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LIT Café Book Drive for The Boys and Girls Clubs

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

This holiday season + beyond, join LIT Cafe in giving back to the local Anaheim community! Beginning on Thursday, December 19 and running through Friday, January 31, the restaurant will be hosting a book drive that serves to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress. Guests are invited to dine at the restaurant and enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch with the opportunity to bring in new or used book donations for children and teens ages 5 to 18. Plus, anyone who donates a book will receive a goodie bag of Ms. T’s Sea Salt Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies! Not only is this book drive a great way to support a local Orange County business + enjoy some tasty cookies, but it’s also a fantastic way to give back to the youth in the local community. LIT...

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Introducing Stargirl Coming to Disney+

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

We attended a set visit for the film as a guest of Disney In honor of Grace VanderWaal’s 16th Birthday today, Disney+ has released the trailer, first look photos and key art for “Stargirl,” a tender and offbeat coming-of-age story starring the singer/songwriter in her film debut. “Stargirl” premieres on Disney+ on March 13. The film is directed by Julia Hart and also stars Graham Verchere, Karan Brar, Maximiliano Hernandez, Darby Stanchfield and Giancarlo Esposito. About Stargirl “Stargirl” from Disney+ is a tender and offbeat coming-of-age story based on the critically-acclaimed, New York Times’ best-selling young adult novel about an unassuming high schooler who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the free-spirited new girl, whose unconventional ways change how they see themselves…and their world. Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere) is an average student at Mica High School. He gets decent grades,...

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What Makes You Smile?

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

Thank you to Smile Generation for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own What makes you smile? There are so many reasons to smile. Days when the sun is shining, your kids have a good day at school or just simply getting a hug from a friend. One of my favorite things is to see my kids smile. The minute that their shiny white teeth show, it always brings a smile to my face. One of the most important things for parents is to care for their children’s smiles, and Smile Generation is helping to make dental care easier than ever. After having a terrible experience as a child at the dentist, I spent most of my life fearful of going to the dentist. Plus, I would find myself going way past the...

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Chillin’ In the New Year with SOCO’s New Kids Club

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Calling all creative kiddos of Orange County! SOCO + The OC Mix now has a Kids Club launching this month that will bring fun events and interactive programming to the center all year long. The very first event will be held on Wednesday, January 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and the fun will continue throughout the year on the third Wednesday of each month. This all-new Kids Club invites children ages 6 months & up and their parents to take part in various creative + hands-on activities! Every event will offer a live story reading, music + dancing, and a fun craft. What’s more, families will have a chance to enjoy a number of discounts from participating SOCO + The OC Mix retailers (details below) and each Be part of this memorable launch event and celebrate by...

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Dining at The Boardwalk in Huntington Beach

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Dining, Huntington Beach | 0 comments

Partnership While enjoying a winter staycation at The Waterfront Beach Resort, we loved the resort so much that we did not want to leave. While there are multiple dining options within walking distance of the resort, we decided to have dinner at the family-friendly hotel restaurant, The Boardwalk. We arrived at the restaurant early, and my kids could not wait to start eating. My favorite thing about The Boardwalk is the incredible service. The staff was friendly upon arriving, and the server, Sara, took her time to ensure all our needed were met. Her level of service far exceeded our expectations for the evening. Dinner began with the lamb flatbread and lobster macaroni and cheese. The flatbread was a hit with the kids. It featured arugula pesto, merguez sausage, arugula lemon oil, and pecorino. The kids savored every last...

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2020 Orange County Lunar New Year Events

Posted by on Jan 10, 2020 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

It’s the first Lunar New Year of the decade, and the year of the rat! There are multiple fun family Lunar New Year events happening around Orange County to celebrate the holiday with your family. Lunar New Year at Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618 Date: February 1, 2020 Time: 12pm – 2pm Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat at Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, February 1 from 12pm – 2pm. Activities to take place in the Giant Wheel courtyard include: Chinese dragon dance Lion Dance Greeters distributing fortune cookies* Lucky envelopes* Arts & Crafts* Entertainment *while supplies last / weather permitting Cost: Free Outlets at San Clemente Oak Tree Court 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente, CA 92672 Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The...

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Luxurious Theatre Experience at Cinemark

Posted by on Jan 9, 2020 in Events | 1 comment

Partnership One of my favorite things to do with our children is going to the movies. I love the popcorn, the experience, and spending quality time with our children. Over the years, local theatres have become rundown, and the movie-going experience has changed. When I learned that the Cinemark theatre in Orange recently underwent a major renovation, I could not wait to see a movie. I waited until a special movie was released, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and I planned a date to take the kids. The first thing that I loved about the Cinemark movie experience was how easy it was to get tickets. I downloaded the app, purchased tickets using the app, and selected reserved seats within the theatre. There was no waiting in long lines at the theatre. We simply walked in, got our...

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Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge Opens in Rancho Mission Viejo

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge, helmed by Executive Chef Paige Riordan has opened its doors in Rancho Mission Viejo on Monday, January 6th. With the luxe and allure of old Hollywood, the modern speakeasy combines elevated comfort cuisine and East Coast classics balanced with West Coast ingredients and influences. At 2800 sq. ft., the restaurant boasts modern black and white decor with gilded trimmings and glimmering accents. A large 14ft window, which gives guests a glimpse into the exhibition-style kitchen, takes center stage in the dining room. Framed by a trio of floor-to-ceiling arched mirrors, the focal point of the restaurant is its 16-seat grey quartzite bar lined with luxurious grey velvet chairs. An East Coast native, Riordan has cooked in some of New York’s most prestigious restaurants including Reynard at The Wythe, widely recognized for bringing farm-to-table cuisine to...

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When You Want To Go Out, Check Goldstar First!

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Affiliate Goldstar helps you explore all the fun live events your city has to offer. From concerts to theater to special seasonal events, Goldstar’s mission is to help you find great live events that fit your passion — and your budget. At Goldstar, you’ll find tickets at a variety of prices, including many at 50% off or more, and even complimentary tickets to a variety of fun events (you just pay a small service fee). And when you want to splurge on the best seats to the biggest shows, Goldstar’s got those, too. With Goldstar, you can: Earn points with each ticket you buy Goldstar Rewards is a fun, easy way to earn points and unlock rewards each time you buy tickets to live events. Getting started is easy — just buy tickets to start earning points today. Goldstar...

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Bruxie Gets Its Wings in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Best known for its Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches, Bruxie now offers Chicken Wings in three flavors – Original Seasoned, Spicy Red Rub, and Gung-Ho Glazed. The large, meaty wings have been given the full-on Bruxie flavor experience: an overnight marinade in buttermilk, hand-breading in Chef Kelly’s own spice blend, and then fried to order, never pre-cooked. The wings are offered in the following flavors, along with a choice of Bruxie’s 7 dipping sauces: Original Seasoned The original Chef Kelly spice blend that launched a thousand Bruxie fried chicken sandwiches. Spicy Red Rub A dry rub mix of Chipotle Chile for an earthy heat, Smoked Paprika for a hint of smoky outdoor flavor, and a bit of Cayenne Pepper that adds a punch of latent heat. Together the spices provide depth of flavors that are rarely found on chicken...

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Awaken180° Menu at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, with locations spanning coast to coast, has partnered with Awaken180° Weightloss to offer guests the ease of ordering healthy meals within the program’s dietary guidelines. Taking weight loss while dining out to the next level, Awaken180° blends the science of weight loss, ease of meal preparation, and frequency of meals with support and accountability. The program provides users with 80% of their daily food, but what happens when you need a night out or have an important business lunch? Davio’s Awaken180° Menu offers guests an array of entree selections, as well as appetizers, salads and even dessert! The Awaken180° Menu is available at all Davio’s locations for lunch and dinner. Davio’s Awaken180° Sample Menu Antipasti Sautéed Asparagus, Black Pepper, Olive Oil *2 oz Beef Carpaccio, Arugula, Capers, Lemon, Olive Oil *Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Mustard Shrimp...

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Disneyland Resort Ticket Offers for Kids and SoCal Residents

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Disneyland Resort is kicking off the new year with exciting new experiences and special vacation values, and now is an ideal time for families to visit with limited-time ticket and hotel offers available at the resort’s two theme parks and three hotels in Southern California. Guests can book now and save on magical visits to enjoy new shows and attractions, annual festivals and world-class entertainment at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, along with Disney-themed accommodations at the resort’s on-property hotels. Special Ticket Offer for Southern California Residents For a limited time, Southern California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks for $67 per day with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Park Hopper options also are available. The tickets are available for purchase Jan. 7 through May 18, 2020. Eligible guests may purchase...

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Asian Street Eats at Downtown Disney

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

Robert Earl, Chairman and Founder of Planet Hollywood International, Inc. and Earl Enterprises, is thrilled to announce a partnership with acclaimed Chef Hung Huynh, to create new restaurant concepts with Pan-Asian influences and Chef Hung’s distinctive culinary style. The first concept Chef Hung has developed for Earl Enterprises is the fast-casual ASIAN STREET EATS BY CHEF HUNG HUYNH, featuring a crowd-pleasing menu consisting of pot stickers, scallion pancakes, and rice bowls all offered with a variety of protein, fillings and dipping sauces, with a wide range of beverages rounding out the menu. The first ASIAN STREET EATS opened at LAX in the Tom Bradley terminal in September with an abridged menu. The newest location at Downtown Disney® District in Anaheim, California, opens today with the complete menu offered. Hung Huynh, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, will oversee Asian Street...

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Taste of Mexico at Red O at Fashion Island

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Dining, Newport Beach | 0 comments

Partnership Red O has been on my list to visit for many years. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that while I love living in Orange County, my heart is in Mexico. When I got invited to attend brunch at Red O at Fashion Island, I jumped at the chance to get my first taste of the popular dining destination. I invited a friend to join me. The minute we arrived, we embarked on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. The minute that we arrived at the restaurant. I felt like I was swept into my favorite restaurant in Mexico City. Live music was playing, people were laughing, and delicious food was abundant awaiting guests. The only downside to having brunch early at Red O on Sunday morning was that there is only the buffet...

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Build-A-Bear Workshop is Opening at Knott’s Berry Farm

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Knott’s Berry Farm is starting the year off with plenty of surprises for 2020, beginning with the opening of a brand new Build-A-Bear Workshop on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The new store will be located in the California Market Place, behind Virginia’s Gift Shop and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Build-A-Bear is a global brand that kids love and parents trust, it’s a location where guests can create customizable furry friends. To honor the park’s Old Western theme, the new location will feature an exclusive line of customizable cowboy, cowgirl and train conductor themed bears. To tie in with the park’s Seasons of Fun events, custom products and limited edition accessories will also be available for the furry friends starting off with a special t-shirt on opening day. A special Build-A-Bear and Knott’s Berry Farm photo-opportunity will be displayed...

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The Perfect Little Black Dresses for Moms

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership One of the essential things to have in your closet in 2020 is a collection of “little black dresses.” It doesn’t matter that we are moms now, we should all be taking at least one night a week to ourselves up, and remind ourselves of how beautiful we are. For years after having children, I never dressed sexy anymore. I felt that because I was a “mom” that I had to dress kinda like an old lady. Guess what? That is not true. Over the past year, I have been working on self-care, being kinder to myself, and loving the body I have. Dressing pretty is one of my favorite things to do for myself. Along with being a mom, there is not a lot of room in the budget for a fancy (or expensive) wardrobe. I have...

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Five Self-Care New Year’s Resolutions for Moms

Posted by on Jan 1, 2020 in Family, Health, New Year's Eve, Parenting | 0 comments

Like many busy moms, I always hear the same thing. “You need to take more time for yourself.” This statement is easier said than done. Over the past couple of months, I have been focusing a lot of my energy on self-love and self-care. Guess what? I wish that I had started years ago. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, everyone has a list a mile long. While most have a list focused on weight loss, self-care is by far more important. Because once you begin taking better care of yourself, you’ll naturally lose weight. Plus, you’ll find yourself happier, less stressed, and able to enjoy the little things in life. These are five daily simple self-care practices that I began before the New Year. Caring for your skin Although this seems like an obvious thing to do,...

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United Airlines’ Star Wars-themed Airplane

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Travel | 0 comments

Cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker pose in front of United Airlines’ Star Wars-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, created to celebrate the upcoming film—the conclusion of the Skywalker saga. United worked with Lucasfilm on the exciting exterior design, which features the Resistance on one side of the aircraft and the First Order on the other. Inside the plane, passengers will be treated to custom headrests embossed with emblems of the film’s dueling factions, the Resistance and the First Order. The special-edition Star Wars aircraft will operate for a limited time, and fans can track the plane with its tail number (N36272) on FlightAware, where it will display as a special Star Wars icon. About Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey...

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Winter Solstice in Downtown Santa Ana

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

Discover the enchantment at this family and pet friendly community art walk showcasing 35 vendors of unique handmade gifts, tarot readers, clothing, healers, and apothecaries. Local author, Jamie Della will lead an opening ceremony to honor the Winter Solstice at 5pm. Jamie Della, a practitioner and student of magic and spirituality from around the world for more than twenty years, is the author of eight books. Della’s most recent book, The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft weaves together herbalism, myths, seasons, pagan holidays, tarot, astrology, crystals, moon cycles into a spiritual tapestry that provides comfort, strength and profound connection to each other and Mother Earth. Her spells of manifestation are designed to step more fully into our Divinity and include those for releasing negativity, increasing bliss, healing a broken heart, and finding your Spirit guides. Witches are...

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Holiday Lights Cruises: Newport Beach Boat Parade

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 1 comment

Partner The Newport Beach Boat Parade is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. The Newport Harbor will be twinkling with lights during the celebration, and your family can enjoy the beauty of the season while cruising around the harbor on one of these holiday lights cruises. Newport Landing Cruises Hop on a holiday lights cruise offered by Newport Landing during the famous “Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights” 2019. You’ll travel with the famous boat parade along miles of waterfront estates during each evening of the parade, catching spectacular views of both estates and yachts in full holiday décor with festive light displays. With over 100 years of history, this magical holiday event includes hundreds of yachts, cruise ships and water crafts competing for awards in many categories. “Yahoo Travel” named the Newport...

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker World Premiere

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

Brought to you by Disney Last night in Los Angeles, stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Naomi Ackie, Anthony Daniels, Richard E. Grant, Ian McDiarmid, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Billy Dee Williams were joined by director/writer/producer J.J. Abrams and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan for a walk down the red carpet where they greeted enthusiastic fans at the world premiere of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. About Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come. The film...

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“Fiesta Navidad”: Mariachi Los Camperos

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Join us for one of Orange County’s most beloved annual holiday traditions as the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos return to Segerstrom Center with Fiesta Navidad. Filled with music and dance, this colorful celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family. The first mariachi to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the first to have their own dinner show and the first to star in an opera, the Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos are always on the cutting edge, except for Christmastime, when they stick to tradition for their festive holiday show. They’ll be joined by the folklorico group Chiquina Palafox for this special performance at Segerstrom. Location Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall The Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA...

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Santa HQ: Immersive, Interactive Holiday Experience

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored by HGTV Santa HQ Bring the holidays to life for your children by bringing them to the Lakewood Mall to experience the HGTV Santa HQ. This year, I went to the Lakewood Mall for the holiday experience, and it was one of the most memorable holiday experiences ever. HGTV Santa HQ Features Traditional photo opportunities with Santa Claus, with a variety of photo packages families can choose from. Guests can visit HGTV Santa HQ’s Elf Academy, a new, family-friendly experience that features interactive technology to enhance the entire HGTV Santa HQ visit. The Elf Academy includes the Magic Mirror: Guests can transform into one of Santa’s elves and virtually try on various elf outfits, and Elf-ID: Guests can create their very own customized Elf-ID card using the new Elf-ID app and a “selfie”. Magic Mirror: Guests can transform...

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Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival

Posted by on Dec 14, 2019 in Events, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

Universal Studios Hollywood and Bravo team up for the first-ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival on March 19-20, 2020, inviting guests on a culinary excursion featuring an all-inclusive eclectic menu inspired by the series, live challenges, food & wine pairings and panels with “Top Chef” Alums. The two-day, separately-ticketed event will take place at Universal Studios Hollywood and feature dozens of food, wine, craft beer and spirit stations with a delicious array of dishes inspired by the Cheftestants’ creations over the years. Guests also will have a chance to watch “Top Chef” veterans battle it out in a series of live cooking competitions and enjoy panels with fan favorites from the series. In addition to a general admission ticket to the event, guests can also purchase a premium VIP ticket option, inviting them to experience several first-class...

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World Premiere Spies in Disguise

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Disney Get ready for the thrill of a lifetime when watching the all-new animated film Spies in Disguise with your children. Last week, I attended the world premiere of the film with my younger son, and it was a night to remember. It was a rainy night in Los Angeles, but that didn’t stop all the top celebrities in Hollywood from attending the premiere. We arrived in LA early the night of the premiere, and had dinner together before walking the “blue carpet.” The minute that we arrived at the premiere, there was a buzz in the area. Cameras were clicking, the press was shouting out the names of the different celebrities, and my son was having the time of his life while walking down the carpet. As we made our way down...

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New Holiday Pop-up: Jax & Bones

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Events, Shopping | 0 comments

Jax & Bones, a leader and trailblazer in designing and creating sustainable dog beds and toys, is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever holiday pop-up at one of Southern California’s most exciting community destinations, ​SOCO + The OC Mix​, in Costa Mesa. The limited holiday boutique is open through January 5th. Jax & Bones is debuting new fall products, including the Achromatic, Classic, Boho and Elite Fabric Collections, a stylish range of eclectic beds made from ethically sourced ingredients that are handcrafted and locally sewn in, Los Angeles. One of the most innovative brands in the pet industry, Jax & Bones is also showcasing its Rowdy Rescuer range of superhero toys. These characters embody the mission that we, ordinary individuals can become a Rowdy Rescuer and do extraordinary things to help save and protect all animals! 15%...

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California Science Center: Dogs! A Science Tail + GIVEAWAY

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

Dogs! A Science Tail, a hands-on science exhibition that highlights the dynamic nature of the bond between humans and dogs, and enables guests to experience the extraordinary way that dogs see, hear, and smell the world. The highly interactive exhibition also invites guests to share personal photos and stories of their dogs on a photo wall. As a special daily feature, there will be live demonstrations of dogs in various roles, showing rescue, agility, sensory and service skills. The exhibition will show how the ability to understand and communicate with each other lies at the heart of the unique relationship between humans and dogs, and what makes this one of the most successful interspecies partnerships of all time. Dogs! A Science Tail is created and developed by the California Science Center with support from Annenberg Foundation and Wallis Annenberg...

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2019 Orange County New Years Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Parties, dinners and tasting menus welcome the new year at some of Orange County’s hottest and most elegant establishments. The lux of Montage Laguna Beach beckons with a variety of dinner and drink options at The Loft, Studio and the Lobby Lounge. At the center of OC is Hotel Irvine with dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar and partying at Red Bar and Lounge. And to end the evening fashionably late is the always stylish Fashion Island Hotel offering a dinner party at Oak Grill and a hot countdown party with bubbles at Aqua Lounge. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH New Year’s Eve at The Loft: Four-Course Tasting Menu Tuesday, December 31, from 5 to 10 p.m. The Loft is serving an extra special celebratory Four-Course Holiday Tasting Menu prior to New Year’s festivities at midnight. Revelers might start with Vichyssoise...

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Enjoying the Comforts of the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Holiday, Recipes, Toys | 1 comment

I’ve partnered with Cooked Perfect® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. The holidays are my favorite time of the year to cook comforting dishes for my family. One of my kid’s favorite things to eat are meatballs, and since I am a busy mom, I don’t always have time on the weekdays to make meatballs from scratch. One brand that I recently introduced to my children has been Cooked Perfect Meatballs, and they love them. The meatballs taste, just like the ones that I cook from scratch, and they have a variety of different flavors. Plus, they are available at our local Walmart, which makes it easy to purchase them when getting our weekly supplies at Walmart. This year, I took my kids to our local Walmart, where I...

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Las Brisas Holiday Pop-up with Scott Baird

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

In partnership with Las Brisas For one night only, San Francisco-based Scott Baird will prepare festive cocktails as part of an evening with live music, giveaways, and more in Las Brisas’ bar and lounge Las Brisas, the Laguna Beach landmark restaurant, and Scott Baird, renowned bartender and owner of the famed San Francisco cocktail bar Trick Dog host a holiday pop-up with Ancho Reyes on Thursday, December 12 in Las Brisas’ bar and lounge. Hand-crafted cocktails prepared by Baird will be served along with Ancho live music from 6-9 p.m., and more. Having earned several accolades since its opening in 2013, Trick Dog was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for an Outstanding Bar Program in 2014 and 2016, and a finalist for the prestigious award in 2015 and 2018. Making a special appearance at Las Brisas,...

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Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

In Orange County during the holidays the only white powdery ground cover Bing Crosby should be crooning about is the beach sand. The holiday season in balmy OC is all about sea views, ocean breezes, elegant dining and outdoor family fun. The always elegant Montage Laguna Beach has decadent dining options for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the resort. Hotel Irvine is throwing a family holiday bash in The Backyard, and at Fashion Island Hotel, holiday guests will be treated to a five-course dinner or bountiful buffet. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH Christmas Eve at The Loft Tuesday, December 24, from 5 to 10 p.m. Overlooking the Pacific, The Loft offers a four-course celebratory Christmas Eve menu highlighting seasonal options such as Roasted Carrot Soup with applewood-smoked bacon, Braised Veal Cheek, Pan Roasted Branzino and Gingerbread Semifreddo. $135 for...

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Can you Stand Still for 90 Seconds? Pageant of the Masters Casting Call

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Do you enjoy art, theater and being in the spotlight? Can you stand still for 90 seconds? Perfect – you could be a volunteer cast member in the 2020 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California. The team behind the world’s most famous presentation of living pictures is looking for men, women and children of all sizes and ages to volunteer for next summer’s show, Made in America. Casting call will be held at the Pageant of the Masters amphitheater on the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA during the following dates and times: Friday, January 10 from 7 – 9pm Saturday, January 11 from 7 – 9pm Sunday, January 12 from 2 – 5pm At the open casting call, prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed, enjoy refreshments and meet the...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Holiday Donations

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

Orange County Rescue Mission is reaching out to the local community for gift donations to help the 179 formerly homeless adults living at Village of Hope and other Rescue Mission transitional housing campuses celebrate the holidays. The Rescue Mission has announced an urgent need for holiday gift donations for adults, which the children will give to their parents. Suggested donation items needed include new: Slippers Robes Socks Wallets Watches Jewelry Nail Polish Sets Eyeshadow Pallets Journals and Pens Hair accessories Reusable Water Bottles Scarves Belts Wrapping Paper Donations of these items may be dropped off at 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 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Contact Julia at 714-247-4388 or email [email protected] for more information. Members of the community may also...

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Holiday Events at Long Beach Exchange

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Come enjoy the spirit of the holidays this season at Long Beach Exchange! Throughout the entire month of December, the whole family is invited to enjoy festive photo opportunities, live music, holiday-inspired goodies from SusieCakes, and more! With an array of delicious eateries and holiday offerings throughout the center, LBX will quickly become your one stop shop for holiday fun. See below for dates + details on what’s in store this season: Saturday, December 7th 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your little elves for an exclusive Alison Bernier photo session complete with an adorable photo backdrop + props. Plus, children are invited to meet Santa himself while families enjoy live music performed by the Jazz Baker Band. Sunday, December 8th 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Snap some festive photos with a holiday-themed photo booth provided by Fotovibe. Guests...

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Holidays by Design at SOCO + The OC Mix

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Calling all of Santa’s little helpers! With the holiday season upon us, SOCO + The OC Mix invites children and families to celebrate with the center’s annual Holidays by Design event series. Beginning Saturday, November 30 and taking place every Saturday through December 21, families are invited to enjoy a variety of festive activities and shopping that will be offered throughout the center, including Holiday Storytime with Mrs. Claus, a complimentary, winter wonderland-themed photo booth for children and families, live holiday music from local performers, and more! PHOTO BOOTH A pop-up photo booth will be located inside the OC Mix where guests can take beautiful holiday photos in front of a seasonal backdrop (complete with props that are perfect for this jolly time of year). The photo booth will open at 11:00 a.m. each Saturday and close at 2:00...

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Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019 in Christmas, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 2 comments

Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland. Guests Artists Include: Tara Ghassemieh Luiz, Festival Ballet Theatre Vitor Luiz, Former San Francisco Ballet Saturday, December 7 at 7pm Sunday, December 8 at 1pm Beckanne Sisk, Ballet West Chase O’Connell, Ballet West Friday, December 13 at 7pm Saturday, December 14 at 2pm & 7pm Sunday, December 15 at 1pm & 6pm Maria Kochetkova, Former San...

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DelFrescoPure: Fueling Healthy Families

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Earlier this month, I had the honor of attending the PMA (Produce Marking Association) 2019 Fresh Summit International Convention & Expo. Fueling kids with healthy food is one of my passions, and getting to see so many companies that share the same passion together in one venue was like a dream come true. While at the Fresh Summit Expo, I spent most of my time learning more about DelFrescoPure and its unique hydroponic growing system, The Living Cube. At their booth, they had set-up a living cube so that attendees had an opportunity to see how the microgreens and living lettuce is grown without ever being touched by human hands. The Living Cube growing systems aligns with DelFrescoPure vision of leaving a smaller physical footprint, using no pesticides, constant year-round output, reduced freshwater consumption, and system flexibility. DelFrescoPure...

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Join Domino’s in Helping Kids at St. Jude

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in Dining, Giving Back | 0 comments

In partnership with Domino’s and St. Jude St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understand, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Did you know? Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything, because all they should worry about is helping their child live. By sharing discoveries freely, St. Jude is inspiring more collaboration and possibilities worldwide and saving more children everywhere. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. And they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. It will cost approximately $1 billion to operate St. Jude this year and the majority of that must come from generous donors. Domino’s has participated in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign...

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The Call of the Wild Trailer

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

20th Century Fox has released the debut trailer, first look and poster for THE CALL OF THE WILD. Based on the legendary adventure, witness the cinematic experience of a lifetime. THE CALL OF THE WILD releases in U.S. theaters on February 21, 2020. The film stars Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford and Colin Woodell. About The Call of the Wild Adapted from the beloved literary classic, 20th Century Fox’s THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck...

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Gingerbread House Workshop at Davio’s Irvine

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

This holiday season, Davio’s Irvine is throwing a house party, a gingerbread house party, that is! On Sunday, December 15th, from 12:00PM to 2:00PM, children of all ages are invited to participate in one-of-a-kind, hands on workshop! Join Pastry Chef Lena Huynh as she leads a demonstration and workshop, teaching guests how to build personalized gingerbread houses fit for the North Pole! The event is $55 per child (excluding tax & gratuity), and adult admission is free. Each participating child will receive one gingerbread house to decorate (with delectable decorations included) as well as a delicious lunch prepared by the Davio’s culinary team! In the generous spirit of the holidays, we ask that each family help in one small way: arrive at the workshop with one unwrapped toy and help the Illumination Foundation spread the seasonal joy! The Illumination Foundation (IF) is a non-profit,...

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10th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 25 comments

Bring the whole family for our 10th annual Christmas with the Critters event to celebrate the holidays! Your ticket includes lunch catered by 24 Carrots Catering and Events, live music, a visit with Santa, bounce house and everyones favorite part is watching our animals open their presents. Join us for some holiday shopping, crafts, keeper talks and much more. Discounted pre-sale tickets are now available, purchase them before they sell out! Date and Time Sunday December 8th 11am – 3pm Tickets Tickets will be available at the door for additional $5 $8 valet parking All proceeds benefit Rancho Wildlife Location Rancho Las Lomas, Inc. 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 Giveaway Enter to win 4 tickets to Christmas with the Critters by leaving a comment below, on our Facebook post, sharing our Facebook post or by tagging your friends...

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Little Onion Mexican Restaurant Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Following in the footsteps of its 1963 namesake, Little Onion Mexican Restaurant’s much anticipated second location opens today at Irvine’s Walnut Village Center. Featuring warm Spanish Hacienda style interiors and a lively outdoor patio, the new casual Mexican eatery is owned by Lori Reich Rowe, whose father Lorin Reich founded the original Little Onion Mexican Restaurant 56 years ago. The Little Onion brand has enduring Southern California roots. After years of restaurant work, founder Lorin Reich acquired a Red Onion location in Hawthorne – renaming and transforming it into the hugely popular “Little Onion” brand. The Hawthorne location closed in the mid-1970s, and his daughter Lori bought the Santa Ana eatery from her father in 2010, which still operates today. The newest Little Onion Mexican Restaurant encompasses 4,240-square-foot and is located at 14429 Culver Dr. in the former Bank...

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OC Rescue Mission Turkey Trot

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

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

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Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 25 comments

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

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Getting Fit at Yoga Six

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

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

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2019 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

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

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

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The Newly Reimagined Boys & Girls Club of Irvine

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

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

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Miracles for Kids Raised a Record-Breaking $1.8 million

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

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

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Luigi’s Mansion 3

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

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

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2019 Chinese Lantern Festival

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

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

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6th Annual Festival of Trees

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

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

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Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party

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

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

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Thanksgiving Dinner Donations

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

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

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Take a Selfie with SCOOB!

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

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

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You’re Invited: Duck the Halls Tree Lighting 2019

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

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

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Disney twenty-three Frozen 2 Exclusive

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

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

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Top Holiday Drone: DJI Global Mavic Mini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wireless Earbuds that Deliver on Sound, Quality and Comfort

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

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

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Davio’s Wine Dinner with Peter Michael Winery

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

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

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Fresh by Design: It’s Refrigeration, Reinvented

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

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

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Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave

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

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

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Day out with Thomas: The Steam Tour 2019 + Giveaway

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

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

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Don’t Miss Goosebumps: The Musical

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

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

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The Hot Wheels Legends Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist + Giveaway

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

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

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Tommy Bahama Holiday Cocktail Recipes

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

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

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DIY Captain Underpants Pumpkin

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

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

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Rancho Wildlife Boo at the Zoo + Giveaway

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

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

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Portola Coffee Roasters New Seasonal Theorem Menu

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

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

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Scientific Fun

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

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

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Sneak Peek of Disney+ Lady and the Tramp

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

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

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Kaleidoscope Hosts a Haunty Halloween with Jack & Sally

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

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

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Girls Inc. Dads for Daughters Poker Tournament

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

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

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DelFrescoPure Family Fun Night Giveaway

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

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

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Hilarious Family Series: Gabby Duran and the Unsittables

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

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

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The Latest Sesame Street Live!

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

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

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Don’t Miss Savor Santa Ana + Giveaway

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

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

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5 Essentials for Road Trips with Babies

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

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

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

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You’re Invited: Las Brisas 40th Anniversary Party

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

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

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Second Annual The Taste in Costa Mesa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wonder of Lights at the L.A. Zoo

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

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

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

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

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

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Culinary Movie Night Fundraiser at Hotel Irvine

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

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

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

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

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

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Celebrate World Smile Day with GLOwing White Teeth

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

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

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Lewis Family Playhouse Fall Season

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

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

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Play-Based Learning with Tinkergarten

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

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

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Hoag Medical Group Pediatrics in Huntington Beach New Extended Hours

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

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

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You’re Invited: Irvine Spectrum Unicorn Carousel Party

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

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

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Young Entrepreneurs Take on Business

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

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

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Girls Night Out at Bacchus

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

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

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

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

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

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Goosebumps The Musical Giveaway

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

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

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Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

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

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

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