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Sal’s Pizzeria Opens New Location at Kaleidoscope

Posted by on Nov 17, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Sal’s Pizzeria, one of South Orange County’s most popular pizzerias, has opened its second location at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo. Ladera Ranch resident Matthew Darienzo owns the award-winning pizzeria, which he launched last year in Foothill Ranch. Named after Darienzo’s father-in-law Sal, the pizzeria serves authentic Sicilian-style pizza and an array of specialty dishes with only the freshest and high-quality ingredients, including Stromboli, calzone, pinwheels, heroes, pasta, salads, and cannoli. All sauces and the mozzarella are made fresh by hand. As a young boy in Alcamo, Sicily, Sal would help his father deliver Italian food products out of the back of a horse and buggy. At only 10, Sal’s family came to America and his father started Collica Dairy (later Collica Quality Foods) where Sal later worked, selling the finest Italian food products for 50 years. Sal’s Pizzeria is...

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OC Rescue Mission in Dire Need of Food Donations

Posted by on Nov 17, 2020 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching quickly and Orange County Rescue Mission is in dire need of critical food items to serve homeless individuals and families in need throughout Orange County. The food items will aid in providing Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of homeless men, women and children, as well food boxes for families in need throughout the region. Orange County Rescue Mission, which has received the highest 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for the last three years in a row, has made this annual commitment to the local community for the last 55 years, according to the nonprofit’s President Jim Palmer. In fact, many of the residents at the Orange County Rescue Mission have never had the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. If in a position to donate, the Orange County Rescue Mission is requesting the following...

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Help Support Our Veterans at OC Rescue Mission’s 3rd Annual OC Veterans Day Dinner

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Nearly 11,000 veterans in California are homeless. This is three times higher than states like Florida, which has the second highest population of homeless veterans across the U.S. These sobering statistics demonstrate the importance of supporting these unsung heroes. By attending Orange County Rescue Mission’s 3rd Annual OC Veterans Day Dinner, you can help in the expansion of Tustin Veterans Outpost, an apartment complex that offers transitional housing for veterans along with veteran-specific services. Hosted at the Santa Ana Elks Lodge, this is the second year in a row that this dinner is the only Veterans Day Dinner event in Orange County. Each dinner ticket includes a three-course prix fixe menu, along with a program to commemorate and celebrate our veterans. 100% of the proceeds from the event will go towards the expansion of housing and services for homeless...

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A List of Luxe Push Presents

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

Something that is becoming more and more common now is a push present given by a partner to the brave woman who just gave birth. These gifts generally are something beautiful and special to commemorate you bringing a wonderful new life in the world. After all that hard work and rewarding experience that is giving birth, you are gifted with your beautiful child… but another luxe push present can be the cherry on top! So in case you feel a push present is right for you and your partner, here are a few ideas of what to consider for a luxe push present: Luxe push presents A Rolex A Rolex watch is more than just a luxury watch. It is known as one of the most high-end, beautiful watches that screams ‘something special’, with its high design and incredible...

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Daily Creative Writing Prompts for Adults

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

When it comes to creative writing on the internet, the volume wins at the end of the day. Plenty of people all over the world are creating content for books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites, social media platforms, and more. While most seem to enjoy the idea of producing content constantly for their readers, it can be both physically and mentally exhausting. The last thing you need as a writer is to suffer from burnout because that can leave you mentally drained and enable you to come up with fresh content. A team of experts from CustomWritings which provides creative writing services for students highlight some daily creative writing prompts for adults. 10 best creative writing prompts Write about mistakes No one is perfect and throughout our lives, careers, relationships, business ventures, looking for happiness, and more, we have made...

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5 Tips to Declutter Space for an Office for the Whole Family

Posted by on Nov 3, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

There’s nothing worse than being engrossed in your work and when something distracts you and you can’t get back in the zone. That frustration can be compounded even more when you’re working from home and your kids (who are doing distance learning due to COVID) come to you for one reason or another. According to the Homelight Q3 survey, 7% of real estate agents said their clients want multiple home offices and 1% stated their clients want a dedicated room for homeschooling! Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone had their own private space to get their work done, distraction free? Of course it would! But, not all homes have the space to create a true home office, let alone multiple! If you find yourself in this situation, fear not because we have a few tips that’ll help you declutter...

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Give Thanks with Toast Kitchen + Bakery: Pie + Pint Presale

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Toast Kitchen + Bakery, a Costa Mesa dining staple, is here to take some of the holiday stress away! This season, Chef John Park and his team at Toast will be offering an exclusive Pie & Pint presale just in time for Thanksgiving. Featuring nine-inch pies and a pint of their famous homemade ice cream, you’ll have your choice of the following parings: – Taro Blueberry Pie with Blueberry Pie Ice Cream – Apple Pie with Mulled Wine Ice Cream – POG Pie with Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Sakura Ice Cream – Chocolate Banana Cream Pie with Thai Tea Ice Cream These sweet holiday combinations are available for just $39.00 each and can be pre-ordered from Sunday, November 1 until Sunday, November 22 and all order pick-ups will take place on Wednesday, November 25. Orders can be...

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Greatest Gifts to Buy During Black Friday Sales

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

There are some gifts everybody waits years to get. Sometimes, you can wait a lifetime to get gifted, so it’s essential to look out for you. Nowadays, it’s more important than ever to treat yourself, along with your loved ones, and Black Friday is about the most opportune time to make this happen. Black Friday occurs only once a year and the discounts extended in stores are super bargains. Black Friday refers to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and is celebrated globally on the fourth Thursday of November. Here are some of the greatest gifts to buy on Black Friday. Luxury Bags Black Friday That pricey, beautiful luxe handbag you’ve always wanted is finally on special offer, most probably at its most affordable all year round! Splurge on them while you can for your husband, girl friends, daughters, everybody...

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The Challenges of Distance Education: Evaluation

Posted by on Oct 23, 2020 in Education, Family | 0 comments

In this article, we want to explore the area of assessment in a remote and asynchronous learning environment. We present several strategies to address the three most important challenges in distance assessment: Student mindset, structure/content, and logistics/technology. How to Design Assessments to Ensure that Student Work is Authentic? Strategies Consider using performance evaluations where students demonstrate their new knowledge in a product, such as an investigation, portfolio, project, Assignment, experiment, prototype, or even a real situation like write my essay. Since performance reviews are often multi-part and more realistic, teachers report feeling a greater degree of confidence that the products are genuine. When performance evaluations are completed in stages with small deliveries of the product throughout the entire assignment, the teacher has the opportunity to witness the progress of the learning and progress of the assignment. Customize your performance...

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Savory Plates of Goodness at Ironwood Cellar

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Dining Partner I never hesitate when I’m asked what my favorite dish is at Ironwood Cellar, Pillows of Heaven! It’s much easier to find it on the menu as Sweet Corn + Roasted Garlic Agnolotti but after the burst of flavor-filled bite, I’m certain you will feel the same. Pillows of Heaven for the win! The warm Agnolotti pasta is drizzled with the most delicious mixture of Preserved Lemon, Sonoma Goat Cheese, Basil, and Pistachio Brown Butter. As I write this I’m thinking of my next visit. Ironwood Cellar is known for a delightful menu created by Chef Robert Barth; his dishes are often fueled by what is available from local purveyors. I love when a restaurant creates dishes based on those ingredients and then allows the creative energy to flow; at Ironwood Cellars it shows! Thirsty? Ask for...

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Georgia’s Introduces BREAST BUCKET for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and Anaheim Packing House will be offering a special new Breast Bucket & Sides all throughout the month of October 2020 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help increase awareness and support! The Georgia’s Restaurant new Breast Bucket & Sides features a 6-Piece Bucket of Boneless Chicken Breasts (all white meat) and Choice of Two Sides including selections such as their signature Collard Greens, Garlic Rice, and French Fries for just $20 all month long. Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange will be offering their “Breast Bucket & Sides” special for Outdoor Patio Dining, Takeout, Delivery and Curbside Pickup throughout the entire month of October 2020. Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange is open every Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm, and every Friday...

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Bistango Monday Night Jazz Series

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Bistango and Sunset Jazz at Newport have continued their Monday night jazz series into fall, with some amazing award-winning musicians gracing the wonderful patio at Bistango. October 12th Join us as we continue our Sunset Jazz series at BISTANGO: Autumn Al Fresco Mondays. Called “brilliantly entertaining” by Downbeat and considered “magic” by Mel Torme, don’t miss this iconic and award-winning jazz clarinetist and saxophonist on the Bistango’s patio. Tickets & Info: www.bistango.com ; call (949) 759.5003; or email [email protected] October 19th Join us as we continue our Sunset Jazz series at BISTANGO: Autumn Al Fresco Mondays. On the third Monday of the four very special October Monday evenings of Jazz and Cabaret, we will be hosting the husband and wife team of Calabria Foti and Bob McChesney, as they perform the greatest songs from the Great American Songbook in...

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Cute Car for Teen Drivers: Chevy Bolt EV

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Autos, Family, Featured, General Motors | 0 comments

Are you looking for an affordable (and cute) car for your teen driver? We recently drove the 2020 Bolt EV and found it to be a top pick for your teenager’s first car. The best part – your teenager won’t be coming to you for gas money, because it is a fully electric vehicle! Let’s start by talking about the best part of the car – being electric. I have never driven a fully electric vehicle before. Plus, being known for frequently running out of gas, I was nervous I would run into similar problems with a low battery. That was something I did not have to worry about at all. When I returned home every evening, I would plug the car in, and it was fully charged and “ready-to-go” the following morning. When I took the car to...

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Golf “Fore” Blind Children’s Learning Center

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

As many golfers already know, golf has been one of the few sporting refuges available during the pandemic. Blind Children’s Learning Center in Santa Ana is proud to partner with 19th Hole Golf Productions to host this year’s Dr. Frank Villalobos Fall Classic at Aliso Viejo Country Club. This physically-distanced event will be held on Monday, October 19 and promises to bring participants closer than ever before to BCLC’s mission – to prepare children with visual impairments for a life of independence through early intervention, education, and family support. For $300 per individual registrant and $1,150 per group of 4, you’ll be able to enjoy Aliso Viejo’s stunning greens while providing life-changing services to the children in our community who need it most. For those who are unable to attend the in-person event, a number of sponsorship opportunities are...

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Daphne’s Debuts New Shawarma and Power Bowl

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Daphne’s, the fresh and wholesome fast casual restaurant known for its nutritious menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, has introduced two limited-time bowls that cater to vegan and protein-focused diets. The vegan-friendly Power Bowl and nutrient-dense Shawarma Bowl are available now through December 31, 2020 at all Daphne’s restaurants across California. Both bowls highlight Daphne’s Mediterranean roots and authentic flavors while also providing healthy, nutritious options for an active lifestyle. The Shawarma Bowl features chicken shawarma, seasoned basmati rice, black beans, roasted vegetables, a chili cream sauce, and is served with a warm pita and garlic sauce. The Power Bowl is a vegan and vegetarian-friendly option packed with seasoned garbanzo beans, spring mix greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red cabbage, kalamata olives, tabbouleh, and served with Daphne’s signature hummus, warm pita, and garlic sauce. For exclusive promotions and loyalty rewards, join the Daphne’s...

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Support Girls Inc. of OC: My Virtual Reality Luncheon

Posted by on Sep 29, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The strong, smart, and bold young women in our community have faced a number of challenges as a result of this year’s unpredictable events. Luckily, there’s a way to invest in their futures and support academic programs without leaving your home! Join Girls Inc. of Orange County at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16 for the nonprofit’s “My Virtual Reality” Luncheon. This livestream event will feature (for the first time ever) Girls Inc. girl host, Bella, a sixteen year old advocate and ambassador, an online auction, and the chance to virtually meet other strong, smart, and bold girls who participate in Girls Inc. of Orange County programming. These girls will engage with the audience and share their inspiring ‘virtual reality’ stories. All attendees will also receive a delicious, celebrity chef and locally-inspired lunch delivered right to your door to...

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Taste of Japan is BACK with a Delicious Pop-up

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Taste of Japan is BACK, with delicious food and drinks! Join us for the ultimate Japanese street food pop-up from 12pm to 2pm Wednesday, September 30th in Long Beach. Plus, the fun continues on October 4th from 12pm to 4pm in Anaheim. Support local Southern Californian businesses while enjoying a fun, safe, experience of Japanese culture. Pre-order instructions available online at www.tasteofjpn.com . Social distancing will be enforced and masks will be required. Pre-order and timed pickups will ensure for minimal lines and maximum distance and deliciousness! September 30th 12pm to 2pm Burger Daddy 149 Linden Ave Long Beach, CA 90802 Get a Taste of Japan with yakitori, ramen and other delicious street foods from the island nation from eateries including Tsujita Artisan Noodle (LA), Tanota Takoyaki (LA), and Drinking Buddy Japanese Artisan Snacks (Long Beach). The event is...

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BRUXIE Returns to its Roots as it Re-Opens in Old Towne Orange

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

What started out as a single 400-square-foot location nearly a decade ago in Southern California’s historic Old Towne Orange is now experiencing a rebirth as BRUXIE re-opens its original location on Tuesday, September 22nd. BRUXIE gained instant widespread recognition for presenting a creative and unique take on The Sandwich, going on to become one of the most successful and innovative fast casual dining concepts. The investor group behind returning BRUXIE to its roots is led by Gordon Miles, the Founder & Chairman of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurants. Gordon grew Bubba Gump into an operation with annual sales of over $200 million comprising 32 casual seafood restaurants (including 10 in six countries outside the US) before successfully selling the business to Landry’s Restaurants in 2010. BRUXIE’S UNIQUE APPEAL BRUXIE’s unique appeal hinges on using a light, crispy version of...

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How to Keep Your Furniture Safe from the Kids (and Vice-Versa)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in Parenting | 0 comments

Children are a joy and lots of fun, there energy and exuberance contagious. Children are also generally rambunctious and really bad at not breaking things, and it’s not always there fault. Youth means less developed motor functions, and that means clumsiness. This tends to become apparent in the teen years when puberty starts causing kids to drop stuff randomly. It can also mean a hard time keeping the furniture in good shape. This question probably brings to mind grandma’s squeaky sofa covered in a plastic force field. While effective for the prevention of stains, it’s not very comfortable. This solution’s other major drawback is it doesn’t work for wood furniture. Wooden furniture requires special care to avoid stains, dents, and scratches, and making sure it’s safe from the kids is only one concern. Wood can be heavy after all,...

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TCL Presents Golf4Hope

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and TCL is challenging ourselves and our friends to make a difference in the lives of those affected. TCL is sponsoring Golf4Hope, charity golf tournament, to raise money and awareness for a group of families that really needs assistance through the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), an organization with a simple mission to help underprivileged children and their families manage the journey of care that comes with a diagnosis of Cancer. As a longtime supporter of ENF, TCL is pleased to announce our 1st annual Golf4Hope Tournament on October 23, 2020 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, CA. The Tiki/Hawaiian theme event will include golf, lunch, raffle prizes, a silent auction and banquet with proceeds supporting the foundation’s flagship program “Ride With Emilio” which provides free transportation to underserved families who have children...

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Rubio’s Giving Free Chips & Guac on National Guacamole Day

Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

On Wednesday, September 16, Rubio’s is celebrating National Guacamole Day by giving out free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Tortilla chips are also prepared fresh daily with a light sprinkling of all-natural sea salt. Simply enter coupon code MKTG958 for online orders placed at rubios.com or in the Rubio’s app, or present the coupon: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-guacamole-day at any of Rubio’s participating locations. (Guests may only use one coupon per transaction on this day, for either free guac and chips or for Rubio’s Back to School special for a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entrée every Wednesday in September: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/free-kids-meal-purchase-adult-entree.) Rubio’s and COVID-19 Operations at Rubio’s have shifted greatly due to COVID-19. While food safety and cleanliness...

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Patty’s Cakes & Desserts Celebrates 35 Years

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Patty’s Cakes & Desserts celebrates 35 years in business and ten years at its storefront in Fullerton, California. In addition to its regular menu of fresh-baked offerings, the award-winning bakery debuts a full lineup of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes available daily. They recently introduced new flavors like Very Berry Strawberry, Snickerdoodle, Blueberry Pancake, S’mores, and Chocolate Caramel Salty. With nearly 100 flavors of iced-to-order cupcakes available daily, Patty’s Cakes & Desserts offers one of the largest and most comprehensive cupcake menus in the country. In 1985, Patty Gomez started her business as a single mother from her home kitchen. Her passion for baking and cake artistry began as a home-spun hobby and has since grown into one of Orange County’s most established and respected bakeries. Her expertise has earned her bakery national recognition as a nine-time recipient for both...

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How This app Can Protect Your Child from Cyberbullying?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2020 in Education, Family, Tech | 0 comments

We do not have to tell you this, but you probably already know that smartphones and other digital devices are now an integral component of our daily lives. This is particularly true for your child. Someone growing up in an environment where digital technologies are pervasive will consider them to be a normal part of life. However, if you follow the news, you also know that the internet and similar technologies have a dark side as well. For example, parents frequently cite inappropriate content and loss of privacy as the leading dangers but cyberbullying is another serious threat that is overlooked. In this article, we are going to explore this facet and evaluate how a parental monitoring app such as XNSPY can help you deal with the matter. The threat of cyberbullying You probably experienced or saw someone being...

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How to Keep Your Family Cool When the Heat Wave Comes to Your Neighborhood

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Events, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

As years get hotter and hotter, it becomes more and more important to keep your whole family cool and safe. Babies, small kids, and teens are all sensitive to hot weather. It takes a toll on everyone. Hot weather is also troublesome for elders, as many of them can experience heat strokes and dehydration. Even those who love the sun know that the heat often rises a bit too much — particularly if you work or reside in places that don’t have air-conditioning. Fortunately, in this post, we’ll share some of the best ways to keep your whole family cool and safe from heatwaves. Fan the Fans Although a bit retro, box and ceiling fans are the absolute tools for keeping your house and family cool if your home doesn’t have air-conditioning. If you place a box fan near...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Diaper Donations

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

OC Rescue Mission has recently announced an urgent need for size 5 and 6 diapers, 3T-5T boys and girls pull-up pants, and baby wipes for its large number of toddlers and young children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility for homelessness in Orange County. The organization is seeking help from the local community to provide a combined total of more than 21,000 diapers, pull-up pants and wipes, which will provide a month’s worth of supplies lasting through September. Donations have fallen significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. “The pandemic has been extremely difficult on our community, and donations are more critical now than ever before,” says Palmer. “While diapers are a continuous need at the Rescue Mission, we are currently experiencing an alarming...

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Locca Churros & Tea Introduces DIY Boba Kits

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

South County’s favorite boba shop, Locca Churros & Tea, has good news for boba tea lovers, as they have launched a DIY Premium Boba Kit. The family-friendly activity provides a box with the boba and a variety of tea to make as many as 16 drinks. Available in-store at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo or on Locca’s website for $35 per kit, the “Daily Joy” Boba Kit contains Organic Earl Grey, Organic Matcha, Premium Jasmine Tea, a package of boba/tapioca pearls, and eight boba straws. The “Classic” Kit contains organic black tea, organic earl grey lavender tea, and premium jasmine tea. These three tea variants contain caffeine. Boba lovers can make their own milk tea by brewing one of the teas in the DIY kit, then adding milk, whether it is oat milk, lactose-free milk, almond milk, or regular milk....

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Raw Bar by Slapfish Offers $1 Oysters on National Oyster Day

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Seafood lovers have something to celebrate on National Oyster Day when Raw Bar by Slapfish offers $1 oysters on Wednesday, August 5, from 12 to 9pm. Guests who purchase one dozen of the sexy bivalve mollusks will also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to enjoy on their spacious outdoor patio. Raw Bar will serve a variety of east coast and west coast oysters on the half shell with shallot vinegar, grated horseradish, and cocktail sauce. Widely known as an aphrodisiac, oysters are also high in protein, zinc and B12. The Surf City restaurant also recently launched a summer special of fresh Maine lobster and unveiled a new cocktail menu. The 1.25 lb. whole poached Maine lobster is available chilled and stuffed with more lobster and served with a split top butter roll or served hot with Raw Bar’s...

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Give Back with Miracles for Kids: A Slice of Summer Online Auction!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Looking for a unique way to help your community during these tough times? Miracles for Kids’ A Slice of Summer Online Auction gives you the chance to do just that! Featuring 10 summer-themed items ranging from a round of golf on luxury greens to a private in-home dinner for you and your guests, the Irvine-based nonprofit is turning fun summer activities into a new opportunity to provide support to families with critically-ill children. We guarantee there is an auction item for everyone whether you prefer staying indoors or socially distancing outside. Shop all auction items here online. In addition to receiving unique items and experiences, participants will feel empowered knowing that their contribution will help Miracles for Kids continue to provide necessary resources to critically-ill children and families who need it most. Bids for the A Slice of Summer...

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The OC Rescue Mission: Donation Needs for Christmas in July

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the more than 260 men, women and children currently residing at its various campuses and the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. “Christmas in July,” which is an annual event, will be held on Friday, July 24 and will consist of a celebration that aims to bring the hope of the holidays to resident families living at the Rescue Mission. The Christmas in July event will feature winter-themed games, crafts and other fun activities. In addition to these activities, residents will be provided meals by the Tustin District Chick-fil-A. Donations Needed Diapers (toddler sizes 4, 5, 6, 7) Baby food and formula Canned protein (tuna, chicken, ham, sausage) Canned beans (kidney, pinto) Canned spaghetti sauce and soup Disinfectant spray and wipes...

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Everything at Your Fingertips: 10 Must-Have Items No Bathroom Cabinet Should Be Without

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

Regardless of the number of people living in the home or the size of the bathroom, certain items must appear in the bathroom cabinet. Having these items on hand guarantees they remain easily accessible when a family member becomes ill or when an emergency arises. A well-stocked cabinet ensures last-minutes runs to the pharmacy become a thing of the past. What ten items need to appear in every bathroom cabinet? Band-Aids Cuts and scrapes happen. No matter how much a person tries to avoid accidents, it’s impossible to sidestep them completely. Having bandages on hand allows you to treat these injuries promptly. Always keep a variety of sizes in your 36 inch bathroom vanity for this reason. When an injury is covered, it tends to heal more rapidly while protecting the injured skin from friction, dirt, damage, and bacteria,...

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Celebrate LIT Cafe’s 1-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

LIT Cafe is turning one! Though the restaurant’s official anniversary is on July 1, Anaheim’s favorite modern dining destination will be celebrating for the entire month of July with a special (and tasty!) $1 menu. See below for the full list of food, drink, and pastry offerings that you and your loved ones won’t want to miss! Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 “Heath Bar” cookies with chocolate + cornflakes Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 handcrafted grapefruit-citrus soda available with purchase of any entrée. Tuesday, July 7/14 through Friday, 7/31: 2 for $1 Chouquettes with pearl sugar For more information on LIT, please visit: http://www.litcafeoc.com or follow the restaurant on Instagram @litcafeoc. DATE Tuesday, July 7 – Friday, July 31 TIME Tuesday through Wednesday: 10am – 1pm Thursday through Saturday: 10am – 2pm LOCATION LIT Café 1071 North...

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OC Together: Do Your Part and Wear a Mask

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Events, Health, Hoag Health | 0 comments

Hoag Partnership While there has been a lot of controversy in our community surrounding wearing or not wearing a mask, Hoag Health is asking our community to come together this 4th of July weekend and all wear a mask. This weekend, if we all wear our masks, we can help keep our family, friends and community safe from #COVID19 and other contagious diseases. Hoag Hospital is well-equipped to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those with other conditions, said Senior Vice President and Chief Hospital Operations Officer Marcy Brown. While they are well equipped to help our community during this pandemic, they need our help in preventing the spread of the disease so that there is less impact on the nurses, doctors and hospital staff. According to the CDC, cloth face masks are recommended as a simple barrier...

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Celebrate Toast Kitchen + Bakery’s 2-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Toast Kitchen + Bakery is turning two! Though their official anniversary is on July 24, Costa Mesa’s favorite modern diner will be celebrating throughout the entire month of July. Join Chef John Park as he and his team celebrate two years and enjoy weekly specials on Toast’s most popular menu items including craft cocktails, entrees, wine and dessert. See below for the full list of offerings! Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5: 2-for-1 craft cocktails during Happy Hour (Between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Tuesday, July 7 to Sunday, July 12: Bottles of wine for $20.00 (All day) Tuesday, July 14 to Sunday, July 19: Cookies for $2.00 (All day) Tuesday, July 21 to Sunday, July 26: Pints of ice cream (Boba ice cream included) for $7.24 (All day) Tuesday, July 28 to Friday, July 31: 2 entrees...

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Never Forget to Do These 3 Things If You’re Left to Your Own Devices While Aging

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

As we age, we need to consider how and where we will live, who will take care of us if we are no longer able to do it on our own, and our finances. For those of us with a partner or family, the process may seem cut and dry. We may designate our partner or family members as caretakers, medical proxies, and beneficiaries of our estate. However, more of us are aging alone or remaining single in our golden years. Many aging singles may be wondering how to go about planning for those golden years. While some of the details of end-of-life planning can be more obscure for singles, the overall framework is similar to those who have partners or families. Here are some important steps you don’t want to neglect if you’re aging alone. Establish a Support...

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Alegría Fresh Produce is Now Available to the Community

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Alegría Fresh is offering an important avenue of support by providing its regenerative organic locally grown produce to the community again. Today more than ever, most people need to strengthen their immune systems, feel better and have more energy. The FarmBoxx includes 23+ heart, gut and brain healthy greens, herbs, veggies and edible flowers, delivered same-day within hours of harvest. At a time when people need a healthy boost, the quality, freshness and diversity in the FarmBoxx delivers it. In partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Bank of America, Alegría Fresh designed, built and manages the SoxxBoxx Farm, a regenerative organic food production engine located on the Food Bank parking lot in Irvine. Customers may place orders on Second Harvest Food Bank’s website by Thursday at noon for Friday delivery. Each FarmBoxx is $30...

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Outdoor Patio Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 in Dining, Events, Featured | 4 comments

With the reopening of restaurants taking place across Orange County, we have discovered the best places to enjoy outdoor patio dining in Orange County. Las Brisas Perched above the scenic Laguna Beach coastline, Las Brisas is a classic Southern California restaurant that delivers stunning ocean views with a sea-to-table menu infused with traditional Mexican flavors. Upon reopening earlier this month, the restaurant debuted a brand new outdoor “Margarita Garden,” complete with ocean views, astroturf, and socially distant tables to enjoy bites and sips. In addition, the restaurant features an abundance of space, including a bar lounge area, several dining room areas, and a scaping patio, all with ocean views. SOL Mexican Cocina Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, SOL’s kitchens feature a unique spin on fresh, healthy, coastal Mexican food, lovingly made from scratch. Open for lunch,...

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Flower Duet’s Online Living Art Camp

Posted by on Jun 20, 2020 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

For the summer of 2020, Flower Duet wants kids (and their parents) to learn how to make fabulous floral designs, botanical crafts and gain a few entrepreneurship skills, too! Flower Duet’s online Living Art Camp weeks will enable anyone to fill the void many summer camps left behind after being cancelled due to social-distancing guidelines. To align with many parents’ desire to keep kids occupied over the summer with activities that are fun and educational, Flower Duet designed 12 weeks of “Living Art Camp” themes ranging from American Flowers Week to coincide with SlowFlowers.com annual celebration of American flower farmers, to Wizard Week for fans of Harry Potter. Flower Duet will be showcasing STEAM topics in every weekly camp theme. STEAM & Floral Design Flower Duet’s Digital Summer Camp Activities for 2020 includes the themes of Classic Art, Garden...

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Floating into Summer in Style

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Summer is finally here. The pools are finally open. The beaches are finally open. That means it is time to float into summer on stylish SwimWays Spring Floats. Living in Southern California, we spend almost every summer day at the beach or the pool. Because we spend so much time in the water, we are always looking for the best products to bring with us to get the most out of our sunny summer day experience. SwimWays Spring Floats have been one of our must-have summer accessories for years. I always keep an Original Spring Float in the trunk of my car for the unplanned stops at the pool or beach. What I love...

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When the Sea Wind Blows: 10 Evergreen Summer Fashion Tips

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Warm weather signals the season for comfortable, breezy clothes. It may also be the time of year when you look forward to buying dresses, shoes, hats, and jeans for planned events like a vacation or wedding. The temptation is to choose on-trend things that make you feel chic or simply pick out clothes that you will wear only once. Real fashionistas avoid those kinds of mistakes. They follow a few standard rules that ensure they are well-dressed but don’t end with a closet full of pieces they’ll never wear again. The primary key is to find your look, invest in timeless, multi-purpose pieces, and make sure everything fits perfectly. Create a Capsule Wardrobe In the 1970s, wardrobe consultant Susie Faux dreamed up the idea of the “capsule wardrobe” after becoming frustrated with decision fatigue. She suggested that, rather than...

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Latest Eyewear Trends: 2020 Most Popular Frame Styles

Posted by on Jun 15, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

For so long people looked at glasses as a necessary evil, with their bulky frames and thick lenses that hide some of our best facial features. Now, we turn to glasses for big, bold fashion statements, or sometimes subtle colors and nuances that complement our face. There are sunglasses, reading glasses, everyday glasses, trendy aviator glasses, and blue light glasses to protect your eyes from the constant plaguing of a screen all day. Whatever the reason there are constantly new styles, colors, and shapes for every season and every reason. Look no further for the latest eyewear trends in 2020. Nerdy Chic Looking to add some attitude without an overstatement? Jazz up your features and match whatever you are wearing with chic clear frames. These new frames look great on any skin tone, eye color, or face shape! For...

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Selanne Steak Tavern Father’s Day Brunch

Posted by on Jun 12, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Selanne Steak Tavern celebrates Father’s Day with its first dine-in brunch for 2020 on Sunday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dads can enjoy sweet and savory dishes such as Chicken and Waffles with bourbon maple syrup; Selanne’s Benedict with Nueske’s ham; “Kevin’s” Bananas Foster French Toast with whipped mascarpone; Teemu’s “Brunch” Burger with wagyu beef, house sausage and Kurobuta pork belly; and Steak Bacon and Eggs with crispy pork belly. Other brunch favorites include: shrimp and king crab cocktail, hash browns au gratin, bacon and eggs poutine and a shareable gooey sticky bun. A kids’ menu is also offered. In addition, creative cocktails, bubbles and fine wines will be offered including The Breakfast of Champions Bloody Mary, mimosas and 11 sommelier-selected sparkling wines by the glass. Selanne Steak Tavern 1464 South Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA...

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Master Chef Susumu Ii opens Sushi Ii in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jun 11, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

In mid-February, Sushi Ii quietly opened its doors in Newport Beach. Located on the second story of Mariner’s Pointe, Master Chef Susumu Ii presents a Japanese dining experience steeped in tradition, craftsmanship, and time-honored technique with his eponymous Sushi Ii. Now that Orange County restaurants can resume dine-in service, Sushi Ii has reopened its doors. The restaurant is one of Orange County’s newest eateries, but Sushi Ii is the culmination of decades that Chef Ii has spent meticulously dedicating to mastering the traditional art of sushi. Distinguishing Sushi Ii from other authentic sushi restaurants is Chef Ii’s spirit of shokunin – the relentless dedication and pursuit of perfection in one’s craft. Rooted in centuries of tradition, the menu at Sushi Ii pays homage to the fading art of Kansai-style pressed sushi, with omakase and a la carte options reflecting...

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Stay Cute at Home With Comfortable T-shirts

Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Fashion | 0 comments

While we are all still at home during the stay-at-home order, stay comfortable while looking cute in one of these comfortable t-shirts. In A World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind’ Print Crew Neck T-Shirt $6.99 Looking for that ‘jeans and a nice top’ vibe? We’re obsessed with our Black ‘In A World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind. Featuring a ‘In A World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind’ slogan print with a crew neck in a loose fitting style, you’ll be all about this top, girl. Keep it looking cute for those daytime vibes and team with a leather jacket thrown on top, ripped jeans and fresh trainers for the ultimate look. California Graphic Print T-Shirt $9.99 Not heading anywhere anytime soon? Get those holiday vibes in our Blue ‘California’ Graphic Print T-Shirt. Featuring...

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Father’s Day Guide to the Best Gifts

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

Show Dad how much he means to you by giving him one of these special gifts or a yummy jerky gift baskets! CLIPOFF Tie Stay Nothing says “Happy Father’s Day” like a picture perfect tie ensemble! CLIPOFF provides the flawless finishing touch to any suit and tie ensemble. Using a magnetic fastener, it’s a simple and functional way to prevent repositioning. Becoming a welcome addition to the bars, clips, tacks and chains that are better known for tie security, this Tie Stay remains invisible eliminating any distraction from your look. Price: $12.00 Wild Willies’ Hemp Beard Elixir with Fresh Squeeze Scent For the dad with the great beard, Wild Willie’s Hemp Beard Elixir is the perfect gift! With essential fatty acids and the ideal balance of omega 3 and 6, Hemp seed oil is the perfect ingredient for locking...

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Melissa’s Selected as the Official Produce Parter of the Las Vegas Raiders

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Events, Hot Topics, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Melissa’s/World Variety Produce Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership as the Official Produce Supplier of Allegiant Stadium and proud partner of the Las Vegas Raiders, effective May 2020. Melissa’s has been at the intersection of food and sports for two decades and has been reimagining the culinary experience in America for almost 40 years. By leveraging a strategic sourcing platform built upon global access and local growing, Melissa’s provides its customers with the finest produce throughout the seasons and offers over 1,500 products at any given time. The company’s products and services are sought out by a wide range of culinary professionals, from Michelin-starred chefs to foodies and home chefs alike, seeking the very best in quality and flavor. Melissa’s is perfectly suited to offer its elevated culinary experience to fans at the new Allegiant Stadium. With...

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Best Summer Toys for Kids

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Family, Toys | 0 comments

Were you a big summer camp kid? They say summer camps can teach important life skills such as patience, how to treat a sunburn, and creative ways to get along well with others. The sickness (COVID-19) is cancelling 2020 summer camp programs left and right! Parents are scrambling and wondering how on Earth they’ll keep their kids entertained… for three whole months. What may sound like an impending nightmare can actually be an opportunity for fun, family bonding! Let’s bring what kids love about summer camp (games, action, laughter) to the backyard with a Goliath Sports obstacle course starring the Crush it Bat and Zoom Ball Hydro! First things first, set up a bucket or chair at a favorable distance and place something on top as a target. This item is going to be wrecked by the Crush it...

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Glasspar in Dana Point is Ready to Safely Reopen

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Glasspar in Dana Point is ready to safely reopen. Chef-owner Rob Wilson and his team have gone through California’s 12-page document and 90-point guideline for resuming dine-in service. Since the guidelines were released last week, Glasspar has retrofitted their restaurant and made adjustments to service to meet and exceed the State’s proposed guidelines by removing tables, installing sanitizing stations, and providing the staff with RealShield™ PPE. While many of the State’s Individual Control Measures and Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols were already part of Glasspar’s standard operating procedure, Wilson has implemented the following additional safety measures: For Guests – Installed hands-free door openers to restroom doors – Added 6 additional EcoLab sanitizing stations available to guests throughout the restaurant – An overnight cleaning crew will disinfect the restaurant with a COVID-19-sanitizing fog, twice a week – All surfaces will be...

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Let’s Celebrate! Memorial Day Dining in Orange County

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Dining, Family, Featured | 0 comments

Let’s celebrate Memorial Day this year by enjoying delicious eats from one of these top Orange County restaurants. The Ranch Restaurant 1025 E Ball Rd #101A Anaheim, CA 92805 BBQ PACKAGE, $50 Preorder by Thursday 5/21 for pick-up Saturday 5/23 and Sunday 5/24. Family-style ready-to-eat package serves 2-4 people. Includes instructions to reheat. HALF RACK OF BABY BACK RIBS 4 BBQ CHICKEN THIGHS 4 JALAPEÑO-CHEDDAR SAUSAGES SIDES SMOKED BAKED BEANS CREAMY COLE SLAW MAC N’ CHEESE CAN’T MISS ADD-ONS 1 POUND ‘SANTA MARIA-STYLE’ BBQ TRI-TIP, served with Tortillas, Salsa & Beans, $29 1 POUND PULLED PORK, served with House-Made BBQ Sauce & 8 each Portuguese Slider Buns, $21 FULL RACK OF BABY BACK RIBS, $30 ‘COOK AT HOME’ BURGER PACK, $38 Serves 4 people. 4 RANCH STEAKBURGERS, includes 4 OC Baking Company Potato Buns, Butter Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, Sliced...

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The Last Kids on Earth Hottest Toys

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Toys | 0 comments

One of our kid’s favorite series to watch on Netflix is The Last Kids on Earth. Now, kids can expand on their favorite series by playing with one of these cool new toys. These toys make for the perfect end of school year gift for kids to enjoy playing with throughout the summer. The Last Kids On Earth Toys Jack Action Figure $9.99 The Last Kids on Earth 2. 5” Jack Sullivan and his iconic Slicer are ready to survive the Monster Apocalypse! Aim and shoot the disk launcher at zombies! Includes 1 Jack figure, 1 launcher, 1 disk, 2 zombies, 3 figure bases and 5 diorama pieces Complete your collection with June, Dirk, and Quint figures (each sold separately) Suggested for Ages 6+ The Last Kids On Earth Smashin’ Dozer Action Figure 6″ Scale Playset with Disk Launcher...

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The Winery Restaurant Features New COVID-19 Safe Dining Experience

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

In preparation to reopen its dining rooms safely once state mandates allow for it, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has begun to implement measures that follow safety guidelines given to restaurants in the region. The Winery Founding Partner JC Clow has partnered with Super Color Digital to create partitions between tables, at the bar top and surrounding the host stand, where guests check in before they are seated. The restaurant utilized the expertise at Super Color Digital to create a safer, yet continued elegant dining experience. Every CDC safety concern was considered during the design and installation of dining room partitions designed to deflect a large number of airborne particles that may be produced by breathing or an involuntary cough or sneeze. By creating a barrier between customer tables and seating areas, The Winery has the ability to...

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Give the Gift of Jada Jo Jewelry

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership Looking for a unique gift to give someone you love? One of our favorite brands makes the perfect gift, especially for the person who seems to have everything. Jada Jo Jewelry is beautiful, unique, and tells stories from around the world ~ creating jewelry that is unique pieces of art. The one thing that first caught my eye about Jada Jo was their unique bracelets. While I love wearing beautiful bracelets, it is rare to ever see me wearing a necklace. It wasn’t until I started exploring the Jada Jo website that I fell in love with so many of their necklaces, and decided it was time to explore adding necklaces to my fashion accessories. I ordered the Sahara Druzy Necklace featuring a beautiful piece of agate. The necklace represents the deep colors of the Sahara desert. It...

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Quicker Than Quick: 30 Minute or Less Cookbook

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

From beloved Los Angeles-based cooking instructor and author of KITCHEN MATTERS, Pamela Salzman, comes PAMELA SALZMAN’S QUICKER THAN QUICK: 140 Crave-Worthy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Foods in 30 Minutes or Less- a cookbook complete with quick, delicious meals and kitchen hacks that make home cooking a breeze. Life, whether one works outside the home or not, is really, really busy. In a perfect world, we would write out our meal plans for the week, shop accordingly, and cook nutritious meals every day with ease. But some days, the orthodontist visit runs late, or there’s more traffic than usual, or the chicken was never defrosted. And some days, we just don’t have the energy to cook for an hour even if we have the time. Enter QUICKER THAN QUICK, the book you will reach for time and again when you...

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The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season Two Giveaway

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 2 comments

Lincoln and his sisters are back in The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 DVD, where lessons are learned, friends are made, and everyone is making moves. Arriving May 19, 2020, these 13 episodes are packed with favorite characters, new adventures, lots of laughter and more. The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $13.99. The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 episodes DISC ONE Out of the Picture / Room with a Feud Back out There / Spell It Out Fool’s Paradise / Job Insecurity ARGGH! You for Real? / Garage Banned Change of Heart / Health Kicked Future Tense / Lynner Takes All Yes Man / Friend or Faux? DISC TWO...

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Kid-Friendly Mother’s Day Recipe for Brunch During Quarantine

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Catalina Island, Family, Recipes, Travel | 0 comments

Honoring that special person in your life this Mother’s Day might look a bit different in 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, there are ways to be creative with gifts made with love at home. Roberto Hernandez, Executive Chef for Catalina Island Company including its Avalon Grille and Descanso Beach Club locations, is sharing his delectable French Toast with Bananas and Nutella recipe especially for Mother’s Day at home this year. It’s easy enough for the kids to cook themselves (with a little help here and there, depending on their ages) and sure to be a “mom-pleaser.” The French Toast with Bananas and Nutella recipe is part of an ongoing Catalina At Home series of delicious, easy-to-make recipes developed by Chef Roberto exclusively for those who want to bring a taste of Catalina Island to their...

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Shop, Stay, Eat and Play in Costa Mesa

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Featured, Giveaways, Travel | 16 comments

While this is a very uncertain time, the future ahead is bright and sunny, especially in our favorite Orange County city – Costa Mesa. As our family eases back into traveling, we plan to start by staying close to home with mini staycations, and Costa Mesa plans to be one of our first destinations. Why Costa Mesa? The city is rich with culture, arts, shopping, and of course…cuisine. While most places are not quite open for business, soon they will be, and now is the best time to start planning your upcoming family getaway in Costa Mesa. Best Places to Stay in Costa Mesa Avenue of the Arts, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel Unparalleled comfort and a scenic lakeside setting facing Segerstrom Center for the Arts are found in this AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel. BLVD Hotel BLVD hotel is just...

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Best Gifts for Mom

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Family, Mother's Day, Shopping | 0 comments

Want to get your mom something that will make her feel special? Wondering what to get? We have found some of the best gift ideas to get your mom for her birthday, mother’s day or just to tell her that you’re thinking about her. nyl Skincare nyl® skincare focuses as much on what is not in our products as what is, and we’ve found ways to leave the bad stuff out, leaving only the natural active ingredients in. nyl products are free of man-made chemicals, toxins, parabens, animal products and petroleum products. Everything we make is vegan (we don’t use beeswax), never tested on animals, gluten-free, and contains organic ingredients. Price: $18.00 – $150.00 Sunshine & Glitter Bring out the shimmer & shine! Sunshine & Glitter is your go-to SPF line for a summer glow. Check out their new...

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Homebodies: What To Wear At Home

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Beauty, Fashion | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect outfits to wear at home? We have found the top fashion finds to help you with staying comfortable, active and present during the stay-at-home order. Grey Crop Loungewear Set $18.99 Lounge in style in our Grey Crop Jumper Loungewear Set featuring cropped hoodie and long legged pants. Style with some cool, chunky trainers and you’re good to go! Pink Off Shoulder Loungewear Set $18.99 Get yourself relax ready in this Blake Pink Off Shoulder Loungewear Set. With a perfect matching co-ord to chill in you can be sure that although you’re relaxed to the max no style points are sacrificed if duty calls. You can guarantee that this hot new loungewear set, including soft cuffed joggers with a drawstring waist and a cropped matching off the shoulder top, will have you chilled to the extreme....

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Beef Tenderloin with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo Sauce in Five Steps

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

In time for Cinco de Mayo, Executive Chef of Mundo Cuervo Eduardo Marín takes inspiration from Jose Cuervo’s newly launched Tradicional Añejo for a culinary creation: Beef Tenderloin with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo Sauce in Five Steps. One of the hallmarks of the Relais & Chateux culinary program at Solar de las Animas is the creation of recipes using local ingredients, rich in history and tradition. For this “chef at home” series, Chef Marín has paired an all-time Jalisco favorite – Beef Tenderloin – and blended in a delicious secret ingredient: Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo. Jose Cuervo’s Tradicional Añejo’s distillation process follows Cuervo’s original recipe, before aging for at least 12 months in new American oak barrels and then finished in Irish single malt whiskey barrels. The primary notes are cooked agave, toasted nuts and vanilla, with secondary notes...

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Stuck at home? Help UCI Researchers Cure Diseases

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Family, Health | 0 comments

During this time of uncertainty, communities, businesses and families are being impacted like never before. People are also coming together to help others in unprecedented ways. And while we all are spending more and more time at home, many of us are looking for ways to strengthen our communities while maintaining the current health and safety recommendations from the CDC. I’d like to invite you and your families to make a real difference without leaving your home or opening your wallet. I’m an OC Mom and researcher at UCI MIND. We are seeking volunteers to sign up for our “Consent-to-Contact” (C2C) Registry, a recruitment registry that helps match adults in Orange County with research studies at UCI. Signing up for this registry can have an even bigger impact than making a financial donation. Potentially life-saving research is often stalled...

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Perfect At-Home Manicure and Pedicure

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Beauty | 0 comments

Just in time for our week of sunshine! Finding Calm in the Chaos from The Whole Purpose is back to share with us steps for the perfect at-home manicure/pedicure until we can indulge with a visit to the salon again. Since we have been sheltering at home and several “self-maintenance” items have fallen to the wayside, we all could use a little care. The Whole Purpose called their expert team at Pretty Women NYC to get professional help on achieving a salon like mani and pedi at home. Check out their tips on home manicures and pedicures and enjoy the fruits of your labor by buffing up those nails. You’ll feel better and it just might give you some extra pep in your step. Steps for the perfect at-home manicure/pedicure Clean and buff nails To get a good at-home...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County Online Fundraiser

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Girls Inc. of Orange County (GIOC) girls are at risk and need your help! Luckily, the organization’s first ever online fundraiser gives YOU the chance to do your part and donate so that the organization may continue providing online learning resources to combat the significant loss of learning during this time in addition to helping girls make heathy decisions while assuring them that they are not alone. The online fundraiser will begin on Monday, May 4, running all week long through Monday, May 11. Because of COVID-19 and with schools and community centers closed for the remainder of the school year, these girls are at risk of falling behind in addition to many now having to take on more responsibilities at home.  Most of the girls that Girls Inc. of Orange County supports live in poverty, with 80% living...

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Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games Giveaway

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 4 comments

The Bubble Guppies are swimming back onto DVD for a fin-tastic collection in Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! Arriving on DVD May 12, 2020, preschoolers can dive into lots of fun and games with their favorite Guppies. Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $10.99. Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! episodes The Summer Camp Games! The Super Ballet Bowl! The Elephant Trunk-A-Dunk! Puddleball! The Glitter Games! Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! synopsis Get ready to dive into five swim-sational episodes packed with fun-filled sports and games as the Bubble Guppies take part in the Summer Camp Games, the Super Ballet Bowl, the royally awesome Glitter Games, and more! Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! fast facts Street Date: May...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with SOHO TACO

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Cinco de Mayo is in just a few days, but why not celebrate it every day! Treat your family to a special (and delicious) dinner from our favorite taco spot – SOHO TACO this Cinco de Mayo. They are currently offering 99¢ happy hour tacos from 12-1 pm, family meals, and a limited-time Cinco de May package. Place your order online today. Exquisite Tacos Enjoy some of their finest tacos served on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla. 99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P TACO: Carne Asada ($3.79) – Grilled Certified Angus Beef® onions, cilantro & guacamole escabeche on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla (99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P) TACO: Pollo Asado ($3.79) – Grilled top quality chicken, onions, cilantro & guacamole escabeche on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla (99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P) TACO: Carnitas ($3.79) – Top quality slow braised pork, onions, cilantro & guacamole...

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Fable & Spirit, Dublin 4 Gastropub & Wineworks for Everyone Reopen for Takeout Service

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Get ready to raise your glass because three of our favorite O.C. restaurants are coming back! Beginning Tuesday, April 28th, Dublin 4 Gastropub and Wineworks for Everyone will reopen for takeout service, offering a menu of food, wine, beer and cocktails. Executive Chef David Shofner presents signature dishes for guests to enjoy at their home, while Sommelier Ali Coyle curates a list of wines offered at exceptional prices, and Director of Spirits Drew Coyle presents a selection of cocktails to go. Guests may order by phone by calling (949) 582-0026 or online at dublin4gastropub.com or wineworksforeveryone.com (current menu offerings listed on the website). Orders may be placed between Noon and 6 p.m., for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurants will be closed Monday. Contactless curbside pick-up can be requested when placing orders. Dublin...

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Puesto Reopens for Takeout & Delivery in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Orange County will be able to enjoy a contemporary and approachable take on authentic Mexican cuisine as Puesto at the Los Olivos Marketplace in Irvine reopens for takeout and delivery on Tuesday, April 28th. Sourcing its ingredients from in and around the state, Puesto has earned national acclaim for its Mexico City-style tacos made with non-GMO organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, crispy melted cheese and scratch salsas. Guests may order and pay via phone or online at eatpuesto.com for takeout (promo code EATPUESTO may be used for 15% off orders for pick-up). Curbside pick-up available upon request. In addition, delivery is available through DoorDash, Postmates and Grubhub (promo code not valid for 3rd party delivery services). In addition to a menu that includes its award-winning tacos, Puesto is offering a Family Taco Meal with choice of Chicken Rajas, Carnitas,...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County “Safer at Home” Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

As we continue to practice “Safer at Home” guidelines, it’s important for us to continue our relationship with girls throughout Orange County. At Girls Inc., they want girls to be reminded that we are still in their corner by writing messages of encouragement and inspiration during this critical time. We kindly ask that messages be addressed towards the following ages groups. • Lower Elementary: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade • Upper Elementary: 3rd through 5th Grade • Middle School: 6th through 8th Grade • High School: 9th through 11th Grade • High School: Graduating Seniors To support this effort, please email your messages to the Volunteer Services Department at [email protected] Inspire a Girl – Post a Video A great way to spread empowering messages is through social media. Join us as we engage in strong, smart, and bold activities that...

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Protect Your Tech with Urban Armor Gear

Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Partnership With stores being closed, it is more important than ever to protect your tech gear. With our kids needing technology to stay connected for school, and me working from home, I am protecting our family tech gear with Urban Armor Gear (UAG). When it came to looking for the best products to help keep our technology protected, it was important to me to find a product that is lightweight, but also sustainable. The one thing that I love the most about UAG is that its Outback series features 100% compostable bioplastic. Plus, it is packaged using zero plastic and 100% recyclable materials. I love how protected UAG keeps my phone during the quarantine. While out on a recent walk around the neighborhood, my phone dropped out of my hand but did not have any damage because of the...

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Give Mom the Gift of Sleep for Mother’s Day

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in Deals, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

For Mother’s Day, give the mom in your life the gift of sleep with a new mattress, bed frame or mattress topper from Zinus! Zinus, the Amazon fan favorite mattress and furniture company, expertly packs and ships high-quality items for your bedroom. The company features platform beds, mattresses, bed frames, sofas, and loveseats — in a single box directly to your door. Each high-value piece is well-made, stylish and can be assembled in under 20 minutes! Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Queen Mattress Price: Starting at $172 This one’s for the sweaty sleepers. Rest easy through the night on a cooling gel memory foam mattress and wake up feeling refreshed, less stressed, and ready for whatever the day may bring. Blackstone Elite Charcoal 3″ Memory Foam Mattress Topper Price: starting at $129.99 This memory...

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Mother’s Day Brunch To-Go in Orange County

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Selanne Steak Tavern celebrates Mother’s Day with its crave-worthy gourmet brunch fare available for curbside pick-up on Sunday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Moms can be treated to such sweet and savory dishes as Chicken and Waffles with bourbon maple syrup; “Kevin’s” Bananas Foster French Toast with whipped mascarpone; Monte Cristo with smoked prosciutto, Laura Chenel goat brie and blackberry jam; and Steak Bacon and Eggs with crispy pork belly. Other brunch favorites include: avocado toast with a fried egg, hash browns au gratin, bacon and eggs poutine and a shareable gooey sticky bun. A kids’ menu is also offered. In addition, a special family style Mother’s Day Brunch for Two is available with choice of two starters, two entrees and two sides. The Brunch for Two also includes one sticky bun and choice of Sofia...

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Friends: The Complete Series Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 31 comments

Looking for something fun to do with your teenagers during the COVID 19 quarantine? Friends: The Complete Series is now available for your family to purchase and enjoy watching together at home. The only way to get Friends: The Complete Series commercial free is on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD today! All individual seasons and compilation sets of Friends are available to purchase here: www.OwnFriendsTV.com. All seasons are also available to own at all major digital retailers; including iTunes, Amazon Prime, VUDU and Google. DVD and Blu-ray sets can be purchased from all major retailers – including Amazon, Walmart and Target. About Friends This is a show about love and sex and careers and a time in life when everything is possible… about the search for commitment and security… and the fear of commitment and security. Most of all, it’s...

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Support Small Businesses at The OC Baking Pop-up

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Those who want to support small businesses and get great artisan-made food to take home, are welcome to shop at the Artisan Pop-Up at OC Baking Company. This local chef-driven market is open every weekday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the bakery’s production center in Orange. Artisans and offerings vary daily. Food Offerings OC Baking Company delicious fresh-baked breads — www.ocbakingco.com ADYA heart-warming curries, including Chicken Tikka Masala and veggie curry options, take-and-bake samosas, heat-and-eat butter naan — www.adyaoc.com Break of Dawn wholesome stews, rice and more Crema Artisan Bakery fresh croissants, pastries, and quiche — www.cremacafe.com Sessions West Coast Deli killer sandwiches, fresh salads and sauces — www.sessionswcd.com Cali Dumpling Delivery delicious dumplings to make at home (Monday & Friday) — www.calidumplingdelivery.com BELLO by Sandro Nardone family-size Italian specialty dishes...

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Miss Mini Donuts Party

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Looking for new ways to keep the kids entertained? We sure are. One fun way that we spent time together this week was by having a fun donut decorating party using Miss Mini Donuts. If you aren’t familiar with the company, it is an OC Mom run business that offers fresh and tasty mini donuts. They are bite-size and delicious. While there are many custom flavors available, the decorate your own mini donuts kit is our favorite right now during the stay-at-home order. Decorate Your Own Mini Donut Kit The kit comes with 25 plain mini donuts, 4 toppings, frosting, and stir sticks. Kids can get as creative as they decorate their mini donuts using the fun and colorful toppings. If you’re able to capture a picture before your little ones pop them into their mouth, share using the...

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Resource Tools for Small Businesses During COVID 19

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Education, Events, Hot Topics | 0 comments

GoDaddy Partnership Do you have a small business? If you are a small business owner, then this uncertain time is impacting your life significantly. One of the hardest parts of living through this scary time is seeing so many entrepreneurs who I care about worry about keeping their dreams alive. Not only is there the stresses of trying to stay healthy, but also of keeping the doors open to their businesses (if possible at this time). I have been using GoDaddy to host my website domains since first starting my business, and they have always provided me with excellent tools to aid in helping my business to be successful. Recently, GoDaddy has launched an #OpenWeStand resource website to help give entrepreneurs resources, inspiration, and tools needed to help be successful during COVID-19. Resources On the resource part of the...

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Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 17 comments

Get ready for epic fun and super-sonic action when everyone’s favorite hedgehog races home in the blockbuster hit SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, debuting early for purchase on Digital now from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand or disc 
May 19th. The Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with sensational bonus features: See Sonic the Hedgehog’s next adventure around the world in a new animation; get more of Sonic in deleted scenes; laugh at the hilarious blooper reel; explore the origins of the legendary blue hedgehog; see Jim Carrey bring Dr. Robotnik to life; watch along with awesome commentary by director Jeff Fowler and the voice of Sonic, Ben Schwartz; and more! Plus, for a limited time, the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo packs...

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Pantry Essentials from Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Melissa’s Produce is our first choice when it comes to purchasing produce for our family. During this uncertain time, I have been getting a lot of our produce shipped from Melissa’s. They have also been offering boxes occasionally at the OC Baking pop-up in Orange, and now they are offering these amazing pantry essential boxes that can be shipped to your home with FREE SHIPPING!! Deluxe Pantry Box Melissa’s Deluxe Pantry Box includes our Steamed Lentils, Steamed Red Kidney Beans, Steamed Six Bean Medley, Peeled & Steamed Chickpeas, Steamed Artichoke Hearts, and Steamed Baby Beets, along with our Perfect Sweet Onions, Garlic, Cooked Quinoa, Dutch Yellow® Potatoes, Sun Dried Tomato Polenta and Italian Spice Grinder, along with our Dried Mushroom Medley and Cranberry Clean Snax®. Pantry Essentials Box Melissa’s Pantry Essentials Box includes 24oz Dutch Yellow® Potatoes, our Steamed...

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Epic Adventure for the Whole Family: Dolittle + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

He’s not just a people person! Universal Pictures Home Entertainment reignites a classic character, as Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Endgame, Sherlock Holmes) stars in DOLITTLE, available now! Own the movie all the animals are talking about and go an epic journey with a hilarious always cold bear, an anxious gorilla, a lovable giraffe, a ferocious tiger, and more! Fly behind-the-scenes with Robert Downey Jr. and the star-studded cast to explore the wild world of DOLITTLE. The adventurous tale is brought to life with an all-star cast that includes the voice talents of Academy® Award winner Emma Thompson (Last Christmas, Late Night), Academy® Award winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody, “Mr. Robot”), Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), John Cena (“WWE”), and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and more. The film is directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) and produced by Robert Downey...

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Five Healthy Simple Freezer Recipes

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the most important things that parents can do for their children to help keep them healthy is to provide a healthy and nutritious diet rich with high-quality fresh food. One of my favorite brands to serve to my children is from The Dole Food Company. Not only do they provide some of the best food available, but they also care about their customers. We all understand that this is a scary and very uncertain time. Parents need resources to help keep their children’s brains not only fueled by healthy food but also busy with healthy activities that The Dole Food Company is offering a rich at-home resource website. My favorite part of the website is simple and delicious recipes. I found five of my favorite simple freezer recipes that I highly recommend parents making at home...

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Gryphon Guardian Donating WiFi Routers to Low-income Families in Southern California

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Events, Family, Tech | 0 comments

Gryphon Online Safety, developer of all-in-one security and parental control devices, announced today its donation of 100 Gryphon Guardian WiFi routers to low-income families in Southern California who are in need of safe and secure Internet access during California’s ongoing stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With stay-at-home orders in place and the closure of all Los Angeles Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District schools, many parents are challenged to continue education at home. Additionally, many parents have shared concerns about being able to effectively monitor Internet activity of children and teens due to the increased screen time and their need to continue to work from home. In order to help alleviate these challenges, Gryphon will donate 100 of its Gryphon Guardian WiFi routers to local families, featuring powerful parental controls to ensure that children...

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The Crack Shack Costa Mesa Takeout

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In addition to sandwich to-go options, the Coop is also offering family meal packs and just added a salad option. If you call ahead with your order, a Crack Shack team member is able to meet you curbside, and the restaurant is also available on Postmates and other third party delivery apps. The Crack Shack Family Meals Small Flock Meal (feeds 4-5) – 5-piece bone-in Jidori fried chicken, 12 nuggets, large fry, classic slaw, 6 biscuits, and 2 cookies Big Flock Meal (feeds 5-6) – 10-piece bone-in Jidori fried chicken, 12 nuggets, large fry, classic slaw, 6 biscuits, and 2 cookies Svelte Flock Meal (feeds 4-5) – An extra large baja chop salad + four servings of your choice of Jidori chicken (fried thigh, fried breast, grilled breast) With food purchase, The Crack Shack also has some wonderful beverage...

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DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in Events, Recipes | 0 comments

For the first time ever, DoubleTree by Hilton is sharing the official bake-at-home recipe for the brand’s beloved and delicious chocolate chip cookie, so at-home bakers can create the warm and comforting treat in their own kitchens. The warm chocolate chip cookie welcome is synonymous with DoubleTree hotels worldwide, and travelers look forward to receiving one, fresh from the oven, upon their arrival. DoubleTree cookies have a passionate fan following and a long history. More than 30 million are consumed every year, and the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie even became the first food to be baked in orbit during experiments aboard the International Space Station. Copycat recipes have been shared online for years, but only now has Hilton released the official version to create at home. DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe Makes 26 cookies Ingredients 1Ž2 pound butter, softened (2...

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Like A Boss Movie Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 15 comments

One of our favorite movies is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand. In celebration of the recent release of the film “Like a Boss” we are thrilled to be offering a special giveaway. About Like A Boss Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne are knockdown hilarious” (Julian Roman, MovieWeb) in the “outrageously funny” (Dave Morales, KRIV FOX- Houston) comedy LIKE A BOSS, debuting on Digital April 7, 2020 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand April 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The Digital* and Blu-ray releases deliver even more laughs with deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes bonus content featuring interviews with the uproarious ensemble cast. Best friends, Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives, running their own cosmetics company until a villainous beauty mogul (Salma Hayek) conspires to steal it from under them....

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Ono Hawaiian BBQ Bogo Deal

Posted by on Apr 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

For a limited time, the Hawaiian restaurant will offer Buy One Get One Free on Hawaiian BBQ Chicken or Chicken Katsu Lunch Plates on All Pick-Up or Drive Thru Orders Ono Hawaiian BBQ is offering BOGO Hawaiian BBQ Chicken or Chicken Katsu Plates for a limited time. From March 30th to April 13th, 2020 Ono Hawaiian BBQ is offering this special at all locations to help encourage local consumers to choose Ono Hawaiian for their next take-away meal during these difficult times. The promotion will be available for Pick-Up and Drive Thru only. When Now until April 13, 2020 Details No coupon necessary. No substitution allowed. Limit 1 promo plate per transaction per customer. Not valid with other promotions or discounts. Where All Ono Hawaiian BBQ Locations. The Gateway Anaheim Resort 131 E. Katella Avenue, Suite 30 Anaheim CA...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Face Masks

Posted by on Apr 7, 2020 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

During the COVID-19 pandemic, while many businesses and organizations are temporarily closed, Orange County Rescue Mission’s campuses remain 100% operational to serve those under their care. The Rescue Mission has identified an urgent need for face masks to support the men, women and children currently residing at Village of Hope. The Rescue Mission has set a goal of collecting 250 face masks by Friday, April 10. These masks can be assembled in about 15 minutes with items that you likely already have at home. All You Need Is… Basics Thread and sewing machine Scissors Small clips of any kind Mask One (1) 8×14 inch piece of cotton fabric (consider tightly-woven cotton fabric – pattern and color of your choice!) Two (2) 1.5×34 inch fabric strips No fabric at home? There is plenty available at your local Walmart and JOANN...

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Feed The Family on a Budget with Curry Up Now’s NEW Family Meals

Posted by on Apr 7, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Curry Up Now, Irvine’s newest Indian eatery, has just launched three NEW Family Meals that make feeding the entire family simple, cost-effective, and crowd pleasing – all necessities for keeping the household happy and healthy during quarantine! BURRITO PACK FAMILY MEAL FOR 4 Your favorite burritos to feed the family. Four burrito halves, four samosas, housemade chips, kids mac n cheese, cookies. Feeds 4. Add more for 6 or 8 people. KAROL BAGH KITTY PARTY FAMILY MEAL A family-style meal for 4, 6 or 8 Chicken Tikka Masala or Paneer Tikka Masala (Vegetarian) Saag Paneer (Vegetarian) Daal Lentils (Vegan) Turmeric Rice (Vegan) Naan Kulcha (Vegetarian) Samosas (Vegan) Cilantro and Tamarind Chutney (Vegan) Pico Kachumber (Vegan) Mac n Cheese (Vegetarian) Bourbon Indian Chocolate Cookies THE AMERICAN PUNJABI FAMILY MEAL A family-style meal for 4, 6 or 8 people which includes:...

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Easter Takeout Options at Orange County Restaurants

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Instead of cooking Easter dinner this year, celebrate with your family at home by enjoying a delicious meal from one of these Orange County restaurants offering Easter takeout options. Orders must be made in advance. Flemings Newport Beach (Fashion Island) 455 Newport Center Drive (949) 720-9633 ​ Entrée – Choice of 1, served family-style 8oz PETITE FILET MIGNON* | for four, $150 | for six, $220 11oz MAIN FILET MIGNON* | for four, $190 | for six, $260 CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF RIBEYE* | for four, $190 | for six, $260 20oz BONE IN RIBEYE* | for four, $260 | for six, $380 SEASONAL FEATURED LOBSTER TAILS | for four, $270 | for six $390 MISO GLAZED CHILEAN SEA BASS* | for four, $175 | for six, $250 DOUBLE BREAST OF CHICKEN | for four, $110 | for six, $160...

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Sewing Machines & Supplies to Help Make Face Masks

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Are you a quilter, seamstress, tailor, or other sewing professional – or perhaps, you just love to sew? If so, and if you’re looking for an opportunity to give back during this time, you’re in luck! Furnishing Hope, a local nonprofit organization based here in Orange County, has decided to lend out sewing machines and supplies to a limited number of individuals who are interested in sewing protective masks for the OC community. There are a total of eight (8) sewing machines that will be lent out on a first come, first serve basis. Typically, these machines are used as part of Furnishing Hope’s National Pillow Project – a program that teaches low income, single parents transitioning from homelessness to independent housing how to sew, as a way to empower them to become self-sufficient and provide a better life...

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Finding Calm in the Chaos: Our Favorite Online Workouts

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Fitness, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

For the launch of Finding Calm in the Chaos, we decided to focus on physical wellbeing. Right now many of us are working from home while trying to keep our kids busy, keep our household healthy, and attempting to maintain some normalcy during this trying time. Since most gyms and studios have closed in order to help keep our community from spreading the Coronavirus, we have researched some of our favorite workouts and found several brands offering free online trails. We are looking forward to trying these at home and are excited to share them with you! Working out from home may not be as fun and exciting as in-studio workouts with friends, so we suggest partnering up and choosing a trial online class that you can take together from each of your own homes. This is a great...

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Deep Indian Kitchen: Authentic Indian Cuisine at Home

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Partnership One of my favorite things to treat myself with is a delicious Indian dinner. I have my favorite places to dine around town, but with the quarantine, most are temporality closed. I have tried multiple ways to enjoy Indian food during the quarantine, and Deep Indian Kitchen has been my ultimate favorite Indian cuisine to enjoy at home. The dishes are not like most frozen foods and full of flavor. My favorite thing about the dishes is that they pack the perfect amount of spice and tantalizes my tastebuds. I have found myself eating Deep Indian Kitchen meals almost every day of the quarantine. Deep Indian Kitchen is always made from scratch. Plus, there are no artificial ingredients, and the meals are all under 400 calories per serving. The meals are made with REAL ingredients that are easily...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Donations During COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope has been designated by Orange County and Collaborating Organizations Active in Disaster (COADOC) as the donations drop-off location to assist Orange County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rescue Mission also announced an urgent need for food donations for the (226) men, women and children currently residing at Village of Hope. The Rescue Mission is asking the community for new, unopen and unused donations of the following items, which will be provided to Orange County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations Needed Adult Wipes: Flushable wet wipes Hygiene wipes Baby Wipes: Regular wipes Sensitive wipes Water-based wipes Baby Formula: Similac Pro Advance Similac Pro Sensitive Enfamil Enfamil Gentlease Nido (ages 1 and up) Feminine Pads: Regular Heavy Extra-heavy Baby Diapers (all sizes) Regular Overnight Sensitive Adult Disposable Diapers/Pads Disposable underwear...

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 2 comments

SpongeBob SquarePants and the unforgettable inhabitants of Bikini Bottom are back for more hilarious hijinks in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season, arriving on DVD March 31, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment. Enter DoodleBob’s alternate dimension and take a trip to Bubble Buddy’s hometown. Help SpongeBob keep Fred’s leg out of harm’s way, move Bubble Bass out of his mom’s basement, and stop SpongeGar from wreaking havoc all over town! Make new friends, including an imaginary hamster, a sea bunny, the Krusty Krab’s peculiar night crew and Sandy’s nutty nieces. Plus, take a trip to the moon, solve the curious case of the missing clarinet and hear Gary speak for the very first time ever! Featuring every hilarious episode from Season 11, plus Plankton’s Color Nullifier, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season 3-DVD set will...

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Sushi Roku Introduces Sushi Family Pack

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Dining | 0 comments

Sushi Roku’s Sushi Family Pack features contemporary sushi, featuring the finest, freshest fish from around the globe, prepared with the kind of artistry that can only be executed by a seasoned sushi chef to ensure an unparalleled sushi experience. Now available for curbside pick-up, the Sushi Family Pack includes: Premium Black Edamame – okinawa sea salt Miso Soup – tofu, green onion Tuna – maguro Salmon – sake Yellowtail – hamachi Albacore – shiro maguro Baked Crab Roll – soy paper Tuna Jalapeño Roll – spicy tuna, avocado topped with tuna yuzu olive oil Katana Roll – spicy tuna, shrimp tempura topped with tuna & yellowtail White Lotus Roll – popcorn shrimp tempura, avocado, topped with albacore, crispy onions & wasabi truffle soy The Sushi Family Pack is $98 and feeds up to 4 guests with a diverse menu...

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Slapfish Launches Take-Home Lobster Roll Kit

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Slapfish continues to find inventive ways to serve its customers and seafood fans during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the modern seafood shack has introduced a Take-Home Lobster Roll Kit. The easy-to-assemble kit serves two and comes with fresh split-top butter rolls and premade lobster filling with lemon mayo, for $40. Once picked up at Slapfish or delivered, it will keep in the refrigerator for four days. Slapfish previously announced that it has extended its Kids Eat Free promotion to all day, seven days a week. Typically only available on Wednesdays, Founder and CEO Andrew Gruel wanted to offer a small gesture to families struggling during this difficult time. The promotion provides one free kids meal with the purchase of another menu item. Kids items include a Kids Fish Taco, Fish Bites (a mini Fish & Chips), Grilled Shrimp Bowl,...

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Orange County Chefs Offer Free Meals for Healthcare Workers

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 4 comments

A group of local chefs is offering those on the front line at local Urgent Care and Emergency Rooms a free meal to take to their family. As their way of showing appreciation, Break of Dawn Chef/Owner Dee Nguyen, OC Baking Company Baker/Owner Dean Kim, and Crema Artisan Cafe Baker/Owner Tarit Tanjasiri will offer these local heroes the opportunity to pick up home-made chicken noodle soup, a loaf of fresh-baked bread, and a decadent gourmet cookie. Also involved in this act of generosity to acknowledge the hard work and long hours put in by our local healthcare workers, are Glenn Tanaka of Tanaka Farms and Anne Cutner of Solutions for Urban Agriculture, who have donated their fresh produce for the chicken noodle soup. This team has already made deliveries to local care centers and are attempting to make their...

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Panini Kabob Rolls Back Pricing and Offers Free Delivery

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Panini Kabob Grill at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo recently rolled back prices on signature items to where they were 10 years ago, including their Charbroiled Chicken Shish Kabobs ($9.95) and Family Kabob Combos ($39.95), which include four chicken skewers, and a choice of rice and salad. Vegetarian substitutes such as salmon, mushroom, and tofu kabobs are also available. (Additional charges may apply.) Panini Kabob Grill serves a variety of Salads; Paninis; Wraps; Shish Kabobs with steak, chicken, lamb, salmon or shrimp; and vegetarian entrees including a Falafel Platter, Charbroiled Organic Tofu Kabobs, and Stuffed Bell Peppers. Family Platters can be ordered for sharing, and a Kids Menu is available to children 12 and under. The restaurant uses only organic eggs, hormone and antibiotic-free proteins, and uses nothing processed or containing MSG. Panini Kabob Grill makes all items from scratch...

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OC Restaurant Spotlight: The Recess Room

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Dining | 0 comments

In the spirit of unity and serving our community, The Recess Room will be offering free grab-and-go meals to students 18 years and younger regardless of where they go to school, and seniors 65 years or older – Friday, March 27 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. until supplies last. The Recess Room follows all recommended CDC guidelines and procedures for food handling and keeping safe and properly sanitized. Please call in your order ahead: (714) 377-0398. Provide your name and estimated time of arrival and The Recess Room will bring your order out to you, curbside. Senior citizens may send a family member or friend to pick up their food, or The Recess Room can deliver the food to them within Fountain Valley city limits. The Recess Room will abide by all social distancing rules on site and space...

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Storymakery Virtual Online Classes + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Education, Family, Giveaways | 8 comments

Storymakery is pleased to offer virtual classes and workshops. All of their online offerings include 1:1 guidance from the safety of your home, storybook(s), free Storymakery account and shipping. Most importantly, all their structured sessions are fun yet enriching for children ages 4 and up. There are three different online workshop options that people can choose from. Right now, Storymakery is also offering a 10% discount through March 31st with code: Virtual! Registration is currently available for the classes online. Online-Led Young Author Class A four-part online-led session where children will work one-on-one with a remote instructor. Classes include lessons on plot development, story structure, character development, genre and more. Curriculum will be adjusted by age. Some homework may be required. Each session is one hour. Also includes two soft cover story books. After booking, Storymakery will contact you...

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PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 14 comments

PAW Patrol is on a roll! The Mighty Pups are back and ready to use their super powers to help those in need. In this all new adventure, they team up with their new super pals, the Mighty Twins! There’s more mighty action than ever in the PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws DVD, arriving March 3, 2020. Packed with favorite characters, new surprises, and more, the PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $10.99. PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws episodes MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: When Super Kitties Attack MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups Meet the Mighty Twins MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups Save a Giant Chicken MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups Stop Harold’s Deep Freeze MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups...

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Free Parenting Workshop For Helping Teens During Shelter in Place

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

WHAT A MESS! Am I right?! The kids are home, school is in session (ish) and we’re all trying to figure out what to do, how to manage our own mental health, and help our kids proceed with remote learning and quarantine. So, HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS! Daniel Patterson has partnered with an amazing therapist out of Portland, Oregon named Dr. Amy Stoeber. You are invited to this FREE LIVE WEBINAR for Q & A to address: How to help you manage your own mental health during these times How do you support the mental health of your kids during these times How to create structure and routine in the home How to manage and support education during these times What education solutions or alternatives exist THEY HAVE ANSWERS AND WANT TO PROVIDE THEM AT NO COST! In the...

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OC Restaurant Spotlight: Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Small businesses are being hit the hardest during this time, and it is more important than ever to step up and do what we can to help small businesses. A simple way to do this is by ordering food-to-go for your family. Instead of picking out a large restaurant chain, I recommend supporting a small business. Every day we will be featuring one of our favorite small businesses to support with Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge being our feature of the day. The one thing that I love about Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge is the chef and owner. It is one of the few restaurants in Orange County with a female chef and her food – incredible. The restaurant was only open for a couple of weeks before the coronavirus hit, and they need the support from our community more...

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DIY Home Improvement Projects with Achim Home Décor

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Crafts, Family, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

This post was sponsored by Achim Home Décor as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Now that our family will be spending a lot more time indoors, I decided to start working on some home improvement projects. For the longest time, I have wanted to redo the flooring in my home office area, and I had been shopping at our local Walmart for Achim Home Décor flooring. There are so many choices with Achim Home Décor that I had trouble deciding on what type of flooring I wanted to put in my room. A couple of weeks ago, I selected the Portfolio Plank & Tile, and I can’t wait to get started installing it over the next couple of weeks. The flooring is super simple to install by myself. It...

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