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Bring Home Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 2 comments

After walking the red carpet at the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and seeing the film, I was in love. The movie is based on the book, not the ballet, and is a film that families can enjoy watching together for years to come. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms One I saw the film, I couldn’t wait to share it with my children. Before opening night, I read them the books, took them to see Misty Copeland perform at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and even did a fun little craft with them. Then, when they saw the movie, they loved it just as much as I did. Now, the film is available on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray for families to add to their home movie collections. I immediately added the...

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dance Class

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

We attended The Nutcracker and the Four Realms event as a guest of Disney One of the best things about Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is the music. While in Los Angeles a couple of months ago, I went to Pro Dance LA. At Pro Dance LA I got to experience a Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dance Class. The best part, is that it was taught by some of the cast from Dancing with the Stars/Dancing with the Stars Junior. Who you might ask? The amazing, and talented Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten & Gleb Savchenko. Not only are they talented, but so fun to dance with. Dancing at Pro Dance LA The studio is one of the most plush dance studios in Los Angeles. It features beautiful wood floors and head to toe windows. Plus, it...

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Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Books

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Books, Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Affiliate After taking your family to see Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms you’ll want to relive the magic of the timeless classic story at home by reading one of these books with your children or surprise your children by leaving one of these books under the tree this holiday season. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Secret of the Realms: An Extended Novelization This dazzling novel will not only retell the moving story from The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, but half of the book will expand and explore the world of the Walt Disney Studios film with brand-new, exclusive content. Complete with beautiful full-page chapter opener illustrations and never-before-seen details that add new depth to the story, this novel will have readers eager to step into the resplendent world of The Nutcracker and the Four...

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Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Teen Review

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

The Nutcracker is a timeless tale that everybody loves! Ever since I was a child, I have been going to see the classical ballet, and with Disney’s new Nutcracker and the Four Realms I can watch it in a movie theater! One big twist on the film is that it is not based on the theatre performance, but on the book! Before going to see the movie with my little brother, I read the children’s book and painted my nails with the new OPI Nutcracker collection, just to put me in the holiday mood. My little brother and I were super excited for this movie because we both have our own love for Nutcracker story, and know the original story by heart. He might’ve not seen the ballet as many times as me, but we loved it just the...

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Dance of the Realms Children’s Book

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Books, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Copy provided/affiliate featured The Nutcracker is one of my favorite holiday fairytales and when I heard that it was going to be turned into a movie I freaked out! I can’t wait to see the new twist on the classic fairytale. Before going to see it my younger brother had asked me to read him the book, ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Dance of the Realms,’ so we sat down last night and I read the book to him. Neither of us have seen the film yet, but since my mom had got the book, we decided to read it before we see the new movie. The cover of the book is one of the most beautiful book covers with the Sugar Plum Fairy dancing on the front. We started reading the book and were immediately immersed...

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Best Holiday Family Movie: Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I attended the premiere as a guest of Disney My favorite thing to do with my family during the holiday season is to watch Christmas movies. We have a list of our favorite movies, and we watch them over and over again throughout November and December. Earlier this week, I attended the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and it immediately became my favorite holiday movie yet. In the film, Clara (Mackenzie Foy) is presented with a gift, and all she needs is a key to open it. She suddenly finds herself in a parallel universe where she goes on a journey throughout three realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. At the beginning of her journey, she meets a soldier named Phillip who helps her to find the key. Clara...

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World Premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended as a guest of Disney It was a magical start to the week as I curled my hair, put on a fancy dress and went to Los Angeles for the world premiere Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Before going to the premiere, I had the honor of talking with Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland about the making of the film. I then walked over to a festive pre-party where I sipped on a sparkling glass of champagne and participated in all the activities. There were people of stilts walking around the event, a hairdressing station, nail painting from OPI and a candy bar hosted by Ziploc. The room smelled amazing from the Glad candles that were twinkling on all the table tops. When it came to the food, there was salad and sliders, but the...

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Sneak Peek of Disney+ Lady and the Tramp

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Were you watching ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” last night? If not, we are thrilled to share a glimpse of the all-new, live-action “Lady and the Tramp,” that aired last night. The live-action “Lady and the Tramp” will debut on Disney+ when the streaming service launches on November 12th! About Lady and the Tramp In Disney+’s “Lady and the Tramp,” a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home. Life is good for Lady, an overachieving American Cocker Spaniel who resides in an upscale suburban neighborhood. Her owners, Jim Dear and Darling, spoil her daily and her neighbors, Jock, an outspoken Scottish Terrier and Trusty, a world-weary Bloodhound, are always within...

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Hilarious Family Series: Gabby Duran and the Unsittables

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Featured, Television Shows | 0 comments

We attended the event as a guest of Disney. I love watching the Disney Channel with my children. The one thing I love about the network is that I never had to worry about pre-screening a show before allowing the kids to watch it. I always have comfort in knowing that everything on the network is kid-friendly, and aligns with our family morals. Recently, our family was invited to the Disneyland Resort to get a sneak peek of the new television series, Gabby Duran and the Unsittables. When I told my kids about the event, they could not wait (even my teenagers). The kids had already seen the previews on the Disney Channel and were excited to begin watching the new series. The morning of the event, the kids got dressed right away, and we drove to the Happiest...

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Family Fun at Legoland California Brick or Treat Party Night

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Legoland Legoland California Brick or Treat Party Night is a must for children of all ages. It’s the perfect place to go and show everyone’s Halloween spirit. It has the perfect amount of kid friendly spooks and scares, as well as offering adults delicious fall treats to accompany the theme of the evening. Your entire family can dress up in your best Halloween costume and trick or treat throughout the park as you enjoy your favorite Legoland rides with a Halloween twist. Each Brick or Treat station is located with lights, signs, and loads of candy so you can’t miss it. The park has lots of fun activities that they offer. Midnight Monster Jams allows everyone to dance with Lego Lord Vampyre and Lego Mummy Characters as they host a spooky concert. You...

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School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities fall enrollment is now open. The first day of classes on September 9th through November 16th. Spaces are limited and prompt enrollment is encouraged. These classes are designed for all individuals, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, hearing and visual impairments and other complex needs, as well as siblings and individuals without disabilities. What to Expect The classes encourage the students to explore their full physical and creative potential through dance, creative movement, music, and sensory tools. Social skills are also incorporated in the classes and the students build new friendships with their peers. There are daytime and evening classes grouped by age. Class size is limited to 10 students. Tuition Cost Tuition for one...

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Meet Angel’s Pitcher Andrew Heaney at the OC Zoo

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 OC Fair Discounts and Deals

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

There are so many great deals at the 2019 OC Fair that there is a way to experience Acres of Fun for free or at a discount every single day. Here’s how to save: We Care Wednesdays: Each Wednesday through Aug. 7, fairgoers can donate to one of our local nonprofit partners’ supply drives for free general admission plus one carnival ride per person. (Excludes the Titan ride.) The offer is valid from noon to 3 p.m. and donations are accepted at all entrance gates, Blue Gate, Yellow Gate or Green Gate. July 17: School supply drive for Share Our Selves – Donate new school supplies valued at $5 or more. Receipt required. July 24: Canned food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank and OC Food Bank – Donate five cans of food. July 31: Children’s book drive for...

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How to Prepare and Cook Cactus ‘Nopales’

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Guess what one of my favorite foods to eat in Mexico is? Cactus aka as nopales. Every morning, depending on what region I am visiting, I will either have machaca or nopales (cactus) in my eggs. This summer, I went to Puerto Peñasco and found myself in line at the grill to have eggs made with nopales three times. My daughter looked at my stack of plates at the end of breakfast and told me it was time to learn how to make nopales at home. I ordered some fresh cactus paddles from Melissa’s Produce, and the minute that I opened the box, I was slightly intimidated. My daughter grabbed one out of the box and let out a giant “ouch.” And then, she said, “It’s real cactus.” Everyone laughed. Thanks to our friends at Melissa’s Produce, they were...

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Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios to Share Never-Before-Seen Footage at D23

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) are gearing up for an exciting weekend of announcements and presentations—sharing never-before-seen footage—plus interactive displays, artist autograph signings, sharable photo opportunities, and giveaways for 2019’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. This year, Pixar and WDAS will join forces with Disney’s live-action team, creating a thrilling Walt Disney Studios slate presentation that promises to wow Disney fans in Hall D23 with new announcements, surprise talent appearances, and sneak peeks of select scenes from the films. GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m., Hall D23 As a part of The Walt Disney Studios presentation, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee and Pixar Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter will present never-before-seen footage, surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by all-star voice...

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Andrei’s Celebrates 10 Years of Giving with Month-Long Anniversary Fundraiser Benefiting Miracles for Kids

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in July and in honor of this milestone, the Irvine restaurant will be donating 20% of all sales for the month to Miracles for Kids, with the mission to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families in need. In addition to the month-long fundraiser, from July 1st through 13th guests will be able to partake in a special menu of 10 Andrei’s signature items, all priced at $10. The menu features gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian-friendly dishes, a shareable multi-dessert tasting, and the restaurant’s noted Bastille Day Cocktail, which commemorates Andrei’s opening on Bastille Day in 2009. Andrei’s Anniversary Menu EACH ITEM PRICED AT $10 Offered July 1st – 13th Calamari – Flash-Fried Calamari, Garlic, Shallots, White Wine-Lemon Reduction Double Dip Duo – Cilantro-Green Pea Hummus, Avocado Bacon...

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Firkfest: Epic Beer and Nacho Couples Date Day!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

How long has it been since you’ve gotten to spend a day with your husband? If your husband likes either beer or nachos, we have found the perfect date day for the two of you to spend together. Hire a babysitter, and get ready to experience Firkfest together this weekend in Anaheim! Firkfest Breweries 30+ Local independent craft breweries bring 50+ beers made just for the event and guests get unlimited pours. Husband/Wife founder-producer combo Greg and Erin Nagel donate all proceeds to a local non-profit, raising over $55,000 in the previous five years. Firkfest Nachos The festival theme changes often, from last year’s Tiki Beer Festival to this year’s “Firkfest Fiesta!” with local restaurants participating in a chef-driven Nacho-Fest! Firk “Firk” is short for Firkin, a 10-gallon vessel of real ale featured at the event, a rarity on...

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D23 Expo: Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

The Walt Disney Archives returns to D23 Expo with an all-new exhibit, “Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.” From the classic Mary Poppins to this year’s live-action retelling of Aladdin, more than 70 costumes from 55 years of Disney movies and television shows will be on display from August 23–25 at the Anaheim Convention Center during the biennial event, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Guests entering the 12,000-square-foot exhibit will be greeted by “Cinderella’s Workshop,” a gallery featuring the beloved fairy-tale character’s dresses from her numerous Disney incarnations, including 1997’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; the gown worn by Scarlett Johansson for Annie Leibovitz’s 2007 Disney Dream Portrait series; 2014’s Into the Woods; the 2015 live-action reimagining of the animated masterpiece Cinderella; and the ABC hit series Once Upon a...

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Summer Dive-In Movies at Fashion Island Hotel

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

TGIF at Fashion Island Hotel and the Friday night Summer Dive-In Movie nights are back at this SoCal luxe retreat. Film lovers of all ages can sidle up poolside or relax on their own pool floats while sipping specialty cocktails and other beverages and munching popcorn and other yummy snacks. Families, couples and groups of besties are cordially invited. This year’s cinema line-up has it all – dramatic adventure with Aquaman, Top Gun, Captain Marvel and others; family fun with Mary Poppins Returns, Beauty and the Beast and Incredibles 2; romance with Pretty Woman; and comedy with Crazy Rich Asians. Cost is $10 for locals and free for hotel guests. Guests staying at Fashion Island Hotel can enjoy a chic package deal – Luxe Summer Escape, which includes 15% off room rate and a $50 hotel credit for dining...

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Sweeping Ocean Views and Delicious Cuisine at Las Brisas

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

We dined as Las Brisas as a guest of the venue In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Las Brisas has unveiled an entirely refreshed culinary experience. Not only has the restaurant gone through some uplifting changes to their décor, but so has their menu. Michael Gaines, the new executive general manager, is collaborating with the Las Brisas team and has brought his vision of vibrancies to life. The minute that I walked into Las Brisas, I felt like I was transported to paradise. The restaurant features a bright, fresh, and calming surrounding on a cliff that overlooks the ocean. The changes in the décor are also reflected in the menu. Fresh ocean to table dishes, along with some of their most popular eats from the past makes your dining experience just that dining experience, add a little cocktail and...

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Sessions West Coast Deli to open at Macy’s Fashion Island

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Known for its inspired, chef-crafted sandwiches, Sessions West Coast Deli has announced that its fourth location is set to open at Macy’s Fashion Island in September 2019. The new restaurant will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu that focuses on its signature sandwiches, burgers, breakfast, small plates and gourmet salads. Additionally, Sessions will feature full barista service, as well as kombucha, craft beer and wine on tap. Since opening its first location five years ago on the Newport Beach Peninsula, Sessions West Coast Deli has received national attention for its scratch kitchen, where housemade sauces, sides, salads and soups are prepared in-house daily. All sandwiches, salads, small plates and toasts are made to order with fresh, locally grown produce and carefully selected ingredients. The 1,200-square-foot restaurant will feature...

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Why It’s A Great Idea to Get Out the House and Travel with Your Little One Now and Then

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Travel | 0 comments

Everyone knows that there is far more to traveling than seaside sunsets and delicious food, but what about traveling with your little one? With 64% of millennial families have been on at least one vacation in the last year, follow the trend and find out why it’s a great idea to step outside and go traveling with your little one. You’ll create some incredible memories together From the moment your little one was born, there will have been moments of every day you wish you could capture forever. One of traveling’s most simple joys is that you can create even more of these memories but in a beautiful setting. It is for this reason that camping trips and beach getaways are among the most popular, as families are never short on activities to enjoy. Ideally, you’ll need to strike...

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Caramelized Onion and Swiss Chard Pasta Recipe

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to caramelize onions. It is so relaxing, and it makes my home smell amazing. While at Melissa’s Produce this week, they sent me home with some beautiful organic onions and fresh swiss chard. I couldn’t wait to cook something with the fresh produce when I got home. Swiss Chard Nutrition Swiss chard is a great leafy green to incorporate into your kid’s diet. It is packed full of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and flavonoids. I always add some chopped swiss chard when making our salad mixture for the week. It’s beautiful colors make a salad bright and appealing. How to prepare Swiss Chard With my kids having a lot of late nights at school this week, I wanted to make something filling yet packed full of nutrition. I decided...

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Learn About Bugs and Butterflies at Riley Wilderness Park

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

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to spend a day outdoors and learn all about the critters of the earth at Riley Wilderness Park’s free, family-friendly Bugs and Butterflies event on Sunday June 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Riley Wilderness Park’s incredible butterfly garden will be open for up-close tours with nature’s daintiest fliers, while insect experts give out tips and tricks on how to attract these and other plant-friendly critters to your garden at educational stations and informative exhibits. A live butterfly release will be held at 3 p.m. There will be a rock-climbing wall, OC Parks giveaways, OC Bird of Prey raptors for outside and close-up viewing, and games. With face painting booths, giveaways, native plant sales, insect inspired storytelling, park tours, arts and crafts, and a food truck serving delicious culinary...

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Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar in Santa Rosa

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

Eat more pie. Because “Pie not”? When visiting Santa Rosa, we had an unforgettable dinner at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven. After dinner we noticed that a new pie bar had just opened next door, so we went in to check it out before walking down to The Jade Room Wine Bar for a nightcap. The minute that we walked into the store, the aroma tantalized our tastebuds. They feature a select amount of freshly baked pies and ice cream. I couldn’t resist tasting almost every flavor of ice cream before making my dessert decision. All of the ice creams were rich, creamy and delicious. Noble Folk Ice Cream What makes their ice cream so delicious and unique? Because it is locally made and sourced. Everything made local is always better. It is made locally at their creamery in...

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Andrei’s New Seasonal Cocktails Make a Splash

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

The bold, vibrant colors and fresh flavors of the season take center stage on Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails’ new Spring/Summer specialty cocktails. Guests will be able to partake in more than a dozen cocktails that are as visually appealing as they are pleasing to the palate. As with all menu items at Andrei’s, these new cocktails will benefit many charitable causes and organizations, as the restaurant donates 100% of its net profits through The Andrei Foundation. Among the new cocktails are: STRAIGHT UP The Good, the Bad and the Thirsty – Dickel Rye Whiskey, Rhubarb Liqueur, Strawberry Shrub, Cassis, Rosemary Napa Crush – Rain Organic Vodka, White Wine Syrup, White Grape, Champagne Chilean Spice – Spicy Citrus-Infused Vodka, Orange, House-Made Sweet & Sour, Lime Southern Lady – Elijah Craig Bourbon, Peach Liqueur, Peach Bitters, Champagne Cool as a...

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The Sandman Hotel: A Modern Boutique Hotel in The Heart of Wine Country

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed at The Sandman Hotel as a guest Surrounded by grape-laden vineyards and spectacular scenery is the boutique Sandman Hotel that blends gracious hospitality and contemporary amenities. The stylish sanctuary ensures a pampered stay for families in the quiet town of Santa Rosa. When I first arrived at The Sandman Hotel, I fell in love with the distinctive character of the hotel. The check-in process was seamless, and I found myself in the zen-like guest room within minutes after arrival. The spacious and inviting guest rooms are perfectly decorated with elegant furnishings, and big enough for families to lounge in before heading out for the day. The room features the finest linens, plush towels, and luxurious amenities. After relaxing in the comforting room, I restored my energy and vitality while taking a tantalizing shower before getting a taste...

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FREE Children’s Ticket to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has a special Kids Night on Broadway for the opening night of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. With the purchase of one full-price ticket, parents can receive a second ticket FREE for children. Ticket prices start at $29. Use code OOMPA when purchasing. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Pre-Show Activities Children and families are also encouraged to arrive early and enjoy pre-show activities in the Segerstrom Hall lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m., including coloring stations, crafts, activities, photo opportunities and more! Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life...

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Fourth Annual Heartbeat of Mexico Festival

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

From the brightest minds in the field of Mexican cultural studies to the brightest stars in the world of Latin entertainment, the Musco Center for the Art’s Fourth Annual Heartbeat of Mexico Festival will offer a greatly expanded cast and calendar on the Chapman University campus in Orange over Memorial Weekend, May 23-26, 2019. It is a free day-long family-friendly outdoor celebration with music, dance, crafts for kids and food, and three nights of music headliners: superstar duo Jesse & Joy on Thursday, May 23, the iconic Alicia Villarreal on Saturday, May 25, and Lupillo Rivera performing with Mariachi on Sunday, May 26. NEW FREE SATURDAY BALLET FOLKÓRICO EVENT For the first time, Heartbeat of Mexico will feature an indoor performance at Chapman University’s 1,000-seat Memorial Hall. This comes in response to overwhelming community interest in Ballet Folklórico groups...

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Must-Have Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration Merchandise

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Disney, Shopping | 0 comments

We visited Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration as a guest of Disney The all-new Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney is such a fun experience. When I went, I felt immersed into a magical world of Disney and was able to capture so many fun photos to share on my social media channels. After experiencing the all-new pop-up photo exhibit, guests have the opportunity to get some limited-time merchandise. The store is filled with many fun items that I couldn’t live without, and these are the must-have Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration themed merchandise that you’ll not want to leave without purchasing. Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration Jersey Every time a new Disney jersey is introduced, I have to get one for myself. The oversized shirts are so comfortable and perfect to wear at the Disneyland Resort...

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Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails New Spring Menu

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails has welcomed Spring with new menu items that reflect that colors and flavors of the season. The restaurant, known for its commitment to donating 100% of its net profits to benefit many charitable causes and organizations through The Andrei Foundation, celebrates the cultural diversity of California cuisine, while incorporating the flavors and freshness of the Mediterranean. Among the new items added by Andrei’s Executive Chef Porfirio Gomez are: Double Dip Duo – Cilantro-Green Pea Hummus, Avocado Bacon Dip, Warm Pita, Seasonal Vegetables Summer Vegetable Platter – Grilled Artichoke, Eggplant, Portobello Mushrooms, Asparagus, Roasted Cauliflower, Feta Cheese, Micro Crudités, Mojo Sauce Herb Onion Fritters – Scallions, Greek Feta, Dill, Parsley, Tzatziki Grilled Halloumi & Watermelon – Grilled Halloumi Cheese, Watermelon, Chopped Mint, Fresh Basil, Drizzled Herb Olive Oil Main Street Wedge – Grilled Green Cabbage,...

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Reservations to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge invites guests on a journey to a galaxy far, far away, where families can live their own Star Wars adventures. This epic new land will immerse guests in iconic stories like never before, pushing boundaries and transporting guests to a place where beloved Star Wars stories come to life. When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opens It all begins May 31st at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and today they announced that no-cost reservations to visit the land will be available May 2nd.* Guests looking to confirm a reservation today can book a stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel between May 31 and June 23, 2019.* Opening Day Details On opening day for phase one, guests will become part of the story at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an...

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Farmhouse New Spring Menu and Seasonal Cocktails

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Farmhouse is pleased to present a new spring menu courtesy of Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead. Featuring the freshest seasonal flavors sourced during weekly trips to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, the menu welcomes twelve new main dishes, veggie sides and desserts. The full spring menu is also available in the Farmhouse bar which highlights exciting new spring cocktails hand-crafted by Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R&D, and his team. Developed to compliment Chef Mead’s ever-evolving menu, choose from thirteen new cocktails to enjoy al fresco in the beautiful, garden setting. New this season, sip on a selection of four non-alcoholic specialty beverages found on Laborin’s Counterfeit Cocktail menu. Ideal for any time of day, these healthy refreshments are the perfect addition to any occasion. Savor a delicious snack or indulge your sweet tooth between lunch and dinner...

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2019 OC Parks Summer Concert and Movie Series

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. Enjoy summer nights at the parks with free live music and movie screenings in a family friendly atmosphere. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns with 10 free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 20 – August 29 from 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy live music under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. The concert series kicks off with Hard Day’s Night on June 20 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton, followed by popular local and national artists including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sega Genecide, The Fenians,...

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16th Annual Pacific Islander Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 14 comments

Experience dance, music, and cultural artifacts of the Pacific Islands on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, at the Aquarium of the Pacific Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 16th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members GIVEAWAY:...

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Bubblefest is Bigger and Better than Ever

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

We attended Bubblefest as a guest of Discovery Cube OC Each year Discovery Cube OC has a beautiful bubble exhibit and show called Bubblefest. This show runs now through April 21, 2019. This year’s ultimate laser and bubble show are done by the talented Deni Yang and his equally talented sister Melody. It was her second year doing bubble fest with Deni at the Discovery Cube OC, and I can tell you, it was amazing. I have seen this show many times before, and each time I love it more. There is so much visually to see during the laser and bubble show. My kids have all loved it each and every time we have gone too. While you are at Bubblefest, in the Mega Bubble Courtyard, you can go to different interactive spaces. My kids, husband and I...

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Roasted Garlic and Heirloom Tomato Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

When roasted garlic and heirloom tomatoes come together, it is pure bliss. I have recently been kinda obsessed with Trader Joe’s pre-made flatbread lately. It is so fresh, light, and makes for an easy weeknight dinner. I’ve been having fun creating new recipes using their flatbread, and Melissa’s Produce brings the bread to life. Another one of my favorite foods is burrata cheese. I always have a container in my refrigerator at all times. When the kids came home late from school one-night last week, and I was faced with the question of, “What to cook?” I used some of my favorite staple ingredients to make this tasty flatbread recipe. The recipe only took minutes to make, and after cooking in the oven for 10 minutes, dinner was served. This entire recipe can be made within 15 minutes, making...

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Tangerine and Radish Salad with Fresh Mint and Fennel

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Dining, Recipes | 0 comments

We all love Melissa’s Produce. It is the freshest produce available. If you can’t grow produce in your backyard Melissa’s is the best option to feed your children. Today was an exciting day as I was able to visit one of my favorite restaurants in Orange County, and one that uses Melissa’s Produce, Adya. I can’t believe that it has been five years since attending the media event for the grand opening of Adya at the Anaheim Packing House. Time has flown by. I first fell in love with Chef Shachi’s food when she was at Tamarind of London. It was my favorite Indian restaurant in OC, only because of the chef and her talents. Once Chef Shachi left, it closed its doors shortly after. Once Adya opened their location in Irvine, I always seem to find myself sneaking...

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Knott’s Boysenberry Pie Frozen Yogurt at Yogurtland

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Dining, Family, Knott's Berry Farm | 0 comments

For the first time ever, Knott’s Berry Farm and Yogurtland have teamed up to give fans a one-of-a-kind frozen yogurt experience inspired by Mrs. Cordelia Knott’s award-winning boysenberry pie. The new Yogurtland flavor was crafted alongside Knott’s and has arrived in stores nationwide, only a couple days away from the newly-expanded Knott’s Boysenberry Festival which runs daily from March 29 – April 28th. Each spoonful of Yogurtland’s Boysenberry Pie frozen yogurt flavor is bursting with the jammy richness and sweet and tart taste of fresh boysenberries followed by hints of a butter sweet pie crust. Inspired by the world-class award-winning pies, it’s creamy and delicious, and no doubt Mrs. Knott herself would approve. For an added boysenberry touch, Yogurtland will be serving mini boysenberry shortbread cookies as a topping option. While getting a sneak peek of the upcoming Boysenberry...

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Kiwi Berries and Burrata Avocado Toast

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

When first introduced to Kiwi Berries from Melissa’s produce, I didn’t know what to make with them. I first experimented by making a smoothie so that I could fully experience their flavor. Next, I made a delicious tart for dessert, and the next morning make avocado toast with burrata and kiwi berries. It ended up being the best avocado toast I have ever made. Avocado toast is a healthy way to pack a lot of nutrition into your kid’s breakfast, and kids love it. There are so many creative ways to serve avocado toast to your kids, and this is guaranteed to become one of their all-time favorites quickly. What are Kiwi Berries? According to Melissa’s Produce, Kiwi Berries are a cousin of the Kiwi Fruit. They are luscious berries with smooth skin, delicate seeds and are similar in...

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Kiwi Berries and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil and Ricotta

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What do you do when you receive beautiful Baby Heirloom Tomatoes from Melissa’s Produce? You make something delicious. Last night, dinner was a disaster. I attempted to make a recipe that failed and found myself digging through the freezer for food to feed the kids. That ended up being hot dogs. Ugh. I quickly learned what food snobs my kids have become after feeding them organic, fresh food every night of the week. I’ve never been that macaroni and cheese + hot dogs kinda mom. After all the dirty looks and complaining I got from the kids over dinner, I decided to surprise them with a delicious dessert. About Kiwi Berries Kiwi berries are very sweet, and I thought they would compliment the heirloom tomatoes, and the sweet cheese mixture perfectly. And, it was incredible. For the crust, if...

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Squash Blossom and Burrata Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

After making stuffed squash blossoms with my daughter, we decided to make a squash blossom and burrata flatbread with the squash blossoms we received from Melissa’s Produce. The flatbread ended up coming out amazing, and my kids devoured every last bite. Plus, they requested that I make it again for them the next evening. Where to Find Squash Blossoms If you are not familiar with squash blossoms, they are delicious. When you purchase them online at Melissa’s Produce or from a local retailer, you’ll want to cook with them right away – they don’t hold long in the refrigerator. You can make your own bread. But, if you’re a busy mom like me, you probably don’t have time for that on a weeknight. Trader Joe’s has incredible flatbread (found in the bread section of the store). They also have...

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Lemon and Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Squash blossoms are one of my favorite foods. During the summer, I grow squash blossoms in our backyard garden and enjoy cooking with them. One of my favorite things to do with squash blossoms is to stuff them with second favorite food – cheese. Where to Find Squash Blossoms Knowing how much I love squash blossoms, our friends at Melissa’s Produce, surprised me this week with a box of beautiful squash blossoms. When you purchase squash blossoms, you’ll want to prepare something with them right away – they do not hold long in the refrigerator. We were so lucky to get so many squash blossoms that my daughter and I made lemon and ricotta stuffed squash blossoms. Plus, we also made a squash blossom and burrata pizza to pair with it. It was the most delicious night ever in...

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You’re Invited: District Walk in Anaheim Grand Opening Event

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

Sponsored by The District Walk in Anaheim Olson Homes will debut brand-new townhomes at District Walk in Anaheim, and you’re invited to the Model Grand Opening on Saturday, March 2nd at 11am! Come experience the ideal blend of a buzzing, hip neighborhood, a close-knit community, and an impeccably designed home. The good times begin at 11:00 a.m., and Anaheim Packing District favorites Popbar, Snow Monster, and Umami Burger will be on hand with frozen treats, eats, and drinks. Tour the Plan One and Plan Three model homes that showcase spacious, light-filled floorplans highlighted by generous kitchens with large center islands, lovely master suites that include walk-in closets, and inviting decks allowing for seamless indoor-to-outdoor living! Choose from a total of six distinctive floor plans at District Walk, with townhomes ranging in size from two to three bedrooms and 1,355...

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Lunch Specials and Bottomless Mimosas at Sapphire Laguna

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

This month marks 12 years of culinary excellence at Sapphire Laguna, where comfort cuisine meets exotic innovation, and from February 25th through March 3rd, Chef Azmin Ghahreman will host a weeklong anniversary celebration! Sapphire Laguna Anniversary Lunch February 25th through March 1st $12 Lunch Entrées – Guests are invited to enjoy any entrée on the Sapphire Laguna Lunch Menu for $12. Not only is the weather perfect for dining al fresco, but lunch menu is filled with mouth-watering dishes like our Chicken & Kimchi Stir-Fry Noodle, Sautéed Shrimp Pasta, and signature Kobe Beef Havarti Cheeseburger! Lunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11am to 2:30pm. Sapphire Laguna Anniversary Brunch March 2nd and 3rd $12 Bottomless Mimosas – Just when you thought our Weekend Brunch couldn’t get any better… Sapphire Laguna offers $12 Bottomless Mimosas during Brunch service from 9am...

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Cherimoya Coconut and Chicken Chili Recipe

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 1 comment

Have you ever heard of a Cherimoya before? Me either. The one thing that I love about Melissa’s Produce is that they offer exotic produce, and introduces families to new culinary possibilities. When I received a package from Melissa’s Produce containing Cherimoya, I didn’t know what to do with it. I did some research, and found that it is best paired with tropical fruits like coconut. When doing my research on Cherimoya, I learned that you need to be cautious with this type of produce. The skin and the seeds are toxic, but the fruit is delicious. I waited until my Cherimoya was ripe (a soft brown hue). Then, it was time to explore the amazing fruit. There was little online that talked about Cherimoya, and I was struggling with what to make with it. It was a cold,...

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America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel on How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Brought to you in partnership with Universal Pictures In celebration of the upcoming release of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters this Friday, I went to DreamWorks Animation studios to talk with America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel about their roles in bringing the film to life. The night before talking with the actors, I had a chance to see the film, and it was one of the best “How to Train Your Dragon” films ever made. I arrived at the studio excited to learn more about the making of the film. Our day started with an interactive scavenger hunt around the studio along with making a fun video flying on toothless. We then went into a room where we had a chance to talk with the actors about the making of the film. We started...

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Romanesco and Bacon Quiche Recipe

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

After roasting some fresh romanesco that I had received from Melissa’s Produce, I was excited to make something delicious for my family. With breakfast being one of our favorite meals of the day, I decided to make a romanesco and bacon quiche. And, it was delicious. If you’re not familiar with romanesco, it is a delicious vegetable. My kids are always fascinated with how it looks, and that makes them want to eat more of it. It is often served in pastas or as a side dish. You can find the freshest romanesco online or at a retailer that sells Melissa’s Produce. Romanesco and Bacon Quiche Recipe The dish is super simple to make. Plus, it is great to bring to your next girlfriend get together or to serve to your kids on a weekend morning. You can either...

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Indulgent Dinner with Daou and Black Angus

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined at Black Angus as a guest of the venue What a great evening we had when Black Angus and Daou Winery invited us to dine with them. Yes, these two have decided to partner and bring us a new menu complimented by the well known and delicious wines of Daou. Black Angus recently remodeled the Lakewood, Ca location; it has a bright, fresh, contemporary design; a brand new take on Black Angus for all of us yet still full of that familiar comfort. Introducing a new menu went hand in hand, and it has the “wow” factor! We were dining on Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli on Baby Greens, as Chef David Bolosan teased us with the most delicious flavors. We were excited to discover what other dishes were going to be shared. One of our favorite...

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