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2018 Orange County Father’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Dining, Family, Father's Day, Holiday | 0 comments

  Father’s Day is just days away, and Orange County’s top restaurants are rolling out the red carpets for dad’s and offering exquisite special menus for the big day. Make the dad in your life feel extra special this Father’s Day by treating him to brunch, lunch or dinner at one of these restaurants listed in our Orange County father’s day dining guide. From buffets to burgers and cigars to seafood, Orange County has Father’s Day in the bag for dads, dads-to-be and dad-like figures. At Montage Laguna Beach’s Studio is a champagne Father’s Day brunch that includes live entertainment and games. A gourmet brunch with signature burgers and chicken and waffles is being served at Selanne Steak Tavern by dad/Chef Josh Severson complete with a selection of creative cocktails. For a more playful day, dads and their families...

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A New Twist on Pastrami: Pretzelrami at Togo’s

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When I was going to college, Togo’s was a place I would go to at least twice a week a hot pastrami sandwich. Togo’s has a lot of great sandwich and salad choices, but a good pastrami sandwich done right is hard find, especially at a regular sandwich chain. With Togo’s, the biggest problem I have is where I live. The nearest location is about 15 miles away making other sandwich shops more desirable just because of faster drive to them. With this, I had not been to a Togo’s in quite some time. I saw that Togo’s changed their Pastrami Sandwich, calling it the Pretzelrami Sandwich, so I had to go in and try one. I googled locations and found one that was closer than I thought, so I made...

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Men’s Health: Tips for Managing Cholesterol

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored As my parents have begun to age, one thing that my mom is always talking about is how challenging it is to manage my dad’s cholesterol. I started doing some research and learned how important it is for men to manage their cholesterol beginning at a young age. While doing my research, I had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Lucio Loza at Kaiser Permanente about what you need to know about cholesterol and tips for managing it. One thing that I didn’t realize before talking with Dr. Loza is that one of the most significant dangers of high cholesterol is cardiovascular disease. Most of the time, when you have high cholesterol, you don’t have any symptoms, and you won’t know you have it unless having it checked. Dr. Loza advised me that unfortunately, most people find out...

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Dad’s Eat Free in June at Grasslands Meat Market

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Give Dad the best gift of all this Father’s Day with Grasslands Meat Market’s irresistible selection of deliciously prepared meats. Grasslands will offer Dads a complimentary family platter—brimming with a delicious selection of meats and sides—with the purchase of one family platter. The special ‘Dad’s Eat Free’ offer will be available every date in June. On Father’s Day, treat dad to a free brunch or dinner, with the purchase of one brunch or dinner meal. The brunch menu highlights include Grasslands signature meats, such as smoked prime rib, famous BBQ ribs, pulled pork chimichurri and peel & eat shrimp, as well as brunch staples like bacon, sausage, shirred eggs and French toast. WHEN: June 2018 Dad’s Eat Free Su-Th, 4-10 p.m., F-Sa 4 p.m.-Midnight Father’s will receive a complimentary family platter on any day in June with purchase...

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How I Lost 40 pounds and 6 Dress Sizes in Six Weeks

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 4 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador It had been a year that I was on the fence about whether or not to have liposuction done at CosmetiCare. I had already tried every diet available, and although liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, I felt that it would be the best way to attempt to get my pre-baby body back. I ended up making the final decision to have liposuction with Dr. Champion at the end of December. Dr. Champion did a fantastic job perfectly sculpting my figure to even better than it was before giving birth to my son. She removed nine pounds of fat and sculpted my body during the surgery, but it was what I did following the surgery that gave me the optimal results. Before going in for the surgery, I had committed to taking better...

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Côr Thermostat: A Smart Home Heating and Cooling System

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Family, Green Living | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has always been a priority of mine to have our home be as “green” as possible. One thing that I have wanted to add to our house for quite awhile is a smart heating/cooling system so that we can ensure we are not wasting any energy. With the summer heat upon us, I felt like it was the perfect time to install a new thermostat, and I choose the Côr Thermostat. The one thing that made me select the Côr Thermostat was that our family could customize our heat or air conditioning directly from our smartphones. Gone are the days of worrying about whether or not I turned off the air conditioner before leaving home for the day. Now I can adjust the temperature before returning home to have the house be at a comfortable temperature for...

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30 Days and Counting: 4 Tips to Help your Child Concentrate Through the End of the School Year

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored It’s that time of year again, school is almost over and students are excited to get out of the classroom and into the swing of summer. Unfortunately, this can make it harder for students to concentrate on what’s important including end-of-year testing, final exams, and final projects that will make a big difference in their overall GPA. There are lots of things kids can do to stay on track and work towards academic success for the remainder of the year. Keep regular sessions with your tutor It’s essential to maintain a weekly schedule with a student’s one-on-one tutor in order to maintain organization and promote concentration. When students meet at the same time every week, they feel like they still have responsibilities to fulfill and can stay focused on what’s important regarding assignments and test prep. Students who...

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Cox Communications Commitment to Connected Independence

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored As my parents have begun to age, I have seen it become harder and harder for them to stay connected and as active as they once were. I recently had the opportunity of visiting a Cox Communications “Smart Home” that was set-up with everything that aging parents need to enjoy connected independence. Did you know that according to the AARP, research indicates almost 90% of adults over the age of 65 want to stay in their current home and community as they age? That makes it more critical than ever for them to take advantage of the advanced technology available that can be powered by Cox Communications high-speed internet. One feature that I learned about when visiting the Cox “Smart Home” was the ability for aging adults to have access to telemedicine. They can use devices to monitor...

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Experience Kia Stinger at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 Kia Partner/Spectrum Partner While visiting the Irvine Spectrum Center earlier this week, I took some time to learn more about Kia’s all-new high-performance vehicle, the Kia Stinger at the exclusive Kia Stinger Salon. The suite is located just steps away from Big Wheel Court and gives parents an opportunity to learn everything they want to know about the highly sought after vehicle. While in the Kia Stinger Salon, I had the unique opportunity to learn about all the features available on the Kia Stinger in the tranquil and luxurious salon. During the interactive experience, I learned more about the craftsmanship and unique facets of what makes the Kia brand so innovative. The immersive experience gave me a taste of what Kia has to offer, and I fell in love with the sleek design and options available in the all-new...

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Poison at the FivePoint Amphitheatre

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Autos, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 Sponsored My daughter attends one of the most popular art school in Southern California and has a massive passion for the arts. She loves theatre, and especially music. I have taken her to the theatre many times in the past but had yet to take her to experience her first concert. Knowing that Poison was one of her favorite bands when I heard that they were coming to Irvine to perform at the FivePoint Amphitheatre, I couldn’t wait to get tickets to surprise her with a fun mother and daughter night out. The night of the concert, we got all dressed up and drove over to the concert venue for an unforgettable night full of fun and rockin’ music. One of the best things about seeing a concert at the FivePoint Amphitheatre is taking advantage of the Mercury Insurance...

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Angelina’s Pizzeria New Menu Delights Us

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Every so often, my heart skips a beat for a delicious, savory Italian meal. I’d been recently dreaming about a great pasta dish accompanied by a glass of vino. Imagine my delight when I was invited to dine as a guest of Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana. A chance to discover their new Spring Menu with a unique and fresh take on some familiar but also new, creative dishes. I began with the dish Burrata di Primavera; a lovely marriage of Burrata, English Peas, Fava Beans, Mint + Lemon. It’s one of my favorites now with a burst of flavor and reminds you of Spring. The idea of Burrata with anything makes me happy. This next dish, an Antipasto of Charred Octopus, Braised Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Marjoram is imaginative, smokey and delicious. Chef...

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Moms Eat FREE at Grasslands Meat Market All Month Long in May

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

  In honor of all moms, Grasslands Meat Market’s irresistible ‘Mom’s Eat Free’ special. Every date in May, Grasslands will offer Moms a complimentary family platter—brimming with a delicious selection of meats and sides—with the purchase of one family platter. WHEN: May 2018 Mom’s Eat Free Su-Th, 4-10 p.m., F-Sa 4 p.m.-Midnight Mother’s will receive a complimentary family platter on any day in May with purchase of one family-style platter. ADDRESS: Grasslands Meat Market | BBQ & Churrasco 400 West Disney Way, Suite 199, Anaheim, CA Free parking available at GardenWalk for first hour, validation provided for second hour. RESERVATIONS AND CONTACT: For more information, please call 657-208-1133 or visit...

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You’re Invited: ‘Cool for the Summer’ Mom’s Night Out

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador Newport Beach-based CosmetiCare, Orange County’s leading cosmetic surgery center and medspa, will host a new “Custom You” event on Thursday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is part of the “Custom You” series, which highlights a different treatment area each month while educating attendees about the various treatment options available at CosmetiCare. This month’s topic, “Cool for the Summer” will demonstrate how to combat problem pockets of fat via a non-invasive, pain-free body contouring treatment called CoolSculpting. This exclusive experience will give attendees a chance to learn from CosmetiCare’s industry-leading experts and discover the benefits of CoolSculpting which destroys fat cells by freezing them away. Most patients see a noticeable difference after just one session. With CosmetiCare’s new Dual-Sculpting capabilities, CoolSculpting technicians can tackle more areas in a shorter amount...

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Seventeen: College Goals + Giveaway

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Books, Entertainment, Giveaways | 30 comments

 Sponsored by Bluestreak Books The only thing standing between you and that college life is figuring out where you might want to go, completing your applications, writing a killer essay, scoring solid test scores, shining in your activities, getting glowing recommendations, and . . . okay, that’s a lot. But even though being accepted into college can seem big and overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Seventeen: College Goals comes in. This stress-free guide—part-planner, part-journal—will help walk you through the step-by-step process of applying to colleges. There are pages filled with practical cheat sheets, handy life hacks, thoughtful tips, fun quizzes, inspiring quotes from your favorite celebs and leaders, and prompts that will push you to self-reflect. (After all, that’s what college essays are all about!) This way, you can freak out less about if you’ll get...

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Family-Friendly Steakhouse Dining

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Some of my favorite memories growing up in Orange County was having a delicious steak dinner with my grandparents at Black Angus. My family decided to surprise me last week with a pre-Mother’s Day dinner at Black Angus, and our entire family agreed that the restaurant is better than ever. One thing that I loved about dining at Black Angus was that I was able to get a high-quality steak dinner in a relaxed family-friendly environment. It is one of the only steak restaurants that I have visited where my children did not have to dress-up, and they could relax without feeling the stress of having to be on their “best behavior” in a fancy steakhouse. Our meal started with some freshly baked bread and a shrimp cocktail. All of my...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts 2018 Movie Mondays Series

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Events, Kia | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts kicks off its 2018 Movie Mondays series with five movies jam-packed with action, adventure and romance: Back to the Future on July 9, The Princess Bride on July 16, Moonrise Kingdom on July 23, The Mask of Zorro on July 30 and Star Trek on August 6. This year, Movie Mondays will be held on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. All showings are FREE, with closed captioning provided. Movie Mondays is one of Orange County’s most popular summertime events, with its fun-filled activities, picnic dinners, popular food trucks and five fan favorite films on consecutive Mondays. Families, friends and fans from all over the Southland are encouraged to arrive early for Movie Mondays, claiming their spaces and enjoying early dinners, music and people-watching. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m., with movies starting...

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Mother’s Day Brunch by the Sea at Hotel Shangri-La

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue This past weekend I was treated to an early Mother’s Day brunch by the sea at the beautiful Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. The boutique hotel is the perfect place to treat mom to brunch on Mother’s Day because of the hotel’s beautiful ocean views, timeless decor and excellent cuisine. While I had the pleasure of enjoying brunch in their elegant restaurant, brunch on Mother’s Day will be served al fresco under the beautiful Santa Monica sun on the outdoor hotel patio. Brunch began with a champagne toast before embarking on an epicurean adventure. Our first course was a refreshing gazpacho shooter that perfectly cleansed our palate before savoring the next five courses. The highlight of our brunch was the avocado toast. The dish featured perfectly crisp toast topped with thinly...

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Hike to Heart Rock

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Joshua Tree, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia When planning a mother and daughter trip to Joshua Tree, one of my friends mentioned to me that we needed to hike to heart rock. Unfortunately, there is barely anything written online about how to find the mysterious heart rock, so we set off on an adventure to find heart rock. There were only a few things that we knew about heart rock before going on a hike, and that was that it is located in the White Tank Campground along the Arch Rock Nature Trail. Before checking into our campsite, we drove in our Kia Sorento to Arch Rock Nature Trail in an attempt to find heart rock. The trail is only .5 miles, but we seemed to hike for at least a couple of miles. We hiked all over the area until the...

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Salt & Straw opening at Downtown Disney

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

  Salt & Straw will open its first Orange County scoop shop at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim later this year. The family-run ice cream company known for its taste-provoking flavors will offer flavors that uniquely capture the spirit of classic Americana. Founded in 2011 by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek in Portland, Ore., Salt & Straw has become a West Coast favorite with scoop shops in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, in addition to its soft-serve dessert bar, Wiz Bang Bar, in Portland. Each of head ice cream maker Tyler Malek’s inspired flavors is handmade in small batches using the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients, including cream from Scott Brothers Dairy, a family-owned farm in Southern California. Special offerings will be available seasonally, showcasing Tyler’s passion for working with local produce and artisanal products....

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5th Annual Taste of Santa Ana + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 9 comments

  CALLING ALL FOODIES! Santa Ana’s favorite food party is coming to MainPlace Mall on May 19, 2018! Presented by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, prepare your taste buds for incredible culinary creations from over 40 local restaurants, enjoy booze tastings, live music from Pop Gun Rerun, a photo booth and charity raffle! Bring the fam to this amazing event, tell all your friends, and get ready to EAT! Kids 5 & under are FREE with adult paid admission. GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: Doors Open at 6PM. Tickets include unlimited food tastings, local beer and wine sampling, live music, photo booth, kid’s activities and more! VIP ACCESS TICKETS: Early entry begins at 5PM. Tickets include full access to the 21+ VIP lounge with an open bar, games, covered lounge seating and food samples from some of Santa Ana’s best...

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Los Angeles Times​ Food Bowl

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Los Angeles Times​ Food Bowl is proud to release the program schedule for 31 days of food celebrating L.A.’s amazing food and drink scene. Spanning the entire month of May, Food Bowl will feature over 200 events with many of the chefs and restaurants that have put Los Angeles on the map as one of the world’s great food cities alongside internationally renowned chefs in rare local appearances. In its second year, the festival will continue to raise awareness and funds to fight food insecurity and hunger and promote waste reduction and sustainability through charity partners and participating events. The extensive lineup of dining events, panel discussions, chef collaborations, volunteer projects and other food and drink-inspired happenings can be found at​ lafoodbowl.com​. ​ Carlos Salgado​ (Taco Maria), ​Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken​ (Border Grill), ​José Andrés​ (L.A....

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2018 Orange County Mother’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Dining, Featured, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Celebrate Mom this year on Mother’ Day by treating her to an unforgettable Sunday brunch at one of these premier Orange County dining destinations. Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate Mother’s Day with a gourmet brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas and an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Sunday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Seafood Station Ahi Poke, Shrimp Cocktail, Ceviche, Oysters in a Half Shell, and Chilled King Crab Legs with Cocktail Sauce, Lemon, and Tabasco Cooked to Order Omelets Omelet or Whole Eggs Made to Order with: Country Ham, Sausage, Bacon and Bay Shrimp, Assorted Cheeses, Diced Tomatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach, Fresh Cut Peppers, and Salsa Smoked Fish Station Gravlax, Scallops, Trout, Salmon with Dill Mustard Sauce, Sliced Red Onions, Capers, Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomatoes, and...

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Family, Friends and Fun at Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My kid’s favorite thing to have for dinner is pizza. What kid doesn’t love pizza? I had heard a lot of my friends talking about Oggi’s Pizza in Mission Viejo, so we planned a family night out at the popular pizza place for dinner. When we arrived at Oggi’s, I fell in love with the vibe. The entire restaurant was full of families enjoying dinner together while watching their favorite game on one of the many televisions hanging on the walls. The restaurant features plenty of seating for families and for big groups, making it a perfect place to bring your kids sports team for dinner together after a game. The menu at Oggi’s is great. There are plenty of options for everyone in your family, and I loved that they...

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Sessions West Coast Deli Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Our favorite place to take the kids for sandwiches has recently expanded with an all-new location in the heart of Irvine. Whenever we are planning a family picnic or a day at the beach Sessions West Coast Deli has always been our go-to place for delicious and fresh finely crafted sandwiches. The all-new location is in the newly redesigned Woodbridge Village Center and features a relaxing outdoor patio complete with a fire pit and views of the beautiful lake. On the eve of their grand opening, I took the kids to get a first look at the new restaurant and their newly redesigned menu. We found a seat on the outdoor patio, and I sipped on a cup of cold brew coffee while enjoying the company of a dear friend and...

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Extreme Beer Fest 2018 – Boston: A Whole Another Level

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Onion. Pistachio and avocado. Marshmallows. Maze. You read that last word right –the chemical found in pepper spray and all of the aforementioned food products imparted some of the many flavors found in craft beers at Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Festival in Boston. Bostonians and East Coast beer aficionados braced the cold weather in an extremely long line outside the Seaport World Trade Center as they waited to enter the 15th annual event. Onlookers may think they are crazy and ridiculous, but the attendees received instant gratification once they step into the conference hall. EBF showcases the extreme of the extreme beer and the festival highly encourages brewers to explore their identity as creators and masters of their craft. These “beer scientists” did not fall short from impressing their peers and the thousands who flocked to EBF just...

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9th Annual Urban Ocean Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its ninth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and Contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach,...

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A Perfect 24 Hours in New York City

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Kia, New York, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Kia After having an eventful day at the New York Auto Show for the unveiling of the all-new 2019 Kia Optima and K900, I had an unforgettable 24 hours in New York City. The perfect day in NYC started with a short walk from the Soho Grand Hotel to Jack’s Wife Freda for breakfast. The adorable cafe is located in the heart of lower Manhattan and has a fresh and healthy menu. There were so many delicious choices to choose from on the menu, making it hard to pick just one. While I can never normally resist a delicious benny, it was the poached eggs with grilled tomato and haloumi that tantalized my taste buds. The dish was light, refreshing and the perfect meal to start that day in NYC. Raindrops were slowly...

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Tickets Available: 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

  Following another record-breaking year, the 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will return to the world-famous OC Fair opening weekend on July 14 and 15, 2018 with more fun than ever before. The successful, award-winning collaboration between Brew Ha Ha Productions and OC Fair & Event Center offers four hours of unlimited tastings, a commemorative tasting glass and free admission to the OC Fair. Awarded 1st Place at the Western Fairs Association’s Annual Convention for Best Event Within an Event, Brew Hee Haw features dancing, fun games, and unlimited tastings from some of the country’s top breweries. Tickets are available April 11 at brewheehaw.com. At the highly anticipated 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of...

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Alien Pizza Planet Landing soon at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Dining, Disney, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Everyone’s favorite Aliens from Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story” will be invading Disneyland Resort for Pixar Fest, and we are eternally grateful! Throughout Pixar Fest, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park will transform into Alien Pizza Planet – “A Better Place.” The Aliens have sourced the finest ingredients from across the universe to deliver fresh, hot pizzas that are out of this world. A specialty of their home planet Pepperonia is a special pepperoni pizza topped with green peppers and mushrooms. They’ll also be cooking up a hearty cheeseburger pizza with ketchup, yellow mustard and pizza sauce on a sesame seed crust and topped with cheese, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, slider patties, a house-made burger sauce, and pickles. Stay tuned for more details about this playful re-imagination of Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, and more new menu items. This exciting...

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2019 Kia Optima: A Family Sedan with a Race Car Look & Feel

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 We attended the auto show as a guest of Kia Along with the debut of the 2019 Kia K900 at the New York Auto Show, guests attending the event were in for a big treat by getting to be the first to see the all-new 2019 Kia Optima. For many years, the Kia Optima has always been a top choice for families looking to purchase a midsize sedan, and the new reimagined vehicle is going to have more parents wanting to get behind the wheel of the beautiful car. The one thing that stood out to me when first seeing the new Optima was its sleek design and race car feel. It gives parents the ability to feel like they are driving a race car, even though they might have car seats in the back seat. At Kia, they...

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2019 Kia K900: Ultimate Luxury Family Vehicle

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia One of the most significant announcements that were made at the recent New York Auto Show was the debut of the 2019 Kia K900. The luxurious full-size sedan has been completely redesigned offering families the ultimate luxury vehicle. Before the unveiling of the new vehicle, Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer for Kia Motors Corporation, took the stage at the New York Auto Show. Schreyer is the most talented and well-known automobile designer in the industry, and it was an honor to be in his presence at the auto show. Before the curtain was taken off to unveil the 2019 Kia K900, Schreyer talked about some of the new changes that have been made to the automobile. The all-new 2019 Kia K900 is the most refined, most advanced, and best driving...

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4 Ways to Get Your Kid Back on Track After Spring Break

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  When kids come back from a week away from school, they are often not as focused on classroom work and assignments. Also, at this point in the year students start thinking more about summer and less about school. Whether in kindergarten or 12th grade, every student will have assignments to complete by the end of the academic year. How focused a student is will play a role in exams and quizzes they take as well as their overall GPA. There are some great ways to help get kids back on track after spring break, so they can be successful and finish the year strong. Hire an Orange County tutor There are highly qualified private tutors throughout Orange County who can help students in the peace of their own home and start getting them back on track. Tutors can...

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Brunch with a view at Back Bay Bistro

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I’m not one to indulge in buffets very often, mostly because I don’t have that large of an appetite. But, I was recently invited to a brunch buffet at Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach. And, since my last outing there about a year earlier for a small event had been a thoroughly enjoyable one, I gladly accepted and brought along my friend, Kathy. Kathy, it should be noted, is a fantastic candy and dessert maker. More about that later. If you’re not familiar with Back Bay Bistro, it’s understandable as it’s tucked away on Back Bay Drive, just off of Jamboree next to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. You’d never even know a restaurant was hidden there… a restaurant with a relaxing marina view and a wide-open, light-filled interior perfect for...

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CASA Celebration of Children Gala Goes “Back In Time”

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Events, Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, held their annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball, which took place on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. 402 guests were in attendance to support CASA’s mission of serving abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Orange County with a trained and supported volunteer advocate. This year’s Gala had a net of over $1,157,000 and serves as the fourth year in a row that CASA has exceeded in breaking the previous year’s net and surpassing the million dollar threshold. This beautiful and elegant evening was planned by nine of the past gala chairs: Dana Chou, Nancy Eaton, Cathy Morrison, Lourdes Nark, Kay Patel, Urvashi Patel, Brenda St. Hilaire, Wendy Tenebaum and Lauren Wong. Evening festivities were themed “Back in Time” and guests...

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You’re Invited: CosmetiCare ‘Custom You’ Event

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

  Newport Beach-based CosmetiCare, Orange County’s leading cosmetic surgery center and medspa, will launch a new “Custom You” event series on Thursday, March 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The new series will highlight a different treatment area each month while educating attendees about the various treatment options available. This month’s topic, “All About Skin” will demonstrate how to combat the harsh elements of winter that take a toll on skin during colder, dryer months. This exclusive experience will give attendees a chance to learn from CosmetiCare’s industry-leading experts and discover the services available to keep skin more refreshed and revitalized. Attendees can also will enjoy champagne, giveaways, exclusive discounts on skin care treatments and more. Upon arriving, guests can have their photos taken and receive a free photo simulation of cosmetic treatments to tackle their problem areas....

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It’s Spring At Five Crowns

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue We were recently invited to explore and taste a sampling of the new Spring Menu at Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar.  Introduced by Chef Alejandra, she’s been cooking up some creativity in the kitchen and we can’t wait to tell you all about it. Chef Alejandra Padilla is the newly appointed Executive Chef at Five Crowns; she is humble, kind and brings to the table a stellar resume of experience.  She also happens to be the winner of the season premiere episode of “Chopped”.   Of course, you would never know any of this unless someone else tells you or you read about it; because she is here to follow her passion, to create dishes that give you comfort and yet surprise you. We don’t usually begin with dessert but...

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One Week After Liposuction Surgery

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored One week after having my Liposuction surgery at CosmetiCare it was time to come in for my one-week follow-up appointment. I didn’t think that I would be off painkillers and driving after a week so I had to schedule my appointment around my husbands work schedule, and so I had to make it for one week and one day after my surgery. Little did I know that I would already be driving the kids to school, off painkillers and even packing school lunches! When I arrived at CosmetiCare a week later, I was already feeling myself again, although I could feel that my body was telling me not to overdo it. My body feels stiff, a little hard to move and I definitely feel best when resting in bed while watching Netflix. But, Dr. Champion had advised that...

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2018 Orange County Easter Dining Guide

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Dining, Easter, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

  Easter is a time for families to come together and create memories that will last a lifetime with enjoying delicious cuisine. While there are many dining choices on Easter, these are our top picks of where to spend the holiday with your family. Easter Feast and Fashionable Fun in the Ballroom Sunday, April 1; seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For this holiday, it’s time to round up the family and hop over to Fashion Island Hotel for an Easter Feast and Fashionable Fun! They’re transforming the Ballroom into a colorful Easter wonderland with live entertainment, kids’ face painting and egg decorating, pictures with the Easter Bunny and a family photo to capture all the fun memories. The bountiful brunch buffet features favorites like made-to-order crepes, seasonal salads, tasty desserts and a selection of kids’ favorites. And...

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Festival Ballet Theatre Presents Coppélia + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 1 comment

  Festival Ballet Theatre will enchant Orange County audiences with its performance of Coppélia on March 24 and 25 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Following a very successful Nutcracker season of sold-out performances, FBT presents the sentimental comic story which will delight audiences with its humor and charm. Set in a small European village, this beloved ballet tells the story of an eccentric inventor, Doctor Coppélius, who creates a life-size dancing doll that looks so lifelike, some believe she is real. When young villager, Franz, becomes infatuated with the doll, he casts aside Swanhilda, his true heart’s desire. Swanhilda shows Franz his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life. Based upon two stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann, Coppélia was originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon, with music by Léo Delibes. Love, laughter and exquisite...

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All Things Boysenberry at the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Family, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 We attended a media preview as a guest of Knott’s Do you know what is just around the corner? It’s delicious, tart, sweet and all wrapped up in a ton of fun. Yes, it’s the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival! All things boysenberry with savory bites, sweet treats along with a variety of fun activities. We most recently had the chance to sample some of the enticing boysenberry themed food and drinks that Knott’s will be serving during the festival. Like us, we think you’ll soon discover that a boysenberry can be creatively used in a variety of dishes. Boysenberry Pierogies with boysenberries, sautéed onions, applewood smoked bacon and a dollop of boysenberry sour cream to top it off. If you’re like us you’ll find comfort in the Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Ribs that simply fall apart atop a bed of...

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70MAI: Smartest Dash Cam

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Autos | 0 comments

 Sponsored Just like in the 70’s there were CB radios in almost every car, this day in age more and more people are installing dash cameras in theirs. The 70MAI: Smartest Dash Cam truly is the smartest dash cam that is on the market. This fully integrated Dash Camera is ideal for everyone as it has so many advanced features that are standard which separates this Camera from the others out on the market. The 70MAI is rechargeable, and it can be charged using the cigarette lighter allowing the camera to stay on it mount where it belongs. When the camera is ready for a charge, the indicator light begins to glow red showing its need for a charge. The best feature of this camera that separates it from the competition is the voice activation feature. It is so...

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Peppa Pig Live + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Surprise! Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her all new theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Surprise! The brand new production features Peppa, George, and all their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises! OINK! Tickets for the brand new ‘Peppa Pig’s Surprise’ SoCal dates are ON SALE NOW! 4/5 Anaheim @ City National Grove 4/7 Thousand Oaks @ Fred Kavli Theatre VIP Peppa Pig Surprise Party Passes are available here. GIVEAWAY! Enter to win 4 tickets to Peppa Pig LIVE at the Grove by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner on March 23rd. Good...

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The Royal Palace on the Disney Dream Cruise Line

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Dining, Disney, Disney Cruise Line, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference After having dinner at the Enchanted Garden Restaurant on the Disney Dream Cruise Line, we couldn’t wait to experience dinner at the highly-acclaimed Royal Palace. Our family was going to attend a pirate party after dinner, so we arrived at the palace in our favorite pirate attire, ready for a delicious dining experience. My children were the most excited to see our servers again, Sudarmaji and Vinay. They treated my children so wonderfully and would perform magic tricks for them. They even knew what my kids favorite foods were after just one night and made some excellent recommendations for them. For the appetizers, I started with the iced lobster and jumbo shrimp. The dish was simple, yet flavorful. It was the perfect prelude to my main course. And, while I...

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48 Hours After Liposuction Surgery

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has been 48 hours since having Liposuction at CosmetiCare, and I am still suffering from some pain that has been well managed with pain medication. I woke-up feeling gross and stinky, ready to have my first shower. Today was all about the “first shower.” It was not an easy process and took both my husband and daughter to help. After the surgery, I was put into a full body suit. Inside of the bodysuit is soft pieces of foam and cotton to help ensure that my stomach maintains the contouring that Dr. Champion worked so hard to achieve for me. When it came to taking off the bodysuit, my husband and daughter went very slow. They carefully took off the hooks and zippers and then removed the foam and cotton. I made one big mistake that I...

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2018 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Dining, Events | 2 comments

  KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, April 7 bringing craft beer, mouthwatering tacos, and live entertainment oceanfront. As the first stop of the festival series — now in its fifth year in Southern California — KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival gives craft beer connoisseurs and taco aficionados the opportunity to sample over 150 brews and a variety of delectable tacos while watching lucha libre style wrestling, playing games, and enjoying live performances by The Offspring, Pennywise, The Vandals, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Unwritten Law, and Los Kung Fu Monkeys. Produced by California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), KLOS Sabroso Craft...

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You’re Invited: Farmhouse Local Artisan Dinner

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

  Farmhouse Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead is pleased to host an evening of unforgettable food and great company on Monday, March 19 from 6-9 p.m. Taking place during Roger’s Gardens’ annual Spring Celebration and benefitting The Ecology Center, the Local Artisan Dinner will feature an exclusive, multicourse menu and beverage pairing highlighting the season’s freshest flavors. Under the stars and amongst the olive trees, meet and mingle with the real stars of the evening, the local food and drink artisans who made the special dinner possible. In attendance will be Evan Marks of The Ecology Center, Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms, Sherry Mandrell of the Tehachapi Grain Project, Peter Schaner of Schaner Family Farms, Meredith Bell of Autonomy Farms, Brian and Robin Christenson of Blinking Owl Distillery, Sara Lezama and Kyle Titterud of Rye Goods Co.,...

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The Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream Cruise Line

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Dining, Disney Cruise Line, Family, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference When planning our upcoming family vacation on the Disney Dream Cruise Line, I didn’t know what to expect when it came to dining. We had the option of selecting one of two different dining times, and we would be assigned to dine at that specific time at a different restaurant each evening. The first evening, we dined at The Enchanted Garden restaurant, and it was one of our favorite restaurants on the cruise ship. The minute that we arrived at the restaurant, we were immediately guided to our private table where we would embark on an epicurean adventure. The staff was already aware of my older sons food allergies, and they came over to go over the allergies with us to ensure that he did not have any issues during...

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Causes, Symptoms & Treatment: Children and Asthma

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored After my youngest son recovered from RSV as an infant, he developed Neutropenia and asthma. While we are grateful that the doctors at CHOC Children’s have been able to get his neutropenic levels up high enough not to need white blood cell replacement (GCSF) anymore, his asthma is something that he will continue to struggle with for years to come. The doctors at CHOC Children’s are the best in Orange County and have played a huge role in not only saving the life of my youngest son but also with helping to manage his neutropenia and asthma. My son is fortunate to now only experience asthmatic systems when sick with a cold, but many children suffer from symptoms year round. I had the honor and pleasure of speaking with Dr. Carlos A. Martinez, a CHOC Children’s pediatrician about...

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Introducing the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

  The Stinger sport sedan has ushered in a new era for Kia and has redefined driving enthusiasts’ opinions of the brand since going on sale in late last year. Continuing that excitement and arriving this summer, the limited-edition Stinger GT Atlantica celebrates the cross-Atlantic collaboration between the U.S. and the vehicle’s Germany-based development roots and introduces exclusive features not previously offered. With only a 500-unit limited-production run, the Atlantica edition is guaranteed to sell out quickly. The Atlantica edition includes unique paint, wheels and Nappa leather interior. Exclusive numbered badging inside and out, along with a bevy of technology and luxury features, make this 2019 Stinger truly something special. Based on the Stinger GT2 AWD, the Atlantica edition is immediately recognizable with its Deep Chroma Blue metallic exterior paint. The aggressive 19-inch alloy wheels come direct from the...

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2018 Orange County St. Patrick’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Dining, Family, Holiday, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

 You’ll have the luck of the Irish this year while enjoying delicious authentic food at one of these top dining destinations in Orange County. The Blind Pig Restaurant + Bar — Rancho Santa Margarita The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar 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. For St. Patrick’s Day this year, the team will offer a selection of $5 craft Irish beers on tap, a featured Irish whiskey for $6, and a single malt flight, along with craft Irish-inspired cocktails to be paired with Irish-themed dishes on special like Bangers & Mash, Irish Beer Battered Fish, and Corned Beef. Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen — Brea, CA & Irvine The Latin inspired menu at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen...

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Tutor Tips: Should My Kid Study in a Group or Alone?

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  Parents often ask if it’s better for students to study alone or in a group. There are benefits and drawbacks to both, and the answer will depend a lot on the individual student’s ability to concentrate and their specific learning needs. Many students find that it’s easier for them to study in a social setting as long as the students they are working with are equally motivated and able to focus on the task at hand. Students who need a little more direction can hire a tutor to run their study group and ensure that every student finishes their assignments or studies for an upcoming exam. Peer motivation One of the best reasons for students to study as part of a group is to receive positive motivation from their peers. When studying solo, many students start to get...

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Must-Have Foods: Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018 in Disney, Family, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The highly-anticipated time has come for the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. The popular event is happening now until April 12th and is the perfect time for families to come and enjoy delicious dishes, and for parents to sip on craft beers and fine wines. Located throughout Disney California Adventure Park are 14 different Marketplaces where guest can go on an epicurean adventure sampling California-inspired small dishes. The highlight of the cuisine at the Food & Wine Festival this year is that the foods feature California-grown ingredients. These are our ten favorite dishes that you’ll not want to miss trying when experiencing the Food & Wine Festival this year. Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib Tacos LA Style Marketplace Salmon Peruvian Poke with Cucumber-lime Salad and Aji Verde Salsa Peppers...

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Healthcare Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

Posted by on Mar 3, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the hardest things about getting older is watching your parents start to age. As a child, I had always wished that my parents would live forever, but now that I am a parent, it is so hard to watch my parents grow old. The one thing I’ve realized is that I am not alone. A lot of my friends are experiencing the same pain, and some have started to have to care for their parents, and even watched some of them pass away from illnesses or old age. Since I have had so many questions about caring for my aging parents, I spoke with Dr. Melissa Rapp at Kaiser Permanente about what our generation needs to know about managing healthcare for our parents. I know there are so many privacy laws when it comes to healthcare,...

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LA Clippers Basketball Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Camp, Family, Featured | 5 comments

 Sponsored The LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps offer an exciting way for kids 6-14 years of age to take their game to the next level. The camps, which are open to children of all different skill levels feature an All-Star group of coaches including former Clippers Players Olden Polynice and Yari Korolev. Participants will receive top level instruction on shooting mechanics, footwork, ball-handling, defense, passing and mental approach to the sport in a fun environment. Camps will take place Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm and will be held throughout LA, Orange County, the I.E. and San Diego. Register today before the camps sell out. Camp Location(s): JUNE 2018 Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15 – CAMP – L.A.C.E.S. (5931 W 18th St, Los Angeles, CA 90035) – 8:00am-3:00pm Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22 – CAMP – Agoura...

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SAJJ Mediterranean: Fast and Healthy Family Dining

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Today I tried out SAJJ Mediterranean, a popular Bay Area restaurant that just opened up their first SoCal location in Rancho Santa Margarita, and I couldn’t wait to share all about it. Their cuisine begins with locally sourced produce, antibiotic/hormone free meats, and they offer many vegan & gluten free options to create fresh, healthy meals. The menu is fully customizable. You go down the assembly line and choose the items you’d like, and can enjoy it in the form of a wrap, bowl, salad bowl, or with pita bread. They also offer traditional Middle Eastern beverages such as Tamarind and Mint Lemonade (which I ordered and was so yummy!). My husband ordered the Steak Shawarma Rice Bowl, and I had the Chicken Bowl, both were super good! Thankfully for my...

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​Gear Up for Iron Horse Family Steampunk Carnivale

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 1 comment

  ​Grab your goggles and parasols, put on your top hats and corsets, and jump into your airships to head over to the Orange Empire Railway Museum on March 17th and 18th for an extraordinary, two-day Steampunk Carnivale festival celebrating the fantasy, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk. Enjoy festivities geared for the entire family as we pay homage to the Victorian Era, Edwardian science fiction, and the Industrial Revolution with the museum’s steam-powered locomotive as the backdrop. Bring the family and celebrate the fantasy, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk. Admission for the event is $15 for ages 12 and up, $10 for ages 5 – 11, ages 4 and under are free. Museum Members receive a $5 per ticket discount. The day’s activities include: Train and vintage trolley rides Steampunk artisans displaying jewelry, handiworks, steam powered contraptions and imaginative...

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Sip and Savor at the OCWineFest

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Come celebrate the oncoming of spring at the upcoming OCWineFest, with festivities March 10 and 11 on the historical grounds of A Stones Throw Winery in San Juan Capistrano. Guests at OCWineFest will learn about and sip award-winning wines from around the globe – including from producers hailing from Israel, Croatia (hello, aged at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea!), Greece, France, as well as those you might be surprised to learn were grown and made right in Orange County and Los Angeles. They haven’t forgotten about beer lovers – the team has specially curated some tasty craft breweries into the mix, honoring the craft beer phenomenon of Southern California. OCWineFest blazes the trail to bring wine and people together – from the newbie to the aficionado – in a way that balances fun, exploration and education. For...

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You’re Invited to the Kia Stinger Experience

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Autos, Events, Kia | 0 comments

  The Kia Stinger Experience is a custom and exclusive event created to feature Kia’s all new high-performance fastback sedan in a professional racetrack setting. You are invited to sign up for this unique experience (only limited availability) during a two-hour adventure that includes education and hands on experience. After arriving onsite, you will be welcomed by the Kia Stinger Experience team to get to know the Stinger better. You will spend time in the hospitality suite learning the skills needed to enjoy your hot laps around the track. Kia’s experienced drivers will assist you in taking on the 0-60 straight away, the slalom, and feel the performance of the vehicle. There will also be an opportunity for you to test out comparable vehicles on the identical course completing the full experience. Nine courses around the US have been...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 22nd Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

  Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 22nd anniversary on Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th. We’re rolling back prices to our original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides! It’s our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years. Irvine Park Railroad, which has become a favorite destination for families from across Southern California, takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates the ride pointing out all of the history inside of the park which is over 100 years old. The Anniversary Celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities including carnival games, a bounce house, panning for gold, face painting, and more. Face painting and panning for gold require two (2) tickets. There are $2 concessions, too, including hot dogs, sodas,...

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Fine Motor Skills Support Academic Success: Tips to Support Your Child

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored Your kids are learning and growing every day…and every moment can be a learning experience for them. When it comes to something as essential as developing fine motor skills, your child benefits from extending this skill at home. For young children, fine motor skills can be learned by fastening clothing, using art materials, putting together a puzzle, and practicing handwriting, with long-term benefits. Why is Developing Fine Motor Skills Important? Fine motor skills are necessary as your child grows and becomes more self-sufficient – grasping and using utensils, buttoning and zipping clothes, making crafts, and writing by hand all fall under the umbrella of fine motor skills. An early and firm grasp of fine motor skills will help as your child learns how to write clearly and legibly. Children who write letters tend to produce more words and...

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2018 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Dining, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Treat your loved one with the perfect Valentine’s Day date night at one of these romantic Orange County dining destinations. AVEO Table + Bar Enjoy a seaside dining experience this Valentine’s Day at AVEO Table + Bar. Executive Chef Collin Thornton has created a special 4-course menu ($89 pp) with standout dishes that mirror the effortless coastal elegance of resort including taragon-poached lobster with a saffron-tomato marmalade, brown butter John Dory with ricotta gnocchi, and an herb-crusted rack of lamb in a raspberry red wine reduction. The final course is a large macaron filled with Itakuja chocolate mousseline, bejeweled halved raspberries, and finished with a sangria reduction. AVEO Table + Bar 1 Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point, CA 92629 949.234.3900 Taco Rosa Taco Rosa takes a different approach to Valentine’s Day, by offering a special experience instead of...

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Teen Tips for Caring for Invisalign at School

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Beauty, Invisalign | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Invisalign The biggest question that my daughter had about Invisalign was, “How will I care for my Invisalign aligners while at school?” When having our consultation with Dr. Passamano in Irvine, he was able to provide my daughter with some great tips on how to care for her Invisalign aligners while at school. The first thing we did when our daughter starting Invisalign treatment was stress the importance of good oral hygiene. Dr. Passamano provided her with a travel toothbrush, and we purchased her a small makeup bag to bring everything she needed. Inside of the makeup bag, we packed the case to hold her Invisalign aligners, a travel toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste. Whenever my daughter is ready to eat at school, she puts her Invisalign aligners into the case, eats lunch, and then...

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Puberty: What Parents Should Expect

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored As children come of age, they begin to start puberty. It can be a confusing time for both the parents and the children, and every child experiences puberty differently. While raising three children, puberty has been very different for all three of them, and I have had to handle it differently with each of them. It is a topic that isn’t discussed as often as the baby and toddler stages, but it should, so I recently talked with Dr. Barbara Stefanides at Kaiser Permanente about what parents should expect about their children starting puberty. The biggest question that I had before my children became teenagers was, “When will they start going through puberty?” What I quickly learned was that my children started at different times from my friend’s children, and my one son was very late starting puberty....

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Festival of Human Abilities + Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Family, Giveaways | 4 comments

  At the Festival of Human Abilities at the Aquarium of the Pacific, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Featured at the festival are hip-hop wheelchair dancers, a sign language choir, a singer who is blind and has autism, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists. Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays, including mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. Cody Unser First Step Foundation will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport. A variety of free creative workshop classes will be held on site, lasting thirty to forty-five minutes per session. Participants will have the opportunity to learn to sing in sign language, create wheelchair art,...

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From Tree to Table: Sweet Desert Dates

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Family, Gardening, Green Living, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Many families are unaware that the Imperial and Coachella Valley is one of the most important farming regions in the state of California. Recently, I went to visit the area to learn more about the farmers, the produce that is grown and how the area is on the cutting edge of preserving water in the farming industry. During my visit, I made a stop at Hadley Date Gardens where I was given a unique opportunity of getting to learn how dates are grown, harvested and packaged for families to purchase. When I arrived at Hadley Date Gardens, the first thing that caught my attention was the beautiful date palm trees. The family owned and operated business has been growing dates for over 70 years. The owner of Hadley Date Gardens, Herb Keck, was there to greet us upon...

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2018 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour + Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Producers of smiles, togetherness, and “How do they do that” wonderment, the Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their “Amazing Feats of Basketball 2018 World Tour” to the southland Feb. 17th to 25th. It’s a great family adventure of wholesome fun that makes for special memories. As America’s icons of sports entertainment, they have broken down barriers and dazzled and dunked their way into the hearts of more than 142 million fans, performing in 123 countries and territories on six continents over the past nine decades. Their one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment with incredible ball handling, hilarious comedy and loads of fan interaction, including a post-game autograph signing. Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario: Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Honda Center in Anaheim Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., and Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.,...

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Snow Tubing at Mt Baldy

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Cool Places, Family, Featured, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia One of my kid’s favorite things to do is go skiing! Unfortunately, we haven’t been lucky enough to get much snow in our local mountains, so during the holiday break, I took my kids to Mt Baldy for the first time to check out their snow tubing. Mt Baldy is a true hidden gem for those who like snow. It is much closer than Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear and is a great skiing facility. The area had not gotten much snow the weekend that we visited, so there was not any snow as we drove up the mountain, but once we got off the chairlift, the ski resort had created a winter wonderland. When there is snow in the area, the ski resort offers skiing, snowboard, and tubing for families to enjoy. The day...

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Glamping in a Tipi under the Stars in Joshua Tree

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Joshua Tree, Kia, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia My daughter and I love visiting unique and fun places. Recently, a listing on Airbnb caught our attention as a place that we wanted to visit, and we added it to our travel bucket list over a year ago. During the holiday break, I surprised my daughter with an overnight to Joshua Tree to go glamping in a tipi! Joshua Tree is just a short drive outside of Palm Springs, so we packed up our Kia Sorento and got ready for an unforgettable mother/daughter adventure in the desert. Before checking into our tipi for the night, we went into Joshua Tree National Park to look for “heart rock.” We went on a beautiful hike and were lucky to find the mysterious heart-shaped rock. As the sun started to set, we got back into the car...

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Tru Grits: Modern Asian Fusion Restaurant

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love when I stumble upon a hidden dining gem in Orange County, and that was the case when I brought my family for dinner at Tru Grits in Anaheim. After a fun day at the Disneyland Resort, we were in search of something delicious and new for dinner that was within close proximity of Disneyland. I had heard a lot of buzz surrounding Tru Grits and decided to bring the family for dinner. The restaurant is located in the most unexpected place – the lobby of a local hotel! Normally, a hotel restaurant is ‘average,’ but that is not the case with this delicious dining destination. The cuisine is modern Asian fusion style that is 110% kid-friendly. Since it was our first time dining at Tru Grits, we decided to...

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Viva Los Tacos Event + Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 6 comments

  Things are getting festive at the MainPlace Mall this month for Viva Los Tacos, a celebration of food, culture and art. Aiming to please, Viva Los Tacos will introduce some the best taco items, chefs and menus the Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles areas has to offer to 1,500 attendees. Viva Los Tacos will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (VIP admission at noon) at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample tacos from the following confirmed Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles restaurants / catering companies: Amor Y Tacos, Botana Express, Carnitas El Momo, Del Real Foods, Día de Los Puercos , El Pepino Loco, El Pollo Norteño, GoodFellas Taco Catering, Infinity Sauces, Kitchen Culture Catering, La Vegana Mexicana, My Taco Guy,...

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Five Ways to Prevent Clogged Drains

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored With a house full of teenagers, we were always faced with the issue of clogged drains. I’ve tried everything from using a bent wire hanger to salt/baking soda, but there is only one thing that I have found to tackle clogged drains, and that is Roto-Rooter. It has been almost a year since using the Roto-Rooter product in our household, and we have noticed a big difference in our plumbing. I have noticed that I don’t have to use the product as often and that our sinks drain faster. I have also been taking these simple steps to help prevent clogged drains in our home. What can you do? One big thing that has helped with clogged shower drains is to use a hair screen on top of the shower drain. Ever since we started using this, I...

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What to Expect at Bella Terra’s New Restaurant: The Public House by Evan’s Brewing Co.

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

 We visited The Public House by Evan’s Brewing Co. as a guest of the restaurant. Bella Terra in Huntington Beach recently gained another restaurant on its property that offers foodies and beer enthusiasts another place to dine and indulge. The Public House by Evans Brewing Co. is the brewery’s second tasting room and restaurant which opened approximately a year after its first location in downtown Fullerton. The venue itself gives off a casual vibe to patrons as they walk in. With multiple TV screens playing various shows and dim lighting to set the mood, the open space is complete with high top and low top tables, bar, and an outdoor, intimate patio space complete with fire pits and keg stools. On Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. through midnight, patrons enjoy live music performed by local musicians. The menu...

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It’s France vs. Italy at Bluewater Grill

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Bluewater Grill is kicking off the 2018 Bluewater Second Tuesday Monthly Tasting Series with a January 9th showdown between Europe’s two famous fish stews paired with hand-selected wines from each country. Following the special events, seafoodies will be able to declare which centuries-old dish is best: French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino. The “French Bouillabaisse vs. Italian Cioppino Tasting Event” – planned for Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Bluewater Grill restaurants in Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Temecula and Phoenix; Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill in Coronado; and Bluewater Avalon on Catalina Island – are part of a month-long competition between the two European fish stews. The $34.95 tasting event features separate bowls of French Bouillabaisse, made with saffron and garlic, and a tomato-based Italian Cioppino, paired with a glass of French Pinot Blanc and an Italian red, respectively. For the first...

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Sparking a Love for Creativity and Literacy at Storymakery

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Reading has never been easy for my youngest son. I had a lot of complications during my pregnancy, and he was born prematurely. He could have had multiple major lifelong challenges, but thankfully he was only left with one – a learning disability. Unfortunately, when you are 10-years-old, a learning disability can feel like the end of the world, and struggling to read can cause endless frustration for a child. The two things that we have been doing to boost his self-confidence is being supportive and finding unique ways for him to learn. One of the best places that I recently discovered that could help do that is at Storymakery at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Storymakery has been open for awhile, and I was always afraid to bring my son in...

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Las Brisas: Ocean Breezes and Delicious Cuisine

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Being invited to Las Brisas is always a welcome treat for us. We love the new menu items that continue to take us by surprise, the views, of course, are stunning and the genuine interaction with their staff (feels like family) always continue to delight us; full of laughter, kindness and impeccable service. A new midday menu has been introduced; exploring fresh ideas and keeping true to the classic favorites. You’ll discover great choices for the light eater, the seafood lover and all things comforting to many of us. Our favorite starters hands down and we think our smiles give it away; Guacamole and the Classic Ceviche with a generous basket of chips. If you are a lover of either or both, you’ll be delighted by their flavors. Order the Laguna...

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4 Things to Ask your Kid’s Tutor this January

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  It’s important for students to play an active role in their supplemental education services, which means asking their Orange County tutors questions and staying involved in the direction their education is taking. Students can inquire about study skills, challenging topics, and deadlines coming up this spring. It’s easy for students to become disassociated with their overall education in the middle of winter but playing an active part in their tutoring sessions will make a huge difference in the big picture. Staying alert can help improve study efficiency, increase a love of learning, and raise a student’s GPA. What should my end-of-year goals be? The first thing students should talk about with their tutor is their end-of-year goals. Between now and June students need to think about midterms and final exams, college entrance exams, scholarship and student loan applications,...

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24 Hours After Liposuction Surgery

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has been 24 hours since my Liposuction surgery, and I am already feeling great. I have spent most of my first day sleeping and getting up every four hours to walk a little and to take my pain medication. I was hoping to start weaning myself off the pain medication today, but it is still too sensitive around my abdominal area to start weaning off the pain medication. This morning, I had my post-op appointment with Dr. Champion at CosmetiCare. I was feeling a little nauseous in the car ride over to the office and was able to manage that with some anti-nausea medication. When I arrived at CosmetiCare, the staff was so kind and immediately took me back to one of the rooms. I looked a little frightening from the thick layer of white cream they put...

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The Day of the Liposuction Procedure

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has been a year since having my breast lift surgery. I told myself that I would give 110% to trying to get my pre-baby body back naturally for one year. I tried everything. I tried every diet. I tried every exercise, and yet I wasn’t able to get my body back. One year after my breast surgery, I scheduled my appointment to have liposuction done at CosmetiCare with Dr. Champion. The morning of the surgery, I was very nervous. I woke up early. Took a shower with the special cleanser that CosmetiCare provided me with, dried my hair, got on my loosest clothes, and then got into the car to head to CosmetiCare. When I arrived at CosmetiCare; the staff welcomed me into the office. They took me back into the pre-op room. In the pre-op room...

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2017 Orange County New Year’s Eve Dining Events

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Dining, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

  Looking for somewhere to ring in the New Year? These are the hottest dining spots to ring in the New Year in Orange County. Ways & Means Oyster House 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 All aboard for Ways & Means Hawaiian New Year’s Bash! Throw on your cheesy Love Boat costume and get ready for a night of music & dancing! Guests can enjoy themed cocktails, costume contests, and giveaways all night long! Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails 2607 Main Street Irvine, CA 92614 Start the year off in a charitable way with Andrei’s special New Year’s Eve menu (100% of the net profits are donated to The Andrei Foundation). For $89 per person, with an optional $30 wine pairing, guests will enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu, fun party favors and complimentary champagne toast...

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Giving the Gift of Handmade Gifts

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Christmas, Crafts, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite gifts to give are those that are handmade. This holiday season, we took a break from the holiday stress and spent an afternoon decorating stockings to fill with Welch’s holiday fruit snacks for some of our family and friends. We decided to fill the stockings with Welch’s fruit snacks vs. candy because they are made with real fruit (which is the first ingredient), they are 100% DV vitamin C, 25% DV Vitamin A&E, fat-free, gluten-free, and have no preservatives – making them a great alternative to candy. It was a fun afternoon as my kids added buttons, bells, and stickers to the red stockings. Once we were done decorating the festive stockings, we filled them up with lots of Welch’s fruit snacks before delivering them. When our friends saw the handmade stocks, it brought...

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Music Comes to Life in Motown the Musical

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Kia, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue It has become one of our favorite family traditions to visit The Segerstrom Center for the Arts. From classical ballets to upbeat musicals, my family and I always love going to see performances at the Segerstrom Center. When I learned that Motown the Musical was going to be part this season’s Broadway series, I couldn’t wait for the night when I would get to see the musical. Before going to the show with my Dad, my Mom and older brother had already been to seen it and could not stop talking about how great it was, which got me even more excited. My dad has been listening to Motown Music since I was a young child, and I couldn’t wait to experience the story of how Motown Music came to be...

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Extreme Beer Festival

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue “Extreme Beer: A beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing through creativity and innovation.” This definition, which was featured in the festival’s program book, truly describes what Extreme Beer Festival is all about – showcasing independent breweries who are experimenting with flavors, evolving beer styles, and shaping the future of the beer industry. We had the pleasure of attending Los Angeles’ inaugural Extreme Beer Festival at the California Market Center on Saturday, December 9. Between the afternoon and evening sessions, attendees collectively tasted more than 200 beers from over 60 breweries. Arriving to the festival’s location was fairly easy – thanks to the train and a prominent ridesharing app. After we shared an elevator ride with attendees to the 13th floor, we were surprised to see a fairly large yet intimate...

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What to Expect During Your Liposuction Pre-Op Appointment

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored It had been a couple of months since deciding to have Liposuction with Dr. Champion at CosmetiCare and scheduling my appointment when it was time to come into the office for my pre-op appointment. Since I had a breast surgery with Dr. Niccole at CosmetiCare last November, I had a rough idea of what to expect, but the questions I had were much different. After scheduling my surgery, I received a letter in the mail with my surgery and pre-op dates along with some very important paperwork. This paperwork is important for you to read over thoroughly as it has everything you need to know leading up to your surgery. Some of the key things are that you can’t have is alcohol, vitamins, tea or protein powders at least two weeks before your surgery. It is important not...

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There Should be No Shame or Embarrassment about Liposuction

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sponsored I have been a patient at CosmetiCare for the past four years. A little over a year ago, I started having consultations with Dr. Niccole about having a ‘mommy makeover’ done. I was tired of not feeling comfortable with my body. I had grown to trust the doctors at CosmetiCare and knew that they could help me achieve my goal of getting my pre-baby body back. I had multiple consultations before scheduling my first surgery, and I went back and forth many times about whether or not I would have liposuction done along with my mastopexy (breast lift). During one of my consultations with Dr. Niccole, we decided just to do the breasts and see if I would be able to drop the weight/inches over the year following my surgery. After my breast surgery, I was so happy...

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Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Autos, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored This past weekend my son Andrew and I attended the Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge. Mercury Insurance in partner with The Anaheim Ducks and the California Highway Patrol designed this course specifically for new drivers and teenagers who have obtained their learners permit or will be doing so within a week or so after attending this informative event. With my son getting his permit this month, I knew that it was the perfect time to take him to experience this day of driver education. When we arrived at the Honda Center, we had the opportunity to check out a CHP Patrol Car and a CHP motorcycle. These vehicles are impressive to take a look at especially when the officers that drive them are there to tell you how fast they go and how they use the vehicles. We...

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Thanksgiving Blessings

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  When I was growing up my mother often said, “The only thing in life that’s certain is change.” Over the years these words have resonated with me to varying degrees depending on the happenings of my life at a given moment, but they rang especially true for our family this holiday season. We were set to go out of town for Thanksgiving when we received the unexpected news that our daughter had to have surgery. Rather than hopping in the car to visit family we found ourselves unpacking for vacation and packing hospital bags instead. The sheer disappointment of missing the trip was an obstacle in and of itself, but facing the fear of surgery and the shock of the situation was more than we bargained for. Now that some time has passed and I’ve had a minute...

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Track the Paw Prints to Free Educational Classes at New Library

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Crafts, Education, Events | 0 comments

  Follow the painted bobcat and mountain lion paw prints prancing on the sidewalk to the new Library of the Canyons. Inside, watch out for the skunk, coyote and raccoon paw prints crawling up the walls to cave style paintings by local artist, Robert Myers. Throughout the children’s section, kids discover interactive displays, puzzles, puppet theatre and crafts. My son and his friends especially enjoy the library’s educational programs. The only place my son wants to be on Monday’s at 4 p.m. is at the library’s Crazy Eight’s math class. His favorite lesson dealt with sound waves. He made a pan flute from straws and noticed the changes in pitch from the different lengths of straw. Then he and his classmates headed outside to test the decibels of the flutes with an app on the children’s librarian, Shanon Delaney’s...

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Back Bay Bistro: Brunch with Santa

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Dining, Holiday | 0 comments

  Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, great food and Mr. Claus himself at Brunch with Santa on Saturdays, December 16 and 23. The restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve as well with a special Sunday Brunch with Santa featuring fresh seafood and bottomless mimosas. Brunch seatings are available from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For those who wish to dine out on Christmas Eve, Back Bay Bistro is hosting a gourmet, six course Christmas Eve dinner highlighting seasonal sides, three main course options and festive desserts with seatings from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Dinner Menu: First Course Winter Mixed Greens with candied pecans, cranberries and blueberries with raspberry vinaigrette Second Course Roasted Tomato Bisque with garlic croutons and...

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Top 10 Holiday Toys at Best Buy

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you searching for the best toys at the best prices this holiday season? Best Buy is our go-to place for holiday toy shopping this year because they have the hottest holiday toys at the best prices in town. Wondering what to get your kids this year? These are our top ten holiday toys that can be found at your local Best Buy. DropMix Music Gaming System DropMix lets you play music like never before! In collaboration with the creators of Rock Band and Dance Central, this fast-paced music mixing game gives you a new way to collect, discover and combine favorite tracks. Compete with your friends (up to 4 players) and create unexpected song mixes! Keep the music pumping with 3 ways to play: freestyle, clash, and party. Sphero – BB-9E App-Enabled Droid BB-9E™ is a menacing...

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Discovery Cube OC Winter Wonderfest + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 14 comments

 Sponsored Snow is coming to Orange County at Discovery Cube OC, so bundle up and experiment with ramps and friction, while enjoying all-day snow play and tubing at Winter Wonderfest. Experience a lesson in physics as you whoosh down a huge 75-foot ramp on inflatable tubes. But, where do you move the fastest — near the top or bottom? Find other frosty delights in the snow play area, where snowmen are under icy construction with the help of your imagination! Sledding down a snow-covered hill is part of the snow-filled festival, too. Slip your hands in some mittens and dig deeper into this brrr-illiant topic. Winter Wonderfest is fun for the entire family and allows kids and adults to experience a snow-filled day without leaving Southern California! Dates: December 16th-17th December 22nd-January 7th Where: Discovery Cube OC 2500 N...

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Give the Gift of Magic this Holiday

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Tech, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite places to spend time together as a family is at the Disneyland Resort. Since my children love creating memories at this magical place, I decided to bring the magic home this year by getting them the new Xbox game Disneyland Adventures. Earlier this month, I went to the Disneyland Hotel to learn more about the games Disneyland Adventures and Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure from the creators themselves. I arrived at the Disneyland Hotel and went to the Sleeping Beauty Pavilion where I would embark on a magical journey while playing these two new innovative games. We were lucky to have Jorg Neumann, Head of Production, Microsoft Studios and John Dongelmans, Marketing Director, 1st Party Games walk us through everything we needed to know about the two new games. We started with Rush: A...

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LA Auto Show: Kia Steals the Show

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Autos, Kia | 0 comments

 Sponsored I have been attending the LA Auto Show for many years, and this year there was one clear brand that truly stood out amongst the rest – Kia. As I arrived at the LA Auto Show, the convention center had the Kia logo branded all over the building, letting guests know that it is the brand they don’t want to miss seeing. As I entered the show floor, Kia had the corner booth right by the door, and I found myself not wanting to explore further after spending time exploring their vehicle line-up. The first car that caught my eye was the beautiful Kia Stinger. The car is a true Gran Turismo with an innovative design, dynamic features, a powerful engine. The Stinger has a top speed of 167 mph and can go 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. It...

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8th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 11 comments

  You’re invited to bring the family to Christmas with the Critters and enjoy a festive day at the Rancho Wildlife Foundation. There will be a visit from Santa, bounce houses, crafts, live holiday musical performances, and more! You can even watch the resident exotic animals open their Christmas presents, including a Bengal tiger, zebras, African servals and other beautiful animals. Lunch is included with the purchase of entrance tickets! Sunday, December 17th 11am to 3pm Pre-sale general adult tickets $15, 3-12 years $10, 2 and under are free. Door general adult tickets $20, 3-12 years $15, 2 and under are free. Where: Rancho Las Lomas 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, Ca 92676 Parking is required $8 per car. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook post. We will pick one random...

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Give Your Children the Gift of Learning

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Deals, Education, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your kids this year that will encourage them to love learning? Well, we have found it. Every year, our holiday tree has a ton of gifts under it that doesn’t stimulate my kid’s brains, so this year, I have been on the hunt for educational toys to gift them this year. One of my favorite educational toys that I have found is the Omano JuniorScope Microscope. The new Omano JuniorScope is the perfect microscope for your young scientist. The JuniorScope is a high quality, easy to use microscope built with kids in mind. With the JuniorScope, your kids can look at everything from plant cells to water bears. Unlike other children’s microscopes, the JuniorScope has precision glass optics, is easy to use, and gives a crystal clear image of...

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Helping Kids Fight the Fear of Monsters

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the hardest parts of parenting is helping children to overcome the fears of monsters in their room. For almost his entire life, my younger son has had a fear of my master bathroom closet, thinking that a ‘grey monster’ lives in the darkness of all our clothes. Over the years, I have tried everything to help him overcome the fear, and nothing has seemed to work. All of my friends and family had told me that it was something that he would outgrow, but unfortunately, he is almost 11 years old, and will still not go anywhere near our closet because of the fear of that terrifying monster. When talking with my of my friends about the subject over lunch, she advised me that she had recently learned about The Sweet Dream Box that is helping...

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Back Bay Bistro: Stress-Free Holiday Meals

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

 Sponsored Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because it is the one holiday where I host all of our family and friends. This year was a little bit different for me because I had planned a major surgery to be the day before the holiday so that I would have my family home to help me with the recovery. Everyone in my family insisted that I cancel Thanksgiving, but after almost twenty years of hosting the holiday I looked for other options to make hosting easier, and that was when I learned about the Back Bay Bistro Thanksgiving to-go option. With Back Bay Bistro being the premier place for families to dine out on Thanksgiving, I knew that the to-go meal would not disappoint and that my family would be able to enjoy a delicious meal while...

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Under $50

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 1 comment

 Sponsored Looking for the perfect gift for a teenager or the person who has everything? Verizon has some great holiday gift ideas this year and these are our top picks to buy for less than $50! Google Home Mini: add smarts to your home (even multiple rooms). Get hands-free help in any room with this voice-activated speaker. It’s powered by the Google Assistant. You can ask it questions and tell it to do things. Square Credit Card Reader: the perfect gift for the someone on your list running a small biz. Griffin Stylus – have a tablet or looking to be a bit more precise with your touchscreen, the Griffin Stylus will give you precision without pricing you out. Cases – from Kate Spade, to Tech 21, protect your devices without breaking the bank. The UA Protect Grip Case...

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Creating Memories at Mimi’s Cafe

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 I am a Mimi’s Ambassador Whenever my daughter has a day off of school, we spend the afternoon having lunch together. We love trying new places around Orange County and also dining at some of our favorites like Mimi’s Cafe. It had been awhile since we had dined at Mimi’s Cafe, and we always tend to dine at the restaurant during dinner, so we decided to stop in for lunch on Veterans Day. When we arrived, there was a line that went out the door. Everyone in Irvine had the same idea in mind of having lunch at Mimi’s Cafe that afternoon. The staff worked quickly to get every guest seated at a quick pace, and within minutes we were sipping on ice tea and looking over the lunch menu. While we were looking over the menu, our server...

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Food Network Star Pays Visit to OCSA’s Culinary Students

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Dining, Education | 0 comments

  Laughter filled the room as celebrity Chef Alex Guarnaschelli impressed Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) students from The Mekjian Family Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory with her expertise and down-to-earth personality during an exclusive OCSA master class held on Thursday, Nov. 9. Executive chef at Butter restaurant in New York City, Guarnaschelli is also a winner of the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and a judge on “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior.” Early in her career, she spent seven years cooking at restaurants in France, including Guy Savoy and La Butte Chaillot. OCSA students, parents and VIP guests excitedly filled the school’s Event Center for a private demonstration from Guarnaschelli about creating herb-infused olive oils to transform an ordinary meal into a gourmet dish. She cooked olive oil with thyme, curly-leaf parsley and rosemary, and used it...

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Mom’s Night Out Holiday Cooking Class

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Christmas, Dining, Education, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Enjoy a night out with friends or a special date night where you can learn some cooking basics, drink wine, eat what you cook, and have a great time! The classes provide hands on, practical culinary experience under the guidance of Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA)’s renowned Chef Instructors in their world-class teaching kitchens. Monday, December 4th – Fresh Pasta Anyone? Monday, December 11th – A Night in the Mediterranean Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $60 per class Ages 21+ Cost of registration includes beer and wine! Registration is currently available...

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