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The Pageant of the Masters: 2018 production of ‘Under the Sun’

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The Pageant of the Masters, presented by Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, is heating up the beach-side community with preparations and rehearsals underway for the highly-anticipated 2018 production of “Under the Sun.” Celebrating its 85th anniversary, the 2018 Pageant of the Masters will amaze audiences nightly July 7 – September 1 with 90-minutes of tableaux vivants. These “living pictures” are re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Tickets are available now at www.PageantTickets.com. Since opening in 1933, the Pageant welcomes approximately 500 volunteers each year who eagerly contribute more than 60,000 hours of their time. Many staff members, like Butch, have worked with Pageant of the Masters for decades, creating a family-reunion-like environment that attracts mass numbers of volunteers and crowds to learn, appreciate, and perform in the fine arts. The volunteers vary in ages with the youngest volunteer at just 4 years old, and the oldest in his late 80’s. Every Thursday night through June, staff and volunteers gather in the Irvine Bowl studying details from stage lighting to specific pose placement, and unique make-up art to complicated set designs. Volunteer actors fill the backstage area during rehearsals, along with Allyson Doherty, Makeup Director, who coaches the...

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Taste of Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Pixar Fest is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, and one of our favorite things about the festive celebration of friendship is all the tasty food offerings. Pixar Fest is happening at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park until September 3rd, and these are some of our favorite dishes that your family will want to try when coming to the Disneyland Resort for the celebration. Cheeseburger Pizza Alien Pizza Planet (Tomorrowland) When I first heard of this combination, I was hesitant to try it at first. But, the minute that I sunk my tastebuds into it, I was in heaven. The pizza features, meat patties, ketchup, yellow mustard, American and Cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, burger sauce, and pickles on a sesame seed crust. I loved this pizza so much that I went back for more the second day that we visited the Disneyland Resort. Alien Macaron Alien Pizza Planet (Tomorrowland) After you’re done enjoying a slice of cheeseburger pizza, make sure and get a tasty alien macaron for dessert. The delicious dessert is filled with a blackberry-lime filling that will tantalize your taste buds. The dessert is not only cute but also delicious. Chilled Noodle Salad Lucky Fortune Cookery (Pacific Wharf) Kids...

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Family, Friends and Fun at Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My kid’s favorite thing to have for dinner is pizza. What kid doesn’t love pizza? I had heard a lot of my friends talking about Oggi’s Pizza in Mission Viejo, so we planned a family night out at the popular pizza place for dinner. When we arrived at Oggi’s, I fell in love with the vibe. The entire restaurant was full of families enjoying dinner together while watching their favorite game...

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Puppy Pals Family Movie Night

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Our family loves to get together and have a family movie night. Puppy Pals is my youngest sons favorite, so when I got a copy of their newly released DVD, I planned a Puppy Pals family movie night. Before watching the movie, my son got out his stuffed Puppy Pals, and we all came together in the living rooms for an entertaining night together. The DVD features your kids favorite Puppy Pals as they take families on an...

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Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-new attraction DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest”

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

  Universal Studios Hollywood channels its inner Master Shifu from DreamWorks Animations hit film, Kung Fu Panda, with today’s gift announcing Friday, June 15 as the official grand opening date of its all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring the premier attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.” Inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, the attraction will take guests on a thrilling journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art visual effects for a highly engaging experience. Created and produced by DreamWorks...

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Sessions West Coast Deli Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Our favorite place to take the kids for sandwiches has recently expanded with an all-new location in the heart of Irvine. Whenever we are planning a family picnic or a day at the beach Sessions West Coast Deli has always been our go-to place for delicious and fresh finely crafted sandwiches. The all-new location is in the newly redesigned Woodbridge Village Center and features a relaxing outdoor patio complete with a...

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Extreme Beer Fest 2018 – Boston: A Whole Another Level

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Onion. Pistachio and avocado. Marshmallows. Maze. You read that last word right –the chemical found in pepper spray and all of the aforementioned food products imparted some of the many flavors found in craft beers at Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Festival in Boston. Bostonians and East Coast beer aficionados braced the cold weather in an extremely long line outside the Seaport World Trade Center as they waited to enter the 15th annual event. Onlookers may think they are...

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Girls Night In with Forever My Girl

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

 Sponsored The one film genre that I can’t seem to get enough of is romance films. My favorite thing to do on a quiet evening is to relax in our living room with my daughter watching a movie. This past weekend, we got some of our favorite foods and sat down together to watch Forever My Girl. The movie is based on the first book of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling series ‘The Beaumont,’ by Heidi...

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9th Annual Urban Ocean Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its ninth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and Contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths,...

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A Perfect 24 Hours in New York City

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Kia, New York, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Kia After having an eventful day at the New York Auto Show for the unveiling of the all-new 2019 Kia Optima and K900, I had an unforgettable 24 hours in New York City. The perfect day in NYC started with a short walk from the Soho Grand Hotel to Jack’s Wife Freda for breakfast. The adorable cafe is located in the heart of lower Manhattan and has a fresh and healthy menu. There...

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Cinderella Ballet at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Ballet, Entertainment | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Cinderella is a classic fairy tale, and it also happens to be one of my favorite fairy tales ever. I have seen Cinderella in many different forms of production including musical theater, ballet, hip-hop, movies, etc. But, I think ballet is one of my favorite forms to watch this story told is through ballet. I have seen many ballets of Cinderella before, and they were all amazing, but seeing it performed...

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Tickets Available: 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

  Following another record-breaking year, the 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will return to the world-famous OC Fair opening weekend on July 14 and 15, 2018 with more fun than ever before. The successful, award-winning collaboration between Brew Ha Ha Productions and OC Fair & Event Center offers four hours of unlimited tastings, a commemorative tasting glass and free admission to the OC Fair. Awarded 1st Place at the Western Fairs Association’s Annual Convention for Best...

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Alien Pizza Planet Landing soon at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Dining, Disney, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Everyone’s favorite Aliens from Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story” will be invading Disneyland Resort for Pixar Fest, and we are eternally grateful! Throughout Pixar Fest, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park will transform into Alien Pizza Planet – “A Better Place.” The Aliens have sourced the finest ingredients from across the universe to deliver fresh, hot pizzas that are out of this world. A specialty of their home planet Pepperonia is a special pepperoni pizza topped with green peppers...

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2019 Kia Optima: A Family Sedan with a Race Car Look & Feel

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 We attended the auto show as a guest of Kia Along with the debut of the 2019 Kia K900 at the New York Auto Show, guests attending the event were in for a big treat by getting to be the first to see the all-new 2019 Kia Optima. For many years, the Kia Optima has always been a top choice for families looking to purchase a midsize sedan, and the new reimagined vehicle is going to have more parents...

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Los Angeles Times’ 23rd Annual Festival of Books

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books is the nation’s largest literary and cultural festival. Held the weekend of Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd at the University of Southern California, the festival not only celebrates books and literature, but will this year also shine a light on alternative forms of creative storytelling including podcasts, virtual reality, music, film, and television. An estimated 150,000 attendees will have the opportunity to hear from more than 500 writers, musicians,...

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The Fairy Trail Returns to Oso Creek Trail

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Featured, Mission Viejo, Parks | 1 comment

  Families were disappointed when the popular Aliso Summit Fairy Trail closed to the public a couple of months ago. But, we have fantastic news….the fairy trail is back and in a whole new location. The fairy trail has returned to a bigger and better location along Oso Creek Trail. If you haven’t been to Oso Creek Trail, it is already a magical place and is the ideal place for children to become immersed in the magical world of...

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Two Celebrated Chefs to Participate in the 11th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Two more celebrated California chefs, Amar Santana and Joe Sasto, will be joining the stellar line-up participating in the 11th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation, on Sunday, May 20, at Montage Laguna Beach from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Amar Santana is a former “Top Chef” contender (Episode 13), and he chefs at two acclaimed Orange County restaurants – Vaca in Costa Mesa, serving authentic Spanish cuisine; and at his flagship, Broadway by Amar Santana, which features...

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2019 Kia K900: Ultimate Luxury Family Vehicle

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia One of the most significant announcements that were made at the recent New York Auto Show was the debut of the 2019 Kia K900. The luxurious full-size sedan has been completely redesigned offering families the ultimate luxury vehicle. Before the unveiling of the new vehicle, Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer for Kia Motors Corporation, took the stage at the New York Auto Show. Schreyer is the most talented and well-known...

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Pandas IMAX Movie Premiere

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the studio I have grown to love driving to Los Angeles to see a new movie debut and its stunning premiere. It has become a tradition for my mom and me to pick out dresses together and spend the day getting dressed up, so when my mom told me that we were invited to the Pandas IMAX movie premiere, I was so excited. When she advised me that this premiere was for a...

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4 Ways to Get Your Kid Back on Track After Spring Break

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  When kids come back from a week away from school, they are often not as focused on classroom work and assignments. Also, at this point in the year students start thinking more about summer and less about school. Whether in kindergarten or 12th grade, every student will have assignments to complete by the end of the academic year. How focused a student is will play a role in exams and quizzes they take as well as their overall...

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29th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo

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

  America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2018. The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. New to America’s Family Pet Expo for 2018 is the Sea Lion Splash Show; a unique mobile aquatic experience combining both marine fun and environmental education. Sea Lion Splash...

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Learn, Discover & Play at the OC STEAM Fest

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

  Families are invited to learn, discover, and play at Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s OC STEAM Fest, in partnership with EON Reality, on Saturday, April 28. Enjoy a fun-filled day of games and activities related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) including human foosball, battling robots, LEGO® engineering, Virtual Reality, live animals, and racecars, in addition to live performances, food trucks, and much more! 
 This event will take place at Orange County Great Park in Irvine from...

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Exclusive SoCal Engagement

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts proudly welcomes the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in an exclusive Southern California engagement April 18 – 22, 2018. The Company will dance new programs that feature five works never before seen at the Center and several set to music by legends of the jazz world. The three Southern California Premieres are – Members Don’t Get Weary (2017), choreographed by Bessie Award Winner Jamal Roberts to music of John Coltrane, Victoria...

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You’re Invited: Annual OC Bark Bash Community Event

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  ​Barks of Love has partnered with the ​Heritage Museum of Orange County to help abandoned dogs find their forever home at their ​Bark Bash this April. The partnership has already encouraged attendees to make the dog world a friendlier place, starting with donations to benefit the non-profit organization in its efforts to provide aid to dogs in need. This year’s ​Bark Bash offers families the opportunity to enjoy food, vendors, and entertainment, while helping support a good cause....

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Jurassic Park Roars to Life at Universal Studios Hollywood with 25th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Entertainment, Film, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

  On Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, the Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Celebration will roar to life at Universal Studios Hollywood, and guests are invited to be a part of this exclusive event in honor of the blockbuster action-adventure that brought dinosaurs out of extinction a quarter century ago. This first-ever themed Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Celebration, created in partnership with Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, is a separately ticketed event.  Space is limited and tickets, which...

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Brunch with a view at Back Bay Bistro

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I’m not one to indulge in buffets very often, mostly because I don’t have that large of an appetite. But, I was recently invited to a brunch buffet at Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach. And, since my last outing there about a year earlier for a small event had been a thoroughly enjoyable one, I gladly accepted and brought along my friend, Kathy. Kathy, it should be noted, is a...

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Musical Masterpiece: The Book of Mormon

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things to do in Orange County is to see a show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts has made musicals one of my new favorite obsessions. When I started out the season this year with Something Rotten, I didn’t think any show could beat that. Well, I was very wrong. The Book of Mormon was one of the funniest theatre...

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OC Wine Fest – A Day of Wine + Friends

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue A little rain didn’t stop this writer from attending the OC Wine Fest at “A Stones Throw” in San Juan Capistrano. In fact, we seemed to be in great company with fellow wine enthusiasts! Wineries from as far north as Napa and south to Escondido gathered to share their bottled treasures. Enticing us with beautiful notes of fruit; from the crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc to a full body flavor of...

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CASA Celebration of Children Gala Goes “Back In Time”

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Events, Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, held their annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball, which took place on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. 402 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 $1,157,000 and serves as the fourth year in a...

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BubbleFest is Back and Better than Ever

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of our favorite family Spring Break traditions is to experience BubbleFest at Discovery Cube OC. As my children have been getting older, I have become a little worried that they will outgrow all the science fun at Discovery Cube OC, and I was thrilled to see that they still love visiting the popular educational destination. My kids are now 16, 14 and 11, and I had a hard time getting...

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