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Celebrate Hatch Chile Season at Smart & Final

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Events, Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored by Smart & Final It is the most delicious time of the year – hatch chile season. Guess what? Your family is invited to a special family event at Smart & Final in Orange. Come celebrate Hatch Pepper season with Smart & Final for a Hatch Chile Roasting Festival! Plus, there will be live roasting at the Orange location. Come and learn the secrets to a perfectly roasted Hatch Pepper, ideal for salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. Get the chile’s while they’re hot-they’re only in season from August to September! Hatch Chile Celebration Date Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 p.m. Location Smart & Final 1401 E Katella Ave. Orange, CA 92867 Smart & Final was so generous to share this tasty recipe to make for your family after getting hatch chiles from the event....

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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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Greatest Gifts to Buy During Black Friday Sales

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

There are some gifts everybody waits years to get. Sometimes, you can wait a lifetime to get gifted, so it’s essential to look out for you. Nowadays, it’s more important than ever to treat yourself, along with your loved ones, and Black Friday is about the most opportune time to make this happen. Black Friday occurs only once a year and the discounts extended in stores are super bargains. Black Friday refers to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and is celebrated globally on the fourth Thursday of November. Here are some of the greatest gifts to buy on Black Friday. Luxury Bags Black Friday That pricey, beautiful luxe handbag you’ve always wanted is finally on special offer, most probably at its most affordable all year round! Splurge on them while you can for your husband, girl friends, daughters, everybody...

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The Challenges of Distance Education: Evaluation

Posted by on Oct 23, 2020 in Education, Family | 0 comments

In this article, we want to explore the area of assessment in a remote and asynchronous learning environment. We present several strategies to address the three most important challenges in distance assessment: Student mindset, structure/content, and logistics/technology. How to Design Assessments to Ensure that Student Work is Authentic? Strategies Consider using performance evaluations where students demonstrate their new knowledge in a product, such as an investigation, portfolio, project, Assignment, experiment, prototype, or even a real situation like write my essay. Since performance reviews are often multi-part and more realistic, teachers report feeling a greater degree of confidence that the products are genuine. When performance evaluations are completed in stages with small deliveries of the product throughout the entire assignment, the teacher has the opportunity to witness the progress of the learning and progress of the assignment. Customize your performance...

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Halloween Fun for the Family at Scarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Discover creepy creatures as you wear your costume at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright. Everyone is invited to explore outdoor exhibits in search of the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific during its Scarium-themed weekend October 23 to 25, 2020. Guests can enjoy spooky décor and creepy creatures on these special days. You can see lorikeet birds eating pumpkins, and look for pumpkins in the animal exhibits, such as the June Keyes Penguin Habitat and mudskipper exhibit. The Aquarium is inviting everyone to wear family-friendly costumes when visiting during Scarium of the Pacific. Islands is providing Kids Free Meal certificates each day of Scarium to the first 200 children in costume as they enter the Aquarium. The outdoor exhibits currently open to the public at the Aquarium include various exhibits where...

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Savory Plates of Goodness at Ironwood Cellar

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Dining Partner I never hesitate when I’m asked what my favorite dish is at Ironwood Cellar, Pillows of Heaven! It’s much easier to find it on the menu as Sweet Corn + Roasted Garlic Agnolotti but after the burst of flavor-filled bite, I’m certain you will feel the same. Pillows of Heaven for the win! The warm Agnolotti pasta is drizzled with the most delicious mixture of Preserved Lemon, Sonoma Goat Cheese, Basil, and Pistachio Brown Butter. As I write this I’m thinking of my next visit. Ironwood Cellar is known for a delightful menu created by Chef Robert Barth; his dishes are often fueled by what is available from local purveyors. I love when a restaurant creates dishes based on those ingredients and then allows the creative energy to flow; at Ironwood Cellars it shows! Thirsty? Ask for...

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Georgia’s Introduces BREAST BUCKET for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and Anaheim Packing House will be offering a special new Breast Bucket & Sides all throughout the month of October 2020 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help increase awareness and support! The Georgia’s Restaurant new Breast Bucket & Sides features a 6-Piece Bucket of Boneless Chicken Breasts (all white meat) and Choice of Two Sides including selections such as their signature Collard Greens, Garlic Rice, and French Fries for just $20 all month long. Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange will be offering their “Breast Bucket & Sides” special for Outdoor Patio Dining, Takeout, Delivery and Curbside Pickup throughout the entire month of October 2020. Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange is open every Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm, and every Friday...

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Bistango Monday Night Jazz Series

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Bistango and Sunset Jazz at Newport have continued their Monday night jazz series into fall, with some amazing award-winning musicians gracing the wonderful patio at Bistango. October 12th Join us as we continue our Sunset Jazz series at BISTANGO: Autumn Al Fresco Mondays. Called “brilliantly entertaining” by Downbeat and considered “magic” by Mel Torme, don’t miss this iconic and award-winning jazz clarinetist and saxophonist on the Bistango’s patio. Tickets & Info: www.bistango.com ; call (949) 759.5003; or email [email protected] October 19th Join us as we continue our Sunset Jazz series at BISTANGO: Autumn Al Fresco Mondays. On the third Monday of the four very special October Monday evenings of Jazz and Cabaret, we will be hosting the husband and wife team of Calabria Foti and Bob McChesney, as they perform the greatest songs from the Great American Songbook in...

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Cute Car for Teen Drivers: Chevy Bolt EV

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Autos, Family, Featured, General Motors | 0 comments

Are you looking for an affordable (and cute) car for your teen driver? We recently drove the 2020 Bolt EV and found it to be a top pick for your teenager’s first car. The best part – your teenager won’t be coming to you for gas money, because it is a fully electric vehicle! Let’s start by talking about the best part of the car – being electric. I have never driven a fully electric vehicle before. Plus, being known for frequently running out of gas, I was nervous I would run into similar problems with a low battery. That was something I did not have to worry about at all. When I returned home every evening, I would plug the car in, and it was fully charged and “ready-to-go” the following morning. When I took the car to...

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Golf “Fore” Blind Children’s Learning Center

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

As many golfers already know, golf has been one of the few sporting refuges available during the pandemic. Blind Children’s Learning Center in Santa Ana is proud to partner with 19th Hole Golf Productions to host this year’s Dr. Frank Villalobos Fall Classic at Aliso Viejo Country Club. This physically-distanced event will be held on Monday, October 19 and promises to bring participants closer than ever before to BCLC’s mission – to prepare children with visual impairments for a life of independence through early intervention, education, and family support. For $300 per individual registrant and $1,150 per group of 4, you’ll be able to enjoy Aliso Viejo’s stunning greens while providing life-changing services to the children in our community who need it most. For those who are unable to attend the in-person event, a number of sponsorship opportunities are...

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LEGOLAND California Treats Kids to a Bricktacular Halloween

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Events, Featured, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Fall is a time for costumes, treats and family fun, and even though LEGOLAND® California is still awaiting approval to open, the Resort is joining in the festivities with an outdoor experience of its own…Introducing: Halloween in Miniland! Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during October (Oct. 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30 & 31) the Park’s Miniland U.S.A becomes a not-so-spooky Halloween destination filled with activities, tasty treats and one of a kind LEGO® Halloween décor inviting families to wear their favorite costumes and have safe fun. Halloween in Miniland features character meet and greets, a Miniland scavenger hunt, LEGO building activities, and, of course, a goody bag filled with candy and a LEGO surprise! Families can enjoy savory food options at Smoke House BBQ and NINJA Kitchen and satisfy sweet cravings with LEGOLAND California’s world-famous Granny’s Apple Fries. The treats...

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5 Iconic Skyscrapers to See NYC from Above

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in New York, Travel | 0 comments

There is a lot to see and do in New York City, but one of the must-see’s is the skyline of the city from above. With so many skyscrapers, you have plenty of options to choose from to get different perspectives and appreciate the different architecture of the buildings as well. So for your next trip to the city, here are 5 iconic skyscrapers in NYC to check out and see the city from above: The Empire State Building The Empire State Building is one of the first buildings that many people think of when they imagine New York City. Built in 1931, it held the title of the tallest building for about 40 years surpassing even the Chrysler Building. Fun fact: It only took 14 months to build the Empire State Building during the Great Depression! The Chrysler...

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Daphne’s Debuts New Shawarma and Power Bowl

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Daphne’s, the fresh and wholesome fast casual restaurant known for its nutritious menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, has introduced two limited-time bowls that cater to vegan and protein-focused diets. The vegan-friendly Power Bowl and nutrient-dense Shawarma Bowl are available now through December 31, 2020 at all Daphne’s restaurants across California. Both bowls highlight Daphne’s Mediterranean roots and authentic flavors while also providing healthy, nutritious options for an active lifestyle. The Shawarma Bowl features chicken shawarma, seasoned basmati rice, black beans, roasted vegetables, a chili cream sauce, and is served with a warm pita and garlic sauce. The Power Bowl is a vegan and vegetarian-friendly option packed with seasoned garbanzo beans, spring mix greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red cabbage, kalamata olives, tabbouleh, and served with Daphne’s signature hummus, warm pita, and garlic sauce. For exclusive promotions and loyalty rewards, join the Daphne’s...

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Support Girls Inc. of OC: My Virtual Reality Luncheon

Posted by on Sep 29, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The strong, smart, and bold young women in our community have faced a number of challenges as a result of this year’s unpredictable events. Luckily, there’s a way to invest in their futures and support academic programs without leaving your home! Join Girls Inc. of Orange County at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16 for the nonprofit’s “My Virtual Reality” Luncheon. This livestream event will feature (for the first time ever) Girls Inc. girl host, Bella, a sixteen year old advocate and ambassador, an online auction, and the chance to virtually meet other strong, smart, and bold girls who participate in Girls Inc. of Orange County programming. These girls will engage with the audience and share their inspiring ‘virtual reality’ stories. All attendees will also receive a delicious, celebrity chef and locally-inspired lunch delivered right to your door to...

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The Magical Powers of the Mexican Cantera Fire Opal

Posted by on Sep 29, 2020 in Crystals, Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

While spending the afternoon exploring Joshua Tree, I couldn’t resist visiting the popular Joshua Tree Rock Shop. Knowing that it would be a little pricey based on the location, I ended up finding a unique hidden treasure that was priced just right – the Mexican Cantera Fire Opal. This crystal is a master healer, and quite rare to find. Especially with rainbow hues. It is usually found in specialty gem stores. Priced at just $20 for a thumbnail-sized gem, I was so excited to add it to my crystal collection. There are a couple of different types of fire opals, but this one is mined in the Mexican states of Queretaro (my favorite state), Hidalgo, Guerrero, Michoacan, Jalisco, Chihuahua, and San Luis Potosi. It is a national gemstone treasure in Mexico. This stone has magical powers and helps to...

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Taste of Japan is BACK with a Delicious Pop-up

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Taste of Japan is BACK, with delicious food and drinks! Join us for the ultimate Japanese street food pop-up from 12pm to 2pm Wednesday, September 30th in Long Beach. Plus, the fun continues on October 4th from 12pm to 4pm in Anaheim. Support local Southern Californian businesses while enjoying a fun, safe, experience of Japanese culture. Pre-order instructions available online at www.tasteofjpn.com . Social distancing will be enforced and masks will be required. Pre-order and timed pickups will ensure for minimal lines and maximum distance and deliciousness! September 30th 12pm to 2pm Burger Daddy 149 Linden Ave Long Beach, CA 90802 Get a Taste of Japan with yakitori, ramen and other delicious street foods from the island nation from eateries including Tsujita Artisan Noodle (LA), Tanota Takoyaki (LA), and Drinking Buddy Japanese Artisan Snacks (Long Beach). The event is...

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OC Fair Food Drive-Thru extends into October

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The OC Fair drive-up food fun will continue through October, making the fall even sweeter for fans of delicious fair fare. The Fair Food Drive-Thru will take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 25 at OC Fair & Event Center. New hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. There is no parking and no entrance fee. Guests drive up and order from the vendors and some take credit cards only. Concessionaires remaining through October are Dole Whip, Funnel Cake, Roasted Corn, Juicy’s, Fried A Fair and Who Fried the Cheese. On Oct. 2, these vendors will be added to the lineup: Australian Battered Potatoes, Chicken Charlie’s, Kettle Corn, Mom’s Bakeshoppe, Pink’s Hot Dogs and Old Tyme Ice Cream. And JP’s Old West Cinnamon Rolls joins the...

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Live Music at SOCO + The OC Mix

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Get ready to jam (or unwind) during SOCO’s new live music series which kicked off on Saturday, September 12 at The OC Mix in Costa Mesa. As summer comes to an end and we welcome the new autumn season (along with cooler weather), you can enjoy an added layer of relaxation while shopping or dining at any of the center’s award-winning eateries, boutiques, or design showrooms. Every Saturday now through October 24, SOCO will host live acoustic sessions featuring musical guests Clif Miller and Jimmy Beall Music during the weekend Farmer’s Market. Check out the full schedule below, and don’t miss our exclusive “Designer Tag Sale” event the weekend of October 3-4, where you’ll find discounts on the best brands in home furnishings, design, and décor, and can enjoy special offers from a variety of restaurants + retailers. Good...

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Autumn Equinox ‘Mabon’ Gratitude Jar

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

Yesterday, September 22nd at 9:31 am EST, was the autumn equinox (aka Mabon or second harvest). It is a time to be thankful for a harvest of summer and prepare for the coming winter. In celebration of the equinox, I took the time to express my gratitude by making a gratitude jar. Supplies Needed Glass jar Gratitude list Dried citrus Pinecones Acorns White candle Cinnamon stick Gravel or dirt Love and an open heart Directions Gather all the items into a glass jar Everyone writes their gratitude list and puts it inside Place the jar in the center of the table or alter. Light the white candle and take time to think about what you’re grateful for. What is the Autumn Equinox Equinoxes have been celebrated for generations, and it has a very specific and powerful spiritual meaning. The...

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The Hairs of Venus: Golden Rutilated Quartz

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Crystals, Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

While looking for some Moldavite, I stumbled upon a cute little store in San Clemente where I ended up spending a couple of hours with the owner looking over his unique crystal collection. Two of the crystals that I was immediately drawn to were the Golden Rutilated Quartz (aka The hairs of venus) and the Red Rutilated Quartz (aka red hair quartz). The Golden Rutilated Quartz is a powerful healing stone with vibrations to help you with connecting with angels. The minute that I held the stone, I could feel its calm and loving vibration. It is very uplifting and joyful. It will help you with infusing light into your energy field. Healing Properties Filters negativity Stimulate hair growth Aid with respiratory wellness Balancing of your heart Cleans and energizes Strengthen motivation/willpower The combination of the quartz and rutile...

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BRUXIE Returns to its Roots as it Re-Opens in Old Towne Orange

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

What started out as a single 400-square-foot location nearly a decade ago in Southern California’s historic Old Towne Orange is now experiencing a rebirth as BRUXIE re-opens its original location on Tuesday, September 22nd. BRUXIE gained instant widespread recognition for presenting a creative and unique take on The Sandwich, going on to become one of the most successful and innovative fast casual dining concepts. The investor group behind returning BRUXIE to its roots is led by Gordon Miles, the Founder & Chairman of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurants. Gordon grew Bubba Gump into an operation with annual sales of over $200 million comprising 32 casual seafood restaurants (including 10 in six countries outside the US) before successfully selling the business to Landry’s Restaurants in 2010. BRUXIE’S UNIQUE APPEAL BRUXIE’s unique appeal hinges on using a light, crispy version of...

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FREE drive-in Screening of “RBG” at Tustin’s Mess Hall

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

Tustin’s Mess Hall, a new chef-driven food market, partnered with the Santa Ana-based independent movie house, Frida Cinema, to offer Dine-In, Drive-in Movie Nights every Tuesday at 8PM. In honor of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the two concepts have come together to offer a special, FREE drive-in screening of “RBG,” the Oscar-nominated documentary on September 30th. The screening will begin at 8PM and guests may arrive starting at 6PM to secure their spot and dine with participating restaurants (TBA) inside Mess Hall. Ticket information and further updates about this event will be added to https://thefridacinema.org/ in the coming days. Date and Time of RBG Screening September 30th 8pm (arrive at 6pm) Location Mess Hall 1705 Flight Way Tustin, CA 92782 About Mess Hall Mess Hall is home to 10 innovative, chef-driven concepts and hosts a variety of socially-distanced...

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Amphibole Quartz aka Angel Phantom Quartz

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Crystals, Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

When driving along the coast with a friend, we decided to see if there was a crystal store in town. We were passing through Carlsbad and noticed that there was a crystal shop that we had not yet visited, so we made a quick stop to check it out. After learning that it was in the heart of Carlsbad Village, we both had the perception that it would be more of a boutique store, and that the prices would be super high. To our surprise, our perception was wrong, and we ended up discovering one of the biggest hidden gems in California. We ended up spending a couple of hours exploring the unique collection of crystals that the owner had, and one of my favorites that I was extremely drawn to was the Amphibole Quartz aka Angel Phantom Quartz....

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How to Keep Your Furniture Safe from the Kids (and Vice-Versa)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in Parenting | 0 comments

Children are a joy and lots of fun, there energy and exuberance contagious. Children are also generally rambunctious and really bad at not breaking things, and it’s not always there fault. Youth means less developed motor functions, and that means clumsiness. This tends to become apparent in the teen years when puberty starts causing kids to drop stuff randomly. It can also mean a hard time keeping the furniture in good shape. This question probably brings to mind grandma’s squeaky sofa covered in a plastic force field. While effective for the prevention of stains, it’s not very comfortable. This solution’s other major drawback is it doesn’t work for wood furniture. Wooden furniture requires special care to avoid stains, dents, and scratches, and making sure it’s safe from the kids is only one concern. Wood can be heavy after all,...

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TCL Presents Golf4Hope

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and TCL is challenging ourselves and our friends to make a difference in the lives of those affected. TCL is sponsoring Golf4Hope, charity golf tournament, to raise money and awareness for a group of families that really needs assistance through the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), an organization with a simple mission to help underprivileged children and their families manage the journey of care that comes with a diagnosis of Cancer. As a longtime supporter of ENF, TCL is pleased to announce our 1st annual Golf4Hope Tournament on October 23, 2020 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, CA. The Tiki/Hawaiian theme event will include golf, lunch, raffle prizes, a silent auction and banquet with proceeds supporting the foundation’s flagship program “Ride With Emilio” which provides free transportation to underserved families who have children...

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Rubio’s Giving Free Chips & Guac on National Guacamole Day

Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

On Wednesday, September 16, Rubio’s is celebrating National Guacamole Day by giving out free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Tortilla chips are also prepared fresh daily with a light sprinkling of all-natural sea salt. Simply enter coupon code MKTG958 for online orders placed at rubios.com or in the Rubio’s app, or present the coupon: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-guacamole-day at any of Rubio’s participating locations. (Guests may only use one coupon per transaction on this day, for either free guac and chips or for Rubio’s Back to School special for a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entrée every Wednesday in September: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/free-kids-meal-purchase-adult-entree.) Rubio’s and COVID-19 Operations at Rubio’s have shifted greatly due to COVID-19. While food safety and cleanliness...

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Halloween at Descanso Gardens

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Believe it or not, ‘tis almost the season for everyone’s favorite gourd—pumpkins! This fall, if you’re looking for a Halloween experience that’s less about frights and more about the joy of the season, then Descanso Gardens has the perfect activity for you. Throughout the month of October, the Gardens will celebrate Halloween at Descanso, a pumpkin-filled extravaganza that invites guests to safely wind their way through socially-distanced pumpkin-themed displays in the most popular sections of Descanso Gardens. Entering through the main lawn, guests of all ages can explore a twisting hay maze or take photos at the Gardens’signature Pumpkin House, made entirely of real pumpkins. From there, they can follow the path to the Camellia Forest, where they’ll know they’re entering a special place, passing under a spectacular Pumpkin Arch. The path through the forest will contain special surprises...

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Patty’s Cakes & Desserts Celebrates 35 Years

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Patty’s Cakes & Desserts celebrates 35 years in business and ten years at its storefront in Fullerton, California. In addition to its regular menu of fresh-baked offerings, the award-winning bakery debuts a full lineup of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes available daily. They recently introduced new flavors like Very Berry Strawberry, Snickerdoodle, Blueberry Pancake, S’mores, and Chocolate Caramel Salty. With nearly 100 flavors of iced-to-order cupcakes available daily, Patty’s Cakes & Desserts offers one of the largest and most comprehensive cupcake menus in the country. In 1985, Patty Gomez started her business as a single mother from her home kitchen. Her passion for baking and cake artistry began as a home-spun hobby and has since grown into one of Orange County’s most established and respected bakeries. Her expertise has earned her bakery national recognition as a nine-time recipient for both...

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Ocean Institute’s First Virtual Maritime Festival

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Garnering support from oceanic institutions worldwide, the Ocean Institute – an Orange County-based ocean education center offering in-depth marine science, maritime history and outdoor education programs – has announced it will replace its annual Tall Ships Festival with its first Virtual Maritime Festival, a multi-layered interactive and educational event featuring a three-day global stream marathon, September 11th to 13th. During this three-day stream marathon, Ocean Institute will bring together maritime establishments from around the globe, with interactive virtual experiences ranging from maritime reenactments and cannon battles to mermaid encounters, sea shanties, music and a sail cargo transporting coffee through the Costa Rican jungle. Featuring both live and pre-recorded content, an event highlight is the debut of “Buccaneers Video Game Challenge” utilizing an icon representing The Pilgrim – Ocean Institute’s former full-sized replica of the 1830’s merchant ship detailed in...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Registration for Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ two schools – American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities will offer live virtual classes starting in September. Attached is a release that talks about Studio D., in particular, and the new features that have been developed in order keep kids (ages 3-22) healthy and secure at home until it’s safe to return to the Center’s studios. Registration is available now. Even though classes are virtual, size has been limited to six people only, enabling teachers and support staffs to give their fullest attention and to engage with their students as much as possible. It’s best to sign up soon. Scholarships are available. We invite your readers and followers to learn more about Studio D. through the information that you can share from the release and...

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How This app Can Protect Your Child from Cyberbullying?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2020 in Education, Family, Tech | 0 comments

We do not have to tell you this, but you probably already know that smartphones and other digital devices are now an integral component of our daily lives. This is particularly true for your child. Someone growing up in an environment where digital technologies are pervasive will consider them to be a normal part of life. However, if you follow the news, you also know that the internet and similar technologies have a dark side as well. For example, parents frequently cite inappropriate content and loss of privacy as the leading dangers but cyberbullying is another serious threat that is overlooked. In this article, we are going to explore this facet and evaluate how a parental monitoring app such as XNSPY can help you deal with the matter. The threat of cyberbullying You probably experienced or saw someone being...

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On The Way to Bass Lake, Don’t Miss the Madera Wine Trail Wineries

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

Central California’s Madera County is the largest rural county in the state and home to the Madera Wine Trail. The landscape stretches from productive farmlands to rolling foothills and upward into the High Sierra. It’s no mystery why this countryside has been winemaking since the 1800s, the weather is warm, the skies are clear and the snowcapped mountain tops nourish the foothills and central valley. “Visitors from across the state are taking notice of the amazing adventures they can find in the heart of California. People don’t have far to travel to find outdoor options that give plenty of space for social distancing. Plus, we have sunshine more than 300 days of the year,” says Rhonda Salisbury, CEO, Visit Yosemite | Madera County. “Not only can people play here year-round, but excellent wine grapes grow here, too. Maximizing a...

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How to Keep Your Family Cool When the Heat Wave Comes to Your Neighborhood

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Events, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

As years get hotter and hotter, it becomes more and more important to keep your whole family cool and safe. Babies, small kids, and teens are all sensitive to hot weather. It takes a toll on everyone. Hot weather is also troublesome for elders, as many of them can experience heat strokes and dehydration. Even those who love the sun know that the heat often rises a bit too much — particularly if you work or reside in places that don’t have air-conditioning. Fortunately, in this post, we’ll share some of the best ways to keep your whole family cool and safe from heatwaves. Fan the Fans Although a bit retro, box and ceiling fans are the absolute tools for keeping your house and family cool if your home doesn’t have air-conditioning. If you place a box fan near...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Diaper Donations

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

OC Rescue Mission has recently announced an urgent need for size 5 and 6 diapers, 3T-5T boys and girls pull-up pants, and baby wipes for its large number of toddlers and young children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility for homelessness in Orange County. The organization is seeking help from the local community to provide a combined total of more than 21,000 diapers, pull-up pants and wipes, which will provide a month’s worth of supplies lasting through September. Donations have fallen significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. “The pandemic has been extremely difficult on our community, and donations are more critical now than ever before,” says Palmer. “While diapers are a continuous need at the Rescue Mission, we are currently experiencing an alarming...

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Locca Churros & Tea Introduces DIY Boba Kits

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

South County’s favorite boba shop, Locca Churros & Tea, has good news for boba tea lovers, as they have launched a DIY Premium Boba Kit. The family-friendly activity provides a box with the boba and a variety of tea to make as many as 16 drinks. Available in-store at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo or on Locca’s website for $35 per kit, the “Daily Joy” Boba Kit contains Organic Earl Grey, Organic Matcha, Premium Jasmine Tea, a package of boba/tapioca pearls, and eight boba straws. The “Classic” Kit contains organic black tea, organic earl grey lavender tea, and premium jasmine tea. These three tea variants contain caffeine. Boba lovers can make their own milk tea by brewing one of the teas in the DIY kit, then adding milk, whether it is oat milk, lactose-free milk, almond milk, or regular milk....

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Yoga on Tap

Posted by on Aug 25, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Yoga is a powerful practice and important to our minds, bodies and souls, but sometimes we can take it a bit to seriously. Haus of Show is here to help you remember to crack a smile when you’re standing strong in your tree pose. Our Haus is built on the philosophy that fitness can be fun, experiential yet still provide healthy benefits. We bring outdoor workouts such as yoga, surfing and SUP to our OC communities for all levels at an affordable price. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Malarky’s; Helmsman Ale House to bring you “YOGA ON TAP”, a 1hr Vinyasa Flow offered every other Tuesday evening from 6pm-7pm on Malarky’s new outdoor grass patio. And of the course, serving up a pint of ice cold Helmsman Ale to each of our yogis. How do you practice...

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No Fair? Mutt Lynch’s Introduces OC Fair-inspired Foods

Posted by on Aug 18, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Mutt Lynch’s has introduced a menu inspired by the funky foods found at the OC Fair. Available for a limited time, the special menu sees the addition of iconic Fair favorites, including Giant Turkey Legs and Deep-fried Oreos. When the OC Fair was canceled this year for the second time in its over-130-year history due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Mutt Lynch’s found a way to keep its magic alive with a special menu recreating some of the Fair’s most iconic dishes. Mutt Lynch’s is offering the following OC Fair-inspired foods which will be available through Labor Day: Giant Turkey Legs – jumbo smoked turkey leg fit for a king, served with your choice of dipping sauce German Pretzel – giant, pillowy pretzel served with whole grain mustard & queso two ways Corn Dogs – a dozen mini corn dogs...

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OC Rescue Mission Seeks Community’s Help as the New School Year

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

OC Rescue Mission has announced an urgent need for funding to provide long term distance learning for its 61 homeless children living at its transitional facility, Village of Hope, for the 2020-2021 school year, which begins in less than two weeks. This urgent need follows Governor Newsom’s recent order to convert all Orange County schools to distance learning models for the upcoming school year, according to Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. The Orange County Rescue Mission plans to convert existing office space into classroom environments, as well as bring on one full-time, credentialed teacher and two teaching assistants to support the high number of children living at the Rescue Mission. To donate and help bring a quality educational environment to these homeless children, please visit https://www.rescuemission.org/distance-learning-campaign/. For questions about donating, please call (714) 247-4343. About Orange...

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Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach Expands NEW foaVIRTUAL

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The celebrated Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is proud to continue to fulfill its mission and support local artists with the recent expansion of the non-profit’s latest digital initiative. The new 3D immersive online gallery, foaVIRTUAL, now allows guests the unique opportunity to listen to audio from participating artists as they explore and purchase artwork from over 120 Festival of Arts exhibitors. As virtual guests navigate around the gallery, or take a guided art tour, select artists now offer voice recordings that share details on their backgrounds, careers in art, and even stories behind the artwork on display. Artists like watercolor painter Kirsten Whalen offer audio that expands on her current series on display, and photographer Jeff Rovner reveals hidden details in his display, which is dedicated to artificial intelligence. Rovner’s audio describes that each photograph of a...

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Raw Bar by Slapfish Offers $1 Oysters on National Oyster Day

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Seafood lovers have something to celebrate on National Oyster Day when Raw Bar by Slapfish offers $1 oysters on Wednesday, August 5, from 12 to 9pm. Guests who purchase one dozen of the sexy bivalve mollusks will also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to enjoy on their spacious outdoor patio. Raw Bar will serve a variety of east coast and west coast oysters on the half shell with shallot vinegar, grated horseradish, and cocktail sauce. Widely known as an aphrodisiac, oysters are also high in protein, zinc and B12. The Surf City restaurant also recently launched a summer special of fresh Maine lobster and unveiled a new cocktail menu. The 1.25 lb. whole poached Maine lobster is available chilled and stuffed with more lobster and served with a split top butter roll or served hot with Raw Bar’s...

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