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The Force Was with Many for the Star Wars Run Disney Half Marathon Weekend

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Disney, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

What a spectacular event put on by Run Disney! They out did themselves with the Star Wars Run Disney half marathon weekend. I did not run the half marathon this year, I did run the 10K, and I have to say it was by far my favorite 10K course that I’ve ever run. Because 4.5 of the 6.2 miles went through the parks, which is AWESOME! The Star Wars Characters were abundant everywhere, and the costumes that everyone was wearing were amazing, just jaw-dropping creativity. The excitement of the other runners is palpable. The Star Wars theme brought out people this year that are not normally runners, but it turned them into runners. So in addition to putting together a fabulous race, it brought families together, and they ran races together when it had previously just been one of...

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Mardi Gras for Autism Event in Fullerton

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Events, Holiday | 0 comments

To support autism charities and special education, Bourbon Street Bar and Grill’s sixth annual FREE family carnival benefit, ‘Mardi Gras for Autism’ will be held outside Bourbon Street Bar & Grill in the adjacent Fullerton Train Depot parking lot located at 110 E. Commonwealth Ave. in Fullerton on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The family-friendly, all abilities, free event is designed to encourage families to enjoy the fun of Mardi Gras while raising money for Fullerton special education programs, featuring many activities appropriate for children of all ages and abilities. Hope to see you there! Rebecca is a stay at home mom of 2 boys with Autism that keep her very busy. She has been writing her blog “The Real Moms of OC” for 2 years. She is a wife, mom, slayer of dragons,...

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Star Wars Run Disney Weekend at The Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Disney, Family, Fitness, Theme Parks | 0 comments

This is the big week! The official weekend of the Inaugural Star Wars Run Disney Race at the Disneyland Resort on January 15th through the 18th. Run Disney hosts a series of races every year at The Disneyland Resort, and this weekend is the first ever Star Wars themed series. I’ve run three Disneyland Half Marathons in the past, and they are by far the most fun, best organized and awesome. The race trail goes throughout the Disneyland Resort, and the majority of the course is flat. If you’re new to running then you probably, can appreciate a nice flat course. This race announcement started early last spring and sold out on the first day! The buzz and talk amongst the social media crowd have me so excited to run this race that I even put together a costume...

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Rancho Las Palmas: Special Needs Mom Paradise

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

I was fortunate enough to take a quick vacation this past summer.  After a little research I stumbled upon Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, CA.  I found them looking for summer deals for midweek trips. We arrived at the resort on Sunday afternoon, and while the heat was shocking, the pool was a huge relief.  My water crazy children had found their own personal oasis that gave them so much pleasure. The grounds were gorgeous, early morning and late evening walks were beautiful, and we were across the street from The River Promenade, an outdoor mall that had many restaurants to choose from and a Ben and Jerry’s for a little late night snack. The lazy river was by far my children’s favorite feature of the resort along with the water slides.  The whole Splashtopia area was perfectly...

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Surfing Santa and Surfboards for Surfers Healing

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Saturday, November 22 was the kick off of a great fundraiser for Surfers Healing a foundation. Surfers Healing provides a one-day surf camp for children with autism. In my personal opinion, the hashtag says it all. #oneperfectday. We love Surfers Healing, and to kick off their holiday season we were treated to Surfing Santa’s Surfing Contest at Salt Creek Beach. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction is a fundraiser to benefit Surfers Healing Foundation. Up for auction will be a number of unique and one-of-a-kind surfboards by acclaimed artists, fashion designers and world-renowned surfers. The auction is a chance to purchase a piece of art or a new surfboard, but to do it knowing you are helping support Surfers Healing, a foundation that seeks to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to...

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Terrifying 10 Miler Renegade Race Series

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Events, Fitness, Halloween, Health, Holiday | 0 comments

We are running as a guest of Renegade It’s my favorite time of year! The fall, Halloween, the kids are back in school, the candy the decorations, the ghosts, the ghouls the witches and costumes, just the time of year I adore. I just need the weather to cool down a little and I would be ecstatic! When I found out about the October 26th Renegade Races Series Halloween Terrifying 10 Miler, and Spooky 10K and 5K to Salt Creek Park, needless to say, I was hooked. How can I not run a race with a Halloween theme, and ghost and ghouls along the course? Not to mention the course is along our magnificent coast line in South Orange County. They didn’t forget the kids… Bring them out for the Super Hero ½ Mile Kids Run. You’ll have a...

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Tips for Visiting the OC Fair with Autism and Special Needs

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Family, OC Fair, Parenting | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the fair If you’re planning on visiting the OC Fair this summer and have a child or a family member with autism or special needs there are a few accommodations that the staff at the OC Fair makes available to you to help your day be more enjoyable. To ride the rides with you child as a “Supervising Companion” will allow you to ride the rides for free, while your child needs a ticket each ride. There are no line accommodations. You can go and get your Supervising Companion sticker at the RCS Information booth located in the kiddy rides. For those children with auditory and sensory procession issues, I find it easy to bring ear muffs with me, which takes a lot of that background noise away, but my child can still...

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OC Fitness Facility Childcare That Accommodates Special Needs

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Family, Featured, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

The OC Mom Blog supports RCSAV Most moms will attest that when we are leaving our kids in the care of someone, that we want our kids to have fun, be cared for in a safe and clean environment with responsible and respectful caregivers. To find all of that is sometimes a huge challenge, but I think I managed to find the impossible, and they even managed to accommodate our special needs of autism. Kids World at Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo is the place. They have the ability, safety and facilities to care for children of every age and ability. There is a nursery for infants and babies. A toddler zone for the mobile bunch, pre-school area – WITH CURRICULUM, an outdoor play structure and equipment to play on in an enclosed safe environment. There is also an area...

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Autism is Not The Cause of Violence

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Again, it happened. I’m devastated, sad, and angry that our media is in a race to be first, and misinformed us. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are suffering in the wake of the tragedy of Isla Vista. Another mentally ill mad man did the unspeakable. He went after innocence, he went after girls, he went after his roommates, he went after anyone that he thought wronged him. I believe he was mentally ill after watching his multiple YouTube videos and reading his 141 page manifesto. The break with reality was sad, and I am shocking that the system, his parents, and the police failed him, and then they failed the rest of us. But all of that will be a can of worms that will be open and picked apart over the next several...

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Exploring our own backyard and Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Modjeska Canyon, Nature Centers, Parks | 1 comment

My husband and I have always loved taking drives and exploring areas near and not so near us. With gas now so expensive, we are not driving as far or as often. We explore the wonderful canyons we have right in our backyard. We frequent Santiago, Silverado, Modjeska, and Black Star Canyons. There are so many hikes, trails and hidden gems in the canyon. It is the perfect way to expose your kids to nature, wildlife and the beauty just outside of our concrete jungle. Today we took the boys our to Modjeska Canyon and went to the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in the beautiful Modjeska Canyon. The facility offers visitors, students and tourists a rural natural setting less than 10 miles from the hustle and bustle of Orange County. There is a Natural Science Center which offers wonderful educational...

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Jungle Book 2 Comes to Blu-Ray and DVD

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Disney, Family, Film | 0 comments

One of our favorite movies since my boys were babies, is Jungle Book.  I was so excited to get the Jungle Book 2 on DVD and Blu-Ray to add to our home movie collection. It is a continuation of the original classic, with all the original characters and some new ones. Mowgli has spent several years in the “man village” growing up, but longs for the fun of the jungle with his friends.  He sneaks off to find Baloo, and Bageera, with a few twists and turns old villains like Sheer Khan and Kaa are defeated, and Mowgli gets to live his life visiting his friends in the jungle and staying with his human friends in the man village. The use of the old tunes “Bare Necessities”, and “I Want to Be Like You” was so enchanting and brought all the...

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Falling in Love with The Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

The OC Mom Blog supports the RCSAV If you have to workout, which “yes” we all have to do then the Renaissance Club Sport in Aliso Viejo is the perfect place to go. Working out is necessary for our health both mental and physical. Being a cancer survivor and mom of two boys with autism, working out is my therapy, it keeps me healthy and is a great way to alleviate my stress. I was lucky enough to join a group of women who are part of the Lindora New Lean for Life weight loss program, and I have had success with the program over the last 5 weeks. I’m down 12.5 lbs, and I am feeling really great. We are helping support each other on the food program as well as in the gym. Gyms, as many of...

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Smashburger Autism Fundraisers

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

As I’m always out on the hunt for a good family restaurant that my children will eat at that’s affordable. I was invited to go to Smashburger in Aliso Viejo, and I found a place that will satisfy my two boys myself and my husband all in one stop. The burgers were delicious. The Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich was fabulous and I can not get enough about their haystack onions. In observance of Autism Awareness Month Smashburger is having a fundraiser to support Community Autism Now on Tuesday, April 8 at the Aliso Viejo location (26541 Aliso Creek Rd.) and Tuesday, April 22 at the San Clemente location (806 Ave. Pico). During the event, 20% of all sales will be donated to the organization. The nonprofit organization, Community Autism Now, is located out of Mission Viejo that helps families...

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We Deserve Good Health

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Featured, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

Three years ago, when I was 1 year cancer free, I didn’t give something up, but I decided to DO something for the 40 days of Lent, and it stuck (sort of). I was determined to get healthy after kicking cancer to the curb, and I vowed to do something healthy every day during lent, and that meant SWEAT, for at least 20 minutes a day. It started me on a journey of fitness that I love, and I became a runner, a slow runner, but anyways a runner. I trained, and one year later, I ran my first half marathon. I have run 4 more half marathons since then. My children have autism, and since it is clear that I have to be healthy, strong and fast to care for them as long as possible, my health is...

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It could be us……..

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

My biggest fear, as a mom of a non-verbal child with Autism, is that he’ll get lost and not be able to communicate his needs or name to people who can help get him home. The thought of it, literally wakes me up out of a sound sleep in cold sweats at night. I get missing autistic children notices in my Facebook feed a lot because of all my ties to the autism community. Late last year, I got a notice that a 14 year old, non-verbal autistic child in New York, Avonte Oquendo, got out of his school from an open door. He was seen running away on surveillance footage, and his body was found several weeks later on the banks of the East River. I sobbed. So I ask – How??? How did that happen? Parents with...

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Special Needs Jumping at Big Air

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Do you have a little one with special needs? Big Air Trampoline Park is hosting a fun Special Needs Jump just for our kids on Monday, February 24, 2014 from 3pm – 9pm. Get your kids socks, and meet us tonight at Big Air in Laguna Hills! Price: $7/jumper for up to two hours. 1 caregiver/therapist is free. Family members also jump for $7. Dates: Monday, February 24, 2014 from 3:00 to 9:00 PM. All jumpers require a signed liability waiver. Everyone under age 18 is required to have a signed waiver from parent or legal guardian. All guests 18 & older must show valid photo ID. Event is open to the public. Jumpers must wear socks (non-skid socks are recommended). For more questions, email [email protected] or give us a call at 949-305-9788 during office hours. Big Air Trampoline Park is...

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TACA Special Education Law Firm providing FREE Legal Clinics

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Events, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

TACA Legal Advocacy Program Collaborates with the Special Education Law Firm to provide FREE Legal Clinics Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), in collaboration with the Special Education Law Firm (SELF), is proud to host FREE monthly legal advice clinics for TACA families. Services for this clinic will be provided by SELF attorneys and advocates and members of TACA’s ProBono attorney panel. Date: February 13, 2014 Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM Location: TACA National Office 2222 Martin Street, Suite 140 Irvine, CA 92612 RSVP: To reserve a space, call 1-949-640-4401 or click here: Please sign up early! We may be unable to accommodate reservations received less than 24 hours prior to the clinic. Rebecca is a stay at home mom of 2 boys with Autism that keep her very busy. She has been writing her blog “The Real Moms...

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How to treat Autism without breaking the bank

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Events, Family | 0 comments

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) has a series of parent educational events every month at their office in Irvine. These events have been very helpful in our Autism journey and have really made a difference for my children. If you are newly diagnosed this is a great opportunity to meet families that have and are walking the autism road ahead of you.  Knowledge is power, so educate yourself, and empower yourself as a parent. TACA National Office 2222 Martin St, Suite 140 Irvine, CA 92612 Feb 8, 2014 – 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Medical Treatments On A Budget ~Labs ~Vitamins & Supplements ~Doctors ~Therapies ~Prescriptions ~Insurance GFCFSF Diet on a Budget ~Budget Plans Overview ~How do we decipher labels? ~Where Can You Buy GFCFSF Products? ~Recipes ~School Days ~Autism on Public Assistance Overview FREE! No RSVP Necessry! Free...

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The Best in Fitness Came to LA with The LA Fit Expo

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Events, Fitness | 0 comments

Rebecca attended as a guest of The Fit Expo Last weekend I was a guest of the Fit Expo in Los Angeles at the Convention. It came at the perfect time, when my new years resolution was starting to peter out because of the horrible cold I was catching. Such an amazing collection of fitness knowledge. Products, plans, and people. It was full of a lot of bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, and my favorite event was watching the CrossFit competitions, what amazing athletes these regular people have turned into. I’m dying to get into CrossFit but it’s a little pricey, but I will find a way I am really looking forward to some of the food products that are coming out soon from Food for Life. We are now a gluten free family, and they have a gluten free...

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Saving Mr. Banks Will Captivate Mary Poppins’ Fans

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Disney, Family, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I walked into the screening for “Saving Mr. Banks” after watching a preview for the movie on my iPhone in the car. I walked in expecting a moving about the making of “Mary Poppins.”  What I got was so much more than that. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson brought two complex characters to life in a way that I don’t think could have been done by any other actors.   The plot of the story has deep dark twists flashing back from Pamela Travers childhood in Australia, to the Disney movie executives trying to adapt “Mary Poppins” to a silver screen character with Mrs. Travers insulting everyone at The Walt Disney Studios with whit and hilarious sarcasm.  Bradley Whitford as Don DaGradi was superb as Mrs. Travers broke down his every thought and jingle with the tongue-lashing. Walt Disney and...

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It’s a Wonderful Time of The Year for Whale Watching

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Family, Featured, Theme Parks | 5 comments

On Friday the 13th, we embarked on the new Harbor Breeze Cruise TRIUMPHANT for a morning of Whale Watching with the experts from the Aquarium of the Pacific.  In the past week the staff of the Aquarium and Harbor Breeze Cruises have spotted a sperm wale, a pod of more than 20 Orcas (killer whales) and humpback and grey whales.  So the experts are saying this could be the winter of the whale.  There is a lot of migrating going on and it is the perfect time to embark on a two hour cruise and see some unbelievable sights. While we did not see Orcas on our cruise we did see very rare pods of dolphins, THOUSANDS of them.  Captain Dan said he had only seen that amount of dolphins one other time in his 20+ year career, so...

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Pretend City Family Autism Night

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Specifically for: Families with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum; Pretend City will be closed to the general public Children and their parents, siblings, and caretakers are invited to play in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Our community partners who support children on the autism spectrum will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support. Play Partners for the children are Footprint Behavior Interventionists and Pretendgineers and Brain Builders, the experienced stage staff of trained early childhood and child development educators, grown-ups Grown-up Tip: When you visit the Pretend City beach, engage your child with questions about what is happening and the activities other children are doing. Maintain eye contact. Interactions like this focus your child on responding to questions about current activities and encourage social exchanges....

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Safety and Resource Fair addressing developmental disabilities February 23 – Mission Viejo

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Events, Family | 0 comments

The City is joining forces with Community Autism Now and Us Too Gymnastics to host the first safety and resource fair addressing developmental disabilities on Saturday, February 23. The “IN UNITY WE LIVE: Safety and Resource Fair Addressing Developmental Disabilities” takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. The event will include activities that blend parent education with fun for kids. Participants can sign up for professional mini one-to-one consultations, receive free Child-Safe ID cards from Mission Viejo Police Services and enjoy nail art, free crafts and opportunity drawings. Local agencies will provide information on art, education, finance, government programs, psychology, recreation, sports, safety and therapy. Dr. Dean Leav, an NBC News child psychologist, will be on hand to discuss “Common Mistakes Loving Parents Make.” The fair...

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Big Air Trampoline Park in Laguna Hills is a Big Hit

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Activities, Events | 0 comments

As a family with two boys with autism, finding motivational and fun things to do can be somewhat of a challenge.  Their abilities are limited, their social skills need work, and the amount of sensory stimulation they can handle could be the straw the breaks the camels back on their best day.  Well I know in our house, our swing set, play structure and mini trampoline are always go to fun things.  So last week when I read there was a trampoline park opening just a few miles from our house, I did a cartwheel of joy down my hallway (not really, more of a happy dance). Big Air OC opened this weekend and the space is amazing.  Not quite complete but for my kids needs the place was a hit and absolutely perfect.  Plenty of room to jump,...

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