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Gift Ideas for Aspiring Musicians

Posted by on Nov 22, 2020 in Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

Do you have a friend who is interested to pursue a career in music? Or just makes a hobby out of it? Regardless, it is always a good idea to give them something they are passionate about. Here is a list of gift ideas perfect for the holidays, special occasions, or even just a regular day! Musical Instruments Violin The number of violinists grows each day. It is inspiring to see someone perform beautiful, serene, and calm music with a harmonic rhythm. In a circle of friends, it is unusual to have someone that has interests in the violin. But if you do, then that is awesome! But keep in mind that violins can be expensive. Though there are affordable ones, your friend will appreciate a top-notch quality. Some of the recommended brands from musicians itself are Fiddlerman, Stentor,...

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COVID-19 Travel Advice for Air Travelers

Posted by on Nov 22, 2020 in Travel | 0 comments

Holidays are around, and so is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has truly overstayed its welcome. So, what do you think, should you travel to your home during this pandemic? Well, of course, all of us want to spend time with our family. But, how safe is it to step out of your home and travel to your home city or country? In all honesty, air travel is as safe as you want it to be, only if you know the real facts about safe-traveling and how to protect yourself. Here, we will address a few of them. Questions to ask yourself before traveling When you are planning to step out of your home to travel, ask yourself three questions. What is the spread of coronavirus in your destination? If the cases are higher in the destination, you are more...

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Sal’s Pizzeria Opens New Location at Kaleidoscope

Posted by on Nov 17, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Sal’s Pizzeria, one of South Orange County’s most popular pizzerias, has opened its second location at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo. Ladera Ranch resident Matthew Darienzo owns the award-winning pizzeria, which he launched last year in Foothill Ranch. Named after Darienzo’s father-in-law Sal, the pizzeria serves authentic Sicilian-style pizza and an array of specialty dishes with only the freshest and high-quality ingredients, including Stromboli, calzone, pinwheels, heroes, pasta, salads, and cannoli. All sauces and the mozzarella are made fresh by hand. As a young boy in Alcamo, Sicily, Sal would help his father deliver Italian food products out of the back of a horse and buggy. At only 10, Sal’s family came to America and his father started Collica Dairy (later Collica Quality Foods) where Sal later worked, selling the finest Italian food products for 50 years. Sal’s Pizzeria is...

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OC Rescue Mission in Dire Need of Food Donations

Posted by on Nov 17, 2020 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching quickly and Orange County Rescue Mission is in dire need of critical food items to serve homeless individuals and families in need throughout Orange County. The food items will aid in providing Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of homeless men, women and children, as well food boxes for families in need throughout the region. Orange County Rescue Mission, which has received the highest 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for the last three years in a row, has made this annual commitment to the local community for the last 55 years, according to the nonprofit’s President Jim Palmer. In fact, many of the residents at the Orange County Rescue Mission have never had the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. If in a position to donate, the Orange County Rescue Mission is requesting the following...

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Help Support Our Veterans at OC Rescue Mission’s 3rd Annual OC Veterans Day Dinner

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Nearly 11,000 veterans in California are homeless. This is three times higher than states like Florida, which has the second highest population of homeless veterans across the U.S. These sobering statistics demonstrate the importance of supporting these unsung heroes. By attending Orange County Rescue Mission’s 3rd Annual OC Veterans Day Dinner, you can help in the expansion of Tustin Veterans Outpost, an apartment complex that offers transitional housing for veterans along with veteran-specific services. Hosted at the Santa Ana Elks Lodge, this is the second year in a row that this dinner is the only Veterans Day Dinner event in Orange County. Each dinner ticket includes a three-course prix fixe menu, along with a program to commemorate and celebrate our veterans. 100% of the proceeds from the event will go towards the expansion of housing and services for homeless...

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Jungle Bells Festivities Return to the San Diego Zoo

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Christmas, Events, Featured | 0 comments

San Diego Zoo guests are invited to ring in the holiday season with the Zoo’s annual celebration, Jungle Bells proudly supported by California Coast Credit Union. The jubilant festivities will take place Dec. 4–6, Dec. 11–23, Dec. 25–31, 2020 and Jan. 1–3, 2021, treating guests to views of some of their favorite animals, seasonal decorations, lighted displays, music and joyful roaming entertainers. There will be an abundance of culinary delights to enjoy at the Zoo’s many restaurants and food stands, and guests can shop for the perfect holiday gifts at the Zoo’s retail locations. When Jungle Bells runs Dec. 4–6, Dec. 11–23, Dec. 25–31, 2020 and Jan. 1–3, 2021. The San Diego Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during this event, with the exception of Dec. 24, when the Zoo closes at 5 p.m. Where The...

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A List of Luxe Push Presents

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

Something that is becoming more and more common now is a push present given by a partner to the brave woman who just gave birth. These gifts generally are something beautiful and special to commemorate you bringing a wonderful new life in the world. After all that hard work and rewarding experience that is giving birth, you are gifted with your beautiful child… but another luxe push present can be the cherry on top! So in case you feel a push present is right for you and your partner, here are a few ideas of what to consider for a luxe push present: Luxe push presents A Rolex A Rolex watch is more than just a luxury watch. It is known as one of the most high-end, beautiful watches that screams ‘something special’, with its high design and incredible...

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Daily Creative Writing Prompts for Adults

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

When it comes to creative writing on the internet, the volume wins at the end of the day. Plenty of people all over the world are creating content for books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites, social media platforms, and more. While most seem to enjoy the idea of producing content constantly for their readers, it can be both physically and mentally exhausting. The last thing you need as a writer is to suffer from burnout because that can leave you mentally drained and enable you to come up with fresh content. A team of experts from CustomWritings which provides creative writing services for students highlight some daily creative writing prompts for adults. 10 best creative writing prompts Write about mistakes No one is perfect and throughout our lives, careers, relationships, business ventures, looking for happiness, and more, we have made...

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5 Tips to Declutter Space for an Office for the Whole Family

Posted by on Nov 3, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

There’s nothing worse than being engrossed in your work and when something distracts you and you can’t get back in the zone. That frustration can be compounded even more when you’re working from home and your kids (who are doing distance learning due to COVID) come to you for one reason or another. According to the Homelight Q3 survey, 7% of real estate agents said their clients want multiple home offices and 1% stated their clients want a dedicated room for homeschooling! Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone had their own private space to get their work done, distraction free? Of course it would! But, not all homes have the space to create a true home office, let alone multiple! If you find yourself in this situation, fear not because we have a few tips that’ll help you declutter...

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Working Woman’s Food launches new Chef to Table service for the holidays!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

We’ve all lived through so many cancelled events and gatherings this year. This holiday season can be different. Even though your favorite hotels and restaurants may not be able to accommodate your holiday gathering, Working Woman’s Food has a new, low-stress solution. With Working Woman’s Food’s Chef to Table program, you can have a noted professional chef prepare a memorable and delicious gourmet meal for your family and friends in the comfort and safety of your home. Beyond a wonderful meal, the Chef to Table program also can cater to your other entertaining needs, including servers, bar, florals/decor and more. All while observing strict health and safety standards. The Working Woman’s Food team will make this all possible by leveraging its amazing network of professional chefs (many hailing from restaurants, hotels and TV) and its 20-year history of delivering...

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Festival of Arts Monthly Virtual Concert Series

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach’s online concert series in partnership with Yamaha continues with another Festival favorite: Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project. On Thursday, November 12 at 5:30pm, the monthly series dubbed Concerts on the Screen will virtually showcase a performance of the well-liked Joni Mitchell tribute band. Tickets are $25 per household for the general public and free with registration for Festival members. “During this time, music feels more necessary than usual,” said Susan Davis, Director of Special Events at Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach. “This is why we are excited to continue offering virtual concerts to our members and fans. We hope everyone will once again join us as we relive a past performance of Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project.” Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project has received wide acclaim in performances from intimate jazz...

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Cool New RV Resort on the San Diego Bay

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

Costa Vista, the highly anticipated luxury RV resort located right on the San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, has launched their website landing page and opened up their bookings page. Set to open in 2021, Costa Vista is now accepting reservations for April 2021 throughout the rest of the year, which can be booked here. Equipped with an abundance of luxury amenities, Costa Vista serves as a trailblazer in the RV park industry, offering full-service sites including unique park model vacation rentals and well-appointed RV sites that include spacious patios, picnic tables and landscaping. Sites will range from 30-35 feet wide and approximately 1,500-2,000 square feet, which will feature back-in and pull-through site availability. The modern vacation rentals will be about 400 square feet and fully furnished, designed for multiple style stays, including families and luxurious accommodations for couples....

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Segerstrom Fall Musical Theater Training Program

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is offering its first Fall Musical Theatre Training Program for young people ages 9-18 years of age. Students of all experience levels are welcome for this 5-class virtual program, where they will be coached in musical theater performance and technique by some of the industry’s leading professional artists and educators. The classes will be live but virtual Tuesdays and Thursdays November 5 – 19. Because the classes are live, they will provide immediate interaction between students and faculty while being completely safe for all. This format proved highly successful for the Center’s Five Days of Broadway program this past summer. Classes will focus on musical theater performance, acting, improv and dance. The Fall Musical Theater Program will have two tracks, one for students ages 9–13 and one for ages 14–18. Entrance is not audition-based,...

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Give Thanks with Toast Kitchen + Bakery: Pie + Pint Presale

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Toast Kitchen + Bakery, a Costa Mesa dining staple, is here to take some of the holiday stress away! This season, Chef John Park and his team at Toast will be offering an exclusive Pie & Pint presale just in time for Thanksgiving. Featuring nine-inch pies and a pint of their famous homemade ice cream, you’ll have your choice of the following parings: – Taro Blueberry Pie with Blueberry Pie Ice Cream – Apple Pie with Mulled Wine Ice Cream – POG Pie with Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Sakura Ice Cream – Chocolate Banana Cream Pie with Thai Tea Ice Cream These sweet holiday combinations are available for just $39.00 each and can be pre-ordered from Sunday, November 1 until Sunday, November 22 and all order pick-ups will take place on Wednesday, November 25. Orders can be...

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Halloween Fun for the Family at Scarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Discover creepy creatures as you wear your costume at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright. Everyone is invited to explore outdoor exhibits in search of the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific during its Scarium-themed weekend October 23 to 25, 2020. Guests can enjoy spooky décor and creepy creatures on these special days. You can see lorikeet birds eating pumpkins, and look for pumpkins in the animal exhibits, such as the June Keyes Penguin Habitat and mudskipper exhibit. The Aquarium is inviting everyone to wear family-friendly costumes when visiting during Scarium of the Pacific. Islands is providing Kids Free Meal certificates each day of Scarium to the first 200 children in costume as they enter the Aquarium. The outdoor exhibits currently open to the public at the Aquarium include various exhibits where...

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Georgia’s Introduces BREAST BUCKET for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and Anaheim Packing House will be offering a special new Breast Bucket & Sides all throughout the month of October 2020 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help increase awareness and support! The Georgia’s Restaurant new Breast Bucket & Sides features a 6-Piece Bucket of Boneless Chicken Breasts (all white meat) and Choice of Two Sides including selections such as their signature Collard Greens, Garlic Rice, and French Fries for just $20 all month long. Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange will be offering their “Breast Bucket & Sides” special for Outdoor Patio Dining, Takeout, Delivery and Curbside Pickup throughout the entire month of October 2020. Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange is open every Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm, and every Friday...

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Bistango Monday Night Jazz Series

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Bistango and Sunset Jazz at Newport have continued their Monday night jazz series into fall, with some amazing award-winning musicians gracing the wonderful patio at Bistango. October 12th Join us as we continue our Sunset Jazz series at BISTANGO: Autumn Al Fresco Mondays. Called “brilliantly entertaining” by Downbeat and considered “magic” by Mel Torme, don’t miss this iconic and award-winning jazz clarinetist and saxophonist on the Bistango’s patio. Tickets & Info: www.bistango.com ; call (949) 759.5003; or email [email protected] October 19th Join us as we continue our Sunset Jazz series at BISTANGO: Autumn Al Fresco Mondays. On the third Monday of the four very special October Monday evenings of Jazz and Cabaret, we will be hosting the husband and wife team of Calabria Foti and Bob McChesney, as they perform the greatest songs from the Great American Songbook in...

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Cute Car for Teen Drivers: Chevy Bolt EV

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Autos, Family, Featured, General Motors | 0 comments

Are you looking for an affordable (and cute) car for your teen driver? We recently drove the 2020 Bolt EV and found it to be a top pick for your teenager’s first car. The best part – your teenager won’t be coming to you for gas money, because it is a fully electric vehicle! Let’s start by talking about the best part of the car – being electric. I have never driven a fully electric vehicle before. Plus, being known for frequently running out of gas, I was nervous I would run into similar problems with a low battery. That was something I did not have to worry about at all. When I returned home every evening, I would plug the car in, and it was fully charged and “ready-to-go” the following morning. When I took the car to...

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Golf “Fore” Blind Children’s Learning Center

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

As many golfers already know, golf has been one of the few sporting refuges available during the pandemic. Blind Children’s Learning Center in Santa Ana is proud to partner with 19th Hole Golf Productions to host this year’s Dr. Frank Villalobos Fall Classic at Aliso Viejo Country Club. This physically-distanced event will be held on Monday, October 19 and promises to bring participants closer than ever before to BCLC’s mission – to prepare children with visual impairments for a life of independence through early intervention, education, and family support. For $300 per individual registrant and $1,150 per group of 4, you’ll be able to enjoy Aliso Viejo’s stunning greens while providing life-changing services to the children in our community who need it most. For those who are unable to attend the in-person event, a number of sponsorship opportunities are...

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LEGOLAND California Treats Kids to a Bricktacular Halloween

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Events, Featured, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Fall is a time for costumes, treats and family fun, and even though LEGOLAND® California is still awaiting approval to open, the Resort is joining in the festivities with an outdoor experience of its own…Introducing: Halloween in Miniland! Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during October (Oct. 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30 & 31) the Park’s Miniland U.S.A becomes a not-so-spooky Halloween destination filled with activities, tasty treats and one of a kind LEGO® Halloween décor inviting families to wear their favorite costumes and have safe fun. Halloween in Miniland features character meet and greets, a Miniland scavenger hunt, LEGO building activities, and, of course, a goody bag filled with candy and a LEGO surprise! Families can enjoy savory food options at Smoke House BBQ and NINJA Kitchen and satisfy sweet cravings with LEGOLAND California’s world-famous Granny’s Apple Fries. The treats...

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5 Iconic Skyscrapers to See NYC from Above

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in New York, Travel | 0 comments

There is a lot to see and do in New York City, but one of the must-see’s is the skyline of the city from above. With so many skyscrapers, you have plenty of options to choose from to get different perspectives and appreciate the different architecture of the buildings as well. So for your next trip to the city, here are 5 iconic skyscrapers in NYC to check out and see the city from above: The Empire State Building The Empire State Building is one of the first buildings that many people think of when they imagine New York City. Built in 1931, it held the title of the tallest building for about 40 years surpassing even the Chrysler Building. Fun fact: It only took 14 months to build the Empire State Building during the Great Depression! The Chrysler...

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Daphne’s Debuts New Shawarma and Power Bowl

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Daphne’s, the fresh and wholesome fast casual restaurant known for its nutritious menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, has introduced two limited-time bowls that cater to vegan and protein-focused diets. The vegan-friendly Power Bowl and nutrient-dense Shawarma Bowl are available now through December 31, 2020 at all Daphne’s restaurants across California. Both bowls highlight Daphne’s Mediterranean roots and authentic flavors while also providing healthy, nutritious options for an active lifestyle. The Shawarma Bowl features chicken shawarma, seasoned basmati rice, black beans, roasted vegetables, a chili cream sauce, and is served with a warm pita and garlic sauce. The Power Bowl is a vegan and vegetarian-friendly option packed with seasoned garbanzo beans, spring mix greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red cabbage, kalamata olives, tabbouleh, and served with Daphne’s signature hummus, warm pita, and garlic sauce. For exclusive promotions and loyalty rewards, join the Daphne’s...

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Support Girls Inc. of OC: My Virtual Reality Luncheon

Posted by on Sep 29, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The strong, smart, and bold young women in our community have faced a number of challenges as a result of this year’s unpredictable events. Luckily, there’s a way to invest in their futures and support academic programs without leaving your home! Join Girls Inc. of Orange County at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16 for the nonprofit’s “My Virtual Reality” Luncheon. This livestream event will feature (for the first time ever) Girls Inc. girl host, Bella, a sixteen year old advocate and ambassador, an online auction, and the chance to virtually meet other strong, smart, and bold girls who participate in Girls Inc. of Orange County programming. These girls will engage with the audience and share their inspiring ‘virtual reality’ stories. All attendees will also receive a delicious, celebrity chef and locally-inspired lunch delivered right to your door to...

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The Magical Powers of the Mexican Cantera Fire Opal

Posted by on Sep 29, 2020 in Crystals, Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

While spending the afternoon exploring Joshua Tree, I couldn’t resist visiting the popular Joshua Tree Rock Shop. Knowing that it would be a little pricey based on the location, I ended up finding a unique hidden treasure that was priced just right – the Mexican Cantera Fire Opal. This crystal is a master healer, and quite rare to find. Especially with rainbow hues. It is usually found in specialty gem stores. Priced at just $20 for a thumbnail-sized gem, I was so excited to add it to my crystal collection. There are a couple of different types of fire opals, but this one is mined in the Mexican states of Queretaro (my favorite state), Hidalgo, Guerrero, Michoacan, Jalisco, Chihuahua, and San Luis Potosi. It is a national gemstone treasure in Mexico. This stone has magical powers and helps to...

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Taste of Japan is BACK with a Delicious Pop-up

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Taste of Japan is BACK, with delicious food and drinks! Join us for the ultimate Japanese street food pop-up from 12pm to 2pm Wednesday, September 30th in Long Beach. Plus, the fun continues on October 4th from 12pm to 4pm in Anaheim. Support local Southern Californian businesses while enjoying a fun, safe, experience of Japanese culture. Pre-order instructions available online at www.tasteofjpn.com . Social distancing will be enforced and masks will be required. Pre-order and timed pickups will ensure for minimal lines and maximum distance and deliciousness! September 30th 12pm to 2pm Burger Daddy 149 Linden Ave Long Beach, CA 90802 Get a Taste of Japan with yakitori, ramen and other delicious street foods from the island nation from eateries including Tsujita Artisan Noodle (LA), Tanota Takoyaki (LA), and Drinking Buddy Japanese Artisan Snacks (Long Beach). The event is...

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OC Fair Food Drive-Thru extends into October

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The OC Fair drive-up food fun will continue through October, making the fall even sweeter for fans of delicious fair fare. The Fair Food Drive-Thru will take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 25 at OC Fair & Event Center. New hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. There is no parking and no entrance fee. Guests drive up and order from the vendors and some take credit cards only. Concessionaires remaining through October are Dole Whip, Funnel Cake, Roasted Corn, Juicy’s, Fried A Fair and Who Fried the Cheese. On Oct. 2, these vendors will be added to the lineup: Australian Battered Potatoes, Chicken Charlie’s, Kettle Corn, Mom’s Bakeshoppe, Pink’s Hot Dogs and Old Tyme Ice Cream. And JP’s Old West Cinnamon Rolls joins the...

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Live Music at SOCO + The OC Mix

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Get ready to jam (or unwind) during SOCO’s new live music series which kicked off on Saturday, September 12 at The OC Mix in Costa Mesa. As summer comes to an end and we welcome the new autumn season (along with cooler weather), you can enjoy an added layer of relaxation while shopping or dining at any of the center’s award-winning eateries, boutiques, or design showrooms. Every Saturday now through October 24, SOCO will host live acoustic sessions featuring musical guests Clif Miller and Jimmy Beall Music during the weekend Farmer’s Market. Check out the full schedule below, and don’t miss our exclusive “Designer Tag Sale” event the weekend of October 3-4, where you’ll find discounts on the best brands in home furnishings, design, and décor, and can enjoy special offers from a variety of restaurants + retailers. Good...

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Autumn Equinox ‘Mabon’ Gratitude Jar

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

Yesterday, September 22nd at 9:31 am EST, was the autumn equinox (aka Mabon or second harvest). It is a time to be thankful for a harvest of summer and prepare for the coming winter. In celebration of the equinox, I took the time to express my gratitude by making a gratitude jar. Supplies Needed Glass jar Gratitude list Dried citrus Pinecones Acorns White candle Cinnamon stick Gravel or dirt Love and an open heart Directions Gather all the items into a glass jar Everyone writes their gratitude list and puts it inside Place the jar in the center of the table or alter. Light the white candle and take time to think about what you’re grateful for. What is the Autumn Equinox Equinoxes have been celebrated for generations, and it has a very specific and powerful spiritual meaning. The...

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The Hairs of Venus: Golden Rutilated Quartz

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Crystals, Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

While looking for some Moldavite, I stumbled upon a cute little store in San Clemente where I ended up spending a couple of hours with the owner looking over his unique crystal collection. Two of the crystals that I was immediately drawn to were the Golden Rutilated Quartz (aka The hairs of venus) and the Red Rutilated Quartz (aka red hair quartz). The Golden Rutilated Quartz is a powerful healing stone with vibrations to help you with connecting with angels. The minute that I held the stone, I could feel its calm and loving vibration. It is very uplifting and joyful. It will help you with infusing light into your energy field. Healing Properties Filters negativity Stimulate hair growth Aid with respiratory wellness Balancing of your heart Cleans and energizes Strengthen motivation/willpower The combination of the quartz and rutile...

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BRUXIE Returns to its Roots as it Re-Opens in Old Towne Orange

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

What started out as a single 400-square-foot location nearly a decade ago in Southern California’s historic Old Towne Orange is now experiencing a rebirth as BRUXIE re-opens its original location on Tuesday, September 22nd. BRUXIE gained instant widespread recognition for presenting a creative and unique take on The Sandwich, going on to become one of the most successful and innovative fast casual dining concepts. The investor group behind returning BRUXIE to its roots is led by Gordon Miles, the Founder & Chairman of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurants. Gordon grew Bubba Gump into an operation with annual sales of over $200 million comprising 32 casual seafood restaurants (including 10 in six countries outside the US) before successfully selling the business to Landry’s Restaurants in 2010. BRUXIE’S UNIQUE APPEAL BRUXIE’s unique appeal hinges on using a light, crispy version of...

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FREE drive-in Screening of “RBG” at Tustin’s Mess Hall

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

Tustin’s Mess Hall, a new chef-driven food market, partnered with the Santa Ana-based independent movie house, Frida Cinema, to offer Dine-In, Drive-in Movie Nights every Tuesday at 8PM. In honor of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the two concepts have come together to offer a special, FREE drive-in screening of “RBG,” the Oscar-nominated documentary on September 30th. The screening will begin at 8PM and guests may arrive starting at 6PM to secure their spot and dine with participating restaurants (TBA) inside Mess Hall. Ticket information and further updates about this event will be added to https://thefridacinema.org/ in the coming days. Date and Time of RBG Screening September 30th 8pm (arrive at 6pm) Location Mess Hall 1705 Flight Way Tustin, CA 92782 About Mess Hall Mess Hall is home to 10 innovative, chef-driven concepts and hosts a variety of socially-distanced...

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Amphibole Quartz aka Angel Phantom Quartz

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Crystals, Spiritual Healing | 0 comments

When driving along the coast with a friend, we decided to see if there was a crystal store in town. We were passing through Carlsbad and noticed that there was a crystal shop that we had not yet visited, so we made a quick stop to check it out. After learning that it was in the heart of Carlsbad Village, we both had the perception that it would be more of a boutique store, and that the prices would be super high. To our surprise, our perception was wrong, and we ended up discovering one of the biggest hidden gems in California. We ended up spending a couple of hours exploring the unique collection of crystals that the owner had, and one of my favorites that I was extremely drawn to was the Amphibole Quartz aka Angel Phantom Quartz....

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TCL Presents Golf4Hope

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and TCL is challenging ourselves and our friends to make a difference in the lives of those affected. TCL is sponsoring Golf4Hope, charity golf tournament, to raise money and awareness for a group of families that really needs assistance through the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), an organization with a simple mission to help underprivileged children and their families manage the journey of care that comes with a diagnosis of Cancer. As a longtime supporter of ENF, TCL is pleased to announce our 1st annual Golf4Hope Tournament on October 23, 2020 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, CA. The Tiki/Hawaiian theme event will include golf, lunch, raffle prizes, a silent auction and banquet with proceeds supporting the foundation’s flagship program “Ride With Emilio” which provides free transportation to underserved families who have children...

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Rubio’s Giving Free Chips & Guac on National Guacamole Day

Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

On Wednesday, September 16, Rubio’s is celebrating National Guacamole Day by giving out free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Tortilla chips are also prepared fresh daily with a light sprinkling of all-natural sea salt. Simply enter coupon code MKTG958 for online orders placed at rubios.com or in the Rubio’s app, or present the coupon: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-guacamole-day at any of Rubio’s participating locations. (Guests may only use one coupon per transaction on this day, for either free guac and chips or for Rubio’s Back to School special for a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entrée every Wednesday in September: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/free-kids-meal-purchase-adult-entree.) Rubio’s and COVID-19 Operations at Rubio’s have shifted greatly due to COVID-19. While food safety and cleanliness...

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Halloween at Descanso Gardens

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Believe it or not, ‘tis almost the season for everyone’s favorite gourd—pumpkins! This fall, if you’re looking for a Halloween experience that’s less about frights and more about the joy of the season, then Descanso Gardens has the perfect activity for you. Throughout the month of October, the Gardens will celebrate Halloween at Descanso, a pumpkin-filled extravaganza that invites guests to safely wind their way through socially-distanced pumpkin-themed displays in the most popular sections of Descanso Gardens. Entering through the main lawn, guests of all ages can explore a twisting hay maze or take photos at the Gardens’signature Pumpkin House, made entirely of real pumpkins. From there, they can follow the path to the Camellia Forest, where they’ll know they’re entering a special place, passing under a spectacular Pumpkin Arch. The path through the forest will contain special surprises...

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Patty’s Cakes & Desserts Celebrates 35 Years

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Patty’s Cakes & Desserts celebrates 35 years in business and ten years at its storefront in Fullerton, California. In addition to its regular menu of fresh-baked offerings, the award-winning bakery debuts a full lineup of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes available daily. They recently introduced new flavors like Very Berry Strawberry, Snickerdoodle, Blueberry Pancake, S’mores, and Chocolate Caramel Salty. With nearly 100 flavors of iced-to-order cupcakes available daily, Patty’s Cakes & Desserts offers one of the largest and most comprehensive cupcake menus in the country. In 1985, Patty Gomez started her business as a single mother from her home kitchen. Her passion for baking and cake artistry began as a home-spun hobby and has since grown into one of Orange County’s most established and respected bakeries. Her expertise has earned her bakery national recognition as a nine-time recipient for both...

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Ocean Institute’s First Virtual Maritime Festival

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Garnering support from oceanic institutions worldwide, the Ocean Institute – an Orange County-based ocean education center offering in-depth marine science, maritime history and outdoor education programs – has announced it will replace its annual Tall Ships Festival with its first Virtual Maritime Festival, a multi-layered interactive and educational event featuring a three-day global stream marathon, September 11th to 13th. During this three-day stream marathon, Ocean Institute will bring together maritime establishments from around the globe, with interactive virtual experiences ranging from maritime reenactments and cannon battles to mermaid encounters, sea shanties, music and a sail cargo transporting coffee through the Costa Rican jungle. Featuring both live and pre-recorded content, an event highlight is the debut of “Buccaneers Video Game Challenge” utilizing an icon representing The Pilgrim – Ocean Institute’s former full-sized replica of the 1830’s merchant ship detailed in...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Registration for Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ two schools – American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities will offer live virtual classes starting in September. Attached is a release that talks about Studio D., in particular, and the new features that have been developed in order keep kids (ages 3-22) healthy and secure at home until it’s safe to return to the Center’s studios. Registration is available now. Even though classes are virtual, size has been limited to six people only, enabling teachers and support staffs to give their fullest attention and to engage with their students as much as possible. It’s best to sign up soon. Scholarships are available. We invite your readers and followers to learn more about Studio D. through the information that you can share from the release and...

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How This app Can Protect Your Child from Cyberbullying?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2020 in Education, Family, Tech | 0 comments

We do not have to tell you this, but you probably already know that smartphones and other digital devices are now an integral component of our daily lives. This is particularly true for your child. Someone growing up in an environment where digital technologies are pervasive will consider them to be a normal part of life. However, if you follow the news, you also know that the internet and similar technologies have a dark side as well. For example, parents frequently cite inappropriate content and loss of privacy as the leading dangers but cyberbullying is another serious threat that is overlooked. In this article, we are going to explore this facet and evaluate how a parental monitoring app such as XNSPY can help you deal with the matter. The threat of cyberbullying You probably experienced or saw someone being...

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On The Way to Bass Lake, Don’t Miss the Madera Wine Trail Wineries

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

Central California’s Madera County is the largest rural county in the state and home to the Madera Wine Trail. The landscape stretches from productive farmlands to rolling foothills and upward into the High Sierra. It’s no mystery why this countryside has been winemaking since the 1800s, the weather is warm, the skies are clear and the snowcapped mountain tops nourish the foothills and central valley. “Visitors from across the state are taking notice of the amazing adventures they can find in the heart of California. People don’t have far to travel to find outdoor options that give plenty of space for social distancing. Plus, we have sunshine more than 300 days of the year,” says Rhonda Salisbury, CEO, Visit Yosemite | Madera County. “Not only can people play here year-round, but excellent wine grapes grow here, too. Maximizing a...

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How to Keep Your Family Cool When the Heat Wave Comes to Your Neighborhood

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Events, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

As years get hotter and hotter, it becomes more and more important to keep your whole family cool and safe. Babies, small kids, and teens are all sensitive to hot weather. It takes a toll on everyone. Hot weather is also troublesome for elders, as many of them can experience heat strokes and dehydration. Even those who love the sun know that the heat often rises a bit too much — particularly if you work or reside in places that don’t have air-conditioning. Fortunately, in this post, we’ll share some of the best ways to keep your whole family cool and safe from heatwaves. Fan the Fans Although a bit retro, box and ceiling fans are the absolute tools for keeping your house and family cool if your home doesn’t have air-conditioning. If you place a box fan near...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Diaper Donations

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

OC Rescue Mission has recently announced an urgent need for size 5 and 6 diapers, 3T-5T boys and girls pull-up pants, and baby wipes for its large number of toddlers and young children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility for homelessness in Orange County. The organization is seeking help from the local community to provide a combined total of more than 21,000 diapers, pull-up pants and wipes, which will provide a month’s worth of supplies lasting through September. Donations have fallen significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. “The pandemic has been extremely difficult on our community, and donations are more critical now than ever before,” says Palmer. “While diapers are a continuous need at the Rescue Mission, we are currently experiencing an alarming...

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Locca Churros & Tea Introduces DIY Boba Kits

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

South County’s favorite boba shop, Locca Churros & Tea, has good news for boba tea lovers, as they have launched a DIY Premium Boba Kit. The family-friendly activity provides a box with the boba and a variety of tea to make as many as 16 drinks. Available in-store at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo or on Locca’s website for $35 per kit, the “Daily Joy” Boba Kit contains Organic Earl Grey, Organic Matcha, Premium Jasmine Tea, a package of boba/tapioca pearls, and eight boba straws. The “Classic” Kit contains organic black tea, organic earl grey lavender tea, and premium jasmine tea. These three tea variants contain caffeine. Boba lovers can make their own milk tea by brewing one of the teas in the DIY kit, then adding milk, whether it is oat milk, lactose-free milk, almond milk, or regular milk....

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Yoga on Tap

Posted by on Aug 25, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Yoga is a powerful practice and important to our minds, bodies and souls, but sometimes we can take it a bit to seriously. Haus of Show is here to help you remember to crack a smile when you’re standing strong in your tree pose. Our Haus is built on the philosophy that fitness can be fun, experiential yet still provide healthy benefits. We bring outdoor workouts such as yoga, surfing and SUP to our OC communities for all levels at an affordable price. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Malarky’s; Helmsman Ale House to bring you “YOGA ON TAP”, a 1hr Vinyasa Flow offered every other Tuesday evening from 6pm-7pm on Malarky’s new outdoor grass patio. And of the course, serving up a pint of ice cold Helmsman Ale to each of our yogis. How do you practice...

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No Fair? Mutt Lynch’s Introduces OC Fair-inspired Foods

Posted by on Aug 18, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Mutt Lynch’s has introduced a menu inspired by the funky foods found at the OC Fair. Available for a limited time, the special menu sees the addition of iconic Fair favorites, including Giant Turkey Legs and Deep-fried Oreos. When the OC Fair was canceled this year for the second time in its over-130-year history due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Mutt Lynch’s found a way to keep its magic alive with a special menu recreating some of the Fair’s most iconic dishes. Mutt Lynch’s is offering the following OC Fair-inspired foods which will be available through Labor Day: Giant Turkey Legs – jumbo smoked turkey leg fit for a king, served with your choice of dipping sauce German Pretzel – giant, pillowy pretzel served with whole grain mustard & queso two ways Corn Dogs – a dozen mini corn dogs...

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OC Rescue Mission Seeks Community’s Help as the New School Year

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

OC Rescue Mission has announced an urgent need for funding to provide long term distance learning for its 61 homeless children living at its transitional facility, Village of Hope, for the 2020-2021 school year, which begins in less than two weeks. This urgent need follows Governor Newsom’s recent order to convert all Orange County schools to distance learning models for the upcoming school year, according to Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. The Orange County Rescue Mission plans to convert existing office space into classroom environments, as well as bring on one full-time, credentialed teacher and two teaching assistants to support the high number of children living at the Rescue Mission. To donate and help bring a quality educational environment to these homeless children, please visit https://www.rescuemission.org/distance-learning-campaign/. For questions about donating, please call (714) 247-4343. About Orange...

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Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach Expands NEW foaVIRTUAL

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The celebrated Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is proud to continue to fulfill its mission and support local artists with the recent expansion of the non-profit’s latest digital initiative. The new 3D immersive online gallery, foaVIRTUAL, now allows guests the unique opportunity to listen to audio from participating artists as they explore and purchase artwork from over 120 Festival of Arts exhibitors. As virtual guests navigate around the gallery, or take a guided art tour, select artists now offer voice recordings that share details on their backgrounds, careers in art, and even stories behind the artwork on display. Artists like watercolor painter Kirsten Whalen offer audio that expands on her current series on display, and photographer Jeff Rovner reveals hidden details in his display, which is dedicated to artificial intelligence. Rovner’s audio describes that each photograph of a...

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Raw Bar by Slapfish Offers $1 Oysters on National Oyster Day

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Seafood lovers have something to celebrate on National Oyster Day when Raw Bar by Slapfish offers $1 oysters on Wednesday, August 5, from 12 to 9pm. Guests who purchase one dozen of the sexy bivalve mollusks will also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to enjoy on their spacious outdoor patio. Raw Bar will serve a variety of east coast and west coast oysters on the half shell with shallot vinegar, grated horseradish, and cocktail sauce. Widely known as an aphrodisiac, oysters are also high in protein, zinc and B12. The Surf City restaurant also recently launched a summer special of fresh Maine lobster and unveiled a new cocktail menu. The 1.25 lb. whole poached Maine lobster is available chilled and stuffed with more lobster and served with a split top butter roll or served hot with Raw Bar’s...

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Cox Communications Donates 300 Computers to Capistrano Unified School District

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Cox Communications has donated 300 computers to Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) to enable low-income families to connect with educators and resources during the current emergency distance learning state. Cox utilized nonprofit Computers2Kids, San Diego, to deliver these devices to the South Orange County school district. Cox piloted the now national Connect2Compete program in San Diego in 2012 with local schools and organizations. Connect2Compete includes in-home wifi, free installation and access to the online Cox Digital Academy. As back-to-school fast approaches, Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company’s low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support. For information about Connect2Compete, families can visit...

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Give Back with Miracles for Kids: A Slice of Summer Online Auction!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Looking for a unique way to help your community during these tough times? Miracles for Kids’ A Slice of Summer Online Auction gives you the chance to do just that! Featuring 10 summer-themed items ranging from a round of golf on luxury greens to a private in-home dinner for you and your guests, the Irvine-based nonprofit is turning fun summer activities into a new opportunity to provide support to families with critically-ill children. We guarantee there is an auction item for everyone whether you prefer staying indoors or socially distancing outside. Shop all auction items here online. In addition to receiving unique items and experiences, participants will feel empowered knowing that their contribution will help Miracles for Kids continue to provide necessary resources to critically-ill children and families who need it most. Bids for the A Slice of Summer...

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The OC Rescue Mission: Donation Needs for Christmas in July

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the more than 260 men, women and children currently residing at its various campuses and the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. “Christmas in July,” which is an annual event, will be held on Friday, July 24 and will consist of a celebration that aims to bring the hope of the holidays to resident families living at the Rescue Mission. The Christmas in July event will feature winter-themed games, crafts and other fun activities. In addition to these activities, residents will be provided meals by the Tustin District Chick-fil-A. Donations Needed Diapers (toddler sizes 4, 5, 6, 7) Baby food and formula Canned protein (tuna, chicken, ham, sausage) Canned beans (kidney, pinto) Canned spaghetti sauce and soup Disinfectant spray and wipes...

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Everything at Your Fingertips: 10 Must-Have Items No Bathroom Cabinet Should Be Without

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

Regardless of the number of people living in the home or the size of the bathroom, certain items must appear in the bathroom cabinet. Having these items on hand guarantees they remain easily accessible when a family member becomes ill or when an emergency arises. A well-stocked cabinet ensures last-minutes runs to the pharmacy become a thing of the past. What ten items need to appear in every bathroom cabinet? Band-Aids Cuts and scrapes happen. No matter how much a person tries to avoid accidents, it’s impossible to sidestep them completely. Having bandages on hand allows you to treat these injuries promptly. Always keep a variety of sizes in your 36 inch bathroom vanity for this reason. When an injury is covered, it tends to heal more rapidly while protecting the injured skin from friction, dirt, damage, and bacteria,...

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Celebrate LIT Cafe’s 1-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

LIT Cafe is turning one! Though the restaurant’s official anniversary is on July 1, Anaheim’s favorite modern dining destination will be celebrating for the entire month of July with a special (and tasty!) $1 menu. See below for the full list of food, drink, and pastry offerings that you and your loved ones won’t want to miss! Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 “Heath Bar” cookies with chocolate + cornflakes Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 handcrafted grapefruit-citrus soda available with purchase of any entrée. Tuesday, July 7/14 through Friday, 7/31: 2 for $1 Chouquettes with pearl sugar For more information on LIT, please visit: http://www.litcafeoc.com or follow the restaurant on Instagram @litcafeoc. DATE Tuesday, July 7 – Friday, July 31 TIME Tuesday through Wednesday: 10am – 1pm Thursday through Saturday: 10am – 2pm LOCATION LIT Café 1071 North...

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OC Together: Do Your Part and Wear a Mask

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Events, Health, Hoag Health | 0 comments

Hoag Partnership While there has been a lot of controversy in our community surrounding wearing or not wearing a mask, Hoag Health is asking our community to come together this 4th of July weekend and all wear a mask. This weekend, if we all wear our masks, we can help keep our family, friends and community safe from #COVID19 and other contagious diseases. Hoag Hospital is well-equipped to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those with other conditions, said Senior Vice President and Chief Hospital Operations Officer Marcy Brown. While they are well equipped to help our community during this pandemic, they need our help in preventing the spread of the disease so that there is less impact on the nurses, doctors and hospital staff. According to the CDC, cloth face masks are recommended as a simple barrier...

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2020 Virtual OC Fair

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The 2020 OC Fair is going virtual! While fairgoers may not be able to hop on their favorite carnival ride or enjoy crazy Fair food in person, we are keeping the spirit of the Fair alive on social media and ocfair.com. Starting July 17, several Virtual OC Fair elements will be highlighted each day on social media through July 27, with lots of fun content on ocfair.com all summer long. Videos of your favorite performers, photo galleries of summer memories, family activities, special contests and more will bring that OC Fair connection to people no matter where they are. Even the OC Fair Fun Run 5K is going virtual and the prizes are terrific! Virtual fairgoers can learn how to create Fair-style crafts at home, get the skinny on making deep-fried Oreos, take a tour of Centennial Farm, decipher...

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Secret to a Successful Business: Russell Brunson Traffic Secrets

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sponsored Do you have an online business? Finding customers is one of the biggest challenges for most online business owners. Russell Brunson has recently published an incredible book, “Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers.” While reading the book written by the Best-Selling Author & CEO of $100M software company ClickFunnels, I did a 30-day challenge to slowly start implementing his advice into my business. While reading the book over the past 30 days, I was able to learn classic and foundational direct marketing techniques to be at the front of new trends and to see opportunities that are invisible to everyone else. I learned how to master evergreen traffic strategies in order to find my dream customers. Since I am a very visual person, I loved how the book had...

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Celebrate Toast Kitchen + Bakery’s 2-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Toast Kitchen + Bakery is turning two! Though their official anniversary is on July 24, Costa Mesa’s favorite modern diner will be celebrating throughout the entire month of July. Join Chef John Park as he and his team celebrate two years and enjoy weekly specials on Toast’s most popular menu items including craft cocktails, entrees, wine and dessert. See below for the full list of offerings! Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5: 2-for-1 craft cocktails during Happy Hour (Between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Tuesday, July 7 to Sunday, July 12: Bottles of wine for $20.00 (All day) Tuesday, July 14 to Sunday, July 19: Cookies for $2.00 (All day) Tuesday, July 21 to Sunday, July 26: Pints of ice cream (Boba ice cream included) for $7.24 (All day) Tuesday, July 28 to Friday, July 31: 2 entrees...

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Never Forget to Do These 3 Things If You’re Left to Your Own Devices While Aging

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

As we age, we need to consider how and where we will live, who will take care of us if we are no longer able to do it on our own, and our finances. For those of us with a partner or family, the process may seem cut and dry. We may designate our partner or family members as caretakers, medical proxies, and beneficiaries of our estate. However, more of us are aging alone or remaining single in our golden years. Many aging singles may be wondering how to go about planning for those golden years. While some of the details of end-of-life planning can be more obscure for singles, the overall framework is similar to those who have partners or families. Here are some important steps you don’t want to neglect if you’re aging alone. Establish a Support...

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Alegría Fresh Produce is Now Available to the Community

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Alegría Fresh is offering an important avenue of support by providing its regenerative organic locally grown produce to the community again. Today more than ever, most people need to strengthen their immune systems, feel better and have more energy. The FarmBoxx includes 23+ heart, gut and brain healthy greens, herbs, veggies and edible flowers, delivered same-day within hours of harvest. At a time when people need a healthy boost, the quality, freshness and diversity in the FarmBoxx delivers it. In partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Bank of America, Alegría Fresh designed, built and manages the SoxxBoxx Farm, a regenerative organic food production engine located on the Food Bank parking lot in Irvine. Customers may place orders on Second Harvest Food Bank’s website by Thursday at noon for Friday delivery. Each FarmBoxx is $30...

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Outdoor Patio Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 in Dining, Events, Featured | 4 comments

With the reopening of restaurants taking place across Orange County, we have discovered the best places to enjoy outdoor patio dining in Orange County. Las Brisas Perched above the scenic Laguna Beach coastline, Las Brisas is a classic Southern California restaurant that delivers stunning ocean views with a sea-to-table menu infused with traditional Mexican flavors. Upon reopening earlier this month, the restaurant debuted a brand new outdoor “Margarita Garden,” complete with ocean views, astroturf, and socially distant tables to enjoy bites and sips. In addition, the restaurant features an abundance of space, including a bar lounge area, several dining room areas, and a scaping patio, all with ocean views. SOL Mexican Cocina Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, SOL’s kitchens feature a unique spin on fresh, healthy, coastal Mexican food, lovingly made from scratch. Open for lunch,...

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Flower Duet’s Online Living Art Camp

Posted by on Jun 20, 2020 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

For the summer of 2020, Flower Duet wants kids (and their parents) to learn how to make fabulous floral designs, botanical crafts and gain a few entrepreneurship skills, too! Flower Duet’s online Living Art Camp weeks will enable anyone to fill the void many summer camps left behind after being cancelled due to social-distancing guidelines. To align with many parents’ desire to keep kids occupied over the summer with activities that are fun and educational, Flower Duet designed 12 weeks of “Living Art Camp” themes ranging from American Flowers Week to coincide with SlowFlowers.com annual celebration of American flower farmers, to Wizard Week for fans of Harry Potter. Flower Duet will be showcasing STEAM topics in every weekly camp theme. STEAM & Floral Design Flower Duet’s Digital Summer Camp Activities for 2020 includes the themes of Classic Art, Garden...

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Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is Back with The Moonlight Special

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in Events, Featured, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is back riding the narrow gauge rails through the Sierra Nevada, just four miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park. With daily rides departing at 9:00 A.M and 11:30 A.M., and weekend excursions at 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. Young and old alike will enjoy wind-in-your-hair moments through the tall pine trees and sweet-smelling bear clover. And now, another fan favorite returns for the season: The Moonlight Special Every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 P.M.​​​​ Seating is very limited and reservations are required. The night begins with a barbeque dinner served on the socially distanced outdoor picnic tables. Live musical entertainment at the station, an evening steam train ride, a sing-a-long at a roaring campfire located at the halfway point in the forest, and ends with a ride back to the station...

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Movies Under the Moon: A Carpool Cinema Experience

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

As Orange County residents and avid movie-goers Moonlight Events OC sorely missed going to see a movie with friends and family. They knew that with this quarantine provided everyone the chance to grow and reflect individually, and as a result there would be a great chance to bring the community together afterwards. They hope to provide Orange County residents with a safe and socially-distanced gathering for them to celebrate an American Holiday and the joys of reuniting with friends and family. Dates July 3rd and 4th, 2020 Location City National Grove of Anaheim 2200 E Katella Ave Anaheim CA 92806 Movies/Times Shrek Fri/Sat 7:20pm Independence Day Fri/Sat 10:30pm Pricing $40/car parking fee. Tickets are available in advance online. VIP parking options are available. $9.50/person on top of parking fee *Children under the age of 5 free admission *Portion of...

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Floating into Summer in Style

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Summer is finally here. The pools are finally open. The beaches are finally open. That means it is time to float into summer on stylish SwimWays Spring Floats. Living in Southern California, we spend almost every summer day at the beach or the pool. Because we spend so much time in the water, we are always looking for the best products to bring with us to get the most out of our sunny summer day experience. SwimWays Spring Floats have been one of our must-have summer accessories for years. I always keep an Original Spring Float in the trunk of my car for the unplanned stops at the pool or beach. What I love...

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When the Sea Wind Blows: 10 Evergreen Summer Fashion Tips

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Warm weather signals the season for comfortable, breezy clothes. It may also be the time of year when you look forward to buying dresses, shoes, hats, and jeans for planned events like a vacation or wedding. The temptation is to choose on-trend things that make you feel chic or simply pick out clothes that you will wear only once. Real fashionistas avoid those kinds of mistakes. They follow a few standard rules that ensure they are well-dressed but don’t end with a closet full of pieces they’ll never wear again. The primary key is to find your look, invest in timeless, multi-purpose pieces, and make sure everything fits perfectly. Create a Capsule Wardrobe In the 1970s, wardrobe consultant Susie Faux dreamed up the idea of the “capsule wardrobe” after becoming frustrated with decision fatigue. She suggested that, rather than...

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Latest Eyewear Trends: 2020 Most Popular Frame Styles

Posted by on Jun 15, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

For so long people looked at glasses as a necessary evil, with their bulky frames and thick lenses that hide some of our best facial features. Now, we turn to glasses for big, bold fashion statements, or sometimes subtle colors and nuances that complement our face. There are sunglasses, reading glasses, everyday glasses, trendy aviator glasses, and blue light glasses to protect your eyes from the constant plaguing of a screen all day. Whatever the reason there are constantly new styles, colors, and shapes for every season and every reason. Look no further for the latest eyewear trends in 2020. Nerdy Chic Looking to add some attitude without an overstatement? Jazz up your features and match whatever you are wearing with chic clear frames. These new frames look great on any skin tone, eye color, or face shape! For...

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Safe Summer Fun: Irvine Summer Drive-In Series

Posted by on Jun 15, 2020 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

Enjoy movies and concerts in the park – with a twist – during the Irvine Summer Drive-In Series. This series of modified events brings the community together while safely following social distance guidelines. The Summer Drive-In Series features movies on the big screen and live concerts to the Orange County Great Park in drive-in format every Saturday this August. Park your cars, bring a picnic basket, or plan to purchase treats from gourmet food trucks. Space for this special event is limited, and guests must register in advance. The drive-in will be set up in parking lot 2 at the Great Park: Concert gates open at 4:30 p.m. and start at 5:30 p.m.; movie gates open at 6:45 p.m. and movies begin after sunset, approximately 8:15 p.m. Guests will be able to listen through amplified sound or tune in...

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Selanne Steak Tavern Father’s Day Brunch

Posted by on Jun 12, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Selanne Steak Tavern celebrates Father’s Day with its first dine-in brunch for 2020 on Sunday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dads can enjoy sweet and savory dishes such as Chicken and Waffles with bourbon maple syrup; Selanne’s Benedict with Nueske’s ham; “Kevin’s” Bananas Foster French Toast with whipped mascarpone; Teemu’s “Brunch” Burger with wagyu beef, house sausage and Kurobuta pork belly; and Steak Bacon and Eggs with crispy pork belly. Other brunch favorites include: shrimp and king crab cocktail, hash browns au gratin, bacon and eggs poutine and a shareable gooey sticky bun. A kids’ menu is also offered. In addition, creative cocktails, bubbles and fine wines will be offered including The Breakfast of Champions Bloody Mary, mimosas and 11 sommelier-selected sparkling wines by the glass. Selanne Steak Tavern 1464 South Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA...

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Master Chef Susumu Ii opens Sushi Ii in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jun 11, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

In mid-February, Sushi Ii quietly opened its doors in Newport Beach. Located on the second story of Mariner’s Pointe, Master Chef Susumu Ii presents a Japanese dining experience steeped in tradition, craftsmanship, and time-honored technique with his eponymous Sushi Ii. Now that Orange County restaurants can resume dine-in service, Sushi Ii has reopened its doors. The restaurant is one of Orange County’s newest eateries, but Sushi Ii is the culmination of decades that Chef Ii has spent meticulously dedicating to mastering the traditional art of sushi. Distinguishing Sushi Ii from other authentic sushi restaurants is Chef Ii’s spirit of shokunin – the relentless dedication and pursuit of perfection in one’s craft. Rooted in centuries of tradition, the menu at Sushi Ii pays homage to the fading art of Kansai-style pressed sushi, with omakase and a la carte options reflecting...

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Segerstrom Center’s Five Days of Broadway Musical Theater Camp

Posted by on Jun 10, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is proud to announce that enrollment is open for its acclaimed Five Days of Broadway musical theater camp. Out of an abundance of caution for campers, faculty and staff, this year’s camp will take place entirely online, offering aspiring young performers an immersive experience all from the safety of home. A faculty of Broadway actors and leading industry professionals will coach campers in all aspects of musical theater through interactive, live virtual classes. Topics include: acting, musical theater, dance, improv, puppetry, scene writing and acting on film. All experience levels are welcome to either of the two sessions offered for middle school and high school-age students. Middle School Week runs June 22 – 26, 2020 and is designed for ages 11 – 13. High School Week will take place June 29 – July 3,...

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Fantastic Book for Kids and Families to Read Together: “The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot”

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Books, Entertainment | 0 comments

Josh Gottsegen’s “The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot,” available for pre-order through Amazon and iBooks, is a quick-paced and fun new adventure novel that incorporates strong values while teaching important life lessons. One of the best books for kids and families to read today, “The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot” is filled with thrilling, comedic, and sometimes harrowing tales to help children understand the importance of not giving up on their dreams, even when faced with adversity. “The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot” will be available to purchase on paperback, as well as eBook on June 23, 2020. About The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot As a young chipmunk, shy, bookish Rockford T. Honeypot had dreams of thrilling adventures across the forest. However, timid of danger and germs, his only adventures were found in books and his imagination. When...

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Stay Cute at Home With Comfortable T-shirts

Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Fashion | 0 comments

While we are all still at home during the stay-at-home order, stay comfortable while looking cute in one of these comfortable t-shirts. In A World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind’ Print Crew Neck T-Shirt $6.99 Looking for that ‘jeans and a nice top’ vibe? We’re obsessed with our Black ‘In A World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind. Featuring a ‘In A World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind’ slogan print with a crew neck in a loose fitting style, you’ll be all about this top, girl. Keep it looking cute for those daytime vibes and team with a leather jacket thrown on top, ripped jeans and fresh trainers for the ultimate look. California Graphic Print T-Shirt $9.99 Not heading anywhere anytime soon? Get those holiday vibes in our Blue ‘California’ Graphic Print T-Shirt. Featuring...

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Father’s Day Guide to the Best Gifts

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

Show Dad how much he means to you by giving him one of these special gifts or a yummy jerky gift baskets! CLIPOFF Tie Stay Nothing says “Happy Father’s Day” like a picture perfect tie ensemble! CLIPOFF provides the flawless finishing touch to any suit and tie ensemble. Using a magnetic fastener, it’s a simple and functional way to prevent repositioning. Becoming a welcome addition to the bars, clips, tacks and chains that are better known for tie security, this Tie Stay remains invisible eliminating any distraction from your look. Price: $12.00 Wild Willies’ Hemp Beard Elixir with Fresh Squeeze Scent For the dad with the great beard, Wild Willie’s Hemp Beard Elixir is the perfect gift! With essential fatty acids and the ideal balance of omega 3 and 6, Hemp seed oil is the perfect ingredient for locking...

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Heartwarming Documentary DADS will Debut on Apple TV+

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Apple today unveiled that new documentary and official selection of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, “Dads,” is set to make its global premiere just in time for Father’s Day on Friday, June 19th, exclusively on Apple TV+. About DADS “Dads” is a heartfelt and humorous documentary that celebrates the joys and challenges of parenting in today’s world. Featuring six extraordinary fathers from across the globe, this film offers a firsthand glimpse into the trials and tribulations of modern-day parenting through revealing interviews, rare home-movie footage, viral videos, and hilarious and thoughtful testimonials from some of Hollywood’s funniest celebrities, including Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Ron Howard, Ken Jeong, Jimmy Kimmel, Hasan Minaj, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, Will Smith and more. Making her feature directorial debut, Bryce Dallas Howard also offers an intimate look at the dads...

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Melissa’s Selected as the Official Produce Parter of the Las Vegas Raiders

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Events, Hot Topics, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Melissa’s/World Variety Produce Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership as the Official Produce Supplier of Allegiant Stadium and proud partner of the Las Vegas Raiders, effective May 2020. Melissa’s has been at the intersection of food and sports for two decades and has been reimagining the culinary experience in America for almost 40 years. By leveraging a strategic sourcing platform built upon global access and local growing, Melissa’s provides its customers with the finest produce throughout the seasons and offers over 1,500 products at any given time. The company’s products and services are sought out by a wide range of culinary professionals, from Michelin-starred chefs to foodies and home chefs alike, seeking the very best in quality and flavor. Melissa’s is perfectly suited to offer its elevated culinary experience to fans at the new Allegiant Stadium. With...

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Best Summer Toys for Kids

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Family, Toys | 0 comments

Were you a big summer camp kid? They say summer camps can teach important life skills such as patience, how to treat a sunburn, and creative ways to get along well with others. The sickness (COVID-19) is cancelling 2020 summer camp programs left and right! Parents are scrambling and wondering how on Earth they’ll keep their kids entertained… for three whole months. What may sound like an impending nightmare can actually be an opportunity for fun, family bonding! Let’s bring what kids love about summer camp (games, action, laughter) to the backyard with a Goliath Sports obstacle course starring the Crush it Bat and Zoom Ball Hydro! First things first, set up a bucket or chair at a favorable distance and place something on top as a target. This item is going to be wrecked by the Crush it...

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Glasspar in Dana Point is Ready to Safely Reopen

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Glasspar in Dana Point is ready to safely reopen. Chef-owner Rob Wilson and his team have gone through California’s 12-page document and 90-point guideline for resuming dine-in service. Since the guidelines were released last week, Glasspar has retrofitted their restaurant and made adjustments to service to meet and exceed the State’s proposed guidelines by removing tables, installing sanitizing stations, and providing the staff with RealShield™ PPE. While many of the State’s Individual Control Measures and Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols were already part of Glasspar’s standard operating procedure, Wilson has implemented the following additional safety measures: For Guests – Installed hands-free door openers to restroom doors – Added 6 additional EcoLab sanitizing stations available to guests throughout the restaurant – An overnight cleaning crew will disinfect the restaurant with a COVID-19-sanitizing fog, twice a week – All surfaces will be...

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Let’s Celebrate! Memorial Day Dining in Orange County

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Dining, Family, Featured | 0 comments

Let’s celebrate Memorial Day this year by enjoying delicious eats from one of these top Orange County restaurants. The Ranch Restaurant 1025 E Ball Rd #101A Anaheim, CA 92805 BBQ PACKAGE, $50 Preorder by Thursday 5/21 for pick-up Saturday 5/23 and Sunday 5/24. Family-style ready-to-eat package serves 2-4 people. Includes instructions to reheat. HALF RACK OF BABY BACK RIBS 4 BBQ CHICKEN THIGHS 4 JALAPEÑO-CHEDDAR SAUSAGES SIDES SMOKED BAKED BEANS CREAMY COLE SLAW MAC N’ CHEESE CAN’T MISS ADD-ONS 1 POUND ‘SANTA MARIA-STYLE’ BBQ TRI-TIP, served with Tortillas, Salsa & Beans, $29 1 POUND PULLED PORK, served with House-Made BBQ Sauce & 8 each Portuguese Slider Buns, $21 FULL RACK OF BABY BACK RIBS, $30 ‘COOK AT HOME’ BURGER PACK, $38 Serves 4 people. 4 RANCH STEAKBURGERS, includes 4 OC Baking Company Potato Buns, Butter Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, Sliced...

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Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Partnership The minute that I saw the trailer for Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy, I immediately knew that I wanted to see the film. The film took me on an incredible journey into the life of this amazing woman. Having such a strong passion for the Mexican culture, I feel in love with the story of these woman’s life. Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of cookbook author and British ex-pat Diana Kennedy – widely regarded as the world’s expert on Mexican cuisine. At five feet tall and 97 years old, Diana is larger than life: a foul-mouthed fireball far more feisty and energetic than her age and petite frame let on. Author of nine Mexican cookbooks, she has spent over 60 years researching and documenting the regional cuisines of Mexico. Kennedy has...

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The Last Kids on Earth Hottest Toys

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Toys | 0 comments

One of our kid’s favorite series to watch on Netflix is The Last Kids on Earth. Now, kids can expand on their favorite series by playing with one of these cool new toys. These toys make for the perfect end of school year gift for kids to enjoy playing with throughout the summer. The Last Kids On Earth Toys Jack Action Figure $9.99 The Last Kids on Earth 2. 5” Jack Sullivan and his iconic Slicer are ready to survive the Monster Apocalypse! Aim and shoot the disk launcher at zombies! Includes 1 Jack figure, 1 launcher, 1 disk, 2 zombies, 3 figure bases and 5 diorama pieces Complete your collection with June, Dirk, and Quint figures (each sold separately) Suggested for Ages 6+ The Last Kids On Earth Smashin’ Dozer Action Figure 6″ Scale Playset with Disk Launcher...

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Everyday California Reopens Kayak and Board Rentals

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

La Jolla-based ocean adventure and lifestyle company, Everyday California, just announced the reopening of their kayak, surfboard, boogie, snorkel and paddle board rentals, so locals can get out on the water to unwind and enjoy San Diego’s beautiful coastline while staying safe. To ensure the safety of their customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Everyday California is thoroughly sanitizing all gear between uses, has put a limit of only two kayaks every 30 minutes, and requires customers and staff to wear a facemask and maintain 6 ft. distance from one another. Single and double kayaks are available, however double kayaks may only be used for individuals quarantining together. A full rundown on preventative measures and precautions for Everyday California’s rentals can be found HERE. Rentals are available for booking online at www.everydaycalifornia.com or by calling 858-454-6195. In addition to rentals,...

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John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) Educates Youth on Sun Safety

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF), a nonprofit organization that is committed to fighting cancer through courage, strength and grit, has announced that it will partner with TropicSport, a reef-friendly sunscreen and skin care line, to provide co-branded mineral facesticks to youth across the U.S. while educating youth about the dangers of sun exposure through its skin cancer education program, Block the Blaze. Block the Blaze is funded by JWCF and a leader in youth skin cancer education and prevention, educating nearly 25,000 junior lifeguards every summer and another 50,000 youth in school presentations throughout the year. Block the Blaze is the official partner of the California Surf Lifesaving Association (CSLSA) to provide skin cancer education to CA junior lifeguards. Now expanded into more than a dozen additional states, the program educates youth through in-person presentations surrounding sun safety and...

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The Winery Restaurant Features New COVID-19 Safe Dining Experience

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

In preparation to reopen its dining rooms safely once state mandates allow for it, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has begun to implement measures that follow safety guidelines given to restaurants in the region. The Winery Founding Partner JC Clow has partnered with Super Color Digital to create partitions between tables, at the bar top and surrounding the host stand, where guests check in before they are seated. The restaurant utilized the expertise at Super Color Digital to create a safer, yet continued elegant dining experience. Every CDC safety concern was considered during the design and installation of dining room partitions designed to deflect a large number of airborne particles that may be produced by breathing or an involuntary cough or sneeze. By creating a barrier between customer tables and seating areas, The Winery has the ability to...

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Give the Gift of Jada Jo Jewelry

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership Looking for a unique gift to give someone you love? One of our favorite brands makes the perfect gift, especially for the person who seems to have everything. Jada Jo Jewelry is beautiful, unique, and tells stories from around the world ~ creating jewelry that is unique pieces of art. The one thing that first caught my eye about Jada Jo was their unique bracelets. While I love wearing beautiful bracelets, it is rare to ever see me wearing a necklace. It wasn’t until I started exploring the Jada Jo website that I fell in love with so many of their necklaces, and decided it was time to explore adding necklaces to my fashion accessories. I ordered the Sahara Druzy Necklace featuring a beautiful piece of agate. The necklace represents the deep colors of the Sahara desert. It...

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You’re Invited: SCOOB Movie Night

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the whole Mystery Inc. Gang are bringing the party to your house this Friday, May 15th. Join them for the #ScoobMovieNight premiere event on Twitter starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Follow @SCOOB on Twitter for the #SCOOBMOVIENIGHT Premiere Event featuring cast, musical performances and exclusive clips. Here’s a Party Pack and Activity Guide to get you and the family ready for the big night! You can also learn the #ScoobDance on TikTok from celebrity dancer, Jalaiah Harmon: video here Starting this Friday, May 15th, “SCOOB!” will be available for a 48-hour rental via Premium Video On Demand for $19.99, or premium digital ownership for $24.99 (prices listed SRP). The title will be available on participating digital platforms. For more details please visit https://www.watchscoob.com. Have fun with your family this Friday at the SCOOB family movie...

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Quicker Than Quick: 30 Minute or Less Cookbook

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

From beloved Los Angeles-based cooking instructor and author of KITCHEN MATTERS, Pamela Salzman, comes PAMELA SALZMAN’S QUICKER THAN QUICK: 140 Crave-Worthy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Foods in 30 Minutes or Less- a cookbook complete with quick, delicious meals and kitchen hacks that make home cooking a breeze. Life, whether one works outside the home or not, is really, really busy. In a perfect world, we would write out our meal plans for the week, shop accordingly, and cook nutritious meals every day with ease. But some days, the orthodontist visit runs late, or there’s more traffic than usual, or the chicken was never defrosted. And some days, we just don’t have the energy to cook for an hour even if we have the time. Enter QUICKER THAN QUICK, the book you will reach for time and again when you...

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The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season Two Giveaway

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 2 comments

Lincoln and his sisters are back in The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 DVD, where lessons are learned, friends are made, and everyone is making moves. Arriving May 19, 2020, these 13 episodes are packed with favorite characters, new adventures, lots of laughter and more. The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $13.99. The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 episodes DISC ONE Out of the Picture / Room with a Feud Back out There / Spell It Out Fool’s Paradise / Job Insecurity ARGGH! You for Real? / Garage Banned Change of Heart / Health Kicked Future Tense / Lynner Takes All Yes Man / Friend or Faux? DISC TWO...

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Kid-Friendly Mother’s Day Recipe for Brunch During Quarantine

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Catalina Island, Family, Recipes, Travel | 0 comments

Honoring that special person in your life this Mother’s Day might look a bit different in 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, there are ways to be creative with gifts made with love at home. Roberto Hernandez, Executive Chef for Catalina Island Company including its Avalon Grille and Descanso Beach Club locations, is sharing his delectable French Toast with Bananas and Nutella recipe especially for Mother’s Day at home this year. It’s easy enough for the kids to cook themselves (with a little help here and there, depending on their ages) and sure to be a “mom-pleaser.” The French Toast with Bananas and Nutella recipe is part of an ongoing Catalina At Home series of delicious, easy-to-make recipes developed by Chef Roberto exclusively for those who want to bring a taste of Catalina Island to their...

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You’re Invited: Segerstrom Virtual Spring Carnival

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts | 0 comments

“Come one, Come all!” Segerstrom Center for the Arts invites you to celebrate Spring at its first virtual Spring Carnival on May 17. Enjoy fun, food and crafts, all accessed virtually from the comfort of your own home. And admission is FREE to the Center’s Spring Carnival. In the days leading up to the carnival, we invite you to join the fun with our series of Instagram challenges. Each challenge hints at an activity that will be included with our May 17 carnival package, and is a new way to get creative at home. There’s something for everyone, from cooking up your version of the perfect carnival snack to inventing your own game with materials you can find around your house. With a little imagination, that cardboard box, pool noodle, and loose tennis balls in your garage are a...

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Shop, Stay, Eat and Play in Costa Mesa

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Featured, Giveaways, Travel | 16 comments

While this is a very uncertain time, the future ahead is bright and sunny, especially in our favorite Orange County city – Costa Mesa. As our family eases back into traveling, we plan to start by staying close to home with mini staycations, and Costa Mesa plans to be one of our first destinations. Why Costa Mesa? The city is rich with culture, arts, shopping, and of course…cuisine. While most places are not quite open for business, soon they will be, and now is the best time to start planning your upcoming family getaway in Costa Mesa. Best Places to Stay in Costa Mesa Avenue of the Arts, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel Unparalleled comfort and a scenic lakeside setting facing Segerstrom Center for the Arts are found in this AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel. BLVD Hotel BLVD hotel is just...

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Best Gifts for Mom

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Family, Mother's Day, Shopping | 0 comments

Want to get your mom something that will make her feel special? Wondering what to get? We have found some of the best gift ideas to get your mom for her birthday, mother’s day or just to tell her that you’re thinking about her. nyl Skincare nyl® skincare focuses as much on what is not in our products as what is, and we’ve found ways to leave the bad stuff out, leaving only the natural active ingredients in. nyl products are free of man-made chemicals, toxins, parabens, animal products and petroleum products. Everything we make is vegan (we don’t use beeswax), never tested on animals, gluten-free, and contains organic ingredients. Price: $18.00 – $150.00 Sunshine & Glitter Bring out the shimmer & shine! Sunshine & Glitter is your go-to SPF line for a summer glow. Check out their new...

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Homebodies: What To Wear At Home

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Beauty, Fashion | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect outfits to wear at home? We have found the top fashion finds to help you with staying comfortable, active and present during the stay-at-home order. Grey Crop Loungewear Set $18.99 Lounge in style in our Grey Crop Jumper Loungewear Set featuring cropped hoodie and long legged pants. Style with some cool, chunky trainers and you’re good to go! Pink Off Shoulder Loungewear Set $18.99 Get yourself relax ready in this Blake Pink Off Shoulder Loungewear Set. With a perfect matching co-ord to chill in you can be sure that although you’re relaxed to the max no style points are sacrificed if duty calls. You can guarantee that this hot new loungewear set, including soft cuffed joggers with a drawstring waist and a cropped matching off the shoulder top, will have you chilled to the extreme....

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Beef Tenderloin with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo Sauce in Five Steps

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

In time for Cinco de Mayo, Executive Chef of Mundo Cuervo Eduardo Marín takes inspiration from Jose Cuervo’s newly launched Tradicional Añejo for a culinary creation: Beef Tenderloin with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo Sauce in Five Steps. One of the hallmarks of the Relais & Chateux culinary program at Solar de las Animas is the creation of recipes using local ingredients, rich in history and tradition. For this “chef at home” series, Chef Marín has paired an all-time Jalisco favorite – Beef Tenderloin – and blended in a delicious secret ingredient: Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo. Jose Cuervo’s Tradicional Añejo’s distillation process follows Cuervo’s original recipe, before aging for at least 12 months in new American oak barrels and then finished in Irish single malt whiskey barrels. The primary notes are cooked agave, toasted nuts and vanilla, with secondary notes...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County Online Fundraiser

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Girls Inc. of Orange County (GIOC) girls are at risk and need your help! Luckily, the organization’s first ever online fundraiser gives YOU the chance to do your part and donate so that the organization may continue providing online learning resources to combat the significant loss of learning during this time in addition to helping girls make heathy decisions while assuring them that they are not alone. The online fundraiser will begin on Monday, May 4, running all week long through Monday, May 11. Because of COVID-19 and with schools and community centers closed for the remainder of the school year, these girls are at risk of falling behind in addition to many now having to take on more responsibilities at home.  Most of the girls that Girls Inc. of Orange County supports live in poverty, with 80% living...

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Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games Giveaway

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 4 comments

The Bubble Guppies are swimming back onto DVD for a fin-tastic collection in Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! Arriving on DVD May 12, 2020, preschoolers can dive into lots of fun and games with their favorite Guppies. Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $10.99. Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! episodes The Summer Camp Games! The Super Ballet Bowl! The Elephant Trunk-A-Dunk! Puddleball! The Glitter Games! Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! synopsis Get ready to dive into five swim-sational episodes packed with fun-filled sports and games as the Bubble Guppies take part in the Summer Camp Games, the Super Ballet Bowl, the royally awesome Glitter Games, and more! Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! fast facts Street Date: May...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with SOHO TACO

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Cinco de Mayo is in just a few days, but why not celebrate it every day! Treat your family to a special (and delicious) dinner from our favorite taco spot – SOHO TACO this Cinco de Mayo. They are currently offering 99¢ happy hour tacos from 12-1 pm, family meals, and a limited-time Cinco de May package. Place your order online today. Exquisite Tacos Enjoy some of their finest tacos served on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla. 99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P TACO: Carne Asada ($3.79) – Grilled Certified Angus Beef® onions, cilantro & guacamole escabeche on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla (99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P) TACO: Pollo Asado ($3.79) – Grilled top quality chicken, onions, cilantro & guacamole escabeche on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla (99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P) TACO: Carnitas ($3.79) – Top quality slow braised pork, onions, cilantro & guacamole...

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Fable & Spirit, Dublin 4 Gastropub & Wineworks for Everyone Reopen for Takeout Service

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Get ready to raise your glass because three of our favorite O.C. restaurants are coming back! Beginning Tuesday, April 28th, Dublin 4 Gastropub and Wineworks for Everyone will reopen for takeout service, offering a menu of food, wine, beer and cocktails. Executive Chef David Shofner presents signature dishes for guests to enjoy at their home, while Sommelier Ali Coyle curates a list of wines offered at exceptional prices, and Director of Spirits Drew Coyle presents a selection of cocktails to go. Guests may order by phone by calling (949) 582-0026 or online at dublin4gastropub.com or wineworksforeveryone.com (current menu offerings listed on the website). Orders may be placed between Noon and 6 p.m., for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurants will be closed Monday. Contactless curbside pick-up can be requested when placing orders. Dublin...

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Puesto Reopens for Takeout & Delivery in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Orange County will be able to enjoy a contemporary and approachable take on authentic Mexican cuisine as Puesto at the Los Olivos Marketplace in Irvine reopens for takeout and delivery on Tuesday, April 28th. Sourcing its ingredients from in and around the state, Puesto has earned national acclaim for its Mexico City-style tacos made with non-GMO organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, crispy melted cheese and scratch salsas. Guests may order and pay via phone or online at eatpuesto.com for takeout (promo code EATPUESTO may be used for 15% off orders for pick-up). Curbside pick-up available upon request. In addition, delivery is available through DoorDash, Postmates and Grubhub (promo code not valid for 3rd party delivery services). In addition to a menu that includes its award-winning tacos, Puesto is offering a Family Taco Meal with choice of Chicken Rajas, Carnitas,...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County “Safer at Home” Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

As we continue to practice “Safer at Home” guidelines, it’s important for us to continue our relationship with girls throughout Orange County. At Girls Inc., they want girls to be reminded that we are still in their corner by writing messages of encouragement and inspiration during this critical time. We kindly ask that messages be addressed towards the following ages groups. • Lower Elementary: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade • Upper Elementary: 3rd through 5th Grade • Middle School: 6th through 8th Grade • High School: 9th through 11th Grade • High School: Graduating Seniors To support this effort, please email your messages to the Volunteer Services Department at [email protected] Inspire a Girl – Post a Video A great way to spread empowering messages is through social media. Join us as we engage in strong, smart, and bold activities that...

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Protect Your Tech with Urban Armor Gear

Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Partnership With stores being closed, it is more important than ever to protect your tech gear. With our kids needing technology to stay connected for school, and me working from home, I am protecting our family tech gear with Urban Armor Gear (UAG). When it came to looking for the best products to help keep our technology protected, it was important to me to find a product that is lightweight, but also sustainable. The one thing that I love the most about UAG is that its Outback series features 100% compostable bioplastic. Plus, it is packaged using zero plastic and 100% recyclable materials. I love how protected UAG keeps my phone during the quarantine. While out on a recent walk around the neighborhood, my phone dropped out of my hand but did not have any damage because of the...

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