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Register for Orange County Magic Youth Basketball

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Orange County Magic is a youth basketball organization with the purpose of delving exceptional basketball player and young adults. Their organization is structured to provide something for every age and skill level. The program begins with their Rookies who are K-1st grade. Here they are hoping to provide and experience that helps spark a passion for basketball. Next kids promote to the Recreation league which is for 2nd-8th grade boys and girls. This is more structured with teams, practices and games. At 3rd grade players can join their club program where completion and training are more intense looking to really develop our athletes with more advanced training and concepts. Finally there is the high school club program where they have sent more than 10 kids away with college scholarships in the last 2 years. SEASONS PRICES: $275 per...

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Big Bear Alpine Zoo Flashlight Safari

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Big Bear, Events, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue During the month of October, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is welcoming families to bring their flashlights for an unforgettable flashlight safari. The special event is happening on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the month of October, and it is a great reason to plan a weekend getaway up to the mountains. Since my children love animals and learning about animals, I planned a weekend getaway to Big Bear this past weekend to experience the flashlight safari. We went to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo around 5:30 pm in our beautiful Kia K900. We were dressed in warm clothes, and there was a ton of families eagerly waiting to get into the zoo for the flashlight safari. The zoo divided families into small groups and welcomed everyone into the zoo one...

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16th Annual Autumn Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Celebrate the arts and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines on November 4-5, 2017, at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. In China, people celebrate the Moon Festival. In Japan, regional harvest festivals, or matsuri, are held. Chuseok is the traditional Korean fall festival. Celebrate the magic of fall through the arts and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines during the sixteenth annual of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Autumn Festival. Held Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2017, this festival offers a weekend of diverse learning opportunities and family entertainment. The festival will feature live music and dance performances, cultural arts exhibits, and crafts. Throughout the weekend artisans and other vendors will be displaying and selling their works. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE:...

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Search for the Next Mini-Mayor of Carlsbad + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

  California is now Kidifornia…and Carlsbad wants to be the capitol! Carlsbad is on the hunt for the next mini-mayor and your kids are invited to apply in an interactive social media contest! To run for Mayor, kids are asked to upload a 1-minute video on social media highlighting why they love the city; one winner will be chosen by Visit Carlsbad to be the Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia from videos submitted under the #MiniMayorCarlsbad hashtag. The best part is that the winner will get to bring their family of four for an epic vacation in Carlsbad! What are you waiting for? Film and post your video today on social media using the hashtag #MiniMayorCarlsbad! The contest ends on October 14th. Good...

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Apply For The Official Kid-Cabinet of Carlsbad ‘Kidifornia’

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Carlsbad, Events, Travel | 1 comment

 Sponsored Did you hear? California is now Kidifornia…and Carlsbad wants to be the capitol! With the approval of their parents, kids are encouraged to form part of Carlsbad’s new administration and win fantastic prizes including a stay at West Inn & Suites, trips to LEGOLAND, dinners at Bistro West and Grubby’s, aquatic adventures at Carlsbad Lagoon, and more! The different positions that your kids are invited to apply for are: Mayor: To run for Mayor, kids will be asked to upload a 1-minute video on social media highlighting why they love the city; one winner will be chosen by Visit Carlsbad to be the Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia from videos submitted under the #MiniMayorCarlsbad hashtag. Head of R&D: Kids will be invited to participate in the “Kids’ Check Out Survey” and share what they love most about the city;...

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5 Things to do at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The Halloween season is in full swing, and one of the best places in Orange County to get in the spirit of the holiday is to spend the day at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch! The family venue offers something for everyone in your family to enjoy, and these are five of our favorite things to do when visiting Irvine Park Railroad during Halloween. Ride the Train Everyone’s favorite thing to do when visiting Irvine Park is to ride the train. It is decorated with fall colors for the season and will take your kids on an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy a Sweet Treat Take a break from all of the fun to treat the kids to some cotton candy or popcorn. The snack shack also has lunch items...

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All-Inclusive Luxurious Escape at The Clement Hotel

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Kia, Palo Alto, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the resort While on our way back to Orange County from San Francisco, we made a one night stop to experience the luxurious all-inclusive, The Clement Hotel. I had heard a lot about the exclusive hotel and couldn’t wait to experience the hotel after a week-long road trip up north. When we arrived at The Clement Hotel, we parked our Kia Sorento in front of the resort, and a bellman came out the front door to welcome us. He took our car key and welcomed us into the hotel for what was going to be a relaxing stay. Once we were checked in, we were given a tour of the beautiful hotel before taken to our suite. The room was spacious and luxurious – everything I wanted out of our stay at the...

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Caliente Southwest Grille

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Costa Mesa is a hot spot for great family dining spots, and we recently discovered a new favorite, Caliente Southwest Grille. The hidden gem has a family-friendly dining area, small outdoor dining area, and delicious food. When we went to Caliente last week for the first time, there were so many delicious menu choices that it was hard to decide. The menu features a fresh and healthier take on classic Mexican food dishes. We started our meal with some fresh guacamole and chips on their outdoor patio. We all shared our favorite parts of the day while sitting around a table together. I was the one in our family who had the hardest time deciding what to order. I was grateful for some fantastic recommendations that the staff member gave me...

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Aladdin and His Winter Wish at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Just in time for the holiday season, ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH will debut at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach. An updated version of the classic Arabian Nights tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH is a singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), and contemporary music from “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire) to “Treasure” (Bruno Mars) to “Fantasy” (Earth, Wind and Fire) and many more! ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH previews on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00pm; will open on Friday, December 8 at 7:00pm and runs through Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Performances will be Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 7:00pm; Saturdays &...

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Bringing the Skeletons to Life in COCO

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited Pixar as a guest of Disney The Disney-Pixar movie COCO is coming out in theaters on November 22nd. The movie is about family, culture, and music. It tells a story about the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. In the film, skeletons play a significant role, and while I was at Pixar Animation Studios learning about the film, I was fascinated by how they were able to give the skeletons life in the film. Designing the Skeletons Daniel Arriaga, Character Art Director, shared with us that it all started with research. They studied the skull and skeleton to find a way that they could make it appealing. They did sketches to see how they could give them character and adjusted the clothing. The next step was to make them into sculptures. By doing this, it allowed...

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Scarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 7 comments

  Discover creepy creatures and enjoy magic shows, costume contests, and face painting at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright Swim into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright this Halloween season! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths at the Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids of all ages can hunt for creepy-looking animals while enjoying special Halloween activities and learning about the ocean. The event will feature various Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, the creepy coloring contest, otherworldly animals in the Great Hall, and much more. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. COST: Included with admission—$29.95...

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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

  Warner Bros. Pictures’ classic, “WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY™” starring Gene Wilder, will be brought to life at the Hollywood Bowl this November for a special two-night cinematic event featuring John Stamos, Elle King, Finn Wolfhard, and “Weird Al” Yankovic alongside an all-star cast singing iconic songs throughout a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. Accompanied by multi-instrumental band DeVotchKa, and featuring spectacular animation created by acclaimed painter and illustrator SHAG, this magical show will leave an everlasting impression! The singing cast includes John Stamos performing “Pure Imagination” as Willy Wonka, Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things,” IT) as Charlie, Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad,” “Once Upon a Time”) singing the role of The Candy Man, and Richard Kind (“Gotham,” Inside Out) as Grandpa Joe, with musicians Elle King (“Ex’s & Oh’s”) singing Veruca Salt’s “I Want It Now,” Ingrid Michaelson as Mrs....

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Kia Ride and Drive at the OC Auto Show

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Autos, Events, Kia | 0 comments

 Sponsored The OC Auto Show officially opened their doors to the public for the weekend. The family-friendly event offers something for everyone in the family to enjoy including the chance to drive a brand new Kia during the Ride and Drive event. I love bringing my family to the OC Auto Show every year. My kids love doing the interactive scavenger hunt while my husband and I look at all the new cars available in consideration for our next family vehicle. Since falling in love with the Kia Sorento, my husband is now in the market to trade his car in for a Kia too, so we took advantage of the Kia Ride and Drive to get a feel for how the different car model handle on the road. The Ride and Drive is the best way to look...

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Measure, Monitor and Improve your Skin

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sample Received Taking care of your skin is a priority that everyone focuses on. We wash our faces every day, apply sunscreen when outdoors, and use high-quality skincare products. But, how do we know if we are doing all the right things to best care for our skin? We don’t – until now. I recently learned of a new and innovative product called Barrier Light that helps to show people the condition of their skin and what their skin might be lacking so that we can better improve the quality of our skin. As I am getting older, more than ever, I want to make sure that I am doing everything possible to reduce the signs of aging. I also have a teenage daughter who I want to ensure is taking the best care of her beautiful skin, so...

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Milk Box Bar Comes to Honey & Butter

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Honey & Butter is one of my favorite places in Orange County to bring the kids to enjoy a sweet treat. When I heard the news that Milk Box Bar was coming to Honey & Butter for a limited time, I couldn’t wait to bring the kids for delicious macarons paired with our favorite Milk Box Bar drinks. When we arrived at Honey & Butter, it was the first day that they were serving Milk Box Bar drinks. I didn’t know what flavor drinks they would be serving, and I was over the moon with excitement to find out that it was their Mustache Iced Tea and Churro drink. It was the first time that I had tried the Churro drink from Milk Box Bar, and it quickly became one of...

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DIY Disneyland Mickey Día de los Muertos Rice Krispy

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Disney, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney There are many delicious treats available to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort during Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Along with delicious Día de los Muertos foods, families can capture a photo with the sugar skull car in front of Ramone’s Auto Body Shop in Disney California Adventure and see an ofrenda honoring Ramone’s late friend Doc Hudson. One of our favorite Día de los Muertos treats available at the Disneyland Resort this year is the Mickey Día de los Muertos Rice Krispy treat. While at Disneyland this year, we had the honor of getting a DIY tutorial on how to make a Mickey Día de los Muertos from one of the “sweetest” candy makers at Disneyland, Rob. In the video, Rob shows families how simple it is to make this delicious...

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The Future Looks Bright at Bowers Kidseum

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 Sponsored The future looks bright! In collaboration with Team Lab Kids, Inc., Bowers Kidseum is excited to introduce an internationally traveling exhibit called Future Park: Art + Technology. In this unique digital playground, creativity abounds as children work and play together using technology, art and their imaginations! Designed to inspire creative thinking, encourage collaborative play and build an interest in digital technology, this hands-on, digital exhibit features four different interactive areas for children to explore: Sketch Town Paint the town red or blue or green! Children draw colorful pictures of cars, buses, buildings and more to create an amazing virtual town bustling with activity. The town is projected on oversized exhibit walls from floor to ceiling and is reactive to the child’s touch. The children’s drawings can also be made into an original 3-D papercraft model that they can...

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Free Yoga at Pacific Paddle Games

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored We are so excited to announce that iHeartYoga is teaming up with SUP the Magazine to offer a few FREE yoga classes during this years Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny State Beach. As well as 25% off a special SUP Yoga class! So mark your calendar, and get ready to have some fun in the sun!!! Look for the iHeartYoga tent in the fitness area, and reserve your spot for a class! Class Schedule: Sat Sept 30th 8am Yoga FREE @ Doheny State Beach 1:30pm Yoga FREE @ Doheny State Beach Sun Oct 1st 8am SUP Yoga 25% off @ Baby Beach use promo code: PPG2017 ​(must reserve spot on line) 1:30pm Yoga FREE @ Doheny State Beach Hurry, space is limited for these complimentary Yoga classes. Registration is required...

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How to Know Your Child is Ready for Preschool

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Education, Family, New Baby, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Have you been thinking of transitioning your toddler to preschool but aren’t sure if your child is ready? Even though you are your toddler’s first and most important teacher, it may be time for your little learner to explore the world, meet new friends, and gain knowledge that will be with your child forever. Why is Preschool Important? Preschoolers must explore, experiment, and make discoveries for themselves through playful interactions with the environment as well as with other people in order to make sense of their world. A preschool that promotes STEM and STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math) curriculums, allows children to engage in fun hands-on activities at a very young age. With an early start, your little one will be well prepared for the many years of learning to come. Here is a checklist to see if your little one...

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Fresh, Fast and Flavorful Jimboy’s Tacos

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The minute that Jimboy’s Tacos opened in Aliso Viejo, it was all the buzz around our community. For months, I would drive past the popular taco hotspot, and couldn’t wait until the day that I would find myself sinking my taste buds into one of their famous tacos. Being the busy mom that I am, it took me longer than it should of for me to finally come into Jimboy’s Tacos for lunch. My kids had the day off school, and we were all craving tacos, so we jumped into the car and drove over to our local Jimboy’s Tacos. When we arrived, there was a line that went out the door – everyone in Aliso Viejo had the same cravings as us on that day. When I got to the...

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