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Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019 in Christmas, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 2 comments

Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland. Guests Artists Include: Tara Ghassemieh Luiz, Festival Ballet Theatre Vitor Luiz, Former San Francisco Ballet Saturday, December 7 at 7pm Sunday, December 8 at 1pm Beckanne Sisk, Ballet West Chase O’Connell, Ballet West Friday, December 13 at 7pm Saturday, December 14 at 2pm & 7pm Sunday, December 15 at 1pm & 6pm Maria Kochetkova, Former San...

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Join Domino’s in Helping Kids at St. Jude

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in Dining, Giving Back | 0 comments

In partnership with Domino’s and St. Jude St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understand, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Did you know? Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything, because all they should worry about is helping their child live. By sharing discoveries freely, St. Jude is inspiring more collaboration and possibilities worldwide and saving more children everywhere. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. And they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. It will cost approximately $1 billion to operate St. Jude this year and the majority of that must come from generous donors. Domino’s has participated in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign...

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10th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 25 comments

Bring the whole family for our 10th annual Christmas with the Critters event to celebrate the holidays! Your ticket includes lunch catered by 24 Carrots Catering and Events, live music, a visit with Santa, bounce house and everyones favorite part is watching our animals open their presents. Join us for some holiday shopping, crafts, keeper talks and much more. Discounted pre-sale tickets are now available, purchase them before they sell out! Date and Time Sunday December 8th 11am – 3pm Tickets Tickets will be available at the door for additional $5 $8 valet parking All proceeds benefit Rancho Wildlife Location Rancho Las Lomas, Inc. 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 Giveaway Enter to win 4 tickets to Christmas with the Critters by leaving a comment below, on our Facebook post, sharing our Facebook post or by tagging your friends...

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Little Onion Mexican Restaurant Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Following in the footsteps of its 1963 namesake, Little Onion Mexican Restaurant’s much anticipated second location opens today at Irvine’s Walnut Village Center. Featuring warm Spanish Hacienda style interiors and a lively outdoor patio, the new casual Mexican eatery is owned by Lori Reich Rowe, whose father Lorin Reich founded the original Little Onion Mexican Restaurant 56 years ago. The Little Onion brand has enduring Southern California roots. After years of restaurant work, founder Lorin Reich acquired a Red Onion location in Hawthorne – renaming and transforming it into the hugely popular “Little Onion” brand. The Hawthorne location closed in the mid-1970s, and his daughter Lori bought the Santa Ana eatery from her father in 2010, which still operates today. The newest Little Onion Mexican Restaurant encompasses 4,240-square-foot and is located at 14429 Culver Dr. in the former Bank...

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Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 25 comments

The jewel of California’s missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano will kick off its 30 day Capistrano Lights nightly Christmas tree lighting programming with a special Opening Night event on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Opening Night requires a special ticket to attend. During opening night, guests can enjoy the beautifully decorated historic grounds which also includes 10 community Christmas trees decorated by local community groups such as the Inn at the Mission, Mission Hospital and SEAS Productions. As Mission San Juan Capistrano guests enter the grounds, they will receive a special candle to place within the Ruins of the Great Stone Church to make a personal prayer or wish for the coming year. Guests attending Opening Night can visit and take “selfies with Santa” in the Mission’s 18th century historic Sala building, meet Mrs. Claus, view the Mission’s beautiful 10’...

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Getting Fit at Yoga Six

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Events, Fitness | 0 comments

We visited as a guest What a fantastic experience I had at Yoga Six! The ambiance of Yoga Six is incredible. It has a spa-like and feels like a mini-retreat for the mind and body, especially for a stay at home mom. As soon as you walk through the shoe free studio, soft music greets you along with the friendly instructors. The natural flooring grounds your body as you proceed to the proper studio. Yoga Six has created an inviting space to enhance and deepen one’s practice. For instance, Y6 Hot, the room temperature was set to 96 ° F to encourage the flow of sweat and warm the entire body. Throughout the 60 minutes instructed class, the combination of poses and flow was so elegantly arranged to be both challenging and encouraging. The instructor was warm-toned and offered...

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2019 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

From the heart of Orange County to the easy breezy coast, Orange County has some of the most delicious Thanksgiving offerings available in Southern California. Montage Laguna Beach Resort brings four times the fun with a four-course tasting menu in The Loft, brunch and dinner at Studio and its annual Masterpiece Celebration in the Grand Ballroom. Just a little north in Laguna Beach, Selanne Steak Tavern’s patrons will savor a three-course spread. At Hotel Irvine, diners can select indoor Thanksgiving dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar or outdoor family fun and dining in The Backyard. And to round out the festivities, Fashion Island Hotel’s Oak Grill will serve a holiday buffet for the entire family. Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420 Thanksgiving Day at The Loft Thursday, November 28, from 12 to 9...

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The Newly Reimagined Boys & Girls Club of Irvine

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 in Education, Family | 0 comments

I am an official ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast For many of us who grew up in the ’80s/’90’s, our memory of the Boys & Girls Club was dirty carpets, torn couches, and pool tables. Well, those days are gone, and the Boys & Girls Club has transformed into one of the best places for children to learn and grow after school. The Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast (Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, and Santa Ana) have recently undergone a $2 million transformation. I took my son last week to the all-new Irvine location to get an inside look at their high-tech teen room. The Irvine Club is equipped to educate youth for the careers of the 21st century while continuing to advance the IMPACT Model that motivates members to...

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Miracles for Kids Raised a Record-Breaking $1.8 million

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, nonprofit organization Miracles for Kids raised a record-breaking $1.8 million at its signature Annual Night of Miracles Gala. 100% of the funds raised during the evening will go toward their mission to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families in need. Themed this year “Rock the Miracle,” the 2019 Night of Miracles Gala was presented by Xponential Fitness and welcomed over 500 of Southern California’s most influential business leaders and philanthropists at the picturesque Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. This year’s gala stage welcomed Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress, Michelle Williams. Known worldwide as an active philanthropist and supporter of children’s causes, she took the “Rock the Miracle” theme to heart by inspiring guests with a powerful musical performance directed by Adam Blackstone and Omar Ewdards, whose credits include composing and...

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Luigi’s Mansion 3

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Tech, Toys | 1 comment

Sponsored Get ready to embark on an epic adventure with Luigi in the all-new game, Luigi’s Mansion 3! The interactive family-friendly game is exclusive to Nintendo Switch and makes for a perfect holiday gift. About Luigi’s Mansion 3 In the game, Luigi is invited to the towering Last Resort hotel, but when Mario and friends go missing, our green-clad hero will have to conquer his fears to save them. Players slam, blow away, and vaccuum up ghosts with the all-new Poltergust G-00, and join forces with Gooigi to overcome the puzzling contraptions and mischievous boss on each themed floor. And that’s just the Last Resort: the “ScareScraper” features 8-player local wireless or online co-op gameplay! Features Wield the upgraded Poltergust G-00 to slam and blow away the ghosts’ defenses. Master Luigi’s new powerful moves, like Slam, Suction Shot and...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Thanksgiving Dinner Donations

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission is calling on the local community’s help for critical food donations ahead of its 54th annual Thanksgiving dinner for more than 570 homeless men, women and children. The food donations will also provide food boxes for families in need throughout Orange County. Donations Needed Stuffing cubes Canned cranberries Frozen mixed vegetables Frozen green beans White granulated sugar Flour Chicken stock Cream of Chicken soup Cream of Mushroom soup Canned vegetables Canned fruit Cereal Rice Pasta Canned beans Canned tuna Peanut butter Dry beans Snack bars Instant noodle soup $25 grocery store gift cards OC Rescue Mission Location Donations can be dropped off at Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California. Donations can also be ordered online and delivered directly to Village of Hope. The donation warehouse is open between 8:00 a.m....

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Top Holiday Drone: DJI Global Mavic Mini

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Christmas, Holiday, Tech, Toys | 0 comments

Sponsored Do you have someone in your life that loves photography and adventure? Then the DJI Global Mavic Mini from Best Buy makes for the perfect holiday gift. This drone has everything you could ever want out of a drone and more. It’s not too early to start finding the ideal tech holiday gifts, and this is guaranteed to be at the top of your loved one’s list. Create Smooth, Vivid Shots Stabilized Gimbal Camera Transform any moment into a work of art.Mavic Mini supports 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K Quad HD videos. A 3-axis motorized gimbal provides superior camera stability and ensures clear, ultra-smooth footage. Remote Controller See what your Mavic Mini sees.A dedicated remote controller maintains an HD, low-latency video feed at a distance of up to 4 km. [3] Detachable control sticks can be easily stored...

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Counting Down the Days Until OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Family, Giving Back, Holiday | 0 comments

This is the third in a series of posts following the path of two young entrepreneurs, 7-year-old Johnny and his 11-year-old sister, Cali, as they prepare to produce, market and sell jalapeno poppers at the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair, which will be held at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope on Saturday, November 2, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Fair will feature unique booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. Johnny and Cali decided to sell jalapeno poppers, along with a jalapeno popper combo with a soda, because they love to eat them at family gatherings and want to share the delicious treats with everyone else. With the Fair date rapidly approaching, the...

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Spooky Duck Donuts

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Dining, Halloween, Holiday | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue It’s Halloween, and the perfect time to surprise your kids with a delightful treat. The Spooky Donuts box at Duck Donuts is a wonderful treat to get anyone in the Halloween spirit, from watching the production line to devouring the scrumptious creations. The kids loved the doughnut-making process to watching each doughnut being hand-dipped in a specific icing flavor and finished off with unique toppings. The donuts were the perfect temperature of warm, which kept the icing the perfect blend gooey and messy. The combination that Duck Donuts created were delicious, from the ooey Brain Bits to the Dirt ‘N Worm themes. The Spooky Halloween doughnut box was a great way to taste all the creative combinations all at once. Duck Donuts are a fantastic treat for any occasion. There are...

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Wireless Earbuds that Deliver on Sound, Quality and Comfort

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Are you a music or sports lover that plays or watches events once a week and LOVES an awesome sound experience? Are you a traveler that needs to have a high-quality sound experience for your tech? The JLab #1 True Wireless Air Family features three new models to give you true wireless earbuds that deliver on sound, quality and comfort. Meet the new squad, perfect fit for any lifestyle. The wireless earbuds are priced to fit most budgets at under $100. They deliver quality sound and comfort for when you’re on the go. There’s the new sport-inspired JBuds Air Sport, business-inspired JBuds Air Executive, and the JBuds Air Icon, an upgraded everyday option. There’s something for everyone to #FINDYOURGO available at Best Buy. Product Specs Truly-wireless headphones Let you listen to your favorite tracks, so you won’t be...

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Davio’s Wine Dinner with Peter Michael Winery

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Irvine | 0 comments

Join Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine for a culinary wine tour of Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma. Taste along with guest host Jeff Ehrlich from one the most respected vineyards in the country. Designed for oenophiles of all levels, the five course dinner with wine pairings will feature regionally inspired foods prepared by Executive Chef Istvan Toth such as Butter Poached Lobster Tails, Confit Leeks, Caviar Mousse and Brandt Beef Eye of Ribeye, Petite Potato Fondant, Charred Caulilini, Truffle Au Jus. Sir Peter started Peter Michael Winery in 1983 with a singular vision: to make wine in the terroir-driven tradition of Burgundy and Bordeaux, under the California sun and in California soil. Today, they make fifteen wines in four varietal categories. All but one are estate-grown in their mountainside vineyards, and all are crafted by hand and in...

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Fresh by Design: It’s Refrigeration, Reinvented

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Appliances, Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Are you looking to remodel your home kitchen? If this is true, the new All-New Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerators Campaign at Best Buy may be right for you. The revolutionary FarmFresh System™ combines four innovative technologies to keep your food fresh up to 3x longer, for less food wasted. With the refrigerator, you can organize your fridge in new ways. FlexBar™ creates extra space in your refrigerator – it’s the perfect home for wine bottles, condiment jars, eggs, and more. Water filtration is important for families with young children. The Bosch UltraClarityPro™ water filter reduces >99.9% of sediments that may be found in your water, including harsh elements like chlorine and chloramine. One of my favorite features is the true counter-depth refrigeration. This freestanding refrigerator sits flush with the countertop, features hidden hinges, and discreet tucked away feet, all...

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Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored A working microwave is essential for families. We use our microwave for everything from warming water for tea to making popcorn to enjoy while watching a movie together as a family. Over the years, our microwave has been put to the test, and slowly, it has started to break. I have been in the market for a new microwave, and the Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave is one that has been standing out from the rest. What stood out to be about the Breville Combi microwave is that it can air fry and is a convection oven. It is so much more than just a microwave. With this microwave, you can air fry (crunchy fries, brussel sprouts, chicken wings), bake, or roast (whole chickens, lasagna, chocolate brownies) or simply microwave with even heat distribution. Plus, it is 80%...

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Fogo de Chão at Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Dining, Family, Irvine | 0 comments

We dined as a guest It should be a known fact that the Irvine Company has this fantastic ability to finding the perfect additions to their restaurant family. I do not know how they do it, but they once again hit gold by bringing Fogo de Chão to the Irvine Spectrum. It is huge for Orange County. For those who are not familiar with Fogo, de Chão, let me give you a little history. Internationally renowned Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique. It all started in 1979 on the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul, in Southern Brazilian, on a farm, in the Serra Gaucha, that the founding brothers decided to share their culinary treasure with the world. Tradition, family, and love of churrasco (grilling meat)...

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Day out with Thomas: The Steam Tour 2019 + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him and his best friend Percy for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine and Percy pulls into Southern California Railway Museum on November 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th and 11th. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, and pose for photos on-site with his best friend Percy, stars of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play,...

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OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 5 comments

Sponsored The Lewis Family Playhouse has a wonderful line-up of family theater productions with OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist being one of the most highly-anticipated. The production is perfect for children over the age of six. About OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist In this joyful retelling of Oliver Twist set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, everyone has to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right. This colorful musical tackles issues of poverty, inequity, greed, and betrayal in a way that’s easy for young people to understand – set to a samba beat and ending with a note of hope. Dates Sat, Oct 19 at 1pm Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 4pm Sun, Oct 20th at 1pm Sat, Oct 26th at 1pm Sat, Oct 26th at 4pm Sun, Oct 27th at 1pm Location Lewis Family Playhouse...

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Tommy Bahama Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

Liven up your holiday celebration with fun and festive cocktails from Tommy Bahama. The Coconut Eggnog Martini and Happy Huladays Cocktail are a great way to celebrate the season. Simply follow the recipe here or stop by any Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store or Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar and enjoy! The Coconut Eggnog Martini is a rich creamy cocktail that packs a nice kick with equal parts Jim Beam® and Cruzan® Coconut rum. For added flavor, coconut milk is combined with heavy cream, vanilla and nutmeg for an out-of-this-world eggnog full of flavor. Coconut Eggnog Martini Recipe 1 part Jim Beam®, 1 part Cruzan® Coconut Rum, 2 ½ parts coconut eggnog (recipe below). Shake all ingredients well with ice, strain into a martini glass and sprinkle with nutmeg. Coconut eggnog: 5 egg yolks, ¾ cup sugar, 1 cup...

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DIY Captain Underpants Pumpkin

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Kit provided from DreamWorks Animation Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This year, I enjoyed watching DreamWorks Animation Halloween special, “The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants: Hack-A-Week,” with my kids on Netflix. After watching the hilarious episode, we were inspired to decorate our pumpkin this year in honor of Captain Underpants. The book series was one of my kid’s favorites growing up. Plus, the all-new animated series on Netflix expands on all the adventures my kids experienced while reading the books. Decorating the pumpkin was super simple and fun to do. You only need a couple of items to create a Captain Underpants pumpkin, and it is so easy that even the youngest of children can participate. About the Special Welcome to Hack-A-Ween Oreeuntashun! This is your ultimate guide to disguises, Sneak-Or-Snacking, and plenty of...

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Rancho Wildlife Boo at the Zoo + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 13 comments

Looking for something fun to do with your children on Halloween? Have kids who love animals? Then Boo at the Zoo is the perfect place to bring your children. Families are invited to Rancho Wildlife on October 31st at 10am, 11am and 12pm. There will be candy treat stations located throughout the venue. Along with trick-or-treat stations, there will be craft tables, vendor shopping and endless animal fun. Children are encouraged to come in costume, and RSVP is required. Families can RSVP by calling 949-589-7900. Where Rancho Wildlife Foundation 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 When Thursday October 31st 2019 10am, 11am, 12pm Price Tickets are $6 per person, and valet parking is $8. Reservations are required. Giveaway Enter to win 4 tickets to Boo at the Zoo by leaving a comment below. Earn an extra entry by leaving...

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Portola Coffee Roasters New Seasonal Theorem Menu

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Portola Coffee Roasters’ new Theorem menu offers a multi-sensory craft coffee experience that allows guests to attempt to taste colors. As all Theorem menus, this one features barista-driven coffee creations that focus on sustainable and seasonal ingredients, complex textures, and global flavors. SYNESTHESIA MENU RED Flat Brown – espresso, red velvet ganache, beetroot powder, milk (served hot or cold) PURPLE Iced Latte – espresso, grape juice, lavender, milk (served cold) GOLD Gaspar – espresso, honey, turmeric, milk (served warm) PINK Cold Brew – beetroot powder, strawberry syrup, rose syrup, heavy cream, maldon sea salt (served cold) GREEN Matcha – fresh mint, milk (served warm) The Synesthesia Theorem Menu is available now through Black Friday, November 29. For more information on Portola Coffee Roasters, locations and hours, please visit https://www.portolacoffee.com. Locations – The OC Mix, SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa...

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Scientific Fun

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We have a partnership with Sony The time is here! Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie was an instant hit with my kids, and they were thrilled to learn that they can now have the film as part of our home movie collection to enjoy for years to come. The movie features the beloved Tom Holland as Spider-Man. In this chapter of the story, our friendly neighborhood, wall-crawler, decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plans to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks! In celebration of the release of the film, my son and his friends did some...

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DelFrescoPure Family Fun Night Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Recipes | 5 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do with my children is to cook a healthy dinner and then spend the rest of the evening play board games together. I learned that one of my favorite produce companies, DelFrescoPure, was hosting a family game night giveaway. When I discovered the news, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. I try to grow most of my fruits and vegetables in our backyard garden. But, I still need to rely on trustworthy companies to purchase high-quality produce for our family meals. I was recently introduced to DelFrescoPure, and I love everything about their company. First, I love that they are located in Canada. Next to Mexico, Canada is one of my favorite places to visit. The people, the scenery, and the culture is something that I feel everyone...

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Don’t Miss Savor Santa Ana + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 11 comments

Orange County’s premier all-ages sidewalk food festival featuring more than forty tastes from downtown Santa Ana restaurants, Savor Santa Ana, returns Saturday, October 12th. At Savor Santa Ana, sample tastes from unique, local and Michelin-rated restaurants and bars throughout downtown Santa Ana. Live musicians and local youth performance groups will perform in pop-up shows along the sidewalks, and a trolley will provide free rides around downtown. The theme will be “Fall Food Carnival,” featuring fire dancers, mystique, and fall food flavors. This marks the seventh Savor Santa Ana festival for downtown Santa Ana, serving thousands of visitors since 2014. Organizers expect to sell the 150,000th tasting ticket this October, a milestone reminiscent of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the City of Santa Ana this year. Savor Santa Ana tickets are just $10 for 5 tasting tickets. Tickets...

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5 Essentials for Road Trips with Babies

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Family, New Baby, Travel | 0 comments

There’s lots to do in the OC, which is why road trips are perfect for your family. Californians are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful natural scenery, and sometimes there’s nothing better than packing everyone into a van and driving off into the sunset. That said, the thought of traveling on the road for hours with babies in tow isn’t always the most wonderful thought. The phrase “preparation is key” comes to mind, and that’s especially true in this case. So here are five essentials to ensure a hassle-free trip: 

Silicone baby bibs Time spent on the road means that your baby might want a snack or two along the way. You can probably see how this situation can easily turn into a huge mess, which could put a damper on your plans. Happy Healthy Parent’s silicone bibs...

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You’re Invited: Las Brisas 40th Anniversary Party

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

Las Brisas, the Laguna Beach landmark restaurant, celebrates 40 years of business. To memorialize the milestone, Las Brisas invites the community and guests for a day of celebratory happenings! Giveaways $100 Las Brisas gift card giveaway to every 40th guest to arrive during the hosted reception (4-10 p.m.) 40th Anniversary Party Join Las Brisas for complimentary appetizers and passed bites from 4-10 p.m. in the newly refreshed bar and lounge area. The party will feature a live Mariachi band from 4-6 p.m., acoustic musician Justin Hopkins (from season 2 of The Voice) from 6-9 p.m., a photobooth for guests to commemorate the celebration, and celebrity appearances including Audrina Patridge! All-Day Happy Hour Special prices all-day from the new happy hour menu Free Appetizer Cards Guest can use during their next visit to Las Brisas! At Las Brisas, a strong...

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Second Annual The Taste in Costa Mesa

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

Los Angeles Times The Taste is an annual food and drink festival celebrating the diverse and vibrant flavors of Southern California. In 2018, the festival expanded to Orange County with The Taste in Costa Mesa and now returns for its second year celebrating Orange County’s dynamic culinary scene. Hosted by The Times’ editorial staff and featuring some of the city’s hottest chefs, restaurants and bars, The Taste in Costa Mesa will take place in the expansive courtyard of The MET, transforming the space into a multi-sensory pop-up of music, live demonstrations and delicious cocktail and food samples. Tickets ($80-100) are on sale now and grant access to unlimited tastings from Orange County’s best and brightest. The Taste in Costa Mesa, presented by City National Bank and co-presented by Travel Costa Mesa, is produced in association with Best Events. Second...

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Sage Hill Celebrates 20 Years of Achievements + Pioneering an Innovative Approach to Education

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Education, Family | 0 comments

Newport-based Sage Hill High School is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, looking back at over two decades of innovative education, academic achievements and positive community impact. The school, which was recently named the #1 Best Private High School in Orange County by Niche.com – a ranking and review website for K-12 schools, colleges, cities, neighborhoods and companies across the U.S. – has pioneered a creative and individualized approach to education for Orange County students since 2000, all while earning numerous academic awards, arts + athletic achievements, and making a lasting impact on the community through Sage Hill’s one-of-a-kind Service Learning program. This Saturday, October 12, members of the community will get an inside look at Sage Hill during its annual Admission Open House event, where parents and prospective students have the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, administrators,...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County Teaches Young Girls to Love Your Body, Period

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019 in Events, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Calling all girls! Join Girls Inc. of Orange County – a nonprofit organization that changes the lives of 4,000 girls each year by providing programming focusing on STEM, financial literacy, sound body image, healthy relationships, and college & career readiness – as they host the first ever Love Your Body, Period event. In honor of International Day of the Girl on Friday, October 11, this event will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will teach young girls all about their bodies and how to love themselves. These important lessons will not only build confidence and understanding, but will enable these young girls to be strong, smart, and bold as they take on the adult world. Love Your Body, Period attendees will hear from motivational and inspirational guest speakers from the Girls Inc....

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Support Young Children at the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

This is the second in a series of posts following the path of two young entrepreneurs, 7-year-old Johnny and his 11-year-old sister, Cali, as they prepare to produce, market and sell jalapeno poppers at the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair. The Fair, which will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, will feature booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. Siblings Johnny and Cali decided to sell jalapeno poppers because they love to eat them at family gatherings and want to share the delicious treat with everyone else! Now that they have decided what product to sell, Johnny and Cali are putting their business...

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The Guild Club Experiences a Rebirth at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Husband-and-wife team, Chef Noah and Marín von Blöm, reopen the doors to The Guild Club on Friday, October 4th at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection (3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite G). This sophisticated space located next to acclaimed sister restaurant, ARC, first opened in 2017 as a reservation-only concept by the von Blöms’ DirtySexyHappiness Hospitality Group. The Guild Club uniquely combines simplicity and stunning details to create the ultimate sophistication. New cocktails focus on classics that are made from scratch using rare and superior spirits and technique. Stylistically traditional European beers and a crafted wine list are meant to complement Chef Noah’s limited menu of classic offerings. The Guild Club’s cocktail menu offers the von Bloms’ take on the classics, named after those who enjoyed them. Guests will be able to sip on Kennedy, a daiquiri featuring El Dorado 21...

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Celebrate World Smile Day with GLOwing White Teeth

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Family, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored With World Smile Day happening on October 4th, it is the perfect time to get glowing white teeth with GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Kit. Since my teenage daughter had Invisalign, she has been in desperate need of teeth whitening, but we didn’t know where to start. After doing some research, we learned about the GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Kit. The kit seemed easy enough for a teenager to use, and it did not take a lot of time like other teeth whitening kit. After receiving the kit, we were able to set-up the teeth whitening process within just a few minutes. What my teenager loves about the kit is that she can do it practically anywhere. She can be whitening her teeth while doing homework, watching television, or while reading a book. It is perfect for busy teenagers...

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Play-Based Learning with Tinkergarten

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Education, Family, Featured | 1 comment

Sponsored Having a degree in Early Childhood Education, play-based learning has always been a passion of mine while raising my children. There is something magical about watching children learn through nature. My older two children attended a traditional elementary school, and my youngest is currently enrolled in a Waldorf school. I have been able to see the significant difference between the two educational philosophies. I have been able to see how much my younger son has thrived by learning through play, nature, and an education based on my child’s development. “Education is a journey, not a race.” A lot of families that attend our elementary school also participate in Tinkergarten classes with their children. Tinkergarten offers educational experiences for children ages six months to 8 years of age in the best classroom, nature! Children have a unique opportunity to...

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Hoag Medical Group Pediatrics in Huntington Beach New Extended Hours

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Sponsored Parents are busier than ever, and it can often be a struggle for parents to get their children in to see a pediatrician during “traditional” office hours. Hoag Medical Group has recognized the need for parents with young children needing access to later hours and has recently extended the hours at their Huntington Beach location. My children have been being cared for by Hoag pediatricians since birth. The doctors have always taken such excellent care of my children. Not only do they care for all of my children’s health needs, but have also played an intricate role in helping to give us the tools needed to raise healthy children. The pediatricians at the Hoag Medical Group take their time to address all the family needs. They have helped to educate us on the importance of vaccinations, given us...

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You’re Invited: Irvine Spectrum Unicorn Carousel Party

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

Sponsored Something exciting is happening this week at the Irvine Spectrum Center! Your family is invited to an unforgettable celebration for the unveiling of the new carousel Unicorn “Sparkles”! During the celebration, there will be FREE carousel rides, treats, and interactive arts and craft stations. Once your family is done celebrating the newest addition to the Irvine Spectrum Center. Enjoy lunch at one of the premier dining destinations or shop at one of your favorite retailers. Some of our top picks for lunch at the Irvine Spectrum Center for families is California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Dave & Busters, Hello City Cafe, Wahoo’s and TLT Food! Plus, there are endless options for a sweet treat at Yogurtland, See’s Candies or Cold Stone Creamery. The free and fun family event will happen at the carousel on October 4th from...

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Young Entrepreneurs Take on Business

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Siblings at Village of Hope Prepare to Sell their Wares at the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair Orange County Rescue Mission, in its continuing efforts to promote the importance of child innovation and entrepreneurship, will host the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair on Saturday, November 2 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California. OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair will feature booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. This post is the first in a series following two young entrepreneurs, 11-year-old Cali and her 7-year-old brother Johnny as they prepare for the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair. Cali and Johnny moved to Village of Hope with their...

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Girls Night Out at Bacchus

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Dining, Irvine | 0 comments

We dined at Bacchus as a guest Are you looking for the next best place to have a girls night out? We recently discovered one of Orange County’s hidden gems when dining at Bacchus in Irvine. I have been going to the Quail Hill Shopping Center in Irvine for many years, and I don’t know how I never noticed Bacchus? The fun and chic restaurant is tucked in the corner for the shopping community and offers guests incredible cuisine and spirits. Recently, I planned to have dinner with two of my closest friends at Bacchus, and we had an unforgettable dining experience. When we first arrived, we found a quiet table in the back of the restaurant where we took some time to talk and catch-up on all our busy lives. After getting settled in for the evening, we...

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City of Hope “Wishing Tree” at More Than Pink Walk

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Events, Featured, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the special things that my daughter and I saw at the Susan G. Komen More Thank Pink walk over the weekend was the City of Hope Wishing Tree. It was the first thing that we saw at the walk, and we spent more of our time reading personalized wishes on the trees. There were multiple trees where attendees were invited to write a wish on a colored tag, and then hang it on one of the wishing trees. Something special that I learned when talking with the people from the City of Hope is that they have these trees on their campus in Duarte. Plus, they are hoping to have them at the upcoming facility in Orange County that is expected to open in FivePoint’s Great Park Neighborhoods by 2021. The new state-of-the-art cancer campus is...

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Goosebumps The Musical Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 20 comments

One of my favorite book series to read to my children has been Goosebumps. We were immersed in the adventures every night before bed, and we fell in love with the characters. As my children became older, I noticed that they immediately navigated back towards the series. They started rereading the books during their free time, used them for school book reports, and even made their own illustrations from their favorite parts of the stories. The books slowly became worn. The binding of the books became covered with tape, and they still sit on the bookshelves in my kid’s rooms to this day. Along with the books, my kids fell in love with the movies too. We were there on opening day, and my kids were the first to bring home a Blu-ray copy of the movies to add...

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Panificadora Rosarito Bakery

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Dining, Mexico, Rosarito, Travel | 0 comments

Shortly after checking into the Rosarito Beach Hotel, we had lunch at Tacos El Norteño. After lunch, we were in the mood for something sweet, so we walked next door to the Panificadora Rosarito Bakery. The minute that we walked in the door, my tastebuds were tantalized. All I smelled was the scent of freshly baked loaves of bread and pastries. The bakery featured all of my favorite Mexican pastries. There was cookies, cinnamon rolls, freshly baked bread, and more. The owner provided us with metal trays and tongs to select the pastries we wished to purchase. It was the hardest part because I wanted to have a little bit of everything. And, that is exactly what I did. I selected a wide variety of desserts to enjoy back at the hotel. Plus, I purchased some to bring home...

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Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day in Orange County

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Who loves a juicy cheeseburger? Everyone does! Tomorrow, September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day! We have found the best places in Orange County to celebrate the delicious big day! Farmer Boys Offers Its Signature Cheeseburger for $2 Farmer Boys, the home of farm-fresh burgers and always crispy fries, is celebrating with $2 Big Cheese cheeseburgers from 2 p.m. to close at participating locations. The Big Cheese is made with a 1/4 pound of fresh, 100% USDA certified beef topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, dill pickles, and thousand island dressing on a sesame seed bun. Farmerboys.com. Classic Cheeseburger at The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar What’s better than a regular cheeseburger? A cheeseburger with BACON! At The Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita, guests can celebrate the most American holiday ever with the fan-favorite Classic Cheeseburger piled...

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StoryCorps: Stories From the OC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Education, Events, Family, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Sponsored You are invited to have a unique opportunity of being a part of history. Until the end of December, FivePoint is inviting families to tell their stories from the OC with StoryCorps. It is one of the most significant oral history projects where people come to the Great Park Neighborhoods, and record their stories inside of a retro airstream. The recordings will forever be a part of history as they will be preserved in the Library of Congress. How it Works… Reserve a Day Schedule a time online at StoriesfromtheOC.com. Once you’ve made your reservation, bring the guest you will be interviewing to Cadence Park in Irvine to do the recording. What to Expect Once you arrive at the park, you’ll be invited into the building by a volunteer who will walk you through the process. You’ll begin...

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Barrel House Tavern in Sausalito

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Autos, Dining, General Motors, San Francisco, Sausalito, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Buick While on a girls getaway to Sausalito, we had a magical afternoon tree bathing at Cascade Falls, before driving our Buick Envision to Casa Madrona. We relaxed for a couple of hours before having an unforgettable dinner at Barrel House Tavern. We made the short walk from our hotel to the restaurant where we sipped on wine and craft cocktails while basking in the beautiful views of San Francisco. The restaurant has a large outdoor patio where we were served an array of delicious appetizers. We enjoyed flatbread, octopus, avocado toast, and more. Everyone in our group shared all their favorite experiences from the day while relaxing on the patio. As the sun began to set, it was time for everyone to come together in the restaurant for dinner. The tables were...

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Tacos El Norteño in Rosarito Mexico

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Dining, Mexico, Rosarito, Travel | 0 comments

The minute that we arrived in Rosarito for a girls getaway, the first thing that we all wanted was tacos. We checked into the Rosarito Beach Hotel, and the staff at the front desk recommended that we try Tacos El Norteño. The taco shop was just a short walk from the hotel, and the minute that we arrived, I could smell the al pastor cooking on the trompo. As the mean was spinning, the juices were dripping down the giant piece of seasoned pork. I was immediately in taco heaven. We went to the front desk to place our order, and I wanted to get a taste of everything. I decided to order an al pastor taco, an asada taco and a mulita (similar to a quesadilla). The meal was extremely affordable with the tacos being priced at just...

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Wellness Weekend Girls Getaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

We visited Sausalito as a guest of Buick My friend had spent a good portion of her life living in San Francisco, and she always talked about how she wanted to have a getaway to Sausalito. She was thrilled when I told her the news that we were going to be spending a couple of days in Sausalito for our girls getaway. When it came to selecting a car to drive around the bay area, there was only one car brand that came to mind, and that was Buick. Buick is well-known for its commitment to encouraging wellness with their drivers, making it the perfect car to drive on our wellness weekend. Along with many of my friends, we fell in love with the Buick SUV look and style after seeing Reese Witherspoon drive one in the first season...

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Aquarium of the Pacific 15th Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 16 comments

Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The fifteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2019. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island...

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Clean Eating at an Angels Game

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Health | 0 comments

We attended an Angels game as a guest While it is well-known that most people will have a hotdog, peanuts (and beer for the parents) at a ballgame, things have changed. Parents want healthier options for their kids growing bodies – even at a baseball game. Feeding my kids nutritious food is a passion of mine. Ever since my son developed severe food allergies, I saw the impact that processed foods vs. real foods had on his body. Packaged food isn’t always worth the risk of an epi-pen injection with an ER visit. With most stadiums not allowing guests to bring in their own food, we avoided bringing him to events where he would not have access to clean eating until recently. Melissa’s Produce now offers families healthy food options at Angels Stadium and many other locations. With my...

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Toast Kitchen + Bakery All-Day Breakfast Saturdays

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

“Breakfast served until 2pm” is a thing of the past at Toast Kitchen + Bakery! Now, when you dine at Toast on Saturdays, you can enjoy some of your breakfast faves all day long! Toast Kitchen + Bakery has quickly become an Orange County hotspot when it comes to breakfast and brunch and now guests can indulge in Chef John Park’s infamous Thai Chile Chilaquiles, Eggs Benedict Arnold Palmer, and Berry Shortcake French Toast from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. every Saturday! All-day breakfast at Toast is the perfect solution if you’re getting a late start to your day or are simply craving breakfast for dinner. Toast Kitchen + Bakery is Costa Mesa’s modern diner with a twist. Every month, 10% of all proceeds are donated to a different local nonprofit so you can feel good about more than...

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Ocean Heroes After School Science Program

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Ocean Heroes is an after school science program for children ages 8-12 at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Monthly activities correspond with different and intriguing marine science and conservation themes designed to educate, build awareness, and interest about our ocean planet. Kids engage in hands-on labs, interact with STEM professionals and enjoy offsite excursions! Monthly speakers will include PMMC marine mammal care personnel, scientists from the National Marine Mammal Foundation, wetlands and salt marsh experts, youth conservationists and more! 2019-2020 Ocean Heroes Curriculum Throughout the program, newly appointed ocean stewards will learn an incredible array of information, including: PMMC to the rescue! They will learn about the common marine mammal patients they care for at the hospital. Ocean Heroes take a tour of their critical care area with PMMC’s own Animal Care Coordinator. Learning about Animal Care They will...

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TAPS Fish House 20th Anniversary Celebration

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

TAPS Fish House & Brewery will celebrate the opening of its landmark restaurant in Brea 20 years ago with a three-course menu of original dishes from 1999 on Monday, September 23, starting at 4 p.m. As a tribute to the 20th anniversary TAPS brewers are bringing back the cult classic and award-winning beer Trace of Remy. SEPTEMBER 23 $19.99 MENU OF 1999 DISHES On Monday, September 23, for dinner only at the Brea location, TAPS guests will be able to order from a vintage 1999 menu an appetizer, entrée and dessert, with choices in each category, for $19.99. Starters are French Quarter Egg Roll, Seafood Gumbo or Spinach Salad. Entrée selections are Black Magic Fettuccine, Chesapeake Bay Broiled Shrimp and Jerome and Jose’s Jambalaya. Guests will choose from two original desserts: TAPS Indulgence or Bananas Foster. The 20th anniversary...

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Family Fun at Earthfest 2019 + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 39 comments

Your family is invited to an unforgettable day of fun at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) for Earthfest 2019! At EarthFest, you will see the best of what IROEC has to offer including special activities like: Mini Therapy Horses Geode Hunt OC Fair Centennial Farm Wonders of Wildlife Compost Workshops Beekeeping Demos and Honey Harvest Climate Science Food Forest Exploration Fiber Arts and Natural Dyes Soap Making Tie Dye Leave No Trace with REI Sustainability Presentations in Harrison Lodge Zip Line Archery Puppet Show Taste of Soul on Wheels Food Truck Facepainting Ruci Coffee Cart Pool & Waterslide This day-long event will reflect best practices in environmental education, stewardship, and sustainability. ​Early bird tickets on sale until 8/31/19 – Get yours before they sell out! Ticket levels Kids 5 and under are FREE! EarthFest ticket (required ages...

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The Russian Ballet Theatre Performance of Swan Lake + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Ballet, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 32 comments

The Russian Ballet Theatre is thrilled to bring a breathtaking new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to Los Angeles and surrounding areas Sept. 21-26. Tickets for the Los Angeles are performances are on sale now and available online at www.RussianBalletTheatre.com. The performance schedule for Swan Lake is as follows: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the California Theater in San Bernardino; Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside; Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Wiltern in Los Angeles; Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale; and Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts & Convention Center in Oxnard. About Swan Lake Swan Lake, which has mesmerized audiences for over a century, is based on a German fairy tale. Tchaikovsky’s score...

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Bruxie Introduces Sinfully Good HOLY SAUCE

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In celebration of one of its favorite months of the year, SepTENDER, Bruxie is adding a sinfully good Holy Sauce to its already killer line-up of house-made sauces that perfectly complement the special herb and spice batter of its crispy tenders! About Bruxie’s Sauce Developed by Bruxie Founder & Chef Kelly Mullarney, the new Holy Sauce borrows from the flavors of the restaurant’s most popular waffle sandwich, The Holy Chicken. Made with real maple syrup, sriracha hot sauce and smoked bacon, Holy Sauce is a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and smoky — definitely a winning flavor combination. Bruxie Sauces With the introduction of the new Holy Sauce, Bruxie now offers eight unique sauces that each provide a distinct flavor experience. While Ranch and BBQ are the most popular choices, Holy Sauce is expected to quickly become a new...

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Celebrate Hatch Chile Season at Smart & Final

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Events, Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored by Smart & Final It is the most delicious time of the year – hatch chile season. Guess what? Your family is invited to a special family event at Smart & Final in Orange. Come celebrate Hatch Pepper season with Smart & Final for a Hatch Chile Roasting Festival! Plus, there will be live roasting at the Orange location. Come and learn the secrets to a perfectly roasted Hatch Pepper, ideal for salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. Get the chile’s while they’re hot-they’re only in season from August to September! Hatch Chile Celebration Date Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 p.m. Location Smart & Final 1401 E Katella Ave. Orange, CA 92867 Smart & Final was so generous to share this tasty recipe to make for your family after getting hatch chiles from the event....

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Ride in Style Back to School with the Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy Do your kids walk or ride their bikes to school? Surprise them schoolyear with one of the coolest rides to school from Best Buy, the Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter. The Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter has a range of 16 miles before needing a charge. Plus, it can tackle hills at angles of up to 15 degrees effortlessly. With this type of power, your kids can ride this scooter practically anywhere. If you live in an area where the streets are not very smooth, the scooter has 8.5-inch tires. With tires like this, the scooter can handle rough terrain without a problem. With safety being a #1 priority for parents, the scooter has a bright LED headlight for safe driving. Also, kids can get home from school within minutes riding the scooter at its 14 MPH...

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Brunch at Lit Cafe OC

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

We dined at Lit Cafe as a guest One of my favorite things to do is going out for brunch. With all of my favorite dishes being breakfast foods, I am always looking for a fresh new place to dine out. Lit Cafe Chef Erica Tjangnaka The one thing that had me eager to dine at Lit Cafe was knowing that the talented chef, Erica Tjangnaka is the pastry chef. Chef Erica is one of the most well-known pastry chefs in the world. She is known for some of her incredibly talented work at ST Patisserie Chocolat, the St. Regis Hotel, and more. Lit Cafe David Fujimura Plus, there is chef David Fujimura, who is a culinary genius. He has been a significant part of the success of many Orange County restaurants including Marche Moderne, Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine, and...

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Hatch Chile Polenta Chips Recipe

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

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

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Family-Friendly Dining at Farmer Boys

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

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

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Celebrate National Avocado Day at Puesto

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

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

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Empower Your Teens at The KiP Conference

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

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

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Y’OUR Skin Personalized Skincare

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

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

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Mexican Street Corn ‘Elote’ Avocado Toast

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

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

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Ensalada con Nopales: Delicious Cactus Salad Recipe

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

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

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Nopales Con Huevos Recipe: Cactus & Eggs

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

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

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How to Prepare and Cook Cactus ‘Nopales’

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

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

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Mary Poppins The Musical

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

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

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Critical Need of Donations for Homeless at the OC Rescue Mission

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

Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the 268 men, women and children currently residing at various campuses and the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. Donated items will be shared during the Rescue Mission’s “Christmas in July” event on Friday, July 26. The organization hosts this event annually with a two-fold purpose: providing resident families a second chance at a holiday celebration; and reminding the community that there is a year-round need for donations. This year, the Rescue Mission is in urgent need of the following items to assist families in need: Canned food – tuna, meat, fruits vegetables and beans Hygiene items – bars of soap, shampoo, underwear for kids (all sizes), underwear for women (all sizes), toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent, toilet...

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Five Crowns New Summer Menu

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

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

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

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

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

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Cox’s GIGABLAST will be a Gamer’s Delight

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

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

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

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Portobello Mushroom Caprese Recipe

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

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

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Laguna Playhouse Hamilton Themed Summer Camps

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

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

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Sweeping Ocean Views and Delicious Cuisine at Las Brisas

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

We dined as Las Brisas as a guest of the venue In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Las Brisas has unveiled an entirely refreshed culinary experience. Not only has the restaurant gone through some uplifting changes to their décor, but so has their menu. Michael Gaines, the new executive general manager, is collaborating with the Las Brisas team and has brought his vision of vibrancies to life. The minute that I walked into Las Brisas, I felt like I was transported to paradise. The restaurant features a bright, fresh, and calming surrounding on a cliff that overlooks the ocean. The changes in the décor are also reflected in the menu. Fresh ocean to table dishes, along with some of their most popular eats from the past makes your dining experience just that dining experience, add a little cocktail and...

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FREE Football Summer Camp

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

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

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

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

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

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Bell Pepper Pizza Recipe

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

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

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Caramelized Onion and Swiss Chard Pasta Recipe

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

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

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Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar in Santa Rosa

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

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

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3rd Annual CASA Pinwheel Project

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

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

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Andrei’s New Seasonal Cocktails Make a Splash

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

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

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2019 CASA Celebration of Children Black & White Ball

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

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

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Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven in Santa Rosa

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

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

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The Jade Room Wine Bar & Oysterette

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

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

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

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

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

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Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails New Spring Menu

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

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

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Best Restaurants in Orange County to Celebrate Mother’s Day

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

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

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Making Gluten-Free Weeknight Meals Easy with the Instant Pot

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

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

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Toast Kitchen + Bakery Donating May’s Proceeds to Bracken’s Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Let’s Toast to giving back! It has always been John Park’s, Executive Chef and Owner of Toast Kitchen + Bakery, mission to utilize his culinary talents to serve the community. Toast donateHs 10% of all proceeds each month to a different charitable organization year-round, and this month Toast is benefitting Bracken’s Kitchen. Bracken’s Kitchen partners with various businesses, restaurants and food industry companies to provide food for the homeless. Toast Kitchen + Bakery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – closed on Mondays. Visit Toast with your family and friends to enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert while giving back to a worthy cause! For more information on Toast Kitchen + Bakery, visit: https://www.toastkitchenbakery.com; for more information on Bracken’s Kitchen, visit: https://www.brackenskitchen.com DATE: Wednesday, May...

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Farmhouse New Spring Menu and Seasonal Cocktails

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Farmhouse is pleased to present a new spring menu courtesy of Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead. Featuring the freshest seasonal flavors sourced during weekly trips to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, the menu welcomes twelve new main dishes, veggie sides and desserts. The full spring menu is also available in the Farmhouse bar which highlights exciting new spring cocktails hand-crafted by Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R&D, and his team. Developed to compliment Chef Mead’s ever-evolving menu, choose from thirteen new cocktails to enjoy al fresco in the beautiful, garden setting. New this season, sip on a selection of four non-alcoholic specialty beverages found on Laborin’s Counterfeit Cocktail menu. Ideal for any time of day, these healthy refreshments are the perfect addition to any occasion. Savor a delicious snack or indulge your sweet tooth between lunch and dinner...

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Disney’s Aladdin Far From Agrabah Book + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Books, Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 53 comments

In Partnership with the Disney Book Group One of my favorite things to do with my children before taking them to see a movie is to read a book about the film first. Aladdin is one of my children’s favorite animated films of all-time, and they can’t wait to see the live-action film in theaters May 24th. As the anticipation of the film release has been building in my household, I decided to surprise my kids by reading them the all-new book, “Far from Agrabah” by Aisha Saeed. I thought that it would take a couple of weeks of reading the book to them at bedtime, but we couldn’t stop reading it and finished the book within three nights. The book was magical, and my children had many dreams about Jasmine and Aladdin’s adventures. In the book, Princess Jasmine...

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Unleash Your Creativity with the Buddha Board

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Crafts, Education, Family | 0 comments

Samples of the Buddha Board provided I go to school to study art, so I am always trying to find new and modern art supplies. With all the new advancements nowadays it is not very hard to find something that I really like. Luckily for me, I discovered the Buddha Board. Since a lot of times, my art can waste paper and supplies the Buddha Board is now one of my new favorite platforms for creativity. The reason why the Buddha Board is so helpful is that when you paint, you paint with water. After a little while, the water evaporates, and you can start all over again without having to waste supplies or canvas. It helps the environment and helps relax you. The Buddha Board is all about focusing on the present and what is happening right now....

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San Pedro Fish Market Grille

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

We visited the San Pedro Fish Market Grille as a guest One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to take the kids to San Pedro to have lunch at the Fish Market. My kids love seeing all the fresh fish, and we all enjoy having lunch prepared with the freshest fish available. San Pedro isn’t always the easiest part of LA to get to in Los Angeles, but once we make the drive, it always ends up being worth it. Having family in San Pedro, we find ourselves in town a lot, and I can’t believe that I have not made it into the new San Pedro Fish Market Grille since it opened a year ago. When we got invited to attend their one-year celebration, I made a point to clear my calendar, and drive...

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What to Expect from CoolSculpting at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

We received a complimentary CoolSculpting treatment from CosmetiCare After having Liposuction last year, I made a major commitment to taking better care of myself. In that process, I lost 70 pounds just by changing my lifestyle. I do intermittent fasting, eat a very clean diet, and exercise every day. I am thankful every day to the doctors at CosmetiCare who performed the liposuction procedure that got me on the path to healthy living and having the body of my dreams. Even though I eat very clean, have lost a lot of weight, and exercise every day, I have not been successful in toning my arms. Because I was a volleyball player in high school and college, I developed huge arms. Without doing that type of daily intensive exercise, I would never achieve the results that I wanted with my...

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16th Annual Pacific Islander Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 14 comments

Experience dance, music, and cultural artifacts of the Pacific Islands on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, at the Aquarium of the Pacific Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 16th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members GIVEAWAY:...

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