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The Pageant of the Masters: 2018 production of ‘Under the Sun’

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The Pageant of the Masters, presented by Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, is heating up the beach-side community with preparations and rehearsals underway for the highly-anticipated 2018 production of “Under the Sun.” Celebrating its 85th anniversary, the 2018 Pageant of the Masters will amaze audiences nightly July 7 – September 1 with 90-minutes of tableaux vivants. These “living pictures” are re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Tickets are available now at www.PageantTickets.com. Since opening in 1933, the Pageant welcomes approximately 500 volunteers each year who eagerly contribute more than 60,000 hours of their time. Many staff members, like Butch, have worked with Pageant of the Masters for decades, creating a family-reunion-like environment that attracts mass numbers of volunteers and crowds to learn,...

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Taste of Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Pixar Fest is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, and one of our favorite things about the festive celebration of friendship is all the tasty food offerings. Pixar Fest is happening at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park until September 3rd, and these are some of our favorite dishes that your family will want to try when coming to the Disneyland Resort for the celebration. Cheeseburger Pizza Alien Pizza Planet (Tomorrowland) When I first heard of this combination, I was hesitant to try it at first. But, the minute that I sunk my tastebuds into it, I was in heaven. The pizza features, meat patties, ketchup, yellow mustard, American and Cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, burger sauce, and pickles on a sesame seed crust. I loved this pizza...

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Family, Friends and Fun at Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My kid’s favorite thing to have for dinner is pizza. What kid doesn’t love pizza? I had heard a lot of my friends talking about Oggi’s Pizza in Mission Viejo, so we planned a family night out at the popular pizza place for dinner. When we arrived at Oggi’s, I fell in love with the vibe. The entire restaurant was full of families enjoying dinner together while watching their favorite game on one of the many televisions hanging on the walls. The restaurant features plenty of seating for families and for big groups, making it a perfect place to bring your kids sports team for dinner together after a game. The menu at Oggi’s is great. There are plenty of options for everyone in your family, and I loved that they...

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Puppy Pals Family Movie Night

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Our family loves to get together and have a family movie night. Puppy Pals is my youngest sons favorite, so when I got a copy of their newly released DVD, I planned a Puppy Pals family movie night. Before watching the movie, my son got out his stuffed Puppy Pals, and we all came together in the living rooms for an entertaining night together. The DVD features your kids favorite Puppy Pals as they take families on an unforgettable adventure. The one thing that I like about Puppy Pals is that it isn’t just for toddlers like many would think, and it is even entertaining for my teenagers. They’re cute, cuddly and all collared up for pup-tacular adventures!  While their owner Bob is away, adorable puppy brothers Bingo and Rolly embark on exciting missions stretching from their own...

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Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-new attraction DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest”

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

  Universal Studios Hollywood channels its inner Master Shifu from DreamWorks Animations hit film, Kung Fu Panda, with today’s gift announcing Friday, June 15 as the official grand opening date of its all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring the premier attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.” Inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, the attraction will take guests on a thrilling journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art visual effects for a highly engaging experience. Created and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Creative, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” recounts a plot filled story whereby on the morning of The Emperor’s Great Feast of Heroes, dragon warrior Po embarks on a wild and perilous mission to deliver the rare and precious Liquid of Limitless Power to the Palace, while enlisting guests to join him on the exciting adventure filled...

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Sessions West Coast Deli Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Our favorite place to take the kids for sandwiches has recently expanded with an all-new location in the heart of Irvine. Whenever we are planning a family picnic or a day at the beach Sessions West Coast Deli has always been our go-to place for delicious and fresh finely crafted sandwiches. The all-new location is in the newly redesigned Woodbridge Village Center and features a relaxing outdoor patio complete with a fire pit and views of the beautiful lake. On the eve of their grand opening, I took the kids to get a first look at the new restaurant and their newly redesigned menu. We found a seat on the outdoor patio, and I sipped on a cup of cold brew coffee while enjoying the company of a dear friend and...

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Girls Night In with Forever My Girl

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored The one film genre that I can’t seem to get enough of is romance films. My favorite thing to do on a quiet evening is to relax in our living room with my daughter watching a movie. This past weekend, we got some of our favorite foods and sat down together to watch Forever My Girl. The movie is based on the first book of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling series ‘The Beaumont,’ by Heidi McLaughlin. The story is about a country music superstar (Liam) who leaves his bride at the altar, choosing fame and fortune instead of her. The only problem is that Liam never quite got over his first love, and when he unexpectedly returns to his hometown, he finds himself torn between his two worlds. The heartfelt movie is one that you’ll...

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9th Annual Urban Ocean Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its ninth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and Contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach,...

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A Perfect 24 Hours in New York City

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Kia, New York, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Kia After having an eventful day at the New York Auto Show for the unveiling of the all-new 2019 Kia Optima and K900, I had an unforgettable 24 hours in New York City. The perfect day in NYC started with a short walk from the Soho Grand Hotel to Jack’s Wife Freda for breakfast. The adorable cafe is located in the heart of lower Manhattan and has a fresh and healthy menu. There were so many delicious choices to choose from on the menu, making it hard to pick just one. While I can never normally resist a delicious benny, it was the poached eggs with grilled tomato and haloumi that tantalized my taste buds. The dish was light, refreshing and the perfect meal to start that day in NYC. Raindrops were slowly...

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Tickets Available: 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw

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

  Following another record-breaking year, the 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will return to the world-famous OC Fair opening weekend on July 14 and 15, 2018 with more fun than ever before. The successful, award-winning collaboration between Brew Ha Ha Productions and OC Fair & Event Center offers four hours of unlimited tastings, a commemorative tasting glass and free admission to the OC Fair. Awarded 1st Place at the Western Fairs Association’s Annual Convention for Best Event Within an Event, Brew Hee Haw features dancing, fun games, and unlimited tastings from some of the country’s top breweries. Tickets are available April 11 at brewheehaw.com. At the highly anticipated 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of...

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Alien Pizza Planet Landing soon at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Dining, Disney, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Everyone’s favorite Aliens from Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story” will be invading Disneyland Resort for Pixar Fest, and we are eternally grateful! Throughout Pixar Fest, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park will transform into Alien Pizza Planet – “A Better Place.” The Aliens have sourced the finest ingredients from across the universe to deliver fresh, hot pizzas that are out of this world. A specialty of their home planet Pepperonia is a special pepperoni pizza topped with green peppers and mushrooms. They’ll also be cooking up a hearty cheeseburger pizza with ketchup, yellow mustard and pizza sauce on a sesame seed crust and topped with cheese, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, slider patties, a house-made burger sauce, and pickles. Stay tuned for more details about this playful re-imagination of Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, and more new menu items. This exciting...

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2019 Kia Optima: A Family Sedan with a Race Car Look & Feel

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 We attended the auto show as a guest of Kia Along with the debut of the 2019 Kia K900 at the New York Auto Show, guests attending the event were in for a big treat by getting to be the first to see the all-new 2019 Kia Optima. For many years, the Kia Optima has always been a top choice for families looking to purchase a midsize sedan, and the new reimagined vehicle is going to have more parents wanting to get behind the wheel of the beautiful car. The one thing that stood out to me when first seeing the new Optima was its sleek design and race car feel. It gives parents the ability to feel like they are driving a race car, even though they might have car seats in the back seat. At Kia, they...

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Los Angeles Times’ 23rd Annual Festival of Books

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

  The Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books is the nation’s largest literary and cultural festival. Held the weekend of Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd at the University of Southern California, the festival not only celebrates books and literature, but will this year also shine a light on alternative forms of creative storytelling including podcasts, virtual reality, music, film, and television. An estimated 150,000 attendees will have the opportunity to hear from more than 500 writers, musicians, artists, and chefs, check out one-of-a-kind art installations and multimedia experiences, and be a part of discussions on everything from politics to pop culture, all in celebration of a love for stories. The event also includes demonstrations, panels, and conversations from esteemed authors/performers such as will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas, Ed Asner, Dave Eggers, Jenna Fischer, Vivica A. Fox,...

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The Fairy Trail Returns to Oso Creek Trail

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Featured, Mission Viejo, Parks | 1 comment

  Families were disappointed when the popular Aliso Summit Fairy Trail closed to the public a couple of months ago. But, we have fantastic news….the fairy trail is back and in a whole new location. The fairy trail has returned to a bigger and better location along Oso Creek Trail. If you haven’t been to Oso Creek Trail, it is already a magical place and is the ideal place for children to become immersed in the magical world of fairies. Along the trail, your children can discover hidden fairy houses with beautiful details. The fairy trail is expected to be completed on April 28th. However, I have heard a rumor that there are already some houses hidden along the trail already. Plan a magical day with your children at the Oso Creek Trail discovering hidden fairy houses and villages....

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Two Celebrated Chefs to Participate in the 11th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

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

  Two more celebrated California chefs, Amar Santana and Joe Sasto, will be joining the stellar line-up participating in the 11th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation, on Sunday, May 20, at Montage Laguna Beach from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Amar Santana is a former “Top Chef” contender (Episode 13), and he chefs at two acclaimed Orange County restaurants – Vaca in Costa Mesa, serving authentic Spanish cuisine; and at his flagship, Broadway by Amar Santana, which features a globally influenced menu. Joe Sasto, second runner-up on the most recent season of “Top Chef” serves as executive chef at Michael Mina’s new Cal Mare in Los Angeles, where his food is centered on Italian coastal cuisine. Santana and Sasto join a stellar roster of California chefs all coming to Montage Laguna Beach to be part of one of...

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2019 Kia K900: Ultimate Luxury Family Vehicle

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia One of the most significant announcements that were made at the recent New York Auto Show was the debut of the 2019 Kia K900. The luxurious full-size sedan has been completely redesigned offering families the ultimate luxury vehicle. Before the unveiling of the new vehicle, Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer for Kia Motors Corporation, took the stage at the New York Auto Show. Schreyer is the most talented and well-known automobile designer in the industry, and it was an honor to be in his presence at the auto show. Before the curtain was taken off to unveil the 2019 Kia K900, Schreyer talked about some of the new changes that have been made to the automobile. The all-new 2019 Kia K900 is the most refined, most advanced, and best driving...

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4 Ways to Get Your Kid Back on Track After Spring Break

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  When kids come back from a week away from school, they are often not as focused on classroom work and assignments. Also, at this point in the year students start thinking more about summer and less about school. Whether in kindergarten or 12th grade, every student will have assignments to complete by the end of the academic year. How focused a student is will play a role in exams and quizzes they take as well as their overall GPA. There are some great ways to help get kids back on track after spring break, so they can be successful and finish the year strong. Hire an Orange County tutor There are highly qualified private tutors throughout Orange County who can help students in the peace of their own home and start getting them back on track. Tutors can...

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29th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2018. The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. New to America’s Family Pet Expo for 2018 is the Sea Lion Splash Show; a unique mobile aquatic experience combining both marine fun and environmental education. Sea Lion Splash Show features rescued sea lions from both California and South America. Ready to thrill and excite an audience of all ages, the sea lions balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, shake their flippers, and even do a handstand or two. Returning to the 2018 America’s Family Pet Expo will be The Catit Playground. This popular interactive activity brings a close-up view...

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Learn, Discover & Play at the OC STEAM Fest

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Families are invited to learn, discover, and play at Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s OC STEAM Fest, in partnership with EON Reality, on Saturday, April 28. Enjoy a fun-filled day of games and activities related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) including human foosball, battling robots, LEGO® engineering, Virtual Reality, live animals, and racecars, in addition to live performances, food trucks, and much more! 
 This event will take place at Orange County Great Park in Irvine from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each at the door. Buy one, get one free tickets (two for $10) are available online until April 25. Children 3-years-old and under are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ipsf.net/steam. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the schools in the Irvine Unified School District. DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 28,...

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Exclusive SoCal Engagement

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts proudly welcomes the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in an exclusive Southern California engagement April 18 – 22, 2018. The Company will dance new programs that feature five works never before seen at the Center and several set to music by legends of the jazz world. The three Southern California Premieres are – Members Don’t Get Weary (2017), choreographed by Bessie Award Winner Jamal Roberts to music of John Coltrane, Victoria (2017) choreographed by Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano to music by Michael Gordon, and a new production of Mass (2004/2017) choreographed by Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle to music of John Mackey. Two works new to Segerstrom Center are Ella (2008) to music of Ella Fitzgerald and In/Side (2008) to music of Nina Simone. The programming also includes beloved Ailey...

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