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Preparing Kids for Summer Adventures

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

 Sample received Summertime is just weeks away, and it is time to start preparing for endless summer fun with your children. The most important thing to do to prepare for summer is to purchase your kids summer gear before it all sells out in stores. We have all been stuck with a broken boogie board in the middle of summer, and there being nowhere to find them in stores around Orange County. One item that always seems to sell out quickly in stores during the summer is water shoes. Water shoes are an important piece of summer gear for OC kids because the kiddos need them to see tide pools, while at a local water park and to use while having a water balloon fight in the front yard. After raising three children over the past 15 years, I...

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Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 5 comments

 Sponsored This summer, get ready to send your kids on an epic adventure exploring the ocean with Southern California’s only bodyboarding school, Bodyboarding Adventures! The best summer camp for children is one that will keep the kids active, exploring, and having fun. Children will experience all of this and more at the Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp! Bodyboarding (or “boogie” boarding) is one of the best ways to get your children comfortable riding waves in our beautiful ocean and is much safer than surfing. Water safety is the biggest concern of parents when looking into a summer camp at our local beaches, but with Bodyboarding Adventures, parents can have the ease of knowing their children are safe in the hands of the most professional bodyboarders in the industry. Every instructor is CPR and First Aid-certified, and they have a maximum...

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Family-friendly Adventures in Ojai

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

  While the city of Ojai may cater to an adult clientele, there are still a number of ways for families to connect and enjoy their time together. From food to shopping to local culture, kids and kids-at-heart will find amusement in their getaway. If you’re in town on a Sunday, explore the weekly Farmer’s Market. Food samples, local crafts and fresh air makes for an easygoing afternoon. The local toy store contains distractions and entertaining ways to pass the time. And stroll down the Arcade (no video games here!) to treat yourself at the ice cream or frozen yogurt shops. Prefer to be more mobile? Hop on and off the Ojai Trolley Service. Departing from Ojai Avenue and the Arcade and commuting as far as Whispering Oaks, it runs from 5:36 a.m. to 8:56 p.m. during the week,...

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DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures in Mammoth

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in June Lake, Mammoth Mountain, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My boys have always dreamed of doing a snowmobile adventure, so when planning our winter family getaway to June Lake, I made reservations with DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures in Mammoth. With the weather being unpredictable when we were visiting the area, I waited to tell the boys the news that we were going on a snowmobile adventure until the morning we were expected to go. I was so happy when I woke up that morning to see that we had clear skies and that the snow had stopped for just enough time for us to go snowmobile riding. That morning, we left June Lake and headed towards Mammoth where DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures is located. There was parking along the side of the road, and families were eagerly getting out of their cars,...

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Ron Funches Brings Sharzod to Life in Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Netflix Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh is a hilarious new comedy series that is now available to stream on Netflix. Last month, we were given a unique opportunity to visit the DreamWorks Animation Studios were we talked with Ryan Crego (Show Runner) and Ron Funches (voice of Sharzod) on bringing the sassy and hilarious character, Sharzod to life in the animated series. Crego had been working on the show for over two years. He came on when they were just finishing the last movie, so he had a lot to reference. “I’ve been at DreamWorks my whole career. I grew up here. I feel like this was my school, my home, and my family. I was lucky that Home had such great characters to work with. We had a lot...

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Star Tours the Adventures Continues at Disneyland

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Disney, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a media event as a guest of Disney The adventure continues as Star Tours takes families on a whole new adventure as part of the Star Wars Season of the Force coming to Disneyland starting on November 16th. Families will board a Starspeeder 1000 and blast off into space on an all-new epic adventure with Star Tours the Adventures Continue. The highly-anticipated new film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” comes to life for guests as the Starspeeder 1000 zooms through scenes of the upcoming film. While experiencing Star Tours the Adventures Continues, it was a thrilling new adventure that I can’t wait to share with my children. The excitement was overwhelming as everyone in my group was cheering with every twist and turn we took while immersed into a whole new world. We got a glimpse into...

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Whole Foods Market’s ‘Ready for Action’ bag Packs all Essentials for Summer Adventures

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Events, Giveaways, Shopping | 7 comments

  Are you ready for action? Whole Foods Market is calling upon people across the U.S. to lace up their tennis shoes, roll out the yoga mats and hop on their bicycles for the first ever “Ready for Action” week from June 24 to 30. All stores nationwide will be celebrating healthy living with local events centered on everyday physical activities, superfoods and nutrition. From a yoga class to a protein powder recipe demo to a DIY relaxing bath soak, check out “Ready for Action” events happening at your local Whole Foods Market stores. On Saturday, June 27, stores will offer a limited edition “Ready for Action” bag, packed with items to prepare for outdoor activities. These bags are made with 100 percent jute and organic cotton lining from RIJI Green, a business committed to ending human trafficking. Valued...

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Pali Adventures Summer Camp Family Day

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored It is the first year that we are sending one of our kids away to summer camp. I have been a little selfish and wanted to spend every minute of summer with my kids over the years. Now that my older son is thirteen, he is ready to “spread his wings” and leave home for summer camp. When making the decision to send my son to an overnight summer camp, I did a ton of research. After hours upon hours of research, everything kept leading me back to Pali Adventures. One of my biggest fears was his diet. My son has severe food allergies, and I have to be extra cautious when sending him somewhere where he’ll be eating without me or my husband present. Since he had attended a school trip to Pali, and they had handled...

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Comes to The Segerstrom Center

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 The legend of Robin Hood will come to life for your children as Scotland’s Visible Fictions presents The Adventures of Robin Hood at the Samueli Theatre (located the at the Segerstrom Center) on November 8th and 9th. Families are encouraged to attend the show early to take advantage of the pre-show activities starting one hour before the performance.The Center’s Education and Community Programs Department offers these activities to provide young people and their families more opportunities to play creatively together. Studies show creative play is critical in helping children develop their ability to think and problem solve. The Adventures of Robin Hood is recommended for families and children ages 7 and up. Single tickets are $20 and are now available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714)...

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Adventures in Breastfeeding

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Family, Featured, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

 Let me first start by saying that this is *not* a story on thinking breast is best or that breastfeeding is superior to formula feeding families. I fully support any way a parent chooses to feed and nurture their baby. This is just my very personal journey into the land of breastfeeding. I thought I would share to show others that they are not alone in all the ups and downs of nursing. 10 years ago I never set out to be a breastfeeding mom. I quite honestly was not on board with it at all, but once my sweet little Sterling was born and the nurse placed him on my chest and asked if I was going to nurse him, so I decided to give it a try. I had no idea what the heck I was doing...

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Gold Rush Mining Adventures at Big Bear

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Big Bear, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored While staying in Big Bear last week, we rented a cabin from Gold Rush Cabin Rentals. When we checked in at the office to get our keys to the cabin, the kids immediately noticed the signage for their interactive Gold Rush Mining Adventures. We made a reservation for the next day for the kids to learn about the mining history of Big Bear while getting to mine for their own special precious gems and stones. The kids started their adventure by picking out the stones that they wanted to discover. There was a large variety including minerals, fossils and geodes from all over the world. Once they got all their mining supplies together, it was time to go outside to the giant water wheel to start mining. Before the kids put their mining pans into the water –...

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Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures Free Activity Sheets

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Do your kids like Littlest Pet Shop? My daughter can’t get enough of the cute little Hasbro toys. When the new DVD, Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures, was released to DVD on January 15th my daughter could not wait to watch it. After we watched the adorable movie together, we expanded on the experience by using these coloring and activity sheets. Your children can enjoy hours of fun with this free download. Just click on the image to enjoy the activity sheets....

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Snow Tubing at Mt Baldy

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Cool Places, Family, Featured, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia One of my kid’s favorite things to do is go skiing! Unfortunately, we haven’t been lucky enough to get much snow in our local mountains, so during the holiday break, I took my kids to Mt Baldy for the first time to check out their snow tubing. Mt Baldy is a true hidden gem for those who like snow. It is much closer than Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear and is a great skiing facility. The area had not gotten much snow the weekend that we visited, so there was not any snow as we drove up the mountain, but once we got off the chairlift, the ski resort had created a winter wonderland. When there is snow in the area, the ski resort offers skiing, snowboard, and tubing for families to enjoy. The day...

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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 | 0 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...

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Tru Grits: Modern Asian Fusion Restaurant

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love when I stumble upon a hidden dining gem in Orange County, and that was the case when I brought my family for dinner at Tru Grits in Anaheim. After a fun day at the Disneyland Resort, we were in search of something delicious and new for dinner that was within close proximity of Disneyland. I had heard a lot of buzz surrounding Tru Grits and decided to bring the family for dinner. The restaurant is located in the most unexpected place – the lobby of a local hotel! Normally, a hotel restaurant is ‘average,’ but that is not the case with this delicious dining destination. The cuisine is modern Asian fusion style that is 110% kid-friendly. Since it was our first time dining at Tru Grits, we decided to...

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Afternoon Tea with Paddington

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio In celebration of the all-new film, Paddington 2, I surprised my kids by taking them to The London West Hollywood for afternoon tea with Paddington. The morning of the event, my kids got dressed in their best clothing and were overwhelmed with excitement about seeing the movie. When we arrived at The London West Hollywood, there was a giant “Paddington” made out of balloons. My youngest son got super excited and insisted that I take his picture with the balloon character. Little did he know, that he was going to get to meet Paddington himself in person a few minutes later. Once everyone had arrived, we were welcomed into the screening room at The London West Hollywood. The kids were invited to get their favorite candy and bucket of popcorn to...

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Viva Los Tacos Event + Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Things are getting festive at the MainPlace Mall this month for Viva Los Tacos, a celebration of food, culture and art. Aiming to please, Viva Los Tacos will introduce some the best taco items, chefs and menus the Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles areas has to offer to 1,500 attendees. Viva Los Tacos will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (VIP admission at noon) at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample tacos from the following confirmed Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles restaurants / catering companies: Amor Y Tacos, Botana Express, Carnitas El Momo, Del Real Foods, Día de Los Puercos , El Pepino Loco, El Pollo Norteño, GoodFellas Taco Catering, Infinity Sauces, Kitchen Culture Catering, La Vegana Mexicana, My Taco Guy,...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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

  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. never stopped asking the question, “What are you doing for others?” On Sunday, January 14, Segerstrom Center for the Arts will join millions of others across the country recognizing Dr. King’s legacy, honoring community volunteers, showcasing local service organizations and encouraging everyone to become involved and ‘do for others.’ The Center invites visitors and families from across the county to gather on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza from noon to 3 p.m. and enjoy fun activities and learn new ways to fulfill King’s vision for a better America – starting with volunteer opportunities at the Center and in our communities. Dr. King pointed out, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” The Center has embraced that idea and invited representatives from service organizations designed especially for youth with hearts for helping...

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Four Things Kids will Learn from The Lion Guard: The Rise Of Scar

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored The Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies of all-time, so naturally, I instantly became a fan of the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard. When I learned about an all-new movie, “The Lion King: The Rise of Scar” being released on DVD, I couldn’t wait to get it and watch it with my younger son. The film is one of my favorite Lion Guard stories yet, and my favorite part is all the great lessons that my son took away from the story. He was able to learn about team building, problem-solving, friendship, and leadership skills. The story is centered around the dry season, and all the animals are extra cranky. The hyenas have a plan to try and bring Scar back by stealing Makini (Rafiki’s apprentice) stick and then kidnapping Kiara. The Lion Guard...

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Disney Live! Presents Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

  Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions when Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic visits Long Beach Terrace Theatre & Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario from January 18-January 21. Tickets are on sale now. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know...

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