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Hatch Chile Polenta Chips Recipe

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What is my favorite season? Hatch Chile season!! While I grow a lot of my produce in our small backyard farm, there are some rare fruits and vegetables I can’t grow like hatch chiles. There is only one place I go for produce outside of our backyard, and that is Melissa’s Produce. Hatch Chile Roastings Roasting chiles is a process. Melissa’s Produce takes the guesswork out of the process by hosting roastings at multiple locations throughout Southern California during the season. They make it so convenient by allowing families to attend a roasting, and bring home the chiles ready to eat. Hatch Chile Recipes There are so many options when it comes to cooking hatch chiles. Melissa’s Produce recently introduced a new item that I couldn’t wait to experiment within the kitchen. It is a Hatch chile polenta, which...

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Spicy Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole Recipe

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

Samples provided My favorite veggie season of the year is hatch chile season. This year, I have been cooking up a storm in my kitchen with fresh hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce, and over the weekend, I made a tasty breakfast casserole using hatch chiles ~ that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you! The breakfast casserole is ideal to make over the weekend so that your kids can re-heat it throughout the week before going off to school. It is packed with nutrition, and a little bit of heat to help wake them up on those early mornings before heading off to school. It’s simple and delicious ~ Enjoy! PS. If you have kids who don’t like spice. Melissa’s Produce does offer mild peppers so they can still enjoy the authentic flavors. Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole...

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Hatch Chile Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples received Hatch Chile’s are one of my favorite vegetables and are only available for a short time every year. During Hatch Chile season, I always get the freshest hatch chiles available from Melissa’s Produce. Last week, I enjoyed cooking my family some tasty stuffed hatch chiles that I paired with a freshly made hatch chile salsa. Making homemade salsa is one of the easiest things to prepare for your family. You can quickly make a large serving, and your children can enjoy it throughout the week, or you can use it to make many other recipes. You can purchase Hatch Chiles with different heat intensities (mild, medium or hot). I made it with mild chiles and then added some jalapeno to half of it for my older son who loves spicy foods and me. Enjoy making this Hatch...

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Stuffed Hatch Chile Recipe

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 2 comments

Samples provided It’s the most delicious time of the year – Hatch Chile Season! I love chiles, and hatch chiles are my ultimate favorite. Earlier this week, I went to Melissa’s Produce to learn about the new cookbook, “The Camp & Cabin Cookbook,” and to enjoy some tasty dishes made with hatch chiles. After tasting some of the recipes from Laura Bashar’s new cookbook and getting inspired to get the family back into the kitchen, I brought some fresh hatch chiles home and got the family together for a fun night of cooking in the kitchen. Stuffed peppers/chiles are one of the easiest ways that I have found to get my kids to eat peppers or chiles, so I decided to make stuffed hatch chiles paired with some grilled carne asada and freshly made hatch chile salsa. The result...

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The Habit Burger Hatch Chile Menu Items

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue I love spicy food, and when I learned that The Habit Burger was introduced a limited-time menu featuring hatch chiles, I couldn’t wait to come into the restaurant for a taste. The Habit Burger is a popular dining spot for locals in our area, and there is always a line that goes out the door (because it is that good). Yesterday, I went early to avoid the lunch crowd and had a hard time deciding which menu item I was going to try. The menu features a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Charburger, a Grilled Hatch and Golden Chicken Salad, and a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Chicken Sandwich. The employee at the counter helped me to make my decision and order the grilled hatch and golden chicken salad. I took...

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Moms, Aunties, Sisters, Glam-mas…look no further, Hatched Baby has arrived!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

As an auntie and big cousin to my family and friends kiddies, I’m always on the hunt for fashionable threads. Being in the fashion industry, the bar with my gift buying has been set high! I’ve noticed many selections for infant and toddler girls wear, but there’s been a lack of great boys wear. The demand is high and it’s nice to find a great source in our own backyard. When I discovered Hatched Baby, I was amazed by the multitude of cute looks, hip blogs and the overall conception of this unique brand. One Saturday morning at “The Land of Nod”, a South Coast Plaza boutique, I stepped into a pop up shop of magical teepees, soft fabrics with kitschy designs and to the bubbly and very pregnant Jen Turner, owner and founder of Hatched Baby. Jen was...

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New Penguins Hatched at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The Aquarium of the Pacific just announced the birth of two Magellanic penguin chicks. One of the chicks is just a week old and was born to Patsy and Noodles. The other chick is about two and a half weeks old and was born to parents Kate and Avery. The new baby chicks are currently cuddling with their parents in their nest inside of the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, and will be viewable by the public once they leave their nests later this summer. We are thrilled to share with all of you the first pictures of these adorable new penguins! Information about the penguins provided by the Aquarium of the Pacific Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before...

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Z’Tejas Chile Fest 2013

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Dining, Featured | 0 comments

It is that time of the year again, when your family is invited to dine at Z’Tejas Chile Fest 2013, and support the Blind Children’s Learning Center. For every dish sold off the Chile Fest Menu, $1 will go towards benefiting the Blind Children’s Learning Center. This past week, my husband and I went to Z’Tejas to sample the limited-time dishes at Z’Tejas at South Coast Plaza. The hatch chile recipes made for a memorable epicurean dining experience that we will never forget. We started off the evening sipping on the two Chile Fest cocktails. The Skinny Smokin’ Margarita is only 233 calories, but packed enough heat to make it one of the “hottest” drinks in Orange County. It is made with Herradura Anejo, DeKuyper Peach, Grand Marnier, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, and a secret ingredient that we...

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Raising a Disney Family with Teri Hatcher

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended a press event as a guest of Disney. “We’ve been a Disney family forever,” said Teri Hatcher Now, Teri Hatcher, is playing a role in her first Disney film, Disney Planes. Hatcher plays Dottie, a female mechanic who keeps her high-flying friends in the air with her service station, “Dottie’s Fill ‘n Fly.” With her family a fan of the film, “CARS,” Hatcher still remembers when the film was first released. When talking to Hatcher about her role in the film, “Planes,” she talked about how Disney animation has played a role in her family life. She talked with us about how her family would go camping every year, and bring along an old-fashioned DVD player to watch Aristocats. “We would watch Aristocats at night with our S’mores,” said Hatcher. “Like all great Disney movies, they took...

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Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided Summer might be coming to an end, but the produce is fresher than ever. I had been traveling all week, and the first thing my kids asked me when I got home was, “What’s for dinner?” I knew that I had two hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce still in the refrigerator and a couple of ears of corn that I had planned on making elote with before my trip, so I put everything I had in my garden and refrigerator together to make this refreshing summer corn salad – and it was delicious! The best thing about this recipe is that you can add the hatch chiles into a portion of the dish, leaving a “bland” salad for your picky eaters. After mixing all the ingredients, I put a small amount aside for my picky eater and...

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Mexican Avocado Toast Recipe

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Samples Received One of my favorite things to make the kids for breakfast is avocado toast. The breakfast dish is packed full of nutrition and helps the kids get a healthy start to their day. The only downside is that avocado toast can get a little boring when eating it multiple times a week, so I decided to put a new Mexican inspired twist on my avocado toast recipe. The fresh hatch chiles in my refrigerator from Melissa’s Produce and bread from La Brea Bakery helped to inspire me to make this recipe. The toast has a nice kick to it, and not too spicy for my picky eater. The minute that the kid’s tastebuds sunk into my Mexican avocado toast, they were in heaven…and asking me for more. If you like avocado toast, you’re going to ‘love’ this...

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Universal Studios Jurassic World Run

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

On the heels of the successful launch of its new mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off its next Running Universal program with the JURASSIC WORLD Run. The two-day event begins on Saturday, November 16 with a 5K, along with the all-new 1K Kids’ Raptor Run, and continues on Sunday, November 17 with the first-ever 10K run. Jurassic World Run Event Details To experience the ultimate “runner’s high,” participants can register with the Play All Day package, which invites JURASSIC WORLD fans to run it, then ride it. On your mark, get set, go: the JURASSIC WORLD Run takes fitness buffs, runners and walkers alike (of all fitness levels) on 5K and all-new 10K run, both geared towards guests ages 5-years and older, while the all-new Kids’ 1K Raptor Run targets those between the ages of...

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Tackle Box Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Join Tackle Box in celebrating its One Year Anniversary! On Saturday, August 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., guests are invited to Orange County’s favorite coastal pub to enjoy an array of delicious deals to honor the occasion. All day long, pints of beer will be just $1 and the first 50 people in attendance beginning at 3:00 p.m. will receive a free order of Co-Owner, Head Chef, and Top Chef Alum, Brian Huskey’s infamous potato taquitos. The fun continues from 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. with the launch of monthly Saturday night DJ sets, featuring upbeat tunes from DJ’s Paolo, Collector, Joel DeMarzo, Fusion Grooves, and 1st Nature. Stop by on August 24th to enjoy tasty specials and performances by professional DJ’s and be sure to come back for Tackle Box’s Saturday Night DJ events taking place...

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School of Rock Open House for Special Needs Rockers

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Do you have a kiddo with special needs? School of Rock in Huntington Beach is hosting some amazing classes for your kids. Plus, they are having an open house where parents can come and learn more about the program before registering their children. Open House Details August 24th from 12pm to 3pm 18584 Main Street Huntington Beach, Ca 92648 Class Details Class A: 60 minute class 7 Students, low support (no support person needed) Class B: 45 minute class 5 Students, mid-support (support person can be added if needed) Class C: 30 minute class 3 Students, support needed (support person required initially) Questions If you have any questions, please call the School of Rock in Huntington Beach at...

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Bring Your Dogs to The Queen Mary for Doggie Paradise

Posted by on Aug 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Queen Mary is pleased to debut an afternoon of doggie delight at the all-new Doggie Paradise on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doggie Paradise offers a day of fun for all four-legged friends of any size or breed. Dogs can dive into doggie splash pools, make souvenirs for their owners at our arts and crafts stations, roll around in a ball pit, or get pampered with a freshly washed coat and manicured nails at the on-site mobile grooming stations. Visit the Bark-eology Tent to get a front row seat to educational workshops every half-hour. Among the educational workshops, Tranquil Pet will offer a unique demonstration focused on Reiki Healing, a technique which reduces feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression among dogs. Educational workshops will also be available for Pet First Aid, Pet CPR, Training...

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Brunch at Lit Cafe OC

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

We dined at Lit Cafe as a guest One of my favorite things to do is going out for brunch. With all of my favorite dishes being breakfast foods, I am always looking for a fresh new place to dine out. Lit Cafe Chef Erica Tjangnaka The one thing that had me eager to dine at Lit Cafe was knowing that the talented chef, Erica Tjangnaka is the pastry chef. Chef Erica is one of the most well-known pastry chefs in the world. She is known for some of her incredibly talented work at ST Patisserie Chocolat, the St. Regis Hotel, and more. Lit Cafe David Fujimura Plus, there is chef David Fujimura, who is a culinary genius. He has been a significant part of the success of many Orange County restaurants including Marche Moderne, Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine, and...

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Irvine Spectrum Center Back to School Block Party Bonanza

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Gear up for the new school year at Irvine Spectrum Center’s Back to School Block Party on Saturday, August 17th. From 12pm – 4pm, enjoy entertainment and activities throughout Spectrum Center. Irvine Spectrum Party Activities DJs and live entertainment Fall fashion displays Activities for little ones, including oversized chalkboards by the carousel for decorating Custom embroidery with any denim purchase Custom monogramming by Pandr Design Co. with any shoe and/or backpack purchase Plus, from 6pm – 9pm, end the night with live entertainment from HIATUS, Hanna Eyre + the Ashleys, and DJ Ricky Rocks. When Saturday, August 17, 2019 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Block Party and Shopping Activations 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Evening Entertainment Where Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine, CA...

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End of Summer Movie Nights

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the final movies for the annual OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series on September 6 & 13 at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Wrap up the last couple weeks of summer with free family-friendly movie screenings overlooking the Pacific Ocean. September films include Lilo & Stitch and the classic surf documentary The Endless Summer. Both events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase and will offer free pre-movie entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. For more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com. Summer Movie Dates Friday, September 6 Movie: Lilo & Stitch (2002, PG) Pre-Show Entertainment: Polynesian Dance Performance Friday, September 13 Movie: The Endless Summer (1966, NR) Pre-Show Entertainment: Acoustic Surf-Rock Performance Location Salt Creek Beach 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy...

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Saddle Up For the 19th Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo will celebrate 19 years of elevated rodeo competition on August 24 and August 25 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Featuring the best of the best cowboys from across the world, the top 30 contestants will compete for a purse totaling more than $180,000. Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo is committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life and continues to carry on the tradition of ‘passing the hat’ in support of a sick child or needy friend, with all proceeds from the Rodeo benefiting local charities. The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo will feature seven events Saddle Bronc Riding One of the oldest events, the roots of Saddle Bronc Riding reach back to the Old West when ranch hands would show...

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The Trequel Continues with Descendants 3

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

The saga of good and evil continues with the recent release of Descendants 3 on DVD and digital. The series is one of my kid’s favorites, and after the tragic loss of Cameron Boyce, the movie means more than ever to my teens. About Descendants 3 Disney’s most infamous villains – Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as the villain kids or VKs) return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new bath of villainous offspring to join them at the Auradon Prep. A barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle. Next, Mal resolves to close the barrier permanently, fearing the nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon, and it’s up to Mal and the...

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Meet Angel’s Pitcher Andrew Heaney at the OC Zoo

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

OC Parks and Angels Baseball have teamed up to provide kids and families with new activities and educational programs during the 2019 Angels Baseball season, including a visit from Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney to the OC Zoo on Saturday, August 17th! Enjoy a live animal presentation with Andrew Heaney in front of the OC Zoo. Following the presentation, Heaney will take photos with children inside the OC Zoo. He will be available for photos for one hour, one photo per group please. There will be no autographs. Animal and baseball lovers who attend in Angels gear will receive free admission to the OC Zoo and half off train tickets at Irvine Park Railroad. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Join OC Parks, the OC Zoo, and Angels Baseball for a morning of family-friendly fun, animals, and photo ops with Andrew...

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Family-Friendly Dining at Farmer Boys

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Dining, Family | 2 comments

We dined at Farmer Boys as a guest There are so many choices when it comes to selecting a place to dine out with your family. But, few are 100% family-friendly and offer a wide variety of food. Let’s be honest. When you have a family, everyone wants something different to eat for dinner. One of my family’s newest favorite places to eat is Farmer Boys. Family-Friendly Ambiance The restaurant has a relaxed environment, so the kids don’t have to stress about needing to sit quietly at the table. It feels like home when dining in their restaurant. Families can easily order from the front desk, and the staff will bring the food to your table when it is ready. Food Options When it comes to the menu, there is something for everyone. The menu features breakfast, salads, and...

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Make a Splash at Aquatica San Diego

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Events, Featured, San Diego, Summer | 0 comments

We visited Aquatica as a guest Our summer weather is finally heating up. We discovered the best place to cool the kids down from the summer heat at Aquatica San Diego. The water park features thrilling rides, adorable animals, and endless family fun. Aquatica San Diego Attractions One of my kid’s favorite attractions was Tassie’s Twister. The ride features a multi-person raft that sends riders into a massive six-story funnel. My favorite was the Loggerhead Lane, which is a relaxing lazy river where I let all of my daily stresses drift away. Then, there is the Big Surf Shores massive wave pool. My kids felt like they were at the beach as they splashed and jumped through the waves. Cabanas The best way to experience Aquatica San Diego is by renting a cabana. With the cabana rental, you have...

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San Diego Symphony Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

We visited the San Diego Symphony as a guest The Star Wars series is one of my kid’s all-time favorite movies. They have watched them all a million times, and it always feels the like first time, every time that they watch one. When I learned that the San Diego Symphony was going to be doing The Empire Strikes Back in concert, I immediately went online to get tickets. San Diego Symphony Concert by The Bay Location The concert is part of the Symphony’s summer concert series. They have multiple performances throughout the summer right on the bay at the Embarcadero Marina Park in San Diego. We arrived at the venue and the location is absolutely beautiful. Families were gathering together at the food court while enjoying snacks and beverages before the performance began. Seating As the sun began...

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Summer Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Featured, Summer, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

We visited Universal Studios Hollywood as a guest One of our favorite summer traditions is to spend a day at Universal Studios Hollywood. This summer is extra special because the theme park just debuted the all-new attraction, Jurassic World—The Ride! Universal Studios Express Pass The most important things that I recommend when visiting Universal Studios during the summer months is to get the express pass added to your tickets. With the express pass, you’ll be able to experience almost all of the attractions at Universal Studios. The pass allows guests one-time express access to each ride, attraction, and seated show. Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Light Show When we first arrived at Universal Studios, we began our day exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We were immersed in the magical world where we flew high in the sky...

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MTOC Mary Poppins is a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Good Time!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Looking for a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious good time? Then look no further than Musical Theatre Orange County’s (MTOC) production of Mary Poppins. Each year Lori and Mitch Atkins along with their talented team bring to life a Broadway caliber musical extravaganza. How do I know this? Well my family and I have been going for over 6 years which means it’s officially our family’s tradition to go to MTOC’s summer production! Through the years I’ve gotten to know Lori Atkin, co-founder of MTOC and even stalk the MTOC Instagram so around February I knew what show was coming up. Having seen their production of Mary Poppins in 2015, I wondered how and if the production would differ, happy to say that not only was the show different, but it also blew me away. First they broadened on the story line giving...

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Sounds of Summer at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

Laguna Playhouse presents four extraordinary Summer musical experiences that celebrate the songs and music of four legendary musical icons; Buddy Holly, Huey Lewis & the News, Earth, Wind and Fire and The Carpenters with SOUNDS OF SUMMER, beginning Wednesday, August 7 and continuing through Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse. The “Sounds of Summer” Shows at The Laguna Playhouse The Rave-Ons – The Music of Buddy Holly August 7-11, 2019 Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and get ready to “Rave-On” with America’s number one Buddy Holly Tribute band. Todd Meredith & the Rave-Ons will give you some “Good Rockin’ Tonight” as they play a host of familiar classics, including “That’ll be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Laguna audiences will remember Todd Meredith from his starring role in the hit...

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Celebrate National Avocado Day at Puesto

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In honor of National Avocado Day on Wednesday, July 31st, Puesto is offering up a free guacamole to any guest who orders a pitcher of its perfect margaritas. This offer is available all day at both Orange County Puesto locations. Puesto has three types of guacamoles to choose from: Classic, Puesto Perfect and Nogada. Puesto Perfect has the unexpected addition of Parmigiano-Reggiano, while Nogada features the Classic topped with pomegranate arils, mango, chile de arbol and candied walnuts. Puesto has SEVEN margarita varieties to choose from, starting with the Puesto Perfect (blue agave reposado, fresh squeezed lime juice, organic agave nectar) to the Cilantro (blue agave reposado, fresh cilantro, jalapeno and a touch of dry curacao) to the Fruit Cart (Don Julio Blanco, mango, pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, chamoy and Tajín). Find Puesto’s full menu, addresses and hours online at...

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Empower Your Teens at The KiP Conference

Posted by on Jul 29, 2019 in Events, Parenting | 0 comments

Mark your calendars because the KiP Conference is coming to Orange County this summer! The KiP (Knowledge is Power) Conference is a speaker symposium that serves to empower teenage girls over the age of 16 by offering tools and insight as for what to expect as they prepare for young adulthood. Taking place on Saturday, August 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the KiP Conference will host guest speakers who will focus on topics including finance, relationships, personal safety, drugs and alcohol, wellness, and self-preservation. About KiP Conference All women are invited to attend no matter if they are venturing off to college or embarking on a different journey. Regardless of the path, all guests are guaranteed to leave with a plethora of valuable life knowledge along with an in-depth understanding of how to comfortably + confidently conquer...

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Queen Mary Offers $10 Ship Admission After 6 PM

Posted by on Jul 29, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Queen Mary proudly offers “QM After Hours”. Explore the ship from bow to stern, inside and out, and hear unique stories, facts, and insights about the Queen Mary for only $10 after 6 p.m. Get an up close and personal look at the Queen Mary with one of the unique guided tours, or indulge in a delectable cuisine and cocktails at one of the three signature restaurants aboard. Queen Mary Evening Tours and Dining Dining with the Spirits Hours: Fridays & Saturdays at 7 p.m. Paranormal Investigations Hours: Friday & Saturday at 11 p.m., Sunday at 10 p.m. Paranormal Ship Walk Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 8-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 8-10 p.m. & 9:30-11:30 p.m. (limited capacity). *For guided tours, please proceed to Tour Center on level 4 just off the Main Hall. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior...

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Bringing Your Own Food into Dodger Stadium

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

We visited Dodger’s Stadium as a guest Everyone knows that a Dodger Dog is a must when visiting Dodger Stadium. But, when you have a large family, concession food prices don’t always fit into the family budget. Dodger Stadium is helping to make a day at the ball field affordable for families by allowing guests to bring in their own food. Recently, I attended the big Dodger’s vs. The Angeles game, and decided to stock up on food and snacks at Smart & Final before the game. I purchased a reusable cooler at Smart & Final, and then picked out all my kids’ favorite snacks to enjoy while watching the ball game. I was able to get all our food for the game (to feed my kids + my friends kid for less than $20!) If we were to...

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Ha Ha Goes Ska Ska for the 10th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Brew Ha Ha Productions is proud to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of its namesake event with a full lineup of famed Orange County Ska bands for attendees to “skank it up” while sipping on unlimited tastes of over 160 bubbly ales on Saturday, September 7 from noon to 7 p.m. at the sprawling Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. The all-star musical lineup includes The Aquabats, Save Ferris, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Suburban Legends, Skapeche Mode and Codename Rocky. Brew Ha Ha Event Details The 10th-anniversary event will feature a curated selection of over 80 craft breweries serving unlimited tastes of over 160 limited edition, rare, collaborative and fan-favorite brews. Paying homage to its roots, Brew Ha Ha will highlight Orange County’s vibrant craft beer scene with local breweries including Artifex Brewing, Bottle Logic, Pizza Port, and Riip Brewing. Regional...

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Mexico’s Children’s Music Artist: Sonia De Los Santos

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Entertainment, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

Acclaimed children’s music artist Sonia De Los Santos opens the 2019-2020 Family Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts September 21 and 22 in Samueli Theater. Born in Monterrey, Mexico and described as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” by Billboard, De Los Santos performs positive, multicultural, music that delights and engages families. Singing in both English and Spanish, her messages of joyful community, music-making, and cultural bridge-building inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. Her songs are inspired by various Latin American rhythms hailing from Mexico, Colombia and Peru as well as the North American folk traditions and reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico and moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and, in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. Tickets are $20 and are available online at...

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Y’OUR Skin Personalized Skincare

Posted by on Jul 27, 2019 in Beauty | 0 comments

Sponsored by Y’OUR Skin When it comes to caring for my skin, I only use high-quality products. Recently, I was introduced to a new skincare line. It has left my skin soft, clean, and looking years younger. Y’OUR Skin is a personalized skincare routine. Since everyone has different skin and needs a different kind of routine they have taken the guesswork out of finding the perfect product and customizes it for each client. How Y’OUR Skin works They take into consideration your age, skin type, living environment, stress, and other factors and use artificial intelligence to identify the best skincare regimen for you. Their formulas use ingredients that have gone through extensive testing and trials, ensuring the most natural and effective products for your unique skin. First, take their skin quiz Their skin quiz is designed to find the...

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Shredquarters: Week-Long Pop-Up Skatepark Experience

Posted by on Jul 27, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The California Milk Processor Board Puts Milk ‘On Deck’ and Down the Half Pipe Via New Brand Initiative “Bones Love Milk” & Immersive, Week-Long Pop-Up Skatepark Experience The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creator of the iconic got milk? and toma leche campaign, is launching a new effort, called “Bones Love Milk,” dedicated to educating youth on the real benefits of milk as “nature’s energy drink” – in an unconventional way, via an immersive, pop-up skatepark experience, showcasing how milk can deliver the strong, healthy bones that skateboarders need in order to bounce back onto their boards quickly after a hard fall. The “Bones Love Milk” Shredquarters, an indoor pop-up skatepark experience will feature a week-long program (July 27 – August 4) of skate events including daily open skate sessions, pro tutorials and a Street League watch party. WHEN...

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Don’t Miss the OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema Film Series

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. Enjoy summer nights at your favorite regional parks with free concerts and movie screenings in a family-friendly atmosphere. August films include Back to the Future, Mary Poppins Returns, The Jungle Book, The LEGO Movie 2, and The Princess Bride. August concerts feature The White Buffalo, Room at the Top, Sweet & Tender Hooligans, Tijuana Dogs, Family Style and Lit. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. Sunset Cinema events will offer free pre-movie entertainment for the whole family. Dates and times vary per series; for more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com. WHEN: OC Parks Sunset Cinema August Dates ● Fridays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6 –10...

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D23 Expo: Marvel Unveils Thrilling New Experiences for Fans

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

With only one month left until Disney’s highly anticipated D23 Expo in Anaheim on August 23–25, Marvel announced a thrilling show floor lineup that includes guest appearances and panels, stage events, exclusive merchandise, and more! Inside the Marvel Studios Pavilion on the show floor, fans can step inside the action of Avengers: Endgame via a D23 Expo-exclusive video experience, and tour the costume gallery to see costumes worn by characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Throughout the weekend, Marvel Studios will host panel conversations with filmmakers and artists, as well as special talent signings inside the Pavilion. Fans can test their encyclopedic knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with daily trivia games for prizes.    Showcasing an array of new experiences for guests around the world to enjoy for years to come, the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” Pavilion...

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Fun Festival of Arts Events

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Exciting events coming up next week include Russell Ferrante and Bob Mintzer’s performance at Concerts on the Green on Saturday, July 27, free with $15 Festival admission. The Art, Jazz, Wine, and Chocolate event is sweetening the summer on Thursday, August 1 for $20 admission in addition to $10 Festival admission. We can’t wait to see you at some of these fun events!! Weekend Nightly Music Schedule Dates/Times: July 5 – September 1 Daily at 5:30pm Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission Saturday, July 27: Greg Manning Sunday, July 28: Quarteto Nuevo Concerts on the Green Sponsored by Cambria Estates Winery Russell Ferrante and Bob Mintzer from the Yellowjackets Date: Saturday, July 27 Time: 1 – 2:30pm Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission). Multi-Grammy winning pianist...

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You’re Invited: Kaleido Kids Carnival

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival returns to the Mission Viejo center on Tuesday, July 30 from 11am to 2:30pm. Tickets are $10 per person, with all games and activities included, and all proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. The Carnival has raised nearly $56,000 for the non-profit over the last seven years. The Carnival will feature various games, balloon art, face painting, costumed characters, photo opportunities, and a DJ. A benefit for Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire, Carnival tickets are $10 per person all inclusive (children two and under are free) and should be pre-purchased through www.Kaleidokidscarnival.eventbrite.com. Guests who bring a new backpack or new toy (no guns please) to donate to Make-A-Wish will receive one free raffle ticket for a chance to win a Kaleidoscope family gift basket. Raffle tickets for the prize...

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Mexican Street Corn ‘Elote’ Avocado Toast

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Avocado toast is the key to my heart. I eat it almost every morning, and I love experimenting with different toppings. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about Mexico and have been craving authentic elote (aka Mexican street corn). I’ll never forget the time that I drove my kids from La Paz to Todos Santos for lunch. We were sitting at a cafe when my kids heard the bell from an elote cart. I blinked, and they were gone. Running after the elote cart to get a taste of delicious elote. The bell from an elote cart in Mexico is pure magic. I recently got some fresh and ripe avocados and serrano peppers from Melissa’s Produce. The minute that I opened the avocados, there was no bruising, and I couldn’t wait to sink my tastebuds into them. The...

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The Magic of The Lion King

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We saw The Lion King as a guest of Disney The all-new live-action Lion King captures your interest in so many ways. The movie is mesmerizing with all of the music and characters, and you do not want ever to take your eyes off the screen. I enjoyed watching the film and singing along to my favorite songs and laughing at all the jokes Pumbaa and Timon made. I used to watch this film with my children when they were younger all the time, so sharing it with them when they are teenagers is a real treat for me as a mother. The film is done entirely in CGI and animation technology except for on scene. I have yet to figure out what that scene is, but maybe when I watch it again, I can find it. The technology...

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World Premiere of Disney’s The Lion King

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the premiere of Lion King as a guest of Disney My daughter and I have always had a very special and close relationship. As she has become a teenager, it has been harder than ever to keep that relationship the same as it was when she was younger. While we attend many events and travel together, there is one type of event that brings us close together again, and that is at Disney premieres. Whenever I get an invitation to a Disney premiere, my daughter and I begin shopping for the perfect dress. We spend days together walking around shopping malls, having endless lunches together, and reconnecting. Sometimes, I am guilty of taking longer than usual to find the perfect dress just so that we can have more afternoons to spend together. The Lion King has always...

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Ensalada con Nopales: Delicious Cactus Salad Recipe

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

I can’t stop having fun experimenting with fresh cactus (nopales) from Melissa’s Produce. After making nopales con huevos (cactus and eggs) for breakfast, I then made a fresh and delicious cactus salad for dinner. The salad was fresh, delicious, and packed full of nutrition to fuel my kids growing bodies. It was very simple to make and is perfect for your next summer barbecue or potluck. Plus, if you have a picky eaters like me, it is super easy to hide the nutritious cactus in this recipe – mine didn’t even know it was in the salad. Preparing the cactus (nopales) is super simple. There are three different ways to prepare the cactus, but I choose to grill the cactus for this recipe so that it would have a smoky flavor. Also, feel free to add more of your...

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Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Events, Halloween | 1 comment

For the first time ever, Sony Pictures’ classic film, Ghostbusters, is coming to “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood – bringing the most memorable scenes, characters and supernatural spirits from one of pop culture’s most iconic films to life in immersive mazes based off the 1984 classic at the nation’s premier Halloween events, starting this September. Ghostbusters has entertained generations with its comedic yet frightening tale of four paranormal investigators on their quest to eradicate supernatural threats from creating chaos throughout New York City. As the film marks its milestone 35th anniversary, guests will have the unique opportunity to live the action and terrifying scares they have seen in the hit film when it comes to life at Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” in Hollywood and Orlando. In each maze, guests will follow in the footsteps of the...

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The Magic Behind Bringing The Lion King to Life

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the Lion King event as a guest of Disney The Lion King is one of the most beloved Disney animated movie. I fell in love with the movie all over again when first getting an opportunity to see the all-new live-action film at the world premiere. The one thing that I loved about the movie was how they respected the original storyline and added some incredible new music. After seeing the film, I couldn’t wait to learn more about the making of the film while talking with the cast the next morning. I arrived in LA early excited to find out what went into making the movie so special. Just when we thought the cast was going to come out on stage, we were in for a big surprise. Lebo M (African Music Consultant / Performer) along...

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Celebrate Santa Ana’s 150th Birthday

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

In honor of the City of Santa Ana’s 150th birthday, you are invited to partake in a re-enlivening of the Santa Ana Historic Street Breakfast, a civic tradition that dates back to 1928. Join us for GIGANTIC ENTERTAINMENT, homemade chilaquiles, good ol’ fashioned pancakes or even Vegan migas and stick around for arts and crafts, Santa Ana merchandise, micheladas, historic re-enactments and dress-up for our group photo, special guests and speeches, sing the City happy birthday, live music and dancing, visit with the mounted police’s horses, meet town founder William Spurgeon, lotería games, fun kids zone and more! This event will bring together Santa Ana for an epic community-building event and celebration of our city. Group tables are available for businesses, neighborhoods and non-profits. ABOUT THE FOOD > Chilaquiles will be provided by Chef Richard Espinachio, Caged Chameleon Catering...

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Hello Kitty Summer Carnival

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Hello Kitty Cafe at Irvine Spectrum Center is hosting a Summer Carnival on Wednesday, July 24th! Hello Kitty herself will make a rare public appearance for a meet & greet with fans! Parents and children can enjoy: Hello Kitty Cafe lemonade stand Cotton candy station Fun games such as corn hole, wheel spin, ring toss & bean bag race A balloon artist will fashion special Hello Kitty creations Live DJ Photo opps with Hello Kitty! This will be a ticketed event with limited spots available for two time slots on Wednesday, July 24th: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.to 4 p.m. Tickets will be $10 per child and can be purchased online. Location: Irvine Spectrum (Near the Giant Wheel) 860 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine CA 92618 Date: July 24th at 1pm, 2:30pm and...

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Nopales Con Huevos Recipe: Cactus & Eggs

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Have you ever had nopales (aka cactus)? Well, now is the time to try it. Nopales Con Huevos is one of my favorite breakfast dishes to enjoy while in Mexico, and after getting some fresh cactus leaves from Melissa’s Produce, I couldn’t wait to make it at home for my kids to enjoy. Nopales Con Huevos can be prepared many different ways. When in Mexico, it is usually offered at an omelet station where guests of the restaurant can add their favorite vegetables to the dish. Nopales can also be prepared three different ways, but pan-fried or grilled is my favorite way to enjoy it. While boiling is the most traditional way to prepare the cactus. Don’t be intimidated when it comes to preparing the cactus leaves. It is super simple, and only takes a couple of minutes. Once...

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SoCal Summer Movie Night at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Movies al fresco on special SoCal summer nights have returned for the fifth year at Hotel Irvine’s always entertaining The Backyard. On Saturday, June 29, the whole family and everyone young at heart can roll out blankets to see “Captain Marvel” harness her special superpowers in this superhero film and PG-13 “Crazy Rich Asians” is being screened on Thursday, July 25 – the perfect flick for the gang, couples and dates, taking them on an outrageous trip to Singapore. The chef’s popular hot-off-the-grill BBQ returns, along with movie snacks, wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. The stars under the stars begins with a pre-movie DJ, and the extra-special Movie Night VIP Experience allows front row seating, a bottle of bubbles and more. Admission wristbands work at the all-night Happy Hour post-movie in Red Bar and Lounge. Movie Night in...

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4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Go Little Tokyo’s 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo returns to the heart of Downtown Los Angeles for two days on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th and features over 20 exclusive events including all-new interactive workshops, tastings, and demonstrations curated for first-time foodies and culinary enthusiasts alike. Taste, experience, and indulge during Delicious Little Tokyo, Los Angeles’ largest annual Japanese culinary weekend. The foodie festival features two days of delicious food harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo, celebrating the diversity, cultural traditions, and of course, food of the historic neighborhood! Sample, explore, and discover, with friends and family, all Little Tokyo has to offer including tastings by participating Little Tokyo restaurants, hands-on culinary workshops, live cooking demonstrations, sake and beer food pairing classes, and more, exclusively available during Delicious Little Tokyo weekend. When: Friday, July 19 from...

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