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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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Girls Inc. Summer Program

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Camp | 0 comments

Girls Inc. is excited to bring back Smart-Ups – a summer program for young girls currently in grades 3rd through 5th (who will be entering 4th – 6th grades in Summer 2019) that is sure to be a memorable and impactful summer for all participants.  Smart-Ups is a place for young girls to learn leadership, economic literacy and business skills by creating their own mini-society and opening up their own business.  Participants will learn about marketing, advertising, budgeting, confidence building, body positivity and more and will enjoy presentations by a variety of influential female entrepreneurs!  The program is 4 weeks long, 5 days per week with hands-on field trips held every Friday.  The girls will gain exposure to a university setting as the program is hosted by Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics.  The program concludes with...

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A Passage to Little India: Orange County Walking Food Tour

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Featured, Melissa's Produce | 0 comments

Yesterday, I embarked on an epicurean adventure in Artesia with Melissa’s Produce and Farhana Sahibzada. Indian cuisine is one of my all-time favorites, so when I was invited to attend this special walking food tour, I cleared my calendar to learn more about Indian cuisine in Southern California. Melissa’s Produce has spiced up my family cooking by introducing me to unique and delicious produce, and this event turned it up a notch. As an Orange County native, I have never been to Artesia (gasp!). I really didn’t even know where it was until I searched it on my GPS. I quickly realized that I drive right past it 2-3 times a week on my way to attend events in LA, and could of been experiencing the best Indian food in SoCal for all these years. I had only done...

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Best Places in Orange County for Easter Brunch

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Dining, Easter, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Orange County hotels are presenting egg-cellent egg-stravaganzas for Easter Day from glamourous dining by the sea to family-fun events that will have little ones hopping in delight with up close and personal visits with the Easter Bunny. Montage Laguna Beach offers three distinctly different, but all gourmet, scenarios in the Grand Ballroom, Studio and The Loft. And those who enjoy the Easter dining experiences, can join in the fun at the resort’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Fashion Island Hotel is offering two fashionably delicious brunch options, and at Hotel Irvine, guests will not only dine on delicious food, but also participate in fun bunny-centric activities and games including Easter Egg hunts, a petting zoo and live music. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach Masterpiece Easter Celebration in the Grand Ballroom Sunday, April...

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Moulin Opens in San Clemente

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Moulin, the award-winning French bistro with locations in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, will open its third location in San Clemente today, April 1. Proprietor Laurent Vrignaud, who was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal, has also expanded the Moulin brand to include a French antique store, which opened in January. Moulin’s third bistro is now open at the historic Casino San Clemente (120 W Avenida Pico). Built in 1937, this seaside landmark has long been a gathering place for celebration and revelry, serving as a beacon for San Clemente, drawing in Hollywood starlets and travelers from around the world. Within walking distance to San Clemente’s popular North Beach, much of Moulin’s menu is available to-go, modeled after cafes along coastal France. Much like Casino San Clemente, Vrignaud created Moulin as a central gathering...

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Spring Break Fun at Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Family | 0 comments

Dana Point Harbor invites locals and visiting destination seekers to explore the abundance of ocean activities, dockside dining options, and shopping experiences the Harbor has to offer during spring break. Whether you are looking for adventure, fun, or relaxation this season, Dana Point Harbor offers something unique for everyone. Popular spring activities in the Harbor include strolling along the water’s edge, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, ocean fishing, and whale watching trips. Activities abound both in and out of the water, so for those looking to enjoy the calm waters and wondrous sea creatures without getting wet, hop on one of the many whale watching excursions offered at the Harbor including Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, and Ocean Adventures. Add some relaxation to your spring break getaway by joining a class at I...

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Farmer Boys Debuts New Burgerless Burger

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Sponsored by Farmer Boys Farmer Boys, the farm fresh fast casual concept known for its award-winning burgers, will be rolling out an exciting new addition to their menu. The Burgerless Burger focuses on the quality and simplicity of Farmer Boys’ farm fresh food, and will feature just pickles, onions, and Thousand Island dressing on a sesame seed bun. In 2018, Farmer Boys refocused their marketing strategy on the quality and value of Farmer Boys’ everyday farm fresh menu. The introduction of the Burgerless Burger reflects a continuation of those efforts and focuses in more squarely on the natural simplicity of their farm fresh offerings. The Burgerless Burger goes back to basics with just four ingredients, and it is also a great option for vegetarian guests. “Farm fresh” was at the core of Farmer Boys when it started nearly four...

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Free Chronic Tacos at OC Beach Cleanup

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

Free Chronic Tacos For All Volunteers Supporting Our Planet and Community Chronic Tacos is partnering with Eco Warrior to promote a healthier planet and stronger community in Laguna Beach. Free tacos will be offered to every volunteer participating in the beach clean-up in Aliso Beach. Volunteers can expect a wide variety of delicious tacos and the sweet taste of a job well done. Eco Warrior is proud to partner with a locally-loved restaurant to help make a change and spread the message of sustainable living. About Chronic Tacos The fast-casual franchise is known for its fresh Mexican cuisine that is customized for each volunteer’s distinctive taste. The Chronic Tacos experience consists of walking down the prep line and personally choosing everything that goes on your meal. Customers can choose from vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as choices of:...

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Five Must-Have Foods at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Dining, Events, Knott's Berry Farm | 0 comments

We attended a preview of the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival It is the most delicious time of the year to visit Knott’s Berry Farm for their yearly Boysenberry Festival. The event is a favorite of my family, with the food being the best part. This year is better than ever with more delicious boysenberry food than ever, and these are our top picks! My absolute favorite food this year is the boysenberry elote. The tasty corn is located at the Ghost Town Bank Stand, and I guarantee that you can’t just eat one. I may or may not be guilty of coming back for seconds. For those who are looking to eat healthier at Knott’s while attending the boysenberry festival will want to dine at Spurs Chophouse. The highly-acclaimed restaurant is featuring a boysenberry glazed salmon over mixed greens. Also,...

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Roasted Garlic and Heirloom Tomato Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

When roasted garlic and heirloom tomatoes come together, it is pure bliss. I have recently been kinda obsessed with Trader Joe’s pre-made flatbread lately. It is so fresh, light, and makes for an easy weeknight dinner. I’ve been having fun creating new recipes using their flatbread, and Melissa’s Produce brings the bread to life. Another one of my favorite foods is burrata cheese. I always have a container in my refrigerator at all times. When the kids came home late from school one-night last week, and I was faced with the question of, “What to cook?” I used some of my favorite staple ingredients to make this tasty flatbread recipe. The recipe only took minutes to make, and after cooking in the oven for 10 minutes, dinner was served. This entire recipe can be made within 15 minutes, making...

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The Best Bra for Breast Implants

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 1 comment

Sponsored by The Breast Whisperer One of the most important things to do after having breast augmentation is to invest in a good bra. Wearing a bra that offers good support will not only help you feel more comfortable after your surgery but will also help to protect the investment you made in having your breasts done. After having my breast augmentation, I struggled to find a bra that provided a good amount of support. While you don’t need to sleep in a bra, I want to make sure and keep my breasts high and tight for as long as possible, so I decided to sleep in a bra. Finding a bra that is comfortable to sleep in comfortably is very difficult. I purchased many different kinds of bras, and I was only able to find one, The Breast...

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Wagyu Week Returns to Sushi Roku Newport Beach

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Sushi Roku Newport Beach welcomes a special delivery of award-winning Bungo Wagyu from Monday, March 25th through Saturday, March 30th with a limited-time-only tasting menu. Bungo beef is considered the highest-quality Japanese grade beef, originating from the Oita prefecture in the Kyushu region of Japan. The award-winning meat, which has received accolades from the Tenno-sho (Emperor’s Prize) and Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, will be offered in six unique preparations to preserve its rich, delicious flavor. Each can be paired with refined spirits originating from Japan that delicately enhance each dishes’ overall profile. Bungo Wagyu Beef Tasting Menu Wagyu Sushi (2pcs; 0.6oz/each) Kizami Wasabi, Oscietra Caviar, Gold Flakes Wagyu Skewers (1.5 oz) Sweet Soy, Karashi Mustard Wagyu Carpaccio (2oz) Salt, Pepper, Garlic Chips, Red Yuzu Pepper, Tiny Veggies (carrot, white radish, red radish) Wagyu Katsu Sandwich (1oz/each)...

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Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge: Immersive One-day Driving School

Posted by on Mar 25, 2019 in Autos, Events, Family | 2 comments

Sponsored by Mercury Insurance Did you know that car crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 19-year-olds nationwide? One thing that we have taken very seriously with our teenage son is driving education. When we were younger, we went to the DMV on our 16th birthday. Took the driving test, and then went out with our friends to celebrate. As parents, looking back, we were both not 100% ready to be driving independently on the road. As our son approached his 16th birthday, we didn’t feel that he was ready to take his driving test. We decided to extend his driving education and recently brought him to a one-day immersive driving school hosted by Mercury Insurance at the Honda Center. My son had attended the course last year, right after getting his permit. Now that we...

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The Best in Tech for Spring Breakers

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Verizon Spring Break is officially here. Whether you’re planning a family getaway with the kids or needing to keep the kids busy at home Verizon has all the top tech to keep your kids entertained. Have a problem keeping track of things, especially when on the go? Try using a smart tracker from Tile or the Samsung SmartThings Tracker. Place one of these devices in your suitcase or wallet to keep an eye on your belongings even when they’re not in sight. Both offer long-lasting battery life. And the Samsung SmartThings Tracker works standalone on the 4G LTE network, meaning you could track your luggage on its journey even when your phone isn’t anywhere near your suitcase. Spend more time taking in those special vacation moments with the Samsung Galaxy S10. With a best in class camera...

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America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 18 comments

America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2019. The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. Animal entertainment, education, adoption innovative products and nutrition all at the OC Fair & Event Center. This year, the Pet Expo launches “The Lab” an interactive, hands-on “show within a show” where guests, exhibitors and pets can meet. “The Pet Expo is about connections, whether they be with fellow pet enthusiasts, or with the animals, says Courtney Harold, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development. “The Lab will be a central meet-up location for socializing, new product launches, demonstrations and pet education seminars.” The Pet Expo will also debut “Kids’ Pet Care Course.” Led by licensed...

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Seaside Baker: Decadent Fruit Desserts

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 2 comments

Dessert for lunch? Yes, please. I love going to Melissa’s Produce to have lunch with all my favorite foodies, celebrate a new cookbook author, and indulge in delicious cuisine. When I got an invitation to come to Melissa’s for a delicious day of desserts, I cleared my calendar to attend the event. Let’s just say that I have a little sweet tooth.. I love to celebrate bloggers who publish their first books. Jackie Bruchez is a well-known blogger (Seaside Baker) who is now a celebrated published author of the book Decadent Fruit Desserts. She is incredibly talented, and the minute that I walked into Melissa’s Kitchen, and saw all her desserts, I was in sugar heaven. Melissa’s Produce converted into a dessert version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the day. The counter was filled with samples of...

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Best Wine Is The One Enjoyed With Friends

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

Samples of Ammunition Wine was provided When planning our recent girls getaway glamping trip to KOA in Ventura, I knew that I wanted to serve my friends my favorite wine. I recently discovered Ammunition Wine, and ever since it has been my favorite wine. I picked up a case of Chardonnay and Zinfandel and headed up to Ventura for an unforgettable girls getaway. The minute that I arrived with the wine, we opened a bottle. Poured each other glasses of wine, and made a toast to our friendship. We sat together on the balcony of our cabin and spent the afternoon laughing together about all the funny moments we’ve experienced together while friends. The Chardonnay from Ammunition Wine quickly became a favorite of my friends who love white wine as much as me. By the end of the trip,...

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Indian Cooking Classes at Adya in Anaheim

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Dining, Family, Irvine, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Adya is one of the best places to bring your family to get Indian food. Both locations in Irvine and Anaheim offer a relaxed family-friendly dining ambiance. Plus, they have delicious food that even the pickiest little eaters will love. During my recent visit to Adya, I attended a cooking class with Chef Shachi Mehra using fresh Melissa’s Produce. I have always been intimidated by the thought of making Indian food at home. During the interactive cooking class, Chef Shachi showed me how simple and easy cooking Indian food at home for my family can be. We learned how to make four simple family-friendly recipes using fresh Melissa’s Produce. The two favorite recipes that I learned how to make was the tangerine and radish salad with fresh mint and fennel. The salad was fresh, and when made with Melissa’s...

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Tangerine and Radish Salad with Fresh Mint and Fennel

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Dining, Recipes | 0 comments

We all love Melissa’s Produce. It is the freshest produce available. If you can’t grow produce in your backyard Melissa’s is the best option to feed your children. Today was an exciting day as I was able to visit one of my favorite restaurants in Orange County, and one that uses Melissa’s Produce, Adya. I can’t believe that it has been five years since attending the media event for the grand opening of Adya at the Anaheim Packing House. Time has flown by. I first fell in love with Chef Shachi’s food when she was at Tamarind of London. It was my favorite Indian restaurant in OC, only because of the chef and her talents. Once Chef Shachi left, it closed its doors shortly after. Once Adya opened their location in Irvine, I always seem to find myself sneaking...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Cool Places, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

Sea animals and marine biology have been a huge part of my life growing up. Especially since I only live about 3 miles from the ocean. I have grown up walking around tide pools and learning all about the ocean. Just recently I discovered the centers and places in Laguna Beach that can help teach me more about marine biology. One of my new favorites is the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. One of my favorite things about this Center is that it is right off of Laguna Canyon Road which is right next to my house. Pacific Marine Mammal Center focuses on Seal Lions and Seals in the area. Due to malnourishment and dehydration, more sea lions are coming in, and the Center is right there to help with that. They take sick animals in and treat them until...

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Family Craft

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 22 comments

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of our all-time favorite films of the year. My kids and I went to see it multiple times in the theater, and we couldn’t wait until it was released on DVD to add it to our home movie collection. The time has finally come, and we have been watching the movie over and over again using Movies Anywhere. When we are not watching the movie, we always find ourselves listening to the soundtrack with our home entertainment center. In celebration of getting to enjoy the movie at home for years to come, I planned a fun craft day with the kids. I got them some Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse t-shirts, fabric markers, and I let the kids unleash their creativity decorating the shirts. Together, we enjoy listening to the soundtrack, while the kids...

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Pretend City Kidstock Music & Arts Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 49 comments

Pretend City Children’s Museum is kicking off their second annual Kidstock Music and Arts Family Festival on April 1st with music from local musicians and interactive art activities for the entire families. Families will want to experience 10 days of music, dancing and art at Kidstock Music and Arts Family Festival at Pretend City Children’s Museum April 1st – April 10th. Country, pop, rock, rap — it will all get you moving and grooving together as a family. Live performances will be featured every day, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Traveling Exhibit as well as throughout the museum. One of the ‘headliners’ this year are “The Beat Buds” children’s musicians with a contemporary sound familiar to adults. Their songs entertain kids and resonate with the parents too. In addition, is the opportunity for children to paint...

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Knott’s Boysenberry Pie Frozen Yogurt at Yogurtland

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Dining, Family, Knott's Berry Farm | 0 comments

For the first time ever, Knott’s Berry Farm and Yogurtland have teamed up to give fans a one-of-a-kind frozen yogurt experience inspired by Mrs. Cordelia Knott’s award-winning boysenberry pie. The new Yogurtland flavor was crafted alongside Knott’s and has arrived in stores nationwide, only a couple days away from the newly-expanded Knott’s Boysenberry Festival which runs daily from March 29 – April 28th. Each spoonful of Yogurtland’s Boysenberry Pie frozen yogurt flavor is bursting with the jammy richness and sweet and tart taste of fresh boysenberries followed by hints of a butter sweet pie crust. Inspired by the world-class award-winning pies, it’s creamy and delicious, and no doubt Mrs. Knott herself would approve. For an added boysenberry touch, Yogurtland will be serving mini boysenberry shortbread cookies as a topping option. While getting a sneak peek of the upcoming Boysenberry...

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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 27 comments

Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed late night, Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars), on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Aquarium will remain open late so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with the live bands and DJs. Noche de Estrellas will feature Aztec dance, crafts, and bilingual educational programs, including a scavenger hunt with prizes, ocean-related activities, and environmental activities—all offered in both English and Spanish. The event will also feature special programming highlighting the world’s smallest and most critically endangered whale, the vaquita—only 30 remain. Mexican cuisine, beer, wine, cocktails, and refreshments will also be available for guests to purchase. In addition to being...

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Kiwi Berries and Burrata Avocado Toast

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

When first introduced to Kiwi Berries from Melissa’s produce, I didn’t know what to make with them. I first experimented by making a smoothie so that I could fully experience their flavor. Next, I made a delicious tart for dessert, and the next morning make avocado toast with burrata and kiwi berries. It ended up being the best avocado toast I have ever made. Avocado toast is a healthy way to pack a lot of nutrition into your kid’s breakfast, and kids love it. There are so many creative ways to serve avocado toast to your kids, and this is guaranteed to become one of their all-time favorites quickly. What are Kiwi Berries? According to Melissa’s Produce, Kiwi Berries are a cousin of the Kiwi Fruit. They are luscious berries with smooth skin, delicate seeds and are similar in...

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Kiwi Berries and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil and Ricotta

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What do you do when you receive beautiful Baby Heirloom Tomatoes from Melissa’s Produce? You make something delicious. Last night, dinner was a disaster. I attempted to make a recipe that failed and found myself digging through the freezer for food to feed the kids. That ended up being hot dogs. Ugh. I quickly learned what food snobs my kids have become after feeding them organic, fresh food every night of the week. I’ve never been that macaroni and cheese + hot dogs kinda mom. After all the dirty looks and complaining I got from the kids over dinner, I decided to surprise them with a delicious dessert. About Kiwi Berries Kiwi berries are very sweet, and I thought they would compliment the heirloom tomatoes, and the sweet cheese mixture perfectly. And, it was incredible. For the crust, if...

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Squash Blossom and Burrata Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

After making stuffed squash blossoms with my daughter, we decided to make a squash blossom and burrata flatbread with the squash blossoms we received from Melissa’s Produce. The flatbread ended up coming out amazing, and my kids devoured every last bite. Plus, they requested that I make it again for them the next evening. Where to Find Squash Blossoms If you are not familiar with squash blossoms, they are delicious. When you purchase them online at Melissa’s Produce or from a local retailer, you’ll want to cook with them right away – they don’t hold long in the refrigerator. You can make your own bread. But, if you’re a busy mom like me, you probably don’t have time for that on a weeknight. Trader Joe’s has incredible flatbread (found in the bread section of the store). They also have...

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Minnie: Bow Be Mine + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 39 comments

The Happy Helpers Shine a Spotlight on Adventure! The all-new Disney DVD, Minnie: Bow Be Mine is currently available for purchase in stores nationwide. As the Happy Helpers from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, BFFs Minnie and Daisy take center stage as they tackle super-tough tasks and help friends who need a hand: judging a surfing contest in Hawaii, solving a doozy of a mystery, photographing a rare rainforest bird and much more! Then, watch Minnie rock out onstage at Hot Dog Hills Stadium! Featuring two bonus music videos, Minnie: Bow Be Mine amps up the fun to a whole new level of awesome. Voice Cast in Minnie: Bow Be Mine Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse; Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck; Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse; Daniel Ross as Donald Duck; Bill Farmer as Goofy; Jim Cummings as Pete;...

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