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Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family. Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily from September 15th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkin Patch activities include: Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and a lot more. Irvine Park Railroad’s 3rd annual “Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off” will take place on Saturday, September 22nd starting at 10:00 am. Come see if pumpkin growers have what it takes to grow the biggest pumpkin. Cash prizes will be awarded. KTLA Channel 5 weatherman Henry DiCarlo will host this event. Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is free. Prices for all other activities vary; please visit for additional information and costs. The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open daily from September 15th through October...

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Family-Friendly Resort Cooking Classes

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

  As we are in the heat of summer, vacation time is top-of-mind and if you happen to be planning a trip for a family, keeping the whole gang entertained during said vacation is right up there. Family-friendly cooking classes – fun, tasty, hands-on activities at these resorts will keep the bodies busy and the bellies full. Chef for a Day at Renaissance Tuscany II Ciocco Resort & Spa Nestled on the hill of an expansive two-mile estate in the heart of Italy’s most beloved region, Tuscany, the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooks the mountainous Serchio Valley, one of the most unexplored areas of Italy. The 180-room resort offers, by request, a ‘Chef For a Day’ experience for children looking to understand the local culture of Italy and the food of the seasons while having some fun. Junior chefs will learn how to hand-make Tuscan staples such as fresh pasta (the shape of their choice), ravioli, and sauces, and once the hard work is done, have the opportunity to show off their meal to their family members and treat them to a meal in a private veranda overlooking the stunning Tuscan hills. Poolside Ceviche Contest at Marriott Cancun Resort Located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, the Marriott Cancun Resort...

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You’re Invited: Free Dance Class with the cast from the Tony Award-winning Broadway Show On Your Feet!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts thinks you can dance! Dance fans and Latin dance aficionados are invited to gather on the Center’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza on Saturday, August 25 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. to learn exuberant choreography from the hit Broadway show ON YOUR FEET! Artists Maria Rodriguez and Jeremy Adam Rey will go through the routines step by step, culminating in a massive conga line around the Plaza. The class precedes the 2 p.m....

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It’s Almost Time to Get Your D23 Expo Tickets

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

  On Thursday, August 23, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 23-25, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment, and more. D23 Expo...

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Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples provided Summer might be coming to an end, but the produce is fresher than ever. I had been traveling all week, and the first thing my kids asked me when I got home was, “What’s for dinner?” I knew that I had two hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce still in the refrigerator and a couple of ears of corn that I had planned on making elote with before my trip, so I put everything I had in my...

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Celebrate Labor Day at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present a three-day concert series this Labor Day weekend featuring ‘80s hits, patriotic country favorites and an authentic rock n’ roll experience. The all-ages event kicks off on Friday, August 31 and continues through Sunday, September 2. Full bar service and food trucks will be available each evening for guests to enjoy delicious food and drinks while listening to live music in a beautiful waterfront setting. LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVENT SCHEDULE...

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The Little Mermaid Live-Action Swims into Theaters

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We had a preview of the film One of my favorite classic tales is the Little Mermaid. I grew up watching the princess movie. A little bit of time ago I had read the original little mermaid tale and realized it was so different than the Disney film. Mermaid movies are probably one of my favorite types of film to watch because I love the ocean so much myself. When I was younger, I used to pretend like I...

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The Historic Warner Grand Theatre

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in San Pedro, Theatre, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things that we did when exploring San Pedro was visiting the Warner Grand Theatre. I am a little bit of a history and architecture nerd, and the minute that the trolley stopped in front of the historic theatre, I was in love. The Warner Grand Theatre opened on January 20, 1931, and was built by the distinguished team of architect B. Marcus Priteca and the artist Anthony...

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Liposuction: Let’s talk About Compression Garments

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador After having liposuction, my compression garment quickly became my new best friend for the next six weeks. When I woke up from my surgery, I was already in the compression garment that CosmetiCare provided. Under my compression garment, was a thick layer of cotton and foam to help keep my skin compressed. When I returned to CosmetiCare the day after my surgery, they took off my compression garment, foam and cotton to check on...

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Romantic Summer Comedy: Crazy Rich Asians

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended a screening as a guest of the studio My mom showed me the trailer for the movie, Crazy Rich Asians a few months ago, and ever since then, I have literally been counting down the days until we would be able to go see it. Based off of the book, Crazy Rich Asians is probably one of my new favorite movies. With the romance, drama, and comedy it is honestly one of the best films that have...

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Coffee by the Sea at Siren’s Java & Tea in San Pedro

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Dining, San Pedro, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue We started our day exploring San Pedro by visiting the popular local coffee shop, Siren’s Java & Tea. The coffee shop is located in the heart of downtown San Pedro and offers a variety of unique coffee creations and breakfast pastries. One of my favorite things about Siren’s Java & Tea is the ambiance. There are many tables, chairs, couches located throughout the coffee shop for families to relax and reconnect....

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Mexican Avocado Toast Recipe

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples Received One of my favorite things to make the kids for breakfast is avocado toast. The breakfast dish is packed full of nutrition and helps the kids get a healthy start to their day. The only downside is that avocado toast can get a little boring when eating it multiple times a week, so I decided to put a new Mexican inspired twist on my avocado toast recipe. The fresh hatch chiles in my refrigerator from Melissa’s Produce...

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Disney Channel’s Freaky Friday

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Disney Channel Movies have always been my absolute favorite television network. From Teen Beach Movie to Descendants, they are constantly on my list of top favorite movies. When I first starting seeing the commercials and sneak peeks on Disney Channel I immediately put the date that Freaky Friday would air on my calendar. The same day the movie was going to air we got an invite to go to a Freaky Friday...

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Tips for Teaching Kids to do the Dishes

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the first chores that I taught my children how to do was to empty and fill the dishwasher every night. Since most families do their dishes in the evening after dinner when the kids get ready for bed, I highly recommend getting the #1 dishwasher on the market, Bosch, because it is the quietest dishwasher brand in the U.S. My children first started helping with the dishes around ten years of age, and you’ll want to...

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Cool Craft Brews at Brouwerij West in San Pedro

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Dining, San Pedro | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The summer temperatures were rising while we were busy exploring San Pedro, making it the perfect time to stop into Brouwerij West for a refreshing taste of their craft beers. What I love about Brouwerij West is that they have a large indoor and outdoor venue complete with food trucks, making it a family-friendly brewery. We had just finished supporting local artisans by shopping at the neighboring Crafted and then walked...

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Hatch Chile Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples received Hatch Chile’s are one of my favorite vegetables and are only available for a short time every year. During Hatch Chile season, I always get the freshest hatch chiles available from Melissa’s Produce. Last week, I enjoyed cooking my family some tasty stuffed hatch chiles that I paired with a freshly made hatch chile salsa. Making homemade salsa is one of the easiest things to prepare for your family. You can quickly make a large serving, and...

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Simulation of Liposuction with New Look Now

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador During my consultation for Liposuction, one of my favorite part of the consultation for Liposuction, I utilized CosmetiCare’s New Look Now software.. What is New Look Now? It is a simulation of what your body will look like after having cosmetic surgery. The nurse was able to take a picture of my body, and within a few minutes, I received a simulation of what my body would look like after having liposuction. The best...

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Stuffed Hatch Chile Recipe

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 2 comments

 Samples provided It’s the most delicious time of the year – Hatch Chile Season! I love chiles, and hatch chiles are my ultimate favorite. Earlier this week, I went to Melissa’s Produce to learn about the new cookbook, “The Camp & Cabin Cookbook,” and to enjoy some tasty dishes made with hatch chiles. After tasting some of the recipes from Laura Bashar’s new cookbook and getting inspired to get the family back into the kitchen, I brought some fresh...

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What You Need to Know about Skin Cancer

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

 Sponsored We are at the peak of the summer season, and it is more important than ever to keep your skin protected from the harsh summer sun. Recently, we went to Kaiser Permanente to speak with Dr. Hege Sarpa to find out everything that your family needs to know about skin cancer. Dr. Hege Sarpa started by explaining the three major types of skin cancer: The most common form of skin cancer is a basal cell carcinoma. The word...

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What to Expect Six Weeks After Liposuction

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 1 comment

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador Six weeks after my liposuction procedure at CosmetiCare, I went in for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Champion. Although I had already been approved to stop wearing my compression garment, at this point, I still felt comfortable wearing a nice tight pair of spanks until about 12 weeks post surgery. Over the past six weeks since my surgery, I had been committed to eating a healthy diet, and when I weighed in the morning...

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Disney twenty-three Celebrates 90 Years of Mickey Mouse

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment | 0 comments

  2018 is a big year for Mickey Mouse, who celebrates his 90th anniversary this year, and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing the celebration to the pages of the fall issue of Disney twenty-three. Film historian Leonard Maltin honors Mickey’s enduring optimism and youthful spirit. Celebrities and luminaries including Kurt Russell, Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Menken and Hayley Mills recall their fondest Mickey memories. The cover features the latest tribute to Mickey—his new birthday portrait,...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that the Orange County engagement of the hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! – based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY®-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY®-winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan – stars Cuban-American Broadway actress Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan, and acclaimed stage and television actor Mauricio Martinez, plays Emilio Estefan. The cast also stars Broadway veteran Nancy Ticotin (West Side Story, In the Heights)...

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You’re Invited: MainPlace Mall Back to School Party

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  This weekend, MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana is hosting its Back to School Party of the year! MainPlace Mall will be hosting its free Party on the Patio and Artwalk from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 11. Friends and family will be able to join us for live music, refreshing mocktails, and delicious food samples from Applebee’s, Lucille’s, Panini Kabob Grill, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields and Hot Dog on a Stick. Guests will also have the opportunity to be...

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Three Reasons to Go See Dog Days with Your Family this Summer

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening as a guest of the studio Dogs are probably one of my favorite pets/animals so when I began to see the commercials and trailers on TV for the film Dog Days I knew I had to see it. I asked my mom if we could see it when it came out, and she surprised me by telling me that we would get to attend an early screener and then go the press junket and premiere...

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Let’s Talk Dog Days with The Cast of the Film

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of the studio Dog Days is the new comedy of the summer that I can guarantee will have you laughing, crying and utterly loving every minute of the film. Part of the reason that the movie is so well made and hilarious is the fantastic cast that were in the movie. I had the amazing opportunity to speak with the cast members about their individual experiences while working on the film. From...

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Dog Days World Premiere

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of the studio Who doesn’t love dogs? Unless you are a huge cat person, then these cute little (and big) dogs are easy to love and become best friends with. The new film Dog Days is based all on the people of LA and their furry friends. Throughout the movie, you witness the stories of all the diverse people that live in LA have different experiences with their dogs. Yesterday morning, after awaking at...

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You’re Invited: Meet and Greet with Disney Channel Star Kevin Quinn

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Disney, Events, Television Shows | 3 comments

  Outlets at San Clemente, Orange County’s first and only coastal outlet shopping destination, will host a free meet and greet for local fans featuring Kevin Quinn, an actor and singer/songwriter most recognized for his role as Xander McCormick on the hit Disney Channel series Bunk’d. Quinn is currently working on his debut EP. He has had guest roles in Shameless as well as Chicago P.D. and had a supporting role on Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting....

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Start the School Year Toxin Free

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Family, Green Living, Health | 0 comments

  When it comes to parenting, protecting your kids is undoubtedly the most important job. As the little ones get ready to go back to school, now is the perfect time to ensure they’re set up for a successful year ahead. Sure, it’s important to stock up on school supplies, find just the right backpack and snag those back-to-school bargains while you can, but sometimes keeping your children safe goes beyond making sure they’re ready for their first day....

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Finding Your Way Home with Christopher Robin

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 I attended a screening as a guest of Disney Have you ever felt lost? Alone? Forgotten? It has been a feeling that I have been experiencing a lot this year, and why when I saw Christopher Robin, as an adult feeling lost, it made the movie so relatable to my current life situation. In the movie, Christopher Robin finds himself working so hard, not having enough time to spend with his wife and daughter, and struggling to find balance...

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Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival returns to the Mission Viejo center on Tuesday, August 7. The afternoon of family fun will benefit Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. The event will have inflatables, games, a juggler and stilt walker, face painting, a balloon artist and shaved ice. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for six and $10 for 15. The “Spin to Win” game is 4 tickets per spin with a chance to win a prize. Guests who...

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