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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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Epic Family Staycation at The Pacific Edge Hotel

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue It has been a couple of years since we last had a family getaway to the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, and when I noticed the temperatures were getting warmer, I immediately jumped at the chance to stay near the beach for the weekend. The weather was perfect, the hotel was plush, the food was incredible, which made our weekend one of the best family staycations that we have had in a long time. We arrived on a Friday evening after the kids were done with school, and my husband was done with work. We checked into our room just in time to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Pacific ocean. The kids squealed with delight while watching dolphins jumping in the waves while the sun slowly disappeared on the horizon. We took our shoes off and walked down to the beach for an evening walk before dinner. Our family bond became stronger than ever before as my husband, and I walked hand in hand while talking about our week with the kids splashing their toes in the water. Before returning to our room for the evening, we walked next door to Driftwood Kitchen for dinner. My husband sunk his taste buds into a juicy...

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Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at The Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences at the Laguna Playhouse. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to CHEER for Belle, BOO for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.”...

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2018 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

 A cornucopia of Thanksgiving feasting choices are aplenty throughout Southern California’s Orange County. Included in this autumnal round up are spectacular Laguna Beach options at the award winning Selanne Steak Tavern and the always picturesque and elegant Montage Laguna Beach. Traveling up the coast to Fashion Island Hotel never disappoints with two delectable dining options, brunch and dinner. And for those who want to celebrate in the center of the County, Hotel Irvine’s playful and tasty Backyard dinner is...

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Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Celebrate what’s possible as five daring Disney Princesses spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, skating into the Southland this holiday season from December 13th – January 6th! Featuring Disney’s Moana for the first time in a live production, hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring the Disney magic to life and take audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza with the beloved characters...

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Meet Forky in Toy Story 4

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  Guess what? Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4,” welcoming new friends to Bonnie’s room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new...

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Friends and Fursgiving Event

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

  Pet Tech Leader CUDDLY invites everyone to show their pet appreciation with a dog-friendly Friendsgiving celebration. Friends and Fursgiving is a chance to celebrate that special friendship and will include raffle prizes, giveaways, a photo booth, and festive treats (for people and pups)! CUDDLY encourages all pet owners to take a moment this holiday season to express their gratitude to the fur-person who has always given them so much and invites both people and pets to join them...

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Dancing Lesson with the Stars from Dancing with the Stars

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of Disney Dancing with the Stars has been one of my all-time favorite shows on ABC. When I learned that I was going to have a dancing lesson from three of the stars from Dancing with the Stars, I literally screamed out loud with excitement. When I arrived at the popular Pro Dance LA dance studio, there was Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten & Gleb Savchenko awaiting our arrival. I got settled in and watched...

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Queen Mary Christmas: Where Holidays Set Sail

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

  The Queen Mary invites guests to step aboard the legendary ocean liner for an all-new adventure filled with incredible holiday festivities, setting sail November 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Gather the family for Queen Mary Christmas and enjoy a vintage rush of holiday family fun with live entertainment, libations and treats, ice-skating onboard one of the Queen Mary’s decks, a Gingerbread Village, Stocking Shop, vintage-dressed carolers, light shows, and much more. From bow to stern, families can...

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Four Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language at an Early Age

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Education | 0 comments

 Sponsored Today, competing on a global scale is integral to a successful career. For the majority of occupations, speaking foreign languages makes you more marketable and valuable to any company. Teaching foreign languages to kids can set them up for a lifetime of success. A growing mind can pick up languages quickly, which is why it is an excellent idea to teach children different languages when they are young. It’s never too early for your child to begin learning...

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The Ecology Center: A Maker’s Market

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

  The Ecology Center is pleased to present Handmade: A Maker’s Market on Saturday, November 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For one day only, the non-profit’s ecological oasis in San Juan Capistrano will transform into an open-air market and modern village showcasing a variety of handmade goods from some of Southern California’s most creative artisans and makers. In The Ecology Center’s 5th year of Handmade, they call attention to the principles of a handmade culture and the building of...

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New ABC Drama: Station 19

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We attended the set as a guest of ABC Have you ever watched Greys Anatomy? Well if you have, you are going to love this spinoff TV Show called Station 19. From the saving lives to the inside romance drama, this TV show has it all. Especially the action!!! The show follows the lives of firefighters who work at Station 19, and within the station, there is endless romance and drama. All while they are trying to save lives....

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Incredibles 2 Family Game Night

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Samples provided Board games and parties are two of my favorite things, and when you put them together, it is ultimate fun. Incredibles 2 was the movie of the summer and hearing that it was coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray I knew I had to host one of my favorite boards game, snacks, and movie parties. We got the Incredibles 2 Themed Monopoly, themed Goldfish, and made some Icredibles 2 pizza to go along with our party. We...

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Disney’s The Nutcracker OPI Nail Polish Collection

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Beauty, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Samples provided Finding the right nail polish color and type is always a struggle for me and my mom. With OPI it is always perfectly smooth, even, and pretty hard to make mistakes when putting it on your nails. With the new OPI colors that are themed after Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, you will be inspired to take your nail polish color to a new level of beautiful with the shimmery golds and solid blues. There...

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Go Behind the Scenes with Pooh and More!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the event as a guest of Disney In celebration of the release of Disney’s Christopher Robin on Blu-ray and DVD (available today), I had a special Friendsgiving lunch with the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, Jim Cummings. It was a day that I will remember forever, and before our lunch, I participated in an interactive flower arranging class. Inside of a giant honeypot, I learned some new tricks and techniques to create the perfect floral arrangement. Some...

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Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Teen Review

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  The Nutcracker is a timeless tale that everybody loves! Ever since I was a child, I have been going to see the classical ballet, and with Disney’s new Nutcracker and the Four Realms I can watch it in a movie theater! One big twist on the film is that it is not based on the theatre performance, but on the book! Before going to see the movie with my little brother, I read the children’s book and painted...

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Incredibles 2 English Muffin Pizzas

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sample provided In celebration of the recent digital release of Incredibles 2 on Movies Anywhere and the upcoming release of the film on Blu-ray and DVD on November 6th, I surprised the kids by making them Incredibles 2 themed English muffin pizzas for our family movie night. Once we were done playing games, my family came into the kitchen to enjoy the delicious mini pizzas that I made for dinner. The English muffin pizzas are easy to make and...

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Friendsgiving Lunch with Jim Cummings

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Who is Jim Cummings? He is one of the most talented voice actors in Hollywood who is responsible for bringing so many of our beloved childhood movie characters to life. He is known for being the voice of over 400 characters including Winnie-the-Pooh (and Tigger too). In celebration of the upcoming release of Christopher Robin on Blu-ray and DVD on November 6th I joined Jim Cummings for a Friendsgiving lunch at the...

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A Little Christmas Dream Come True for Mackenzie Foy in Disney’s The Nutcracker

Posted by on Nov 4, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney Before having the unforgettable experience of talking with Misty Copeland before walking down the red carpet of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, I had an opportunity to talk with the talented actress, Mackenzie Foy about her part in the film. Foy started out by sharing with us that her favorite Disney film is Cinderella, and the entire group of mom’s in the room let out an awe. Foy...

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Misty Copeland on feeling beautiful for the first time in her life

Posted by on Nov 4, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the event as a guest of Disney Before the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, we were given the extreme honor of talking with the incredibly talented Misty Copeland about her role in the film. Before Copeland entered the room, I sat at a table with some of my favorite bloggers, and we were all talking about how excited we were to meet with Copeland. The minute that the beautiful ballet dancer entered...

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Mickey’s 90th Spectacular Birthday on ABC

Posted by on Nov 4, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney I have a huge secret to share with everyone!! Mickey is 90 years old! I know, he has aged so well, right? In honor of celebrating the timeless Disney characters 90th birthday, ABC has decided to throw a birthday party for Mickey. I was lucky enough to attend Mickey’s 90th Spectacular with my mom where I got to see some of my favorite celebrities perform and hear all about the history of...

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2018 Nutcracker Performances in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Ballet, Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Film, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

 Affiliate Featured The Land of Sweets is coming to you! Discover all the Nutcracker productions bringing a bit of holiday magic to Orange County. American Ballet Theatre Performance of The Nutcracker Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA The ballet will perform December 14th through the 23rd. Tickets – Start at $29. “This Nutcracker is cracking good!” raved the New York Post when American Ballet Theatre premiered this delectable holiday favorite. As the lights...

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“The Taste”

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Everyone always thinks LA has the best restaurants, but watch out City of Angels, Orange County is coming in hot! The Taste is an annual food festival honoring the unique cuisines of the world with a Southern California twist. Los Angeles Times hosts this delicious event each year, but this year marked a little something extra special…hosting it in OC’s, Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa has long time been the hub of...

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Dance of the Realms Children’s Book

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Books, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Copy provided/affiliate featured The Nutcracker is one of my favorite holiday fairytales and when I heard that it was going to be turned into a movie I freaked out! I can’t wait to see the new twist on the classic fairytale. Before going to see it my younger brother had asked me to read him the book, ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Dance of the Realms,’ so we sat down last night and I read the book...

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Best Holiday Family Movie: Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the premiere as a guest of Disney My favorite thing to do with my family during the holiday season is to watch Christmas movies. We have a list of our favorite movies, and we watch them over and over again throughout November and December. Earlier this week, I attended the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and it immediately became my favorite holiday movie yet. In the film, Clara (Mackenzie Foy) is presented...

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Misty Copeland to Perform The Nutcracker at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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

 I attended the premiere as a guest of Disney Before attending the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, I had the honor to talk with Misty Copeland about her part in the film. She is not only an amazing person, but also one of the best ballet dancers to ever walk this earth, and gives an epic performance in the film. While talking with Copeland about her part in the film Disney’s The Nutcracker and...

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3-D Theatricals Presents 42nd Street

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  The rain impeded my view as we pulled into the parking spot directly in front of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Looking at the clock I noticed that we had 30 minutes until the bells chimed signaling us to enter the theater. Forgetting our umbrellas was a rookie move on my part so we sat in the car staring at the inviting lights before us. Five minutes passed and the rain eased off a bit giving...

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Disney’s Incredibles 2 Halloween Celebration

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney On Saturday we were invited by the Walt Disney Studios to the Incredibles 2 DVD Release party. The movie will be available for purchase on Tuesday (November 6) although you can purchase it digitally through Movies Anywhere today. The party was held at the Walt Disney Studio Lot and was being hosted as a Halloween party / Release party. There were activities setup around the area to keep everyone busy during the...

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Anaheim Packing District: World Taste Event

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Attention food adventurers: Anaheim Packing District, home of Orange County’s Original Food Hall, will be celebrating its diverse cultural culinary artisans with World Taste on Wednesday, November 14th, from 6PM until 9PM. Guests to the in-house, international tasting event will navigate their way through an expedition of deliciousness and dance through a globally-inspired array of live entertainment, featuring performances by Grammy Nominated Roger Espinoza & Gypsy Fiesta͟, Phoenix Horse Lion Dancers and Flashsitar with Fontain’s MUSE. Mouth-watering menu...

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Celebrate the Aquarium’s 20th Anniversary For Just $20!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Celebrate the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 20th Anniversary and meet our new animals with a special discount through November! From now until November 30, receive $9.95 off adult admission. That’s just $20! Join in on the 20th Anniversary celebration featuring special programs and exhibits highlighting our fascinating history and bold future. You’ll also get to meet some of our newest animals including Kaya—the baby harbor seal, Chase—the sea lion, a scalloped hammerhead, and more! Follow the link to...

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Culture Chinese Lantern Festival

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Starting November 15, the Pomona Fairplex will host the Hanart Culture Chinese Lantern Festival — a fully immersive multicultural experience the entire family will love. This visually-stunning event combines art, tradition, culture and cuisine, creating opportunities for alluring photographs and wonderful memories. Chinese Lantern Festival will run for 8 weeks: Every Thursday – Sunday, from November 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019, plus holidays. Children under 3 get in free! The event will light up the L.A. night...

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