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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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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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ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

The Queen Mary welcomes back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI on February 16-17, 2019. ScotsFestival & International Highland Games Celebrate the Queen Mary’s rich Scottish legacy first hand through a full schedule of authentic Scottish activities. Including, the new North American Professional Highland Games, dancing, entertainment, and cuisine. Plus, tastings all in honor of the Queen Mary’s Scottish heritage. Construction began on the Queen Mary eighty-eight years ago in the quaint seaside town of Clydebank, Scotland. The craftsmanship of the Queen Mary exemplifies the country’s finest work. Today its heritage is celebrated through the two-day ScotsFestival, honoring true Scottish culture. ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXVI welcomes nearly fifty Scottish clans and vendors throughout the festival weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and the new North American Professional...

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Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Fennel Recipe

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

One food that I have been dying to experiment with is fennel! When I received a box full of fresh produce from Melissa’s Produce, I was so excited to see fennel. I didn’t know how to prepare it, and after doing some research, I found out that most people roast the vegetable. So, I used two of my favorite ingredients to roast with: garlic and parmesan to create this recipe. I planned to roast the fennel one night, and then use it in a pizza recipe the next night. Little did I know that my kids wouldn’t be able to stop eating the fennel after I roasted it. I had to hide a couple of pieces from them to be able to use on top of the pizza the next night. Preparing the fennel was easier than I expected....

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Foods to Enjoy While You ‘Get Your Ears On’ at Disneyland

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended the Get Your Ears On Celebration as a guest of Disneyland There is a great big party happening at the Disneyland Resort. It is a Mickey and Minnie Celebration, and you’re invited to “Get Your Ears On.” A celebration would not be complete without fantastic food, and the Disneyland Resort has gone above and beyond for this celebration. And, a celebration would not be complete without tasty & savory treats. Plus, the Disneyland Resort has made many of the foods to include hidden Mickey’s, as part of the celebration. Are you ready? Get Your Ears On! Share Your Ears Cheeseburger Available at Smoke Jumpers Mickey and Minnie love cheeseburgers just as much as we do. So, in honor of their celebration, Disneyland created the ultimate cheeseburger. Bring three of your friends, and share this tasty cheeseburger during...

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Turmeric Root and Ginger Tea Recipe

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Recipes, Turmeric Root Recipes | 0 comments

While having lunch at Melissa’s Produce last month, they talked a lot about the healing properties of Turmeric Root. Some have even made claims that it cures cancer! After visiting Melissa’s Produce, I began doing research. I learned that it does have many healing powers. The one thing that caught my attention was the anti-aging benefits. Turmeric Root is Available through Melissa’s Produce Melissa’s Produce was so kind to send me a package of Turmeric Root to experiment with and create recipes. You can purchase it online or find it at a retailer that sells Melissa’s Produce. My daughter and I made Turmeric Root and Sweet Potato soup, and hummus, we were hooked. It has a sweet, bitter flavor that we loved. We ended up spending the entire day in the kitchen creating recipes with the spice. The one...

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Dana Wharf Wyland Art Class and Whale Watching

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Events, Family | 0 comments

The Dana Wharf Whale Watching and the Wyland Foundation have announced the details for the 2019 Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild” children’s art program. This is one of the most creative hands-on family ocean experiences in Southern California. The program begins January 26, 2019, and continues every Saturday through April 27, 2019. Children will have an opportunity to learn from the legendary marine life artist Wyland how the ocean’s marine life has inspired him, and partake in an art lesson from Wyland himself via a video feed. Dana Wharf Art in the Wild details include Dates: January 26th – April 27th (Saturdays only) Times: 9:00 am Art Lesson followed by a 2-hour whale watching excursion 10:00 am – 12:00 noon whale watching trip Participating families receive priority VIP boarding. Art lesson takes place inside the Dana...

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Collect and Play with Bananas Toy

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Family, Parenting, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

Sponsored by Bananas Toy Smell-able, Peel-able ​Bananas are an exciting new collectible line of six brightly colored and scented Bananas toy that look, smell and peel like a real banana! Bananas are the coolest new toy available for kids to play with. Peel the Bananas to reveal tons of mini surprises inside, including: a cute Crushie character, two mini squeezable friends, gemstone stickers to decorate the Crushie or Banana, a collector sheet with character stickers, and a hanging vine to display your Crushie friends. Also, you can display Bananas by hanging them on your backpack, or re-seal them to take on the go and trade with friends. How do you collect and play with Bananas Toy Peel Your Banana Toy ​Peel your Banana to reveal your new collectible Crushie, squeezable friends, gemstone stickers and more! Collect Bananas Collect all...

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GMC Denali and Dogs Roadtrip to Ojai

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

We took a GMC Denali to Ojai as a guest of GMC After having children, I realized that I was spending less time with our dog than I did before kids. I decided it was time to have some bonding time with our dog, and took her with me to Ojai. I loaded up our GMC Acadia Denali with all her favorite toys and made the short drive to Ojai. Road Tripping with Dogs in the GMC Denali Acadia When planning the trip, I made sure that Daisy was safe in the back seat by using a harness. She had a smile on her face the entire car ride. Plus, I was able to keep her comfortable by turning on the heated seats. Caravan Outpost The GMC Acadia Denali provides such a comfortable ride that it only felt like...

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Lake Arrowhead: The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we took a short walk into the village to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen. I had heard a lot about the restaurant and was excited to have a relaxing meal. Restaurant Near The Lake Arrowhead Resort The restaurant is right on the water, so families can enjoy beautiful water views while dining. They also have a great selection of beers for the parents. The restaurant is quite popular, so we did have to wait for about an hour to get a table. While waiting, we walked over to the Village Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe to enjoy dessert before lunch. It wasn’t long until I got a text message that our table was ready. We were lucky to have gotten a table on the outdoor patio for...

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Disneyland Southern California Resident Discount Ticket is Back

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

The Disneyland Resort is ringing in the new year with a discount ticket. They are presenting a discounted ticket only available for Southern California residents. Guests may visit for the low price of $60 per day. You must buy of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Also, enjoy special offers at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. About the Discounted Tickets at The Disneyland Resort Beginning Jan. 7, 2019 all the eligible guests may visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park for as little as $60 per day. You must buy a three-day or a one-park per day ticket. Now is the ideal time to enjoy even more spectacular entertainment. These include, favorite festivals, and also, the new Pixar Pier. Also includes Super Hero experiences and a big celebration with Mickey and Minnie. Also, to this special ticket...

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Genoa Bar and Saloon: Nevada’s Oldest Saloon

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

While visiting Genoa Nevada, I had to make a quick stop at the oldest bar in Nevada, Genoa Bar, and Saloon. I drove our Chevy Tahoe over to the saloon after having lunch at the historic Pink House. The kids played with a wild deer outside of the saloon, while I went inside to explore. The minute that I walked into the saloon, I felt like I had been transported into another time. It was something straight out of a movie. Since I was driving with my kids, I couldn’t enjoy a cocktail, but I did take some time to soak up the ambiance. The saloon has a huge old-fashioned bar, a pool table, and even some tables for gambling. About Genoa Bar In 1863, Al Livingston built the building and called it Livingston’s exchange. In 1884, Frank Fettic...

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Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Dining, Family, Santa Ana | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria made the Santa Ana food scene better than ever. Churrascarias are one of my favorite types of restaurant. The only problem is that many of them have overpriced menus. When I learned about Silva’s, I couldn’t wait to taste their meats. I went to dinner at Silva’s before attending the ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The restaurant is a short drive from the theatre. The minute that I walked into the restaurant, I was in love with the decor. It is a beautiful restaurant with a modern look. Menu Options at Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria There are a couple of different options when dining at Silva’s. There is the option of the all-you-can-eat feast for $22.95. Or, there is...

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Brunching at Pain du Monde at Fashion Island

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Pain du Monde at Fashion Island Pain du Monde at Fashion Island I love going out for brunch. I have been looking for new places to brunch in Orange County. So, I went to Pain du Monde at Fashion Island this weekend. The restaurant is in the heart of Fashion Island, and includes both indoor and outdoor dining. Since it was a chilly morning, we decided to dine inside. Upon arriving at the restaurant, guests select the item they want to select from the menu. Then, go to the register to place your order before selecting a table. The Menu The menu has a wide variety of items, such as sandwiches, salads and breakfast items. Furthermore, there is a giant case full of fresh pastries. To tell the truth, there were so many...

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The Magic of The Nutcracker at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue Every time I watch the Nutcracker ballet, it just gets more and more amazing. I have to say when I saw it this year at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, I never wanted it to end. The dancers and the costumes were mesmerizing, and the traditional dances made me want never to take my eyes off the stage. We arrived at the theater and took our seats, eagerly waiting for the show to begin. We the dancers finally came out it was fun to start humming in my head some of the original Nutcracker songs that no one can forget. As I watched the dancers spin around and around, I was captured into a world of fairytales and magical nutcrackers. When the Nutcracker turned into a real person, I was...

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Second Act: Interview with Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

Thanks to STXfilms for the invitation Jennifer Lopez delivers an epic performance in the upcoming film “Second Act.” I loved every minute of the film, and I couldn’t wait to sit down with Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini to discuss their roles in the movie. One of my favorite things about this movie is that it is a story about a woman over the age of 40 reinventing herself. The message of the film will empower women over the age of 40. It will show women that you can be whatever you want. That it’s not over, it is just the beginning! It was one of the main reasons that Lopez wanted to make the film. “With Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas as my producing partner came up with the spark of an idea, like kind of a Working Girl, It’s a...

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Must-Have Devices and Tech Accessories for Kids and Family

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Christmas, Family, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Brighten up the holiday for the whole family this season! Verizon makes it easy to stay connected, start the New Year off in style and stuff stockings the right way. Check out our top tech must-haves tech gifts for kids and family: For Him: ● Google Home Hub – For the guy that has everything, this takes it to the next level. Now questions come with visual answers. Play YouTube videos on its 7 inch touchscreen, see a rundown of the day, and keep track of all those holiday gatherings. Plus when it’s time to entertain, you can easily set the mood by playing songs from a number of popular music services – including Spotify. ● Google Pixel 3XL – ‘Tis the season for family photos – whether it’s a reaction from that must have gift, or just...

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Mother and Daughter Holiday Spa Day at Burke Williams

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Beauty, Christmas, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 8 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue The stress of the holiday season is in full swing. As a full-time working mom, I have been extra stressed with trying to get up the holiday decorations and shop for all our friends and family. With it being my daughter’s first year in High School, I have seen the pressures of the end of semester and finals getting to her, so I planned a relaxing mother and daughter spa day at Burke Williams. Burke Williams is one of my all-time favorite places to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. From the minute that we walked into the spa, we both felt a sense of calm come over us. We checked in at the front desk and escaped for a day full of pampering and bliss. We made sure and arrived at the...

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Holidays at The Laguna Playhouse: Beauty and the Beast A Christmas Rose

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Going to local theaters in Orange County is always something I love to do… especially at Laguna Playhouse. I have seen a few shows at Laguna Playhouse before and every single one of them I loved! When I found out that I was able to attend this year’s show, Beauty and the Beast the Christmas Rose, I was so happy. Now, all of the shows I have seen at Laguna Playhouse have been panto’s. A panto is an interactive show where they talk to the crowd and try to get you to participate in every way possible. I love these types of shows because it feels as if you are in the show yourself. This year’s show was Beauty and the Beast A Christmas Rose, and it was the perfect twist...

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Theatre & Shopping: An Epic Mother and Daughter Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa, Dining, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Temecula, Travel | 184 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to have small weekend getaways. Before getting into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I planned an unforgettable weekend getaway with my daughter in Costa Mesa. With my daughter being an art student at Orange County School of the Arts, I thought that she would enjoy a getaway enjoying the artsy community of Costa Mesa, and it ended up being one of our favorite staycations ever. Costa Mesa has some of the best small businesses to shop for the holidays in Orange County, and since I want all the holiday gifts that I will be giving this year to come from small businesses, we started our getaway by shopping during Small Business Saturday. We got up early on Small Business Saturday and went to The...

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Holiday Teen Favorites at the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Disney, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Disneyland   Holiday’s at the Disneyland Resort is something my family has been celebrating since I was a child and it is one of those traditions that I will never get tired of experiencing. From the beautiful lights to the yummy treats at Disneyland, it is a magical way to celebrate the holidays. This year I went with my mom, and we got to experience the holidays just as they began. One of my favorite things every year at is the Disneyland Christmas tree. Every year at Disneyland they have the most fantastic tree that I could stare at for hours. This year I had the privilege of meeting some of the women who make the bows to decorate the tree along Main Street U.S.A. I had so much fun talking to them...

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A Western Wonderland: 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, the County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to celebrate the season with “A Western Wonderland” at the 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights. Enjoy festive family activities with a western twist on select dates December 7-15 by the water’s edge. The 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 and feature the theme “A Western Wonderland.” On each evening of the parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor including games, crafts, live entertainment and selfies with Santa, all with a western twist. Festivities begin each day at 4:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade of Lights starts at 7:30 p.m. “Dana Point Harbor will embrace the holiday spirit with western themed festivities and exciting entertainment during the 44th Annual...

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Exploring an Abandoned Mine in El Triunfo

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

After having lunch at Cafe El Triunfo and visiting Museo Ruta de Plata, we walked behind the museum to get a closer look at La Ramona. The trail has a beautiful paved walkway that leads up to the historic mining chimney where your kids might get to see some wild chickens or even a cow or two. As we walked up to La Ramona, we were all in awe of the beauty of the structure and wondered how it was possible for such a large structure to be standing & so strong. Around the chimney were old pieces of mining equipment and the ruins of the old mine. While we were looking at La Ramona, a historian approached up and started talking to us about the history of the town and La Ramona. He was so pleasant and told...

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Beyond Spider-Man, the Power of Family and Inclusion in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of Sony When you see the name Spider-Man, you assume you know the full story: A radioactive spider bites Peter Parker, he flies across the buildings of New York City, and he saves the day from baddies like Green Goblin and Doc Ock time and time again with witty and spectacular charm. The new film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t that story though, moving away from the classic hero tale we all know. Instead, it opens the door to a more dynamic and diverse universe that dares to take on the mainstream conventions of a superhero film. The cast and crew of the movie, just coming off completion of the final film edits less than two weeks ago, couldn’t wait to share their thoughts on the new picture. It all started with...

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Join Frosty, Rudolph and Santa at the Kaleidoscope Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo will deck the halls with a Cheery & Bright Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7 from 6 to 9pm. The evening of family fun will include holiday crafts, face painting, a photo booth, visits with Santa, and festive food sampling inside Union Market Mission Viejo. Children of all ages will be enchanted by A Storybook Nutcracker brought to life by students from the Pave School of the Performing Arts, and a high-energy holiday song and dance performance by students from OCSA’s (Orange County School of the Arts) MONTAGE! The dancers will be joined by Frosty, Rudolph and Santa himself for a countdown to light the 20-foot Noble Fir. For more information, follow Kaleidoscope on social media at @GoKaleidoscope, visit www.GoKaleidoscope.com or call 949.542.4407. About MONTAGE! MONTAGE! features several of Orange County School of the Arts...

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Bracken’s Kitchen and Top OC Chefs are Decking the Halls With a Holiday Benefit

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Bracken’s Kitchen, sponsored by Newport Meat Company, will commemorate their new 9,000 sq. ft. location in the city of Garden Grove at their Deck The Halls Open House Holiday Benefit on November 29, 2018 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. You are invited to tour the various kitchens to sample signature dishes made from top chefs such as Chef Hugo Bolanos from Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air, Avalon Grille & The Catalina Company’s Chef Roberto Hernandez, Chef Andrew Gruel from Slapfish and Two Birds and Butterleaf and Chef John Park of Toast Kitchen + Bakery, not to mention Bracken’s Kitchen’s Executive Chef Jerry and Founder & Culinary Director, Chef Bill Bracken. Master Baker Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Pastry Chef Michael Owens of the new Left Coast Bakery, and from The Dirty Cookie, Shahira Marel will round...

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A New Location: San Pedro Fish Market Grille Expands into Harbor City

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

San Pedro Fish Market Grille, the South Bay’s destination for quality seafood in a fast-casual setting, developed by the families behind the San Pedro Fish Market, casts a net further inland into Harbor City, California. Located at 1313 W. Sepulveda Boulevard in Harbor City, the family dining experience features fresh fish dishes including the WORLD FAMOUS SHRIMP TRAY, and a selection of beer and wine. It joins two San Pedro Fish Market Grille locations, Rolling Hills Estates and Wilmington as well as the original San Pedro Fish Market in the seafood dynasty business. “We are excited about the newest Harbor City location. It’s so convenient for many of our families who dine with us regularly at our waterfront location” says Mike Ungaro, CEO of San Pedro Fish Market. “The fish market is known for celebrating food and family, this...

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Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at The Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences at the Laguna Playhouse. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to CHEER for Belle, BOO for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Directed by Tony-nominated Sheldon Epps, and choreographed by “La La Land’s” Mandy Moore, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE is sure to delight children of all ages! BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE previews on Wednesday, December 5 & Thursday, December 6 at 7:00pm; will open on Friday, December 8 at 7:00pm and runs through Sunday, December 30, 2018...

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Friends and Fursgiving Event

Posted by on Nov 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Pet Tech Leader CUDDLY invites everyone to show their pet appreciation with a dog-friendly Friendsgiving celebration. Friends and Fursgiving is a chance to celebrate that special friendship and will include raffle prizes, giveaways, a photo booth, and festive treats (for people and pups)! CUDDLY encourages all pet owners to take a moment this holiday season to express their gratitude to the fur-person who has always given them so much and invites both people and pets to join them in the festivities. Dogs are incredibly welcome and costumes are encouraged. Free admission and attendance includes a complimentary beer. WHEN: Thursday November 15, 2018 from 7 pm – 9 pm WHERE: Iron Triangle Brewing Company, 1581 Industrial Street, Los Angeles,...

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Four Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language at an Early Age

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Education | 0 comments

Sponsored Today, competing on a global scale is integral to a successful career. For the majority of occupations, speaking foreign languages makes you more marketable and valuable to any company. Teaching foreign languages to kids can set them up for a lifetime of success. A growing mind can pick up languages quickly, which is why it is an excellent idea to teach children different languages when they are young. It’s never too early for your child to begin learning one – or several – foreign languages. Below, we outline how learning a foreign language sets your child up for success in the future. Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language as a Child Cognitive Advancement Learning a foreign language has been linked to several cognitive benefits. Researchers who studied bilingual children found that, compared to their monolingual peers, had better...

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Disney’s The Nutcracker OPI Nail Polish Collection

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Beauty, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Samples provided Finding the right nail polish color and type is always a struggle for me and my mom. With OPI it is always perfectly smooth, even, and pretty hard to make mistakes when putting it on your nails. With the new OPI colors that are themed after Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, you will be inspired to take your nail polish color to a new level of beautiful with the shimmery golds and solid blues. There are 24 regular colors to choose from, 5 glitter colors to choose from, and 15 gel colors to choose from. They also come in packs of perfectly paired colors. There are packs with 25 colors, 2 colors, 4 colors, and more! My point is, is that you can’t go wrong when buying any of these Nutcracker colors. All the the...

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Go Behind the Scenes with Pooh and More!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I attended the event as a guest of Disney In celebration of the release of Disney’s Christopher Robin on Blu-ray and DVD (available today), I had a special Friendsgiving lunch with the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, Jim Cummings. It was a day that I will remember forever, and before our lunch, I participated in an interactive flower arranging class. Inside of a giant honeypot, I learned some new tricks and techniques to create the perfect floral arrangement. Some tips that I learned was that when cutting the stems of fresh flowers, you’ll always want to cut it at an angle. Also, you’ll want to put the flower immediately in water after cutting the stem so that the flower can get all the water it needs. Arranging flowers is easier than I thought, and within minutes, I had created...

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A Little Christmas Dream Come True for Mackenzie Foy in Disney’s The Nutcracker

Posted by on Nov 4, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney Before having the unforgettable experience of talking with Misty Copeland before walking down the red carpet of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, I had an opportunity to talk with the talented actress, Mackenzie Foy about her part in the film. Foy started out by sharing with us that her favorite Disney film is Cinderella, and the entire group of mom’s in the room let out an awe. Foy then continued to share that it was really fun to play a classic holiday character in a Disney feature film. “What is beautiful about The Nutcracker is that it is such a beloved story for many years. It is really fun to play a character that people from all over the world can relate too and have this childhood connection,”...

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Misty Copeland on feeling beautiful for the first time in her life

Posted by on Nov 4, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the event as a guest of Disney Before the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, we were given the extreme honor of talking with the incredibly talented Misty Copeland about her role in the film. Before Copeland entered the room, I sat at a table with some of my favorite bloggers, and we were all talking about how excited we were to meet with Copeland. The minute that the beautiful ballet dancer entered the room, we all cheered with excitement, and the minute that she took her seat, she took the time to compliment all of us on our dresses. Copeland shared with us that the studio reached out to her to begin working on the film. When she first heard that Disney wanted her to be a part of the film, she...

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2018 Nutcracker Performances in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Ballet, Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Film, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

Affiliate Featured The Land of Sweets is coming to you! Discover all the Nutcracker productions bringing a bit of holiday magic to Orange County. American Ballet Theatre Performance of The Nutcracker Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA The ballet will perform December 14th through the 23rd. Tickets – Start at $29. “This Nutcracker is cracking good!” raved the New York Post when American Ballet Theatre premiered this delectable holiday favorite. As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree! With an impressive cast of more than 100 performers, ABT’s The Nutcracker features set and costumes by Richard Hudson (Tony Award winner, The Lion King), with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei...

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Misty Copeland to Perform The Nutcracker at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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

I attended the premiere as a guest of Disney Before attending the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, I had the honor to talk with Misty Copeland about her part in the film. She is not only an amazing person, but also one of the best ballet dancers to ever walk this earth, and gives an epic performance in the film. While talking with Copeland about her part in the film Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, she shared with me that she will be performing in The Nutcracker by the American Ballet Theatre with Pacific Symphony at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts this December on select nights. The ballet will perform December 14th through the 23rd, and Misty Copeland will perform on: Thursday, December 7th at 7 pm Wednesday, December 13th at...

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Teen Fun at Legoland Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Halloween, Holiday, LegoLand | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Halloween is one of the best times of year to start preparing yourself for the holiday season because after Halloween comes so many more. To start out your holiday season right Halloween needs to be amazing and what better way to do that than with a fun family trip down to Legoland for Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. I have been going to Brick or Treat for years on end with my family, so every tie it comes around I am more than happy to go. The morning that we were going we put on our costumes and headed down to Carlsbad. We arrived at Legoland and took some pictures in the front of the park an then we went into SeaLife. SeaLife is one of my favorite attractions in Legoland because it...

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An Exciting Week of Dancing, Friendship and Disney’s The Nutcracker

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

I am attending as a guest of Disney I am so excited to be headed back to Los Angeles on Sunday for a magical couple of days celebrating the new film “The Nutcracker,” Dancing with the Stars and more. You’ll want to make sure and follow along with my adventure on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram starting this Sunday! I’ll be leaving the family behind in Lake Arrowhead on Sunday afternoon and make the short drive to Los Angeles where I’ll check into the Sheraton Universal hotel. Once I’ve gotten settled into my room, we will go to Pro Dance LA where I’ll get an interactive dance lesson with the teachers from Dancing with the Stars!! I can’t wait to learn some new dancing skills from some of the best dancers in the industry. I am sure going to work...

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Father and Son Night at The Nitro Circus

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

On Saturday we were guests of Nitro Circus Tour at Anaheim Honda Center. While I was not familiar with the show, I took my son and his friend to see the show. I figured if the title of the show had Nitro in there, it would be fun. We arrived at the venue and even before the show officially started, the activities were underway. The pre-show included interviews with some of the cast members and highlights from previous shows. Nitro Circus has been put together by Travis Pastrana who is a professional motorsports competitor and stunt performer. Travis with his crew of stunt men and women are currently on the You Got This Tour. The show is built around a number of platforms that will aid the stunt team to do wild jumps and in turn, create an amazing...

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Wanderlust’s First one-of-a-kind Wellness Gathering

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Events, Health | 0 comments

The creators of Wanderlust bring the first annual ​Wellspring​, a first-of-its-kind wellness gathering, featuring the world’s leading innovators, teachers and socially conscious companies. From invigorating workouts and hands-on treatments to inspirational, actionable workshops, Wellspring connects us to a common goal: fostering healthy individuals, a healthy society and a healthy planet. This year’s guide leaders include RUSSELL BRAND, GLENNON DOYLE, MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, DR. MARK HYMAN, PAUL HAWKEN, KEN NWADIKE JR., ELANA BROWER, DAVE ASPREY, ALICIA SILVERSTONE, LAUREN ASH, NATALIE KUHN, ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS, ANA IVANOVIC, SEANE CORN, KYLE CEASE, MARC HOLZMAN, EOIN FINN, ROY SPENCE, DR. CHELSEA JACKSON ROBERTS, NADIA BOLZ WEBER, DALLAS HARTWIG, ROBIN ARZON, RADHA AGRAWAL, MIKI AGRAWAL, KEITH MITCHELL, CHIP CONLEY, INSIYA RASIWALA – FINN, TARA – NICHOLLE NELSON, JEN AUERBACH, EMILY SCHROMM, MARK GROVES, LIGHT WATKINS and more… Attendees will be nurtured by a number of...

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Tips for Having the Most Magical Time at Disneyland During Halloween Time

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Disney, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Disney Halloween is one of the most magical times to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort. While we don’t seem to be having fall weather here in Orange County, your family can enjoy a little taste of the season by enjoying comforting foods and admiring the festive decor at Disneyland. One thing that I always encourage parents to do when bringing their kids to the Disneyland Resort is to plan ahead so that they can get the most out of their magical time at The Happiest Place on Earth. These are some of my tips to help your family with getting the most out of your magical time at the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time. Purchase the Disney MaxPass Visiting the Disneyland Resort has changed forever with the introduction of Disney MaxPass....

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Mary Lynn Rajskub on Balancing Motherhood and Work

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored Mary Lynn Rajskub plays the role of Theresa who is a mom who decided to go to night school to get her GED. She is a mom who got married young, didn’t finish school, and wants to go back-to-school to finish what she didn’t finish. Her life kinda stinks, and after complaining about her life, she tries to cheer herself up by reminding herself that “she is blessed.” After seeing the film (which is hilarious), I had the honor of talking with Mary Lynn Rajskub about the making of the film, motherhood and second chances. She started by sharing with me how she has a “double life.” She goes out at night to do standup comedy, which can get a little raunchy, and then she gets up in the morning to take her son to school. She shared...

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