delivers it....

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Outdoor Patio Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 in Dining, Events, Featured | 2 comments

With the reopening of restaurants taking place across Orange County, we have discovered the best places to enjoy outdoor patio dining in Orange County. Las Brisas Perched above the scenic Laguna Beach coastline, Las Brisas is a classic Southern California restaurant that delivers stunning ocean views with a sea-to-table menu infused with traditional Mexican flavors. Upon reopening earlier this month, the restaurant debuted a brand new outdoor “Margarita Garden,” complete with ocean views, astroturf, and socially distant tables to...

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Flower Duet’s Online Living Art Camp

Posted by on Jun 20, 2020 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

For the summer of 2020, Flower Duet wants kids (and their parents) to learn how to make fabulous floral designs, botanical crafts and gain a few entrepreneurship skills, too! Flower Duet’s online Living Art Camp weeks will enable anyone to fill the void many summer camps left behind after being cancelled due to social-distancing guidelines. To align with many parents’ desire to keep kids occupied over the summer with activities that are fun and educational, Flower Duet designed 12...

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Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is Back with The Moonlight Special

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in Events, Featured, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is back riding the narrow gauge rails through the Sierra Nevada, just four miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park. With daily rides departing at 9:00 A.M and 11:30 A.M., and weekend excursions at 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. Young and old alike will enjoy wind-in-your-hair moments through the tall pine trees and sweet-smelling bear clover. And now, another fan favorite returns for the season: The Moonlight Special Every Wednesday and Saturday...

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Movies Under the Moon: A Carpool Cinema Experience

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

As Orange County residents and avid movie-goers Moonlight Events OC sorely missed going to see a movie with friends and family. They knew that with this quarantine provided everyone the chance to grow and reflect individually, and as a result there would be a great chance to bring the community together afterwards. They hope to provide Orange County residents with a safe and socially-distanced gathering for them to celebrate an American Holiday and the joys of reuniting with friends...

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Floating into Summer in Style

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Summer is finally here. The pools are finally open. The beaches are finally open. That means it is time to float into summer on stylish SwimWays Spring Floats. Living in Southern California, we spend almost every summer day at the beach or the pool. Because we spend so much time in the water, we...

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When the Sea Wind Blows: 10 Evergreen Summer Fashion Tips

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Warm weather signals the season for comfortable, breezy clothes. It may also be the time of year when you look forward to buying dresses, shoes, hats, and jeans for planned events like a vacation or wedding. The temptation is to choose on-trend things that make you feel chic or simply pick out clothes that you will wear only once. Real fashionistas avoid those kinds of mistakes. They follow a few standard rules that ensure they are well-dressed but don’t...

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Latest Eyewear Trends: 2020 Most Popular Frame Styles

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

For so long people looked at glasses as a necessary evil, with their bulky frames and thick lenses that hide some of our best facial features. Now, we turn to glasses for big, bold fashion statements, or sometimes subtle colors and nuances that complement our face. There are sunglasses, reading glasses, everyday glasses, trendy aviator glasses, and blue light glasses to protect your eyes from the constant plaguing of a screen all day. Whatever the reason there are constantly...

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Safe Summer Fun: Irvine Summer Drive-In Series

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

Enjoy movies and concerts in the park – with a twist – during the Irvine Summer Drive-In Series. This series of modified events brings the community together while safely following social distance guidelines. The Summer Drive-In Series features movies on the big screen and live concerts to the Orange County Great Park in drive-in format every Saturday this August. Park your cars, bring a picnic basket, or plan to purchase treats from gourmet food trucks. Space for this special...

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Selanne Steak Tavern Father’s Day Brunch

Posted by on Jun 12, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Selanne Steak Tavern celebrates Father’s Day with its first dine-in brunch for 2020 on Sunday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dads can enjoy sweet and savory dishes such as Chicken and Waffles with bourbon maple syrup; Selanne’s Benedict with Nueske’s ham; “Kevin’s” Bananas Foster French Toast with whipped mascarpone; Teemu’s “Brunch” Burger with wagyu beef, house sausage and Kurobuta pork belly; and Steak Bacon and Eggs with crispy pork belly. Other brunch favorites include: shrimp and...

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Master Chef Susumu Ii opens Sushi Ii in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jun 11, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

In mid-February, Sushi Ii quietly opened its doors in Newport Beach. Located on the second story of Mariner’s Pointe, Master Chef Susumu Ii presents a Japanese dining experience steeped in tradition, craftsmanship, and time-honored technique with his eponymous Sushi Ii. Now that Orange County restaurants can resume dine-in service, Sushi Ii has reopened its doors. The restaurant is one of Orange County’s newest eateries, but Sushi Ii is the culmination of decades that Chef Ii has spent meticulously dedicating...

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Segerstrom Center’s Five Days of Broadway Musical Theater Camp

Posted by on Jun 10, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is proud to announce that enrollment is open for its acclaimed Five Days of Broadway musical theater camp. Out of an abundance of caution for campers, faculty and staff, this year’s camp will take place entirely online, offering aspiring young performers an immersive experience all from the safety of home. A faculty of Broadway actors and leading industry professionals will coach campers in all aspects of musical theater through interactive, live virtual classes. Topics...

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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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