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Glamping in a Tipi under the Stars in Joshua Tree

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Joshua Tree, Kia, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 2 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia My daughter and I love visiting unique and fun places. Recently, a listing on Airbnb caught our attention as 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! Joshua Tree is just a short drive outside of Palm Springs, so we packed up our Kia Sorento and got ready for an unforgettable mother/daughter adventure in the desert. Before checking into our tipi for the night, we went into Joshua Tree National Park to look for “heart rock.” We went on a beautiful hike and were lucky to find the mysterious heart-shaped rock. As the sun started to set, we got back into the car and headed to the tipi to check-in for the night. When we arrived at the campsite, it was everything that we wanted – and more! There were a couple of different tipis and glamping tents (perfect for bigger families) on the property. We had selected to stay in the smaller tipi (The Rising Sun) that is also closest to the bathroom and facilities. The one thing that I loved about this location is the fully...

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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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You’re Invited: Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens Gala

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, a nonprofit southern California cultural center, will hosts its preeminent annual fundraiser gala on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Toast to the Casa provides major support for all of the institution’s cultural and educational programs throughout the season. The gala also secures much-needed funds to preserve and the nonprofit’s historic landmark (the former home of city founder Ole Hanson) and maintenance for its botanical gardens. Toast to the Casa’s 2018 theme, Casablanca, recalls...

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Acorn Day Celebration at O’Neill Regional Park

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Join the County of Orange and OC Parks under the oaks in celebration of Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, family-friendly event offers crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, face painting, live music and introductory ukulele lessons, nature and animal exhibits, a very special storytelling session with painting on water, acorn and oak tree planting and much more! Guided nature hikes to the...

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Mom’s Day Out at Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Beauty, Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Now that the kids are back in school, it is the perfect time to get your girlfriends together for a day of pampering and relaxation at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. This year, I celebrate the back-to-school season by spending a relaxing day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs with one of my dear friends. We dropped the kids off at school and took the short drive over to Glen Ivy Hot Springs...

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FREE TEEN tickets to UPLIFT Yoga Bash!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Thanks to the generosity of donors there are a limited-amount of free UPLIFT Yoga Bash tickets for teens! They would love for your girls to come and be their guests for the evening and get to know UPLIFT Teen Yoga! UPLIFT Yoga Bash on Friday, September 21st, Under the Stars at Doheny Beach Park Our over-the-top yoga event will be outside at night – just imagine giant palm trees lit up purple and pink, bubbles floating by during...

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The fourteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 2018. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate...

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2018 OC International Auto Show

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored The OC International Auto Show returns to the Anaheim Convention Center with more than 600 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, exotics, fun for everyone and more. One of the largest auto shows in the country, this is the place to check out the latest 2019-model vehicles in a non-selling environment. Attendees are invited to sit behind wheels, inspect engines, experience new technologies and even take a test drive in more than 100 new vehicles. The OC International Auto...

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Acclaimed Chef Ross Pangilinan Returns to South Coast Plaza to Open TERRACE by Mix Mix

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

  Ross Pangilinan, the award-winning chef/owner of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar in downtown Santa Ana, returns to South Coast Plaza to open a second restaurant, TERRACE by Mix Mix. Pangilinan held residence at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for seven years as executive chef of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge before opening his own restaurant, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, in 2016. His second restaurant, TERRACE by Mix Mix, opens Tuesday, September 11. Drawing inspiration from Italian, French and modern Filipino...

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Pirate’s Cave Home Haunt in Orange

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Since 2000, The Pirate’s Cave has been a premiere stop for trick or treaters in the city of Orange. During the expansion of their haunt, a long forgotten pirates cave has been discovered. Since then, many have entered seeking treasure, but none have returned. Legend says the cave is haunted by undead pirates from ages past. Are you brave enough to venture through the graveyard, skeletons, time tunnel, and into the siren’s layer? You will be amazed at...

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You’re Invited: Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival

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

  Arts + Science = Family Fun at the first Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival coming to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join us for FREE entertainment and hands-on activities for the curious of all ages. Explore 21st Century learning and join the next generation of innovators as families come together to create, innovate and explore the connections between Science and the Arts. The day will be filled with engaging performances,...

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Ohana Music Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 11 comments

 Sponsored The Ohana Music Festival is one of our favorite SoCal music events of the year. The festival will take place on September 28, 29, 30th, and one of our favorite family snacks, KIND Healthy Snacks is one of the sponsors of the event. In addition to offering a full day in the sun the diverse music lineup features Eric Church, Norah Jones, Eddie Vedder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford & Sons, Beck, and Young the Giant. Ohana will donate...

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Adventure City Boo-Tastic Halloween Party + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 26 comments

  Your family is invited to a special two day kid-friendly private event at Adventure City! Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party 2 Nights Only October 19th and 26th *Enjoy 11 exciting rides *Walk through their “trick-or-treat street” for FREE candy and trinkets *Enter the all-new vortex tunnel for a dizzying delight *Ride the express train for a fun Halloween scavenger hunt *Join them for their spooktacular dance party *Meet their mad scientist magician for some astonishing tricks *Show your...

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UPLIFT Yoga Bash

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

  Join the incredible energy of 500 yogis at UPLIFT Yoga Bash on September 21st at Doheny State Beach Park. A night under the stars to benefit local teens. There is a VIP party 5-7pm, OM circle at sunset, yoga practice from 7-9pm, and tons of giveaways. All proceeds to benefit local nonprofit, UPLIFT Yoga Foundation and our new Outreach Division of UPLIFT Teen Yoga, which brings yoga mindfulness to teen girls in OC, free of cost. VIP Ticket...

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FREE PASTRIES: Paris Baguette Celebrates Costa Mesa Grand Opening

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Paris Baguette, a fast-casual Parisian-inspired bakery, is celebrating its newest location in Costa Mesa by offering the first 100 guests in line on September 7 and September 8 starting at 9:00 a.m. a complimentary mouthwatering, buttery croissant of their choice and a Paris Baguette lunch bag or mug – a sweet deal for everyone to enjoy! Best known for a variety of delectable cakes, pastries, sandwiches and signature beverages, Paris Baguette offers a unique self-service feature where customers...

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Best Tech for Back-to-School

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

  The kids have headed back-to-school and needing to stock-up with the newest technology to be successful in the new school year. Verizon is one of the best places to get all the tech your kids need and these are our top five picks. Want a speaker, academic assistant and a schedule keeper all in one? Look no further than the JBL Link 20 with built-in Google Assistant. Use Google Assistant for translation help, searching or fact-checking. Need help...

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The First-Ever Hello Kitty Cafe Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, announces the opening of the highly anticipated Hello Kitty Grand Cafe on September 14, 2018. Housed within the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, CA, this marks the Hello Kitty Cafe brand’s first-ever cafe concept offering Hello Kitty Cafe favorites and new Afternoon Tea and Cocktail Service programs. The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is the first and only permanent cafe in the U.S. featuring dual experiential spaces...

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Tall Ships Festival Sails Into Dana Point Harbor + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history with the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba. Gather friends and family for a weekend full of seaside adventures Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 at Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor. Ocean Institute’s 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival offers multiple activities throughout the weekend. The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 7 with...

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6th Annual James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Los Angeles

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Don’t miss the culinary event of the year – The 6th annual James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Los Angeles event. The event will take place at the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills on Friday, October 12th at 6pm. The evening will highlight an unforgettable Dinner Menu created by: VISITING ALL-STAR James Beard Award Winner Andrew Carmellini of The Dutch, NYC LOCAL ALL-STAR Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec, Los Angeles HOST CHEF Holly Jivin of The Bazaar by José Andrés,...

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Boo at The Rancho Wildlife Zoo

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Halloween is coming fast, Are you ready to have a blast? Bring the kids and parents too For trick or treating at the zoo! Ghosts, goblins and witch’s brew Come as you are, or wear your best costume. Make a spooky spider craft There may be a fright, and plenty of laughs! Where: Rancho Wildlife Foundation 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 When: Monday October 29th 2018 10am, 11am and 12pm Details: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Reservation times: 10am, 11am,...

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Free Family Fiesta to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Next weekend, MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, Orange County’s top community retail destination, is hosting a free Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. Families will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of live music by Manos de Fuego, mariachi, folklórico, refreshing margaritas, and delicious food samples from Applebee’s, Lucille’s, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields and Hot Dog on a Stick. Guests can also enter an exclusive raffle with gifts and...

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Falling in Love with Music

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Entertainment, Music | 1 comment

 Samples provided Going back to school means getting a bunch of cool new things like clothes, school supplies, maybe even a new instrument to play. If you love making music or just having fun, I have to tell you to get a Fender Ukulele. Ukulele is one of the most fun instruments to play in my opinion and what better time to learn then the beginning of a new school year. But you can’t buy just any ukulele. Many...

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Waitress Comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 Segerstrom Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce WAITRESS will play Segerstrom Hall for a limited two-week engagement November 13 – 25, 2018. Tickets to WAITRESS start at $29 and are on sale now at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday,...

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Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Family, Recipes, Sheet Pan Recipes | 0 comments

  Whenever my daughter and I see Caprese salad on a menu, we cannot resist ordering it. There is something amazingly delicious about the flavor combinations of tomatoes and cheese, mixed with some balsamic & fresh basil ~ oh my! Instead of doing the traditional burgers and hot dogs over Labor Day weekend; I decided to surprise my daughter by making Caprese chicken. And, since it was a holiday weekend, I kept it simple by doing it on a...

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True Story Behind Adrift

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

 Advanced copy received I don’t know about you, but movies based on life-changing true stories are my favorite kind. Adrift is the story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp as they sail into the worlds most catastrophic hurricane. All the way through the movie I couldn’t stop watching as it switched back and forth between scenes that took place before they set sail and afterward. The film showed how they fell in love and how they got unlucky. Tami...

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Summer Tomato Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples provided Our backyard tomato plants have been working hard all summer to provide our family with an abundance of fresh tomatoes. But, as the summer nights are slowly coming to an end, I have found myself sifting through the leaves of our tomato plants to find the last tomatoes that our plants will provide this year. That is why I love Melissa’s Produce so much because they seem to find those hidden tomatoes when we can’t find them...

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Dinner with a View at The Sun Room

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Dining, Oregon, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After a busy day exploring the Oregon coastline, we freshened up in our room before having dinner at The Sun Room Cafe at the Salishan Resort. One of my favorite things about the restaurant is the beautiful panoramic views of the golf course. We were seated at a booth overlooking the golf course and got ready to embark on an epicurean adventure. There were so many delicious choices on the menu,...

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LA Fleet Week is the Place for Families to Spend Labor Day Weekend

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s an F-18F Super Hornet Fighter Jet and its EA-18G Growler cousin soaring above the LA Waterfront, the newest addition to a schedule of aerial demonstrations taking place at this year’s LA Fleet Week® 2018 presented by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video over Labor Day Weekend. Running throughout the day Sept. 1 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, the captivating aerial demonstrations will be among the many attractions at...

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Oregon, Travel | 0 comments

  One afternoon while staying at the Salishan Resort along the beautiful Oregon coast, we went to explore the popular Yaquina Head Lighthouse. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Salishan Resort and then took the scenic drive along the coast to see the lighthouse. When we first arrived at the Yaquina Head Nature Area, we paid a small fee to enter the nature preserve. We drove around the bend to discover a beautiful lighthouse at the edge of the...

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Theatre Dining at the all-new George’s Cafe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love bringing my kids to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to see performances. We usually end up eating dinner before the show at South Coast Plaza until the opening of the new outdoor dining venue next to the Segerstrom, Center 360. You can imagine my surprise last week when we went to see the ON YOUR FEET Broadway musical and discovered that the restaurant has an all-new name and...

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Disney: Beauty and the Beast Live in Concert

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents Disney: Beauty and The Beast Live in Concert on September 29 at 7:30pm. The music of Walt Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, comes to life with a 65-piece orchestra comprised of professionals from the American Federation of Musicians and The Chapman Orchestra. With music from the award-winning score by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Sir Tim Rice, the tale as old as time will...

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Captains Quarters to Perform at 9th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival is proud to announce the Yacht Rock super group Captains Quarters will perform at the highly anticipated 9th annual event on September 15, 2018 from noon to 4 p.m. Dubbed “Orange County’s Favorite Beer Festival,” the event will serve up sips from beloved regional and exciting new out-of-town breweries that are rarely seen in California. Super-fan craft beer enthusiasts will sample both the largest and best selection of craft beer in Orange...

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