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KHS in IRL Epic Concert

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Autos, Events, Kia, Music, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia Anyone who watches YouTube and loves music knows who KHS (Kurt Hugo Schneider), Sam Tsui and Alyson Stoner are. They are three of the most talented young musicians who create beautiful melody together and recently starred in their first Kia Rio commercial combining music with autos. This past weekend, the rising stars hosted a free concert for their fans in Los Angles, and we were two of the lucky people to get tickets to their sold out private concert. When we arrived at the concert in our Kia Sorento, the valet took our keys, and we entered the hipster venue for a night that we would never forget. The night started on the outdoor patio where guests had t-shirts custom screen printed, played carnival games and enjoyed tasty bites from two food...

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Enter into the Discovery Cube Gingerbread House Competition

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my favorite family holiday traditions is to decorate a gingerbread house together. Ever since my children were toddlers, I always wanted to decorate a gingerbread house and enter it into the Discovery Cube OC gingerbread house competition, but with our busy schedule, I never made time to do it before Thanksgiving – until this year. It is our first year entering the gingerbread house competition, and I brought our family to Discovery Cube OC to decorate our gingerbread house in their kitchen. The Orange County School of the Arts: Culinary Arts and Hospitality (OCSA CA&H) students were at the gingerbread house decorating party and helped us to create unique gingerbread houses to be on display throughout the holiday season at Discovery Cube OC. Being the OC Mom Blog, I knew that I wanted to make an...

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The Magic of Christmas + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 8 comments

 Sponsored The Young Americans has announced the dates of its 28th season of The Magic of Christmas presented by KOST 103.5 at LaMirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. December 7th – 17th, 2017. After a sold out 2016 season, and by popular demand, additional shows have been added this year making this season the longest run of The Magic of Christmas ever! Ticket prices range from $18-$64 and include weekend matinées and evening performances. Tickets available now at lamiradathetre.com. This ‘fun for the whole family’ holiday musical stars 250 cast members from the world renowned – non-profit performing group The Young Americans. Artistic Director Bill Brawley and his production team will turn La Mirada Theatre into a winter wonderland with 6000 costumes and over 30 festive scene changes. The creatively produced and choreographed musical numbers include 60+holiday favorites such...

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Take Your Children for a Ride on the Polar Express

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 1 comment

  Embark on a magical’Polar Express’ train ride from Southern California to visit with Santa Claus himself at his “North Pole” workshop. On Dec. 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16 and 17, ride the train from the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, where elves will lead your family in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and storytelling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. At the workshop, children will be able to play in a play area and enjoy craft activities. Other activities include Thomas the Tank Engine play tables, a visit and photos with Santa, and cookies and hot chocolate. Before boarding the train guests can visit with Mrs. Claus and enjoy refreshments at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen at Pinacate Station, see the model railroad layout, write a letter to Santa and shop at the vendor booths and the museum gift...

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27th Annual Lighting of the Bay Celebration

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort will kick off the holiday season with the 27th annual Lighting of the Bay celebration featuring a full schedule of seasonal festivities on Friday, November 24 from 3-8 p.m. Families will enjoy live chorale performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by stand-up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations. An outdoor screening of a holiday movie will wrap up the evening with hot cocoa and cider. Additional food and bar concessions will be available for purchase. EVENT SCHEDULE: 3 p.m. – Live performances of holiday favorites by OC Children’s Song Group, Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar High School Choirs 5:30 p.m. – Santa arrival and Lighting of the...

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Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

  Follow your heart straight to adventure with Disney On Ice! Families will make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when the new ice show Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart arrives to the Greater Los Angeles Area! The ice skating extravaganza features the beloved stories & characters from the smash hit animated movies Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production, with performances from December 14 through January 8, 2018 in Los Angeles (STAPLES Center), Anaheim (Honda Center), Long Beach (Long Beach Arena) and Ontario (Citizens Business Bank Arena). Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from...

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Orange County Día de los Muertos Events

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Día de los Muertos, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Día de los Muertos is a cultural event for families to honor their loved ones who have passed before us. There are multiple Día de los Muertos events happening throughout Orange County where your family can create an ofrenda, enjoy live entertainment and delicious food while remembering friends and family members who have passed. Noche de Altares nochedealtares.org 4th and Birch Santa Ana Saturday, November 4 2017 1:00pm – 10:00pm Since 2002, El Centro Cultural de Mexico has been organizing Noche de Altares, or a Night of Altars, a community based Día de los Muertos celebration, where families, students, community organization and businesses come together to create an authentic cultural experience that reflects Mexican tradition and what makes up our communities today. Organized by volunteers, the purpose of the celebration is to honor the ancient traditions of the...

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Carlsbad Kidifornia Mini Mayor Beach Party

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Carlsbad, Events, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored The search continues until November 12th for the future mini-mayor of Carlsbad. In celebration of the hunt for the perfect candidate, Visit Carlsbad hosted a fun family beach party at The Beach Terrace Inn. Families from all over Southern California came to the Beach Terrace Inn for the festive beach party. During the event, there was an epic sand castle building contest where families created creative sand castles to represent their vision of a miniature city. Children created Star Wars themed sand castles, mini versions of Las Vegas and more. Along with the sand castle building contest, there were delicious treats. Families enjoyed refreshing juices, cookies, and goldfish crackers. Once the sand castle building was complete and the winner was announced, the kids were given some boogie boards, and then ran into the ocean to go swimming. The...

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You’re Invited: Authentic Family Harvest Faire

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Your family is invited to spend the day at an authentic ‘old-fashioned’ harvest faire on Saturday, November 4th from 11am to 5pm at Journey School in Aliso Viejo. During the event, children can make crafts, participate in activities and enjoy health conscious foods. The event is free to the public, and there will be activity tickets available for purchase. Bring your children to this special event where they can make fairy wands, jewelry and participate in fun activities like archery and jousting. When: Saturday, November 4th Time: 11am to 5pm Location: Journey School 27102 Foxborough Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 Cost: Free admission (activity/food tickets available for...

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Muzeo Museum’s Polar Express Pajama Parties

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Put your PJs on and bring a blanket for Muzeo Museum’s Polar Express Pajama Parties! Don’t miss this magical Christmas journey! Includes admission to Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains and viewing of The Polar Express Meet the conductor in their exhibit! Make a Christmas craft to take home! Enjoy hot chocolate & treats! Guests can bring blankets to sit on the floor, or use chairs provided. Recommended for ages 5-12. Cost: Children $15 Adults $10 (Members FREE w/ Children’s Ticket) Special Ticket: 2 Children / 1 Adult $35 Tickets are available online Dates: Sat. Nov 25, 2017 4:30pm – 7:00pm Sat. Dec 2, 2017 9:00am – 11:30am Location: Muzeo Museum 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim, CA...

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The Outlets at San Clemente Candy Crawl

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Families are invited to an afternoon of free Halloween fun and safe trick-or-treating during Outlets at San Clemente’s second annual Candy Crawl. Costumed participants will collect treats from participating stores, including Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, who will be giving away 1,000 caramel apples. Other activities include creepy crawlers, crafts, balloon animals, music, a costume contest and more. Maps of participating stores can be picked up at Oak Tree Court. Stores will also be marked with a balloon or costumed associate. The costume contest begins at 3:00 p.m. and is open to children 12 and under, as well as dogs. Guests are encouraged to bring their own trick-or-treating bag. In addition to Candy Crawl, Outlets at San Clemente is also hosting a pumpkin patch throughout October from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., adjacent to Tommy Hilfiger. Kids ages two...

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5th Annual Champagne & Oyster “Sip & Shuck” Fundraiser

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  For the 5th consecutive year, The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, will host “Sip & Shuck” on Sunday, November 5 from 2-6 p.m. to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County. The event will give guests the unique opportunity to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters, champagne, sparkling wines and more from around the world, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views at the oceanfront restaurants. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team will also prepare delicious tastes from The Deck, Driftwood Kitchen, and Hendrix. The event will include beverages from Casamigos Tequila, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Nolet’s, Veuve Clicquot, Bianchi Winery, Kendall Jackson, Tito’s Vodka, Reyka Vodka, Piper Sonoma, Cote de Roses, Nicholas Freuillate, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ketel One, Sailor Jerry, Lavazza Coffee, Volvic Water, and...

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LEGOLAND’s Brick-or-Treat isn’t Just for Toddlers

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I have been taking my kids to LEGOLAND for Brick-or-Treat since they were toddlers. I always thought that once my kids became teenagers that they would no longer have an interest in LEGOLAND, but I was wrong. This past weekend, we had a family staycation in Carlsbad, and I had just planned on taking my younger son to Brick-or-Treat, but once my 15-year-old and 13-year-old heard where we were going, they insisted that they come along for the fun. When my two teenagers expressed interest in spending the day at LEGOLAND, I immediately got them tickets and pulled some costumes together for them to join the fun. My teens were overwhelmed with excitement and kept talking about all the rides they were going to go on while on our way to...

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The Queen Mary’s All-New CHILL International Holiday Celebrations

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  The world-famous Queen Mary invites guests to embark on an international holiday expedition this winter with the unveiling of the all-new CHILL, open December 13, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL offers a rush of icy family fun with nightly entertainment throughout the park including international cultural celebrations, live music, Rockettes-style dance performances, fireworks, light shows, DJs, dancing, tasty food, a nightly Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and much more. Experience the 38,000-square foot ice park honoring international holiday celebrations with one-of-a-kind entertainment and traditions of Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and the North Pole. Embark in traditional Chinese entertainment in CHILL’s version of the Forbidden City with nightly performances by Shaolin Monks and experience first-hand the beautiful rhythmic movements of the traditional Lion Dance. CHILL’s Kung Fu...

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Fullerton Family YMCA Trunk-Or-Treat

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  The 7th Annual Trunk-Or-Treat event will be a great opportunity for children to trick-or-treat and have fun in a safe and supervised environment. The event will also include fun family-friendly games, activities, a costume parade, prizes, lots of candy and more! Dinner will also be provided for all attendees as they participate in the fun Halloween activities. This exciting family event is free with a donation of a book, toy, or game for the Fullerton Family YMCA KidZone. Date: October 28, 2017 Time: 6:00-8:00 pm Location: Fullerton Family YMCA, 2000 Youth Way, Fullerton, CA...

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OC Rescue Mission’s 2nd Annual Trunk-n-Treat

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Looking for a frightfully fun way to spend time with the whole family this Halloween? Join the OC Rescue Mission on Tuesday, October 31 from 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. for its 2nd Annual Trunk-n-Treat event! Located at the Village of Hope, this spook-takular event will be filled with lots of spooky fun, including games, prizes, music, food, and a dunk tank for all to enjoy! There will also be plenty of opportunities for children to fill their candy bags with Halloween treats. Cars parked in a designated lot will turn their trunks into candy stations, providing a safe space for kids and families to trick-or-treat! The event is FREE and open to ghouls and goblins of all ages. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent. DATE: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 TIME: 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m....

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Give & Receive the Gift of Interior Design

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored You’re invited to a festive and fun event hosted by Outlive Design at Farrow & Ball on November 7th from 6pm to 8pm. During the event, you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about Outlive Design, enjoy refreshments, and win big prizes. During the event, they will be giving away the following prizes… 1st Raffle Drawing: 20% off design planning fee, Farrow & Ball 3 gallons of paint, design inspiration book 2nd Raffle Drawing: 20% off design planning fee, Farrow & Ball 2 gallons of paint 3rd Raffle Drawing: Free design inspiration book ($40.00) Don’t miss the great event! When: November 7th Time: 6pm to 8pm Location: Farrow & Ball 3303 Hyland Ave. Costa Mesa, Ca...

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Horror Made Here – A Festival of Frights

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue We love all things Halloween during this season, probably because we’ve seen just about every horror movie made. So naturally, when we were invited to visit Horror Made Here – A Festival of Frights, we couldn’t wait! If you love the movies and Halloween, plan a visit to the Warner Bros Studios where the back lot is transformed into a great evening of all things frightening. Walk toward one of the terrifying mazes as zombies, Freddy Krueger or Georgie surprise you when you least expect it. Note: you won’t just see one, you’ll think your eyes are playing tricks on you; we’re pretty sure you’ll see them everywhere. The Conjuring, A Nightmare on Elm Street or the IT Experience: Neibolt House all have just the right amount of things that go...

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You’re Invited: CosmetiCare’s BeautyLand Event

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

  CosmetiCare invites you to their third annual BeautyLand event on Thursday, October 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Beautyland is designed to help answer questions you might have about aesthetic technology, lasers, body sculpting and other cosmetic procedures. This free event offers an opportunity for guests to interact with CosmetiCare’s experts in a no-pressure, fun atmosphere overlooking the Balboa Harbor. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. Free Botox with a Friend Bring a friend and receive 10 FREE units of Botox towards a treatment. Maximum is 20 free units per guest. Spread the word! Raffle Prizes & Giveaways Attend and enter into winning one of these amazing raffles – Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment: $1,100 Value – Coolsculpting Cycle: $750 Value – TruSculpt Treatment: $750 Value – Custom Lip Augmentation: $595 Value – Customized Chemical Peel: $350...

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Date Night: Le Dîner en Blanc in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Dining, Events, Featured | 2 comments

  From global phenomenon to highly sought-after “secret”, Le Dîner en Blanc will take over one of Orange County’s public spaces on November 2, 2017, for the first ever refine pop-up epicurean event. Over 100,000 foodies and cultural enthusiasts around the world have already embraced this unique event. As stated very eloquently by the New York Times: “There are picnics and there are Picnics”. This très chic picnic is equal parts mystery tour, pop-up feast and je ne sais quoi! Launched in Paris nearly 30 years ago by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What began as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international epicurean sensation in nearly 80 cities in more than 30 countries. While the technology behind the event...

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