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Red Table Talk: Managing Our Anxiety & Fear During COVID-19

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

Don’t miss the second episode of Red Table Talk on COVID-19 coming out today on Facebook Watch called “Managing Our Anxiety & Fear During COVID-19.” This episode focuses on the massive mental health burden of the pandemic as Jada, Willow and Gammy are joined by psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula and motivational speaker and former monk, Jay Shetty, to help viewers manage anxiety, stress and fear in the age of COVID-19. In the first COVID-19 episode last week titled “What You Need to Know About Coronavirus,” Jada and Will Smith (who jokingly said he felt responsible for spreading misinformation on viruses in his film, “I Am Legend,”) held a Red Table Talk with the entire family except Jaden, as he has been practicing social distancing to protect Gammy. They were joined via satellite by renowned infectious disease authority, Michael Osterholm,...

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PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 14 comments

PAW Patrol is on a roll! The Mighty Pups are back and ready to use their super powers to help those in need. In this all new adventure, they team up with their new super pals, the Mighty Twins! There’s more mighty action than ever in the PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws DVD, arriving March 3, 2020. Packed with favorite characters, new surprises, and more, the PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $10.99. PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws episodes MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: When Super Kitties Attack MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups Meet the Mighty Twins MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups Save a Giant Chicken MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups Stop Harold’s Deep Freeze MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups...

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Free Parenting Workshop For Helping Teens During Shelter in Place

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

WHAT A MESS! Am I right?! The kids are home, school is in session (ish) and we’re all trying to figure out what to do, how to manage our own mental health, and help our kids proceed with remote learning and quarantine. So, HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS! Daniel Patterson has partnered with an amazing therapist out of Portland, Oregon named Dr. Amy Stoeber. You are invited to this FREE LIVE WEBINAR for Q & A to address: How to help you manage your own mental health during these times How do you support the mental health of your kids during these times How to create structure and routine in the home How to manage and support education during these times What education solutions or alternatives exist THEY HAVE ANSWERS AND WANT TO PROVIDE THEM AT NO COST! In the...

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OC Restaurant Spotlight: Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Small businesses are being hit the hardest during this time, and it is more important than ever to step up and do what we can to help small businesses. A simple way to do this is by ordering food-to-go for your family. Instead of picking out a large restaurant chain, I recommend supporting a small business. Every day we will be featuring one of our favorite small businesses to support with Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge being our feature of the day. The one thing that I love about Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge is the chef and owner. It is one of the few restaurants in Orange County with a female chef and her food – incredible. The restaurant was only open for a couple of weeks before the coronavirus hit, and they need the support from our community more...

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To Go Dining Special from Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We hope you and the family are staying safe + healthy during this chaotic time. As you know, it’s a difficult time to shop for groceries due to the low supply at most of the grocery stores in the area and when you are able to get your hands on something, it may not be the healthiest. Well, Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa is stepping up in an effort to provide local families with easy and nutritious lunch/dinner ideas. John Park, the Executive Chef and Owner of Toast, is now offering his very own recipe of nutrient-dense beef bone broth available for take-out. For just $12, guests will receive a quart of frozen bone brother in addition to a side of soy picked Korean radishes and three recipe cards so that they can create different variations of...

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DIY Home Improvement Projects with Achim Home Décor

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Crafts, Family, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

This post was sponsored by Achim Home Décor as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Now that our family will be spending a lot more time indoors, I decided to start working on some home improvement projects. For the longest time, I have wanted to redo the flooring in my home office area, and I had been shopping at our local Walmart for Achim Home Décor flooring. There are so many choices with Achim Home Décor that I had trouble deciding on what type of flooring I wanted to put in my room. A couple of weeks ago, I selected the Portfolio Plank & Tile, and I can’t wait to get started installing it over the next couple of weeks. The flooring is super simple to install by myself. It...

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Restaurant Curbside Pick-Up and Delivery Options in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in Dining, Featured | 4 comments

Help support local small businesses by ordering delivery for your family from one of these amazing Orange County restaurants. The options are endless with all of them offering curbside and delivery lunch and dinner. Pick up your food to go! Picking up food to go is a safe and easy way to help your favorite local restaurants stay in business during this time. Delivery services charge the restaurants 25% to bring the food to you, which can leave the restaurants unable to pay their employees in this economic climate. Instead, call in your orders directly to the restaurant and pick up the food curbside. A local restaurant is sweetening the deal for you to pick up with a special offer! Toast Kitchen + Bakery: Costa Mesa’s favorite modern diner with an Asian twist is offering a free container of...

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Pieology Celebrates National Pi Day

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Pieology Celebrates National Pi Day with BOGO, Free Pizza for a Year Pizza innovator Pieology is celebrating National Pi Day on March 14th with an instore, all-day special “Buy One Artisan Thin Pizza, Receive One Artisan Thin Pizza for $3.14.” Additionally, new Pie Life Rewards members can be entered to win “Free Pizza for a Year” by downloading “Pie Life Rewards” app on March 14th. One winner will be chosen per participating Pieology location across the country. Plus, new and existing Pie Life Rewards members who use the Pie Life Rewards App instore on Pi Day will also receive $3 OFF their next visit. Valid March 15 – 31st. About Pieology Pizzeria Using only the freshest ingredients along with signature sauces and crusts, award-winning Pieology offers hand-crafted, personally-inspired pizzas in unlimited flavor combinations that are stone oven fired in...

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Music and Dance unite with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

Partnership   **EVENT CANCELLED**  Music and dance will unite on stage as the Orange County Youth Symphony and Anaheim Ballet bring to life Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet in a friendly, family-focused one-hour program on March 29th, 3pm at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Pre-concert festivities begin at 2pm and include a musical instrument petting zoo, arts and crafts, and more! About the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony Founded in 1970, the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony is the official youth orchestra of Orange County. The diverse roster represents student musicians from nearly 50 high school and college programs from San Clemente to Fullerton and beyond. The Youth Symphony has traveled the world representing Orange County’s best young adult musicians in performances in Austria, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and at...

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Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns to Orange County with Volta + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Events, Giveaways | 25 comments

Partnership **EVENT CANCELLED** Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns to Orange County with its first sports-inspired Big Top production, VOLTA, performing under the Big Top at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa March 18–April 19, 2020. Tickets, starting at $39, are available for purchase by visiting online or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others....

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The Pizza Press Celebrates Pi Day with a $3.14 BOGO Pizza Deal

Posted by on Mar 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In celebration of Pi Day on Saturday, March 14, The Pizza Press is offering buy one pizza, and get your choice of a second pizza of equal or lesser value, a Deep Dish Cookie or select craft beer for only $3.14. Known for its array of fresh and high-quality ingredients, The Pizza Press allows guests to “publish” their own custom pizza on a traditional thin crust, or the new option of a Double Dough thick crust for a $2.50 upgrade. Set in a fun 1920s newspaper theme, The Pizza Press allows guests to choose from a selection of toppings, cheese and sauces to create their own pizza that is “hot off the press” in under four minutes. The Pizza Press also offers signature pizzas including The Times (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken, grape tomato, red onion, and finished...

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Celebrate PI DAY at BELLO with $10 Wood-Fired Pizzas

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

BELLO celebrates Pi Day on Saturday, March 14th – or 3.14 – with $10 pizzas during lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Math nerds and pizza lovers, alike, are invited to enjoy their choice of BELLO’s signature pizzas at the special price. BELLO’s signature made-to-order, wood-fired pizzas include BELLA HAWAIANA – San Marzano / Aged Gouda / Peperoncino / N’Duja / Pineapple / Cilantro DOLCE DIAVOLA – San Marzano Calabrese Salame / Fior di Latte / Walnuts / Honey FILETTO – Mozzarella di Bufala / Cherry Tomatoes / Garlic / Basil / Olive Oil MARGHERITA – San Marzano / Fior di Latte / Basil / Oregano / Olive Oil MARINARA – San Marzano / Oregano / Sea Salt / Olive Oil VAGABONDO – Fontina / Fior di Latte / Roasted Mushrooms / Potato / Egg BELLO will offer...

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11th Annual OC Family Summer Camp & Activities Fair

Posted by on Mar 4, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Partnership Don’t miss The Orange County Register and OC Family magazine’s 11th Annual Summer Camp & Activities Fair on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9am – 2pm at The District at Tustin Legacy! The Camp Fair is a FREE one-day event featuring local organizations offering camp options and summer activities for tots through teens. Free interactive fun, giveaways, raffles, and live stage performances all day! Date Saturday, March 21, 2020 Time 9am to 2pm Location The District at Tustin Legacy 2437 Park Ave. Tustin, CA 92782 Details Find out more details about the event...

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The Primo Water Way to Hydrate Your Skin From Within

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Family, Green Living, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Primo® water. One of the biggest questions that I get asked is, “how does your skin look so good?” It has only been a little over a year that I have been frequently asked that question, and there is only one answer. Hydration. For most of my life, I had terrible skin. My skin was always dry, and I saw premature signs of aging at a very young age. One day, I looked in the mirror and noticed that I had so many wrinkles and didn’t look or feel my best. After talking with a close friend, she recommended that I start drinking more water. As a busy mom, it can be hard to get all the required cups of water needed in our daily diet, and I don’t really like...

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Pageant of the Masters St. Patrick’s Day Special

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

For art lovers, luck is no longer found at the end of the rainbow, but at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Pageant of the Masters is holding a limited time ticket offer to this summer’s production of “Made in America.” Use promo code CLOVER20 for $17 tickets in the Director’s Tier Side section, up to a $35 value. This special offer applies to Sunday through Friday evening performances and ends March 17, 2020. Now in the Pageant’s 87th season, audiences will meet the artists who not only made this country their home, but let their creativity be inspired by the freedoms upon which this nation was founded. Some of the masters of American art that will be showcased during this summer’s program include N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell,...

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The Fred Hall Show is California’s Ultimate Outdoor Experience

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

What started in 1946 as a Sportsman’s show at the Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles, has now become the world’s largest consumer fishing show, California’s Largest Trailer Boat Show and Southern California’s finest hunting and fishing travel show. The Fred Hall Show returns to the Long Beach Convention Center (300 East Ocean, Long Beach 90802) from Wednesday March 4 through Sunday, March 8, 2020. Tickets on sale now at www.FredHall.com , or available at the box office week of show. The Fred Hall Show—The Ultimate Outdoor Experience — will feature nearly 1000 booths and acres of boats inside and outside the convention center, plus 10,000 products on display from the world’s leading outdoor recreation manufacturers. Over 400 seminars will take place during the five days of the show in seven different seminar venues. 2020 Show Highlights Hundreds of boats...

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Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light Silent Disco

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

FLASHING LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS.. will appear on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, when Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light returns and transforms the plaza into a vision of light, color and music. Bring your family and friends and don your favorite light-up and glow-in-the-dark fashion attire for an evening of music, dance, and illumination! Silent Disco is for everyone! When the sun goes down, the party lights up with a spectacle of illumination and color. Enjoy the Plaza’s disco and dance to the sounds of The Silent DJs. Guests will wear light-up headsets, which can be tuned to one of three channels of music offered by the three Silent DJs. Segerstrom Center and UC Irvine’s Emergent Media + Design program are partnering for the third year to allow guests to...

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Armstrong Garden Centers Celebrates 130th Anniversary with a Free Rose Plant

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Events, Giveaways | 0 comments

To commemorate 130 years serving California in the nursery business, Armstrong Garden Centers is returning to its roots by focusing on roses for an anniversary celebration. Armstrong Garden Centers will be giving away free rose plants at all store locations on Saturday, February 29, 2020, starting at 8:00 a.m. On Saturday, February 29, Armstrong Garden Centers will be celebrating its 130th Anniversary milestone by offering customers the following: Free Rose Plant in a Pulp Pot (Regular price $26.99) No purchase required. One per household while supplies last. Free Landscape Design Drawing Register onsite to win. One winner per store. The winner will be drawn at 1:30 p.m. and must be present to win. Free Cupcake treat at 1:30 p.m. (while supplies last) One-Day 130th Anniversary Sale 20% off all regular priced items Offer valid on regular priced items and...

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Daily Wellness Routine For Busy Moms

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Family, Health | 0 comments

I’ve partnered with Procter & Gamble and Source Naturals as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This year, I have dedicated it to wellness and self-care. It is crucial to care for our health so that we can be the best for our children. One thing that I have incorporated in my New Year routine, has been a new wellness morning checklist. The mornings can be hectic, trying to get three children out the door and off to school. I noticed that it was becoming easier than ever to forget to care for myself before starting my day. I hung-up a whiteboard in my bathroom...

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PlanetBravo Technology Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways | 14 comments

Partnership Since 2003, PlanetBravo’s Techno-tainment camp has inspired tens of thousands of tech-hungry students in Grades 2-9 to develop their creative and curious minds through project-based learning. At a fraction of the cost of other technology camps, PlanetBravo offers a perfect balance of indoor and outdoor activities in addition to the tech course in which the child enrolls. Children choose from a wide variety of courses to explore including Coding 101, Esports, Minecraft Modding, YouTube Gamer & Vlogger, Roblox 3D Game Design, and more. Camp runs in one-week sessions Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm or 8:30am-3pm, depending on location. See why PlanetBravo has been the Go To tech summer camp for thousands of children each summer. Register your kids online today. Best prices, best hours, best overall experience for your child. Location Irvine 4947 Alton Pkwy Irvine, Ca 92604 There are also...

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Five of The Most Body-Flattering Spring Trends

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

There’s a lot to love about spring: the sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and everyone’s in a sunnier mood. Want to know something else that’s great about spring? The fashion trends, of course! Winter wear is all about layering up, which means that spring is the perfect opportunity to ditch those bulky clothes and go for things that flatter your figure. Ready to get started? Here are five of the most body-flattering trends to try out this spring! Figure-hugging corsets Corsets are spring’s most figure-flattering trend, but they don’t have to be too revealing. For anyone that wants to make this trend more modest and age-appropriate, StyleCaster recommends throwing one over your blouse or pairing your corset with high-waisted pants and a blazer. You can also opt for fabrics such as cotton or satin and veer away...

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PINNERS Crafting & Creating Expo Conference

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

**EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR May 8-9*** Returning to the Los Angeles area, the Pomona Fairplex will host Pinners Conference California, Friday and Saturday, March 13 – 14, 2020. Pinners Conference is a must-attend event where lifestyle experts and trend setters connect with those who love to DIY, design, decorate, craft, cook, and create. For two days, guests will have the opportunity to attend more than one hundred classes and presentations covering a variety of topics led by industry leaders. Expecting an estimated 10,000-15,000 attendees at the Pomona Fairplex, Pinners Conference showcases the best and brightest crafters and lifestyle leaders in one forum to share their knowledge by offering classes that aren’t easily found at local craft stores or boutiques. Advance registration is recommended, classes will sellout, however spots are available for walk-ins the day of the event. Admission General (exhibits and shopping)...

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You’re Invited: Santa Ana Zoo Annual Birthday Bash

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Events | 5 comments

The Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys,” announced today that its 68th wild birthday celebration will take place Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 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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World Premiere of Disney Pixar Onward

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

We attended as a guest of Disney and Pixar. One of my favorite things to do with my children is to attend a world premiere of a Disney and Pixar Animation film. I was beyond thrilled upon receipt of the invitation to attend the world premiere of Disney and Pixar’s newest feature animated film, Onward. It felt like a dream come true, receiving the invitation, and I could not wait to tell my boys that they would be attending with me. The first thing that my boys did was to watch the trailer for the film. From that moment on, they could not wait to attend. The day of the premiere, my younger son got all dressed up before school so that he would be all ready for the premiere. You can imagine his sadness when he called me...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center Summer Camp

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Partnership The Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for children to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! Campers learn how their animal care team rehabilitates our 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, arts and crafts.Each year we add new content so campers who return keep on learning! Spots are limited!! Register your children today online. Details Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday at an offsite location TBD. Monday – Thursday drop off will be at 9:00 am...

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Celebrate “Leap Day” at The OC Mix with Workshops, Live Music, Food + Fun!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

There’s no better way to celebrate Leap Day than with good food, live music, premiere shopping, and fun workshops! Join SOCO and The OC Mix on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for an extra special event where guests can “*Learn, *Eat, and *Play for LEaP Day!” Throughout the day guests can take part in one (or more!) of these three interactive workshops: DIY Dried Flower Bouquets led by Betti Bliss of Bliss Fine Florals from 10:30am – 11:30am (Make your own beautiful take-home arrangements using dried florals and blooms such as umbrella ferns, thistle, eucalyptus, dried palms, and more.) Cost: $5 (click here to register and select the “Dried Flowers” workshop) Intro to Macramé led by Alyssa Alexander of @ama_designs from 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Make your own 9-inch macramé wall hanging! Plus, learn the...

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You’re Invited: Kobe Bryant Memorial

Posted by on Feb 23, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, FivePoint and the City of Irvine are co-hosting a live broadcast of the public memorial at Staples Center honoring the nine Orange County residents who tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 – NBA legend and Mamba Sports Foundation co-founder Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna; Alyssa, John and Keri Altobelli; Payton and Sarah Chester; Christina Mauser; and Ara Zobayan. WHEN Monday, February 24th | 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE Championship Soccer Stadium at Orange County Great Park (8000 Great Park Blvd.,...

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Donations Needed for the Tustin Fire Victims

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope has been designated by the City of Tustin as the donations drop-off location to assist victims of the recent Chatham Village fire in Tustin. The fire, which raged through the Chatham Village Apartments during the early morning hours of February 11, 2020. The blaze caused the roof to collapse, ultimately gutting the building and displacing more than 100 residents, many of whom are receiving temporary shelter at Tustin Senior Center. The Rescue Mission is asking the community for donations of the following items, which will be provided to the men, women and children affected by the Chatham Village fire in Tustin: Towels New clothing and shoes for children and adults Hygiene items Gift cards for groceries, gas and clothing Donations may be dropped off at between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday...

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Whitestone in Dana Point Debuts New Cocktails

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Dining | 0 comments

Unique and distinct from other beverage programs in the area, Whitestone proudly debuts a libations lineup showcasing innovative infusions including fat-washed liquors and house made shrubs along with bold ingredients like squid ink, celery bitters, and golden milk. In July 2019, Whitestone opened with an unparalleled menu which struck a balance between renegade and refined. Dishes showed co-Executive Chefs Tony Celeste and Nick Herrera’s aligned affinities for fermentation and Japanese ingredients. While their dishes enchanted diners the cocktails were drastically simple. With a desire to elevate their existing bar program to one that paralleled the funky finesse and flavor extracting methods of the kitchen, Celeste and Herrera partnered with award-winning beverage consultant Emily Delicce to craft a lineup of craft cocktails that mirrored the ethos of the kitchen. The cocktail program boasts well-balanced drinks with velvety viscosity and bold...

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The Butchery: Delicious Date Night Dinner

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Partnership Want to spend a romantic night at home with your partner? Nothing is more romantic than cooking a delicious dinner for the one you love. The Butchery is the ideal place to get high quality meats for an unforgettable meal. The Butchery has four locations across Southern California. All of the locations feature highly skilled butchers who will suggest the best cuts for your meal. When I went into The Butchery recently, I didn’t know what to expect. The butcher took his time to walk me through all the different types of meats they offer, helping my to select the perfect meat for my meal. They feature freshly cut meats along with pre-packaged seasoned meats (and sides). It was the pre-packaged meats that caught my attention, and I found myself selecting multiple meats to bring home to prepare...

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OC Mom Spotlight: Jami Rogers

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in OC Mom Spotlight | 1 comment

There are so many inspiration moms in Orange County, and each month, we are thrilled to feature a different mom who is making a difference in our community. This month, we are featuring the OC Mom, Jami Rogers who resides with her family in Irvine. Tell us about your family? My husband, Adam, and I have two energetic, fantastically funny boys. Isaac is 11 years old and Caleb is 9 years old. I also have two boy dogs, Maverick and Kevin. Yep, there are a lot of boys in my house! What do you love the most about our community? The only thing stronger than a community of women is a community of mothers. Mothers are the driving force and backbone for the betterment of their family’s life. I have learned so many unique approaches to problems and new...

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Glitter-tastic JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. Valentine’s

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day is just a couple days away, and what better way to celebrate than by sending some sparkle and positive vibes to your Valentine! We’re here to help you out with a glitter-tastic way to spread the love while celebrating the release of JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M.: The Concert Experience, on DVD February 11th. Simply print out these adorable Valentine’s to let the JoJo Siwa fans in your life know that their smile changes your world! Available on DVD February 11, 2020 It’s bow time! JoJo’s bringing the D.R.E.A.M. tour to her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, and she’s giving you a front-row seat in this exclusive extended edition of her concert special! Including never-before-seen footage only available on this new DVD, JoJo Siwa: D.R.E.A.M. The Concert Experience arrives February 11, 2020 and features JoJo taking her tour to Dreamland....

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“Magic Happens” Parade Debuts at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The all-new “Magic Happens” parade debuts at Disneyland Park on Feb. 28, 2020. As this daytime spectacular moves along Main Street, U.S.A., guests will celebrate moments of magic from beloved stories they’ve seen in films from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. From a legendary guitar to the heart of the ocean, these magical moments come to life in stunning floats, artistic costumes and a surprising and energetic new musical score. Guests will experience classic tales such as “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Sword in the Stone,” as well as more recent stories from “Frozen 2,” “Coco,” “Moana” and more. With a “Magic Happens” parade dining package, guests may enjoy a delicious lunch and receive a voucher that provides access to a reserved viewing area for the parade that day. Guests may learn more about the dining...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents Beep

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 2019–2020 Family Series continues with Beep on March 14 and 15 in Samueli Theater. From Australia’s renowned Windmill Theatre Company comes a slightly sideways tale about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit and learning to mix it up a little featuring Beep: “the most endearing robot of them all” (The Adelaide Review). With Windmill’s trademark design, gentle storytelling, music and puppetry, Beep tells the story of what happens when someone new comes to town. Friendship is a breeze with our Beep pre-show activities! Create your own puppet robot friend and test out your building skills with our Rigamajig playground. Learn all about wind power and take home your very own pinwheel to share with a friend! Make sure to charge up and join us an hour before showtime to join in on all the...

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Universal Studios Hollywood: Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Universal Studios Hollywood announces the roster of “Top Chef” alumni participating in its first-ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival along with a first look at some of the appetizing dishes guests will have the chance to sample at the event taking place on March 19-20. “Top Chef” alum and Fan Favorite Chef Shirley Chung is at the helm collaborating with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Chefs on a specially-curated, eclectic menu inspired by the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Bravo series. Cheftestants from the upcoming “Top Chef” Season 17 – All Stars LA participating in the festival include Eric Adjepong, Jennifer Carroll, Stephanie Cmar, Lisa Fernandes, Kevin Gillespie, Jamie Lynch, Brian Malarkey, and Joe Sasto. Additional names will be announced at a later date. Sample menu items featuring cuisines from around the world and inspired by the series include,...

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Justin Wine Dinner at Henry’s Ocean View Dining

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Henry’s Ocean View Dining invites you to take part in a memorable spring dining experience hosted by Justin Baldwin, Founder of Justin Wine. On Thursday, April 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., join Justin Baldwin as he discusses the winery’s history and background, as well as being a pioneer of the wine-making region of Paso Robles, California. In addition, Chef Kenny Seliger will craft a sustainable, spring-driven tasting menu to compliment the specially-curated pairings from Justin Wine. The evening will conclude on a sweet note with a dessert course created by Chef Jacky, Orange County Golden Foodie’s Best Pastry Chef. See below for menu details: 1st Green Asparagus & Cured Meyer Lemon Gazpacho 2018 Justin Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles, CA 2nd Radish & Arugula Salad with Charred Spring Onion Dressing 2018 Justin Rose, Paso Robles, CA 3rd White...

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Five Must Have Spring Sunglasses

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership Spring is just around the corner, and it is the perfect time to get the hottest looks for the season. Sunglasses are an important fashion essential, and we have found the five must-have glasses to be seen wearing this season from SmartBuyGlasses. Quay Australia $62 Made from Metal and Plastic, these Quay Australia High Key sunglasses are durable and trendy. The Gold lenses matches well with the Yellow frames, a great combination that will keep you looking chic and stylish! A 24 month warranty helps to keep your sunglasses in great condition for longer. Ray-Ban Wayfarer $154 These Original Wayfarer sunglasses come in a stylish Tortoise , paired with fantastic Green lenses to give you a great look for this season. The frame is made of Acetate , while the lenses are made of durable and high-grade Glass...

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Segerstrom Center for the Arts announced today, Mardi Gras is heading to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza in a festive evening of FREE New Orleans-style revelry. Let the ambiance take you to NOLA with fairy lights and New Orleans-style streetlamps. Groove to the music with spectacular performances from Alligator Beach, New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and Av Hamilton, including a second line parade right on our Plaza! And in true Mardi Gras fashion, there’s more–fortune teller Sansa Asylum will share your future while she gazes into her crystal ball and tarot cards. Enjoy mask-making and photo opportunities while a range of musical styles serenade you. George’s Café on the Plaza has created a special Hurricane cocktail for purchase. In addition, The Santa Ana Black Historical Society will be at the event to share...

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National Pizza Day at The Pizza Press

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Just in time for National Pizza Day this Sunday, Feb. 9, The Pizza Press has added Double Dough thick crust to its menu of custom and signature pizza options for a $2.50 upgrade. Known for its array of fresh and high-quality ingredients, customers are now invited to “publish” a pizza on a thick crust as well as the traditional thin crust. Set in a fun 1920s newspaper theme, The Pizza Press draws fans who want to create their own custom pizzas, as well as their curated selection of local craft beer. Guests can choose from a selection of toppings, cheese and sauces to create their own pizza that is “hot off the press” in under four minutes. The Pizza Press also offers signature pizzas including The Times (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken, grape tomato, red onion, and finished...

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Korean-Mexican Fusion at Urban Seoul 2.0

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

Partnership Two of my favorite cuisines have collided at the Irvine Spectrum Center at Urban Seoul 2.0. The chic family-friendly restaurant serves a cuisine, unlike anything I have ever experienced, and quickly became one of my favorite new spots to dine in Orange County. What is Korean-Mexican fusion food? The comforting dishes mix flavors from Korea with a hint of Western influence that boosts with incredible flavors. While dining at Urban Seoul 2.0, we sampled a variety of menu items, with these being our top picks. Ambiance The restaurant features a sit-down environment that is very kid-friendly. There is a large outdoor (heated) patio and indoor dining. The indoor ambiance has a gastropub feel along with a small bar. For parents who might be looking for a cocktail, they offer a cocktail list along with beer and wine. Tacos...

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Design & Dine with Room & Board

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

SOCO’s popular Design & Dine event series is BACK for 2020! First introduced last year, this series of small, intimate design events is held each month at a different showroom at SOCO and gives guests engaging, on-trend insights surrounding interior design & home décor. Room & Board will host the first Design & Dine of 2020 on Monday, February 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The evening will feature an interactive Q&A with special guests Audrey Crisp, local social media influencer and interior design expert, and Heather Bullard, professional magazine stylist. The two will dive into a conversation about the different ways to add color to a home and give some inspiring tips + tricks on how to complete a springtime refresh! Guests will also have an opportunity to ask their own questions and get personalized advice from...

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El Capitan Theatre Presents The Call of the Wild

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Theatre | 0 comments

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents 20th Century Studios’ THE CALL OF THE WILD February 21 to March 1, shown in brilliant Dolby VisionTM Laser Projection & Dolby Atmos® Sound Technology. Tickets are now on sale at www.elcapitantickets.com, by calling 1-800-DISNEY6 and at The El Capitan Theatre box office and at https://www.fandango.com/el-capitan-theatre-aacon/theater-page. Adapted from the beloved literary classic, 20th Century Studios’ THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the...

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour present Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical March 21 and 22 in Samueli Theater. With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott Honor award–winning “Pigeon” picture books, along with longtime collaborator and Disney Jr.’s Muppet Babies executive producer Tom Warburton, and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, the composer behind Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, this innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers comes fresh from its world premiere in Washington, DC. Don’t let the Pigeon miss the pre-show activities! Fly on in to Samueli lobby to create your own Mo Willems style storybook. Be inspired with a pop up library of Mo Willems books provided by our...

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YMCA Orange County Internet Safety Workshops

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

In celebration of Safer Internet Day, YMCA of Orange County will host 10 “Be Internet Awesome” workshops across the county on February 11 to teach parents how to instill healthy and responsible Internet habits in their children. The events are in response to mounting requests from parents wanting help with establishing safe and healthy Internet and social media practices as online and technology use among children continue to rise. The workshops will feature discussion-based, parent-to-parent conversations about how to help children be safe, smart and positive online. Families will learn to teach their children how to communicate responsibly, understand real from fake in the face of phishing and scams, build strong passwords, be positive and kind online and how to discuss questionable content as a family. Parents will receive free bilingual resources, answers to questions about online safety and...

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Trolls LIVE! Tour Coming to SoCal

Posted by on Feb 5, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Get ready for another hair-raising adventure when Poppy, Branch and all their Trolls friends come to life on stage inTrolls LIVE!, their first ever live tour! Jam-packed with epic music, glitter, humor and happiness,Trolls LIVE! The journey begins when the Trolls’ Hug Time is unexpectedly put at risk. Knowing the only way to save it is by doing what the Trolls do best, Poppy hosts a toe-tapping, Trolls-tastic show! Poppy, Branch, Cooper, Cloud Guy, Satin and Chenille, Smidge, Guy Diamond,Fuzzbert, Biggie and Mr. Dinkles invite you into the colorful world of Troll Village for this interactive performance only the Trolls can create. This is one Trolls party you won’t want to miss! The world of the Trolls comes alive in this totally interactive, story-rich musical celebration of everything the Trolls love – singing, dancing, rainbows, glitter and plenty of...

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JoJo’s The D.R.E.A.M. Tour + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 5, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 6 comments

It’s bow time! JoJo’s bringing the D.R.E.A.M. Tour to her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, and she’s giving you a front-row seat in this exclusive extended version of her concert special! Join the worldwide party and sing along to hits including “High Top Shoes,” “Hold the Drama,” “#1U” and “Bop!” as JoJo and her dance crew go on an epic journey to Dreamland. Plus, ride on JoJo’s tour bus, glam out in her dressing room, listen in during sound check, meet the dancers, and enjoy more behind-the-scenes footage leading up to the show! The DVD will be available in stores on February 11th. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a copy of JoJo Siwa’s: The D.R.E.A.M. Tour (available on DVD 2/11)!! Enter to win by leaving a comment below. Extra entries by leaving a comment on our Facebook post, tagging a friend...

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Orange County: Valentine’s Day Dining

Posted by on Feb 4, 2020 in Dining, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love? We have found the best places to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year in Orange County. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Treat the special someone in your life to a romantic dinner at Watertable inside Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Priced at $70 per person, lovers can enjoy a 3-course menu on Friday, February 14. Standing out menu items include Roasted Cauliflower Bisque, Crispy Tempeh and a Petite Filet with chive mashed potatoes and red wine demi. End your evening with the “Be My Valentine” dessert for two featuring chocolate cake, raspberry and cream cheese mousse, raspberry champagne coulis, frosted raspberries and blackberries, and freeze dries raspberry meringue kisses. Toast Kitchen + Bakery 1767 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92627...

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Creating Family Memories at The Ranch Restaurant

Posted by on Feb 2, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Partnership This past holiday season was a year of new traditions for our family. For years, we would have a huge Christmas Eve party. All of our friends and family would gather at our home to celebrate all of our memories shared throughout the year. The one problem with this tradition was that I would never get to visit with our guests. I was always hosting the event and spent most of the holiday in the kitchen and serving our guests. This year, I wanted to focus on being on spending quality time with our children. I spent a great deal of time researching local restaurants and discovered The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim. It looked like the perfect setting to have an intimate family dinner on Christmas Eve. I planned for an early dinner so that I could have...

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Beautiful and Smooth Skin with U.SK Under Skin

Posted by on Feb 2, 2020 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

Partnership One of the biggest focuses in the New Year has been on self-care. As a mom, it is easy to find many excuses not to care for our skin. For many years, I was that mom, until now. Every day, I wash my face and use high-quality skincare products to prevent (and reverse) and the signs of aging. With skincare being my main focus when it comes to self-care, I am always looking into trying new products. One product that I recently began using two weeks ago is a U.SK Under Skin product. When I first went to their website, I wanted to try all the products. The one product that I began using twice a day is The U.SK Elixir Pearl & Caviar. Within the first couple of days, I noticed an extreme change in the overall...

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OC Wine & Spirit Fest at A Stone’s Throw Winery

Posted by on Jan 31, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Wine, craft beer and fine spirits come to A Stone’s Throw Winery March 28 and 29 for the OC Wine & Spirit Fest, bringing a modern tasting experience to the people of Orange County, with luxe vibes and a laidback coastal attitude. With the focus on fun, OC Wine & Spirit Fest offers an experience perfect for everyone, and every taste. Founded by the winemakers at A Stone’s Throw Winery, the OC Wine & Spirit Fest encourages festival attendees to explore a modern tasting experience with community and camaraderie at its heart. Set among the quintessential orange groves in historic San Juan Capistrano, guests will mingle with sommeliers, vintners, craft beer experts and others, while they shop from a myriad of luxe vendors ranging from wine-related items to furniture, experiences and jewelry, and gourmet food trucks. There will also...

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Big Game sneak peek of Disney’s “Mulan”

Posted by on Jan 31, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Be among the first to watch the special Big Game sneak peek of Disney’s “Mulan.” Feel free to share it with your readers! A full, brand-new trailer for MULAN will be available immediately after this sneak peek airs on Sunday. Be sure to watch for it! Disney’s MULAN opens in U.S. theaters on March 27. About Mulan Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s “Mulan,” in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in...

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Top 5 Reasons to Spoil Your Sweetie with Tickets to Pageant of the Masters this Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Love is in the air…and in the art! Charm your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with tickets to the nation’s most iconic presentation of living pictures: Pageant of the Masters. Treat your special someone to a romantic evening filled with recreations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Give a gift that lasts through summer with tickets to this year’s production themed Made in America, offering shows nightly July 8 – September 3, 2020. The Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach presents the top 5 reasons to give the gift of “living pictures” this Valentine’s Day: February 14th discounts! Special for Valentine’s Day, save 20% on tickets to this summer’s production with promotional code HEART20 (excludes loge center seats). To take advantage of this incredible...

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Sage Hill School’s Third Annual GEMfest

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

On Saturday, February 29, middle school girls in grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to attend Sage Hill School’s third annual GEMfest event – a celebratory conference that aims to inspire young girls to “leap into their passions” and educate them (and their parents) about empowerment, self-esteem and independence. The day features a series of conversations with this year’s special guests + keynote speakers, and various interactive workshops that attendees can choose from. The event will also include an all-new Marketplace area featuring local businesses and non-profit organizations that attendees can visit & shop, as well as a sit-down lunch with approachable high school mentors. This year, GEMfest welcomes three inspirational women to join its lineup of featured guests, including entrepreneurs like Sophia Amoruso, founder of Girlboss Media and Nasty Gal Clothing and Gorjana Reidel, founder of gorjana...

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Hoag Family Wellness Center Opens in Foothill Ranch

Posted by on Jan 29, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hoag Partner Hoag has always been where our family has received healthcare. They have always had a focus on preventative care, and the patient experience. Hoag has taken healthcare to an all new level with the opening of their all-new family wellness center in Foothill Ranch. I was thrilled to attend their grand opening event over the weekend, and I was overwhelmed with how amazing the facility is. I immediately felt at home when I entered the door. I was greeted by friendly Hoag staff and embarked on a tour of the new facility. Facility Features The 45,000 square-foot facility clinically integrates health and wellness, merging the traditional – primary care, urgent care, specialty services, pediatrics, women’s health, sports medicine, physical therapy, orthopedics, imaging and lab – with prescribed personalized wellness plans for overall health including sleep, stress, nutrition...

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You’re Invited: Knott’s Charlie Brown Day

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

On Sunday, February 2nd, Knott’s is celebrating Good Ol’ Charlie Brown by hosting Charlie Brown Day during the Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration. The park invites guests to enjoy the celebration to show love to everyone’s favorite blockhead by hosting a gathering of the most Charlie Browns in one picture. To show our favorite underdog just how special he is, attendees will be encouraged to pay homage to Charlie Brown by sporting his signature bright yellow zig-zag striped tee, black shorts, and red baseball cap outfit. At 11:00am all guests dressed as Charlie Brown will be invited to gather at the Calico Mine stage for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity as a crowd of Charlie Browns poses alongside the boy of the hour. After the group photo, guests are encouraged to stick around and enjoy the newest Knott’s PEANUTS...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Otter Bowl

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The Aquarium of the Pacific is proud to present its sixth annual Otter Bowl on February 2, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Watch as the Aquarium’s sea otters vie for the championship at Otter Bowl VI. The fast-paced action will include collecting footballs made out of frozen clams and retrieving enrichment toys. There will be lots of eating and playing going on during this big game as the sea otters compete. The game starts during the 4:00 p.m. sea otter show in the Northern Pacific Gallery, and an Aquarium educator will be calling the play-by-play. At 3:30 p.m., the otters will be off exhibit in their “locker room” as the Aquarium’s animal experts prepare the “field” for Otter Bowl VI. Visitors can receive discounted admission on February 2 after 3:00 p.m. Admission will be $19.95 per person from 3:00 p.m....

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DC Super Heroes Taking Over The L.A. Zoo

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s DC Super Heroes taking over the L.A. Zoo! On Saturday, February 8, 2020, DC and the Los Angeles Zoo are encouraging families to turn off the TV, leave the house, and spend the day together enjoying superheroes, graphic novels, and up-close animal demonstrations at “DC Presents: Reading with Zoo-per Heroes at the L.A. Zoo.” The all-day event will feature interactive presentations with live animals, signings, author/artist meet and greets, as well as free giveaways, photo ops with a costumed Batman, and much more. The festivities will take place within the L.A. Zoo at Treetops Terrace next to the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel. Activities are free to attend with the purchase of Zoo admission and free for Zoo members. The full day of programming from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will kick...

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‘Curry Up’ and Get Authentic Indian Cuisine at the Irvine Spectrum

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Dining, Featured | 0 comments

Partnership Finding good (and authentic) Indian food has always been a challenge in Orange County. In the past, there have only been a couple of restaurants where I would seek authentic flavors, and most are sit-down restaurants. When I learned that Curry Up Now, a fast-casual dining destination, was opening at the Irvine Spectrum Center, I ‘curried’ over to get a taste. The restaurant is located in the new wing of the Irvine Spectrum and is right next to the new playground. The best part is that parents can eat a delicious Indian dinner while watching their children play in the outdoor play structure. It has a fast causal set-up which is perfect for busy families with young children. When I entered the restaurant, I went up to the counter to place our order. The menu featured everything from...

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Jurassic World Live Tour Roars into SoCal This Summer

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Brace yourself for a new species of live entertainment 65 million years in the making! Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans, will be debuting in SoCal this summer playing Honda Center in Anaheim from July 9–12 followed by STAPLES Center in Downtown LA from July 17–19. Sign up today to become a Jurassic World Live Tour Preferred Guest at JurassicWorldLiveTour.com to get exclusive access to advance pre-sale code to purchase tickets early starting tomorrow Tuesday, January 28 to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on February 4. With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life with dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus Rex more...

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The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration began on Saturday, January 25 and will be offered on weekends through March 1, plus selects dates. The limited time event welcomes fans of all ages to join in on the excitement with family-friendly options for guests to play and interact with the PEANUTS Gang throughout the park. The celebration includes interactive character experiences, new festive PEANUTS inspired décor, vibrant comic strip photo opportunities including a never-before-seen photo backdrop in Camp Snoopy, a new PEANUTS Character – Spike, live shows, festive merchandise, and all-new themed seasonal food offerings. On Tuesday, January 28, the new Build-A-Bear Workshop will be opening in the California Market Place located behind Virginia’s Gift Shop and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Build-A-Bear is a global brand that kids love and parents trust, it’s a location where guests can create customizable furry...

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Now Open: Mainspring Family Wellness in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Health, Parenting | 0 comments

A few years in the making, Mainspring Family Wellness has today announced that it will be opening its doors this week. Founded by Dr. Jenna Flowers, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, author, speaker, and mother of three, and Kristen Perlmutter, an educator, philanthropist, and also a mother of three, these two women have created Mainspring Family Wellness to offer local Orange County families a place to find support, belonging, and resources for parenting, and the social and emotional development of children. Dr. Jenna and Kristen met about seven years ago at one of Dr. Jenna’s highly sought-after Conscious Mothering classes. From there, the two stayed in touch and knew that there was a strong need in the local community to find deeper connections and information in a non-judgmental environment. They wanted to create a place where parents could...

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Share the Love at Lido Marina Village’s Valentine’s Day Pop-Up

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day is typically thought of as a day to celebrate your significant other, but it is also an opportunity to have fun with the whole family and shower them all with love! On Saturday, February 8th, from 11 am – 2 pm, Newport Beach’s Lido Marina Village invites OC residents and visitors to enjoy a Valentine’s Day Pop Up on the Lido Deck. This sweet day by the sea will include fun events and activities for kids and families, ensuring that everyone has a great time spreading the love. LOCATION 3434 Via Lido Lido Deck Newport Beach, CA 92663 ACTIVITIES Alison Bernier Photography will be on-site taking photos of your sweet little Valentines with a beautiful balloon and flower-filled set styled by @beijoseevents from 10 am -1 pm. No reservations required Sign up the day of the event...

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‘World’s Biggest Bounce House’ is Set to Inflate in Orange County

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

The Big Bounce America, home of the Guinness certified ‘World’s Largest Bounce House,’ rolls into Orange County, California, from Saturday, February 8th through Sunday, February 16th at Silverado’s Oak Canyon Park. Produced by XL Event Labs, The Big Bounce America tour is the biggest touring inflatable event in the world and includes four massive inflatable attractions. Bouncers of all ages will celebrate as the 2020 tour continues to push the limits on family-friendly entertainment! Bouncers will rejoice as new twists for the 2020 tour include: The expansion of ‘The World’s Biggest Bounce House’ by 30-percent as it now towers over 13,000 sq. feet! Sport Slam, The Big Bounce America’s newest inflatable attraction, a customized sports arena filled with goals, nets, hoops, and balls of every size! Also, returning this year is The Giant, the 900-foot-long obstacle course with over...

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You’re Invited: Curry Up Grand Opening Celebration

Posted by on Jan 24, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Curry Up Now, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Indian fast casual concept known for its innovative Indian eats, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its first Southern California restaurant in Irvine at 922 Spectrum Center Drive on Wednesday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. The restaurant, which is best known for its iconic Tikka Masala Burritos, Deconstructed Samosas, Sexy Fries, Naughty Naan, Indian street food and more, will celebrate the opening by offering a free burrito or bowl to the first 100 guests in line. Curry Up Now began as a food truck in 2009, founded by husband and wife duo, Akash and Rana Kapoor, and ably supported by co-founder and Senior VP of Operations, Amir Hosseini. Since day one, Curry Up Now has been on a mission to serve Indian flavors and ingredients in a way that is...

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How to Get Kids to Love Vegetables

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in Family, Health | 0 comments

Begging your child to eat a single piece of broccoli is practically a rite of passage for any parent, since kids are notoriously picky eaters. However, there is much at stake when it comes to your eating troubles, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that around 60 million American children aren’t eating enough vegetables. While it may be challenging, it’s crucial that your child doesn’t miss out on the myriad of nutritional benefits found in veggies. After all, it’s our duty as parents to give our children the very best. Read on to find out how you can get your kids to both eat and love veggies! Plant a Vegetable Garden With the wide array of food options available at the grocery store, it’s easy to get tempted to buy junk. This is why you should consider building a vegetable...

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Wifi That Goes the Distance with Panoramic Wifi Pods

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Cox Partner Anyone with teenagers in their home realizes the struggle of keeping everyone connected online while at home. In my busy house filled with three teenagers, when everyone is home, I would often find it hard to stream anything online. I would have one child gaming, another streaming a movie, one online working on homework, and their dad streaming a movie using a Fire Stick. The worst part is when one teenager cannot stream something because they are out of reach from our wifi signal. That was until we got the Panoramic Wifi Pods from Cox Communications. The pods are the best invention ever created. I was able to find the best places to set-up the pods in my house using the Cox Communications website. Then using the app, I was able to have them working within just...

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Five Sparkly Dresses to Make Your Date Night Sparkle

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Beauty, Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership When was the last time you went out on a date night? Make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to plan a romantic date night once a month. Surprise your spouse by showing up for dinner in one of these sexy sparkly dresses from Femme Luxe that will make your night sparkle! Grey Glitter Side Tie Mini Dress $38.99 Shine like a disco ball in our Grey Glitter Side Tie Mini Dress. We are in love with the luxe glitter material. This classy side tie design can be perfectly team with strappy heels. Pink Glitter Clear Strap Wrap Mini Dress $27.99 Get glit this weekend in our Pink Glitter Clear Strap Wrap Mini Dress. Featuring a clear adjustable strap with zip back and plunge front to maximise your assets. Wear with some black perspex heels and a...

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20 Free Events at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 1 comment

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is gearing up for a spectacular 2020, from world class performances by internationally renowned dance companies and hit Broadway shows, to musically absorbing seasons of chamber, jazz and cabaret – there’s something for everyone on their stages. And that’s just the beginning. With the new decade comes even more FREE entertainment for the community outside on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. We asked you on our social media polls, and you answered! Your favorite Plaza events are returning, Silent Disco, Summer Jazz, and Tuesday Night Dance, all will grace our Plaza this year. 2020 Free Events at Segerstrom Center for the Arts Mardi Gras Saturday, February 15 6:00 – 9:00 PM Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll on the Argyros Plaza as we celebrate Mardi Gras in an afternoon...

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You’re Invited: Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch Open House

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Hoag Partner Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch will provide the community with a clinically integrated health and wellness solution to help you attain, maintain and celebrate good health. The community is invite to attend the grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 25 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join us to meet the physicians, tour the facilities, participate in health screenings, sample health foods, learn about the Hoag Lifestyle Program and enjoy activities for the family. Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch will offer comprehensive primary and speciality care supported by wellness services – all under one roof. Services include: primary care, women’s health, sports medicine, urgent care, imaging, physical therapy, pediatrics, a lab and speciality care. One of the unique features at Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch will be the Hoag Lifestyle Program – a highly personalized health and...

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LIT Café Book Drive for The Boys and Girls Clubs

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

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

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Introducing Stargirl Coming to Disney+

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

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

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What Makes You Smile?

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

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

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

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

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

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Dining at The Boardwalk in Huntington Beach

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

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

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2020 Orange County Lunar New Year Events

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

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

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Luxurious Theatre Experience at Cinemark

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

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

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Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge Opens in Rancho Mission Viejo

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

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

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When You Want To Go Out, Check Goldstar First!

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

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

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Bruxie Gets Its Wings in the New Year

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

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

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Awaken180° Menu at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

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

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

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Disneyland Resort Ticket Offers for Kids and SoCal Residents

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

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

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Asian Street Eats at Downtown Disney

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

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

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Taste of Mexico at Red O at Fashion Island

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

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

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

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

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

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The Perfect Little Black Dresses for Moms

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

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

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Five Self-Care New Year’s Resolutions for Moms

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

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

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United Airlines’ Star Wars-themed Airplane

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

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

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Winter Solstice in Downtown Santa Ana

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

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

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Holiday Lights Cruises: Newport Beach Boat Parade

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

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

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker World Premiere

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

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

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“Fiesta Navidad”: Mariachi Los Camperos

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

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

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Santa HQ: Immersive, Interactive Holiday Experience

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

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

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Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival

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

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

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World Premiere Spies in Disguise

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

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

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New Holiday Pop-up: Jax & Bones

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

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

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California Science Center: Dogs! A Science Tail + GIVEAWAY

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

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

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2019 Orange County New Years Dining Guide

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

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

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Enjoying the Comforts of the Holidays

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

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

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Las Brisas Holiday Pop-up with Scott Baird

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

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

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Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

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

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

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