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Aquarium of the Pacific: 16th Annual Festival of Human Abilities

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 12 comments

About the Aquarium of the Pacific Festival of Human Abilities At the Festival of Human Abilities, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Also, it will be in a setting surrounded by beautiful sea life. Featured at the festival are hip-hop wheelchair dancers. It is such an amazing event. Plus, a sign language choir, a singer who is blind and has autism, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists. What to expect at the Festival of Human Abilities Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays. In addition, mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. DiveHeart will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport. A variety of free creative workshop...

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Delicious Turmeric Root Hummus Recipe

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Recipes, Turmeric Root Recipes | 0 comments

After getting some fresh Turmeric Root from Melissa’s Produce, I couldn’t wait to experiment with it. The first thing that I thought of making was hummus. My kids love hummus, and I was curious to see what it would taste like with Turmeric Root in it. If you’re not familiar with Turmeric root, many claim it to have super healing powers. People eat or drink foods with Turmeric Root daily to help with inflammation, cancer and many major diseases. Turmeric Root is Available at Melissa’s Produce Turmeric root is easy to find online at Melissa’s website. It can also be found at many retailers that sell Melissa’s fresh, and seasonal produce. Plus, one package goes a long way. Use it to make soups, curries, and add to your favorite recipes. Once we made some flavorful hummus, that all my...

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Turmeric Root and Ginger Tea Recipe

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Recipes, Turmeric Root Recipes | 0 comments

While having lunch at Melissa’s Produce last month, they talked a lot about the healing properties of Turmeric Root. Some have even made claims that it cures cancer! After visiting Melissa’s Produce, I began doing research. I learned that it does have many healing powers. The one thing that caught my attention was the anti-aging benefits. Turmeric Root is Available through Melissa’s Produce Melissa’s Produce was so kind to send me a package of Turmeric Root to experiment with and create recipes. You can purchase it online or find it at a retailer that sells Melissa’s Produce. My daughter and I made Turmeric Root and Sweet Potato soup, and hummus, we were hooked. It has a sweet, bitter flavor that we loved. We ended up spending the entire day in the kitchen creating recipes with the spice. The one...

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2018 Friends of CASA Holiday Luncheon

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Friends of CASA, a fundraising auxiliary of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), hosted its 2018 Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 13th, at The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. CASA Holiday Luncheon The Luncheon and Fashion Show that began as a Holiday Tea is in its 23rd year of existence and has brought in over 4 million dollars since 1995. This year’s Luncheon had a record breaking net for the fifth year in a row. More than $452,000 that will go directly to supporting CASA’s mission of recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who mentor and advocate for children in the foster care system. The Luncheon was chaired by Melissa Rohani and Michelle Fisher. They were assisted by a team of over 85 members from the Friends of CASA (FOCASA) auxiliary group. Five hundred and thirty guests filled the...

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A Taste of Italy at Angelina’s Pizzeria

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Dining, Irvine | 0 comments

One of my favorite places to have Italian food in Orange County is at Angelina’s Pizzeria in Irvine. The restaurant has one of the chicest ambiances in Orange County, and the food never disappoints. Angelina’s Pizzeria New Winter Menu When I heard that Angelina’s Pizzeria just released a new winter menu, I immediately made reservations. When I arrived at the restaurant, the friendly staff took us to a comfortable booth. As I looked over the menu, it was hard to pick just one item, so I ordered everything new! Meatballs Although the meatballs are not new on the menu, I always have to order them when at the restaurant. The meatballs are light, not heavy like at most Italian restaurants. They cook the meatballs in the pizza oven that gives them an authentic smoky flavor. When paired with their...

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Dana Wharf Wyland Art Class and Whale Watching

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Events, Family | 0 comments

The Dana Wharf Whale Watching and the Wyland Foundation have announced the details for the 2019 Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild” children’s art program. This is one of the most creative hands-on family ocean experiences in Southern California. The program begins January 26, 2019, and continues every Saturday through April 27, 2019. Children will have an opportunity to learn from the legendary marine life artist Wyland how the ocean’s marine life has inspired him, and partake in an art lesson from Wyland himself via a video feed. Dana Wharf Art in the Wild details include Dates: January 26th – April 27th (Saturdays only) Times: 9:00 am Art Lesson followed by a 2-hour whale watching excursion 10:00 am – 12:00 noon whale watching trip Participating families receive priority VIP boarding. Art lesson takes place inside the Dana...

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Philharmonic Society: Professor Planethead’s Symphonic Space Adventure

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 19 comments

Join the Philharmonic Society Professor Planethead on his musical journey through outer space. Professor Planethead’s Symphonic Space Adventure is complete with visually captivating NASA projections and dancers from Backhausdance. About the Philharmonic Society of Orange County The mission of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County is to foster an appreciation for music by presenting national and international performances of the highest quality while also providing dynamic and innovative music education programs for individuals of all ages. Hear the Orange County Youth Symphony perform music from Holst’s The Planets and raise your lightsabers as you hear “The Imperial March” from Star Wars. This concert will transport your imagination to a galaxy far, far away! (Approx. run time 45 mins) Pre-concert Activities Check out the lobby prior to the performance for hands-on activities, including a musical instrument petting zoo courtesy of...

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Collect and Play with Bananas Toy

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Family, Parenting, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

Sponsored by Bananas Toy Smell-able, Peel-able ​Bananas are an exciting new collectible line of six brightly colored and scented Bananas toy that look, smell and peel like a real banana! Bananas are the coolest new toy available for kids to play with. Peel the Bananas to reveal tons of mini surprises inside, including: a cute Crushie character, two mini squeezable friends, gemstone stickers to decorate the Crushie or Banana, a collector sheet with character stickers, and a hanging vine to display your Crushie friends. Also, you can display Bananas by hanging them on your backpack, or re-seal them to take on the go and trade with friends. How do you collect and play with Bananas Toy Peel Your Banana Toy ​Peel your Banana to reveal your new collectible Crushie, squeezable friends, gemstone stickers and more! Collect Bananas Collect all...

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Rejuvenate at the Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Beauty, Lake Arrowhead, Spa, Travel | 0 comments

I visited the Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines as a guest The stunning Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines provides an exceptional retreat. If you are looking for total relaxation, indulge in a soothing spa treatment in one of their private treatment rooms. Also, it is a AAA Four Diamond Spa with lodge-inspired ambiance. While on our weekend getaway to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, I escaped to the spa for a relaxing massage. It left me feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to explore Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pine Ambiance The minute that I stepped into the spa, I felt all my stress fade away. The spa features one of the most immersive and welcoming settings. I slipped into the comfortable robe and took a moment to breathe. I relaxed in the quiet...

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Tickets Available For Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Who is excited to see Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel? I know that we can’t wait. Plus, we are thrilled to share that tickets to see the film are now available for purchase. Where can you get your hands on some of the hottest movie tickets of the year? They are currently available everywhere tickets are sold. Tickets are guaranteed to sell-out fast, so I recommend purchasing your tickets to see the movie on March 8th today. You can purchase your tickets online or at your local movie theater. What is Marvel Studios Captain Marvel About Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a...

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Harlequinade Ballet at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Ballet, Entertainment | 0 comments

American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie has said that ABT Principal Dancer Stella Abrera will dance the role of Pierrette in the Harlequinade Ballet and this will be at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It has its West Coast premiere on January 17 and Abrera will also dance in the January 20 matinee. Misty Copeland will make her debut as Pierrette on Friday, January 18. Audiences are in for a delightful treat with this new production of a rare comic gem. It is created over a remarkable 18 months. By ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. It was inspired by the archival notes of Marius Petipa. Harlequinade is set to a score by Riccardo Drigo, played live by Pacific Symphony. The ballet features sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola and is praised by Forbes as a “feast of...

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Family Dining at Lake Arrowhead Pizza

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

It is one of our family traditions to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza whenever we visit Lake Arrowhead. The pizza place is packed every night, and the pizza is fantastic. During our recent visit to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we walked into the Village to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza. When we arrived, there was a line out the door. While we waited in line, the kids went into the arcade to play games. What to order at Lake Arrowhead Pizza When you first arrive, you order at the counter. The menu features everything from greens to pasta and even burgers. Every time we have dined at Lake Arrowhead Pizza, we order the same thing. Mozzarella sticks and a pepperoni pizza. We placed our order and found a table to enjoy dinner together as a family. While...

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GMC Denali and Dogs Roadtrip to Ojai

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

We took a GMC Denali to Ojai as a guest of GMC After having children, I realized that I was spending less time with our dog than I did before kids. I decided it was time to have some bonding time with our dog, and took her with me to Ojai. I loaded up our GMC Acadia Denali with all her favorite toys and made the short drive to Ojai. Road Tripping with Dogs in the GMC Denali Acadia When planning the trip, I made sure that Daisy was safe in the back seat by using a harness. She had a smile on her face the entire car ride. Plus, I was able to keep her comfortable by turning on the heated seats. Caravan Outpost The GMC Acadia Denali provides such a comfortable ride that it only felt like...

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Five Things To Expect with a CO2 Laser at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

I received a CO2 laser as a CosmetiCare Ambassador One of the best cosmetic procedures that I did at CosmetiCare last year was to have a CO2 laser during my liposuction surgery. My skin has never been brighter, and it took years off my age. Five Things To Expect with a CO2 Laser at CosmetiCare Your Skin is Going to Shed One of the things that surprised me the most about the recovery was how much of my skin peeled. A couple of days following the surgery, my skin turned a dark brown. Then it started to peel. Almost like a snake. It was a little messy and took about 1-2 days for the peeling to stop. You’re Going to Need to Hydrate Your Skin The most important thing to do after a CO2 laser is to use high-quality...

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Village Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe in Lake Arrowhead

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While waiting to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen in Lake Arrowhead, we walked around the village. While exploring the village, we stumbled upon Village Ice Cream. Since we were on vacation staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we decided to treat the kids to some ice cream before lunch. Location of Village Ice Cream in Lake Arrowhead Village Ice Cream is located right in the heart of the Lake Arrowhead Village. They offer a wide variety of ice cream flavors and lots of candy. It is a kids dream come true. It is also an excellent place for kids to get a souvenir. Flavors of Ice Cream There were so many tasty flavors that it was hard to pick just one. The kids and I sampled almost every flavor before making a final decision...

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Lake Arrowhead: The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we took a short walk into the village to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen. I had heard a lot about the restaurant and was excited to have a relaxing meal. Restaurant Near The Lake Arrowhead Resort The restaurant is right on the water, so families can enjoy beautiful water views while dining. They also have a great selection of beers for the parents. The restaurant is quite popular, so we did have to wait for about an hour to get a table. While waiting, we walked over to the Village Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe to enjoy dessert before lunch. It wasn’t long until I got a text message that our table was ready. We were lucky to have gotten a table on the outdoor patio for...

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You’re Invited: A Dog’s Way Home Twitter Party

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

We are hosting A Dog’s Way Home Twitter Party in partnership with Sony We are in love with the all-new movie A Dog’s Way Home that comes out in theaters on January 11th. In celebration of the upcoming release of the heartwarming family film, we are thrilled to be hosting an interative Twitter Party on Monday, January 7th at 7pm PST. You’re invited to join us where we will talk about our love for dogs, the upcoming movie, and we will be giving away a cool prize. Also, you’ll want to make sure and RSVP below so that we can know that you’re attending the party. About A Dog’s Way Home A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human,...

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Lake Arrowhead Resort: Dining at Bin 189

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Bin 189 as a guest of the Lake Arrowhead Resort The Lake Arrowhead Resort is the premier place to stay with your family in the San Bernardino Mountains. The resort features plush accommodations, stunning water views, and elevated dining at Bin 189. While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, our family started the weekend getaway by having dinner at Bin 189. The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, and almost every table features water views. The Bar at The Lake Arrowhead Resort I awaited the arrival of my husband by enjoying a glass of wine and appetizer in the bar. My son and I savored every bite of the chips and guacamole. The dish features fresh avocado, cilantro, lime, Cotija cheese, and hand-made tortilla chips. The bar area has a large bar and plenty of tables for...

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The Walt Disney Studios 2019 Movies

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

It is going to be one of the biggest years for Walt Disney Studios as they plan to release some of the best movies of all time in 2019. Mark your calendars now for the release dates of these upcoming films. Walt Disney Studios 2019 Movie Lineup   Captain Marvel Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL opens on March 8, 2019 in U.S. theaters Dumbo From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new...

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Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Angel Stadium

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

Monster Energy AMA Supercross returns to Anaheim on Saturday, January 5, 2019. They are bringing the world’s premier motorcycle racing championship series. It is for the debut race of the 2019 season (followed by a second Anaheim event on Saturday, January 19th). Monster Energy Supercross To shake up the competition, the 2019 schedule will feature three Triple Crown events. They will also feature two East-West Showdowns. They will be showed on October 23 when tickets go on sale. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac will look to defend his inaugural premier class championship. There will be a battle for championship and the Triple Crown pits riders in each class will  compete against each other. This will happen in three Main Events. New in 2019 the fans will additionally experience the pre-race FanFest. This is an even more festival-like atmosphere. It...

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Disneyland Southern California Resident Discount Ticket is Back

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

The Disneyland Resort is ringing in the new year with a discount ticket. They are presenting a discounted ticket only available for Southern California residents. Guests may visit for the low price of $60 per day. You must buy of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Also, enjoy special offers at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. About the Discounted Tickets at The Disneyland Resort Beginning Jan. 7, 2019 all the eligible guests may visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park for as little as $60 per day. You must buy a three-day or a one-park per day ticket. Now is the ideal time to enjoy even more spectacular entertainment. These include, favorite festivals, and also, the new Pixar Pier. Also includes Super Hero experiences and a big celebration with Mickey and Minnie. Also, to this special ticket...

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Genoa Bar and Saloon: Nevada’s Oldest Saloon

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

While visiting Genoa Nevada, I had to make a quick stop at the oldest bar in Nevada, Genoa Bar, and Saloon. I drove our Chevy Tahoe over to the saloon after having lunch at the historic Pink House. The kids played with a wild deer outside of the saloon, while I went inside to explore. The minute that I walked into the saloon, I felt like I had been transported into another time. It was something straight out of a movie. Since I was driving with my kids, I couldn’t enjoy a cocktail, but I did take some time to soak up the ambiance. The saloon has a huge old-fashioned bar, a pool table, and even some tables for gambling. About Genoa Bar In 1863, Al Livingston built the building and called it Livingston’s exchange. In 1884, Frank Fettic...

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Best Brunch in Orange County: Toast Kitchen & Bakery

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We had brunch at Toast in Orange County as a guest Brunch is my meal to dine out. I am always on the lookout for a hot new brunch spot. I recently stumbled upon my new favorite place to have brunch in Orange County ~ Toast Kitchen & Bakery! Location of Toast in Orange County The restaurant is in the heart of Costa Mesa. It is on Newport Boulevard at the corner of 17th Street. It has a small outdoor patio, a large indoor dining room, and a bar. My daughter loves brunch as much as me, and she couldn’t wait to dine with me. I made plans for us to dine before exploring the new Balboa Island Museum. We found a table inside the restaurant, and the server immediately came over to take our order. Brunch is not...

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Heart Rock Waterfall Hike in Crestline

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Hiking Trails, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

One of my favorite things about staying in Lake Arrowhead is all the beautiful hiking trails in the area. While on a recent getaway to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we did the heart rock waterfall hike in Crestline. The hike is just a short drive away from the Lake Arrowhead Resort, and perfect for families with young children. My daughter and I got into our Buick Regal GS and headed down the mountain to the start of the trail. Finding the Trail in Crestline Finding the trail was a little challenging. The GPS took us to the side of the road, and we were not 100% sure if that was the location of the trail. To find the trail, you’ll want to put Camp Seely into your navigation. At the entrance to the camp, you’ll see a small sign...

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Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! is Coming to SoCal

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Citizens Business Bank Arena, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Everyone’s invited to take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration to ring in the New Year with Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! It comes to the Citizens Business Bank Arena for five performances on January 12th and January 13th! The Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! Stage Show The all-new inaugural production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo as well as Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new interactive sensory adventure live on stage. From the moment the curtain rises in addition to the parents, all of the children will be on their feet dancing along to a pop-infused soundtrack with new Sesame Street friends and live emcees Casey and Caleb. Planning a party isn’t easy when everybody has a different idea of fun, but with some help from the audience, it becomes the ultimate reflection...

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Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Dining, Family, Santa Ana | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria made the Santa Ana food scene better than ever. Churrascarias are one of my favorite types of restaurant. The only problem is that many of them have overpriced menus. When I learned about Silva’s, I couldn’t wait to taste their meats. I went to dinner at Silva’s before attending the ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The restaurant is a short drive from the theatre. The minute that I walked into the restaurant, I was in love with the decor. It is a beautiful restaurant with a modern look. Menu Options at Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria There are a couple of different options when dining at Silva’s. There is the option of the all-you-can-eat feast for $22.95. Or, there is...

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Kings Canyon Waterfall Hike in Carson Valley Nevada

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited the Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley as a guest The first thing my daughter and I do when planning an upcoming trip, is to see if there is a waterfall we can explore. We discovered that there is a majestic Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley Nevada. The best part is that the hike is not strenuous like many waterfall hikes. Exploring waterfalls with your children is pure magic. What to Expect at Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley The hike is perfect for families with young children. It is less than one-mile round trip. We arrived at the waterfall hike right before sunset. There is a parking area right at the base of the trail. We parked our Chevy Tahoe, and put on our jackets, and started the hike. The trail is well paved, and...

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Five Tips to Help Your Teen with Invisalign Treatment

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Beauty, Family, Invisalign | 0 comments

Kids Invisalign Treatment is sponsored by Invisalign The first thing that I did when my teens started their Invisalign treatment, was to help educate them on best practices. Plus, I was lucky to have the help of their amazing orthodontist, Dr. Passamano in Irvine who also gave them tips when starting their treatment. These are our five tips to help your teen with starting Invisalign Treatment Create a kit for on-the-go care Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, a tiny mirror, and lip balm. Personalize their aligner case Let their personality shine with stickers, sequins, markers, and more! Let your teen unleash their creativity with their aligner case. Put new aligners in at night. This is something I wish that that I started with my kids at the beginning of their treatment. When they first switch aligners, there can sometimes...

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The Pink House in Genoa Nevada

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited The Pink House in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley Anytime that I am at a restaurant, and I see charcuterie on the menu, I always make reservations. While planning our trip to Carson Valley in Nevada, I learned about the historic town of Genoa. The one thing that stood out to me was The Pink House. I needed to inquire about a restaurant that specialized in my two favorite foods: meat and cheese. We went to have lunch at The Pink House after exploring off the beaten path with JT Humphrey’s wildlife tours. The minute that we parked our Chevy Tahoe in front of the house, we were in love. In fact, the restaurant is an Instagrammers dream come true. We walked into the restaurant, and there was a sign guiding us to the back...

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Carson Valley: The Hanging Tree in Genoa Nevada

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited the hanging tree in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley My travels around the world have made me fall in love with historical landmarks. I am fascinated by old stories. Recently, while in Carson Valley, we spent half a day in the town of Genoa. If you don’t already know, Genoa is the first settlement in Nevada, and rich in history. If you like historical buildings and history, you’ll fall in love with the town of Genoa as much as I did. While planning our trip to Genoa, I noticed something about a hanging tree online. There wasn’t much information about it, so I set out on a mission to learn more. The ranger at the Mormon Station State Historic Park gave me directions to The Hanging Tree. Also, he shared some of the back story...

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Brunching at Pain du Monde at Fashion Island

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Pain du Monde at Fashion Island Pain du Monde at Fashion Island I love going out for brunch. I have been looking for new places to brunch in Orange County. So, I went to Pain du Monde at Fashion Island this weekend. The restaurant is in the heart of Fashion Island, and includes both indoor and outdoor dining. Since it was a chilly morning, we decided to dine inside. Upon arriving at the restaurant, guests select the item they want to select from the menu. Then, go to the register to place your order before selecting a table. The Menu The menu has a wide variety of items, such as sandwiches, salads and breakfast items. Furthermore, there is a giant case full of fresh pastries. To tell the truth, there were so many...

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Final Two Nights to Experience The Journey to Christmas

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

Journey to Christmas is sure to become a new holiday tradition to share with your loved ones. Heartfelt and beloved music drives these captivating stories, each performed by a stage full of incredibly gifted singers, dancers and musicians. “Traveling” from heartwarming modern day family gatherings back to the very first Christmas, Journey to Christmas brings the story to life in a contemporary and theatrical style with beautifully projected imagery, stunning lighting, and of course a little Christmas magic. Friday night only…SANTA is coming! Santa will be available for visits in the lobby before and after the show so make sure and bring your cameras! Bring your camera! The Last Two Performances are: Friday, December 21st at 7:30pm Saturday, December 22nd at 2pm Price Mezzanine: $30.00 Orchestra: $35.00 Tickets are currently available online. Recommended Age: 3 & Up Location: PYLUSD...

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Chevrolet Owners Can Help Support The American Red Cross While Tracking Santa Claus

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Autos, Christmas, Family, General Motors, Holiday | 0 comments

Santa Claus is coming to town, and starting Dec. 24, kids can find out exactly where he is with a simple push of the blue OnStar button. Chevrolet and OnStar, in collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), will provide OnStar members with real-time updates on Santa’s whereabouts, leveraging NORAD’s official Santa location data. NORAD uses sophisticated systems, such as the North Warning Radar System and geo-synchronous satellites with infrared sensors, to follow Santa on his journey around the globe. In the spirit of the season, Chevrolet and OnStar will also donate $1 to the American Red Cross for each Santa Update button push received in the United States. Limitations apply. Program Details: Santa Update calls can be made anytime between 6 a.m. EST on Dec. 24 through 5 a.m. EST on Dec. 25. Chevrolet owners with an active...

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Second Act: Interview with Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

Thanks to STXfilms for the invitation Jennifer Lopez delivers an epic performance in the upcoming film “Second Act.” I loved every minute of the film, and I couldn’t wait to sit down with Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini to discuss their roles in the movie. One of my favorite things about this movie is that it is a story about a woman over the age of 40 reinventing herself. The message of the film will empower women over the age of 40. It will show women that you can be whatever you want. That it’s not over, it is just the beginning! It was one of the main reasons that Lopez wanted to make the film. “With Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas as my producing partner came up with the spark of an idea, like kind of a Working Girl, It’s a...

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The House With A Clock In Its Walls: Interview with Eli Roth & Owen Vaccaro

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

We attended the interview as a guest of the studio Earlier this month, we had the honor of talking with Eli Roth (Director) and Owen Vaccaro (Lewis Barnavelt) about their role in bringing the film, “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” to life. Roth is well-known for creating spine-chilling movies, and this is his first family-friendly thriller. When it came to wanting to create this film, Roth said, “So many of my friends complain that there’s not a movie that they can watch with their kids where the parents aren’t bored. It’s either movie for kids that the parents hate or for parents that the kids hate. And I wanted to make a movie that was truly fun for the whole family. I want a film that whether you’re 8 or whether you’re 80 you’re going to...

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The Magical Return of Mary Poppins

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

I attended a screening as a guest of Disney Let’s go fly a kite Up to the highest height! Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring Up through the atmosphere Up where the air is clear… In the magical film, Mary Poppins Returns, John Banks goes outside to fly a kite. That is when the clouds began to darken, the winds started to blow, and with the help of Jack, they attempt to bring the kite down out of the wind. That is when the dark sky turns to light, and out of clouds comes Mary Poppins holding John’s kite. The film takes off right where the first Mary Poppins left off and featured Michael and Jane banks all grown-up. Michael has lost his wife and struggling to raise his two children, John and Anabel. Mary Poppins...

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Fossil Rose Gold Smartwatch

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy For the longest time, I have wanted to get myself a smartwatch. The only problem is that I never found one that is stylish until discovering the Fossil Rose Gold Smartwatch. Who doesn’t love rose gold accessories? It has been years since wearing a watch, and I didn’t know if I would like wearing a watch again, but the moment that I put on my new Fossil Rose Gold Smartwatch, I was in love. The watch is beautiful, goes with all of my outfits and works seamlessly with my smartphone. It helps to monitor my daily exercise, and I can use it to set daily exercise goals as well. It tracks my heart rate, streams music to my Bluetooth speaker, and more. The Fossil Rose gold Smartwatch has become one of my favorite fashion accessories....

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Winter Fest OC 2018 + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Christmas, Family, Giveaways, Holiday | 82 comments

Winter Fest OC, Southern California’s largest winter experience, returns to the Orange County Fair & Event Center December 20th through January 6th. Get into the holiday spirit as Winter Fest features 40,000 square feet of new attractions and brings back popular activities including an outdoor ice-skating rink, ice tubing at Snowflake Summit, real Snow Play, and so much more. With a record-breaking attendance in 2017, Winter Fest OC will debut its fourth consecutive year with new entertainment and attractions including SoCal Dicken’s Village, Candy and Snowflake Wonderland, and an expanded Festival of Lights tunnel. New to Winter Fest This Year: SoCal Dicken’s Village – Take a trip down memory lane through the 1800’s with holidays past, present, and future. Decorate Christmas cookies, listen to holiday storytelling, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Christmas Eve), take a pony ride,...

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Top Teen Gift: Nintendo Switch – Starlink Battle for Atlas

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Family, Tech | 2 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy Ever since the Nintendo Switch was released, my son could not wait to get his hands on one of the coolest devices on the market. He has a long commute on the bus every day to school, so we finally decided to get him a gaming device that can keep him occupied while commuting to school. Once he started playing on the Nintendo Switch, it quickly became his favorite gaming device of all time. He is no longer bored while on the bus and enjoys playing all his favorite games. Recently, I surprised him by getting the game, Starlink Battle for Atlas, and he has spent countless hours enjoying playing the game. Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an open-world space saga that features modular toy technology that allows players to assemble and customize real-world physical...

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The Best Holiday Gift for The Mom on the Go

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored All of us moms are busy, and always on the go. The worst thing that can happen to a mom is when her cell phone battery runs out of she drops her phone, and it breaks. I’ll never forget the feeling when I was running to the bus stop, tripped, dropped my phone, and it shattered. That meant that I had to spend the rest of the day at the Apple Store waiting to get my phone replaced when I needed to be driving the kids to their activities and getting dinner on the table for the family. At the end of a busy day caring for the kids, I have found myself too tired to plug in my phone at night. That means waking up to a phone that might have 5% battery life and need to...

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Mary Poppins Returns: A Story About Finding Light in Darkness

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

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney With his vision and his passion, Rob Marshall has brought back the movie musical, Mary Poppins Returns, for our children’s generation to experience for the first time. “I felt like I have had this film in my blood,” said Marshall. He wanted to be the one to create this film so that he could treat it with great care and love. “Creating a musical from scratch was like a dream,” said Marshall. The guiding message about the film is about finding light in the darkness, is what drew Marshall towards wanting to make the movie. He felt that our world right now needs to hear a story about looking for hope and light during a dark time because there is so much darkness in our world right now. “It’s about...

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The Perfect Holiday Gift: Marvel’s Venom + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 86 comments

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex, and badass characters comes home in Venom, which will make its debut on Digital December 11, and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on December 18! The perfect holiday gift, Marvel’s Venom arrives filled with engaging bonus materials that will give fans even more of the action that they loved in theaters with over an hour of new content. The special features include an exciting Venom Mode, where fans will be able to engage with informative pop-ups throughout the film to reveal hidden references to the comics, deleted and extended scenes, a mini documentary called From Symbiote to Screen that covers the history of Venom in comics and his journey to the big screen. Also a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the stunts, a look at Ruben Fleischer’s...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Holiday Gift Donations

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Christmas, Giving Back, Holiday | 0 comments

The OC Rescue Mission is calling on the local community to help deliver holiday cheer to the 193 formerly homeless men, women and children living at the Village of Hope. The Rescue Mission has announced an urgent need for holiday gift donations, which the children at the Village of Hope will give to their parents. Specific donation items needed include new: Slippers Wallets Reusable Water Bottles Journals Baseball caps Scarves Socks Belts Hair accessories Donations of the above items may be dropped off at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00p.m., Monday through Sunday. Contact Katie Roberts at 714-247-4389 or email [email protected] for more information. New Gift Catalog Allows Community to Donate to Specific Needs The Rescue Mission has also announced its...

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Must-Have Devices and Tech Accessories for Kids and Family

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Christmas, Family, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Brighten up the holiday for the whole family this season! Verizon makes it easy to stay connected, start the New Year off in style and stuff stockings the right way. Check out our top tech must-haves tech gifts for kids and family: For Him: ● Google Home Hub – For the guy that has everything, this takes it to the next level. Now questions come with visual answers. Play YouTube videos on its 7 inch touchscreen, see a rundown of the day, and keep track of all those holiday gatherings. Plus when it’s time to entertain, you can easily set the mood by playing songs from a number of popular music services – including Spotify. ● Google Pixel 3XL – ‘Tis the season for family photos – whether it’s a reaction from that must have gift, or just...

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Celebrate the Holidays at The Aquarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 41 comments

Get into the holiday spirit now through December 23, 2018, at the Aquarium of the Pacific during the month-long Aquarium Holidays celebration. Aquarium Holidays features special holiday décor, daily penguin parades at 10 a.m., shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, daily screenings of the original cartoon Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and daily appearances by Santa Diver and the Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits. There is currently a beautiful display of gingerbread houses! On weekends the Aquarium will have a snow play area, children’s crafts, and photo opportunities with Santa. A toy drive runs daily through December 23rd and supports the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive. Aquarium guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy – at a $15 value or more – will receive a...

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Our 16th Year Celebrating Christmas at Irvine Park Railroad

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Sixteen years ago, we had just adopted our first born son and started the holiday family tradition of bringing our kids to the Santa Train at Irvine Park Railroad. Over the years, I always thought that our children would at one time outgrow the tradition, but every year they ask to return to create more memories together. This year was extra special, as we visited on my birthday. Our family all went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, The Melting Pot. I know? There are so many delicious dining options in Orange County, but I love cheese ~ what can I say? After dinner, we drove over to Irvine Park Railroad to ride the Santa Train to the North Pole. We had a 7 pm train ride and arrived...

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Pirates Take Over Christmas at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Yo Ho, Yo Ho! It’s a pirates life this holiday season at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park. This year, the pirates have taken over Christmas and have kidnapped Santa and Mrs. Claus during an interactive stage show. Will they be rescued in time for Christmas? You’ll have to come see the show to find out! Pirate’s Dinner Adventure has been one our long-time favorite family traditions to do during the holiday season, and their holiday show this year is bigger and better than ever. We made reservations to attend the show on Saturday and didn’t tell the kids until we arrived. The minute that we pulled into the parking lot, they screamed with delight. We always plan to arrive early to enjoy the complimentary appetizers, drinks, and pre-show. This year...

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Lido Theater Celebrates the Season with Annual Showing of Holiday Classic, It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Film, Holiday | 0 comments

Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic seasonal film, It’s a Wonderful Life at the landmark Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, December 14 through Monday, December 17, shown at 1pm and 7pm each day. In addition, on Saturday, December 15 at 6pm, movie goers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the 7pm movie starting. Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the stunning Lido Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and is the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning Frank Capra movie that has become a holiday favorite. Released in 1946, the drama tells the story of an angel sent to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. The Lido Theater opened in 1938 with Jezebel, the...

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Mother and Daughter Holiday Spa Day at Burke Williams

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Beauty, Christmas, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 8 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue The stress of the holiday season is in full swing. As a full-time working mom, I have been extra stressed with trying to get up the holiday decorations and shop for all our friends and family. With it being my daughter’s first year in High School, I have seen the pressures of the end of semester and finals getting to her, so I planned a relaxing mother and daughter spa day at Burke Williams. Burke Williams is one of my all-time favorite places to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. From the minute that we walked into the spa, we both felt a sense of calm come over us. We checked in at the front desk and escaped for a day full of pampering and bliss. We made sure and arrived at the...

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A Simple Favor Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

Experience a stylish thriller that’s “wildly entertaining” (Indiewire) when A Simple Favor arrives on Digital December 11 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand December 18 from Lionsgate. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in this “delicious adult thriller” (Forbes) from the darker side of director Paul Feig, based on the novel by Darcey Bell and written for the screen by Jessica Sharzer. From the producers of The Heat, Spy, and Snatched, Feig and Jessie Henderson, A Simple Favor is full of twists, betrayals, secrets, murder, and revenge. A Simple Favor centers around Stephanie (Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Golding)...

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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 | 184 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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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

The history of mining in the Baja California Peninsula at Museo Ruta de Plata in El Triunfo We had lunch at Cafe El Triunfo, and then our family walked next door to visit the Museo Ruta de Plata. The entrance to the museum is 100 pesos. About the Museum Museo Ruta de Plata preserves and interprets 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. Most Importantly, bringing history to life is their emphasis is on the La Paz Municipality. It is the 4th largest municipality by area in Mexico. That includes villages, towns and countryside spanning the width of the peninsula, from the Pacific Coast across to the Gulf...

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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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