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Kids are Free in October at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Events, San Diego Zoo, Theme Parks, Travel | 0 comments

Kids under the age of eleven, are free every day in October at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Throughout the month, children can engage in fun activities, shows, and interact with hundreds of animals. On October 5th and 6th at the Zoo, Fisher-Price presents Live from little People Place! It is a live musical show performed by your children’s favorite Little People characters. There will be a special meet-and-greet following the performances, and it is geared towards children under the age of five. During Kids Free, daily activities at the Zoo include animal encounters, shows, special animal enrichment and educational activities. New at the Zoo is RIO: The 4-D Experience featuring the Zoo’s macaws and a 4-D movie, RIO: Rainforest Adventure. The 12-minute movie tells the tale of a gang of bird smugglers who capture the last...

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20th Anniversary Scare-ebration Comes to The El Capitan Theater

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Disney, Events, Film | 0 comments

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is coming to the El Capitan Theater in Disney 3-D with newly enhanced interactive 4-D Sensory Effects for the 20th Anniversary Scare-ebration. The celebration begins on October 15th through November 3rd with a special opening night hosted by Ken Page. Fans of the film have never seen the movie like this before with its spook-tacular 4-D sensory effects. The special effects will include wind, snow and fog for guests to experience while watching the film. There will be a special 20th anniversary display on the making of the film in the lower lounge, featuring a Halloween Town scare model, and more! The celebration begins with a special opening night on October 15th at 7pm with host Ken Page, the voice of Mr. Oogie Boogie, along with other surprise guests. “The Nightmare Before Christmas”...

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Celebrate Nature as Acorn Day Returns to O’Neill Regional Park

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

On Saturday, October 19th from 10am to 3pm, families are invited to celebrate nature as Acorn Day returns to O’Neill Regional Park. Families can enjoy hiking along the trails, fun activities and exhibits planned throughout the celebration. Acorn Day offers ranger-led hikes and interpretive programs as well as crafts, games and tree planting. Live animals will be on exhibit at booths presented by the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, Monarchs Forever and Inside the Outdoors. Various presentations will be going on throughout the event. Children will enjoy storytelling and a puppet show. Reserve a campsite and stay at the park for the entire day to truly enjoy the magic of nature at Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park. Where: O’Neill Regional Park 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 (949) 923-2260 When: October 19th 10 a.m. to...

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The Magical World of Disney Junior Goes Mobile

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Disney, Tech | 0 comments

Our kids have grown-up playing with all their favorite Disney Junior friends online, and now their favorite online magical world opened a new portal of fun with their new mobile friendly website. The new Disney Junior website just launched its new mobile compatible website early this week, allowing families to bring the magic of Disney Junior with their children anywhere. The platform is designed with the kids in mind, making it easy for them to navigate. Disney values the importance of children’s safety online just as much as parents and have created the website with safety in mind. While online, children can explore their favorite shows, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and more. There is a wide variety of games, activities and fun! The website can be access from your mobile device by...

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Get Ready to Get Dirty at The Mud Run

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Events, Fitness | 0 comments

A brand new “That Dam Mud Run” is coming to the Prado Dam in Chino on November 16th. The 5K course will feature more madness than ever with new trails, obstacles and mud! Are you ready to climb the Wahoo’s 10ft Wall, crawl through camo nets, tubes and jump into one of the dozen mud pits? Registration is currently available online for this thrilling experience. Registration is $59 until October 11 and after, $69 until November 8 when prices increase to $79 until the day of registration for runners 13 years old and up. Kids ages 2 – 12 can participate in the Mud Puddles Kid’s Course for $15. All participants will recieve a limited edition Finisher’s Medal and souvenier t-shirt. “That Dam Mud Run” benefits the Gavin R. Stevens Foundation supporting Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) research. LCA is...

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Parents Guide to Teaching Children to have Quiet Time

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Family | 1 comment

When was the last time you took time to just notice your breath and the beauty around you?  If you are like many busy families, it’s been a while.  Teaching your children about a daily quiet time can be a great way to help them find peace and restoration in their daily lives.  Here are three simple ideas to get your family started… 1. Set Expectations It’s important to set the expectations with your child before they get started.  For example, with young kids you may want to explain why a quiet time is important, how long they will be taking a quiet time and provide them with some independent activities to help them be successful.   For some children, it might also be helpful to use a timer and start with 10-15 minute sessions.  Some helpful independent quiet time...

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Speedeebee – Family Word Game!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Toys | 0 comments

Are you looking for a fun way to improve your kids’ vocabulary and stretch their minds? Speedeebee Family Word Game is just the ticket! I sat down with my son to try out this new game and he was so excited to play! Speedeebee comes with a deck of 50 challenge cards and 4 alphabet dice. So simple!  First, you take the top card, and then you roll the die or dice as directed. The fastest player to answer the challenge wins the card! With 150 challenges on the cards and different dice to roll, the combinations are endless! The challenges will be different depending on which dice you roll, which makes this game fun and new every time you play! Speedeebee is the most fun way to get kids to practice cognitive speed, vocabulary, spelling and reaction time! These are life skills that they will...

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Parents Guide for the Transition to Middle School

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

The transition to middle school can be big step for everyone in the family, but with some simple preparations the journey can be a little easier. Here are three simple, yet helpful parenting tips to transition your son or daughter from elementary to middle school. Bring a Sense of Humor One important tip when transitioning to middle school is a sense of humor. When I mentioned to my 13 year old son that I was writing a piece about the transition to middle school, he said “You are now officially the mom in the the Dairy of a Wimpy Kid movie.” and I just laughed.  One of the biggest gifts you can give your son or daughter during this transition phase is a sense of humor and a very open heart. Of course you need to prepare them and...

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How to Prepare Children for Kindergarten

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

How do you best prepare a child to go to their first day of school? It’s a day you will long remember and certainly a big step, but with a little preparation, you will both be on your way to a great day. Each child and parent has their own special personality and how they might react may vary depending on a variety of factors, but following these four simple steps can set the stage for a smooth transition for everyone. Prepare In Advance Is this a brand new school experience for your child? Or Is your child familiar with the school because they have a sibling in an older grade? If it’s a new school experience,  it would be helpful to spend some time at the school before school starts. During the summer, take a walk to school...

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Doggie Doo from Goliath Games

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Toys | 0 comments

From the makers of Gooey Louie and Pop the Pig comes Doggie Doo!  Doggie Doo from Goliath Games is a great game for my kids, since they are always asking for a dog! It comes with everything you see here to feed and walk your dog and collect his poop! After you feed your dog, you roll the die to see how many times you squeeze the handle to help your doggie digest his food. It’s pretty noisy, all that digesting. The funny noises will keep your kids giggling!  Eventually the food makes its way through the doggie and out the end. And the kids think it is absolutely hilarious!  Keep feeding your doggie and collecting the poop!  The first person to collect 3 poops, wins!  To learn more, visit http://www.doggiedoogame.com/. Jaime is a homeschooling mama of two, wife of one,...

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How to Connect with your Children

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Family | 0 comments

Would you like to feel great and have fun with your family this summer?  If you answered “Yes” , I have the magic answer for you.  Just do what your kids are doing, no questions asked, just do it. The other day, my 12 year old son was telling me about the different things he does for his junior lifeguard program and I was floored.  He said, “So after our running drills, we put on our swim fins and swim past the waves to the kelp beds. When we get there, we find an opening and just swim through kelp.  It’s so much fun!” When finished sharing, I said “Sounds fun, I wish I could do that.”  And then he said “You can. How about after junior guards you and I can swim out there and you can check...

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Tips to Foster Effective Communication in your Family

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Family | 0 comments

I teach kids that we make our best choices when we understand where the other kid is coming from. Most parents hope their children develop this level of empathy and use it as a guide. But hope isn’t a parenting strategy. In my book, Teaching Kids to Be Good People, I help parents teach kids to develop empathy and respect for themselves and others. Effective communication is key to empathy training. These tips can improve communication in your family so your child becomes a more effective communicator and a better friend: 1.  Give kids time to decompress. When kids come home talk will flow more naturally after the shoes come off, food’s dished out, and everyone has had time to relax. 2. Show that you’re interested. We’re all a little distracted these days, but if we want kids to...

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3 Mindful Mommy Tips for a Healthy and Happy Summer

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Family, Featured | 1 comment

Summer time can be a time of great fun and memories with your children. The kids are out of school, there’s no specific schedule to follow, no homework, no routines and lots of time to spend as a family.  This time can be a great opportunity to reconnect and sometimes a stressful time because the family is transitioning from structure to non structure.  The following are some self care tips for Mommies to enjoy and celebrate the summer and the gifts it has to offer. For a happy and healthy summer, try and incorporate one or more of the following tips:   Make Time for Yourself Take some time time for yourself, every day.  It can be as simple as sitting mindfully for 5 minutes and paying attention to your breath, slowly drinking a cup of your favorite tea...

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Getting to Know The SoCalLife Team

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Home | 0 comments

Do you need a bit of SoCal in your everyday life? Virtually step out of the office and onto the beach by liking The SoCalLife Team on Facebook where they share what it’s like to live, work and play in Southern California. The SoCalLife Team is part of First Team Real Estate’s fastest growing realty teams, and they want to connect with you! First Team Real Estate is the #1 independent Southern California Real Estate company and is comprised of over 1,850 real estate professionals. Headquartered in Irvine, First Team has grown from just a single office in Huntington Beach, CA to become the largest and most trusted private real estate agency with more than 40 locations throughout Southern California. Services that First Team provide include residential and commercial real estate, title, escrow and mortgage operations. The SoCalLife Team is...

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Events For Families Happening in Orange County This Week 6/3-6/7

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Can you believe it is June? This is the last month of school before summer vacation starts for all our kids. There are some fun events happening in Orange County this week including stargazing at the OC Great Park, have fun at a storytime or build a free Lego miniature. There is fun for all happening this week in Orange County. Monday, June 3rd Books and Babies Central Library 1000 Avocado Avenue Newport Beach, Ca 92660 It’s never too early for storytime! Introduces language & reading to the littlest lap-sitters 6–24 months from 9:30am to 10am and 10:30am to 11am. Pajama Story time Central Library 1000 Avocado Avenue Newport Beach, Ca 92660 Children from age 3 through 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun from 7pm to 7:30pm. Don’t forget to come in your pjs. Tuesday, June 4th Pump It...

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Lego Storytime at Barnes & Noble on May 22nd

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Events, Family | 0 comments

LEGO Storytime Join Barnes & Noble for a special event featuring the LEGO DUPLO book Grow Caterpillar, Grow. Participating Barnes & Noble locations will be hosting a special LEGO storytime starting May 18th. The Bella Terra Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach will be hosting their LEGO Storytime event on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10:30am. As with most Barnes & Noble events, space is limited so contact your store for reservations. Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra: Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave. #110 Huntington Beach, CA 92647 714-897-8781 Find a participating LEGO Storytime location near you. While you’re there don’t forget to sign up for the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program! Karen is a mom of two little boys that can’t pass up a great deal. Find her at Desert Chica Ramblings where she blogs about her family...

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OC Fair Super Pass Sale!

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Deals | 0 comments

Summer is coming and that means it’s almost time for the OC Fair! There are so many things to see and do and EAT at the fair…you have to share some of your favorites! We have our favorites, like the petting zoo, the Alaskan racing pigs, checking out the baby animals at the farm, and trying all the delicious fair food! Last summer my brave son even attempted some exciting rides! I just love the food. But whatever your family loves about the fair, you’ll want to get it all in during the short time the OC Fair is here! That’s what is so great about the Fair Super Pass, for one price you can come back every day! Experience your favorite attractions over and over or try something new each time! The OC Fair is open July 12...

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Celebrate National Burger Day with a Free Smashburger

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Dining, Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is your last name Burger? Do you have Burger is part of your last name? If it is, then you will be getting a free Smashburger on May 28th in honor of National Burger Day. According to whitepages.com there are 21,687 people in the United States with the last name Burger! If your last name is Burger or a variation of Burger, bring a photo ID (drivers license, passport or birth certificate) to any Smashburger location to get your complimentary Classic Smash burger on May 28th. There’s a reason to this madness and founder Tom Ryan knows the secret. It’s not just about feeding the masses and serving a bottom line. It’s about helping America rediscover fresh, quality ingredients. It’s about using local products, vendors, and incorporating local flavor to support local economies and cater to local tastes. It’s...

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Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Family | 0 comments

Summer is the perfect time for kids use their imagination and explore the world through literature. And if they need a little encouragement how about a free book? Students in 1st through 6th grade can earn a free book from the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store between May 21st and September 3rd, 2013. Choose a Free Book from a selection on the Reading Journal list at the store. Looking for book recommendations for your child? Check out the Barnes & Noble summer reading recommendations for 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th grade, and 5th and 6th grade. Find a Barnes & Noble location near you. Karen is a mom of...

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Saddleback Memorial 25th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Events, Featured | 1 comment

Saddleback Memorial Hospital is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a big family celebration on May 19th from 12:30 to 4pm. There will be fun for the entire family as children will have a chance to visit with the physicians and staff from the Saddleback Women’s Hospital. The activities will include face painting, balloon artists, jelly bean contests, photo opportunities, prizes and more! If you have a child that was born at Saddleback Memorial Hospital, they will be invited to add their thumbprint on the Saddleback Memorial Family Tree at the event. The event will be filled with family entertainment with a show that your children will never forget. The day would not be complete without cupcakes and refreshments. There will be yummy treats and food for all who attend this free family event. We hope to see you at...

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Free LEGO Mini Model at LEGO stores

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Deals, Family | 0 comments

Do you have LEGO fan in your house? Did you know that your local LEGO store offers a free LEGO Mini Model Build each month? Free LEGO Mini Model A free LEGO Mini Model Build is available at local LEGO stores on the first Tuesday of every month. Children ages 6 to 14 learn how to build a cool mini model and then take it home for FREE! One free LEGO mini model per child, and supplies are limited. The next Mini Model Build is Tuesday, May 7th starting at 5:00pm. California LEGO Store Locations: ARDEN FAIR MALL DISNEYLAND RESORT FASHION VALLEY GLENDALE GALLERIA HILLSDALE SHOPPING CENTER ONTARIO MILLS SOUTH COAST PLAZA STONERIDGE SHOPPING CENTER THE SHOPS AT MISSION VIEJO VALLEY FAIR Karen is a mom of two little boys that can’t pass up a great deal. Find her...

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Celebrate World Oceans Day with Rubio’s Restaurant on May 11

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Dining, Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Rubio’s, famous for their fish tacos, is headquartered in San Diego.  For their 30 years in business, they have always had a devotion to the ocean and sustainable seafood.  In continuing that devotion, Rubio’s is hosting a beach cleanup and party for the San Diego community in order to kick-off a month-long celebration of “World Oceans Day”, as well as Rubio’s year-long “Be a Friend to the Ocean” campaign. This fun family event takes place on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Oceanside Pier Ampitheatre at 200 North The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054.   World Oceans Day is June 8th so the cleanup and party are perfectly timed to help the San Diego area come together to celebrate the ocean.    Guests can also celebrate with Rubio’s by participating in online contests, events and more. This day long...

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Free Common Sense Parenting Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Family | 0 comments

Boys Toys California recently received funding from Orange County to provide parents and caregivers in Orange County with free parenting classes.  These Common Sense Parenting® workshops will help parents and caregivers use their existing skills and also learn news strategies for dealing with their children’s behaviors. These parenting classes from Boys Town California are a wonderful resource for Orange County residents.  Common Sense Parenting classes are offered for free to parents or caregivers who have children between the ages of 13 to 18 who reside in Orange County.  The class content incorporates research-proven methods that parents can  apply at home to reinforce and nurture healthy relationships within their family. Community support groups and peer mentoring are also available at no cost to families that reside in Orange County.  These supportive environments help people feel connected as they share their experiences and...

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Make a Splash at Knott’s Soak City This Summer (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giveaways, Knott's Berry Farm, Uncategorized | 21 comments

It’s heating up, and time to make a splash at Knott’s Soak City this summer! Soak City is one of the best things to do with kids in Southern California. With their fast water slides, lazy river and water play the fun is endless. Last year, Knott’s Soak City, was one of our favorite places to cool-off from the summer heat. My kids could not get enough of the fun water slides, and we created so many wonderful family memories while floating along the lazy river. My favorite thing to do at Soak City is to rent a private cabana for the day. When staying in a cabana, we were able to get personalized service, have our food brought right to us and plenty of shade. When visiting Soak City this summer, come early to order a private cabana...

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Five Hair Tips for Working Moms

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Beauty, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Working Moms find it hard to strike a balance between work and home. Stress and tension at work, high paced home management back in their homes and with kids around, it can get really tough. Working moms are notorious for ignoring their health and putting everything else first, except them. However, since they have to head out for work, hair care has become one of their priorities for good. Hair care is tricky and even a few simple things can go a long way in ensuring your hair is healthy and voluptuous always. Here are five hair tips for working moms, who always run short of time. Plan Your Hair Style: Don’t we plan the menu for the week? Probably, we also plan up the week’s schedule well in advance. Right? Likewise, you got to plan your hairstyle for...

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Top 3 Things to Enjoy at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is a gorgeous resort that captivates visitors and those who call Orange County home.  It is also the home of the Mom 2.0 Summit 2013.  Regardless of what brings you to the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, there are so many wonderful experiences to enjoy during your stay.  Here are our top three thing to enjoy when visiting the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel…assuming you don’t have time for everything of course.  Enjoy a Meal at Raya Resting 150 feet above sea level, Raya, named “Restaurant of the Year” by Riviera Orange County in July 2011, is a restaurant with a stunning view.  Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval features dishes for everyone, including children. We have dined with our children there multiple times and they truly love it.  Raya showcases Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine prepared with sustainable seafood, organic and natural meats...

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Circus Vargas is Coming to Orange County (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 17 comments

The Circus is coming to town as Circus Vargas creates a “Fantastical Magical Experience” with their Orange County production. The circus tent will rise on May 9th until the last show on June 10th. There will be magic, music and more during this exhilarating performance. Acrobats will be flying while Magikaria amazes the audience with elaborate illusions. The circus will be at the Westminster Mall May 9-13, Anaheim Marketplace in Anaheim May 15-20, Westfield MainPlace in Santa Ana May 23-27, and Irvine Spectrum in Irvine May 30-June 10th. Guests are invited to attend thirty minutes early for a fun and interactive pre-show where children will be taught how to make their own magic. Tickets are currently available online for the various shows at circusvargas.com or by calling 1-877-GOTFUN. The circus box office will open one day prior to the...

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Inside Look Into Knott’s Log Ride Redesign

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Events, Featured, Knott's Berry Farm, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Disclosure: We attended a media preview for the log ride opening. The famous Knotts Berry Farm log ride is currently closed for renovation and redesign. The historic ride is undergoing its first major renovation since first being built in 1969. The ride was originally called the Calico Log Ride before being renamed as the Timber Mountain Log Ride. The ride brings guests on a journey through picturesque scenery while in a log flowing through rushing water before a 42-foot free fall from the height of an eight-story building. Garner Holt Productions is doing the complete redesign of the log ride scheduled to reopen on Memorial Day weekend. Garner Holt is the largest theme park developer of animatronics, and has built nearly 3,000 animation figures. Garner Holt is working on the redesign of the Timber Mountain Log Ride by adding...

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Fullerton Arboretum Arts in the Garden Party

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Do your children love being outside? Do they love spending time in the garden? Then they are going to love this special Fullerton Arboretum Arts in the Garden Party on May 5th from 1pm to 3:35pm. Kids will explore their imagination and creativity while discovering the world of nature, science and ecology. The event is perfect for children ages 5 to 12 years of age. The cost is $5 per child, and adults are complimentary. There is a nice variety of classes available during the event that require pre-registration by calling 657-278-3407. The classes are: Movement Exploration with Momentum Dance Center. Children will get rocking and rolling at this fun class. Ojos de Dios Folk Art. Children will learn the origin of this interesting form of folk art and then use natural materials to create their own. Stone Critters...

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Please Join us for the #SFWAG Twitter Party on 5/7 from 9-10 EST

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Events | 3 comments

Disclosure: The OC Mom Blog is receiving compensation for this event. You are invited to join us in celebrating the grand opening of another new Walgreen’s store in San Francisco on May 7th from 9pm to 10pm EST. We will be sharing all the exciting new features being offered in the store along with giving away some fun prizes. We look forward to having you join us for this fun online celebration. When: May 7th from 9pm to 10pm EST Where: Online at Twitter.com using the hashtag #SFWAG The party can easily be followed using this special tweet grid link: http://cbi.as/buj8z. Who to follow? The host Shelby @GlitterfulFelt, and the co-hosts @KellysLuckyYou @cbTweetChat Prizes: FIVE $100 Walgreens gift cards to be distributed at 15m, 25m, 35m, 45m and one at end of party Share News of the Party with...

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Spotlight on The Antonello Ristorante Enoteca Lounge and Wine Bar

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Antonello Ristorante recently completed more than  a half million dollar project resulting in its brand new Enoteca Lounge.  The OC Mom Blog community recently enjoyed an exclusive evening hosted by owner Antonio Cagnolo and experienced the new lounge first hand. Orange County residents are fortunate enough to enjoy a top rated Italian restaurant at Antonello Ristorante.  The atmosphere and vibe of the Enoteca Lounge is full of class and chic style with a feel that makes everyone feel at home. We all enjoyed an amazing evening together!  The OC Mom Blog community is filled with wonderful people who enjoyed sharing their thoughts on the Enoteca Lounge at Antonella Ristorante through social media. Antonello Ristorante owners Antonio and Fiorella Cagnolo shared their passion for authentic Italian food and the ambiance they have created in the Enoteca Lounge and Wine Bar. The...

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How to Help the Victims of the Boston Marathon

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was in Boston at the time of the bombings. The bombings directly affected me, my family, my friends and my community. The bombings affects all of us in Boston and across the Country. As my phone continues to ring from friends living in different parts of the Country, the same question is asked of me, “How can we help the victims of the Boston Marathon?” The streets of Boston have always been alive with the spirit of history, commerce, family and community. If we the people are the lifeblood of America, these streets are the arteries that sustain and carry us. As I looked upon the blood-soaked streets of Boston this past April 15th, I am reminded of the horrors of a battlefield. My generation has never experienced war within our borders. I fear that has changed. What...

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Prego Ristorante Teaches Blind Children How to Cook

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Disney, Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

The popular local restaurant, Prego Ristorante, taught a group of children from the Blind Children’s Learning Center how to cook last week. Eighteen children were given this special opportunity to make their own pizza all under the guidance of Prego’s Executive Chef Ugo Allesina. The visually impaired children ranged in ages from 4 to 6 years old. There were able to make their own pizza to take home and enjoy with their families. The students from the Blind Children’s Learning Center were given an amazing experience to learn vital skills needed to help with their development during the event. The children were able to have a full sensory experience of touch, scent and sounds. The Blind Children’s Learning Center has been helping to provide early intervention to visually impaired and deaf children for the past 50 years in Orange...

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Talk A Walk Along the Boardwalk to Boardwalk Burgers and Fries

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Dining, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

America’s #1 fries have officially come to Orange County with the opening of the new Boardwalk Burgers in Fullerton. Boardwalk Burgers is like nowhere else offering a large variety of juicy burgers, fries and shakes. Since the opening of this classic burger joint, it has become a favorite to locals and College students. All of the burgers served at Boardwalk are made fresh daily. Their patties are never frozen, and it is clear with the first bite. Customers can order a classic burger, or create a custom burger with unlimited toppings. Craving a burger is what brings customers into Boardwalk, but it is their fries that keep them coming back. Their famous fries are hand cut, and freshly cooked with every order. No heating lamps ever touch the fries served at Boardwalk. Not only are their fries some of...

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Summer Kick-Off Carnival

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Summer? Yes, it is almost here, and so is the YMCA Summer Kick-off Carnival and Healthy Kids Day! Your family will not want to miss this fun celebration featuring carnival games, prizes, music and summer camp registration. The event is free to the community to attend on April 27th from 10am to 1pm at the Laguna Niguel YMCA. During the event families can enjoy participating in family activities including tumbling, zumbatonic and martial arts. There will be youth wrestling, the Medieval Dude and Mexican Folk Dance. The younger children will enjoy the interactive petting zoo and game truck. There will be plenty of food available including the food trucks: Stuff N It Burgers, Bakery Truck, Kettle Korn, Kona Ice and Juice It Up. There will also be food available from Veggie Grill and Whole Foods. The event will not...

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Please Join Us for Sandra Lee’s #WorldsLargestBakeSale Twitter Party

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Disclosure: The OC Mom Blog is receiving compensation for this event. You are invited to join us for Sandra Lee’s World’s Largest Bake Sale Fundraiser for Food Bank of New York City & No Kid Hungry on May 1st from 1pm to 2pm EST. We will be talking about World hunger in America during this special Twitter Party. When: May 1st from 1pm to 2pm EST Where: Online at Twitter.com using the hashtag #WorldsLargestBakeSale The party can easily be followed using this special tweet grid link: http://cbi.as/iol6c Who to follow? The host Shelby @GlitterfulFelt, and the co-hosts @KellysLuckyYou @cbTweetChat Prizes: FIVE $100 Kmart GC: to be distributed at 15m, 25m, 35m, 45m and one at end of party  Share News of the Party with your friends:  Join @SandraLee #WorldsLargestBakeSale Twitter Party 5/1 1pm ET. Prizes $500! http://bit.ly/13G0dJ6 @Kmart #cbias RSVP #WorldsLargestBakeSale...

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The Last Weekend for The 2013 Go Go Thomas Tour

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Deals, Events, Featured | 0 comments

This is the last weekend for families to enjoy spending time with their favorite steam engine, Thomas the Tank Engine for the 2013 Go Go Thomas Tour. April 26th, 27th and 28th will be the last days that the tour will be nearby at the Fillmore and Western Railway. During the last few days of this family friendly event, we are happy to offer a promo code for $2 off per ticket online using Ticketweb. When visiting Thomas and Friends during their world tour, families can ride on Thomas the Tank Engine for a 25-minute ride along the tracks. Before boarding the train, Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway will welcome guest aboard for their journey. After riding the train, there is an interactive Thomas and Friends Imagination station. At the Imagination Station, children can play with...

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Aquarium of the Pacific International Children’s Day

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 1 comment

The 8th Annual International Children’s Day is returning to the Aquarium of the Pacific on April 27th through the 28th from 9am to 5pm. The celebration will include music and dance performances honoring different cultures. There will be martial arts demonstrations, children’s crafts, face painting, mural paining and more. The event will feature fun for children and adults of all ages. “The Aquarium is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated. Our International Children’s Day is the culmination of all of our cultural festivals where our various communities can come together to learn about the importance of working together to protect our ocean planet,” said Peter Martineau, Aquarium of the Pacific festival organizer. The event is included with the price of admission of $25.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors and $14.95 for children ages...

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It’s Official! I Graduated From Monsters University #MonstersUEvent

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Disney, Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 6 comments

Two weeks ago, I hopped on a plane to San Francisco to attend Monsters University. Although I thought I was just going to San Francisco, from the moment I stepped off the plane, I quickly realized that I had become immersed in the movie “Monsters University.” While attending school at Monsters University, I had many vigorous classes before finally graduating. When our plan landed, we got on a bus that brought us to the University where we would learn how to be the top scarers. As our first feet landed on the campus, we were greeted by the University band. The band was a festive greeting for our first day of school. As I walked under the arches of Monsters University, I felt that same feeling that I always got on the first day of school. The marching band...

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Best of Bruxie Huntington Beach

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Dining, Featured | 0 comments

Yesterday, Bruxie opened their doors on their newest Orange County location in Huntington Beach. This new Bruxie location is unlike any other with a walk-up ordering window. The new Bruxie location brings all of Orange County’s favorite waffle sandwiches to the beachside town in an open-aired restaurant. While dining at the pre-opening of Bruxie Huntington Beach, we had a chance to sample some of the delicious food bring served at the restaurant, and we picked out our top five favorites for our “Best of Bruxie Huntington Beach” list. First is the savorful Smoked Salmon Lox and Dill sandwich with cream cheese. Bruxie uses Michele Cordon Bleu cold smoked salmon with a herb cream cheese, and then tops it with cucumbers and chives. This sandwich is one of our favorites to order for breakfast. Second is the Bruxie Irish Nachos....

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Billy Elliot Immerses Audience Into an Unforgettable Experience

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

My husband and I had the opportunity to attend Billy Elliot the Musical and it was certainly a memorable experience. This amazing show will be playing at the Segerstom Center until April 28th and tickets start at just $20. As with previous shows at the Segerstrom, patrons can experience pre-show activities an hour prior to show time. Activities include: Dancers from Anaheim Ballet who will demonstrate ballet exercises and answer questions, photo opportunities with show-themed props, and the documentary “Finding Billy” which relates the casting process for finding the 3 original “Billys” on Broadway. First off, I want to note that this musical does contain strong language and onstage smoking, so I wouldn’t recommend it for children. Language aside, Billy Elliot the Musical is a wonderful, even immersive experience. The show takes place in 1984 in Northern England during...

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How to talk about the Boston Marathon with your children

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

It was a tragic, horrific and evil incident that occurred at the Boston Marathon. Thousands of innocent people were caught off guard as bombs were set off killing 3 and injuring over a hundred. As there is a lot of news coverage and talk about this awful event it is important to know how to talk to your child about it. Here are some tips: 1) Stay calm: Children pick up stress and anxiety from their parents. It is important that as a parent stay calm when discussing the incident because you are their sense of security. It is important that the sense of security they get from you is not weakened. Children need reassurance that incidents like this are rare and isolated and often very far away from them. The odds are that this would never happen to...

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Tax Day 2013 Freebies and Deals

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Deals | 1 comment

Is anyone celebrating the arrival of April 15? How about just catching a break and saving a little money? Check out the Tax Day 2013 Freebies and Deals! AMC Theatres Free small popcorn with coupon, April 12-15, 2013 Arby’s FREE Value Sized Curly Fries or Potato Cakes, April 15, 2013 Baskin Robbins Buy One Cone, Get One for $0.99 with coupon, through April 16, 2013 Boston Market Buy a “rib-bate,” two ¼-rack rib meals with corn, mashed potatoes, and cornbread for $10.40, April 15, 2013 Bruegger’s Bagels 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese for $10.40 with coupon between April 12 -15, 2013 Chick-fil-A Make a purchase on Tax Day, then save your receipt and bring it back on a designated day or days to get the same meal for free – check with local store for participation....

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Costa Mesa IKEA Grand Re-Opening

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Deals, Events | 0 comments

Costa Mesa IKEA Grand Re-Opening! The IKEA in Costa Mesa is celebrating their Grand Re-Opening this weekend, April 12th-14th. Stop by the newly revitalized Marketplace at IKEA Costa Mesa and enjoy 3 days of great deals and fun! Win Prizes! Each day the first 200 customers through the doors at IKEA Costa Mesa will receive a scratch-0ff ticket to win a prize (value $3.99-$200) – Friday, Saturday and Sunday Eat Free! Spend over $150 in home furnishings and eat for free! IKEA will deduct your restaurant receipt total from your home furnishing purchase when you check out! Free Workshop! There will be a free lighting workshop in the lighting department on Saturday from 1-3pm. Learn about the types of light, how to use light to furnish your home and more! Fun For Kids! Radio Disney will be there from...

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Nursing Experiences with the Poncho Nursing Cover (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Family, Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 12 comments

Just fourteen weeks ago, I gave birth to the most precious little boy. My life has been so special since I first met eyes with my beautiful baby. Having two active little girls running around my house, I cherish the moments that my baby and I have together while nursing. Although, I love nursing, I still like to keep the moment between my baby and I by using a cover. I have just started using the Poncho Baby while nursing my baby and have enjoyed how it keeps the moment special between the two of us. The Poncho Baby Cover is a poncho style cover that allows me to see my baby and interact with him while nursing. It provides me with full coverage so that I feel comfortable nursing him when in public places. The cover was designed...

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April 9th: 34th Annual Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Deals, Dining, Events | 0 comments

Are you ready for a free scoop of ice cream today? The 34th annual Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is happening today, April 9th! Head on over to your local Ben & Jerry Scoop Shop to pick up a free cup or cone! The annual Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day celebration is a way for Ben & Jerry’s to celebrate and say thank you to customers for another year of support. It’s also a great opportunity for fans to try out their newest flavors like Liz Lemon and Candy Bar Pie! Liz Lemon: Lemon Greek frozen yogurt with a blueberry lavender swirl Candy Bar Pie: Peanut butter ice cream with fudge flakes, chocolate nougat and sweet and salty pretzel swirls Personally I would pick Chocolate Peppermint Crunch: chocolate ice cream with peppermint and fudge swirls and mint...

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Events for Families in Orange County This Week April 8 – April 14

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is the last week for spring break in the OC, and there are some great events going on! We just upgraded to a new events calendar, so stay tuned as we start updating it daily with more events for you family to enjoy. Have a great week!   April 8th Basketball Spring Break Camp Laguna Niguel Family YMCA Laguna Niguel, CA Basketball Camp – Spring Break (ages 6-15) Basketball Camp is an opportunity for youth of all skill levels to learn the fundamentals and develop basketball skills. Participants will practice drills to develop dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. Players should be dressed in athletic gear, bring water, and have a morning snack. Session April 8-12 Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm Cost: $120 Flag Football League Youth will have a fun learning experience learning about teamwork and football values like responsibility and accountability to...

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Family Friendly Easter Events in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Easter, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

The Easter Bunny is hopping around Orange County at this fun family friendly Easter Events. Bring your camera, empty Easter baskets and your family to one of these fun and exciting events. Make sure and check-out our monthly events calendar for more family friendly activities happening in Orange County. Orange Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza 1 Irvine Park Rd Orange, CA 92869 The Easter Bunny is here with fun activities for children of all ages through March 30th. Activities include train rides, face painting, cookie decorating, snacks and more. Event tickets are $5 each or 15 for $60, and parking is $5 on weekends. Dana Point Pines Park & Sea Canyon Park 34941 Camino Capistrano & 33093 Santiago Drive Dana Point Come for children’s games, petting zoo, Easter bunny visits and more on Saturday, March 30th from 9am to...

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Hope Built on Love

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

Heather Von St James is a mom and a mesothelioma survivor. She has offered to share her story of hope and courage as she battled cancer. Life can often present tough time and change really quickly.  At age 36, the largest change I would ever experience came my way.  It was one that took me through the complete range of human emotions.  My daughter Lily was born on August 4, 2005. This moment was the happiest one that myself and my husband would ever experience.  Unfortunately, this great amount of joy came on the heels of the most difficult time we would ever face. The changes in my body were apparent soon after I returned to work.  My energy levels plummeted and, I began losing at least 5 to 7 pounds a week.  Though this change could be attributed...

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Events for Families in Orange County This Week March 12th – 17th

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Families may find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow at one of these family-friendly events, happening in Orange County leading up to St. Patrick’s Day this week. Don’t forget to get up to minute family events in Orange County by checking out our events calendar daily. Tuesday, March 12th Meeting of the Queen at the Queen Mary http://www.queenmary.com/events/royalrendezvous.php 1126 Queens Highway Long Beach, CA 90802 It will be a royal rendezvous as Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth comes to Long Beach on March 12th at 6pm. This will be the third time in over three decades that another Cunard ship has visited the Queen Mary. There will be live music, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Admission is free to the public. Pottery Barn Story time https://ocmomblog.com/free-story-times-at-pottery-barn-kids/#.UT42ZKUof1E 27000 Crown Valley Pkwy. Mission Viejo Bring your children dressed...

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Giveaway: Buy n’ Bulk

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Dining, Events, Uncategorized | 16 comments

As a mom to three kids I find myself going to the grocery store several times per week. With all the packaging and materials you get it seems like my cabinet space gets tighter and my wallet gets thinner. Recently, I found a store in Lake Forest called “buy n’ bulk”. This unique store solved both of my previously mentioned problems. Since everything is bought in bulk, it is all in loose bins which eliminates the need for boxes and in turn is less expensive. When you first enter the store you can’t help but notice how clean and organized it is. Everything is labeled and there are signs hanging above each aisle informing you where each item is located. There are bags and ties at all of the end caps as well. Each barrel or bin has its...

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New Menu Items and Happy Hour Specials at Greenleaf Chop Shop

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Dining | 0 comments

Greenleaf gourmet Chop shop is a fast casual gourmet eatery in Costa Mesa. This wholesome organic restaurant is known for it health conscious menu items uses locally grown ingredients, flame-grilled proteins, and countless toppings to maintain an affordable, healthy way of life. Owner Jonathan Rollo and Corporate Chef Kristi Ritchey,  work together to provide nutritious gourmet fare that reinforces a well-rounded, active lifestyle. The ambiance in the restaurant is so warm and welcoming. It has a rustic feel to it with high vaulted beams and warm woods. It is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat with friends or even with the whole family. Greenleaf recently introduced a kids menu as well as some happy hour specials that has something for everyone’s taste! Happy Hour, takes place daily from 3-5 p.m., with $4 glasses of wine and...

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Giveaway: 2.5 hour Dolphin and Whale Signature Safari + DVD

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 26 comments

The Whales and Dolphins are out to play and OC Mom Blog wants you to get up close and personal with them. Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari is giving away 2 seats aboard their 2.5 hour Dolphin and Whale Signature Safari. The winner will also receive Captain Dave’s award winning documentary DVD “Wild Dolphins & Whales of Southern California” . This unique and exciting safari allows guests to feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales without getting wet in an underwater viewing pod. Blue whales (seasonal), gray whales (seasonal), fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, orca whales,  and five species of wild dolphins, are just a sample of what viewers might see. You can even listen below the surface with a research quality hydrophone or enjoy some yummy triple homemade brownies that are served in...

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Pretend City on Martin Luther King Day

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This Past Martin Luther King day, Pretend City hosted a celebration in honor of Dr. King and his legacy. The theme was friendship and love, and children were able to explore all kinds of hands on activities such as crafts that highlighted the similarities and differences of various cultures. Children have so much freedom to use their imaginations at Pretend City so this past MLK day I took my own kids there to enjoy a day of endless fun!  There is a huge room in the back of the museum that is perfect for babies and toddlers. It is filled with soft mats, tunnels to crawl though, and lots of exciting sensory toys! They had giant Lego’s that my daughter loved stacking and her big brother  got in on the fun too! We are teaching her how to count...

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Original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Circa 1922

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Recipes, Uncategorized | 1 comment

In the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen. Here is the recipe:...

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It’s National Girl Scout Cookie Day Today and a Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 22 comments

In case you haven’t had enough of yummy girl scout cookies, Today is National Girl Scout Cookie Day! In support of Girl Scouts, all Orange County Mimis Cafe, El Pollo Loco, Red Robin and Yogurtland locations will host Cookie Booth Sales in front of their restaurants on February 8 from 4 – 8 pm.  In addition, Girl Scout Cookie fans are encouraged to post and tweet on social media about their favorite cookie with the hashtag #onemorebox and about the 5 skills that girls develop through the Girl Scout Cookie Program with the hashtag #5skills. Girl Scouts of Orange County is unveiling a brand new cookie, the Mango Crème with Nutrifusion, which combines a delicious tropical treat that’s packed with great taste and vitamins.  In addition, Girl Scout Cookies will feature the first package redesign since 1999.  The new...

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Idea for an Oscar Viewing Party

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Featured, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Is anyone planning on hosting a viewing party for the Oscars? If so, we have the perfect invitation for you to send your guests! Evite Postmark, a new social correspondence from the creators of Evite  has just unveiled their new collection by Marc Friedland. Marc is the official designer of the Academy Award winners’ envelope and invitations for all 2013 Oscar Events so now you can channel the red carpet without even leaving your home! There are 10 glamorous styles to choose from and each one is customizable. You choose your own envelope color, stamp and liner to complement the card you’ve selected. You can also upload up to 6 photos into your invitation as well as  insert text to provide your recipients with additional information. Here are some examples of  some of the invitations: To view the...

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Pet Days at the OC Fairgrounds

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

photo credit: Mike Jenkins Are you looking for a new dog to adopt? Or do you want to learn more about pet wellness? The 4th Annual Spring Pet Days event is happening on March 9 and 10, and features several nonprofit organizations and specialty rescue centers with animals ready for adoption. There will also be displays and presentations on pet wellness, spay and neuter information, training tips and various animal welfare subjects. Pet product vendors are also included at the event which runs in conjunction with the Market Place’s regular operating hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public may not bring their personal pets to this event, with the exception of service dogs. Admission, which includes swap meet entrance, is $2 or free with a donation of two cans or one bag of unopened cat or dog...

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Garlic Knots

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

There is a pizza place in Aliso Viejo that has the best garlic knots.  It’s called Porky’s Pizza. I love these little knots so much that sometimes I will order them to take with me to potlucks. I have always wanted to try to make my own garlic Knots so the other day I went out to trader Joe’s and picked up some of their pre-made Pizza dough and a few ingredients for the garlic sauce. To begin, roll out the pizza dough to 1/3 inch thick on lightly floured surface such as your kitchen counter or a large wooden board. Cut into strips about 1×4 inches. Tie each strip in a knot and place on a baking sheet. The dough stretches so the strips do not have to be super long. Bake the knots until they start to...

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Chas Chas Latin Kitchen Review

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Dining, Featured, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Set in a quaint shopping district of beautiful downtown Brea, there is a Latin Restaurant called Cha Cha’s that will have your taste buds doing the mambo. I recently dined here for their Sunday Brunch and I was so impressed! When you first walk in you can’t help but hear the fun flamenco music that is playing. The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful colors on the wall. Lots of yellows and orange gave this restaurant a really upbeat vibe. The glass in the top portion of the windows are yellow and it gives off this gorgeous hue that just fills the restaurant. Owner Don Myers was there on this particular day and you can tell how proud this gentleman is of the food he serves! We started off with my favorite, chips and guacamole! The...

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Affordable EKG and Echo Screenings in Dana Point

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

February is Heart awareness month and we want to share with you a very important resource here in Orange County. Holly Morrell, owner of  Heartfelt Cardiac Projects is offering EKG and Echo Screenings at her office in Dana Point. Holly established Heartfelt Cardiac Projects in order to provide affordable preventative cardiac care to the general public to save lives through early detection, education, and increased public awareness. For a tax deductible donation of $85 dollars, anyone from the age 5 and up can get a screening done and gain some peace of mind. Did you know: A high school athlete dies every 3 days from sudden cardiac death (SCD) SCD is the #1 killer of woman in the US 450,000 Americans die yearly fro SCD The Next screening is Saturday February 23rd 10:00am-2:00pm. Screenings take place at: 28 Monarch...

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Kids Fair in Brea

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Moms Club of Placentia North is putting on their 8th annual Kids Fair, complete with all sorts of vendors from birthday entertainers, to some amazing crafts (including some very fun tutus and other kid specific crafts). Local preschools, gyms/kids athletics, and  Chick-fil-A will also be there!  Plus there will be plenty of free stuff, a bounce house, and a chance to win a door prize. The event is totally free. It takes place February 16, 2013 from 9am-1pm at the Brea Community Center located at 695 Madison Way, Brea. Don’t miss out of this great...

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Mad Science for preschoolers AND a discount

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The popular and fun Mad Science program is now offering weekend workshops for preschoolers! Bring your curious kids to Saddleback College this weekend and let them explore their senses. Preschoolers must be 3-5 years old, have preschool experience, and must be potty trained. Also starting Thursday, February 7th, at 9am Mad Science will be running a 50% off discount for Super Science Saturdays making this fun event only $22.50 Date: February 9th Times: 9am -12noon – Preschool Price: $45 (without discount) Where: Saddleback College room VIL-24-1 See map on site Topic descriptions: Preschool: Explore Your Senses (NEW!) Join us for a journey through your taste buds and sense of smell. This class will introduce preschoolers to their sense of smell and taste and how they help them to enjoy all of their favorite foods and smells, including those that...

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Valentines Related Events in OC

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Here is a list of some fun Valentines related activities to do in OC! Valentine Tall Ship Sail Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 7:00p Ocean Institute Dana Point, CA The Ocean Institute will present a Valentine Tall Ship Sail. Treat your Valentine to a romantic tall ship adventure at sea! Raise sail, handle lines, steer the ship and listen to romantic sea tales of the past. Or you may simply relax on deck as you enjoy the magnificent beauty of being on a tall ship at sea. Light refreshments included. Phone (949) 496-2274 Price $40 adult, $23 child (ages 4-12) Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Soiree at Pretend City Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 10:30a to 4:30p Pretend City Children’s City Irvine, CA Time: Lil’ Me Morning Activity – 10:30a.m.: Sensational Story Time “Good to Go” Activity – 12:30p.m.: “Good to Go”...

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Experience The New CHOC Tower

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Disney, Family, Featured, RecentVideos, Uncategorized | 0 comments

For parents with critically sick children, staying in a hospital can be a very daunting experience. Fortunately CHOC hospital in Orange, CA can provide a serene and healing environment for these children. CHOC Hospital has recently undergone a $558 million dollar expansion to add a new tower named The Bill Holmes Tower. This tower is a state-of-the-art  facility  that joins the existing north tower, which includes a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Medical/Surgical Units, Neuroscience Unit, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and has primary and specialty care clinics as well as a research building. When entering the tower, visitors will be greeted by a crisp, bright and cheery entry way with primary color bands occupying a main feature wall. Tiny multi-colored mosaic tiles showcase a sparkling waterfall which represents the diversity and harmony...

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5 valuable home security tips worth reading

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Featured, Uncategorized | 2 comments

This week I learned a very valuable lesson in home security: Don’t get too relaxed with your personal property in your house. Like most everyone, we allow other people beside family into our home.  While I always realized that anything in my house was susceptible to theft, I had always hoped that anyone I let into my house would never take advantage of me. As it turns out hoping doesn’t get you very far. Unfortunately our house experienced a robbery this week, and looking back I am pretty frustrated with myself for being so careless and lazy. My husband works extremely hard for our family and to have monetary items taken from us is very infuriating. When I had time to reflect on what I could have done differently I came up with a list of 5 things, and...

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FREE German Kareneval at the Phoenix Club

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Attention all children! Get out your costumes and get ready to have some fun! On Sunday, February 10th the Phoenix Club in Anaheim is hosting the Children’s Karneval Party (Kinderkarneval). Don’t worry about being German because Prince Peter  and Princess Sophie  invite children of all ages to the event! Doors to the festivities will open at 12:00 pm and the entertainment will begin at 1:00pm. Admission is free. This year’s theme is “Karneval in Outer Space,” but costumes don’t have to follow suit. The Youth Dance Group of the Phoenix Club will perform traditional dances and lots of candy, games, music and fun await. Best costumes will be awarded with great prizes, and no child will go home empty-handed.  Photo Credit: Mark Davis Kids are encouraged to be funny and silly. They celebrate with silly games, lots of candy...

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The Queen’s Bakery and Cafe

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Dining, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you love Valentines day? Do you love to host parties?  Well we have a fresh new trend to introduce to you! Festive Cake Parties for friends and family are a new alternative way to celebrate Valentines Day.  The Queen’s Bakery & Café, as seen on Cupcake Wars, is hosting custom Queen of Hearts parties. The Special Valentine’s Queen of Hearts Menu includes a selection of savory appetizers and handcrafted salads and sandwiches, and of course, mouth-watering desserts like the custom-baked Heart shaped Puff Pastry with Bavarian Cream, delightful Strawberry Mouse and everyone’s newest obsession-Cake Pops. Below are some examples are desserts Queen’s Bakery can make.  Chocolate-covered Strawberry over Bavarian Cream Puff Heart-shaped Strawberry Mousse Strawberry Mousse The Queen’s Bakery was founded in 2011 and serves everything from handcrafted salads, sandwiches, desserts and teas! Call Kathy The Queen to...

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Super cute and Free App for your toddler and preschooler

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Featured, Tech, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Every night I have a ritual with my daughter where we sit in her rocking chair and do flashcards on my iphone. We recently came across a new app called “Endless Alphabet” and now our nightly ritual has become filled with giggles and fun! From the creators of Sesame Street’s Monster at the End of This Book, and Another Monster at the End of This Book,  “Endless Alphabet” is an interactive educational app that builds vocabulary with the use of some adorable little monsters. Each word features an interactive puzzle game with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition. It also is helping my daughter with her fine motor skills because she has to touch the letters and drag them into their appropriate spots. The letters all have sounds and  and silly noises emphasizing the pronunciation of...

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Scott’s Seafood Costa Mesa

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Dining, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last week Shelby and I went to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to see the touching and epic play Warhorse. But, before we went to the theater we dined with our husbands at the elegant and impressive Scott’s Seafood. When you first walk into the restaurant you will feel like you are in a Southern cottage. All the walls are bright white with white-wood arched windows, gleaming gold brass and an airy feel.  It has a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Our waitress was extremely helpful and was able to give us suggestions on their most popular dishes and cater to our individual tastes. We started off with several appetizers to share. Calamari, shucked oysters on the half shell, ceviche and shrimp cakes. The Calamari was really unique. It was made with Lemon, Garlic, Shallots, and butter. The oysters...

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OC Mom Blog takes on Monster Jam

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Who says girls can’t enjoy dirt flying, car smashing, engine roaring trucks? I had a blast this past Saturday at Monster jam in Anaheim.  These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to the edge of your seat, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through. All the favorites were there including Grave digger, The patriot, Captain America, Iron man, Mohawk Warrior, Iron Outlaw, El Toro Loco, Bounty Hunter, Monster Mutt, and more! I am pretty sure I didn’t put my camera down the entire time! My son and I had so much fun watching all the Monster trucks jump mangled buses, cars, and dirt ramps. El Toro Loco had this cool feature where it could blow smoke from it’s hood. Trucks were constantly on their sides, and upside down and one...

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Giveaway: 1 Month Free Membership to Stroller Strides San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 0 comments

For anyone who has just had a baby, or has a toddler and wants to get in shape without the commitment of joining a gym, stroller strides may be the perfect fit for you! Stroller Strides® is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors, it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom. This unique program also provides moms with the opportunity to meet other moms, engage in playgroups with their babies, and to form...

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Epic Skin Studio Newport Beach + Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Beauty, Uncategorized | 11 comments

Ep·ic [ep-ik] adjective: Majestic; impressively great. That is the definition I would give for Epic Skin Care Salon in beautiful Newport Beach. Shelby and I both had amazing facials this morning from Delaree Bau, owner of Epic Skin Studio. From the moment you walk in you will feel all the tension in your body relax. The ambiance in the salon is really soothing. The lights are dimmed, there are candles lit, and there are warm woods throughout the waiting area. It is very easy to find your Zen while in this Salon. The Treatment room is also very calming. Delaree has a bed that is so comfortable you will probably fall asleep for the entire duration of your treatment. It was padded with an egg crate, a mattress cover, and lots of warm blankets. The facial we had was...

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New Bonding Room at Saddleback Memorial

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Family, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Saddleback Hospital in Laguna Hills had some exciting news today! A new bonding room was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony today. This bonding room is for parents who have given birth through a surrogate, and this new room provides a place to stay overnight where they can bond with their new baby. The Bonding Room features two seater-sleepers to provide parents with a place to spend the night with their new baby, as well as a dresser and bassinet. Jane L. Frederick, M.D., a co-medical director at HRC Fertility and one of the longest practicing female reproductive endocrinologists in the Orange County area, funded the project. Dr. Frederick’s gift will touch the lives of so many families in Orange County and around the world for years to come....

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Lazy Dog Cafe Valentines Day Menu

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Dining, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last week I posted a link for some Valentines Day dining options.  Well, my favorite restaurant in all of Orange County has just released their Valentines Day Menu and I wanted to share it with all of you. This Valentines Day, Lazy Dog has a special Menu Offering with the following items: Sparkling Strawberry Sangria-Made with Freixenet (an organic sustainable sparkling wine) fresh strawberries,  and citrus juices ($7.50) Hickory-smoked, bacon-wrapped USDA Prime Coulotte Steak, Grilled Garlic-Herb Jumbo Shrimp Skewer, Mashed Potatoes, and Broccolini with Burgundy Wine Sauce and Citrus Cream Sauce ($21.95) Passion Fish & Champagne-Lump Crab Cream Sauce – Pan roasted Barramundi, Walnut Wild Rice, Sweet Pea Shoots with Champagne-Lump Crab Cream Sauce ($19.95) Butter Cake – From the new dessert menu, homemade butter cake topped with strawberry compote garnished with balsamic reduction and mint chiffonade finished with...

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Interesting facts about Bananas

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet. DEPRESSION: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make...

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Dinosaur Train Kids Activity Night

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On February 22nd from 6:30pm-9:30pm, get ready for a fun filled night with Buddy the adorable Tyrannosaurus Rex and PBS SoCal. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach Member families will get to participate in Dinosaur Train crafts and activities throughout the Aquarium Member kids will have the opportunity to meet and have their picture taken with Buddy the dinosaur Explore the Aquarium with the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour which is an interactive digital resource connecting Aquarium exhibits to their prehistoric counterparts. Members are encouraged to bring web enabled Smartphones or tables for personal access to the Discovery Tour Watch Dinosaur Train episodes in the Ocean Theater Visit the PBS SoCal table and take home fun activities and Dinosaur Train temporary tattoos Pacific Collections gift store will be open for purchasing souvenirs Enjoy dinner in Café Scuba or...

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Giveaway: Elmo’s World: All Day with Elmo DVD

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Giveaways, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Your favorite little red monster has a new movie coming out! Join Elmo as he does everyday activities and spend the day with him laughing and learning. The Elmo’s World: All Day with Elmo DVD follows Elmo from when he first wakes up to when he falls asleep on Sesame Street. Many of the segments focus on waking up, learning about going to school, and how healthy monsters and kids get the best exercise! When the sun goes down Elmo’s work is not done, additional lessons on bath time duties, brushing your teeth and bed time wrap up Elmo’s daily activities. “Elmo’s World” is a Sesame Street favorite and this compilation has some of the classic “Elmo’s World” clips that are sure to delight fans of all ages. Enter today for a chance to win this educational DVD! a...

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Luna Grill-The Ultimate Kabobary in Lake Forest

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Dining, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fresh, healthy, and flavorful. Those are 3 words I would use to describe Luna Grill. This fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant is known for its all-fresh, high-quality, made-to-order menu. All the meats on the menu are all natural and have no added growth hormones or antibiotics. Their chicken has no added sodium, saltwater, or seaweed extract. Their salads are from a pesticide free farm and their oils are free of trans fats and hydrogenated fats. Kabobs are their specialty, and all of Luna Grills kabobs are prepared on metal skewers. I recently dined here and had a very pleasurable experience. When I first arrived I was really impressed with the sheer cleanliness of this place. I could practically see the sparkle coming from the floors. The decor in the restaurant felt light, refreshing and clean. Most of the furniture is bright...

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Goathill Junction Railroad

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Cool Places, Costa Mesa, Parks | 0 comments

Tucked away in the beautiful terrain just behind the Costa Mesa golf course lies one of Orange County’s best kept secrets: Goathill Junction Railroad. These model trains run on 5 miles of track and wind through the scenic park. The trains are small and represent 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ scale equipment. The seats are carpeted and you simply straddle the train like you’re sitting on a horse. There are no seat belts, so hold on to your child although the trains do not go very fast. Not only are these mini trains fun to ride on but they are FREE! They are are operated by Orange County Model Engineers Inc. so although they are free, donations are welcome and they help keep the trains running. Public rides are conducted on the third Saturday and following Sunday...

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee Interview

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Family, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On January 12th, Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee oversaw a competition of five families from across the country in the Boys & Girls Club (BGCA) 3rd Annual Fit Family Challenge. The Challenge encompassed all three elements of BGCA’s signature Triple Play program – Mind (healthy eating), Body (physical activity) and Soul (healthy relationships) – which is supported at Boys & Girls Clubs around the country by Coca-Cola and the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation. The Takanishi family from Honolulu were the winners and they received an all-expense paid family vacation to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Shelby and I had the opportunity to Interview Jackie over the phone and are delighted to share the conversation with you! OC Mom Blog: What inspired you to become involved in this program? Jackie: I am a boys and girl club alumni...

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GIVEAWAY: Four tickets to go whale watching at Dana Wharf

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 15 comments

In preparation for the upcoming Dana Point Festival of Whales OC Mom Blog is excited to be giving away four free tickets to go whale watching at Dana Wharf. Grey Whale season is here and will run through the end of April. Each winter, after spending the summer feeding in the food-rich waters of the arctic, and as the northern ice pushes southward, small groups of Gray Whales start their 9,900–14,000 mile journey (the longest migration of any mammal). The Grays swim south along the coast to the bays of Baja California, where they give birth to their calves. Last season there were 492 Gray Whales. Whale watching is a great educational opportunity for children! Enter today to win and don’t forget that there is FREE shuttle service to the Festival of Whales as well as an exciting street...

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FREE Ice Cream and Churros at the OC Marketplace

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On February 16th and 17th, The OC Marketplace is celebrating Valentines day with some delicious 2-for-1 specials. If you buy an ice cream cone or a Churro you get one free! So treat your sweet to something special and come down to the marketplace for some shopping and dessert!...

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GIVEAWAY: Custom iPhone Case

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Giveaways, Uncategorized | 5 comments

Yesterday we posted about this adorable custom iPhone case from CaseApp, and now we are giving one away! These covers are made ONLY for iphones and are not compatible with other phones (sorry android people). So start picking out which photo you want on it and enter to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: We were provided with a complimentary cell phone case for review purposes only. All our thoughts and opinions are of our...

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Personalized iphone Case

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Featured, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Last week I decided it would be a great idea to run to the gym instead of driving. I got dressed, put in my ear buds so I could stream Pandora from my phone and began to jog. I put my phone in my jacket pocket and before I knew it my iPhone fell out and I kicked it several feet in front of me. When I picked it up from the asphalt the entire backside was shattered, including the case itself. Fortunately, I had just received a new iPhone case in the mail from caseapp.com with my kids photo on it, so as soon as I got home I swapped it out. Not only did my new case cover my cracked phone, but it covered it with a cute picture of my kiddos! With caseapp.com you can...

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Free Popcorn on National Popcorn Day

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pop on in to the Orange County Swap Meet this weekend for a FREE bag of popcorn on National Popcorn Day. On January 19th and 20th, Kaptain Kernel will be performing his comic routine from 11am-1pm on both days. You can shop, eat, and laugh while enjoying some quality time as a family. Admission is $2 for ages 13 years and over, and free for children 12 and under. Additional information is available at www.ocmarketplace.com or by calling 949-723-6660....

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How To Train Your Dragon LIVE Backstage!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Events, Featured, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve seen the DreamWorks movie, “How To Train Your Dragon”, then you may have heard of How To Train Your Dragon Live – a spectacular live action show with 13 dragons that stomp, roar, breathe fire and smoke, and even fly around the arena. Today I had the opportunity to go backstage at the Honda Center and meet a few of the dragons up close and personal. “Toothless” is one of the many dynamic dragons in the show. He was quite gentle, almost playful when we met him, and my son was very intrigued by his presence. Apparently the dragons like to be scratched under their chins so Astrid, one of the cast members took him up to greet him. The special effects within these dragons is utterly amazing. These complex creatures have the ability to move their eyes...

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Coconut Popsicles

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ford and the Scotts Miracle-Gro company are researching the use of coconut fiber reinforcement for molded plastic parts to reduce to use of petroleum and make the parts lighter and more natural looking. The coconut coir, or husks, are a waste stream from Scott’s soil and grass seed products. The team is investigating their use as a renewable material for Ford Vehicles.....

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Dana Point Grunion Run

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is coming! The Grunion Run 10K & 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s 1K Run will take place in Dohney State Beach on Saturday, March 9th, 2013. My son runs the 1k with his buddy every year and he loves it! The run is a fast and flat scenic run along the coast and through Doheny State Beach. This event is part of the fabulous two week 42 Annual Festival of Whales. For more information about the Festival of Whales, please visit www.dpfestivalofwhales.com. Proceeds benefit the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. 3 Great Events to Choose From 10K Run/Walk – $40 5K Run/Walk – $35 Both 10K & 5K – $55 Kids’ 1K Run – $15 Late (after 3/7/13) and On-site registrations add $5.00 Event Times 6:30am – Registration 7:00am – Pancake Breakfast 7:45am –...

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Sand Sculpting Fun

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Can you make amazing sand sculptures? The city of Dana Point, along with the Festival of Whales is hosting the “Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition”. The competition goes from 8 AM to 2:30 PM on Baby Beach . Sculpting creation areas are limited to 20 plots of 15’ x 15’ each – first come, first serve!  Choose one of five categories:  Castles, Whales and Ocean Creatures, Pirates and Ships, Woodies and Surfboards, or Patriotic Emblems.  Contestants start at 8 am, judging begins at 2:30 with awards to follow.  Bring your own buckets and tools. Dyes and stabilizers not allowed It must be all natural.  The Sand will be provided for free! Bring a team of family and friends and join the fun! This is a great event for teams of every kind. Even if you are not participating it will be...

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Rubber Ducky Derby

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

As part of the Festival of Whales, The Dana Point Women’s Club is hosting a fun spin on a traditional “Rubber Ducky Race” It will be held on March 3rd from 11am-2pm at Baby Beach in Dana Point. Duckies may be purchased in advance by contacting Joan Marie Kerr at 949-859-7506 or the day of the event at the DPWC station at Baby Beach. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. $6 per rubber duck or $2 for $10. You do not need to be present to win. Funds raised through this event will benefit the Woman’s club Scholarship fund. www.danapointwomensclub.org  ...

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Dana Point Festival of Whales

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Photo by Dana Wharf If you have never been to the Dana Point Festival of Whales, then be sure to attend their 42nd anniversary this year! There are two fun packed weekends, and their Calendar of Events provides you with a daily listing of all that’s going on, including location, time and a short description of the event. You can also download and print a map to help you navigate. Please remember that programs and maps are available throughout the Harbor and on all of the FREE Festival shuttles that transport you to each and every Festival event. There will be whale watching, arts and culture, classic cars, diamond digs, movies in the park, music, parades, clinics, street fares, stand up paddling and more!! Don’t miss out on all the fun! We will be posting several of the events...

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Event:Tot walk for babies to 3 years old

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Get some fresh air and enjoy the scenery with your little ones! On January 18th, 2013 OC Parks is having a tot walk from 9 – 11 a.m. Bring your wee ones (babies to 3 years), to explore orange county’s wild backyard on this easy walk with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/ Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle Contact: (949) 497-8324 Special Instructions: Ages 0 to 3 years. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, Gate 1, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia, first right Awma, left into parking lot). For questions call: (949) 497-8324....

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Giveaway: Five tickets to Mardi Gras in the OC

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 8 comments

  I guess we were just joking when we said we were winding down our giveaways. We still have one more to offer! On Feb. 8th, 9th, and 10th Mardi Gras is happening at the OC fairgrounds. Enter to win 5 free tickets. Kids under 12 are free which means there are more tickets to bring your friends! There will be floats, masquerade balls, food, Live music and events for kids. Enter today Check out their website for a full schedule and be sure to enter our contest today! http://www.mardigrasoc.com/ a Rafflecopter...

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Five Tasty Superbowl Recipes

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This Superbowl Sunday, treat your guests to some delicious appetizers they will rave about! Here are 5 delicious appetizer recipes sure to get your Super Bowl party rocking.  Buffalo Chicken Poppers These yummy snacks have all the flavor of buffalo chicken in one tidy little package that bakes perfectly in the pot! Chicken, hot pepper sauce, celery, and blue cheese wrapped in warm flaky crescent dough — they’re irresistible! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:13] Chicken & Vegetable Skewers With Thai Coconut Sauce These wonderful little skewers are perfect for dipping and cook at the same time as the dipping sauce itself! Party-ready in no time. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:14] Chili Cheese Corn Muffins These little flavor-packed muffins add punch to any appetizer platter or even the simplest meal. Consistent heat in the pot helps keep muffins moist and tender. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:15] Broccoli Cheese Dip This is no...

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Ten Best Classic Children's Books of All-Time

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Family, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reading to your children at a young age is key to raising children who love learning. It can also help build a stronger relationship with your child, reinforce basic speech skills, and encourage more logical thinking skills. Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older. Here are the five Best Classic children’s books of all time. 1. The Giving Tree 2. Where the Wild Things Are 3. Goodnight Moon 4. Green Eggs and Ham 5. Brown Bear, Brown Bear 6. Corduroy 7. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 8. Tikki Tikki Tembo 9. Harold and the Purple Crayon 10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very...

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Valentines Day Dining Options

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Dining, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Valentines Day is coming! Plan ahead early and make your reservations before they are all filled up! Here is a list of a few restaurants that are offering a prefixed menu. We will be updating it regularly! Salt Creek Grill, Dana point CA (949) 661-7799 Price: $45 per person for 4-course meal Menu: Appetizer: goat cheese mousse, Sweet Tomato Marmalade & Brioche Crostini. [second course] choice of one tomato basil bisque, spinach bacon salad, lobster cakes, artisanal cheese plate, [third course] choice of one: spaghetti squash & ricotta ravioli Corn, blackened rib eye 10 oz., Skuna bay salmon, spice crusted pork loin Sweet; Dessert: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Chocolate Flour less cake, or Creme Brulee.  Sapphire Laguna Restaurant Laguna Beach, CA (949)-715-9888 Price: $49-$65 Per Person for 3-Course Menu Menu:  Champagne,  Lobster Bisque, King Salmon Carpaccio, Moroccan Poached Jumbo...

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Giveaway: Irvine Park Rail Road Fun Pack!

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Giveaways, Uncategorized | 16 comments

Enjoy some fun in the sun! We are giving away a fun pack at Irvine Park. Pack includes 6 free tickets to ride the train and a VIP card for 1 free bike rental. Take a ride around the lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are peacocks and ducks and even pony rides. Enter below for a chance to win! For more information visit : http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/ a Rafflecopter...

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Southwestern Meatloaf recipe from Z'Tejas Winter Menu

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 1 comment

The popular restaurant Z’Tejas has a new winter Menu out and is available thru March 3rd. Here is a recipe for their Southwestern Meatloaf. A blend of beef and pork . This can be served with mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts....

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Giveaway: The Wiggles Celebration DVD

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways | 4 comments

Your child will love moving and grooving to the music of  The Wiggles! Join Jeff, Greg, Anthony, and Murray on their celebration concert tour! This is the final live performance of the original Wiggles. Jam packed with songs, dancing, and lots of fun! Enter below for your chance to win! a Rafflecopter...

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