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OC Rescue Mission Turkey Trot

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Events, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

Need a fun way to work up an appetite before this year’s Thanksgiving meal? Join hundreds of fellow walkers and runners for Orange County Rescue Mission’s 6th Annual Turkey Trot OC 5K walk/run on Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 a.m.! Kicking off at Village of Hope, this 5K run/walk is a great way to spend time outdoors while helping families in need. All registration fees help to provide hot meals to homeless families. This year’s goal is to raise $44,000 to provide 30,000 meals. After completing the flat and fast USA Track & Field Certified 5K that starts and ends at Village of Hope, participants will enjoy post-event awards, prizes and treats! Dogs on leashes are allowed, strollers are welcome, and costumes are encouraged! To register online, visit my.rescuemission.org/turkey-trot-oc/ DATE/TIME Thursday, November 28 Registration opens: 6:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk starts:...

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Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 0 comments

The jewel of California’s missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano will kick off its 30 day Capistrano Lights nightly Christmas tree lighting programming with a special Opening Night event on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Opening Night requires a special ticket to attend. During opening night, guests can enjoy the beautifully decorated historic grounds which also includes 10 community Christmas trees decorated by local community groups such as the Inn at the Mission, Mission Hospital and SEAS Productions. As Mission San Juan Capistrano guests enter the grounds, they will receive a special candle to place within the Ruins of the Great Stone Church to make a personal prayer or wish for the coming year. Guests attending Opening Night can visit and take “selfies with Santa” in the Mission’s 18th century historic Sala building, meet Mrs. Claus, view the Mission’s beautiful 10’...

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Getting Fit at Yoga Six

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Events, Fitness | 0 comments

We visited as a guest What a fantastic experience I had at Yoga Six! The ambiance of Yoga Six is incredible. It has a spa-like and feels like a mini-retreat for the mind and body, especially for a stay at home mom. As soon as you walk through the shoe free studio, soft music greets you along with the friendly instructors. The natural flooring grounds your body as you proceed to the proper studio. Yoga Six has created an inviting space to enhance and deepen one’s practice. For instance, Y6 Hot, the room temperature was set to 96 ° F to encourage the flow of sweat and warm the entire body. Throughout the 60 minutes instructed class, the combination of poses and flow was so elegantly arranged to be both challenging and encouraging. The instructor was warm-toned and offered...

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2019 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

From the heart of Orange County to the easy breezy coast, Orange County has some of the most delicious Thanksgiving offerings available in Southern California. Montage Laguna Beach Resort brings four times the fun with a four-course tasting menu in The Loft, brunch and dinner at Studio and its annual Masterpiece Celebration in the Grand Ballroom. Just a little north in Laguna Beach, Selanne Steak Tavern’s patrons will savor a three-course spread. At Hotel Irvine, diners can select indoor Thanksgiving dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar or outdoor family fun and dining in The Backyard. And to round out the festivities, Fashion Island Hotel’s Oak Grill will serve a holiday buffet for the entire family. Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420 Thanksgiving Day at The Loft Thursday, November 28, from 12 to 9...

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The Newly Reimagined Boys & Girls Club of Irvine

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 in Education, Family | 0 comments

I am an official ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast For many of us who grew up in the ’80s/’90’s, our memory of the Boys & Girls Club was dirty carpets, torn couches, and pool tables. Well, those days are gone, and the Boys & Girls Club has transformed into one of the best places for children to learn and grow after school. The Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast (Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, and Santa Ana) have recently undergone a $2 million transformation. I took my son last week to the all-new Irvine location to get an inside look at their high-tech teen room. The Irvine Club is equipped to educate youth for the careers of the 21st century while continuing to advance the IMPACT Model that motivates members to...

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Miracles for Kids Raised a Record-Breaking $1.8 million

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, nonprofit organization Miracles for Kids raised a record-breaking $1.8 million at its signature Annual Night of Miracles Gala. 100% of the funds raised during the evening will go toward their mission to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families in need. Themed this year “Rock the Miracle,” the 2019 Night of Miracles Gala was presented by Xponential Fitness and welcomed over 500 of Southern California’s most influential business leaders and philanthropists at the picturesque Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. This year’s gala stage welcomed Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress, Michelle Williams. Known worldwide as an active philanthropist and supporter of children’s causes, she took the “Rock the Miracle” theme to heart by inspiring guests with a powerful musical performance directed by Adam Blackstone and Omar Ewdards, whose credits include composing and...

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Luigi’s Mansion 3

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Tech, Toys | 1 comment

Sponsored Get ready to embark on an epic adventure with Luigi in the all-new game, Luigi’s Mansion 3! The interactive family-friendly game is exclusive to Nintendo Switch and makes for a perfect holiday gift. About Luigi’s Mansion 3 In the game, Luigi is invited to the towering Last Resort hotel, but when Mario and friends go missing, our green-clad hero will have to conquer his fears to save them. Players slam, blow away, and vaccuum up ghosts with the all-new Poltergust G-00, and join forces with Gooigi to overcome the puzzling contraptions and mischievous boss on each themed floor. And that’s just the Last Resort: the “ScareScraper” features 8-player local wireless or online co-op gameplay! Features Wield the upgraded Poltergust G-00 to slam and blow away the ghosts’ defenses. Master Luigi’s new powerful moves, like Slam, Suction Shot and...

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2019 Chinese Lantern Festival

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

This November, the Chinese Lantern Festival returns for the holiday season to the Pomona Fairplex with its brand-new illuminated production themed “Blooming Seasons”. Bigger and brighter stunning lanterns, up to 30 feet high, include an 85-foot-wide lantern arch, 100-yard-long breathtaking Ceramic Chinese Dragon, along with ridable “mythical creatures” children’s rides — all on display from the Glade to Lagoon at Fairplex Pomona (1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768) from Thursday, November 21 – Sunday, January 5, 2020. Inspired by the art of Chinese lantern making, dating back 2,000 years ago, guests will experience a vibrant light show with mixed-media lanterns. Throughout the hillside, brilliant lanterns depicting the Amazon Jungle, fruit tree groves, peach blossoms, maple leaves, poppies, cactuses, squirrels, foxes, and more. Each lantern is made of modern materials and eco-friendly technology with brilliantly-lit colored LED lightbulbs, musical...

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6th Annual Festival of Trees

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored Celebrate the holidays this year by starting a tradition of hope and giving with South County Outreach. This year, families are invited to participate in an extraordinary event called the Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees is to help raise awareness and funds for the housing programs at South County Outreach. At South County Outreach, they have provided over 10,493 nights of shelter to working poor and homeless families in 2018. During the event, beautifully decorated trees will be displayed at Park Place Irvine from November 16th through December 6th. Guests are invited to come and admire the beautiful trees and bid on their favorite tree to bring home and enjoy during the holiday season. We are encouraging families to bring their children to admire the beautiful trees and help raise awareness of the work that South...

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Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Create unforgettable memories and become part of the story when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party comes to Southern California this holiday season! This brand-new immersive ice skating experience brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through engaging elements that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats, as performer athleticism mixes with acrobatic and aerial stunts to bring skating skills to new heights. An exciting participatory adventure told through multi-leveled performances that immerse fans into the fantastic worlds of Disney-Pixar’s Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, this all-new show will be skating into the Southland playing L.A, Anaheim, Long Beach and Ontario from December 12th – January 5th! Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Thanksgiving Dinner Donations

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission is calling on the local community’s help for critical food donations ahead of its 54th annual Thanksgiving dinner for more than 570 homeless men, women and children. The food donations will also provide food boxes for families in need throughout Orange County. Donations Needed Stuffing cubes Canned cranberries Frozen mixed vegetables Frozen green beans White granulated sugar Flour Chicken stock Cream of Chicken soup Cream of Mushroom soup Canned vegetables Canned fruit Cereal Rice Pasta Canned beans Canned tuna Peanut butter Dry beans Snack bars Instant noodle soup $25 grocery store gift cards OC Rescue Mission Location Donations can be dropped off at Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California. Donations can also be ordered online and delivered directly to Village of Hope. The donation warehouse is open between 8:00 a.m....

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Take a Selfie with SCOOB!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored Scooby-Dooby-Doo! Scooby and the gang are coming back to the big screen next year in an all-new film SCOOB! We were so excited to get a first look at the trailer that was just released, and celebrated with my kids by having our own special Scooby Snacks after lunch. Along with the trailer release, we learned about the fun Scoob Selfie! Scoob Selfie Warner Bros. has launched a puppy SCOOB augmented camera activation via the scoobselfie.com site. This will allow fans to play with SCOOB on a custom IG, FB, Snap interactive lens. With the lens, you can take a selfie with SCOOB licking your face or on your shoulder, while the frontward facing lens will allow you to play fetch with him. Visit scoobselfie.com now to take a selfie with Scoob. About SCOOB! The first full-length animated...

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You’re Invited: Duck the Halls Tree Lighting 2019

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored Your family is invited to The Market Place in Irvine for the “Duck the Halls” Tree Lighting event. The family-friendly event is the perfect way to start the holiday season, Anaheim Ducks style! During the event there will be fun games, activities, entertainment, and more. Including: Visits with Wild Wing and Power Players Anaheim Ducks Photo Booth Giveaways Anaheim Ducks interactive hockey rink & games Christmas Tree ornament craft area Christmas Tree Cookies, Hot Cocoa, and Christmas Lollipops Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, and Stilt Walkers will also be in attendance! After attending the tree lighting, The Market Place has a fantastic variety of dining options. If your family is looking for something quick and easy there is In-n-Out. Or for those wanting to dine-in, there is Lazy Dog, TAPS, Islands and more. When Sunday, November 17th 4pm –...

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Disney twenty-three Frozen 2 Exclusive

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

After the phenomenal success of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen in 2013, the filmmakers knew they had more stories to tell. Why does Elsa have powers? And why doesn’t Anna? These questions—and many more—will be answered when Frozen 2 opens on November 22. In the new issue of Disney twenty-three, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, writer/director Jennifer Lee and stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) share a peek at the incredible journey all of the characters must take to save the kingdom of Arendelle in the new movie. The issue also features a gorgeous wrap-around cover created exclusively for D23. Also coming to theaters soon is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the 42-years-in-the-making thrilling climax to the Skywalker saga. Star John Boyega and director J.J....

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Top Holiday Drone: DJI Global Mavic Mini

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Christmas, Holiday, Tech, Toys | 0 comments

Sponsored Do you have someone in your life that loves photography and adventure? Then the DJI Global Mavic Mini from Best Buy makes for the perfect holiday gift. This drone has everything you could ever want out of a drone and more. It’s not too early to start finding the ideal tech holiday gifts, and this is guaranteed to be at the top of your loved one’s list. Create Smooth, Vivid Shots Stabilized Gimbal Camera Transform any moment into a work of art.Mavic Mini supports 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K Quad HD videos. A 3-axis motorized gimbal provides superior camera stability and ensures clear, ultra-smooth footage. Remote Controller See what your Mavic Mini sees.A dedicated remote controller maintains an HD, low-latency video feed at a distance of up to 4 km. [3] Detachable control sticks can be easily stored...

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You’re Invited: Oak Walk Model Home Grand Opening Event

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Is your family looking for the perfect forever home? If so, you’re not going to want to miss the grand opening celebration of Oak Walk in Los Alamitos on Saturday, November 9th. The all-new home community features 50 new contemporary townhomes in a family-centric neighborhood. Los Alamitos is a hidden gem with an award-winning school district. Plus, the community is close for those parents who commute to Los Angeles, Long Beach, or Orange County. The homes feature up to 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2-car garages, and are up to 2,188 square feet. The floorplans offer plenty of space for growing families. Also, the homes are affordable, being priced in the high $600,000’s. Bring your family to Oak Walk in Los Alamitos on Saturday, November 9th, from 11 am to 2 pm to get an inside look at the...

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Counting Down the Days Until OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Family, Giving Back, Holiday | 0 comments

This is the third in a series of posts following the path of two young entrepreneurs, 7-year-old Johnny and his 11-year-old sister, Cali, as they prepare to produce, market and sell jalapeno poppers at the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair, which will be held at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope on Saturday, November 2, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Fair will feature unique booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. Johnny and Cali decided to sell jalapeno poppers, along with a jalapeno popper combo with a soda, because they love to eat them at family gatherings and want to share the delicious treats with everyone else. With the Fair date rapidly approaching, the...

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Wireless Earbuds that Deliver on Sound, Quality and Comfort

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Are you a music or sports lover that plays or watches events once a week and LOVES an awesome sound experience? Are you a traveler that needs to have a high-quality sound experience for your tech? The JLab #1 True Wireless Air Family features three new models to give you true wireless earbuds that deliver on sound, quality and comfort. Meet the new squad, perfect fit for any lifestyle. The wireless earbuds are priced to fit most budgets at under $100. They deliver quality sound and comfort for when you’re on the go. There’s the new sport-inspired JBuds Air Sport, business-inspired JBuds Air Executive, and the JBuds Air Icon, an upgraded everyday option. There’s something for everyone to #FINDYOURGO available at Best Buy. Product Specs Truly-wireless headphones Let you listen to your favorite tracks, so you won’t be...

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Davio’s Wine Dinner with Peter Michael Winery

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Irvine | 0 comments

Join Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine for a culinary wine tour of Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma. Taste along with guest host Jeff Ehrlich from one the most respected vineyards in the country. Designed for oenophiles of all levels, the five course dinner with wine pairings will feature regionally inspired foods prepared by Executive Chef Istvan Toth such as Butter Poached Lobster Tails, Confit Leeks, Caviar Mousse and Brandt Beef Eye of Ribeye, Petite Potato Fondant, Charred Caulilini, Truffle Au Jus. Sir Peter started Peter Michael Winery in 1983 with a singular vision: to make wine in the terroir-driven tradition of Burgundy and Bordeaux, under the California sun and in California soil. Today, they make fifteen wines in four varietal categories. All but one are estate-grown in their mountainside vineyards, and all are crafted by hand and in...

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Fresh by Design: It’s Refrigeration, Reinvented

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Appliances, Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Are you looking to remodel your home kitchen? If this is true, the new All-New Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerators Campaign at Best Buy may be right for you. The revolutionary FarmFresh System™ combines four innovative technologies to keep your food fresh up to 3x longer, for less food wasted. With the refrigerator, you can organize your fridge in new ways. FlexBar™ creates extra space in your refrigerator – it’s the perfect home for wine bottles, condiment jars, eggs, and more. Water filtration is important for families with young children. The Bosch UltraClarityPro™ water filter reduces >99.9% of sediments that may be found in your water, including harsh elements like chlorine and chloramine. One of my favorite features is the true counter-depth refrigeration. This freestanding refrigerator sits flush with the countertop, features hidden hinges, and discreet tucked away feet, all...

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Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored A working microwave is essential for families. We use our microwave for everything from warming water for tea to making popcorn to enjoy while watching a movie together as a family. Over the years, our microwave has been put to the test, and slowly, it has started to break. I have been in the market for a new microwave, and the Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave is one that has been standing out from the rest. What stood out to be about the Breville Combi microwave is that it can air fry and is a convection oven. It is so much more than just a microwave. With this microwave, you can air fry (crunchy fries, brussel sprouts, chicken wings), bake, or roast (whole chickens, lasagna, chocolate brownies) or simply microwave with even heat distribution. Plus, it is 80%...

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Day out with Thomas: The Steam Tour 2019 + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him and his best friend Percy for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine and Percy pulls into Southern California Railway Museum on November 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th and 11th. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, and pose for photos on-site with his best friend Percy, stars of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play,...

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Don’t Miss Goosebumps: The Musical

Posted by on Oct 18, 2019 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

There are only a few days left for your family to enjoy of the best theater productions at the Chance Theater in Anaheim. Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium brings the classic book series to life on the stage during a family-friendly production. About Goosebumps: The Musical Brooke and Zeke are thrilled to learn that they’ve won the starring roles in the new school musical — a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the show they’re acting in might be cursed. In the slightly spooky, family-friendly world of Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, Brooke and Zeke must race to find out whether they’re being haunted by ghosts or hoodwinked by pranksters. Dates Performances until October 27th Fridays at 7pm Saturdays at 11am,...

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The Hot Wheels Legends Tour

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is back, bigger than ever, and pulling into the parking lot of the Santa Clarita Walmart at 26471 Carl Boyer Dr. on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the last stop on its international tour before the finals in Las Vegas at SEMA next month. After hosting tens of thousands of fans last year, the ultimate traveling car show is in search of a custom car worthy of being made into an iconic Hot Wheels die-cast vehicle. In true challenger spirit, the second annual Hot Wheels Legends Tour expands with additional and new stops across North American and Europe to give more fans a shot at seeing their custom creation become an iconic 1:64 die-cast toy car. The winning vehicle will again be inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends, a collection of one-of-a-kind cars...

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5th Annual Tustin Food and Wine Festival at the Historic Tustin Hangar

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

With over 90 Varietals of Beer, Wine & Spirits to taste and more than 60 of Orange County’s Top Restaurants; the Tustin Food and Wine Festival is an evening you will not want to miss. Plus, guests get a rare glimpse inside of the historic Tustin Hangar! Bring yourself, your spouse, or your friend to an evening of food, fun and drinks that you will keep you coming back year after year. VIP Tickets $100 (5pm-9pm) includes 1 hour Early Entry, Premium Champagne & added special drink selection from 5-6pm, Reserved Seating & Special Raffle Drawings valued over $150 each. General Admission Tickets $60 (6pm-9pm) Restaurants & Drinks available 17th Street Grill American Grub Swinging Door Anders Catering Apola Gyro Grill Auld Dubliner Belacan Grill Black Angus Steakhouse Bonefish Grill Bronx Sandwich Burger Boss Chaak Centro Coco’s Bakery &...

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Life Imitates Art as Jolie’s Maleficent Learns to Let Go

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a press junket as a guest of Disney After seeing the upcoming live-action film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, I had the honor of attending an event the following day. At the event, the cast came to talk with a group of us about bringing the film to life. The cast was welcomed into the room by the moderator, and everyone in the audience clapped upon their arrival. It was a moment that I’ll never forget getting to be present in the room with some of the most talented actors in the industry. Reprising her role as Maleficent in Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was not as difficult as Angelina Jolie imagined it would be. Jolie spoke about her role at a press conference supporting the film in theaters on October 18th. Although four years have passed since...

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OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 5 comments

Sponsored The Lewis Family Playhouse has a wonderful line-up of family theater productions with OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist being one of the most highly-anticipated. The production is perfect for children over the age of six. About OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist In this joyful retelling of Oliver Twist set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, everyone has to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right. This colorful musical tackles issues of poverty, inequity, greed, and betrayal in a way that’s easy for young people to understand – set to a samba beat and ending with a note of hope. Dates Sat, Oct 19 at 1pm Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 4pm Sun, Oct 20th at 1pm Sat, Oct 26th at 1pm Sat, Oct 26th at 4pm Sun, Oct 27th at 1pm Location Lewis Family Playhouse...

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Tommy Bahama Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

Liven up your holiday celebration with fun and festive cocktails from Tommy Bahama. The Coconut Eggnog Martini and Happy Huladays Cocktail are a great way to celebrate the season. Simply follow the recipe here or stop by any Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store or Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar and enjoy! The Coconut Eggnog Martini is a rich creamy cocktail that packs a nice kick with equal parts Jim Beam® and Cruzan® Coconut rum. For added flavor, coconut milk is combined with heavy cream, vanilla and nutmeg for an out-of-this-world eggnog full of flavor. Coconut Eggnog Martini Recipe 1 part Jim Beam®, 1 part Cruzan® Coconut Rum, 2 ½ parts coconut eggnog (recipe below). Shake all ingredients well with ice, strain into a martini glass and sprinkle with nutmeg. Coconut eggnog: 5 egg yolks, ¾ cup sugar, 1 cup...

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DIY Captain Underpants Pumpkin

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Kit provided from DreamWorks Animation Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This year, I enjoyed watching DreamWorks Animation Halloween special, “The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants: Hack-A-Week,” with my kids on Netflix. After watching the hilarious episode, we were inspired to decorate our pumpkin this year in honor of Captain Underpants. The book series was one of my kid’s favorites growing up. Plus, the all-new animated series on Netflix expands on all the adventures my kids experienced while reading the books. Decorating the pumpkin was super simple and fun to do. You only need a couple of items to create a Captain Underpants pumpkin, and it is so easy that even the youngest of children can participate. About the Special Welcome to Hack-A-Ween Oreeuntashun! This is your ultimate guide to disguises, Sneak-Or-Snacking, and plenty of...

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Rancho Wildlife Boo at the Zoo + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 13 comments

Looking for something fun to do with your children on Halloween? Have kids who love animals? Then Boo at the Zoo is the perfect place to bring your children. Families are invited to Rancho Wildlife on October 31st at 10am, 11am and 12pm. There will be candy treat stations located throughout the venue. Along with trick-or-treat stations, there will be craft tables, vendor shopping and endless animal fun. Children are encouraged to come in costume, and RSVP is required. Families can RSVP by calling 949-589-7900. Where Rancho Wildlife Foundation 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 When Thursday October 31st 2019 10am, 11am, 12pm Price Tickets are $6 per person, and valet parking is $8. Reservations are required. Giveaway Enter to win 4 tickets to Boo at the Zoo by leaving a comment below. Earn an extra entry by leaving...

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Portola Coffee Roasters New Seasonal Theorem Menu

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Portola Coffee Roasters’ new Theorem menu offers a multi-sensory craft coffee experience that allows guests to attempt to taste colors. As all Theorem menus, this one features barista-driven coffee creations that focus on sustainable and seasonal ingredients, complex textures, and global flavors. SYNESTHESIA MENU RED Flat Brown – espresso, red velvet ganache, beetroot powder, milk (served hot or cold) PURPLE Iced Latte – espresso, grape juice, lavender, milk (served cold) GOLD Gaspar – espresso, honey, turmeric, milk (served warm) PINK Cold Brew – beetroot powder, strawberry syrup, rose syrup, heavy cream, maldon sea salt (served cold) GREEN Matcha – fresh mint, milk (served warm) The Synesthesia Theorem Menu is available now through Black Friday, November 29. For more information on Portola Coffee Roasters, locations and hours, please visit https://www.portolacoffee.com. Locations – The OC Mix, SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa...

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Scientific Fun

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We have a partnership with Sony The time is here! Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie was an instant hit with my kids, and they were thrilled to learn that they can now have the film as part of our home movie collection to enjoy for years to come. The movie features the beloved Tom Holland as Spider-Man. In this chapter of the story, our friendly neighborhood, wall-crawler, decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plans to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks! In celebration of the release of the film, my son and his friends did some...

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Sneak Peek of Disney+ Lady and the Tramp

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Were you watching ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” last night? If not, we are thrilled to share a glimpse of the all-new, live-action “Lady and the Tramp,” that aired last night. The live-action “Lady and the Tramp” will debut on Disney+ when the streaming service launches on November 12th! About Lady and the Tramp In Disney+’s “Lady and the Tramp,” a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home. Life is good for Lady, an overachieving American Cocker Spaniel who resides in an upscale suburban neighborhood. Her owners, Jim Dear and Darling, spoil her daily and her neighbors, Jock, an outspoken Scottish Terrier and Trusty, a world-weary Bloodhound, are always within...

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Kaleidoscope Hosts a Haunty Halloween with Jack & Sally

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Young ghosts and goblins are invited to Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo for a Haunty Halloween with Jack and Sally on Saturday, October 26 from 3 to 6pm. The afternoon of free family fun will take place in Kaleidoscope’s courtyard with balloon art, face painting, seasonal crafts, a DJ who will spin music, and dance performances by costumed characters. Youngsters will also enjoy trick or treating throughout the center, with the first 300 costumed kids receiving free trick or treat bags. Families won’t want to miss snapping their photos throughout the center, including in front of Kaleidoscope’s colorful Never Lose Your Wonder mural in the main courtyard, the Be You mural on the upper level, and next to festive Halloween displays with colorful oversized pumpkins, life-size BOO letters, and seasonal signs set among giant fall flowers. Guests who want to...

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Girls Inc. Dads for Daughters Poker Tournament

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Girls Inc. of Orange County invites you for an evening of poker, dinner, cocktails and tunes while raising funds for a good cause! On Friday, October 18 from 6:00-11:00 p.m., guests will take part in the fourth annual Dads for Daughters Texas Hold ‘Em tournament while supporting Girls Inc.’s literacy programs. Tickets are just $100.00 and will make a huge impact on the various literacy programs offered by Girls Inc. of Orange County. In addition, there are several levels of sponsorship opportunities ranging from $500.00 to $10,000! Dads for Daughters is an auxiliary of Girls Inc. of Orange County with a three-fold mission: to create meaningful opportunities for greater engagement with our daughters, become better dads to our daughters and role models to girls in our community through learning and educational opportunities, and to instill in our own daughters...

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DelFrescoPure Family Fun Night Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Recipes | 5 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do with my children is to cook a healthy dinner and then spend the rest of the evening play board games together. I learned that one of my favorite produce companies, DelFrescoPure, was hosting a family game night giveaway. When I discovered the news, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. I try to grow most of my fruits and vegetables in our backyard garden. But, I still need to rely on trustworthy companies to purchase high-quality produce for our family meals. I was recently introduced to DelFrescoPure, and I love everything about their company. First, I love that they are located in Canada. Next to Mexico, Canada is one of my favorite places to visit. The people, the scenery, and the culture is something that I feel everyone...

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Hilarious Family Series: Gabby Duran and the Unsittables

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Featured, Television Shows | 0 comments

We attended the event as a guest of Disney. I love watching the Disney Channel with my children. The one thing I love about the network is that I never had to worry about pre-screening a show before allowing the kids to watch it. I always have comfort in knowing that everything on the network is kid-friendly, and aligns with our family morals. Recently, our family was invited to the Disneyland Resort to get a sneak peek of the new television series, Gabby Duran and the Unsittables. When I told my kids about the event, they could not wait (even my teenagers). The kids had already seen the previews on the Disney Channel and were excited to begin watching the new series. The morning of the event, the kids got dressed right away, and we drove to the Happiest...

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The Latest Sesame Street Live!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2019 in Events, Featured | 1 comment

Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic when it comes to Ontario and Long Beach this Fall! Building on a successful tour with Feld Entertainment’s inaugural Sesame Street Live! show last season in partnership with the non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop, this production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie, Monster, Big Bird and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage. Elmo is inspired to learn a magic trick when he meets magician extraordinaire Justin, who has come to Sesame Street to perform a magic show. But there’s one problem…Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic! Through Justin’s encouragement to practice, work hard and never give up, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey. He learns that it’s okay to make mistakes...

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Don’t Miss Savor Santa Ana + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 11 comments

Orange County’s premier all-ages sidewalk food festival featuring more than forty tastes from downtown Santa Ana restaurants, Savor Santa Ana, returns Saturday, October 12th. At Savor Santa Ana, sample tastes from unique, local and Michelin-rated restaurants and bars throughout downtown Santa Ana. Live musicians and local youth performance groups will perform in pop-up shows along the sidewalks, and a trolley will provide free rides around downtown. The theme will be “Fall Food Carnival,” featuring fire dancers, mystique, and fall food flavors. This marks the seventh Savor Santa Ana festival for downtown Santa Ana, serving thousands of visitors since 2014. Organizers expect to sell the 150,000th tasting ticket this October, a milestone reminiscent of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the City of Santa Ana this year. Savor Santa Ana tickets are just $10 for 5 tasting tickets. Tickets...

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5 Essentials for Road Trips with Babies

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Family, New Baby, Travel | 0 comments

There’s lots to do in the OC, which is why road trips are perfect for your family. Californians are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful natural scenery, and sometimes there’s nothing better than packing everyone into a van and driving off into the sunset. That said, the thought of traveling on the road for hours with babies in tow isn’t always the most wonderful thought. The phrase “preparation is key” comes to mind, and that’s especially true in this case. So here are five essentials to ensure a hassle-free trip: 

Silicone baby bibs Time spent on the road means that your baby might want a snack or two along the way. You can probably see how this situation can easily turn into a huge mess, which could put a damper on your plans. Happy Healthy Parent’s silicone bibs...

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You’re Invited: Las Brisas 40th Anniversary Party

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Las Brisas, the Laguna Beach landmark restaurant, celebrates 40 years of business. To memorialize the milestone, Las Brisas invites the community and guests for a day of celebratory happenings! Giveaways $100 Las Brisas gift card giveaway to every 40th guest to arrive during the hosted reception (4-10 p.m.) 40th Anniversary Party Join Las Brisas for complimentary appetizers and passed bites from 4-10 p.m. in the newly refreshed bar and lounge area. The party will feature a live Mariachi band from 4-6 p.m., acoustic musician Justin Hopkins (from season 2 of The Voice) from 6-9 p.m., a photobooth for guests to commemorate the celebration, and celebrity appearances including Audrina Patridge! All-Day Happy Hour Special prices all-day from the new happy hour menu Free Appetizer Cards Guest can use during their next visit to Las Brisas! At Las Brisas, a strong...

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Second Annual The Taste in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Los Angeles Times The Taste is an annual food and drink festival celebrating the diverse and vibrant flavors of Southern California. In 2018, the festival expanded to Orange County with The Taste in Costa Mesa and now returns for its second year celebrating Orange County’s dynamic culinary scene. Hosted by The Times’ editorial staff and featuring some of the city’s hottest chefs, restaurants and bars, The Taste in Costa Mesa will take place in the expansive courtyard of The MET, transforming the space into a multi-sensory pop-up of music, live demonstrations and delicious cocktail and food samples. Tickets ($80-100) are on sale now and grant access to unlimited tastings from Orange County’s best and brightest. The Taste in Costa Mesa, presented by City National Bank and co-presented by Travel Costa Mesa, is produced in association with Best Events. Second...

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Sage Hill Celebrates 20 Years of Achievements + Pioneering an Innovative Approach to Education

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Education, Family | 0 comments

Newport-based Sage Hill High School is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, looking back at over two decades of innovative education, academic achievements and positive community impact. The school, which was recently named the #1 Best Private High School in Orange County by Niche.com – a ranking and review website for K-12 schools, colleges, cities, neighborhoods and companies across the U.S. – has pioneered a creative and individualized approach to education for Orange County students since 2000, all while earning numerous academic awards, arts + athletic achievements, and making a lasting impact on the community through Sage Hill’s one-of-a-kind Service Learning program. This Saturday, October 12, members of the community will get an inside look at Sage Hill during its annual Admission Open House event, where parents and prospective students have the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, administrators,...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County Teaches Young Girls to Love Your Body, Period

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019 in Events, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Calling all girls! Join Girls Inc. of Orange County – a nonprofit organization that changes the lives of 4,000 girls each year by providing programming focusing on STEM, financial literacy, sound body image, healthy relationships, and college & career readiness – as they host the first ever Love Your Body, Period event. In honor of International Day of the Girl on Friday, October 11, this event will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will teach young girls all about their bodies and how to love themselves. These important lessons will not only build confidence and understanding, but will enable these young girls to be strong, smart, and bold as they take on the adult world. Love Your Body, Period attendees will hear from motivational and inspirational guest speakers from the Girls Inc....

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Wonder of Lights at the L.A. Zoo

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

An annual tradition for holiday-loving Angelenos, L.A. Zoo Lights is proud to invite the Los Angeles community to explore a wild wonderland of light, under the stars at the beautiful L.A. Zoo located in world-famous Griffith Park. Zoo Lights guests can enjoy seasonal treats and visits with Santa for an exciting and festive family-friendly experience every night throughout the entire holiday season. Beginning Friday, November 15, guests may enjoy new features for the 2019/20 season, including the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, more light animals than ever before, beautiful hand-crafted Chinese silk lanterns, and a high-tech interactive display where dancing lights respond to guests’ voices. Every evening from Nov 15 – Jan 5, Zoo grounds will transform into a holiday wonderland with a disco ball forest, whimsical 3-D animations, a water-laser show and much more. Guests will be greeted...

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Support Young Children at the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

This is the second in a series of posts following the path of two young entrepreneurs, 7-year-old Johnny and his 11-year-old sister, Cali, as they prepare to produce, market and sell jalapeno poppers at the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair. The Fair, which will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, will feature booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. Siblings Johnny and Cali decided to sell jalapeno poppers because they love to eat them at family gatherings and want to share the delicious treat with everyone else! Now that they have decided what product to sell, Johnny and Cali are putting their business...

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Culinary Movie Night Fundraiser at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

The Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier presents the ground-breaking documentary film “A Fine Line…A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen” screening on Sunday, October 6th at Hotel Irvine’s plush theater. About the Film From director/producer/editor Joanna James, the film explores why less than 7% of lead chefs and restaurateurs are women. It presents perspectives and experiences from world-renowned chefs including Three-Michelin Star San Francisco Chef Dominique Crenn; Emmy award-winning chef and TV host/restaurateur Lidia Bastianich; Two-Michelin Star Chef April Bloomfield; California-based first female Iron Chef Cat Cora; and many others. “Fine Line…” is also the poignant story of small town restaurateur Valerie James – an uplifting American success story about perseverance, family and food. Event Time The fundraiser for the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the event includes a pre-screening reception starting at...

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The Guild Club Experiences a Rebirth at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Husband-and-wife team, Chef Noah and Marín von Blöm, reopen the doors to The Guild Club on Friday, October 4th at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection (3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite G). This sophisticated space located next to acclaimed sister restaurant, ARC, first opened in 2017 as a reservation-only concept by the von Blöms’ DirtySexyHappiness Hospitality Group. The Guild Club uniquely combines simplicity and stunning details to create the ultimate sophistication. New cocktails focus on classics that are made from scratch using rare and superior spirits and technique. Stylistically traditional European beers and a crafted wine list are meant to complement Chef Noah’s limited menu of classic offerings. The Guild Club’s cocktail menu offers the von Bloms’ take on the classics, named after those who enjoyed them. Guests will be able to sip on Kennedy, a daiquiri featuring El Dorado 21...

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Celebrate World Smile Day with GLOwing White Teeth

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Family, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored With World Smile Day happening on October 4th, it is the perfect time to get glowing white teeth with GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Kit. Since my teenage daughter had Invisalign, she has been in desperate need of teeth whitening, but we didn’t know where to start. After doing some research, we learned about the GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Kit. The kit seemed easy enough for a teenager to use, and it did not take a lot of time like other teeth whitening kit. After receiving the kit, we were able to set-up the teeth whitening process within just a few minutes. What my teenager loves about the kit is that she can do it practically anywhere. She can be whitening her teeth while doing homework, watching television, or while reading a book. It is perfect for busy teenagers...

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Lewis Family Playhouse Fall Season

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Sponsored Parents are invited to spark their kid’s imagination and learn to see the world in a whole new way this fall at one of the theatrical performances at the Lewis Family Playhouse. At the playhouse, the MainStreet Theatre Company provides imaginative, professional theatre productions specially designed for youth, school and family audiences mainly adapted from classic and contemporary children’s literature. The MainStreet Theatre Company uses storytelling to introduce ideas and culture to young children. Many children see their first theatre production at the Lewis Family Playhouse, and this season, they have some beautiful productions to take your children to see. The family Fall season includes: OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist In this joyful retelling of Oliver Twist set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, everyone has to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right. This...

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Play-Based Learning with Tinkergarten

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Education, Family, Featured | 1 comment

Sponsored Having a degree in Early Childhood Education, play-based learning has always been a passion of mine while raising my children. There is something magical about watching children learn through nature. My older two children attended a traditional elementary school, and my youngest is currently enrolled in a Waldorf school. I have been able to see the significant difference between the two educational philosophies. I have been able to see how much my younger son has thrived by learning through play, nature, and an education based on my child’s development. “Education is a journey, not a race.” A lot of families that attend our elementary school also participate in Tinkergarten classes with their children. Tinkergarten offers educational experiences for children ages six months to 8 years of age in the best classroom, nature! Children have a unique opportunity to...

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Hoag Medical Group Pediatrics in Huntington Beach New Extended Hours

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Sponsored Parents are busier than ever, and it can often be a struggle for parents to get their children in to see a pediatrician during “traditional” office hours. Hoag Medical Group has recognized the need for parents with young children needing access to later hours and has recently extended the hours at their Huntington Beach location. My children have been being cared for by Hoag pediatricians since birth. The doctors have always taken such excellent care of my children. Not only do they care for all of my children’s health needs, but have also played an intricate role in helping to give us the tools needed to raise healthy children. The pediatricians at the Hoag Medical Group take their time to address all the family needs. They have helped to educate us on the importance of vaccinations, given us...

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You’re Invited: Irvine Spectrum Unicorn Carousel Party

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 in Events, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

Sponsored Something exciting is happening this week at the Irvine Spectrum Center! Your family is invited to an unforgettable celebration for the unveiling of the new carousel Unicorn “Sparkles”! During the celebration, there will be FREE carousel rides, treats, and interactive arts and craft stations. Once your family is done celebrating the newest addition to the Irvine Spectrum Center. Enjoy lunch at one of the premier dining destinations or shop at one of your favorite retailers. Some of our top picks for lunch at the Irvine Spectrum Center for families is California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Dave & Busters, Hello City Cafe, Wahoo’s and TLT Food! Plus, there are endless options for a sweet treat at Yogurtland, See’s Candies or Cold Stone Creamery. The free and fun family event will happen at the carousel on October 4th from...

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Young Entrepreneurs Take on Business

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Siblings at Village of Hope Prepare to Sell their Wares at the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair Orange County Rescue Mission, in its continuing efforts to promote the importance of child innovation and entrepreneurship, will host the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair on Saturday, November 2 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California. OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair will feature booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. This post is the first in a series following two young entrepreneurs, 11-year-old Cali and her 7-year-old brother Johnny as they prepare for the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair. Cali and Johnny moved to Village of Hope with their...

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Girls Night Out at Bacchus

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Dining, Irvine | 0 comments

We dined at Bacchus as a guest Are you looking for the next best place to have a girls night out? We recently discovered one of Orange County’s hidden gems when dining at Bacchus in Irvine. I have been going to the Quail Hill Shopping Center in Irvine for many years, and I don’t know how I never noticed Bacchus? The fun and chic restaurant is tucked in the corner for the shopping community and offers guests incredible cuisine and spirits. Recently, I planned to have dinner with two of my closest friends at Bacchus, and we had an unforgettable dining experience. When we first arrived, we found a quiet table in the back of the restaurant where we took some time to talk and catch-up on all our busy lives. After getting settled in for the evening, we...

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City of Hope “Wishing Tree” at More Than Pink Walk

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Events, Featured, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the special things that my daughter and I saw at the Susan G. Komen More Thank Pink walk over the weekend was the City of Hope Wishing Tree. It was the first thing that we saw at the walk, and we spent more of our time reading personalized wishes on the trees. There were multiple trees where attendees were invited to write a wish on a colored tag, and then hang it on one of the wishing trees. Something special that I learned when talking with the people from the City of Hope is that they have these trees on their campus in Duarte. Plus, they are hoping to have them at the upcoming facility in Orange County that is expected to open in FivePoint’s Great Park Neighborhoods by 2021. The new state-of-the-art cancer campus is...

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Goosebumps The Musical Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 20 comments

One of my favorite book series to read to my children has been Goosebumps. We were immersed in the adventures every night before bed, and we fell in love with the characters. As my children became older, I noticed that they immediately navigated back towards the series. They started rereading the books during their free time, used them for school book reports, and even made their own illustrations from their favorite parts of the stories. The books slowly became worn. The binding of the books became covered with tape, and they still sit on the bookshelves in my kid’s rooms to this day. Along with the books, my kids fell in love with the movies too. We were there on opening day, and my kids were the first to bring home a Blu-ray copy of the movies to add...

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Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company, is pleased to announce the second show in its fifth TYA Family Series… Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium. With book and lyrics by John Maclay and music and lyrics by Danny Abosch, based on the stories by R.L. Stine, and directed by Darryl B. Hovis, Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium will preview from October 4 through October 6; regular performances will begin October 6 and continue through October 27 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Fyda-Mar Stage. The musical follows Brooke and Zeke are who are thrilled to learn that they’ve won the starring roles in the new school musical — a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the...

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You’re Invited: Cadence Park Art Walk

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Events | 2 comments

Enter at Irvine Boulevard and Modjeska and join us for an artful stroll. Help us celebrate the official opening of the Cadence Park Art Walk this Saturday from 11am to 2pm. Meet Art Walk’s featured artists. Enjoy music courtesy of DJ Gingee. Sample food truck fare and enjoy these activities: Go on a View Finder photo scavenger hunt with Urban rock Travel through history with the artist duo Jeanine Centuori and Russell Rock of URBANROCK, creators of View Finder. Engage in this interactive installation piece in the Art Walk by participating in a photo scavenger hunt that will take you throughout the park to discover the history of Great Park Neighborhoods. Participate in a live mural painting with local artist Nate Frizzell Visit with the artist and participate in a collaborative mural workshop with local Los Angeles based muralist,...

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Panificadora Rosarito Bakery

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Dining, Mexico, Rosarito, Travel | 0 comments

Shortly after checking into the Rosarito Beach Hotel, we had lunch at Tacos El Norteño. After lunch, we were in the mood for something sweet, so we walked next door to the Panificadora Rosarito Bakery. The minute that we walked in the door, my tastebuds were tantalized. All I smelled was the scent of freshly baked loaves of bread and pastries. The bakery featured all of my favorite Mexican pastries. There was cookies, cinnamon rolls, freshly baked bread, and more. The owner provided us with metal trays and tongs to select the pastries we wished to purchase. It was the hardest part because I wanted to have a little bit of everything. And, that is exactly what I did. I selected a wide variety of desserts to enjoy back at the hotel. Plus, I purchased some to bring home...

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Epic End of Summer Party: Summer Nights at Cadence Park

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to celebrate the end of summer at Cadence Park! Great Park Neighborhoods is hosting KCRW Summer Nights end of summer celebration on September 28th from 6pm to 10pm. The evening will feature craft beer and wine (for the parents), food truck fare, and lots of dancing. The music will be spun by KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe and Valida. Plus, KCRW podcast listening sessions and storytelling workshops! Don’t miss this fun end of summer celebration with your family! We recommend bringing a picnic blanket, folding chairs and maybe some balls or bubbles for the kids. Date September 28th 6-10pm Location Cadence Park 703 Benchmark Irvine, Ca Cost Free (food trucks and drinks are available for a...

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Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day in Orange County

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Who loves a juicy cheeseburger? Everyone does! Tomorrow, September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day! We have found the best places in Orange County to celebrate the delicious big day! Farmer Boys Offers Its Signature Cheeseburger for $2 Farmer Boys, the home of farm-fresh burgers and always crispy fries, is celebrating with $2 Big Cheese cheeseburgers from 2 p.m. to close at participating locations. The Big Cheese is made with a 1/4 pound of fresh, 100% USDA certified beef topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, dill pickles, and thousand island dressing on a sesame seed bun. Farmerboys.com. Classic Cheeseburger at The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar What’s better than a regular cheeseburger? A cheeseburger with BACON! At The Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita, guests can celebrate the most American holiday ever with the fan-favorite Classic Cheeseburger piled...

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StoryCorps: Stories From the OC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Education, Events, Family, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Sponsored You are invited to have a unique opportunity of being a part of history. Until the end of December, FivePoint is inviting families to tell their stories from the OC with StoryCorps. It is one of the most significant oral history projects where people come to the Great Park Neighborhoods, and record their stories inside of a retro airstream. The recordings will forever be a part of history as they will be preserved in the Library of Congress. How it Works… Reserve a Day Schedule a time online at StoriesfromtheOC.com. Once you’ve made your reservation, bring the guest you will be interviewing to Cadence Park in Irvine to do the recording. What to Expect Once you arrive at the park, you’ll be invited into the building by a volunteer who will walk you through the process. You’ll begin...

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Barrel House Tavern in Sausalito

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Autos, Dining, General Motors, San Francisco, Sausalito, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Buick While on a girls getaway to Sausalito, we had a magical afternoon tree bathing at Cascade Falls, before driving our Buick Envision to Casa Madrona. We relaxed for a couple of hours before having an unforgettable dinner at Barrel House Tavern. We made the short walk from our hotel to the restaurant where we sipped on wine and craft cocktails while basking in the beautiful views of San Francisco. The restaurant has a large outdoor patio where we were served an array of delicious appetizers. We enjoyed flatbread, octopus, avocado toast, and more. Everyone in our group shared all their favorite experiences from the day while relaxing on the patio. As the sun began to set, it was time for everyone to come together in the restaurant for dinner. The tables were...

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School of Rock Huntington Beach Open House

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

Do you have a kiddo who loves music? Are you searching for the perfect place for their to practice their art? The School of Rock in Huntington Beach is the premier music school for children to fall in love with music. At the School of Rock in Huntington Beach, they foster a love for the arts, encouraging kids to unleash their creativity and find their true passions. They are currently hosting an open house event, and you are invited to attend with your children. At the open house, there will be trial lessons and tours. Parents and their children can learn about the different lessons available for drums, guitar, bass, keys, and vocals. One of my favorite things about the School of Rock in Huntington Beach is that the children will perform throughout the year. It gives children a...

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Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Susan G. Komen has been hard at work on the evolution of the Race for the Cure® series, and residents of Orange County will be among the first in the country to see it. Komen Orange County, the second largest Susan G. Komen affiliate in the nation, will hold the new MORE THAN PINK WalkTM event on September 22, 2019. The event, along with a new name, will feature a fresh new look and experience focused on fundraising and energizing the community around the lifesaving work Komen’s supporters make possible. In Orange County, every day, 5 women are diagnosed with breast cancer—each day one local woman will die from the disease. Funds raised at the walk benefit both local Orange County women, men and families, as well as national research—75% supports local programming, while 25% goes to national...

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Tacos El Norteño in Rosarito Mexico

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Dining, Mexico, Rosarito, Travel | 0 comments

The minute that we arrived in Rosarito for a girls getaway, the first thing that we all wanted was tacos. We checked into the Rosarito Beach Hotel, and the staff at the front desk recommended that we try Tacos El Norteño. The taco shop was just a short walk from the hotel, and the minute that we arrived, I could smell the al pastor cooking on the trompo. As the mean was spinning, the juices were dripping down the giant piece of seasoned pork. I was immediately in taco heaven. We went to the front desk to place our order, and I wanted to get a taste of everything. I decided to order an al pastor taco, an asada taco and a mulita (similar to a quesadilla). The meal was extremely affordable with the tacos being priced at just...

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Wellness Weekend Girls Getaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

We visited Sausalito as a guest of Buick My friend had spent a good portion of her life living in San Francisco, and she always talked about how she wanted to have a getaway to Sausalito. She was thrilled when I told her the news that we were going to be spending a couple of days in Sausalito for our girls getaway. When it came to selecting a car to drive around the bay area, there was only one car brand that came to mind, and that was Buick. Buick is well-known for its commitment to encouraging wellness with their drivers, making it the perfect car to drive on our wellness weekend. Along with many of my friends, we fell in love with the Buick SUV look and style after seeing Reese Witherspoon drive one in the first season...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents Anastasia

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale for the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of ANASTASIA coming to the Center November 5 – 17, 2019. From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years! (New York Observer). This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. Tickets to ANASTASIA start...

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Aquarium of the Pacific 15th Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 16 comments

Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The fifteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2019. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island...

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Clean Eating at an Angels Game

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Health | 0 comments

We attended an Angels game as a guest While it is well-known that most people will have a hotdog, peanuts (and beer for the parents) at a ballgame, things have changed. Parents want healthier options for their kids growing bodies – even at a baseball game. Feeding my kids nutritious food is a passion of mine. Ever since my son developed severe food allergies, I saw the impact that processed foods vs. real foods had on his body. Packaged food isn’t always worth the risk of an epi-pen injection with an ER visit. With most stadiums not allowing guests to bring in their own food, we avoided bringing him to events where he would not have access to clean eating until recently. Melissa’s Produce now offers families healthy food options at Angels Stadium and many other locations. With my...

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Toast Kitchen + Bakery All-Day Breakfast Saturdays

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

“Breakfast served until 2pm” is a thing of the past at Toast Kitchen + Bakery! Now, when you dine at Toast on Saturdays, you can enjoy some of your breakfast faves all day long! Toast Kitchen + Bakery has quickly become an Orange County hotspot when it comes to breakfast and brunch and now guests can indulge in Chef John Park’s infamous Thai Chile Chilaquiles, Eggs Benedict Arnold Palmer, and Berry Shortcake French Toast from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. every Saturday! All-day breakfast at Toast is the perfect solution if you’re getting a late start to your day or are simply craving breakfast for dinner. Toast Kitchen + Bakery is Costa Mesa’s modern diner with a twist. Every month, 10% of all proceeds are donated to a different local nonprofit so you can feel good about more than...

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Ocean Heroes After School Science Program

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Ocean Heroes is an after school science program for children ages 8-12 at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Monthly activities correspond with different and intriguing marine science and conservation themes designed to educate, build awareness, and interest about our ocean planet. Kids engage in hands-on labs, interact with STEM professionals and enjoy offsite excursions! Monthly speakers will include PMMC marine mammal care personnel, scientists from the National Marine Mammal Foundation, wetlands and salt marsh experts, youth conservationists and more! 2019-2020 Ocean Heroes Curriculum Throughout the program, newly appointed ocean stewards will learn an incredible array of information, including: PMMC to the rescue! They will learn about the common marine mammal patients they care for at the hospital. Ocean Heroes take a tour of their critical care area with PMMC’s own Animal Care Coordinator. Learning about Animal Care They will...

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Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at The Bowers Museum

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

The Walt Disney Archives celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, and to kick off the festivities, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., will host Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic, offering a rare look at some of the treasures from the Archives. The 10,000-square-foot traveling exhibit opens to the public on March 7, 2020. Guests are invited to step into the Walt Disney Archives as they walk through a dazzling display of more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. Artifacts include never-before-displayed production art from Fantasia, Walt Disney’s office set from Saving Mr. Banks, the original pitch portfolio used to secure investors for Disneyland, maquettes from animated films such as Peter Pan and Frozen, and...

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TAPS Fish House 20th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

TAPS Fish House & Brewery will celebrate the opening of its landmark restaurant in Brea 20 years ago with a three-course menu of original dishes from 1999 on Monday, September 23, starting at 4 p.m. As a tribute to the 20th anniversary TAPS brewers are bringing back the cult classic and award-winning beer Trace of Remy. SEPTEMBER 23 $19.99 MENU OF 1999 DISHES On Monday, September 23, for dinner only at the Brea location, TAPS guests will be able to order from a vintage 1999 menu an appetizer, entrée and dessert, with choices in each category, for $19.99. Starters are French Quarter Egg Roll, Seafood Gumbo or Spinach Salad. Entrée selections are Black Magic Fettuccine, Chesapeake Bay Broiled Shrimp and Jerome and Jose’s Jambalaya. Guests will choose from two original desserts: TAPS Indulgence or Bananas Foster. The 20th anniversary...

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Family Fun at Earthfest 2019 + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 39 comments

Your family is invited to an unforgettable day of fun at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) for Earthfest 2019! At EarthFest, you will see the best of what IROEC has to offer including special activities like: Mini Therapy Horses Geode Hunt OC Fair Centennial Farm Wonders of Wildlife Compost Workshops Beekeeping Demos and Honey Harvest Climate Science Food Forest Exploration Fiber Arts and Natural Dyes Soap Making Tie Dye Leave No Trace with REI Sustainability Presentations in Harrison Lodge Zip Line Archery Puppet Show Taste of Soul on Wheels Food Truck Facepainting Ruci Coffee Cart Pool & Waterslide This day-long event will reflect best practices in environmental education, stewardship, and sustainability. ​Early bird tickets on sale until 8/31/19 – Get yours before they sell out! Ticket levels Kids 5 and under are FREE! EarthFest ticket (required ages...

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New Special Look at Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

A new special look at Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is now available. Watch as Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer and other members of the cast reflect on the legacy of the iconic villain and the brand-new chapter in her story. About Maleficent: Mistress of Evil The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly...

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The Russian Ballet Theatre Performance of Swan Lake + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Ballet, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 32 comments

The Russian Ballet Theatre is thrilled to bring a breathtaking new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to Los Angeles and surrounding areas Sept. 21-26. Tickets for the Los Angeles are performances are on sale now and available online at www.RussianBalletTheatre.com. The performance schedule for Swan Lake is as follows: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the California Theater in San Bernardino; Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside; Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Wiltern in Los Angeles; Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale; and Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts & Convention Center in Oxnard. About Swan Lake Swan Lake, which has mesmerized audiences for over a century, is based on a German fairy tale. Tchaikovsky’s score...

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School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities fall enrollment is now open. The first day of classes on September 9th through November 16th. Spaces are limited and prompt enrollment is encouraged. These classes are designed for all individuals, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, hearing and visual impairments and other complex needs, as well as siblings and individuals without disabilities. What to Expect The classes encourage the students to explore their full physical and creative potential through dance, creative movement, music, and sensory tools. Social skills are also incorporated in the classes and the students build new friendships with their peers. There are daytime and evening classes grouped by age. Class size is limited to 10 students. Tuition Cost Tuition for one...

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Secret Life of Pets 2 Puppy Party

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored The time has finally come to add the Secret Life of Pets 2 to your home movie collection. In celebration of the recent DVD release, our family had a special celebration with our lovely lady Daisy. We started by invited all of Daisy’s puppy friends over for a summer playdate. I served homemade dog biscuits and puppy popsicles. It was a celebration that all the puppies will remember forever. The best part of the celebration was the movie. I set-up our outdoor movie screen and debuted the movie for the puppies for the first time. All of the puppies who attended the party sat in front of the screen, immersed into the movie the entire time. It wasn’t only the puppies who had a great time, but also the kiddos. Our kids snacked on popcorn and sparkling water...

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Bruxie Introduces Sinfully Good HOLY SAUCE

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In celebration of one of its favorite months of the year, SepTENDER, Bruxie is adding a sinfully good Holy Sauce to its already killer line-up of house-made sauces that perfectly complement the special herb and spice batter of its crispy tenders! About Bruxie’s Sauce Developed by Bruxie Founder & Chef Kelly Mullarney, the new Holy Sauce borrows from the flavors of the restaurant’s most popular waffle sandwich, The Holy Chicken. Made with real maple syrup, sriracha hot sauce and smoked bacon, Holy Sauce is a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and smoky — definitely a winning flavor combination. Bruxie Sauces With the introduction of the new Holy Sauce, Bruxie now offers eight unique sauces that each provide a distinct flavor experience. While Ranch and BBQ are the most popular choices, Holy Sauce is expected to quickly become a new...

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Irvine Global Village Festival

Posted by on Sep 1, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

To celebrate 18 years of community fun, the 2019 Irvine Global Village Festival will be one of the largest ones yet! The now two-day festival is October 12–13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., at the Orange County Great Park. It will incorporate the best of Irvine’s historic fall festivals to offer a wide variety of food and music options, interactive activities, and exhibitions throughout an entire weekend. Festival Activities Families will delight in an expanded Kids Village with crafts, a “Seek-a-Treat” fall scavenger hunt, and a petting zoo. Attendees of all ages will enjoy samples of the best international cuisine as well as favorite festival foods for purchase; an Artisans Marketplace and the event’s first-ever art exhibition and demonstrations; and musical performances representing cultures from around the world, as well as your favorite Top 40 cover bands — all while attending...

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Celebrate Hatch Chile Season at Smart & Final

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Events, Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored by Smart & Final It is the most delicious time of the year – hatch chile season. Guess what? Your family is invited to a special family event at Smart & Final in Orange. Come celebrate Hatch Pepper season with Smart & Final for a Hatch Chile Roasting Festival! Plus, there will be live roasting at the Orange location. Come and learn the secrets to a perfectly roasted Hatch Pepper, ideal for salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. Get the chile’s while they’re hot-they’re only in season from August to September! Hatch Chile Celebration Date Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 p.m. Location Smart & Final 1401 E Katella Ave. Orange, CA 92867 Smart & Final was so generous to share this tasty recipe to make for your family after getting hatch chiles from the event....

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Ride in Style Back to School with the Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy Do your kids walk or ride their bikes to school? Surprise them schoolyear with one of the coolest rides to school from Best Buy, the Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter. The Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter has a range of 16 miles before needing a charge. Plus, it can tackle hills at angles of up to 15 degrees effortlessly. With this type of power, your kids can ride this scooter practically anywhere. If you live in an area where the streets are not very smooth, the scooter has 8.5-inch tires. With tires like this, the scooter can handle rough terrain without a problem. With safety being a #1 priority for parents, the scooter has a bright LED headlight for safe driving. Also, kids can get home from school within minutes riding the scooter at its 14 MPH...

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Disney’s Aladdin Came to Life at the D23 Expo

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Legendary GRAMMY Award-winning singer Regina Belle surprised D23 Expo fans and closed out “A Musical Celebration of Aladdin” with a special performance of “A Whole New World” with Norm Lewis on Saturday, August 24th at the D23 Expo in Anaheim. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/H1wHetEiTzY” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe> The magic came to life as hosts Scott Weinger (“Aladdin” animated film) and Linda Larkin (“Jasmine” animated film) took D23 Expo attendees on a magic carpet ride with a show-stopping evening of music and dance performances from stars of stage and screen in celebration of the upcoming in-home release of the live-action adaptation of ALADDIN and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ALADDIN Walt Disney Signature Collection. Other appearances and special guests from “A Musical Celebration of Aladdin” A surprise appearance from Mena Massoud (“Aladdin” live-action) who gave D23 Expo...

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It’s all about Disney+

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

This weekend, Disney+ made its D23 Expo debut with its first-ever showcase presentation, announcing six new series in development and revealing key details about the highly anticipated streaming service to an enthusiastic audience at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim. The event showcased the sweeping array of talent with in-person and video appearances from the stars of Disney+’s slate of originals from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic and included sneak peeks, trailer premieres, and exclusive news about the service and its upcoming projects. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who stars in the Disney+ original film “Lady and the Tramp,” hosted the lively presentation, welcoming Kevin Mayer, chairman, Direct-to-Consumer & International, to the stage to kick off the show. New Series Revealed As part of the presentation, some of the creative minds behind Disney+’s content slate including Sean...

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Universal Studios Jurassic World Run

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

On the heels of the successful launch of its new mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off its next Running Universal program with the JURASSIC WORLD Run. The two-day event begins on Saturday, November 16 with a 5K, along with the all-new 1K Kids’ Raptor Run, and continues on Sunday, November 17 with the first-ever 10K run. Jurassic World Run Event Details To experience the ultimate “runner’s high,” participants can register with the Play All Day package, which invites JURASSIC WORLD fans to run it, then ride it. On your mark, get set, go: the JURASSIC WORLD Run takes fitness buffs, runners and walkers alike (of all fitness levels) on 5K and all-new 10K run, both geared towards guests ages 5-years and older, while the all-new Kids’ 1K Raptor Run targets those between the ages of...

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Tackle Box Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Join Tackle Box in celebrating its One Year Anniversary! On Saturday, August 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., guests are invited to Orange County’s favorite coastal pub to enjoy an array of delicious deals to honor the occasion. All day long, pints of beer will be just $1 and the first 50 people in attendance beginning at 3:00 p.m. will receive a free order of Co-Owner, Head Chef, and Top Chef Alum, Brian Huskey’s infamous potato taquitos. The fun continues from 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. with the launch of monthly Saturday night DJ sets, featuring upbeat tunes from DJ’s Paolo, Collector, Joel DeMarzo, Fusion Grooves, and 1st Nature. Stop by on August 24th to enjoy tasty specials and performances by professional DJ’s and be sure to come back for Tackle Box’s Saturday Night DJ events taking place...

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School of Rock Open House for Special Needs Rockers

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Do you have a kiddo with special needs? School of Rock in Huntington Beach is hosting some amazing classes for your kids. Plus, they are having an open house where parents can come and learn more about the program before registering their children. Open House Details August 24th from 12pm to 3pm 18584 Main Street Huntington Beach, Ca 92648 Class Details Class A: 60 minute class 7 Students, low support (no support person needed) Class B: 45 minute class 5 Students, mid-support (support person can be added if needed) Class C: 30 minute class 3 Students, support needed (support person required initially) Questions If you have any questions, please call the School of Rock in Huntington Beach at...

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Bring Your Dogs to The Queen Mary for Doggie Paradise

Posted by on Aug 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Queen Mary is pleased to debut an afternoon of doggie delight at the all-new Doggie Paradise on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doggie Paradise offers a day of fun for all four-legged friends of any size or breed. Dogs can dive into doggie splash pools, make souvenirs for their owners at our arts and crafts stations, roll around in a ball pit, or get pampered with a freshly washed coat and manicured nails at the on-site mobile grooming stations. Visit the Bark-eology Tent to get a front row seat to educational workshops every half-hour. Among the educational workshops, Tranquil Pet will offer a unique demonstration focused on Reiki Healing, a technique which reduces feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression among dogs. Educational workshops will also be available for Pet First Aid, Pet CPR, Training...

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Brunch at Lit Cafe OC

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

We dined at Lit Cafe as a guest One of my favorite things to do is going out for brunch. With all of my favorite dishes being breakfast foods, I am always looking for a fresh new place to dine out. Lit Cafe Chef Erica Tjangnaka The one thing that had me eager to dine at Lit Cafe was knowing that the talented chef, Erica Tjangnaka is the pastry chef. Chef Erica is one of the most well-known pastry chefs in the world. She is known for some of her incredibly talented work at ST Patisserie Chocolat, the St. Regis Hotel, and more. Lit Cafe David Fujimura Plus, there is chef David Fujimura, who is a culinary genius. He has been a significant part of the success of many Orange County restaurants including Marche Moderne, Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine, and...

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Irvine Spectrum Center Back to School Block Party Bonanza

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Gear up for the new school year at Irvine Spectrum Center’s Back to School Block Party on Saturday, August 17th. From 12pm – 4pm, enjoy entertainment and activities throughout Spectrum Center. Irvine Spectrum Party Activities DJs and live entertainment Fall fashion displays Activities for little ones, including oversized chalkboards by the carousel for decorating Custom embroidery with any denim purchase Custom monogramming by Pandr Design Co. with any shoe and/or backpack purchase Plus, from 6pm – 9pm, end the night with live entertainment from HIATUS, Hanna Eyre + the Ashleys, and DJ Ricky Rocks. When Saturday, August 17, 2019 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Block Party and Shopping Activations 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Evening Entertainment Where Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine, CA...

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End of Summer Movie Nights

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the final movies for the annual OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series on September 6 & 13 at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Wrap up the last couple weeks of summer with free family-friendly movie screenings overlooking the Pacific Ocean. September films include Lilo & Stitch and the classic surf documentary The Endless Summer. Both events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase and will offer free pre-movie entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. For more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com. Summer Movie Dates Friday, September 6 Movie: Lilo & Stitch (2002, PG) Pre-Show Entertainment: Polynesian Dance Performance Friday, September 13 Movie: The Endless Summer (1966, NR) Pre-Show Entertainment: Acoustic Surf-Rock Performance Location Salt Creek Beach 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy...

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Saddle Up For the 19th Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo will celebrate 19 years of elevated rodeo competition on August 24 and August 25 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Featuring the best of the best cowboys from across the world, the top 30 contestants will compete for a purse totaling more than $180,000. Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo is committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life and continues to carry on the tradition of ‘passing the hat’ in support of a sick child or needy friend, with all proceeds from the Rodeo benefiting local charities. The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo will feature seven events Saddle Bronc Riding One of the oldest events, the roots of Saddle Bronc Riding reach back to the Old West when ranch hands would show...

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The Trequel Continues with Descendants 3

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

The saga of good and evil continues with the recent release of Descendants 3 on DVD and digital. The series is one of my kid’s favorites, and after the tragic loss of Cameron Boyce, the movie means more than ever to my teens. About Descendants 3 Disney’s most infamous villains – Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as the villain kids or VKs) return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new bath of villainous offspring to join them at the Auradon Prep. A barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle. Next, Mal resolves to close the barrier permanently, fearing the nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon, and it’s up to Mal and the...

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Meet Angel’s Pitcher Andrew Heaney at the OC Zoo

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

OC Parks and Angels Baseball have teamed up to provide kids and families with new activities and educational programs during the 2019 Angels Baseball season, including a visit from Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney to the OC Zoo on Saturday, August 17th! Enjoy a live animal presentation with Andrew Heaney in front of the OC Zoo. Following the presentation, Heaney will take photos with children inside the OC Zoo. He will be available for photos for one hour, one photo per group please. There will be no autographs. Animal and baseball lovers who attend in Angels gear will receive free admission to the OC Zoo and half off train tickets at Irvine Park Railroad. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Join OC Parks, the OC Zoo, and Angels Baseball for a morning of family-friendly fun, animals, and photo ops with Andrew...

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Hatch Chile Polenta Chips Recipe

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What is my favorite season? Hatch Chile season!! While I grow a lot of my produce in our small backyard farm, there are some rare fruits and vegetables I can’t grow like hatch chiles. There is only one place I go for produce outside of our backyard, and that is Melissa’s Produce. Hatch Chile Roastings Roasting chiles is a process. Melissa’s Produce takes the guesswork out of the process by hosting roastings at multiple locations throughout Southern California during the season. They make it so convenient by allowing families to attend a roasting, and bring home the chiles ready to eat. Hatch Chile Recipes There are so many options when it comes to cooking hatch chiles. Melissa’s Produce recently introduced a new item that I couldn’t wait to experiment within the kitchen. It is a Hatch chile polenta, which...

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Family-Friendly Dining at Farmer Boys

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Dining, Family | 2 comments

We dined at Farmer Boys as a guest There are so many choices when it comes to selecting a place to dine out with your family. But, few are 100% family-friendly and offer a wide variety of food. Let’s be honest. When you have a family, everyone wants something different to eat for dinner. One of my family’s newest favorite places to eat is Farmer Boys. Family-Friendly Ambiance The restaurant has a relaxed environment, so the kids don’t have to stress about needing to sit quietly at the table. It feels like home when dining in their restaurant. Families can easily order from the front desk, and the staff will bring the food to your table when it is ready. Food Options When it comes to the menu, there is something for everyone. The menu features breakfast, salads, and...

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Make a Splash at Aquatica San Diego

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Events, Featured, San Diego, Summer | 0 comments

We visited Aquatica as a guest Our summer weather is finally heating up. We discovered the best place to cool the kids down from the summer heat at Aquatica San Diego. The water park features thrilling rides, adorable animals, and endless family fun. Aquatica San Diego Attractions One of my kid’s favorite attractions was Tassie’s Twister. The ride features a multi-person raft that sends riders into a massive six-story funnel. My favorite was the Loggerhead Lane, which is a relaxing lazy river where I let all of my daily stresses drift away. Then, there is the Big Surf Shores massive wave pool. My kids felt like they were at the beach as they splashed and jumped through the waves. Cabanas The best way to experience Aquatica San Diego is by renting a cabana. With the cabana rental, you have...

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San Diego Symphony Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

We visited the San Diego Symphony as a guest The Star Wars series is one of my kid’s all-time favorite movies. They have watched them all a million times, and it always feels the like first time, every time that they watch one. When I learned that the San Diego Symphony was going to be doing The Empire Strikes Back in concert, I immediately went online to get tickets. San Diego Symphony Concert by The Bay Location The concert is part of the Symphony’s summer concert series. They have multiple performances throughout the summer right on the bay at the Embarcadero Marina Park in San Diego. We arrived at the venue and the location is absolutely beautiful. Families were gathering together at the food court while enjoying snacks and beverages before the performance began. Seating As the sun began...

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