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Irvine Spectrum Center Back to School Block Party Bonanza

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

Gear up for the new school year at Irvine Spectrum Center’s Back to School Block Party on Saturday, August 17th. From 12pm – 4pm, enjoy entertainment and activities throughout Spectrum Center. Irvine Spectrum Party Activities DJs and live entertainment Fall fashion displays Activities for little ones, including oversized chalkboards by the carousel for decorating Custom embroidery with any denim purchase Custom monogramming by Pandr Design Co. with any shoe and/or backpack purchase Plus, from 6pm – 9pm, end the night with live entertainment from HIATUS, Hanna Eyre + the Ashleys, and DJ Ricky Rocks. When Saturday, August 17, 2019 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Block Party and Shopping Activations 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Evening Entertainment Where Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine, CA...

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End of Summer Movie Nights

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

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the final movies for the annual OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series on September 6 & 13 at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Wrap up the last couple weeks of summer with free family-friendly movie screenings overlooking the Pacific Ocean. September films include Lilo & Stitch and the classic surf documentary The Endless Summer. Both events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase and will offer free pre-movie entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. For more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com. Summer Movie Dates Friday, September 6 Movie: Lilo & Stitch (2002, PG) Pre-Show Entertainment: Polynesian Dance Performance Friday, September 13 Movie: The Endless Summer (1966, NR) Pre-Show Entertainment: Acoustic Surf-Rock Performance Location Salt Creek Beach 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy...

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Saddle Up For the 19th Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo will celebrate 19 years of elevated rodeo competition on August 24 and August 25 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Featuring the best of the best cowboys from across the world, the top 30 contestants will compete for a purse totaling more than $180,000. Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo is committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life and continues to carry on the tradition of ‘passing the hat’ in support of a sick child or needy friend, with all proceeds from the Rodeo benefiting local charities. The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo will feature seven events Saddle Bronc Riding One of the oldest events, the roots of Saddle Bronc Riding reach back to the Old West when ranch hands would show...

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The Trequel Continues with Descendants 3

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

The saga of good and evil continues with the recent release of Descendants 3 on DVD and digital. The series is one of my kid’s favorites, and after the tragic loss of Cameron Boyce, the movie means more than ever to my teens. About Descendants 3 Disney’s most infamous villains – Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as the villain kids or VKs) return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new bath of villainous offspring to join them at the Auradon Prep. A barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle. Next, Mal resolves to close the barrier permanently, fearing the nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon, and it’s up to Mal and the...

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Meet Angel’s Pitcher Andrew Heaney at the OC Zoo

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

OC Parks and Angels Baseball have teamed up to provide kids and families with new activities and educational programs during the 2019 Angels Baseball season, including a visit from Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney to the OC Zoo on Saturday, August 17th! Enjoy a live animal presentation with Andrew Heaney in front of the OC Zoo. Following the presentation, Heaney will take photos with children inside the OC Zoo. He will be available for photos for one hour, one photo per group please. There will be no autographs. Animal and baseball lovers who attend in Angels gear will receive free admission to the OC Zoo and half off train tickets at Irvine Park Railroad. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Join OC Parks, the OC Zoo, and Angels Baseball for a morning of family-friendly fun, animals, and photo ops with Andrew...

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Hatch Chile Polenta Chips Recipe

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

What is my favorite season? Hatch Chile season!! While I grow a lot of my produce in our small backyard farm, there are some rare fruits and vegetables I can’t grow like hatch chiles. There is only one place I go for produce outside of our backyard, and that is Melissa’s Produce. Hatch Chile Roastings Roasting chiles is a process. Melissa’s Produce takes the guesswork out of the process by hosting roastings at multiple locations throughout Southern California during the season. They make it so convenient by allowing families to attend a roasting, and bring home the chiles ready to eat. Hatch Chile Recipes There are so many options when it comes to cooking hatch chiles. Melissa’s Produce recently introduced a new item that I couldn’t wait to experiment within the kitchen. It is a Hatch chile polenta, which...

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Family-Friendly Dining at Farmer Boys

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Dining, Family | 2 comments

We dined at Farmer Boys as a guest There are so many choices when it comes to selecting a place to dine out with your family. But, few are 100% family-friendly and offer a wide variety of food. Let’s be honest. When you have a family, everyone wants something different to eat for dinner. One of my family’s newest favorite places to eat is Farmer Boys. Family-Friendly Ambiance The restaurant has a relaxed environment, so the kids don’t have to stress about needing to sit quietly at the table. It feels like home when dining in their restaurant. Families can easily order from the front desk, and the staff will bring the food to your table when it is ready. Food Options When it comes to the menu, there is something for everyone. The menu features breakfast, salads, and...

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Make a Splash at Aquatica San Diego

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Events, Featured, San Diego, Summer | 0 comments

We visited Aquatica as a guest Our summer weather is finally heating up. We discovered the best place to cool the kids down from the summer heat at Aquatica San Diego. The water park features thrilling rides, adorable animals, and endless family fun. Aquatica San Diego Attractions One of my kid’s favorite attractions was Tassie’s Twister. The ride features a multi-person raft that sends riders into a massive six-story funnel. My favorite was the Loggerhead Lane, which is a relaxing lazy river where I let all of my daily stresses drift away. Then, there is the Big Surf Shores massive wave pool. My kids felt like they were at the beach as they splashed and jumped through the waves. Cabanas The best way to experience Aquatica San Diego is by renting a cabana. With the cabana rental, you have...

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San Diego Symphony Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

We visited the San Diego Symphony as a guest The Star Wars series is one of my kid’s all-time favorite movies. They have watched them all a million times, and it always feels the like first time, every time that they watch one. When I learned that the San Diego Symphony was going to be doing The Empire Strikes Back in concert, I immediately went online to get tickets. San Diego Symphony Concert by The Bay Location The concert is part of the Symphony’s summer concert series. They have multiple performances throughout the summer right on the bay at the Embarcadero Marina Park in San Diego. We arrived at the venue and the location is absolutely beautiful. Families were gathering together at the food court while enjoying snacks and beverages before the performance began. Seating As the sun began...

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Summer Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Featured, Summer, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

We visited Universal Studios Hollywood as a guest One of our favorite summer traditions is to spend a day at Universal Studios Hollywood. This summer is extra special because the theme park just debuted the all-new attraction, Jurassic World—The Ride! Universal Studios Express Pass The most important things that I recommend when visiting Universal Studios during the summer months is to get the express pass added to your tickets. With the express pass, you’ll be able to experience almost all of the attractions at Universal Studios. The pass allows guests one-time express access to each ride, attraction, and seated show. Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Light Show When we first arrived at Universal Studios, we began our day exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We were immersed in the magical world where we flew high in the sky...

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Sounds of Summer at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

Laguna Playhouse presents four extraordinary Summer musical experiences that celebrate the songs and music of four legendary musical icons; Buddy Holly, Huey Lewis & the News, Earth, Wind and Fire and The Carpenters with SOUNDS OF SUMMER, beginning Wednesday, August 7 and continuing through Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse. The “Sounds of Summer” Shows at The Laguna Playhouse The Rave-Ons – The Music of Buddy Holly August 7-11, 2019 Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and get ready to “Rave-On” with America’s number one Buddy Holly Tribute band. Todd Meredith & the Rave-Ons will give you some “Good Rockin’ Tonight” as they play a host of familiar classics, including “That’ll be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Laguna audiences will remember Todd Meredith from his starring role in the hit...

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Celebrate National Avocado Day at Puesto

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In honor of National Avocado Day on Wednesday, July 31st, Puesto is offering up a free guacamole to any guest who orders a pitcher of its perfect margaritas. This offer is available all day at both Orange County Puesto locations. Puesto has three types of guacamoles to choose from: Classic, Puesto Perfect and Nogada. Puesto Perfect has the unexpected addition of Parmigiano-Reggiano, while Nogada features the Classic topped with pomegranate arils, mango, chile de arbol and candied walnuts. Puesto has SEVEN margarita varieties to choose from, starting with the Puesto Perfect (blue agave reposado, fresh squeezed lime juice, organic agave nectar) to the Cilantro (blue agave reposado, fresh cilantro, jalapeno and a touch of dry curacao) to the Fruit Cart (Don Julio Blanco, mango, pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, chamoy and Tajín). Find Puesto’s full menu, addresses and hours online at...

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Empower Your Teens at The KiP Conference

Posted by on Jul 29, 2019 in Events, Parenting | 0 comments

Mark your calendars because the KiP Conference is coming to Orange County this summer! The KiP (Knowledge is Power) Conference is a speaker symposium that serves to empower teenage girls over the age of 16 by offering tools and insight as for what to expect as they prepare for young adulthood. Taking place on Saturday, August 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the KiP Conference will host guest speakers who will focus on topics including finance, relationships, personal safety, drugs and alcohol, wellness, and self-preservation. About KiP Conference All women are invited to attend no matter if they are venturing off to college or embarking on a different journey. Regardless of the path, all guests are guaranteed to leave with a plethora of valuable life knowledge along with an in-depth understanding of how to comfortably + confidently conquer...

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Queen Mary Offers $10 Ship Admission After 6 PM

Posted by on Jul 29, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Queen Mary proudly offers “QM After Hours”. Explore the ship from bow to stern, inside and out, and hear unique stories, facts, and insights about the Queen Mary for only $10 after 6 p.m. Get an up close and personal look at the Queen Mary with one of the unique guided tours, or indulge in a delectable cuisine and cocktails at one of the three signature restaurants aboard. Queen Mary Evening Tours and Dining Dining with the Spirits Hours: Fridays & Saturdays at 7 p.m. Paranormal Investigations Hours: Friday & Saturday at 11 p.m., Sunday at 10 p.m. Paranormal Ship Walk Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 8-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 8-10 p.m. & 9:30-11:30 p.m. (limited capacity). *For guided tours, please proceed to Tour Center on level 4 just off the Main Hall. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior...

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Bringing Your Own Food into Dodger Stadium

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

We visited Dodger’s Stadium as a guest Everyone knows that a Dodger Dog is a must when visiting Dodger Stadium. But, when you have a large family, concession food prices don’t always fit into the family budget. Dodger Stadium is helping to make a day at the ball field affordable for families by allowing guests to bring in their own food. Recently, I attended the big Dodger’s vs. The Angeles game, and decided to stock up on food and snacks at Smart & Final before the game. I purchased a reusable cooler at Smart & Final, and then picked out all my kids’ favorite snacks to enjoy while watching the ball game. I was able to get all our food for the game (to feed my kids + my friends kid for less than $20!) If we were to...

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Ha Ha Goes Ska Ska for the 10th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival

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

Brew Ha Ha Productions is proud to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of its namesake event with a full lineup of famed Orange County Ska bands for attendees to “skank it up” while sipping on unlimited tastes of over 160 bubbly ales on Saturday, September 7 from noon to 7 p.m. at the sprawling Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. The all-star musical lineup includes The Aquabats, Save Ferris, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Suburban Legends, Skapeche Mode and Codename Rocky. Brew Ha Ha Event Details The 10th-anniversary event will feature a curated selection of over 80 craft breweries serving unlimited tastes of over 160 limited edition, rare, collaborative and fan-favorite brews. Paying homage to its roots, Brew Ha Ha will highlight Orange County’s vibrant craft beer scene with local breweries including Artifex Brewing, Bottle Logic, Pizza Port, and Riip Brewing. Regional...

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Mexico’s Children’s Music Artist: Sonia De Los Santos

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Entertainment, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

Acclaimed children’s music artist Sonia De Los Santos opens the 2019-2020 Family Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts September 21 and 22 in Samueli Theater. Born in Monterrey, Mexico and described as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” by Billboard, De Los Santos performs positive, multicultural, music that delights and engages families. Singing in both English and Spanish, her messages of joyful community, music-making, and cultural bridge-building inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. Her songs are inspired by various Latin American rhythms hailing from Mexico, Colombia and Peru as well as the North American folk traditions and reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico and moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and, in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. Tickets are $20 and are available online at...

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Y’OUR Skin Personalized Skincare

Posted by on Jul 27, 2019 in Beauty | 0 comments

Sponsored by Y’OUR Skin When it comes to caring for my skin, I only use high-quality products. Recently, I was introduced to a new skincare line. It has left my skin soft, clean, and looking years younger. Y’OUR Skin is a personalized skincare routine. Since everyone has different skin and needs a different kind of routine they have taken the guesswork out of finding the perfect product and customizes it for each client. How Y’OUR Skin works They take into consideration your age, skin type, living environment, stress, and other factors and use artificial intelligence to identify the best skincare regimen for you. Their formulas use ingredients that have gone through extensive testing and trials, ensuring the most natural and effective products for your unique skin. First, take their skin quiz Their skin quiz is designed to find the...

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Shredquarters: Week-Long Pop-Up Skatepark Experience

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

The California Milk Processor Board Puts Milk ‘On Deck’ and Down the Half Pipe Via New Brand Initiative “Bones Love Milk” & Immersive, Week-Long Pop-Up Skatepark Experience The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creator of the iconic got milk? and toma leche campaign, is launching a new effort, called “Bones Love Milk,” dedicated to educating youth on the real benefits of milk as “nature’s energy drink” – in an unconventional way, via an immersive, pop-up skatepark experience, showcasing how milk can deliver the strong, healthy bones that skateboarders need in order to bounce back onto their boards quickly after a hard fall. The “Bones Love Milk” Shredquarters, an indoor pop-up skatepark experience will feature a week-long program (July 27 – August 4) of skate events including daily open skate sessions, pro tutorials and a Street League watch party. WHEN...

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Don’t Miss the OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema Film Series

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. Enjoy summer nights at your favorite regional parks with free concerts and movie screenings in a family-friendly atmosphere. August films include Back to the Future, Mary Poppins Returns, The Jungle Book, The LEGO Movie 2, and The Princess Bride. August concerts feature The White Buffalo, Room at the Top, Sweet & Tender Hooligans, Tijuana Dogs, Family Style and Lit. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. Sunset Cinema events will offer free pre-movie entertainment for the whole family. Dates and times vary per series; for more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com. WHEN: OC Parks Sunset Cinema August Dates ● Fridays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6 –10...

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D23 Expo: Marvel Unveils Thrilling New Experiences for Fans

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

With only one month left until Disney’s highly anticipated D23 Expo in Anaheim on August 23–25, Marvel announced a thrilling show floor lineup that includes guest appearances and panels, stage events, exclusive merchandise, and more! Inside the Marvel Studios Pavilion on the show floor, fans can step inside the action of Avengers: Endgame via a D23 Expo-exclusive video experience, and tour the costume gallery to see costumes worn by characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Throughout the weekend, Marvel Studios will host panel conversations with filmmakers and artists, as well as special talent signings inside the Pavilion. Fans can test their encyclopedic knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with daily trivia games for prizes.    Showcasing an array of new experiences for guests around the world to enjoy for years to come, the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” Pavilion...

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Fun Festival of Arts Events

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Exciting events coming up next week include Russell Ferrante and Bob Mintzer’s performance at Concerts on the Green on Saturday, July 27, free with $15 Festival admission. The Art, Jazz, Wine, and Chocolate event is sweetening the summer on Thursday, August 1 for $20 admission in addition to $10 Festival admission. We can’t wait to see you at some of these fun events!! Weekend Nightly Music Schedule Dates/Times: July 5 – September 1 Daily at 5:30pm Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission Saturday, July 27: Greg Manning Sunday, July 28: Quarteto Nuevo Concerts on the Green Sponsored by Cambria Estates Winery Russell Ferrante and Bob Mintzer from the Yellowjackets Date: Saturday, July 27 Time: 1 – 2:30pm Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission). Multi-Grammy winning pianist...

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You’re Invited: Kaleido Kids Carnival

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival returns to the Mission Viejo center on Tuesday, July 30 from 11am to 2:30pm. Tickets are $10 per person, with all games and activities included, and all proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. The Carnival has raised nearly $56,000 for the non-profit over the last seven years. The Carnival will feature various games, balloon art, face painting, costumed characters, photo opportunities, and a DJ. A benefit for Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire, Carnival tickets are $10 per person all inclusive (children two and under are free) and should be pre-purchased through www.Kaleidokidscarnival.eventbrite.com. Guests who bring a new backpack or new toy (no guns please) to donate to Make-A-Wish will receive one free raffle ticket for a chance to win a Kaleidoscope family gift basket. Raffle tickets for the prize...

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Mexican Street Corn ‘Elote’ Avocado Toast

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Avocado toast is the key to my heart. I eat it almost every morning, and I love experimenting with different toppings. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about Mexico and have been craving authentic elote (aka Mexican street corn). I’ll never forget the time that I drove my kids from La Paz to Todos Santos for lunch. We were sitting at a cafe when my kids heard the bell from an elote cart. I blinked, and they were gone. Running after the elote cart to get a taste of delicious elote. The bell from an elote cart in Mexico is pure magic. I recently got some fresh and ripe avocados and serrano peppers from Melissa’s Produce. The minute that I opened the avocados, there was no bruising, and I couldn’t wait to sink my tastebuds into them. The...

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The Magic of The Lion King

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We saw The Lion King as a guest of Disney The all-new live-action Lion King captures your interest in so many ways. The movie is mesmerizing with all of the music and characters, and you do not want ever to take your eyes off the screen. I enjoyed watching the film and singing along to my favorite songs and laughing at all the jokes Pumbaa and Timon made. I used to watch this film with my children when they were younger all the time, so sharing it with them when they are teenagers is a real treat for me as a mother. The film is done entirely in CGI and animation technology except for on scene. I have yet to figure out what that scene is, but maybe when I watch it again, I can find it. The technology...

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World Premiere of Disney’s The Lion King

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the premiere of Lion King as a guest of Disney My daughter and I have always had a very special and close relationship. As she has become a teenager, it has been harder than ever to keep that relationship the same as it was when she was younger. While we attend many events and travel together, there is one type of event that brings us close together again, and that is at Disney premieres. Whenever I get an invitation to a Disney premiere, my daughter and I begin shopping for the perfect dress. We spend days together walking around shopping malls, having endless lunches together, and reconnecting. Sometimes, I am guilty of taking longer than usual to find the perfect dress just so that we can have more afternoons to spend together. The Lion King has always...

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Ensalada con Nopales: Delicious Cactus Salad Recipe

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

I can’t stop having fun experimenting with fresh cactus (nopales) from Melissa’s Produce. After making nopales con huevos (cactus and eggs) for breakfast, I then made a fresh and delicious cactus salad for dinner. The salad was fresh, delicious, and packed full of nutrition to fuel my kids growing bodies. It was very simple to make and is perfect for your next summer barbecue or potluck. Plus, if you have a picky eaters like me, it is super easy to hide the nutritious cactus in this recipe – mine didn’t even know it was in the salad. Preparing the cactus (nopales) is super simple. There are three different ways to prepare the cactus, but I choose to grill the cactus for this recipe so that it would have a smoky flavor. Also, feel free to add more of your...

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Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Events, Halloween | 1 comment

For the first time ever, Sony Pictures’ classic film, Ghostbusters, is coming to “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood – bringing the most memorable scenes, characters and supernatural spirits from one of pop culture’s most iconic films to life in immersive mazes based off the 1984 classic at the nation’s premier Halloween events, starting this September. Ghostbusters has entertained generations with its comedic yet frightening tale of four paranormal investigators on their quest to eradicate supernatural threats from creating chaos throughout New York City. As the film marks its milestone 35th anniversary, guests will have the unique opportunity to live the action and terrifying scares they have seen in the hit film when it comes to life at Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” in Hollywood and Orlando. In each maze, guests will follow in the footsteps of the...

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The Magic Behind Bringing The Lion King to Life

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

We attended the Lion King event as a guest of Disney The Lion King is one of the most beloved Disney animated movie. I fell in love with the movie all over again when first getting an opportunity to see the all-new live-action film at the world premiere. The one thing that I loved about the movie was how they respected the original storyline and added some incredible new music. After seeing the film, I couldn’t wait to learn more about the making of the film while talking with the cast the next morning. I arrived in LA early excited to find out what went into making the movie so special. Just when we thought the cast was going to come out on stage, we were in for a big surprise. Lebo M (African Music Consultant / Performer) along...

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Celebrate Santa Ana’s 150th Birthday

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

In honor of the City of Santa Ana’s 150th birthday, you are invited to partake in a re-enlivening of the Santa Ana Historic Street Breakfast, a civic tradition that dates back to 1928. Join us for GIGANTIC ENTERTAINMENT, homemade chilaquiles, good ol’ fashioned pancakes or even Vegan migas and stick around for arts and crafts, Santa Ana merchandise, micheladas, historic re-enactments and dress-up for our group photo, special guests and speeches, sing the City happy birthday, live music and dancing, visit with the mounted police’s horses, meet town founder William Spurgeon, lotería games, fun kids zone and more! This event will bring together Santa Ana for an epic community-building event and celebration of our city. Group tables are available for businesses, neighborhoods and non-profits. ABOUT THE FOOD > Chilaquiles will be provided by Chef Richard Espinachio, Caged Chameleon Catering...

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Hello Kitty Summer Carnival

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

Hello Kitty Cafe at Irvine Spectrum Center is hosting a Summer Carnival on Wednesday, July 24th! Hello Kitty herself will make a rare public appearance for a meet & greet with fans! Parents and children can enjoy: Hello Kitty Cafe lemonade stand Cotton candy station Fun games such as corn hole, wheel spin, ring toss & bean bag race A balloon artist will fashion special Hello Kitty creations Live DJ Photo opps with Hello Kitty! This will be a ticketed event with limited spots available for two time slots on Wednesday, July 24th: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.to 4 p.m. Tickets will be $10 per child and can be purchased online. Location: Irvine Spectrum (Near the Giant Wheel) 860 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine CA 92618 Date: July 24th at 1pm, 2:30pm and...

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Nopales Con Huevos Recipe: Cactus & Eggs

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Have you ever had nopales (aka cactus)? Well, now is the time to try it. Nopales Con Huevos is one of my favorite breakfast dishes to enjoy while in Mexico, and after getting some fresh cactus leaves from Melissa’s Produce, I couldn’t wait to make it at home for my kids to enjoy. Nopales Con Huevos can be prepared many different ways. When in Mexico, it is usually offered at an omelet station where guests of the restaurant can add their favorite vegetables to the dish. Nopales can also be prepared three different ways, but pan-fried or grilled is my favorite way to enjoy it. While boiling is the most traditional way to prepare the cactus. Don’t be intimidated when it comes to preparing the cactus leaves. It is super simple, and only takes a couple of minutes. Once...

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SoCal Summer Movie Night at Hotel Irvine

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

Movies al fresco on special SoCal summer nights have returned for the fifth year at Hotel Irvine’s always entertaining The Backyard. On Saturday, June 29, the whole family and everyone young at heart can roll out blankets to see “Captain Marvel” harness her special superpowers in this superhero film and PG-13 “Crazy Rich Asians” is being screened on Thursday, July 25 – the perfect flick for the gang, couples and dates, taking them on an outrageous trip to Singapore. The chef’s popular hot-off-the-grill BBQ returns, along with movie snacks, wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. The stars under the stars begins with a pre-movie DJ, and the extra-special Movie Night VIP Experience allows front row seating, a bottle of bubbles and more. Admission wristbands work at the all-night Happy Hour post-movie in Red Bar and Lounge. Movie Night in...

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4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo

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

Go Little Tokyo’s 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo returns to the heart of Downtown Los Angeles for two days on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th and features over 20 exclusive events including all-new interactive workshops, tastings, and demonstrations curated for first-time foodies and culinary enthusiasts alike. Taste, experience, and indulge during Delicious Little Tokyo, Los Angeles’ largest annual Japanese culinary weekend. The foodie festival features two days of delicious food harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo, celebrating the diversity, cultural traditions, and of course, food of the historic neighborhood! Sample, explore, and discover, with friends and family, all Little Tokyo has to offer including tastings by participating Little Tokyo restaurants, hands-on culinary workshops, live cooking demonstrations, sake and beer food pairing classes, and more, exclusively available during Delicious Little Tokyo weekend. When: Friday, July 19 from...

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2019 OC Fair Discounts and Deals

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

There are so many great deals at the 2019 OC Fair that there is a way to experience Acres of Fun for free or at a discount every single day. Here’s how to save: We Care Wednesdays: Each Wednesday through Aug. 7, fairgoers can donate to one of our local nonprofit partners’ supply drives for free general admission plus one carnival ride per person. (Excludes the Titan ride.) The offer is valid from noon to 3 p.m. and donations are accepted at all entrance gates, Blue Gate, Yellow Gate or Green Gate. July 17: School supply drive for Share Our Selves – Donate new school supplies valued at $5 or more. Receipt required. July 24: Canned food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank and OC Food Bank – Donate five cans of food. July 31: Children’s book drive for...

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How to Prepare and Cook Cactus ‘Nopales’

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Guess what one of my favorite foods to eat in Mexico is? Cactus aka as nopales. Every morning, depending on what region I am visiting, I will either have machaca or nopales (cactus) in my eggs. This summer, I went to Puerto Peñasco and found myself in line at the grill to have eggs made with nopales three times. My daughter looked at my stack of plates at the end of breakfast and told me it was time to learn how to make nopales at home. I ordered some fresh cactus paddles from Melissa’s Produce, and the minute that I opened the box, I was slightly intimidated. My daughter grabbed one out of the box and let out a giant “ouch.” And then, she said, “It’s real cactus.” Everyone laughed. Thanks to our friends at Melissa’s Produce, they were...

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Mary Poppins The Musical

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Giveaways, Theatre | 48 comments

Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, the hit Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Poppins lands in Orange County with a heartwarming score, a spoonful of imagination, a lovable jack-of-all-trades named Bert and a flying nanny who’s practically perfect in every way. Come be swept away by classic tunes like “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and, of course, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, as young Jane and Michael learn many valuable life lessons from their unconventional nanny. Mary Poppins the Musical stars Catherine Dickens as Mary Poppins, Colson Barkley as Bert, Gil Garcia as George Banks, with Haylie Beckman as Winifred Banks, Ellie Lynch and Wyatt Goodbrand, as Jane and Michael Banks, with Laura Erath as Miss Brill, Robertson Ay (Zachary Smart) Miss Andrew (Kayla Agnew) Bird Woman (Jessica Ordaz) Mrs. Corry (Cassie Wise) and Park Keeper/Chairman (Ron Banks). This show is being reimagined...

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The World’s Largest Bounce House

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Big Bounce America’s 2019 tour is bringing the most action-packed experience of the year to Riverside, California from Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 18th. Featuring the world’s largest bounce house, The Big Bounce America tour is the largest touring inflatable event in the entire world and will be taking place at the Norco’s SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park. The Big Bounce America tour features three massive inflatable attractions: the world’s largest bounce house, an incredible 900+ foot long obstacle course, and a unique, space-themed wonderland, bringing family-friendly entertainment to all new heights! Where: SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park 5555 Hamner Ave. Norco, CA 92860 Dates: FRIDAY, AUGUST 2nd; SATURDAY, AUGUST 3rd; SUNDAY, AUGUST 4th FRIDAY, AUGUST 9th; SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th; SUNDAY, AUGUST 11th FRIDAY, AUGUST 16th; SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th; SUNDAY, AUGUST 18th There are two types of...

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Festival of Arts Family Art Day

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

“Family Art Day” at the Festival of Arts is the most fun-filled, art-filled and enchantment-filled day of the entire summer for families! When kids arrive, they will get a booklet full of coupons redeemable for special activities and treats. Kids can participate in “Art Quest”–an art exhibit treasure hunt where they will answer kid-friendly questions by investigating different exhibits throughout the grounds. Enjoy a special performance by the award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe, America’s only all-kid cirque company. Limited space available. Children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts WHERE: Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach WHEN: 12pm – 3pm Sunday, July 14, 2019 TICKETS: Free with $15 Festival admission. $11 Students & Seniors $5 children 6-12 Free for kids 5and...

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DreamWorks Trolls Afternoon Tea

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

This summer, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is thrilled to offer a DreamWorks Trolls Afternoon Tea, designed especially for little fans and featuring colorful tea treats inspired by the beloved characters! The experience brings to life the wonderful, glittering world of DreamWorks Trolls from the blockbuster film as well as the popular Netflix original series, DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! The DreamWorks Trolls-inspired menu features Queen Poppy speckled donuts, Queen Poppy and Branch friendship cookies, a white chocolate meringue tart that resembles the DreamWorks Trolls’ distinctive hairstyle and hair-raising cupcakes. Additionally, children will dine on a selection of savory sandwiches including ham, turkey and PB & J, all accompanied by pink lemonade, milk and a selection of fruit-infused, caffeine-free teas. Children can also enjoy a DreamWorks Trolls activity sheet and will each receive a DreamWorks Trolls Hair Hugger collectable...

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6 Must-Have Things For Your Family Vacation

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Whether it is a summer house in North Carolina or a weekend away to Florida, we all dream of a picture-perfect family vacation. However, planning the holiday is not as easy as we’d like it to be. If your children are still little, of course, you want a place that they will not only enjoy but also give the adults of the family an opportunity to get some much-deserved rest. This means a place where the children can explore without putting any extra stress on yourself. These types of vacations require tons of planning. From deciding where to go and what to pack, it can become overwhelming. Fortunately for you, we have listed 10 must-have things for your family vacation. This guide will help you reduce stress and increase the fun. Clothes & Accessories This may be obvious but...

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Summer Fun at Sea Legs at the Beach

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

The weather is finally heating up in Orange County…Finally!! What does that mean? The fun is ready to start at Sea Legs at the Beach. This weekend, summer kicked off with a rockin’ party at Sea Legs with the most beloved local band, Tijuana Dogs. People came from all over Orange County to see this killer band play just steps away from the beautiful Pacific ocean. Sea Legs at the Beach is a unique concert destination. It is right on the beach, and they offer libations, food, and killer views to enjoy while listening to your favorite band. The best way to experience Sea Legs at the Beach is by renting a cabana or chairs so that you have your own space to relax and party with your friends. When seeing Tijuana Dogs, we rented a cabana. We were...

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Last Minute 4th of July Party Snack

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The 4th of July is tomorrow. Are you ready? I sure am not. We have plans to attend multiple parties, and while I would love to spend the day in the kitchen making dishes, with three kids, I just don’t have the time. I went searching for a quick and easy snack to bring to the multiple potlucks we are attending tomorrow and discovered Popcornopolis’ limited-edition gourmet Americorn popcorn!! It is the perfect way to stand out at one of your events tomorrow, and the best thing is that it is available at your local Target! Popcornopolis’ limited-edition gourmet Americorn popcorn has a creamy vanilla flavor and is dressed in bold red, white and blue colors. This buttery treat gives party-goers everywhere and me the chance to create...

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Celebrate the 4th of July at Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Gather family and friends at Dana Point Harbor this 4th of July and look towards the sky over Doheny State Beach to experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display! A popular spot for locals and visitors to celebrate 4th of July each year, the City of Dana Point hosts one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Southern California with its own customized playlist to sing along to. Dana Point Harbor will be the perfect lookout point to view this patriotic celebration! The spectacular display begins at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 and will light up the harbor with fantastic views from Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries within the harbor. Visitors can tune in to KSBR 88.5 FM and listen to patriotic music accompanying the display. To avoid traffic challenges, the Dana Point...

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Burger Lovers, Rejoice! Burger Week Comes to Orange County

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

This month, Orange County will experience its inaugural Burger Week from Sunday, July 14th through Saturday, July 20th. Presented by The Fork Report, the event highlights burgers from nearly 60 participating restaurants countywide. Diners will be able to explore a variety of burgers, ranging from classic to creative, featuring various proteins from beef to plant-based, on menus priced at $10, $15 and $20 and luxe burger menus at $25. Burger Week menus from participating restaurants: 17th Street Grill – Tustin Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails – Irvine Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana Back Bay Bistro – Newport Beach ​Bar Louie – Tustin Bosscat Kitchen & Libations – Newport Beach Braizen Sexy Sandwiches – Santa Ana Cambalache Grill Argentine & Italian Cuisine – Fountain Valley Cappy’s Cafe – Newport Beach Chapter One: The Modern Local – Santa Ana Craft...

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Critical Need of Donations for Homeless at the OC Rescue Mission

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the 268 men, women and children currently residing at various campuses and 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 26. 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 year-round need for donations. This year, the Rescue Mission is in urgent need of the following items to assist families in need: Canned food – tuna, meat, fruits vegetables and beans Hygiene items – bars of soap, shampoo, underwear for kids (all sizes), underwear for women (all sizes), toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent, toilet...

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6th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The 6th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup is set to showcase more than 80 regional favorite and rarely seen craft beers on July 12 and 13, 2019 at the opening weekend of the world-famous OC Fair. For the first time, the highly anticipated 6th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will be held at The Hangar, the heart of the OC Fair & Event Center, with live entertainment from Orange County Oingo Boingo Tribute band Dead Man’s Party during Friday’s session and Los Angeles ‘80s tribute act Fast Times during both Saturday sessions. The new location at The Hangar offers room for more breweries than ever before, with the brewery lineup including Artifex Brewery, Chapman Crafted Beer, Four Sons Brewing, Burgeon Beer Co., Beachwood Brewing, Pizza Port Brewing Co., Stereo Brewing, Bottle Logic Brewing, Unsung...

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Irvine’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The City of Irvine’s annual summer tradition returns on Sunday, July 7th, when the Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts kick off at Mike Ward Community Park – Woodbridge. The community is invited to a series of six free family-friendly concerts out in the park covering a variety of musical tastes — from country hits and pop variety to classical symphony and dance party rock. Bring a picnic basket or plan to purchase treats from gourmet food trucks. 2019 Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series ·Sunday, July 7, 5:30 p.m.: Pop Gun Rerun (’80s Tribute) Pop Gun Rerun performs the greatest hits of ’80s. Get ready to rock out on the dance floor to this premier ’80s live music experience. · Sunday, July 14, 5:30 p.m.: The Suffragettes (Pop Variety) The Suffragettes are an all-female group that will perform your favorite Top 40 hits....

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Best Place to Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Knott’s Berry Farm had a very distinct start; it is THE only theme park that was born from food. Before the many attractions and rollercoasters were installed, the Knott family began a small business by selling berries and fried chicken to Buena Park locals. The history of Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant started in June 1934 when Cordelia Knott served the first fried chicken dinner meal for 65 cents each on the land that is today known as Knott’s Berry Farm. To make ends meet during the Great Depression, Cordelia served these chicken dinners on her best wedding china. The success of the chicken dinners was immediate, and by 1940, visitors were standing in line for hours to try Cordelia’s famous fried chicken. Mrs. Knott’s signature fried chicken dinner meal continues to be served with its family-style dining that...

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Mamma Mia at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Due to overwhelming demand, LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is EXTENDING the first show of its 99th season, the perfect romantic comedy to kick off the Summer, ABBA’s intoxicating MAMMA MIA! The music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson, book by Catherine Johnson, originally conceived by Judy Craymer with musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed & choreographed by Karen Babcock Brassea. MAMMA MIA! begins previews on Friday, July 5; will open on Sunday, July 7 at 5:30pm and now perform through Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach. Get swept away by the infectious music, uplifting story, and dazzling dance numbers that have made MAMMA MIA! a worldwide phenomenon. As wedding festivities commence on an idyllic Greek island, a young bride-to-be schemes to discover the identity of her father among three...

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Five Crowns New Summer Menu

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

Five Crowns welcomes a new summer menu courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla. Experience the rich flavors of the season’s most inspiring ingredients to complement Five Crowns’ favorite classic dishes. The vibrant menu features sixteen new seasonal menu items including Ricotta Ravioli with tomato consommè, basil oil and heirloom tomato, Stone Fruit & Burrata with puffed quinoa and lavender & blueberry vinaigrette, and Soft Shell Crab with corn salad, diced mango and pickled fresno chili. Save room for decadent new dessert options like Coconut Pie with banana, pineapple sauce and caramelized Rice Krispies or Chocolate Cherry Cake with chocolate ganache, melted black cherries and chocolate crisp. SUMMER MENU HIGHLIGHTS: Small Plates Ricotta Ravioli tomato consommè, basil oil, heirloom tomato, 16 Grilled Colorado Lamb Ribs black cherry mustard, pickled cucumbers, 21 Fruits del Mar Soft Shell Crab corn salad, diced...

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Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios to Share Never-Before-Seen Footage at D23

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) are gearing up for an exciting weekend of announcements and presentations—sharing never-before-seen footage—plus interactive displays, artist autograph signings, sharable photo opportunities, and giveaways for 2019’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. This year, Pixar and WDAS will join forces with Disney’s live-action team, creating a thrilling Walt Disney Studios slate presentation that promises to wow Disney fans in Hall D23 with new announcements, surprise talent appearances, and sneak peeks of select scenes from the films. GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m., Hall D23 As a part of The Walt Disney Studios presentation, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee and Pixar Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter will present never-before-seen footage, surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by all-star voice...

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A Day in the Canyon at The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Orange County residents and visitors are invited to attend “A Day in the Canyon” at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Held from 11AM to 6PM on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the property’s coveted Scout Camp, this interactive community event will include outdoor activities, delicious organic cuisine, beer and wine pairings, and fun for the whole family. At 7PM, the day will shift to a separate adults-only VIP event called “A Night in the Canyon” featuring an outdoor movie screening under the stars in a remote part of the canyon. A Day in the Canyon The Ranch at Laguna Beach will open its ultra-exclusive Scout Camp to community members and visitors, along with food, entertainment and immersive outdoor experiences for all ages. The full day of programming begins at 11 am and continues until 6pm with a Santa Maria-style...

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Andrei’s Celebrates 10 Years of Giving with Month-Long Anniversary Fundraiser Benefiting Miracles for Kids

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in July and in honor of this milestone, the Irvine restaurant will be donating 20% of all sales for the month to Miracles for Kids, with the mission to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families in need. In addition to the month-long fundraiser, from July 1st through 13th guests will be able to partake in a special menu of 10 Andrei’s signature items, all priced at $10. The menu features gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian-friendly dishes, a shareable multi-dessert tasting, and the restaurant’s noted Bastille Day Cocktail, which commemorates Andrei’s opening on Bastille Day in 2009. Andrei’s Anniversary Menu EACH ITEM PRICED AT $10 Offered July 1st – 13th Calamari – Flash-Fried Calamari, Garlic, Shallots, White Wine-Lemon Reduction Double Dip Duo – Cilantro-Green Pea Hummus, Avocado Bacon...

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Firkfest: Epic Beer and Nacho Couples Date Day!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

How long has it been since you’ve gotten to spend a day with your husband? If your husband likes either beer or nachos, we have found the perfect date day for the two of you to spend together. Hire a babysitter, and get ready to experience Firkfest together this weekend in Anaheim! Firkfest Breweries 30+ Local independent craft breweries bring 50+ beers made just for the event and guests get unlimited pours. Husband/Wife founder-producer combo Greg and Erin Nagel donate all proceeds to a local non-profit, raising over $55,000 in the previous five years. Firkfest Nachos The festival theme changes often, from last year’s Tiki Beer Festival to this year’s “Firkfest Fiesta!” with local restaurants participating in a chef-driven Nacho-Fest! Firk “Firk” is short for Firkin, a 10-gallon vessel of real ale featured at the event, a rarity on...

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SoCal Summer Movie Nights at Hotel Irvine

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

Movies al fresco on special SoCal summer nights have returned for the fifth year at Hotel Irvine, and is always entertaining The Backyard. On Saturday, June 29, the whole family and everyone young at heart can roll out blankets to see “Captain Marvel” harness her special superpowers in this superhero film. And PG-13 “Crazy Rich Asians” is being screened on Thursday, July 25 – the perfect flick for the gang, couples and dates, taking them on an outrageous trip to Singapore. The chef’s popular hot-off-the-grill BBQ returns, along with movie snacks, wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. The stars under the stars begins with a pre-movie DJ, and the extra-special Movie Night VIP Experience allows front row seating, a bottle of bubbles and more. Admission wristbands work at the all-night Happy Hour post-movie in Red Bar and Lounge. Movie...

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Cox’s GIGABLAST will be a Gamer’s Delight

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

Sponsored by Cox Communications Do you have kids who like to game at your house? I sure do! As a Cox Communications customer for over 20 years, I am always excited when they offer something new, and this time it is my kids who are excited about their new product…GIGABLAST!! The best part about GIGABLAST is that it is available to all residential customers in the region. How will your teens react when they can download 100 songs in three seconds or stream more than 25 4K HD videos simultaneously? They will be in heaven! For parents like me who love to take a million pictures of their kids, I’ll now be able to upload 1,000 photos in about a minute with GIGABLAST! Gone are the days of turning off the auto-lock on your phone so that it can...

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41st Annual Greek Festival Brings A Taste of Greece

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

Orange County’s 41st annual “A Taste of Greece” festival will be held on June 28th – 30th at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church. 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 28; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. Festival admission is just $3 per person, with free admission on Saturday, June 29 from noon – 5 p.m. for seniors 65 years and older. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free (with parents or an adult) throughout the three-day festival. Free festival...

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Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Returns To Staples Center

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

After packed-crowd season of Monster Jam stadium events at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ will be revving through Downtown Los Angeles with another action-packed weekend of indoor arena events at STAPLES Center 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! New this year as a special fan bonus during Freestyle driving segments, one Monster Jam truck/driver will be attempting SoCal’s FIRST-EVER Monster Jam indoor arena-based truck back flip stunt! Unlike other Monster Jam events seen in SoCal/Anaheim 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...

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Kick Off The Summer With Tasty Burgers + Brews at Tackle Box

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Join Tackle Box at SOCO the weekend of Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 16 and kick off the summer with tasty brews + delicious specials! Orange County’s favorite coastal pub will be a hotspot this season and Co-Owner, Executive Chef and Top Chef Alum, Brian Huskey is excited to offer a Karl Strauss Takeover, Friday Night Flights and tasty Father’s Day specials to get the summer started off right! Tackle Box Karl Strauss Takeover The festivities will begin with the Karl Strauss Takeover on Thursday, June 13th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In a partnership with award-winning Southern California brewery, Karl Strauss, Tackle Box will feature five of the brewery’s most popular beers for diners to enjoy. And, anyone who purchases a Karl Strauss beer will enjoy 25% off any Tackle Box burger. The beer fun doesn’t...

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2019 Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

2019 is yet another milestone year in the Lobsterfest At Newport Beach legacy as we begin our second decade of celebrating summer. After celebrating its Ten-year Anniversary with last year’s Lobsterfest At Newport Beach at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, the Board of Directors for the Lobsterfest Foundation has decided to relocate the event to the Newport Beach Civic Green for 2019 and beyond. The new venue will allow for the return of the $65.00 general admission ticket price, complimentary beer and wine for our VIP guests, free parking for all of our patrons, a return to seating on the grass, and a more prominent exposure for our vendors. The 11th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach will be held at the Newport Beach Civic Green on Sunday, August 11, 2019, from 2 to 7 p.m. This annual celebration of...

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D23 Expo: Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

The Walt Disney Archives returns to D23 Expo with an all-new exhibit, “Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.” From the classic Mary Poppins to this year’s live-action retelling of Aladdin, more than 70 costumes from 55 years of Disney movies and television shows will be on display from August 23–25 at the Anaheim Convention Center during the biennial event, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Guests entering the 12,000-square-foot exhibit will be greeted by “Cinderella’s Workshop,” a gallery featuring the beloved fairy-tale character’s dresses from her numerous Disney incarnations, including 1997’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; the gown worn by Scarlett Johansson for Annie Leibovitz’s 2007 Disney Dream Portrait series; 2014’s Into the Woods; the 2015 live-action reimagining of the animated masterpiece Cinderella; and the ABC hit series Once Upon a...

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Jurassic World Animated Series is Coming to Netflix

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

DreamWorks Animation today announced Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, an animated action-adventure series, is set to debut globally on Netflix in 2020 as part of an ongoing multi-year agreement with Netflix to produce original animated kids and family programming. Set within the same timeline as the 2015 blockbuster film, Jurassic World, the Netflix original series is inspired by the multi-billion-dollar franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous follows a group of six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar. But when dinosaurs wreak havoc across the island, the campers are stranded. Unable to reach the outside world, they’ll need to go from strangers to friends to family if they’re going to survive. Scott Kreamer (Pinky Malinky) and Lane Lueras (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of...

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Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Hiking Trails, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

When planning family vacations, I always include a hike in our itinerary. When planning our trip to visit Santa Rosa, there were so many hiking options, but I knew that I wanted to take a hike in the redwoods. After wine tasting at the Korbel Winery, we made the short drive to the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. We parked the car and unpacked the picnic lunch that we had picked up at the Korbel Winery deli. We sat under the giant redwood trees and had a delicious lunch together. One of the favorite things about the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is that it is not crowded like other places where families can see redwoods. It was so calm, peaceful, and we could hear the little scratches from a squirrel climbing up one of the trees. The perfect...

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Portobello Mushroom Caprese Recipe

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

One thing that I have never cooked with before are portobello mushrooms. I have always been so intimidated by them, but after getting some from our friends at Melissa’s Produce, I decided to try making a recipe with them finally. I’ll be honest. I sat looking at the mushrooms for at least a solid hour before cooking with them. I don’t know why? But, they are super scary looking. I knew that I had to make something kid-friendly with them and find a way to disguise them from my picky eater. Since everyone in my family loves caprese, I decided to make portobello mushroom caprese. The result? Kids loved it, and so did I. The recipe is super simple, and now one of my favorite weeknight recipes. I was able to prepare dinner in less than 5 minutes, and...

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Summer Dive-In Movies at Fashion Island Hotel

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

TGIF at Fashion Island Hotel and the Friday night Summer Dive-In Movie nights are back at this SoCal luxe retreat. Film lovers of all ages can sidle up poolside or relax on their own pool floats while sipping specialty cocktails and other beverages and munching popcorn and other yummy snacks. Families, couples and groups of besties are cordially invited. This year’s cinema line-up has it all – dramatic adventure with Aquaman, Top Gun, Captain Marvel and others; family fun with Mary Poppins Returns, Beauty and the Beast and Incredibles 2; romance with Pretty Woman; and comedy with Crazy Rich Asians. Cost is $10 for locals and free for hotel guests. Guests staying at Fashion Island Hotel can enjoy a chic package deal – Luxe Summer Escape, which includes 15% off room rate and a $50 hotel credit for dining...

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You’re Invited: Free Family Fishing Derby

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

OC Parks is excited to invite all families to the Kid’s Free Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 8, at Clark Regional Park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., with registration opening at 7 a.m. This FREE fishing derby gives kids, ages 5 to 15, a chance to learn how to fish or perfect their fishing skills with up to five catches of their own. The lake will be fully stocked with 2,000 lbs. of catfish, with trophies given out to the biggest catch of the day. All minors must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing poles. Adults are more than welcome to cast a line after the conclusion of the event. Event and parking are free for all! Whether casting a pole for the first time or a seasoned angler, the Kids’ Free Fishing Derby...

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Santa Ana Zoo Summer Concert Series

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Santa Ana Zoo’s after-hours “Sunsets at the Zoo” & summer concert series are back by popular demand. Sponsored by Guaranty Chevrolet of Santa Ana, the Zoo’s first after-hours summer concert and brew-tasting event will take place Sunday, June 30th at 5:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.santaanazoo.org or at the gate on the night of the event. In addition to enjoying live music from local artists and bands under the California sky, Sunsets at the Zoo offers a unique, after-hours experience to see the Home of the 50 Monkeys’ animal residents prepare for their evening activities. Guests may also purchase tickets to ride the Zoofari Express Train, 50 Monkey Ferris Wheel, and Conservation Carrousel that evening when the lines are shorter. During the event, guests can take part in a silent auction and craft brew-tasting experience...

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Laguna Playhouse Hamilton Themed Summer Camps

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Camp | 0 comments

The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre will have an exceptionally creative two week experience this July at the Laguna Playhouse for kids 3- 10! Join us for two fun and educational two-week Musical Theatre Day Camps. HAMILTON AND FRIENDS Grades 3 – 5 (July 8 – 19th – Monday through Friday 9:30am – 12:30pm) will take campers on a time travel adventure with Alexander Hamilton and explore songs, scenes and choreography from history- based musicals. Final Showcase performed on the Laguna Playhouse mainstage, July 19 at 11:00am. Early-Bird Discount Rate $270 if you Register before May 15th. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. Final Showcase on the Laguna Playhouse Stage on July 19. HAMILTON AND HANSEN IN LA LA LAND Grades 6 – 10 (July 8 – 20th – Monday through Friday 12:30pm to 3:30pm) will be singing and dancing...

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Star Wars Day Returns to the OC Zoo

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

Gather friends and family and join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo! On Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. guests are invited to travel the galaxy during a fun-filled day of animals and themed activities at the zoo. Whether you’re a member of the Rebel Alliance or the First Order, there’s something for everyone! Guests will enjoy a day filled with Star Wars fun, kids’ crafts, games and photo opportunities. Zoo animals will join the fun with meet and greets throughout the day and enjoy special treats. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in Star Wars costumes and attire, and the first 100 children (ages 12 & under) wearing a Star Wars costume will receive a special gift and free train ticket to ride...

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FREE Football Summer Camp

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

NFL DE and member of 2003 and 2004 USC National Championship teams, Frostee Rucker will host The Camp of Champions, his second annual free youth football camp June 29 in his hometown of Tustin at Tustin High School. Frostee will be joined by his NFL friends and fellow USC alumni for this half-day camp open to football players, ages 9-14. All participants will receive a t-shirt, lunch and hands-on instruction. Official camp sponsors that align with giving back to the community include: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Subway, Dave & Buster’s, Stance, Aquarium of the Pacific, Access Wealth Management, and A-1 Quality Logistical Solutions. Registration for the free camp can be done online at www.usafootball.com/fun. When: Saturday, June 29, 2019 Registration: 8:00AM 9:00AM-12PM Where: Tustin High School 1171 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780 Who: Frostee Rucker, will be joined by...

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Universal Studios Hollywood’s Popular California Neighbor Pass

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Events, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

Get ready for “Jurassic World—The Ride” opening this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood with the popular California Neighbor Pass, offering guests a premium opportunity to experience more than 175 days of up close and personal encounters with the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex and behemoth Mosasaurus for $149. With over 175 day of limitless fun at the unbeatable price of $149, the California Neighbor Pass is the ultimate ticket to an epic adrenaline rush with every visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Based on the global blockbuster hit, “Jurassic World—The Ride” is a spectacular new adventure that will take guests on a breathtaking excursion through the theme park as depicted in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film, JURASSIC WORLD. It will soar to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent...

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World Premiere of Disney’s Aladdin

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the Aladdin premiere as a guest of Disney Aladdin is one of my daughter’s favorite stories of all-time. We got a chance to see the film last week, and she fell in love with the live action film just as much as the animated version. She loved the movie so much, and I was thrilled to surprise her with the news that we would see it again at the world premiere! She nearly fainted when I told her the night before that I would be picking her up early from school to attend the premiere. She immediately started going through her closet in search of the perfect dress to walk down the carpet wearing. The morning of the premiere, I picked my daughter up early from school, and we went to Los Angeles. We started at the...

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Discover A Whole New World In Disney’s Aladdin

Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Disney’s Aladdin One of the most beloved stories of all time is retold in the all-new live action film, Aladdin. The film is one of the most magical films that I have seen all year, and I couldn’t wait to talk with the cast about how they made this film so special. I arrived in LA the day after seeing the movie and sat down with the cast to talk about the making of the film. I was waiting in the room for the cast to arrive when the moderator came into the room to make a special announcement. I got chills when she announced that the talented composer and songwriter, Alan Menken was going to perform some of his songs for us. He came into the room, and everyone applauded. Then he...

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Sessions West Coast Deli to open at Macy’s Fashion Island

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

Known for its inspired, chef-crafted sandwiches, Sessions West Coast Deli has announced that its fourth location is set to open at Macy’s Fashion Island in September 2019. The new restaurant will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu that focuses on its signature sandwiches, burgers, breakfast, small plates and gourmet salads. Additionally, Sessions will feature full barista service, as well as kombucha, craft beer and wine on tap. Since opening its first location five years ago on the Newport Beach Peninsula, Sessions West Coast Deli has received national attention for its scratch kitchen, where housemade sauces, sides, salads and soups are prepared in-house daily. All sandwiches, salads, small plates and toasts are made to order with fresh, locally grown produce and carefully selected ingredients. The 1,200-square-foot restaurant will feature...

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Bell Pepper Pizza Recipe

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 1 comment

Do you have a picky eater? I know that I sure do in my house. Getting my youngest to eat vegetables is always a challenge, and I have to be extra creative to get nutrition into his growing body. Melissa’s Produce provided me with some beautiful Enjoya peppers this week, and I decided to try making bell pepper pizzas out of them. Guess what? My picky eater ate every bite! What I love about this recipe is that it took me less than five minutes to prepare. Plus, there was hardly any mess in my kitchen after preparation. It is my new favorite weeknight meal! About Enjoya Peppers Enjoya peppers are my favorite probably because they are so pretty. But, really because they taste so good. They are slightly less sweet than yellow bell peppers, are crunchy and juicy...

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Caramelized Onion and Swiss Chard Pasta Recipe

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to caramelize onions. It is so relaxing, and it makes my home smell amazing. While at Melissa’s Produce this week, they sent me home with some beautiful organic onions and fresh swiss chard. I couldn’t wait to cook something with the fresh produce when I got home. Swiss Chard Nutrition Swiss chard is a great leafy green to incorporate into your kid’s diet. It is packed full of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and flavonoids. I always add some chopped swiss chard when making our salad mixture for the week. It’s beautiful colors make a salad bright and appealing. How to prepare Swiss Chard With my kids having a lot of late nights at school this week, I wanted to make something filling yet packed full of nutrition. I decided...

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Official Teaser of Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

The new teaser trailer for “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to the global box-office hit “Maleficent,” has arrived. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprise their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, respectively, two characters from the studio’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” whose untold story was brought to life on screen in 2014’s “Maleficent,” and are joined by Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. Be sure to watch the teaser trailer and below, and don’t forget to see “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” when it hits theaters nationwide October 18, 2019!! “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to...

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Learn About Bugs and Butterflies at Riley Wilderness Park

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to spend a day outdoors and learn all about the critters of the earth at Riley Wilderness Park’s free, family-friendly Bugs and Butterflies event on Sunday June 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Riley Wilderness Park’s incredible butterfly garden will be open for up-close tours with nature’s daintiest fliers, while insect experts give out tips and tricks on how to attract these and other plant-friendly critters to your garden at educational stations and informative exhibits. A live butterfly release will be held at 3 p.m. There will be a rock-climbing wall, OC Parks giveaways, OC Bird of Prey raptors for outside and close-up viewing, and games. With face painting booths, giveaways, native plant sales, insect inspired storytelling, park tours, arts and crafts, and a food truck serving delicious culinary...

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Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar in Santa Rosa

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

Eat more pie. Because “Pie not”? When visiting Santa Rosa, we had an unforgettable dinner at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven. After dinner we noticed that a new pie bar had just opened next door, so we went in to check it out before walking down to The Jade Room Wine Bar for a nightcap. The minute that we walked into the store, the aroma tantalized our tastebuds. They feature a select amount of freshly baked pies and ice cream. I couldn’t resist tasting almost every flavor of ice cream before making my dessert decision. All of the ice creams were rich, creamy and delicious. Noble Folk Ice Cream What makes their ice cream so delicious and unique? Because it is locally made and sourced. Everything made local is always better. It is made locally at their creamery in...

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Kaleido Kids Summer Events

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

Local youngsters can enjoy a variety of free activities and entertainment at Kaleidoscope this summer, when the center’s annual Kaleido Kids Summer Events return on Tuesday, June 18. Held in Kaleidoscope’s event space inside Union Market Mission Viejo, the fun events are every Tuesday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, June 18th through July 23rd. The Kaleido Kids events are 11:30am – 12:30pm with the following schedule: June 18: Toy Story, including a meet and greet, sing along and photos with costumed characters, themed crafts, and refreshments. June 25: Unicorn Painting Party, where kids can paint a picture of a unicorn with special instructions by a local artist, take photos with a magical unicorn, and enjoy music and snacks. July 2: Cooking with Kids, where youngsters will follow simple instructions to create then enjoy a kid-friendly healthy snack and dessert. Kids...

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3rd Annual CASA Pinwheel Project

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

CASA-OC and Junior Kids for CASA will be displaying 3,100 pinwheels representing the number of children in the Orange County foster care system on Saturday, May 11th at Fashion Island in conjunction with Foster Care Awareness Month happening in May. YOU can sponsor a pinwheel for only $5 or with a donation of $25+ receive a benefit card to receive discounts at select stores at Fashion Island valid from May 9th – 16th. ‍ Junior Kids for CASA is a group of children between the ages of 8 and 13 who are learning philanthropy through volunteer work with CASA-OC. This year, Junior Kids for CASA will be leading the fundraising efforts for the 3rd annual Pinwheel Project happening at Fashion Island. The 2019 Pinwheel Project is being Chaired by Christy Flanagan and her daughter Bridget and Nicole Joseph and...

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Andrei’s New Seasonal Cocktails Make a Splash

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

The bold, vibrant colors and fresh flavors of the season take center stage on Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails’ new Spring/Summer specialty cocktails. Guests will be able to partake in more than a dozen cocktails that are as visually appealing as they are pleasing to the palate. As with all menu items at Andrei’s, these new cocktails will benefit many charitable causes and organizations, as the restaurant donates 100% of its net profits through The Andrei Foundation. Among the new cocktails are: STRAIGHT UP The Good, the Bad and the Thirsty – Dickel Rye Whiskey, Rhubarb Liqueur, Strawberry Shrub, Cassis, Rosemary Napa Crush – Rain Organic Vodka, White Wine Syrup, White Grape, Champagne Chilean Spice – Spicy Citrus-Infused Vodka, Orange, House-Made Sweet & Sour, Lime Southern Lady – Elijah Craig Bourbon, Peach Liqueur, Peach Bitters, Champagne Cool as a...

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The Sandman Hotel: A Modern Boutique Hotel in The Heart of Wine Country

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed at The Sandman Hotel as a guest Surrounded by grape-laden vineyards and spectacular scenery is the boutique Sandman Hotel that blends gracious hospitality and contemporary amenities. The stylish sanctuary ensures a pampered stay for families in the quiet town of Santa Rosa. When I first arrived at The Sandman Hotel, I fell in love with the distinctive character of the hotel. The check-in process was seamless, and I found myself in the zen-like guest room within minutes after arrival. The spacious and inviting guest rooms are perfectly decorated with elegant furnishings, and big enough for families to lounge in before heading out for the day. The room features the finest linens, plush towels, and luxurious amenities. After relaxing in the comforting room, I restored my energy and vitality while taking a tantalizing shower before getting a taste...

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The Queen Mary’s BBQ & Chili Waterfront Cook-Off

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

Guests are invited to indulge at the Queen Mary’s new Waterfront Cook-Off on Saturday, May 11th from 12 – 5 p.m., for an afternoon full of barbecue and chili samplings, beer tasting, eating contests, DJ’s, lawn games, and more. Guest will be able to purchase tasting tickets and savor samples from some of the best BBQ pitmasters and the nation’s best chili teams, all competing to win state championship prizes and the highly coveted People’s Choice Awards. Waterfront Cook-Off will be home to the first ever side-by-side California State Championship Chili Cook-off and California State BBQ Championship, no matter who takes home the trophies, everyone wins in this mouthwatering afternoon of food! When is the The Queen Mary’s BBQ & Chili Cook-off Saturday, May 11, 2019 VIP Admission opens at 11 a.m. General Admission opens at 12 p.m. Location...

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2019 CASA Celebration of Children Black & White Ball

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, held their annual Celebration of Children Black & White Ball, on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, CA. 405 guests were in attendance to support CASA’s mission of serving abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Orange County with a trained and supported volunteer advocate. This year’s Gala had a net of over $1,300,000 and serves as the fifth year in a row that CASA has exceeded in breaking the previous year’s net and becoming the organization’s highest netting fundraiser in their 34 year history. This beautiful and elegant evening was executed by eight longtime CASA supporters who served as this year’s Chairs: Barclay Butera, Dana Chou, Nancy Eaton, Bobbie Howe, Lourdes Nark, Urvashi Patel, Dana Strader and Wendy Tenebaum. Evening festivities were themed “Growing Organically” and guests...

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The Queen Mary 2019 Summer Movie Series

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

The Queen Mary is proud to present the 2019 Summer Movie Series, welcoming the community to sit back, set up a picnic with friends and family, and soak up the silver screen under the summer night sky. Each movie night will offer guests an immersive cinematic experience with assorted food trucks themed to the film, full bars for those age 21 and over, and the legendary ship and Long Beach Harbor as backdrops. Taking place on select Thursday nights each month May through August and located on a grassy lawn adjacent to the Queen Mary, film titles include Mamma Mia! (2008), double feature of Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Temple of Doom (1984), Grease (1978), and double feature Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990). The movie nights are open to all ages and free to attend....

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Memorial Day Fun at the Newport Dunes

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present a Memorial Day weekend filled with family friendly activities and special events Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, 2019. From kids to adults, country music fans to watersports enthusiasts, all will find the perfect way to kick off the summer at Newport Dunes. Newport Dunes Water Park On Friday, May 24, Newport Dunes will open their beachfront Inflatable Water Park to the public seasonally through Labor Day weekend. Four new oversized inflatables will be joining the resort’s impressive collection, making the water park even bigger and better than last year. Additions include a 15-foot climbing mountain with three attached slides, Ninja steps and a walkway leading to the inflatables. Activities This is added to the lineup of favorite water activities which includes brand new kayaks and two-person pedal boats, stand...

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FREE Children’s Ticket to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has a special Kids Night on Broadway for the opening night of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. With the purchase of one full-price ticket, parents can receive a second ticket FREE for children. Ticket prices start at $29. Use code OOMPA when purchasing. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Pre-Show Activities Children and families are also encouraged to arrive early and enjoy pre-show activities in the Segerstrom Hall lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m., including coloring stations, crafts, activities, photo opportunities and more! Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life...

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Fourth Annual Heartbeat of Mexico Festival

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

From the brightest minds in the field of Mexican cultural studies to the brightest stars in the world of Latin entertainment, the Musco Center for the Art’s Fourth Annual Heartbeat of Mexico Festival will offer a greatly expanded cast and calendar on the Chapman University campus in Orange over Memorial Weekend, May 23-26, 2019. It is a free day-long family-friendly outdoor celebration with music, dance, crafts for kids and food, and three nights of music headliners: superstar duo Jesse & Joy on Thursday, May 23, the iconic Alicia Villarreal on Saturday, May 25, and Lupillo Rivera performing with Mariachi on Sunday, May 26. NEW FREE SATURDAY BALLET FOLKÓRICO EVENT For the first time, Heartbeat of Mexico will feature an indoor performance at Chapman University’s 1,000-seat Memorial Hall. This comes in response to overwhelming community interest in Ballet Folklórico groups...

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Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven in Santa Rosa

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven as a guest of Santa Rosa One of my favorite restaurants that I visited while in Santa Rosa was the Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven. The restaurant is a short drive from The Sandman Hotel, and offers guests authentic Indian cuisine with an upscale ambiance. The minute that I walked into the restaurant I felt like I was in a restaurant located in Manhattan. The space blends rustic elements, like unfinished wood and exposed brick, with modern furniture. We took a seat at one of the tables on the second floor and got ready to dine on Indian classics paired with local wine. Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven Appetizers I love Indian food, and one of my favorite dishes is Pani Puri. It is traditional Indian street food, and it is...

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The Jade Room Wine Bar & Oysterette

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 1 comment

We visited The Jade Room as a guest of Santa Rosa On our last night visiting Santa Rosa, we went on an epicurean adventure at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven and then walked over to The Jade Room Wine Bar & Oysterette to have a nightcap before returning to our hotel, The Sandman. The chic wine bar is new to Downtown Santa Rosa and is a hot spot for locals and visitors. The minute that we walked into the wine bar, I felt a sense of relaxation come over me. When it comes to seating, you can take a seat at the long, and beautiful bar, at a small semi-private table or in the plush lounge area. Our group decided to enjoy a cocktail in the lounge area. We all took a seat on the comfortable seats and looked...

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Must-Have Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration Merchandise

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Disney, Shopping | 0 comments

We visited Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration as a guest of Disney The all-new Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney is such a fun experience. When I went, I felt immersed into a magical world of Disney and was able to capture so many fun photos to share on my social media channels. After experiencing the all-new pop-up photo exhibit, guests have the opportunity to get some limited-time merchandise. The store is filled with many fun items that I couldn’t live without, and these are the must-have Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration themed merchandise that you’ll not want to leave without purchasing. Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration Jersey Every time a new Disney jersey is introduced, I have to get one for myself. The oversized shirts are so comfortable and perfect to wear at the Disneyland Resort...

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Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails New Spring Menu

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails has welcomed Spring with new menu items that reflect that colors and flavors of the season. The restaurant, known for its commitment to donating 100% of its net profits to benefit many charitable causes and organizations through The Andrei Foundation, celebrates the cultural diversity of California cuisine, while incorporating the flavors and freshness of the Mediterranean. Among the new items added by Andrei’s Executive Chef Porfirio Gomez are: Double Dip Duo – Cilantro-Green Pea Hummus, Avocado Bacon Dip, Warm Pita, Seasonal Vegetables Summer Vegetable Platter – Grilled Artichoke, Eggplant, Portobello Mushrooms, Asparagus, Roasted Cauliflower, Feta Cheese, Micro Crudités, Mojo Sauce Herb Onion Fritters – Scallions, Greek Feta, Dill, Parsley, Tzatziki Grilled Halloumi & Watermelon – Grilled Halloumi Cheese, Watermelon, Chopped Mint, Fresh Basil, Drizzled Herb Olive Oil Main Street Wedge – Grilled Green Cabbage,...

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Best Restaurants in Orange County to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

It’s time to treat mom like no other by spoiling her at one of the many special options Orange County’s leading hotels have created for this most exceptional lady. At the beach she can be wined and dined at Montage Laguna Beach’s annual Masterpiece Celebration Brunch, at Studio or The Loft. If she doesn’t want to get up too early, she can celebrate with afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge. If Newport Beach is more her style, then Fashion Island Hotel is the place to go with two delicious dining options: a garden party or brunch at Oak Grill. And for moms who want to be in the center of it all, Hotel Irvine is hosting Mother’s Day in The Backyard with fun for the entire family. Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420...

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Making Gluten-Free Weeknight Meals Easy with the Instant Pot

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

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

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Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame Teen Review

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

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

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Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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