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Tips for Caring For Your Skin After a Co2 Laser

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador While having my liposuction surgery, I also had the doctor perform a Co2 laser resurfacing procedure. I had wanted to have a Co2 laser done for many years, and I figured that since I would already be recovering from liposuction that it would be a good time to recover from a laser. My results from the Co2 laser were amazing. Most of my wrinkles diminished and the discoloring of my skin that I had developed during pregnancy completely disappeared. To have the best results from the procedure, it is important to properly care for your skin for the weeks following the surgery. The doctors at CosmetiCare had recommended that I purchase the Alastin Skincare Procedure Enhancement System. I fell in love with the brand so much that I still use it for my skincare...

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Supporting Children Who Suffer From Chronic Pain

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Chronic pain is something that many children suffer from, and it is not something that is talked publicly about very often. I have supported a good friend of mine who has a child who has suffered from chronic pain for many years, and I have seen how the doctors at CHOC Children’s have helped to support her child and family lead a normal life as much as is possible. Earlier this month, I met with Dr. Harpreet Kaur, a CHOC Children’s psychologist about pain management in children. There are many causes and effects of pain, and one of the things they see a lot at CHOC Children’s is how chronic pain can impact a child’s overall functioning and participation in their own lives. Dr. Kaur shared that they see a child’s physical and social activities decline. Pain can...

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Entertainment Bringing Families Together

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Entertainment | 0 comments

 Sponsored We all live such busy lives, and as my kids have grown into teenagers, it has been harder than ever to find times that we can all come together as a family. There is one thing that my family all has in common, and that is a love for entertainment. Unfortunately, the cost of cable television is something that is beyond the financial reach of many families, not allowing them to enjoy great entertainment together as a family. Since I travel a lot, and we are rarely home, I recently disconnected our home cable service. I have been researching different options to be still able to provide entertainment in our household and recently discovered at Best Buy the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player. With the new device, our family can watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube (my kids...

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Wanderlust’s First one-of-a-kind Wellness Gathering

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Events, Health | 0 comments

  The creators of Wanderlust bring the first annual ​Wellspring​, a first-of-its-kind wellness gathering, featuring the world’s leading innovators, teachers and socially conscious companies. From invigorating workouts and hands-on treatments to inspirational, actionable workshops, Wellspring connects us to a common goal: fostering healthy individuals, a healthy society and a healthy planet. This year’s guide leaders include RUSSELL BRAND, GLENNON DOYLE, MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, DR. MARK HYMAN, PAUL HAWKEN, KEN NWADIKE JR., ELANA BROWER, DAVE ASPREY, ALICIA SILVERSTONE, LAUREN ASH, NATALIE KUHN, ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS, ANA IVANOVIC, SEANE CORN, KYLE CEASE, MARC HOLZMAN, EOIN FINN, ROY SPENCE, DR. CHELSEA JACKSON ROBERTS, NADIA BOLZ WEBER, DALLAS HARTWIG, ROBIN ARZON, RADHA AGRAWAL, MIKI AGRAWAL, KEITH MITCHELL, CHIP CONLEY, INSIYA RASIWALA – FINN, TARA – NICHOLLE NELSON, JEN AUERBACH, EMILY SCHROMM, MARK GROVES, LIGHT WATKINS and more… Attendees will be nurtured by a number...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd Annual Christmas Train + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Christmas, Featured, Giving Back, Holiday | 42 comments

  It’s the season, once again for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time — get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online ONLY and can be purchased beginning November 1st; tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for details. While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station. Activities will be open when...

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How Liposuction changed my life

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 1 comment

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador When going in for my liposuction procedure, I never knew that my life would change forever. After my surgery, I made the choice to make a major lifestyle change, I lost fifty pounds (plus the nine removed during my surgery), and I have gained more self-confidence than I’ve ever had in my lifetime. I love myself more than ever, and more importantly, I love the way that I feel. In the beginning, I felt a little lost in the world, almost like I was a different person living the same life I was living before – like a stranger in my own life. When I would look in the mirror, I didn’t recognize the person I was seeing. When I would take pictures of myself, I would stare at them for hours, thinking to...

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You’re Invited: Transformers Buzz Weekend at Universal CityWalk

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Jorge Lendeborg Jr., one of the stars of Hasbro and Paramount Pictures upcoming new film Bumblebee, will officially kickoff Buzz Weekend at Universal CityWalk. What: Buzz Weekend is a 2-day celebration of everyone’s favorite Transformer, Bumblebee and kicks off on Saturday, October 13 at 12 noon in anticipation of his first movie out December 21! More Than Meets the Eye activities for the whole family include: · Bumblebee’s ‘80s Dance Party · Airbrush Tattoo Station · Bumblebee Green Screen Photo Booth · Fun Bumblebee and Transformers content on the Giant Screen · Display of the Latest Exciting Bumblebee and Transformers Products When: Saturday, October 13 – Sunday October 14 12pm – 4pm Where: Universal CityWalk 5 Towers Stage (located adjacent to the Universal Cinema) 100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608 Come and #JoinTheBuzz Bumblebee is in...

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The Polly Pocket Tiny is Mighty Tour at the Brea Mall

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Get ready to go tiny! The Polly Pocket Tiny is Mighty tour is coming to Brea Mall on 10/13 & 10/14. If you were a fan of this compact phenomenon back in the 90s, then now is your chance to share the fun with your kids and get a look at Polly Pocket’s world in real-life human scale. Fans of all ages are welcome to join in on the pocket-sized fun which will include: · Polly’s Adventure Course: Kids can demonstrate that they are courageous and tenacious while mastering the course that will include climbing a Giant Button Wall, the Polly’s Soda Lookout Platform which will provide a chance to peer into Polly’s world, and a slide down the Giant Inflatable Flamingo into a large ball pit! · Cupcake Compact Karaoke Stage: Kids will be inspired by Polly...

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Girlfriends Guide to Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador So you’re thinking about have liposuction done? Curious about what the recovering is going to be like? Want to know what to expect? Six months ago, I had liposuction, and this is everything you need to know about your upcoming liposuction surgery. It is going to hurt I can’t deny that you’re going to be in pain after the surgery. Make sure and get your pain medication in advance and stay on top of your recommended pain medication schedule following the surgery. You’re going to be swollen During the surgery, they fill your body up with fluid (almost like a balloon). Then they start to suck out the fat. I felt like an umpa lumpa for at least a couple of weeks following my surgery. You’ll want to drink a LOT of water and...

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Nitro Circus: Outrageous All-New Live Stunt Show

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Nitro Circus’ biggest moments, and some of its most notorious crashes, have come from the mind of Travis Pastrana. For the action sports icon, pushing the envelope is just another day at the office. But Pastrana also has the uncanny ability to encourage his fellow riders to go big or go home as well… In some cases despite their better judgment! Now with the 2018 You Got This tour, Travis and company will ramp up the shenanigans with the greatest, craziest, funniest show in Nitro Circus history. Nitro Circus: You Got This is coming to the Southland for a Honda Center show on Saturday, October 13.      Nitro Circus: You Got This will feature Travis Pastrana along with Nitro Circus’ best athletes in FMX, BMX, Scooter and Inline, including multiple X Games medalists and several Nitro World Games champions. Pastrana will lead this all-star...

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Fancy Nancy, The Musical

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company, is delighted to present an encore presentation of ​Fancy Nancy, The Musical​ ​as part of its fourth TYA Family Season. Book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo, music by Danny Abosch and directed by Alex Bueno, based on original staging by Kelly Todd, Fancy Nancy. Performances will begin October 7th and continue through October 28 on the Cripe Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. Based on the popular Fancy Nancy book series by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, this delightful new show follows Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel as they prepare to perform in their very first show — “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive (that’s fancy for “100 percent sure”), that she and Bree will be picked to be...

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OC’s First Luxury Cat Hotel

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Family, Travel | 0 comments

 Orange County’s first luxury hotel exclusively for cats will be opening in Irvine this winter. Centrally located just two miles from John Wayne airport, Club Cat, an up-and-coming alternative to conventional boarding, will provide peace-of-mind to cat owners who travel for business or pleasure. With limited options in Orange County to board cats in a cat-only facility, Club Cat founder, Shana Martin, set out to create an upscale boarding environment. “As a lifelong cat owner, traveling was always stressful for me because it was difficult to rely on family, friends or neighbors to take care of my cats the way I wanted them to be taken care of,” says Martin. “Hiring pet sitters wasn’t an option either because I never felt comfortable giving a complete stranger access to my home and personal belongings.” Martin’s vision was also motivated by...

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Pageant of the Monsters Haunted House

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

  Just when you thought it was safe to go backstage…The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters brings a “monster” of a good time to Laguna Beach! Reviving an event from years past, Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy presents the Pageant of the Monsters, transforming the Pageant’s backstage into a Haunted House with an artistic twist. The event will take place on October 26, 27, 28 and 31 at the Festival of Arts from 6 – 9:30pm. This is the 5th presentation of Pageant of the Monsters. Davy originated the haunted house idea in 1996, it was repeated in 1997 and then again in 2007 and 2013. This year, the Pageant of the Masters’ creative team of artists and technicians has reunited to resurrect the acclaimed Halloween Haunted House as part of the Pageant...

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Yappy Howl-O-Ween at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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

  Nothing gets cuter than a dog dressed in a costume. With Halloween just around the corner, we’d love for you to join The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Yappy Howl-O-Ween, a canine and companion cocktail party and costume contest! Perfect for families and friends to enjoy, the resort’s Yappy Howl-O-Ween can’t be missed! Proceeds from the event (and all of the resort’s Yappy Hours) are donated to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs. When & Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 4- 7 p.m. Where: The Dana Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 92629) What: Haute hounds will enjoy flavored water like bacon, chicken, beef, or vegan, while human guests relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot...

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7th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival

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

  On Sunday, October 28, 2018, Los Angelenos will unite to celebrate Hispanic culture as The San Pedro Property Owners’ Alliance, a nonprofit organization, presents The 7th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival. With over 10,000 locals expected to attend, Los Angeles and Orange County visitors will experience a vibrant and historic downtown filled with a festive live entertainment lineup including energetic and globally-inspired performances by two-time grammy award winning performers, Mariachi Divas, and celebrated local headliners and Kotolan, and Salt Petal. New to this year’s festivities is the Jose Cuervo Tradicional bar and Tequila garden. This bar area will offer a variety of cocktails created with Tradicional tequila – the first 100% agave tequila created over 200 years ago by Jose Antonio de Cuervo. In addition to cocktails, Jose Cuervo Tradicional will honor its past with...

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2018 OC Zoo Halloween Zoo-tacular

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual Halloween Zoo-tacular at the OC Zoo located inside Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the fall season with festive activities and the animals of the OC Zoo! Families are invited to bring their children to trick-or-treat, explore the zoo during a spooky scavenger hunt and create Halloween and fall-themed crafts. OC Zoo animals will join the fun as they receive treat-filled pumpkins and special Halloween treats throughout the day, and the first 100 children in costume ages 12 and under will receive a free gift. “Visitors of all ages can come explore the Zoo-tacular event located inside Irvine Regional Park,” said Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to show off...

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Kaleidoscope Hosts “Thrilling” Halloween Party

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Mission Viejo, CA – Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo for a “Thrill or Treat” Halloween Party & Open House on Sunday, October 28 from 1 to 4pm. The afternoon of free family fun will take place throughout Kaleidoscope with seasonal crafts, a DJ, photo opportunities, trick or treating for costumed youngsters, and some spooky surprises. The first 200 kids will receive trick or treat bags and a Party Pass to collect stamps from all participating retailers and restaurants for a chance to win prizes at the end of the event. Parents will also enjoy food and beverage sampling from Kaleidoscope restaurants, special discounts from select retailers and mini spa treatments. For more information, please visit www.gokaleidoscope.com or call...

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Don’t Miss the Inaugural Taste of Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The Los Angeles Times today announced the lineup for its inaugural Orange County edition of The Taste. Following its ninth successful run on the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot, The Times is adding a second session in Costa Mesa to focus on the thriving dining scene and award-winning restaurants in the heart of Southern California. Hosted by The Times’ Food staff, the festival will feature Taco María chef Carlos Salgado, recipient of the Restaurant of the Year award, the Filipino cuisine of Irenia and responsibly sourced cuts from Electric City Butcher among a diverse collection of chefs and dishes. The Taste’s debut in Costa Mesa will take place at The MET over three days, Oct. 19, 20 and 21. Admission to each event includes unlimited tastings from dozens of restaurants, sips of seasonal cocktails and cooking demos. Friday, Oct....

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What Parents Can do to Support Children with Mental Health Issues

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored When most people think of Orange County, they think of wealth, big homes, and fast cars. Unfortunately, what many don’t realize is that Orange County has a high rate of homelessness, and the Anaheim Union High School District is located in one of the poorest zip codes in California. There are many children in the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) that are in crisis. The district averages one ER visit every week, frequently with a suicide attempt or mental health crisis. Mental health issues are something that are not talked enough about, and the stigma surrounding that needs to end. It is a real illness that people suffer from, and when living in a tough situation, it can be worse for an individual. Providence St. Joseph Health, one of the leading healthcare companies in Orange County, has...

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Three Tips to Manage Family Life After Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 1 comment

 Sponsored One of the biggest things I had to do before my liposuction procedure was to make plans to help manage my family life while I recovered. In my house, I did almost everything. I cleaned the house, did the laundry, dishes, and drove the kids to all their activities/school. The doctors at CosmetiCare were very honest in telling me that I would need to take it very easy following the surgery and would not be able to do any heavy lifting for at least six weeks following the surgery. These are some tips to help you with planning for your upcoming liposuction procedure: Bring Your Husband in for Your Consultation I brought my husband in with me for my consultation so that he could hear directly from the doctors that I was not to do anything around the...

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Growing up with Knott’s Camp Spooky

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Halloween, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Knott’s Berry Farm Knott’s Camp Spooky has always been one of my favorite things to do with my children during the Halloween season. I have been bringing my kids since they were babies, and unfortunately, two of my kids have transitioned to Knott’s Scary Farm, leaving me with just one kid who is young enough to still experience the fun. Since this is one of my last years with a kid young enough to experience the fun, I took my time with my son to make every moment matter. I turned off my cell phone, directed all of my attention into my son’s experience, and it ended up being one of my favorite visits to Knott’s ever. We started the day in Camp Snoopy. I kind of shed a tear remembering my now...

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Best Places to Celebrate National Taco Day in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

 Tomorrow is my favorite holiday of the year – National Taco Day! Local restaurants are celebrating National Taco Day by offering guests delicious deals. These are our top picks of where to celebrate! Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana 2201 East 1st Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 547-9129 NATIONAL TACO DAY is Thursday, October 4th and Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana is celebrating their 35th Anniversary and YOU’RE INVITED‼️ Party details: AVILA’S EL RANCHITO – SANTA ANA 35th Anniversary Party on National Taco Day – Thursday, October 4th from 4 to 9 pm. RAFFLE DRAWINGS EVERY HOUR starting at 5 p.m. T-shirts, Fiesta Party Tray to go for ten people, Koozis, Keychains, and more! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT by Ruben Gonzalez playing Latin guitar from 6 to 8 p.m. ** GRAND PRIZE ** One lucky guest will win a...

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Tips for Maintaining Liposuction Results

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the biggest struggles that I have heard from women who have had liposuction is how to maintain their results. Liposuction is a major surgery, and it can be very easy to gain back the weight removed during the procedure. Unfortunately, it is easier to gain weight than it is to lose it, so these are my tips for maintaining your liposuction results. Eat a Healthy Diet I know? It is easier to say than to do, but it is very important. Having liposuction done and then eating a very healthy “clean” diet following the surgery not only helped me to lose additional pounds but provided me with even better results than I expected. Exercise Once your doctor clears you to begin exercising – do it. It doesn’t have to be high impact exercising, but you need...

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Dana Wharf Kids Boo Cruise

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Celebrate Halloween on the Water with Dana Wharf Whale Watching First Kids Boo Cruise Departs Dana Wharf at 5 PM on Friday, October 19 Dana Wharf Whale Watching invites families to come aboard and join us for our annual Boo Cruise on Friday, October 19 between 5 pm and 7 pm. Cruises depart every 20 minutes and feature costume contests with great prizes, amazing raffles each trip. There will also be entertainment for those waiting to board! No reservation is needed and each cruise is only a $5 donation! All money raised goes directly to Special Fishies: Aquatic Freedom and Education which gives scholarships to the special needs children in the community. For more information visit...

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13th Annual AltCar Expo in Santa Monica

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The 13th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Santa Monica Civic Lot and East Wing, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA. The two-day event is free to attend. Each year, exciting debuts of alternative technology vehicles – cars, fleets, trucks, bicycles and scooters – are available for a Ride & Drive experience AltCar brings almost every make and model of alternative fuel vehicles to one place so visitors can shop, test drive, compare and learn. The 2018 expo will have the most extensive array of battery electric, fuel-cell electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid electric vehicles for consumers. This years lineup of exhibitors includes Honda Clarity, Toyata Mirai Fuel Cell, Toyota Prius Prime PHEV, Nissan Leaf, Kia Niro, and many more. Saturday’s conference includes industry experts discussing...

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Tips for Having the Most Magical Time at Disneyland During Halloween Time

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Disney, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Halloween is one of the most magical times to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort. While we don’t seem to be having fall weather here in Orange County, your family can enjoy a little taste of the season by enjoying comforting foods and admiring the festive decor at Disneyland. One thing that I always encourage parents to do when bringing their kids to the Disneyland Resort is to plan ahead so that they can get the most out of their magical time at The Happiest Place on Earth. These are some of my tips to help your family with getting the most out of your magical time at the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time. Purchase the Disney MaxPass Visiting the Disneyland Resort has changed forever with the introduction of Disney MaxPass....

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Five Facts About the Cost of Invisalign

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Beauty, Family, Invisalign | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Invisalign One of the biggest questions that I get asked by moms about Invisalign is the cost. I feel like there is a misconception that Invisalign is so much more expensive than traditional braces when in fact it is not, and having my children wearing Invisalign clear aligners have extremely boosted their self-confidence. When it comes to the cost of Invisalign, these are five facts about the cost: Know Your Insurance Company Your insurance company may pay a percentage of your Invisalign treatment costs! Use your FSA or HSA Benefits You can set aside up to $2,600 annually in an FSA or $3,400 in an HSA ($6,750 for a family). Consider Payment Plan Options Find out if you can spread the cost out over the length of your Invisalign treatment. See if you Qualify for Multiple child/family...

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What to Expect Six Months After Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored Six months after having liposuction surgery, I felt like a completely different person. I looked different, I felt different, and I had a different outlook on life. Almost all of my swelling had gone away, and I loved how perfectly contoured by body was because of the liposuction. At this point, I felt comfortable to start exercising, so I began an exercise routine. I started small by just walking and then slowly increased to cardio (running). I am not a gym type of person, but it is essential to exercise to maintain my results, so I began hikes/runs on our local trail. If you don’t like physical fitness, I recommend trying new things like I did to discover a type of exercise that you’ll enjoy and want to do every day. I received a call from CosmetiCare around...

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Creative Sound Solution for Your Home

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored We have a unique household. We rarely have the television on in our house, instead of watching television, our children usually playing a musical instrument or listening to music. Since music is such an essential part of our lives, finding a creative sound solution for our home has always been one of our priorities. Since our current home audio system is very simple, we went to Best Buy to research a more “smart” audio system. The one system that stood out to us was the Bose smart home speakers with a bass module and surround sound speakers. The system offers families like ours unlimited entertainment possibilities including voice control from Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth compatibility. This type of technology put the ability to stream songs whenever we want from anywhere in our home. From the home air...

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TAPS IRVINE Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with $2.15 TAPS Burger Every Friday in October

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Irvine is celebrating its third anniversary by serving TAPS Signature Burger for $2.15 (signifying “2015,” the year of opening) on Friday, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 with purchase of any beverage. To celebrate the recent opening of TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room in Tustin, the restaurant will offer an award-winning TAPS beer for $4 to guests ordering the burger. The anniversary special, regularly priced at $14.99, will be served in the bar/lounge and dining room. It will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the restaurant serves 300 burgers. WHEN: Fridays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 starting at 11 a.m. until 300 burgers are sold. WHERE: TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Irvine – The Market Place, 13390 Jamboree Rd, Irvine – Phone: (714) 619-0404 (www.tapsfishhouse.com) TAPS Burger...

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6th Annual Champagne & Oyster “Sip & Shuck” Fundraiser

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  For the 6th consecutive year, The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, will host “Sip & Shuck” on Sunday, November 4 from 2-6 p.m. to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange County. The event will give guests the unique opportunity to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters, champagne, sparkling wines, spirits and more from around the world, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views from the oceanfront restaurants. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team will also prepare delicious tastes from The Deck, Driftwood Kitchen, and Hendrix. The event will include beverages from Veuve Clicquot, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Piper Sonoma, Nicholas Freuillate, Nolet’s Gin, Bianchi Winery, Kendall Jackson, Tito’s Vodka, Reyka Vodka, Cote de Roses, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ketel One, Sailor Jerry, Bloom Gin, Casamigo Tequila, Lavazza...

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10th Annual Surf City Surf Dog competition

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  This year, Surf City Surf Dog is celebrating a decade of dog surfing and fundraising for pet related charities! The 10th Annual Surf City Surf Dog competition will take place on September 29th at Huntington Dog Beach, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary. The world’s best surfing dogs will once again gather in Surf City USA to compete for barking rights, trophies and prizes. Over the last ten years, more than 500 dogs have participated in this unique sport, hailing from the UK, Australia, Canada, Brazil and all corners of the United States! The weekend-long celebration will showcase the best in dog surfing, pet adoptions and pet social activities, while providing engaging beach activities for the entire family to enjoy. As surfing recently became the official sport of the state of California, it seems natural that dog...

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By the Numbers: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney The one thing that I loved about the upcoming film ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is that the story takes off right where we left off in ‘Wreck-it-Ralph.’ Last month, I went to the Walt Disney Animation Studios to learn all about the making of the film ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ and one thing I was fascinated with was everything that went into creating this animation masterpiece. While talking with the creators of the film, they shared these amazing numbers with us… When it came to writing the story for ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ I these are the numbers that went into bringing it to life: 15 story artists 10 screenings of the film 45 total sequences in the film 153 total sequences boarded 7883 total sequence versions 283,839 total storyboards...

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Mary Lynn Rajskub on Balancing Motherhood and Work

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Mary Lynn Rajskub plays the role of Theresa who is a mom who decided to go to night school to get her GED. She is a mom who got married young, didn’t finish school, and wants to go back-to-school to finish what she didn’t finish. Her life kinda stinks, and after complaining about her life, she tries to cheer herself up by reminding herself that “she is blessed.” After seeing the film (which is hilarious), I had the honor of talking with Mary Lynn Rajskub about the making of the film, motherhood and second chances. She started by sharing with me how she has a “double life.” She goes out at night to do standup comedy, which can get a little raunchy, and then she gets up in the morning to take her son to school. She shared...

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Five Must-Have SOLO: A Star Wars Story Toys

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Samples received The highly-anticipated time has come for SOLO: A Star Wars Story to be added to your home movie collection. Not only will you want to get the movie to enjoy in your home for years to come, but also stock up your kid’s playroom with these five must-have SOLO: A Star Wars Story toys. Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie Chewbacca (“Chewie” to his best pals) is famous as Han Solo’s loyal friend and co-pilot – and now the Ultimate Co-pilot Chewie figure can be kids’ trusted companion in adventure, wherever their imagination takes them! This amazing interactive plush friend features 100+ sound-and-motion combinations, responds in the Wookiee language, and reacts whenever he’s in motion – sometimes in surprising ways! Kids will love their favorite Wookiee’s fun facial expressions and the way he responds when they talk to...

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Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Having Liposuction

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador The doctors at CosmetiCare had recommended that I have liposuction when having my mastopexy (breast lift) done. I thought that after having my breasts done that I would lose the weight on my own, but unfortunately, I did not, and I made the decision to have liposuction done at the end of last year. Like most women, I had some hesitation about having liposuction done, and so I had multiple consultations with the doctors at CosmetiCare where I asked every possible question I could think of, making me feel 100% comfortable with proceeding with having the surgery done. These are five of the most important questions that I would recommend asking the doctors at CosmetiCare before having liposuction done. 1. How long is the recovery time? It is an important question because you’ll want...

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2018 Prehistoric OC

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Join OC Parks at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Prehistoric OC, a free event that invites families to explore the prehistoric history of Orange County. Prehistoric OC will present fun and educational activities and information to the public about Orange County’s rich history, prehistory, and Native American culture with activities, fossils, and artifacts. This annual event welcomes the young and the young at heart, and will foster a sense of pride and respect for local natural and cultural resources. Families can enjoy hands on activities, watch volcano demonstrations by the Geology Department from California State University Fullerton, examine fossils and artifacts, learn about Native American culture, and check out the Junior Scientist camp for educational crafts. Refreshments will be available for purchase from Wiki Wiki Shave Ice. “Orange...

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Creating the ‘Netizens’ in Ralph Breaks the Internet

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of my favorite things about Ralph Breaks the Internet are the way the people look in the film. Last month, I had the honor of talking with the character building team Cory Loftis (production designer), Dave Komorowski (head of characters and technical animation), Renato dos Anjos (head of animation) and Moe El-Ali (crowds supervisor) about the process of creating the inhabitants of the internet: “Netizens” and “Net Users. They knew early on from looking at the artwork the team was working on which showed the way the environment would look – that they were looking at a 3-dimensional space which posed a few challenges for the team. Not only do they have to populate one street but also the other streets that you can see either up above or...

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Seventh Annual Taste of Lake Forest

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Nearly two dozen Lake Forest restaurants will offer tastes for only $1 as the City of Lake Forest hosts the seventh annual Taste of Lake Forest on Saturday, September 29 from noon to 3 pm at the Foothill Ranch Towne Centre Food Festival. This year’s event will feature Kawasaki motorcycle demonstrations and a Beer and Wine Garden featuring Bru Grill and Wine Bar and Frisby Cellars. The event will also include raffle prizes, live entertainment, face painting, a balloon artist, and photo booth! Raffles will be going on throughout the event with prizes such as an Amazon Fire Tablet, Amazon Fire Sticks, Fitbits, $100 Visa gift cards, and more. Event attendees will also have the chance to vote for their favorite restaurant with awards going to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and the best new entry...

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You’re Invited: Pose for Paws Yoga Event

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  P O S E for P A W S…OMG it’s finally happening (everyone screams!) but not too loud because we don’t want to scare the puppies! HAUS of SHOW is hosting a Yoga x Adoption Event at Pacific City & we hope you can flow with us! Plenty of puppies, dogs & even kittens will be downward dog-ing with us & the best part is they’re all adoptable so when you fall in love with your four legged yogi, you can ADOPT them! Portion of proceeds will be donated to the OC Animal Care to aid in their incredible efforts and for all our yogis who bring in new or gently used blankets, towels or leashes, you’ll receive an exclusive VIP gift bag! Help us raise proceeds & awareness to find our furry yogis new homes! Click “Get...

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Disneyland Halloween Time: All About the Churros

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Disney, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 I visited as a guest of Disney One of our family’s favorite things to do when visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to taste all of the sweet treats that can be found throughout the park. This year, it is all about the churros with there being seven different flavors of churros (plus churro sundaes) for your family to enjoy during while visiting the Disneyland Resort. While at the Disneyland Resort last week, our family embarked on a delicious journey of trying all the different churro flavors. We started at the Disneyland Park at the Golden Horseshoe by tasting the churro sundae. It was the best sundae I have ever devoured, and I enjoyed it so much that I went back for seconds. The dessert featured hand-scooped vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, cookie dough, and a warm...

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Towing Made Easy Enough That A Mom Can Do It Alone

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Autos, Family, General Motors | 0 comments

 I attended an event as a guest of Chevrolet I have a love for adventure. One of the best ways to have an ultimate adventure in the world is by towing trailers, boats, ATV’s and more. The only downside to towing is that it can be intimating for many, especially moms. Towing has been something that I have wanted to try for many years, and I recently got my first opportunity to tow an ATV on the back of the Chevrolet Silverado. Never in a million years did I think that it would be something that I could do without any help, but the towing navigation system in the Chevrolet Silverado made it so easy that I was able to hook up a trailer to the back of the truck in less than 10 minutes, and all by myself....

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Second Annual Le Diner en Blanc OC

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Once again this year, the elegant white wave of dinner guests will invade one of the most prestigious public locations of the city. Le Diner en Blanc returns to Orange County on Saturday, October 13, 2018. For this second edition, more than 1,000 revelers are awaited at a new and secret location. Last year’s inaugural très chic picnic attracted more than 800 cultural enthusiasts for a memorable evening at Bolsa Chica State Beach. This annual secret affair, promises another unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, as it takes over an undisclosed public space whose location is only revealed minutes prior to the commencement of the event. Registration to participate in this unique experience happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members from the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase...

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Lightsaber Training with ‘Star Wars’ Voice of Darth Maul

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the event as a guest of Disney In celebration of the home release of the film SOLO: A Star Wars Story, I went to Los Angeles to have lunch with Chewbacca and get some lightsaber training from the voice of Darth Maul, Ray Park. Ray Park entered the room holding the same lightsaber that he used when filming SOLO: A Star Wars Story. It was one of the biggest lightsabers that I have ever seen, and he immediately started showing all of us some of his tricks. After giving us an interactive demo on how to use a lightsaber, he invited all of us to try doing some tricks with his lightsaber. I quickly learned that I do not have the skills needed to be a Jedi, but Park took his time to teach me at least...

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The Importance of Having a Healthy Diet After Liposuction

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the most important things that the doctors at CosmetiCare talked with me about was eating a healthy diet after liposuction. During the surgery, they remove the fat cells from the areas in which you are having the liposuction done, so if you gain weight after the surgery, the fat will go to other areas where you might not want it – like your breasts, face, back or legs. I had liposuction in my stomach and thighs, and I was terrified of the fact that I could get bigger in areas like my face, arms or back, so I ate a very healthy diet following my surgery. One thing that I wished that I had done was started eating healthier before the surgery and lost some weight before surgery, so I recommend to everyone considering liposuction to...

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Oktoberfest is coming to Newport Beach

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Since 1810, Oktoberfest has been a celebration around the world, and this year it is coming to the Southern California oceanside! The first of its kind, OCtoberfest OC mixes the traditional Oktoberfest with the beauty of Newport, CA. All of the food and fun from the last 200 years await at OCtoberfest OC 2018. Spend the day eating and drinking the finest food while listening to the ocean waves. FOOD – Enjoy authentic Bavarian bratwurst, schnitzel, potato salad, sauerkraut, strudel, soft pretzels​ and more! Toast your friends with a variety of German ​b​ier​s​ ​and ​OC​-​brewed ​c​raft ​bier. Prost! FUN – Enjoy a variety of acts including yodeling, singing and festive instruments with your host Pieter Meister von Melton. And don’t forget the other activities like the Dachshund Races, Yodeling Lessons/Shows, Pretzel Making, Mini Bratwurst Eating Contest, and more!...

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The Importance of Testing for Prostate Cancer

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Family, Giveaways, Health | 10 comments

 Sponsored Shortly after meeting my husband, his Grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was a very scary time for our family, but because my Mother-in-law was on top of his healthcare, it was caught early, and he was able to survive for many years following the diagnosis and removal of his prostate. Prostate cancer is something that men should be checked regularly for, and with women making 80% of the health care decisions in the family according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is key for us as women to encourage the men in our lives to get tested. One way that men can test for prostate cancer with with Prolaris. Prolaris is a cancer test that can measure the aggressiveness of a man’s prostate cancer. The test provides a score that gives both the patient and...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Seventeenth Annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival + GIVEAWAY

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

  In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors Latino and Hispanic cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its seventeenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event will feature bilingual environmental educational programs, including films and underwater presentations with divers, and traditional dance, crafts, music, and interactive children’s programs. The festival will also include an award ceremony at on Sunday 1:40 p.m. honoring Andrés Pruna, who is a Cuban-American artist, former National Geographic photographer, and ocean explorer. The Aquarium will honor Pruna with its prestigious Heritage Award for his dedication to inspiring others to care about wildlife through his artwork, from his photography and films to his paintings, and his role in ocean exploration. Latin American folk dancers, Aztec dancers, mariachi...

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Creating the Internet World in Ralph Breaks the Internet

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney The upcoming film, Ralph Breaks the Internet, starts just where the story left off in Wreck it Ralph. The big difference between this film vs. the first is that most of the film takes place “in” the internet. Now, the internet is not an actual “place” that the creators of the film could visit to recreate for the film, and they had to use their imagination to create the magical world of the internet in Ralph Breaks the Internet. Earlier this month, I had the honor of talking with Matthias Lechner (art director, environments), Larry Wu(head of environments) and Ernie Petti (technical supervisor) about how they created the complex metropolis – the internet. In this film there are some sets from the first movie, there are real-world sets, some that...

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You’re Invited: Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens Gala

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, a nonprofit southern California cultural center, will hosts its preeminent annual fundraiser gala on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Toast to the Casa provides major support for all of the institution’s cultural and educational programs throughout the season. The gala also secures much-needed funds to preserve and the nonprofit’s historic landmark (the former home of city founder Ole Hanson) and maintenance for its botanical gardens. Toast to the Casa’s 2018 theme, Casablanca, recalls the Art Deco glamour of the eponymous landmark film Casablanca (1943), starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, as well as the vibrant marketplace and nightlife of Morocco’s most romantic city. Experiential entertainment, for which Casa Romantica’s gala is renowned, will include a charity casino, a swing-style Big Band, Moroccan dancers, hookah and cigar lounges, a tea lounge, a Wheel-of-Wine, gourmet...

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Acorn Day Celebration at O’Neill Regional Park

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Join the County of Orange and OC Parks under the oaks in celebration of Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, family-friendly event offers crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, face painting, live music and introductory ukulele lessons, nature and animal exhibits, a very special storytelling session with painting on water, acorn and oak tree planting and much more! Guided nature hikes to the Water Tower will be offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Families can also enjoy presentations throughout the day, including The Hummingbird Nest Story, a book signing with the author of “How to draw 60 Native CA Plants and Animals: A Field Guide,” followed by a live butterfly release at 1:30 p.m. by Western Monarch Guardian. Several outdoor groups from...

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Mom’s Day Out at Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Beauty, Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Now that the kids are back in school, it is the perfect time to get your girlfriends together for a day of pampering and relaxation at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. This year, I celebrate the back-to-school season by spending a relaxing day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs with one of my dear friends. We dropped the kids off at school and took the short drive over to Glen Ivy Hot Springs where we would embark on an unforgettable day of healing. When we arrived at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, we put our things into a locker, put on our plush spa robes, and then found two lounge chairs by one of their many pools to spend the day. Throughout the day, we took our time exploring all of the 19 pools....

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FREE TEEN tickets to UPLIFT Yoga Bash!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Thanks to the generosity of donors there are a limited-amount of free UPLIFT Yoga Bash tickets for teens! They would love for your girls to come and be their guests for the evening and get to know UPLIFT Teen Yoga! UPLIFT Yoga Bash on Friday, September 21st, Under the Stars at Doheny Beach Park Our over-the-top yoga event will be outside at night – just imagine giant palm trees lit up purple and pink, bubbles floating by during an upbeat yoga practice, a super fun dance party, giveaways, and tons of surprises throughout the night. This is the perfect girls night filled with connection and fun! About the Bash: Join the incredible energy of 500 yogis at UPLIFT Yoga Bash on September 21st @ Doheny State Beach Park. A night under the stars to benefit local teens. VIP...

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The fourteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 2018. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and...

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2018 OC International Auto Show

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored The OC International Auto Show returns to the Anaheim Convention Center with more than 600 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, exotics, fun for everyone and more. One of the largest auto shows in the country, this is the place to check out the latest 2019-model vehicles in a non-selling environment. Attendees are invited to sit behind wheels, inspect engines, experience new technologies and even take a test drive in more than 100 new vehicles. The OC International Auto Show will also feature a multi-million-dollar collection of exotic vehicles, electric vehicles, pre-production models, interactive displays, fun for the little ones and more. Additionally, the SoCal Work Truck & Van Show within the auto show returns with a collection of the latest work trucks and vans from top manufacturers. WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, October 5, 12...

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Acclaimed Chef Ross Pangilinan Returns to South Coast Plaza to Open TERRACE by Mix Mix

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

  Ross Pangilinan, the award-winning chef/owner of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar in downtown Santa Ana, returns to South Coast Plaza to open a second restaurant, TERRACE by Mix Mix. Pangilinan held residence at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for seven years as executive chef of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge before opening his own restaurant, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, in 2016. His second restaurant, TERRACE by Mix Mix, opens Tuesday, September 11. Drawing inspiration from Italian, French and modern Filipino cuisines, Pangilinan offers an eclectic, yet refined menu designed for South Coast Plaza’s global audience. The restaurant offers a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $15 on weekdays; a nightly full-service dinner featuring seasonal preparations of housemade pastas and small plates of fish, meats, and vegetables; as well as a weekend ‘Bottomless Bubbles’ brunch. The menus at TERRACE also include a few...

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Pirate’s Cave Home Haunt in Orange

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Since 2000, The Pirate’s Cave has been a premiere stop for trick or treaters in the city of Orange. During the expansion of their haunt, a long forgotten pirates cave has been discovered. Since then, many have entered seeking treasure, but none have returned. Legend says the cave is haunted by undead pirates from ages past. Are you brave enough to venture through the graveyard, skeletons, time tunnel, and into the siren’s layer? You will be amazed at the special effects and pirate-themed walk-up home haunted house that is geared for ages 10 to adult. There is no gore or blood, think of it as a scarier version of Pirates of the Caribbean. They also invite families with younger children under 10 to experience their “No Monster Walkthrough” where you can experience the haunt and effects without the...

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You’re Invited: Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Arts + Science = Family Fun at the first Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival coming to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join us for FREE entertainment and hands-on activities for the curious of all ages. Explore 21st Century learning and join the next generation of innovators as families come together to create, innovate and explore the connections between Science and the Arts. The day will be filled with engaging performances, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities featuring: • Discovery Cube • Irvine Public Schools Foundation • Orange County Children’s Book Festival • Orange County School of the Arts • PBS SoCal • [email protected] Foundation • Magikid Robotics Lab • National College Resources Foundation’s STEAM Mobile • Brain Builders • Science Heads • Doktor Kaboom! • Jargie the Science Girl • Dino...

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Ohana Music Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 11 comments

 Sponsored The Ohana Music Festival is one of our favorite SoCal music events of the year. The festival will take place on September 28, 29, 30th, and one of our favorite family snacks, KIND Healthy Snacks is one of the sponsors of the event. In addition to offering a full day in the sun the diverse music lineup features Eric Church, Norah Jones, Eddie Vedder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford & Sons, Beck, and Young the Giant. Ohana will donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks. Festival general admission allows roaming throughout the lush grass areas of Doheny State Beach, right off the shore of the Pacific Ocean, touching...

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Adventure City Boo-Tastic Halloween Party + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 26 comments

  Your family is invited to a special two day kid-friendly private event at Adventure City! Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party 2 Nights Only October 19th and 26th *Enjoy 11 exciting rides *Walk through their “trick-or-treat street” for FREE candy and trinkets *Enter the all-new vortex tunnel for a dizzying delight *Ride the express train for a fun Halloween scavenger hunt *Join them for their spooktacular dance party *Meet their mad scientist magician for some astonishing tricks *Show your halloween spirit and wear a costume (optional) Tickets for this special event are just $24.95 per person. Purchase your tickets today online. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets to this fun family event by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner on October 1st. Good...

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UPLIFT Yoga Bash

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Join the incredible energy of 500 yogis at UPLIFT Yoga Bash on September 21st at Doheny State Beach Park. A night under the stars to benefit local teens. There is a VIP party 5-7pm, OM circle at sunset, yoga practice from 7-9pm, and tons of giveaways. All proceeds to benefit local nonprofit, UPLIFT Yoga Foundation and our new Outreach Division of UPLIFT Teen Yoga, which brings yoga mindfulness to teen girls in OC, free of cost. VIP Ticket Includes: Limited Edition UPLIFT 2018 Tank or Hat, VIP AcroYoga Performances, Luxe Yogi VIP Gift Bags (with swag valued at over $200), Gorjana Power Gemstone Bracelet, Angel Wing Photo Wall by Global Artist Colette Miller, Essential Oils by Campo, Ilia Lipstick Bar, Chakra Balancing by Suri Energy Guide, Glow Bracelet, Manduka Intention Booth, Delicious Hors D’oeuvres, ZICO Refreshment Bar, LUNA...

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FREE PASTRIES: Paris Baguette Celebrates Costa Mesa Grand Opening

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Paris Baguette, a fast-casual Parisian-inspired bakery, is celebrating its newest location in Costa Mesa by offering the first 100 guests in line on September 7 and September 8 starting at 9:00 a.m. a complimentary mouthwatering, buttery croissant of their choice and a Paris Baguette lunch bag or mug – a sweet deal for everyone to enjoy! Best known for a variety of delectable cakes, pastries, sandwiches and signature beverages, Paris Baguette offers a unique self-service feature where customers can pick and choose their favorite delicacies that are brought directly to the counter. Choose from an array of Parisian & Asian-infused treats such as Sweet Red Bean Donuts, colorful Macarons or a traditional Pain au Chocolat, all made with locally sourced ingredients and quality products. The new location marks Paris Baguette’s fourth Orange County restaurant, and is located at...

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Best Tech for Back-to-School

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

  The kids have headed back-to-school and needing to stock-up with the newest technology to be successful in the new school year. Verizon is one of the best places to get all the tech your kids need and these are our top five picks. Want a speaker, academic assistant and a schedule keeper all in one? Look no further than the JBL Link 20 with built-in Google Assistant. Use Google Assistant for translation help, searching or fact-checking. Need help balancing a busy back to school schedule? Ask Google to access calendars to receive rundowns on demand, and set reminders at specific times and locations. And the JBL Link 20 is waterproof so it keeps going despite spilled drinks, rogue splashes or even a dunk in the pool (on a study break, of course). Charge family phones quickly on contact...

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The First-Ever Hello Kitty Cafe Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, announces the opening of the highly anticipated Hello Kitty Grand Cafe on September 14, 2018. Housed within the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, CA, this marks the Hello Kitty Cafe brand’s first-ever cafe concept offering Hello Kitty Cafe favorites and new Afternoon Tea and Cocktail Service programs. The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is the first and only permanent cafe in the U.S. featuring dual experiential spaces – a fast casual cafe setting open to the public and a separate private room for reservation-only afternoon tea program and cocktail service. Guests can pop in and out for a sweet treat at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe with grab and go seating for up to 12 people. In addition to the popular Hello Kitty Cafe menu offerings, exclusive...

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Tall Ships Festival Sails Into Dana Point Harbor + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history with the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba. Gather friends and family for a weekend full of seaside adventures Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 at Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor. Ocean Institute’s 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival offers multiple activities throughout the weekend. The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 7 with the Parade of Sails and the Sails ‘n Ales kick-off party, followed by a weekend full of tall ship tours, pirate voyages, mermaid encounters and vendors on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9. On Friday, September 7 from 4 – 7:30 p.m., the Parade of Sail kicks off the historic weekend as visitors experience the sight of several iconic...

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6th Annual James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Los Angeles

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Don’t miss the culinary event of the year – The 6th annual James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Los Angeles event. The event will take place at the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills on Friday, October 12th at 6pm. The evening will highlight an unforgettable Dinner Menu created by: VISITING ALL-STAR James Beard Award Winner Andrew Carmellini of The Dutch, NYC LOCAL ALL-STAR Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec, Los Angeles HOST CHEF Holly Jivin of The Bazaar by José Andrés, Beverly Hills, CA; Tres, Beverly Hills Reception Tastings created by: Wes Avila of Guerrilla Tacos, Los Angeles Raphael Francois of Tesse, West Hollywood, CA Mei Lin of Nightshade, Los Angeles Pawan Mahendro of Badmaash, Los Angeles Curtis Stone of Maude, Beverly Hills Dessert Reception Tastings created by: Margarita Manzke of République, Los Angeles Lincoln Carson of Bon Temps, Los Angeles...

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Boo at The Rancho Wildlife Zoo

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Halloween is coming fast, Are you ready to have a blast? Bring the kids and parents too For trick or treating at the zoo! Ghosts, goblins and witch’s brew Come as you are, or wear your best costume. Make a spooky spider craft There may be a fright, and plenty of laughs! Where: Rancho Wildlife Foundation 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 When: Monday October 29th 2018 10am, 11am and 12pm Details: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Reservation times: 10am, 11am, or 12pm (949) 589-7900 or [email protected] $6 per child | Adults are free (2 free adults per reservation) Seperate reservation required per family $8 valet parking Non candy items available at each station Costumes encouraged. Children will trick or treat to all the decorated animal enclosures. Free crafts tables. Vendor shopping available for the...

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Free Family Fiesta to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Next weekend, MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, Orange County’s top community retail destination, is hosting a free Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. Families will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of live music by Manos de Fuego, mariachi, folklórico, refreshing margaritas, and delicious food samples from Applebee’s, Lucille’s, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields and Hot Dog on a Stick. Guests can also enter an exclusive raffle with gifts and prizes from participating retailers. Art lovers will enjoy a live exhibit by Rosemary Vasquez and participate in a watercolor self-portrait workshop at MainPlace Mall’s Art Walk to honor Chicano Social Realism Master Emigdio Vasquez. When: Saturday, September 8th Where: MainPlace Mall 2800 N Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 Time: 2pm to...

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Waitress Comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 Segerstrom Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce WAITRESS will play Segerstrom Hall for a limited two-week engagement November 13 – 25, 2018. Tickets to WAITRESS start at $29 and are on sale now at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, November 24 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more visitSCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation. Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”),...

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Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Family, Recipes, Sheet Pan Recipes | 0 comments

  Whenever my daughter and I see Caprese salad on a menu, we cannot resist ordering it. There is something amazingly delicious about the flavor combinations of tomatoes and cheese, mixed with some balsamic & fresh basil ~ oh my! Instead of doing the traditional burgers and hot dogs over Labor Day weekend; I decided to surprise my daughter by making Caprese chicken. And, since it was a holiday weekend, I kept it simple by doing it on a sheet pan – the prep time was less than five minutes! Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe Ingredients: 2 Cups of Melissa’s Produce cherry tomatoes 2 Cloves of Melissa’s Produce garlic (minced) 2 Tbl. Olive oil 5 Fresh Chicken thighs Fresh Mozzarella slices (Trader Joe’s has it pre-sliced) Balsamic vinegar Salt Pepper Basil Directions: 1. In a bowl. Mix the cherry...

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Summer Tomato Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples provided Our backyard tomato plants have been working hard all summer to provide our family with an abundance of fresh tomatoes. But, as the summer nights are slowly coming to an end, I have found myself sifting through the leaves of our tomato plants to find the last tomatoes that our plants will provide this year. That is why I love Melissa’s Produce so much because they seem to find those hidden tomatoes when we can’t find them in our backyard, and yet they taste just as good as the ones we grow ourselves. After a quick visit at Melissa’s this month, they sent me home with some of their heirloom cherry tomatoes, and I made this quick (and simple) summer tomato salad recipe. What I love about this recipe is that you can cook it and have...

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Dinner with a View at The Sun Room

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Dining, Oregon, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After a busy day exploring the Oregon coastline, we freshened up in our room before having dinner at The Sun Room Cafe at the Salishan Resort. One of my favorite things about the restaurant is the beautiful panoramic views of the golf course. We were seated at a booth overlooking the golf course and got ready to embark on an epicurean adventure. There were so many delicious choices on the menu, and it was the parmesan truffle fries with garlic aioli and portland ketchup that caught the eye of my son. Truffle fries are one of his all-time favorite dishes, and he thought that the fries at The Sun Room Cafe were some of the best he has ever had. While my son was enjoying the parmesan truffle fries, my daughter...

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LA Fleet Week is the Place for Families to Spend Labor Day Weekend

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s an F-18F Super Hornet Fighter Jet and its EA-18G Growler cousin soaring above the LA Waterfront, the newest addition to a schedule of aerial demonstrations taking place at this year’s LA Fleet Week® 2018 presented by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video over Labor Day Weekend. Running throughout the day Sept. 1 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, the captivating aerial demonstrations will be among the many attractions at the multi-day, free public celebration honoring the U.S. Sea Services. This will be the first time that LA Fleet Week will feature the F-18, a twin-engine, supersonic combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft and its specialized version, the EA-18G Growler. The fighter jets will be operated by Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94), Strike Fighter Squadron 22...

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Oregon, Travel | 0 comments

  One afternoon while staying at the Salishan Resort along the beautiful Oregon coast, we went to explore the popular Yaquina Head Lighthouse. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Salishan Resort and then took the scenic drive along the coast to see the lighthouse. When we first arrived at the Yaquina Head Nature Area, we paid a small fee to enter the nature preserve. We drove around the bend to discover a beautiful lighthouse at the edge of the cliff. It was extremely windy the day that we visited so we didn’t walk all the way to the lighthouse but did take the stairs down to explore the black sand beach. At the bottom of the stairs were some volunteers who talked to my children about the different wildlife they might come across while looking the tide pools and...

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Theatre Dining at the all-new George’s Cafe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love bringing my kids to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to see performances. We usually end up eating dinner before the show at South Coast Plaza until the opening of the new outdoor dining venue next to the Segerstrom, Center 360. You can imagine my surprise last week when we went to see the ON YOUR FEET Broadway musical and discovered that the restaurant has an all-new name and delicious new menu! Center 360 is now George’s Cafe, named after the George Argyros, who along with his wife made the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza outside of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts possible. The restaurant has the same ambiance – private tables, long communal tables and a large bar. The best part of the restaurant is the new...

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Disney: Beauty and the Beast Live in Concert

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents Disney: Beauty and The Beast Live in Concert on September 29 at 7:30pm. The music of Walt Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, comes to life with a 65-piece orchestra comprised of professionals from the American Federation of Musicians and The Chapman Orchestra. With music from the award-winning score by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Sir Tim Rice, the tale as old as time will dazzle during this cinematic live music experience. Beauty and the Beast is the first collaborative performance of the 2018-19 season, uniting students with elite musicians. Musco Center offers tremendous opportunities to students of the performing arts. Small groups can work with some of the exemplary artists and scholars performing and presenting throughout the season, which spans jazz, American roots, large-scale...

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Captains Quarters to Perform at 9th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival is proud to announce the Yacht Rock super group Captains Quarters will perform at the highly anticipated 9th annual event on September 15, 2018 from noon to 4 p.m. Dubbed “Orange County’s Favorite Beer Festival,” the event will serve up sips from beloved regional and exciting new out-of-town breweries that are rarely seen in California. Super-fan craft beer enthusiasts will sample both the largest and best selection of craft beer in Orange County, CA from the region’s’ top breweries and brewers. Craft beer lovers will enjoy classic backyard games, live entertainment, and indulge in gourmet food trucks like Mess Hall Canteen, Viking Truck, Meat Up BBQ, Fiesta Gourmet and more, all at the picturesque Lakeview Park venue – a new, but familiar location for the Brew Ha Ha event. Fans of the...

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Spicy Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples provided My favorite veggie season of the year is hatch chile season. This year, I have been cooking up a storm in my kitchen with fresh hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce, and over the weekend, I made a tasty breakfast casserole using hatch chiles ~ that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you! The breakfast casserole is ideal to make over the weekend so that your kids can re-heat it throughout the week before going off to school. It is packed with nutrition, and a little bit of heat to help wake them up on those early mornings before heading off to school. It’s simple and delicious ~ Enjoy! PS. If you have kids who don’t like spice. Melissa’s Produce does offer mild peppers so they can still enjoy the authentic flavors. Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole...

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Invest in Your Skin with Trilipiderm

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sample provided One question that I’m frequently asked is, “how do you look so young?” At the beginning of the year, I had a Co2 laser done on my face at CosmetiCare, and since then, I’ve been invested in providing the best care possible for my skin. I am continually trying new skincare products, and one product that I have fallen in love with is Trilipiderm ultra-hydrating all-body oil. I am always cautious about using any products on my skin that have harmful chemicals, and Trilipiderm is 100% natural, fragrance-free, preservative-free, and non-comedogenic. Did I mention that they also don’t test on animals? Hooray! I’ve been using the oil on my skin for about a week, and I’ve noticed an extreme difference in the look and feel of my skin. My skin is brighter, more hydrated and I don’t...

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Summer Salads at Luna Grill

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of our favorite places to enjoy a healthy meal is at Luna Grill. The restaurant features a family-friendly ambiance, and the meal portions are large enough that we always have leftovers to bring home or the kids end up sharing a meal. This summer, it has been the salads at Luna Grill that our family has been enjoying almost every week. Their salads are packed full of nutrition, and when we add a protein to it, it is the perfect family summer dinner. My kid’s favorite salad at Luna Grill is the Mediterranean salad. The salad features chopped chicken, Israeli couscous, tomato, cucumber, red onion, mint, parsley, green onion, feta, tossed in our house vinaigrette and served on a bed of lettuce. What I love about the salad is that...

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Tenaya Lodge Labor Day Weekend Special

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

  One of my favorite places to create unforgettable memories with my family is at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite. We return to the lodge year after year, and every time that we visit, it feels like the first. Tenaya Lodge is giving travelers a huge incentive for visiting Yosemite for Labor Day with 20% off rates and no minimum stay. A 20% discount is virtually unheard of over Labor Day weekend!! Visitors should use the promo code HOTDEAL when booking. Labor Day at Tenaya Lodge is also full of fun activities including a family watercolor class, dive-in movies, day and evening kids camps and a poolside barbecue. If you don’t already have travel plans for Labor Day, make reservations to visit Yosemite with your...

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Experience Smallfoot Yeti Village

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a sneak preview Embark on a 40-minute adventure through the Smallfoot Yeti Village with your children. Recently, I took my children to Hollywood to experience the Yeti Village, and we had the time of our life. The adventure started with multiple “selfie stations” where your family can take creative photos. The best part is that the staff will take the picture for you, and then you can text or email yourself the photos! If you have teenagers – they are going to love it! After taking photos, my children squealed with delight as they went down a 20′ spiral slide. On the second level, there is a giant “snowball pit,” arts & crafts, karaoke and more. We were completely immersed into the world of Yeti and Smallfoot while at the Yeti Village. The Yeti Village is only...

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Simple Prosecco Grape Recipe

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  Having friends over? Looking for a fun new snack to serve while entertaining? Then you need to try making Prosecco grapes. With it being the peak of the grape season, and Melissa’s Produce has been filling the shelves of my local market with delicious seasonal grapes, I decided to make prosecco grapes for a recent girls night out that I hosted. Prosecco grapes are so easy to make, and you’re guests are going to love how sweet and delicious they are. For this recipe, I made them with Melissa’s Produce champagne grapes, but you can use any kind of grape that you want – just as long as it’s from Melissa’s Produce (wink). Simple Prosecco Grape Recipe Ingredients: 1 Package of Melissa’s Produce grapes 1 cup of sugar 1 Bottle of Prosecco Directions: 1. Clean the grapes and...

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Angels Gate Park: Korean Bell of Friendship

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in San Pedro, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of San Pedro One of the highlights of my visit to San Pedro was going to Angels Gate Park where there is the Korean Bell of Friendship. The massive bell was donated in 1976 by the People Republic of Korea to honor the veterans of the Korean War and symbolizes the friendship between the two countries. The bell weighs 17 tons, twelve feet tall, seven and a half feet in diameter, and is made of copper and tin, with gold, nickel, lead and phosphorous. The Korean Bell of Friendship sits in the center of Angels Gate Park overlooking the beautiful coastline. It is in the center of a gorgeous pagoda stone structure that is supported by twelve columns representing the twelve designs of the Oriental zodiac. The bell is rung only four times each...

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Does Liposuction Hurt?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador Is Liposuction painful? Just like any type of major surgery, there is going to be some degree of pain associated. One thing that the doctors at CosmetiCare did in my pre-op appointment was to talk with me about pain management following the surgery. They provided me with prescriptions for pain medication in my pre-op appointment so that I could fill the prescriptions before my surgery and went over a main medication management schedule to follow after my surgery. When I woke up from my surgery, I felt some slight discomfort when I attempted to move, but the pain wasn’t too hard to handle. It was once the medication they had given me in my IV during surgery started to wear off that I felt a good amount of pain. I quickly learned how important...

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Saturday Teen Culinary Classes

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in Education | 0 comments

  Do your kids like to cook? Are they they wanting to explore their talents? The OCSA CSArts Culinary Classes are the perfect place for them to start. Not only can your children fall in love with the Culinary Arts, but also get a small taste of what the OCSA Culinary Arts High School program can provide for them. The Saturday classes are geared towards children aged 11-15. During the classes, students will learn a variety of foundational cooking techniques while experimenting with fun recipes. Basic knife skills, cooking methods, garnishes, portioning, plating, and representation will be explored with a culminating gathering and sampling for parents to enjoy. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. Fundamentals of Culinary Arts 9am to 12pm Innovative Flavors and Presentations 1pm to 4pm Cost: $475 Dates: The Fall 2018 classes occur weekly on Saturdays...

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Orange County Great Park Fall Family Events

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Park Explorations: click here for more information Explore new adventures with our mobile cart designed to encourage discovery through play. With fun hands-on activities, the cart can be found at different locations each month at the Orange County Great Park. Parent participation required. Free drop-in program; craft supplies limited. Free/All Ages Welcome Upcoming dates: 9/1/18 11/3/18 12/1/18 Family Game Day: click here for more information Saturdays are for family and fun. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day at the park. Lawn games, board games, and other activities will be provided by Orange County Great Park staff to kick-start your weekend. Activities will be held next to the Visitors Center. Free. All ages. **Program is weather permitting. Upcoming dates: 9/29/2018 10/27/18 11/10/18 12/22/18 Super Soccer Stars: click here for more information This is a six-week session. Price: $132/Ages...

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3rd Annual Tastemakers of Orange County

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  On the heels of its 20th anniversary, the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) will host the 3rd Annual “Tastemakers of Orange County” culinary event on Wednesday, September 5th in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This culinary event celebrates the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by giving guests the opportunity to taste and indulge in Asian and Pacific Island-inspired cuisines and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low income families throughout Orange County. Participating chefs and restaurants include: TAKASHI ABE & TED LEE | Bluefin BILL BRACKEN | Bracken’s Kitchen IVAN CALDERON | Taco Mesa + Taco...

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Festival of Arts Laguna Beach Announces Return of Pageant of the MONSTERS

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Just when you thought it was safe to go backstage the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters brings a monster of a good time back to Laguna Beach. Only returning to the Festival grounds every five years, the Pageant of the Monsters will offer attendees a frightfully fun time with ghoulish tricks, treats, and “spook-tacular” art surprises October 26, 27, 28 and 31, 2018. Resurrecting an event from years past, the Pageant’s backstage will transform into a haunted house with an artistic twist. The Festival of Arts grounds will be filled with ghoulish tricks and treats including art activities, live music, wandering zombies and other “spook-tacular” surprises. Funds for this event are provided in part by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. This event is not recommended for children under 5 years of...

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  We had a hint of cooler weather yesterday, that had me in the mood for a little comfort food. While daydreaming about the Tuscany hills in Italy, I was inspired to make this creamy Tuscan children pasta sauce for our family dinner. The recipe is simple, delicious and your kids are guaranteed to come asking for more! Enjoy! Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Ingredients: 1 Onion (diced) 1 Garlic clove (diced) 5-6 Chicken tenders 1 Cup of sundried tomatoes 1/2 Cup of white wine 2 Tbl. Olive oil 1 1/2 Cups of Heavy cream 3-4 cups of spinach 1 1/2 cups of parmesan cheese 2 Tbl parsley (chopped) Salt/Pepper 1. Cook noodles per package instructions. 2. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil. 3. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until translucent. 4. Add the chicken tenders and white...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 17 comments

  Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family. Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily from September 15th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkin Patch activities include: Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and a lot more. Irvine Park Railroad’s 3rd annual “Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off”...

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Family-Friendly Resort Cooking Classes

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

  As we are in the heat of summer, vacation time is top-of-mind and if you happen to be planning a trip for a family, keeping the whole gang entertained during said vacation is right up there. Family-friendly cooking classes – fun, tasty, hands-on activities at these resorts will keep the bodies busy and the bellies full. Chef for a Day at Renaissance Tuscany II Ciocco Resort & Spa Nestled on the hill of an expansive two-mile estate in the heart of Italy’s most beloved region, Tuscany, the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooks the mountainous Serchio Valley, one of the most unexplored areas of Italy. The 180-room resort offers, by request, a ‘Chef For a Day’ experience for children looking to understand the local culture of Italy and the food of the seasons while having some...

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You’re Invited: Free Dance Class with the cast from the Tony Award-winning Broadway Show On Your Feet!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts thinks you can dance! Dance fans and Latin dance aficionados are invited to gather on the Center’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza on Saturday, August 25 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. to learn exuberant choreography from the hit Broadway show ON YOUR FEET! Artists Maria Rodriguez and Jeremy Adam Rey will go through the routines step by step, culminating in a massive conga line around the Plaza. The class precedes the 2 p.m. matinee. WHERE: Segerstrom Center for the Arts Julianne & George Argyros Plaza 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 WHEN: Saturday, August 25th TIME:...

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It’s Almost Time to Get Your D23 Expo Tickets

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

  On Thursday, August 23, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 23-25, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment, and more. D23 Expo 2019 marks the sixth biennial Expo held in Anaheim. Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with signature entertainment, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. A massive show floor will feature exhibits, shopping, and photo opportunities from all across Disney and its partners. D23 Expo 2019 marks the return of fan...

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Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples provided Summer might be coming to an end, but the produce is fresher than ever. I had been traveling all week, and the first thing my kids asked me when I got home was, “What’s for dinner?” I knew that I had two hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce still in the refrigerator and a couple of ears of corn that I had planned on making elote with before my trip, so I put everything I had in my garden and refrigerator together to make this refreshing summer corn salad – and it was delicious! The best thing about this recipe is that you can add the hatch chiles into a portion of the dish, leaving a “bland” salad for your picky eaters. After mixing all the ingredients, I put a small amount aside for my picky eater and...

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Celebrate Labor Day at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present a three-day concert series this Labor Day weekend featuring ‘80s hits, patriotic country favorites and an authentic rock n’ roll experience. The all-ages event kicks off on Friday, August 31 and continues through Sunday, September 2. Full bar service and food trucks will be available each evening for guests to enjoy delicious food and drinks while listening to live music in a beautiful waterfront setting. LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVENT SCHEDULE Friday, August 31 80’S ON THE BAY Dig out your neon, legwarmers, spandex and sequins for an unforgettable evening that features Sirius XM and Jack FM’s legendary ‘80s DJ, Richard Blade, spinning you favorite 80s’ hits. Live entertainment will be provided by IDOL X, the Ultimate ‘LIVE’ Billy Idol experience. Time: 7-10 p.m. Event Price: $20 General admission, $40 VIP...

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The Historic Warner Grand Theatre

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in San Pedro, Theatre, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things that we did when exploring San Pedro was visiting the Warner Grand Theatre. I am a little bit of a history and architecture nerd, and the minute that the trolley stopped in front of the historic theatre, I was in love. The Warner Grand Theatre opened on January 20, 1931, and was built by the distinguished team of architect B. Marcus Priteca and the artist Anthony Heinsbergen (the same team that designed the Hollywood Pantages). The theatre features some exemplary aspects of art deco like: lines, steps, sweeping curves as well as chevron patterns and the sunburst motifs. The finest examples in the Warner Grand are on the auditorium ceiling and the mezzanine ceiling. This Theatre’s design has been called “Neo-byzantine.” The theatre looks just as...

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Liposuction: Let’s talk About Compression Garments

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador After having liposuction, my compression garment quickly became my new best friend for the next six weeks. When I woke up from my surgery, I was already in the compression garment that CosmetiCare provided. Under my compression garment, was a thick layer of cotton and foam to help keep my skin compressed. When I returned to CosmetiCare the day after my surgery, they took off my compression garment, foam and cotton to check on my incisions. During my appointment, they advised me of the importance of wearing my compression garment 24/7 until the doctor informed me that I could stop. The most important thing you need to know about your compression garment is that you’ll need help getting in/out of it when showering. During the first week after my surgery, I needed both my...

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Coffee by the Sea at Siren’s Java & Tea in San Pedro

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Dining, San Pedro, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue We started our day exploring San Pedro by visiting the popular local coffee shop, Siren’s Java & Tea. The coffee shop is located in the heart of downtown San Pedro and offers a variety of unique coffee creations and breakfast pastries. One of my favorite things about Siren’s Java & Tea is the ambiance. There are many tables, chairs, couches located throughout the coffee shop for families to relax and reconnect. My friend, Anita and I, found a table in the back of the coffee shop where we enjoyed catching up while sipping on a warm cup of coffee. I had heard that they are well known for their “Mermaid Kiss” coffee, and while I am not one for sweet coffee drinks, I couldn’t resist ordering a cup. The coffee featured...

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Mexican Avocado Toast Recipe

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples Received One of my favorite things to make the kids for breakfast is avocado toast. The breakfast dish is packed full of nutrition and helps the kids get a healthy start to their day. The only downside is that avocado toast can get a little boring when eating it multiple times a week, so I decided to put a new Mexican inspired twist on my avocado toast recipe. The fresh hatch chiles in my refrigerator from Melissa’s Produce and bread from La Brea Bakery helped to inspire me to make this recipe. The toast has a nice kick to it, and not too spicy for my picky eater. The minute that the kid’s tastebuds sunk into my Mexican avocado toast, they were in heaven…and asking me for more. If you like avocado toast, you’re going to ‘love’ this...

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