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Disney Pixar’s Onward: A Brotherly Bond

Posted by on Mar 4, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Disney I think I’m a pretty good mother, I must say. But taking my teen daughters to the press event for Disney Pixar’s Onward certainly ensured my place in the Mom Hall of Fame. Yes, my 19-year-old has a poster of Tom Holland on her dorm room wall at college while my 17-year-old loves Guardians of the Galaxy, so taking them to hear Onward voice stars Chris Pratt and Tom Holland (both of Avengers fame) was a complete dream come true. What I didn’t expect was how much this animated film would resonate with all three of us, and especially my daughters, as close sisters. Onward is entertaining to be sure. It’s a great story about two brothers off on a journey to spend a day with their dad, who passed away when...

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Delectable Dining at Asian Street Eats

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining | 0 comments

Partnership Upscale dining as quick service fare has come to Downtown Disney District! Asian Street Eats, located across from the Earl of Sandwich, brings delectable dining at under $10 a bowl. The walk-up counter features nearby patio seating. Chef Hung Huynh, the season 3 winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, showcases his unique twist on traditional potstickers along with scallion pancakes and rice bowls. All of the dishes are offered with a variety of protein, fillings and dipping sauces. Gluten-free sauces include sriracha aioli, miso honey, and spicy avocado. Plus, other options include teriyaki, citrus soy, and spicy teriyaki. Chef Huynh’s personal pick is the tofu bowl with spicy avocado sauce. Bowls big enough to share but so delicious you’ll keep all to yourself, visit Asian Street Eats to fuel up outside the park as you enjoy the ambiance of...

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

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

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

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is Beyond a Sequel

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening as a guest of Disney It’s so rare to find a movie not only appropriate for all ages but genuinely entertaining for everyone. It’s also rare that a sequel lives up to the entertainment satisfaction of the original. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil succeeds on both counts. The always intriguing Angelina Jolie returns as Maleficent, who at the end of the original found redemption and love with her new “daughter” Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning, back as well). But all is not harmonious five years later as the fairy folk of the Moors, and the humans exist in a tenuous state fueled by rumor and speculation. Is Maleficent simply misunderstood, or is she truly evil? That question is put to the test when Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson) proposes to Princess Aurora, and a “meet the parents” dinner...

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Inside Look into Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Live at The Segerstrom Center

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue My two teen daughters have many diverse hobbies and interests, but two main obsessions – music and Harry Potter. My 16-year-old has read the series eight times through, enjoyed the films many times over, and is a member of her high school’s Harry Potter Club called The Muggles of YL. She also plays the flute and piano in the high school marching, concert, and jazz bands. My 14-year-old is similarly fanatical about the “Wizarding World” and is a violinist in her middle school orchestra. So you can imagine their disbelief followed by extreme excitement to learn they’d be treated to a behind-the-scenes rehearsal and performance of a Harry Potter film with live orchestration. The acclaimed Pacific Symphony, led by renowned conductor Jeffrey Schindler performing John Williams’ award-winning and memorable music from...

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Fashion Meets Bargain at the Newest Savers in Yorba Linda

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 1 comment

We attended as a guest of the venue My youngest daughter, a fashion conscious seventh grader, just loves clothes. She also loves a good bargain. Rarely do the two go hand in hand. Fortunately for her, Savers Thrift Store has come to our neighborhood to give shoppers value priced goods while giving back to the community at the same time. Opening Thursday, September 3rd at 4852 Vally View Ave in Yorba Linda, it is the third location in Orange County and the newest in the 330 store chain with locations in North America and Australia. It has everything under the sun including adult and children’s clothes, shoes, handbags, kitchen ware, furniture, and home décor. We became familiar with Savers while visiting my aunt this summer in Massachusetts. She took us to her local Savers, a thift store unlike any...

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Dana Wharf Whale Watching Is a SoCal Must Do

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Dana Wharf As a Southern California native, I truly believe going whale watching is a childhood rite of passage. I went to see the whales in the third grade on a school field trip. No whales were watched that day unfortunately, but it was a nice change of pace from sitting in a classroom. I remember learning about various types of ocean plants and sea life, and the day made a lifelong impression on me. Given that whale watching field trips are no longer in our local school’s curriculum, my husband and I were excited to get a new opportunity to see some whales with our two girls as a guest of Dana Wharf Whale Watching. Sure, the girls have been on a few cruise ships and on the Catalina Flyer, but never...

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Take a Romantic Break on the Water with Sunset Gondolas

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Zerve All of you out there with little kids – I mean tiny, little ones – I feel for you. I do. You are sleep deprived, stressed, and running in three different directions at all times. I was totally there. And now that my two girls are 11 (11 and three quarters, thankyouverymuch) and 14, you would think I have it made. All the free time in the world, with two middle schoolers. You’re jealous, I know. But yes, I’ve paid my dues. I do sleep through the night and don’t have to worry about chokeable items around the house, but I hate to break it to you – it just gets busier. Between six dance classes, confirmation, girl scouts, band and orchestra performances, homework like algebra that I don’t remember how to...

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Perfect Girls Night Out Movie ‘This is Where I Leave You’

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of Warner Bros. As a big fan of the Jonathan Tropper novel “This Is Where I Leave You,” I was thrilled to attend a screening of the new Warner Bros. Pictures movie of the same name. With the screenplay written by Tropper himself, this film about family stays somewhat faithful to the book, if not more poignant than comedic. But to be clear, it’s about a family, not for your family; it’s definitely a leave-your-kids-at-home-with-dad movie you can enjoy alone or with a girlfriend for a night out. The grown children of the Altman family (Foxman in the novel) come home to mourn when they learn of their father’s passing. Mom insists they sit Shiva for seven long and painful(ly funny) days as they attack and resolve their differences and their own...

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From Page to Screen: Interview with Jonathon Tropper

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of Warner Bros. Plenty of books make the transition from page to screen, with varying results. The new Warner Bros. Pictures film “This is Where I Leave You” has been brought to life by Jonathan Tropper, who has the unique distinction of being both the novel’s author and the film’s screenwriter. He offered his perspective on bringing novels to life and what the future holds for this prolific author. I talked with the author earlier this week about what it was like bringing his book to life in the film “This is Where I Leave You.” Turning your novel about family dysfunction into a major motion picture from a big studio is no small task. We asked Tropper if he was happy with the results, “I was. I thought we were aiming...

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Come Meet the Presidents Every Tuesday at the Nixon Library

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Events, Family | 0 comments

Having lived in Yorba Linda all their lives, my two girls have been to the Nixon Library many times. In addition to the presidential exhibits, there are always wonderful community events hosted on the grounds including book signings, guest lectures, and the annual Orange County Girl Scout birthday celebration we attend every March. It is a beautiful place to visit, which made its newest summer community event, “Meet the Presidents” a must do. On five Tuesdays this summer kids and adults alike can come to the Nixon Library free of charge for this educational event. Running from 10:30 to 11:30 or so, kids can color, eat fresh-baked cookies and sip lemonade, and ask questions of the “presidents” after their lecture. There are also photo opportunities after the Q&A. We were privileged to attend the first event and hear from...

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Orange County Summer Movie Deals

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in Summer | 0 comments

OK, it’s the end of June. You’ve been in summer for anywhere from a month to a week. By now you’re sick of Disney channel and have dropped $50 once or more on Malificent, Million Dollar Arm, Mr. Peabody, Rio 2, Muppets 6, How to Train Your Dragon 14, and everything else that has been released for kids in the movie theaters. What now? There’s only so much sunscreen you can apply each day before the aerosol fumes permanently coat your lungs in a nice SPF 55. So how to beat the heat and entertain in the shade on the cheap? Hit up a local summer movie deals or introduce your kids to the classics! Summer bargain movies are kid films that the theaters show on summer weekdays to give you and the kids something fun to do. Similarly,...

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A Day out with Dad: Orange County Father’s Day Guide

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Events, Father's Day, Featured | 1 comment

Father’s Day is “the most important holiday of the year” my girls emphatically say thanks to years of endless training by my husband. (Mother’s Day is a close second, they sympathetically tell me.) Regardless of how you rank it, preparing for Dad’s monumental day is essential. A relaxing June 15 brunch may be your speed (check out the Orange County Father’s Day Dining Guide for options), but what to do for the rest of the day or weekend with Dad? Forget the obligatory new tie or golf accessory gift and instead opt for a memorable day of fun with these unique event ideas sure to relax, entertain, or thrill. Sporty Dad The Angels are away, but the Dodgers are here to play! Venture up to LA and watch the Dodgers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:10pm for an...

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Urban Ocean Cruise in Long Beach Brings Awareness Along with the Fun

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Theme Parks | 2 comments

The fifth annual Urban Ocean Festival will be held May 3 and 4 at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Food, live music, art displays, and great educational programs bring the plight of the urban ocean and how humans are impacting its delicate balance to our consciousness. Over 10,000 people are expected over the course of the two-day event. The festival will also feature mini cruises aboard a double-deck yacht around the Long Beach Harbor select weekends though the summer to really bring the concept of ocean responsibility front and center. My tween and teen girls and I had the opportunity to preview this cruise and were treated to a morning of fun and education. Our 2 hour harbor cruise was treat enough. Sailing away from the dock near the Aquarium of the Pacific, we admired the...

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Anaheim Scrapbook Expo

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

You know those two little aisles of scrapbook supplies in Michaels? Well, think of an entire grocery store sized space filled to the brim with everything you need and thousands of items you’ve never before seen to get your craft on. Scrapbook Expo, the national premier show for scrapbookers, stampers, card makers, and crafting enthusiasts, is coming to the Anaheim Convention Center Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22 for three days of paper crafting fun. With over 70 vendor companies exhibiting in almost 16,000 square feet of shopping space, there’s every product under the sun to spark your creativity. And it’s not just about shopping. You can bring your current scrapbook or stamping project and “crop” all day until midnight each day. Thursday and Saturday crops are sold out, but Friday still as a few spaces left to grab. There’s...

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