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Kids and Inspire Chiropratic Health and Wellness

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored For most, when we think of chiropractic care, we generally think about treating ourselves … not our kids. I have had chiropractic care most of my adult life, I’m a big believer, and last year I began treating my three children.  Lets face it, kids typically have an easier time recovering from the twist and turns, hard hits and falls, plus the strain they put on their bodies than adults do.  That being said, kids still get out of alignment as a result of poor posture and being involved in sports, chiropractic care naturally facilitates wellness and helps the body function at a higher level. I have found that regular chiropractic visits is like a body maintenance, a way to prevent back spasms, back and neck pain, headaches and other pains.  Sure, Chiropractic doctors can still help us when we are in severe pain, but regular...

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A Guide to Visiting Santa in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Some cry, others are intimidated by “The Big Guy” and other are all smiles!  Visiting Santa is a time honored tradition with many families in Orange County; here is a list of some of our favorite spots to visit Santa this holiday season!  Ho … Ho … Ho Rogers Gardens 2301 San Joaquin Road Corona Del Mar (949) 640-5800 Santa is available for photos now through December 21st. Come meet Santa from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. Daily South Coast Plaza 3333 Bristol Costa Mesa (714) 435-2000 Santa is available for photos now through December 24th. Come meet Santa from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 p.m. daily* Receive a complimentary ride on Santa’s Express Train and coupons at selected stores.  * Hours may vary The Shops at Mission Viejo 555 The Shops at Mission Viejo Mission Viejo (949) 364-1832 Santa is available for photos now through...

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Who are the Book Fairies?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Events, Family, Featured, Giving Back | 2 comments

Fairies are usually something we tell our kids exist when they’re little, like the tooth fairy, the fairies that live in enchanted gardens and Tinkerbelle, the most famous fairy of all!  I know of two fairies that DO exist here in Orange County and they’re called the Book Fairies. You’re invited to come meet the book fairies and support their organization by donating books at our Moms Night Out tomorrow night in Tustin. How many times have you heard about an overwhelming problem like the low literacy rate here in California schools and thought to yourself, “What can one person do?”   The Book Fairies are here to explain how you can help make a difference in the life of child and help develop the love of reading. The Book Fairies are two retired English teachers who have adopted a classroom at...

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Fairy coming to upcoming OC Mom Blog Reader event!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Want to know who will be wearing these fairy wings? Someone important is coming to Orange County and will be attending our upcoming OC Mom Blog Reader event! Stay tuned to the blog next week for chance to win tickets and meet her in person!...

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Making a Sporting Event a Family Affair

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Does your family have a love for football or other team sport?  Our house LOVES football, okay one member may enjoy the cheerleaders and the mascot a little more than the actual game itself, but she is happy to be with our family enjoying a fun day in the stands.   Attending a sporting event as a family makes for a great bonding experience and wonderful family memories.  Come Fall, our kids know that means football; attending the boys flag-football games each Saturday, watching our favorite football team on TV, thank goodness for DVR, and attending a game or two.  This year our team traveled South to take on UCLA at the Rose Bowl and this family was pumped!   Tailgating makes for a great start to any sporting event.  Usually I have time to prepare great sandwiches or BBQ, but...

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Easy Recipe for Decorated Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The holidays are quickly approaching and in our house and that means decorating cookies … lots of cookies.  Years ago I decided I would search high and low for a great sugar cookie recipe and figure out how other people decorated their cookies with smooth icing.  It drove me nuts that my decorated cookies weren’t smooth and I was stuck with a whipped icing look with maybe some sprinkles to dress them up.  So began my search.  After trial and error, I found a yummy recipe and I’m happy to share my favorite recipe for sugar cookies and royal icing so others can decorate cookies with their kids this holiday season.     The sugar cookie recipe is simple and takes very little time to prep and mix.  The dough is made with 2 Cups of Flour 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 1/2 Teaspoon...

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Bulls, Yes, Bulls on the Beach

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Have plans this weekend? If you do, cancel them and head to the beach!  If you don’t, grab the family and go to Huntington Beach for this unique event just steps from the sand.   Bulls on the Beach is a Professional Bull Rider (PBR) event being held Saturday, Oct. 18th.  There will be concerts and DJs all beginning at 12 p.m.  The rider introductions will take place at 1:45 p.m. and all the exciting bull riding action begins at  2 p.m.  Arrive early to enjoy the music and secure your spot around the bull riding ring.   The event will be held approximately ½ mile south of the Huntington Beach pier, directly across PCH from the Waterfront Resorts Hilton.  This event is FREE to the public, so come and enjoy this amazing event with family and friends.   For more information, log on to www.pbr.com  #bullsonthebeach...

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OC Mom Inspiring and Advocating for Others

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

    My association with Capo Unified School District is much like many other parents who want to stay involved with their children’s futures. I was recruited to become a PTA treasurer because of my background as an accountant. My son, Eric, was just entering the first grade and I had a preschooler at home. I hoped that I could contribute my time to help create the best education environment for my children, so I jumped in with both feet. Unfortunately I did not check how deep the water was before making that commitment. My involvement with the PTA gave me the opportunity to attend a state-wide PTA convention and a handful of school board meetings. The display of political in-fighting and lack of professionalism at board meetings quickly turned me away from the world of education politics. Julie Collier...

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Shopping Made Easy at Sara’s Fashion

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Trying to find time to go with your child to buy a special occasion dress can be a challenge, between school and extra curricular activities there is little time.  The other issue is finding a dress for the season, as we all know, The OC doesn’t really have seasons, its usually just wam or hot, but our stores still carry heavy coats, seasonal items and colors.  I was asked to purchase a dress for an upcoming event, and came across the same obstacles mentioned above, and then some.     Sara’s Fashion is an online store for special occasion dresses for girls.  I love that Sara’s Fashion online store carries dresses for all seasons and with several colors and style options.  I needed a black dress, so I typed in “black” in the search area at the top of the website and...

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Fabletics: A Review of this Hot New Brand

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review Product Received I’m not sure why work out clothing has become so expensive, but because of it, I’ve ditched the big ticket brands and begun to explore other options.  After all, just like the clothing in my closet, I like to refresh my work out clothing and have options when I head out to exercise.  Fabletics is newer brand that I’ve heard a lot about and wanted to try for myself.  So ladies, I’m going to get “real” and be honest with my review of this hot new brand. I am far from a great athlete, but I enjoy working out and having fun options to do it in.  I’m on the taller side, 5′ 8″ 1/2 to be exact, and have had problems in the finding work out pants that don’t pinch, slouch or that I have to readjust...

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Cooking the Paleo Way with Chef Nikki Ledford

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Education, Featured, Health, Parenting | 1 comment

Healthy eating should be a priority for the entire family, and what better way to learn a new way of cooking than a hands-on cooking class!  Friends are always a great resource and that’s how I found Chef Nikki Ledford of The Clean Plate.  Nikki is a Natural Chef with an emphasis on Paleo cooking, ancestral diets, and general health support through whole, real foods, say goodbye to pre-packaged food.   After graduating from Bauman College, a holistic nutrition and culinary arts academy located in Sonoma County, CA., Nikki moved to Southern California where she conducts cooking classes, offers private chef  services which include weekly meals prepared in your  home, customized menu, menu planning, grocery shopping (yes, grocery shopping) and meal preparation / packaging and clean up and continues to create healthy recipes to share on her website and blog. As a busy family of five, I...

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Beginning a Natural Medicine Cabinet with Young Living Essential Oils

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

This is Jodie Meschuk’s journey to treating her family naturally.     Ok let’s get real, there are more remedies, tinctures, herbs and oils in just one aisle of Whole Foods than there are probably germs in the world. Well, maybe not, but I assume you are slightly interested in this subject because, like me, you want to stay ahead of those bugs and not pump your kids with stuff that teenagers are using to get high.   Almost five years ago, thru a set of very unexpected circumstances, my husband and I made a commitment to our children that we would provide them safe, natural and effective “medicine”.     So began a “makeover” of the good ol’ medicine cabinet. For the record, I am not a dip my toe in the water type of momma, I dive in with gusto;...

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Summer is over…Relax at Burke Williams Mission Viejo

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Burke Williams Mom, you’ve entertained the kids all summer long, shuffled to and from play dates and de-sanded the kids more times than you can count.  It’s time to relax and enjoy some “me” time at Burke Williams Spa and consider bringing a friend to enjoy the spa in it’s entirety.  I checked into Burke Williams just two days after the kids returned to school, Burke Williams Spa had a white robe waiting just for me.  As most moms, I stayed busy enjoying all the wonderful summer activities Orange County had to offer, sprinkled with a few roads trips and camping excursions, so this mom needed a little relaxation and spa treatments to rejuvenate. Burke Williams is more than just a place for a massage, its an experience!  Plan for a few hours to the spa and enjoy some relaxation in...

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Review of the Family Friendly Movie, Island of Lemurs, Madagascar

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 4 comments

We attended the screening as a guest of Warner Brothers   Warner Bros. Pictures with IMAX Entertainment and the voice of Morgan Freeman has documented the amazing journey of scientist Patricia Wright and her lifelong mission to help save their natural habitat becoming more and more endangered. Lemurs landed on the Island of Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and have made this paradise their home and lived there without any natural predators, truly paradise!  It wasn’t until just 1,000 years ago that humans came to settle here and for humans, resources are scares, so as their populations grows, so does the need for more resources, like farming and space to live.  This touching documentary raises awareness of this highly endangered species while audiences a close-up introduction to this curious and adorable animal, the Lemur.     Like most IMAX documentary films, The Island...

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Dana Point Staycation at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa A vacation doesn’t always have to be reached by an airplane or long road trip, sometimes the best vacations are those we call a staycation.  I checked into the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, perched on top of the hill over-looking the Dana Point Harbor boasting gorgeous views.  I was impressed with the vintage Woody that welcomes guests upon arrival, and surprised to learn it’s in working order.  The Woody was the perfect accent to give me that relaxed feeling that being near the beach provides. If you’ve haven’t traveled to Dana Point, its an quick drive from John Wayne Airport and easily accessible from Interstate 5.  Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa recently refurbished 378 guest rooms, plus 15 suites with coastal-inspired designs and casual elegance. Once my luggage was unloaded by...

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Looking for whales? Let Captain Dave in Dana Point Show the Way

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Events, Featured, Staycation | 2 comments

We attended as a guest of Dana Point Whales are incredible creatures, to see one is an amazing experience for young and old alike.  Dana Point is the whale watching capital of the world, here, in our own “backyard”!  Its harbor offers some of the most unique ways to view these majestic mammals, as well as, herds of migrating dolphin, sea lions and other sea life.  I was fortunate to cruise the coast with Captain Dave and learn about his passion, marine life here in Orange County. Dave Anderson, better known as Captain Dave, is an experienced marine naturalist, award winning author and filmmaker, photographer and conservationist. He truly cares about the whales he seeks and their safety.  His boats are equipped to rescue whales that have become tangled in fishing nets and began Orange County’s first disentanglement program.  Captain Dave organized...

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Top Family-Friendly Things to do in Dana Point

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  Dana Point offers 7 miles of continuous coastline with many activities for locals and visitors to enjoy.  Recently, I had the pleasure of seeking out some favorites among the locals and maybe some new adventures you may not know about.  Join me for a guide to Dana Point. Ritz Carlton Eco Adventure Center Did you know that the Ritz Carlton Laguna has an Eco Adventure Center that is open to kids, youth and families?  Did you know that the Eco Adventures at the Ritz Carlton are available to guests of the hotel AND to those that live locally wanting to experience their amazing programs?  It’s true! It wasn’t until I toured the Ritz Carlton Laguna in Dana Point that I discovered it hosts many wonderful eco adventures for kids (ages 5 to 8), youth (ages 9 – 16) and adults and the programs...

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Dana Point Harbor, The Perfect SUP Destination

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We attended a media trip as a guest of Dana Point Many of us in Orange County take for granted the pure beauty of where we call home, including the vast activities that await us.  I am guilty of putting off stand up paddle boarding, something that I really wanted to try.  It wasn’t until I received an invitation that I made the time to take to the water, and I am glad I did. I’m sure by now you’ve seen many people on the Coast of Southern California or in our own Dana Point Harbor, a perfect location for first timers, gliding through the water on a stand up paddle board wishing you were out there too.  I was excited to experience SUP (stand up paddle boarding) because of the calm waters Dana Point Harbor offers and the spectacular views.  My group was filled...

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Pack a bag and take a road trip. Wendy shares tips to make it a fun.

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Summer not only signals beach trips, staying up late, sleepovers and s’mores, but for our family, it means we will soon take our annual road trip to Oregon.  The Pacific Northwest has always been special to me, I spent my childhood summers visiting my grandparents in Bend, Oregon and exploring all that region had to offer.  Luckily, I met and married a man that also shared the same connection to Oregon, so spending extended time each summer with our own family has been a natural fit. Our kids have become accustom to road trips to Oregon, they have all made their maiden voyage as infants.     A peaceful road trip begins with a little pre-planning to make it fun along the way.  I like to stock the car with snacks, at least one new movie, activities and an interactive game for the whole...

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Eichelle helps us with a diaper bag make over with essential oils

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My family has used essential oils for over 5 years, but I when I think of my grown children as infants, I wish I would have cared for them more naturally. If only I had doTERRA essential oils in my diaper bag. I wanted to offer some suggestions for a diaper bag make-over to help moms treat their kids the natural way with essential oils. The diaper bag basics include: Breathe, Digestzen, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, and Melaleuca. These essential oils will help resolve those hard to predict baby meltdowns such as abdominal pain, colds, colic, congestion, croup, diaper rash, earaches, fever and teething. My kids are all grown and out of diapers, but I remember how helpless it can feel when treating infants and toddlers. Natural, safe, and effective doTERRA essential oils are the best way to care for...

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The Duck Dive is a Must When Visiting San Diego

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Dining, San Diego | 1 comment

We dined as a guest of Duck Dive My husband and I packed up the kids and traveled South to San Diego for a long weekend for some much needed relaxation.  Besides lounging poolside, I always look forward to a few amazing dinners out and I was thrilled to have been invited to Duck Dive in Pacific Beach. Upon arrival, I was excited to see the restaurant had a typical beachy feel with huge wide open windows and a casual appearance.  We had reserved a large table to accommodate our family, we were seated right away next to one of those huge windows I mentioned that over looked the bustling street.  The service was amazing! Everyone was helpful, friendly and prompt in menu suggestions and delivery.  I’ll admit, I’m new to the Moscow Mule craze, and I giggled with delight over the...

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An Introduction to Essential Oils

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Family, Health, Shopping | 0 comments

Have you heard of essential oils, but weren’t sure how to use them or where to buy them?  Eichelle Cleaver, a distributor of doTerra Essential Oils, began using oils years ago, she now teaches others how to use them and where to purchase these natural remedies.  I, too, was intrigued so several months ago, I attended one of her consultations to learn more. Essential Oils are natural extracts from the seeds, stems, roots, flowers, bark and other parts of plants.  These oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits, while modern scientific study and trends toward a holistic approach to wellness. The availability of essential oils has paved the way for families to reinvent healthcare within their homes.  For me, essential oils have become a way of life because most illnesses that affect my family are the ones...

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Karen shows us how to crush summer boredom with productive creativity!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have you heard it yet?  You know, that common refrain all of us with school aged kids love to hear each June? All school year we hear that other well-known phrase, “Is it summer yet?” or some other version of a complaint about all the homework, not enough time to play with friends, too many early mornings. So now we are at the end of June, barely a hiccup into the glorious summer, and you’re hearing the dreaded, “I’m bored.” My first inclination is to hand my girls a Clorox wipe and tell them to attack a counter or bathroom. But truly, after you’ve gutted the closets, seen all the new releases at the movies, and hit the beach a few times, coming up with new “I’m bored” activities is tough. I have yet to meet a kid who...

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Summer is here and for many of us that means dinner on-the-go. Wendy shares her favorite on-the-go curried chicken recipe with us.

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Once school is out, schedules have become less complicated and the weather warms up; we like to pack up to enjoy dinner on the beach at least once a week.  Dining on the sand is a cherished family tradition which challenges me to have several on-the-go dinner options that taste just as good once we hit the sand.  One of my favorite picnic-basket recipes is curried chicken served on naan; its easy to make yet tastes light and refreshing even with the summer heat.  The ingredients are simple and easy to find in stores, but require a bit of chopping and dicing. Ingredients are as follows: 6 tablespoons mayo 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind 1 1/2 orange juice 1 – 1  1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh peeled ginger  2 1/2 cups diced roasted skinless chicken 3/4 cup seedless green grapes, halved 1/4 cup...

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Affordable Health and Wellness Care in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

Inspire is an OC Mom Blog partner With rising healthcare costs, I think its safe to say we have all been looking for affordable health and wellness care.  You can imagine my delight when I called Inspire Chiropractic Health and Wellness in Ladera Ranch desperate for an immediate adjustment / massage and discovered having such treatments at Inspire was cheaper than using my insurance deductible at another facility.  I couldn’t believe it!  I had never been to Inspire before, so when I called from the car after school drop offs, I called to find out if they accepted my insurance, the usual drill in trying a new facility.  Jensen, the sweet assistant, explained that Inspire doesn’t accept insurance because they keep their treatment prices low, usually lower than health insurance deductibles.  I was ready to test this claim, so I asked, “how...

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Legoland Chima Waterpark is Now Open

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Featured, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Legoland   The water was warm even when the air outside was a bit overcast and shallow enough for little people. The Chima play structure was complete with slides, water guns and cabanas to rent if you planned to stay all day. The kids and I were ready to explore more of the Chima Water Park, first stop was Eglor’s Build-A-Boat. Here the kids were able to create a boat using Lego pieces and let their creations race down the river.   After splashing in the Chima play structure and building boats, it was time to eat. We ate at the NEW Wolves’ Den Grill, there were plenty of options and seating available. The kids were had full tummies and were now ready to hit the Lion Temple Wave Pool. Here you will find plenty of...

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Winder Farms, Its like a Farmers Market on Wheels

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Dining, Family, Health, Shopping | 0 comments

There I was, putting on make up and listening to Pandora on my phone prepping to do a few errands that included grocery shopping when I heard a commercial that asked, ” would you rather be at the beach, or go grocery shopping? Would you rather be playing with your kids, or go grocery shopping”?  I giggled and carefully listened.  I am constantly trying to simplify my life so I can spend more time with my family and basically anything that gets me out of grocery shopping.  Enter, Winder Farms.  Later that afternoon, after my errands and grocery shopping were complete, I logged online to check out Winder Farms. I have tried online grocery shopping with big name stores before when I had three children under the age of four, and wasn’t pleased.  The fruit was bruised, items I had selected...

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Guide to Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) in Orange County

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Camp, Family, Featured | 3 comments

Summer is just weeks away, and it is the best time to start planning your kids Summer camps. Vacation Bible School is a great way to expose your kids to a Summer Camp experience while celebrating a love for the Lord. Vacation Bible Schools tend to fill-up quick, so we recommend signing your kids up today. San Clemente Pacific Coast Church Theme: Bible Boot Camp – Messy Mess Hall Snacks, Untamed Games, High Energy Surprises, Awesome Bible Stories Date: July 14-18   Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Age: 2nd grade – 6th Grade (entering Fall 2014) Cost $70.00 (camp shirt included) www.pacificcoastchurch.org Pacific Coast Church Theme: Weird Animals (Wacky Games, Critter Café, Imagination Station, Bible Adventure) Date: August 11 -15  Time: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. Age: 4 years – 2nd grade (as of Sept. 2014) Cost $70.00 (camp shirt included)...

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Blue Skies Ahead at The Wyndham Irvine

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Events, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

It’s “Blue Skies Ahead” for the newly renovated Irvine Wyndham Hotel.  I was invited to attend the launch party for the 10 million dollar complete renovation of the Wyndham Hotel in Irvine, so I took the opportunity to make it a girls night out.  My friend Simone and I enjoyed incredible food from local vendors, hand crafted cocktails and jaw-dropping performances! The Wyndham has been transformed into a hip and modern hotel that rivals its local competitors. 335 guest rooms have been stylishly updated with soothing tones and all new furnishings including Beautyrest pillow top mattresses which were truly cozy. Rooms have work stations, 40″ flat screen HDTV’s and complimentary wifi in case your visiting and still need to be connected. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to/from John Wayne Airport, offers a business center, meeting rooms, complimentary wifi throughout the property, full service...

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Natural History Museum Opens Pollinator Garden

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

What better place to welcome the first day of Spring than at the opening of the 3 1/2 acre Pollinator Garden at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.  If you’re not familiar with the museum, it opened it doors in 1913 and over the years has established one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history, right here in our own background! We arrived with much excitement, my kids are born naturalist.  We were greeted by Lila, a staff member with incredible knowledge about butterflies and other wildlife that we could expect to see in the garden.  Lila quizzed the kids about the life-cycle of the butterfly, which I’m happy to report they passed, and let us experience the release of a butterfly into the garden. It was time to roll up our sleeves...

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Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Dana Point, Parks | 0 comments

If you love a park with a view, then bring the family to Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point.  The park over looks Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach and has a something for everyone. The park is located off PCH at Park Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive, look for the Laguna Cliffs Marriott sign and drive up the hill. Lantern Bay Park features a large structure that sits on top of a cushy surface, so leave your sand toys at home. There are three slides (large, medium and small) to accommodate a range of ages. There is also a balance beam and plenty of room to draw your own hop-scotch if you bring your own sidewalk chalk. There is plenty of shade to host a family gathering or party, several picnic tables, trash cans and BBQ’s. In the mornings here...

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Grab the Gold Protein Bars

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Health, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

I admit it, as a busy mom of 3 kids, I tend to grab easy pre-package bars and snacks for an on-the-go snack or to send as a snack at school.  Admitting it was the first step, finding a healthy, yet delicious solution was step two.  A friend of mine told me about energy protein bars called “Grab the Gold”, so I decided to order a box and give them a try. It took just a few days for my package to arrive from Tennessee, and I couldn’t wait to try one!  The bars looked smaller than I had anticipated, but I was presently surprised to find the bars were delicious, moist and filling.  My husband is notorious for skipping breakfast and relying on coffee to get him through until lunchtime, so the following morning I gave him a bar (with his...

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No Bake Fruit Loops Rainbow Bars

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Featured, Holiday, Recipes, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

While the kids were swimming outside, I was busy inside creating Rainbow Bars to sneak into their lunches Monday morning.  Rainbow Bars are like Rice Krispy Treats, but with Fruit Loop cereal instead.  You can quickly make these while the kids are at school, and ready to serve as a St. Patrick’s Day after- school or dinner treat. Here’s what you’ll need: 6 tablespoons margarine (works better than butter in this recipe), 16 ounces of mini marshmallows, and 10-12 cups of Fruit Loops, parchment or wax paper and cooking spray. Line a 9 x 13 pan with wax or parchment paper, coat with cooking spray and set aside.  In a sauce pan, melt 6 tablespoons of margarine over low – medium heat. Once melted, add mini marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth.  Once melted, remove from heat and...

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Miranda Frye Jewelry

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

At school chatting with other moms, at social gatherings, even at the gym, I kept noticing a particular bracelet that I HAD to have.  I finally asked a friend of mine where she bought the bracelet I have coveted and had seen on many women and friends around town.  To my surprise, the bracelet was made by Miranda Frye, a local jewelry designer that lives here The OC!  Miranda Frye lives and works in Mission Viejo and has been designing earrings, necklaces and bracelets.  She began designing in 2011 with her husband, Kurt.  They create  jewelry with simple, classic design yet with a modern edge. Miranda and her husband personally handcraft the pieces and are surprisingly durable and affordable.  Miranda is as sweet as she is beautiful, a mom of two precious boys and a super talent in designing unique pieces.  She experienced a...

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Shamrock Baked Tortilla Chips

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Holiday, Recipes, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

If you’re looking for a kid friendly St. Patrick’s Day , I have just the thing.  Not only is this recipe easy, the kids can help every step of the way.   My three leprechaun’s and I created Shamrock Baked Spinach Tortilla Chips this afternoon. The ingredients and tools needed are simple and the kids loved prepping and cooking with little help from me. You’ll need spinach tortillas or wraps, cooking spray, salt to taste, and shamrock cookie cutter(s) and your favorite dip; we used classic humus. Start by preheating your oven to 375*. Place one tortilla on the counter, and press firmly down on the shamrock cookie cutter moving side to side to ensure the cutter pierces all the way through.  If the edges are resistant, use cooking scissors to trim. Place each shamrock on a cookie sheet. Using...

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OC Sugaring and South County Skin & Body Center

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Featured, Health | 0 comments

Wendy attended the event as a guest of OC Sugaring We at OC Moms are huge supporters of women helping women, so I was anxious to attend the open house at OC Sugaring and South County Skin & Body Center. In talking with these delightful women, I discovered that they have come together to offer a full range of clinical services in a boutique setting; sugaring hair removal, massage, anti-aging, acne treatments and facials to name a few. What is sugaring? Sugaring is an ancient middle-eastern practice which uses an all-natural ingredient to remove the hair from the root. This process is better for the skin, removing only the hair and dead skin cells rather than the actual skin, like waxing. My experience with sugaring resulted in slower re-growth, fewer in grown hairs, didn’t burn my skin like waxing...

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Animal Grossology at Discovery Science Center

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Wendy attended a media event as a guest of DSC I know it’s a school night, but when the Discovery Center sends an invitation to experience Animal Grossology, how can we stay home? I packed up the kids and hit the road towards Santa Ana. An enthusiastic scientist, Aaron, welcomed us. We quickly found a seat near the stage located just inside the entrance. Aaron told us a bit about the exhibit then encouraged us to stay and participate in the Human Grossology panel. Ronan (8) was asked to join the panel as Professor Pygmalion. Professor Pygmalion and Professor Kawasaki, another member of the audience, quizzed the audience about facts about urine, burps, sneezes, vomit, passing gas and hiccups that are produced within our bodies. There was lots of laughter among the kids and adults. After the Q &...

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How to get Flawless Skin in the New Year at Spade Skin Care & More

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Beauty, Events, Featured | 1 comment

I was looking for some place new and a bit unique to celebrate my friend Patty’s birthday, I heard about Spade Skin Care in Newport Beach and quickly scheduled our appointments to learn how to get flawless skin for the New Year. We walked into a highly-appointed skin care boutique, complete with purple chandeliers, and a friendly staff. Patty and I enjoyed a mimosa to toast her special day and discussed our spa experience with owners Safa Movassaghi and Azita Sadaghian plus a few of the technicians. I was really curious to have the Reveal 3D Skin Imaging done. I have seen the scan performed on Dr. Oz Show and have often wondered what the condition of my own skin was like and how it would age. The machine allows technicians to get a baseline of your current skin...

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Family Fun with The Okee Dokee Brothers

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Events, Family, Featured, Film, Theatre | 0 comments

It rarely rains in Southern California, but when it does, we look for indoor fun; our destination today, the Segerstrom Center of the Arts to listen to the musical styling of the Okee Dokee Brothers. Grammy-award and two time Parents’ Choice Award winners, Joe and Justin are the Okee Dokee Brothers. The guys have been friends since the age of 3 and get their inspiration for folk-bluegrass songs from experiencing the great outdoors together. The Okee Dokee brothers recent Grammy Award winning CD was written during the guys’ month long canoe float down the Mississippi River, which they talked about during the show. We arrived an hour early to partake in the free creative music and craft activities. Musicians from Guitar Center were there to allow the kids to experience playing the banjo and various sized guitars, they even...

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Waldorf Inspired Art and Play Area at Granola Babies

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

I’m always looking for a creative outlet to experience with my kids, so today while the boys were at school, my daughter and I stopped by Granola Babies, Orange County’s largest natural parenting store. I was surprised to find so much variety in one little shop. I went to Granola Babies for the indoor play area, but discovered so much more. Granola Babies stocks organic and locally made clothing and products, large supply of cloth diapers, an Herbal Bar and other natural remedies, as well as, toys and books. I was intrigued by the small sign above a door that read “Community Room”. I was impressed to find that the Community Room hosted a wide variety of events; classes on vaccination education, breast feeding classes and new mommy support group, how to use cloth diapers, story time on Wednesdays,...

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