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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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Alaska Airlines to Giveaway Vouchers at Upcoming LA Galaxy Game

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Travel | 0 comments

LA Galaxy fans attending the upcoming match against New York on August 23rd at StubHub Center will not only enjoy watching their favorite team and players in action, but will also receive the gift of travel, thanks to Alaska Airlines and its longstanding partnership with five-time MLS Cup Champions, LA Galaxy. In promotion of the upcoming launch of its new flights from Santa Ana to Mexico, Alaska Airlines will be handing out 12,000 half-off flight vouchers to LA Galaxy fans as they enter StubHub Center to watch the LA Galaxy match on August 23rd. Each voucher will be valid for steep discounts on up to two passenger flights from Santa Ana to either Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta for travel dates between Oct. 8 through Nov. 18, 2015, and for flights from LAX to Cabo San Lucas for...

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A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends is Coming…

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends are once again chugging into the Orange Empire Railway Museum for five days in November. Discounted ($2 off) tickets are on sale through September 1st for select boarding times on the 7th, 8th, 11th, 14th and 15th of November. Train departure times fill up fast. So get your tickets now online. Save on service charges by calling the museum directly. (951) 943-3020. Day Out With Thomas 2014 offers aspiring engineers and their families the opportunity to take a 25-minute ride with the famous engine and a 15-minute ride with his railway friend Percy. Children can also meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Superintendent of the Railroad from the Island of Sodor. Enjoy a wide range of fun activities perfect for children. There will be games, a petting zoo, bounce houses, coloring, live...

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Tips for Making School Lunches Balanced and Packed with Nutrients

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Family, Featured, Health, Parenting | 1 comment

It’s hard to believe, but summer is almost over! Before you know it the kids will be heading back-to-school and starting a new school year, complete with parent-approved school lunches. A perfect lunch would include a whole fruit, a veggie, a protein, and a carb. But let’s be honest, who has time to analyze every lunch? Here are some tips to make sure you’re keeping that lunch box balanced and packed with nutrients even on a time crunch: Mix and Match You know what foods your kids will eat and what foods will end up in the cafeteria trash can. Try to strike a balance between foods they like and ingredients that are good for them. If your kids are sandwich fanatics make sure you’re using whole grain bread without enriched flour and peanut butter without added sugar. Kids...

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5 SoCal Water-themed Family Day Trips

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Featured, Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

At this point in the summer many parents are running out of things to do with their kids. Summer is a great time to explore educational activities outside of the classroom environment. As August is upon us, the weather gets hotter and many kids prefer activities revolving around the cooling atmosphere of the ocean or other water-related activities. Orange County and the surrounding areas offer some great activities to beat the heat, and learn a thing or two, this August. Birch Aquarium The Birch Aquarium is located in beautiful La Jolla, CA (a bit of a drive for residents of Orange County but well worth it). The aquarium is small enough for young kids to navigate but offers a look into some fabulous under water species such as jelly fish. Aquariums offer a chance for young kids to get...

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Don’t Get Burned: What You Need to Know About Sunscreen and Skin Cancer

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Most children are lucky – they can’t imagine what it’s like to have a long-term health problem. That’s why it’s so important that parents put in the extra effort to teach children how to protect themselves from preventable health issues at a very early age. Skin issues in particular require a lifetime of good habits. As a dermatologist, I’m always hearing about the “could have’s” and “should have’s”. Taking care of your skin is a lifelong to-do. Young children rely on you to teach them how to protect their skin, and that should start with protecting them against skin cancer. The incidence of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, is increasing, but treatment is curative if the melanoma is caught early. Melanoma is caused by sun exposure, and some families have an inherited risk. Two sunburns before the age of...

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FREE Smoothies at Juice it Up on August 4th

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Juice It Up! is celebrating 20 refreshing years by offering guests a free smoothie. On Tuesday, August 4, between 9 and 11 a.m., head to Juice It Up! to receive a complimentary small Strawberry Wave™ or the new California Cooler™ smoothie, with no purchase necessary. · The Strawberry Wave is a refreshing blend of Strawberry juice, non-fat yogurt, banana, and strawberries · The California Cooler is an invigorating blend of fresh cucumber, pineapple juice, lemonade, lime sherbet and pineapple Mark your calendar and join Juice It Up! on Tuesday, August 4, between 9 and 11 a.m. to take advantage of this sweet anniversary promotion. To find your nearest location and for complete nutritional information, visit...

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Ninjas are coming to LEGOLAND California

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

LEGOLAND® California Resort just announced an exciting new expansion for guests in spring 2016 based off the popular property LEGO® NINJAGO™ brought to life by the LEGO® Group through a line of construction toys and TV series on Cartoon Network. The new area will include interactive elements and a new ride featuring the key characters from the NINJAGO universe. LEGO NINJAGO tells the story of four young Ninja heroes – Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane – who train under the watchful eye of Sensei Wu to master an ancient martial art – Spinjitzu. LEGO NINJAGO is one of the most successful LEGO properties. This year, brand new episodes of the popular series, NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu aired on Cartoon Network and 22 new building sets loaded with features and functions were released. Stay tuned for more information about the...

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Clutter is here to Declutter the Lives of OC Moms

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

Perfect for busy parents seeking simple storage solutions and just in time for back-to-school prep! Clutter is now here to help OC Moms get rid of the clutter in their lives. In a nutshell, Clutter takes the “self” out of self-storage with a convenient  one-click process akin to a valet car service. Clutter does the heavy lifting, eliminating the need to hire movers or even pack. Items are stored in reusable, eco-friendly boxes with free pick-up and one-hour on-site packing. And, the best part…Clutter photographs all your belongings, ensuring you never forget what you’ve stored ever again. Clutter’s careful categorization system makes organization a breeze. Truly transformative and totally transparent, Clutter photographs all of its customer’s belongings, labels each item with an easily identifiable category, and then manages them online, ensuring their clients never forget what they’ve stored ever again. Additional packing services and...

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Irvine Spectrum Endless Summer Festival

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Irvine Spectrum Center is celebrating the back-to-school shopping season with the Endless Summer Festival. The day-long event will showcase fall’s best back-to-school fashion trends from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 15. Shoppers will be invited to participate in a blogger meet-up with YouTube style vloggers Maddi Bragg and Suede Brooks. The vloggers will present curated style closets featuring the hottest looks for back-to-school. Additionally, shoppers will be able to enjoy fun activities across the center. Highlights include: Complimentary Giant Wheel rides A braid bar and lulu dk flash tattoos station Making your own dreamcatcher Potted succulent decoration stations Taking selfies in a photo booth outfitted with a vintage VW bus Live performances from local rock band, The Brevet, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers can also receive Stylish Rewards all day long. The first 500...

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Have a Baby in Diapers? Earn Money!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Featured, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored Do you have a baby in diapers? Are they between the ages of 0-3 months? If you qualify, you can earn $165 by participating in an upcoming study. Fieldwork in Orange County is searching for Men and Women with a child or children in diapers that are between the ages of 0-3 months to participate in an upcoming study. Qualifying respondents will be given a test product on July 30th or July 31st to use for 12 days. During the 12 days, you will need to return four additional times to their OC facility to return the product and questionnaires. Participants will be compensated $165 at the conclusion of the study! There is not an age requirement for parents to participate, and signing up for the study is super easy. Simply complete the online form, and you’ll hear...

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Five Tips for Camping with Kids

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

Taking the kids camping can be one of the most exciting, fun and exhilarating vacations you’ve ever had…or one of the most frustrating, annoying and miserable ones. It all depends on setting your expectations and putting in the time to properly plan it. The most important lesson can be lifted from the Boy Scouts motto, “be prepared.” Having interacted with families seeking a camping adventure at Newport Dunes for more than 20 years, I have witnessed, firsthand, the trials and tribulations they face and I’ve developed some basic tips that will ensure that your entire family will be “happy campers”: Get Involved Include you children in the planning process and try a test run in the backyard. Teach the children how to pitch a tent, help them become familiar with the sounds of the outdoors, point out constellations, etc....

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Irvine Public Schools Foundation STEAM Carnival

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), in partnership with The Market Place, presents the inaugural STEAM Carnival, a family-friendly event for all ages designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). Discover, learn and play as a family with a number of STEAM activities, such as discovering game mechanics with human foosball and giant Jenga, tinkering with robots, learning to code with Minecraft, unleashing your inner maker – and more. Tickets for the STEAM Carnival are $5 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting IPSF. Children three years and under and students wearing their 2015 Summer Enrichment Academy t-shirts will get in free. The first 200 attendees will also receive a limited-edition tote. Advance ticket holders will be eligible for an opportunity drawing...

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OC Zoo Welcomes New Bear Elinor

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Events, Featured, San Diego Zoo, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The OC Zoo will introduce its newest animal, a young California black bear, at a special event Saturday, July 25. The female bear, named Elinor, is believed to be a little more than one year old. Her official welcome will take place at 1:30 p.m. during the OC Zoo’s Zookeeper Appreciation Day event. Elinor was found last year wandering alone in Humboldt County as a young cub and is believed to have been hit by a car. The cub recovered, but would not have survived in the wild. Elinor and the zoo’s other bear, Yo-Yo, will be on exhibit alternate days for the safety of both animals. Introducing young animals in enclosures with older, established animals often carries a risk. OC Zoo staff plans to place Elinor on exhibit in the bear enclosure Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to let...

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Literacy Meets Gaming with BattleKasters at Comic-Con San Diego

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Education, Events, Featured, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Comic-Con is an event that your family is not going to want to miss, and BattleKasters is taking Comic-Con by storm. During the event,  the all-new mobile game is going to transform the Gaslamp Quarter into a Game Board from July 9th-12th. Players will have a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize that will be split between the winner and the winner’s library of choice.. What is BattleKasters? Based on the award-winning, young adult book series, Legends of Orkney, by author Alane Adams, BattleKasters is a whole new experience for gamers and readers. This app-based game allows players to collect digital trading cards, cast spells, and close the stonefire portal to protect Earth from dark magic – all while giving gamers the chance to explore the historic district near the San Diego Convention Center, where Comic-Con is...

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Pump It Up 15th Birthday Celebration

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Pump It Up the leader in children’s entertainment, specializing in giant indoor inflatables and play areas is celebrating their 15th birthday! On July 15th from 4:00 – 6:00pm Pump It Up will be hosting a FREE birthday celebration, filled with lots of jumping, sliding, climbing and, of course, cake! The first 100 kids in attendance will also receive a free Goodie Bag. Additionally, Pump It Up nationally is “playing it forward”; giving away 15 FREE birthday parties to deserving kids. Pump It Up wants to give back and make a difference in the life of a child who has overcome a hardship or contributed to their community in a special way. ​P​ump It Up​ Irvine ​16871 Noyes Ave Irvine, CA ​​ ​P​ump It Up​ ​​Lake Forest 26242 Dimension Dr Lake Forest,...

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ArtSplash 2015 … A September to Remember

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Carlsbad’s Fall Classic, ArtSplash Chalk Art and Entertainment Festival, dives onto Armada Drive on the last weekend of September. Event-goers enjoy free parking and admission to nonstop arts, music, entertainment and food with the picturesque Pacific as a backdrop. New features include the magical 3D chalk art of internationally renowned Tracy Lee Stum ( and madcap antics of Fern Street Circus (, which will lead a Community Parade of artists and event-goers that springs up organically throughout the event. ArtSplash’s perennial big draw are the museum-quality chalk paintings created by professional artists that come to life on the pavement as visitors marvel, plus family chalk squares that let children’s creativity soar. Also returning are fan faves such as sand sculpture by world-famous Gerry Kirk, popular groups such Vista Buddhist Temple Shokenji Taiko Drummers kicking off the event and Euphoria...

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

Friends of the Dalai Lama is hosting a Global Compassion Summit will be held in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s landmark 80th birthday. The three-day summit will feature world leaders, Nobel Laureates, celebrity guests, speakers and performers from around the globe and will begin July 5 with the official birthday celebration at Honda Center and continue July 6 & 7 at the UCI campus. The Global Compassion Summit is designed to foster a dialogue on compassion and peace with His Holiness’ diverse, multi-ethnic global audience. The event will be a celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s lifetime of devotion to the work of spreading the message about the value of peace, kindness and universal compassion throughout the world. The three-day summit is presented by Friends of the Dalai Lama in partnership with University of California, Irvine...

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You’re Invited: Meet the Artisans at 503found

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Families are invited to the Meet the Artisans event at 503found on this Saturday, June 27 from 9am-1pm. Guests will have the unique opportunity to meet and shop from local artists and makers and enjoy some delicious food and drink! They’ll be showcasing the singular talents that make 503found so unique – celebrating the one-of-a-kind artisans in our own backyard, who will be on hand with their incredible ceramics, photography, fine art, macrame and more. Featuring work by: Marselle Lynch Deb Allen Jim Olarte Josette Patterson Deborah Harold Janet Bludau Ryan Garvin Lee Braun Jesse Loves Jewels Ally M Nancy Villere Art and jewelry Shelly Damore When: Saturday, June 27th Time: 9am to 1pm Location: 503found 503 31st St, Newport Beach, CA 92663 Facts and photos courtesy of...

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2015 4th of July Events in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

It’s the 4th of July, and fun family events are happening all around Orange County. Plan a staycation at Hotel Irvine, watch a parade or enjoy delicious food. There is something for everyone to enjoy at one of these 4th of July events in Orange County. Hotel Irvine 17900 Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA 92614 Fourth of July Getaway Available June 29 to July 5, 2015 Patriotic fun for Hotel Irvine guests include complimentary daily breakfast at Marketplace with morning favorites such as eggs, bacon, sausage and breakfast burritos; everyday poolside merriment with access to the new Wet Bar offering BBQ grilled favorites like burgers, bratwurst and summer salads; and two cocktails at Red Bar and Lounge (suggested July 4th cocktail: The Sparkler made of vodka, homemade sweet & sour and strawberries in a glass rimmed with blue sugar). Starting...

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Free Admission to the 2015 Greek Festival

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Events | 1 comment

Orange County’s 37th annual “A Taste of Greece” festival will be held on June 26-28 at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine. More than 12,000 guests are expected to attend the three-day festival, which will feature traditional Greek cuisine, wine tasting, live music, authentic Greek dancing with lessons and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka, a well-known picturesque historical neighborhood of Athens. WHERE: St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church 4949 Alton Parkway (btwn Culver Drive & Jeffrey Road) Irvine, CA 92604 WHEN: Friday, June 26th: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 27th: noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 28th: noon to 9 p.m. HIGHLIGHTS: Greek cuisine and hospitality will be the focal points as the festival will feature authentic recipes for traditional Greek dishes, delicious pastries and a variety of beverages, highlighted with a wine “Taverna,” offering Greek...

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Whole Foods Market’s ‘Ready for Action’ bag Packs all Essentials for Summer Adventures

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Events, Giveaways, Shopping | 7 comments

Are you ready for action? Whole Foods Market is calling upon people across the U.S. to lace up their tennis shoes, roll out the yoga mats and hop on their bicycles for the first ever “Ready for Action” week from June 24 to 30. All stores nationwide will be celebrating healthy living with local events centered on everyday physical activities, superfoods and nutrition. From a yoga class to a protein powder recipe demo to a DIY relaxing bath soak, check out “Ready for Action” events happening at your local Whole Foods Market stores. On Saturday, June 27, stores will offer a limited edition “Ready for Action” bag, packed with items to prepare for outdoor activities. These bags are made with 100 percent jute and organic cotton lining from RIJI Green, a business committed to ending human trafficking. Valued at...

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Newport Dunes Summer Kick-off Beach Party

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

affiliate link included Your family is invited to the biggest beach party of the summer happening at the Newport Dunes Resort from June 26th through June 28th. The Newport Beach Party 3-day event will launch Friday night at 6pm with a tasting event featuring wines from the Newport Beach Invitational Wine Competition. Guests will sample wines nominated by local and national wine professionals. Entertainment will be provided by award winning trumpet player and jazz singer Ilya Serov. Ilya was recently named the “Best New Artist of the Year” at the Hollywood International Entertainment Awards, so is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Ilya is best known for his dazzling trumpet solos, smooth vocals, and his own arrangements of jazz standards as well as original compositions influenced by jazz, R&B, pop and world music. Participants at the first night of...

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Father’s Day Pampering at Butterfli Me

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Father's Day, Featured | 0 comments

Dads Aren’t too Macho to Admit that They Enjoy Pampering Too. For Father’s Day Give Dad a Men’s Grooming Service at Butterfli Me Makeup Studio. Men want to look their best, with brows and ear hair in place (or removed), moisturized lips and clean, fresh skin. Introducing the Butterfli Me Men’s Grooming Service. In 10 – 15 minutes male clients can be refreshed, styled and ready for whatever their day or evening will bring, solving issues from excessively chapped lips, uni-brows, awkwardly misplaced hairs or dry, dull skin. Ideal for business meetings, speaking engagements, headshots or a special evening out, the men’s service is also convenient for dads who may be waiting while their wife/girlfriend gets glamourous at Butterfli Me. This makes it a fun outing for two! MEN’S BASIC GROOMING SERVICE – 10 minutes $20 • Brow &...

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Events, Family, Giveaways | 12 comments

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are back this year with a whole new show that will leave families amazed. It will be a show unlike any other than your family has seen before with astonishing tricks, exotic animals and talented performers. The XTREME circus will be performed at three venues across the Southland from July 2nd through August 2nd. Circus XTREME will feature an international assembly of over 100 performers spanning 13 countries around the world, the Ringling Bros. 145th Edition is highlighted by several unique acts including: Xtreme Sports display featuring BMX freestyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack line gymnastics tricks Caravan of Camels – the only act of it’s kind in the world featuring 6 twin-humped Bactrian camels Bungee Skydivers aerial acro-ballet World’s youngest human cannonball Gemma “The Jet” Kirby has been shot...

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Five Lessons From His Holiness the Dalai Lama On Parenting 
With Compassion

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Family, Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will be in Orange County, CA, for the official world celebration of his 80th birthday from July 5 – 7, 2015. The Global Compassion Summit will take place at Honda Center in Anaheim and at UC Irvine. The events are presented by Friends of the Dalai Lama in partnership with UC Irvine and The Center for Living Peace, also located in Irvine. After learning about what I do, most people ask what inspired me to start the Center for Living Peace. My answer is simply, my two kids. I wanted to create a place where children of all ages could be reminded of their unique and special gifts and provide them opportunities to share them with the world — especially through service. Our mission is based in Ghandi’s quote, “Be the change you...

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Family Guide to the all-new Discovery Cube Orange County

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Activities, Featured, Gardening, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 3 comments

We visited as a guest of DSC It’s an all-new discovery Cube OC as today the center opened their highly-anticipated new wing, restaurant and more. The center has expanded to become a 44,000 square-foot venue with permanent exhibits, interactive programs, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning spaces. It is the perfect place for families to keep their children learning throughout the summer. Discovery Cube Orange County will also feature a new 10,000 square-foot Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall. It will provide the ability to transform an exhibition space into a 500-seat theater for greater flexibility in giving the families of Orange County an ever-changing destination for entertainment and education. New Exhibits: Sherlock Holmes – The first exhibit on display in the Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall will be The International Exhibit of Sherlock...

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Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Featured, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

The countdown to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” begins as Universal Studios Hollywood announces the Spring 2016 arrival of the West Coast’s most anticipated entertainment experience and the introduction of the land’s signature attraction, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” in hyper-realistic 3D-HD. More than five years in the making, and inspired by J. K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters and the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood will bring guests the same authenticity and storytelling found at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan and is expected to attract Harry Potter fans and visitors from all over the globe for decades to come. Visitors will be swept into a fully immersive themed land that brings the Harry Potter fiction and films to life with impeccable detail and precision. “The Wizarding...

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Choosing a Great Summer Camp to Meet your Child’s Needs

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Camp, Summer | 0 comments

There are many things to think about when selecting a summer camp or summer school program. First off, parents have to consider price, availability, location, and other logistical factors. However, the real difficulty arises when trying to find the right fit for your child’s individual needs and desires. Ideally, a summer camp or summer school program will serve as an educational and social supplement to school. Additionally, summer camp programs serve as a valuable social introduction to the structure and collaboration that will be required in preschool and kindergarten. 

 Sports and coordination

Sports and outdoor camps are a great way to get out the extra energy young children have. In addition, sports camps offer a good opportunity for children to increase their coordination skills. Activities such as soccer and dance will help kids improve their coordination and balance while learning...

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Win Tickets to Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Theatre | 15 comments

Hello Kitty®, the beloved pop icon, is hitting the road with her first-ever live North American tour: Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival. Going beyond a traditional live stage show, the event features a unique multi-component walk-around festival atmosphere for Sanrio fans of all ages. Each event features Hello Kitty and her friends with DJ-driven dance sequences, interactive exhibits, animation, fashion, photo ops, craft activities, event-exclusive collectibles and more! For the fashionista ~ preview Hello Kitty and Friends Couture Display is a fashion extravaganza; amazing couture-like pieces featuring Hello Kitty & each of her friends For the performer ~ watch DJ-driven dance sequences and the welcome celebration and participate in Sanrio’s Super Fun Memory Dance Challenge For the boys ~ Get temporary tattoos in Badtz-Maru’s garage; dance to the beats of DJ Keroppi; check out Dear Daniel’s moves in a...

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End of the Year Checklist: 5 Tips for Preparing your Child for Summer

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Education, Family, Featured, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

Most younger children are completely worn out by the middle of June. They want to get out of their chair and into the Ocean (or some other fun outdoor setting) as fast as they can. Summer is a great opportunity for young kids to have a chance to run around, enjoy the sunshine, and spend more time with family; however, it’s also a good time to work on academic issues. 1. Talk with your child’s classroom teacher 

The classroom teacher will have a list of all her students as well as notes about each student’s current academic standing. She will be able to tell each parent if a child needs extra help to catch up during the summer or if they need supplemental learning materials to be prepared for the fall. Most teachers provide a reading list, list of...

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5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Child’s Lungs

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Most parents understand the benefits of keeping their child’s environment clean. It’s why they spend the extra $2.25 on hypoallergenic detergent and explain, at least three times a day, the importance of washing hands between soccer practice and a drumstick dinner. As both a proud mother of two children and a pediatrician, I know that parents drill this message into the dirt because we see how easy it is for kids to get sick from their environments. Even though we take all kinds of precautions in our daily routines, it can be easy to forget about one of the worst environmental culprits in Orange County – air quality. The scientific community, and many moms, already knows that air quality can have a big impact on children’s lungs. But a new study undertaken by researchers at the University of Southern...

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Special Olympics Southern California 2015 Summer Games

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Hundreds of gold, silver and bronze medals are polished and ready to be awarded as Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Summer Games return to the California State Long Beach campus and Recreation Park Golf Course on June 13th through June 14th. The annual event begins early Saturday morning with the torch lighting opening ceremony at 9:30am, followed by competitions, award ceremonies and special athlete educational events scheduled throughout the weekend. An estimated 1,100 athletes from Southern California will compete in Aquatics, Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, Bocce, Golf, and Gymnastics. Along with the games, weekend competitions will also include games, live entertainment, community and law enforcement exhibits at Expo Park and the Grand Prize drawing for the Special Olympics Southern California Dream House Raffle campaign, where more than 1,600 prizes including the grand prize will be awarded. Raffle tickets...

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Tips for Keeping Children and Pets Safe from Coyotes

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 5 comments

Until a week ago, I was aware that coyotes live and breed throughout Southern California but what I did not know was how they have evolved to no longer being afraid of human encounters. My small and beloved Remy, an elderly shih-tzu mix that has been a member of our family for 10 years, went out of the doggy door, onto our outdoor patio, that is surrounded by a 6-ft. fence on our interior lot. Within a matter of minutes she was brutally attacked and carried off by a coyote in broad daylight. The purpose of this post is to alert families on the importance of being prepared to help protect their pets and loved ones. Anyone reading this that lives in Orange County can become a victim of a coyote attack at any time. We must be vigilant...

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Idina Menzel National Tour of IF/THEN is coming to the Segerstrom

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel will launch the National Tour of IF/THEN, reprising her critically-acclaimed, Tony-nominated performance in seven select cities. IF/THEN is an original Broadway musical which reunites composer Tom Kitt, book writer/lyricist Brian Yorkey and director Michael Greif, the creative team behind the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal. Ms. Menzel will launch the National Tour at the Buell Theatre in Denver (October 13 – 25), and will then play the Paramount Theatre in Seattle (November 3 – 8), the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco (November 10 – December 6), the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles (December 8 – January 3), San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego (January 5 – 10), ASU Gammage in Tempe (January 12 – 17) and Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa (January...

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Kaleidoscope Kaleido-Kids Summer Time Fun Series

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

Kaleidoscope brings back its Kaleido-Kids Summer Time Fun Series co-sponsored by Jump ‘n Jammin this summer. The free series of activities for kids is every Tuesday from June 23 to August 18, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The series culminates with a day of fun at the Kaleido-Kids Mini Carnival benefitting Make A Wish® Orange County and Inland Empire on Monday, August 24 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. The Kaleido-Kids activities will be: Tues., June 23 Dance & Fun Party Tues., June 30 Magician Tues., July 7 Reptile Show Tues., July 14 Comedy Juggling Show Tues., July 21 Ventriloquist Tues., July 28 Cartoon Drawing Fun Tues., August 4 Lego Playtime Tues., August 11 Interactive Percussion / Music Tues., August 18 Pirate Magic Show The Kaleido-Kids Carnival will be Monday, August 24, from 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m....

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7 Tips to Help Moms Manage Stress

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Family, Featured, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

What affects you, can affect your child. Mothers hear this message a lot from MOMS Orange County, usually in connection with prenatal care, nutrition and health education. But what they sometimes overlook is the connection between their stress levels and the health of their babies. During April, we recognize National Stress Awareness Month. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress is not just for the working professional trying to please a boss or meet a deadline. Mothers and pregnant women suffer from the same symptoms of stress as everyone else does, including difficulty sleeping, changes in eating habits, and relationship strains with family and friends. But it’s even more important for mothers-to-be to acknowledge their stress, strive for quality sleep, maintain a proper diet and connect with a support system. If stress gets the best of you, you could...

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Backyard Bash at Boathouse Collective

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

You’re invited to help end homelessness in our own OC backyard at Project Hope Alliance’s Backyard Bash at Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa on Friday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. Project Hope Alliance is dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness for Orange County children and families, and proceeds from the night will go directly to their innovative education and rehousing programs. Guests will enjoy live entertainment by The Tijuana Dogs, delicious food and drinks, dancing, and silent and live auctions. You won’t want to miss this unforgettable night for a wonderful cause, so make sure to RSVP by April 24. Tickets are available online at for $150 per person. Boathouse Collective is located at 1640 Pomona Ave. Costa Mesa, CA...

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Backyard Block Party at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Events | 1 comment

Your family is invited to the first annual Backyard Block Party benefitting the Irvine Public Schools Foundation at Hotel Irvine on Sunday, April 26th from 3pm to 6pm. There will be food, music, games and more. There will be live musical performances by The Brevet, Yellow Red Sparks, and Armors along with food from some of Irvine’s top restaurants like Shirley Chung’s Twenty Eight, Mizu Sushi Bar, Stax Cookie Bar and Flippin Pizza. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic blanket, sunscreen and come for an afternoon of fun. Date: Sunday, April 26th 3-6pm Location: Hotel Irvine 17900 Jamboree Rd Irvine, CA 92614 Ticket information: VIP Ticket (ages 21 and over) – $75 Access to VIP seating area Complimentary reusable water bottle Complimentary valet parking Access to Red Bar VIP Lounge, including unlimited cocktails and drinks Access to all...

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9th Annual Orange County Market Place Easter Festival

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

A treasure hunt for plastic eggs filled with treats and gourmet food trucks offering items such as Easter Egg Hamburgers , Grilled Cheese Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, specialty coffee drinks and strawberries on a stick are on the menu for the 9th Annual Easter Festival and Food Truck Brunch on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Orange County Market Place, the weekend swap meet at the OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa. The Treasure Hunt, which is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes several vendors offering candy and prizes while designated Market Place food concessions will be sites for retrieving plastic eggs filled with goodies, with ten of them stuffed with a golden ticket. Recipients of the golden ticket receive a giant Easter basket. In addition, the first 500...

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Annual Greek Festival Brings a Taste of Greece to Orange County

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Culture, Events | 0 comments

Orange County’s 37th annual “A Taste of Greece” festival will be held on June 26-28 at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church. More than 12,000 guests are expected to attend the three-day festival, which will feature traditional Greek cuisine, wine tasting, live music, authentic Greek dancing with lessons and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka, a well-known picturesque historical neighborhood of Athens. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 26; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. Festival admission is just $3 per person with free admission on Saturday, June 27 from noon – 4 p.m. for seniors older than 65 years. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free (with parents or an adult) throughout the three-day festival. Free festival parking will also be...

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Community Help Needed for Homeless Children in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission is currently housing the highest population of children and their families in the organization’s history at its Village of Hope transitional living facility, according to Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission. Palmer notes that there are a total of 84 children including infants, toddlers and school-aged kids living at the Village of Hope at this time. This increase in child residents has created a substantial need for additional funding through community donations, in order to support these children and their families on their road to self-sufficiency. “The children living at our transitional living facilities are certainly the youngest and most innocent victims of homelessness in our community,” said Palmer. “As part of our ongoing goal to end the cycle of homelessness in families, we are calling on the community to help...

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North Irvine Avella Apartments Grand Opening Celebration

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Family | 0 comments

Families are invited to tour the new rental homes, Avella, for the first time Saturday, March 14, at a grand opening event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who tour will be eligible to win prizes that include two $250 gift cards for Pelican Hill Resort, a $500 gift card to Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Marketplace, an iPad and more. At 485 new homes, Avella offers a resort-like lifestyle, expansive amenities, shopping, nearby hiking and biking trails, new schools and a price range to fit any budget. It is also the company’s first community to open 100-percent smoke and vapor free. The new community is centrally located near the I-5 (Santa Ana), I-405 (San Diego) and 133 (Laguna Canyon Road) freeways. Located on Sand Canyon Avenue, just north of the I-5 Freeway, Avella is walking...

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Celebrity Cruises ‘A Night to Remember’

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Celebrity Cruises, in conjunction with Life Time Athletic in Laguna Niguel, is hosting their first “A Night to Remember Event.” This unique evening will offer guests an exclusive opportunity to enjoy lively entertainment and sample premium wine and food pairings from destinations from around the globe to which Celebrity Cruises sails including those in Asia, the Mediterranean, Alaska, and the Galapagos Islands. Attendees will also have the chance to tour Life Time Athletics’ various health and fitness areas including the Spa, Fitness Center, Cycle Room, Café and Kids Activity Station, all located in a modern and luxurious setting that parallels the décor and offerings that Celebrity has onboard its world class ships. Additionally, Celebrity Cruises will feature a Vacation Planning station, as well as an opportunity for guests to enter-to-win a grand prize of a free Celebrity Cruises Cruise-For-Two,...

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The Denim Lab: Empower Your Jeans Campaign

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Since opening their flagship store in Orange County last year, The Denim Lab has been generating much attention for providing a fresh, modern approach to the way in which the county’s residents buy jeans. Now, the Tustin-based retailer, whose motto has been “Empower Your Jeans,” will bring that sentiment to life as they launch a campaign to donate $1 from the sale of each pair of jeans to support non-profit groups in Orange County, beginning with a lifetime commitment to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF). Owners Mike Mourad and Bilal Haidous will kick off the Empower Your Jeans Campaign on Thursday, March 12th with a fundraiser to benefit JDRF. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the public is invited to enjoy wine, light fare, live entertainment and informal modeling, as they shop for the perfect pair of jeans....

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Tryout Tips for Parents: 5 Tips for Helping Your Child Make the Team

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Family, Featured, Fitness, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

As the upcoming sports season approaches, our throats begin to tighten. Spring sports tryouts are underway, and our children are stressed. Chances are, you’re feeling just as anxious for tryouts as your kids. Best case scenario, they make the team and happily transition into the regular season, worst case they don’t and they come to you in a whirlwind of emotion that leaves you struggling to find a resolution. If you’re looking for a more concrete way to improve your child’s skills, CoachUp is a great resource for families looking to hire one in their area. There are a variety of private coaches that will fit your, or your child’s, needs. With experienced instructors from squash to basketball to strength and conditioning, CoachUp coaches are qualified and have all been background checked for safety. If a private coach doesn’t...

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Discovery Cube National Engineer’s Week

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Your family is invited to attend the popular National Engineer’s Week at Discovery Cube from February 21st through March 1st. Children will learn about S.T.E.M. through educational exhibits, and have an opportunity to listen to a NASA guest speaker. One of the highlights of the event is the popular egg-drop competition. Guests who participate in the thrilling Egg Drop Competition must create an “ETV” (egg transport vehicle) to protect an egg as it drops 20 feet to the ground. Prizes will be awarded to the builders of the three devices with the lightest weight, least amount of materials, and a surviving egg. Activities include: Parachute Drop: Build and test a parachute, daily prizes awarded for the longest “hang-time” Mini Monoliths: Strategically stack as many blocks as possible to build the tallest tower Snap Circuit Building: Interactive electrical engineering table...

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Richard Blais Cooking Demos and Book Signing at Baker Ranch Grand Opening

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Baker Ranch is a community of brand new homes in Lake Forest that epitomizes family-friendly, resort-style living in Southern California. On Saturday, February 21, Baker Ranch will be unveiling plans for all of their future parks, and will include a virtual tour of “Promenade Park,” a new community park that will not only be a great place for families with kids to play, but will also provide residents with a safe means to travel from one end of the community to the other out of the way of traffic. But that’s not the best part of this event! Renowned chef Richard Blais of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” will be making a special appearance at the unveiling and will be doing a cooking demonstration. And, Spa Gregorie’s will be at the event as well, giving free massages to people who...

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Aquarium of the Pacific African-American Festival

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s thirteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 21 and 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, tap dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers. The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, ethnic food, and storytellers. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the festival’s offerings and discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, February 21-22, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: Free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public General...

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The Psychology Needed to Feed Children Well

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Education, Family, Featured, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

Feeding children is not an easy task. Mealtimes can be stressful from dealing with picky eaters, concerns about a child’s weight (too little or too much) and other stresses. But the reality is that mealtimes are critical to a child’s development and total well being. Using mealtimes as a base camp for refueling your family with nutrition and love could be the most powerful tool you have in raising a happy, healthy child. Perhaps you, like many parents out there, have already been trying to help your child lose or gain weight, or just to eat healthier, but it hasn’t been working, and instead, it’s adding more stress to your lives—and as a result, your relationship with your child is possibly suffering. After 13 years at ground zero treating the toughest cases of childhood obesity (with over an 80%...

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Herbal tea for Kids?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

What has no sugar, no calories, but is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals?  Tea! And herbal teas (otherwise known as tisanes) are naturally caffeine-free, thus making them a perfect beverage choice for kids.  While the kids’ tea category is still in its infancy, it is poised for strong growth for the following reasons: (1) it stands to benefit from the solid growth in the adult tea market, (2) it meets a real consumer need for a lower sugar, antioxidant-rich beverage for kids, and (3) there are ways to formulate it in order to achieve a taste profile that appeals to kids. Tea’s popularity has surged over the last few years with more and more adults drinking ready-to-drink tea, bagged tea, kombucha, and the various flavored tea drinks recently entering the market. In 2013, tea category sales totaled $4.1...

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Free Admission to the Queen Mary for the Royal Rendevous

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Queen Mary will be visited by Cunard’s newest ocean liner and The Queen Mary’s sea-going “niece”, the Queen Elizabeth, who is making a port stop here in Long Beach. This will mark the first time a Cunard liner will dock and disembark passengers in the Long Beach harbor. The Queen Elizabeth is today one of the world’s most advanced passenger vessels and is currently on a global cruise. The original Queen Elizabeth was the sister-ship to Queen Mary and together made over 2000 trans-Atlantic voyages when in active service for Cunard. This Royal Rendezvous marks only the fourth time in over three decades that another Cunard ship has visited the legendary Queen Mary; and the second time these sister ships have crossed paths since 1967 (when the original Queen Elizabeth was still in commission)....

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First Baby Zebra Shark Makes Debut Today at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Theme Parks | 1 comment

The Aquarium of the Pacific just made their official announcement that they were the first aquarium to successful reproduce a baby zebra shark through artificial insemination. More than 100 million sharks in the wild are killed annually due to human impact. Being able to artificially inseminate large shark species like the zebra shark can further research in helping dwindling shark populations in the wild. The 10-month-old sharks are now on exhibit in the Aquarium’s Shark Lagoon shallow pool. Fern, approximately 20 years old, is the mother of the two female sharks. Fern arrived to the Aquarium in 1997. She was inseminated in September 2013, and both babies hatched from their eggs in late March of 2014. The Aquarium’s experts have been caring for the youngsters in their behind-the-scenes shark nursery. The zebra shark pups are now about 2-and-a-half to...

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Massive IKEA Crib Mattress Recall

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you have an IKEA VYSSA crib mattress in your nursery? It’s important to read below to see if it has been included in the massive IKEA crib mattress recall. There have been reports that the crib mattress can cause entrapment for infants sue to a gab between the mattress and crib. Recall information provided on behalf of IKEA…. This recall applies to any VYSSA mattress with date of manufacture May 04 2014 or earlier. Identification can be found on a permanent label attached to the mattress cover, showing Date of Manufacture Month-DD-YYYY and Model: VYSSA name. Consumers should verify that their crib mattress has the correct length. Measure a possible gap by removing all bedding, for example fitted sheets, and then make sure there is no gap larger than the width of two fingers between the ends of...

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Free Tickets to LegoLand at Denny’s

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

To kick off the New Year, Denny’s has partnered with one of California’s favorite family attractions to offer free admission for kids at Legoland. Guests are invited to enjoy a delicious meal at Denny’s and with any purchase, receive a coupon for admission. From now until Feb. 27 kids go free with a paid adult ticket to the resort. The ticket includes hopper admission to Legoland Water Park or SEA LIFE Aquarium. In addition, kids are always invited to eat free at Denny’s on Tuesdays from 4p.m. to 10p.m. with the purchase of an entrée. Parents can enjoy new featured menu items such as Philly Cheesesteak and Eggs Skillet with tender prime rib, red-skinned potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, fire-roasted bell peppers and onions topped with Pepper Jack queso, an Italian cheese blend and two eggs, or the newest Fit Fare®...

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Evening Reception with Jeffrey Alan Marks at Williams-Sonoma

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Join Jeffrey Alan Marks for an evening reception at the expanded Williams-Sonoma store, located in the new wing of South Coast Plaza, where Marks will provide decorating tips and sign his book, The Meaning of Home. The revamped South Coast Plaza location features a dedicated showroom for the Williams-Sonoma Home collection and comprehensive Design Center complete with swatches of fabrics and rugs as well as wood finish samples. The new store also includes an outdoor area showcasing outdoor furniture from Williams-Sonoma Home. The evening begins with music by Los Angeles based DJ Michelle Pesce known from her TV appearances on Entourage and Good Morning America, with hors d’oeuvres by Top Chef’s Ashley Santo Domingo of 24 Carrots. Jeffrey Alan Marks at Williams-Sonoma When: Thursday, December 18, 2014 Where: South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626) Details:...

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Three Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Christmas, Holiday | 0 comments

This holiday SEA-son, the Aquarium of the Pacific has something for you, whether you are an adult or child. Here are three ways to celebrate the holidays at the Aquarium of the Pacific. 1. Everyone can get in for the kid’s price during Discounted Holiday Late Nights on select evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting Dec. 26. Meet over 11,000 animals, including penguin chicks and sharks you can touch. 2. The Aquarium brings a whole new meaning to sleeping with the fishes during its Holiday Family Sleepover on December 28. 3. You can even enroll children from five to nine in a Winter Camp this season for day-time educational fun December 22-24 or December 29-31. WHEN: Discounted Holiday Late Nights: Dec. 26, 28, 29, 30 & Jan. 2, 3 / 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Holiday Family...

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Disconnect From the Crowds in America’s National Parks

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

Sponsored If you feel like it’s time for a holiday with your kids that gets them away from their cell, tablet, or iPod, consider visiting some of the top national parks around the U.S. In this age of constant hyper-connectivity, there aren’t many places that allow families to properly disconnect and find serenity. Parks that stretch out for thousands of miles in every direction tend to be one of the best choices available, and with so many to visit around the country, you won’t be lacking for choice. Read on for some of the best national parks you can consider spending your next family vacation at. Rocky Mountain Well-known Rocky Mountain National Park, in Colorado, celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2015 and is a great place to get away from it all. The sanctuary spreads over more than 265,000...

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CoachUp: The Difference in the Details

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

When you’re coaching your child’s soccer team, it’s almost second-nature to recall each game in fine detail. But when the details don’t reflect your team’s potential, it’s time to take action. Antonio Oropeza of Lomita, California heads his son Antonio Jr.’s under-14 boys soccer team, Melbourne City FC. He clearly remembers the game before his son received one-on-one coaching through CoachUp. “We had taken 3 total shots on goal,” says Oropeza of that match. The team was averaging 5 to 7 shots on goal per game throughout the season and had yet to win a game. “All of a sudden, we were attacking the goalie.” The Melbourne City FC took 18 shots on goal that day, winning their first game of the season, 2–0. “My son took 5 shots,” Oropeza recalls like it was yesterday. “The other boys’ shots...

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Celebrate Christmas at the OC Zoo

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Your family is invited to celebrate Christmas at the OC Zoo with all your kids favorite animals on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas at the OC Zoo invites children to a special story time with Mrs. Claus and a visit with Jolly Old St. Nicholas. Guests will enjoy seasonally inspired crafts and holiday face painting. Watch the animals of the OC Zoo receive treat-filled gifts hidden inside of Christmas trees and inside gift boxes throughout the day. Reservations are not required to enjoy Christmas at the OC Zoo. The holiday activities are free with paid zoo admission. When: December 13th Time: 10am to 4pm Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park) 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under are free Parking: $5 per...

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Receive a Letter from Santa with the Postal Service Santa Program

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark! Here are the steps for your child to get a letter from Santa: Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole. Tell your child that you’ll place a stamp on the envelope and mail it to St. Nick for him or her. Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response on the back of the child’s letter. Have Santa write: “It’s important to be green and save paper. That’s why I’m writing on the back.” When responding as Santa, reference your child’s accomplishments not included in his or her letter,...

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Details on Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Culture, Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

USH is an OC Mom Blog partner Can You Make Extra Income from Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student? Are you thinking of becoming a host family for extra income? Does the thought of housing a student from a foreign country appeal to you? Do you know what a homestay entails? Read on to find out more information about the process of qualifying as a host family and welcoming a foreign exchange student into your home. What is a Homestay? A homestay experience is when a family in another country agrees to house an exchange student, who comes to study and learn about another culture. Homestays can be rewarding and challenging at the same time, so it is very important to understand exactly the type of commitment it requires. When a student visits a host family they are required to...

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What’s the future of holiday cards?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Christmas, Holiday | 2 comments

Many of us have fond memories of taking Christmas card photos with our family, dressing up in holiday gear to gather round for a photo to be show how much we have changed, grown, and developed over the past year. Or, maybe you remember the job of writing and mailing out holiday letters, thinking back over the past year as you scribble down the pivotal moments your family has gone through together. We all know it’s holiday time when we see walls, cubicles, and mantles lined with seasonal cards from loved ones. Especially when friends and family are faraway, sending holiday cards is a time-honored way to stay connected, at least once a year, no matter where everyone is living. However, as it becomes increasingly difficult to stay in touch in our fast-paced lives, sending traditional holiday greeting cards...

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Trot for a Cause on Thanksgiving Morning

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Events, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission will host its first annual “Turkey Trot OC” event, a 5K run/walk, on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope in Tustin, California. The Turkey Trot OC 5K will start and finish at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility, the Village of Hope, with a majority of the event taking place on Valencia Avenue along the former Tustin Marine Corps Air Station base. Those interested in taking part in the first annual Turkey Trot OC are encouraged to register online before November 8, 2014 to take advantage of the Early Bird registration prices. Early registration prices are as follows: · Registration only: $25 · Registration and 7 hot meals for homeless: $35.36 · Registration and 14 hot meals...

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Teaching Your Kids How to Drive with Varsity Driving Academy

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored When the time comes for your kids to get behind the wheel of a car, selecting a school that will give your kids the tools to be a safe driver is the biggest priority. There are many different options for parents in Orange County, and Varsity Driving Academy is the 2014 winner for Best Driving School of Irvine. They serve the majority of Orange County including Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Yorba Linda with a new office just opened in San Clemente (and a Long Beach location coming soon.) All lessons are performed in new model Hyundai Accents with one of their experienced instructors, brake and rear view mirrors. Children cannot legally begin driving with anyone (including parents) until their permit is validated from completing a two-hour lesson with an instructor. In order for them to get their...

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Toddlers Explore Nature in New Creative Playgroup in OC Canyons

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Starting this November 6th, Mary Montgomery will lead a structured playgroup called In Motion with Me at the newly renovated Silverado Children’s center. “This program will help your toddler reach his or her full potential,” Montgomery said. “Creative activities in the great outdoors will enrich your toddler’s language, movement, artistic, and social development.” Montgomery plans to incorporate nature themes with puppetry, dance, and storytelling throughout the four-week class. With fifteen years experience in creative education, Montgomery also developed and ran a creative arts program for children in San Francisco for five years. After Montgomery saw how much her sons learned from and enjoyed their time at the center’s pre-school, she agreed to help director Laurie Briggs develop a new toddler program. The class will meet on Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 AM for four weeks, beginning November 6th, skipping Thanksgiving week....

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Aquarium of the Pacific Autumn Festival

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events | 0 comments

Celebrate the arts, cuisines, and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines on November 8-9, 2014, at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. In China, people celebrate the Moon Festival. In Japan, regional harvest festivals, or matsuri, are held. Chuseok is the traditional Korean fall festival. Celebrate the magic of fall through the arts, cuisines, and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s thirteenth annual Autumn Festival. Held Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9, 2014, this festival offers a weekend of diverse learning opportunities and family entertainment. The festival will feature live music and dance performances, cultural arts exhibits, and crafts. Throughout the weekend artisans and other vendors will be displaying and selling their works. Various ethnic entrées will also be available for purchase. When: Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9,...

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Fuel for Young Athletes: Tips and Strategies

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Education, Family, Fitness, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

Fall sports are in full swing, but do you know what to feed your young athlete before, during and after games? Americans spend billions of dollars on specialized coaching and personal trainers (guilty!), so shouldn’t we pay attention to what these kids eat? After all, food is fuel, the fuel that sustains them during long and arduous practices, games and tournaments. But did you know young athletes are NOT like regular kids? Here are a few reasons why and strategies to keep them well fueled: Young Athletes are NOT like regular kids Young athletes are like expensive racecars; they need high quality fuel, and a lot of it! These kids/teens are not only spending lots of calories in order to grow, they have significant additional demands to keep up with their sports. Young athletes need to eat a lot...

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13th Annual Angelitos Card Fundraiser

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Angelitos de Oro presents the 13th Annual Angelitos Card Fundraiser Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County offers 20% savings at participating South Coast Plaza retailers and restaurants October 8th through the 14th. Angelitos de Oro, a women’s auxiliary that supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County’s High School Bigs program, will once again partner with South Coast Plaza for the 13th Annual Angelitos Card fundraiser. More than 110 boutiques and restaurants will offer a 20% savings when the Angelitos Card is presented. The Angelitos Card can be purchased for $60 online at prior to the event and at any South Coast Plaza concierge desk during the event. Through the fundraising efforts of Angelitos de Oro in 2013, $285,000 was raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. Since its inception in 1961, Angelitos de...

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Five Ways to Protect Young Athletes from Concussions

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

School is back in session, and the laundry hamper is back to tackling your child athlete’s sports practice outfit three times a week. The stains on your son’s football pads make it clear that conditioning is no walk in the park, but what kind of physical dangers does your child actually face on the field? One risk that all sports parents should be aware of is the chance that their child could get a concussion. Of all high school sports, football presents boys with the highest risk (75% chance) of suffering from one, according to the Sports Concussion Institute. Younger players are especially susceptible to related long-term damage. Fortunately, the key to preventing and responding to a concussion correctly begins with equipping yourself with the right information. You’ve come to the right place for five tips that you should...

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Southeast Asia Day at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Live performances of traditional music and dance, as well as cultural craft demonstrations and displays, will help transform the Aquarium into an exotic destination during its tenth annual Southeast Asia Day. Ethnic cuisine will be available for purchase, and children will have the opportunity to partake in arts and crafts. One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, Long Beach is home to the largest population of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. The local area is also home to vibrant communities from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Through this unique celebration, the Aquarium of the Pacific seeks to foster a stronger connection with the local Southeast Asian community. Program Schedule Saturday, October 4, 2014 Festival hours 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cultural Performances and Award Ceremony / Honda Blue Cavern 10:00 a.m. Cambodian Music – Ho...

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Eco Challenge Day at Angel Stadium

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Eco Challenge Day at Angel Stadium Saturday, September 20th, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Join the Eco Crew in saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall at our last Eco Challenge Day of the 2014 season! On Saturday, September 20th, 2014 bring your paper for free certified on-site document destruction and e-waste, gently used clothing, or household goods for donation to Goodwill of Orange County. The first 150 cars who bring items to Angel Stadium will receive either four free tickets to that night’s Angel game on September 20th (50 sets) or four free general admission tickets to Discovery Cube (100 sets). *while supplies last* Highlights Include: · Current Angels third base coach and alumni Gary DiSarcina will be signing autographs from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m! · Give away, prizes, and more from OC Waste &...

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The Aquarium of the Pacific Annual Native American Festival

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Events | 1 comment

Envision what our region was like centuries ago, and learn about the various tribes that maintain their historical connection to the ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The Aquarium’s tenth annual Native American festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, 2014. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages as well as other activities inspired by local maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural objects, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island indigenous people of Southern California, the...

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Pretend City Diaper Drive

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

For the entire month of September, Pretend City Children’s Museum is hosting a Diaper Drive to benefit MOMS Orange County, a nonprofit organization that has been serving low-income pregnant women for more than 20 years. Pretend City Children’s Museum will provide a $2 discount per ticket to anyone who brings in a diaper donation. Each donation must include at least 6 diapers. Pretend City is located at 29 Hubble in...

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Inland Pacific Ballet to Hold Open Auditions for the Nutcracker

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Inland Pacific Ballet will hold auditions for all children’s roles in its annual production of The Nutcracker on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 at its studios at 5050 Arrow Highway in Montclair, between Central and Monte Vista. Audition details, schedule, dress code requirements and fees are available online at or by calling (909) 482-1590. Casting selections and rehearsal schedules will be announced by September 29, with rehearsals beginning on October 3. Young dancers ages six to twenty from any school or studio in southern California are welcome to audition. Three to four separate casts will be selected to perform. There is a $20 audition fee and additional production fees for those who are selected. This audition also serves as the Apprentice/Trainee Audition for the 2014-2015 Season. Inland Pacific Ballet will perform its spectacular 20th annual production...

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Penguin Chicks to Debut Tomorrow at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Four Magellanic Penguin chicks that were born earlier this summer at the Aquarium of the Pacific will make their debut to the public tomorrow, August 27th at 8:15am. The public is invited to spend the day at the Aquarium of the Pacific tomorrow starting at 9am to meet these adorable new penguins at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The four baby birds are behind the scenes learning how to be handfed fish and to swim, and two are now ready to go on exhibit. The Aquarium has live webcams in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, allowing people around the world to tune in to catch a glimpse of the chicks exploring the habitat for the first time and meeting with their parents. Cameras are located above and below the water, giving viewers up-close and candid looks at the lives...

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Re:Imagine Garden Grove Open Streets Event

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Your family is invited to a special event filled with music, dancing, workshops and activities at the Re:Imagine Garden Grove Open street event on October 12th from 11am to 4pm. During the event 2.85-miles of Garden Grove streets will be closed to cars and filled with unlimited family fun. The car-free route of Re:Imagine Garden Grove will traverse sections of Nutwood St., Stanford Ave., Acacia Pkwy., Main St., S. Euclid St., 8th St., and Garden Grove Blvd. The southeast corner of Village Green park, east of the Courtyard Center, will play host to the event’s main stage. Performances by urban collegiate hip-hop dance group from UC Irvine, Kaba Modern and LA-based and Grammy-award winning female mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Divas are just two of the highlights planned for the main stage. An Active Stage will be sited at the...

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Comes to Disney Club Penguin

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Tech | 1 comment

Do you want to build a snowman? Disney Club Penguin is bringing the magic of “Disney’s Frozen” to Club Penguin Island from August 21 – September 3. During the Frozen Party, members will be able to dress up like their favorite characters from the film, including Olaf, Sven, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff. Players will start the party by searching for Elsa’s magic snowflakes that are hidden around the island. Once members complete the snowflake quest, they will earn the ability to transform into Olaf or Marshmallow and freeze objects around the island. While players are searching for the snowflakes, Elsa will be constructing her Ice Palace on Club Penguin Island for players to explore. Once the Ice Palace is complete, players will be able to hear a special performance of “Let It Go” when they visit. During the Frozen...

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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends are Chugging into the Orange Empire Railway Museum

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Events, Featured | 1 comment

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends are once again chugging into the Orange Empire Railway Museum for five days in November. Discounted ($2 off) tickets are on sale through September 1 for select boarding times on the 8th, 9th, 11th, 15th and 16th of November. Train departure times fill up fast. So get your tickets now. The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 offers aspiring engineers and their families the opportunity to take a 25-minute ride with the famous engine and his railway friend Percy. Children can also meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Superintendent of the Railroad from the Island of Sodor. Enjoy a wide range of fun activities perfect for children. There will be games, a petting zoo, bounce houses, coloring, live children’s music, sing-alongs and storytelling. There will also be Thomas & Friends temporary tattoos,...

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Tickets Now Available for the 2015 D23 Expo

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The D23 Expo is one of the biggest Disney Fan events of all-time, and tickets for the 2015 D23 Expo just went on sale today with an early bird discounted ticket available for a limited-time. The expo will take place August 14-16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center featuring the wonderful world of Disney entertainment. More than 65,000 Disney fans from around the world gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2013 for the third D23 Expo. Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with live events, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. D23 Expo 2015 marks the return of fan favorites including the Disney Legends Awards, honoring the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; and Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which...

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Tips for Packing a Gluten-Free Lunch

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Whenever my parents would take us to visit my Italian grandparents on Arthur Avenue, we would come home with bags of local fruits, veggies, fresh meat and fish.  It was all fresh, simple and real. Your child’s gluten-free lunch can be based on many of the same, less processed, fresh foods. You can pack your child their own fruit and cheese assortment, along with their favorite gluten-free crackers or organic tortilla chips. Spoon some home-made lentil soup into a little container. Something as simple as a hardboiled egg nestled on a bed of greens can be a big kid-pleaser, but be mindful of your choice of salad dressing, because some are derived from gluten grains. Always include a little assortment of veggies, and a dipper of yogurt. An interactive lunch is fun for any child. At No Fuss Lunch, we...

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Battle of the Sugar Super Villain: The Dangers of Sports Drinks

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Family, Health, Parenting | 2 comments

Would you allow your child to eat 14 teaspoons of sugar? Of course not, yet most parents are shocked to learn that several popular sports drinks can contain the equivalent of seven to 14 spoons of sugar and pack 200 or more calories devoid of nutritional value. The health dangers of consuming too much sugar are evident from the skyrocketing numbers of children diagnosed with obesity or type 2 diabetes. At Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, we see additional ramifications of excessive consumption of sugar-laden drinks, including cavities and eroding enamel. If sugar is natural, then why is it bad for you? Advertisers promote sports drinks as a nutritious way to quench thirst while replenishing electrolytes and carbohydrates lost during exercise. Cooling off doesn’t have to come with the dangerous side effects.. When consumed, sugar acts like...

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Honda Center hosts outdoor dino-sized movie

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Join the Honda Center for a dino-sized outdoor summer movie night on Friday, August 22 in celebration of Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular returning to the venue this fall. The FREE double-feature community event will begin with The Land Before Time at 6:45 PM and Jurassic Park playing after sundown at 8:30 PM. Each movie will be shown on Honda Center’s giant outdoor screens, which each span 15 feet by 25 feet and feature more than 12,000-watts of professional touring-class sound. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local Orange County food trucks; The Grilled Cheese Truck, Dogzilla, Hobo Co Pizza, Ms. Kettle, Kona Ice and Drive Me Cookie; from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM, with a percentage of all proceeds benefiting The Anaheim Ducks Foundation. Tickets for Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular...

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Sing-along Returns to the El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Film, Theatre | 0 comments

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-along version Aug. 22 – Sept. 7, 2014. Each screening will be accompanied by Elsa, live on stage, snow inside the theatre, plus the all-new short “Feast” from Walt Disney Animation Studios. “Pajama Night” screenings will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., where El Capitan guests are encouraged to wear their favorite PJs for a slumber party like no other! For the “Pajama Night” screenings, El Capitan guests can pre-order an “In Summer” Slumber Party Pack for an additional $10, which includes a Ghirardelli frozen cocoa, a “Frozen” fleece blanket and a travel toothbrush. Showtimes are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.),...

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Tickets Available for Wines and Wishes Fundraiser

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Make-a-Wish Foundation is one of our favorite organizations to support in Orange County, and the Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo is hosting a special Wines and Wishes fundraiser to support the organization on Wednesday, July 30th from 6-9pm. The fourth annual wine tasting will feature an array of boutique and renowned wineries including Cakebread Cellars, Rombauer Vineyards, Justin Vineyards, Iron Horse Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards, Brassfield Estate Vineyards, Cass Winery, Honig Vineyard & Winery, South Coast Winery, Foley Estates Vineyards & Winery, Maggio Family Vineyards, Maddalena Vineyard, San Antonio Winery, Spellbound Wines, Oak Ridge Winery, Hook & Ladder and Artazuri Wines, among others. In addition, guests will enjoy petite cuisine from Kaleidoscope’s award winning restaurants, live jazz, raffles and more. Wines and Wishes kicks off with a Champagne reception at 6 p.m. and every guest will receive a...

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Help the Homeless Children in Orange County

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Events, Family, Featured, Giving Back | 1 comment

It’s Your Opportunity to Get Involved: Help At-Risk Youth in Orange County to Break the Cycle of Homelessness, Once and for All. When the Illumination Foundation was founded in late 2007, our vision to break the cycle of homelessness in Orange County was born. We are dedicated to leveraging innovative, integrated care and unique partnerships to provide local homeless families with health and housing stability. We’ve helped hundreds of Orange County families to get off the streets and in to stable jobs and homes, and for that, we are eternally grateful to the community for its support of our mission. We are especially focused on giving youth the tools they need to change their lives and accomplish their dreams. Known as the “neighborhood gem,” our Children’s Resource Center is located in the Tina Pacific area of Stanton, Calif., where...

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SOCO Summer Movie Nights

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

SOCO Nights is an outdoor Summer series that will take place every Tuesday from 5 – 9 pm at SOCO in Costa Mesa. Come celebrate SOCO in the Summer from June 3-Sept 9. See specific times and activities below, with once a month movies, & beer & wine garden. Enjoy pizza by the mobile wood burning pizzeria Urban Pie, and a live jazz band, in the relaxed and comfortable SOCO Courtyard. And on the first Tuesday of every month, we will also have an outdoor movie screening by Gear Co-op, and a beer and wine garden for guests, which will be available for purchase by the exclusive catering company, 24 Carrots. Grab your family and friends and enjoy all of SOCO’s Summer series, culinary and shopping destinations on SOCO Nights. On movie nights don’t forget to BYOC: bring your...

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Dino Days at the Westminster Mall

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Calling all junior paleontologists! Join the Simon Kidgits Club for Dino Days at Westminster Mall, a one-of-a-kind dinosaur adventure with dino-tastic activities, games and a bounce house! Kids will be transported to a prehistoric time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. It’s going to be a ROARRRING good time, so don’t miss out! This event will be held in Target Court on June 21st from 10am – 12pm. The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3 to 8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games. Simon Kidgits Club programs have engaged more than 1.8 million parents and kids since its inception....

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“Meet The Presidents” Nixon Library Free Educational Summer Series

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Events, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

The Richard Nixon Foundation presents “Meet the Presidents,” a free series of educational events with five great American Presidents – plus First Lady Pat Nixon. Performed in the magnificent White House East Room, the presentations include interactive discussions, Q&A, coloring time, and photo opportunities. MEET PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON – TUESDAY, JULY 1 George Washington’s courageous role in the Revolutionary War led to the formation of the United States, where he served as its first President. MEET PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON – TUESDAY, JULY 8 Learn how the third President shaped the foundation of the United States, wrote the Declaration of Independence and doubled the size of our country through the Louisiana Purchase. MEET PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN – TUESDAY, JULY 15 Hear about Honest Abe’s humble beginnings, how he went on to become the 16th President and lead the nation through...

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Disney’s Tarzan the Musical is Coming to Orange County

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan the Musical, features heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins. Academy Award winning hits like “You’ll Be in My Heart” as well as “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds” make Tarzan the Musical an unforgettable theatrical experience. – Tarzan as Jeffery Bonser – Jane as Dayna Sauble – Terk as Tiandre McGee – Kale as Krissy Atkins – Kerchak as Hunter Berechochea – Porter as Dave Avanzino Dave Avanzino – Dave Avanzino is a fine artist and scenic designer living in the Southern California area. Over the past decade, Dave has created numerous one-of-a-kind, limited and open edition pieces for Disneyland®, Walt Disney World® and the Disney Cruise Line. He typically works in 3-D style and creates mixed-media paper sculptures in shadowbox frames...

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4th Annual Wilderness Celebration

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Families and outdoors enthusiasts are invited to enjoy self-guided access in the magnificent Limestone Canyon at the fourth annual OC Parks Wilderness Celebration on June 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. The Wilderness Celebration will offer self-guided access to trail routes of varying distance and level of difficulty within this open space preserve. “The Sinks” – an Orange County landmark formed over millions of years – will be accessible via a 9-mile round trip hike over moderate terrain. The 5-mile long Shoestring Trail Loop will also be accessible, with many other options for visitors of all ages to choose their own route. The family-friendly event will include a children’s interactive station with crafts, games and storytelling. This area will help kids learn about the wildlife and...

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Help Save the Summer Program for Homeless Children in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Family, Giving Back | 1 comment

The Orange County Rescue Mission is calling on the local community to provide donations in order to make its annual “Summer to Remember” program a reality for 30 homeless children this year. According to Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission, no donations have been made to provide the $25,000 needed to run the 2014 program, which provides homeless children with opportunities to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally with hands-on learning throughout summer break. “Homeless children are twice as likely to have a learning disability, repeat a grade, or to be suspended from school,” explained Palmer. “Many of the children who are now residents at the Village of Hope were recently living on the streets with their families. As a result, most of them have fallen behind both intellectually and socially, and are in deep need of...

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Surprise Him with the Ultimate Man Cave This Father’s Day

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

Sponsored This Father’s Day, skip the traditional gifts and give the special father in your life something he’ll be able to use year-round – his very own man cave. Having a space within your home that you can call your own is a great feeling, so why not surprise him with a “manctuary” designed just for him. Skip the cufflinks, ties and socks – a customized man cave is a gift he will always remember. Your home is a place where the whole family can spend quality time together. However, sometimes Dad needs his alone time. Here are some useful tips and ideas for achieving the perfect man cave garage design he will forever thank you for. For the sporty dad, design the ultimate sports sanctuary where he can relax after a long day at work and watch his...

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Introducing Our College Spotlight Series – Trinity University

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Education, Family, Featured, Parenting | 1 comment

OC Mom Blog is a supporter of Trinity University This week, two graduation announcements came in the mail… I love this time of year, and am excited for all the high schoolers transitioning to the next phase of life as a young adult. Even though I still have a few years to think about my babes leaving the nest to head off to college, it was a reality check… College is coming. So it got me thinking, what do I really want for my kids’ college experience? Of course, an outstanding education in an area of study they love, but even more- I want them to grow up to become real thinkers, adults who pursue knowledge, are willing to experiment, ask questions and strive to better understand the world and its cultures (past and present). We’re already taking action...

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Kids are Invited to Participate in the 2014 OC Fair Contests & Competitions

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Events, OC Fair | 0 comments

Calling all talented Orange County kids to participate in the 2014 OC Fair contests and competitions. Your kids can share their talent with the world during these fun competitions happening July 11th through August 10th. Youth competitions open to any California resident or student include: Crafts & Hobbies: Jewelry Arts Culinary: Baked Goods & Confections, Sugar Arts, Table Settings Garden & Floral: Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Floral Arrangements (ages 16-18 only), Fruit & Vegetables Visual Arts: Student Film Festival Competitions open only to Orange County youth residents and students include: Crafts & Hobbies: Collections, Fiber Arts and Hand Crafts & Hobbies Visual Arts: Computer Images, Drawing, Painting, Photography Most of the OC Fair competitive entries require online registration in advance and the deadlines for entry registrations are as follows: June 1 – Crafts & Hobbies & Visual Arts June...

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Happy Easter

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy Easter from all of us here at the OC Mom Blog. We wish you all a wonderful day together with your families, and we will be back with lots of fun events and adventures on...

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Heritage Hill Rancho Days Fiesta

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Culture, Events | 0 comments

Rancho Days Fiesta explores what it was like to live in California in the mid-19th century. Experience the sights and sounds of the past through music, dance, crafts, food and first-person re-enactors. Families can partake in hands-on activities that include adobe brick making, basket weaving, rope knotting and much more. Authentic horseback charros will perform. Dance groups will demonstrate the movements and songs from the Mexican Rancho era, as well as the Native American and English settlers of the region. A piñata will break every 40 minutes with treats for the children in attendance. All the historic buildings will be open for tours courtesy of Amigos de la Colina docents. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children. Celebrate...

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8th Annual Easter Festival, Treasure Hunt & Brunch

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

The Orange County Market Place is hosting their 8th Annual Easter Festival this weekend! When: Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Where: Orange County Market Place, the weekend swap meet at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The Easter Festival is held in conjunction with the regular swap meet activities which operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Market Place is closed Easter Sunday, April 20. Cost: Admission to the Orange County Market Place is free for kids 12 and under, and $2 for ages 13 years and above. Free parking is available as well as preferred parking for $5. Highlights : Gourmet Food Truck Easter Brunch: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Seven trucks serving up a variety of brunch items including breakfast burritos, scrambled egg quesadillas, acai bowls,...

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