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Holiday Traditions and Gingerbread at Davio’s Irvine

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by Davio’s The last few weeks of the holidays are so hectic from school events, last-minute shopping, work/friends/family parties, and must do traditions. I try to balance the chaos of the holidays with joy such a hot cocoa holiday lights drives (we drive around the neighborhood after looking at lights while my kids drink hot coco in their pjs), the Nutcracker, an amusement park, gingerbread houses and whatever else I find that is holiday related. For our traditional holiday gingerbread experience, we decided to try someplace new and found that Davio’s in Irvine was hosting an event. Now, if you haven’t dined at Davio’s, then I suggest you do so STAT! Davio’s Irvine serves an array of carefully sourced and seasonally inspired Northern Italian cuisine featuring handmade pasta, fresh seafood, and salads as well as prime...

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Chinese Lantern Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by the Chinese Lantern Festival When I think holidays I think of family, food, and lights. Living in Southern California, we have so many options to experience beautiful holiday lights. Still, one that is new to our region is the magical Chinese Lantern Festival in Pomona at the Fairplex. My family and I were invited to experience this fantastic journey through this year’s theme Blooming Seasons. The Fairplex is located only 25 miles outside of Orange County, and you can get there pretty fast. When we arrived at the Fairplex, it was utterly dark, and my husband questioned if we were in the right place? We kept on driving and driving and seriously I had no idea the Fairplex was so big, it felt as if it were double the size of the Orange County Fairgrounds....

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The Magical Knott’s Merry Farm is Back

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Brought to you by Knott’s Who’s ready for some holiday fun?  I know its only November, but for me, the holiday spirit starts October 1 to January 1, then I go through horrible withdrawals, and the countdown begins again for October 1. I’m not going to lie I go big every year, but because this is the last year in the 10s (I seriously don’t know what to call 00’s, and 10’s can’t wait for the roaring ’20s) I want to end the decade super big!  So we’ve got our list, and one of the tops of our list is Knott’s Merry Farm!!!! Entertainment From live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Fair, lavish holiday decorations, holiday-inspired food, shopping (they have the cutest holiday crafts, ornaments, themed items) and of course, Santa! And of course, no visit to Knott’s Merry Farm...

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Fogo de Chão at Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Dining, Family, Irvine | 0 comments

We dined as a guest It should be a known fact that the Irvine Company has this fantastic ability to finding the perfect additions to their restaurant family. I do not know how they do it, but they once again hit gold by bringing Fogo de Chão to the Irvine Spectrum. It is huge for Orange County. For those who are not familiar with Fogo, de Chão, let me give you a little history. Internationally renowned Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique. It all started in 1979 on the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul, in Southern Brazilian, on a farm, in the Serra Gaucha, that the founding brothers decided to share their culinary treasure with the world. Tradition, family, and love of churrasco (grilling meat)...

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Spooktacular Family Fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Knott’s From late September to late December, my family weekends are jam-packed with fun. From fall workshops to pumpkin patches to family portraits, Thanksgiving, gingerbread baking, Santa, Christmas, and ending with New Year’s, we are booked. I love this time of year, and I try my hardest to pack everything in. My kids are growing out of the pumpkin patch rides and fun, but they still love our yearly tradition of picking pumpkins and decorating them. This year we decided to change things up and headed to Knott’s Spooky Farm for some Halloween fun. Yes, you read it right, Spooky Farm, not Scary Farm. So what is Spooky farm? Knott’s Spooky Farm is a family-friendly Halloween celebration geared for kids ages 3-11. You and your family can celebrate with Snoopy and the gang...

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Talking with the Cast of Downton Abbey

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of the studio Have you ever had a reoccurring dream about meeting someone you admire, such as an author, actor or politician? I often do, and generally, in my dream, I always ask questions that I have been dying to know forever. Like why did the band really break up John? Or is it true that you are not really a redhead Lucy? Then whenever I wake up, I feel satisfied with the answer and that yearning is gone. The other day when I was sitting 5 feet away from 3 actors from my favorite miniseries of all time, Downton Abbey! I was allowed to ask them questions that have been swirling around in my mind for almost a decade. Guess what? I blanked. My question would have been how in the...

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Downton Abbey The Movie

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening of Downton Abbey as a guest Nestled comfortably in my seat, waiting patiently for a film about a community that I have grown to love, I wondered what Julian Fellowes had in store for the audience. Who knew that in 2011 (it came out in the UK in 2010 but stateside did not get to watch it until 2011) when I watched my first episode on Masterpiece Theater, that many years later my beloved series would be on the big screen. Set between 1912-1927 in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey. (I learned this the hard way and went to visit Downton this past summer only to find that Highclere Castle was closed to the public and that the quaint town surrounding the castle were not close by but in Oxfordshire Cotswolds). We...

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MTOC Mary Poppins is a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Good Time!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Looking for a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious good time? Then look no further than Musical Theatre Orange County’s (MTOC) production of Mary Poppins. Each year Lori and Mitch Atkins along with their talented team bring to life a Broadway caliber musical extravaganza. How do I know this? Well my family and I have been going for over 6 years which means it’s officially our family’s tradition to go to MTOC’s summer production! Through the years I’ve gotten to know Lori Atkin, co-founder of MTOC and even stalk the MTOC Instagram so around February I knew what show was coming up. Having seen their production of Mary Poppins in 2015, I wondered how and if the production would differ, happy to say that not only was the show different, but it also blew me away. First they broadened on the story line giving...

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Ally Maki is Officer Giggles McDimples

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It takes a special person to be chosen to be the voice of a character in a beloved franchise.  Think about it, there are hundreds of thousands of actors and voice over artists out there so when you get the call to be a part of one of the biggest franchises ever, you first ask is this a joke and two say YESSSS!  Prior to Toy Story 4 I hadn’t heard of Ally Maki so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  When she entered the room, the feel changed, it became light, giggly (so fitting), and filled with joy.  Why?  Because that who Ally Maki is and that is the presence she brings to a room.  Besides being breathtakingly beautiful, Ally is also smart, kind, and makes you feel like you are longtime friends talking about life and her...

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Toy Story 4 – 24 Years of Magic

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You always remember the firsts. The first time you rode a bike, the first day of school, your first movie ever which for my now 11 year old daughter was Toy Story 3. It is so fitting that 9 years to the date we saw Toy Story 4. She was only 2 and was completely taken by the film. She didn’t leave her seat once which for a 2 year old is as much of a miracle as a mom of a 2 year old getting a full nights sleep. Of course with such endearing characters who would want to take their eyes off the screen.   With Toy Story 4 we take a look back 9 years to the rainy day that Woody said goodbye to his love Bo Peep. Life went on for Woody without Peep. Andy...

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Sweeping Ocean Views and Delicious Cuisine at Las Brisas

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

We dined as Las Brisas as a guest of the venue In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Las Brisas has unveiled an entirely refreshed culinary experience. Not only has the restaurant gone through some uplifting changes to their décor, but so has their menu. Michael Gaines, the new executive general manager, is collaborating with the Las Brisas team and has brought his vision of vibrancies to life. The minute that I walked into Las Brisas, I felt like I was transported to paradise. The restaurant features a bright, fresh, and calming surrounding on a cliff that overlooks the ocean. The changes in the décor are also reflected in the menu. Fresh ocean to table dishes, along with some of their most popular eats from the past makes your dining experience just that dining experience, add a little cocktail and...

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Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse Brings a Taste of the East Coast to Orange County

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue When the Irvine Company announced that they were going to bring a little bit of the east coast to the west, with the opening of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse back in 2017, I knew that it had to be something spectacular. So what makes Davio’s so special? Chef/Restaurateur Steve DiFillippo. After graduating Boston University and the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, the then 24-year-old Steve began his journey in making a regular Italian steakhouse into a fine dining experience. The first step in making his vision a reality came with the purchase of an established restaurant called Davio’s in Boston’s Back Bay. With hard work, insight, and a deep understanding of what people want in a dining experience, Steve’s empire grew from one restaurant in Boston to nine on the east...

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Kids Eat Free at The House of Blues

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Whenever I hear the name House of Blues I think rock n roll, amazing venue, and their world famous Gospel Brunch. Well let me tell you House of Blues is so much more. Since moving to the Garden Walk in Anaheim, House of Blues has doubled in size giving them chance to expand their venue but also their kitchen. First of all they have an amazing happy hour Monday – Friday, 3PM-6PM as well as lunch specials starting at $9. So what is the inspiration behind their mouthwatering meals? Good old southern cooking. Their menu includes iconic dishes such as New Orleans jambalaya and gumbo, shrimp and grits, country fried steak, Memphis-style baby back ribs, and Delta fried chicken, as well as great burgers, flatbreads, and salads. So what’s my favorite?...

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3-D Theatricals Presents 42nd Street

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

The rain impeded my view as we pulled into the parking spot directly in front of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Looking at the clock I noticed that we had 30 minutes until the bells chimed signaling us to enter the theater. Forgetting our umbrellas was a rookie move on my part so we sat in the car staring at the inviting lights before us. Five minutes passed and the rain eased off a bit giving us a very small window to run towards the entrance. You’re on your own were the last words I uttered to my family as I darted towards the inviting lobby. I entered our safe haven from the rain, wiping my glasses so that I could have a better visual of the room when my eyes set to the most welcoming fire...

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Vampirates Take over Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Have you ever wondered how pirates celebrate the Halloween season? Wonder no more for I have the answer, they hit the seas and fight against vampirates! Vampirates? Well what else would you call pirates turned vampires who sail the seas for booty and meals. Where can you see these said vampirates? Well that’s easy in Buena Park at none other than Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. That’s right Pirate’s Dinner Adventure has transformed its show into a ghoulishly fun experience filled with pirates, vampires, and gypsies swinging high above. If you’ve never experienced Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, then I suggest you go during the Halloween festivities. The special Halloween show transports you to the 18th century. As you enter the arena, before you is the Spanish galleon nestled in an indoor lagoon. From the...

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Chuck Jones Pop-Up at the Anaheim GardenWalk

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue As a parent, I try to expose my children to as many types of art as possible. My children have been to traditional museums, neon museums, craft museums; you name it they go to see. Ps. do to my love of art our home of a smorgasbord of prints, person pieces, and photographs. The one thing that we lack is a numbered art collection that I kick myself for not starting sooner. What do I mean a numbered art collection? A piece of original work from an artist who’s collection you can build on and give in monetary value. For example last week we went to the Chuck Jones Gallery pop up in Anaheim, and as we admired the various pieces, I started thinking how great would it be if we...

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Visit Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood in England

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Travel | 0 comments

It has been nine years since I last visited my family in London.  We are a close-knit bunch and spend every day together.  The last time we were there my children were 1 and 4 which meant that every day was spent in a park.   My aunt Barbara told us about this enchanting park that she felt the children would love so we headed out to Aldenham Country Park in Hertfordshire to visit the 100 Aker Wood.  Now if that sounds a bit familiar it may be due to a little song that starts off like this: Deep in the hundred acre wood Where Christopher Robin plays, you will find the enchanted neighborhood of Christopher’s childhood days A donkey named Eeyore is his friend. And Kanga and little Roo. There’s Rabbit. and Piglet And there’s Owl But most of...

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Let your Light Guide You Through A Wrinkle in Time

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening as a guest of Disney Have you ever felt alone, misunderstood, different?  Have you ever closed your eyes and imagined a magical land that you feel is within your reach?  If yes then maybe you experienced a wrinkle….A Wrinkle in Time.  Based on the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time is the story about the journey a girl makes to find not only her father, who is lost in a wrinkle in the universe but also herself.  Director Ava DuVernay takes the audience on a ride to a cinematic dream.  Honestly, you will feel as if you are in a beautiful dream.  A dream that a girl has to reunite with her father; a dream to feel as if she is part of a community; a dream to be understood; a dream...

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A Wrinkle in Time will Inspire and Empower Girls

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening/interview as a guest of Disney I am an Iranian-American. I was born in Iran and immigrated to America right around the Iran hostage crisis.  It was hard having a name like mine, look the way I did, feeling the way I did.  I was different and different was bad.  With few friends, I turned to books and movies to past the time.  From that my love of fantasy rose as did my hope that one day if I ever had children they would not go through what I did, that somehow a person who is different is as accepted as one who is considered the norm.  As an Iranian-American woman, I have sat back quietly watching as history-making events have unfolded before me.  From the Woman’s March to the Me Too movement, history is being made...

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The Greatest Showman: Experiencing the Greatest Show

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening as a guest of the studio There are very few movies out there that are cinematic eye dazzling, body moving, tear-worthy masterpieces.  The Greatest Showman is that movie.  From the opening scene to the very end the audience’s attention is caught.  As the opening scene is about to appear you hear voices singing ‘Woah’ over and over for a good 30 seconds, this is the beginning melody from The Greatest Show.  As the melody continues, you see feet stomping on the ground and bleachers, unison to the beat of the song.  Then the voice of Hugh Jackman informs the audience that “Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for…”   and he’s completely right this is the moment we have been waiting for, the moment to watch The Greatest Showman.  The movie takes us...

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The Birth of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue For 109 years Newport Beach has invited locals and guests from afar to marvel it the beauty of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.  Year after year our family tradition has been to watch these lights float on top of the water bringing with them holiday cheer.   This year, as I stood along the beach at Marina Park watching the smiles on the faces of my children and that of strangers nearby, I wondered if John Scarpa and Joseph Beek realized how greatly they impacted the holidays in Orange County. If you don’t recognize the names, then please read on and learn about how two mean brought magic to Newport Beach.   Over 100 years ago, Scarpa and Beek established what was then called the Tournament of Lights. Scarpa owned a gondolier company...

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Winter Wonderfest: A Perfect Way to Keep Cool This Hot Holiday Season

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Oh, the weather outside is frightfully hot with the record-breaking heat this holiday season which means my plans for snow play up in the mountains during the holidays has been postponed.  Thank goodness for the Discovery Cube OC’s Winter Wonderfest!  You read it right…snow is coming to Orange County.  Year after year the Discovery Cube OC brings joy, snow, and fun to children and adults. To experience tubing down a huge 75-foot ramp, sledding, and playing in real snow you need three important things.  1. Warmish jacket. It may be in the high 70’s but baby it gets cold outside next to the ice.  2. Gloves!!! Any kind of gloves would do, but I highly recommend waterproof ones so that your fingers don’t freeze from making snowmen and throwing snowballs. 3....

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A Taste of Hawaii at Ono Hawaiian BBQ

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue My family loves Hawaii and misses everything about it.  It’s been 350 days since we left and we can’t wait for our next trip back. To ease the pain and sadness, we try to bring a bit of Hawaii into our daily lives.  My daughter takes Hula lessons, my son is learning to play the ukulele, my husband wears Hawaiian print loungewear, and I buy Hawaiian scented candles.  What our family loves to do together, to take us back to our days in paradise, is eat. When Ono Hawaiian BBQ invited us in for a tasting, we immediately said ‘yes’ and drove to Buena Park for a little taste of Hawaii. Brightly lit with Hawaiian accents here and there, Ono Hawaiian BBQ took me back to North Shore.  My family ordered...

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Mermaid Breakfast at the Ocean Institute

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue If you are lucky and look closely across the horizon on the cliffs of Dana Point on a random September day, you can see “pirate” ships sailing on the waves to the Tall Ships Festival at the Ocean Institute.    Sadly, I missed that glorious day, but my daughter and I were equally lucky to meet the mermaids that swam to shore to see these magnificent ships up close.  The three day Tall Ship Festival started Friday night with the Parade of Sail and ended Sunday evening with the Cannon Battles. In between the celebrations, the Ocean Institute was able to connect with the Mer-kingdom and brought to surface some beautiful mermaids for children to meet. The Mermaid Breakfast began at 9:00 am, and as guests enjoyed pancakes, fruit, eggs, and sausage,...

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The Impossible Burger at Umami Burger

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

The world’s population is about 7.5 billion.  It has nearly doubled in 20 years and will continue to do so.  With growth comes the struggle to feed those mouths which to this point has caused a negative shift in the ecosystem.  In the US alone beef consumption, last year was 24.1 billion pounds; it is safe to say, American people love, their meat and I’m one of them.  Living in California, I am very conscious about my carbon foot print.  I recycle, use water conservatively, and drive a gas efficient car, so when I was invited to try Umami’s Impossible Burger, I said yes! I wasn’t really sure what the Impossible Burger was.  Before I ate it, I thought it would be a standard veggie patty, but I was very wrong.  After speaking to a representative from Impossible, I learned...

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The Magic of The Little Mermaid Comes to Life

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue My children’s love of musical theater began with Musical Theater Orange County‘s (MTOC) production of Tarzan. Each year around May, my children ask when the next production of MTOC will come out, and each year I tell them the same thing, July. The Little Mermaid was our 4th experience with MTOC, and like each production before, we were not disappointed. After last year’s Beauty and the Beast, I started following MTOC on Facebook and Instagram and kept up to date on their goings on. I was surprised to see how much they did throughout the year from musical theater, Capella group, Improv classes, acting, puppetry, as well as technical theater workshops. Year round MTOC was helping their talented students cultivate their art. Located in Anaheim their evening classes cap at 10 students and run about two...

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Marvel Universe Live!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Yesterday my children and I were given the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the all new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes live action show at the Honda Center.  My son is a huge Marvel fan and was excited to see how the team makes the magic come alive. We were greeted by the stunt superhero team which gave us a demonstration on how they perform their moves.  Fight 101 wasn’t just hands on; it was also about mind control.  Ten hours of training daily is how this team makes sure that they are not only safe but also on point.  The show is action packed with so many moving parts, being in sync with one another is what is need to make the show a success and to keep...

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Cars 3: Road to the Races

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Disney kicked off their Cars 3 Road to the Races nationwide tour at Disney Springs on March 23rd before heading out to 27 cities across the country which ended this past weekend in Sonoma. Mack Trucks, Inc. transported the life-size cars on the coast-to-coast tour.  Guests got a sneak peek at the Cars 3 movie and had a chance to have some Cars fun with photo spots, games, and even a special tasting from Dole. Alamo Rent A Car hosted a street art booth bringing Cars 3 to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends. Thanks to Coppertone, little ones who love Luigi & Guido as much and I do took part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity. Fans were provided an opportunity to create a...

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Storymakery: The Next Chapter

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue.    A little while ago, I took my daughter to Storymakery for a Father/Daughter date night.   I had a blast creating a book with my daughter; and she felt very special now as a published author.  To this day, the book is hidden somewhere in her bed, and when she thinks we are in bed, she brings it out and reads it.  With Father’s Day approaching, we decided to do another book. This time Storymakery had a new treat available to us. They are now publishing books in hard cover!  My daughter was so excited to publish her second book and this time in hard cover that she kept asking me when we were going.  Next time,  I won’t tell her until day of, so I won’t have to be...

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Hilarious Epic Adventure: Despicable Me 3

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

We attended the screening as a guest of the studio School is finally out which means making summer long memories with my kids.  Our summers are spent exploring, lounging, and watching movies.  Luckily Illumination read my mind and will share their newest Despicable Me, Despicable Me 3.  Steve Carell reprises his role as Gru, but also takes on the part of Dru (Gru’s long lost brother).  Kristen Wiig returns as Gru’s wife and partner in crime fighting Lucy, while Trey Parker voices new villain Balthazar Bratt.  Balthazar Bratt is a former child star who has become obsessed with the evil TV character he played in the ’80s which means the film is filled with amazing 80’s music, bright colors, and tongue and cheek references to an era from my childhood. We were invited to a morning screening of the...

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Rare Madagascar Vanilla Limited-Time Yogurtland Flavor

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue BREAKING NEWS ALERT:  Vanilla bean crops in Madagascar are in jeopardy due to tremulous storms.  The worst tropical cyclone in 13 years has not only devastated the country leaving farmers without crops, it has also caused a huge shortage of vanilla beans worldwide.  Vanilla is one of the most popular flavors in the world and is used in many recipes.  Currently is nearly impossible to get your hands on Madagascar vanilla, but Yogurtland was able to secure a small supply so that its patrons can enjoy the Rare Madagascar Vanilla for just one week while supplies last. My children and I were invited to a private tasting and our palettes thanked us afterwards.  I’m a believer in being honest in my posts and don’t like pulling the wool over people’s eyes. ...

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Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Aliso Viejo, Cool Places, Featured, Hiking Trails, Parks | 11 comments

CLOSED AS OF AUGUST 14TH “Fairy Lily’s broken wing has now completely healed and Queen Lily and the other fairies that have been living along the Aliso Summit Trail have headed back to their homes in Ireland. All the fairies are very sad to leave their beautiful homes here in Orange County, but wanted everyone to know that they will fondly remember the very special time they had living here. They will cherish the friendships, the trinkets/rocks/gifts, as well as the hand written notes and drawings from all their human friends who have visited them. For those of you that missed visiting the fairies, Fairy Lily wants to remind you that you can always build your own fairy home in your home or yard, so that the fairies will be able to visit and surround you with unlimited possibilities,...

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Wonderful Wonder Woman is Back

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored Growing up in the late 70’s early 80’s my world revolved around Scooby Doo, The Love Boat, and Wonder Woman.  Even saying the words, Wonder Woman makes me feel like that 6-year-old, sitting on the shag carpet, staring up at the TV, watching Linda Carter spin and turn into Wonder Woman. She was amazing, and I always wished that I could be just as amazing as she was.  Sadly the show’s run ended and with that so did our female superhero role model for almost 30 years. I cannot believe it took this long for such a magnificent character to come to the big scene. With our world changing so much, and girl power being in the forefront socially and politically, this was a perfect time to introduce the new generation to Diana, Princess of the Amazons. For those...

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Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Talk about Wonder Woman Empowering Girls

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored My daughter and I were invited by Warner Brothers to an exclusive behind the scenes meet and greet with Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, and the woman who created the magic, Director Patty Jenkins. When we entered the sound stage, before us was a room filled with bean bags for the younger ladies and chairs for their mamas.   All the girls, dressed in their Wonder Woman gear were patiently seated, wide-eyed and smiling. As we waited for the dynamic duo to enter the room, mothers and daughters talked about the film. We all agreed that we had grown up loving Wonder Woman and how we were so thrilled that our heroine had reappeared. The joy we felt for the Wonder Woman of our generation was the same that our daughter’s felt for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and we couldn’t wait to meet...

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Miguel’s Jr. Delivers Fresh & Delicious Mexican Food

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

Sponsored Miguel’s Jr. is finally coming to Redlands in the new Mountain Grove shopping center! Judging by the happy faces and empty plates at the preview breakfast, it’s sure to be a hit. Founder Mary Vasquez and her son Javier, who is the CEO and President, were on hand to welcome everyone to what will be the 16th store in the beloved family business. Mike and Mary Vasquez opened the first Miguel’s Jr. in 1975 with recipes inspired by Mary’s childhood, and they have been fine tuning and improving the food ever since. Their commitment to delivering the freshest, best tasting Californian Mexican food in an inviting ambiance is evident in this newest location. The first thing you’ll notice when you enter is the bright and fresh design and the hearty welcome from the excellent staff. Walking past the...

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Game of Thrones: The Musical! – A Song of Nice Satire

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue My husband is a huge fan of Game of Thrones (as in obsessed).   I’m not allowed to watch the show with him because I’m a newbie that ask way too many lame questions and basically take the joy of watching the show away from him.  He has his routine of recording Eastern Time so that by 8 o’clock he has the entire downstairs to himself without interruption.  If by any chance I need to grab something from downstairs, rules have been placed that I cannot enter the GoT realm until he deems it okay.  It’s pretty intense so I avoid the situation completely so that our marriage stays intact.  So when the opportunity to preview Game of Thrones: The Musical! – A Song of Nice Satirecame up I knew that I...

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The Lego Batman Movie Days at LegoLand

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue As a mom of a superhero-loving son and daughter, I am well aware of all things that are superheroes.  Before my son became the guru of superheroes, I was the one that knew when the newest movie, toy, and event were happening. My children would marvel in my knowledge and ‘oh’ and ‘ah’ with each discovery (that might be an exaggeration, but it’s my story, and I am sticking to it!).  Sadly those days had long passed me until I got the invitation from Legoland for The Lego Batman Movie Days. For two weekends (February 18-19 and 25-26) you and your little superhero can experience the ultimate Lego Batman experience filled with photo opportunities with Batman, Lego Batman inspired activities and a scavenger hunt on top of all the other fun...

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The Harlem Globetrotters: The Most Entertaining Basketball Team in History

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue When you hear the name Harlem Globetrotters you think basketball, laughter and family fun.  We’ve seen the Globetrotters numerous times and I can tell you that we will see them many more.  After the first time I watched them play, I decided to find out more about the most entertaining basketball team in history.   I was surprised to find that the Globetrotters originated in the south side of Chicago, Illinois, in the 1920s, where all the original players were raised. Back then, the Globetrotters were known as the Savoy Big Five and played exhibitions before dances. In 1928 after several players left the team in a dispute, the remaining team, led by Tommy Brookins, formed a team called the Globe Trotters which toured Southern Illinois. Within months, they hired Abe...

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International Frozen ‘Yogurtland’ Celebration

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Sponsored Calling all Yogurtland fans, the day we have been waiting for is almost here, International Frozen Yogurt Day!  Forget National Frozen Yogurt Day, Yogurtland has taken it to the next level and is making it an international affair by including locations around the world.  That’s right on February 6th Yogurtland will be handing out free froyo from 4-7 pm, you can RSVP on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/766824393485947/. Each guest will receive a 5oz cup to top to their heart’s content and also be able to collect the limited edition Hershey’s spoon (while supplies last).  We were invited to the Yogurtland headquarters for a sneak taste of the upcoming flavors and let me tell you; you won’t be disappointed.   If you are a fan of Yogurtland, you have probably already had their Hershey’s Chocolate Milkshake and have been...

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RENT – 20 Years Later

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue I love musicals; they are my favorite genre in theater.  It may be traced back to when I was 4, sitting in front of the TV for hours watching Hello Dolly, King and I, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and so many Rogers and Hammerstein musicals that I cannot list.  Regardless of its origins in my soul, I love them, that being said none of them spoke to me like Rent. Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson which is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème.   Set in the 1990’s this musical hits home to GenXer’s like myself who could relate to the struggles of this group of misfits.  It was through their strife that this group learned what love and friendship is...

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Sleeping Beauty and Holiday Traditions

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue If you’ve read any of my posts, you’d know that I love theater and taking my family to as many shows as possible.  It doesn’t matter the venue; I’m always up for a show.  Last month one of my friends was talking about having a mom’s night out with our kids to see Sleeping Beauty at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach instead of a regular holiday dinner gift exchange.  I loved the idea of making holiday memories that didn’t consist of food and gifts, instead of experiences. I was the first to say yes for two reasons; one I love Sleeping Beauty (seriously she was my favorite princess growing up) and two, I had always wanted to see a show at the Laguna Playhouse.   I had driven by the venue...

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The Magical of the Holidays at the Sawdust Festival

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue For many years, the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach has been our family destination during summer.  With the various activities available for the whole family it makes it a great destination. This year we decided to visit the Sawdust Art Festival’s 26TH Annual Winter Fantasy. For years I had wanted to go but always hesitated because of parking, but then I learned that Laguna has multiple lots within walking distance so I could put my hesitation aside and enjoy a day out with my family.  I love the venue for the Sawdust Festival.  The outside reminds me of a fairy tale house similar to that of the dwarves from Snow White. The ground is covered in sawdust and as you walk through its gates you immediately feel the magic of Christmas....

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A Magical Experience at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Before my mother and I moved to California we lived in London.  Summers in London consisted of concert series in the park.  My uncles and aunts would pack picnics and we would head to Hampstead to listen to the orchestra play.  I would love playing about listening to the music as the sun set and watching the stars appear.  It was quite lovely and the memory is something that lives deep instead me.  When we moved here in the early 80s it was a bit of a culture shock.  Gone were the days of theater and concert in the park with my family which caused a void in my soul.  It wasn’t until 1986 that a spark of joy was lit again.  I was in 6th grade and Segerstrom Center for...

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Master of the Mystic Arts: Doctor Strange

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We saw a screening as a guest of Disney My 11-year-old is a huge Marvel fan. He’s got the comics; he’s got the encyclopedia (yes there is a Marvel Encyclopedia that has in-depth information about all things Marvel), and he seems to know about all things that are happening in the Marvel Universe including when movies are slated to come out. I grew up on X-Men but didn’t really follow the other superheroes until my son.  I love Marvel movies because they bring pop culture and humor into dark situations leading the viewer to feel all sorts of emotions from fear to happiness anger to dismay. I never leave a Marvel moving feel depressed, well that not true, I’m depressed the movie is over and that I have to wait a year or so for the next one.  So, whenever...

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Bringing the MARVELous Doctor Strange to life

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended an interview as a guest of Disney Doctor Strange, which is the story of Doctor Stephen Strange, the Master of the Mystic Arts, who made his first appearance in Marvel comics in 1963.  Bringing the story of Doctor Strange from print to film was MARVELous with so many complex and in-depth levels. All the pieces fell into place when Kevin Feige and Scott Derrickson decided to push the cinematic boundaries and create this breathtaking film.  With an insanely talented all-star cast consisting of talents such as Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and Benedict Wong, this film was meant to be not only a blockbuster action film but also one with thought provoking concepts holding true to its 60’s roots. As psychedelic and eye opening as this movie is, it doesn’t make you feel that...

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Cowabunga in Dana Point

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Cool Places | 0 comments

Looking for a fun FREE way to entertain your kids?  With summer coming to an end and my summer bucket list drying up, I thought it be fun for my kids to get out and search for something more than a Pokémon. I had heard that Dana Yarger, a Dana Point resident and an ambassador to the Elephant Parade from a few years back, had begun looking for a new project to bring to the city. This time the project was in the shape of cows known as Cowabunga. The statues will be auctioned off at the end of the summer with proceeds going to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. The camp is a program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California which hosts children diagnosed with cancer and their families.  My kids and I started at 9 in...

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Creating Summer Memories at MTOC Production of Beauty and the Beast

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Sponsored Once Spring break is over and we are on the tail end of the school year my mind starts thinking about summer.  I am blessed to be a stay at home mom but by making that choice, we went from a dual income home to a single one which means less money on summer camps and more creative planning.  So once Spring break is over I go into plan mode.  From museums to parks, festivals to random road trips our summer days are filled with memory making moments.  One of my family’s favorite summer musts is going to Musical Theatre Orange County’s (MTOC) summer production. I got turned on to MTOC in 2014 when I saw Tarzan The Musical.  From the jaw dropping sets and phenomenal acting I was hooked. As I was researching our summer activities I...

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Bodie – California’s Official Gold Rush Ghost Town

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

Some people dream of seeing Paris, some dream of Hawaii, I on other hand dreamed of seeing Bodie.  Bodie?, yes Bodie.  Now before you rush to your web browser to find out what/where Bodie is I can give you the 411.  Bodie is a ghost town east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, off the 395.  It’s quite a trek to travel to Bodie so if you are interested in visiting might I suggest making it a weekend getaway maybe stay at Mammoth Lakes or Lake Tahoe which are about an hour away in either direction.  The drive along the 395 is quite scenic and if you don’t pay attention you may pass Bodie Road so make sure at least one of you keeps an eye out.  Halfway through the 10 mile drive on Bodie...

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Hello Kitty Cafe is finally here

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue As a child of the 70s, three things were very much a part of my life: Tang, The Love Boat, and Hello Kitty.  Alas Tang and The Love Boat are no longer but my love of all things Sanrio continues to live strong and has been passed down to my daughter. A couple of years ago an article surfaced about a Hello Kitty Café.  Now as any good Hello Kitty loving child of the 70s would do, I searched the internet high and low and found that my vision of Kitty shaped cookies was nothing but a pipedream. So I thought! Fast forward to Winter 2016 and the ramblings of a pop-up Hello Kitty Café surfaced.  I didn’t want to get my hopes up and didn’t listen to the gossip but then...

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84th Annual Festival of Arts

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

OC Mom was invited to Laguna Beach for a behind the scenes look at the 84th Annual Festival of Arts which will run July 5 – August 31, 2016.  The festival hosts 140 local artists as well as live music, hands-on art activities, exhibitions of local student artwork and a wide variety of special events. One of the perks of the behind the scenes access is meeting artists Carla Bosch, Mike Tauber and Vinita Voogd who gave us a preview of what will be showcased in July. The Festival will have dozens of events through its run.  One that I look forward to is the Festival Runway Fashion Show on August 13.  Models will strut down the runway wearing fashion designed by recycled materials.  After seeing a few dresses from last year, I can wait to see what designers...

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Behind-the-Scenes of the 2016 Pageant of the Masters

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

We attended the preview as a guest of the venue In just a short few weeks art lovers from around the world will flock to Laguna Beach to see art come to life. The Pageant of the Masters will run from July 7th through August 31st at the Festival of Arts grounds. We were honored to be invited for a behind-the-scenes look at how the art and characters come to life, and I documented every moment to share with you. The Pageant made its debut in 1933 ran for only eight days.  Year after year art and theater lovers would travel to Laguna Beach to watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of art. The popularity of the Pageant has grown so much that now it has 56 sold out performances a season and has...

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Behind-the-Scene of Newsies The Musical

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA Newsies The Musical will be at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts May 17 – 29, 2016 We were invited to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a behind-the-scenes tour of Newsies The Musical. Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 musical film Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City.  Here are some images of what goes on before the show begins. The very talented and crafty Gillian Austin gave us the 411 on the wardrobes. Due to all the splits while dancing, nickers are the number one casualties of the show. The theme of the era is checkered material and wool. Luckily for the dancers they have three complete sets of outfits to...

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Sharing the Beauty of Art with Your Kids at The Bowers Museum

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Featured, Museums | 0 comments

Growing up in London my mother would drag me to museums.  She would push my stroller from room to room showing me piece after piece.  I’m not going to lie, I hated it.  It sucked even more because then when I got older, my school would take us and I had to experience those boring pieces over and over again. When we moved to the states my mother wanted to continue sharing her love of art with me but it wasn’t that easy.  We had to travel to LA and that was a bit too overwhelming for a newcomer so our days of museums were put aside.  The funny thing about exposing your children to the art from a young age is that when the arts disappear from their lives, they feel a void. My soul craved art, sculptures...

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The Equestrian Masterpiece: Odysseo by Cavalia

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

We attended as a guest of the venue Have you have been wondering what the big white tent is off the 405 and Laguna Canyon Rd? Lucky for you, I’m here to tell you all about it. It is Normand Latourelle’s creation, Cavalia: Odysseo.  Who is Normand Latourelle you ask? Well besides being an artistic genius, he was also one of the four pioneers of a little show called Cirque du Soleil. He left Cirque du Soleil in the mid 90’s to try out new ventures. In 2003, Latourelle decided to create an experience to show the historical relationship between humans and horses. Through the years the show, then called  Voltige, evolved and became Cavalia, which by the way is a  fabricated word, inspired by the Spanish and French words for a horse (caballo and cheval) and the English word...

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Behind the Scenes of Odysseo in Orange County

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 2 comments

Earlier this week, I had the extreme honor of going to see a sneak peek of Odysseo by Cavalia.  I live near Laguna Canyon Road, so I have seen the pre-production of the show from the of the posting of the sign to the arrivals of the trailers, and then the erection of metal beams and finally the rising of the tent. Watching the preparation of Odysseo has been a part of my everyday life for close to a month. When I went to the preview and was driving up to the tent, I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of it. The tent was so much larger than I had expected, but then again, of course, it would be, the tent’s height is equivalent to a ten story building. Walking into the tent, I feared that it would be...

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The Breathtaking Odysseo White Big Top Raises in Orange County

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

The time has come for the arrival of the massive white tent where the magical performance of Odysseo by Cavalia will come to life for families in Orange County. It took one hundred and ten semi-trailer trucks to transport the touring production to Irvine where guests will be invited to embark on an equestrian and acrobatic adventure featuring 65 horses and 45 humans. We were fortunate enough to be invited to attend the celebratory event where the big white tent was raised for the first time at the 405 and 133 freeway in the city of Irvine. The white tent stands 125 feet tall, is higher than the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, and is 58,397 square feet. There is seating for 2,000 people surrounding a stage that is approximately 17,500 square feet, bigger than the Honda Center ice...

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The Columbia Memorial Space Center

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Cool Places, Family, Featured | 0 comments

Did you know that the city of Downey has a space museum?  I didn’t but I’m sure glad I found out about it.  Nestled between Kaiser Hospital Downey and the Downey Landing shopping center lies The Columbia Memorial Space Center.  You can’t miss its unique design or the space rocket up in front surrounded by planets, and the Columbia Memorial Space Center is going to be one of your families favorite places for exploring and learning about space. Why would such a museum be in Downey instead of Los Angeles? The site of the museum is the former Boeing/Rockwell/North American plant where all of the Apollo Command/Service Modules were built and were the Space Shuttle was conceived. Downey’s rich aerospace history dates back to World War II when Vultee Aircraft set up shop in Downey and produced 15% of all...

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Growing Up Making Memories at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue My daughter practically grew up at Pretend City.   No joke, we were members from the first year they opened (2009) up until she started Kindergarten (2013). We had a set routine of dropping her brother off at school, spending the mornings at Pretend City, grabbing lunch and then  picking him up from school.  I can remember my daughter running around in diapers and growing to the age where she could finally use their tiny toilets. Pretend City was a huge part of her pre-school years and it wasn’t until our latest visit that I realized how special our time there was.  We were invited to spend the morning at Pretend City with Santa.  My daughter is now 7 and hadn’t been back to Pretend City in nearly 2 years so she was...

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Winter Wonderfest at The Discovery Cube OC (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Christmas, Museums | 1 comment

We attended as a guest of the venue The other day I was walking around Target with my friend and saw the coolest sweater.  It was a picture of a sheep covered in Christmas lights and it read Fleece Navidad.  Obviously I was going to buy the sweater and was showing it my friend who said you are getting the wrong sweater.  Confused I asked how?  She casually pointed to the one right next to it which read Obsessive Christmas Disorder.  Most people would have been offended by that suggestion; I on the other hand am wearing my title with pride! That being said I must be the go to person for all things holiday fun.  That’s what she’s saying right?   So here is another one of my suggestions for holiday fun, The Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana! ...

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25th Annual Lighting of the Bay at The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue It’s November which means that we’re already dove into the holidays.  Thanksgiving is only a few days away and in about a month it Christmas!  If you are anything like me, you are checking all the blogs to see where to go to see lights.  Tonight I was invited to the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort to preview their 25th Annual Lighting of the Bay! Let me tell ya if you haven’t been then you must come out and see what they have in store for you.  The 3 day celebration with begin Friday November 27th at 3 pm with Live Performances by OC Children’s Song Group and Corona Del Mar High School Choir and then at 5:30 Santa Claus will paddle board in and flipping the giant light switch to illuminate...

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Holiday Fun at Knott’s Merry Farm

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Knott’s I love the holidays.  I love the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin spicy.  I love the way that the lights twinkle at night.  I love how the malls, houses and pretty much everywhere are decorated.  The holidays warm my heart and give me more reasons to celebrate. Every year around October I start my holiday list of things to do and once mid-November comes along I start getting antsy because I know it’s time to pull out my list and start checking off my must dos. Orange County is a holiday loving county which means my list is long and the season is short so I need to pack every weekend with fun activities. On the top of my list is Knott’s Merry Farm, yes you read it right MERRY as in...

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Comic Con Takes Over Long Beach

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Events, Family, Tech | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue Twice a year in Long Beach, Ocean Blvd turns into a scene out of a comic book.  Strolling down the sidewalk you can see Batman walking alongside the Joker, as a group on Teenage Ninja Turtles cross the street to enter the Long Beach Convention Center.  As you rub your eyes in disbelief you realize that it’s that magical time again the Long Beach Comic Convention (LBCC). This was our family’s second pilgrimage to the LBCC and though we thought that we had seen it all at that the last one, we were very wrong!   The LBCC is an amazing experience for anyone who loves comic book and appreciates the animation world. Not only can you find fantastic deals from reputable comic vendors, but you can also find memorabilia, clothing,...

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10 Things Not To Do in a School Car Line

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Education, Family, Hot Topics | 1 comment

As a mom, I have to drop-off and pick-up my kids from school. Now, I’m no expert on what to do and not to do, but here are a few ideas from what I have seen happen at my school car line. The obvious one is cutting everyone off and going to the front of the line.  Please stop!  Yes, we all very aware that you are more important than the rest of us, and “yes” so are your children. While in the pickup line, if you feel the need to talk badly about the school, teachers, children, and parents at the school on your car’s hands-free Bluetooth, maybe putting the volume on high isn’t the smartest thing to do.  Next time roll-up your windows up, turn the volume down, and talk all you want about how your child’s teacher...

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Mary Poppins is Practically Perfect in Every Way

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue On Sunday my family and I took in the matinee showing of Disney’s Mary Poppins by the Musical Theater Orange County (MTOC).  I am a huge fan of MTOC and there productions. Last year I was invited to see Tarzan which blew my mind so I knew that Mary Poppins would be just as amazing.  Once again MTOC chose the beautiful PYLUSD Performing Arts Center located on the El Dorado High School campus as their home.  There truly isn’t a bad seat in the house.  The theater was comparable to that of South Coast Reparatory in size and sound.  With state of the art sound and lighting, any production held here would be supported well. First of all let’s start off with the impressive cast all singing and speaking in their...

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The Ultimate Ant-Man Movie Experience at the El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Disney I love summer break.  I love that I can spend more time with my kids and plan memorable adventure days.  My kid’s usual bedtime of 8 pm has been thrown to the wind, and I let them stay up later which means we can take advantage of the longer days.  On Monday, we were invited to preview the new Marvel movie Ant-Man up at the El Capitan in Hollywood. Now I know it seems like quite a trek to go up to LA but in all honesty it was so worth the trip.  If you haven’t seen a showing at the El Capitan, then you are missing out. The El Capitan Theatre first opened its doors in 1926.  It was dubbed Hollywood’s First Home of Spoken Drama and with it came all...

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Shark Steam and Spray Professional

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

Sample received I have been using Shark products for years.  My mom owned a Shark Steam Mop and loved it so much that she bought me one.  With my Shark steam mop I was able to clean my kitchen tiles in a way that I couldn’t dream possible.  Just imagine a deep steam clean floor that makes you feel that your house is dirt and germ free, I loved it. A few years back we installed laminate floors.  I was very hesitant to use my steam mop but once I did, I realized it was pointless using anything else.  I loved my Shark Steam Mop and there was no way I would ever give it up until a few weeks ago when I was given the Shark Steam and Spray Professional. When I got it out of the box...

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Celebrating His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday

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

We attended as a guest of the venue There are very few people in the world that I would be thrilled to meet.  My list isn’t very long; a few of them would be The Pope, The Royal Family, any US President past or present and The Dalia Lama.  That being said I never would expect to meet any of them let another hear them speak in person.  If I lived in London, NYC, LA or DC I figured I’d have a better chance, but living here in suburbia Orange County no way could that happen.  So naturally to prove me wrong, the cosmos worked in my favor not once but twice. In 1993 I was one of the lucky few OCC students who got to see then presidential hopeful Bill Clinton speak at the Pacific Amphitheater.  Twenty some...

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Candy Crush inspired flavors at Yogurtland

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Dining, Family | 2 comments

We visited as a guest of Yogurtland My family loves Yogurtland.  When I say my family loves Yogurtland, I don’t mean it like oh yum we love yogurt, it’s more like whenever we want to celebrate something we go to Yogurtland!!!  Tuesday morning I told my kids that we were going to Yogurtland after dinner; what I failed to mention was that we weren’t just going to Yogurtland; we were going to their headquarters, the place that makes all the yummy magic happen.  When they realized where we were, they went crazy with excitement! Forget the saying a kid in a candy store and replace it with a kid in the Yogurtland headquarters!  So now here’s the part that will make it sound like I’m bragging but I promise I’m not, I’m just so excited to share all the...

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Mommy Makeover with Morgan at The House Salon

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the salon  Earlier this year I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease (its name makes it seems far worse than it is).  It’s an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid but with medication can go into remission.  After a few weeks on medication I noticed that my hair was slow becoming brittle and dry. After speaking to my doctor she informed me that the medication was correcting my hormone levels and that my hormones were affecting my hair.  I’ve had curly/wavy hair most of my life and am use to the dryness, it was the brittle aspect that upset me. After trying all these online remedies I gave up and decided to see an expert.  I’ve never been a girl who loves going to the salon.  I’ve never found a stylist that was not...

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Creating Family Memories at Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Featured, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Legoland If you have a kid or better yet husband that loves Legos then you’ve got to go to LEGOLAND!  I have a husband and children who love Legos, who am I kidding I love Legos too so it was a no brainer to visit the park.  The nice thing about Legoland is that it is 3 parks in one, a waterpark, theme park and aquarium. We were there for only a day so we thought it was best to hit just two of the three parks.  Now me being the crazy planning parent, got to the park 30 minutes before the park opened.  Why would we do that?  Well to check out the cool Lego figures, take pictures and oh yeah they open up a couple of rides before the entire park...

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Lego Friends Heartlake City is Now Open at Legoland!

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Events, Featured, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of LegoLand Have you heard the exciting news? Lego Friends Heartlake City is now open at Legoland California Resort! Now for those of you who have a daughter like mine, you have a love/hate relationship with “the Friends”.  I love them because my daughter has created so many amazing little town buildings and has worked her fine motor skills and mind, but hate them because everywhere I step I find a Friend air bow or brush the size of a fingernail. They are the cutest toys ever and it’s really not their fault that my daughter loves to leave them all over the house, that being said I don’t really hate them, I just wish they would magically pick themselves up.  Last month my family and I ventured to Legoland for a fun day...

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The Amazing Cape Rey

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Carlsbad, Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the property I love weekend getaways, especially ones that are local.  One of my favorite spots to relax and unwind in is only 35 minutes south of Orange County. Now you’re probably thinking San Diego is more like 50 minutes south, but unbeknownst to most people there are amazing beach cities between Orange County and South San Diego County.  When people think San Diego they think downtown, La Jolla, Balboa Park, and Mission Bay, what they tend to forget about are the North San Diego County cities of Solana Beach, Encinitas and my favorite Carlsbad. I’d rather not share about the best kept secret, aka the gem of San Diego County (in my opinion), but since I already started I might as well let the cat out of the bag.  Why is Carlsbad...

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Alice in Wonderland presented by the Maple Ballet

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest I’m a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, so much so that my children had a joint Wonderland birthday filled with flamingo center pieces, card soldiers and rabbits.  I’ve taken them to the Mad Hatter Tea Party at California Adventures, they’ve had pictures taken with all the characters and whenever a local production of Alice in Wonderland comes around, we go. The past week the Maple Conservatory of Dance brought to life the book in the most phenomenal way, ballet.  My daughter and I arrived to the Irvine Barclay Theater not really knowing what to expect.  I had no clue how they could possibly bring the story to life without any dialog.  To say that both my daughter and I were blown away is an understatement. Based upon Lewis Carroll’s famous stories Alice’s Adventures...

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Long Beach Comic Con: Bringing out your inner geek

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

We live in such an amazing time for comic book geeks.  Growing up in the 80’s if you were seen in a comic book store you were called all sorts of names but now you can wear your inner geek on your sleeve and shirt with pride. I started collecting comics when I was 8 but once I hit my teens my focus went to boys.  It wasn’t until I had my son that my love of comic resurfaced.  My son and I like go to comic book stores and browse through the thousands of comics and chat it up with other comic enthusiasts. For years my son has asked to go to the SD Comic Con but unfortunately tickets sell out in minutes.  Our hopes to attention a comic convention were almost completely shattered until The Long Beach...

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Mom’s R&R at Pinot’s Palette

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Events, Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Pinot’s Palette For a span of 6 months, once a month my gal pals and I would set up a date to do something fun and relaxing.  At first it was wine night, then dinners but then we had to give up on those fun nights out because most of us at time or another were dieting.  I wanted to spend time with my ladies but didn’t want it to involve food or drinking so I was stumped.  It wasn’t until I stumbled upon (actually walked right by) Pinot’s Palette in Tustin that I found my solution, PAINTING! Now I know what you are thinking, just because you know how to hold a paint brush and make a rainbow doesn’t mean you can actually paint. Well actually you can. So here is how...

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Arrivederci Luigi and your magnificent Flying Tires

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Today my family and I headed out to CarsLand in California Adventures to say goodbye to Luigi’s Flying Tires.  That’s right just like its predecessor Disneyland’s Flying Saucers; Luigi’s didn’t make the cut.  Luigi’s Flying Tires made its debut on June 15, 2012.   Guests rode on tire-shaped bumper car vehicles which floated on a cushion of air, similar to an air hockey game and in its first few months also featured giant beach balls.  After two months, however, the balls were removed due to increased wait times and some “minor incidents” that occurred when visitors were hit by the beach balls. The line took visitors through Luigi’s Casa Della Tires shop and out back through an Italian garden to Luigi’s tire yard.     Once seated in their tire, a compressor pumped air up through the floor’s 6,714 air...

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Billy Elliot at the La Mirada Theatre

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 1 comment

We attended as a guest of the La Mirada Theatre My love of theatre is all due to my mom.  My first play was Peter Pan when I was 4. When I saw Peter flying across the stage, I was hooked. I have been to hundreds of productions, mostly in London.  I do love going to LA or even Segerstrom but it’s not something that I can do often.  It’s a bit pricey to see a show here in SoCal which puts a damper on catching a show.  A few weeks back, my friend Katie told me about her brother being in Billy Elliot at the La Mirada Theatre and I knew I had to go and see him.  She had been telling me about him for years and this was my chance to see him.  So opening night...

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The Snow Zone at Saddleback Church

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

We attended an hour preview Saddleback Church is such a special place. Throughout the year they have events to bring families together as well as creating a wholesome family fun zone.  We were invited to share in the fun at the Snow Zone.  As we walked up to the snow, I noticed a beautiful nativity scene.  With Christmas just days away, taking a moment and seeing where it all started warmed my heart. The Snow Zone features a snow play area, two slides, and great photo opportunities which we took full advantage of. My kids had never been sledding and Saddleback was the perfect place for them to have their first try at the slopes. Both of my kids started off at the kiddy slope and quickly graduated to the larger one.  Everyone was all smiles and it truly...

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Making Memories at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Events, Featured, Halloween | 2 comments

We attended as a guest of Irvine Park RR Once school starts and I have a minute to recuperate from the summer, I start thinking about Halloween.  Halloween is the start of my favorite time of year.  Temperatures somewhat cool down, the stores start bustling with holiday cheer and the smell of pumpkin spice is everywhere.  Breathe it in people, breathe it in. Come the second week in September my house gets all decked out with Halloween decorations.  When the house is covered with ghouls and goblins, I start getting down to business and researching the start dates of all must go to Halloween hot spots in Orange County.   One of our family musts, which now had turned into a family tradition, is the Irvine Park Railroad.  I’ve been going to their annual pumpkin patch for years.  It...

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‘Let it Go!’ Disney Frozen Sing-a-Long at El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Disney Do you have a Frozen fan at home?   You’re probably laughing because you have the mega fan that wakes up singing Do you want to Build a Snowman or Let it Go.  As a mother to a 6 year old girl my iPhone has the movie soundtrack and we often listen to it (by often I meant it’s on repeat). Last April we missed the Frozen sing-a-long at El Capitan so when I heard it was coming back for an encore engagement it was a no brainer that we were going.  If you haven’t been to the El Capitan then you must take the trek up to Hollywood and experience it. The El Capitan has movies and sing-a-longs all year round, next one up is Tangled which runs September 12 – October...

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Disney Run for Kids

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

For the past 2 years I’ve been watching my friends run marathons.  From the Mud Run to the Color Run they wake up early, run and have a blast.  This year I told my husband that I really wanted to run and also thought it would fun if the kids participated too so we decided to check out Run Disney to see which runs were coming up.  We lucked out and saw that Disney was having their annual ½ Marathon and Disney Run for kids during Labor Day weekend, only problem was that we have one kid who was too young to run/walk the 5k. My desire to run was put on hold for another two years, so naturally we opted out but decided that the kids should still participate in the Disney’s Kids Run.  I’ve never ran or have...

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Guide to Visiting The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Prior to moving to California in the early 80’s, I lived in London.  Our flat was a 5 minute walk from the Natural History Museum and a quick train ride to the National Gallery, Tate and British museum.  My mother was very much into exposing me to the arts and history.  We would go to the theater and see shows regularly; actually I think I saw a play before I saw a movie.  It was such an everyday experience that when we moved to Orange County I went through a bit of a culture shock. How could there possibly be no theaters, or museums or galleries.  It was a bit of a disappointment and I longed for my summers back in London, not only to be with my family, but also to be exposed to culture.  Yes I know...

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Encouraging Kids to Get Active with SwimToday

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Events, Family, Featured, Parenting | 2 comments

Sponsored I was recently invited to attend the 2014 National Swimming Championships sponsored by USA Swimming in Irvine.  Growing up it was very important to my mother that I was on a team so she put me on various swim teams from ages 8-15. Obviously I wasn’t in the same league as these amazing swimmers but I knew the drill and swam pretty well.  I never thought about my kids being exposed to the sport, but once I got there and smelt the familiar scent coming from the pool, I felt a bit guilty. When I took my kids in to get our passes, I hadn’t yet told my children that I use to compete. It had been so long for me that it felt more like a story than a part of my life.  Being part of a...

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Exploring Space at the Griffith Observatory

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Museums, Staycation | 0 comments

My family loves our Funday Sundays.  It’s a day that we spend together doing something new.  For our most recent adventure we decide to head up to Los Angeles and visit the Griffith Observatory. Built after Colonel Griffith J. Griffith’s, the Griffith Observatory was constructed for the public and donated to the City of Los Angeles in order to help broaden human perspective. Opened in 1935, over 12 million people have admiring our solar system through the telescopes at the observatory. These amazing telescopes offer astounding views of the sun, stars and planets which cannot be seen by naked eye.  The architecture is incredible and definitely memorable. Fun Fact: Griffith Observatory was used to help train the first astronauts for the Apollo missions to the moon in the 1960s. Now many of you think that an observatory is something to...

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Palm Springs Air Museum

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

Are your kids interested in airplanes?  Mine weren’t, but once they visited the Palm Springs Air Museum (PSAM) they were enamored.   If you haven’t heard about the museum here is a little back story. The Palm Springs Air Museum is a non-profit educational institution, dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of WWII aircrafts.  The museum opened on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 1996 and contains two 20,000 sq. ft. hangars and a 15,700 sq. ft. hangar, which is home to the museum’s flying B-17. Many of the museum volunteers are veterans who have flown and are willing to share their experiences.  Quite a few of the aircraft on display at the museum are fully restored with complete engines. Three to four airplanes are licensed to fly and regularly make flight exhibitions at the PSAM and at air shows each year....

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Downtown Staycation at the Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of Omni If you’ve read my other travel blog posts, you know that I am a huge advocate for traveling with kids and exposing them to as much as possible.  One place in particular that I have wanted to introduce my kids to is Los Angeles. I know you’re probably thinking Los Angeles what does that have to do with travel it’s only 45 minutes away (with no traffic).  That’s the amazing thing about LA, it’s only a few miles away and yet it can be a destination for a family vacation.  The first thing that I did was research child friendly hotels.  Once I narrowed down my search I had to decide on what part of LA to discover.  I love history and old LA so for me it wasn’t much of a...

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Family Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Featured, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Universal Studios For my birthday, my children wanted to go to Universal Studios Hollywood.  Yes you read that right correctly, they wanted me to take them there for my birthday.  I hadn’t visited Universal in close to 30 years so it was time that we took a trip up to Universal City.  The drive up to Universal can be jam-packed and I wasn’t in the mood to sit in traffic for 3 hours which is why we decided to make an overnight mini vacation of it.  We stayed at the Omni in Downtown LA which was only 9 miles away, a 15 minute drive. I decided that with the 100 degree summer temperature, arriving as early as possible would be best and wow that was a great decision.  The park opened at 9...

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Rockin’ Family Memories at the OC Fair with the Fresh Beat Band

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the fair The OC Fair is a 23-day annual fair held every summer at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.  For many families it has become an annual tradition to eat, play, ride and rock out. The fairgrounds’ 150 acres has been the home to the fair ever since 1949 and yields more than a million visitors each year.  Back in 2009, then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recommended the Orange County Fairgrounds be listed for sale.  A public auction was held, but before any sales agreements could be signed, two lawsuits were filed and the sale was stopped. The Preservation Society and Tel Phil Enterprises filed in the Court of Appeal and asked that the new governor Jerry Brown have the sale categorically dismissed which it was; thank goodness because where...

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Ultimate Summer Adventure with Kaleido-Kids

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Events, Family, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Kaleidoscope Center My kids are in the middle of their summer break which means that we’ve gone through most of their summer bucket list and have gone back a few times on some of the items.  The other day I heard the dreaded “we’re bored”, ugh!  So what can I do to entertain my kids for more than an hour of time and not have to drive all around town?  The Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo has the solution to my problem and it’s called Kaleido-Kids Summertime Fun Series, I call it Adventure Tuesday.  If you haven’t already heard about  the Summertime Fun Series then let me give you the 411. Adventure One starts at 10:00am with Regal Theaters.   Regal has their Regal Summer Movie Express which features family movies (rated G or...

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Desert Family Travel Guide: Salvation Mountain

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

About 10 years ago I purchased a book called Weird California which gives you a brief description of all the kooky places to visit in California from Bubblegum Alley to the Mystery Spot. Most of them made me chuckle but it wasn’t until I saw Salvation Mountain that I thought wow this place is magical.  So where is this mystical location?  Niland.  Before you hit google, Niland is east of Palm Springs, pass Indio then head onto Highway 111 towards the Salton Sea. From there you pass Mecca (not the holy land but sill I’m counting this as my visit) and go on for about 30 minutes more and tah da you’re in Niland. At first glance, Niland is a sleepy little agricultural town once known as a major grower of tomatoes.  With a population of roughly 1,000 people,...

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Tarzan presented by MTOC

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of MTOC Last night I was invited by Musical Theater Orange County (MTOC) to experience their production of Disney’s Tarzan. This full-scale production blew my mind away. From the amazing technical talent of the cast to its gorgeous setting, this production would be held equal to its Broadway counterpart. Tarzan closed on Broadway 7 years ago after 486 performances.  Due to its large-scale, very few local companies could take on the task of showcasing it. A few years ago the team at MTOC explored Tarzan for a possible production and were moved by the music of Phil Collins.  After that they poured they heart, soul and love into this production and they opened with a bang. They chose the newly opened PYLUSD Performing Arts Center located on the El Dorado High School campus as...

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Palm Springs: Ten Years of Memories

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Featured, Palm Springs, Travel | 5 comments

For the past ten years my family has made Palm Springs and the greater desert our go to spot for weekend getaways. We’ve stayed in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells and La Quinta: you can safely say that we love the desert.  Most of our days are spent swimming about in the pool but we make it a point to visit a “must see” site each time.  I will be showcasing some of my favorite places to visit in the desert and then writing about each one individually and in detail in weeks to come.  During our first trip in 2004, my husband and I visited the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm.  You can see thousands of them spinning as you drive towards Palm Springs.  These structures not only help light up the desert but are...

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The Anaheim Packing House Photo Tour

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Dining, Family, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

  I had wanted to go back to the Anaheim Packing House as soon as we left the parking lot on our first visit.  The 1,000+ crowd streaming in from the grand opening was a bit too much for me so decided that I would visit mid-week.  I arrived at 11:00 and saw an inviting sign outside the packing house announcing open daily at 10:30. It was already 80 degrees out and I was dreading going into a closed off building filled with restaurants as I imagined them producing more heat for me to cope with. I walked up the stairs of the packing house; I was greeted by a friendly security guard. He opened the door for me and wished me a good morning.  As I entered the building I was transported into a beautiful greenhouse. The vaulted...

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New Orleans Family Travel Guide: Sailing down the Mississippi

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Featured, New Orleans, Travel | 0 comments

The morning of day 2 was a bit sluggish for us.  The previous day’s adventure was a bit too much for all of us so we decided to take it down a notch.   We started by have breakfast at the Ruby Slipper located off Magazine and lucky for us we beat the rush, only by a totally of 5 minutes. This restaurant is hopping.  The one and only rule of Ruby Slipper is that your entire party has to be present in order for you to be seated.  If everyone but one person is there, they won’t seat you so make sure you are all there or your name will be put on a list and you have to wait and wait and wait until a table opens up.  The food at Ruby Slipper is amazing. What’s with the...

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The Jersey Boys Interview

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

I was given the opportunely to interview Production Stage Manager Matthew Leiner as well as cast members Hayden Milanes & Quinn VanAntwerp of Jersey Boys at the load-in. It was my first time interviewing anyone since my college days so I was a little rusty to say the least. I first sat back and watch the other press member as they interviewed the cast. Once I felt comfortable I sat down with Matthew, Hayden and Quinn and learned about their parts in making the magic happen. Before I start with the interview, let me just say that everyone was extremely kind and warm. I was blown away with the energy of the 3 interviewees even though they had just arrived from their last tour just the day before. The Jersey Boys production is a well-oiled machine. They travel across...

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A Road to a Healthier me with Shakeology

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Health, Shopping | 0 comments

In December I realized that in 8 short months I would turn 40. I’m actually excited about turning 40. The last big birthday for me was 35 so 40 is a woo hoo but then I realized that with 40 comes a lot of changes. Changes, yes changes. Remember how at 15 you could eat all you wanted and wouldn’t gain a pound, or at 20 pulling all-nighters and then still be all good or even at 30 have a kid and have your body kind of bounce back? Well, all that changes in your 40s. Yup that’s right, once you hit 40 your metabolism slows down, your energy levels lessen and eating a salad causes you to gain 20 pounds. Woo hoo 40 here I come. So to help my body prepare for 40 I have begun incorporating...

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Jersey Boys The story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom Oh what a night! Yes that’s right I’m going to start my blog off with one of The Four Seasons most popular songs, but in all honesty is truly did live up to that title. Today I had the completely Jersey Boys experience. It started off with dinner at Leatherby’s which served a Jersey Boy themed three course meal; you can read about that at OC Mom Dining. Once we had dinner we took a 1 minute walk over to The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) to start our adventure. The show started at 7:30 and by 7 the entire building was crawling with fans. Once we received our tickets at Will Call, my husband and I ran into the hall to hit up all the interactive fun on the...

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Jersey Boys Coming to Segerstrom

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Are you ready to get your Jersey on? By Jersey I mean The Jersey Boys not Sooki or Paulie D. Yes that’s right it’s too good to be true, the loved musical is here at the Segerstrom Center June 24 – July 13, 2014. Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. They were one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. A group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks, who wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they were 30. Guests can enjoy pre-show fun offered one hour prior to show time and during intermission for each performance. There will be themed snacks available for purchase at the Fire Bird Cafe...

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Transformers Toy Review

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Summer, Toys | 0 comments

Review product received  I grew up in the 80’s surrounded by boys. All my mom’s friends had boys so my world involved farts, boogers and poo talk. When they weren’t trying to gross me out or cause me pain, the boys would talk Atari, He-Man and Transformers (more than meets the eye in that “robotic” voice). Sure I would have loved to have discussed Jem or Poochi but that wasn’t in the cards for me. So my childhood consisted of me begging day and night to play with their Transformers in hopes of actually transforming a robot instead of sitting on the sidelines watching them. They boys would all tell me no because I was a girl and girls don’t know how to play with boys toys. Unbeknownst to them, when they were away playing basketball I played with...

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The Anaheim Packing House Grand Opening

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Dining, Events, Featured, Shopping | 2 comments

Nestled in the heart of the new revitalized section of Anaheim, on the corner of S. Anaheim Blvd. and Santa Ana Street is The Anaheim Packing House. The nearly 100-year-old, 42,000-square-foot former Sunkist packing plant, is now home to unique restaurants and shops including Popbar, Adya, The Kroft and Dark 180 to name a few. This past weekend my family and I were invited to their Grand opening and got a glimpse of the Packing House. Developer Shaheen Sadeghi, owner of LAB Holdings, was the go to man to develop this piece of history while preserving its beauty. With the success of his other ventures, The LAB and CAMP in Costa Mesa, the City of Anaheim made a wise choice having him lead the way and bring the past to the present. For those of you who appreciate architect...

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