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Making Gluten-Free Weeknight Meals Easy with the Instant Pot

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 1 comment

Have you ever used an Instant Pot before? I remember getting one for Christmas a year ago when everyone was talking about the Instant Pot. However, after seeing kitchen horror stories as a child come to life in my mother’s kitchen with her pressure cooker, I never seemed to take it out of the box. When our friends at Melissa’s Produce invited me to learn more about The Gluten-Free Instant Pot cookbook, I was curious to learn more. I arrived at Melissa’s Produce ready to enjoy some delicious bites, and I quickly learned that I was going to savor more than just a few tasty bites. I first met with the authors of the cookbook, Jane Bonacci and Sara De Leeuw. They signed their cookbook for me, and then they welcomed everyone to take a seat while they went...

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Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame Teen Review

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

One of the most anticipated movies of this year, even of this century is Avengers: Endgame. Ever since Infinity War had come out a year ago, the whole world has been waiting for this movie. I have been counting down the days until I could see the film since the first trailer dropped. The Marvel Universe is something that I have grown up with. Avengers: Endgame is something that we have all been waiting for. Lucky for me my mom had a plus one and decided to take me on her screener day. I know that seeing the movie three days before it comes out might not seem like anything, but to me it was everything. Three days before the movie came out as practically seeing it with the stars. Now I can’t spoil anything for you because you...

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Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

We visited Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration as a guest of Disney The all-new Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration is an Instagrammers dream come true. The Disneyland Resort recognizes how much Disney lovers enjoy capturing memorable photos, and they created the ultimate Disney photo Pop-Up at Downtown Disney District. Creative photography is one of my favorite hobbies, and I was thrilled to attend a sneak peek of Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney. The minute that I arrived at the Downtown Disney District, I couldn’t wait to experience the Pop-Up. I brought one of my dearest friends along with me who also shares a love for photography, and we started our visit at the Downtown Disney District by sipping on a refreshing ice tea from Starbucks. We caught up on what we had missed since the last...

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Give Back with Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 9th Annual Red Dot Auction

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity on Friday, May 17 for Orange County’s biggest charity art event of the year! This 9th annual fundraiser will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Chuck Jones Center at SOCO + The OC Mix and will feature a silent auction with art pieces up for bid from over 100 artists from around the world. This special evening serves to raise money for programs of the Chuck Jones Center, which work to foster innovation, exercise creativity to solve problems and build mental health in students of all ages and backgrounds. The Center works with school systems without art programs, people on the autism spectrum, the elderly and other groups including corporate clients. Notable art pieces + artists featured in the auction include Wile E. Coyote’s Big “E” Wall where...

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Reservations to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge invites guests on a journey to a galaxy far, far away, where families can live their own Star Wars adventures. This epic new land will immerse guests in iconic stories like never before, pushing boundaries and transporting guests to a place where beloved Star Wars stories come to life. When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opens It all begins May 31st at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and today they announced that no-cost reservations to visit the land will be available May 2nd.* Guests looking to confirm a reservation today can book a stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel between May 31 and June 23, 2019.* Opening Day Details On opening day for phase one, guests will become part of the story at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an...

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Bear Awareness Day at the OC Zoo

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

Join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Bear Awareness Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gather family and friends for a day of bear-themed activities, zookeeper chats and more. The OC Zoo’s annual Bear Awareness Day invites families to learn more about the black bear while enjoying various fun-filled activities including crafts for kids and special zookeeper chats about bears. Bear Awareness Day will also feature a learning station where families can find more information about bear conservation and research, learn how to “bear proof” camping sites and what to do if you encounter a bear. Bear Awareness Day is free with a paid admission ticket to the zoo, which costs $2 per person (ages 2 and under are free). Parking is $5 per vehicle and reservations are...

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Toast Kitchen + Bakery Donating May’s Proceeds to Bracken’s Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Let’s Toast to giving back! It has always been John Park’s, Executive Chef and Owner of Toast Kitchen + Bakery, mission to utilize his culinary talents to serve the community. Toast donateHs 10% of all proceeds each month to a different charitable organization year-round, and this month Toast is benefitting Bracken’s Kitchen. Bracken’s Kitchen partners with various businesses, restaurants and food industry companies to provide food for the homeless. Toast Kitchen + Bakery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – closed on Mondays. Visit Toast with your family and friends to enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert while giving back to a worthy cause! For more information on Toast Kitchen + Bakery, visit: https://www.toastkitchenbakery.com; for more information on Bracken’s Kitchen, visit: https://www.brackenskitchen.com DATE: Wednesday, May...

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23rd Annual Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park

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

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to experience the 23rd Annual Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park on Saturday, May 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Travel back in time to explore Orange County’s rancho era, and enjoy activities, music, dance, and more in a family-friendly atmosphere. Rancho Days Fiesta will feature a wide variety of activities, exhibitors, and vibrant performances and demonstrations for the whole family including piñata breaking, butter churning, and candle dipping. The celebration will also feature Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations, along with Native American and Folklórico dancing. Historic buildings including the Serrano Adobe, El Toro Grammar School, the Harvey Bennett Ranch and St. George’s Episcopal Mission will be open and available for tours, courtesy of Amigo de la Colina docents. “Rancho Days Fiesta is a long-standing tradition...

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Goat Yoga Returns to Orange County

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in Events | 2 comments

Things will get wild at Centennial Farm when Goat Yoga returns on Saturday, May 18, giving participants the unique chance to do yoga with baby pygmy goats who like to frolic and climb on yogis. OC Fair & Event Center is again partnering with Spectra Yoga and the Fountain Valley Cloverdales 4-H Club to offer three beginner-level sessions from 8 to 9:15 a.m., again at 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and finally from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the lawn in front of Centennial Farm’s Millennium Barn. For those not ready to hit the mat with animal friends, there will be free playtime and photos with goats and the chance tour Centennial Farm. In addition to being a viral sensation, yoga with goats has been credited with helping decrease stress and relieve the pressures of a perfect yoga practice....

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Farmhouse New Spring Menu and Seasonal Cocktails

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Farmhouse is pleased to present a new spring menu courtesy of Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead. Featuring the freshest seasonal flavors sourced during weekly trips to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, the menu welcomes twelve new main dishes, veggie sides and desserts. The full spring menu is also available in the Farmhouse bar which highlights exciting new spring cocktails hand-crafted by Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R&D, and his team. Developed to compliment Chef Mead’s ever-evolving menu, choose from thirteen new cocktails to enjoy al fresco in the beautiful, garden setting. New this season, sip on a selection of four non-alcoholic specialty beverages found on Laborin’s Counterfeit Cocktail menu. Ideal for any time of day, these healthy refreshments are the perfect addition to any occasion. Savor a delicious snack or indulge your sweet tooth between lunch and dinner...

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Get a Taste of Edible + Sustainable Home Gardening at Room & Board

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

Get ready to celebrate sustainability at Room & Board! On Sunday, April 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the showroom is partnering with Environmental Nature Center (ENC) to bring guests an enlightening (& delicious!) event that’s sure to impact your home gardening + cooking for years to come. Attendees will enjoy a special presentation on “A Foodie’s Guide to Native Plants” by ENC representative, Lori Whalen, who will speak about the different plants and herbs that are native to the area, easy to grow, and safe to use in any food or drink. From herbal teas and seasonings to fruits and vegetables, guests will experience the tastes and scents of these plants while enjoying light bites that have been prepared using these locally-grown ingredients. In addition, all attendees will have the opportunity to create their own tea to...

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Heartwarming Disneynature’s Penguins

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening of Disneynature Penguins as a guest of Disney Tomorrow is Earth Day and the day that the world is invited to experience Disneynature’s all-new film, Penguins. Earlier this month, I attended a special screening of the film and a short interview with the Producer Roy Conli. Disneynature films have always been my favorite to watch with my children. The movies take us to places in the world that we most likely will never see and we get to follow the journey of beautiful animals. This year, the Disneynature film is all about penguins. Who doesn’t love penguins? They are so cute, and my kids and I could find ourselves spending hours watching them Sea World. I have always been curious about how they live in the wild, and the movie taught me so much about...

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Disney’s Aladdin Far From Agrabah Book + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Books, Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 53 comments

In Partnership with the Disney Book Group One of my favorite things to do with my children before taking them to see a movie is to read a book about the film first. Aladdin is one of my children’s favorite animated films of all-time, and they can’t wait to see the live-action film in theaters May 24th. As the anticipation of the film release has been building in my household, I decided to surprise my kids by reading them the all-new book, “Far from Agrabah” by Aisha Saeed. I thought that it would take a couple of weeks of reading the book to them at bedtime, but we couldn’t stop reading it and finished the book within three nights. The book was magical, and my children had many dreams about Jasmine and Aladdin’s adventures. In the book, Princess Jasmine...

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Five SoCal Family Weekend Road Trips

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

Sponsored by Alamo Travel is one of the best gifts a parent can give to their child. I try to travel as much as possible with my children. The only downside to traveling often is how expensive it can be, especially for larger families. The best way to travel on a budget is to travel by car. Living in Southern California, there are many great travel destinations nearby and conveniently located near a few major airports such as LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and SAN (San Diego International Airport). These are our top five favorite places to take our families near SoCal. Lake Arrowhead Just a short drive to the San Bernardino Mountains, and you’ll find yourself in a wonderland. Lake Arrowhead is a short drive from the top ski resorts in the area, and the Lake Arrowhead Resort...

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2019 OC Parks Summer Concert and Movie Series

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. Enjoy summer nights at the parks with free live music and movie screenings in a family friendly atmosphere. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns with 10 free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 20 – August 29 from 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy live music under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. The concert series kicks off with Hard Day’s Night on June 20 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton, followed by popular local and national artists including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sega Genecide, The Fenians,...

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San Pedro Fish Market Grille

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

We visited the San Pedro Fish Market Grille as a guest One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to take the kids to San Pedro to have lunch at the Fish Market. My kids love seeing all the fresh fish, and we all enjoy having lunch prepared with the freshest fish available. San Pedro isn’t always the easiest part of LA to get to in Los Angeles, but once we make the drive, it always ends up being worth it. Having family in San Pedro, we find ourselves in town a lot, and I can’t believe that I have not made it into the new San Pedro Fish Market Grille since it opened a year ago. When we got invited to attend their one-year celebration, I made a point to clear my calendar, and drive...

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What to Expect from CoolSculpting at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

We received a complimentary CoolSculpting treatment from CosmetiCare After having Liposuction last year, I made a major commitment to taking better care of myself. In that process, I lost 70 pounds just by changing my lifestyle. I do intermittent fasting, eat a very clean diet, and exercise every day. I am thankful every day to the doctors at CosmetiCare who performed the liposuction procedure that got me on the path to healthy living and having the body of my dreams. Even though I eat very clean, have lost a lot of weight, and exercise every day, I have not been successful in toning my arms. Because I was a volleyball player in high school and college, I developed huge arms. Without doing that type of daily intensive exercise, I would never achieve the results that I wanted with my...

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16th Annual Pacific Islander Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 14 comments

Experience dance, music, and cultural artifacts of the Pacific Islands on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, at the Aquarium of the Pacific Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 16th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members GIVEAWAY:...

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Girls Inc. Summer Program

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Camp | 0 comments

Girls Inc. is excited to bring back Smart-Ups – a summer program for young girls currently in grades 3rd through 5th (who will be entering 4th – 6th grades in Summer 2019) that is sure to be a memorable and impactful summer for all participants.  Smart-Ups is a place for young girls to learn leadership, economic literacy and business skills by creating their own mini-society and opening up their own business.  Participants will learn about marketing, advertising, budgeting, confidence building, body positivity and more and will enjoy presentations by a variety of influential female entrepreneurs!  The program is 4 weeks long, 5 days per week with hands-on field trips held every Friday.  The girls will gain exposure to a university setting as the program is hosted by Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics.  The program concludes with...

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Add ‘On the Basis of Sex’ to Your Home Movie Collection

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Copy of On the Basis of Sex was provided Inspired by the incredible true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Jones), On the Basis of Sex tells the story of a once struggling attorney and new mother, fighting for equal rights. Ginsburg is one of the most well-known U.S. Supreme Court Justices’ of all-time and has left a significant impact on the world. Before seeing the film with my children, I had my teenagers read the book, “My Own Words, Ruth Badger Ginsburg.” I felt it was vital for them to go into seeing the movie, knowing her story. Both of my teenagers read the entire book within a couple of hours. They could not put it down. Once the film was released in theaters, we got tickets to see it on opening night. There are many stories to be...

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Introducing The All-New Disney Plus

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

The Walt Disney Company today presented an extensive overview of its comprehensive direct-to-consumer strategy, including presentations on Hulu, Hotstar, ESPN+, and the upcoming Disney+ service at its highly-anticipated Investor Day, which took place on the Company’s studio lot. The Investor Day event featured remarks from The Walt Disney Company’s senior management team, including Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer; Kevin Mayer, chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International; Christine McCarthy, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer; Lowell Singer, senior vice president, Investor Relations; and Jimmy Pitaro, president, ESPN and co-chair, Disney Media Networks. The event also featured presentations by Michael Paull, president, Disney Streaming Services; Randy Freer, chief executive officer, Hulu; Russell Wolff, executive vice president and general manager, ESPN+; Uday Shankar, president, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific and chairman, Star and Disney India; Ricky Strauss, president,...

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A Passage to Little India: Orange County Walking Food Tour

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Featured, Melissa's Produce | 0 comments

Yesterday, I embarked on an epicurean adventure in Artesia with Melissa’s Produce and Farhana Sahibzada. Indian cuisine is one of my all-time favorites, so when I was invited to attend this special walking food tour, I cleared my calendar to learn more about Indian cuisine in Southern California. Melissa’s Produce has spiced up my family cooking by introducing me to unique and delicious produce, and this event turned it up a notch. As an Orange County native, I have never been to Artesia (gasp!). I really didn’t even know where it was until I searched it on my GPS. I quickly realized that I drive right past it 2-3 times a week on my way to attend events in LA, and could of been experiencing the best Indian food in SoCal for all these years. I had only done...

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Best Places in Orange County for Easter Brunch

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Dining, Easter, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Orange County hotels are presenting egg-cellent egg-stravaganzas for Easter Day from glamourous dining by the sea to family-fun events that will have little ones hopping in delight with up close and personal visits with the Easter Bunny. Montage Laguna Beach offers three distinctly different, but all gourmet, scenarios in the Grand Ballroom, Studio and The Loft. And those who enjoy the Easter dining experiences, can join in the fun at the resort’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Fashion Island Hotel is offering two fashionably delicious brunch options, and at Hotel Irvine, guests will not only dine on delicious food, but also participate in fun bunny-centric activities and games including Easter Egg hunts, a petting zoo and live music. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach Masterpiece Easter Celebration in the Grand Ballroom Sunday, April...

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You’re Invited: 2019 Orange County Jamboree

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Explore Orange County’s agricultural past during the second annual Orange County Jamboree hosted by OC Parks and the Orange County Historical Commission. On Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a day of agricultural-themed crafts, a petting zoo, live music, pickling demonstrations, blacksmith and antique engine displays, a photo booth, tours of the park and more! Food will also be available for purchase. Local historical societies will be on-site to help guests discover the rich history of Orange County and how to connect with historical resources in the local community. The event will also celebrate the centennial anniversary of the OC Historical Society. Irvine Ranch Historic Park is a 16.5-acre special use park that retains 24 original ranch structures that represent the proud agricultural history of Orange County. Docent-led tours of the...

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Moulin Opens in San Clemente

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Moulin, the award-winning French bistro with locations in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, will open its third location in San Clemente today, April 1. Proprietor Laurent Vrignaud, who was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal, has also expanded the Moulin brand to include a French antique store, which opened in January. Moulin’s third bistro is now open at the historic Casino San Clemente (120 W Avenida Pico). Built in 1937, this seaside landmark has long been a gathering place for celebration and revelry, serving as a beacon for San Clemente, drawing in Hollywood starlets and travelers from around the world. Within walking distance to San Clemente’s popular North Beach, much of Moulin’s menu is available to-go, modeled after cafes along coastal France. Much like Casino San Clemente, Vrignaud created Moulin as a central gathering...

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Spring Break Fun at Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Family | 0 comments

Dana Point Harbor invites locals and visiting destination seekers to explore the abundance of ocean activities, dockside dining options, and shopping experiences the Harbor has to offer during spring break. Whether you are looking for adventure, fun, or relaxation this season, Dana Point Harbor offers something unique for everyone. Popular spring activities in the Harbor include strolling along the water’s edge, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, ocean fishing, and whale watching trips. Activities abound both in and out of the water, so for those looking to enjoy the calm waters and wondrous sea creatures without getting wet, hop on one of the many whale watching excursions offered at the Harbor including Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, and Ocean Adventures. Add some relaxation to your spring break getaway by joining a class at I...

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Farmer Boys Debuts New Burgerless Burger

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Sponsored by Farmer Boys Farmer Boys, the farm fresh fast casual concept known for its award-winning burgers, will be rolling out an exciting new addition to their menu. The Burgerless Burger focuses on the quality and simplicity of Farmer Boys’ farm fresh food, and will feature just pickles, onions, and Thousand Island dressing on a sesame seed bun. In 2018, Farmer Boys refocused their marketing strategy on the quality and value of Farmer Boys’ everyday farm fresh menu. The introduction of the Burgerless Burger reflects a continuation of those efforts and focuses in more squarely on the natural simplicity of their farm fresh offerings. The Burgerless Burger goes back to basics with just four ingredients, and it is also a great option for vegetarian guests. “Farm fresh” was at the core of Farmer Boys when it started nearly four...

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Free Chronic Tacos at OC Beach Cleanup

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Free Chronic Tacos For All Volunteers Supporting Our Planet and Community Chronic Tacos is partnering with Eco Warrior to promote a healthier planet and stronger community in Laguna Beach. Free tacos will be offered to every volunteer participating in the beach clean-up in Aliso Beach. Volunteers can expect a wide variety of delicious tacos and the sweet taste of a job well done. Eco Warrior is proud to partner with a locally-loved restaurant to help make a change and spread the message of sustainable living. About Chronic Tacos The fast-casual franchise is known for its fresh Mexican cuisine that is customized for each volunteer’s distinctive taste. The Chronic Tacos experience consists of walking down the prep line and personally choosing everything that goes on your meal. Customers can choose from vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as choices of:...

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Five Must-Have Foods at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Dining, Events, Knott's Berry Farm | 0 comments

We attended a preview of the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival It is the most delicious time of the year to visit Knott’s Berry Farm for their yearly Boysenberry Festival. The event is a favorite of my family, with the food being the best part. This year is better than ever with more delicious boysenberry food than ever, and these are our top picks! My absolute favorite food this year is the boysenberry elote. The tasty corn is located at the Ghost Town Bank Stand, and I guarantee that you can’t just eat one. I may or may not be guilty of coming back for seconds. For those who are looking to eat healthier at Knott’s while attending the boysenberry festival will want to dine at Spurs Chophouse. The highly-acclaimed restaurant is featuring a boysenberry glazed salmon over mixed greens. Also,...

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SOCO & The OC Mix Day of Design

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Calling all design aficionados! On Saturday, April 27 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Day of Design is returning to SOCO & The OC Mix with an impressive lineup of workshops and sessions that will introduce new products and collections, explore spring design trends, and look ahead to the newest styles and concepts in home design. First introduced in late 2018, this annual event will now be held twice a year – in spring (April 27) and again in fall (October 5). As Orange County’s premier design destination, SOCO’s Spring Day of Design gives interior design professionals and newcomers alike the chance to learn and be inspired by its world-renowned showrooms and talented design experts. The event will open with a delicious breakfast buffet followed by a day of design-focused programming – including panels with top designers, interactive workshops, demonstrations, trend...

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Roasted Garlic and Heirloom Tomato Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

When roasted garlic and heirloom tomatoes come together, it is pure bliss. I have recently been kinda obsessed with Trader Joe’s pre-made flatbread lately. It is so fresh, light, and makes for an easy weeknight dinner. I’ve been having fun creating new recipes using their flatbread, and Melissa’s Produce brings the bread to life. Another one of my favorite foods is burrata cheese. I always have a container in my refrigerator at all times. When the kids came home late from school one-night last week, and I was faced with the question of, “What to cook?” I used some of my favorite staple ingredients to make this tasty flatbread recipe. The recipe only took minutes to make, and after cooking in the oven for 10 minutes, dinner was served. This entire recipe can be made within 15 minutes, making...

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Ultimate Girlfriend Glamping Getaway

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 2 comments

We visited as a guest of the Ventura Ranch KOA My girlfriends and I had been wanting to have a getaway together for such a long time. We didn’t want to take the traditional girlfriend getaway like to Palm Springs or Vegas. One of my friends suggested that we take a girls glamping trip to the Ventura Ranch KOA. Most of my friends had never been camping before, and they were excited to experience glamping as their first “camping” experience. The Ventura Ranch KOA was just a short drive from Orange County and is nestled in the beautiful Ventura mountains. The minute that I arrived at the KOA, I felt all my stress from parenting drift away while in the serene environment. The Ventura Ranch KOA offers something for every camper. There are places for guests to park their...

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The Best Bra for Breast Implants

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 1 comment

Sponsored by The Breast Whisperer One of the most important things to do after having breast augmentation is to invest in a good bra. Wearing a bra that offers good support will not only help you feel more comfortable after your surgery but will also help to protect the investment you made in having your breasts done. After having my breast augmentation, I struggled to find a bra that provided a good amount of support. While you don’t need to sleep in a bra, I want to make sure and keep my breasts high and tight for as long as possible, so I decided to sleep in a bra. Finding a bra that is comfortable to sleep in comfortably is very difficult. I purchased many different kinds of bras, and I was only able to find one, The Breast...

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You’re Invited: Free Adventure Day at Caspers Wilderness Park

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Celebrate a world of outdoor activities and discoveries at the return of Adventure Day at Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano. The event on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. invites guests to enjoy a day of adventure with wildlife-inspired games of skill, a scavenger hunt, wildlife exhibits, and more! Spend a fun-filled day under the sycamores at Caspers with a full schedule of guided hikes, games, storytelling, arts and crafts, face painting, and puppet shows. Families and friends of all ages can partake in numerous activities and learn about bugs, raptors, conservation, and Caspers Wilderness Park’s natural and cultural history. Participants include Reserve of Mission Viejo, Sea and Sage Audubon Society, Search and Rescue, Caspers Park Foundation, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Inside the Outdoors and many more! Food will be available for purchase from...

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Wagyu Week Returns to Sushi Roku Newport Beach

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Sushi Roku Newport Beach welcomes a special delivery of award-winning Bungo Wagyu from Monday, March 25th through Saturday, March 30th with a limited-time-only tasting menu. Bungo beef is considered the highest-quality Japanese grade beef, originating from the Oita prefecture in the Kyushu region of Japan. The award-winning meat, which has received accolades from the Tenno-sho (Emperor’s Prize) and Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, will be offered in six unique preparations to preserve its rich, delicious flavor. Each can be paired with refined spirits originating from Japan that delicately enhance each dishes’ overall profile. Bungo Wagyu Beef Tasting Menu Wagyu Sushi (2pcs; 0.6oz/each) Kizami Wasabi, Oscietra Caviar, Gold Flakes Wagyu Skewers (1.5 oz) Sweet Soy, Karashi Mustard Wagyu Carpaccio (2oz) Salt, Pepper, Garlic Chips, Red Yuzu Pepper, Tiny Veggies (carrot, white radish, red radish) Wagyu Katsu Sandwich (1oz/each)...

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Easter Fun at The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Posted by on Mar 25, 2019 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to welcome the community for a weekend of Easter celebrations on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 2019. Led by the Easter Bunny himself, Newport Dunes’ Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns to the scenic waterfront resort at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. Hundreds of children will gather on the shores to search for more than six thousand eggs containing goodies ranging from candy and toys to golden eggs containing cash prizes. One lucky kid will pick up an egg enclosed with a token for a new bicycle. The Easter Bunny will be available for family photos following the hunt. Easter Sunday, April 21 at Newport Dunes begins with the renowned Sunrise Easter Service delivered by Mariners Church at Pavilion E at 7 a.m. The service is followed by a gourmet Easter...

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Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge: Immersive One-day Driving School

Posted by on Mar 25, 2019 in Autos, Events, Family | 1 comment

Sponsored by Mercury Insurance Did you know that car crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 19-year-olds nationwide? One thing that we have taken very seriously with our teenage son is driving education. When we were younger, we went to the DMV on our 16th birthday. Took the driving test, and then went out with our friends to celebrate. As parents, looking back, we were both not 100% ready to be driving independently on the road. As our son approached his 16th birthday, we didn’t feel that he was ready to take his driving test. We decided to extend his driving education and recently brought him to a one-day immersive driving school hosted by Mercury Insurance at the Honda Center. My son had attended the course last year, right after getting his permit. Now that we...

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You’re Invited: The OC STEAM Fest

Posted by on Mar 24, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Families are invited to learn, discover, and play at OC STEAM Fest, presented by Irvine Public Schools Foundation, on Saturday, April 27. Enjoy a fun-filled day of games and activities related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) including human foosball, Dino Encounters, LEGO® engineering, spin art, live performances, and much more! 
 This event will take place at Orange County Great Park in Irvine from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Presale tickets online are $10 for children 4 -17, children 3 and under and adults 18+ are FREE! Tickets will be $15 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ipsf.net/steam/. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the schools in the Irvine Unified School District. DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 27, 2018 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. LOCATION: Orange County Great Park
 6950 Marine Way
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Easter Fun Events at the MainPlace Mall

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

MainPlace Mall, Orange County’s leading shopping, dining, and entertainment destination for families, has announced a series of Spring events to celebrate the Easter season with families and friends in the community. Beginning Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Easter Bunny is hop, hop, hopping to the shopping center, complete with a festive Easter set comprised of colorful eggs, spring flowers, and of course, Mr. Bunny himself. Community members are invited to visit the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through April 20. Photo packages are available for purchase starting at $24.99. Guests are invited to skip the line and save time with a Bunny Fast Pass. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Looking for more quality time with the Easter Bunny? On...

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The Best in Tech for Spring Breakers

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Verizon Spring Break is officially here. Whether you’re planning a family getaway with the kids or needing to keep the kids busy at home Verizon has all the top tech to keep your kids entertained. Have a problem keeping track of things, especially when on the go? Try using a smart tracker from Tile or the Samsung SmartThings Tracker. Place one of these devices in your suitcase or wallet to keep an eye on your belongings even when they’re not in sight. Both offer long-lasting battery life. And the Samsung SmartThings Tracker works standalone on the 4G LTE network, meaning you could track your luggage on its journey even when your phone isn’t anywhere near your suitcase. Spend more time taking in those special vacation moments with the Samsung Galaxy S10. With a best in class camera...

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America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 18 comments

America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2019. The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. Animal entertainment, education, adoption innovative products and nutrition all at the OC Fair & Event Center. This year, the Pet Expo launches “The Lab” an interactive, hands-on “show within a show” where guests, exhibitors and pets can meet. “The Pet Expo is about connections, whether they be with fellow pet enthusiasts, or with the animals, says Courtney Harold, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development. “The Lab will be a central meet-up location for socializing, new product launches, demonstrations and pet education seminars.” The Pet Expo will also debut “Kids’ Pet Care Course.” Led by licensed...

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Seaside Baker: Decadent Fruit Desserts

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 2 comments

Dessert for lunch? Yes, please. I love going to Melissa’s Produce to have lunch with all my favorite foodies, celebrate a new cookbook author, and indulge in delicious cuisine. When I got an invitation to come to Melissa’s for a delicious day of desserts, I cleared my calendar to attend the event. Let’s just say that I have a little sweet tooth.. I love to celebrate bloggers who publish their first books. Jackie Bruchez is a well-known blogger (Seaside Baker) who is now a celebrated published author of the book Decadent Fruit Desserts. She is incredibly talented, and the minute that I walked into Melissa’s Kitchen, and saw all her desserts, I was in sugar heaven. Melissa’s Produce converted into a dessert version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the day. The counter was filled with samples of...

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Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Comes to SoCal

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in Citizens Business Bank Arena, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to the Southland! This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing from April 18th – 28th in Long Beach and Ontario. Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room. Plus, enter the...

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Best Wine Is The One Enjoyed With Friends

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Samples of Ammunition Wine was provided When planning our recent girls getaway glamping trip to KOA in Ventura, I knew that I wanted to serve my friends my favorite wine. I recently discovered Ammunition Wine, and ever since it has been my favorite wine. I picked up a case of Chardonnay and Zinfandel and headed up to Ventura for an unforgettable girls getaway. The minute that I arrived with the wine, we opened a bottle. Poured each other glasses of wine, and made a toast to our friendship. We sat together on the balcony of our cabin and spent the afternoon laughing together about all the funny moments we’ve experienced together while friends. The Chardonnay from Ammunition Wine quickly became a favorite of my friends who love white wine as much as me. By the end of the trip,...

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Indian Cooking Classes at Adya in Anaheim

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Dining, Family, Irvine, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Adya is one of the best places to bring your family to get Indian food. Both locations in Irvine and Anaheim offer a relaxed family-friendly dining ambiance. Plus, they have delicious food that even the pickiest little eaters will love. During my recent visit to Adya, I attended a cooking class with Chef Shachi Mehra using fresh Melissa’s Produce. I have always been intimidated by the thought of making Indian food at home. During the interactive cooking class, Chef Shachi showed me how simple and easy cooking Indian food at home for my family can be. We learned how to make four simple family-friendly recipes using fresh Melissa’s Produce. The two favorite recipes that I learned how to make was the tangerine and radish salad with fresh mint and fennel. The salad was fresh, and when made with Melissa’s...

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Tangerine and Radish Salad with Fresh Mint and Fennel

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Dining, Recipes | 0 comments

We all love Melissa’s Produce. It is the freshest produce available. If you can’t grow produce in your backyard Melissa’s is the best option to feed your children. Today was an exciting day as I was able to visit one of my favorite restaurants in Orange County, and one that uses Melissa’s Produce, Adya. I can’t believe that it has been five years since attending the media event for the grand opening of Adya at the Anaheim Packing House. Time has flown by. I first fell in love with Chef Shachi’s food when she was at Tamarind of London. It was my favorite Indian restaurant in OC, only because of the chef and her talents. Once Chef Shachi left, it closed its doors shortly after. Once Adya opened their location in Irvine, I always seem to find myself sneaking...

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Family Craft

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 22 comments

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of our all-time favorite films of the year. My kids and I went to see it multiple times in the theater, and we couldn’t wait until it was released on DVD to add it to our home movie collection. The time has finally come, and we have been watching the movie over and over again using Movies Anywhere. When we are not watching the movie, we always find ourselves listening to the soundtrack with our home entertainment center. In celebration of getting to enjoy the movie at home for years to come, I planned a fun craft day with the kids. I got them some Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse t-shirts, fabric markers, and I let the kids unleash their creativity decorating the shirts. Together, we enjoy listening to the soundtrack, while the kids...

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Pretend City Kidstock Music & Arts Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 49 comments

Pretend City Children’s Museum is kicking off their second annual Kidstock Music and Arts Family Festival on April 1st with music from local musicians and interactive art activities for the entire families. Families will want to experience 10 days of music, dancing and art at Kidstock Music and Arts Family Festival at Pretend City Children’s Museum April 1st – April 10th. Country, pop, rock, rap — it will all get you moving and grooving together as a family. Live performances will be featured every day, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Traveling Exhibit as well as throughout the museum. One of the ‘headliners’ this year are “The Beat Buds” children’s musicians with a contemporary sound familiar to adults. Their songs entertain kids and resonate with the parents too. In addition, is the opportunity for children to paint...

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Knott’s Boysenberry Pie Frozen Yogurt at Yogurtland

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Dining, Family, Knott's Berry Farm | 0 comments

For the first time ever, Knott’s Berry Farm and Yogurtland have teamed up to give fans a one-of-a-kind frozen yogurt experience inspired by Mrs. Cordelia Knott’s award-winning boysenberry pie. The new Yogurtland flavor was crafted alongside Knott’s and has arrived in stores nationwide, only a couple days away from the newly-expanded Knott’s Boysenberry Festival which runs daily from March 29 – April 28th. Each spoonful of Yogurtland’s Boysenberry Pie frozen yogurt flavor is bursting with the jammy richness and sweet and tart taste of fresh boysenberries followed by hints of a butter sweet pie crust. Inspired by the world-class award-winning pies, it’s creamy and delicious, and no doubt Mrs. Knott herself would approve. For an added boysenberry touch, Yogurtland will be serving mini boysenberry shortbread cookies as a topping option. While getting a sneak peek of the upcoming Boysenberry...

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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 27 comments

Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed late night, Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars), on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Aquarium will remain open late so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with the live bands and DJs. Noche de Estrellas will feature Aztec dance, crafts, and bilingual educational programs, including a scavenger hunt with prizes, ocean-related activities, and environmental activities—all offered in both English and Spanish. The event will also feature special programming highlighting the world’s smallest and most critically endangered whale, the vaquita—only 30 remain. Mexican cuisine, beer, wine, cocktails, and refreshments will also be available for guests to purchase. In addition to being...

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Kiwi Berries and Burrata Avocado Toast

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

When first introduced to Kiwi Berries from Melissa’s produce, I didn’t know what to make with them. I first experimented by making a smoothie so that I could fully experience their flavor. Next, I made a delicious tart for dessert, and the next morning make avocado toast with burrata and kiwi berries. It ended up being the best avocado toast I have ever made. Avocado toast is a healthy way to pack a lot of nutrition into your kid’s breakfast, and kids love it. There are so many creative ways to serve avocado toast to your kids, and this is guaranteed to become one of their all-time favorites quickly. What are Kiwi Berries? According to Melissa’s Produce, Kiwi Berries are a cousin of the Kiwi Fruit. They are luscious berries with smooth skin, delicate seeds and are similar in...

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Return of the Swallows Celebration at Mission San Juan Capistrano

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

Known as “the birthplace of Orange County”, the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano is gearing up for their signature spring event. The annual Saint Joseph’s Day and The Return of the Swallows Celebration began nearly a century ago as the only Mission in The OC became an iconic landmark and tourist destination. Taking place on Tuesday, March 19th, this special day will be filled with tradition, community, and festivities making it the perfect spring break outing for the entire family. Family field trips to the Mission are remembered for generations. Saint Joseph’s Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration is most known for welcoming back the famous swallows of Capistrano and providing an uplifting nod to the coming of spring, a much-anticipated time of renewal and rebirth. Details of the Swallows Day Celebration WHAT: Saint Joseph’s Day and...

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World Premiere of Disney’s Dumbo

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

We attended the premiere of Dumbo as a guest of Disney When I received the invitation to attend the world premiere of Disney’s Dumbo, I was ecstatic. Dumbo was one of my favorite movies as a child. Getting to see the remastered live-action version as an adult for the first time at the world premiere was a dream come true. I decided to take my daughter with me to see the film, and planned a special mother/daughter day getting ready for the premiere. We started the day off by getting coffee at Starbucks, and then went to get our lashes perfected. Next, we were off to Los Angeles where we would get our makeup and hair done before putting on our dresses for the premiere. Getting ready for the premiere with my teenage daughter was so special. As a...

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Don’t Miss The 2nd Annual OCWineFest

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

OCWineFest returns to San Juan Capistrano March 9 and 10, to sip for a cause, bringing top wineries into one location for two days of wine tasting and wine education on the historic grounds of A Stone’s Throw Winery, with many OC-based winemakers, luxe exhibitors and great philanthropic organizations in the mix. All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass. In its second year, OCWineFest, produced in coordination with LAWineFest owner and CEO, Dr. Joel M. Fisher, will be bigger and better, continuing to blaze the trail of bringing wine and people together – from the novice to the aficionado – in an accessible way, balancing fun, exploration and education with wine and beer tastings, food pairings, seminars, and a chance to meet some of the area’s top sommeliers and winemakers. The event will also feature gourmet goodies...

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The MARVELous Captain Marvel

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I saw a preview of Captain Marvel as a guest of Disney The big day is finally here, where the world will get to see the fantastic family film, Captain Marvel. I love a movie that has a strong female in a lead role, but what I liked the most about the film was the message of love and friendship. The movie is set in the ’90s and features some of the best music from that era. Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) leaves everything behind on Earth and joins a galactic military force called Starforce. In a series of events, she finds herself back on Earth and begins to have flashbacks about a previous life. She connects with Nick Fury, and her epic adventure of rediscovering her life on Earth begins to unfold. One of my favorite parts of the...

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Kiwi Berries and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil and Ricotta

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What do you do when you receive beautiful Baby Heirloom Tomatoes from Melissa’s Produce? You make something delicious. Last night, dinner was a disaster. I attempted to make a recipe that failed and found myself digging through the freezer for food to feed the kids. That ended up being hot dogs. Ugh. I quickly learned what food snobs my kids have become after feeding them organic, fresh food every night of the week. I’ve never been that macaroni and cheese + hot dogs kinda mom. After all the dirty looks and complaining I got from the kids over dinner, I decided to surprise them with a delicious dessert. About Kiwi Berries Kiwi berries are very sweet, and I thought they would compliment the heirloom tomatoes, and the sweet cheese mixture perfectly. And, it was incredible. For the crust, if...

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An Adoptive Moms Thoughts on Instant Family

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We received an advanced copy of Instant Family As an adoptive Mom (and previous foster Mom), I am always curious about films that talk about the subject. Some movies gracefully approach the subject, and others, not so much. When I first watched Instant Family, I fell in love with the film. It tells a story about family, love, and togetherness, in a light-hearted way. Now, that my two adopted kids are teens, I watched the movie with them. Together, we laughed, we cried, and I feel like the film brought us closer together. They did an excellent job depicting how the courtroom setting is like with adoption, and how the judges just want to create families. It is a must-see film for every family. The film is currently available for purchase nationwide on blu-ray and digital. About Instant Family...

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Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California for its sixth year on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, bringing craft beer, mouthwatering tacos, and live entertainment to the oceanfront. Entertainment at Sabroso After selling out for two years in a row, Sabroso at Doheny State Beach expands to two days, giving craft beer connoisseurs and taco aficionados the opportunity to sample an extensive collection of brews and tacos while watching lucha libre style wrestling, playing lawn games, and enjoying live performances from The Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Descendents, Good Charlotte, Black Flag, and more. Produced by California’s most successful beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment, Sabroso brings together an array of breweries and the...

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Squash Blossom and Burrata Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

After making stuffed squash blossoms with my daughter, we decided to make a squash blossom and burrata flatbread with the squash blossoms we received from Melissa’s Produce. The flatbread ended up coming out amazing, and my kids devoured every last bite. Plus, they requested that I make it again for them the next evening. Where to Find Squash Blossoms If you are not familiar with squash blossoms, they are delicious. When you purchase them online at Melissa’s Produce or from a local retailer, you’ll want to cook with them right away – they don’t hold long in the refrigerator. You can make your own bread. But, if you’re a busy mom like me, you probably don’t have time for that on a weeknight. Trader Joe’s has incredible flatbread (found in the bread section of the store). They also have...

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Captain Marvel: A Movie About Friendship

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended an interview with the cast of Captain Marvel as a guest of Disney I had no idea what to expect when going to see Captain Marvel for the first time. The minute that the movie started, I was immersed in the film. I knew that I was going to love seeing a movie that has a woman as the lead role, but what ended up being my favorite thing about the movie is the messaging. The most important message that I took away from the film was the importance of friendship. I put on my favorite Buckle Down Captain Marvel belt, and went to Los Angeles to meet with the cast, and to hear their thoughts on making the film. Brie Larson who plays the role of Captain Marvel talked a lot about the bond that her...

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Minnie: Bow Be Mine + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 39 comments

The Happy Helpers Shine a Spotlight on Adventure! The all-new Disney DVD, Minnie: Bow Be Mine is currently available for purchase in stores nationwide. As the Happy Helpers from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, BFFs Minnie and Daisy take center stage as they tackle super-tough tasks and help friends who need a hand: judging a surfing contest in Hawaii, solving a doozy of a mystery, photographing a rare rainforest bird and much more! Then, watch Minnie rock out onstage at Hot Dog Hills Stadium! Featuring two bonus music videos, Minnie: Bow Be Mine amps up the fun to a whole new level of awesome. Voice Cast in Minnie: Bow Be Mine Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse; Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck; Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse; Daniel Ross as Donald Duck; Bill Farmer as Goofy; Jim Cummings as Pete;...

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19th Annual Taste of Huntington Beach

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

The Annual Taste of Huntington Beach will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the HB Sports Complex. The event is held from noon to 4 p.m. with an exclusive VIP reception from 11 a.m. to noon. The Taste of Huntington Beach showcases the best local culinary talents and the region’s top wineries and breweries. For one all-inclusive price, attendees enjoy unlimited samples and sips from some of the area’s finest establishments. All proceeds from the event go to the Children’s Department of the Huntington Beach Public Library. Since 2001, The Friends of the Children’s Library and the HB Restaurant Association have helped the Taste of Huntington Beach raise more than $600,000 for the HB Children’s Library! Taste of Huntington Beach Ticket Pricing General Admission tickets are $70 and includes: – Unlimited tastes of food from 50 of...

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A Little Book of Cheese at Melissa’s Produce

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

Cheese? Yes, please! When I got an invite to attend a celebration of Chef Debbi Dubbs cookbook, A Little Book of Cheese, I immediately said, “Yes!” When I arrived at Melissa’s Produce, the kitchen smelled amazing. There were multiple dishes featuring cheese, and I quickly learned that the aromatic dish was the minestrone soup. I enjoyed a quick meet and greet with Chef Debbi. She signed a cookbook for me to bring home to my daughter, and also gave me a copy of her second cookbook. Next, it was time to taste some of her recipes. Lunch at Melissa’s Produce I started by trying her apple pecan salad with goat cheese. Then, I had a taste of the Italian chopped salad. Both of the salads were amazing, but I found myself going back for seconds of the Italian chopped...

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Lemon and Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Squash blossoms are one of my favorite foods. During the summer, I grow squash blossoms in our backyard garden and enjoy cooking with them. One of my favorite things to do with squash blossoms is to stuff them with second favorite food – cheese. Where to Find Squash Blossoms Knowing how much I love squash blossoms, our friends at Melissa’s Produce, surprised me this week with a box of beautiful squash blossoms. When you purchase squash blossoms, you’ll want to prepare something with them right away – they do not hold long in the refrigerator. We were so lucky to get so many squash blossoms that my daughter and I made lemon and ricotta stuffed squash blossoms. Plus, we also made a squash blossom and burrata pizza to pair with it. It was the most delicious night ever in...

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You’re Invited: District Walk in Anaheim Grand Opening Event

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored by The District Walk in Anaheim Olson Homes will debut brand-new townhomes at District Walk in Anaheim, and you’re invited to the Model Grand Opening on Saturday, March 2nd at 11am! Come experience the ideal blend of a buzzing, hip neighborhood, a close-knit community, and an impeccably designed home. The good times begin at 11:00 a.m., and Anaheim Packing District favorites Popbar, Snow Monster, and Umami Burger will be on hand with frozen treats, eats, and drinks. Tour the Plan One and Plan Three model homes that showcase spacious, light-filled floorplans highlighted by generous kitchens with large center islands, lovely master suites that include walk-in closets, and inviting decks allowing for seamless indoor-to-outdoor living! Choose from a total of six distinctive floor plans at District Walk, with townhomes ranging in size from two to three bedrooms and 1,355...

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PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Television Shows, Theatre | 67 comments

PAW Patrol Live! sets sail with a pirate adventure! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! When Tuesday, April 9th at 6pm Wednesday, April 10th at 2pm and 6pm Where Fox Performing Arts Center 3801 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501 Tickets: Tickets start at $23! They are currently available for purchase online through Ticketmaster. (Additional fees may apply.) Be a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet...

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Sleeping Beauty at The Irvine Barclay Theatre

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), Orange County’s resident professional ballet company, will present the enchanting production of Sleeping Beauty, with Ballet West principal dancers Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell in the lead roles. Festival Ballet Theatre’s traditional, full-length production is choreographed and staged by Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla after Marius Petipa, and set to music by P. I. Tchaikovsky. Sleeping Beauty was first premiered by the Imperial Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg on January 15, 1890. Salwa Rizkalla captures the heart, energy and excitement of this original production in her staging. This fairy tale features sweeping corps de ballet sequences and dazzling classical ballet virtuosity. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by storybook characters, including Princess Aurora, Puss ‘n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. The ballet takes place in the spectacular palace...

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Lunch Specials and Bottomless Mimosas at Sapphire Laguna

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

This month marks 12 years of culinary excellence at Sapphire Laguna, where comfort cuisine meets exotic innovation, and from February 25th through March 3rd, Chef Azmin Ghahreman will host a weeklong anniversary celebration! Sapphire Laguna Anniversary Lunch February 25th through March 1st $12 Lunch Entrées – Guests are invited to enjoy any entrée on the Sapphire Laguna Lunch Menu for $12. Not only is the weather perfect for dining al fresco, but lunch menu is filled with mouth-watering dishes like our Chicken & Kimchi Stir-Fry Noodle, Sautéed Shrimp Pasta, and signature Kobe Beef Havarti Cheeseburger! Lunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11am to 2:30pm. Sapphire Laguna Anniversary Brunch March 2nd and 3rd $12 Bottomless Mimosas – Just when you thought our Weekend Brunch couldn’t get any better… Sapphire Laguna offers $12 Bottomless Mimosas during Brunch service from 9am...

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Segerstrom 2019-2020 Broadway Series

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Entertainment, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces the 2019 – 2020 Broadway series, filled with exciting new shows, classic blockbusters and Tony Award® winners with enough razzle dazzle to delight and entertain every musical theater fan. Subscription renewals and new subscriptions are available now. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale at a later date. Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.org for more information about both the current 2018 – 2019 Season and the 2019 – 2020 Season. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. Segerstrom Center for the Arts Broadway Series Miss Saigon October 1 – 13, 2019 Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war...

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Cherimoya Coconut and Chicken Chili Recipe

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 1 comment

Have you ever heard of a Cherimoya before? Me either. The one thing that I love about Melissa’s Produce is that they offer exotic produce, and introduces families to new culinary possibilities. When I received a package from Melissa’s Produce containing Cherimoya, I didn’t know what to do with it. I did some research, and found that it is best paired with tropical fruits like coconut. When doing my research on Cherimoya, I learned that you need to be cautious with this type of produce. The skin and the seeds are toxic, but the fruit is delicious. I waited until my Cherimoya was ripe (a soft brown hue). Then, it was time to explore the amazing fruit. There was little online that talked about Cherimoya, and I was struggling with what to make with it. It was a cold,...

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At Eternity’s Gate: A Magical Masterpiece

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We received a complimentary copy of At Eternity’s Gate Art is something very special for my family. Since my children were toddlers, I had them painting and expressing themselves through the arts. To this day, two of them are teenagers and attend one of the most highly-acclaimed arts schools in Southern California. Along with expressing themselves through art, it is also essential for me to educate them on past artists. When I learned about the upcoming release of the film At Eternity’s Gate, I could not wait to see it with my children. The film tells the story of the final years of Vincent van Gogh. When gifted the movie, I was thrilled to receive a beautiful hand painting of myself. Plus, we also got some tasty (and beautiful) cookies to enjoy while watching the movie. I had the...

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Best First Electric Shaver for Teen Boys

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Family, Health, Tech | 0 comments

This Philips Norelco electric shaver story is in partnership with Best Buy I was starting to think that my teenager would never develop facial hair, but as he past his 16th birthday, I suddenly started to notice a small shadow over his lip. The time had finally come for him to get his first shaver, and since I wanted to avoid him cutting up his face, I knew that he needed an electric shaver. During the holidays, I wanted to leave one for him under the tree. I knew that if Santa had given it to him, that he would use it more than if his mommy gave it to him. So, I went to our local Best Buy and started doing some research on shavers. The staff at Best Buy is the best. They are always so informative,...

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DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising Interactive Game

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Tech | 1 comment

DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising is brought to you in partnership with Universal Pictures After seeing How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World with my children, I fell in love with the heartfelt family film. Then, after talking about the film with America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel I loved the movie even more. In celebration of the release of the film in theaters this Friday, Universal Games and Digital Platforms has released a new interactive game inspired by the movie. Plus, players can get rewarded by earning an in-game exclusive scene from the film How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. In DreamWorksDragons: Titan Uprising, players can become the ultimate puzzle champion as they reunite with Toothless and Hiccup in their fight to save the island of Berk from the nefarious Dragonroot Company. Alongside other fearless trainers, fans...

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You’re Invited: Free Kid’s Fishing Derby

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Angler Chronicles invite families to enjoy the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at the North Lake at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, March 2. Register for the free event from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and enjoy the derby from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids ages 6 to 15 can fish for free at the Fishing Derby and compete to win multiple prizes in different age groups. The kid with the overall winning catch will get his or her name inscribed on the legendary Mile Square Fishing Derby Trophy. The lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 pounds of trout and catfish for the derby, and there will be a limited amount of fishing rods available for loan. Participants can learn fishing tips and tricks during fishing clinics,...

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America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel on How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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

Brought to you in partnership with Universal Pictures In celebration of the upcoming release of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters this Friday, I went to DreamWorks Animation studios to talk with America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel about their roles in bringing the film to life. The night before talking with the actors, I had a chance to see the film, and it was one of the best “How to Train Your Dragon” films ever made. I arrived at the studio excited to learn more about the making of the film. Our day started with an interactive scavenger hunt around the studio along with making a fun video flying on toothless. We then went into a room where we had a chance to talk with the actors about the making of the film. We started...

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Romanesco and Bacon Quiche Recipe

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

After roasting some fresh romanesco that I had received from Melissa’s Produce, I was excited to make something delicious for my family. With breakfast being one of our favorite meals of the day, I decided to make a romanesco and bacon quiche. And, it was delicious. If you’re not familiar with romanesco, it is a delicious vegetable. My kids are always fascinated with how it looks, and that makes them want to eat more of it. It is often served in pastas or as a side dish. You can find the freshest romanesco online or at a retailer that sells Melissa’s Produce. Romanesco and Bacon Quiche Recipe The dish is super simple to make. Plus, it is great to bring to your next girlfriend get together or to serve to your kids on a weekend morning. You can either...

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Best Breakfast in Mérida: Rosas & Xocolate

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Dining, Featured, Mérida, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Rosas & Xocolate as a guest of Mérida After using the (CBX) Cross Border Xpress to catch a flight out of Tijuana with Volaris conveniently, Xperiencia Maya picked us up in Mérida to bring us to Rosas & Xocolate for breakfast. Decor of Rosas & Xocolate in Mérida The first thing that made with fall in love with Rosas & Xocolate was the beautiful pink building. The hotel and restaurant looked like something out of a movie, and I couldn’t wait to taste their food. We walked into the restaurant, and they led us to the perfect table on their outdoor patio. Our table was right next to a pond when I enjoyed the relaxing sounds of the small fountain. After sitting in the restaurant for a few minutes, all the stresses from traveling melted away....

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48th Annual Festival of Whales

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

Dana Point Harbor invites families to experience the 48th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales, March 2-3 and 9-10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can explore Dana Point Harbor during the gray whale’s annual winter migratory ritual, and enjoy engaging activities including whale watching, first day Parade and street fair, sand sculpting, live music, the Dinghy Dash, Art in the Park, Chowder Cook-Off, Ocean Awareness Day, delicious harbor eats, educational programs, and much more. Home to over 400,000 common dolphins and five species of whales, Dana Point is the “Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World.” Locals and destination seekers alike can experience the near perfect conditions and enjoy exceptional whale watching year-round. Dana Point Harbor is the ideal location for whale watching with quick and easy accessibility to open ocean. Winter celebrates the Gray Whale...

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Indulgent Dinner with Daou and Black Angus

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined at Black Angus as a guest of the venue What a great evening we had when Black Angus and Daou Winery invited us to dine with them. Yes, these two have decided to partner and bring us a new menu complimented by the well known and delicious wines of Daou. Black Angus recently remodeled the Lakewood, Ca location; it has a bright, fresh, contemporary design; a brand new take on Black Angus for all of us yet still full of that familiar comfort. Introducing a new menu went hand in hand, and it has the “wow” factor! We were dining on Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli on Baby Greens, as Chef David Bolosan teased us with the most delicious flavors. We were excited to discover what other dishes were going to be shared. One of our favorite...

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Santa Ana Zoo Annual Birthday Bash

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

The Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys,” announced today that its 67th wild birthday celebration will take place Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd on the Zoo grounds from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. You came as a kid, now come back with yours! Parking and entertainment are included in the cost of general admission. Zoo members and children under age 3 are free. Did you know that multiple animals at the Zoo were born in the month of March? Guests will love searching the Zoo for these special party animals and writing birthday greetings to their new friends! Look for giant anteaters, camels, lemurs, ocelots, sloths and the world’s smallest monkeys! SAZOO, the Zoo’s resident monkey mascot and honorary OC celebrity, will also be on hand to engage, entertain and take photos with guests. At...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 32 comments

Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd anniversary on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th. We’re rolling back prices to our original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides! It’s our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years. Irvine Park Railroad, which has become a favorite destination for families from across Southern California, takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates the ride pointing out all of the history inside of the park which is over 100 years old. The Anniversary Celebration will also feature other activities including carnival games, a bounce house, panning for gold, face painting, and more. Some activities require two (2) tickets. There are $2 concessions, too, including hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, and popcorn. The $2...

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Electrifying Harlem Globetrotters Return to SoCal

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 51 comments

Committed to bringing fans the best experience and most electrifying athletes on the planet, the Harlem Globetrotters will give their fans a chance to get closer than ever to the action and team’s stars with their brand-new Fan Powered World Tour, which is set to come to the Los Angeles area in February. Harlem Globetrotters Schedule *Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State University Friday, February 15 at 7pm. *Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario Saturday, February 16 at 2pm and 7pm. *STAPLES Center in Los Angeles Sunday, February 17 at 2pm. *Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday, February 23 at 2pm and 7pm. At each Globetrotters game, there will be more than 20 opportunities before, during, and after each event where fans will get a chance to directly interact with the team’s stars – that’s a 30-percent increase over any...

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In Melissa’s Kitchen with Nancie McDermott

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Last week, I had the honor of visiting Melissa’s Produce for a cooking demo by the highly renowned author, Nancie McDermott. I was in for a treat. Not only did I get a chance to sample some of the foods from her cookbook, Fruit: a Savor the South, by I also got to learn so much from her. My favorite thing that they served from her cookbook was a Horchata de Melon cantaloupe seed drink. It was light, refreshing, and boasted with fresh flavors. It was so delicious that I ended up going back for seconds (and maybe thirds). Another highlight from the luncheon was her arugula salad with persimmon. Persimmon is a fruit that I don’t often serve to my children, and to be honest, I usually forget about it. Having the fresh Persimmon from Melissa’s Produce paired...

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First Look at The Genie in Disney’s Aladdin

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

It was an exciting night last night as the world got their first look at The Genie in Disney’s upcoming live action feature film, Aladdin. The newly released video also features never-before-seen footage, that you’ll not want to miss sharing with your children. Aladdin Television Feature About Disney’s Aladdin A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar;...

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Three Little Pigs Join Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

We experienced Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession as a guest of Disney The Lunar New Year is a time for families to gather together to celebrate, and what better place to do that than the Disneyland Resort. My favorite thing to experience while at the Disneyland Resort during the Lunar New Year is Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession. This year, guests visiting the resort are in for a big treat. With it being the year of the pig, The Three Little Pigs dance in the interactive performance. Along with Goofy, and Chip and Dale everyone wants to join in on the fun. Another significant change to the performance is that it is at Paradise Gardens Park with a beautiful view of the Pixar Pier. While visiting at the start of the celebration, I found a seat on the stairs...

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Love is in the air in Orange County as sweethearts make dining arrangements to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one they love. We have found the best restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Orange County. Montage Laguna Beach Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6000 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach Studio’s Six-Course Valentine’s Dinner Created for Gourmet Lovers Thursday, February 14 Chef Ben Martinek is serving heartfelt selections to delight couples who desire impeccably served, delicious food presented in a stunning Craftsman-style ocean view setting. The meal begins with an amuse-bouche of Shigoku Oyster on the Half Shell and next is Kampachi Crudo with romanesco, pearl onion, green strawberry, kaluga royal caviar and hearts of palm. Then Smoked Santa Barbara Red Abalone with forbidden black rice, cauliflower mushrooms and wasabi-english pea pearls is served. The third course is...

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Valentine’s Day Date Night Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Valentine's Day | 65 comments

Pamper your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day by spending the day at The District at Tustin Legacy. We have created a guide to having an unforgettable day with the love of your life. Start your day with a little bit of pampering and relaxation by getting a couples massage at Massage Envy. You’ll be able to connect with your mind, body, and soul making your love for each other stronger than ever. After a little zen, it’s time for some fun. Get on your bowling shoes and get ready for a game of bowling at Bowlmor Lanes. You’ll laugh. You’ll enjoy a friendly competition. Plus, you’ll get in a little work-out before lunch. Next, it’s time for lunch. There are multiple dining choices at The District at Tustin Legacy. There is a lot of love put into the sandwiches at...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center: Camp Pinniped

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for children, ages 8 – 13, to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! A perfect experience for budding veterinarians, scientists and animal lovers! Campers learn how their animal care team rehabilitates their seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Each day has a different theme in order to provide a well-rounded study of our ocean environment. Each theme is creatively reinforced through hands on activities, science labs and crafts. Campers leave empowered with ways they can help protect and preserve our oceans. Every summer has new content so campers who return keep on learning! Pacific Marine Mammal Center Camp Hours Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00...

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Lunar New Year 2019: South Coast Plaza Dining

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Select South Coast Plaza restaurants have created special dishes in honor of the Lunar New Year! Celebrate the year of the pig by enjoying delicious cuisine at one of these premier restaurants. AnQi by House of AN February 5-10, 2019 from 5 – 10 p.m. Join AnQi for a festive Lunar New Year. Start the Year of the Pig with beautiful décor, “Li Xi” Good Luck Red Envelope; and Heaven & Earth Good Luck Prosperity Menu of specials served at dinner only. Dishes include Quail Congee with Crispy Egg, Szechwan Stir Fry Egg Noodles with Tofu, Steamed Filet of Sea Bass in Sesame Shoyu, Crispy Skin Pork Belly with Harvest Root Vegetables and Gingerbread Pudding with Kumquat Ice Cream. Specials $12-$33; à la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity) 714.557.5679 Water Grill Now through February...

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Upscale Pizza at Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined at Pitfire Pizza as a guest of the venue Pizza is the key to my heart. There can never be too much pizza in your life. So, when our family plans dinner out, we usually end up having pizza. There are so many choices when it comes to having pizza in Orange County, and I am always looking for somewhere new to try. Recently, we went to Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa, and it was love at first bite. Ambiance at Pitfire Pizza The downside to many pizza places is the ambiance. They are usually loud and have kids running everywhere. What I love the most about Pitfire Pizza is the ambiance. The restaurant has a beautiful bar in the center, multiple tables, and a beautiful outdoor patio. If you’re looking for a more upscale pizza place...

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How To Roast Romanesco

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

Romanesco is one of my all-time favorite vegetables. While at Melissa’s Produce last month, I was able to bring home some to prepare a dish for my family. Melissa’s Produce Description of Romanesco Though Romanesco looks like a vegetable from another planet, it is a member of the Brassica family that includes cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. The bright green symmetrical spirals of varying sizes are actually individual buds of the plants flower. It is believed that Italian farmers in the 16th developed the variety through cross-breeding. Romanesco tastes very similar to cauliflower, but with a slightly nuttier, earthier flavor. Regular-sized Romanesco is about the same size of a normal head of cauliflower; there is also a “teenage” Romanesco, which is about half the size. How to Eat Romanesco The vegetable can be enjoyed raw. I will often chop it...

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Orange County Super Bowl Dining Guide

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Deals, Events, Featured | 0 comments

The big game is this weekend, and some of the top restaurants in Orange County are hosting some tasty specials. Don’t watch the game alone at home. Enjoy it with the company of other foodies in OC at one of these top places to see the Super Bowl. Bad to the Bone 31738 Rancho Viejo Rd. San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 The Super Bowl is next weekend, and with the Rams set to face off, Orange County is going to be buzzing with excitement. Everyone knows the best food to watch the big game with is BBQ… which is why fans should let Bad to the Bone BBQ handle the game day snacks! Bad to the Bone BBQ, is the perfect spot to catch the game or score big with a Super Bowl Take-Out package. With a dozen high...

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Bring Home Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 2 comments

After walking the red carpet at the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and seeing the film, I was in love. The movie is based on the book, not the ballet, and is a film that families can enjoy watching together for years to come. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms One I saw the film, I couldn’t wait to share it with my children. Before opening night, I read them the books, took them to see Misty Copeland perform at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and even did a fun little craft with them. Then, when they saw the movie, they loved it just as much as I did. Now, the film is available on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray for families to add to their home movie collections. I immediately added the...

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ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

The Queen Mary welcomes back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI on February 16-17, 2019. ScotsFestival & International Highland Games Celebrate the Queen Mary’s rich Scottish legacy first hand through a full schedule of authentic Scottish activities. Including, the new North American Professional Highland Games, dancing, entertainment, and cuisine. Plus, tastings all in honor of the Queen Mary’s Scottish heritage. Construction began on the Queen Mary eighty-eight years ago in the quaint seaside town of Clydebank, Scotland. The craftsmanship of the Queen Mary exemplifies the country’s finest work. Today its heritage is celebrated through the two-day ScotsFestival, honoring true Scottish culture. ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXVI welcomes nearly fifty Scottish clans and vendors throughout the festival weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and the new North American Professional...

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Creating Memories at The Summit House

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Dining, Family, Fullerton | 0 comments

We dined at The Summit House as a guest There are so many fantastic restaurants to create memories with your family in Orange County. But, few offer an intimate dining experience, delicious cuisine, and stunning views like The Summit House. During the holidays, we dined at The Summit House in Fullerton for the first time and decided to make it one of our new holiday traditions. Fairytale Restaurant The restaurant looks like it just came out of a fairytale. The minute that we pulled up to the valet, I was swept away and embarked on an epicurean adventure. After checking in with the hostess, our evening began with cocktails in the lounge. The Summit House Lounge It was a weeknight that we dined at the restaurant, but it was full of people laughing, enjoying each others company, and creating...

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From Mexico to Malibu: The Lula Cocina Cookbook

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 1 comment

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know how much love I have for Mexico. Last year, I traveled to the country over ten times, and currently working on purchasing a home in Mexico. I love the food. I love the people. I love everything about Mexico. Cookbook Event at Melissa’s Produce When my friends at Melissa’s Produce invited me to an event to learn about a Mexican food cookbook, I cleared my calendar to attend. There is nothing I love better than authentic Mexican food, and when doing some research on the author, I learned that she is also the owner of Lula’s Mexican Restaurant in Santa Monica. Plus, I used it as a great opportunity to wear the new belt that I just got in Mexico City. As usual, I arrived at Melissa’s...

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dance Class

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

We attended The Nutcracker and the Four Realms event as a guest of Disney One of the best things about Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is the music. While in Los Angeles a couple of months ago, I went to Pro Dance LA. At Pro Dance LA I got to experience a Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dance Class. The best part, is that it was taught by some of the cast from Dancing with the Stars/Dancing with the Stars Junior. Who you might ask? The amazing, and talented Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten & Gleb Savchenko. Not only are they talented, but so fun to dance with. Dancing at Pro Dance LA The studio is one of the most plush dance studios in Los Angeles. It features beautiful wood floors and head to toe windows. Plus, it...

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The 77’’ LG OLED TV From Best Buy Steals the Show

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy With endless rainy days, and chilly weather, our family ends up spending a lot of time indoors. While we love a good family game night, movie nights are our favorite. So, it is important to us to have the best in home entertainment technology. Thankfully, Best Buy always has cutting edge technology, and knowledgable staff. Electronic Selection at Best Buy Our family has been looking for a new television, and we went to Best Buy to start doing research. One television that caught our attention was the 77’’ class LG OLED C8 TV. Big Screen Having a large family room, a big television screen is a must. Families can have a premium cinematic experience with the 77” glass. It allows you to truly immerse yourself into movies, tv shows, sports, and more. Plus, an unmatched...

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Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Fennel Recipe

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

One food that I have been dying to experiment with is fennel! When I received a box full of fresh produce from Melissa’s Produce, I was so excited to see fennel. I didn’t know how to prepare it, and after doing some research, I found out that most people roast the vegetable. So, I used two of my favorite ingredients to roast with: garlic and parmesan to create this recipe. I planned to roast the fennel one night, and then use it in a pizza recipe the next night. Little did I know that my kids wouldn’t be able to stop eating the fennel after I roasted it. I had to hide a couple of pieces from them to be able to use on top of the pizza the next night. Preparing the fennel was easier than I expected....

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Seasonal Fare at The Patio on 101 in Encinitas

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Dining, San Diego | 0 comments

We dined at The Patio on 101 as a guest of the San Diego Restaurant Week San Diego is well-known for having some of the best restaurants in California. Every year during the San Diego Restaurant Week, I head down south to try a new restaurant. This year, I brought my daughter to try The Patio on 101 in Encinitas. San Diego Restaurant Week During San Diego Restaurant week, they have a 3-course dinner menu for $40. Plus, there is the option of adding two full glasses of wine for $20. Small Cheese and Charcuterie Board I started my dinner by having their small cheese and charcuterie board. The appetizer featured a chef’s choice of meats and cheese. Also, it came with an assortment of bread and accouterments. It was light, fresh and the perfect start to my meal....

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