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Creating an Effective Partnership with Your Child’s School

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  It’s that time of year again, and school conferences are upon us. I have the advantage of being a parent, as well as, the school counselor so I’m privy to information from teachers, as well as, other parents. Consequently, I’ve been reflecting on this process from both perspectives. Parents typically go into conferences looking forward to hearing about what their children are doing well and sometimes cringe when they hear about children’s missteps. What I’ve learned is it’s very difficult for teachers to deliver less-than-optimal news to parents, especially if they worry about parents’ reactions. However, when they don’t deliver the news or soften the blow by minimizing the information they’re often doing students a great disservice. Teachers have unique perspectives of students. The reality is that children may behave very differently at school than at home. The...

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Changing the Lives of Kids with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America My.Future

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Boys and Girls Club as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. We were so enthused to be invited and see first hand the recent unveiling of My.Future to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Los Angeles. As we walked into the gymnasium full of energetic, happy kids, we knew we were about to witness firsthand what happens when a corporation partners with a non-profit organization to change the future through the lives of children. Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Comcast NBC Universal have partnered to launch My.Future; a wonderful opportunity that provides young people with a safe, fun digital platform they can use to learn, play and socialize while at the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles....

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Give the Gift of a Disneyland Resort Experience + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, Theme Parks | 9 comments

 Sponsored Discover how easy it is to give friends and family members an experience at the Disneyland Resort. Giving a Disney Vacation makes it easier than ever to give theme park tickets or a dining experience, or even a Disney vacation to Walt Disney World and other Disney destinations. Mickey and Minnie Mouse sent our family some special gifts this holiday season for us to share some great gift ideas that you can give a loved one this holiday season. Give a Disney vacation experience Now, it’s easier than ever to give the gift of a Disneyland Resort experience – or a Disney vacation! You can give gift cards for theme park tickets, dining experiences, hotel stays and more! Star Wars Experiences Something you can do January through March The Force is strong with guests at the Disneyland Resort...

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KHS in IRL Epic Concert

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

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

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Epic Family Night Out at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Cool Places, Entertainment, Family, Film, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my parent’s favorite things to do when I was a child was to have a date night at the Hollywood Bowl. I always thought that my husband and I would follow in their footsteps, but life gets busy when raising three children, and it finally worked out with our schedule to make our first visit to the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. While I thought my first visit to the Hollywood Bowl would be a date night, we ended up bringing the kids for an unforgettable night under the stars for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We got box tickets (which I highly recommend when coming with young children). We left early and planned to arrive right when the gates opened, which again, I recommend doing when bringing your...

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2017 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  Enjoy a Festive Thanksgiving Dining Where It’s Warm, Welcoming and Wonderful at one of these premiere Orange County Restaurants. Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive gourmet buffet featuring slow roasted turkey, holiday sides and more with the unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Thursday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For those who wish to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal from the comfort of their own home, Back Bay Bistro is offering Thanksgiving To Go. Call ahead by November 22 to reserve your professionally prepared whole turkey and a selection of favorite holiday sides. NOV. 23 BUFFET MENU DETAILS: Fresh Salads Field Greens with Apples and Dried Cherries, Walnut Vinaigrette Grilled Asparagus Salad Spaghetti Squash Salad Beets with Goat Cheese Wild Mushroom Salad...

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Fall in Love with Yoga at iHeartYoga

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored As the weather starts to cool down, it is a great time to refresh, recharge, and relax at an iHeartYoga class, event or retreat. iHeartYoga not only offers classes in their beautiful studio with views of Dana Point Harbor, but they also offer a variety of outdoor classes, retreats to Mexico, local and regional events, weekly yoga at a brewery, and even a yoga paddle board class every month. iHeartYoga in the Park started eight years ago with Elsa Stuart practicing with friends at various Dana Point parks and has grown into the largest yoga community in Orange County. iHeartYoga hosts 60+ studio classes per week, daily outdoor donation yoga classes in Lantern Bay Park, and many events and retreats drawing 5000+ students per month from all over the country. iHeartYoga’s packed calendar of classes and events is...

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OC Rescue Mission Food Shortage

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Family, Giving Back, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  As the holidays quickly approach, the OC Rescue Mission is preparing to host its 52nd annual Thanksgiving dinner, which will feed more than 660 homeless families and individuals in the region. Today, the organization has announced an urgent need for food donations from the local community. The Rescue Mission is currently in need of: ENTREES: · 106 whole turkeys · 48 whole hams · 160 pounds of ground pork SIDES: · 200 pounds of potatoes · 360 boxes of stuffing · 80 pounds of cranberries · 120 cans of corn VEGETABLES: · 120 bags of green beans · 100 bags of carrots · 30 pounds of mushrooms · 650 onions EXTRAS: · 90 containers of butter · 24 pounds of garlic · 100 boxes of breadcrumbs · 75 pounds of bacon Anyone wishing to donate any of the...

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Fall in Love with Your Health

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Beauty, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Did you know that October is known as the month for taking action in your life? The year 2017 is very meaningful all on its own; a significant time to set the foundation of your life for the next nine years and it happens to be the Year of the Woman. So, this month was the perfect time to share “Fall in Love with Health,” and such a treat with my sister and daughter too. We left our obligations, errands and life expectations at the door, to share with about 75 other women our spirits, kind hearts, and thirst for knowledge on how we can take better care of ourselves and each other. Kelly Lam, Founder of The Whole Purpose, continues to bring us opportunities to recognize what we need as...

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The Perfect Diaper for Little Movers

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Family, New Baby, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored I recently decided to try Huggies Little Movers Diapers to try out on my daughter. These new diapers feature their new moving baby system that gives the diapers 30% more flex. I ordered a size four for my 17-pound 10-month-old daughter. I could have gone with a size three but decided to size up just in case, because it was my first time using the brand. The diapers are very soft. On the outer diaper, they have an adorable Mickey and Minnie Mouse print. Down the middle, there is a Huggies wetness strip that changes color to indicate a wet/soiled diaper – I really love that feature. The Huggies wetness strip saves my daughter from the dreaded diaper checks that she dislikes. Another great addition to these diapers is the Double Grip Strips. They hold the diapers tabs...

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Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 4 comments

  An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more. The Ensemble for Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose features Jessica Richens (Top 3 “So You Think You Can Dance”/ “So You Think You Can Dance” All Star), Jennifer Bermeo, Alyse Rockett, Annie Gratton, Wally Pham, Branson Hudson, Darnell Joseph and Mason Trueblood. The Youth Ensemble features Emmanuel Martin Lewis, JD Bering, Caden Miller, Bryanna Fernandez, Madison Han, Yasmine Arya, Cameron Steen, Cody Copley, Joshua E. Guerrero, Layla Krugh, Brooklyn Bustamante, and Lexi Hernandez. Bonnie Lythgoe serves as Executive Director and oversee the production. Casting is led by Producer Becky Lythgoe. Golden...

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Downtown Disney Day Trip with OC Bus

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Cool Places, Disney, Featured, Kia, Theme Parks | 2 comments

 Sponsored Ever since my two teenagers started riding the OC Bus to school at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), they keep telling me how much fun the bus is to ride. When trying to plan something fun and unique to do with the kids, I decided to take them on a Downtown Disney day trip with OC Bus. I had already known that their school bus #83 goes from Laguna Hills to Disneyland without having to change bus lines, so I knew that it would be a fun and seamless adventure. We arrived at the Laguna Hills Transportation Center on a Sunday morning, I parked our Kia Sorento in the parking lot, and we waited for the #83 bus to arrive. Surprisingly, it only took a few minutes before the bus arrived. There are two ways...

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Orange County Veterans Day Dining Deals

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

  Local restaurants are honoring the men and women who have served our country by offering complimentary meals and dining specials to active and retired military personnel this upcoming Veterans Day weekend. Thank you to all who have served our country, and have created a safe place for us to raise our children. The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar 31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 On Saturday, Nov. 11, The Blind Pig will honor all veterans with buy one get one free draft beers all day. The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA serves up shareable gourmet American cuisine, by Executive Chef Karl Pfleider, with an expansive selection of craft beers and specialty craft cocktails, by Bar Manager Ryan Autry. The speakeasy-style bar and eatery’s menus change seasonally with eclectic and imaginative...

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A Taste of Hawaii at Ono Hawaiian BBQ

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My family loves Hawaii and misses everything about it.  It’s been 350 days since we left and we can’t wait for our next trip back. To ease the pain and sadness, we try to bring a bit of Hawaii into our daily lives.  My daughter takes Hula lessons, my son is learning to play the ukulele, my husband wears Hawaiian print loungewear, and I buy Hawaiian scented candles.  What our family loves to do together, to take us back to our days in paradise, is eat. When Ono Hawaiian BBQ invited us in for a tasting, we immediately said ‘yes’ and drove to Buena Park for a little taste of Hawaii. Brightly lit with Hawaiian accents here and there, Ono Hawaiian BBQ took me back to North Shore.  My family ordered...

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Hotel Transylvania Family Movie Night

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite things to do together as a family is to have movie nights. We will come together as a family, enjoy tasty food and stream our favorite movies while creating memories that will last a lifetime together. When I learned about the all-new app Movies Anywhere, I thought it was a great idea to plan a ‘Halloween-themed’ movie night and downloaded Hotel Transylvania on the app. My favorite part of our family movie nights is creating food that is themed after the movie. Since I knew that we were going to be watching Hotel Transylvania, I thought of some fun vampire and bat-themed foods to serve. For our drinks, I made a spooky fruit punch and served the drink in science beakers. I made a little bit of smoke in the drinks with dry ice...

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Best Places for ‘Saturday’ Brunch in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

  When we think about making plans to go out for brunch, most of us look into Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea in mind, and the restaurants are often crowded, making it hard to have an enjoyable meal. A lot of restaurants are starting to recognize this and are hosting beautiful ‘Saturday’ brunches giving families more options to enjoy brunch during the weekend. These are our favorite places to have ‘Saturday’ brunch with your family in Orange County. Ways & Means Oyster House, Huntington Beach Enjoy the ocean breeze and bottomless real-fruit mimosas during Saturday brunch at Ways & Means Oyster House. Boasting a dog-friendly patio overlooking the Huntington Beach Pier, this seafood restaurant is the go-to spot for Saturday brunch and day drinking. From 10am -3pm, , guests can enjoy bottomless fruit mimosas and...

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Are You Ready for the Stinger?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Autos, Kia | 0 comments

 Sponsored Last week, we shared an image of the Kia Stinger Wide Body, an aggressively-modified GT car, which will be unveiled on the SEMA show floor next week with other custom Kia creations. But we’ll also be having a jaw-dropping good time outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center thanks to the Stinger Drift Experience. Come join us on the Gold Lot as pro drivers from Formula Drift send modified Stinger GTs sliding sideways on a twisty track built for raucous tire-melting action. In addition, there’s a spirited autocross to experience the Stinger’s stunning athleticism first hand. The Stinger will be performing hourly in front of a live audience from Tuesday, October 31 to Thursday, November 2nd at SEMA. The only thing more impressive than Kia’s all-new high-performance fastback sedan is Kia’s all-new high performance fastback sedan with a...

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Win Tickets to see Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Music, Theatre | 10 comments

  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl A Live-to-Film Celebration • Saturday, November 4th on National Candy Day This extraordinary event will feature spectacular animation created by acclaimed painter and illustrator SHAG. The Bowl will be projecting his Wonka-inspired art all around the stage during the film and performances. Led by an all-start cast including John Stamos, Elle King, Finn Wolfhard, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, and accompanied by multi-instrumental band DeVotchKa, this magical show will leave an everlasting impression! Doors will open at 6:30PM with costume contest to follow and the concert beginning at 8PM. Tickets are priced starting at $31 and are currently available online. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 Tickets to Willy Wonka at the Hollywood Bowl on November 4th by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the...

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

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

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

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Keeping Your Produce Fresher Longer

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Family, Gardening, Green Living, Health | 5 comments

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® I have a huge outdoor garden where I grow fruits and vegetables and every week I go to our local farmer’s market to get organic and the freshest produce available for our family. The only struggle with purchasing produce from farmer’s markets is that it does not last as long as the produce filled with GMO’s & chemicals in our local grocery stores. I have been on the hunt for a solution to helping make our weekly produce stay fresh throughout the entire week, and I finally discovered it with Rubbermaid’s FreshWorks Produce Saver. Since we were spending the weekend in Carlsbad this past weekend, my husband made a stop at one of our favorite local farm stands in Oceanside called Cyclops Farms. Since we were not going to bring the produce...

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