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Discovery Cube OC Winter Wonderfest + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 13 comments

 Sponsored Snow is coming to Orange County at Discovery Cube OC, so bundle up and experiment with ramps and friction, while enjoying all-day snow play and tubing at Winter Wonderfest. Experience a lesson in physics as you whoosh down a huge 75-foot ramp on inflatable tubes. But, where do you move the fastest — near the top or bottom? Find other frosty delights in the snow play area, where snowmen are under icy construction with the help of your imagination! Sledding down a snow-covered hill is part of the snow-filled festival, too. Slip your hands in some mittens and dig deeper into this brrr-illiant topic. Winter Wonderfest is fun for the entire family and allows kids and adults to experience a snow-filled day without leaving Southern California! Dates: December 16th-17th December 22nd-January 7th Where: Discovery Cube OC 2500 N Main Street Santa Ana, Ca 92705 Cost: Pre-sale adult and children tickets are $19.95 Winter Wonderfest Presale Admission Package Includes: Discovery Cube General Admission Unlimited Snow Sledding and Tubing All-day Snow Play! Winter Wonderfest is closed December 18-21 and Christmas Day. GIVEAWAY! Enter to win 4 tickets to Winter Wonderfest at Discovery Cube OC. Enter to win by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random...

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10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Disney It is the most magical time of the year to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort. The entire resort is adorned with twinkling lights, majestic Christmas trees, and festive decorations. The holidays begin at the Disneyland Resort, and these are ten ways to celebrate the holidays with your family at Disneyland. Watch a Christmas Fantasy Parade. The holiday parade is guaranteed to get your family into the holiday spirit. There are magical floats, festive music and a surprise visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Be immersed in a magical world while taking a boat ride into it’s a small world. The attraction comes to life at night with a beautiful display of lights and inside families are introduced to holiday traditions from around the world. Have a frightfully fun time experiencing Haunted Mansion Holiday. Jack Skellington and his friends have transformed the attraction for the holiday season. Don’t miss seeing the gingerbread house featuring a 7-foot-tall gingerbread Oogie Boogie, and the purchase a mini-replica to bring home from the French Market. Capture a photo with your family in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle. At night, the castle sparkles with 50,000 twinkling lights. Your family is not going to want to miss seeing “Believe….in Holiday Magic”...

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Thanksgiving Blessings

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  When I was growing up my mother often said, “The only thing in life that’s certain is change.” Over the years these words have resonated with me to varying degrees depending on the happenings of my life at a given moment, but they rang especially true for our family this holiday season. We were set to go out of town for Thanksgiving when we received the unexpected news that our daughter had to have surgery. Rather than hopping...

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The Force is Strong in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Earlier in the month, I received an invitation to go to an undisclosed location to meet with the cast of the all-new movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The invitation was vague and all the details of the time and location would be disclosed to me the night before. I waited with anticipation before finally receiving my secret instructions on where in Los Angeles I would get the opportunity of a lifetime...

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Track the Paw Prints to Free Educational Classes at New Library

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Crafts, Education, Events | 0 comments

  Follow the painted bobcat and mountain lion paw prints prancing on the sidewalk to the new Library of the Canyons. Inside, watch out for the skunk, coyote and raccoon paw prints crawling up the walls to cave style paintings by local artist, Robert Myers. Throughout the children’s section, kids discover interactive displays, puzzles, puppet theatre and crafts. My son and his friends especially enjoy the library’s educational programs. The only place my son wants to be on Monday’s...

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Get into the Holiday Spirit at Roger’s Gardens

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar never disappoints, especially around the holidays. This year, Rogers Gardens has transformed into “Joyeux Noel,” a glittery and fantastic shop full of pure holiday magic! Inside, Christmas trees stretch way up high, completely drenched in sparkling ornaments and twinkling lights. Each tree has its own unique theme and accessories to go along with it. There’s always a bit of whimsy in the displays at Roger’s too; my girls got a kick out...

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Take a ‘Holiday’

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Who doesn’t love live music?  Who doesn’t love a craft cocktail after a long work week?  And who doesn’t every once in a while just like to go out with the girls or have a date night with the hubby and cut loose?  Ummm, I know I sure do! Now I like to dance, but I don’t know most adults over 30 who enjoy a loud nightclub or pumping DJ mixes.  Of course to each their own, but...

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Taste of CHILL at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue We were recently invited to the Taste of CHILL to sample bites and beverages from the six regions across the Globe that will be showcased at the all-new CHILL. The 38,000-square foot Ice Adventure Park features Ice Skating, an Ice Track, Amsterdam Bumper Boats, a Shanghai Speedway, a Zip Line, Ice Shuffleboard and a two-story, 140-foot-long Ice Tubing slide. CHILL at The Queen Mary will open on December 13th and run...

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Back Bay Bistro: Brunch with Santa

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Dining, Holiday | 0 comments

  Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, great food and Mr. Claus himself at Brunch with Santa on Saturdays, December 16 and 23. The restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve as well with a special Sunday Brunch with Santa featuring fresh seafood and bottomless mimosas. Brunch seatings are available from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For those who wish to dine...

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Top 10 Holiday Toys at Best Buy

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you searching for the best toys at the best prices this holiday season? Best Buy is our go-to place for holiday toy shopping this year because they have the hottest holiday toys at the best prices in town. Wondering what to get your kids this year? These are our top ten holiday toys that can be found at your local Best Buy. DropMix Music Gaming System DropMix lets you play music like never before! In collaboration with...

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Give the Gift of Magic this Holiday

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Tech, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite places to spend time together as a family is at the Disneyland Resort. Since my children love creating memories at this magical place, I decided to bring the magic home this year by getting them the new Xbox game Disneyland Adventures. Earlier this month, I went to the Disneyland Hotel to learn more about the games Disneyland Adventures and Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure from the creators themselves. I arrived at the Disneyland Hotel...

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LA Auto Show: Kia Steals the Show

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Autos, Kia | 0 comments

 Sponsored I have been attending the LA Auto Show for many years, and this year there was one clear brand that truly stood out amongst the rest – Kia. As I arrived at the LA Auto Show, the convention center had the Kia logo branded all over the building, letting guests know that it is the brand they don’t want to miss seeing. As I entered the show floor, Kia had the corner booth right by the door, and...

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Festival of Holidays: Cultural Holiday Celebration

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of our favorite ways to celebrate the holidays at the Disneyland Resort is by experiencing the cultural celebration, Festival of Holidays. The holiday celebration is inspired by Christmas, Navidad, Hannukah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. It offers families an opportunity to savor the flavors of the holidays with delicious culinary creations, participate in activities and enjoy fantastic entertainment. Food The food is one of our favorite parts of the Festival...

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8th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 11 comments

  You’re invited to bring the family to Christmas with the Critters and enjoy a festive day at the Rancho Wildlife Foundation. There will be a visit from Santa, bounce houses, crafts, live holiday musical performances, and more! You can even watch the resident exotic animals open their Christmas presents, including a Bengal tiger, zebras, African servals and other beautiful animals. Lunch is included with the purchase of entrance tickets! Sunday, December 17th 11am to 3pm Pre-sale general adult...

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Give Your Children the Gift of Learning

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Deals, Education, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your kids this year that will encourage them to love learning? Well, we have found it. Every year, our holiday tree has a ton of gifts under it that doesn’t stimulate my kid’s brains, so this year, I have been on the hunt for educational toys to gift them this year. One of my favorite educational toys that I have found is the Omano JuniorScope Microscope. The new Omano...

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Helping Kids Fight the Fear of Monsters

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the hardest parts of parenting is helping children to overcome the fears of monsters in their room. For almost his entire life, my younger son has had a fear of my master bathroom closet, thinking that a ‘grey monster’ lives in the darkness of all our clothes. Over the years, I have tried everything to help him overcome the fear, and nothing has seemed to work. All of my friends and family had told me that...

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Back Bay Bistro: Stress-Free Holiday Meals

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

 Sponsored Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because it is the one holiday where I host all of our family and friends. This year was a little bit different for me because I had planned a major surgery to be the day before the holiday so that I would have my family home to help me with the recovery. Everyone in my family insisted that I cancel Thanksgiving, but after almost twenty years of hosting the holiday...

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Music in Embedded into the Storytelling of Disney-Pixar’s COCO

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited Pixar as a guest of Disney In the upcoming Disney-Pixar film, COCO, they wanted the music to be an essential part of the storytelling. In the movie, Miguel wants to claim his destiny and tell his family that he is going to play music, and then everything goes wrong. When creating the music, they looked at it in three different ways: 1. They talked about source music. Ernesto de la Cruz lived in Santo de Cilia, and...

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Under $50

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 1 comment

 Sponsored Looking for the perfect gift for a teenager or the person who has everything? Verizon has some great holiday gift ideas this year and these are our top picks to buy for less than $50! Google Home Mini: add smarts to your home (even multiple rooms). Get hands-free help in any room with this voice-activated speaker. It’s powered by the Google Assistant. You can ask it questions and tell it to do things. Square Credit Card Reader: the...

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Creating Memories at Mimi’s Cafe

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 I am a Mimi’s Ambassador Whenever my daughter has a day off of school, we spend the afternoon having lunch together. We love trying new places around Orange County and also dining at some of our favorites like Mimi’s Cafe. It had been awhile since we had dined at Mimi’s Cafe, and we always tend to dine at the restaurant during dinner, so we decided to stop in for lunch on Veterans Day. When we arrived, there was a...

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Food Network Star Pays Visit to OCSA’s Culinary Students

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Dining, Education | 0 comments

  Laughter filled the room as celebrity Chef Alex Guarnaschelli impressed Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) students from The Mekjian Family Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory with her expertise and down-to-earth personality during an exclusive OCSA master class held on Thursday, Nov. 9. Executive chef at Butter restaurant in New York City, Guarnaschelli is also a winner of the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and a judge on “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior.” Early in her career, she...

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Mom’s Night Out Holiday Cooking Class

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Christmas, Dining, Education, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Enjoy a night out with friends or a special date night where you can learn some cooking basics, drink wine, eat what you cook, and have a great time! The classes provide hands on, practical culinary experience under the guidance of Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA)’s renowned Chef Instructors in their world-class teaching kitchens. Monday, December 4th – Fresh Pasta Anyone? Monday, December 11th – A Night in the Mediterranean Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m....

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You’re Invited: Barks of Love Bash

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  On December 9th, Ways & Means will host the Barks of Love Bash to benefit the charity organization on its dog-friendly outdoor patio overlooking the HB Pier. There will be dog-friendly activities, many four-legged friends in attendance and fun offerings from other Pacific City vendors, including Pop Bar (serving PUP-SICLES) and Top Dog Boutique. Tickets for the event are $20 (sold at the door), which will include drinks and appetizers from Ways & Means and a donation to...

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pancake Recipe

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples provided One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to cook breakfast for my family. I am currently in my second year at the Orange County School of the Arts Culinary and Hospitality high school where I have been expanding my passion for culinary arts. One of my mom’s favorite snacks is Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, so I surprised her over Thanksgiving break by making her white chocolate macadamia nut pancakes, and it was her...

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Hilarious New Television Comedy 9JKL

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. However all opinions are 100% my own. There is so much darkness in the world in which we are living. It is refreshing for all of us to escape it for awhile while enjoying a hilarious comedy. Unfortunately, most television shows that are currently airing are dramas, and it is was refreshing to learn about a hilarious new comedy on CBS called 9JKL. When I was invited for a...

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Eric Burdon and The Animals Concert + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Giveaways, Music | 11 comments

 Affiliate To kick off the holiday season, KX 93.5, a locally-focused, nonprofit FM radio station, is hosting KXmas featuring Eric Burdon and The Animals. All KXmas proceeds will benefit local nonprofits, such as: The Friendship Shelter, Laguna Beach Chamber and KX 93.5. Attendees will get to hear classics like “House of the Rising Sun” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” at the only concert allowed at the Irvine Bowl. Guests can also enjoy Festival of Arts Winter...

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Kaleidoscope Celebrates the Season with Community Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo will ring in the holidays with a festive Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for the community on Saturday, December 2 at 5pm. Co-hosted by Mariners Mission Viejo, the evening will begin with free children’s activities, a holiday boutique with local artisans, and at 7pm, holiday caroling and entertainment will culminate in the Christmas tree being lit. Local families are invited to enjoy a holiday photo booth, face painting, cookie decorating, and an ornament craft. At...

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You’re Invited to the Vue Holiday Celebration + Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  You’re invited to Vue Newport’s festive Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting in the Vue Front Plaza on Friday, December 1 from 6:00-7:30 pm. This magical holiday celebration for the entire community will feature live music by nationally acclaimed Golden Coast All-Stars, sweet treats, scrumptious hot cocoa, and the first annual Vue Newport Tree Lighting. This is a free, family-friendly event that is sure to become a holiday tradition on the Newport Beach Peninsula. Vue Newport is a luxurious...

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Celebrate the Meaning of Family when seeing COCO

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We were given a special experience as a guest of Disney The highly anticipated time has come for Disney-Pixar’s most beautiful film ever created, COCO to be in theaters starting today! The film is about love, family, traditions, and introduces families to the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. I was lucky to have a chance to go to Pixar Animation Studios a couple of months ago where I got to learn all about the making of the...

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Celebrate the Season with Holiday Movie It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Christmas, Entertainment, Film, Holiday | 0 comments

  Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, December 15 through Thursday, December 21, at 7pm nightly, with additional 1pm matinees on Sat., Dec. 16 and Sun., Dec. 17. In addition, at the 7pm showing on Saturday, December 16, movie goers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the movie starting. Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood,...

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The Magic of Bringing Disney-Pixar’s COCO to Life

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue The minute that I saw the Disney-Pixar film COCO at the world premiere, I fell in love with the magical story. It is truly the best film of the year, and I can’t wait for your family to experience the magic in theaters on November 22nd. After attending the premiere of the film, I went back to Los Angeles to learn more about the film from the cast and creators. When...

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