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Carden Hall Offers Fun and Educational Summer Camps

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Camp, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you looking for a summer camp for your child that is fun, while helps keep those academic skills sharp? Carden Hall has the perfect summer camp line up with a wide range of subjects, including science, technology, math, reading, language arts, sports, arts and crafts. Summer camp programs are led by experienced instructors who have a passion for education, and offer innovative, hands-on activities for children grades pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. SESSION I June 20-July 1 Art Camp Join Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Farman for a fun and creative experience this summer. Students in grades JP-5 will enjoy making projects and crafts using a variety of materials. It is sure to be a great time; don’t miss out! Limited to 20 students. Music Camp Give My Regards to Broadway This camp is open to students in grades...

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Carden Hall Lives Up to High-Quality Learning

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you looking for a school that explains the ‘why’ behind learning? Or do you want a school that truly understands your family values? How about a school that encourages independence, community, and respect as top priorities? After being in and out of public and private schools for several years, parents Victor and Rebecca Parrott landed on a school that met their family’s educational criteria—Carden Hall in Newport Beach. Carden Hall is small private school that serves pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. With a 50-year history in Orange County, it prides itself in providing premier education and fostering a love of learning through the mind, body and spirit of young children. For the Parrott Family, who have three children ages 12, 10 and six, Carden Hall exceeded their long list of educational requirements, which include: Community “We love that...

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3 Tips to Prevent Holiday Overeating

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Christmas, Family, Health, Holiday, Parenting | 0 comments

  Besides virtuous thoughts of goodwill and good cheer that are imperatives during the holidays, there is, arguably, an even more overwhelming focus this time of year…food. Our holiday meals are perfected with each detail and trim from the succulent meats, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread rolls, green beans—and don’t forget the pie. For me, though, the holiday season can also be a downward spiral of overeating. I decided to check with my Weight Watchers Leader Susan Reese in Laguna Niguel for some tips to help prevent the frenzy of holiday overeating: 1. Take Some ‘Me Time.’ Take time to care for yourself in ways other than eating. Take a walk, bubble bath, or read a book. 2. Stay Nourished Healthy Fruits and Vegetables Before Eating. Fruits and vegetables slow down over eating, and give important macro and...

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2015 OC Holiday Boat Parade Guide

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  The mesmerizing lights reflect on the water’s glow under the cascading light of the moon. I’m referring, of course, to Southern California’s treasured tradition of holiday boat parades. Don’t miss some of the most magical Orange County boat parades this season… Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade “Ring of Lights” December 16-20, 2015 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Newport Beach/Newport Bay (949) 729-4400 NP Boat Parade Tip: There is parking available in all City Parking lots. Street parking along the parade route is also available. Leave plenty of time for parking, and for those dining on the waterfront, make reservations in advance for dinner and a key viewing spot. Free to the public, beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a spectacular array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Newport...

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Five Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  It’s that time of year when our bellies fill with candy, creepy costumes are adorned, and haunted houses are the norm. However, with all the ghoulish giddiness of the holiday, it’s easy to forget the importance of keeping everybody safe. Be sure to follow these pointers when it comes to trick-or-treating: Go in Groups. Kids should not trick or treat alone. Walk in groups and always have a trusted adult tag along to supervise (depending on the age, of course). Glow With a Light. It’s a good idea to have at least one, if not more, flashlights, glow wear/sticks to help kids see when hitting up the neighbors. Go Slow on the Sidewalk. To prevent an accident, encourage kids to walk, not run—on sidewalks—and look both ways. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, “If there are no...

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Family Fitness Fun With PlayYourCourt

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We attended a complimentary class I’m not a natural athlete…believe it or not. Wasn’t too skilled at soccer, softball, or basketball like most of my friends growing up. I had longed to pick up a sport of some kind. Then one day during a high school P.E. class, I realized there was a sport I really enjoyed, and I was kind of good at: tennis. My relationship with the racquet and the little yellow ball continued to grow throughout my teen and adult life. Even my football-sized husband, and I started playing tennis together. And then something happened…kids. The thought of bringing my delicate little baby in a giant stroller or sling to the court created overwhelming anxiety with visions of the ball smacking my little one in the forehead. I gently stored our old racquets under the bed....

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Tips For Keeping Your Kid Car Tidy (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Autos, Family, Giveaways, Hot Topics | 4 comments

 Pre-kids my vehicle was, frankly, immaculate. There would be an occasional leftover coffee cup or bottled water in the drink holder, and some dry cleaning hanging in the backseat. But now, I’ve fallen into the abyss that I swore I would never enter: the dirty kid car. The smells emitted from the backseat from my once well-maintained car have been replaced with a mix of sweat, dirt and Cherrios. The ground crumbs and spilled juice box stains have taken a toll on my aging SUV. I decided to do something, or, well, at least call someone to help steer me in the right direction. I called the professionals at the All Hands Car Wash in Aliso Viejo. Manager Ricardo Marquez offered me these helpful tips: Protect. Cover the interior of your vehicle as much as possible. This includes floor...

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Top OC Splash Pads

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

 With summer officially here, splash pads are a part of our daily “fun” agenda. So, when your family is looking to cool off, have fun – without breaking the bank, here are some splash pad favorites. Sigler Park Splash Pad 7200 Plaza Street Westminster, CA 92683 714-895-2860 These non-stop re-circulated water fountains will be sure to delight your children on those blistering hot days. Bright colors and delightful characters make this park a must visit for summer fun. This park also has a playground for young and older kids. Open with limited hours May 23 – September 27. Open daily June 22 – September 27. Regular water play hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. On July 22 hours will be limited to 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pioneer Park 10250 Pioneer Rd Tustin, CA 92782 714-573-3000 Due to the drought,...

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Summer Swimming and Safety at Evolution Swim Academy

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

 Sponsored Swimming is serious business to Felipe Delgado. As founder of Evolution Swim Academy in Mission Viejo, Delgado has not only dedicated his life to swimming as a two-time Olympian, but he is committed to drowning prevention and water safety for children and adults. “We currently have four seasonal locations where we operate our business. Our partnerships with the Ladera Ranch community, Nellie Gail Ranch community, Rancho Mission Viejo community and the Renaissance ClubSport are very important because through our partnerships, we promote drowning prevention,” explains Delgado. In 2003, he hung up his Olympic goggles to work in the corporate world for several years. As a husband and father of three children, he returned to his first love of swim to establish Evolution Swim Academy in 2005. Flagship Mission Viejo Facility Opens Most recently, Evolution Swim Academy christened its...

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Super Fit Mom Offers Tips to Beat Postpartum Weight Gain

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Family, Fitness, OC Mom Spotlight | 0 comments

 You are all too familiar with the dreaded phrase frustratingly whispered amongst mommies around the world (cue: Jaws theme song): postpartum weight gain. Instead of that tight waist, there’s now an extra layer of fat that reminds you of a small baby whale. Your thighs also seem to have expanded much like that of the Pillsbury Doughboy. Let’s not forget about the shoe size. The previous, normal shoe size has now reached an epic size known only to Amazon women. Just like your little purses have been replaced by larger tote-styled bags, those cute little dresses have also been traded in for stretchy yoga pants and other “active wear.” And this, my dear mom friends is the best you can hope for, besides, maybe getting a solid four hours of sleep. But perhaps there’s an inkling of hope for those...

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Top Ten OC Boot Camps  

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Family, Health | 1 comment

 With summer just around the corner, outdoor and indoor workouts are heating up in Orange County. For those boot camp newbies, you can expect to spend an hour doing some form of cardiovascular exercise, strength and/or endurance training, and stretching, yoga or pilates. However, what should you look for in a boot camp? The most effective boot camps offer a mix of motivational coaches, supportive peer communities, and tips and guidance on good nutrition. In the end, though, not all exercise boot camps are the same. Most experts recommend trying a few different programs in order to determine the best fit for your fitness level and goals. So, if you’re looking to jumpstart that beach bod, or just shed a few pounds, here are a few top Orange County Boot Camps: Crossfit Ethos 23001 Del Lago Drive Laguna Hills,...

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Pacific Coast Center for the Arts: Your One-Stop Neighborhood Arts Complex

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways | 1 comment

  Where can you take ballet, Pilates, piano and voice lessons, a painting class, and record a song? The answer lies behind the doors of the largest Arts center in Orange County: the Pacific Coast Center for the Arts (PCCA). Originally founded as Pacific Coast Academy of Dance (PCAD) in 2002, PCAD moved its studio from San Clemente to a state-of-the art 20,000 square foot facility on a quiet cul-de-sac in Mission Viejo. “Our expansion allowed us to support dancers of all levels (pre-professional, commercial and recreational), and all genres (classical, commercial, musical theatre),” explains Sandra Ishida Russell, executive director, PCCA. However, Ishida had a vision that would far exceed her dreams of dance. “We want to give back quality time to families who find themselves on the road more than in the home,” said Ishida. “We provide one safe,...

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2015 Orange County Father’s Day Events

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Events, Father's Day, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  It’s that special day when we celebrate the men in our lives, and the important influence that fathers have in our society. I’m referring to Father’s Day, of course! So, take the time to say, “thanks, dad,” and indulge together in one or two of the many events in Orange County that honor and celebrate that special guy in your life. Father’s Day Sunset Live Music and Dinner Cruise June 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dana Wharf Sportfishing Dana Point Harbor 34675 Golden Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629 949-496-5794 Come aboard the Dana Pride for a special Father’s Day Dinner Cruise. Enjoy two hours on the water, complete with live music and a delicious barbecue dinner . Tickets are $49 per adult, $29 per child. Pretend City Celebrates Father’s Day June 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pretend...

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SusieCakes Opens in Laguna Niguel

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Dining, Featured | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of SusieCakes SusieCakes, which is known for their traditional, all-American classic bakery offerings will finally open their doors this weekend in Laguna Niguel. This last week, Founder Susan Sarich hosted a private cake sampling of its top-sellers paired with fantastic wines. Samplings included these incredibly rich, melt-in-your-mouth cake delights: Luscious Lemon Cake Tropical Coconut Cake Vanilla Celebration Cake (This was Susie’s birthday cake throughout her life, and still a favorite!) Carrot Cake Susie’s Famous Southern Red Velvet Classic Marble Cake Old-Fashioned 6-Layer Chocolate Cake Founded by Sarich in 2006, she assured us that the “tastes just like your grandma’s” cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, and puddings are made entirely from scratch using simple, natural ingredients right on the premises. And nothing frozen, or re-heated—ever. Sarich pointed out that most of their treats should not be refrigerated...

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2015 Orange County Memorial Day Events

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Memorial Day is an important time to remember and recognize those who have died in military service for the United States of America. As part of that remembrance, Americans across the country celebrate with services, festivals, runs and other events. Take time during this three-day holiday weekend to enjoy the many events that honor our heroes, freedom, and diverse cultures and resources across Orange County. Orange County Memorial Day Services May 25 Anaheim Cemetery 11:00 a.m. 1400 E. Sycamore Street Anaheim, CA 92805 El Toro Memorial Park 11:00 a.m. 25751 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 Santa Ana Cemetery, 10:00 a.m. 1919 E. Santa Clara Avenue Santa Ana, CA 92705 949-951-9102, extension 10 The Orange County Cemetery District will host Memorial Day Services honoring veterans at all three of the District’s cemeteries; Anaheim Cemetery, El Toro Memorial Park and...

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The Berry Best SoCal U-Pick Strawberry Farms

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Activities, Family | 0 comments

 It’s that time of year when California’s luscious, sweet fruit makes its debut in markets and fruit stands. I’m referring to our family’s favorite fruit: strawberries! Southern California produces a large supply of this berry delicious fruit, so take advantage of the many u-pick strawberry farms that are just a car-ride away. Tips for berry picking: Avoid sandals and open-toed shoes; bring hand sanitizer or wipes, sunscreen and water. Call ahead to ensure harvest supplies are ample. Tanaka Farms 5380 University Drive Irvine, CA 92612 949-653-2100 Tanaka farms offers guided tours until mid-June that leave every half hour between 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., and last about 45-75 minutes. Weekday tours require reservations. Cost is $18 per person (kids under two are free). The tour concludes with picking, and eating your own strawberries, and filling up a one-pound to-go basket. McGrath Family...

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10 Best Places for Swimming Lessons in Orange County

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Best of OC, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 For most families, summer can bring beautiful weather, sandy beaches and endless days at the pool. However, one aspect of summer can often be overlooked: drowning. This last April, Orange County Fire Authority statistics show drownings begin to escalate from now through summer. In 2015 alone, there have already been four near-drownings and six deaths. Last year, there was an average of a drowning every nine days. So, to help prevent drownings, especially amongst children, below are a few favorite swim school parent picks that focus on water safety. Aqua Wave Swim School 27025 Burbank Road Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 949-455 2535 Found in 1997, Aqua Wave Swim School offers two OC indoor pool locations and teaches adults and children over six months of age. Private, semi-private, and group swim lessons are taught by CPR certified instructors who use...

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Diaper Cakes: A Unique Baby Shower Gift

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Family, Shopping, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 *******STORE CLOSED******** Sponsored Searching for that perfect baby shower gift? Looking for something that would be the talk of the shower, while being a practical gift for the mommy-to-be? Look no further than Diapers Cakes by Nadia, which offer handcrafted, custom diaper cakes that will make a lasting memory. “My handmade diaper cakes are one-of-a-kind, and cannot be found anywhere else,” said Diaper Cakes by Nadia owner and creator Nadia Vazirian. Handcrafted Diaper Cakes by Nadia range in price from $10 to $70, not including shipping. Most custom cakes and décor take approximately seven to 10 business days. Local Orange County customers can opt for free shipping if they utilize the direct pick up option. “I believe that my diaper cakes will impress the mommy-to-be, and leave a lasting memory on her special day. I take great care when...

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Tax Day Freebies and Deals for 2015

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 For most of us, the dreaded tax day deadline not only causes stress, it may have also left our pocketbooks a little lighter. So, why not spend a little less, and enjoy yourself after handing over your hard-earned money to Uncle Sam? Celebrate that tax day is over (until next year) by indulging in these freebies: AMC Theatres Free small popcorn between April 12 and 15. Print out a coupon from Bruegger’s Bagels Customers can get a bag of 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese flavors for $10.40 (savings of $3.50) between April 12-15, 2015. Boston Market In honor of Tax Day, Boston Market will offer a buy one Individual Meal and get a second Individual Meal for free (including their new Slow Braised Pulled Pork meals) on Wednesday, April 15 only. This offer applies to dine-in and...

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Tips for Holding a Successful Garage Sale

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 This Saturday tradition of garage sales has been a pastime for millions of people. Even as a child, I remember my mom strategically mapping out the local neighborhood sales in the newspaper. However, the part of actually organizing and holding a garage sale can be overwhelming for many people – myself included. If you, like many others, feel stressed when it comes to the entire garage or yard sale process, below are a few tips to ease your anxiety. Hopefully, by the end of the morning, you’re holding on to less stuff, and more cash. Assess If you’re anything like my family, you have plenty of stuff, or junk to sell. As the adage goes, “Another person’s trash, is someone else’s treasure.” Begin by starting piles of items that you want to sell. Over a month or two, I...

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