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I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas: Interview with Juliette Angelo

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Film, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored With Christmas just around the corner the movie, I’ll be Next Door for Christmas, needs to be on your Christmas watch list. If you are not convinced enough that you need to watch it allow me to convince you some more by sharing some insight on one of the leading actresses mindset when making the film. I had the honor of having an email interview with the star of the movie, Juliette Angelo. I started out by asking her if she could relate to the Christmas hating character she was, or if any of her family members were like the ones in the movie. She answered with, “I come from a very large, very Italian family who love to go all out for Christmas. Decorations, food, gifts, the works. I can understand what it is like to be...

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Theatre & Shopping: An Epic Mother and Daughter Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa, Dining, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Temecula, Travel | 49 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to have small weekend getaways. Before getting into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I planned an unforgettable weekend getaway with my daughter in Costa Mesa. With my daughter being an art student at Orange County School of the Arts, I thought that she would enjoy a getaway enjoying the artsy community of Costa Mesa, and it ended up being one of our favorite staycations ever. Costa Mesa has some of the best small businesses to shop for the holidays in Orange County, and since I want all the holiday gifts that I will be giving this year to come from small businesses, we started our getaway by shopping during Small Business Saturday. We got up early on Small Business Saturday and went to The...

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Make a Holiday Toast with Ammunition Wines

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored We are officially knee deep in the holiday season. Holiday parties are happening almost every night where friends and families are making toasts in celebration of a fantastic year and with the excitement of all the goodness coming to everyone in the New Year. When hosting my friends in my home during the holiday season, I only want to serve them the highest quality wines, and I have recently fallen in love with Ammunition Wines. Ammunition is the shared vision of two guys who had a dream and decided to make it happen. Andy and Bill partnered together to produce world-class wines from Sonoma County and bring them to their friends and family as a celebration of their shared American heritage. After some not-so-careful consideration, they pooled some money together with a few of their friends and started...

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Snow Days with the Critters at the Santa Ana Zoo

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

“Snow Days with the Critters,” the Santa Ana Zoo’s exciting winter event, welcomes visitors to the Zoo during the weekend of Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 from 11 AM – 2 PM, rain or shine. The event is included with the price of admission and is FREE for children 2 and under, as well as for members of the Zoo. On Sunday, December 16, Santa Ana residents can visit the Zoo and enjoy this event for FREE! Proof of residency is required. “Snow Days” is an annual all-Zoo event welcoming winter and celebrating the joys of the season, including snow! Watch animals receive icy treats and snow enrichment, listen to festive music, enjoy the winter decorations, discover how animals adapt to surviving in freezing environments, create cool crafts, and listen to delightful winter stories. There will even...

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Visit Whoville to Experience Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Every year our family looks forward to celebrating the holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood. Our favorite part of the holiday celebration is getting to experience Grinchmas. The Grinch and all of his friends from Whoville have come to Los Angeles to celebrate the holiday season with your family. This year, I brought my daughter with me to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience Grinchmas. The minute that we left the parking structure, we were immersed in the Christmas spirit. The first thing that we noticed was the giant 40-foot tall Christmas tree that features 200,000 LED icicles! The tree sparkles every night, and the lights are choreographed to the sounds of the season – plus Santa also makes a special appearance too. As we walked through Universal CityWalk, we admired all the...

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Seven Steps to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored I recently had the honor of joining Verizon and the CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, Stephen Balkam for lunch in Los Angeles to talk about tools we can use to help keep our kids safe online. As a parent, it is not easy to keep up with all the changes happening in the digital world, and it is more important than ever to help keep our kids safe online. While talking with Balkam, he shared these seven steps to good digital parenting with us: Talk with your kids Stay calm Talk early and often Be open and direct Educate Yourself Search online for anything you don’t understand Try out the apps, games, and sites yourself Explore the GDP tips and resources Use Parental Controls Activate the safety settings in your operating system, search engine, and games...

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A Western Wonderland: 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, the County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to celebrate the season with “A Western Wonderland” at the 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights. Enjoy festive family activities with a western twist on select dates December 7-15 by the water’s edge. The 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 and feature the theme “A Western Wonderland.” On each evening of the parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor including games, crafts, live entertainment and selfies with Santa, all with a western twist. Festivities begin each day at 4:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade of Lights starts at 7:30 p.m. “Dana Point Harbor will embrace the holiday spirit with western themed festivities and exciting entertainment during the 44th Annual...

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Learning About The History of Mining at Museo Ruta de Plata in El Triunfo

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

Once we were done having a delicious lunch at Cafe El Triunfo, we walked next door to visit the Museo Ruta de Plata. We entered the museum into a gift shop and paid the entrance fee (100 pesos) to explore the museum. Museo Ruta de Plata is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich mining heritage and settlement of the region, the private museum focuses on the period between 1750 and 1930. The Ruta de Plata region encompasses the entire Cape Region on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Bringing history to life, their emphasis is on the La Paz Municipality, the 4th largest municipality by area in Mexico, and includes villages, towns and countryside spanning the width of the peninsula, from the Pacific Coast across to the Gulf of California. Our visit started by watching an...

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Family Movie Night: I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas

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

Movie kit provided One of our favorite things to do during the holiday season is to sit in front of the fire and enjoy a family movie night. Holiday films are our favorite kind of films, and we recently fell in love with the all-new holiday movie, “I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas.” It is a hilarious family-friendly film that we digitally downloaded to enjoy for many years to come. Before watching the movie, we hung our Christmas lights on the front of the house and then sipped on a warm cup of hot cocoa. Once the last marshmallow in our hot cocoa was gone, we popped some popcorn and got ready to enjoy the movie. The movie reminds me a lot about my family, as we always go all out for the holidays — the more lights on...

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Christmas at the Mission: Capistrano Lights 2018

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

From now through Jan. 6, Mission San Juan Capistrano is hosting Capistrano Lights 2018: a nightly tree lighting on The Mission grounds; the celebration will begin at 5 p.m. every night. After the festive ceremony, guests are welcome to explore the San Juan Capistrano’s downtown and historic Los Rios District, known for its picturesque holiday displays, unique dining options, holiday shopping and wine tasting. Additionally, throughout December, families will have the chance to meet an 18th century St. Nicholas for “Selfies with Santa or Mrs. Claus,” in the historic Sala building. Explore the ancient Mission grounds and snap a picture with Santa Claus himself; event dates are December 8, 9, 15, 16 and 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more fun, join Mission San Juan Capistrano for “Winter Break: Crafts and Activities for Kids”. The holiday series will...

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9th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 6 comments

Join us for our 9th annual Christmas with the Critters for a fun festive day! The children will enjoy crafts, holiday music, bounce house, Santa, watching the animals opening their Christmas presents and listening to keeper talks, while the parents can enjoy holiday shopping, silent auction, lunch and beverages. Tickets: $17 for Adults $11 3 years -12 Free 2 years and younger – No food included When: Sunday December 9th, 2018 Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm Where: 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado CA, 92676 Lunch catered by 24 Carrots Catering and Events Holiday shopping opportunities -Tickets will be available at the door for additional $5 -$8 valet parking – All proceeds benefit Rancho Wildlife 501(c)3 GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a Family Four Pack to Christmas with the Critters event (value of $56) by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Growing Minds

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping | 0 comments

Samples provided When looking for the perfect gift to place under the tree this holiday season, educational gifts always make the perfect gifts to give. After getting my degree in Early Childhood Education, I fell in love with how Lakeshore makes educational games and products that makes learning fun for young children. Every year, I purchase something special for my kids from Lakeshore, and these are my top picks this year to gift to your children. Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle $49.99 Fantasy and adventure abound in this mighty fortress built for endless entertainment—just beware of the dragon! The castle walls open to reveal exciting play spaces, where the wizard counsels the king and queen, and the knights and guards defend the kingdom. There are chambers to explore, stairs to scale, towers for keeping watch…even a dragon’s lair! The castle...

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Christmas at The OC Zoo

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

The County of Orange, OC Parks and the animals of the OC Zoo invite the young and the young at heart to celebrate the holiday season on Saturday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas at the OC Zoo invites guests to watch the loveable resident animals open treat-filled gifts, and treats hidden inside of Christmas trees throughout the day. Children can join the holiday fun with seasonally inspired crafts. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with children and spreading holiday cheer, and the jolly fun continues with games and a photo station. Reservations are not required to enjoy Christmas at the OC Zoo. The holiday activities are free with paid zoo admission. Join the festive fun with OC Parks and the animals of the OC Zoo! December 15 – Christmas at the Zoo 10 a.m....

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An Electric Vehicle Powerful Enough to Autocross

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Autos, Family, Featured, General Motors | 0 comments

As Rascal Flatts would say, I like fast cars and freedom. So, imagine my surprise when I got an invite to autocross with an electric vehicle. I was so intrigued that I couldn’t resist saying “yes” to test out the Chevy Bolt EV on a track at Santa Anita. When I arrived at Santa Anita, there were three Chevy Bolt EV cars and one VW GTI (that most popular car autocross drivers have preferred driving) until experiencing the Chevy Bolt so we could compare the ride. When comparing the Chevy Bolt EV to the VW GTI: The Chevy Bolt EV: Length 164″, Width 69.5, Height 62.8, Wheelbase 102.4, Pass Volume 94.4 cu ft, Max Cargo Volume 56.6 cu ft The VW GTI: Length 168″, Width 70.8, Height 57.8, Wheelbase 103.6, Pass Volume 93.5 cu ft, Max Cargo Volume 52.7...

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Exploring an Abandoned Mine in El Triunfo

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

After having lunch at Cafe El Triunfo and visiting Museo Ruta de Plata, we walked behind the museum to get a closer look at La Ramona. The trail has a beautiful paved walkway that leads up to the historic mining chimney where your kids might get to see some wild chickens or even a cow or two. As we walked up to La Ramona, we were all in awe of the beauty of the structure and wondered how it was possible for such a large structure to be standing & so strong. Around the chimney were old pieces of mining equipment and the ruins of the old mine. While we were looking at La Ramona, a historian approached up and started talking to us about the history of the town and La Ramona. He was so pleasant and told...

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Ring in the New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2019 with EVE, Hollywood’s biggest and most exciting New Year’s celebration, including an all-new Ultimate EVE package, on Monday, December 31, with extended theme park hours to 2:00 a.m. EVE is included in the price of theme park admission and invites guests to spend the day and night enjoying its many popular rides and attractions with a special park-wide party starting at 9:00 p.m., featuring multiple DJs and live music entertainment hubs, that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display. The all-new Ultimate EVE package is a featured addition to this year’s event, inviting guests to celebrate in style. Package highlights include theme park admission starting at 6:00 p.m., access to private lounges, buffet dining, private cash bars, reserved VIP viewing areas for the dazzling...

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Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade begins Next Week

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Families are invited to celebrate the season with “A Western Wonderland” at the 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights. Enjoy festive family activities with a western twist on select dates December 7-15 by the water’s edge. The 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 and feature the theme “A Western Wonderland.” On each evening of the parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor including games, crafts, live entertainment and selfies with Santa, all with a western twist. Festivities begin each day at 4:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade of Lights starts at 7:30 p.m. “Dana Point Harbor will embrace the holiday spirit with western themed festivities and exciting entertainment during the 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights,” Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, said....

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Celebrate the Holidays at Heritage Hill Historical Park

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to experience the traditions of the holidays at Heritage Hill Historical Park this winter season. December 7-9 will welcome the park’s 33rd Annual Candlelight Walk. Join us for three enchanted evenings and experience the historic park in a unique way that only happens once a year. Hundreds of luminarias will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the night air with seasonal music. The historical buildings will be aglow with Christmas lights and holiday decoration and will be staffed with docents to share each building’s history. Children can visit with Santa in the Arbor, enjoy crafts with Mrs. Claus, watch puppet shows in the Wagon Wheel Corral, and sit at a school desk while storytellers from OC Public Libraries spin holiday tales in the one-room El Toro...

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Best Pizza in Baja California: Cafe El Triunfo

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Dining, El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

When planning our visit to El Triunfo during our stay in La Paz, Mexico, I did a little bit of research and learned that there is only one restaurant in the small town called Cafe El Triunfo. While exploring the town, I did learn that there are more restaurants in the town, but since I thought it was the only place to dine, we stopped in for lunch before learning about La Ramona and exploring the town. The minute that we drove into the small town, there was a sign on the side of the road directing visitors to the location of the cafe. We parked the car and walked up to the beautiful restaurant. The restaurant is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever dined at in Mexico. When you first step in the door,...

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Knott’s ‘Merry’ Farm Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended the event as a guest of Knott’s We kicked off the holiday season this year at a very special tree lighting as Knott’s Berry Farm became transformed into Knott’s Merry Farm. The evening of the tree lighting, I picked up my daughter from school, and we went to Knott’s Berry Farm for a lovely mother and daughter night out. When we first arrived, we went to Santa’s Christmas Cabin to visit with Santa. My daughter sat next to Santa and whispered all her Christmas wishes into his ear. After visiting Santa, we walked around and did a little holiday shopping at the Christmas Crafts Village. Throughout Ghost Town are many vendors selling handmade crafts that make the perfect holiday gifts. Then the time had come for the giant tree located in the heart of Knott’s Berry Farm...

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La Ramona Mining Chimney in El Triunfo Mexico

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

On my first trip to La Paz, Mexico, I heard about a mining chimney called La Ramona in El Triunfo that was made by Gustav Eiffel (who also built the Eiffel Tower) located in a small village just a short drive away from La Paz. Every time we have visited La Paz, we never had time to visit El Triunfo until recently. I initially thought that our visit to El Triunfo would be a short visit, but after spending time in the magical town, we ended up spending the entire day exploring. It took us about an hour to arrive in El Triunfo, and the drive leading into the town was absolutely breathtaking. The minute that we first spotted the small town from the road, I was in love. The first thing that I saw standing tall was La...

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Join Frosty, Rudolph and Santa at the Kaleidoscope Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo will deck the halls with a Cheery & Bright Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7 from 6 to 9pm. The evening of family fun will include holiday crafts, face painting, a photo booth, visits with Santa, and festive food sampling inside Union Market Mission Viejo. Children of all ages will be enchanted by A Storybook Nutcracker brought to life by students from the Pave School of the Performing Arts, and a high-energy holiday song and dance performance by students from OCSA’s (Orange County School of the Arts) MONTAGE! The dancers will be joined by Frosty, Rudolph and Santa himself for a countdown to light the 20-foot Noble Fir. For more information, follow Kaleidoscope on social media at @GoKaleidoscope, visit www.GoKaleidoscope.com or call 949.542.4407. About MONTAGE! MONTAGE! features several of Orange County School of the Arts...

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Bracken’s Kitchen and Top OC Chefs are Decking the Halls With a Holiday Benefit

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Bracken’s Kitchen, sponsored by Newport Meat Company, will commemorate their new 9,000 sq. ft. location in the city of Garden Grove at their Deck The Halls Open House Holiday Benefit on November 29, 2018 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. You are invited to tour the various kitchens to sample signature dishes made from top chefs such as Chef Hugo Bolanos from Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air, Avalon Grille & The Catalina Company’s Chef Roberto Hernandez, Chef Andrew Gruel from Slapfish and Two Birds and Butterleaf and Chef John Park of Toast Kitchen + Bakery, not to mention Bracken’s Kitchen’s Executive Chef Jerry and Founder & Culinary Director, Chef Bill Bracken. Master Baker Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Pastry Chef Michael Owens of the new Left Coast Bakery, and from The Dirty Cookie, Shahira Marel will round...

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OC Black Friday Dining Deals

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Deals, Dining, Family | 0 comments

It’s not just about the shopping around Orange County on Black Friday, but also the delicious dining deals. Don’t miss out on scoring some of these killer dining deals in OC on Black Friday! Jimboy’s Tacos ‘Tis tacos that make the season jolly! Throughout November and December, Jimboy’s Tacos is rewarding guests who purchase $25 in gift cards with a BONUS $5 gift card! Guests can also load $25 onto their Taco Nation mobile app and receive an extra $5 credit. Both holiday offers are available at participating Jimboy’s Tacos locations from November 3 through December 31. Farmer Boys Farmer Boys is offering TWO ways to get rewarded this holiday season. From November 13 through December 31, purchase $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 voucher, or buy $100 in gift cards and get $25 in vouchers to...

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Bringing Ralph Breaks the Internet to Life

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I attended the event as a guest of Disney In anticipation of the upcoming film, Ralph Breaks the Internet, coming out in theaters on Friday, I went to Los Angeles earlier this month to talk with the cast about the making of the film. When the cast of Ralph Breaks the Internet walked into the room, everyone cheered with excitement. We started by talking about how the last film took place six years ago, and everything seemed to have ended really great for Ralph and Vanellope, so why make another film? Rich Moore (Director) said, “We looked at the very last line of the first movie where Ralph says, after going friendless for the whole movie and then finally making a friend. He’s back home and says, ‘if that little kid likes me, how bad can I be?’ And...

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Sneak Peek of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns

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

In Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS, an all-new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London. Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score...

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D23 Magical 10th Anniversary Events

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in Disney | 0 comments

In 2019, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will celebrate its 10th anniversary and, to mark the occasion, D23 is adding extra pixie dust to some of its most popular events while introducing new experiences, as well. RETURN TO WALT’S BIRTHPLACE: In 2016 and 2017, D23 Members had the amazing opportunity to visit Walt Disney’s birthplace in Chicago. The home, which is being restored, was constructed by Walt’s father, Elias, and designed by his mother, Flora. This June, D23 Members will have the chance to see the incredible progress made on bringing the home back to its initial glory. SCREENINGS ON THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS LOT AND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT: Throughout the year, D23 will once again offer special screenings on both coasts of classic Disney favorites. As part of D23’s anniversary celebration, all the films screened...

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Warmhearted I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas

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

Experience the holiday season in a whole new way when I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas arrives on Digital December 4th. Starring Juliette Angelo (TV’s “Mad Men”), Beth Littleford (TV’s “The Daily Show”), Jonathan Mangum (TV’s “Let’s Make a Deal”), Nicole Sullivan (TV’s “MADtv”, “The King of Queens”), and the absolutely adorable feline sensation Lil BUB (Nine Lives), the film is a heartwarming comedy that reminds viewers that Christmas is all about spending time with family (even if they drive you crazy). The world’s first Christmas movie to use investment crowdfunding successfully, I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas will be available for the suggested retail price of $12.99. I’ll Be Next Door For Christmas is a warmhearted, upbeat comedy feature film about a family that’s crazy for Christmas. Except for the 16-year-old daughter – her family’s over-the-top Christmas celebrations...

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Universal Studios Hollywood ‘Day of Giving’

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Events, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

The one thing that I love the most about Universal Studios Hollywood is their commitment to giving back to our community. In celebration of November, the month of giving, Universal Studios Hollywood recently hosted a “Day of Giving.” At the beautiful event, employees of Universal Studios Hollywood volunteered their time to make a difference in many young kids lives. This year was the 14th annual “Day of Giving” where hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood employees volunteered their time for this noteworthy cause. There were six different volunteer locations, where they hosted “Operation School Bell,” that hosed nearly 300 homeless children from over 50 LAUSD elementary schools. The children were treated to a variety of back to school needs, including new clothing, sneakers, and school supplies, followed by an afternoon of fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Other volunteer location included:...

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Epic Black Friday at MainPlace Mall + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Giveaways, Shopping | 3 comments

Sponsored This year, MainPlace Mall is going to the best place to find the best deals on Black Friday. The shopping center to centrally located in the heart of Orange County and has one of the largest selections of specialty stores to find the perfect holiday gifts at the lowest prices. Since I am going to be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, I went to MainPlace Mall, and already found so many great sales, which is a sign that the sales are going to be epic on Black Friday. I was able to stock up on all my holiday lingerie needs at Victoria’s Secret at the lowest prices I have ever seen in the store. I always shop at MainPlace Mall Victoria’s Secret because they have the best bra fitter, Sophia, (who has been doing it for eight years)....

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Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Books

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

Affiliate After taking your family to see Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms you’ll want to relive the magic of the timeless classic story at home by reading one of these books with your children or surprise your children by leaving one of these books under the tree this holiday season. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Secret of the Realms: An Extended Novelization This dazzling novel will not only retell the moving story from The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, but half of the book will expand and explore the world of the Walt Disney Studios film with brand-new, exclusive content. Complete with beautiful full-page chapter opener illustrations and never-before-seen details that add new depth to the story, this novel will have readers eager to step into the resplendent world of The Nutcracker and the Four...

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A New Location: San Pedro Fish Market Grille Expands into Harbor City

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

San Pedro Fish Market Grille, the South Bay’s destination for quality seafood in a fast-casual setting, developed by the families behind the San Pedro Fish Market, casts a net further inland into Harbor City, California. Located at 1313 W. Sepulveda Boulevard in Harbor City, the family dining experience features fresh fish dishes including the WORLD FAMOUS SHRIMP TRAY, and a selection of beer and wine. It joins two San Pedro Fish Market Grille locations, Rolling Hills Estates and Wilmington as well as the original San Pedro Fish Market in the seafood dynasty business. “We are excited about the newest Harbor City location. It’s so convenient for many of our families who dine with us regularly at our waterfront location” says Mike Ungaro, CEO of San Pedro Fish Market. “The fish market is known for celebrating food and family, this...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Thanksgiving Donations

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Family, Giving Back, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

As the holiday season kicks into gear, Orange County Rescue Mission is calling on the local community’s help for critical food donations of sides dishes ahead of its 53rd annual Thanksgiving dinner, which will feed more than 285 homeless men, women and children in the region. “For many of us, Thanksgiving is another opportunity to gather with family and friends, and enjoy a delicious meal,” says Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. “For those currently living at the Village of Hope and other local residents, this meal means so much more. Many residents have never had an opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and we are urgently asking for food donations from the community so that we can offer a memorable holiday for those in need.” Palmer notes that while the Rescue Mission typically receives a...

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Inside Look into The Kids are Alright on ABC

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

We attended the event as a guest of ABC Recently I went onto the set of The Kids are Alright, and we walked around with the actor Caleb Foote (Eddie Cleary) and some of the people behind making the TV Show including Michael Whetsone (Set Director), Claudette Didul (costume designer) and Susan Michalek (line producer). The show is based on a family with ten people. Eight boys and two parents, so you can imagine the crazy set they would have to have to create this epic TV Show ~ to think I complain about our crazy family life? The family is based in the 1970’s, so as you can imagine the set is a very tight house with certain things you would see in an older home. Stuff like old TVs without controllers and other old or “vintage” things....

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Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at The Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences at the Laguna Playhouse. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to CHEER for Belle, BOO for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Directed by Tony-nominated Sheldon Epps, and choreographed by “La La Land’s” Mandy Moore, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE is sure to delight children of all ages! BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE previews on Wednesday, December 5 & Thursday, December 6 at 7:00pm; will open on Friday, December 8 at 7:00pm and runs through Sunday, December 30, 2018...

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2018 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Dining, Events, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

A cornucopia of Thanksgiving feasting choices are aplenty throughout Southern California’s Orange County. Included in this autumnal round up are spectacular Laguna Beach options at the award winning Selanne Steak Tavern and the always picturesque and elegant Montage Laguna Beach. Traveling up the coast to Fashion Island Hotel never disappoints with two delectable dining options, brunch and dinner. And for those who want to celebrate in the center of the County, Hotel Irvine’s playful and tasty Backyard dinner is the place for family and friends to enjoy outdoor fun and games alongside traditional dining. Selanne Steak Tavern 1464 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Thursday, November 22, from 1 to 8 p.m. Always elegant and decidedly delicious, Selanne Steak Tavern presents its festive dinner menu for Thanksgiving sharing with family and friends. Chef Joshua Severson’s meal features three...

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Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Celebrate what’s possible as five daring Disney Princesses spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, skating into the Southland this holiday season from December 13th – January 6th! Featuring Disney’s Moana for the first time in a live production, hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring the Disney magic to life and take audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza with the beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella. In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in a high-seas adventure with demigod Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on...

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Meet Forky in Toy Story 4

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Guess what? Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4,” welcoming new friends to Bonnie’s room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.” A teaser trailer slated to debut with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” in theaters Nov. 21, is available today. Check out the new teaser trailer here: But Forky insists that...

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Friends and Fursgiving Event

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

Pet Tech Leader CUDDLY invites everyone to show their pet appreciation with a dog-friendly Friendsgiving celebration. Friends and Fursgiving is a chance to celebrate that special friendship and will include raffle prizes, giveaways, a photo booth, and festive treats (for people and pups)! CUDDLY encourages all pet owners to take a moment this holiday season to express their gratitude to the fur-person who has always given them so much and invites both people and pets to join them in the festivities. Dogs are incredibly welcome and costumes are encouraged. Free admission and attendance includes a complimentary beer. WHEN: Thursday November 15, 2018 from 7 pm – 9 pm WHERE: Iron Triangle Brewing Company, 1581 Industrial Street, Los Angeles,...

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Dancing Lesson with the Stars from Dancing with the Stars

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

I attended as a guest of Disney Dancing with the Stars has been one of my all-time favorite shows on ABC. When I learned that I was going to have a dancing lesson from three of the stars from Dancing with the Stars, I literally screamed out loud with excitement. When I arrived at the popular Pro Dance LA dance studio, there was Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten & Gleb Savchenko awaiting our arrival. I got settled in and watched them rehearse the lesson they were going to teach us. The three dancers had so much energy and made the lesson so much fun. The dance they were going to teach us was to one of the popular songs in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Before we started dancing, we had an opportunity to talk with the three...

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Queen Mary Christmas: Where Holidays Set Sail

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

The Queen Mary invites guests to step aboard the legendary ocean liner for an all-new adventure filled with incredible holiday festivities, setting sail November 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Gather the family for Queen Mary Christmas and enjoy a vintage rush of holiday family fun with live entertainment, libations and treats, ice-skating onboard one of the Queen Mary’s decks, a Gingerbread Village, Stocking Shop, vintage-dressed carolers, light shows, and much more. From bow to stern, families can embrace the holiday spirit while strolling along the Queen Mary’s decks to uncover a magical Christmas of yesteryear. From the glittering, tree-lined Promenade Deck, enter the beautifully decorated Main Hall with an art-deco inspired Christmas tree centerpiece fit for a Queen. Un-pop a cork or imbibe on delicious handcrafted cocktails while delighting in the ship’s yule lights and breathtaking views at...

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Four Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language at an Early Age

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Education | 0 comments

Sponsored Today, competing on a global scale is integral to a successful career. For the majority of occupations, speaking foreign languages makes you more marketable and valuable to any company. Teaching foreign languages to kids can set them up for a lifetime of success. A growing mind can pick up languages quickly, which is why it is an excellent idea to teach children different languages when they are young. It’s never too early for your child to begin learning one – or several – foreign languages. Below, we outline how learning a foreign language sets your child up for success in the future. Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language as a Child Cognitive Advancement Learning a foreign language has been linked to several cognitive benefits. Researchers who studied bilingual children found that, compared to their monolingual peers, had better...

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The Ecology Center: A Maker’s Market

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

The Ecology Center is pleased to present Handmade: A Maker’s Market on Saturday, November 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For one day only, the non-profit’s ecological oasis in San Juan Capistrano will transform into an open-air market and modern village showcasing a variety of handmade goods from some of Southern California’s most creative artisans and makers. In The Ecology Center’s 5th year of Handmade, they call attention to the principles of a handmade culture and the building of a self-sustaining modern village. Imagine that everything needed for us to thrive is made within our community. Where the dishes we eat from, the clothes we wear, and the soaps we use, are all created by our neighbors and friends. Where everything is made from materials sourced in our region, not in a factory using chemicals and inhumane labor. The organization’s...

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New ABC Drama: Station 19

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Television Shows | 0 comments

We attended the set as a guest of ABC Have you ever watched Greys Anatomy? Well if you have, you are going to love this spinoff TV Show called Station 19. From the saving lives to the inside romance drama, this TV show has it all. Especially the action!!! The show follows the lives of firefighters who work at Station 19, and within the station, there is endless romance and drama. All while they are trying to save lives. When the chief has to step down due to an accident someone has to step up and take his place. With the chief’s daughter being Andy (one of the main characters) she is ready to step up. As Annie tries to figure out her way to lead she also has to deal with the struggle of falling for two boys...

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Go Behind the Scenes with Pooh and More!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I attended the event as a guest of Disney In celebration of the release of Disney’s Christopher Robin on Blu-ray and DVD (available today), I had a special Friendsgiving lunch with the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, Jim Cummings. It was a day that I will remember forever, and before our lunch, I participated in an interactive flower arranging class. Inside of a giant honeypot, I learned some new tricks and techniques to create the perfect floral arrangement. Some tips that I learned was that when cutting the stems of fresh flowers, you’ll always want to cut it at an angle. Also, you’ll want to put the flower immediately in water after cutting the stem so that the flower can get all the water it needs. Arranging flowers is easier than I thought, and within minutes, I had created...

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Incredibles 2 English Muffin Pizzas

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

Sample provided In celebration of the recent digital release of Incredibles 2 on Movies Anywhere and the upcoming release of the film on Blu-ray and DVD on November 6th, I surprised the kids by making them Incredibles 2 themed English muffin pizzas for our family movie night. Once we were done playing games, my family came into the kitchen to enjoy the delicious mini pizzas that I made for dinner. The English muffin pizzas are easy to make and take a little extra time to create the most important part – the Incredibles 2 logo out of string cheese and olives, but it is worth it ~ my kids loved the look of the pizzas so much! Have fun making these fun and tasty English muffin pizzas for your upcoming Incredibles 2 family movie night. Download Incredibles 2 now...

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Friendsgiving Lunch with Jim Cummings

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

We attended as a guest of Disney Who is Jim Cummings? He is one of the most talented voice actors in Hollywood who is responsible for bringing so many of our beloved childhood movie characters to life. He is known for being the voice of over 400 characters including Winnie-the-Pooh (and Tigger too). In celebration of the upcoming release of Christopher Robin on Blu-ray and DVD on November 6th I joined Jim Cummings for a Friendsgiving lunch at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The minute that I arrived at the luncheon, I felt like I was in The Hundred Acre Wood. There was a long wood table until a beautiful willow tree. At the base of the tree was a small door, similar to the one that Christopher Robin walked through to spend time with his...

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A Little Christmas Dream Come True for Mackenzie Foy in Disney’s The Nutcracker

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

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney Before having the unforgettable experience of talking with Misty Copeland before walking down the red carpet of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, I had an opportunity to talk with the talented actress, Mackenzie Foy about her part in the film. Foy started out by sharing with us that her favorite Disney film is Cinderella, and the entire group of mom’s in the room let out an awe. Foy then continued to share that it was really fun to play a classic holiday character in a Disney feature film. “What is beautiful about The Nutcracker is that it is such a beloved story for many years. It is really fun to play a character that people from all over the world can relate too and have this childhood connection,”...

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Misty Copeland on feeling beautiful for the first time in her life

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

We attended the event as a guest of Disney Before the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, we were given the extreme honor of talking with the incredibly talented Misty Copeland about her role in the film. Before Copeland entered the room, I sat at a table with some of my favorite bloggers, and we were all talking about how excited we were to meet with Copeland. The minute that the beautiful ballet dancer entered the room, we all cheered with excitement, and the minute that she took her seat, she took the time to compliment all of us on our dresses. Copeland shared with us that the studio reached out to her to begin working on the film. When she first heard that Disney wanted her to be a part of the film, she...

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2018 Nutcracker Performances in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Ballet, Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Film, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

Affiliate Featured The Land of Sweets is coming to you! Discover all the Nutcracker productions bringing a bit of holiday magic to Orange County. American Ballet Theatre Performance of The Nutcracker Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA The ballet will perform December 14th through the 23rd. Tickets – Start at $29. “This Nutcracker is cracking good!” raved the New York Post when American Ballet Theatre premiered this delectable holiday favorite. As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree! With an impressive cast of more than 100 performers, ABT’s The Nutcracker features set and costumes by Richard Hudson (Tony Award winner, The Lion King), with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei...

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Best Holiday Family Movie: Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I attended the premiere as a guest of Disney My favorite thing to do with my family during the holiday season is to watch Christmas movies. We have a list of our favorite movies, and we watch them over and over again throughout November and December. Earlier this week, I attended the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and it immediately became my favorite holiday movie yet. In the film, Clara (Mackenzie Foy) is presented with a gift, and all she needs is a key to open it. She suddenly finds herself in a parallel universe where she goes on a journey throughout three realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. At the beginning of her journey, she meets a soldier named Phillip who helps her to find the key. Clara...

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Misty Copeland to Perform The Nutcracker at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Theatre | 0 comments

I attended the premiere as a guest of Disney Before attending the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, I had the honor to talk with Misty Copeland about her part in the film. She is not only an amazing person, but also one of the best ballet dancers to ever walk this earth, and gives an epic performance in the film. While talking with Copeland about her part in the film Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, she shared with me that she will be performing in The Nutcracker by the American Ballet Theatre with Pacific Symphony at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts this December on select nights. The ballet will perform December 14th through the 23rd, and Misty Copeland will perform on: Thursday, December 7th at 7 pm Wednesday, December 13th at...

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World Premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended as a guest of Disney It was a magical start to the week as I curled my hair, put on a fancy dress and went to Los Angeles for the world premiere Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Before going to the premiere, I had the honor of talking with Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland about the making of the film. I then walked over to a festive pre-party where I sipped on a sparkling glass of champagne and participated in all the activities. There were people of stilts walking around the event, a hairdressing station, nail painting from OPI and a candy bar hosted by Ziploc. The room smelled amazing from the Glad candles that were twinkling on all the table tops. When it came to the food, there was salad and sliders, but the...

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Anaheim Packing District: World Taste Event

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Attention food adventurers: Anaheim Packing District, home of Orange County’s Original Food Hall, will be celebrating its diverse cultural culinary artisans with World Taste on Wednesday, November 14th, from 6PM until 9PM. Guests to the in-house, international tasting event will navigate their way through an expedition of deliciousness and dance through a globally-inspired array of live entertainment, featuring performances by Grammy Nominated Roger Espinoza & Gypsy Fiesta͟, Phoenix Horse Lion Dancers and Flashsitar with Fontain’s MUSE. Mouth-watering menu items announced so far include Italian mozzarella-stuffed meatballs from Ecco, Chinese spicy shrimp wontons from 18 Folds, British fish n’ chips from Chippy Fish & Grill, Japanese citrus sushi rolls from Orange Tei, Swiss porchetta grilled cheese from Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar, French Raclette over roasted new potatoes from BXCR Wine Bar, truffle sliders from Umami Burger, carnitas tacos from...

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Celebrate the Aquarium’s 20th Anniversary For Just $20!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Celebrate the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 20th Anniversary and meet our new animals with a special discount through November! From now until November 30, receive $9.95 off adult admission. That’s just $20! Join in on the 20th Anniversary celebration featuring special programs and exhibits highlighting our fascinating history and bold future. You’ll also get to meet some of our newest animals including Kaya—the baby harbor seal, Chase—the sea lion, a scalloped hammerhead, and more! Follow the link to a coupon you can use at the Aquarium’s ticket window. Don’t miss this special opportunity to connect with 20 years of wonder and memories at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long...

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Culture Chinese Lantern Festival

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Starting November 15, the Pomona Fairplex will host the Hanart Culture Chinese Lantern Festival — a fully immersive multicultural experience the entire family will love. This visually-stunning event combines art, tradition, culture and cuisine, creating opportunities for alluring photographs and wonderful memories. Chinese Lantern Festival will run for 8 weeks: Every Thursday – Sunday, from November 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019, plus holidays. Children under 3 get in free! The event will light up the L.A. night with color and light from more than 1,000 beautifully handcrafted lanterns at the Glade, Picnic Hill and Lagoon at Fairplex Pomona (1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768). Explore “The Wild” as you travel the globe, walking through America, Oceania, Asia, Antarctica and Africa. Witness cheetahs, lions, jumping koi fish, jellyfish, panda bears, majestic cranes … even travel back in time...

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OC Rescue Mission Children’s Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission, in its continuing efforts to promote the importance of child innovation and entrepreneurship, will host a holiday-themed OC Children’s Business Fair on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Village of Hope in Tustin, California. The Business Fair will feature 55 different booths, hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools, with 10 booths including a total 23 children living at the Village of Hope, notes Palmer. The community is invited and encouraged to attend this free holiday event to support some of the youngest entrepreneurs in Orange County and pick up a few festive items. This event is a project of The Lincoln Club Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ideas of fiscal responsibility and free markets. The OC Children’s Business Fair is being sponsored by Chick-fil-A in Tustin District....

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Princesses Debut Their ‘Comfy Clothes’ in Ralph Breaks the Internet

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

I attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of my favorite scenes in the upcoming film “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is the Oh My Disney sequence that features all our favorite Disney Princesses in their ‘comfy clothes.’ Last August, while in Los Angeles I had the opportunity to talk with co-writer Pamela Ribon, Ami Thompson (art director, characters) and Kira Lehtomaki (head of animation) about the inspiration for the scene. While working on the film, it was in the back of their minds of ‘Why isn’t Vanellope, a princess?’ They thought it might be fun to have Disney poke fun of themselves so they thought that if Vanellope met all the Disney Princesses and took a selfie with them, that it might break the internet. When Pamela Ribon finished writing the scene, she had a little panic...

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An Exciting Week of Dancing, Friendship and Disney’s The Nutcracker

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

I am attending as a guest of Disney I am so excited to be headed back to Los Angeles on Sunday for a magical couple of days celebrating the new film “The Nutcracker,” Dancing with the Stars and more. You’ll want to make sure and follow along with my adventure on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram starting this Sunday! I’ll be leaving the family behind in Lake Arrowhead on Sunday afternoon and make the short drive to Los Angeles where I’ll check into the Sheraton Universal hotel. Once I’ve gotten settled into my room, we will go to Pro Dance LA where I’ll get an interactive dance lesson with the teachers from Dancing with the Stars!! I can’t wait to learn some new dancing skills from some of the best dancers in the industry. I am sure going to work...

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2018 Discovery Cube’s Annual Pumpkin Launch

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Pumpkin Launch is an all ages, FREE community event that invites guests to come onto a university campus and participate in a fun-filled STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) festival. The headlining event invites local engineer clubs and student Pumpkin Launch contestants to use the principles of STEM to build trebuchet machines that send pumpkins high in the sky and towards large targets lining the field – sometimes more than 50 yards! The team with the highest score wins the coveted Pumpkin Launch trophy. In typical Discovery Cube fashion, guests can become an engineer for the day by making, building and testing their own launchers at the hands-on learning encounters and STEM festival, as well as enjoy some of Orange County’s best food trucks. WHEN: Saturday, November 3, 2018 10AM – 2PM WHERE: Cal State Fullerton Athletic Field 800 N....

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Tips for Caring For Your Skin After a Co2 Laser

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

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador While having my liposuction surgery, I also had the doctor perform a Co2 laser resurfacing procedure. I had wanted to have a Co2 laser done for many years, and I figured that since I would already be recovering from liposuction that it would be a good time to recover from a laser. My results from the Co2 laser were amazing. Most of my wrinkles diminished and the discoloring of my skin that I had developed during pregnancy completely disappeared. To have the best results from the procedure, it is important to properly care for your skin for the weeks following the surgery. The doctors at CosmetiCare had recommended that I purchase the Alastin Skincare Procedure Enhancement System. I fell in love with the brand so much that I still use it for my skincare...

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Supporting Children Who Suffer From Chronic Pain

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored Chronic pain is something that many children suffer from, and it is not something that is talked publicly about very often. I have supported a good friend of mine who has a child who has suffered from chronic pain for many years, and I have seen how the doctors at CHOC Children’s have helped to support her child and family lead a normal life as much as is possible. Earlier this month, I met with Dr. Harpreet Kaur, a CHOC Children’s psychologist about pain management in children. There are many causes and effects of pain, and one of the things they see a lot at CHOC Children’s is how chronic pain can impact a child’s overall functioning and participation in their own lives. Dr. Kaur shared that they see a child’s physical and social activities decline. Pain can...

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Entertainment Bringing Families Together

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Entertainment | 0 comments

Sponsored We all live such busy lives, and as my kids have grown into teenagers, it has been harder than ever to find times that we can all come together as a family. There is one thing that my family all has in common, and that is a love for entertainment. Unfortunately, the cost of cable television is something that is beyond the financial reach of many families, not allowing them to enjoy great entertainment together as a family. Since I travel a lot, and we are rarely home, I recently disconnected our home cable service. I have been researching different options to be still able to provide entertainment in our household and recently discovered at Best Buy the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player. With the new device, our family can watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube (my kids...

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Wanderlust’s First one-of-a-kind Wellness Gathering

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Events, Health | 0 comments

The creators of Wanderlust bring the first annual ​Wellspring​, a first-of-its-kind wellness gathering, featuring the world’s leading innovators, teachers and socially conscious companies. From invigorating workouts and hands-on treatments to inspirational, actionable workshops, Wellspring connects us to a common goal: fostering healthy individuals, a healthy society and a healthy planet. This year’s guide leaders include RUSSELL BRAND, GLENNON DOYLE, MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, DR. MARK HYMAN, PAUL HAWKEN, KEN NWADIKE JR., ELANA BROWER, DAVE ASPREY, ALICIA SILVERSTONE, LAUREN ASH, NATALIE KUHN, ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS, ANA IVANOVIC, SEANE CORN, KYLE CEASE, MARC HOLZMAN, EOIN FINN, ROY SPENCE, DR. CHELSEA JACKSON ROBERTS, NADIA BOLZ WEBER, DALLAS HARTWIG, ROBIN ARZON, RADHA AGRAWAL, MIKI AGRAWAL, KEITH MITCHELL, CHIP CONLEY, INSIYA RASIWALA – FINN, TARA – NICHOLLE NELSON, JEN AUERBACH, EMILY SCHROMM, MARK GROVES, LIGHT WATKINS and more… Attendees will be nurtured by a number of...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd Annual Christmas Train + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Christmas, Featured, Giving Back, Holiday | 42 comments

It’s the season, once again for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time — get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online ONLY and can be purchased beginning November 1st; tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for details. While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station. Activities will be open when the...

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How Liposuction changed my life

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 1 comment

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador When going in for my liposuction procedure, I never knew that my life would change forever. After my surgery, I made the choice to make a major lifestyle change, I lost fifty pounds (plus the nine removed during my surgery), and I have gained more self-confidence than I’ve ever had in my lifetime. I love myself more than ever, and more importantly, I love the way that I feel. In the beginning, I felt a little lost in the world, almost like I was a different person living the same life I was living before – like a stranger in my own life. When I would look in the mirror, I didn’t recognize the person I was seeing. When I would take pictures of myself, I would stare at them for hours, thinking to...

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You’re Invited: Transformers Buzz Weekend at Universal CityWalk

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Jorge Lendeborg Jr., one of the stars of Hasbro and Paramount Pictures upcoming new film Bumblebee, will officially kickoff Buzz Weekend at Universal CityWalk. What: Buzz Weekend is a 2-day celebration of everyone’s favorite Transformer, Bumblebee and kicks off on Saturday, October 13 at 12 noon in anticipation of his first movie out December 21! More Than Meets the Eye activities for the whole family include: · Bumblebee’s ‘80s Dance Party · Airbrush Tattoo Station · Bumblebee Green Screen Photo Booth · Fun Bumblebee and Transformers content on the Giant Screen · Display of the Latest Exciting Bumblebee and Transformers Products When: Saturday, October 13 – Sunday October 14 12pm – 4pm Where: Universal CityWalk 5 Towers Stage (located adjacent to the Universal Cinema) 100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608 Come and #JoinTheBuzz Bumblebee is in theaters...

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The Polly Pocket Tiny is Mighty Tour at the Brea Mall

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Get ready to go tiny! The Polly Pocket Tiny is Mighty tour is coming to Brea Mall on 10/13 & 10/14. If you were a fan of this compact phenomenon back in the 90s, then now is your chance to share the fun with your kids and get a look at Polly Pocket’s world in real-life human scale. Fans of all ages are welcome to join in on the pocket-sized fun which will include: · Polly’s Adventure Course: Kids can demonstrate that they are courageous and tenacious while mastering the course that will include climbing a Giant Button Wall, the Polly’s Soda Lookout Platform which will provide a chance to peer into Polly’s world, and a slide down the Giant Inflatable Flamingo into a large ball pit! · Cupcake Compact Karaoke Stage: Kids will be inspired by Polly to...

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Girlfriends Guide to Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador So you’re thinking about have liposuction done? Curious about what the recovering is going to be like? Want to know what to expect? Six months ago, I had liposuction, and this is everything you need to know about your upcoming liposuction surgery. It is going to hurt I can’t deny that you’re going to be in pain after the surgery. Make sure and get your pain medication in advance and stay on top of your recommended pain medication schedule following the surgery. You’re going to be swollen During the surgery, they fill your body up with fluid (almost like a balloon). Then they start to suck out the fat. I felt like an umpa lumpa for at least a couple of weeks following my surgery. You’ll want to drink a LOT of water and...

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Nitro Circus: Outrageous All-New Live Stunt Show

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

Nitro Circus’ biggest moments, and some of its most notorious crashes, have come from the mind of Travis Pastrana. For the action sports icon, pushing the envelope is just another day at the office. But Pastrana also has the uncanny ability to encourage his fellow riders to go big or go home as well… In some cases despite their better judgment! Now with the 2018 You Got This tour, Travis and company will ramp up the shenanigans with the greatest, craziest, funniest show in Nitro Circus history. Nitro Circus: You Got This is coming to the Southland for a Honda Center show on Saturday, October 13.      Nitro Circus: You Got This will feature Travis Pastrana along with Nitro Circus’ best athletes in FMX, BMX, Scooter and Inline, including multiple X Games medalists and several Nitro World Games champions. Pastrana will lead this all-star roster as...

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Fancy Nancy, The Musical

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company, is delighted to present an encore presentation of ​Fancy Nancy, The Musical​ ​as part of its fourth TYA Family Season. Book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo, music by Danny Abosch and directed by Alex Bueno, based on original staging by Kelly Todd, Fancy Nancy. Performances will begin October 7th and continue through October 28 on the Cripe Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. Based on the popular Fancy Nancy book series by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, this delightful new show follows Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel as they prepare to perform in their very first show — “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive (that’s fancy for “100 percent sure”), that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids....

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OC’s First Luxury Cat Hotel

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Family, Travel | 0 comments

Orange County’s first luxury hotel exclusively for cats will be opening in Irvine this winter. Centrally located just two miles from John Wayne airport, Club Cat, an up-and-coming alternative to conventional boarding, will provide peace-of-mind to cat owners who travel for business or pleasure. With limited options in Orange County to board cats in a cat-only facility, Club Cat founder, Shana Martin, set out to create an upscale boarding environment. “As a lifelong cat owner, traveling was always stressful for me because it was difficult to rely on family, friends or neighbors to take care of my cats the way I wanted them to be taken care of,” says Martin. “Hiring pet sitters wasn’t an option either because I never felt comfortable giving a complete stranger access to my home and personal belongings.” Martin’s vision was also motivated by...

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Pageant of the Monsters Haunted House

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Just when you thought it was safe to go backstage…The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters brings a “monster” of a good time to Laguna Beach! Reviving an event from years past, Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy presents the Pageant of the Monsters, transforming the Pageant’s backstage into a Haunted House with an artistic twist. The event will take place on October 26, 27, 28 and 31 at the Festival of Arts from 6 – 9:30pm. This is the 5th presentation of Pageant of the Monsters. Davy originated the haunted house idea in 1996, it was repeated in 1997 and then again in 2007 and 2013. This year, the Pageant of the Masters’ creative team of artists and technicians has reunited to resurrect the acclaimed Halloween Haunted House as part of the Pageant of...

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Yappy Howl-O-Ween at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Events, Halloween | 0 comments

Nothing gets cuter than a dog dressed in a costume. With Halloween just around the corner, we’d love for you to join The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Yappy Howl-O-Ween, a canine and companion cocktail party and costume contest! Perfect for families and friends to enjoy, the resort’s Yappy Howl-O-Ween can’t be missed! Proceeds from the event (and all of the resort’s Yappy Hours) are donated to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs. When & Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 4- 7 p.m. Where: The Dana Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 92629) What: Haute hounds will enjoy flavored water like bacon, chicken, beef, or vegan, while human guests relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over...

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7th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival

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

On Sunday, October 28, 2018, Los Angelenos will unite to celebrate Hispanic culture as The San Pedro Property Owners’ Alliance, a nonprofit organization, presents The 7th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival. With over 10,000 locals expected to attend, Los Angeles and Orange County visitors will experience a vibrant and historic downtown filled with a festive live entertainment lineup including energetic and globally-inspired performances by two-time grammy award winning performers, Mariachi Divas, and celebrated local headliners and Kotolan, and Salt Petal. New to this year’s festivities is the Jose Cuervo Tradicional bar and Tequila garden. This bar area will offer a variety of cocktails created with Tradicional tequila – the first 100% agave tequila created over 200 years ago by Jose Antonio de Cuervo. In addition to cocktails, Jose Cuervo Tradicional will honor its past with a...

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2018 OC Zoo Halloween Zoo-tacular

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual Halloween Zoo-tacular at the OC Zoo located inside Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the fall season with festive activities and the animals of the OC Zoo! Families are invited to bring their children to trick-or-treat, explore the zoo during a spooky scavenger hunt and create Halloween and fall-themed crafts. OC Zoo animals will join the fun as they receive treat-filled pumpkins and special Halloween treats throughout the day, and the first 100 children in costume ages 12 and under will receive a free gift. “Visitors of all ages can come explore the Zoo-tacular event located inside Irvine Regional Park,” said Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to show off their...

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Kaleidoscope Hosts “Thrilling” Halloween Party

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Mission Viejo, CA – Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo for a “Thrill or Treat” Halloween Party & Open House on Sunday, October 28 from 1 to 4pm. The afternoon of free family fun will take place throughout Kaleidoscope with seasonal crafts, a DJ, photo opportunities, trick or treating for costumed youngsters, and some spooky surprises. The first 200 kids will receive trick or treat bags and a Party Pass to collect stamps from all participating retailers and restaurants for a chance to win prizes at the end of the event. Parents will also enjoy food and beverage sampling from Kaleidoscope restaurants, special discounts from select retailers and mini spa treatments. For more information, please visit www.gokaleidoscope.com or call...

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Don’t Miss the Inaugural Taste of Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

The Los Angeles Times today announced the lineup for its inaugural Orange County edition of The Taste. Following its ninth successful run on the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot, The Times is adding a second session in Costa Mesa to focus on the thriving dining scene and award-winning restaurants in the heart of Southern California. Hosted by The Times’ Food staff, the festival will feature Taco María chef Carlos Salgado, recipient of the Restaurant of the Year award, the Filipino cuisine of Irenia and responsibly sourced cuts from Electric City Butcher among a diverse collection of chefs and dishes. The Taste’s debut in Costa Mesa will take place at The MET over three days, Oct. 19, 20 and 21. Admission to each event includes unlimited tastings from dozens of restaurants, sips of seasonal cocktails and cooking demos. Friday, Oct. 19,...

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What Parents Can do to Support Children with Mental Health Issues

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Family, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored When most people think of Orange County, they think of wealth, big homes, and fast cars. Unfortunately, what many don’t realize is that Orange County has a high rate of homelessness, and the Anaheim Union High School District is located in one of the poorest zip codes in California. There are many children in the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) that are in crisis. The district averages one ER visit every week, frequently with a suicide attempt or mental health crisis. Mental health issues are something that are not talked enough about, and the stigma surrounding that needs to end. It is a real illness that people suffer from, and when living in a tough situation, it can be worse for an individual. Providence St. Joseph Health, one of the leading healthcare companies in Orange County, has...

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Three Tips to Manage Family Life After Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 1 comment

Sponsored One of the biggest things I had to do before my liposuction procedure was to make plans to help manage my family life while I recovered. In my house, I did almost everything. I cleaned the house, did the laundry, dishes, and drove the kids to all their activities/school. The doctors at CosmetiCare were very honest in telling me that I would need to take it very easy following the surgery and would not be able to do any heavy lifting for at least six weeks following the surgery. These are some tips to help you with planning for your upcoming liposuction procedure: Bring Your Husband in for Your Consultation I brought my husband in with me for my consultation so that he could hear directly from the doctors that I was not to do anything around the...

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Growing up with Knott’s Camp Spooky

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Halloween, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Knott’s Berry Farm Knott’s Camp Spooky has always been one of my favorite things to do with my children during the Halloween season. I have been bringing my kids since they were babies, and unfortunately, two of my kids have transitioned to Knott’s Scary Farm, leaving me with just one kid who is young enough to still experience the fun. Since this is one of my last years with a kid young enough to experience the fun, I took my time with my son to make every moment matter. I turned off my cell phone, directed all of my attention into my son’s experience, and it ended up being one of my favorite visits to Knott’s ever. We started the day in Camp Snoopy. I kind of shed a tear remembering my now...

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Best Places to Celebrate National Taco Day in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Tomorrow is my favorite holiday of the year – National Taco Day! Local restaurants are celebrating National Taco Day by offering guests delicious deals. These are our top picks of where to celebrate! Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana 2201 East 1st Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 547-9129 NATIONAL TACO DAY is Thursday, October 4th and Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana is celebrating their 35th Anniversary and YOU’RE INVITED‼️ Party details: AVILA’S EL RANCHITO – SANTA ANA 35th Anniversary Party on National Taco Day – Thursday, October 4th from 4 to 9 pm. RAFFLE DRAWINGS EVERY HOUR starting at 5 p.m. T-shirts, Fiesta Party Tray to go for ten people, Koozis, Keychains, and more! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT by Ruben Gonzalez playing Latin guitar from 6 to 8 p.m. ** GRAND PRIZE ** One lucky guest will win a...

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Tips for Maintaining Liposuction Results

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the biggest struggles that I have heard from women who have had liposuction is how to maintain their results. Liposuction is a major surgery, and it can be very easy to gain back the weight removed during the procedure. Unfortunately, it is easier to gain weight than it is to lose it, so these are my tips for maintaining your liposuction results. Eat a Healthy Diet I know? It is easier to say than to do, but it is very important. Having liposuction done and then eating a very healthy “clean” diet following the surgery not only helped me to lose additional pounds but provided me with even better results than I expected. Exercise Once your doctor clears you to begin exercising – do it. It doesn’t have to be high impact exercising, but you need...

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Dana Wharf Kids Boo Cruise

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Celebrate Halloween on the Water with Dana Wharf Whale Watching First Kids Boo Cruise Departs Dana Wharf at 5 PM on Friday, October 19 Dana Wharf Whale Watching invites families to come aboard and join us for our annual Boo Cruise on Friday, October 19 between 5 pm and 7 pm. Cruises depart every 20 minutes and feature costume contests with great prizes, amazing raffles each trip. There will also be entertainment for those waiting to board! No reservation is needed and each cruise is only a $5 donation! All money raised goes directly to Special Fishies: Aquatic Freedom and Education which gives scholarships to the special needs children in the community. For more information visit...

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13th Annual AltCar Expo in Santa Monica

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

The 13th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Santa Monica Civic Lot and East Wing, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA. The two-day event is free to attend. Each year, exciting debuts of alternative technology vehicles – cars, fleets, trucks, bicycles and scooters – are available for a Ride & Drive experience AltCar brings almost every make and model of alternative fuel vehicles to one place so visitors can shop, test drive, compare and learn. The 2018 expo will have the most extensive array of battery electric, fuel-cell electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid electric vehicles for consumers. This years lineup of exhibitors includes Honda Clarity, Toyata Mirai Fuel Cell, Toyota Prius Prime PHEV, Nissan Leaf, Kia Niro, and many more. Saturday’s conference includes industry experts discussing urban...

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Tips for Having the Most Magical Time at Disneyland During Halloween Time

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Disney, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Disney Halloween is one of the most magical times to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort. While we don’t seem to be having fall weather here in Orange County, your family can enjoy a little taste of the season by enjoying comforting foods and admiring the festive decor at Disneyland. One thing that I always encourage parents to do when bringing their kids to the Disneyland Resort is to plan ahead so that they can get the most out of their magical time at The Happiest Place on Earth. These are some of my tips to help your family with getting the most out of your magical time at the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time. Purchase the Disney MaxPass Visiting the Disneyland Resort has changed forever with the introduction of Disney MaxPass....

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Five Facts About the Cost of Invisalign

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Beauty, Family, Invisalign | 0 comments

Sponsored by Invisalign One of the biggest questions that I get asked by moms about Invisalign is the cost. I feel like there is a misconception that Invisalign is so much more expensive than traditional braces when in fact it is not, and having my children wearing Invisalign clear aligners have extremely boosted their self-confidence. When it comes to the cost of Invisalign, these are five facts about the cost: Know Your Insurance Company Your insurance company may pay a percentage of your Invisalign treatment costs! Use your FSA or HSA Benefits You can set aside up to $2,600 annually in an FSA or $3,400 in an HSA ($6,750 for a family). Consider Payment Plan Options Find out if you can spread the cost out over the length of your Invisalign treatment. See if you Qualify for Multiple child/family...

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What to Expect Six Months After Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

Sponsored Six months after having liposuction surgery, I felt like a completely different person. I looked different, I felt different, and I had a different outlook on life. Almost all of my swelling had gone away, and I loved how perfectly contoured by body was because of the liposuction. At this point, I felt comfortable to start exercising, so I began an exercise routine. I started small by just walking and then slowly increased to cardio (running). I am not a gym type of person, but it is essential to exercise to maintain my results, so I began hikes/runs on our local trail. If you don’t like physical fitness, I recommend trying new things like I did to discover a type of exercise that you’ll enjoy and want to do every day. I received a call from CosmetiCare around...

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Creative Sound Solution for Your Home

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored We have a unique household. We rarely have the television on in our house, instead of watching television, our children usually playing a musical instrument or listening to music. Since music is such an essential part of our lives, finding a creative sound solution for our home has always been one of our priorities. Since our current home audio system is very simple, we went to Best Buy to research a more “smart” audio system. The one system that stood out to us was the Bose smart home speakers with a bass module and surround sound speakers. The system offers families like ours unlimited entertainment possibilities including voice control from Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth compatibility. This type of technology put the ability to stream songs whenever we want from anywhere in our home. From the home air...

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TAPS IRVINE Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with $2.15 TAPS Burger Every Friday in October

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Irvine is celebrating its third anniversary by serving TAPS Signature Burger for $2.15 (signifying “2015,” the year of opening) on Friday, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 with purchase of any beverage. To celebrate the recent opening of TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room in Tustin, the restaurant will offer an award-winning TAPS beer for $4 to guests ordering the burger. The anniversary special, regularly priced at $14.99, will be served in the bar/lounge and dining room. It will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the restaurant serves 300 burgers. WHEN: Fridays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 starting at 11 a.m. until 300 burgers are sold. WHERE: TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Irvine – The Market Place, 13390 Jamboree Rd, Irvine – Phone: (714) 619-0404 (www.tapsfishhouse.com) TAPS Burger is...

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6th Annual Champagne & Oyster “Sip & Shuck” Fundraiser

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

For the 6th consecutive year, The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, will host “Sip & Shuck” on Sunday, November 4 from 2-6 p.m. to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange County. The event will give guests the unique opportunity to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters, champagne, sparkling wines, spirits and more from around the world, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views from the oceanfront restaurants. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team will also prepare delicious tastes from The Deck, Driftwood Kitchen, and Hendrix. The event will include beverages from Veuve Clicquot, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Piper Sonoma, Nicholas Freuillate, Nolet’s Gin, Bianchi Winery, Kendall Jackson, Tito’s Vodka, Reyka Vodka, Cote de Roses, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ketel One, Sailor Jerry, Bloom Gin, Casamigo Tequila, Lavazza Coffee,...

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10th Annual Surf City Surf Dog competition

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

This year, Surf City Surf Dog is celebrating a decade of dog surfing and fundraising for pet related charities! The 10th Annual Surf City Surf Dog competition will take place on September 29th at Huntington Dog Beach, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary. The world’s best surfing dogs will once again gather in Surf City USA to compete for barking rights, trophies and prizes. Over the last ten years, more than 500 dogs have participated in this unique sport, hailing from the UK, Australia, Canada, Brazil and all corners of the United States! The weekend-long celebration will showcase the best in dog surfing, pet adoptions and pet social activities, while providing engaging beach activities for the entire family to enjoy. As surfing recently became the official sport of the state of California, it seems natural that dog surfing...

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By the Numbers: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I attended the interview as a guest of Disney The one thing that I loved about the upcoming film ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is that the story takes off right where we left off in ‘Wreck-it-Ralph.’ Last month, I went to the Walt Disney Animation Studios to learn all about the making of the film ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ and one thing I was fascinated with was everything that went into creating this animation masterpiece. While talking with the creators of the film, they shared these amazing numbers with us… When it came to writing the story for ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ I these are the numbers that went into bringing it to life: 15 story artists 10 screenings of the film 45 total sequences in the film 153 total sequences boarded 7883 total sequence versions 283,839 total storyboards...

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Mary Lynn Rajskub on Balancing Motherhood and Work

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored Mary Lynn Rajskub plays the role of Theresa who is a mom who decided to go to night school to get her GED. She is a mom who got married young, didn’t finish school, and wants to go back-to-school to finish what she didn’t finish. Her life kinda stinks, and after complaining about her life, she tries to cheer herself up by reminding herself that “she is blessed.” After seeing the film (which is hilarious), I had the honor of talking with Mary Lynn Rajskub about the making of the film, motherhood and second chances. She started by sharing with me how she has a “double life.” She goes out at night to do standup comedy, which can get a little raunchy, and then she gets up in the morning to take her son to school. She shared...

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Five Must-Have SOLO: A Star Wars Story Toys

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Samples received The highly-anticipated time has come for SOLO: A Star Wars Story to be added to your home movie collection. Not only will you want to get the movie to enjoy in your home for years to come, but also stock up your kid’s playroom with these five must-have SOLO: A Star Wars Story toys. Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie Chewbacca (“Chewie” to his best pals) is famous as Han Solo’s loyal friend and co-pilot – and now the Ultimate Co-pilot Chewie figure can be kids’ trusted companion in adventure, wherever their imagination takes them! This amazing interactive plush friend features 100+ sound-and-motion combinations, responds in the Wookiee language, and reacts whenever he’s in motion – sometimes in surprising ways! Kids will love their favorite Wookiee’s fun facial expressions and the way he responds when they talk to...

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Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Having Liposuction

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador The doctors at CosmetiCare had recommended that I have liposuction when having my mastopexy (breast lift) done. I thought that after having my breasts done that I would lose the weight on my own, but unfortunately, I did not, and I made the decision to have liposuction done at the end of last year. Like most women, I had some hesitation about having liposuction done, and so I had multiple consultations with the doctors at CosmetiCare where I asked every possible question I could think of, making me feel 100% comfortable with proceeding with having the surgery done. These are five of the most important questions that I would recommend asking the doctors at CosmetiCare before having liposuction done. 1. How long is the recovery time? It is an important question because you’ll want...

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2018 Prehistoric OC

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

Join OC Parks at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Prehistoric OC, a free event that invites families to explore the prehistoric history of Orange County. Prehistoric OC will present fun and educational activities and information to the public about Orange County’s rich history, prehistory, and Native American culture with activities, fossils, and artifacts. This annual event welcomes the young and the young at heart, and will foster a sense of pride and respect for local natural and cultural resources. Families can enjoy hands on activities, watch volcano demonstrations by the Geology Department from California State University Fullerton, examine fossils and artifacts, learn about Native American culture, and check out the Junior Scientist camp for educational crafts. Refreshments will be available for purchase from Wiki Wiki Shave Ice. “Orange County...

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Creating the ‘Netizens’ in Ralph Breaks the Internet

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

I attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of my favorite things about Ralph Breaks the Internet are the way the people look in the film. Last month, I had the honor of talking with the character building team Cory Loftis (production designer), Dave Komorowski (head of characters and technical animation), Renato dos Anjos (head of animation) and Moe El-Ali (crowds supervisor) about the process of creating the inhabitants of the internet: “Netizens” and “Net Users. They knew early on from looking at the artwork the team was working on which showed the way the environment would look – that they were looking at a 3-dimensional space which posed a few challenges for the team. Not only do they have to populate one street but also the other streets that you can see either up above or...

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Seventh Annual Taste of Lake Forest

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Nearly two dozen Lake Forest restaurants will offer tastes for only $1 as the City of Lake Forest hosts the seventh annual Taste of Lake Forest on Saturday, September 29 from noon to 3 pm at the Foothill Ranch Towne Centre Food Festival. This year’s event will feature Kawasaki motorcycle demonstrations and a Beer and Wine Garden featuring Bru Grill and Wine Bar and Frisby Cellars. The event will also include raffle prizes, live entertainment, face painting, a balloon artist, and photo booth! Raffles will be going on throughout the event with prizes such as an Amazon Fire Tablet, Amazon Fire Sticks, Fitbits, $100 Visa gift cards, and more. Event attendees will also have the chance to vote for their favorite restaurant with awards going to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and the best new entry for...

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You’re Invited: Pose for Paws Yoga Event

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

P O S E for P A W S…OMG it’s finally happening (everyone screams!) but not too loud because we don’t want to scare the puppies! HAUS of SHOW is hosting a Yoga x Adoption Event at Pacific City & we hope you can flow with us! Plenty of puppies, dogs & even kittens will be downward dog-ing with us & the best part is they’re all adoptable so when you fall in love with your four legged yogi, you can ADOPT them! Portion of proceeds will be donated to the OC Animal Care to aid in their incredible efforts and for all our yogis who bring in new or gently used blankets, towels or leashes, you’ll receive an exclusive VIP gift bag! Help us raise proceeds & awareness to find our furry yogis new homes! Click “Get Tickets”...

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