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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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Tips for Teaching Kids to do the Dishes

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the first chores that I taught my children how to do was to empty and fill the dishwasher every night. Since most families do their dishes in the evening after dinner when the kids get ready for bed, I highly recommend getting the #1 dishwasher on the market, Bosch, because it is the quietest dishwasher brand in the U.S. My children first started helping with the dishes around ten years of age, and you’ll want to properly train your children on how to care for the dishes/dishwasher before letting them start doing the household chore. Caring for the dishwasher One of the most important things you’ll want to do is stress the importance of caring for the household dishwasher. Bosch is an excellent choice when purchasing your dishwasher because it is the most reliable dishwasher brand...

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Cool Craft Brews at Brouwerij West in San Pedro

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Dining, San Pedro | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The summer temperatures were rising while we were busy exploring San Pedro, making it the perfect time to stop into Brouwerij West for a refreshing taste of their craft beers. What I love about Brouwerij West is that they have a large indoor and outdoor venue complete with food trucks, making it a family-friendly brewery. We had just finished supporting local artisans by shopping at the neighboring Crafted and then walked over to Brouwerij West. The minute that we walked into the brewery, we immediately felt relaxed. There were many tables available, twinkling lights, and friendly staff. I have to admit that I have never been much of a beer drinker, but recently I have found some craft beers that I’ve quite enjoyed. I went into the craft beer tasting with...

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Hatch Chile Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples received Hatch Chile’s are one of my favorite vegetables and are only available for a short time every year. During Hatch Chile season, I always get the freshest hatch chiles available from Melissa’s Produce. Last week, I enjoyed cooking my family some tasty stuffed hatch chiles that I paired with a freshly made hatch chile salsa. Making homemade salsa is one of the easiest things to prepare for your family. You can quickly make a large serving, and your children can enjoy it throughout the week, or you can use it to make many other recipes. You can purchase Hatch Chiles with different heat intensities (mild, medium or hot). I made it with mild chiles and then added some jalapeno to half of it for my older son who loves spicy foods and me. Enjoy making this Hatch...

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Simulation of Liposuction with New Look Now

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador During my consultation for Liposuction, one of my favorite part of the consultation for Liposuction, I utilized CosmetiCare’s New Look Now software.. What is New Look Now? It is a simulation of what your body will look like after having cosmetic surgery. The nurse was able to take a picture of my body, and within a few minutes, I received a simulation of what my body would look like after having liposuction. The best part is that you don’t have to go into the CosmetiCare office to get a simulation of what your body will look like after having surgery – you can easily do it on the CosmetiCare website. You can get a simulation for breast augmentation, breast lift or liposuction. The process is simple. You’ll want to take a picture of your...

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Stuffed Hatch Chile Recipe

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 2 comments

 Samples provided It’s the most delicious time of the year – Hatch Chile Season! I love chiles, and hatch chiles are my ultimate favorite. Earlier this week, I went to Melissa’s Produce to learn about the new cookbook, “The Camp & Cabin Cookbook,” and to enjoy some tasty dishes made with hatch chiles. After tasting some of the recipes from Laura Bashar’s new cookbook and getting inspired to get the family back into the kitchen, I brought some fresh hatch chiles home and got the family together for a fun night of cooking in the kitchen. Stuffed peppers/chiles are one of the easiest ways that I have found to get my kids to eat peppers or chiles, so I decided to make stuffed hatch chiles paired with some grilled carne asada and freshly made hatch chile salsa. The result...

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What You Need to Know about Skin Cancer

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored We are at the peak of the summer season, and it is more important than ever to keep your skin protected from the harsh summer sun. Recently, we went to Kaiser Permanente to speak with Dr. Hege Sarpa to find out everything that your family needs to know about skin cancer. Dr. Hege Sarpa started by explaining the three major types of skin cancer: The most common form of skin cancer is a basal cell carcinoma. The word carcinoma means that its a malignancy. Basal cell carcinoma is by far the most common and is 100% related to sun exposure. It is more common in fair skin patients, and people with chronic sun damage. The second most common is squamous cell carcinoma. This form can be a little tricky, especially in Caucasian males greater than 65 years of...

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What to Expect Six Weeks After Liposuction

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 1 comment

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador Six weeks after my liposuction procedure at CosmetiCare, I went in for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Champion. Although I had already been approved to stop wearing my compression garment, at this point, I still felt comfortable wearing a nice tight pair of spanks until about 12 weeks post surgery. Over the past six weeks since my surgery, I had been committed to eating a healthy diet, and when I weighed in the morning of my six-week appointment, I had lost a total of 40 pounds (including the nine pounds that were removed during my surgery). Not only have I lost 40 pounds, but I have also dropped eight clothing sizes – and I am now a size 3, which I have never been in my life! During my appointment, Dr. Champion looked at...

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Disney twenty-three Celebrates 90 Years of Mickey Mouse

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment | 0 comments

  2018 is a big year for Mickey Mouse, who celebrates his 90th anniversary this year, and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing the celebration to the pages of the fall issue of Disney twenty-three. Film historian Leonard Maltin honors Mickey’s enduring optimism and youthful spirit. Celebrities and luminaries including Kurt Russell, Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Menken and Hayley Mills recall their fondest Mickey memories. The cover features the latest tribute to Mickey—his new birthday portrait, titled Spreading Magic Around the World, painted by legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios animator Mark Henn—and Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline looks at the long-standing tradition of Mickey portraits over the decades. Actress and fashion designer Ashley Eckstein pays tribute to Minnie Mouse—who is also celebrating 90 years of stardom—by spotlighting Minnie’s enduring place as a role model and...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that the Orange County engagement of the hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! – based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY®-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY®-winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan – stars Cuban-American Broadway actress Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan, and acclaimed stage and television actor Mauricio Martinez, plays Emilio Estefan. The cast also stars Broadway veteran Nancy Ticotin (West Side Story, In the Heights) as Gloria’s mother, Gloria Fajardo; Debra Cardona (TV’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” as Hector’s Mom, Mary Poppins, In the Heights) as Gloria’s grandmother, Consuelo; Jason Martinez (Jersey Boys, The Capeman) as Gloria’s father, José Fajardo; Ana-Sofia Rodriguez and Carmen Sanchez as Little Gloria; and Carlos Carreras and Jordan Vergara as Nayib/Young Emilio. Rounding out the ensemble are Anthony Alfaro, Michelle Alves, Jonathan...

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You’re Invited: MainPlace Mall Back to School Party

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

  This weekend, MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana is hosting its Back to School Party of the year! MainPlace Mall will be hosting its free Party on the Patio and Artwalk from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 11. Friends and family will be able to join us for live music, refreshing mocktails, and delicious food samples from Applebee’s, Lucille’s, Panini Kabob Grill, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields and Hot Dog on a Stick. Guests will also have the opportunity to be entered in a raffle to win exclusive gifts and prizes, in addition to watching live art demonstrations, workshops, a live backpack fashion show and makeover opportunities from MAC and The Makeup Shop. Kids will also have the chance to create their own art journals using recycled materials and pastels. When: Saturday, August 11th Time: 2pm to 5pm Where: MainPlace Mall...

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You’re Invited: Meet and Greet with Disney Channel Star Kevin Quinn

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Disney, Events, Television Shows | 3 comments

  Outlets at San Clemente, Orange County’s first and only coastal outlet shopping destination, will host a free meet and greet for local fans featuring Kevin Quinn, an actor and singer/songwriter most recognized for his role as Xander McCormick on the hit Disney Channel series Bunk’d. Quinn is currently working on his debut EP. He has had guest roles in Shameless as well as Chicago P.D. and had a supporting role on Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting. For more information, please visit OutletsatSanClemente.com/KQ. WHEN: Sunday, August 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Outlets at San Clemente Center Court 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente, Calif. 92672 GIVEAWAY! We are giving away (2) tickets to meet with Kevin Quinn at a private VIP event before he meets with the public! Enter to win by leaving...

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Start the School Year Toxin Free

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Family, Green Living, Health | 0 comments

  When it comes to parenting, protecting your kids is undoubtedly the most important job. As the little ones get ready to go back to school, now is the perfect time to ensure they’re set up for a successful year ahead. Sure, it’s important to stock up on school supplies, find just the right backpack and snag those back-to-school bargains while you can, but sometimes keeping your children safe goes beyond making sure they’re ready for their first day. To truly set your kids up for success it’s important to keep their health in mind. Kids are resilient, but keeping them safe from toxins is a responsibility that falls squarely on your shoulders. While dealing with the whirlwind of prep that comes with the first day of school, take a moment to consider how to guard your lovable little...

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Finding Your Way Home with Christopher Robin

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 I attended a screening as a guest of Disney Have you ever felt lost? Alone? Forgotten? It has been a feeling that I have been experiencing a lot this year, and why when I saw Christopher Robin, as an adult feeling lost, it made the movie so relatable to my current life situation. In the movie, Christopher Robin finds himself working so hard, not having enough time to spend with his wife and daughter, and struggling to find balance – and happiness. Meanwhile, back in the Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie-the-Pooh awakes from his slumber to find that the once sunny Hundred Acre Wood was now gloomy, dark, and he was all alone. I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible with my friends and family, and trying to avoid that dark and painful feeling of being alone....

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Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival returns to the Mission Viejo center on Tuesday, August 7. The afternoon of family fun will benefit Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. The event will have inflatables, games, a juggler and stilt walker, face painting, a balloon artist and shaved ice. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for six and $10 for 15. The “Spin to Win” game is 4 tickets per spin with a chance to win a prize. Guests who bring a new toy (no guns please) or new backpack to donate to Make-A-Wish will receive five free game tickets. The Grand Prize Raffle will be held near the end of the event and you must be present to win; tickets for the Grand Prize Raffle will be $1 per ticket. All proceeds for this event will benefit Make-A-Wish® Orange...

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OC Fair: We Care Wednesday Clothing Drive

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The OC Fair and Goodwill of Orange County have again joined forces for a special We Care Wednesday clothing drive on August 8. From noon to 3 p.m., guests who bring five new or gently-used clothing items per person to the OC Fair for donation to Goodwill of Orange County will receive same-day free admission and one free carnival ride. For the last 94 years, Goodwill of Orange County stores have used revenue from reselling donated goods to fund programs and services that help local people, including many veterans and individuals with disabilities, find employment and receive job training skills. The money raised from reselling the goods collected at the OC Fair have made a huge impact on Goodwill’s ability to connect unemployed or underemployed individuals, no matter the challenge or disability, with job opportunities. In other words,...

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Best Back-to-School Laptop

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored When you have a house full of high schoolers, one of the most essential items on their back-to-school shopping list is a new laptop. Technology is always changing, and students find themselves needing a new laptop every school year. This year, my teenagers were requesting a laptop that is more versatile, and that can keep up with the multitasking they need during the grueling school year. We went to Best Buy is past week, and started to research the different laptops that are currently on the market. The one that stood out to my teenagers was the HP Envy x360. The one feature that they first loved was that the screen has a 360° flip-and-fold design. Meaning they can turn it around which is great when working on a group project with other students. The second feature that...

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Panini Kabob Grill in Mission Viejo + Giveaway

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 16 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of our favorite places to go out for dinner is at Panini Kabob Grill. Why? They have a great family meal special that provides enough food for our entire family, plus we have leftovers. The best part is that it is priced at only $19.99 for two skewers! Another thing that I love about Panini Kabob Grill is their lentil soup. When I was working on my weight loss earlier in the year, I would purchase their soup almost every day. It is so excellent and packed full of nutrition. When I heard that they recently opened a new location in Mission Viejo, I couldn’t wait to bring the family to see if it is any different than our “usual” location in Aliso Viejo. Earlier this week, I wasn’t in...

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Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The American Red Cross is calling on Southern California baseball fans to step up to the plate and help overcome a summer blood shortage by donating blood at the 20th annual Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive. The blood drive will take place Saturday, July 28, at multiple sites. As a thank you, all who come to donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to either an Angels or Dodgers designated home game, while supplies last.* Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive Saturday, July 28 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fountain Valley Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 17800 Newhope St. Fullerton Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 1144 Rosecrans Ave. Laguna Hills Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Drive Pasadena Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 133 N. Altadena Drive Pomona Red Cross Blood Donation...

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Summer Dive-In Movie nights at Fashion Island Hotel

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

  Friday nights are Summer Dive-In Movie nights at Fashion Island Hotel – the stylish, luxury SoCal coastal hotel oozing with relaxed hospitality and atmosphere. Silver screen favorites start at sundown when dates, friends and families pull up a chaise lounge poolside or get comfy on their own inflatable pool floaties to view Luke Skywalker, Mowgli, Thor, the Black Widow, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Lupita Nyong’o and other unforgettable characters and stars under the stars. Popcorn, movie snacks, cocktails and other beverages are available to purchase for sipping and crunching. Cost is $10 for locals and free for hotel guests. To sweeten this poolside cinema experience, overnight guests can enjoy the benefits of Fashion Island Hotel’s Seas The Summer package, which features 15% off their room, 15% off dining for two and a $15 Market Place credit. Summer Dive-In...

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Musical Date Night: Keys On Main Piano Bar

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Cool Places, Dining, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue There is something that Orange County has been missing for many years, and that is a nice and clean piano bar. Couples love to go out to watch live music, and we were thrilled to learn that a new piano bar recently opened at The Triangle in Costa Mesa. Once learning about the new piano bar opening, we planned a night out to check out the new date night hot spot. The piano bar is located right on the corner of Th Triangle in Costa Mesa. They checked our ID at the door, and we entered the snazzy location. There is the main bar along one wall, multiple tables in the center of the piano bar and reserved group seating along the other wall. Since we were visiting with other couples,...

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Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday Portrait Revealed

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

  Mickey Mouse’s new birthday portrait was revealed recently at San Diego Comic-Con. Titled “Spreading Happiness Around the World,” the painting by legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios animator Mark Henn honors Mickey’s 90th anniversary. The unveiling of the new work—the latest in a longstanding series of Mickey birthday portraits—took place during the panel “Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey Mouse with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.” Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, Mickey has been the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. From the beloved Mickey Mouse Club to today’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Mickey’s optimistic outlook and endearing personality continue to delight fans around the world every day. D23 and the Walt Disney Archives, in partnership with Walt Disney Animation Studios, commissioned Henn to paint Mickey’s official birthday portrait. Henn follows in...

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Five Must-Have Foods at the 2018 OC Fair

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Events, OC Fair | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of the OC Fair It’s the most delicious time of the year as foodies set out on an epicurean adventure at the 2018 OC Fair. From giant turkey legs to endless fried foods, there is something for everyone to enjoy devouring during these hot summer days at the OC Fair, and these are our top five must-have foods to try when visiting the OC Fair the summer! Available at Biggy’s Caramel Crack Fries featuring French fries tossed in butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar then drizzled with salted caramel sauce and topped with whipping cream and sprinkles. Available at Chicken Charlie’s: Shrimp or chicken Ramen burritos. This was our favorite food this year at the OC Fair. The chicken boasted a delicious flavor that was paired perfectly with Ramen noodles and Funyuns!...

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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Voice Recording

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Teen Titans Go is one of my teenager’s favorite television shows. When he found out that they were making a feature film, he couldn’t wait to see it. You can imagine his surprise when he found out that he would be attending an advance screening of the film, and got the unique opportunity to voice over for one of his favorite characters, Beast Boy. We arrived at the Warner Brothers Studio lot, and there was a red carpet that led into the theater. Press lined the carpet taking pictures of all the guests arriving at the premiere. My kids were overwhelmed with excitement as we entered the theater where we would take our seats to be one of the first to see the feature film, “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.” The movie was hilarious, and my children...

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OC Rescue Mission: Urgent Need for Personal Care Item Donations

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the families residing at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. Donated items will be shared during the Rescue Mission’s “Christmas in July” event on Friday, July 27. The organization hosts this event annually with a two-fold purpose: providing resident families a second chance at a holiday celebration, and reminding the community that there is a need for donations all year round. Urgently needed donation items include: Laundry detergent Deodorant (male and female) Razors (male and female) Shaving cream (male and female) Donations can be dropped off at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at The District in Tustin, the Tustin Auto Center, or the Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, from now through Friday, July 27. Donated goods will be distributed at the...

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Monster Jam Returns To SoCal

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

  After five record-breaking stadium events playing to packed crowds at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam® is revving it’s way up to Downtown Los Angeles with an all-new action-packed weekend of events for the first time ever at STAPLES Center, featuring the SoCal debut of the indoor arena-based Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ that will keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family! Unlike any other Monster Jam event seen in SoCal before, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features eight of the most intense Monster Jam athletes in a fierce battle for the championship that tests the versatility and endurance of the athletes as they go head-to-head in a points-based format with seven different competitions driving three customized high-powered vehicles: the larger-than-life 12,000...

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Surf & Turf, Live Music, and Family Fun: 10th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The 10th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach will be held at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Sunday, August 5, 2018, from 3 to 8 p.m. This annual celebration of summer centers around a fresh Whole Maine Lobster dinner with dancing to live music, a raffle drawing for a big screen TV, and fun on the beach for the entire family. Live Whole Maine Lobster flown in fresh on the morning of the event is prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes NY Strip Steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salad, freshly baked sourdough rolls, and dessert. In addition to serving a whole Maine Lobster dinner and all its complements, the Lobsterfest at Newport Beach features a full bar with spirits, craft beer, and premium wine. We’re happy to announce that our band will be the “West Coast Party Crashers”...

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Top Gun House in Oceanside

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Autos, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of Visit Oceanside/Vehicle provided by Kia When planning our recent Oceanside staycation, I was doing some research on things to see and do in the area when I learned that Kelly McGillis’ house from the movie Top Gun is in Oceanside. As we were arriving at our hotel for the weekend, I immediately recognized it on the corner, and parked our Kia Sorento in a parking spot and got out to look at the house. I was overwhelmed with excitement because Top Gun was one of my favorite childhood movies. When my kids walked up to the house they said, “what is Top Gun?” I couldn’t believe that after all the movies I have shown the kids that I had not yet introduced them to the movie Top Gun. The house was not in...

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Festival of Arts Family Art Day

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Events | 1 comment

  Families and children are invited to enjoy a day full of art and entertainment at the Festival of Arts Family Art Day on Sunday, July 8, 2018. From 12noon – 3pm, the grounds will be full of fun activities, hands-on art projects, and more! Family Art Day, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, is free with Festival admission, and children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long. A special coupon booklet will be distributed to children upon arrival, while supplies last. Kids will be able to create their own works of art at the Festival’s ceramic and mixed media workshops. Parents and children will enjoy a special performance by award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe, one of the most unique, innovative and inspirational shows in North America, recently seen on NBC’s “Little Big Shots.” Together this troop...

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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at Georgia’s at the Anaheim Packing House

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Georgia’s Restaurant will celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on Friday, July 6th with a special 8-piece Fried Chicken Bucket with choice of two sides for $20. The offer will begin on the popular food holiday and run for one week, through Thursday, July 12th, in honor of Georgia’s 4th Anniversary! Georgia’s Herb-Seasoned Cornmeal-Crusted Buttermilk Fried Chicken has been noted for being extra crispy, insanely juicy, perfectly golden and utterly addictive. Anaheim Packing House Soul Food restaurant only uses dark meat and puts its own spin on traditional Fried Chicken with the a special brine inspired by co-owner Marlon Machado’s Brazilian upbringing. The 8-piece Fried Chicken Bucket will be offered with two choice of sides for $20 beginning on National Fried Chicken Day on Friday, July 6th through Thursday, July 12th. Available for dine-in or take-out. Georgia’s is located...

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Boutique Elegance at La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Autos, Family, Featured, Kia, Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When planning our upcoming Mother and Daughter getaway to explore the history and culture of Querétaro, I knew that I wanted to stay in boutique style hotels to fully experience the culture and history of the beautiful city. We used Pied à Terre to find La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro because they are the premier community to help travelers with finding the best boutique hotels that focus on culture, art, and gastronomy. Moments after arriving in Querétaro, our driver took us to La Casa De Los Dos Leones which was located in the heart of the city, and where a beautiful Kia Sorento was in the parking lot awaiting our arrival. As we walked into the lobby, we were greeted by the staff who offered us a refreshing...

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Talking with the Cast of Ant-Man and The Wasp

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 We attended the event as a guest of Disney Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fantastic sequel to the first Ant-Man movie and a must-see for all parents and children. I recently had the privilege of going to Pasadena and speaking with the cast of the new film, and I can assure you they had a lot of fun things to say. One of my favorite features of the movie was all the comedy and how much I laughed during the film. Even during the serious parts someone almost always said something to lighten the mood. The cast made me laugh once more when Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp) said about Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) who helped write the script, “His best lines in the movie are not on the script.” Knowing that not all of the comedic lines weren’t scripted...

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Orange County’s 40th annual “A Taste of Greece” Festival

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Orange County’s 40th annual “A Taste of Greece” festival will be held on June 29th – 30th and July 1st at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church (4949 Alton Parkway, between Culver Drive and Jeffrey Road, Irvine, CA 92604). More than 12,000 guests are expected to attend the three-day festival, which will feature traditional Greek cuisine and pastries, live music, church tours, authentic Greek dancing with lessons, and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka, a well-known picturesque historical neighborhood of Athens. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 29; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 30; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. Festival admission is just $3 per person, with free admission on Saturday, June 30 from noon – 5 p.m. for seniors 65 years and older. Children under the age...

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OC Designer Summer Camp at SOCO

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Designer Camp, the only comprehensive and collaborative design-based summer camp for young creatives (ages 11 – 17). The four unique week-long programs are in partnership with nationally-recognized design brands located in the heart of LA and Orange County’s design destinations. They give students the rare opportunity to engage and learn through hands-on workshops, informative talks from working designers, and behind-the-scenes tours of studios and galleries. Designer Camp also partners with non-profit organizations, allowing students to design for social good. Their boutique camp (25 students each week) allows students to explore the exciting worlds of Art, Beauty, Branding, Fashion, Interior Design, Merchandising, Photography, Set Design, Styling, Trend Forecasting, and much more! No design experience is necessary, just a passion to learn. They welcome youth from all around the world, in all different stages in their passion for design, to...

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Orange County’s first Cat Café

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Catmosphere Laguna, Orange County’s first Cat Café, will open this summer in Laguna Beach. Founded by Gail Allyn Landau, Catmosphere Laguna will serve as both a community café and a foster home for adoptable cats & kittens. Originating in Taiwan in 1998, cat cafés have since become a global phenomenon, inspiring similar business models to open across Japan, London, and most recently, the U.S. As the county’s first cat café, Landau believes Catmosphere Laguna will bring an increase in feline adoptions and provide improved lives and futures for kitties awaiting their “furr-ever” homes. Catmosphere Laguna has partnered with the Laguna Woods Cat Club, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, Bluebell Foundation for Cats, and local feline rescues to serve as a foster home for healthy cats & kittens with the goal of placing them in their forever homes. While awaiting...

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Luxurious Resort Style Living: Astoria at Central Park West

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Beautiful beaches and beautiful weather makes Orange County a premier place for families to live. Families who are looking to relocate to Orange County always struggle with wondering what part of the beautiful area they want to live in. I had heard a lot of buzz around Astoria at Central Park West as being a hot spot for families to live and a great place to have a short-term rental while house hunting. So, we went to stay in one of the short-term rentals for a couple of days to see what all the hype surrounding the luxurious apartments is about. With the weather heating up it was the perfect time for us to visit, so I put our suitcases in our Kia Sorento, opened the panoramic sunroof, turned on my favorite playlist and cruised down the 405...

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Disney’s Tarzan Swings into Orange County

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  This show is perfect for the whole family. It’s filled with romance, adventure and family. So professionally done that you will experience the thrill of watching a Broadway production right here in Orange County! MTOC is very excited to be producing this musical in the Orange County area and is looking forward to the challenge this show brings due to flying, adding in special EFX, acrobatics, along with new costumes and sets. Tarzan is Directed by Britany Callahan, who brought the immensely popular and sold out performances, “The Little Mermaid” to MTOC last season. With exciting music by pop icon Phil Collins including Grammy and Oscar winning song, “You’ll Be in My Heart” under the Musical Direction of Krissy Smith, coupled with energetic choreography by Nom’l Brown, this production is sure to please audience members of all ages. Written...

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OC Rescue Mission Gives Homeless Children Summer Camp Experience

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Camp, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is once again helping children to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally through its eighth annual “Summer to Remember” program. This year’s camp is already underway – Summer to Remember began on June 11 and will continue through August 10 The program – which is offered to children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families – is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Summer to Remember provides kids with STEM-based learning activities, as well as a curriculum that focuses on building solid foundations in science, technology, engineering and math. “Summer programs for homeless children are extremely important,” notes Jim Palmer, Orange County Rescue Mission President. “As a result of their chaotic life experiences, they are the innocent victims of homelessness. These children often face many...

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5th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup

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

  The 5th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup is set to showcase more than 80 regional favorites and rarely seen craft beers on July 14 and 15, 2018 at the opening weekend of the world-famous OC Fair & Event Center. During four hours of unlimited tastings, attendees will have the opportunity to sip a variety of beer styles from breweries across the west coast and southwest, including Bay Area-based Faction Brewing and New Glory Brewing from Sacramento, as well as local favorite breweries such as Artifex Brewing Company, Bottle Logic Brewing, Chapman Crafted Beer, Bootleggers Brewery, Barley Forge Brewing Co., and Three Weavers Brewing Company. For a complete list of participating breweries at the 5th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup visit BrewHeeHaw.com. Located next to the scenic and spacious Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Brew...

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Angels Baseball Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 13 comments

  Calling all Angels Baseball fans! Baseball season is in full swing and Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company is giving away 5,000 Angels Baseball tickets this summer! While supplies last, guests can receive 1 Angels ticket voucher when they mention the promotion (at any OC/LA location) and spend $20. If the table spends $40 and mention the promotion, they will receive 2 Angels vouchers – it’s that simple! Guests can enjoy popular menu items such as World Series a specialty pizza made with special BBQ sauce, all-natural chicken breast, Gouda cheese topped with red onions and fresh cilantro, and the Texas Burger made with BBQ sauce, crispy bacon, crispy homemade onion strings, melted Cheddar, spring mix blend, and tomato. Complete the meal with Oggi’s award-winning craft beers such as the California Blonde and the Scottish-style Ale. GIVEAWAY! We are...

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Illumination Foundation’s 5th Annual “Carnival for Kids”

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

  When you were a kid, we’re betting the “field trip” or family day at a carnival or fair was something you looked forward to with positive glee. Cotton candy! People on stilts! Ferris wheels! Giant stuffed toys to win! Face painting! Food galore! And maybe … (ooh, cross your fingers) … maybe even a petting zoo! Illumination Foundation, the Orange County-based non-profit agency focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness is also focused on building hope, joy and community for homeless and low-income children. For five years now, Illumination Foundation has produced a giant summer Carnival for Kids that brings every wished-for element together for a child’s perfectly memorable day. This year, the Carnival for Kids, presented by Disneyland® Resort, takes place Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at LaPalma Park in Anaheim. Hundreds of Illumination Foundation families are specifically...

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Incredibles 2 Teen Review

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of Disney I have been waiting ten years for this movie to come out and the suspense killed me. When my mom told me that we were going to an early screening to watch the Incredibles 2, I literally started screaming. The day we were going to see I was finishing my finals and thought that seeing this movie was the perfect way to start my summer. My older brother and I shared some of our favorite Incredibles quotes on the way to THe Disney Studio Lot to watch the film. My older brother was even more excited than I was to see the movie because he has been waiting for two more years than I have. We both told each other what we predict will happen after that closing scene of...

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86th Annual Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts will once again let creativity run wild throughout the beach-side community as it welcomes the return of the 86th Annual Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, July 5 – September 1, 2018. As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed fine arts shows, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Fine Art Show offers avid art collectors and festival-goers an outstanding variety of fine art to browse and purchase. Juried to ensure the highest caliber of artists, the event showcases original works by 140 established and emerging artists from Orange County in various genres including ceramics, glass, painting, jewelry, fiber, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood. Since 1932, thousands of artists have shown and sold their work at the Festival of Arts and many of the artists have their work featured...

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Kids Bowl Free this Summer at Tavern + Bowl

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Tavern + Bowl at The Triangle in Costa Mesa is helping Orange County families kick off a summer of fun with its Jr. Kingpin Club. All kids 14 and under are invited to join the Jr. Kingpin Club and receive one free game per day, Monday through Friday, from open until close, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., now through August 31. The promotion is valid for walk-in customers only, and shoe rental is not included. A parent or guardian simply needs to register the child online at tavernbowl.com. Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Kids can then pick up their Jr. Kingpin Club Pass at Tavern + Bowl and let the good times roll. Tavern + Bowl is located on the lower level of The Triangle, at 1875 Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa. and is open...

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Gad Elmaleh at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you ready to laugh? One of the most talented comedians in the country is coming to Orange County to perform at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club. If you love to laugh, then you’re not going to want to miss one of his unforgettable performances. Gad Elmaleh will be at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club on June 15th, 16th, and 17th. Tickets are currently available online, but hurry – they are selling out fast. If you don’t already know all about Gad Elmaleh, here is everything you need to know… Gad Elmaleh is one of the biggest and most recognizable comedic talents in the world, with a number of exciting projects in the works. Gad’s first English-language special,Gad Elmaleh: American Dream, is now available on Netflix. On stage, Gad continues to cement himself as one of the most...

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It’s All About Girl Power in The Incredibles 2

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney The Incredibles is one of my kids all-time favorite animated feature films. When my teenagers (who were toddlers when the original film was released) found out that they were making The Incredibles 2, they couldn’t wait until the day it would be released into theaters. I had the honor of taking them to an early screening of the film, and they loved it even more than the first film. The next day, I got to sit down with the cast and talk about the making of the film. All of the characters in The Incredibles 2 have such distinguished voices. Hearing the voices of my favorite characters come out of someone other than “The Incredibles” threw me off a bit. I have interviewed celebrities who have done voice over work...

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Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 3 comments

  Dress in your best red, white, and blue and celebrate Independence at the Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The day-long celebration offers live entertainment from the nation’s top tribute bands including Tom Petty and the Heartshakers, The Long Run (Eagles Tribute band) and DSB (Journey Tribute Band). The popular patriotic celebration is a ship-wide event offering family-friendly games, activities, a 4th of July parade, strolling performers, and multiple stages of live entertainment culminating with SoCal’s top fireworks display. Independence Day revelers will voyage throughout the Queen Mary’s many decks, ballrooms, and salons for a day of multiple celebrations with live music performances, DJs, dueling pianos, dancing, and more! On the Verandah Deck, Tom Petty and the Heartshakers will pay homage to the late Tom Petty...

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2018 Orange County Father’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Dining, Family, Father's Day, Holiday | 0 comments

  Father’s Day is just days away, and Orange County’s top restaurants are rolling out the red carpets for dad’s and offering exquisite special menus for the big day. Make the dad in your life feel extra special this Father’s Day by treating him to brunch, lunch or dinner at one of these restaurants listed in our Orange County father’s day dining guide. From buffets to burgers and cigars to seafood, Orange County has Father’s Day in the bag for dads, dads-to-be and dad-like figures. At Montage Laguna Beach’s Studio is a champagne Father’s Day brunch that includes live entertainment and games. A gourmet brunch with signature burgers and chicken and waffles is being served at Selanne Steak Tavern by dad/Chef Josh Severson complete with a selection of creative cocktails. For a more playful day, dads and their families...

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A New Twist on Pastrami: Pretzelrami at Togo’s

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

 We dined as a guest of the venue When I was going to college, Togo’s was a place I would go to at least twice a week a hot pastrami sandwich. Togo’s has a lot of great sandwich and salad choices, but a good pastrami sandwich done right is hard find, especially at a regular sandwich chain. With Togo’s, the biggest problem I have is where I live. The nearest location is about 15 miles away making other sandwich shops more desirable just because of faster drive to them. With this, I had not been to a Togo’s in quite some time. I saw that Togo’s changed their Pastrami Sandwich, calling it the Pretzelrami Sandwich, so I had to go in and try one. I googled locations and found one that was closer than I thought, so I made...

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Men’s Health: Tips for Managing Cholesterol

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored As my parents have begun to age, one thing that my mom is always talking about is how challenging it is to manage my dad’s cholesterol. I started doing some research and learned how important it is for men to manage their cholesterol beginning at a young age. While doing my research, I had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Lucio Loza at Kaiser Permanente about what you need to know about cholesterol and tips for managing it. One thing that I didn’t realize before talking with Dr. Loza is that one of the most significant dangers of high cholesterol is cardiovascular disease. Most of the time, when you have high cholesterol, you don’t have any symptoms, and you won’t know you have it unless having it checked. Dr. Loza advised me that unfortunately, many people find out...

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Museo de Arte de Querétaro

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

  While in Querétaro, there was one place that I really wanted to visit, and that was the Museo de Arte de Querétaro. The Museo is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and full of famous pieces of art. During my visit, I only had a few minutes to explore the building and capture some photos of the beautiful architecture. If you love architecture or history, you’ll fall in love the minute you walk into the Museo. The moment that I stepped into the atrium, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the building. I took time to admire every curve of the designs sculpted into the cement walls that surrounded the atrium. In the middle was a gorgeous fountain and there was a tall cement staircase where I stopped to sit and embrace all the...

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Dad’s Eat Free in June at Grasslands Meat Market

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Give Dad the best gift of all this Father’s Day with Grasslands Meat Market’s irresistible selection of deliciously prepared meats. Grasslands will offer Dads a complimentary family platter—brimming with a delicious selection of meats and sides—with the purchase of one family platter. The special ‘Dad’s Eat Free’ offer will be available every date in June. On Father’s Day, treat dad to a free brunch or dinner, with the purchase of one brunch or dinner meal. The brunch menu highlights include Grasslands signature meats, such as smoked prime rib, famous BBQ ribs, pulled pork chimichurri and peel & eat shrimp, as well as brunch staples like bacon, sausage, shirred eggs and French toast. WHEN: June 2018 Dad’s Eat Free Su-Th, 4-10 p.m., F-Sa 4 p.m.-Midnight Father’s will receive a complimentary family platter on any day in June with purchase...

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Deric McCabe Shines in A Wrinkle in Time

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of my favorite movies of the year has been “A Wrinkle in Time.” I loved the lighting, the acting, and the message behind the story. While in Los Angeles last month, I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with one of the stars of the film, Deric McCabe. If you aren’t familiar with McCabe, he is a hilarious young boy who plays the role of Charles Wallace Murry in the movie. The minute that I entered the room, McCabe offered to show us some of his talents and did a couple of cartwheels around the room. The young actor is vivacious, full of energy, and he made every minute of the interview so much fun. Once he took his seat and we got started talking about the...

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How I Lost 40 pounds and 6 Dress Sizes in Six Weeks

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 4 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador It had been a year that I was on the fence about whether or not to have liposuction done at CosmetiCare. I had already tried every diet available, and although liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, I felt that it would be the best way to attempt to get my pre-baby body back. I ended up making the final decision to have liposuction with Dr. Champion at the end of December. Dr. Champion did a fantastic job perfectly sculpting my figure to even better than it was before giving birth to my son. She removed nine pounds of fat and sculpted my body during the surgery, but it was what I did following the surgery that gave me the optimal results. Before going in for the surgery, I had committed to taking better...

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El Mesón de Chucho el Roto in Querétaro, Mexico

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest After arriving in Querétaro, Mexico, I couldn’t wait to sink my taste buds into some authentic cuisine. I was visiting some friends in the area, and they had recommended that my first meal in the city be at the popular dining destination, El Mesón de Chucho el Roto. The restaurant is located in the heart of the city and features a relaxing outdoor dining patio where guests can hear live music from the center and enjoy beautiful views of the historic building surrounding the center. When we arrived, we were taken to a table on the patio where we sipped on hibiscus water and enjoyed the live music. Grasshoppers are one of my favorite things to enjoy while in Mexico, and my daughter had yet to try it, so we ordered some Sopes de...

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Free Dads & Grads Party at the MainPlace Mall

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Events, Father's Day | 0 comments

  MainPlace Mall, Santa Ana’s premiere shopping destination, is throwing a “Dads & Grads” themed Party on the Patio and Art Walk to celebrate Father’s Day and new graduates. On Saturday, June 9 from 2-5 pm, guests can relax, dine, and unwind while enjoying a free afternoon of entertainment, food and beverage sampling, giveaways and much more! Taking place on the second-floor patio outside of Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Applebee’s and Wokcano, attendees can enjoy free beer and food samples while listening to live classic rock. There will also be a photo booth, games for all ages, complimentary beauty stations by MAC, Makeup Stop, and Sephora and a raffle where you can enter-to-win merchandise from MainPlace Mall retailers. Dads and grads in attendance will receive a complimentary gift from MainPlace Mall. In addition to the Party on the Patio, MainPlace...

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Disney’s Peter Pan 65th Anniversary Edition Release

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a media event as a guest of Disney “The Second Star to the Right…” Your family is invited to relive the magic of the timeless storytelling in the movie Peter Pan. The beloved Disney classic has flown into stores and online at Movies Anywhere for a limited time with a special 65th Anniversary edition. The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of “Peter Pan” invites adventures of all ages to believe in magic once again and experience a timeless treasure from Disney’s golden age of animation that has stirred the hearts and imaginations of moviegoers worldwide since its original 1953 release. The Signature Collection edition offers over two hours of classic bonus features plus never-before-seen extras, including the latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office,” which explores Walt’s love of flying and the company planes; a nostalgic reunion...

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Côr Thermostat: A Smart Home Heating and Cooling System

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Family, Green Living | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has always been a priority of mine to have our home be as “green” as possible. One thing that I have wanted to add to our house for quite awhile is a smart heating/cooling system so that we can ensure we are not wasting any energy. With the summer heat upon us, I felt like it was the perfect time to install a new thermostat, and I choose the Côr Thermostat. The one thing that made me select the Côr Thermostat was that our family could customize our heat or air conditioning directly from our smartphones. Gone are the days of worrying about whether or not I turned off the air conditioner before leaving home for the day. Now I can adjust the temperature before returning home to have the house be at a comfortable temperature for...

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30 Days and Counting: 4 Tips to Help your Child Concentrate Through the End of the School Year

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored It’s that time of year again, school is almost over and students are excited to get out of the classroom and into the swing of summer. Unfortunately, this can make it harder for students to concentrate on what’s important including end-of-year testing, final exams, and final projects that will make a big difference in their overall GPA. There are lots of things kids can do to stay on track and work towards academic success for the remainder of the year. Keep regular sessions with your tutor It’s essential to maintain a weekly schedule with a student’s one-on-one tutor in order to maintain organization and promote concentration. When students meet at the same time every week, they feel like they still have responsibilities to fulfill and can stay focused on what’s important regarding assignments and test prep. Students who...

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Cinépolis Summer Kids Movie Series

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Film, Summer | 0 comments

  The Cinépolis Summer Kids Series is back and for the first time ever, debuting at all Cinépolis Luxury Cinema locations. Occurring every Tuesday at 10am, now through August 14, guests can enjoy $1 movie tickets at Cinépolis USA theaters and $3 movie tickets at Cinépolis Luxury Cinema theaters for special screenings of their favorite animated movie. All summer movies are suited for the entire family, with a G or PG rating. Groups and events are available at participating locations with 48hrs notice. A full list of movies and dates below: • “The Boss Baby”- June 12 • “The Angry Birds Movie” – June 19 • “Smurfs: The Lost Village” – June 26 • “The Emoji Movie” – July 3 • “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” – July 10 • “The Lego Ninjago Movie” – July 17 •...

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Cox Communications Commitment to Connected Independence

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored As my parents have begun to age, I have seen it become harder and harder for them to stay connected and as active as they once were. I recently had the opportunity of visiting a Cox Communications “Smart Home” that was set-up with everything that aging parents need to enjoy connected independence. Did you know that according to the AARP, research indicates almost 90% of adults over the age of 65 want to stay in their current home and community as they age? That makes it more critical than ever for them to take advantage of the advanced technology available that can be powered by Cox Communications high-speed internet. One feature that I learned about when visiting the Cox “Smart Home” was the ability for aging adults to have access to telemedicine. They can use devices to monitor...

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Experience Kia Stinger at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 Kia Partner/Spectrum Partner While visiting the Irvine Spectrum Center earlier this week, I took some time to learn more about Kia’s all-new high-performance vehicle, the Kia Stinger at the exclusive Kia Stinger Salon. The suite is located just steps away from Big Wheel Court and gives parents an opportunity to learn everything they want to know about the highly sought after vehicle. While in the Kia Stinger Salon, I had the unique opportunity to learn about all the features available on the Kia Stinger in the tranquil and luxurious salon. During the interactive experience, I learned more about the craftsmanship and unique facets of what makes the Kia brand so innovative. The immersive experience gave me a taste of what Kia has to offer, and I fell in love with the sleek design and options available in the all-new...

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Poison at the FivePoint Amphitheatre

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Autos, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 Sponsored My daughter attends one of the most popular art school in Southern California and has a massive passion for the arts. She loves theatre, and especially music. I have taken her to the theatre many times in the past but had yet to take her to experience her first concert. Knowing that Poison was one of her favorite bands when I heard that they were coming to Irvine to perform at the FivePoint Amphitheatre, I couldn’t wait to get tickets to surprise her with a fun mother and daughter night out. The night of the concert, we got all dressed up and drove over to the concert venue for an unforgettable night full of fun and rockin’ music. One of the best things about seeing a concert at the FivePoint Amphitheatre is taking advantage of the Mercury Insurance...

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Exclusive Inside Look into the Walt Disney Animation Research Library

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of the best-kept secrets of the Walt Disney Company is the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. While in Los Angeles earlier this month celebrating the upcoming release of Peter Pan on Movies Anywhere and Multi-Screen Edition: Blu-ray™ + Digital I got the honor of visiting the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. Before being invited to visit the Animation Research Library, I never even knew that it existed. As we entered the building, we had to turn off the geolocation on our phones so that the location will not be leaked out to the public. We were then advised to put all our bags in a conference room in the lobby, and we weren’t allowed to bring anything with us into the research library, even pens. The minute that we walked through...

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OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series, with events kicking off in June. Enjoy summer nights at your favorite regional parks with free concerts and movie screenings in a family-friendly atmosphere. June films include The Jungle Book, The Lion King, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and concerts feature Donavon Frankenreiter, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. Dates and times vary per series, for more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com. OC Parks Sunset Cinema June Dates Saturdays June 16, 23, 30 from 6 –1 0 p.m. OC Parks Summer Concert Series June Dates Thursdays June 21, 28 from 5 – 8 p.m. OC Parks Sunset Cinema Film Series Carbon Canyon...

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Walking in Walt’s Footsteps: A Photo Tour of Walt Disney’s Office

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney While visiting the Walt Disney Studios lot earlier this month, I embarked on an unforgettable scavenger hunt around the studios, and then had the honor of touring Walt Disney’s office. It has been a long time dream of mine to go into his office, and I was immersed in the magic of Disney while walking in Walt’s footsteps. Everything in Walt Disney’s office has been placed and preserved precisely how it was when he was alive, and I felt like Walt was right there with us while walking around his office. Since his office isn’t open to the public, I took as many photos as possible to give all of you an inside look into what his office looked like when he was alive. Enjoy this magical photo tour, and experience the...

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Peter Pan Scavenger Hunt Around Walt Disney Studios

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 2 comments

 I visited as a guest of Disney I have visited the Walt Disney Studios many times in the past, and my recent trip was one of my all-time favorites. I was visiting to experience a private tour of Walt Disney’s office and embark on a magical adventure of doing a Peter Pan scavenger hunt around Walt Disney Studios. The Walt Disney Studios is one of the most creative environments I have ever visited and a place where nobody would question a group of five women running around with Peter Pan hats on. For the scavenger hunt, we were all divided into groups of five, and I got to be on team Peter Pan. We were then given a series of envelopes filled with creative clues. We got extra points if we found the hidden Peter Pan shadows around the...

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Woody Harrelson: Solo: A Star Wars Story

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

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney Woody Harrelson delivers an epic performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story as Tobias Beckett. While in Los Angeles earlier this month, I had the honor of meeting Harrelson and getting to talk about what it was like working on the film, and how he lives a healthy lifestyle. Harrelson got involved in the film by being in London while shooting a movie that he wrote and directed, “Lost in London.” He was going to head home, but Phil and Chris wanted to meet with him, so he made arrangements to talk. He was worried that his family would be tired of saying that he was ‘done’ after his last film, but he met with them anyway, and like with Hunger Games, he declined initially – but as we all...

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Meet L3-37: The New Droid in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of my favorite characters in Solo: A Star Wars Story is the all-new droid L3-37 played by the talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge. While in Los Angeles earlier this month, I had the honor of meeting with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and got to talk to her about what it was like being a droid in the new hit film. Before meeting with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, I had heard that she didn’t know very much about Star Wars before being cast for the film. When asking her about it, she said, “I did know about Star Wars, but I hadn’t seen any of the films. I think there’s like, five of us in the world.” She continued to share with us that she felt like it worked in her favor. “I was very loose...

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You’re Invited: Irvine Spectrum Carousel Party

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

  It’s back! The Carousel has a new home at Irvine Spectrum Center, and celebrations are in order for its return. After a near 3-month hiatus during construction, the Carousel will reopen near Target over Memorial Day Weekend, just in time for Summer. We will celebrate on Saturday, May 26th with fun treats, entertainment and free carousel rides between 10am – Noon. Free Carousel rides during event hours only (10AM – Noon on May 26,...

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Joonas Suotamo: The Face Behind the Fur

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney When you think of Chewbacca, what comes to mind? A warm cuddly creature from the world of Star Wars? But, there is a human behind all that fur and kindness, and in Solo: A Star Wars Story, it is Joonas Suotamo. Every little boy dreams of being Chewbacca, my boys especially, so when I told them I was going to meet the man, the myth, the legend, behind Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story….they almost fainted. The one thing that stood out to me about Joonas Suotamo is that he is not your traditional actor. When looking for someone to play the part of Chewbacca, they apparently needed someone tall, so the director seemed to our local pro basketball teams to find. “I got the role out of the...

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Solo: A Star Wars Story: Paul Bettany

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney While in Los Angeles interviewing the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story there was one actor that clearly stood out from all the rest, and that was Paul Bettany. One of my colleagues had fallen and was on crutches, as many of you know, we always take a group photo, and Paul Bettany was the only one of the actors who offered his seat (the only seat) to my friend. When he did that, he immediately became my favorite actor in the film. Not only is Paul Bettany a great guy in real life, but he also steals the show with his epic performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Star Wars was a big part of Paul Bettany life growing up, and he was beyond thrilled to be...

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Ron Howard on Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of the best things about the all-new Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story is that the highly acclaimed Ron Howard directs it. I had the honor of getting to spend some time with Ron Howard talking about the making of the film while in Los Angeles last week. For being such a talented director, the one thing that makes Ron Howard so unique is how down to earth and relatable he is. Like with any Star Wars film, there was a lot of responsibility on everyone who worked on the film, especially Ron Howard. For Ron Howard, it was the pressure of making sure Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) would deliver the performance that would “wow” Star Wars fans. Howard knew that there was already some judgment surrounding...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: School of Rock the Musical

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

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to bring the second of two brand new Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to Orange County: School of Rock – The Musical. Following two weeks of packed houses for Webber’s Love Never Dies, this high-octane Broadway and West End hit comes to Segerstrom Hall July 24 – August 5, 2018. This hilarious musical features all the original songs from the 2003 film plus 14 new songs written specially for the show by Andrew Lloyd Webber and musical theater’s first-ever all-kids rock band. Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical start at $29, and are on sale now. They may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more,...

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Emilia Clarke on Playing Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney After having the incredible opportunity of meeting Alden Ehrenreich who plays the role of Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, we got a chance to sit down and talk with Emilia Clarke who plays the role of Qi’ra in the film. Emilia Clarke is very well known for her role in the popular television series Game of Thrones. When she entered the room where 25 other bloggers were awaiting her arrival, everyone in the room clapped and cheered with excitement about having the unique opportunity to speak with her. The biggest question on everyone’s mind was when did she become a Star Wars fan? Clarke wasn’t born when the first Star Wars film was released, but her brother was a huge fan. She shared with us that when...

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Some Spook-tacular Fun is coming to the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Disney, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort returns for more spook-tacular days than ever this year, enchanting guests of all ages with frightfully fun experiences themed especially for the season, from Sept. 7 through October 31, 2018. Eerie encounters and fiendish fun await guests at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park as favorite experiences are transformed into dreadful delights. With seasonal attraction overlays, Halloween-themed décor and food and beverage offerings, plus encounters with dastardly Disney villains, happy haunts will materialize around every corner. Additionally, the guest-favorite Mickey’s Halloween Party will return with 15 nights of after- hours fun. This separate-ticket event features some exclusive entertainment, Disney characters in their Halloween attire, trick or treating at locations throughout Disneyland Park and a chance for the entire family to visit the parks in costumes. Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party...

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Alden Ehrenreich on Being Han Solo and Getting to Fly the Millennium Falcon

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney The day after attending the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story, I went to the Griffith Observatory along with another group of bloggers. While admiring the beautiful Los Angeles skyline, a family approached the blogger Summer Len Davis from Dirty Floor Diaries to take their family photo. While she was taking their picture, she learned that it was the family of Alden Ehrenreich who plays Han Solo in the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. It was such a weird coincidence considering we would be interviewing their son the next morning. We talked about their son and the film for a bit before parting ways. The next morning when Alden Ehrenreich entered the room, the first thing he said was, “How many of you met my mom?” We...

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Segerstrom Free Summer Jazz Concerts

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts is set to kick off the Orange County summer music scene with a very cool Summer Jazz on the Argyros Plaza series outdoors on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. The Center helped make Orange County a Southern California jazz mecca, presenting the world’s finest musicians and vocalists in its annual Jazz Series for more than 30 years. Now it takes the music outdoors starting Friday, June 1 for 11 consecutive weeks. Shows are from 7- 9 p.m. Bubba Jackson, KJAZZ DJ and jazz legend himself will be on-hand to host each evening. And all concerts are FREE. SUMMER JAZZ ON THE PLAZA Friday nights 7 – 9 p.m. On the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza The BBB featuring Bernie Dresel June 1, 2018 Eric Marienthal June 8, 2018 OCSA Ambassador Jazz...

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Journey to a Galaxy Far, Far Away in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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

 I attended a screening as a guest of Disney Growing up, I was a super girly girl. But there was one thing that this girly girl loved as a child, and that was watching Star Wars with her daddy. Star Wars was a big part of my childhood, just like most of my generation. When I found out that LucasFilm would continue to make Star Wars movies, I was worried that they would not be as good as the classics. I go into seeing every film with an open mind, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect before seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the film blew my mind. The movie was full of adventure, heart, and is true storytelling at its best. The one thing that I loved most about Solo: A Star Wars Story is...

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Moms Eat FREE at Grasslands Meat Market All Month Long in May

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

  In honor of all moms, Grasslands Meat Market’s irresistible ‘Mom’s Eat Free’ special. Every date in May, Grasslands will offer Moms a complimentary family platter—brimming with a delicious selection of meats and sides—with the purchase of one family platter. WHEN: May 2018 Mom’s Eat Free Su-Th, 4-10 p.m., F-Sa 4 p.m.-Midnight Mother’s will receive a complimentary family platter on any day in May with purchase of one family-style platter. ADDRESS: Grasslands Meat Market | BBQ & Churrasco 400 West Disney Way, Suite 199, Anaheim, CA Free parking available at GardenWalk for first hour, validation provided for second hour. RESERVATIONS AND CONTACT: For more information, please call 657-208-1133 or visit...

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You’re Invited: ‘Cool for the Summer’ Mom’s Night Out

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

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador Newport Beach-based CosmetiCare, Orange County’s leading cosmetic surgery center and medspa, will host a new “Custom You” event on Thursday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is part of the “Custom You” series, which highlights a different treatment area each month while educating attendees about the various treatment options available at CosmetiCare. This month’s topic, “Cool for the Summer” will demonstrate how to combat problem pockets of fat via a non-invasive, pain-free body contouring treatment called CoolSculpting. This exclusive experience will give attendees a chance to learn from CosmetiCare’s industry-leading experts and discover the benefits of CoolSculpting which destroys fat cells by freezing them away. Most patients see a noticeable difference after just one session. With CosmetiCare’s new Dual-Sculpting capabilities, CoolSculpting technicians can tackle more areas in a shorter amount...

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Exclusive Look Behind-the-Scenes of General Hospital

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney While I was pregnant with my youngest son, I was put on bed rest very early on in the pregnancy. Being stuck in bed for 16 weeks, I watched a lot of television, and one of my favorite shows to watch every day was General Hospital. Every afternoon, I would look forward to seeing what was happening in Port Charles. I continued to watch it daily while caring for my baby, but as he got active, I found myself having to record and then watch a week full of episodes during the weekend. Being such a fan of the show, I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to visit the set of General Hospital. The morning that I was going to be visiting, I was overwhelmed with excitement. I couldn’t...

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Seventeen: College Goals + Giveaway

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Books, Entertainment, Giveaways | 30 comments

 Sponsored by Bluestreak Books The only thing standing between you and that college life is figuring out where you might want to go, completing your applications, writing a killer essay, scoring solid test scores, shining in your activities, getting glowing recommendations, and . . . okay, that’s a lot. But even though being accepted into college can seem big and overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Seventeen: College Goals comes in. This stress-free guide—part-planner, part-journal—will help walk you through the step-by-step process of applying to colleges. There are pages filled with practical cheat sheets, handy life hacks, thoughtful tips, fun quizzes, inspiring quotes from your favorite celebs and leaders, and prompts that will push you to self-reflect. (After all, that’s what college essays are all about!) This way, you can freak out less about if you’ll get...

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Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and may the force be with you! Gather family and friends for a day of animals and activities at the OC Zoo. Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo invites Stars Wars fans of all ages to celebrate a galaxy far, far away with a fun filled day of activities including visits from Star Wars characters, kids’ crafts, games, and photo opportunities. Zoo animals will receive special treats and there will be animal meet and greets throughout the day. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in Star Wars costumes and attire, and the first 100 children (ages 12 & under) wearing a Star Wars costume will receive a special...

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Designer Ruth E. Carter Dishes on Black Panther Costumes

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  The in-home release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is packed with bonus material including deleted scenes, outtakes and never-before-seen featurettes. The highly-celebrated story of a young African prince named T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) will be available Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on May 8 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on May 15. To celebrate the in-home launch of the mighty Marvel movie, we talk to acclaimed costume designer Ruth E. Carter to uncover her inspirations behind the iconic outfits of Black Panther… BLACK PANTHER: THE PALACE OUTFIT “T’Challa is part of the royal family of Wakanda. He has royal blood and he is inheriting the throne from his father, so he has a huge responsibility on his shoulders. That’s why his outfits always have a tailored feel and a...

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World Premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of Disney I have had the honor of attending many world premiere’s and Solo: A Star Wars Story is by far the best premiere I have ever attended. When I arrived at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the entire street was closed off for the premiere. In the center of the red carpet was a giant replica of the Millennium Falcon, and fans crowded the street with excitement over the possibility of seeing one of their favorite Star Wars actors. I attended the premiere with a group of parenting bloggers, and I walked the carpet with my friend Heidi. Together, we took our time walking down the carpet, taking pictures and enjoying the energy from the crowd. We enjoyed every minute of our time spent on the red carpet. After taking hundreds of pictures...

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An Epic ‘SOLO’ Trip to LA

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

 We will be attending as a guest of Disney When I woke up this morning, I had a message in my inbox asking if I was available to come to LA ‘Solo’ for an unforgettable couple of days. I immediately cleared my schedule and started packing my bags for a few days full of Disney fun. What will we be doing? Tomorrow morning, I will drive up to Los Angeles where I will have an opportunity to experience a private tour of Walt Disney’s office. Out of all the times that I have visited the Walt Disney Studios, it has been a dream of mine to walk into Walt’s office – this is a true dream come true. After getting a look into where the magic happened in Walt’s office, we will experience an interactive Peter Pan scavenger hunt...

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Five of the Best Mother’s Day Movies

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

 Sponsored One of the best gifts that we can give ourselves as moms is some time alone. One of my favorite things to do to help unwind from the stresses of parenting is to cuddle up in my bed with a good movie. Ever since I started using Movies Anywhere earlier this year, I have discovered so many good movies, and I have been able to merge all of my online movies to the one platform. With Movies Anywhere, you can watch the movies from virtually anywhere using your computer or smartphone. These are five of the best Mother’s Day movies available on Movies Anywhere: Bad Moms Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed...

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Family-Friendly Steakhouse Dining

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Some of my favorite memories growing up in Orange County was having a delicious steak dinner with my grandparents at Black Angus. My family decided to surprise me last week with a pre-Mother’s Day dinner at Black Angus, and our entire family agreed that the restaurant is better than ever. One thing that I loved about dining at Black Angus was that I was able to get a high-quality steak dinner in a relaxed family-friendly environment. It is one of the only steak restaurants that I have visited where my children did not have to dress-up, and they could relax without feeling the stress of having to be on their “best behavior” in a fancy steakhouse. Our meal started with some freshly baked bread and a shrimp cocktail. All of my...

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Mother’s Day Family Festival

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Events, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Boomtown Brewery hosts a Family Day with mom at heart. This Mother’s Day, come to Boomtown Brewery and treat mom to some family fun and delicious ale. This FREE to attend event is Sunday, May 13 from 12:00pm-6:00pm with plenty of fun activities perfect for the whole family (and some last minute hand crafted gifts for mom): chocolate decorating, succulent designing, a bouncy house, face painting, and a photo booth! A BBQ vendor will be in attendance taking care of dinner, so mom doesn’t have to cook. Open to all ages, no reservation required. Haven’t thought about what to get mom for Mother’s Day yet? Keep thinking…but while you’re thinking, put this event on your calendar. This event is perfect for mom to get out of the house and have a craft brew, but keep her kids nearby...

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21st Annual Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour

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

  The 21st Annual Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. This highly-anticipated annual event will showcase six hand-selected homes located in Newport Beach encompassing magnificent ocean views and a variety of stunning architectural and interior styles by coveted local designers including Raili Clasen, Jodi Fleming, Gregory Builders, and Ashley Clark of Skout. The event begins with a morning reception at Balboa Bay Resort, where guests will enjoy a hosted breakfast and the opportunity to tour the docked boat Magnanimous and its sister Duffy boat, Watter Ranger, to catch a glimpse of authentic Newport coastal style before heading out on the self-guided home tour. Plums Café & Catering will provide guests with a fabulous catered lunch at the Newport Theatre Arts Center. The last stop of...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts 2018 Movie Mondays Series

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Events, Kia | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts kicks off its 2018 Movie Mondays series with five movies jam-packed with action, adventure and romance: Back to the Future on July 9, The Princess Bride on July 16, Moonrise Kingdom on July 23, The Mask of Zorro on July 30 and Star Trek on August 6. This year, Movie Mondays will be held on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. All showings are FREE, with closed captioning provided. Movie Mondays is one of Orange County’s most popular summertime events, with its fun-filled activities, picnic dinners, popular food trucks and five fan favorite films on consecutive Mondays. Families, friends and fans from all over the Southland are encouraged to arrive early for Movie Mondays, claiming their spaces and enjoying early dinners, music and people-watching. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m., with movies starting...

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Mother’s Day Brunch by the Sea at Hotel Shangri-La

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue This past weekend I was treated to an early Mother’s Day brunch by the sea at the beautiful Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. The boutique hotel is the perfect place to treat mom to brunch on Mother’s Day because of the hotel’s beautiful ocean views, timeless decor and excellent cuisine. While I had the pleasure of enjoying brunch in their elegant restaurant, brunch on Mother’s Day will be served al fresco under the beautiful Santa Monica sun on the outdoor hotel patio. Brunch began with a champagne toast before embarking on an epicurean adventure. Our first course was a refreshing gazpacho shooter that perfectly cleansed our palate before savoring the next five courses. The highlight of our brunch was the avocado toast. The dish featured perfectly crisp toast topped with thinly...

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Events, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite families to spend Mother’s Day weekend at picturesque Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy ocean activities, dining specials, shopping, art sales and seaside scenery May 12 – 13. Enjoy the ocean breeze during the Mother’s Day Fine Art Show & Sale May 12 – 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. along the boardwalk between Harpoon Henry’s and Wind & Sea. Presented by the Dana Point Fine Arts Association, visitors can enjoy displays featuring watercolor, acrylic, pastel, photography and more. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching offers excursions daily, and Dana Wharf cruises on May 13 will offer moms a complimentary “MOMosa” or glass of champagne. Dana Wharf also offers fishing trips on the high seas and on May 13 moms fish free and receive a complimentary equipment rental....

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Mariachi Los Camperos to Headline Third Heartbeat of Mexico Festival

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

  Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University is pleased to announce Mariachi Los Camperos will headline a night of traditional Mexican music with special guest Mariachi Mestizo at Heartbeat of Mexico Festival on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Founded in 1961 by the famed late founder, Jose Natividad “Nati” Cano, Mariachi Los Camperos has been recognized with two GRAMMY awards for its role in popularizing mariachi in the United States. Known for world-class musicianship, artful interpretation of classic tunes, inventive arrangements, and tight vocal harmonies, the group has performed at prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Lincoln Theater. Mariachi Los Camperos continues to tour globally and perform at the popular Los Angeles landmark La Fonda de Los Camperos, the first-ever Mariachi Dine and Show founded by Nati Cano in 1969. Mariachi Mestizo,...

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Creating Magical Memories at Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Ever since my kids were little, I have loved taking them bowling. When I learned that Splitsville Luxury Lanes was opening at Downtown Disney, I couldn’t wait to bring my kids for a day of fun “Mickey style.” We had bowled once at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Florida, so we already knew that we were in for an unforgettable day of fun. When we arrived at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, we got checked in and found our show sizes before being brought to our bowling lane. What I love about Splitsville Luxury Lanes is how clean it is, and that you can get gourmet food while your bowling with your kids. While they still have the traditional bowling alley foods like pizza and fries, it is their sushi and is out of...

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Hike to Heart Rock

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Joshua Tree, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia When planning a mother and daughter trip to Joshua Tree, one of my friends mentioned to me that we needed to hike to heart rock. Unfortunately, there is barely anything written online about how to find the mysterious heart rock, so we set off on an adventure to find heart rock. There were only a few things that we knew about heart rock before going on a hike, and that was that it is located in the White Tank Campground along the Arch Rock Nature Trail. Before checking into our campsite, we drove in our Kia Sorento to Arch Rock Nature Trail in an attempt to find heart rock. The trail is only .5 miles, but we seemed to hike for at least a couple of miles. We hiked all over the area until the...

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The Third Annual Movie Nights in The Backyard at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The third annual Movie Nights in The Backyard is back! Once again, Hotel Irvine is ditching the indoor movie screen for gorgeous SoCal summer nights – an invitation to round up a crew or plan a fun date night and cozy up under the stars on Hotel Irvine’s outdoor lawn. For hearty appetites, there’s the chef’s backyard BBQ with hot-off-the-grill burgers, artisan sandwiches, fresh farmers market salads and staple movie snacks like ice cream, nachos, popcorn and candies. Plus, guests can order the Froze featured cocktail or a glass of wine or quaff from the fully stocked outdoor bar. A local DJ will hit the decks in The Backyard at 6 p.m. before the movie and will keep the party going on the dance floor at Red Bar and Lounge after, where they’ll be serving up all night...

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