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Shop, Stay, Eat and Play in Costa Mesa

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Featured, Giveaways, Travel | 16 comments

While this is a very uncertain time, the future ahead is bright and sunny, especially in our favorite Orange County city – Costa Mesa. As our family eases back into traveling, we plan to start by staying close to home with mini staycations, and Costa Mesa plans to be one of our first destinations. Why Costa Mesa? The city is rich with culture, arts, shopping, and of course…cuisine. While most places are not quite open for business, soon they will be, and now is the best time to start planning your upcoming family getaway in Costa Mesa. Best Places to Stay in Costa Mesa Avenue of the Arts, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel Unparalleled comfort and a scenic lakeside setting facing Segerstrom Center for the Arts are found in this AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel. BLVD Hotel BLVD hotel is just a short distance from OC Fair & Event Center. This chic boutique hotel features a relaxed, surf-culture vibe true of coastal Southern California. The Westin South Coast Plaza Located directly between South Coast Plaza and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, discover the culture, glamour and excitement of Orange County in one of its most tranquil retreats. Hilton This hotel exemplifies class and elegance with a modern twist set amidst popular attractions, stores, and activities. Marriott...

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World Premiere of Disney Pixar Onward

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

We attended as a guest of Disney and Pixar. One of my favorite things to do with my children is to attend a world premiere of a Disney and Pixar Animation film. I was beyond thrilled upon receipt of the invitation to attend the world premiere of Disney and Pixar’s newest feature animated film, Onward. It felt like a dream come true, receiving the invitation, and I could not wait to tell my boys that they would be attending with me. The first thing that my boys did was to watch the trailer for the film. From that moment on, they could not wait to attend. The day of the premiere, my younger son got all dressed up before school so that he would be all ready for the premiere. You can imagine his sadness when he called me an hour into school to tell me that he fell into a puddle of mud, and needed me to bring him a change of clothes. Thankfully, he had a large variety of clothes in his closet, and I was able to bring him something cute to change into at school that he could also wear to the premiere. I was counting down the clock until it was time for us to leave for Los Angeles,...

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Glamping in a Tipi under the Stars in Joshua Tree

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Autos, Joshua Tree, Kia, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 4 comments

Glamping in Joshua Tree with AirBnb was one of my favorite mother/daughter trips. My daughter and I love visiting unique and fun places. Recently, a listing on Airbnb in Joshua Tree caught our attention. It is a place that we wanted to visit, and we added it to our travel bucket list over a year ago. During the holiday break, I surprised my daughter with an overnight to Joshua Tree to go glamping in a tipi! Hiking to Heart...

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Greatest Gifts to Buy During Black Friday Sales

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

There are some gifts everybody waits years to get. Sometimes, you can wait a lifetime to get gifted, so it’s essential to look out for you. Nowadays, it’s more important than ever to treat yourself, along with your loved ones, and Black Friday is about the most opportune time to make this happen. Black Friday occurs only once a year and the discounts extended in stores are super bargains. Black Friday refers to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and...

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The Challenges of Distance Education: Evaluation

Posted by on Oct 23, 2020 in Education, Family | 0 comments

In this article, we want to explore the area of assessment in a remote and asynchronous learning environment. We present several strategies to address the three most important challenges in distance assessment: Student mindset, structure/content, and logistics/technology. How to Design Assessments to Ensure that Student Work is Authentic? Strategies Consider using performance evaluations where students demonstrate their new knowledge in a product, such as an investigation, portfolio, project, Assignment, experiment, prototype, or even a real situation like write my...

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Halloween Fun for the Family at Scarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Discover creepy creatures as you wear your costume at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright. Everyone is invited to explore outdoor exhibits in search of the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific during its Scarium-themed weekend October 23 to 25, 2020. Guests can enjoy spooky décor and creepy creatures on these special days. You can see lorikeet birds eating pumpkins, and look for pumpkins in the animal exhibits, such as the June...

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Savory Plates of Goodness at Ironwood Cellar

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Dining Partner I never hesitate when I’m asked what my favorite dish is at Ironwood Cellar, Pillows of Heaven! It’s much easier to find it on the menu as Sweet Corn + Roasted Garlic Agnolotti but after the burst of flavor-filled bite, I’m certain you will feel the same. Pillows of Heaven for the win! The warm Agnolotti pasta is drizzled with the most delicious mixture of Preserved Lemon, Sonoma Goat Cheese, Basil, and Pistachio Brown Butter. As I...

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Georgia’s Introduces BREAST BUCKET for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and Anaheim Packing House will be offering a special new Breast Bucket & Sides all throughout the month of October 2020 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help increase awareness and support! The Georgia’s Restaurant new Breast Bucket & Sides features a 6-Piece Bucket of Boneless Chicken Breasts (all white meat) and Choice of Two Sides including selections such as their signature Collard Greens, Garlic Rice, and French Fries...

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Bistango Monday Night Jazz Series

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Bistango and Sunset Jazz at Newport have continued their Monday night jazz series into fall, with some amazing award-winning musicians gracing the wonderful patio at Bistango. October 12th Join us as we continue our Sunset Jazz series at BISTANGO: Autumn Al Fresco Mondays. Called “brilliantly entertaining” by Downbeat and considered “magic” by Mel Torme, don’t miss this iconic and award-winning jazz clarinetist and saxophonist on the Bistango’s patio. Tickets & Info: www.bistango.com ; call (949) 759.5003; or email [email protected]

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Cute Car for Teen Drivers: Chevy Bolt EV

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Autos, Family, Featured, General Motors | 0 comments

Are you looking for an affordable (and cute) car for your teen driver? We recently drove the 2020 Bolt EV and found it to be a top pick for your teenager’s first car. The best part – your teenager won’t be coming to you for gas money, because it is a fully electric vehicle! Let’s start by talking about the best part of the car – being electric. I have never driven a fully electric vehicle before. Plus, being...

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Golf “Fore” Blind Children’s Learning Center

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

As many golfers already know, golf has been one of the few sporting refuges available during the pandemic. Blind Children’s Learning Center in Santa Ana is proud to partner with 19th Hole Golf Productions to host this year’s Dr. Frank Villalobos Fall Classic at Aliso Viejo Country Club. This physically-distanced event will be held on Monday, October 19 and promises to bring participants closer than ever before to BCLC’s mission – to prepare children with visual impairments for a...

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LEGOLAND California Treats Kids to a Bricktacular Halloween

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Events, Featured, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Fall is a time for costumes, treats and family fun, and even though LEGOLAND® California is still awaiting approval to open, the Resort is joining in the festivities with an outdoor experience of its own…Introducing: Halloween in Miniland! Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during October (Oct. 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30 & 31) the Park’s Miniland U.S.A becomes a not-so-spooky Halloween destination filled with activities, tasty treats and one of a kind LEGO® Halloween décor inviting families to wear their...

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5 Iconic Skyscrapers to See NYC from Above

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in New York, Travel | 0 comments

There is a lot to see and do in New York City, but one of the must-see’s is the skyline of the city from above. With so many skyscrapers, you have plenty of options to choose from to get different perspectives and appreciate the different architecture of the buildings as well. So for your next trip to the city, here are 5 iconic skyscrapers in NYC to check out and see the city from above: The Empire State Building...

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Daphne’s Debuts New Shawarma and Power Bowl

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Daphne’s, the fresh and wholesome fast casual restaurant known for its nutritious menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, has introduced two limited-time bowls that cater to vegan and protein-focused diets. The vegan-friendly Power Bowl and nutrient-dense Shawarma Bowl are available now through December 31, 2020 at all Daphne’s restaurants across California. Both bowls highlight Daphne’s Mediterranean roots and authentic flavors while also providing healthy, nutritious options for an active lifestyle. The Shawarma Bowl features chicken shawarma, seasoned basmati rice, black beans,...

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Support Girls Inc. of OC: My Virtual Reality Luncheon

Posted by on Sep 29, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The strong, smart, and bold young women in our community have faced a number of challenges as a result of this year’s unpredictable events. Luckily, there’s a way to invest in their futures and support academic programs without leaving your home! Join Girls Inc. of Orange County at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16 for the nonprofit’s “My Virtual Reality” Luncheon. This livestream event will feature (for the first time ever) Girls Inc. girl host, Bella, a sixteen year...

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The Magical Powers of the Mexican Cantera Fire Opal

Posted by on Sep 29, 2020 in Crystals, Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

While spending the afternoon exploring Joshua Tree, I couldn’t resist visiting the popular Joshua Tree Rock Shop. Knowing that it would be a little pricey based on the location, I ended up finding a unique hidden treasure that was priced just right – the Mexican Cantera Fire Opal. This crystal is a master healer, and quite rare to find. Especially with rainbow hues. It is usually found in specialty gem stores. Priced at just $20 for a thumbnail-sized gem,...

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Taste of Japan is BACK with a Delicious Pop-up

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Taste of Japan is BACK, with delicious food and drinks! Join us for the ultimate Japanese street food pop-up from 12pm to 2pm Wednesday, September 30th in Long Beach. Plus, the fun continues on October 4th from 12pm to 4pm in Anaheim. Support local Southern Californian businesses while enjoying a fun, safe, experience of Japanese culture. Pre-order instructions available online at www.tasteofjpn.com . Social distancing will be enforced and masks will be required. Pre-order and timed pickups will ensure...

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OC Fair Food Drive-Thru extends into October

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The OC Fair drive-up food fun will continue through October, making the fall even sweeter for fans of delicious fair fare. The Fair Food Drive-Thru will take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 25 at OC Fair & Event Center. New hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. There is no parking and no entrance fee. Guests drive up and order from the vendors and some...

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Live Music at SOCO + The OC Mix

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Get ready to jam (or unwind) during SOCO’s new live music series which kicked off on Saturday, September 12 at The OC Mix in Costa Mesa. As summer comes to an end and we welcome the new autumn season (along with cooler weather), you can enjoy an added layer of relaxation while shopping or dining at any of the center’s award-winning eateries, boutiques, or design showrooms. Every Saturday now through October 24, SOCO will host live acoustic sessions featuring...

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Autumn Equinox ‘Mabon’ Gratitude Jar

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

Yesterday, September 22nd at 9:31 am EST, was the autumn equinox (aka Mabon or second harvest). It is a time to be thankful for a harvest of summer and prepare for the coming winter. In celebration of the equinox, I took the time to express my gratitude by making a gratitude jar. Supplies Needed Glass jar Gratitude list Dried citrus Pinecones Acorns White candle Cinnamon stick Gravel or dirt Love and an open heart Directions Gather all the items...

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The Hairs of Venus: Golden Rutilated Quartz

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Crystals, Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

While looking for some Moldavite, I stumbled upon a cute little store in San Clemente where I ended up spending a couple of hours with the owner looking over his unique crystal collection. Two of the crystals that I was immediately drawn to were the Golden Rutilated Quartz (aka The hairs of venus) and the Red Rutilated Quartz (aka red hair quartz). The Golden Rutilated Quartz is a powerful healing stone with vibrations to help you with connecting with...

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BRUXIE Returns to its Roots as it Re-Opens in Old Towne Orange

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

What started out as a single 400-square-foot location nearly a decade ago in Southern California’s historic Old Towne Orange is now experiencing a rebirth as BRUXIE re-opens its original location on Tuesday, September 22nd. BRUXIE gained instant widespread recognition for presenting a creative and unique take on The Sandwich, going on to become one of the most successful and innovative fast casual dining concepts. The investor group behind returning BRUXIE to its roots is led by Gordon Miles, the...

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FREE drive-in Screening of “RBG” at Tustin’s Mess Hall

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

Tustin’s Mess Hall, a new chef-driven food market, partnered with the Santa Ana-based independent movie house, Frida Cinema, to offer Dine-In, Drive-in Movie Nights every Tuesday at 8PM. In honor of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the two concepts have come together to offer a special, FREE drive-in screening of “RBG,” the Oscar-nominated documentary on September 30th. The screening will begin at 8PM and guests may arrive starting at 6PM to secure their spot and dine with participating restaurants...

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Amphibole Quartz aka Angel Phantom Quartz

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Crystals, Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

When driving along the coast with a friend, we decided to see if there was a crystal store in town. We were passing through Carlsbad and noticed that there was a crystal shop that we had not yet visited, so we made a quick stop to check it out. After learning that it was in the heart of Carlsbad Village, we both had the perception that it would be more of a boutique store, and that the prices would...

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How to Keep Your Furniture Safe from the Kids (and Vice-Versa)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in Parenting | 0 comments

Children are a joy and lots of fun, there energy and exuberance contagious. Children are also generally rambunctious and really bad at not breaking things, and it’s not always there fault. Youth means less developed motor functions, and that means clumsiness. This tends to become apparent in the teen years when puberty starts causing kids to drop stuff randomly. It can also mean a hard time keeping the furniture in good shape. This question probably brings to mind grandma’s...

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TCL Presents Golf4Hope

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and TCL is challenging ourselves and our friends to make a difference in the lives of those affected. TCL is sponsoring Golf4Hope, charity golf tournament, to raise money and awareness for a group of families that really needs assistance through the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), an organization with a simple mission to help underprivileged children and their families manage the journey of care that comes with a diagnosis of Cancer. As a longtime...

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Rubio’s Giving Free Chips & Guac on National Guacamole Day

Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

On Wednesday, September 16, Rubio’s is celebrating National Guacamole Day by giving out free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Tortilla chips are also prepared fresh daily with a light sprinkling of all-natural sea salt. Simply enter coupon code MKTG958 for online orders placed at rubios.com or in the Rubio’s app, or present the coupon: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-guacamole-day at any of...

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Halloween at Descanso Gardens

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Believe it or not, ‘tis almost the season for everyone’s favorite gourd—pumpkins! This fall, if you’re looking for a Halloween experience that’s less about frights and more about the joy of the season, then Descanso Gardens has the perfect activity for you. Throughout the month of October, the Gardens will celebrate Halloween at Descanso, a pumpkin-filled extravaganza that invites guests to safely wind their way through socially-distanced pumpkin-themed displays in the most popular sections of Descanso Gardens. Entering through...

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Patty’s Cakes & Desserts Celebrates 35 Years

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Patty’s Cakes & Desserts celebrates 35 years in business and ten years at its storefront in Fullerton, California. In addition to its regular menu of fresh-baked offerings, the award-winning bakery debuts a full lineup of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes available daily. They recently introduced new flavors like Very Berry Strawberry, Snickerdoodle, Blueberry Pancake, S’mores, and Chocolate Caramel Salty. With nearly 100 flavors of iced-to-order cupcakes available daily, Patty’s Cakes & Desserts offers one of the largest and most comprehensive...

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Ocean Institute’s First Virtual Maritime Festival

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Garnering support from oceanic institutions worldwide, the Ocean Institute – an Orange County-based ocean education center offering in-depth marine science, maritime history and outdoor education programs – has announced it will replace its annual Tall Ships Festival with its first Virtual Maritime Festival, a multi-layered interactive and educational event featuring a three-day global stream marathon, September 11th to 13th. During this three-day stream marathon, Ocean Institute will bring together maritime establishments from around the globe, with interactive virtual experiences...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Registration for Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ two schools – American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities will offer live virtual classes starting in September. Attached is a release that talks about Studio D., in particular, and the new features that have been developed in order keep kids (ages 3-22) healthy and secure at home until it’s safe to return to the Center’s studios. Registration is available now. Even though classes are virtual,...

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How This app Can Protect Your Child from Cyberbullying?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2020 in Education, Family, Tech | 0 comments

We do not have to tell you this, but you probably already know that smartphones and other digital devices are now an integral component of our daily lives. This is particularly true for your child. Someone growing up in an environment where digital technologies are pervasive will consider them to be a normal part of life. However, if you follow the news, you also know that the internet and similar technologies have a dark side as well. For example,...

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On The Way to Bass Lake, Don’t Miss the Madera Wine Trail Wineries

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

Central California’s Madera County is the largest rural county in the state and home to the Madera Wine Trail. The landscape stretches from productive farmlands to rolling foothills and upward into the High Sierra. It’s no mystery why this countryside has been winemaking since the 1800s, the weather is warm, the skies are clear and the snowcapped mountain tops nourish the foothills and central valley. “Visitors from across the state are taking notice of the amazing adventures they can...

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