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GMC Denali and Dogs Roadtrip to Ojai

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

We took a GMC Denali to Ojai as a guest of GMC After having children, I realized that I was spending less time with our dog than I did before kids. I decided it was time to have some bonding time with our dog, and took her with me to Ojai. I loaded up our GMC Acadia Denali with all her favorite toys and made the short drive to Ojai. Road Tripping with Dogs in the GMC Denali Acadia When planning the trip, I made sure that Daisy was safe in the back seat by using a harness. She had a smile on her face the entire car ride. Plus, I was able to keep her comfortable by turning on the heated seats. Caravan Outpost The GMC Acadia Denali provides such a comfortable ride that it only felt like a few minutes before arriving at Caravan Outpost. Caravan Outpost is a super cool place for families to stay. It is luxury glamping in airstreams. All of the airstreams are in a horseshoe, and there is excellent public space in the center of the resort. Also, it is pet-friendly. I got Daisy all situated, and then we went walking around Ojai to explore the town. Ojai is an ideal place to travel with pets. Almost...

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World Premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended as a guest of Disney It was a magical start to the week as I curled my hair, put on a fancy dress and went to Los Angeles for the world premiere Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Before going to the premiere, I had the honor of talking with Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland about the making of the film. I then walked over to a festive pre-party where I sipped on a sparkling glass of champagne and participated in all the activities. There were people of stilts walking around the event, a hairdressing station, nail painting from OPI and a candy bar hosted by Ziploc. The room smelled amazing from the Glad candles that were twinkling on all the table tops. When it came to the food, there was salad and sliders, but the one food I couldn’t get enough of was the pumpkin tortellini. They were so delicious that I may or may not have had three servings of the amazing tortellini. Once we were done eating, I went to have my hair decorated complete with lots of glitter. After getting my hair perfected, I went to the OPI nail station where I had my nails painted with the Disney’s Nutcracker-themed limited edition OPI nail polish shades. https://ocmomblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-10-29_17-13-16-2.93-6.07.mp4...

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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 | 3 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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Turmeric Root and Ginger Tea Recipe

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Recipes, Turmeric Root Recipes | 0 comments

While having lunch at Melissa’s Produce last month, they talked a lot about the healing properties of Turmeric Root. Some have even made claims that it cures cancer! After visiting Melissa’s Produce, I began doing research. I learned that it does have many healing powers. The one thing that caught my attention was the anti-aging benefits. Turmeric Root is Available through Melissa’s Produce Melissa’s Produce was so kind to send me a package of Turmeric Root to experiment with...

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2018 Friends of CASA Holiday Luncheon

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Friends of CASA, a fundraising auxiliary of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), hosted its 2018 Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 13th, at The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. CASA Holiday Luncheon The Luncheon and Fashion Show that began as a Holiday Tea is in its 23rd year of existence and has brought in over 4 million dollars since 1995. This year’s Luncheon had a record breaking net for the fifth year in a row. More than $452,000 that...

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A Taste of Italy at Angelina’s Pizzeria

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Dining, Irvine | 0 comments

One of my favorite places to have Italian food in Orange County is at Angelina’s Pizzeria in Irvine. The restaurant has one of the chicest ambiances in Orange County, and the food never disappoints. Angelina’s Pizzeria New Winter Menu When I heard that Angelina’s Pizzeria just released a new winter menu, I immediately made reservations. When I arrived at the restaurant, the friendly staff took us to a comfortable booth. As I looked over the menu, it was hard...

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Dana Wharf Wyland Art Class and Whale Watching

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Events, Family | 0 comments

The Dana Wharf Whale Watching and the Wyland Foundation have announced the details for the 2019 Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild” children’s art program. This is one of the most creative hands-on family ocean experiences in Southern California. The program begins January 26, 2019, and continues every Saturday through April 27, 2019. Children will have an opportunity to learn from the legendary marine life artist Wyland how the ocean’s marine life has inspired him, and...

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Philharmonic Society: Professor Planethead’s Symphonic Space Adventure

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 18 comments

Join the Philharmonic Society Professor Planethead on his musical journey through outer space. Professor Planethead’s Symphonic Space Adventure is complete with visually captivating NASA projections and dancers from Backhausdance. About the Philharmonic Society of Orange County The mission of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County is to foster an appreciation for music by presenting national and international performances of the highest quality while also providing dynamic and innovative music education programs for individuals of all ages. Hear the Orange...

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Collect and Play with Bananas Toy

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Family, Parenting, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

Sponsored by Bananas Toy Smell-able, Peel-able ​Bananas are an exciting new collectible line of six brightly colored and scented Bananas toy that look, smell and peel like a real banana! Bananas are the coolest new toy available for kids to play with. Peel the Bananas to reveal tons of mini surprises inside, including: a cute Crushie character, two mini squeezable friends, gemstone stickers to decorate the Crushie or Banana, a collector sheet with character stickers, and a hanging vine...

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Rejuvenate at the Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Beauty, Lake Arrowhead, Spa, Travel | 0 comments

I visited the Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines as a guest The stunning Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines provides an exceptional retreat. If you are looking for total relaxation, indulge in a soothing spa treatment in one of their private treatment rooms. Also, it is a AAA Four Diamond Spa with lodge-inspired ambiance. While on our weekend getaway to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, I escaped to the spa for a relaxing massage. It left me...

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Tickets Available For Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Who is excited to see Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel? I know that we can’t wait. Plus, we are thrilled to share that tickets to see the film are now available for purchase. Where can you get your hands on some of the hottest movie tickets of the year? They are currently available everywhere tickets are sold. Tickets are guaranteed to sell-out fast, so I recommend purchasing your tickets to see the movie on March 8th today. You can purchase...

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Harlequinade Ballet at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Ballet, Entertainment | 0 comments

American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie has said that ABT Principal Dancer Stella Abrera will dance the role of Pierrette in the Harlequinade Ballet and this will be at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It has its West Coast premiere on January 17 and Abrera will also dance in the January 20 matinee. Misty Copeland will make her debut as Pierrette on Friday, January 18. Audiences are in for a delightful treat with this new production of a...

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Family Dining at Lake Arrowhead Pizza

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

It is one of our family traditions to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza whenever we visit Lake Arrowhead. The pizza place is packed every night, and the pizza is fantastic. During our recent visit to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we walked into the Village to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza. When we arrived, there was a line out the door. While we waited in line, the kids went into the arcade to play games. What to order...

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Five Things To Expect with a CO2 Laser at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

I received a CO2 laser as a CosmetiCare Ambassador One of the best cosmetic procedures that I did at CosmetiCare last year was to have a CO2 laser during my liposuction surgery. My skin has never been brighter, and it took years off my age. Five Things To Expect with a CO2 Laser at CosmetiCare Your Skin is Going to Shed One of the things that surprised me the most about the recovery was how much of my skin...

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Village Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe in Lake Arrowhead

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While waiting to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen in Lake Arrowhead, we walked around the village. While exploring the village, we stumbled upon Village Ice Cream. Since we were on vacation staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we decided to treat the kids to some ice cream before lunch. Location of Village Ice Cream in Lake Arrowhead Village Ice Cream is located right in the heart of the Lake Arrowhead Village. They offer a...

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Lake Arrowhead: The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we took a short walk into the village to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen. I had heard a lot about the restaurant and was excited to have a relaxing meal. Restaurant Near The Lake Arrowhead Resort The restaurant is right on the water, so families can enjoy beautiful water views while dining. They also have a great selection of beers for the parents. The restaurant is quite...

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You’re Invited: A Dog’s Way Home Twitter Party

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

We are hosting A Dog’s Way Home Twitter Party in partnership with Sony We are in love with the all-new movie A Dog’s Way Home that comes out in theaters on January 11th. In celebration of the upcoming release of the heartwarming family film, we are thrilled to be hosting an interative Twitter Party on Monday, January 7th at 7pm PST. You’re invited to join us where we will talk about our love for dogs, the upcoming movie, and...

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Lake Arrowhead Resort: Dining at Bin 189

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Bin 189 as a guest of the Lake Arrowhead Resort The Lake Arrowhead Resort is the premier place to stay with your family in the San Bernardino Mountains. The resort features plush accommodations, stunning water views, and elevated dining at Bin 189. While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, our family started the weekend getaway by having dinner at Bin 189. The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, and almost every table features water views. The Bar...

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The Walt Disney Studios 2019 Movies

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

It is going to be one of the biggest years for Walt Disney Studios as they plan to release some of the best movies of all time in 2019. Mark your calendars now for the release dates of these upcoming films. Walt Disney Studios 2019 Movie Lineup   Captain Marvel Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows the journey...

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Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Angel Stadium

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

Monster Energy AMA Supercross returns to Anaheim on Saturday, January 5, 2019. They are bringing the world’s premier motorcycle racing championship series. It is for the debut race of the 2019 season (followed by a second Anaheim event on Saturday, January 19th). Monster Energy Supercross To shake up the competition, the 2019 schedule will feature three Triple Crown events. They will also feature two East-West Showdowns. They will be showed on October 23 when tickets go on sale. Monster...

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Disneyland Southern California Resident Discount Ticket is Back

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

The Disneyland Resort is ringing in the new year with a discount ticket. They are presenting a discounted ticket only available for Southern California residents. Guests may visit for the low price of $60 per day. You must buy of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Also, enjoy special offers at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. About the Discounted Tickets at The Disneyland Resort Beginning Jan. 7, 2019 all the eligible guests may visit Disneyland Park or Disney...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Dear Evan Hansen

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Entertainment, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

I attended Dear Evan Hansen as a guest of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Recently I had the opportunity to go The Segerstrom Center for the Arts and watch the Tony Award Winning show. Dear Evan Hansen. I have been wanting to see this show ever since my mom had seen in on Broadway in New York with Ben Platt. She told me all about how moving and beautiful it was, so I was counting down the days...

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Genoa Bar and Saloon: Nevada’s Oldest Saloon

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

While visiting Genoa Nevada, I had to make a quick stop at the oldest bar in Nevada, Genoa Bar, and Saloon. I drove our Chevy Tahoe over to the saloon after having lunch at the historic Pink House. The kids played with a wild deer outside of the saloon, while I went inside to explore. The minute that I walked into the saloon, I felt like I had been transported into another time. It was something straight out of...

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Best Brunch in Orange County: Toast Kitchen & Bakery

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We had brunch at Toast in Orange County as a guest Brunch is my meal to dine out. I am always on the lookout for a hot new brunch spot. I recently stumbled upon my new favorite place to have brunch in Orange County ~ Toast Kitchen & Bakery! Location of Toast in Orange County The restaurant is in the heart of Costa Mesa. It is on Newport Boulevard at the corner of 17th Street. It has a small...

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Heart Rock Waterfall Hike in Crestline

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Hiking Trails, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

One of my favorite things about staying in Lake Arrowhead is all the beautiful hiking trails in the area. While on a recent getaway to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we did the heart rock waterfall hike in Crestline. The hike is just a short drive away from the Lake Arrowhead Resort, and perfect for families with young children. My daughter and I got into our Buick Regal GS and headed down the mountain to the start of the trail....

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Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! is Coming to SoCal

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Citizens Business Bank Arena, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Everyone’s invited to take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration to ring in the New Year with Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! It comes to the Citizens Business Bank Arena for five performances on January 12th and January 13th! The Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! Stage Show The all-new inaugural production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo as well as Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new interactive sensory adventure live on stage. From the...

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Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Dining, Family, Santa Ana | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria made the Santa Ana food scene better than ever. Churrascarias are one of my favorite types of restaurant. The only problem is that many of them have overpriced menus. When I learned about Silva’s, I couldn’t wait to taste their meats. I went to dinner at Silva’s before attending the ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The restaurant is a short...

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Kings Canyon Waterfall Hike in Carson Valley Nevada

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited the Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley as a guest The first thing my daughter and I do when planning an upcoming trip, is to see if there is a waterfall we can explore. We discovered that there is a majestic Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley Nevada. The best part is that the hike is not strenuous like many waterfall hikes. Exploring waterfalls with your children is pure magic. What to Expect at Kings Canyon Waterfall...

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Five Tips to Help Your Teen with Invisalign Treatment

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Beauty, Family, Invisalign | 0 comments

Kids Invisalign Treatment is sponsored by Invisalign The first thing that I did when my teens started their Invisalign treatment, was to help educate them on best practices. Plus, I was lucky to have the help of their amazing orthodontist, Dr. Passamano in Irvine who also gave them tips when starting their treatment. These are our five tips to help your teen with starting Invisalign Treatment Create a kit for on-the-go care Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, a tiny...

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The Pink House in Genoa Nevada

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited The Pink House in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley Anytime that I am at a restaurant, and I see charcuterie on the menu, I always make reservations. While planning our trip to Carson Valley in Nevada, I learned about the historic town of Genoa. The one thing that stood out to me was The Pink House. I needed to inquire about a restaurant that specialized in my two favorite foods: meat and cheese. We went...

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Carson Valley: The Hanging Tree in Genoa Nevada

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited the hanging tree in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley My travels around the world have made me fall in love with historical landmarks. I am fascinated by old stories. Recently, while in Carson Valley, we spent half a day in the town of Genoa. If you don’t already know, Genoa is the first settlement in Nevada, and rich in history. If you like historical buildings and history, you’ll fall in love with the town of...

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Brunching at Pain du Monde at Fashion Island

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Pain du Monde at Fashion Island Pain du Monde at Fashion Island I love going out for brunch. I have been looking for new places to brunch in Orange County. So, I went to Pain du Monde at Fashion Island this weekend. The restaurant is in the heart of Fashion Island, and includes both indoor and outdoor dining. Since it was a chilly morning, we decided to dine inside. Upon arriving at the...

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