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Ninjas Take over Legoland California during LEGO NINJAGO Days

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Events, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Sponsored It’s ninja time! LEGOLAND California Resort celebrates the opening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated big-screen animated adventure “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE,” in theaters nationwide on September 22, with LEGO NINJAGO Days on September 23 & 24. Guests are invited to come join in some LEGO NINJAGO fun at the family theme park and meet some of their favorite LEGO NINJAGO characters, including Kai, Jay and Nya. Guests can also participate in activities such as building a LEGO mystery mosaic, completing a scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A. and be one of the first to play “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” video game. All activities are included with the price of admission into LEGOLAND California Resort. WHEN: September 23 & 24, 2017 WHERE: LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad, CA ACTIVITIES: THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ Character Meet & Greets Meet characters from...

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The Queen Mary’s All-New CHILL

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Embark on an international holiday expedition this winter as the world-famous Queen Mary introduces an all-new CHILL unveiling December 13, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL offers a rush of family fun celebrating holiday traditions from around the world. The 38,000-square foot ice park will offer an ice skating track, ice bumper cars, ice tricycles, a zip line, ice shuffleboard, a two story, 100-foot-long ice tubing slide and many more festive winter activities. Visit CHILL for an icy expedition honoring international holiday traditions and the cultural celebrations of Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and the North Pole. Start the CHILL holiday adventure in Germany and experience the famous Munich Market and Gnome’s Wishing Well, then ice skate over to Switzerland to cozy up in the Alpine Lodge...

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Disneyland Halloween Frightfully Fun Foods

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of my favorite things to do when visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to try all of the tasty treats and savory foods. This year, Disneyland has brought back many of our favorite Halloween treats, and have added a lot of new things for your family to try when visiting this holiday season. These are some of the Halloween foods that you’ll not want to miss trying when visiting Disneyland this Halloween. Cake Pops and Caramel Apples One of my favorite things to get during Halloween Time at Disneyland are caramel apples. Disneyland has a wide variety of cake pops available for your family to enjoy. Spoke-y Cone Macaron This tasty treat is filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn. It can be found at the Cozy Cone Motel...

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Disney-Pixar’s COCO: A Story about Family & Culture

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a press preview as a guest of Disney Disney-Pixar’s COCO is a beautiful film that will immerse families in the Mexican culture as it tells the story behind the meaning of Día de los Muertos. The story is about a boy who is stuck between two worlds and is also a story about what it means to be a family. Before starting to work on the film, the filmmakers started with research. They made many trips to Mexico during Día de los Muertos to learn how the different regions embrace the cultural event. During Día de los Muertos, the souls of the dead are invited back to the land of the living. It is a grand family reunion where families are joyful, and get out into the streets, a beautiful tradition. The filmmakers used the traditions to...

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9th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Events

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  September is here and in Huntington Beach/Surf City USA, that means surfing dogs will take over the city. On Saturday, September 23rd, the world-famous surf dog competition, McKenna Subaru Surf City Surf Dog, once again hits the waves at Huntington Dog Beach. The event features international competitors and fun-filled days of ancillary doggone family-friendly fun events that partially benefits six pet-related charities. Main Event: 50 of the world’s best-surfing dogs will be surfing in ten-minute weight-based, shredder (pro-level) and tandem surf dog competitive heats, including two competitors from Brazil and one from Canada. WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM SCHEDULE: 8:00am – 2:00pm – Doggy SurFUR Expo 8:30am – 1:00pm – McKenna Surf City Surf Dog® Surf Competition (10:50 AM Shredder Heat) 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Finals 2:30pm – Awards/Closing Ceremony WHERE: Huntington Dog Beach...

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OPERATE NOW: HOSPITAL Season 2 + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Giveaways, Tech | 2 comments

 Sponsored The story continues… Chief of Surgery Noah Stone is becoming irritable and aloof. He’s being threatened with blackmail, but will he succumb? Nurse Amy has spiraled into depression after her accident and has started stealing hospital drugs. Is there anyone who can help her? Paramedic James finds himself fighting with surgeon Sirona. Will the passion in those fights turn into something else altogether? Sirona has her own issues. One struggle dies with her alcoholic dad but then she discovers she has a brother. Will he be as messed up as her father? PLUS — even the surgery is getting more dramatic. Are you ready to grab the paddles for a sudden cardiac arrest? Do you remember the procedure for an emergency tracheotomy? SEASON 2: It’s just like your favorite TV hospital drama, but it’s you who’s calling the...

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Mental Health Warning Signs in Children

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Mental health can affect anyone, even young children. As an adoptive mother of two beautiful children, I have always been aware of the possibility of mental health issues. When we were taking parenting/adoption classes as part of our home study to adopt our children, the social workers made us aware of the possibility that our children could develop mental health issues, and that is important to be alert, in tune with your children, and to watch for any warning signs. Even though my children were adopted at birth, I know that they have different genetics, and we didn’t have a clear family history. There have been times when our children have had some minor abandonment issues and experienced anxiety when thinking about their birth families, but we have been able to avoid any long-term issues by working closely...

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Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 2 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney For the first time, families can now experience the magic of Disney’s Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure Park. Families who purchase tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party can create memories together in either Disney California Adventure or Disneyland during the three-hour pre-party mix-in. The excitement begins as guests first enter Disney California Adventure Park and are greeted by a giant silhouette of Oogie Boogie! Then once inside of the park, guests will notice that Buena Vista Street has been decorated for the Halloween Season, and there are bats everywhere! Cars Land has an all-new look for Haul-O-Ween! Mater, Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and the Red Fire Truck are dressed in their favorite costumes. Guests can spot Mater cruising down Route 66 while dressed as a vampire, and capture a photo...

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Orange County Great Park Spooktacular Fun Days

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Come in costume and enjoy traditional family-friendly fall activities such as a pumpkin patch, treats, games, crafts, gourmet food trucks and much more at Spooktacular Fun Days 2017. This year’s event is Oct. 14 & 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orange County Great Park. Help scare away hunger by bringing nonperishable food items to support local food banks. Tickets for children 12 and younger are $5 plus food donation; space is limited. Adult tickets and parking are free. Donate to scare away hunger Support hunger-relief by having each child bring a bag of canned goods or non-perishable food items to benefit local Orange County food banks. Be rewarded! Each registered child (12 & under) with food donation will have access to our Pumpkin Patch and Trick-or-Treat Town, while supplies last. Have fun! Enjoy traditional...

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2017 LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Shutterfly®, is returning with exciting entertainment, sweeter treats and even more not-so-spooky thrills this year every Saturday night (Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28). LEGOLAND® California transforms into a monster mash bash for the ultimate family fun Halloween party featuring Ghost Cruise adventure, a new pop-badge challenge, a fall festival complete with a LEGO® pumpkin patch building activity, Bluegrass Band Jamboree and a special LEGO Friends meet and greet in Heartlake City, where kids can decorate their own craft and more! Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a special event and admission can be purchased for as low as $49 if purchased online in advance. New this year, guests can purchase a full second day Resort Hopper ticket to enjoy LEGOLAND California, SEA LIFE aquarium and LEGOLAND® Water Park. Special event ticket holders...

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Fresh Brothers Family Pizza Night + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 6 comments

  In celebration of National Pizza Month on September 20th, we are hosting a giveaway for one of our favorite pizza places in Orange County, Fresh Brothers. Fresh Brothers is the best choice for families when it comes to ordering out a pizza. They use all-natural pepperoni, their sauce is made with fresh tomatoes (not concentrate), and their dough is made fresh daily. We all want the highest quality food available for our children, and Fresh Brothers pizza is made without preservatives, fillers or artificial ingredients ~ plus there are no GMO’s! They have multiple locations throughout Orange County, and we are happy to treat one lucky family to a Fresh Brothers Pizza night. Enter to win a family pizza night by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random...

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4 Reasons to Get a Tutor Early in the School Year

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  Many kids will need to work with a tutor at some point in the school year either for one particularly challenging subject or for overall study skills improvement. The child may be in elementary school or they may be entering their college prep years. More often than not students wait until there is a particular problem before they start investigating one-on-one tutoring and, unfortunately, fall far behind by the time they start their sessions. It’s definitely beneficial to work with a tutor early in the school year so that students can stay on track academically and maintain positive feelings about education. Keep self-esteem high Most students have one subject that gives them more difficulty than all the others. It’s that one topic or series of topics that makes the student want to avoid learning and eventually view school...

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The District’s Taste of 10 Anniversary Event

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  The District at Tustin Legacy is turning the big 10 this year! When The District first opened in 2007, it was the largest shopping center to be built in Orange County during that decade. Original tenants for the million-square foot center included anchors such as Orange County’s largest Whole Foods Market, Costco, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods, PetSmart, AMC Tustin 14 and Target. The outdoor center now features nearly 100 specialty stores and restaurants—including Union Market Tustin, one of Orange County’s first food halls with over 20 unique eateries and independent retailers. This year, The District welcomes a wave of notable new retail and dining concepts, including Prego, Pressed Juicery, Planet Fitness, Bar Louie, The Halal Guys, UnionRyde, Joon Shabu Shabu, Bear Cheese Tart, Black Steel Barbershop and more. To commemorate its 10th anniversary, The District is hosting a “Taste of...

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Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Everyone loves good barbecue, but it can be hard to find around Orange County. I had heard a lot of buzz about Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano, so I decided to bring the family to give it a try over the weekend. The restaurant is hidden from the main road and is tucked in the corner of a small strip mall, but don’t let that fool you. We parked our car in front of the restaurant and got ready to embark on a delicious dinner at Bad to the Bone BBQ. There is a small patio in the front (with plenty of shade), a large indoor bar and family dining room. Guests can place their order at the front desk, take a number, and then the server...

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s 13th Annual Southeast Asia Day + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 6 comments

  Live performances of traditional music and dance, as well as cultural craft demonstrations and displays, will help transform the Aquarium into an exotic destination during its thirteenth annual Southeast Asia Day. During the festival children can participate in arts and crafts. Through this unique celebration, the Aquarium seeks to foster a stronger connection with the local Southeast Asian community. One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, Long Beach is home to the largest population of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. Southern California also has vibrant communities from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Visitors can experience the traditional dance and other cultural practices from these countries during the festival. WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: Southeast Asia...

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Party

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Fox In celebration of the recent release of “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” on digital download and its upcoming release on Blu-ray and DVD on September 12th we attended an epic party in Los Angeles over the weekend. The event was held at one of the coolest venues in Downtown Los Angeles. The building was covered with beautiful street art and was once a toy manufacturing building. Inside, the entire building was transformed into the world of Captain Underpants. When we first walked into the building, we were invited to take some fun photos in the photo booth. My kids made some boomerangs and took a lot of pictures with the characters from the film. Then it was time for lunch. The lunch buffet featured spaghetti and meatball sliders, BLT toast, chicken...

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Desert Family Oasis: DoubleTree Palm Springs

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Kia, Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Palm Springs is one of our favorite places to escape the stresses of daily life. We kicked off our summer this year with a weekend getaway to the desert and discovered our new favorite desert resort, the DoubleTree Palm Springs. I first found out about the resort when seeing pictures of the beautiful property in my Instagram feed, so I planned a trip at the beginning of summer before the summer heat was in full effect. We loaded up our Kia Sorento with our suitcases and took a short road trip to the desert. We made a couple of stops along the way to see Pee-Wee Herman’s Dinosaurs and to show the kids the massive windmills. When we arrived at the resort, we parked our car and got ready to embark...

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Epic Los Angeles to Las Vegas Road Trip

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Featured, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite summer road trips was when we went off the beaten path from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Normally, when going on a Las Vegas road trip, we can’t wait to get to the city and drive all the way to Vegas with as minimal stops as possible. This year, we did things differently and turned a four-hour drive into a 12-hour drive, and it was the best Las Vegas road trip ever! If you make this road trip, you’ll want to leave early! Leaving from Los Angeles or Orange County will take about the same amount of time, and your family can easily accomplish all these stops, and make it to Vegas before sundown. You’ll want to load up your Kia with plenty of snacks and water for the...

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You’re Invited: A Night of Beauty

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

 The holiday season is quickly approaching, and CosmetiCare is here to help make you look and feel your best. They are hosting a special night of beauty on Tuesday, September 12th at 5 pm. During the event, guests are invited to have a personalized 15 minute full facial mini consultation with their aesthetic experts. There will also be champagne, white wine, and tasty finger foods. Don’t miss this special event. There will be raffles, and guests attending the event can enjoy 10% savings on all services with the discount code: Shelby100. See you there! We are a CosmetiCare...

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Best Back-to-School Tech for Teens

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

 Samples received Most teenagers have a new tech gadget at the top of their back-to-school shopping or wish list. Whether it being a new cellphone to stay in touch with mom and dad or a new speaker for their bedroom, Verizon has the hottest tech to help your teen be successful during the school year. These are our five top picks to get your teen from Verizon… Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8 has the cutting-edge features you need to do the things you love faster, easier and better. An eye catching, 5.8″ inch curved display goes all the way to the edge, so you can see more. The 12MP camera and advanced processor takes sharp, clear photos faster. Introducing Bixby – Samsung’s new intelligent interface that is able to navigate easily through services and apps so that users...

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