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Track the Paw Prints to Free Educational Classes at New Library

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Crafts, Education, Events | 0 comments

Follow the painted bobcat and mountain lion paw prints prancing on the sidewalk to the new Library of the Canyons. Inside, watch out for the skunk, coyote and raccoon paw prints crawling up the walls to cave style paintings by local artist, Robert Myers. Throughout the children’s section, kids discover interactive displays, puzzles, puppet theatre and crafts. My son and his friends especially enjoy the library’s educational programs. The only place my son wants to be on Monday’s at 4 p.m. is at the library’s Crazy Eight’s math class. His favorite lesson dealt with sound waves. He made a pan flute from straws and noticed the changes in pitch from the different lengths of straw. Then he and his classmates headed outside to test the decibels of the flutes with an app on the children’s librarian, Shanon Delaney’s smart...

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Goodbye Christopher Robin: A Spellbinding Film

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored As I sank into my theatre chair at Fox Studio and watched the film Goodbye Christopher Robin, I was touched by the many raw, ‘heart awakening’ moments. Every moment in the film had such depth and mile wide discovery. “Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin who’s stuffed animals/toys inspire the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother, Daphne (Margot Robbie) and his nanny Olive (Kelly Mac Donald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales were bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But, with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?” Simon Curtis and playwrights Frank...

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales at Your Fingertips

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue Sail Ho!….there is a ship yonder, a SHIP, I tell you…shiver me timbers….it looks to be…..what…it CAN’T be….the Black Pearl?! “This is either madness or brilliance, and it’s remarkable how often these two traits coincide,” craftily said by Jack Sparrow. YES, it is the one and only Black Pearl! To our amazement, Disney has done it again. They’ve managed to bring the unthinkable to our entertainment fingertips. Announcing the exciting release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on DVD and Blu-ray on October 3rd. Disney sprinkled this release with magic by bringing the Black Pearl to Santa Monica Beach last week. Much to our astonishment, the creators of Disney had secretly overnighted, this massive cargo load of a ship to this beach destination and dropped it off...

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Summertime STEAM Family Fun

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

Astronomer Carl Sagan believed “every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist.” Think about it, children exhibit insatiable curiosity! Everything babies touch ends up in their mouths and they love to study cause and effect in their environments. Toddlers stop to investigate bugs on the ground and often imitate their parent’s every move. Elementary aged children have a strong need to know “why” and “how.” In recent years, educators have pushed the STEAM initiative. STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The goal of this initiative is to help students develop critical thinking skills through the use of project based learning. The rationale behind this learning philosophy is that the ability to solve novel problems will prepare children for the future. Examples of STEAM activities involve asking “why” questions, engaging kids in counting and rhyming...

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5 Things Every Parent Should tell Their Kid’s Tutor Over The Summer

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

Kids are enjoying some time away from the classroom this summer while playing outside or enjoying quality time with family and friends. Many students will work with a one-on-one tutor over the summer in order to catch up on difficult and complicated subjects or get ahead of the game by completing test prep or college applications before the school year starts up again. Sometimes students already know their tutor because they’ve worked with them during the year and, as a result, their supplemental educator already knows what’s going on in the student’s academic life. In other circumstances the tutor will be a brand-new element to the child’s education. Regardless, there are definitely a few things every parent should tell their kid’s Orange County tutor this summer. Learning differences One of the most helpful things a parent can discuss with...

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Five Ways to Cope with Summer School

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

Summer is here and students are out of school; they‘re excited to take a break from academics and enjoy exploring some fun extracurricular activities. However, many students need to attend a summer school program of some kind. Summer school used to be something students needed to do to catch up but, these days, many students attend summer school programs to get ahead or even help them apply to college. Most students will resist summer school to some extent but there are definitely some great ways to cope with the idea of spending more time indoors. Mix it up Many summer school programs offer students the chance to work on academics in the morning and sports or creative activities in the afternoon. This is a great way for students to work on math or English while still having the chance...

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Five Educational Activities For Your Kids This Summer

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Family | 0 comments

Summer is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors, catch up on studies with the help of an Orange County academic tutor, and indulge in some extracurricular activities that students don’t have time to participate in during the school year. There are also some wonderful educational activities available where kids can learn and have fun at the same time. Most of these are family friendly, something everybody can participate in and even learn something new. Whether kids are into science, art, or are more of the outdoor type, there’s something for everyone in Southern California. The Aquarium The aquarium offers an excellent opportunity to learn about local marine life in the comfort of an air-conditioned environment on a very hot summer day. Whether at the Long Beach aquarium or the Birch...

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Your Child’s Education Beyond the Classroom

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Many parents understand their child’s education does not end at 3 PM Monday through Friday. Education outside the classroom is just as important as the math, English, science and history our children learn inside the classroom. The question now is, “What other type of education is there that is important and crucial to my child’s social, emotional and intellectual development?” Learning to relate to other people is a very important thing to learn from a young age. Parents try very hard to teach that to their children, but it may not be enough. Schools teach that, but it’s always on the back burner to math, English and other traditional subjects. There needs to be another system that focuses entirely on effectively communicating and relating to your peers. LEARN TO LOVE YOU Now that’s an important thing to learn. Really...

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Batsheva Dance Company: Decadence

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue. One thing I absolutely love doing is taking time away and dipping in the arts. This venue was no ordinary dip…it an artistic plunge! Segerstrom Center for the Arts presented Israel’s acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company in the Segerstrom Hall for a special one-night-only engagement. This ballet company brought in a whole new revolutionized dance. After sinking back in my red velvet-plush theatre chair at the Segerstrom Hall, I couldn’t help but be excited! The Batsheva Dancers awed the crowds from beginning to end. It was poetry in motion watching the performers drift, almost effortlessly, across the stage. For five decades, the Batsheva Dance Company has been considered one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. I’ve had the privilege of attending many ballets in my lifetime (the Royal Opera...

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I Lost My Sister To Ovarian Cancer

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Let me start by telling you about my relationship with my sister. We did not grow up together like most sisters. We share the same dad and he was not a big part of either of our lives growing up. However, we did get to spend some time together as children. I remember my sister always wanting to take me everywhere with her and I LOVED it. I was so excited to hang out with the big kids (we had a 7 year age difference) and get to be “cool”. My mom would tell me all the time how Cindy loved to take care of me when I was a baby and just loved her baby sister. As we both got older, we lost contact. My mom and dad were no longer together and my sister moved out of...

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Fun Family Film: Surf’s Up 2 WaveMania

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of Sony Sony Pictures invited us to help celebrate and kick off the new Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania film! Our family was excited when we received the invitation to attend the screening of Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. We welcomed the opportunity to spend the day with the Director of the film, Henry Yu, and witnessed firsthand some of his many illustrations from his storyboards in the Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania movie. Henry Yu invited us to a special backstage Aquarium room where he illustrated life-size drawings of the children’s favorite characters in the Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania movie. The kids received a once in a lifetime experience drawing with the renowned artist/Director. Henry described how it takes collaborated TEAMWORK to get the illustrations completed as...

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5 Tips to Help Your Kid Succeed in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Education, Parenting | 0 comments

The holidays are already over, and it seems like time flies; kids are about halfway through their school year and are, hopefully, rested from the holiday break. Now is a great time to reevaluate academics and think about what will make the rest of the school year a success. Perhaps a student needs a little push to get organized, or maybe they need to tackle that one tough subject. There are tons of things parents can do to help their kid have a great experience between now and June. Personal organization skills Personal organization can be hard at any age. In fact, it can be a full-time job in and of itself. Most kids, even really responsible and motivated kids, need a little bit of help with their organization. The start of a new year is an ideal opportunity...

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Five OC Holiday Break Educational Activities

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Christmas, Education, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

The holidays provide an excellent opportunity for kids to be able to participate in educational activities outside the classroom. Most schools provide more than a week off for kids in elementary and middle school, which leaves a lot of time to fill between holiday family activities. There are tons of things parents have wanted to do with her kids but they simply didn’t have time to experience during the first semester of the school year. Now that kids are at home for winter break, there are some excellent holiday educational activities in and around Orange County. Aquariums There are several beautiful aquariums within close driving distance of cities in Orange County. They provide a great field trip for people of all ages and can be pretty educational as well. Whether a kid is in first grade or fifth, there’s...

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Hanukkah Events in Orange County

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Chanukah (Hanukkah) begins on December 24th through January 1st. There are a lot of fun family Hanukkah events happening this year in Orange County. Chag Sameach! Hooray for Chanukah Pretend City 29 Hubble Irvine, CA 92618 December 24th – December 30th 11am to 3pm Spin the dreidel and light the Menorah! We’re celebrating Chanukah at Pretend City! Let your little ones learn about this holiday through fun activities, traditions, games, and art! We will have a full day of fun singing songs and getting in the holiday spirit! Saturday, December 24 (A.M. Activity): Dreidel, Dreidel Monday, December 26(P.M. Activity): Menorah Lighting (OPEN FULL DAY FOR Chanukah Event) Tuesday, December 27 (P.M. Activity): Star of David Wednesday, December 28 (Art Studio): Chanukah Art Thursday, December 29 (P.M. Activity): Tzedakah Box Friday, December 30 (A.M. Activity): Chanukah Story Time Menorah Lighting...

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Preparing for a Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Season


Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Health, Holiday | 1 comment

The holidays are here, and for parents of children with diabetes, this typically joyous time can quickly become scary. While the upcoming food-filled holidays take a bit of extra preparation and conscientiousness, it does not mean that you and the family will miss out on the holiday cheer. With Halloween behind us, we have a few more dessert-filled holidays on the horizon and there is no reason kids can’t indulge in a piece of pumpkin pie or a Christmas treat. But it’s important to plan ahead; adjust your child’s carbohydrate intake to allot for the added sugar at dinner. By portioning your child’s carbohydrate intake throughout the day, you can calculate exactly how many sweets your child can have to maintain a safe daily blood glucose level. Another option is to talk to your doctor or diabetes educator about...

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What Parents Need to Know about Sunscreen

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

We all know how important sunscreen is for protecting our families, especially in sunny Southern California. But with the overwhelming number of brands and SPFs on the market, making a decision on what to purchase can be complicated. Sunscreen labels are packed with information, but not all of it is crystal clear to the average consumer. What does SPF stand for? What are “mineral” vs. “chemical” sunscreens? What are UVA and UVB rays? There are significant differences between formulas and the way they protect your family from those harmful rays. The sun is incredible, however, it is important to be aware of the damage it can do to our bodies, and what kind of products are best for preventing burns. I don’t want to discourage anyone from spending time outdoors, but I do want to emphasize how harmful the...

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Enter Your Kids Science Teacher to win $250

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Education, Family | 0 comments

Discovery Cube OC wants to hear your stories and recognize the science teachers who open up the wonders of the world – and beyond – to students! Do you remember the science teacher who built a bubbling volcano using nothing more than baking soda and vinegar? Or maybe the teacher who convinced you to dissect a frog and inspired you to explore new subjects and careers? Perhaps you have a colleague who is amazing at being a science educator. Well now it’s time to share your favorite memories of your favorite science teacher! So How Do I Enter? * Snap an amazing photo showing your favorite science teacher in action (be creative!) * Post that photo to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with a description of how he or she inspired you or your kids. * Use #MyScienceTeacher in the...

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5 Questions a Student Should Ask the Teacher

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Some students love to ask questions in class while others prefer to keep quiet. Although it can be intimidating for kids to raise their hands and ask the teacher pertinent questions, they can learn so much valuable information by speaking up from time to time. Whether a student is curious about the specifics of a topic or needs clarification on homework it’s highly beneficial for them to learn how to ask their teacher certain types of questions. Assignment clarification Many young students go home to get started on an important assignment only to find out that they didn’t quite understand the scope of work. This can be very frustrating because they don’t know how to get started or, perhaps they do a great job on their homework but end up handing in something different than what the teacher was...

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My Journey to Leadership with Girl Scouts of Orange County

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

My journey as a Girl Scout began as a first grade Daisy. I loved my troop and the friendships I made with my Girl Scout sisters. I’ve continued as Girl Scout into high school because this inspiring organization has shown me the power I have to lead and make a positive difference in the world by helping others. Challenging myself with difficult tasks has been the most rewarding part of my Girl Scout experience. I take things step by step and learn along the way. Even when I fail, Girl Scouts encourages me try again, get better, and achieve my goal. Taking chances and experiencing failure through opportunities with Girl Scouts help girls become stronger challenge-seekers.
Linking Leadership to Academic Success: The Girl Scout Difference, Girl Scout Research Institute I’ve developed the confidence to try so many things that I...

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About After School Care at the Boys & Girls Club

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored The Boys & Girls Club provides transportation – you don’t have to drive your kids there after school! Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley has a fleet of 18 yellow school buses that bring kids to its three school age youth centers from 43 schools in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Garden Grove. And, the Club is open until 6pm, so if you’re a working parent, you can stay at work in the afternoon with no worries about how your kids are going to get to their after school program. The Boys & Girls Club helps your kids do better in school. 
In 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley was named the #1 Boys & Girls Club in the nation for Education & Career Development programming from more than 4000 clubs nationwide! Each of...

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Segerstrom Center ‘Boogaloo Assassins’ Free Outdoor Concert

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center Continues its 30th Anniversary Celebration with LA-based Latin music sensation Boogaloo Assassins FREE concert on Saturday, September 17 at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. This event is to celebrate the Center’s three-decade anniversary, and L.A.’s very own Boogaloo Assassins will be onsite and ready to take the party to the next funky level. Event Schedule: 6 – 9:30 p.m. – The evening festivities kick off with the return of food trucks, games on the plaza and a chance to enter a raffle to win a brand new 2017 Kia Sedona SXL. Food trucks onsite include: Taqueria de Anda, Dos Chinos, Kala Truck and Frankie’s Frozen Treats. 6 – 7:30 p.m. – DJ Ceazs Hernandez gets the party going with great dance music. 8 – 9:30 p.m. – The Boogaloo Assassins take to the stage and fill the...

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2016 Surf City Surf Dog Competition

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

The world’s best surfing dogs will once again gather in Surf City USA for the 8th Annual Unleashed by Petco, Surf City Surf Dog competition on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Huntington Dog Beach. More than 70 pawticipants and international surfurs will be competing for barking rights to claim the top dog honor, taking home the trophy in the second event of the Double Dog Dare Surf Dog two-part series. This year’s Surf City Surf Dog event has some added international flair. Australian Dog Behavior Specialist and surfer, Chris De Aboitiz will be flying to the US for the entire month of September to not only train a rescue pup from SoCal Golden Retriever Rescue (SCGRR), but also to compete in the competition with his new surfur friend. The dog will be available for adoption and, if all goes...

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4 Indoor Educational Projects for a Rainy Day

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Crafts, Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Kids love to spend time playing outside. However, even Orange County has a few rainy days (or days so hot everybody wants to stay indoors in the AC). There are some great education-based projects that can be completed indoors that are both fun and productive on a rainy day. Whether kids are working on their art skills, reading comprehension, or math, there are several things they can do as a family while learning something new. 1. Color mixing Color mixing can make a fun and educational art project that helps kids learn how to make secondary and tertiary colors. For this project, kids will need four colors of paint: red, blue, yellow, and white. They can mix up orange, purple, green, and pink and so on. Many kids end up accidentally making brown or gray when they mix red,...

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Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China Returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Lauded as one of the leading acrobatic companies in the world, the award-winning Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China has been entertaining generations of audiences for five decades, both at home and abroad. For its debut at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the company will perform a spectacular new show, “Shanghai Nights” on Saturday, October 1 with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. “Shanghai Nights” tells the story of a dreaming boy who enters a world of fantasy where he finds a beautiful fairy phoenix and follows the mesmerizing and graceful creature on an adventure. With more than 100 top aerial acrobats, trampoline artists, jugglers and contortionists performing in “Shanghai Nights,” Orange County audiences will experience a thrilling show that beautifully blends high-flying adventure and China’s rich cultural heritage...

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Spooky Fun at Boo at the LA Zoo

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 1 comment

This Halloween season, BOO AT THE LA ZOO offers goblins and ghouls of all ages a chance to feed their imaginations with fang-tastic fun and spooktacular learning throughout the entire month of October beginning Saturday, October 1 and continuing through Monday, October 31, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm. BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO 2016 features daily activities such as spooky caves and a corn stalk maze, while weekends include a “Mad Science Fire and Ice Halloween Show,” “Musical Monster Mash-Up” puppet show, a costumes-encouraged dance party, boo-tiful Halloween themed crafts, strolling characters, pumpkin carving, special animal feedings and other family fun including a “Disney Activity Station” and costume character meet-and-greets with PJ Masks and Peppa Pig on select weekends. Activities at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO, which is sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, are free with paid...

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Hilarious and Relatable Menopause The Musical

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We were guests of the venue at the Laguna Beach Playhouse. Menopause The Musical is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Now celebrating 15 years of female empowerment, the grassroots movement of women who deal with life’s adjustments in an open fun forum has returned to Laguna Beach. The musical comedy is here for a two-week return special engagement! Last curtain call is scheduled on September 11th. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30 pm at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Tickets start at $60.00 All women eventually walk the plank of “unknown territory” of menopause at some time or another in their life. It greets us as early as age thirty and definitely lets us know of its...

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It’s Trick-or-Treat Time at LEGOLAND California

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Events, Featured, Halloween, LegoLand | 0 comments

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort, is back and sweeter than ever! The biggest kids’ Halloween celebration in San Diego offers children and their families trick-or-treating and entertainment throughout the Park. Every Saturday night (Oct. 1,8,15,22, & 29) starting at 5pm, LEGOLAND California transforms into a not-too-spooky Halloween party featuring a new Ghost Cruise adventure, a new pop-badge challenge through Fun Town, a new theater show in Castle Hill, a fall festival complete with a LEGO® pumpkin patch building activity and blue-grass style music in LEGO Friends Heartlake City, treat stations with specialty items including a LEGO® commemorative Brick, roaming candy carts throughout the Park and two bonus treat stations inside SEA LIFE® Aquarium. Plus, LEGOLAND® Hotel joins in the fun with its own Halloween party on Oct. 31 with candy giveaways, a dance party and a special...

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Back-to-School Tips for 2e Students

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

What is a 2e student? Twice-exceptional children have an exceptionally high intellectual ability in one area or another alongside a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, auditory processing disorder, and/or social/emotional challenges that impact their ability to effectively progress in typical or remedial settings. Many people do not realize that giftedness, or, exceptionally high intellect can exist alongside a deficit. In fact, more than 15% of individuals with exceptional intelligence have a learning disability that impacts their ability to progress effectively. Many twice-exceptional children are misdiagnosed with labels such as Autism and ADHD. While many twice-exceptional children may have these challenges, a good majority do not. Often, 2e children are able to mask their challenges and so their difficulties are subtle and often overlooked until school and life demands become more complex. What this can look like is,...

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5 Ways To Start The School Year Off Right

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Education, Family | 0 comments

Kids are adjusting to their first couple weeks back in a classroom. Some are very excited to be learning new things while others long for afternoons on the playground or at the beach. Either way, there are some ways kids can start the school year off right, so they have a great chance of academic success while still having the opportunity just to be a kid. Its important students learn organizational skills but still have time for friends. It’s also a good idea to reevaluate any changing needs young students have as they grow and transition through their K-12 experiences. Get organized Each student will have different organizational needs based on their current grade and list of classes. If kids are going to different teachers for different subjects, it’s great to have a separate notebook and folder for each...

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3 Easy Steps to Get Your Kids Addicted to Reading

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Break Free I am in front of a screen pretty much all day. I have my computer at work, my computer at home, and my phone for every place in between. I’m connected (read: addicted). And, probably, so are you. That’s why doing anything off screen is special. And doing something off screen, with your child, and with something that’s good for them is really special. A hat trick of parenting. Reading is all of those things. We read to our kids when they’re little, and we love it. So why do we stop when they get older? I didn’t stop reading aloud to my kids—I still haven’t—and it’s the best part of my day. I don’t mean just at bedtime. I mean randomly: reading for 10 minutes here, for a few minutes in the car, or while I...

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5 Ways to Teach Kids to be Curious this Summer

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Family, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

It’s so important for students to maintain their innate curiosity as they get older and progress through the school system. Being curious and imaginative are two great qualities that younger children generally have without any prompting. We are born curious and want to know about the world. In some cases, older students become less curious as time goes by because they are focused on the tasks in front of them. Summer is an excellent time for elementary school students to maintain or reignite the curiosity that encourages them to ask why things are a certain way or explore their environment. Asking why can lead to advanced problem solving later in life and can help students both academically and socially. So how can kids be encouraged to stay curious this summer? Explore the outdoor environment Kids spend most of their...

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Camp Out Loud This Summer!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Camp, Family, Summer | 0 comments

Sponsored Has the summer boredom started to set in? Are you looking for something fun and exciting for your kids to do this summer? Your local YMCA is here to help! Summer Day Camp and Specialty Camps at the YMCA are fun, action-packed adventure filled with sports, outdoor activities, field trips, and specialty clubs that keep your children engaged in learning during their summer break. Summer Day Camps run through August 10th with engaging weekly themes and field trips like: Boomers, Planetarium, Zoo, Scooters Jungle, Knott’s Berry Farm, Pump It Up, and more. Weekly specialty camps are available at YMCA fitness facilities and provide instruction and education in sports like volleyball, soccer, basketball and swim, science, arts and crafts, and more! With 50+ locations to choose from across Orange County, YMCA Summer Camps are convenient and affordable. Find your...

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Free Garden Design Summer Tabletop Class

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

Summer is officially here! Prepare to entertain with style this summer, with great tips from Molly Wood at her Costa Mesa Garden Design shop on Saturday, June 25 at 11am and 2pm. Molly will be offering expert advice on setting up gorgeous, sustainable centerpieces,table settings, and more. The class is free, and reservations are required. Call 949.548.1611 to reserve your spot, and the class will be held at 1660 Orange Avenue in Costa...

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Royal Swedish Ballet’s Juliet and Romeo

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

The Royal Swedish Ballet, one of Europe’s first and most revered ballet companies, returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from June 10th through June 12th with the West Coast debut of Juliet and Romeo by choreographer Mats Ek. This production provides a contemporary twist and retelling of Shakespeare’s most treasured and tragic love story (Romeo and Juliet). Juliet and Romeo was created in honor of the Royal Swedish Ballet’s 240th anniversary in 2013 and garnered the 2015 Olivier Award winner for Best New Dance Production. This tour marks the company’s second visit to the Center, they last performed here in 1999. Pacific Symphony will perform, conducted by Eva Ollikainen, who conducts for the Royal Swedish Ballet and many other orchestras and opera companies in Europe. Swedish choreographer Mats Ek is a master of interpreting beloved classics in...

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Hotel Irvine Summer Movie Nights in the Backyard

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

Summer lifestyle living in Orange County means flip flops, warm evenings, outdoor dining, leisure time with family and friends, cool drinks and Wow sunsets. Hotel Irvine’s popular Summer Movie Nights in The Backyard is back! The hit from last year, movie-goers can ditch the indoor movie screen for gorgeous SoCal summer nights, grab their blankets or beach chairs and stake out the best spot they can find on the lawn. Featuring classic blockbuster favorites on a 16-foot giant outdoor movie screen, it’s the perfect night for families, friends or even an impromptu date night. Guests can pre-order a picnic from Marketplace or enjoy the chef’s outdoor buffet offering freshly prepared burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, summer sides and staple movie snacks like ice cream, nachos, popcorn and favorite movie candies. Wine and cocktails are available, along with non-alcoholic beverages....

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5 Ways to Help Kids Become More Independent After School

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Education, Family | 0 comments

When children first transition to school, parents and teachers provide structure for them. Younger children can benefit from this structure to a great degree and it will help them develop their own internal structure so they can become independent. Once kids get into elementary school they should start finding their own motivation to get their homework done. Although a parent will still need to create structure and check up on kids to varying degrees, it’s important to introduce the idea of self motivation early on so that young students have plenty of time to adjust to their own responsibilities. Let them control their homework chart Many parents have a homework chart, which can be very helpful for children who don’t automatically sit down to complete their studies. Homework charts are also helpful because they let both the student and...

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2016 OC Fair Discounts and Deals

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

The OC Fair is offering many ways to save at the 2016 event July 15-August 14, 2016. The discounts start opening day with the return of Free Opening Hour featuring free admission and parking for everyone the first hour on Friday, July 15, 2016 from Noon-1 p.m. Daily Deals Super Pass: The OC Fair’s season pass is a great option for Fairgoers to access all the Fair they can bear for one affordable price. The season pass grants the passholder 23-day access to the 2016 Fair and discounts on concert tickets for select events at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The 2016 Super Pass is available for General $35, Senior (60+) $28 and Youth (6-12) $28. The 2016 Super Pass can be purchased online at ocfair.com/superpass or from the on-site Box Office. Military Get in...

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OC Zoo Star Wars Day

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

May the Force be with you! Join the County of Orange and OC Parks at Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo invites families for a fun day with live Star Wars characters, crafts, games and photo opportunities. Zoo animals will receive special treats and there will be animal meet-and-greets throughout the day. The first 100 children ages 12 and under to attend the event in a Star Wars costume will receive a special gift and complimentary train ride ticket for the Irvine Park Railroad. All visitors are encouraged to wear Star Wars costumes. Reservations for Star Wars Day are not required. All event activities are free with a paid zoo admission of $2 per person, ages 2 and under are free....

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End the Year Strong: 5 Benefits of a Private Tutor

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Education, Family | 0 comments

The end of the academic year is not that far away. Kids are getting excited to enjoy a summer without having to focus on textbooks and memorization. In order to avoid spending part of the summer catching up on academics, students should consider the benefits of working with a one-on-one tutor. By spring teachers don’t have time for review and have to add test prep into the curriculum. This can become overwhelming for many students who are focusing more on playing outside and less on learning. Avoid summer school Summer school is becoming an ever popular choice for kids in elementary school. If it’s necessary to allow a child to move on to the next grade then it’s totally worth it. However, lengthy academic sessions also take away from a child’s summer, as well as time away from outdoor...

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You’re Invited: The Ecology Center Grow Your Own! Spring Festival

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

Join us at The Ecology Center on Saturday, April 16th for their annual spring festival, a family-friendly celebration of harvest, gardening, and a more abundant future. This year, the event includes opportunities to learn garden skills and have your questions answered by The Ecology Center’s own experts. Admission is free at this year’s Grow Your Own! Spring Festival! Activities include: DIY stations: terrarium building, easy pickling, and more! Hands-on garden skill demonstrations by TEC experts Ask an Eco-Designer & Ask a Grow Your Own! Teacher booths Organic seedling sale Wildcraft Lab for kids Live music & dance Delicious local, handmade food Bike Valet – arrive on two wheels and we’ll have a safe place to stash your bike! Visits with The Ecology Center chickens Organic strawberry picking at South Coast Farms (our next door neighbors) Voucher to redeem a...

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Limited-Time Kids Eat Free at iHop Restaurants

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

IHOP® restaurants, which have been bringing people together over a great breakfast, anytime of day for almost 58 years, are now making it easier—and more affordable—for families to spend dinner time together. From April 11 through May 6, from 4pm to 10pm, with every purchase of one adult entrée, one child 12 and under will receive an entrée from the IHOP restaurants’ “Just for Kids” menu, all of which are 600 calories or less, absolutely free. A recent Columbia University study found that children who often eat dinner with their parents not only report being closer as a family, but that regular family dinners yield benefits such as better self-esteem and higher grade-point-averages in school. The same study has shown that eating dinner as a family is not only good for the spirit, but that dinner conversations help develop...

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5 Educational Skills your Child can Learn from a Private Tutor

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Young kids can gain a lot from their role models and will follow the lead of the adults in their life. Once children start school, there are examples of what to do and how to behave from day one. Going to school is essentially a kid’s job while they are growing up and education, in general, takes up most of their day. A positive academic role model plays a valued part in a growing student’s life, and they can learn a lot from working with a private tutor. 1) Work ethic School is incredibly demanding. Kids work in the classroom until early afternoon and then sit down to complete homework assignments. Without a high work ethic, it’s difficult for young students to complete all of their academic tasks within a reasonable time frame, which can result in fatigue and...

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The 27th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

The 27th annual America’s Family Pet Expo returns Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24, 2016 to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626). Cats, dogs, miniature farm animals, birds, and exotic reptiles, will come together in this unique event giving show guests the opportunity to experience furry, feathered and scaled friends in a variety of different ways. Last year 45,000 guests visited the America’s Family Pet Expo showing a 5% increase from 2014. There were more than 600 animal adoptions including dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs –that were adopted into “forever homes” from the Pet Expo’s Southern California animal rescue partner organizations New to the Pet Expo, is an adorable collection of mini farm animals including mini donkeys, mini cattle, mini sheep, mini dairy goats, chickens,...

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Irvine Public Schools Foundation Summer Program

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Camp, Family | 0 comments

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is expected to attract more than 5,000 students to its 2016 Summer Programs, which provides children with an enriching and educational experience during the summer. Through IPSF’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) K-8, incoming elementary and middle school students will be able to experience a wide range of classes in subjects including STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), grade level prep, programming, language arts, performing arts and sports. The fee-based classes will be held at school sites throughout the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). With classes such as Top Chef, Angels Science of Baseball, LEGO Engineering, Anime Creation and Video Game Essentials, children can have fun as they learn throughout the summer. A new addition to this year’s IPSF Summer Enrichment Academy is The Young Americans Camp from July 5 to July 9 at...

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Disney on Ice Treasure Trove Spectacular

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Audiences will discover endless riches when an extraordinary lineup of stories from the Disney Vault come to life for the ultimate Disney animation celebration with the delightful production, Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with its skating spectacular spanning tales from the first full-length animated film to the 50th Disney film, playing the Southland from April 13-24 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario and Long Beach Arena. Hit the ice with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they embark on a fun-filled treasure hunt for some of the most popular Disney films ever. Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn. Enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney Princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Tiana, Mulan...

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LA Times Festival of Books

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

The Los Angeles Times recently announced the slate of esteemed authors and cultural luminaries participating in the 21st annual Festival of Books, its signature civic event and the largest literary festival in America. The weekend-long celebration of ideas, creativity and the written word will be held Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 at the University of Southern California. Over 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs will lead conversations, live performances and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Thought leaders, personalities and experts scheduled to appear include: Buzz Aldrin, Kwame Alexander, Reza Aslan, Lidia Bastianich, Zac Brewer, T.C. Boyle, Alexander Chee, Nate Corddry, Taye Diggs, Duff Goldman, Juan Felipe Herrera, Laila Lalami, Padma Lakshmi, Jonathan Lethem, Diana Nyad, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Orlean, James Patterson, Anna Quindlen, Holly Robinson Peete, Luis J. Rodriguez, Jonathan & Drew Scott, Tavis Smiley, Somini...

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Protecting the Future Health of your Children with Americord

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

I am a registered nurse and the mother of three boys, ages 7, 2 ½ , and 1 month old. About 1 ½ years ago we received the heart wrenching news that our second son was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer, one day before his first birthday. This took us on an emotional rollercoaster. Over the next year and a half our son endured lab tests, scans, eight rounds of chemotherapy, and several surgeries. He continues with monthly doctor visits and lab work, as well as periodic scans. Because we know that there is a chance of cancer relapse, and if so, that stem cell transplant is a possible treatment option, we wished we would have collected cord blood from both him and his older brother. But we were not familiar with the program and assumed that it...

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Have a Day of Adventure at Caspers Wilderness Park

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Events | 1 comment

OC Parks is hosting their annual Adventure Day at Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event invites guests to enjoy a day of adventure in the great outdoors with natural history tours, wildlife exhibits, musical entertainment, arts and crafts, games and refreshments. Caspers Adventure Day will host wildlife-inspired games of ring-toss, cowboy lasso, a scavenger hunt and storytelling. Educational programs and interactive experiences include learning about bugs, raptors, conservation, navigation, Native Americans and the rich history of Orange County. Participants include Reserve of Mission Viejo, OC Bird of Prey Center, Caspers Park Foundation, Inside the Outdoors, Journeys to the Past and more! Food will be available to purchase from the Tamarindo Truck and from other food vendors. Caspers Adventure Day admission is free and adults and children...

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5 Things That Can Stop a Study Group from Being Successful

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

We all know that joining a study group can help students be successful when it comes to tricky assignments and projects. Working together can help students stay motivated and hold them to a schedule. In general, students who are part of a study group will take their academics more seriously and end up being more successful overall. However, there are times when study groups just don’t work. This can be for any number of reasons but there are a few universal issues that can stop collaborative study from being productive. 1)  The students in the group don’t get along If students within a study group really just don’t get along it can become a huge distraction from accomplishing work. Students don’t get to choose who they attend classes with but they can choose who is in their study group....

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The Zombie Apocalypse is Happening at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

Universal Studios Hollywood brings the most popular show in cable television history to life in Summer 2016 when AMC’s Golden Globe award-nominated television series, “The Walking Dead,” sets up permanent residency at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. in an all-new immersive, cutting-edge attraction. Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for years as a signature “Halloween Horror Nights” maze. This newly enhanced venture will take the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an authentic 365 day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions. To further elevate the authenticity of this new attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including visionary executive producer and director, Greg Nicotero and his special effects company, KNB Efx. Greg’s team, responsible for masterfully creating the show’s realistic decaying walkers, will...

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The Ultimate Diaper Bag – Haruhonpo USA

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Family, Fashion, Parenting, Shopping | 6 comments

Sponsored One of the most significant purchases a new mom has to make is the diaper bag. It is important to find a diaper bag that will fit all your needs while away from home, and will be built to last. As a mom of three young children, I have purchased multiple diaper bags that have broken down quickly and have not been equipped to handle the amount of things I need to pack for my three kids while on the go. I was recently introduced to a new company called Haruhonpo USA that creates cute backpacks, purses, and diaper bags. We put their Pumpkin Silver Leopard diaper bag to the test over the past couple of weeks, and it is one of the best diaper bags that I have had. It features 12 storage compartments and comes with...

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World Premiere of Fuller House

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue My daughter squealed with delight and almost hyperventilated when she found out OC Mom Blog was invited to attend the Premiere of “Fuller House.” She jumped up and down and said, “Really mom, you mean we get to see D.J., Uncle Jesse, and the stars of the show?” I calmed her down and said, “Let’s just enjoy it for the moment and remember, that they are just people!” Then she belted out, “Mom, you don’t understand, they are not just people they are ‘the’ people! I’ve watched every episode from beginning to end, some two to three times and even watched Jesse over and over!” The “Fuller House” Premiere was fantastic to attend at the Grove in Los Angeles. The red carpet (graced with green grass), bright lights and exciting cast...

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Feel-Good Family Film ‘Eddie the Eagle’

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of 20th Century Fox. I had the distinct pleasure of attending the screening of the film “Eddie the Eagle” at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Entering the gates at 20th Century Fox was a memorable treat in itself, and was the perfect introduction to this beautiful film. I was greeted by personnel in a golf cart who swept me off my feet as I took in the Fox Lot nostalgia. The driver dropped me off at a cafe, as I had arrived at the screening early. I noticed the freshly manicured green ivy archways and meandering paths that lead up to an open field of umbrella picnic tables for Fox employees to enjoy their work breaks. Suffice it to say, Fox Studios makes their visitors feel special, and me feel – extraordinary....

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Hugh Jackman Soars in ‘Eddie the Eagle’

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of 20th Century Fox. A ski jumper who never stopped believing in himself. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach played by Hugh Jackman, he takes on the team, and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world in “Eddie the Eagle.” Jackman plays a troubled coach who learns that disappointments in life can either harm or propel one to have a better, more fulfilled life. As a Mom, my interview with Jackman was one of the most engaging, insightful interviews I’ve ever attended. Jackman was forthright in providing insight into why this role meant so much to him as a father of two children. Jackman gladly took the challenge of playing the coach in “Eddie the Eagle,” because in his words, “It is a movie that helps people...

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6 Ways to Engage Your Kid During Bedtime Reading

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Family, Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

Many young children love to be read to before bed but others will find any excuse to disrupt the bedtime routine. Although some parents will struggle to get their little one to put down the book and go to sleep, others may find that it’s difficult to hold their children’s attention during story time. Learning to love reading is an important factor in creativity, imagination, and interest in school. There are a few ways parents can engage their kids in bedtime reading if it has become a struggle. Let them choose the book Many young children will choose the same book over and over again to have mom or dad read to them.  Additionally, kids may have different tastes than their parents. If bedtime reading has been a struggle lately, let the kid choose which story they want. When...

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Kate Hudson Dishes on Motherhood and Kung Fu Panda 3

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of DreamWorks. DreamWorks invited Kate Hudson to sit down with me and a group of bloggers to share her thoughts on motherhood and two boys and her latest film “Kung Fu Panda 3.” Meeting Kate Hudson is like having her walk out from your favorite movie. But this time, the cameras are off, and she is just as natural and kind as one would imagine her to be. Anyone who has spent time with Kate Hudson would agree that her winning smile, strong work ethic, and natural acting ability, has added up to the great person she is. Her stellar performances show us a level of dedication she boldly invests in her craft. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s hard work ethic has inspired Kate’s work but has not defined it. She has...

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Planes, Hiking and Adventure at Kite Hill in Laguna Niguel

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Laguna Niguel, Parks | 1 comment

I know a super cool place where I can take the kids from time to time and escape life’s daily (understandable) pressures. The kind of pressures we all face like: the unending carpool lane at school, or the mind numbing time spent waiting on the phone for an answer from the insurance company while the kids are in a heated spat. Or the feeling the refrigerator is a bottomless pit and you need to return to the grocery store a third time that week after you work all day, only to have the kids inform you, “Mom, we are OUT of food again!” All of these so-called pressures are small when we compare it to the bigger picture of life: keeping a family together and giving them some “outdoor” exposure to our ever changing world. As a mother, I...

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A Snow White Christmas

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue FOUR more days until the FINAL curtain call to be a part of the Lythgoe Family PANTO Production! I was a guest of the performance in Laguna Beach’s “world renown” Laguna Playhouse. Wow! WHAT a FANTASTIC time! I would definitely say its a “FEEL GOOD” family musical–quoted by the LA Times! This British Panto production showcases an amazing talent of cast leads. Glee’s Lindsay Pearce, Nickelodeon Star Jonathan Meza, and Star Treks Marina Sirtis to name a few. As a mother, sometimes I feel as though the Holiday Season progresses in warp speed and whisks by in a blink of an eye. This season, it has been my wish to slow down –live for the present and enjoy it’s many nuances of goofy giggles, memorable sibling exchanges and quality down time...

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Your Children Are Invited to Participate in Hands-On Environmental Research

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Have you ever been presented with the unique opportunity to participate in hands-on environmental research? As a child, did you ever imagine what it would be like to be a real scientist? On Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) is turning dreams into a reality! CCA will be hosting its first Field Science Saturday to give participants the chance to explore Crystal Cove’s Moro Canyon and collect data about the soil, water, plants and much more – to help save the environment, all while having fun! This will be the first-ever Field Science Saturday, a free community program to engage families, students ages 8+ and the public to investigate the health of Moro Canyon’s ecosystem by collecting data on decomposition rates, transpiration in plants, water table levels and fire ecology Data collected will be shared...

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Meet the Cast of Liv and Maddie at CHILL

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

The Queen Mary is excited to host Dove Cameron and the cast of Disney’s hit show Liv and Maddie at CHILL, the coolest holiday adventure in Southern California, on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Join the cast to celebrate the holidays and experience the incredible attractions at CHILL including The Ice Kingdom, ice tubing down the Glacier Glide, ice skating in front of the majestic Queen Mary ship, and a special 4D theater experience. The cast will be at two autograph signing sessions at the CHILL ice skating rink taking place from 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. TICKETS: CHILL guests can have the opportunity meet the cast of Liv and Maddie by purchasing a regular CHILL event ticket. No additional fees apply. CHILL tickets start at $34.99 for adults and $24.99 for kids (ages 4-11). Tickets are available online at http://queenmary.com/events/chill/...

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A Snow White Christmas is a Perfect “Holiday Night Out” for the whole family

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 2 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue The Lythgoe Family Productions is thrilled to announce a SPECIAL HOLIDAY EVENT playing right here in our very own Laguna Beach, Laguna Playhouse!–“A Snow White Christmas”! With LIMITED ENGAGEMENT –NOW OPEN Thurs., Dec. 3rd – 27th. The Playhouse expects a SOLD OUT performance so call today before the seats are spoken for…(949)-497-2787! “A Snow White Christmas” stars Neil Patrick Harris as the on-Screen “Magic Mirror” and Glee’s Lindsay Pearce as “Snow White” and Star Trek: The Next Generation Marina Sirtis as the “Wicked Queen” and features many more talented actors ! Over Thanksgiving break, I was a guest at the rehearsal of “A Snow White Christmas” in the Laguna Playhouse Forum. As I walked through the theatre doors I could feel the energy of the performers! Laguna Playhouse is located right...

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Celebrate the Holiday Season at Heritage Hill Historical Park

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Spend the holiday season in the great outdoor winter wonderland at Heritage Hill Historical Park. The month of December welcomes a busy calendar of festive events and public programs at the park for all to enjoy. Experience the traditions of the holidays December 5, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 34th annual Victorian Christmas. The park’s four historic buildings will be festively decorated for the season. There will be music and dance performances, local craft vendors, and food for purchase. Bring your Christmas list and visit with Santa. Families and friends will also enjoy fun, hands-on activities including Christmas ornament and card making, candle dipping, butter churning, Victorian-inspired crafts and games, and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus. Experience the historic park in a unique way that only happens once a year during Heritage Hill Historical Park’s...

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OC Snow Play Day with the Anaheim Ducks

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

The forecast on Saturday Dec. 12, 2015 calls for a flurry of snow in Orange County – if only for a day. From noon to 5 p.m., kids have the opportunity to learn how to snowboard on real snow and also craft popsicle snowmen. In attendance will be the Anaheim Ducks’ mascot, Wild Wing, the Power Players and Street Team. The event will take place in the Edwards Theater Courtyard. In addition, a Ducks-inspired photo backdrop, designed to look like you’re sitting beside the Ducks players on their bench during a game, offers families a great way to capture the “DUCK the Halls” fun. Guests can also enter to win The Ultimate Fan package of four (4) Ducks tickets, dinner at The Market Place and a $500 The Market Place gift card. When: December 12th Time: 12-5pm Where: The...

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Holiday Treats at The Aquarium of the Pacific (Giveaway)

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 7 comments

Get into the holiday spirit early, and share the fun as the Aquarium’s animals receive their gifts from Santa Diver. In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering treats to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, birds, fish, and other animals during Holiday Treats for the Animals weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 2015. The animals are not the only ones celebrating; families can meet and greet penguins up close. Guests can see Santa Diver in action, and take photos with Santa in his traditional attire and holiday costumed characters. The festival will feature Hanukkah storytelling and dreidel activities. Holiday music, crafts, shopping, gingerbread house displays and more will be included in the festivities. To top it all off, snow will fall in the Aquarium’s Great Hall and guests can...

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A Family Built on Love Shares Their Story of Adoption

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Our family was formed the day our daughter landed in our hearts and home. My husband and I had decided to adopt a child from the foster care system. The wait seemed like forever until Orange County Social Services presented us with this beautiful girl and then everything moved very quickly! Our daughter had a rough start. At birth, her biological parents struggled with mental health issues, substance abuse and domestic violence. She fell into foster care at the age of 2 ½. By the time she was placed in our home one year later, we were her 7th set of parents. The trauma of what she had endured during the first 3 years of her life and the successive moves resulted in PTSD, RAD (reactive attachment disorder) and anxiety disorder. Our family decided that an open adoption was...

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HGTV Holiday 3D Adventure at the Lakewood Center

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 4 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue My family and I were guests at the HGTV Santa headquarters in Lakewood Center. We were excited to tour this “one of a kind” Santa’s 3D workshop. The headquarters was unlike anything I’ve seen! !) There was laughter and smiles abound as we entered this make-believe 3D world. It’s located in the center of the Lakewood Mall adjacent to Macy’s….Easy to access by the centers open parking lot just outside. We were greeted by reindeer staff that told us to PREPARE for a special, interactive JOURNEY. We felt transplanted into a land of Christmas trees, and visual HGTV creations….with music and “hands on” activities for all kids (and BIG kids like Mom and Dad too❤️)! The smell of chocolate chip cookies filled the air. As we entered this HGTV creative 3D...

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Hello Kitty Cafe is Coming to the Irvine Spectrum

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Dining, Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, announces the opening of the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up. The pop-up cafe is designed within a metal shipping container and will be located at Irvine Spectrum Center. The temporary modular space will be placed in the Giant Wheel Court and will open to the public in late November – offering goodies & treats to Hello Kitty fans of all ages into 2016. The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up will serve up selections of the supercute menu items that have become favorites on the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, which has been making stops around the western United States since its debut at Hello Kitty Con in October 2014. Delicious mini cakes, colorful macarons packaged in adorable boxes, delectable doughnuts and bow shaped water bottles have become instant fan favorites...

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A Snow White Christmas at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Christmas, Entertainment, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham and Lythgoe Family Productions are thrilled to announce a very special Holiday event, A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS, featuring Lindsay Pearce (“Glee”) as Snow White, Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) as the Wicked Queen and an on-screen appearance by Tony award-winner Neil Patrick Harris as the Magic Mirror (“Best Thing Ever with Neil Patrick Harris). An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing, a live miniature pony and contemporary music from Katy Perry’s “Firework” to Huey Lewis and the News’ “Power of Love” to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages...

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The Ecology Center Handmade Maker’s Market

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Events, Family, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

Last year, The Ecology Center debut Handmade: Maker’s Market, a show celebrating modern makers and local artisans. Following a positive reception, the market returns again this year to San Juan Capistrano with more artisans, a DIY craft station for kids, a cocktail garden lounge for adults, artists’ demos, and musical guests. Maker’s Market will be held at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano on November 14th 11am-4pm, just in time for the holidays. While craft fairs abound throughout Southern California, Maker’s Market is unique because it strictly curates artisans with an emphasis on locally sourced and eco-conscious products. The market’s goods include hand-dyed garments, hand-carved sustainable wood, plant-based soaps, herbal remedies, organic and local food, among other eco-friendly goods that fit with non-profit’s mission to cultivate a sustainable culture and lifestyle. In addition to supporting local artisans, The...

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Gizmo’s A Plenty at the Child Creativity Lab

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Education, Family, Parenting, Shopping | 2 comments

My daughter and I were guests at the Grand Opening of the Child Creativity Lab We attended the Grand Opening of the Child Creativity Lab in Santa Ana. As a former elementary school teacher, I’ve always gravitated to the expression: –With ART, anything’s possible! There is NOTHING more satisfying and fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. We know now, there is a window of time in their development where if they don’t use it- They LOSE IT. …Tell me it isn’t SO?!….. Internet…TV…..technology…are awesome avenues but it could be hurting our kids? I’m a tad guilty AT TIMES allowing my kids time on iPads, video games and watching TV … but with creative outlets like the Child Creatively Lab—the world’s their explorative oyster! My ten year old daughter and I jumped...

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All-New Winter Fest is Coming to the OC Fair & Event Center

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 3 comments

Affiliate link included An all-new holiday attraction, Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center will be opening December 18 and continuing through January 3. The festival embodies the spirit of the winter season, bringing fun and merriment to sunny Southern California. Experience ice-skating with a theater-sized screen playing holiday films in the background, ice tubing down a 130-foot, six-lane ice slide, nightly snowfall and tree lighting, festive entertainment, reindeer feedings, and more than 30 carnival rides and games. Winter Fest is filled with seasonal foods, craft cocktails, magical lights, and holiday décor including the world’s largest ornament. Passing through Winter Fest’s icy gates reveals a whimsical wonderland where guests can stroll through the center of the world’s largest illuminated ornament. Attendees can sample holiday treats while sipping hot cocoa or specialty craft cocktails, and enjoy activities for...

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2015 Veterans Day Specials and Events in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Veterans Day is an important day to honor the men and women who have served their time with the U.S. Armed Forces. There are multiple discounts, specials and deals for military families and events happening around Orange County. The listing will be updated daily, and if you know of an event or special we have missed, please email us at [email protected] McCormick & Schmick’s McCormickandSchmicks.com McCormick & Schmick’s will honor US Military Veterans with a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée on Sunday, November 8 in recognition of Veteran’s Day. This marks the restaurant’s 16th consecutive year in providing a special menu for our nation’s heroes. Verification of service is required. Reservations are highly encouraged, as tables fill up quickly. Guests can visit www.McCormickandSchmicks.com to find a location near them and to book their reservations today. Knott’s Berry Farm 8039...

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2015 Halloween Discounts and Deals

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Deals, Dining, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Trick-or-Treat! Local businesses are offering some great discounts and deals for families on Halloween that are sure that make your kids “scream” with joy. From Free Scary pancakes to Free kids meals, these are some deals that you’ll not want to miss. Chipotle chipotle.com/boorito This Halloween from 5pm to close, spook them by adding something unnecessary to your costume and score a $3 burrito. IHOP ihop.com Kids are invited to create their own scary face pancake for FREE on October 30th from 7am to 10pm Ruby’s Diner (participating locations) On October 31st, kids in costume 12 and under eat for FREE from 4pm to closing. (limit of one free child’s entree per adult entree purchased. One free toy with every kid’s meal. Not valid at Shake Shack or airport. Cannot be combined with any other offer) Sizzler (Participating locations)...

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Día de los Muertos Events in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead is celebrated annually on November 2nd. The joyful event, steeped in tradition, celebrates the memory of passed friends and family and includes food, flowers and photos as a celebration of life. In Latin culture, the celebration dates back hundreds of years and is believed to bridge the worlds between the living and dead on this day each year. Thinking about hosting your own Día de los Muertos event? Michelle’s Party Plan-it has everything you need. El Centro Cultural de México presents 13th Annual Noche de Altares The largest Día de los Muertos celebration in Orange County! 4th and Birch in Santa Ana, CA https://www.facebook.com/events/440444206135915/ November 7th 1-10pm oin us on November 7th 2015 from 1-10pm on Calle Cuatro in downtown Santa Ana. With the great help of Centro volunteers...

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Sensory-Friendly Children’s Theatre Performance of ‘Room on the Broom’

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is hosting a special sensory-friendly Performance of “Room on the Broom” at 10am on October 31st in Samueli Theater. Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom, the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, takes audiences aboard a magnificent broom for an unforgettable adventure. Sensory-friendly precautions are taken to reduce sound levels, particularly loud or startling sounds; reduce overwhelming stage lighting; provide low ambient lighting in the theater throughout the performance so patrons are able to see should they need to move around or exit the theater; leave some seats unsold to allow extra room for patrons who may need to move or exit during the performance; provide social story and other preparatory materials to parents and children so they know what to expect from the performance; allow...

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5 Ways to Approach Your Very First Parent-Teacher Conference

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Many parents will be experiencing their very first parent-teacher conference in the coming weeks. These can be exciting, informative, and stressful depending upon the situation. Parents who are  going to their first conference are encouraged to think about a few things that can make their experience better overall as well as obtain information they need about their young learner. Ask about the curriculum in general Once parents have been to several conferences, they should be relatively familiar with the curriculum. However, parents who are adjusting to their child entering school for the first time will likely have a ton of questions. It’s good to know what, in general, will be covered within the classroom environment so parents know what to expect and know what they need to supplement, if anything. For instance, some schools offer a comprehensive electives program...

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The Professional Bull Riders Return to the Honda Center

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) 2016 Built Ford Tough Series returns to Honda Center with the Anaheim Invitational January 29-31. With tickets starting at only $17, California fans can experience one of the most popular events filled with the excitement, action and thrills. There are new ticket options this year, including PBR Elite Seats. Located in an exclusive section of the arena in perfect view of all of the high-flying, dirt-flinging action, the PBR Elite Seats will give fans the VIP experience of a lifetime; a pre-event reception with refreshments, backstage tours featuring a PBR 101 presentation, and meet-and-greets with PBR’s exclusive entertainer Flint Rasmussen and top PBR stars. These seats can be purchased through a PBR customer service representative by calling 800-732-1727. Get your tickets online at ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or at the Honda Center box...

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Take a Step Back in Time at Prehistoric OC

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center will celebrate International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day (which are only four days apart) on October 10, 2015 with a FREE educational family event, Prehistoric OC. The Prehistoric OC festival presents Orange County’s rich heritage of natural history, prehistoric animals and plants, and Native American culture to the community.  Prehistoric OC is fun for both young and old, with a number of activities including archaeological and paleontological demonstrations and exhibits, a Junior Scientist Camp featuring educational crafts and hands-on activities. The event will feature volcano demonstrations, Native American storytelling and lectures by leading experts on archaeology, paleontology and geology. And, Brew Hawg and Roman Nose Fry Bread will be on hand with delicious food and drinks. Prehistoric OC is hosted in collaboration with Orange County Parks at the...

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OC Market Place Halloween Festival Scares Up Frightfully Fun Activities

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Ghouls and goblins young and old can take in a full day of events, contests, and entertainment during the 18th Annual Trick or Treat Festival slated for Sunday, Oct. 25 at the OC Market Place in Costa Mesa.The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Themed “Frightfully Fun” the Festival will offer free daytime trick or treating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children, ages 12 and under, in costume from several vendors and Market Place operations offering free candy and treats. In addition the first 500 kids in line will receive a treat bag filled with goodies and a variety of local attractions tickets. There will also be free face painting and puppet making, magic shows, sing for sweets karaoke, sing-alongs with the Ukulady, games with prizes, strolling entertainment and an exhibition of snakes, reptile, tarantulas...

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Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza at Big Bear Lake

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Big Bear, Halloween, Holiday, Travel | 0 comments

This year Halloween is on a Saturday, which makes it an ideal time to get away with the little tykes for a grand “trick or treat” extravaganza in the mountains. On Halloween night, Big Bear Village becomes extensively decorated with jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, flying bats, strobe lights, and other gadgets and gimmickry to create a “frightfully” fun Halloween experience. New this year is a unique display of scarecrows scattered throughout Big Bear Village that adds to the festive atmosphere. The streets of Big Bear Village shut down and transform into a massive gathering of goblins, ghouls, witches, princesses, super heroes and presidential candidates. More than 100 village merchants hand out thousands of dollars worth of candy and other goodies to “trick or treaters.” Village merchants created this event to ensure a safe and secure environment for families to enjoy the...

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The Orange County International Auto Show (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Autos, Family, Giveaways | 7 comments

The Orange County International Auto Show features more than 500 new vehicles from 34 manufacturers, 100-plus vehicles to test drive, an Exotic Gallery, concept vehicles, crossovers, sports cars, alternative fuel options and more. The show is owned and presented by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC. Dates: Thursday, October 15 4pm-10pm Friday, October 16 12pm-10pm Saturday, October 17 9am-10pm Sunday, October 18 9am-7pm Pricing: Adults (13 and older) $12 Senior Citizens (62 and older) $10 Military (with any DOD ID) $10 Children (12 and younger) FREE Location: 800 W. Katella Avenue, in Anaheim. Follow the signs for convention center parking, located on West Street, just south of Katella. Displays & Entertainment: 34 Major Domestic & Import Manufacturers – Featuring more than 500 of the latest 2016-model cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, alternative...

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5 Animal Apps that Help with Elementary Math Skills

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Math can be fun or entirely boring depending on how it’s presented. The old fashioned pencil and paper with a series of times table sheets didn’t do much back in the day but there are so many exciting ways for young learners to learn necessary and important math skills while actually having fun at the same time. One thing that has stayed the same through the years is that kids love animals. These five apps offer learning and fun with cute (and some not so cute) animals. Some of the apps are aligned with Common Core State Standards and some are even free. With the intense competition and rigorous standardized testing these days it’s important for young kids to take on a practice makes perfect mentality but that doesn’t mean their whole life needs to be spent on dry...

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Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Come celebrate Acorn Day under the oaks at O’Neill Regional Park Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free, family-friendly day of excitement and learning offers activities for every age: free crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, face painting, live music, nature exhibits, oak tree planting and ukulele lessons for kids. One hour, beginner-level guided nature hikes to the water tower will be offered at 9 and 10 a.m. Presentations throughout the day include Journeys to the Past, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, Inside the Outdoors, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Reserve K-9 Program, the Hummingbird Story and a live butterfly release at 2:30 p.m. by Western Monarch Guardians. Participants include OC Trails, the Helena Modjeska Foundation, Tree of Life Nursery, Orange County Fire Watch, OC Parks, Earthroots Field School, the Saddleback Area Historical Society,...

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Fall Friday Night Flix in Irvine

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

  Grab your lawn chairs and comfiest blankets and get ready for some movies under the stars. Beginning October 2, Woodbury Town Center is kicking off its series of “Friday Night Flix.” The family-friendly movie nights on the “green” are free to viewers and start with picnic dinner specials at 5 p.m., family activities at 6 p.m. and the movies begin rolling at 7 p.m. The “Flix” fun starts with Big Hero 6 on October 2. From there the movie schedule is as follows: Paddington on October 9, The Boxtrolls on October 16 and closing with the live-action Cinderella on October 23. Come hungry for the Picnic Dinner Specials from 5 p.m. to closing on event nights from The Counter Burger, First Class Pizza, The Flame Broiler, Subway and Casey’s Cupcakes. Family-fun activities start at 6 p.m. with an...

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How Girls Scouts Have Impacted an OC Family

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, OC Mom Spotlight, Parenting | 0 comments

“I would love for my daughters to join Girl Scouts. Be a leader, you say?  Well, maybe…” Little did I know that saying “maybe” to volunteering that day would turn into seven memorable years of Girl Scouting with three of my daughters. And one more kindergartner is just starting this year! Part of the reason I signed my first daughter up for Girl Scouts was because honestly, I thought she would be glued to my side forever! Girl Scouts offered her chances to take risks and challenge herself, with the support of her troop and leaders – opportunities like going to a horse camp and learning to ride and care for a creature much larger than herself.  Or feeling the pride of earning her Girl Scout Bronze award as she worked with children with cognitive disabilities. These experiences built her self-confidence so much that now she leads...

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Critical Creativity: Five Ways Kids Benefit from Art in the Classroom

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Students who have the opportunity to take art classes in elementary school learn several skills that their non-artistic counterparts will perhaps not develop. This is not to say that the student must have inborn talent or technical skill in a particular media, such as drawing or painting, but rather that they have the opportunity to fully participate in a creative and tactile endeavor during the school week. Improved tactile function 

Classroom Teachers who integrate creative projects into their curriculum are used to the idea that their students will get messy during art time. It’s essential that children have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty so they can experience difference tactile sensations. Many art teachers will ask their students to feel the difference between the texture of paint, clay, and pencils. Students who have the...

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New Ninjago Land and Ninjago the Ride Coming to LEGOLAND California

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Taiko drummers, ninja warriors and a Spinjitzu Master filled the theater with energy as LEGOLAND California Resort announced the addition of a new NINJAGO™ land coming in 2016 introducing, NINJAGO™- The Ride. Guests will enter the new NINJAGO land through a giant archway behind Imagination Zone leading them into a courtyard where they begin their ninja training. The new land features LEGO® building stations, a game to test reflexes, spinners to test balance, Asian cuisine and a new shopping venue. Interactive experiences will test guests’ physical skills, balance and agility before they can prep for their ultimate training session: NINJAGO – The Ride. NINJAGO – The Ride is manufactured by Triotech, world leader in media based interactive attractions, and features cutting-edge technology that enables guests to control the outcome of their adventure through the power of their hand gestures....

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3rd Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival Schedule of Events

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored The Long Beach Folk Revival Festival brings local purveyed food, craft beers on tap, the Wee Folk Village, the “Vintage Bazaar” shopping experience and live Americana music together to celebrate all things community. Signature contests including the favorite annual pie eating contest, the beard & mustache contest and Deering Banjo contest, instrument making, square dancing and bluegrass jams will offer entertainment and activities for all to enjoy. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE MAIN STAGE 11:15 a.m. – Wimberley Bluegrass Band 12:45 p.m. – Moonsville Collective 1:30 p.m. – Pie Eating Contest 2:30 p.m. – Beard & Mustache Contest 3:45 p.m. – The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit 5:15 p.m. – The Tillers 6:45 p.m. – He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister 9:15 p.m. – Deer Tick BOSE STAGE 12:00 p.m. – Phil Celia Band 1:30 p.m. – The Haunted Windchimes 3:00...

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Surf City Surf Dog Competition Returns to Huntington Beach

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

The 7th Annual Unleashed By Petco Surf City Surf Dog surfing competition will be held September 25-27 at Huntington Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, Calif. Dog owners from around the world will join in the weekend-long event that features a multi-heat dog surfing competition, a “A Puppy Happy Hour” Red Carpet, PAWabunga Costume Contest, Dog Surfing History Exhibit and International Surf Dog Walk of Fame. The weekend kicks off on Friday evening, September 25th, at the Shorebreak Hotel with the “I and Love and You” opening ceremonies, featuring a red carpet with puparazzi, the PAWabunga costume contest and happy hour with doggie-themed specialty cocktails. The International Surf Dog Walk of Fame is held Saturday evening, September 26th, at the International Surfing Museum in Downtown Huntington Beach, where three canine inductees will be selected: Wahine Female Surf Dog, Kahuna Male...

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Mariinksy Ballet: Raymonda at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, one of the world’s most influential and historically rich dance companies, returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts September 24 – 27, 2015 opening the Center’s 30th Season with Raymonda. Performing with the Mariinsky Orchestra, this will be the company’s eighth visit to the Center and the first time this masterpiece from the Golden Age of Russian classical ballet will be performed in Southern California. Raymonda has been called the “last grand ballet” of the 19th century. The choreography – filled with dazzling solos, spellbinding duets and intricate ensembles – is by Marius Petipa to Alexander Glazunov’s atmospheric and dramatic score. The Mariinsky production includes revisions by Konstantin Sergeyev with choreographic fragments by Fyodor Lopukhov. Raymonda is known primarily through its Grand Pas Classique Hongrois from the third act, which is often performed independently. The ballet...

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Don’t Break the Egg: Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

The fragility of a raw egg has a lot in common with the vulnerability of a baby’s developing brain. To see how, grab a raw egg the next time you’re in the kitchen. Put the egg in a clear container with a lid, give it a good shake, and see how the egg cracks. This demonstrates what happens when an infant’s brain is shaken, a point MOMS Orange County reinforces with its clients of pregnant women, and new mothers and fathers. With Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), the protective cerebral spinal fluid is unable to cushion the brain against the blunt force to the skull. This violent shock damages the infant’s brain by causing bruising and bleeding. In addition to causing brain damage, shaking the infant can cause permanent disabilities, such as blindness or paralysis, and in the most disturbing...

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5 Tips for Balancing Sports and Academics

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

It’s always been a challenge for students to maintain their commitment to after school sports while engaging in college prep. For some students, it will be absolutely essential to achieve their athletic goals, if they are in line for a scholarship or acceptance to a sports-oriented university. Others, who may not be in line for a scholarship, may simply be devastated at the thought of giving up their athletic goals and losing their team companionship. Either way, balancing sports and college prep is a delicate balance but it can be done. Preparation is essential If students don’t think about what their sports schedule will be like until partway through the year, they will often find themselves in an emergency situation. Their grades will already be slipping, their brains will be exhausted, and their bodies are not ready to face...

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Tips for Talking to Your Child About Bullying

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

It’s back-to-school season and along with that comes the return of school yard bullying, unfortunately. But what’s worse, is that our kids today are facing increased challenges when it comes to bullying. With the increased access to smartphones and social media, bullying isn’t confined to school. According to anti-bullying expert Gabriella van Rij, when addressing difficult issues, like bullying, parents mean well, but often good intentions are met with a stony silence or roll of the eyes. Here are some insights to keep in mind when addressing this difficult topic with kids. If your child is the bully: Punishment is not the solution. Intervention and communication between victim and bully is key. Work with the school and the other parents to set something up. The nature of a bully is someone who is scared him/herself and who bullies others in...

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Let’s Go Outside and Explore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Events, Health | 0 comments

This September, let’s get back to nature and experience the breathtaking views of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. The magnificent open space and parks offer a full calendar of daily activities and free, guided programs spanning hiking, mountain bike rides, horseback riding, habitat restoration and special events for nature enthusiasts of all ages and fitness skill levels. Every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m., join Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers for a Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road in OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. Skip the gym and choose between a 3, 6 or 8-mile route in the great outdoors. All hikes are conducted at the speed of about 3-3.5 miles per hour. Each Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. naturalists will host a Mid-Week Hike in a different park location. Wednesday, September 2 visits Bommer Canyon, which is a...

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Tickets Available for the 2015 Taste of Laguna Beach

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2015 Taste of Laguna Beach, a celebration of fine food, wine, beer, and spirits on Wednesday, September 23 at Tivoli Too!, from 5:30PM-9:00PM.     This year’s event will feature over 20 of Laguna Beach’s most prestigious chefs and restaurants, offering a broad selection of culinary delights.  Leading vintners and brewers will also be on hand, presenting generous tastes of their premium wines and beers.  Rounding out the event, guests will be serenaded by local acoustic musicians under the twinkling lights in this evening under the stars.    Participants include 230 Forest, BJ’s, Broadway by Amar Santana, Centrál, The Cliff, Driftwood Kitchen, Juice & Shakes, K’ya Bistro, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Las Brisas, Lumberyard, Mastro’s, Mozambique, Nirvana Grille, Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar, Organic Cellar, Rugg Family Wines, Slapfish, Splashes, Starfish Laguna, Tivoli Too!,...

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5 Reasons to Get Educational Support Early in the Year

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Education, Family, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Summer is over and kids are back in school. They are transitioning away from the park, beach, and arts and crafts table and back into the learning environment of the classroom. In addition to the initial transition, kids are adjusting to a new teacher, new friends, and new academic tasks. Kids that used to sail through the year in the past are more often in need of help; it’s no wonder with all of the added testing and pressure that has become part of a young student’s daily life. If they do end up needing a little help, it’s generally better to start early. Make the transition all at once Since kids are currently transitioning to a new school year, they are already undergoing an adjustment. If a tutor or mentor is introduced into the situation at this time,...

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Segerstrom Center’s Free Kite Festival

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

In association with the Orange County Museum of Art, Segerstrom Center is hosting a high-flying family fun Kite Festival. This event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit: “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists.” No kite? No problem. Guests can design and build their own at no charge. Professional kite fliers will offer tips for getting kites up fast and high. Event highlights include: Kite design and building stations A performance from Segerstrom Teaching Artists The Pacific Trio Professional kite flying demonstrations Imagination playground A martial arts demonstration from Yulin Chinese School Kite Display provided by Up, Up, and Away and The Kite Connection Student Art Display provided by The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana Food trucks on site Caricature drawings When: Sunday, August 23 from 2 – 6 pm Where: Segerstrom Center 615 Town Center...

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7 Ways Kids Can Make A Difference On National Senior Citizens Day

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

According to the Administration on Aging, senior citizens represent more than 14 percent of the U.S. population, and this population is expected to grow significantly as baby boomers reach the age of 65. With seniors making up such a large portion of our population – and with the senior population growing quickly – it’s important to have special days that recognize the achievements and needs of senior citizens. On August 21, National Senior Citizens Day serves as a great reminder to reconnect with senior relatives and loved ones. Among the current senior population, approximately 12.5 million senior citizens are living alone. With busy lives, you might feel guilty if it’s been a long time since you’ve visited with the seniors in your life especially if they are alone. However, that shouldn’t be a reason to keep you from reaching...

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Fig & Olive Signature Chocolate Pot de Crème recipe

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

In celebration of National Pot de Crème Day on Thursday, August 27th, FIG & OLIVE shared their delicious signature Chocolate Pot de Crème recipe with us. As one of diners’ most beloved dishes, pot de crème is a prime example of dessert trends returning to simple roots—showcasing the pure classic taste of chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, and other flavors without excessive garnishes and sauces. Dessert aficionados can mark the holiday with the restaurant’s comforting Chocolate Pot de Crème with Crunchy Praline Financiers and Vanilla Cream ($9), which stops short of over-indulgence with a shaving of orange zest and a modest-sized glass cup. Pot de Crème Serves 10 Ingredients: 2 cups Heavy Cream 1.5 cups Milk 4 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar 3 Egg yolks 11 Oz of Dark 64% Chocolate Directions: Bring heavy cream and milk light boil being cautious so as...

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Star Wars Land Coming to Disneyland

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Today was an exciting day in Anaheim at the Disney D23 Expo as Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company; Bob Iger announced that Disneyland will expand with an all-new Star Wars land. There were more than 7,500 fans in attendance when the announcement was made making Star Wars fans dreams come true. The Star Wars Land will come to life at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. It will be one of Disney’s largest expansions at 14 acres each. “I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to...

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