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OC Rescue Mission: Urgent Need for Personal Care Item Donations

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the families residing at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. Donated items will be shared during the Rescue Mission’s “Christmas in July” event on Friday, July 27. The organization hosts this event annually with a two-fold purpose: providing resident families a second chance at a holiday celebration, and reminding the community that there is a need for donations all year round. Urgently needed donation items include: Laundry detergent Deodorant (male and female) Razors (male and female) Shaving cream (male and female) Donations can be dropped off at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at The District in Tustin, the Tustin Auto Center, or the Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, from now through Friday, July 27. Donated goods will be distributed at the Christmas in July celebration, which will offer Village of Hope residents festive food, winter-themed games including a special “snowball” fight, and other fun activities. The Village of Hope is located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, CA 92782. The Tustin Auto Center is located at Auto Center Drive in Tustin, CA 92782. The Chick-fil-A restaurant is located at 2889 Park Avenue in Tustin, CA 92782. For questions and updates regarding current urgent needs or to...

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Monster Jam Returns To SoCal

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  After five record-breaking stadium events playing to packed crowds at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam® is revving it’s way up to Downtown Los Angeles with an all-new action-packed weekend of events for the first time ever at STAPLES Center, featuring the SoCal debut of the indoor arena-based Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ that will keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family! Unlike any other Monster Jam event seen in SoCal before, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features eight of the most intense Monster Jam athletes in a fierce battle for the championship that tests the versatility and endurance of the athletes as they go head-to-head in a points-based format with seven different competitions driving three customized high-powered vehicles: the larger-than-life 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs. These extreme athletes battle for points in challenging Racing and Freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit – delivering what fans want to see the most… more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action! Monster Jam Triple Threat Series world-class athletes vying to become champions will be: Grave Digger® driven by Brandon Vinson Max-D® driven by...

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Surf & Turf, Live Music, and Family Fun: 10th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The 10th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach will be held at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Sunday, August 5, 2018, from 3 to 8 p.m. This annual celebration of summer centers around a fresh Whole Maine Lobster dinner with dancing to live music, a raffle drawing for a big screen TV, and fun on the beach for the entire family. Live Whole Maine Lobster flown in fresh on the morning of the event is prepared on-site alongside...

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The First Step Towards a Healthier You

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Hoag Before I became a wife and mother, I was just a woman. My days were full of schoolwork, my office job, the gym and of course, my honey Jarred. I was spoiled with me time. When Jarred and I decided to start our family, I was over the moon welcoming my two sons into this world and have been grateful to stay at home with them. Now that they are 3 and...

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Get a Sugar Rush at Candytopia in Santa Monica

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Cool Places, Featured | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Let’s face it…we’re all a little obsessed with social media and getting the perfect photo. When it comes to Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook photos everyone wants them to be perfect. And what better place to take excellent pictures than a place solely meant for just that! Located in Santa Monica, Candytopia is one of the best picture museums I have ever visited. One thing that made this museum so much fun...

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Top Gun House in Oceanside

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Autos, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of Visit Oceanside/Vehicle provided by Kia When planning our recent Oceanside staycation, I was doing some research on things to see and do in the area when I learned that Kelly McGillis’ house from the movie Top Gun is in Oceanside. As we were arriving at our hotel for the weekend, I immediately recognized it on the corner, and parked our Kia Sorento in a parking spot and got out to look at the...

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What A Teen Learned From a Road Trip with No Electronics

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia, Travel | 1 comment

 Car provided by Kia Every summer I go on a road trip with just my mom, me and occasionally my little brother. Going on a trip with my older brother is practically unheard of because he ‘IS’ a typical teenager and all he likes to do is spend time in his room. My mom told me that we would be making a road trip (just the three of us) with no plans. We were just going to drive in...

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Ant-Man and The Wasp Teen Review

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended a screening as a guest of Disney When the first Ant-Man movie came out, my brothers and I were so excited for a new Marvel character that we already knew we were going to love it. I watched it for the first time and immediately fell in love with the ant-sized superhero. When I started seeing the previews for Ant-Man and The Wasp I was so excited to see where the old movie left off. There are...

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Festival of Arts Family Art Day

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Events | 1 comment

  Families and children are invited to enjoy a day full of art and entertainment at the Festival of Arts Family Art Day on Sunday, July 8, 2018. From 12noon – 3pm, the grounds will be full of fun activities, hands-on art projects, and more! Family Art Day, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, is free with Festival admission, and children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long. A special coupon booklet will be distributed to...

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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at Georgia’s at the Anaheim Packing House

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Georgia’s Restaurant will celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on Friday, July 6th with a special 8-piece Fried Chicken Bucket with choice of two sides for $20. The offer will begin on the popular food holiday and run for one week, through Thursday, July 12th, in honor of Georgia’s 4th Anniversary! Georgia’s Herb-Seasoned Cornmeal-Crusted Buttermilk Fried Chicken has been noted for being extra crispy, insanely juicy, perfectly golden and utterly addictive. Anaheim Packing House Soul Food restaurant only uses...

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Tastes of Summer at Casa Barilla

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Summertime is here, and it’s the time of year to live a little more carefree, being out and about in the sunshine and letting someone else do the cooking as you gather around the table. Casa Barilla at South Coast Plaza delighted us with a recent visit to enjoy “A Taste of Summer.” It is happening right now through July 8th with two flavorful dishes, an Insalata Bietole and a Spaghetti...

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Boutique Elegance at La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Autos, Family, Featured, Kia, Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When planning our upcoming Mother and Daughter getaway to explore the history and culture of Querétaro, I knew that I wanted to stay in boutique style hotels to fully experience the culture and history of the beautiful city. We used Pied à Terre to find La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro because they are the premier community to help travelers with finding the best boutique hotels that focus on...

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Talking with the Cast of Ant-Man and The Wasp

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 We attended the event as a guest of Disney Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fantastic sequel to the first Ant-Man movie and a must-see for all parents and children. I recently had the privilege of going to Pasadena and speaking with the cast of the new film, and I can assure you they had a lot of fun things to say. One of my favorite features of the movie was all the comedy and how much I laughed...

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Orange County’s 40th annual “A Taste of Greece” Festival

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Orange County’s 40th annual “A Taste of Greece” festival will be held on June 29th – 30th and July 1st at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church (4949 Alton Parkway, between Culver Drive and Jeffrey Road, Irvine, CA 92604). More than 12,000 guests are expected to attend the three-day festival, which will feature traditional Greek cuisine and pastries, live music, church tours, authentic Greek dancing with lessons, and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka, a well-known picturesque historical neighborhood...

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OC Designer Summer Camp at SOCO

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Designer Camp, the only comprehensive and collaborative design-based summer camp for young creatives (ages 11 – 17). The four unique week-long programs are in partnership with nationally-recognized design brands located in the heart of LA and Orange County’s design destinations. They give students the rare opportunity to engage and learn through hands-on workshops, informative talks from working designers, and behind-the-scenes tours of studios and galleries. Designer Camp also partners with non-profit organizations, allowing students to design for social...

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Orange County’s first Cat Café

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Catmosphere Laguna, Orange County’s first Cat Café, will open this summer in Laguna Beach. Founded by Gail Allyn Landau, Catmosphere Laguna will serve as both a community café and a foster home for adoptable cats & kittens. Originating in Taiwan in 1998, cat cafés have since become a global phenomenon, inspiring similar business models to open across Japan, London, and most recently, the U.S. As the county’s first cat café, Landau believes Catmosphere Laguna will bring an increase...

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Luxurious Resort Style Living: Astoria at Central Park West

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Beautiful beaches and beautiful weather makes Orange County a premier place for families to live. Families who are looking to relocate to Orange County always struggle with wondering what part of the beautiful area they want to live in. I had heard a lot of buzz around Astoria at Central Park West as being a hot spot for families to live and a great place to have a short-term rental while house hunting. So, we went to stay...

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Disney’s Tarzan Swings into Orange County

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  This show is perfect for the whole family. It’s filled with romance, adventure and family. So professionally done that you will experience the thrill of watching a Broadway production right here in Orange County! MTOC is very excited to be producing this musical in the Orange County area and is looking forward to the challenge this show brings due to flying, adding in special EFX, acrobatics, along with new costumes and sets. Tarzan is Directed by Britany Callahan,...

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OC Rescue Mission Gives Homeless Children Summer Camp Experience

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Camp, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is once again helping children to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally through its eighth annual “Summer to Remember” program. This year’s camp is already underway – Summer to Remember began on June 11 and will continue through August 10 The program – which is offered to children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families – is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Summer to...

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5th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The 5th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup is set to showcase more than 80 regional favorites and rarely seen craft beers on July 14 and 15, 2018 at the opening weekend of the world-famous OC Fair & Event Center. During four hours of unlimited tastings, attendees will have the opportunity to sip a variety of beer styles from breweries across the west coast and southwest, including Bay Area-based Faction Brewing and New Glory Brewing from...

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An Open Letter to the Woman for Publicly Body Shaming my Mom

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | 12 comments

  Did you know that 94% of women have been body-shamed in their lifetime? Never in a thousand years would I think this would affect my mother or me. While in Palm Springs this past week, I noticed my mom was in pain. I carefully approached her. She looked up at me with a solid tear rolling down her cheek, her shaking hand, she passed her phone to me. There I saw the unthinkable. Something every teenager dreads of...

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Angels Baseball Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 13 comments

  Calling all Angels Baseball fans! Baseball season is in full swing and Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company is giving away 5,000 Angels Baseball tickets this summer! While supplies last, guests can receive 1 Angels ticket voucher when they mention the promotion (at any OC/LA location) and spend $20. If the table spends $40 and mention the promotion, they will receive 2 Angels vouchers – it’s that simple! Guests can enjoy popular menu items such as World Series a...

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Illumination Foundation’s 5th Annual “Carnival for Kids”

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  When you were a kid, we’re betting the “field trip” or family day at a carnival or fair was something you looked forward to with positive glee. Cotton candy! People on stilts! Ferris wheels! Giant stuffed toys to win! Face painting! Food galore! And maybe … (ooh, cross your fingers) … maybe even a petting zoo! Illumination Foundation, the Orange County-based non-profit agency focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness is also focused on building hope, joy and...

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Incredibles 2 Teen Review

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of Disney I have been waiting ten years for this movie to come out and the suspense killed me. When my mom told me that we were going to an early screening to watch the Incredibles 2, I literally started screaming. The day we were going to see I was finishing my finals and thought that seeing this movie was the perfect way to start my summer. My older brother and I...

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86th Annual Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts will once again let creativity run wild throughout the beach-side community as it welcomes the return of the 86th Annual Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, July 5 – September 1, 2018. As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed fine arts shows, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Fine Art Show offers avid art collectors and festival-goers an outstanding variety of fine art to browse and purchase. Juried to ensure...

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Kids Bowl Free this Summer at Tavern + Bowl

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Tavern + Bowl at The Triangle in Costa Mesa is helping Orange County families kick off a summer of fun with its Jr. Kingpin Club. All kids 14 and under are invited to join the Jr. Kingpin Club and receive one free game per day, Monday through Friday, from open until close, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., now through August 31. The promotion is valid for walk-in customers only, and shoe rental is not included. A parent or...

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Gad Elmaleh at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you ready to laugh? One of the most talented comedians in the country is coming to Orange County to perform at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club. If you love to laugh, then you’re not going to want to miss one of his unforgettable performances. Gad Elmaleh will be at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club on June 15th, 16th, and 17th. Tickets are currently available online, but hurry – they are selling out fast. If you don’t already...

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It’s All About Girl Power in The Incredibles 2

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney The Incredibles is one of my kids all-time favorite animated feature films. When my teenagers (who were toddlers when the original film was released) found out that they were making The Incredibles 2, they couldn’t wait until the day it would be released into theaters. I had the honor of taking them to an early screening of the film, and they loved it even more than the first film. The...

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Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 3 comments

  Dress in your best red, white, and blue and celebrate Independence at the Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The day-long celebration offers live entertainment from the nation’s top tribute bands including Tom Petty and the Heartshakers, The Long Run (Eagles Tribute band) and DSB (Journey Tribute Band). The popular patriotic celebration is a ship-wide event offering family-friendly games, activities, a 4th of July parade, strolling...

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2018 Orange County Father’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Dining, Family, Father's Day, Holiday | 0 comments

  Father’s Day is just days away, and Orange County’s top restaurants are rolling out the red carpets for dad’s and offering exquisite special menus for the big day. Make the dad in your life feel extra special this Father’s Day by treating him to brunch, lunch or dinner at one of these restaurants listed in our Orange County father’s day dining guide. From buffets to burgers and cigars to seafood, Orange County has Father’s Day in the bag...

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