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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, 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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Woody Harrelson: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 25, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney Woody Harrelson delivers an epic performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story as Tobias Beckett. While in Los Angeles earlier this month, I had the honor of meeting Harrelson and getting to talk about what it was like working on the film, and how he lives a healthy lifestyle. Harrelson got involved in the film by being in London while shooting a movie that he wrote and directed, “Lost in London.” He was going to head home, but Phil and Chris wanted to meet with him, so he made arrangements to talk. He was worried that his family would be tired of saying that he was ‘done’ after his last film, but he met with them anyway, and like with Hunger Games, he declined initially – but as we all...

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Meet L3-37: The New Droid in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of my favorite characters in Solo: A Star Wars Story is the all-new droid L3-37 played by the talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge. While in Los Angeles earlier this month, I had the honor of meeting with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and got to talk to her about what it was like being a droid in the new hit film. Before meeting with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, I had heard that she didn’t know very much about Star Wars before being cast for the film. When asking her about it, she said, “I did know about Star Wars, but I hadn’t seen any of the films. I think there’s like, five of us in the world.” She continued to share with us that she felt like it worked in her favor. “I was very loose...

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You’re Invited: Irvine Spectrum Carousel Party

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  It’s back! The Carousel has a new home at Irvine Spectrum Center, and celebrations are in order for its return. After a near 3-month hiatus during construction, the Carousel will reopen near Target over Memorial Day Weekend, just in time for Summer. We will celebrate on Saturday, May 26th with fun treats, entertainment and free carousel rides between 10am – Noon. Free Carousel rides during event hours only (10AM – Noon on May 26,...

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Joonas Suotamo: The Face Behind the Fur

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney When you think of Chewbacca, what comes to mind? A warm cuddly creature from the world of Star Wars? But, there is a human behind all that fur and kindness, and in Solo: A Star Wars Story, it is Joonas Suotamo. Every little boy dreams of being Chewbacca, my boys especially, so when I told them I was going to meet the man, the myth, the legend, behind Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story….they almost fainted. The one thing that stood out to me about Joonas Suotamo is that he is not your traditional actor. When looking for someone to play the part of Chewbacca, they apparently needed someone tall, so the director seemed to our local pro basketball teams to find. “I got the role out of the...

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Solo: A Star Wars Story: Paul Bettany

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney While in Los Angeles interviewing the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story there was one actor that clearly stood out from all the rest, and that was Paul Bettany. One of my colleagues had fallen and was on crutches, as many of you know, we always take a group photo, and Paul Bettany was the only one of the actors who offered his seat (the only seat) to my friend. When he did that, he immediately became my favorite actor in the film. Not only is Paul Bettany a great guy in real life, but he also steals the show with his epic performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Star Wars was a big part of Paul Bettany life growing up, and he was beyond thrilled to be...

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Ron Howard on Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of the best things about the all-new Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story is that the highly acclaimed Ron Howard directs it. I had the honor of getting to spend some time with Ron Howard talking about the making of the film while in Los Angeles last week. For being such a talented director, the one thing that makes Ron Howard so unique is how down to earth and relatable he is. Like with any Star Wars film, there was a lot of responsibility on everyone who worked on the film, especially Ron Howard. For Ron Howard, it was the pressure of making sure Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) would deliver the performance that would “wow” Star Wars fans. Howard knew that there was already some judgment surrounding...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: School of Rock the Musical

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to bring the second of two brand new Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to Orange County: School of Rock – The Musical. Following two weeks of packed houses for Webber’s Love Never Dies, this high-octane Broadway and West End hit comes to Segerstrom Hall July 24 – August 5, 2018. This hilarious musical features all the original songs from the 2003 film plus 14 new songs written specially for the show by Andrew Lloyd Webber and musical theater’s first-ever all-kids rock band. Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical start at $29, and are on sale now. They may be purchased online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more,...

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Emilia Clarke on Playing Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney After having the incredible opportunity of meeting Alden Ehrenreich who plays the role of Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, we got a chance to sit down and talk with Emilia Clarke who plays the role of Qi’ra in the film. Emilia Clarke is very well known for her role in the popular television series Game of Thrones. When she entered the room where 25 other bloggers were awaiting her arrival, everyone in the room clapped and cheered with excitement about having the unique opportunity to speak with her. The biggest question on everyone’s mind was when did she become a Star Wars fan? Clarke wasn’t born when the first Star Wars film was released, but her brother was a huge fan. She shared with us that when...

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