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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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Jurassic World Live Tour Roars into SoCal This Summer

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Brace yourself for a new species of live entertainment 65 million years in the making! Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans, will be debuting in SoCal this summer playing Honda Center in Anaheim from July 9–12 followed by STAPLES Center in Downtown LA from July 17–19. Sign up today to become a Jurassic World Live Tour Preferred Guest at JurassicWorldLiveTour.com to get exclusive access to advance pre-sale code to purchase tickets early starting tomorrow Tuesday, January 28 to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on February 4. With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life with dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus Rex more...

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The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration began on Saturday, January 25 and will be offered on weekends through March 1, plus selects dates. The limited time event welcomes fans of all ages to join in on the excitement with family-friendly options for guests to play and interact with the PEANUTS Gang throughout the park. The celebration includes interactive character experiences, new festive PEANUTS inspired décor, vibrant comic strip photo opportunities including a never-before-seen photo backdrop in Camp Snoopy, a new PEANUTS Character – Spike, live shows, festive merchandise, and all-new themed seasonal food offerings. On Tuesday, January 28, the new Build-A-Bear Workshop will be opening in the California Market Place located behind Virginia’s Gift Shop and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Build-A-Bear is a global brand that kids love and parents trust, it’s a location where guests can create customizable furry...

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Now Open: Mainspring Family Wellness in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Health, Parenting | 0 comments

A few years in the making, Mainspring Family Wellness has today announced that it will be opening its doors this week. Founded by Dr. Jenna Flowers, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, author, speaker, and mother of three, and Kristen Perlmutter, an educator, philanthropist, and also a mother of three, these two women have created Mainspring Family Wellness to offer local Orange County families a place to find support, belonging, and resources for parenting, and the social and emotional development of children. Dr. Jenna and Kristen met about seven years ago at one of Dr. Jenna’s highly sought-after Conscious Mothering classes. From there, the two stayed in touch and knew that there was a strong need in the local community to find deeper connections and information in a non-judgmental environment. They wanted to create a place where parents could...

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Share the Love at Lido Marina Village’s Valentine’s Day Pop-Up

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day is typically thought of as a day to celebrate your significant other, but it is also an opportunity to have fun with the whole family and shower them all with love! On Saturday, February 8th, from 11 am – 2 pm, Newport Beach’s Lido Marina Village invites OC residents and visitors to enjoy a Valentine’s Day Pop Up on the Lido Deck. This sweet day by the sea will include fun events and activities for kids and families, ensuring that everyone has a great time spreading the love. LOCATION 3434 Via Lido Lido Deck Newport Beach, CA 92663 ACTIVITIES Alison Bernier Photography will be on-site taking photos of your sweet little Valentines with a beautiful balloon and flower-filled set styled by @beijoseevents from 10 am -1 pm. No reservations required Sign up the day of the event...

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‘World’s Biggest Bounce House’ is Set to Inflate in Orange County

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

The Big Bounce America, home of the Guinness certified ‘World’s Largest Bounce House,’ rolls into Orange County, California, from Saturday, February 8th through Sunday, February 16th at Silverado’s Oak Canyon Park. Produced by XL Event Labs, The Big Bounce America tour is the biggest touring inflatable event in the world and includes four massive inflatable attractions. Bouncers of all ages will celebrate as the 2020 tour continues to push the limits on family-friendly entertainment! Bouncers will rejoice as new twists for the 2020 tour include: The expansion of ‘The World’s Biggest Bounce House’ by 30-percent as it now towers over 13,000 sq. feet! Sport Slam, The Big Bounce America’s newest inflatable attraction, a customized sports arena filled with goals, nets, hoops, and balls of every size! Also, returning this year is The Giant, the 900-foot-long obstacle course with over...

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You’re Invited: Curry Up Grand Opening Celebration

Posted by on Jan 24, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Curry Up Now, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Indian fast casual concept known for its innovative Indian eats, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its first Southern California restaurant in Irvine at 922 Spectrum Center Drive on Wednesday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. The restaurant, which is best known for its iconic Tikka Masala Burritos, Deconstructed Samosas, Sexy Fries, Naughty Naan, Indian street food and more, will celebrate the opening by offering a free burrito or bowl to the first 100 guests in line. Curry Up Now began as a food truck in 2009, founded by husband and wife duo, Akash and Rana Kapoor, and ably supported by co-founder and Senior VP of Operations, Amir Hosseini. Since day one, Curry Up Now has been on a mission to serve Indian flavors and ingredients in a way that is...

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How to Get Kids to Love Vegetables

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in Family, Health | 0 comments

Begging your child to eat a single piece of broccoli is practically a rite of passage for any parent, since kids are notoriously picky eaters. However, there is much at stake when it comes to your eating troubles, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that around 60 million American children aren’t eating enough vegetables. While it may be challenging, it’s crucial that your child doesn’t miss out on the myriad of nutritional benefits found in veggies. After all, it’s our duty as parents to give our children the very best. Read on to find out how you can get your kids to both eat and love veggies! Plant a Vegetable Garden With the wide array of food options available at the grocery store, it’s easy to get tempted to buy junk. This is why you should consider building a vegetable...

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Wifi That Goes the Distance with Panoramic Wifi Pods

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Cox Partner Anyone with teenagers in their home realizes the struggle of keeping everyone connected online while at home. In my busy house filled with three teenagers, when everyone is home, I would often find it hard to stream anything online. I would have one child gaming, another streaming a movie, one online working on homework, and their dad streaming a movie using a Fire Stick. The worst part is when one teenager cannot stream something because they are out of reach from our wifi signal. That was until we got the Panoramic Wifi Pods from Cox Communications. The pods are the best invention ever created. I was able to find the best places to set-up the pods in my house using the Cox Communications website. Then using the app, I was able to have them working within just...

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Five Sparkly Dresses to Make Your Date Night Sparkle

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Beauty, Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership When was the last time you went out on a date night? Make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to plan a romantic date night once a month. Surprise your spouse by showing up for dinner in one of these sexy sparkly dresses from Femme Luxe that will make your night sparkle! Grey Glitter Side Tie Mini Dress $38.99 Shine like a disco ball in our Grey Glitter Side Tie Mini Dress. We are in love with the luxe glitter material. This classy side tie design can be perfectly team with strappy heels. Pink Glitter Clear Strap Wrap Mini Dress $27.99 Get glit this weekend in our Pink Glitter Clear Strap Wrap Mini Dress. Featuring a clear adjustable strap with zip back and plunge front to maximise your assets. Wear with some black perspex heels and a...

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20 Free Events at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 1 comment

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is gearing up for a spectacular 2020, from world class performances by internationally renowned dance companies and hit Broadway shows, to musically absorbing seasons of chamber, jazz and cabaret – there’s something for everyone on their stages. And that’s just the beginning. With the new decade comes even more FREE entertainment for the community outside on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. We asked you on our social media polls, and you answered! Your favorite Plaza events are returning, Silent Disco, Summer Jazz, and Tuesday Night Dance, all will grace our Plaza this year. 2020 Free Events at Segerstrom Center for the Arts Mardi Gras Saturday, February 15 6:00 – 9:00 PM Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll on the Argyros Plaza as we celebrate Mardi Gras in an afternoon...

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You’re Invited: Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch Open House

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Hoag Partner Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch will provide the community with a clinically integrated health and wellness solution to help you attain, maintain and celebrate good health. The community is invite to attend the grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 25 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join us to meet the physicians, tour the facilities, participate in health screenings, sample health foods, learn about the Hoag Lifestyle Program and enjoy activities for the family. Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch will offer comprehensive primary and speciality care supported by wellness services – all under one roof. Services include: primary care, women’s health, sports medicine, urgent care, imaging, physical therapy, pediatrics, a lab and speciality care. One of the unique features at Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch will be the Hoag Lifestyle Program – a highly personalized health and...

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LIT Café Book Drive for The Boys and Girls Clubs

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

This holiday season + beyond, join LIT Cafe in giving back to the local Anaheim community! Beginning on Thursday, December 19 and running through Friday, January 31, the restaurant will be hosting a book drive that serves to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress. Guests are invited to dine at the restaurant and enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch with the opportunity to bring in new or used book donations for children and teens ages 5 to 18. Plus, anyone who donates a book will receive a goodie bag of Ms. T’s Sea Salt Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies! Not only is this book drive a great way to support a local Orange County business + enjoy some tasty cookies, but it’s also a fantastic way to give back to the youth in the local community. LIT...

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Introducing Stargirl Coming to Disney+

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a set visit for the film as a guest of Disney In honor of Grace VanderWaal’s 16th Birthday today, Disney+ has released the trailer, first look photos and key art for “Stargirl,” a tender and offbeat coming-of-age story starring the singer/songwriter in her film debut. “Stargirl” premieres on Disney+ on March 13. The film is directed by Julia Hart and also stars Graham Verchere, Karan Brar, Maximiliano Hernandez, Darby Stanchfield and Giancarlo Esposito. About Stargirl “Stargirl” from Disney+ is a tender and offbeat coming-of-age story based on the critically-acclaimed, New York Times’ best-selling young adult novel about an unassuming high schooler who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the free-spirited new girl, whose unconventional ways change how they see themselves…and their world. Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere) is an average student at Mica High School. He gets decent grades,...

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What Makes You Smile?

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

Thank you to Smile Generation for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own What makes you smile? There are so many reasons to smile. Days when the sun is shining, your kids have a good day at school or just simply getting a hug from a friend. One of my favorite things is to see my kids smile. The minute that their shiny white teeth show, it always brings a smile to my face. One of the most important things for parents is to care for their children’s smiles, and Smile Generation is helping to make dental care easier than ever. After having a terrible experience as a child at the dentist, I spent most of my life fearful of going to the dentist. Plus, I would find myself going way past the...

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Chillin’ In the New Year with SOCO’s New Kids Club

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Calling all creative kiddos of Orange County! SOCO + The OC Mix now has a Kids Club launching this month that will bring fun events and interactive programming to the center all year long. The very first event will be held on Wednesday, January 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and the fun will continue throughout the year on the third Wednesday of each month. This all-new Kids Club invites children ages 6 months & up and their parents to take part in various creative + hands-on activities! Every event will offer a live story reading, music + dancing, and a fun craft. What’s more, families will have a chance to enjoy a number of discounts from participating SOCO + The OC Mix retailers (details below) and each Be part of this memorable launch event and celebrate by...

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Dining at The Boardwalk in Huntington Beach

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Dining, Huntington Beach | 0 comments

Partnership While enjoying a winter staycation at The Waterfront Beach Resort, we loved the resort so much that we did not want to leave. While there are multiple dining options within walking distance of the resort, we decided to have dinner at the family-friendly hotel restaurant, The Boardwalk. We arrived at the restaurant early, and my kids could not wait to start eating. My favorite thing about The Boardwalk is the incredible service. The staff was friendly upon arriving, and the server, Sara, took her time to ensure all our needed were met. Her level of service far exceeded our expectations for the evening. Dinner began with the lamb flatbread and lobster macaroni and cheese. The flatbread was a hit with the kids. It featured arugula pesto, merguez sausage, arugula lemon oil, and pecorino. The kids savored every last...

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2020 Orange County Lunar New Year Events

Posted by on Jan 10, 2020 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

It’s the first Lunar New Year of the decade, and the year of the rat! There are multiple fun family Lunar New Year events happening around Orange County to celebrate the holiday with your family. Lunar New Year at Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618 Date: February 1, 2020 Time: 12pm – 2pm Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat at Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, February 1 from 12pm – 2pm. Activities to take place in the Giant Wheel courtyard include: Chinese dragon dance Lion Dance Greeters distributing fortune cookies* Lucky envelopes* Arts & Crafts* Entertainment *while supplies last / weather permitting Cost: Free Outlets at San Clemente Oak Tree Court 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente, CA 92672 Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The...

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Luxurious Theatre Experience at Cinemark

Posted by on Jan 9, 2020 in Events | 1 comment

Partnership One of my favorite things to do with our children is going to the movies. I love the popcorn, the experience, and spending quality time with our children. Over the years, local theatres have become rundown, and the movie-going experience has changed. When I learned that the Cinemark theatre in Orange recently underwent a major renovation, I could not wait to see a movie. I waited until a special movie was released, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and I planned a date to take the kids. The first thing that I loved about the Cinemark movie experience was how easy it was to get tickets. I downloaded the app, purchased tickets using the app, and selected reserved seats within the theatre. There was no waiting in long lines at the theatre. We simply walked in, got our...

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Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge Opens in Rancho Mission Viejo

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge, helmed by Executive Chef Paige Riordan has opened its doors in Rancho Mission Viejo on Monday, January 6th. With the luxe and allure of old Hollywood, the modern speakeasy combines elevated comfort cuisine and East Coast classics balanced with West Coast ingredients and influences. At 2800 sq. ft., the restaurant boasts modern black and white decor with gilded trimmings and glimmering accents. A large 14ft window, which gives guests a glimpse into the exhibition-style kitchen, takes center stage in the dining room. Framed by a trio of floor-to-ceiling arched mirrors, the focal point of the restaurant is its 16-seat grey quartzite bar lined with luxurious grey velvet chairs. An East Coast native, Riordan has cooked in some of New York’s most prestigious restaurants including Reynard at The Wythe, widely recognized for bringing farm-to-table cuisine to...

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When You Want To Go Out, Check Goldstar First!

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Affiliate Goldstar helps you explore all the fun live events your city has to offer. From concerts to theater to special seasonal events, Goldstar’s mission is to help you find great live events that fit your passion — and your budget. At Goldstar, you’ll find tickets at a variety of prices, including many at 50% off or more, and even complimentary tickets to a variety of fun events (you just pay a small service fee). And when you want to splurge on the best seats to the biggest shows, Goldstar’s got those, too. With Goldstar, you can: Earn points with each ticket you buy Goldstar Rewards is a fun, easy way to earn points and unlock rewards each time you buy tickets to live events. Getting started is easy — just buy tickets to start earning points today. Goldstar...

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Bruxie Gets Its Wings in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Best known for its Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches, Bruxie now offers Chicken Wings in three flavors – Original Seasoned, Spicy Red Rub, and Gung-Ho Glazed. The large, meaty wings have been given the full-on Bruxie flavor experience: an overnight marinade in buttermilk, hand-breading in Chef Kelly’s own spice blend, and then fried to order, never pre-cooked. The wings are offered in the following flavors, along with a choice of Bruxie’s 7 dipping sauces: Original Seasoned The original Chef Kelly spice blend that launched a thousand Bruxie fried chicken sandwiches. Spicy Red Rub A dry rub mix of Chipotle Chile for an earthy heat, Smoked Paprika for a hint of smoky outdoor flavor, and a bit of Cayenne Pepper that adds a punch of latent heat. Together the spices provide depth of flavors that are rarely found on chicken...

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Awaken180° Menu at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, with locations spanning coast to coast, has partnered with Awaken180° Weightloss to offer guests the ease of ordering healthy meals within the program’s dietary guidelines. Taking weight loss while dining out to the next level, Awaken180° blends the science of weight loss, ease of meal preparation, and frequency of meals with support and accountability. The program provides users with 80% of their daily food, but what happens when you need a night out or have an important business lunch? Davio’s Awaken180° Menu offers guests an array of entree selections, as well as appetizers, salads and even dessert! The Awaken180° Menu is available at all Davio’s locations for lunch and dinner. Davio’s Awaken180° Sample Menu Antipasti Sautéed Asparagus, Black Pepper, Olive Oil *2 oz Beef Carpaccio, Arugula, Capers, Lemon, Olive Oil *Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Mustard Shrimp...

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Disneyland Resort Ticket Offers for Kids and SoCal Residents

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Disneyland Resort is kicking off the new year with exciting new experiences and special vacation values, and now is an ideal time for families to visit with limited-time ticket and hotel offers available at the resort’s two theme parks and three hotels in Southern California. Guests can book now and save on magical visits to enjoy new shows and attractions, annual festivals and world-class entertainment at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, along with Disney-themed accommodations at the resort’s on-property hotels. Special Ticket Offer for Southern California Residents For a limited time, Southern California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks for $67 per day with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Park Hopper options also are available. The tickets are available for purchase Jan. 7 through May 18, 2020. Eligible guests may purchase...

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Asian Street Eats at Downtown Disney

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

Robert Earl, Chairman and Founder of Planet Hollywood International, Inc. and Earl Enterprises, is thrilled to announce a partnership with acclaimed Chef Hung Huynh, to create new restaurant concepts with Pan-Asian influences and Chef Hung’s distinctive culinary style. The first concept Chef Hung has developed for Earl Enterprises is the fast-casual ASIAN STREET EATS BY CHEF HUNG HUYNH, featuring a crowd-pleasing menu consisting of pot stickers, scallion pancakes, and rice bowls all offered with a variety of protein, fillings and dipping sauces, with a wide range of beverages rounding out the menu. The first ASIAN STREET EATS opened at LAX in the Tom Bradley terminal in September with an abridged menu. The newest location at Downtown Disney® District in Anaheim, California, opens today with the complete menu offered. Hung Huynh, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, will oversee Asian Street...

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Taste of Mexico at Red O at Fashion Island

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Dining, Newport Beach | 0 comments

Partnership Red O has been on my list to visit for many years. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that while I love living in Orange County, my heart is in Mexico. When I got invited to attend brunch at Red O at Fashion Island, I jumped at the chance to get my first taste of the popular dining destination. I invited a friend to join me. The minute we arrived, we embarked on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. The minute that we arrived at the restaurant. I felt like I was swept into my favorite restaurant in Mexico City. Live music was playing, people were laughing, and delicious food was abundant awaiting guests. The only downside to having brunch early at Red O on Sunday morning was that there is only the buffet...

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Build-A-Bear Workshop is Opening at Knott’s Berry Farm

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Knott’s Berry Farm is starting the year off with plenty of surprises for 2020, beginning with the opening of a brand new Build-A-Bear Workshop on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The new store will be located in the California Market Place, behind Virginia’s Gift Shop and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Build-A-Bear is a global brand that kids love and parents trust, it’s a location where guests can create customizable furry friends. To honor the park’s Old Western theme, the new location will feature an exclusive line of customizable cowboy, cowgirl and train conductor themed bears. To tie in with the park’s Seasons of Fun events, custom products and limited edition accessories will also be available for the furry friends starting off with a special t-shirt on opening day. A special Build-A-Bear and Knott’s Berry Farm photo-opportunity will be displayed...

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The Perfect Little Black Dresses for Moms

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership One of the essential things to have in your closet in 2020 is a collection of “little black dresses.” It doesn’t matter that we are moms now, we should all be taking at least one night a week to ourselves up, and remind ourselves of how beautiful we are. For years after having children, I never dressed sexy anymore. I felt that because I was a “mom” that I had to dress kinda like an old lady. Guess what? That is not true. Over the past year, I have been working on self-care, being kinder to myself, and loving the body I have. Dressing pretty is one of my favorite things to do for myself. Along with being a mom, there is not a lot of room in the budget for a fancy (or expensive) wardrobe. I have...

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Five Self-Care New Year’s Resolutions for Moms

Posted by on Jan 1, 2020 in Family, Health, New Year's Eve, Parenting | 0 comments

Like many busy moms, I always hear the same thing. “You need to take more time for yourself.” This statement is easier said than done. Over the past couple of months, I have been focusing a lot of my energy on self-love and self-care. Guess what? I wish that I had started years ago. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, everyone has a list a mile long. While most have a list focused on weight loss, self-care is by far more important. Because once you begin taking better care of yourself, you’ll naturally lose weight. Plus, you’ll find yourself happier, less stressed, and able to enjoy the little things in life. These are five daily simple self-care practices that I began before the New Year. Caring for your skin Although this seems like an obvious thing to do,...

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Holiday Traditions and Gingerbread at Davio’s Irvine

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by Davio’s The last few weeks of the holidays are so hectic from school events, last-minute shopping, work/friends/family parties, and must do traditions. I try to balance the chaos of the holidays with joy such a hot cocoa holiday lights drives (we drive around the neighborhood after looking at lights while my kids drink hot coco in their pjs), the Nutcracker, an amusement park, gingerbread houses and whatever else I find that is holiday related. For our traditional holiday gingerbread experience, we decided to try someplace new and found that Davio’s in Irvine was hosting an event. Now, if you haven’t dined at Davio’s, then I suggest you do so STAT! Davio’s Irvine serves an array of carefully sourced and seasonally inspired Northern Italian cuisine featuring handmade pasta, fresh seafood, and salads as well as prime...

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No Spoilers! Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Cast Talks Community and Closure

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

I attended the press junket for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker two weeks ago. It was an incredible hour of Q & A with the producer, writer, writer/director, and entire cast. No advance movie screening was held, as is usually the norm for the press in advance of a movie opening. Why? Because this is not any ordinary movie. Star Wars is a community of fans from all ages and walks of life that treasure and protect the cannon of the Star Wars universe as a sacred religion. I am among them. The event was so monumental that it had taken me this long to fully process and try to put into words what I gleaned from the experience as I prepare to see this film. Given that the plot details are under wraps, it allowed producer and...

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United Airlines’ Star Wars-themed Airplane

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Travel | 0 comments

Cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker pose in front of United Airlines’ Star Wars-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, created to celebrate the upcoming film—the conclusion of the Skywalker saga. United worked with Lucasfilm on the exciting exterior design, which features the Resistance on one side of the aircraft and the First Order on the other. Inside the plane, passengers will be treated to custom headrests embossed with emblems of the film’s dueling factions, the Resistance and the First Order. The special-edition Star Wars aircraft will operate for a limited time, and fans can track the plane with its tail number (N36272) on FlightAware, where it will display as a special Star Wars icon. About Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey...

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Winter Solstice in Downtown Santa Ana

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

Discover the enchantment at this family and pet friendly community art walk showcasing 35 vendors of unique handmade gifts, tarot readers, clothing, healers, and apothecaries. Local author, Jamie Della will lead an opening ceremony to honor the Winter Solstice at 5pm. Jamie Della, a practitioner and student of magic and spirituality from around the world for more than twenty years, is the author of eight books. Della’s most recent book, The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft weaves together herbalism, myths, seasons, pagan holidays, tarot, astrology, crystals, moon cycles into a spiritual tapestry that provides comfort, strength and profound connection to each other and Mother Earth. Her spells of manifestation are designed to step more fully into our Divinity and include those for releasing negativity, increasing bliss, healing a broken heart, and finding your Spirit guides. Witches are...

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Holiday Lights Cruises: Newport Beach Boat Parade

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 1 comment

Partner The Newport Beach Boat Parade is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. The Newport Harbor will be twinkling with lights during the celebration, and your family can enjoy the beauty of the season while cruising around the harbor on one of these holiday lights cruises. Newport Landing Cruises Hop on a holiday lights cruise offered by Newport Landing during the famous “Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights” 2019. You’ll travel with the famous boat parade along miles of waterfront estates during each evening of the parade, catching spectacular views of both estates and yachts in full holiday décor with festive light displays. With over 100 years of history, this magical holiday event includes hundreds of yachts, cruise ships and water crafts competing for awards in many categories. “Yahoo Travel” named the Newport...

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Chinese Lantern Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by the Chinese Lantern Festival When I think holidays I think of family, food, and lights. Living in Southern California, we have so many options to experience beautiful holiday lights. Still, one that is new to our region is the magical Chinese Lantern Festival in Pomona at the Fairplex. My family and I were invited to experience this fantastic journey through this year’s theme Blooming Seasons. The Fairplex is located only 25 miles outside of Orange County, and you can get there pretty fast. When we arrived at the Fairplex, it was utterly dark, and my husband questioned if we were in the right place? We kept on driving and driving and seriously I had no idea the Fairplex was so big, it felt as if it were double the size of the Orange County Fairgrounds....

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker World Premiere

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

Brought to you by Disney Last night in Los Angeles, stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Naomi Ackie, Anthony Daniels, Richard E. Grant, Ian McDiarmid, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Billy Dee Williams were joined by director/writer/producer J.J. Abrams and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan for a walk down the red carpet where they greeted enthusiastic fans at the world premiere of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. About Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come. The film...

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“Fiesta Navidad”: Mariachi Los Camperos

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Join us for one of Orange County’s most beloved annual holiday traditions as the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos return to Segerstrom Center with Fiesta Navidad. Filled with music and dance, this colorful celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family. The first mariachi to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the first to have their own dinner show and the first to star in an opera, the Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos are always on the cutting edge, except for Christmastime, when they stick to tradition for their festive holiday show. They’ll be joined by the folklorico group Chiquina Palafox for this special performance at Segerstrom. Location Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall The Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA...

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The Magical Knott’s Merry Farm is Back

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Brought to you by Knott’s Who’s ready for some holiday fun?  I know its only November, but for me, the holiday spirit starts October 1 to January 1, then I go through horrible withdrawals, and the countdown begins again for October 1. I’m not going to lie I go big every year, but because this is the last year in the 10s (I seriously don’t know what to call 00’s, and 10’s can’t wait for the roaring ’20s) I want to end the decade super big!  So we’ve got our list, and one of the tops of our list is Knott’s Merry Farm!!!! Entertainment From live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Fair, lavish holiday decorations, holiday-inspired food, shopping (they have the cutest holiday crafts, ornaments, themed items) and of course, Santa! And of course, no visit to Knott’s Merry Farm...

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Santa HQ: Immersive, Interactive Holiday Experience

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored by HGTV Santa HQ Bring the holidays to life for your children by bringing them to the Lakewood Mall to experience the HGTV Santa HQ. This year, I went to the Lakewood Mall for the holiday experience, and it was one of the most memorable holiday experiences ever. HGTV Santa HQ Features Traditional photo opportunities with Santa Claus, with a variety of photo packages families can choose from. Guests can visit HGTV Santa HQ’s Elf Academy, a new, family-friendly experience that features interactive technology to enhance the entire HGTV Santa HQ visit. The Elf Academy includes the Magic Mirror: Guests can transform into one of Santa’s elves and virtually try on various elf outfits, and Elf-ID: Guests can create their very own customized Elf-ID card using the new Elf-ID app and a “selfie”. Magic Mirror: Guests can transform...

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