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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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  #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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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