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Kindness is Captivating

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  We all need more examples of kindness in the world, and in my work as a school counselor, I attempt to teach children to be kind because it’s the right thing to do. If children are only kind when they know someone is watching or because they hope to be recognized for their kindness we’re missing the mark. My message to students is “Be kind, especially when it’s hard.” It’s easy to be nice when others treat us well or when we get exactly what we want. However, my hope is that children will learn to pause and make good choices even when it’s not easy. That’s where we come in, because children must be taught how to do this. Ironically, this is as much a challenge for adults as it is for kids. I teach our students...

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Kaleidoscope Trick or Treat Pumpkin Party

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Kaleidoscope will host its annual Trick or Treat Pumpkin Dance Party on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 3:30 pm. The free event will include trick-or-treating, dancing to music from a DJ, games, free face painting. For $5, children can pick and paint a pumpkin from Kaleidoscope’s pumpkin patch. Costumed youngsters ages 12 and under are invited to bring their own treat bag and stroll the center trick-or-treating at participating stores and restaurants, from 1 to 3:30 pm, or while supplies last. In addition, children who turn in their Trick or Treat passport card, stamped by the various participating shops at Kaleidoscope, will have an opportunity to win a Grand Pumpkin Giveaway Basket filled with candy and an iPad. Kaleidoscope is located just off the 5 Freeway at 27741 Crown Valley Parkway in Mission Viejo. For more information,...

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Flower Power at the Flowerchild Festival

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored The OC Great Park was buzzing this past weekend with families attending the first annual Flowerchild Festival. There was a lot of excitement surrounding the event, and families were lining up to get into the festival to enjoy the family fun. The event was located in the heart of the OC Great Park, next to the carousel. In the hanger was a ton of vendors handing out samples and information about their businesses. Raffles were happening, kids getting braids in their hair, and Mom’s Orange County was educating parents about the different services they offer the community. Parked outside of the hanger was the Burnt food truck where families could purchase food and drinks for the kids. Our kids enjoyed their mini sliders while taking a short break from all of the fun. After our kids had a...

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Balboa Island Family Carnival

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Your family is invited to bring the family to Balboa Island for a day full of fun at the first annual Balboa Island Carnival and Taste of the Island. The event, which will take place on Marine Ave., the main island thoroughfare, will offer fun for the entire family. Activities will include carnival games and rides, dunk tank, bungee jump, pie-eating contest, food stations, fashion show, raffles, beer and wine garden, and much more. When: Sunday, Sept. 24, 1-5 p.m. Fashion show at 2:30 p.m. Where: Balboa Island 200 Block of Marine...

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THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE: 10 Must-Have LEGO Building Sets

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, LegoLand, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored The highly anticipated time has come for THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE to come into theaters this Friday, September 22nd. After taking my son to an early screening of the film while having a staycation at the LEGOLAND Hotel, all he keeps talking about it wanting to get THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE building sets to add to his home LEGO collection. Once the movie comes out on Friday, these LEGO building sets are guaranteed to fly off the store shelves, so we decided to give you an inside scoop on the 10-must have LEGO building sets for you to purchase before the film is released tomorrow. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Destiny’s Bounty Destiny’s Bounty features 3 levels (top deck, Wu’s dojo, mid-deck/hull), double-headed dragon figurehead, Wu’s bedroom with bed, a bathroom in the hull, dojo with a scroll, training...

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New Family Hotspot: Hotel Irvine’s Backyard

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Over the years, I have fallen in love with Hotel Irvine. It is a great place for families to have a staycation or dinner at their popular EATs Kitchen & Bar. Last weekend I brought the family to Hotel Irvine for their wine harvest festival in the backyard and found the venue to be a great hotspot in Orange County for families to spend an afternoon. When we arrived at the event, valet parking was complimentary – a great feature for families visiting the resort for the day. We gave the keys for our Kia Sorento to the valet, and then walked through the lobby and out into their backyard to discover a beautiful venue to spend the day. The event featured multiple booths where adults could taste wines, live music,...

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Miguel’s Jr Comes to Huntington Beach

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love tacos, and I am always looking for a new place to get delicious tacos. I had heard a lot of buzz about Miguel’s Jr, but there was never a location close to my house until now. The popular family-owned restaurant chain recently opened a new location right in the heart of Huntington Beach in the Newland Center at the corner of Beach and Adams. With it being right down the street from my in-laws, we stopped in for dinner one-night last week. When we walked into the restaurant, it was packed. The restaurant was filled with families spending quality time together while enjoying tasty Mexican food. I liked that the menu wasn’t too big, and it made it easy to order something delicious for dinner. We went up to...

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2017 OC International Auto Show + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Autos, Giveaways, Kia | 2 comments

 Sponsored Everyone knows that we have fallen in love with the Kia Sorento, and we invite families to fall in love with the Orange County-based car manufacturer, Kia, at the 2017 OC International Auto Show happening at the Anaheim Convention Center happening on Thursday, September 28th through Sunday, October 1st. For four thrilling days, the Anaheim Convention Center will be packed with more than 600 of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, commercial vehicles and alternative fuel options from 35 manufacturers, as well as exotics, new technologies, concept vehicles, driving simulators and more than 100 vehicles to test-drive at the event. Take the show floor experience to the next level and test-drive a lineup of all-new vehicles, right at the show. From electric cars to heavy duty trucks, licensed drivers are invited to get a feel for the performance...

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Outlets at San Clemente Fundraising Shopping Extravaganza

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Outlets at San Clemente is proud to announce its third annual Shopping Extravaganza charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 7, to benefit 38 local nonprofits. During the event, consumers receive exclusive discounts at most stores, while Outlets at San Clemente donates $25 for every $35 ticket purchased to a local nonprofit organization of the shopper’s choice. In 2015, the inaugural event raised $37,465 to benefit 18 local nonprofits. Last year’s event raised $42,150 to benefit 25 local nonprofits. Participating organizations this year include: San Clemente-based organizations The Marine Monument at Park Semper Fi, Su Refugio Ministries, Because I love You – BILY, Shorecliffs Middle School Education Foundation, San Clemente High School Wellness & Prevention Center, San Clemente’s Woman’s Club, San Clemente Village, San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club, San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club, San Clemente Christian School, Pet Project Foundation,...

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How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having a tech-oriented career, I make an extreme effort to limit my kids time online. I make my kids wait until I feel that they are mature enough to have their own cellphones (my son was 16, and my daughter was 13), and they don’t have their own computers – we have a family computer. Since my son and daughter just got their first cell phones this year, I have been looking for devices to help me with monitoring their time and keeping them safe online. I did a lot of research at our local Best Buy, and one product stood out among the rest, CUJO. What is CUJO? It is a firewall for your home that secures all of your family devices that are connected to the Wi-Fi router. It helps to block malicious sites, viruses, hacks...

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THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Epic Staycation

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures In celebration of the upcoming film “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” coming out in theaters on September 22nd, I surprised my younger son by taking him to LEGOLAND California to be one of the first to see the film. The morning of the event, I loaded up our Kia Sorento with our suitcases and then picked him up early from school. I didn’t tell him where we were going, and it wasn’t until I pulled into the valet at the LEGOLAND Hotel that he realized we were going to LEGOLAND California. He squealed with delight, got out of the car and ran into the resort to start playing in their giant pirate ship LEGO play area. Little did he know that we were going to be staying the night, and getting...

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The Habit Burger Hatch Chile Menu Items

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love spicy food, and when I learned that The Habit Burger was introduced a limited-time menu featuring hatch chiles, I couldn’t wait to come into the restaurant for a taste. The Habit Burger is a popular dining spot for locals in our area, and there is always a line that goes out the door (because it is that good). Yesterday, I went early to avoid the lunch crowd and had a hard time deciding which menu item I was going to try. The menu features a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Charburger, a Grilled Hatch and Golden Chicken Salad, and a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Chicken Sandwich. The employee at the counter helped me to make my decision and order the grilled hatch and golden chicken salad. I took...

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Ninjas Take over Legoland California during LEGO NINJAGO Days

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Events, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Sponsored It’s ninja time! LEGOLAND California Resort celebrates the opening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated big-screen animated adventure “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE,” in theaters nationwide on September 22, with LEGO NINJAGO Days on September 23 & 24. Guests are invited to come join in some LEGO NINJAGO fun at the family theme park and meet some of their favorite LEGO NINJAGO characters, including Kai, Jay and Nya. Guests can also participate in activities such as building a LEGO mystery mosaic, completing a scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A. and be one of the first to play “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” video game. All activities are included with the price of admission into LEGOLAND California Resort. WHEN: September 23 & 24, 2017 WHERE: LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad, CA ACTIVITIES: THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ Character Meet & Greets Meet characters from...

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The Queen Mary’s All-New CHILL

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Embark on an international holiday expedition this winter as the world-famous Queen Mary introduces an all-new CHILL unveiling December 13, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL offers a rush of family fun celebrating holiday traditions from around the world. The 38,000-square foot ice park will offer an ice skating track, ice bumper cars, ice tricycles, a zip line, ice shuffleboard, a two story, 100-foot-long ice tubing slide and many more festive winter activities. Visit CHILL for an icy expedition honoring international holiday traditions and the cultural celebrations of Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and the North Pole. Start the CHILL holiday adventure in Germany and experience the famous Munich Market and Gnome’s Wishing Well, then ice skate over to Switzerland to cozy up in the Alpine Lodge...

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Disneyland Halloween Frightfully Fun Foods

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of my favorite things to do when visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to try all of the tasty treats and savory foods. This year, Disneyland has brought back many of our favorite Halloween treats, and have added a lot of new things for your family to try when visiting this holiday season. These are some of the Halloween foods that you’ll not want to miss trying when visiting Disneyland this Halloween. Cake Pops and Caramel Apples One of my favorite things to get during Halloween Time at Disneyland are caramel apples. Disneyland has a wide variety of cake pops available for your family to enjoy. Spoke-y Cone Macaron This tasty treat is filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn. It can be found at the Cozy Cone Motel...

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Disney-Pixar’s COCO: A Story about Family & Culture

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a press preview as a guest of Disney Disney-Pixar’s COCO is a beautiful film that will immerse families in the Mexican culture as it tells the story behind the meaning of Día de los Muertos. The story is about a boy who is stuck between two worlds and is also a story about what it means to be a family. Before starting to work on the film, the filmmakers started with research. They made many trips to Mexico during Día de los Muertos to learn how the different regions embrace the cultural event. During Día de los Muertos, the souls of the dead are invited back to the land of the living. It is a grand family reunion where families are joyful, and get out into the streets, a beautiful tradition. The filmmakers used the traditions to...

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9th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Events

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  September is here and in Huntington Beach/Surf City USA, that means surfing dogs will take over the city. On Saturday, September 23rd, the world-famous surf dog competition, McKenna Subaru Surf City Surf Dog, once again hits the waves at Huntington Dog Beach. The event features international competitors and fun-filled days of ancillary doggone family-friendly fun events that partially benefits six pet-related charities. Main Event: 50 of the world’s best-surfing dogs will be surfing in ten-minute weight-based, shredder (pro-level) and tandem surf dog competitive heats, including two competitors from Brazil and one from Canada. WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM SCHEDULE: 8:00am – 2:00pm – Doggy SurFUR Expo 8:30am – 1:00pm – McKenna Surf City Surf Dog® Surf Competition (10:50 AM Shredder Heat) 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Finals 2:30pm – Awards/Closing Ceremony WHERE: Huntington Dog Beach...

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OPERATE NOW: HOSPITAL Season 2 + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Giveaways, Tech | 4 comments

 Sponsored The story continues… Chief of Surgery Noah Stone is becoming irritable and aloof. He’s being threatened with blackmail, but will he succumb? Nurse Amy has spiraled into depression after her accident and has started stealing hospital drugs. Is there anyone who can help her? Paramedic James finds himself fighting with surgeon Sirona. Will the passion in those fights turn into something else altogether? Sirona has her own issues. One struggle dies with her alcoholic dad but then she discovers she has a brother. Will he be as messed up as her father? PLUS — even the surgery is getting more dramatic. Are you ready to grab the paddles for a sudden cardiac arrest? Do you remember the procedure for an emergency tracheotomy? SEASON 2: It’s just like your favorite TV hospital drama, but it’s you who’s calling the...

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Mental Health Warning Signs in Children

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Mental health can affect anyone, even young children. As an adoptive mother of two beautiful children, I have always been aware of the possibility of mental health issues. When we were taking parenting/adoption classes as part of our home study to adopt our children, the social workers made us aware of the possibility that our children could develop mental health issues, and that is important to be alert, in tune with your children, and to watch for any warning signs. Even though my children were adopted at birth, I know that they have different genetics, and we didn’t have a clear family history. There have been times when our children have had some minor abandonment issues and experienced anxiety when thinking about their birth families, but we have been able to avoid any long-term issues by working closely...

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Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 2 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney For the first time, families can now experience the magic of Disney’s Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure Park. Families who purchase tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party can create memories together in either Disney California Adventure or Disneyland during the three-hour pre-party mix-in. The excitement begins as guests first enter Disney California Adventure Park and are greeted by a giant silhouette of Oogie Boogie! Then once inside of the park, guests will notice that Buena Vista Street has been decorated for the Halloween Season, and there are bats everywhere! Cars Land has an all-new look for Haul-O-Ween! Mater, Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and the Red Fire Truck are dressed in their favorite costumes. Guests can spot Mater cruising down Route 66 while dressed as a vampire, and capture a photo...

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