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World Premiere of Disney’s Dumbo

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

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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Epic Family Staycation at The Pacific Edge Hotel

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the venue It has been a couple of years since we last had a family getaway to the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, and when I noticed the temperatures were getting warmer, I immediately jumped at the chance to stay near the beach for the weekend. The weather was perfect, the hotel was plush, the food was incredible, which made our weekend one of the best family staycations that we have had in a long time. We arrived on a Friday evening after the kids were done with school, and my husband was done with work. We checked into our room just in time to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Pacific ocean. The kids squealed with delight while watching dolphins jumping in the waves while the sun slowly disappeared on the horizon. We took our shoes off and walked down to the beach for an evening walk before dinner. Our family bond became stronger than ever before as my husband, and I walked hand in hand while talking about our week with the kids splashing their toes in the water. Before returning to our room for the evening, we walked next door to Driftwood Kitchen for dinner. My husband sunk his taste buds into a juicy...

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Why It’s A Great Idea to Get Out the House and Travel with Your Little One Now and Then

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Travel | 0 comments

Everyone knows that there is far more to traveling than seaside sunsets and delicious food, but what about traveling with your little one? With 64% of millennial families have been on at least one vacation in the last year, follow the trend and find out why it’s a great idea to step outside and go traveling with your little one. You’ll create some incredible memories together From the moment your little one was born, there will have been moments...

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Bell Pepper Pizza Recipe

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Do you have a picky eater? I know that I sure do in my house. Getting my youngest to eat vegetables is always a challenge, and I have to be extra creative to get nutrition into his growing body. Melissa’s Produce provided me with some beautiful stripy peppers this week, and I decided to try making bell pepper pizzas out of them. Guess what? My picky eater ate every bite! What I love about this recipe is that it...

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Caramelized Onion and Swiss Chard Pasta Recipe

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to caramelize onions. It is so relaxing, and it makes my home smell amazing. While at Melissa’s Produce this week, they sent me home with some beautiful organic onions and fresh swiss chard. I couldn’t wait to cook something with the fresh produce when I got home. Swiss Chard Nutrition Swiss chard is a great leafy green to incorporate into your kid’s diet. It is packed full of...

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Official Teaser of Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

The new teaser trailer for “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to the global box-office hit “Maleficent,” has arrived. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprise their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, respectively, two characters from the studio’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” whose untold story was brought to life on screen in 2014’s “Maleficent,” and are joined by Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. Be...

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Learn About Bugs and Butterflies at Riley Wilderness Park

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to spend a day outdoors and learn all about the critters of the earth at Riley Wilderness Park’s free, family-friendly Bugs and Butterflies event on Sunday June 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Riley Wilderness Park’s incredible butterfly garden will be open for up-close tours with nature’s daintiest fliers, while insect experts give out tips and tricks on how to attract these and other plant-friendly critters to your garden...

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Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar in Santa Rosa

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

Eat more pie. Because “Pie not”? When visiting Santa Rosa, we had an unforgettable dinner at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven. After dinner we noticed that a new pie bar had just opened next door, so we went in to check it out before walking down to The Jade Room Wine Bar for a nightcap. The minute that we walked into the store, the aroma tantalized our tastebuds. They feature a select amount of freshly baked pies and ice...

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Kaleido Kids Summer Events

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

Local youngsters can enjoy a variety of free activities and entertainment at Kaleidoscope this summer, when the center’s annual Kaleido Kids Summer Events return on Tuesday, June 18. Held in Kaleidoscope’s event space inside Union Market Mission Viejo, the fun events are every Tuesday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, June 18th through July 23rd. The Kaleido Kids events are 11:30am – 12:30pm with the following schedule: June 18: Toy Story, including a meet and greet, sing along and photos with...

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3rd Annual CASA Pinwheel Project

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

CASA-OC and Junior Kids for CASA will be displaying 3,100 pinwheels representing the number of children in the Orange County foster care system on Saturday, May 11th at Fashion Island in conjunction with Foster Care Awareness Month happening in May. YOU can sponsor a pinwheel for only $5 or with a donation of $25+ receive a benefit card to receive discounts at select stores at Fashion Island valid from May 9th – 16th. ‍ Junior Kids for CASA is...

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Andrei’s New Seasonal Cocktails Make a Splash

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

The bold, vibrant colors and fresh flavors of the season take center stage on Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails’ new Spring/Summer specialty cocktails. Guests will be able to partake in more than a dozen cocktails that are as visually appealing as they are pleasing to the palate. As with all menu items at Andrei’s, these new cocktails will benefit many charitable causes and organizations, as the restaurant donates 100% of its net profits through The Andrei Foundation. Among the...

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The Sandman Hotel: A Modern Boutique Hotel in The Heart of Wine Country

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed at The Sandman Hotel as a guest Surrounded by grape-laden vineyards and spectacular scenery is the boutique Sandman Hotel that blends gracious hospitality and contemporary amenities. The stylish sanctuary ensures a pampered stay for families in the quiet town of Santa Rosa. When I first arrived at The Sandman Hotel, I fell in love with the distinctive character of the hotel. The check-in process was seamless, and I found myself in the zen-like guest room within minutes...

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The Queen Mary’s BBQ & Chili Waterfront Cook-Off

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

Guests are invited to indulge at the Queen Mary’s new Waterfront Cook-Off on Saturday, May 11th from 12 – 5 p.m., for an afternoon full of barbecue and chili samplings, beer tasting, eating contests, DJ’s, lawn games, and more. Guest will be able to purchase tasting tickets and savor samples from some of the best BBQ pitmasters and the nation’s best chili teams, all competing to win state championship prizes and the highly coveted People’s Choice Awards. Waterfront Cook-Off...

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2019 CASA Celebration of Children Black & White Ball

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, held their annual Celebration of Children Black & White Ball, on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, CA. 405 guests were in attendance to support CASA’s mission of serving abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Orange County with a trained and supported volunteer advocate. This year’s Gala had a net of over $1,300,000 and serves as the fifth year in a row that CASA has exceeded in...

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The Queen Mary 2019 Summer Movie Series

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

The Queen Mary is proud to present the 2019 Summer Movie Series, welcoming the community to sit back, set up a picnic with friends and family, and soak up the silver screen under the summer night sky. Each movie night will offer guests an immersive cinematic experience with assorted food trucks themed to the film, full bars for those age 21 and over, and the legendary ship and Long Beach Harbor as backdrops. Taking place on select Thursday nights...

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Memorial Day Fun at the Newport Dunes

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present a Memorial Day weekend filled with family friendly activities and special events Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, 2019. From kids to adults, country music fans to watersports enthusiasts, all will find the perfect way to kick off the summer at Newport Dunes. Newport Dunes Water Park On Friday, May 24, Newport Dunes will open their beachfront Inflatable Water Park to the public seasonally through Labor Day weekend. Four new...

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FREE Children’s Ticket to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has a special Kids Night on Broadway for the opening night of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. With the purchase of one full-price ticket, parents can receive a second ticket FREE for children. Ticket prices start at $29. Use code OOMPA when purchasing. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Pre-Show Activities Children and families are also encouraged to arrive early and enjoy pre-show activities in the...

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Fourth Annual Heartbeat of Mexico Festival

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

From the brightest minds in the field of Mexican cultural studies to the brightest stars in the world of Latin entertainment, the Musco Center for the Art’s Fourth Annual Heartbeat of Mexico Festival will offer a greatly expanded cast and calendar on the Chapman University campus in Orange over Memorial Weekend, May 23-26, 2019. It is a free day-long family-friendly outdoor celebration with music, dance, crafts for kids and food, and three nights of music headliners: superstar duo Jesse...

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Celebrating The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part as a guest Recently The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part made its debut in movie theaters everywhere. I made sure to tell my brothers the minute I saw the trailer, and we couldn’t wait until we could go see it. When we went to see the movie, it blew our minds! Recently, we learned that it is coming soon to Blu Ray and DVD, and we knew we had...

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Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven in Santa Rosa

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven as a guest of Santa Rosa One of my favorite restaurants that I visited while in Santa Rosa was the Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven. The restaurant is a short drive from The Sandman Hotel, and offers guests authentic Indian cuisine with an upscale ambiance. The minute that I walked into the restaurant I felt like I was in a restaurant located in Manhattan. The space blends rustic elements, like unfinished...

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The Jade Room Wine Bar & Oysterette

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

We visited The Jade Room as a guest of Santa Rosa On our last night visiting Santa Rosa, we went on an epicurean adventure at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven and then walked over to The Jade Room Wine Bar & Oysterette to have a nightcap before returning to our hotel, The Sandman. The chic wine bar is new to Downtown Santa Rosa and is a hot spot for locals and visitors. The minute that we walked into the...

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Must-Have Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration Merchandise

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Disney, Shopping | 0 comments

We visited Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration as a guest of Disney The all-new Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney is such a fun experience. When I went, I felt immersed into a magical world of Disney and was able to capture so many fun photos to share on my social media channels. After experiencing the all-new pop-up photo exhibit, guests have the opportunity to get some limited-time merchandise. The store is filled with many fun items...

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The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Events, Featured, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

Recently we were guests of Universal Studios Hollywood to watch the new show. Our entire family is major fans of Harry Potter, and visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the all-time favorite places to spend the day. When our family learned about The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle, we couldn’t wait to make plans to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. The minute that we stepped foot in The Wizarding World of Harry...

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Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails New Spring Menu

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails has welcomed Spring with new menu items that reflect that colors and flavors of the season. The restaurant, known for its commitment to donating 100% of its net profits to benefit many charitable causes and organizations through The Andrei Foundation, celebrates the cultural diversity of California cuisine, while incorporating the flavors and freshness of the Mediterranean. Among the new items added by Andrei’s Executive Chef Porfirio Gomez are: Double Dip Duo – Cilantro-Green Pea...

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Best Restaurants in Orange County to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

It’s time to treat mom like no other by spoiling her at one of the many special options Orange County’s leading hotels have created for this most exceptional lady. At the beach she can be wined and dined at Montage Laguna Beach’s annual Masterpiece Celebration Brunch, at Studio or The Loft. If she doesn’t want to get up too early, she can celebrate with afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge. If Newport Beach is more her style, then Fashion...

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Making Gluten-Free Weeknight Meals Easy with the Instant Pot

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 1 comment

Have you ever used an Instant Pot before? I remember getting one for Christmas a year ago when everyone was talking about the Instant Pot. However, after seeing kitchen horror stories as a child come to life in my mother’s kitchen with her pressure cooker, I never seemed to take it out of the box. When our friends at Melissa’s Produce invited me to learn more about The Gluten-Free Instant Pot cookbook, I was curious to learn more. I...

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Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame Teen Review

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

One of the most anticipated movies of this year, even of this century is Avengers: Endgame. Ever since Infinity War had come out a year ago, the whole world has been waiting for this movie. I have been counting down the days until I could see the film since the first trailer dropped. The Marvel Universe is something that I have grown up with. Avengers: Endgame is something that we have all been waiting for. Lucky for me my...

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Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

We visited Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration as a guest of Disney The all-new Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration is an Instagrammers dream come true. The Disneyland Resort recognizes how much Disney lovers enjoy capturing memorable photos, and they created the ultimate Disney photo Pop-Up at Downtown Disney District. Creative photography is one of my favorite hobbies, and I was thrilled to attend a sneak peek of Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney. The minute that I...

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Give Back with Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 9th Annual Red Dot Auction

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity on Friday, May 17 for Orange County’s biggest charity art event of the year! This 9th annual fundraiser will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Chuck Jones Center at SOCO + The OC Mix and will feature a silent auction with art pieces up for bid from over 100 artists from around the world. This special evening serves to raise money for programs of the Chuck Jones Center,...

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Talking with the Cast of Avengers: Endgame

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I attended the Avengers: Endgame Press Conference as a guest of Disney One of the most awaited for movies this year is Avengers: Endgame and I had the privilege of attending the press conference for it. My brothers and I have been following all of the anticipation since the latest Avengers film “Infinity War” came to the theaters. The press conference for this film was unlike anything I have ever seen before, and I can’t wait to share some...

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Reservations to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge invites guests on a journey to a galaxy far, far away, where families can live their own Star Wars adventures. This epic new land will immerse guests in iconic stories like never before, pushing boundaries and transporting guests to a place where beloved Star Wars stories come to life. When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opens It all begins May 31st at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and today they announced that no-cost reservations to visit...

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Bear Awareness Day at the OC Zoo

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Bear Awareness Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gather family and friends for a day of bear-themed activities, zookeeper chats and more. The OC Zoo’s annual Bear Awareness Day invites families to learn more about the black bear while enjoying various fun-filled activities including crafts for kids and special zookeeper chats about bears. Bear Awareness Day will also feature a learning...

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