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The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the most popular places to visit in Pasadena is the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. On the first day of our Pasadena staycation, we had lunch at Pie-n-Burger before going to explore the botanical gardens. I picked one of the hottest weeks in history to visit the botanical gardens, and the temperature was over 100 degrees, so we had to make our visit shorter than I would have liked. When we first arrived at the gardens, I purchased the kids some water bottles at the cafe located near the entrance to keep them hydrated as we walked around. The minute that we entered the gardens, we were captivated by the beauty. The gardens are 120 acres, and we could have spent the entire day exploring the different gardens and museums. Our first stop was to look at the orbit pavilion. We entered a beautiful steel sculpture where my kids were able to hear sounds from all the different satellites – it was super cool! Next, we took a cooler walk through the jungle gardens. The lush gardens sheltered us from the hot sun, and we took our time to admire the beautiful plants and waterfalls. I was able to cool the kids down by...

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Blue Sapphire Pools: Ching’s Pond and Falls in Maui

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort While staying at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, we embarked on an adventure of a lifetime exploring the hidden waterfalls of Maui. After swimming at Haipua’ena Falls, our next stop was Ching’s Pond & Falls. Parking was difficult at this stop along the road to Hana, but we managed to find a spot along the side of the road. When we arrived at the falls, locals were having a family barbecue at the falls. As we walked down to the waterfall, there were warning signs that we were trespassing on private property. At first, I was worried, but some locals were swimming down in the pools invited us to continue down for some water fun. When we arrived at the pools, it was the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. I wished that I had charged my GoPro to have gotten some epic waterfall and diving pictures, but unfortunately, most of the pictures have to remain in my heart. As I touched my first foot into the pond, I felt a sense of calming come over me. I slowly took my time adjusting to the cold water, and when I looked up, my teens were jumping off cliffs into the water. I had...

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Fun Toys to Encourage Kids to Get Outside

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Education, Family, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Let’s be honest. Our children are growing up in a time where most kids spend the majority of their time inside. Electronics and video games are distracting children of this generation and discouraging them from spending their time outside having fun and playing. This summer, we had a technology-free summer, and my children spent all of their time outside playing. With them spending all their time outside, I had to look into finding new tools to help make...

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Don Hahn & Rob Minkoff: Bringing The Lion King to Life

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

 I visited as a guest of Disney While I was in Florida earlier this month at Walt Disney World, I was given the honor of lifetime by getting to sit down with two animation genius’ who created The Lion King, Don Hahn and Rob Minkoff. Don Hahn is known for producing Beauty and the Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Lion King, and more. And Rob Minkoff is a highly acclaimed director who is known for his work on...

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Doc Brown’s Back to the Future House

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies EVER!!! I have watched the series more times than I can count. When I heard that the house of Doc Brown was in Pasadena and we were there, I knew I had to go. I asked my mom if we could go and she said, of course!!! When we pulled up in front of the house, I practically screamed with the excitement of...

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Back to School Educational Toys

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Education, Family, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored The best gift that parents can give their children is the gift of play. We all live busy lifestyles, and taking time out of your day to sit down on the floor and play with your children is the best thing for them. As a retired preschool teacher, I remain passionate about empowering parents to play more with their children. One of the best ways to make playing with your children fun is to have educational toys that...

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Hidden Haipua’ena Falls in Maui

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort Our family has done the road to Hana multiple times in the past, but every time we would always get stuck at the more “touristy” stops along the road. This year, my daughter and I did some research to find some more secluded stops that featured more waterfall swimming and less hiking. We left the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel around 8:00 and skipped Twin Falls for haipua’ena falls, and it was the...

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Paella Wine & Beer Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Dining, Events | 7 comments

  Orange County’s first ever Paella Wine & Beer Festival is coming to the Orange County Fair and Event Center on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 4-9 p.m. Nearly 50 local chefs will compete with their own paella recipes for the chance to represent the United States at the World Paella Championship in Sueca, Valencia, Spain. Event entry includes unlimited wine, beer and paella and features an experience reflecting what one would find while strolling through a lively outdoor...

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Ultimate 80’s Road Trip Playlist

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Music | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia Our summer has been full of epic road trips exploring the world in a beautiful Kia Sorento. One of my favorite features in the Sorento is the Infinity soundsystem that allows me to blast my favorite tunes as loud as I want without the fear of blowing out the speakers. While on our road trips, the radio in our Kia seemed to be always set on the 80’s on 8, and my kid’s and I...

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Flower Child Arts and Music Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Events | 10 comments

 Sponsored The Flower Child Family Arts and Music Festival Presented by Munchkin is coming to Orange County on September 17th. The all-ages event invites parents and children to enjoy entertainment and activities at the Orange County Great Park. During the event, parents can discover the newest trends in popular baby brands, participate in a variety of engaging children’s activities, shop in the vendor shopping village, and enjoy live music. There will also be the Great Parks Farmers Market happening...

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The Luggage Room Pizzeria in Pasadena

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Dining, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue While on our Pasadena staycation, we got a little taste of history while dining at The Luggage Room Pizzeria. The restaurant is located in the 1934 luggage room of the Del Mar Train Station and is a great place for families to enjoy a delicious meal together. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by the nicest staff who helped show us to a table for the evening. The...

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Best Back to School Natural Cosmetics: L’eclisse

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

 Samples received As a teenager I love makeup! I had tried multiple brands of cosmetics, but never really found one that I loved, so right before I went back school I decided to try L’eclisse. L’eclisse is unlike any makeup brand I have ever tried before. It makes my skin feel light and not weighed down by tons of makeup. Here are five reasons why I absolutely love them! All of L’eclisse products stay on through the whole school...

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Roadside Attraction: Fork in the Road

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Whenever I am visiting a new area, I am always on the hunt for a fun and funky roadside attraction. With Pasadena being a city rich with historical history, I knew that I would find something fun to discover with my kids. While driving around the city in our Kia Sorento, my younger son spotted a giant fork in the road. We couldn’t believe our eyes and the kids insisted that...

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Grand Opening of Saint John’s Playa Vista

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Families living in the Playa Vista community now have access to the best healthcare in a beautiful new facility at Saint John’s Playa Vista. The new office offers families access to pediatrics, primary care, and specialty care physicians. In celebration of the new facility, we attended their grand opening community event. During the event, there was a lot of fun activities happening for families. As we toured the facility, there were activities located throughout the building, and our...

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How to Have an Epic Lion King Movie Night

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the most beloved Disney movies, The Lion King, is being released to the public for a limited-time. If you don’t already have the movie in your home movie collection, this is the perfect time to add it. While I have an older copy of the film in our movie collection, I’ve been going digital with all our movies, so I purchased it to add to our digital movie collection. In celebration of downloading the film to...

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Orange County Solar Eclipse Events

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  The exciting time has come for the world to get to see a solar eclipse. On Monday, it will be the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. Eclipse glasses are sold out everywhere and families are making glasses out of cardboard boxes, but there are some places...

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Pasadena Neon Retro Arcade

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue While on a weekend staycation in Pasadena, I surprised the kids with a visit to the neon retro arcade after having dinner at The Luggage Room. The neon arcade is an old fashioned arcade that features many classic video games along with some newer games; Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Fix it Felix Jr and more! When we arrived at the arcade, my kids squealed with delight. Most of the games in...

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Festival of the Lion King at the Walt Disney World Resort

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Disney, Florida, Travel, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney In celebration of the classic Disney film The Lion King coming out of the Disney vault, I went to the Walt Disney World Resort to be immersed into the magical world in which Timon, Simba, and Pumbaa live. During my trip, most of my time was spent at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and one of my favorite things that I did while exploring the theme park was watching the interactive production of Festival...

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Win a Signature Facial at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Giveaways | 46 comments

  Now that the kids are going back-to-school, it is the perfect time to treat yourself to a signature facial at the CosmetiCare med spa. CosmetiCare Signature Facial This anti-aging skin renewal treatment combines the medical and cosmetic and is individually-designed for you to improve the overall health and beauty of your skin. It uses advanced physical and mechanical procedures to nurture and rejuvenate the face and neck, which are particularly sensitive to the signs of aging. This total...

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Best Burger in Pasadena: Pie-n-Burger

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dining, Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest Did you know that Pasadena is where the cheeseburger was invented? When I learned this fun fact, I knew that our first meal on a staycation in Pasadena had to be at the popular burger joint, Pie-n-Burger. Pie-n-Burger is located right in the heart of downtown Pasadena. We drove our Kia Sorento to the restaurant, parked on the street, and then went into the historic building for lunch. Inside the small building is a...

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Hula Lessons at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort During our stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, our children signed up for many cultural classes that are offered to guests staying at the resort. My daughter has always wanted to learn how to do the hula, and she was counting down the days until she would take hula lessons at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. The morning of the class, we met the instructor on the grass near the pool. She...

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New Dining Hot Spot: Legado Bar + Kitchen

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest After living in South Orange County for the past 15+ years, I am always in search of a new restaurant that serves fresh and creative culinary dishes. The only downside to South Orange County is that it is the chain restaurant capital of California with very few innovative family-owned restaurants. I always find myself driving to North Orange County to get a meal that is made with fresh, organic and GMO-free ingredients until now....

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You’re Invited: Playa Vista Medical Office Open House

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Events, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Providence Saint John’s Medical Office in Playa Vista is opening to the public tomorrow, August 17th, and your family is invited to attend the festive event. During the event LA Lifeguards will be there teaching Sidewalk CPR. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to draw their own picture at the arts and crafts section. Drawings collected at the event will be permanently displayed throughout the office for children to see when they return to the office...

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The Percy Jackson Coloring Book + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Books, Giveaways | 14 comments

 “Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway!” Over the past decade, millions of young readers, parents, and teachers have come to adore Rick Riordan’s classic series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which made ancient Greek mythology contemporary, relevant, and entertaining as it turned kids on to reading. Now fans can literally color Percy’s world with the amusing portraits, dramatic scenes, and intricate designs on every spread of this large format...

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Taking Care of your Heart Health

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 1 comment

 Sponsored When it comes to heart disease, many people often think that it is a disease that mostly affects males. However, women are just as much at risk of heart disease. It is the #1 cause of death for women in the united states, and only 45% of women are aware of this. I was just a teenager when my father went out to walk the dog, and when he came home, he asked my mother to take him...

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Best Teen Summer Movie: Descendants 2

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We received a copy of the film The first Descendants movie was my favorite Disney Channel original movie ever, and that is coming from a girl who has grown up watching the Disney Channel. I watched Descendants over and over again when it first came out, and when I heard that they were making Descendants 2, I was thrilled. Descendants 2 was everything I had hoped it would be. It has fantastic music, a lot of action, and awesome...

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MaxPass Enhances the Disneyland Experience

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Disney, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Earlier this month, our family spent a magical day at Disneyland, and it was our first time using MaxPass. What is MaxPass? It is the best thing to happen to families wanting to visit the Disneyland Resort. With MaxPass, families can request a FastPass directly on their cellular device. That means no more rushing over to your favorite attractions with your kids just to tell them that they have to wait until...

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Should you get Lipo or Tummy Tuck with your Breast Surgery?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored When planning to get my breast lift (mastopexy), one of the biggest decisions was whether or not to get lipo or a tummy tuck at the same time. So many of my friends who have had their breasts done at CosmetiCare also took care of their stomachs at the same time so that they only had one recovery. During my first consultation with Dr. Niccole, he did recommend lipo if I wanted to have my full pre-baby body...

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The Habit Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dining | 1 comment

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of the best things about the summer is all the fresh produce, with strawberries being my kid’s ultimate favorite summer fruit. The Habit is one of my kid’s favorite restaurants to get a juicy burger and fries, but this summer they have a new favorite at The Habit, the Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad. Never in a million years would I think that my children would prefer a salad over a...

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Dana Point Family Travel Guide

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dana Point, Featured, Kia, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored Dana Point is the perfect place in Orange County for families to create long lasting memories together. The city is home to some of the best beaches in Orange County and luxurious resorts. When looking for the best place to plan your next family staycation, Dana Point is one of the top choices to have a getaway full of sun and fun. Where to stay There are many resorts in Dana Point that each offer a different vacation...

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