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Seventh Annual Taste of Lake Forest

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Nearly two dozen Lake Forest restaurants will offer tastes for only $1 as the City of Lake Forest hosts the seventh annual Taste of Lake Forest on Saturday, September 29 from noon to 3 pm at the Foothill Ranch Towne Centre Food Festival. This year’s event will feature Kawasaki motorcycle demonstrations and a Beer and Wine Garden featuring Bru Grill and Wine Bar and Frisby Cellars. The event will also include raffle prizes, live entertainment, face painting, a balloon artist, and photo booth! Raffles will be going on throughout the event with prizes such as an Amazon Fire Tablet, Amazon Fire Sticks, Fitbits, $100 Visa gift cards, and more. Event attendees will also have the chance to vote for their favorite restaurant with awards going to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and the best new entry for...

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You’re Invited: Pose for Paws Yoga Event

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

P O S E for P A W S…OMG it’s finally happening (everyone screams!) but not too loud because we don’t want to scare the puppies! HAUS of SHOW is hosting a Yoga x Adoption Event at Pacific City & we hope you can flow with us! Plenty of puppies, dogs & even kittens will be downward dog-ing with us & the best part is they’re all adoptable so when you fall in love with your four legged yogi, you can ADOPT them! Portion of proceeds will be donated to the OC Animal Care to aid in their incredible efforts and for all our yogis who bring in new or gently used blankets, towels or leashes, you’ll receive an exclusive VIP gift bag! Help us raise proceeds & awareness to find our furry yogis new homes! Click “Get Tickets”...

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Disneyland Halloween Time: All About the Churros

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Disney, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

I visited as a guest of Disney One of our family’s favorite things to do when visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to taste all of the sweet treats that can be found throughout the park. This year, it is all about the churros with there being seven different flavors of churros (plus churro sundaes) for your family to enjoy during while visiting the Disneyland Resort. While at the Disneyland Resort last week, our family embarked on a delicious journey of trying all the different churro flavors. We started at the Disneyland Park at the Golden Horseshoe by tasting the churro sundae. It was the best sundae I have ever devoured, and I enjoyed it so much that I went back for seconds. The dessert featured hand-scooped vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, cookie dough, and a warm...

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Towing Made Easy Enough That A Mom Can Do It Alone

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Autos, Family, General Motors | 0 comments

I attended an event as a guest of Chevrolet I have a love for adventure. One of the best ways to have an ultimate adventure in the world is by towing trailers, boats, ATV’s and more. The only downside to towing is that it can be intimating for many, especially moms. Towing has been something that I have wanted to try for many years, and I recently got my first opportunity to tow an ATV on the back of the Chevrolet Silverado. Never in a million years did I think that it would be something that I could do without any help, but the towing navigation system in the Chevrolet Silverado made it so easy that I was able to hook up a trailer to the back of the truck in less than 10 minutes, and all by myself....

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Second Annual Le Diner en Blanc OC

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Once again this year, the elegant white wave of dinner guests will invade one of the most prestigious public locations of the city. Le Diner en Blanc returns to Orange County on Saturday, October 13, 2018. For this second edition, more than 1,000 revelers are awaited at a new and secret location. Last year’s inaugural très chic picnic attracted more than 800 cultural enthusiasts for a memorable evening at Bolsa Chica State Beach. This annual secret affair, promises another unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, as it takes over an undisclosed public space whose location is only revealed minutes prior to the commencement of the event. Registration to participate in this unique experience happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members from the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase I...

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Lightsaber Training with ‘Star Wars’ Voice of Darth Maul

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I attended the event as a guest of Disney In celebration of the home release of the film SOLO: A Star Wars Story, I went to Los Angeles to have lunch with Chewbacca and get some lightsaber training from the voice of Darth Maul, Ray Park. Ray Park entered the room holding the same lightsaber that he used when filming SOLO: A Star Wars Story. It was one of the biggest lightsabers that I have ever seen, and he immediately started showing all of us some of his tricks. After giving us an interactive demo on how to use a lightsaber, he invited all of us to try doing some tricks with his lightsaber. I quickly learned that I do not have the skills needed to be a Jedi, but Park took his time to teach me at least...

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The Importance of Having a Healthy Diet After Liposuction

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the most important things that the doctors at CosmetiCare talked with me about was eating a healthy diet after liposuction. During the surgery, they remove the fat cells from the areas in which you are having the liposuction done, so if you gain weight after the surgery, the fat will go to other areas where you might not want it – like your breasts, face, back or legs. I had liposuction in my stomach and thighs, and I was terrified of the fact that I could get bigger in areas like my face, arms or back, so I ate a very healthy diet following my surgery. One thing that I wished that I had done was started eating healthier before the surgery and lost some weight before surgery, so I recommend to everyone considering liposuction to...

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Oktoberfest is coming to Newport Beach

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Since 1810, Oktoberfest has been a celebration around the world, and this year it is coming to the Southern California oceanside! The first of its kind, OCtoberfest OC mixes the traditional Oktoberfest with the beauty of Newport, CA. All of the food and fun from the last 200 years await at OCtoberfest OC 2018. Spend the day eating and drinking the finest food while listening to the ocean waves. FOOD – Enjoy authentic Bavarian bratwurst, schnitzel, potato salad, sauerkraut, strudel, soft pretzels​ and more! Toast your friends with a variety of German ​b​ier​s​ ​and ​OC​-​brewed ​c​raft ​bier. Prost! FUN – Enjoy a variety of acts including yodeling, singing and festive instruments with your host Pieter Meister von Melton. And don’t forget the other activities like the Dachshund Races, Yodeling Lessons/Shows, Pretzel Making, Mini Bratwurst Eating Contest, and more! Join...

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The Importance of Testing for Prostate Cancer

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Family, Giveaways, Health | 10 comments

Sponsored Shortly after meeting my husband, his Grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was a very scary time for our family, but because my Mother-in-law was on top of his healthcare, it was caught early, and he was able to survive for many years following the diagnosis and removal of his prostate. Prostate cancer is something that men should be checked regularly for, and with women making 80% of the health care decisions in the family according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is key for us as women to encourage the men in our lives to get tested. One way that men can test for prostate cancer with with Prolaris. Prolaris is a cancer test that can measure the aggressiveness of a man’s prostate cancer. The test provides a score that gives both the patient and...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Seventeenth Annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival + GIVEAWAY

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors Latino and Hispanic cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its seventeenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event will feature bilingual environmental educational programs, including films and underwater presentations with divers, and traditional dance, crafts, music, and interactive children’s programs. The festival will also include an award ceremony at on Sunday 1:40 p.m. honoring Andrés Pruna, who is a Cuban-American artist, former National Geographic photographer, and ocean explorer. The Aquarium will honor Pruna with its prestigious Heritage Award for his dedication to inspiring others to care about wildlife through his artwork, from his photography and films to his paintings, and his role in ocean exploration. Latin American folk dancers, Aztec dancers, mariachi musicians,...

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Creating the Internet World in Ralph Breaks the Internet

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney The upcoming film, Ralph Breaks the Internet, starts just where the story left off in Wreck it Ralph. The big difference between this film vs. the first is that most of the film takes place “in” the internet. Now, the internet is not an actual “place” that the creators of the film could visit to recreate for the film, and they had to use their imagination to create the magical world of the internet in Ralph Breaks the Internet. Earlier this month, I had the honor of talking with Matthias Lechner (art director, environments), Larry Wu(head of environments) and Ernie Petti (technical supervisor) about how they created the complex metropolis – the internet. In this film there are some sets from the first movie, there are real-world sets, some that...

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You’re Invited: Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens Gala

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, a nonprofit southern California cultural center, will hosts its preeminent annual fundraiser gala on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Toast to the Casa provides major support for all of the institution’s cultural and educational programs throughout the season. The gala also secures much-needed funds to preserve and the nonprofit’s historic landmark (the former home of city founder Ole Hanson) and maintenance for its botanical gardens. Toast to the Casa’s 2018 theme, Casablanca, recalls the Art Deco glamour of the eponymous landmark film Casablanca (1943), starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, as well as the vibrant marketplace and nightlife of Morocco’s most romantic city. Experiential entertainment, for which Casa Romantica’s gala is renowned, will include a charity casino, a swing-style Big Band, Moroccan dancers, hookah and cigar lounges, a tea lounge, a Wheel-of-Wine, gourmet food...

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Acorn Day Celebration at O’Neill Regional Park

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Join the County of Orange and OC Parks under the oaks in celebration of Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, family-friendly event offers crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, face painting, live music and introductory ukulele lessons, nature and animal exhibits, a very special storytelling session with painting on water, acorn and oak tree planting and much more! Guided nature hikes to the Water Tower will be offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Families can also enjoy presentations throughout the day, including The Hummingbird Nest Story, a book signing with the author of “How to draw 60 Native CA Plants and Animals: A Field Guide,” followed by a live butterfly release at 1:30 p.m. by Western Monarch Guardian. Several outdoor groups from and...

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Mom’s Day Out at Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Beauty, Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Now that the kids are back in school, it is the perfect time to get your girlfriends together for a day of pampering and relaxation at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. This year, I celebrate the back-to-school season by spending a relaxing day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs with one of my dear friends. We dropped the kids off at school and took the short drive over to Glen Ivy Hot Springs where we would embark on an unforgettable day of healing. When we arrived at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, we put our things into a locker, put on our plush spa robes, and then found two lounge chairs by one of their many pools to spend the day. Throughout the day, we took our time exploring all of the 19 pools....

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FREE TEEN tickets to UPLIFT Yoga Bash!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Thanks to the generosity of donors there are a limited-amount of free UPLIFT Yoga Bash tickets for teens! They would love for your girls to come and be their guests for the evening and get to know UPLIFT Teen Yoga! UPLIFT Yoga Bash on Friday, September 21st, Under the Stars at Doheny Beach Park Our over-the-top yoga event will be outside at night – just imagine giant palm trees lit up purple and pink, bubbles floating by during an upbeat yoga practice, a super fun dance party, giveaways, and tons of surprises throughout the night. This is the perfect girls night filled with connection and fun! About the Bash: Join the incredible energy of 500 yogis at UPLIFT Yoga Bash on September 21st @ Doheny State Beach Park. A night under the stars to benefit local teens. VIP party...

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 5 comments

Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The fourteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 2018. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island...

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2018 OC International Auto Show

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

Sponsored The OC International Auto Show returns to the Anaheim Convention Center with more than 600 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, exotics, fun for everyone and more. One of the largest auto shows in the country, this is the place to check out the latest 2019-model vehicles in a non-selling environment. Attendees are invited to sit behind wheels, inspect engines, experience new technologies and even take a test drive in more than 100 new vehicles. The OC International Auto Show will also feature a multi-million-dollar collection of exotic vehicles, electric vehicles, pre-production models, interactive displays, fun for the little ones and more. Additionally, the SoCal Work Truck & Van Show within the auto show returns with a collection of the latest work trucks and vans from top manufacturers. WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, October 5, 12...

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Acclaimed Chef Ross Pangilinan Returns to South Coast Plaza to Open TERRACE by Mix Mix

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Ross Pangilinan, the award-winning chef/owner of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar in downtown Santa Ana, returns to South Coast Plaza to open a second restaurant, TERRACE by Mix Mix. Pangilinan held residence at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for seven years as executive chef of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge before opening his own restaurant, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, in 2016. His second restaurant, TERRACE by Mix Mix, opens Tuesday, September 11. Drawing inspiration from Italian, French and modern Filipino cuisines, Pangilinan offers an eclectic, yet refined menu designed for South Coast Plaza’s global audience. The restaurant offers a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $15 on weekdays; a nightly full-service dinner featuring seasonal preparations of housemade pastas and small plates of fish, meats, and vegetables; as well as a weekend ‘Bottomless Bubbles’ brunch. The menus at TERRACE also include a few mainstays...

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Pirate’s Cave Home Haunt in Orange

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Since 2000, The Pirate’s Cave has been a premiere stop for trick or treaters in the city of Orange. During the expansion of their haunt, a long forgotten pirates cave has been discovered. Since then, many have entered seeking treasure, but none have returned. Legend says the cave is haunted by undead pirates from ages past. Are you brave enough to venture through the graveyard, skeletons, time tunnel, and into the siren’s layer? You will be amazed at the special effects and pirate-themed walk-up home haunted house that is geared for ages 10 to adult. There is no gore or blood, think of it as a scarier version of Pirates of the Caribbean. They also invite families with younger children under 10 to experience their “No Monster Walkthrough” where you can experience the haunt and effects without the scares...

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You’re Invited: Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Arts + Science = Family Fun at the first Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival coming to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join us for FREE entertainment and hands-on activities for the curious of all ages. Explore 21st Century learning and join the next generation of innovators as families come together to create, innovate and explore the connections between Science and the Arts. The day will be filled with engaging performances, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities featuring: • Discovery Cube • Irvine Public Schools Foundation • Orange County Children’s Book Festival • Orange County School of the Arts • PBS SoCal • [email protected] Foundation • Magikid Robotics Lab • National College Resources Foundation’s STEAM Mobile • Brain Builders • Science Heads • Doktor Kaboom! • Jargie the Science Girl • Dino Encounters...

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Ohana Music Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 11 comments

Sponsored The Ohana Music Festival is one of our favorite SoCal music events of the year. The festival will take place on September 28, 29, 30th, and one of our favorite family snacks, KIND Healthy Snacks is one of the sponsors of the event. In addition to offering a full day in the sun the diverse music lineup features Eric Church, Norah Jones, Eddie Vedder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford & Sons, Beck, and Young the Giant. Ohana will donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks. Festival general admission allows roaming throughout the lush grass areas of Doheny State Beach, right off the shore of the Pacific Ocean, touching...

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Adventure City Boo-Tastic Halloween Party + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 26 comments

Your family is invited to a special two day kid-friendly private event at Adventure City! Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party 2 Nights Only October 19th and 26th *Enjoy 11 exciting rides *Walk through their “trick-or-treat street” for FREE candy and trinkets *Enter the all-new vortex tunnel for a dizzying delight *Ride the express train for a fun Halloween scavenger hunt *Join them for their spooktacular dance party *Meet their mad scientist magician for some astonishing tricks *Show your halloween spirit and wear a costume (optional) Tickets for this special event are just $24.95 per person. Purchase your tickets today online. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets to this fun family event by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner on October 1st. Good...

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UPLIFT Yoga Bash

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Join the incredible energy of 500 yogis at UPLIFT Yoga Bash on September 21st at Doheny State Beach Park. A night under the stars to benefit local teens. There is a VIP party 5-7pm, OM circle at sunset, yoga practice from 7-9pm, and tons of giveaways. All proceeds to benefit local nonprofit, UPLIFT Yoga Foundation and our new Outreach Division of UPLIFT Teen Yoga, which brings yoga mindfulness to teen girls in OC, free of cost. VIP Ticket Includes: Limited Edition UPLIFT 2018 Tank or Hat, VIP AcroYoga Performances, Luxe Yogi VIP Gift Bags (with swag valued at over $200), Gorjana Power Gemstone Bracelet, Angel Wing Photo Wall by Global Artist Colette Miller, Essential Oils by Campo, Ilia Lipstick Bar, Chakra Balancing by Suri Energy Guide, Glow Bracelet, Manduka Intention Booth, Delicious Hors D’oeuvres, ZICO Refreshment Bar, LUNA Gift...

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FREE PASTRIES: Paris Baguette Celebrates Costa Mesa Grand Opening

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Paris Baguette, a fast-casual Parisian-inspired bakery, is celebrating its newest location in Costa Mesa by offering the first 100 guests in line on September 7 and September 8 starting at 9:00 a.m. a complimentary mouthwatering, buttery croissant of their choice and a Paris Baguette lunch bag or mug – a sweet deal for everyone to enjoy! Best known for a variety of delectable cakes, pastries, sandwiches and signature beverages, Paris Baguette offers a unique self-service feature where customers can pick and choose their favorite delicacies that are brought directly to the counter. Choose from an array of Parisian & Asian-infused treats such as Sweet Red Bean Donuts, colorful Macarons or a traditional Pain au Chocolat, all made with locally sourced ingredients and quality products. The new location marks Paris Baguette’s fourth Orange County restaurant, and is located at 350...

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Best Tech for Back-to-School

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

The kids have headed back-to-school and needing to stock-up with the newest technology to be successful in the new school year. Verizon is one of the best places to get all the tech your kids need and these are our top five picks. Want a speaker, academic assistant and a schedule keeper all in one? Look no further than the JBL Link 20 with built-in Google Assistant. Use Google Assistant for translation help, searching or fact-checking. Need help balancing a busy back to school schedule? Ask Google to access calendars to receive rundowns on demand, and set reminders at specific times and locations. And the JBL Link 20 is waterproof so it keeps going despite spilled drinks, rogue splashes or even a dunk in the pool (on a study break, of course). Charge family phones quickly on contact from...

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The First-Ever Hello Kitty Cafe Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, announces the opening of the highly anticipated Hello Kitty Grand Cafe on September 14, 2018. Housed within the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, CA, this marks the Hello Kitty Cafe brand’s first-ever cafe concept offering Hello Kitty Cafe favorites and new Afternoon Tea and Cocktail Service programs. The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is the first and only permanent cafe in the U.S. featuring dual experiential spaces – a fast casual cafe setting open to the public and a separate private room for reservation-only afternoon tea program and cocktail service. Guests can pop in and out for a sweet treat at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe with grab and go seating for up to 12 people. In addition to the popular Hello Kitty Cafe menu offerings, exclusive new...

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Tall Ships Festival Sails Into Dana Point Harbor + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history with the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba. Gather friends and family for a weekend full of seaside adventures Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 at Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor. Ocean Institute’s 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival offers multiple activities throughout the weekend. The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 7 with the Parade of Sails and the Sails ‘n Ales kick-off party, followed by a weekend full of tall ship tours, pirate voyages, mermaid encounters and vendors on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9. On Friday, September 7 from 4 – 7:30 p.m., the Parade of Sail kicks off the historic weekend as visitors experience the sight of several iconic tall...

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6th Annual James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Los Angeles

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Don’t miss the culinary event of the year – The 6th annual James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Los Angeles event. The event will take place at the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills on Friday, October 12th at 6pm. The evening will highlight an unforgettable Dinner Menu created by: VISITING ALL-STAR James Beard Award Winner Andrew Carmellini of The Dutch, NYC LOCAL ALL-STAR Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec, Los Angeles HOST CHEF Holly Jivin of The Bazaar by José Andrés, Beverly Hills, CA; Tres, Beverly Hills Reception Tastings created by: Wes Avila of Guerrilla Tacos, Los Angeles Raphael Francois of Tesse, West Hollywood, CA Mei Lin of Nightshade, Los Angeles Pawan Mahendro of Badmaash, Los Angeles Curtis Stone of Maude, Beverly Hills Dessert Reception Tastings created by: Margarita Manzke of République, Los Angeles Lincoln Carson of Bon Temps, Los Angeles Mitzi...

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Boo at The Rancho Wildlife Zoo

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Halloween is coming fast, Are you ready to have a blast? Bring the kids and parents too For trick or treating at the zoo! Ghosts, goblins and witch’s brew Come as you are, or wear your best costume. Make a spooky spider craft There may be a fright, and plenty of laughs! Where: Rancho Wildlife Foundation 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 When: Monday October 29th 2018 10am, 11am and 12pm Details: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Reservation times: 10am, 11am, or 12pm (949) 589-7900 or [email protected] $6 per child | Adults are free (2 free adults per reservation) Seperate reservation required per family $8 valet parking Non candy items available at each station Costumes encouraged. Children will trick or treat to all the decorated animal enclosures. Free crafts tables. Vendor shopping available for the...

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Free Family Fiesta to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Next weekend, MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, Orange County’s top community retail destination, is hosting a free Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. Families will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of live music by Manos de Fuego, mariachi, folklórico, refreshing margaritas, and delicious food samples from Applebee’s, Lucille’s, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields and Hot Dog on a Stick. Guests can also enter an exclusive raffle with gifts and prizes from participating retailers. Art lovers will enjoy a live exhibit by Rosemary Vasquez and participate in a watercolor self-portrait workshop at MainPlace Mall’s Art Walk to honor Chicano Social Realism Master Emigdio Vasquez. When: Saturday, September 8th Where: MainPlace Mall 2800 N Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 Time: 2pm to...

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Waitress Comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce WAITRESS will play Segerstrom Hall for a limited two-week engagement November 13 – 25, 2018. Tickets to WAITRESS start at $29 and are on sale now at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, November 24 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more visitSCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation. Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”),...

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Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Family, Recipes, Sheet Pan Recipes | 0 comments

Whenever my daughter and I see Caprese salad on a menu, we cannot resist ordering it. There is something amazingly delicious about the flavor combinations of tomatoes and cheese, mixed with some balsamic & fresh basil ~ oh my! Instead of doing the traditional burgers and hot dogs over Labor Day weekend; I decided to surprise my daughter by making Caprese chicken. And, since it was a holiday weekend, I kept it simple by doing it on a sheet pan – the prep time was less than five minutes! Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe Ingredients: 2 Cups of Melissa’s Produce cherry tomatoes 2 Cloves of Melissa’s Produce garlic (minced) 2 Tbl. Olive oil 5 Fresh Chicken thighs Fresh Mozzarella slices (Trader Joe’s has it pre-sliced) Balsamic vinegar Salt Pepper Basil Directions: 1. In a bowl. Mix the cherry tomatoes...

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Summer Tomato Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided Our backyard tomato plants have been working hard all summer to provide our family with an abundance of fresh tomatoes. But, as the summer nights are slowly coming to an end, I have found myself sifting through the leaves of our tomato plants to find the last tomatoes that our plants will provide this year. That is why I love Melissa’s Produce so much because they seem to find those hidden tomatoes when we can’t find them in our backyard, and yet they taste just as good as the ones we grow ourselves. After a quick visit at Melissa’s this month, they sent me home with some of their heirloom cherry tomatoes, and I made this quick (and simple) summer tomato salad recipe. What I love about this recipe is that you can cook it and have...

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Dinner with a View at The Sun Room

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Dining, Oregon, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue After a busy day exploring the Oregon coastline, we freshened up in our room before having dinner at The Sun Room Cafe at the Salishan Resort. One of my favorite things about the restaurant is the beautiful panoramic views of the golf course. We were seated at a booth overlooking the golf course and got ready to embark on an epicurean adventure. There were so many delicious choices on the menu, and it was the parmesan truffle fries with garlic aioli and portland ketchup that caught the eye of my son. Truffle fries are one of his all-time favorite dishes, and he thought that the fries at The Sun Room Cafe were some of the best he has ever had. While my son was enjoying the parmesan truffle fries, my daughter...

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LA Fleet Week is the Place for Families to Spend Labor Day Weekend

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s an F-18F Super Hornet Fighter Jet and its EA-18G Growler cousin soaring above the LA Waterfront, the newest addition to a schedule of aerial demonstrations taking place at this year’s LA Fleet Week® 2018 presented by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video over Labor Day Weekend. Running throughout the day Sept. 1 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, the captivating aerial demonstrations will be among the many attractions at the multi-day, free public celebration honoring the U.S. Sea Services. This will be the first time that LA Fleet Week will feature the F-18, a twin-engine, supersonic combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft and its specialized version, the EA-18G Growler. The fighter jets will be operated by Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94), Strike Fighter Squadron 22 (VFA...

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Oregon, Travel | 0 comments

One afternoon while staying at the Salishan Resort along the beautiful Oregon coast, we went to explore the popular Yaquina Head Lighthouse. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Salishan Resort and then took the scenic drive along the coast to see the lighthouse. When we first arrived at the Yaquina Head Nature Area, we paid a small fee to enter the nature preserve. We drove around the bend to discover a beautiful lighthouse at the edge of the cliff. It was extremely windy the day that we visited so we didn’t walk all the way to the lighthouse but did take the stairs down to explore the black sand beach. At the bottom of the stairs were some volunteers who talked to my children about the different wildlife they might come across while looking the tide pools and reminded...

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Theatre Dining at the all-new George’s Cafe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue I love bringing my kids to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to see performances. We usually end up eating dinner before the show at South Coast Plaza until the opening of the new outdoor dining venue next to the Segerstrom, Center 360. You can imagine my surprise last week when we went to see the ON YOUR FEET Broadway musical and discovered that the restaurant has an all-new name and delicious new menu! Center 360 is now George’s Cafe, named after the George Argyros, who along with his wife made the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza outside of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts possible. The restaurant has the same ambiance – private tables, long communal tables and a large bar. The best part of the restaurant is the new...

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Disney: Beauty and the Beast Live in Concert

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents Disney: Beauty and The Beast Live in Concert on September 29 at 7:30pm. The music of Walt Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, comes to life with a 65-piece orchestra comprised of professionals from the American Federation of Musicians and The Chapman Orchestra. With music from the award-winning score by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Sir Tim Rice, the tale as old as time will dazzle during this cinematic live music experience. Beauty and the Beast is the first collaborative performance of the 2018-19 season, uniting students with elite musicians. Musco Center offers tremendous opportunities to students of the performing arts. Small groups can work with some of the exemplary artists and scholars performing and presenting throughout the season, which spans jazz, American roots, large-scale special...

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Captains Quarters to Perform at 9th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival is proud to announce the Yacht Rock super group Captains Quarters will perform at the highly anticipated 9th annual event on September 15, 2018 from noon to 4 p.m. Dubbed “Orange County’s Favorite Beer Festival,” the event will serve up sips from beloved regional and exciting new out-of-town breweries that are rarely seen in California. Super-fan craft beer enthusiasts will sample both the largest and best selection of craft beer in Orange County, CA from the region’s’ top breweries and brewers. Craft beer lovers will enjoy classic backyard games, live entertainment, and indulge in gourmet food trucks like Mess Hall Canteen, Viking Truck, Meat Up BBQ, Fiesta Gourmet and more, all at the picturesque Lakeview Park venue – a new, but familiar location for the Brew Ha Ha event. Fans of the Brew...

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Spicy Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided My favorite veggie season of the year is hatch chile season. This year, I have been cooking up a storm in my kitchen with fresh hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce, and over the weekend, I made a tasty breakfast casserole using hatch chiles ~ that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you! The breakfast casserole is ideal to make over the weekend so that your kids can re-heat it throughout the week before going off to school. It is packed with nutrition, and a little bit of heat to help wake them up on those early mornings before heading off to school. It’s simple and delicious ~ Enjoy! PS. If you have kids who don’t like spice. Melissa’s Produce does offer mild peppers so they can still enjoy the authentic flavors. Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole...

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Invest in Your Skin with Trilipiderm

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

Sample provided One question that I’m frequently asked is, “how do you look so young?” At the beginning of the year, I had a Co2 laser done on my face at CosmetiCare, and since then, I’ve been invested in providing the best care possible for my skin. I am continually trying new skincare products, and one product that I have fallen in love with is Trilipiderm ultra-hydrating all-body oil. I am always cautious about using any products on my skin that have harmful chemicals, and Trilipiderm is 100% natural, fragrance-free, preservative-free, and non-comedogenic. Did I mention that they also don’t test on animals? Hooray! I’ve been using the oil on my skin for about a week, and I’ve noticed an extreme difference in the look and feel of my skin. My skin is brighter, more hydrated and I don’t...

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Summer Salads at Luna Grill

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue One of our favorite places to enjoy a healthy meal is at Luna Grill. The restaurant features a family-friendly ambiance, and the meal portions are large enough that we always have leftovers to bring home or the kids end up sharing a meal. This summer, it has been the salads at Luna Grill that our family has been enjoying almost every week. Their salads are packed full of nutrition, and when we add a protein to it, it is the perfect family summer dinner. My kid’s favorite salad at Luna Grill is the Mediterranean salad. The salad features chopped chicken, Israeli couscous, tomato, cucumber, red onion, mint, parsley, green onion, feta, tossed in our house vinaigrette and served on a bed of lettuce. What I love about the salad is that...

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Tenaya Lodge Labor Day Weekend Special

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

One of my favorite places to create unforgettable memories with my family is at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite. We return to the lodge year after year, and every time that we visit, it feels like the first. Tenaya Lodge is giving travelers a huge incentive for visiting Yosemite for Labor Day with 20% off rates and no minimum stay. A 20% discount is virtually unheard of over Labor Day weekend!! Visitors should use the promo code HOTDEAL when booking. Labor Day at Tenaya Lodge is also full of fun activities including a family watercolor class, dive-in movies, day and evening kids camps and a poolside barbecue. If you don’t already have travel plans for Labor Day, make reservations to visit Yosemite with your...

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Experience Smallfoot Yeti Village

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a sneak preview Embark on a 40-minute adventure through the Smallfoot Yeti Village with your children. Recently, I took my children to Hollywood to experience the Yeti Village, and we had the time of our life. The adventure started with multiple “selfie stations” where your family can take creative photos. The best part is that the staff will take the picture for you, and then you can text or email yourself the photos! If you have teenagers – they are going to love it! After taking photos, my children squealed with delight as they went down a 20′ spiral slide. On the second level, there is a giant “snowball pit,” arts & crafts, karaoke and more. We were completely immersed into the world of Yeti and Smallfoot while at the Yeti Village. The Yeti Village is only...

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Simple Prosecco Grape Recipe

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Having friends over? Looking for a fun new snack to serve while entertaining? Then you need to try making Prosecco grapes. With it being the peak of the grape season, and Melissa’s Produce has been filling the shelves of my local market with delicious seasonal grapes, I decided to make prosecco grapes for a recent girls night out that I hosted. Prosecco grapes are so easy to make, and you’re guests are going to love how sweet and delicious they are. For this recipe, I made them with Melissa’s Produce champagne grapes, but you can use any kind of grape that you want – just as long as it’s from Melissa’s Produce (wink). Simple Prosecco Grape Recipe Ingredients: 1 Package of Melissa’s Produce grapes 1 cup of sugar 1 Bottle of Prosecco Directions: 1. Clean the grapes and take...

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Angels Gate Park: Korean Bell of Friendship

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in San Pedro, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of San Pedro One of the highlights of my visit to San Pedro was going to Angels Gate Park where there is the Korean Bell of Friendship. The massive bell was donated in 1976 by the People Republic of Korea to honor the veterans of the Korean War and symbolizes the friendship between the two countries. The bell weighs 17 tons, twelve feet tall, seven and a half feet in diameter, and is made of copper and tin, with gold, nickel, lead and phosphorous. The Korean Bell of Friendship sits in the center of Angels Gate Park overlooking the beautiful coastline. It is in the center of a gorgeous pagoda stone structure that is supported by twelve columns representing the twelve designs of the Oriental zodiac. The bell is rung only four times each...

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Does Liposuction Hurt?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador Is Liposuction painful? Just like any type of major surgery, there is going to be some degree of pain associated. One thing that the doctors at CosmetiCare did in my pre-op appointment was to talk with me about pain management following the surgery. They provided me with prescriptions for pain medication in my pre-op appointment so that I could fill the prescriptions before my surgery and went over a main medication management schedule to follow after my surgery. When I woke up from my surgery, I felt some slight discomfort when I attempted to move, but the pain wasn’t too hard to handle. It was once the medication they had given me in my IV during surgery started to wear off that I felt a good amount of pain. I quickly learned how important...

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Saturday Teen Culinary Classes

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in Education | 0 comments

Do your kids like to cook? Are they they wanting to explore their talents? The OCSA CSArts Culinary Classes are the perfect place for them to start. Not only can your children fall in love with the Culinary Arts, but also get a small taste of what the OCSA Culinary Arts High School program can provide for them. The Saturday classes are geared towards children aged 11-15. During the classes, students will learn a variety of foundational cooking techniques while experimenting with fun recipes. Basic knife skills, cooking methods, garnishes, portioning, plating, and representation will be explored with a culminating gathering and sampling for parents to enjoy. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. Fundamentals of Culinary Arts 9am to 12pm Innovative Flavors and Presentations 1pm to 4pm Cost: $475 Dates: The Fall 2018 classes occur weekly on Saturdays from...

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Orange County Great Park Fall Family Events

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Park Explorations: click here for more information Explore new adventures with our mobile cart designed to encourage discovery through play. With fun hands-on activities, the cart can be found at different locations each month at the Orange County Great Park. Parent participation required. Free drop-in program; craft supplies limited. Free/All Ages Welcome Upcoming dates: 9/1/18 11/3/18 12/1/18 Family Game Day: click here for more information Saturdays are for family and fun. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day at the park. Lawn games, board games, and other activities will be provided by Orange County Great Park staff to kick-start your weekend. Activities will be held next to the Visitors Center. Free. All ages. **Program is weather permitting. Upcoming dates: 9/29/2018 10/27/18 11/10/18 12/22/18 Super Soccer Stars: click here for more information This is a six-week session. Price: $132/Ages 2-7....

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3rd Annual Tastemakers of Orange County

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

On the heels of its 20th anniversary, the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) will host the 3rd Annual “Tastemakers of Orange County” culinary event on Wednesday, September 5th in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This culinary event celebrates the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by giving guests the opportunity to taste and indulge in Asian and Pacific Island-inspired cuisines and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low income families throughout Orange County. Participating chefs and restaurants include: TAKASHI ABE & TED LEE | Bluefin BILL BRACKEN | Bracken’s Kitchen IVAN CALDERON | Taco Mesa + Taco Rosa...

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Festival of Arts Laguna Beach Announces Return of Pageant of the MONSTERS

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Just when you thought it was safe to go backstage the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters brings a monster of a good time back to Laguna Beach. Only returning to the Festival grounds every five years, the Pageant of the Monsters will offer attendees a frightfully fun time with ghoulish tricks, treats, and “spook-tacular” art surprises October 26, 27, 28 and 31, 2018. Resurrecting an event from years past, the Pageant’s backstage will transform into a haunted house with an artistic twist. The Festival of Arts grounds will be filled with ghoulish tricks and treats including art activities, live music, wandering zombies and other “spook-tacular” surprises. Funds for this event are provided in part by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. This event is not recommended for children under 5 years of age....

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

We had a hint of cooler weather yesterday, that had me in the mood for a little comfort food. While daydreaming about the Tuscany hills in Italy, I was inspired to make this creamy Tuscan children pasta sauce for our family dinner. The recipe is simple, delicious and your kids are guaranteed to come asking for more! Enjoy! Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Ingredients: 1 Onion (diced) 1 Garlic clove (diced) 5-6 Chicken tenders 1 Cup of sundried tomatoes 1/2 Cup of white wine 2 Tbl. Olive oil 1 1/2 Cups of Heavy cream 3-4 cups of spinach 1 1/2 cups of parmesan cheese 2 Tbl parsley (chopped) Salt/Pepper 1. Cook noodles per package instructions. 2. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil. 3. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until translucent. 4. Add the chicken tenders and white wine....

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 17 comments

Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family. Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily from September 15th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkin Patch activities include: Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and a lot more. Irvine Park Railroad’s 3rd annual “Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off” will...

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Family-Friendly Resort Cooking Classes

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

As we are in the heat of summer, vacation time is top-of-mind and if you happen to be planning a trip for a family, keeping the whole gang entertained during said vacation is right up there. Family-friendly cooking classes – fun, tasty, hands-on activities at these resorts will keep the bodies busy and the bellies full. Chef for a Day at Renaissance Tuscany II Ciocco Resort & Spa Nestled on the hill of an expansive two-mile estate in the heart of Italy’s most beloved region, Tuscany, the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooks the mountainous Serchio Valley, one of the most unexplored areas of Italy. The 180-room resort offers, by request, a ‘Chef For a Day’ experience for children looking to understand the local culture of Italy and the food of the seasons while having some fun....

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You’re Invited: Free Dance Class with the cast from the Tony Award-winning Broadway Show On Your Feet!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts thinks you can dance! Dance fans and Latin dance aficionados are invited to gather on the Center’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza on Saturday, August 25 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. to learn exuberant choreography from the hit Broadway show ON YOUR FEET! Artists Maria Rodriguez and Jeremy Adam Rey will go through the routines step by step, culminating in a massive conga line around the Plaza. The class precedes the 2 p.m. matinee. WHERE: Segerstrom Center for the Arts Julianne & George Argyros Plaza 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 WHEN: Saturday, August 25th TIME:...

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It’s Almost Time to Get Your D23 Expo Tickets

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

On Thursday, August 23, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 23-25, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment, and more. D23 Expo 2019 marks the sixth biennial Expo held in Anaheim. Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with signature entertainment, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. A massive show floor will feature exhibits, shopping, and photo opportunities from all across Disney and its partners. D23 Expo 2019 marks the return of fan favorites,...

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Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided Summer might be coming to an end, but the produce is fresher than ever. I had been traveling all week, and the first thing my kids asked me when I got home was, “What’s for dinner?” I knew that I had two hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce still in the refrigerator and a couple of ears of corn that I had planned on making elote with before my trip, so I put everything I had in my garden and refrigerator together to make this refreshing summer corn salad – and it was delicious! The best thing about this recipe is that you can add the hatch chiles into a portion of the dish, leaving a “bland” salad for your picky eaters. After mixing all the ingredients, I put a small amount aside for my picky eater and...

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Celebrate Labor Day at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present a three-day concert series this Labor Day weekend featuring ‘80s hits, patriotic country favorites and an authentic rock n’ roll experience. The all-ages event kicks off on Friday, August 31 and continues through Sunday, September 2. Full bar service and food trucks will be available each evening for guests to enjoy delicious food and drinks while listening to live music in a beautiful waterfront setting. LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVENT SCHEDULE Friday, August 31 80’S ON THE BAY Dig out your neon, legwarmers, spandex and sequins for an unforgettable evening that features Sirius XM and Jack FM’s legendary ‘80s DJ, Richard Blade, spinning you favorite 80s’ hits. Live entertainment will be provided by IDOL X, the Ultimate ‘LIVE’ Billy Idol experience. Time: 7-10 p.m. Event Price: $20 General admission, $40 VIP admission...

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The Historic Warner Grand Theatre

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in San Pedro, Theatre, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things that we did when exploring San Pedro was visiting the Warner Grand Theatre. I am a little bit of a history and architecture nerd, and the minute that the trolley stopped in front of the historic theatre, I was in love. The Warner Grand Theatre opened on January 20, 1931, and was built by the distinguished team of architect B. Marcus Priteca and the artist Anthony Heinsbergen (the same team that designed the Hollywood Pantages). The theatre features some exemplary aspects of art deco like: lines, steps, sweeping curves as well as chevron patterns and the sunburst motifs. The finest examples in the Warner Grand are on the auditorium ceiling and the mezzanine ceiling. This Theatre’s design has been called “Neo-byzantine.” The theatre looks just as...

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Liposuction: Let’s talk About Compression Garments

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador After having liposuction, my compression garment quickly became my new best friend for the next six weeks. When I woke up from my surgery, I was already in the compression garment that CosmetiCare provided. Under my compression garment, was a thick layer of cotton and foam to help keep my skin compressed. When I returned to CosmetiCare the day after my surgery, they took off my compression garment, foam and cotton to check on my incisions. During my appointment, they advised me of the importance of wearing my compression garment 24/7 until the doctor informed me that I could stop. The most important thing you need to know about your compression garment is that you’ll need help getting in/out of it when showering. During the first week after my surgery, I needed both my...

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Coffee by the Sea at Siren’s Java & Tea in San Pedro

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Dining, San Pedro, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue We started our day exploring San Pedro by visiting the popular local coffee shop, Siren’s Java & Tea. The coffee shop is located in the heart of downtown San Pedro and offers a variety of unique coffee creations and breakfast pastries. One of my favorite things about Siren’s Java & Tea is the ambiance. There are many tables, chairs, couches located throughout the coffee shop for families to relax and reconnect. My friend, Anita and I, found a table in the back of the coffee shop where we enjoyed catching up while sipping on a warm cup of coffee. I had heard that they are well known for their “Mermaid Kiss” coffee, and while I am not one for sweet coffee drinks, I couldn’t resist ordering a cup. The coffee featured...

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Mexican Avocado Toast Recipe

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Samples Received One of my favorite things to make the kids for breakfast is avocado toast. The breakfast dish is packed full of nutrition and helps the kids get a healthy start to their day. The only downside is that avocado toast can get a little boring when eating it multiple times a week, so I decided to put a new Mexican inspired twist on my avocado toast recipe. The fresh hatch chiles in my refrigerator from Melissa’s Produce and bread from La Brea Bakery helped to inspire me to make this recipe. The toast has a nice kick to it, and not too spicy for my picky eater. The minute that the kid’s tastebuds sunk into my Mexican avocado toast, they were in heaven…and asking me for more. If you like avocado toast, you’re going to ‘love’ this...

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Tips for Teaching Kids to do the Dishes

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the first chores that I taught my children how to do was to empty and fill the dishwasher every night. Since most families do their dishes in the evening after dinner when the kids get ready for bed, I highly recommend getting the #1 dishwasher on the market, Bosch, because it is the quietest dishwasher brand in the U.S. My children first started helping with the dishes around ten years of age, and you’ll want to properly train your children on how to care for the dishes/dishwasher before letting them start doing the household chore. Caring for the dishwasher One of the most important things you’ll want to do is stress the importance of caring for the household dishwasher. Bosch is an excellent choice when purchasing your dishwasher because it is the most reliable dishwasher brand...

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Cool Craft Brews at Brouwerij West in San Pedro

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Dining, San Pedro | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue The summer temperatures were rising while we were busy exploring San Pedro, making it the perfect time to stop into Brouwerij West for a refreshing taste of their craft beers. What I love about Brouwerij West is that they have a large indoor and outdoor venue complete with food trucks, making it a family-friendly brewery. We had just finished supporting local artisans by shopping at the neighboring Crafted and then walked over to Brouwerij West. The minute that we walked into the brewery, we immediately felt relaxed. There were many tables available, twinkling lights, and friendly staff. I have to admit that I have never been much of a beer drinker, but recently I have found some craft beers that I’ve quite enjoyed. I went into the craft beer tasting with...

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Hatch Chile Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples received Hatch Chile’s are one of my favorite vegetables and are only available for a short time every year. During Hatch Chile season, I always get the freshest hatch chiles available from Melissa’s Produce. Last week, I enjoyed cooking my family some tasty stuffed hatch chiles that I paired with a freshly made hatch chile salsa. Making homemade salsa is one of the easiest things to prepare for your family. You can quickly make a large serving, and your children can enjoy it throughout the week, or you can use it to make many other recipes. You can purchase Hatch Chiles with different heat intensities (mild, medium or hot). I made it with mild chiles and then added some jalapeno to half of it for my older son who loves spicy foods and me. Enjoy making this Hatch...

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Simulation of Liposuction with New Look Now

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador During my consultation for Liposuction, one of my favorite part of the consultation for Liposuction, I utilized CosmetiCare’s New Look Now software.. What is New Look Now? It is a simulation of what your body will look like after having cosmetic surgery. The nurse was able to take a picture of my body, and within a few minutes, I received a simulation of what my body would look like after having liposuction. The best part is that you don’t have to go into the CosmetiCare office to get a simulation of what your body will look like after having surgery – you can easily do it on the CosmetiCare website. You can get a simulation for breast augmentation, breast lift or liposuction. The process is simple. You’ll want to take a picture of your...

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Stuffed Hatch Chile Recipe

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 2 comments

Samples provided It’s the most delicious time of the year – Hatch Chile Season! I love chiles, and hatch chiles are my ultimate favorite. Earlier this week, I went to Melissa’s Produce to learn about the new cookbook, “The Camp & Cabin Cookbook,” and to enjoy some tasty dishes made with hatch chiles. After tasting some of the recipes from Laura Bashar’s new cookbook and getting inspired to get the family back into the kitchen, I brought some fresh hatch chiles home and got the family together for a fun night of cooking in the kitchen. Stuffed peppers/chiles are one of the easiest ways that I have found to get my kids to eat peppers or chiles, so I decided to make stuffed hatch chiles paired with some grilled carne asada and freshly made hatch chile salsa. The result...

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What You Need to Know about Skin Cancer

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

Sponsored We are at the peak of the summer season, and it is more important than ever to keep your skin protected from the harsh summer sun. Recently, we went to Kaiser Permanente to speak with Dr. Hege Sarpa to find out everything that your family needs to know about skin cancer. Dr. Hege Sarpa started by explaining the three major types of skin cancer: The most common form of skin cancer is a basal cell carcinoma. The word carcinoma means that its a malignancy. Basal cell carcinoma is by far the most common and is 100% related to sun exposure. It is more common in fair skin patients, and people with chronic sun damage. The second most common is squamous cell carcinoma. This form can be a little tricky, especially in Caucasian males greater than 65 years of...

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What to Expect Six Weeks After Liposuction

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 1 comment

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador Six weeks after my liposuction procedure at CosmetiCare, I went in for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Champion. Although I had already been approved to stop wearing my compression garment, at this point, I still felt comfortable wearing a nice tight pair of spanks until about 12 weeks post surgery. Over the past six weeks since my surgery, I had been committed to eating a healthy diet, and when I weighed in the morning of my six-week appointment, I had lost a total of 40 pounds (including the nine pounds that were removed during my surgery). Not only have I lost 40 pounds, but I have also dropped eight clothing sizes – and I am now a size 3, which I have never been in my life! During my appointment, Dr. Champion looked at...

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Disney twenty-three Celebrates 90 Years of Mickey Mouse

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment | 1 comment

2018 is a big year for Mickey Mouse, who celebrates his 90th anniversary this year, and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing the celebration to the pages of the fall issue of Disney twenty-three. Film historian Leonard Maltin honors Mickey’s enduring optimism and youthful spirit. Celebrities and luminaries including Kurt Russell, Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Menken and Hayley Mills recall their fondest Mickey memories. The cover features the latest tribute to Mickey—his new birthday portrait, titled Spreading Magic Around the World, painted by legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios animator Mark Henn—and Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline looks at the long-standing tradition of Mickey portraits over the decades. Actress and fashion designer Ashley Eckstein pays tribute to Minnie Mouse—who is also celebrating 90 years of stardom—by spotlighting Minnie’s enduring place as a role model and fashion...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that the Orange County engagement of the hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! – based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY®-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY®-winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan – stars Cuban-American Broadway actress Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan, and acclaimed stage and television actor Mauricio Martinez, plays Emilio Estefan. The cast also stars Broadway veteran Nancy Ticotin (West Side Story, In the Heights) as Gloria’s mother, Gloria Fajardo; Debra Cardona (TV’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” as Hector’s Mom, Mary Poppins, In the Heights) as Gloria’s grandmother, Consuelo; Jason Martinez (Jersey Boys, The Capeman) as Gloria’s father, José Fajardo; Ana-Sofia Rodriguez and Carmen Sanchez as Little Gloria; and Carlos Carreras and Jordan Vergara as Nayib/Young Emilio. Rounding out the ensemble are Anthony Alfaro, Michelle Alves, Jonathan Arana,...

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You’re Invited: MainPlace Mall Back to School Party

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

This weekend, MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana is hosting its Back to School Party of the year! MainPlace Mall will be hosting its free Party on the Patio and Artwalk from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 11. Friends and family will be able to join us for live music, refreshing mocktails, and delicious food samples from Applebee’s, Lucille’s, Panini Kabob Grill, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields and Hot Dog on a Stick. Guests will also have the opportunity to be entered in a raffle to win exclusive gifts and prizes, in addition to watching live art demonstrations, workshops, a live backpack fashion show and makeover opportunities from MAC and The Makeup Shop. Kids will also have the chance to create their own art journals using recycled materials and pastels. When: Saturday, August 11th Time: 2pm to 5pm Where: MainPlace Mall 2800...

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You’re Invited: Meet and Greet with Disney Channel Star Kevin Quinn

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Disney, Events, Television Shows | 3 comments

Outlets at San Clemente, Orange County’s first and only coastal outlet shopping destination, will host a free meet and greet for local fans featuring Kevin Quinn, an actor and singer/songwriter most recognized for his role as Xander McCormick on the hit Disney Channel series Bunk’d. Quinn is currently working on his debut EP. He has had guest roles in Shameless as well as Chicago P.D. and had a supporting role on Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting. For more information, please visit OutletsatSanClemente.com/KQ. WHEN: Sunday, August 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Outlets at San Clemente Center Court 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente, Calif. 92672 GIVEAWAY! We are giving away (2) tickets to meet with Kevin Quinn at a private VIP event before he meets with the public! Enter to win by leaving a...

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Start the School Year Toxin Free

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Family, Green Living, Health | 0 comments

When it comes to parenting, protecting your kids is undoubtedly the most important job. As the little ones get ready to go back to school, now is the perfect time to ensure they’re set up for a successful year ahead. Sure, it’s important to stock up on school supplies, find just the right backpack and snag those back-to-school bargains while you can, but sometimes keeping your children safe goes beyond making sure they’re ready for their first day. To truly set your kids up for success it’s important to keep their health in mind. Kids are resilient, but keeping them safe from toxins is a responsibility that falls squarely on your shoulders. While dealing with the whirlwind of prep that comes with the first day of school, take a moment to consider how to guard your lovable little booger...

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Finding Your Way Home with Christopher Robin

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

I attended a screening as a guest of Disney Have you ever felt lost? Alone? Forgotten? It has been a feeling that I have been experiencing a lot this year, and why when I saw Christopher Robin, as an adult feeling lost, it made the movie so relatable to my current life situation. In the movie, Christopher Robin finds himself working so hard, not having enough time to spend with his wife and daughter, and struggling to find balance – and happiness. Meanwhile, back in the Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie-the-Pooh awakes from his slumber to find that the once sunny Hundred Acre Wood was now gloomy, dark, and he was all alone. I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible with my friends and family, and trying to avoid that dark and painful feeling of being alone....

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Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival returns to the Mission Viejo center on Tuesday, August 7. The afternoon of family fun will benefit Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. The event will have inflatables, games, a juggler and stilt walker, face painting, a balloon artist and shaved ice. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for six and $10 for 15. The “Spin to Win” game is 4 tickets per spin with a chance to win a prize. Guests who bring a new toy (no guns please) or new backpack to donate to Make-A-Wish will receive five free game tickets. The Grand Prize Raffle will be held near the end of the event and you must be present to win; tickets for the Grand Prize Raffle will be $1 per ticket. All proceeds for this event will benefit Make-A-Wish® Orange County...

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OC Fair: We Care Wednesday Clothing Drive

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

The OC Fair and Goodwill of Orange County have again joined forces for a special We Care Wednesday clothing drive on August 8. From noon to 3 p.m., guests who bring five new or gently-used clothing items per person to the OC Fair for donation to Goodwill of Orange County will receive same-day free admission and one free carnival ride. For the last 94 years, Goodwill of Orange County stores have used revenue from reselling donated goods to fund programs and services that help local people, including many veterans and individuals with disabilities, find employment and receive job training skills. The money raised from reselling the goods collected at the OC Fair have made a huge impact on Goodwill’s ability to connect unemployed or underemployed individuals, no matter the challenge or disability, with job opportunities. In other words, the...

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Best Back-to-School Laptop

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored When you have a house full of high schoolers, one of the most essential items on their back-to-school shopping list is a new laptop. Technology is always changing, and students find themselves needing a new laptop every school year. This year, my teenagers were requesting a laptop that is more versatile, and that can keep up with the multitasking they need during the grueling school year. We went to Best Buy is past week, and started to research the different laptops that are currently on the market. The one that stood out to my teenagers was the HP Envy x360. The one feature that they first loved was that the screen has a 360° flip-and-fold design. Meaning they can turn it around which is great when working on a group project with other students. The second feature that...

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Panini Kabob Grill in Mission Viejo + Giveaway

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 16 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue One of our favorite places to go out for dinner is at Panini Kabob Grill. Why? They have a great family meal special that provides enough food for our entire family, plus we have leftovers. The best part is that it is priced at only $19.99 for two skewers! Another thing that I love about Panini Kabob Grill is their lentil soup. When I was working on my weight loss earlier in the year, I would purchase their soup almost every day. It is so excellent and packed full of nutrition. When I heard that they recently opened a new location in Mission Viejo, I couldn’t wait to bring the family to see if it is any different than our “usual” location in Aliso Viejo. Earlier this week, I wasn’t in...

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Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

The American Red Cross is calling on Southern California baseball fans to step up to the plate and help overcome a summer blood shortage by donating blood at the 20th annual Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive. The blood drive will take place Saturday, July 28, at multiple sites. As a thank you, all who come to donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to either an Angels or Dodgers designated home game, while supplies last.* Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive Saturday, July 28 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fountain Valley Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 17800 Newhope St. Fullerton Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 1144 Rosecrans Ave. Laguna Hills Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Drive Pasadena Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 133 N. Altadena Drive Pomona Red Cross Blood Donation Center,...

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Summer Dive-In Movie nights at Fashion Island Hotel

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Events, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

Friday nights are Summer Dive-In Movie nights at Fashion Island Hotel – the stylish, luxury SoCal coastal hotel oozing with relaxed hospitality and atmosphere. Silver screen favorites start at sundown when dates, friends and families pull up a chaise lounge poolside or get comfy on their own inflatable pool floaties to view Luke Skywalker, Mowgli, Thor, the Black Widow, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Lupita Nyong’o and other unforgettable characters and stars under the stars. Popcorn, movie snacks, cocktails and other beverages are available to purchase for sipping and crunching. Cost is $10 for locals and free for hotel guests. To sweeten this poolside cinema experience, overnight guests can enjoy the benefits of Fashion Island Hotel’s Seas The Summer package, which features 15% off their room, 15% off dining for two and a $15 Market Place credit. Summer Dive-In Movies...

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Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to Experience Jurassic Park The Ride

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Universal The summer heat is upon us, and it is the perfect time to cool down with your family at Universal Studios Hollywood to experience Jurassic Park – The Ride for the last time. The thrilling water ride is about to go extinct on September 3rd, but don’t worry…the all-new Jurassic World Ride will be coming in 2019! With Jurassic Park – The Ride is one of my kid’s all-time favorites, and we went to Universal Studios Hollywood this past week to experience it for one last time. We rode the ride over and over again until we were thoroughly soaked! While on the journey, your family will feel completely immersed in the movie as you’ll see dinosaurs from the film and the ride ends with an epic splash into the water. (I...

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Musical Date Night: Keys On Main Piano Bar

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Cool Places, Dining, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue There is something that Orange County has been missing for many years, and that is a nice and clean piano bar. Couples love to go out to watch live music, and we were thrilled to learn that a new piano bar recently opened at The Triangle in Costa Mesa. Once learning about the new piano bar opening, we planned a night out to check out the new date night hot spot. The piano bar is located right on the corner of Th Triangle in Costa Mesa. They checked our ID at the door, and we entered the snazzy location. There is the main bar along one wall, multiple tables in the center of the piano bar and reserved group seating along the other wall. Since we were visiting with other couples,...

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Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday Portrait Revealed

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment | 0 comments

Mickey Mouse’s new birthday portrait was revealed recently at San Diego Comic-Con. Titled “Spreading Happiness Around the World,” the painting by legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios animator Mark Henn honors Mickey’s 90th anniversary. The unveiling of the new work—the latest in a longstanding series of Mickey birthday portraits—took place during the panel “Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey Mouse with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.” Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, Mickey has been the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. From the beloved Mickey Mouse Club to today’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Mickey’s optimistic outlook and endearing personality continue to delight fans around the world every day. D23 and the Walt Disney Archives, in partnership with Walt Disney Animation Studios, commissioned Henn to paint Mickey’s official birthday portrait. Henn follows in the...

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Five Must-Have Foods at the 2018 OC Fair

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Events, OC Fair | 0 comments

We attended a preview as a guest of the OC Fair It’s the most delicious time of the year as foodies set out on an epicurean adventure at the 2018 OC Fair. From giant turkey legs to endless fried foods, there is something for everyone to enjoy devouring during these hot summer days at the OC Fair, and these are our top five must-have foods to try when visiting the OC Fair the summer! Available at Biggy’s Caramel Crack Fries featuring French fries tossed in butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar then drizzled with salted caramel sauce and topped with whipping cream and sprinkles. Available at Chicken Charlie’s: Shrimp or chicken Ramen burritos. This was our favorite food this year at the OC Fair. The chicken boasted a delicious flavor that was paired perfectly with Ramen noodles and Funyuns!...

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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Voice Recording

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored Teen Titans Go is one of my teenager’s favorite television shows. When he found out that they were making a feature film, he couldn’t wait to see it. You can imagine his surprise when he found out that he would be attending an advance screening of the film, and got the unique opportunity to voice over for one of his favorite characters, Beast Boy. We arrived at the Warner Brothers Studio lot, and there was a red carpet that led into the theater. Press lined the carpet taking pictures of all the guests arriving at the premiere. My kids were overwhelmed with excitement as we entered the theater where we would take our seats to be one of the first to see the feature film, “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.” The movie was hilarious, and my children...

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OC Rescue Mission: Urgent Need for Personal Care Item Donations

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the families residing at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. Donated items will be shared during the Rescue Mission’s “Christmas in July” event on Friday, July 27. The organization hosts this event annually with a two-fold purpose: providing resident families a second chance at a holiday celebration, and reminding the community that there is a need for donations all year round. Urgently needed donation items include: Laundry detergent Deodorant (male and female) Razors (male and female) Shaving cream (male and female) Donations can be dropped off at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at The District in Tustin, the Tustin Auto Center, or the Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, from now through Friday, July 27. Donated goods will be distributed at the Christmas...

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Monster Jam Returns To SoCal

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

After five record-breaking stadium events playing to packed crowds at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam® is revving it’s way up to Downtown Los Angeles with an all-new action-packed weekend of events for the first time ever at STAPLES Center, featuring the SoCal debut of the indoor arena-based Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ that will keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family! Unlike any other Monster Jam event seen in SoCal before, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features eight of the most intense Monster Jam athletes in a fierce battle for the championship that tests the versatility and endurance of the athletes as they go head-to-head in a points-based format with seven different competitions driving three customized high-powered vehicles: the larger-than-life 12,000 lb....

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Surf & Turf, Live Music, and Family Fun: 10th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

The 10th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach will be held at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Sunday, August 5, 2018, from 3 to 8 p.m. This annual celebration of summer centers around a fresh Whole Maine Lobster dinner with dancing to live music, a raffle drawing for a big screen TV, and fun on the beach for the entire family. Live Whole Maine Lobster flown in fresh on the morning of the event is prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes NY Strip Steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salad, freshly baked sourdough rolls, and dessert. In addition to serving a whole Maine Lobster dinner and all its complements, the Lobsterfest at Newport Beach features a full bar with spirits, craft beer, and premium wine. We’re happy to announce that our band will be the “West Coast Party Crashers” who...

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Top Gun House in Oceanside

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Autos, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of Visit Oceanside/Vehicle provided by Kia When planning our recent Oceanside staycation, I was doing some research on things to see and do in the area when I learned that Kelly McGillis’ house from the movie Top Gun is in Oceanside. As we were arriving at our hotel for the weekend, I immediately recognized it on the corner, and parked our Kia Sorento in a parking spot and got out to look at the house. I was overwhelmed with excitement because Top Gun was one of my favorite childhood movies. When my kids walked up to the house they said, “what is Top Gun?” I couldn’t believe that after all the movies I have shown the kids that I had not yet introduced them to the movie Top Gun. The house was not in...

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Festival of Arts Family Art Day

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Events | 1 comment

Families and children are invited to enjoy a day full of art and entertainment at the Festival of Arts Family Art Day on Sunday, July 8, 2018. From 12noon – 3pm, the grounds will be full of fun activities, hands-on art projects, and more! Family Art Day, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, is free with Festival admission, and children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long. A special coupon booklet will be distributed to children upon arrival, while supplies last. Kids will be able to create their own works of art at the Festival’s ceramic and mixed media workshops. Parents and children will enjoy a special performance by award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe, one of the most unique, innovative and inspirational shows in North America, recently seen on NBC’s “Little Big Shots.” Together this troop of...

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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at Georgia’s at the Anaheim Packing House

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Georgia’s Restaurant will celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on Friday, July 6th with a special 8-piece Fried Chicken Bucket with choice of two sides for $20. The offer will begin on the popular food holiday and run for one week, through Thursday, July 12th, in honor of Georgia’s 4th Anniversary! Georgia’s Herb-Seasoned Cornmeal-Crusted Buttermilk Fried Chicken has been noted for being extra crispy, insanely juicy, perfectly golden and utterly addictive. Anaheim Packing House Soul Food restaurant only uses dark meat and puts its own spin on traditional Fried Chicken with the a special brine inspired by co-owner Marlon Machado’s Brazilian upbringing. The 8-piece Fried Chicken Bucket will be offered with two choice of sides for $20 beginning on National Fried Chicken Day on Friday, July 6th through Thursday, July 12th. Available for dine-in or take-out. Georgia’s is located at...

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Boutique Elegance at La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Autos, Family, Featured, Kia, Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue When planning our upcoming Mother and Daughter getaway to explore the history and culture of Querétaro, I knew that I wanted to stay in boutique style hotels to fully experience the culture and history of the beautiful city. We used Pied à Terre to find La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro because they are the premier community to help travelers with finding the best boutique hotels that focus on culture, art, and gastronomy. Moments after arriving in Querétaro, our driver took us to La Casa De Los Dos Leones which was located in the heart of the city, and where a beautiful Kia Sorento was in the parking lot awaiting our arrival. As we walked into the lobby, we were greeted by the staff who offered us a refreshing...

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Talking with the Cast of Ant-Man and The Wasp

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

We attended the event as a guest of Disney Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fantastic sequel to the first Ant-Man movie and a must-see for all parents and children. I recently had the privilege of going to Pasadena and speaking with the cast of the new film, and I can assure you they had a lot of fun things to say. One of my favorite features of the movie was all the comedy and how much I laughed during the film. Even during the serious parts someone almost always said something to lighten the mood. The cast made me laugh once more when Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp) said about Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) who helped write the script, “His best lines in the movie are not on the script.” Knowing that not all of the comedic lines weren’t scripted...

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Orange County’s 40th annual “A Taste of Greece” Festival

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Orange County’s 40th annual “A Taste of Greece” festival will be held on June 29th – 30th and July 1st at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church (4949 Alton Parkway, between Culver Drive and Jeffrey Road, Irvine, CA 92604). More than 12,000 guests are expected to attend the three-day festival, which will feature traditional Greek cuisine and pastries, live music, church tours, authentic Greek dancing with lessons, and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka, a well-known picturesque historical neighborhood of Athens. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 29; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 30; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. Festival admission is just $3 per person, with free admission on Saturday, June 30 from noon – 5 p.m. for seniors 65 years and older. Children under the age of...

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OC Designer Summer Camp at SOCO

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sponsored Designer Camp, the only comprehensive and collaborative design-based summer camp for young creatives (ages 11 – 17). The four unique week-long programs are in partnership with nationally-recognized design brands located in the heart of LA and Orange County’s design destinations. They give students the rare opportunity to engage and learn through hands-on workshops, informative talks from working designers, and behind-the-scenes tours of studios and galleries. Designer Camp also partners with non-profit organizations, allowing students to design for social good. Their boutique camp (25 students each week) allows students to explore the exciting worlds of Art, Beauty, Branding, Fashion, Interior Design, Merchandising, Photography, Set Design, Styling, Trend Forecasting, and much more! No design experience is necessary, just a passion to learn. They welcome youth from all around the world, in all different stages in their passion for design, to...

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Orange County’s first Cat Café

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Catmosphere Laguna, Orange County’s first Cat Café, will open this summer in Laguna Beach. Founded by Gail Allyn Landau, Catmosphere Laguna will serve as both a community café and a foster home for adoptable cats & kittens. Originating in Taiwan in 1998, cat cafés have since become a global phenomenon, inspiring similar business models to open across Japan, London, and most recently, the U.S. As the county’s first cat café, Landau believes Catmosphere Laguna will bring an increase in feline adoptions and provide improved lives and futures for kitties awaiting their “furr-ever” homes. Catmosphere Laguna has partnered with the Laguna Woods Cat Club, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, Bluebell Foundation for Cats, and local feline rescues to serve as a foster home for healthy cats & kittens with the goal of placing them in their forever homes. While awaiting adoption,...

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Luxurious Resort Style Living: Astoria at Central Park West

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sponsored Beautiful beaches and beautiful weather makes Orange County a premier place for families to live. Families who are looking to relocate to Orange County always struggle with wondering what part of the beautiful area they want to live in. I had heard a lot of buzz around Astoria at Central Park West as being a hot spot for families to live and a great place to have a short-term rental while house hunting. So, we went to stay in one of the short-term rentals for a couple of days to see what all the hype surrounding the luxurious apartments is about. With the weather heating up it was the perfect time for us to visit, so I put our suitcases in our Kia Sorento, opened the panoramic sunroof, turned on my favorite playlist and cruised down the 405...

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Disney’s Tarzan Swings into Orange County

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

This show is perfect for the whole family. It’s filled with romance, adventure and family. So professionally done that you will experience the thrill of watching a Broadway production right here in Orange County! MTOC is very excited to be producing this musical in the Orange County area and is looking forward to the challenge this show brings due to flying, adding in special EFX, acrobatics, along with new costumes and sets. Tarzan is Directed by Britany Callahan, who brought the immensely popular and sold out performances, “The Little Mermaid” to MTOC last season. With exciting music by pop icon Phil Collins including Grammy and Oscar winning song, “You’ll Be in My Heart” under the Musical Direction of Krissy Smith, coupled with energetic choreography by Nom’l Brown, this production is sure to please audience members of all ages. Written by...

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OC Rescue Mission Gives Homeless Children Summer Camp Experience

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Camp, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission is once again helping children to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally through its eighth annual “Summer to Remember” program. This year’s camp is already underway – Summer to Remember began on June 11 and will continue through August 10 The program – which is offered to children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families – is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Summer to Remember provides kids with STEM-based learning activities, as well as a curriculum that focuses on building solid foundations in science, technology, engineering and math. “Summer programs for homeless children are extremely important,” notes Jim Palmer, Orange County Rescue Mission President. “As a result of their chaotic life experiences, they are the innocent victims of homelessness. These children often face many disadvantages...

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