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The Star Movie Teen Film Review

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio Ever since I was a little kid, I have heard the story of the first Christmas and the birth of Jesus. From my beginner’s bible to my pocket bible I have not only read about, but my family has been telling me the story ever since I was a little girl. There has never been an animated film in the animal’s perspective based off of the first Christmas. The fact that it has never been done before just makes me want to see it even more, so I was super excited about this film. Throughout the entire movie, my brother and I were laughing about the funny ones that some of the animals made and the fact that the animals would try to talk to the humans, but they...

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Wonder Movie Teen Film Review

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio The book Wonder by R.J Palacio has been my favorite book ever since I was old enough to read. I found out they were making a movie based on the book Wonder a couple of months ago and I started counting down the days. Wonder has such a unique and touching story, and I couldn’t wait to see how they put it into a film. When the film began to start, I was immediately struck by how realistic the whole thing was. It was like the words from the book had been put on a giant movie screen. Even though I had read the book before, it was like seeing the story in a whole new way. Being able actually to see what everyone and everything look like gives...

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Creating an Effective Partnership with Your Child’s School

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  It’s that time of year again, and school conferences are upon us. I have the advantage of being a parent, as well as, the school counselor so I’m privy to information from teachers, as well as, other parents. Consequently, I’ve been reflecting on this process from both perspectives. Parents typically go into conferences looking forward to hearing about what their children are doing well and sometimes cringe when they hear about children’s missteps. What I’ve learned is it’s very difficult for teachers to deliver less-than-optimal news to parents, especially if they worry about parents’ reactions. However, when they don’t deliver the news or soften the blow by minimizing the information they’re often doing students a great disservice. Teachers have unique perspectives of students. The reality is that children may behave very differently at school than at home. The...

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Gingerbread House Decorating Events in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Christmas, Holiday | 0 comments

  One of my favorite family traditions is to decorate a gingerbread house with my children. Families who want to make gingerbread house decorating special this year can do it at one of these special gingerbread house decorating events happening this holiday season in Orange County. Fantastical Holiday Gingerbread and Confection Journey of Oz’s Emerald City at Island Hotel Newport Beach Unveiling on Monday, November 27, through December There’s no place like home and There’s No Place Like Island Hotel during the holiday season. This year’s magical hand-built gingerbread plus vibrantly colorful sweets presentation will “bring to life” everyone’s favorite, “The Wizard of Oz,” written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. Now 117 years later, hotel visitors can fondly follow the Yellow Brick Road into Munchkin Land and go on to The Emerald City. Expect the display to follow...

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The World Premiere of The Star Movie

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue It was a magical day in Los Angeles this past Sunday where the beautiful film The Star Movie debuted to the world. All of the top celebrities in Hollywood came out to celebrate the film that tells the Christmas story in a whole new way – through the eyes of the animals. When we arrived at the premiere, there were multiple activities for the children to do. There was a ring toss, hot dog on a stick, and other fun treats. My children had a blast enjoying all the different activities until it came time for the stars of the film to arrive. The ‘white’ carpet was buzzing with celebrities from the film and others who came out to support the film. Our children took pictures with some of their favorite...

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World Premiere of The Wonder Movie

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio The highly anticipated time has come for the beloved ‘Wonder’ the #1 New York Times bestselling middle-grade novel by R.J. Palacio to come to life in theaters everywhere in The Wonder Movie. Wonder is a book that my two older children loved reading and encouraged them to want to spread more kindness and compassion in our world. When I found out that they were making a film based on the book, I couldn’t wait to bring my children to see it. Last night, I had the honor of being invited to bring my daughter with me to Los Angeles for the World Premiere of The Wonder Movie. I surprised my daughter with the news that she was going with me to the premiere when I picked her up from school. I...

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Give the Gift of a Disneyland Resort Experience + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, Theme Parks | 9 comments

 Sponsored Discover how easy it is to give friends and family members an experience at the Disneyland Resort. Giving a Disney Vacation makes it easier than ever to give theme park tickets or a dining experience, or even a Disney vacation to Walt Disney World and other Disney destinations. Mickey and Minnie Mouse sent our family some special gifts this holiday season for us to share some great gift ideas that you can give a loved one this holiday season. Give a Disney vacation experience Now, it’s easier than ever to give the gift of a Disneyland Resort experience – or a Disney vacation! You can give gift cards for theme park tickets, dining experiences, hotel stays and more! Star Wars Experiences Something you can do January through March The Force is strong with guests at the Disneyland Resort...

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KHS in IRL Epic Concert

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Autos, Events, Kia, Music, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia Anyone who watches YouTube and loves music knows who KHS (Kurt Hugo Schneider), Sam Tsui and Alyson Stoner are. They are three of the most talented young musicians who create beautiful melody together and recently starred in their first Kia Rio commercial combining music with autos. This past weekend, the rising stars hosted a free concert for their fans in Los Angles, and we were two of the lucky people to get tickets to their sold out private concert. When we arrived at the concert in our Kia Sorento, the valet took our keys, and we entered the hipster venue for a night that we would never forget. The night started on the outdoor patio where guests had t-shirts custom screen printed, played carnival games and enjoyed tasty bites from two food...

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure: Josh Gad’s Kids are Tickled that He’s Olaf

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 ,We visited as a guest of Disney Olaf, Anna, and Elsa are back this holiday season in an all-new story, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, that will debut in theaters on November 22nd before the feature animation film COCO. The 22-minute story features 40 new songs and is a beautiful story about holiday traditions. Earlier in the month, I went to the Walt Disney Animation Studios to learn more about the short film and to talk with the Producer Roy Conli, Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, and the voice of Olaf Josh Gad. Before screening the short film, Stevie Wermers-Skelton shared with us that the story is about traditions. No matter where you are from or what your religion is, we all celebrate something during the holiday season. Olaf discovers that he doesn’t have any traditions, and sets out on a...

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10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney It is the most magical time of the year to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort. The entire resort is adorned with twinkling lights, majestic Christmas trees, and festive decorations. The holidays begin at the Disneyland Resort, and these are ten ways to celebrate the holidays with your family at Disneyland. Watch a Christmas Fantasy Parade. The holiday parade is guaranteed to get your family into the holiday spirit. There are magical floats, festive music and a surprise visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Be immersed in a magical world while taking a boat ride into it’s a small world. The attraction comes to life at night with a beautiful display of lights and inside families are introduced to holiday traditions from around the world. Have a frightfully fun time experiencing...

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Epic Family Night Out at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Cool Places, Entertainment, Family, Film, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my parent’s favorite things to do when I was a child was to have a date night at the Hollywood Bowl. I always thought that my husband and I would follow in their footsteps, but life gets busy when raising three children, and it finally worked out with our schedule to make our first visit to the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. While I thought my first visit to the Hollywood Bowl would be a date night, we ended up bringing the kids for an unforgettable night under the stars for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We got box tickets (which I highly recommend when coming with young children). We left early and planned to arrive right when the gates opened, which again, I recommend doing when bringing your...

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2017 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  Enjoy a Festive Thanksgiving Dining Where It’s Warm, Welcoming and Wonderful at one of these premiere Orange County Restaurants. Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive gourmet buffet featuring slow roasted turkey, holiday sides and more with the unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Thursday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For those who wish to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal from the comfort of their own home, Back Bay Bistro is offering Thanksgiving To Go. Call ahead by November 22 to reserve your professionally prepared whole turkey and a selection of favorite holiday sides. NOV. 23 BUFFET MENU DETAILS: Fresh Salads Field Greens with Apples and Dried Cherries, Walnut Vinaigrette Grilled Asparagus Salad Spaghetti Squash Salad Beets with Goat Cheese Wild Mushroom Salad...

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Enter into the Discovery Cube Gingerbread House Competition

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my favorite family holiday traditions is to decorate a gingerbread house together. Ever since my children were toddlers, I always wanted to decorate a gingerbread house and enter it into the Discovery Cube OC gingerbread house competition, but with our busy schedule, I never made time to do it before Thanksgiving – until this year. It is our first year entering the gingerbread house competition, and I brought our family to Discovery Cube OC to decorate our gingerbread house in their kitchen. The Orange County School of the Arts: Culinary Arts and Hospitality (OCSA CA&H) students were at the gingerbread house decorating party and helped us to create unique gingerbread houses to be on display throughout the holiday season at Discovery Cube OC. Being the OC Mom Blog, I knew that I wanted to make an...

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The Magic of Christmas + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 8 comments

 Sponsored The Young Americans has announced the dates of its 28th season of The Magic of Christmas presented by KOST 103.5 at LaMirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. December 7th – 17th, 2017. After a sold out 2016 season, and by popular demand, additional shows have been added this year making this season the longest run of The Magic of Christmas ever! Ticket prices range from $18-$64 and include weekend matinées and evening performances. Tickets available now at lamiradathetre.com. This ‘fun for the whole family’ holiday musical stars 250 cast members from the world renowned – non-profit performing group The Young Americans. Artistic Director Bill Brawley and his production team will turn La Mirada Theatre into a winter wonderland with 6000 costumes and over 30 festive scene changes. The creatively produced and choreographed musical numbers include 60+holiday favorites such...

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Take Your Children for a Ride on the Polar Express

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 1 comment

  Embark on a magical’Polar Express’ train ride from Southern California to visit with Santa Claus himself at his “North Pole” workshop. On Dec. 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16 and 17, ride the train from the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, where elves will lead your family in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and storytelling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. At the workshop, children will be able to play in a play area and enjoy craft activities. Other activities include Thomas the Tank Engine play tables, a visit and photos with Santa, and cookies and hot chocolate. Before boarding the train guests can visit with Mrs. Claus and enjoy refreshments at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen at Pinacate Station, see the model railroad layout, write a letter to Santa and shop at the vendor booths and the museum gift...

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Exclusive First Look: Oogie Boogie Gingerbread House at Disneyland

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney when we discovered this magical news Some of my favorite childhood memories were watching my parents stay up all night long making gingerbread houses from scratch for my yearly December birthday parties. Having a daughter born in one of the busiest months of the year for families, my mom thought of the idea to have gingerbread house decorating parties for my birthday every year so that families could enjoy a favorite holiday tradition while celebrating my birthday. For my entire childhood, my parents hosted the same party where my friends would come to our house filled with the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread to decorate a gingerbread house to adorn their home during the holiday season. “Well, well, well! What do we have here?” Imagine my surprise when I was at Disneyland...

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Holiday Mom’s Night Out

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Prep for the holiday madness with tips on how to stay sane and healthy this year (and even get a head start on your holiday shopping!) at a fun, interactive and insightful evening at Cariloha Pacific City on Thursday, November 16 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join certified nutritionist (and mom of 3) Julie Hefner of Nourish Nutrition and Shelby Barone of OC Mom Blog (another mom of 3) for tips on how to keep yourself and your family healthy during the busiest – and most stress-inducing – time of the year. Bring a friend and enjoy delicious light bites, bubbly and shopping at Cariloha Pacific City, an eco-conscious lifestyle store featuring an entire product line made from bamboo! This informative event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested at: bit.ly/CarilohaHealthyHolidays. Each person who RSVPs will be...

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Fall in Love with Yoga at iHeartYoga

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored As the weather starts to cool down, it is a great time to refresh, recharge, and relax at an iHeartYoga class, event or retreat. iHeartYoga not only offers classes in their beautiful studio with views of Dana Point Harbor, but they also offer a variety of outdoor classes, retreats to Mexico, local and regional events, weekly yoga at a brewery, and even a yoga paddle board class every month. iHeartYoga in the Park started eight years ago with Elsa Stuart practicing with friends at various Dana Point parks and has grown into the largest yoga community in Orange County. iHeartYoga hosts 60+ studio classes per week, daily outdoor donation yoga classes in Lantern Bay Park, and many events and retreats drawing 5000+ students per month from all over the country. iHeartYoga’s packed calendar of classes and events is...

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OC Rescue Mission Food Shortage

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Family, Giving Back, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  As the holidays quickly approach, the OC Rescue Mission is preparing to host its 52nd annual Thanksgiving dinner, which will feed more than 660 homeless families and individuals in the region. Today, the organization has announced an urgent need for food donations from the local community. The Rescue Mission is currently in need of: ENTREES: · 106 whole turkeys · 48 whole hams · 160 pounds of ground pork SIDES: · 200 pounds of potatoes · 360 boxes of stuffing · 80 pounds of cranberries · 120 cans of corn VEGETABLES: · 120 bags of green beans · 100 bags of carrots · 30 pounds of mushrooms · 650 onions EXTRAS: · 90 containers of butter · 24 pounds of garlic · 100 boxes of breadcrumbs · 75 pounds of bacon Anyone wishing to donate any of the...

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Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 4 comments

  An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more. The Ensemble for Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose features Jessica Richens (Top 3 “So You Think You Can Dance”/ “So You Think You Can Dance” All Star), Jennifer Bermeo, Alyse Rockett, Annie Gratton, Wally Pham, Branson Hudson, Darnell Joseph and Mason Trueblood. The Youth Ensemble features Emmanuel Martin Lewis, JD Bering, Caden Miller, Bryanna Fernandez, Madison Han, Yasmine Arya, Cameron Steen, Cody Copley, Joshua E. Guerrero, Layla Krugh, Brooklyn Bustamante, and Lexi Hernandez. Bonnie Lythgoe serves as Executive Director and oversee the production. Casting is led by Producer Becky Lythgoe. Golden...

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