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10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Disney It is the most magical time of the year to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort. The entire resort is adorned with twinkling lights, majestic Christmas trees, and festive decorations. The holidays begin at the Disneyland Resort, and these are ten ways to celebrate the holidays with your family at Disneyland. Watch a Christmas Fantasy Parade. The holiday parade is guaranteed to get your family into the holiday spirit. There are magical floats, festive music and a surprise visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Be immersed in a magical world while taking a boat ride into it’s a small world. The attraction comes to life at night with a beautiful display of lights and inside families are introduced to holiday traditions from around the world. Have a frightfully fun time experiencing Haunted Mansion Holiday. Jack Skellington and his friends have transformed the attraction for the holiday season. Don’t miss seeing the gingerbread house featuring a 7-foot-tall gingerbread Oogie Boogie, and the purchase a mini-replica to bring home from the French Market. Capture a photo with your family in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle. At night, the castle sparkles with 50,000 twinkling lights. Your family is not going to want to miss seeing “Believe….in Holiday Magic”...

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2017 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  Enjoy a Festive Thanksgiving Dining Where It’s Warm, Welcoming and Wonderful at one of these premiere Orange County Restaurants. Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive gourmet buffet featuring slow roasted turkey, holiday sides and more with the unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Thursday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For those who wish to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal from the comfort of their own home, Back Bay Bistro is offering Thanksgiving To Go. Call ahead by November 22 to reserve your professionally prepared whole turkey and a selection of favorite holiday sides. NOV. 23 BUFFET MENU DETAILS: Fresh Salads Field Greens with Apples and Dried Cherries, Walnut Vinaigrette Grilled Asparagus Salad Spaghetti Squash Salad Beets with Goat Cheese Wild Mushroom Salad Cauliflower Salad Beefsteak Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella with Basil Dressing Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Dressing Cold Cut & Antipasto Display Soups Butternut Squash and Apple Soup Seafood Chowder Carved to Order Station Slow Roasted Turkey Breast New York Strip Confit Turkey Dark Meat Walnut Stuffing Cranberry Relish Au Jus, Herb Gravy Hot Offerings Grilled Salmon in a Dill Cream Sauce Crab Cakes Lamb Navarin Rice Pilaf Shallot Boursin Mashed Potatoes Macaroni & Cheese Candied...

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You’re Invited to the Vue Holiday Celebration + Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  You’re invited to Vue Newport’s festive Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting in the Vue Front Plaza on Friday, December 1 from 6:00-7:30 pm. This magical holiday celebration for the entire community will feature live music by nationally acclaimed Golden Coast All-Stars, sweet treats, scrumptious hot cocoa, and the first annual Vue Newport Tree Lighting. This is a free, family-friendly event that is sure to become a holiday tradition on the Newport Beach Peninsula. Vue Newport is a luxurious...

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Celebrate the Meaning of Family when seeing COCO

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We were given a special experience as a guest of Disney The highly anticipated time has come for Disney-Pixar’s most beautiful film ever created, COCO to be in theaters starting today! The film is about love, family, traditions, and introduces families to the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. I was lucky to have a chance to go to Pixar Animation Studios a couple of months ago where I got to learn all about the making of the...

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Celebrate the Season with Holiday Movie It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Christmas, Entertainment, Film, Holiday | 0 comments

  Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, December 15 through Thursday, December 21, at 7pm nightly, with additional 1pm matinees on Sat., Dec. 16 and Sun., Dec. 17. In addition, at the 7pm showing on Saturday, December 16, movie goers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the movie starting. Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood,...

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The Magic of Bringing Disney-Pixar’s COCO to Life

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue The minute that I saw the Disney-Pixar film COCO at the world premiere, I fell in love with the magical story. It is truly the best film of the year, and I can’t wait for your family to experience the magic in theaters on November 22nd. After attending the premiere of the film, I went back to Los Angeles to learn more about the film from the cast and creators. When...

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Crystal Cove Tree Lighting and Winter Family Festival

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Join Crystal Cove Conservancy for the 21st Annual holiday winter family festival and tree lighting to be held on Saturday, December 2, featuring Orange County’s only “on the beach” holiday tree. Crystal Cove Conservancy, the non-profit partner of Crystal Cove State Park, will host their 21st annual complimentary all-day family event on the beach in the Crystal Cove Historic District. The Historic District will be decorated by volunteers with traditional mid-century décor to bring the holiday magic to...

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The Star Movie Teen Film Review

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio Ever since I was a little kid, I have heard the story of the first Christmas and the birth of Jesus. From my beginner’s bible to my pocket bible I have not only read about, but my family has been telling me the story ever since I was a little girl. There has never been an animated film in the animal’s perspective based off of the first Christmas. The...

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Wonder Movie Teen Film Review

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio The book Wonder by R.J Palacio has been my favorite book ever since I was old enough to read. I found out they were making a movie based on the book Wonder a couple of months ago and I started counting down the days. Wonder has such a unique and touching story, and I couldn’t wait to see how they put it into a film. When the film began...

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Creating an Effective Partnership with Your Child’s School

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  It’s that time of year again, and school conferences are upon us. I have the advantage of being a parent, as well as, the school counselor so I’m privy to information from teachers, as well as, other parents. Consequently, I’ve been reflecting on this process from both perspectives. Parents typically go into conferences looking forward to hearing about what their children are doing well and sometimes cringe when they hear about children’s missteps. What I’ve learned is it’s...

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Gingerbread House Decorating Events in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Christmas, Holiday | 0 comments

  One of my favorite family traditions is to decorate a gingerbread house with my children. Families who want to make gingerbread house decorating special this year can do it at one of these special gingerbread house decorating events happening this holiday season in Orange County. Fantastical Holiday Gingerbread and Confection Journey of Oz’s Emerald City at Island Hotel Newport Beach Unveiling on Monday, November 27, through December There’s no place like home and There’s No Place Like Island...

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The World Premiere of The Star Movie

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue It was a magical day in Los Angeles this past Sunday where the beautiful film The Star Movie debuted to the world. All of the top celebrities in Hollywood came out to celebrate the film that tells the Christmas story in a whole new way – through the eyes of the animals. When we arrived at the premiere, there were multiple activities for the children to do. There was a ring...

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Changing the Lives of Kids with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America My.Future

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Boys and Girls Club as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. We were so enthused to be invited and see first hand the recent unveiling of My.Future to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Los Angeles. As we walked into the gymnasium full of energetic, happy kids, we knew we were about to witness firsthand what happens when a corporation...

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World Premiere of The Wonder Movie

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio The highly anticipated time has come for the beloved ‘Wonder’ the #1 New York Times bestselling middle-grade novel by R.J. Palacio to come to life in theaters everywhere in The Wonder Movie. Wonder is a book that my two older children loved reading and encouraged them to want to spread more kindness and compassion in our world. When I found out that they were making a film based on the book,...

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Give the Gift of a Disneyland Resort Experience + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, Theme Parks | 15 comments

 Sponsored Discover how easy it is to give friends and family members an experience at the Disneyland Resort. Giving a Disney Vacation makes it easier than ever to give theme park tickets or a dining experience, or even a Disney vacation to Walt Disney World and other Disney destinations. Mickey and Minnie Mouse sent our family some special gifts this holiday season for us to share some great gift ideas that you can give a loved one this holiday...

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KHS in IRL Epic Concert

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Autos, Events, Kia, Music, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia Anyone who watches YouTube and loves music knows who KHS (Kurt Hugo Schneider), Sam Tsui and Alyson Stoner are. They are three of the most talented young musicians who create beautiful melody together and recently starred in their first Kia Rio commercial combining music with autos. This past weekend, the rising stars hosted a free concert for their fans in Los Angles, and we were two of the lucky people to get...

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure: Josh Gad’s Kids are Tickled that He’s Olaf

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 ,We visited as a guest of Disney Olaf, Anna, and Elsa are back this holiday season in an all-new story, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, that will debut in theaters on November 22nd before the feature animation film COCO. The 22-minute story features 40 new songs and is a beautiful story about holiday traditions. Earlier in the month, I went to the Walt Disney Animation Studios to learn more about the short film and to talk with the Producer Roy Conli, Directors...

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Epic Family Night Out at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Cool Places, Entertainment, Family, Film, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my parent’s favorite things to do when I was a child was to have a date night at the Hollywood Bowl. I always thought that my husband and I would follow in their footsteps, but life gets busy when raising three children, and it finally worked out with our schedule to make our first visit to the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. While I thought my first visit to...

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Enter into the Discovery Cube Gingerbread House Competition

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my favorite family holiday traditions is to decorate a gingerbread house together. Ever since my children were toddlers, I always wanted to decorate a gingerbread house and enter it into the Discovery Cube OC gingerbread house competition, but with our busy schedule, I never made time to do it before Thanksgiving – until this year. It is our first year entering the gingerbread house competition, and I brought our family to Discovery Cube OC to decorate...

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The Magic of Christmas + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 9 comments

 Sponsored The Young Americans has announced the dates of its 28th season of The Magic of Christmas presented by KOST 103.5 at LaMirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. December 7th – 17th, 2017. After a sold out 2016 season, and by popular demand, additional shows have been added this year making this season the longest run of The Magic of Christmas ever! Ticket prices range from $18-$64 and include weekend matinées and evening performances. Tickets available now at lamiradathetre.com....

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Take Your Children for a Ride on the Polar Express

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 1 comment

  Embark on a magical’Polar Express’ train ride from Southern California to visit with Santa Claus himself at his “North Pole” workshop. On Dec. 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16 and 17, ride the train from the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, where elves will lead your family in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and storytelling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. At the workshop, children will be able to play in a play area and enjoy craft activities....

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Exclusive First Look: Oogie Boogie Gingerbread House at Disneyland

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney when we discovered this magical news Some of my favorite childhood memories were watching my parents stay up all night long making gingerbread houses from scratch for my yearly December birthday parties. Having a daughter born in one of the busiest months of the year for families, my mom thought of the idea to have gingerbread house decorating parties for my birthday every year so that families could enjoy a favorite holiday...

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Holiday Mom’s Night Out

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Prep for the holiday madness with tips on how to stay sane and healthy this year (and even get a head start on your holiday shopping!) at a fun, interactive and insightful evening at Cariloha Pacific City on Thursday, November 16 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join certified nutritionist (and mom of 3) Julie Hefner of Nourish Nutrition and Shelby Barone of OC Mom Blog (another mom of 3) for tips on how to keep yourself and your family healthy during...

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Fall in Love with Yoga at iHeartYoga

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored As the weather starts to cool down, it is a great time to refresh, recharge, and relax at an iHeartYoga class, event or retreat. iHeartYoga not only offers classes in their beautiful studio with views of Dana Point Harbor, but they also offer a variety of outdoor classes, retreats to Mexico, local and regional events, weekly yoga at a brewery, and even a yoga paddle board class every month. iHeartYoga in the Park started eight years ago with...

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OC Rescue Mission Food Shortage

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Family, Giving Back, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  As the holidays quickly approach, the OC Rescue Mission is preparing to host its 52nd annual Thanksgiving dinner, which will feed more than 660 homeless families and individuals in the region. Today, the organization has announced an urgent need for food donations from the local community. The Rescue Mission is currently in need of: ENTREES: · 106 whole turkeys · 48 whole hams · 160 pounds of ground pork SIDES: · 200 pounds of potatoes · 360 boxes...

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Fall in Love with Your Health

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Beauty, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Did you know that October is known as the month for taking action in your life? The year 2017 is very meaningful all on its own; a significant time to set the foundation of your life for the next nine years and it happens to be the Year of the Woman. So, this month was the perfect time to share “Fall in Love with Health,” and such a treat with my...

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The Perfect Diaper for Little Movers

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Family, New Baby, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored I recently decided to try Huggies Little Movers Diapers to try out on my daughter. These new diapers feature their new moving baby system that gives the diapers 30% more flex. I ordered a size four for my 17-pound 10-month-old daughter. I could have gone with a size three but decided to size up just in case, because it was my first time using the brand. The diapers are very soft. On the outer diaper, they have an...

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Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 4 comments

  An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more. The Ensemble for Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose features Jessica Richens (Top 3 “So You Think You Can Dance”/ “So You Think You Can Dance” All Star), Jennifer Bermeo, Alyse Rockett,...

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Downtown Disney Day Trip with OC Bus

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Cool Places, Disney, Featured, Kia, Theme Parks | 2 comments

 Sponsored Ever since my two teenagers started riding the OC Bus to school at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), they keep telling me how much fun the bus is to ride. When trying to plan something fun and unique to do with the kids, I decided to take them on a Downtown Disney day trip with OC Bus. I had already known that their school bus #83 goes from Laguna Hills to Disneyland without having to...

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27th Annual Lighting of the Bay Celebration

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort will kick off the holiday season with the 27th annual Lighting of the Bay celebration featuring a full schedule of seasonal festivities on Friday, November 24 from 3-8 p.m. Families will enjoy live chorale performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by stand-up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations....

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