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

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

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

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Farmhouse New Spring Menu and Seasonal Cocktails

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

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

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Disney’s Aladdin Far From Agrabah Book + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Books, Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 49 comments

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

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Unleash Your Creativity with the Buddha Board

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

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

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San Pedro Fish Market Grille

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

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

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What to Expect from CoolSculpting at CosmetiCare

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

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

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16th Annual Pacific Islander Festival + Giveaway

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

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

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Girls Inc. Summer Program

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

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

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A Passage to Little India: Orange County Walking Food Tour

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

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

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Best Places in Orange County for Easter Brunch

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

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

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Moulin Opens in San Clemente

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

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

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Spring Break Fun at Dana Point Harbor

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

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

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Farmer Boys Debuts New Burgerless Burger

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

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

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Free Chronic Tacos at OC Beach Cleanup

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

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

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Five Must-Have Foods at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

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

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

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Roasted Garlic and Heirloom Tomato Flatbread Recipe

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

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

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The Best Bra for Breast Implants

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

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

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Wagyu Week Returns to Sushi Roku Newport Beach

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

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

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

Posted by on Mar 25, 2019 in Autos, Events, Family | 1 comment

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

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The Best in Tech for Spring Breakers

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

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

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America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC

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

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

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Seaside Baker: Decadent Fruit Desserts

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

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

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Best Wine Is The One Enjoyed With Friends

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

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

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Indian Cooking Classes at Adya in Anaheim

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

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

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Tangerine and Radish Salad with Fresh Mint and Fennel

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

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

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach

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

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

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Family Craft

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

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

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Pretend City Kidstock Music & Arts Festival + Giveaway

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

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

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Knott’s Boysenberry Pie Frozen Yogurt at Yogurtland

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

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

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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

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

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

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Kiwi Berries and Burrata Avocado Toast

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

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

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Kiwi Berries and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil and Ricotta

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

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

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Squash Blossom and Burrata Flatbread Recipe

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

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

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Minnie: Bow Be Mine + Giveaway

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

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

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19th Annual Taste of Huntington Beach

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

The Annual Taste of Huntington Beach will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the HB Sports Complex. The event is held from noon to 4 p.m. with an exclusive VIP reception from 11 a.m. to noon. The Taste of Huntington Beach showcases the best local culinary talents and the region’s top wineries and breweries. For one all-inclusive price, attendees enjoy unlimited samples and sips from some of the area’s finest establishments. All proceeds from the event go to the Children’s Department of the Huntington Beach Public Library. Since 2001, The Friends of the Children’s Library and the HB Restaurant Association have helped the Taste of Huntington Beach raise more than $600,000 for the HB Children’s Library! Taste of Huntington Beach Ticket Pricing General Admission tickets are $70 and includes: – Unlimited tastes of food from 50 of...

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A Little Book of Cheese at Melissa’s Produce

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

Cheese? Yes, please! When I got an invite to attend a celebration of Chef Debbi Dubbs cookbook, A Little Book of Cheese, I immediately said, “Yes!” When I arrived at Melissa’s Produce, the kitchen smelled amazing. There were multiple dishes featuring cheese, and I quickly learned that the aromatic dish was the minestrone soup. I enjoyed a quick meet and greet with Chef Debbi. She signed a cookbook for me to bring home to my daughter, and also gave me a copy of her second cookbook. Next, it was time to taste some of her recipes. Lunch at Melissa’s Produce I started by trying her apple pecan salad with goat cheese. Then, I had a taste of the Italian chopped salad. Both of the salads were amazing, but I found myself going back for seconds of the Italian chopped...

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Lemon and Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Squash blossoms are one of my favorite foods. During the summer, I grow squash blossoms in our backyard garden and enjoy cooking with them. One of my favorite things to do with squash blossoms is to stuff them with second favorite food – cheese. Where to Find Squash Blossoms Knowing how much I love squash blossoms, our friends at Melissa’s Produce, surprised me this week with a box of beautiful squash blossoms. When you purchase squash blossoms, you’ll want to prepare something with them right away – they do not hold long in the refrigerator. We were so lucky to get so many squash blossoms that my daughter and I made lemon and ricotta stuffed squash blossoms. Plus, we also made a squash blossom and burrata pizza to pair with it. It was the most delicious night ever in...

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Lunch Specials and Bottomless Mimosas at Sapphire Laguna

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

This month marks 12 years of culinary excellence at Sapphire Laguna, where comfort cuisine meets exotic innovation, and from February 25th through March 3rd, Chef Azmin Ghahreman will host a weeklong anniversary celebration! Sapphire Laguna Anniversary Lunch February 25th through March 1st $12 Lunch Entrées – Guests are invited to enjoy any entrée on the Sapphire Laguna Lunch Menu for $12. Not only is the weather perfect for dining al fresco, but lunch menu is filled with mouth-watering dishes like our Chicken & Kimchi Stir-Fry Noodle, Sautéed Shrimp Pasta, and signature Kobe Beef Havarti Cheeseburger! Lunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11am to 2:30pm. Sapphire Laguna Anniversary Brunch March 2nd and 3rd $12 Bottomless Mimosas – Just when you thought our Weekend Brunch couldn’t get any better… Sapphire Laguna offers $12 Bottomless Mimosas during Brunch service from 9am...

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Cherimoya Coconut and Chicken Chili Recipe

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 1 comment

Have you ever heard of a Cherimoya before? Me either. The one thing that I love about Melissa’s Produce is that they offer exotic produce, and introduces families to new culinary possibilities. When I received a package from Melissa’s Produce containing Cherimoya, I didn’t know what to do with it. I did some research, and found that it is best paired with tropical fruits like coconut. When doing my research on Cherimoya, I learned that you need to be cautious with this type of produce. The skin and the seeds are toxic, but the fruit is delicious. I waited until my Cherimoya was ripe (a soft brown hue). Then, it was time to explore the amazing fruit. There was little online that talked about Cherimoya, and I was struggling with what to make with it. It was a cold,...

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Best First Electric Shaver for Teen Boys

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Family, Health, Tech | 0 comments

This Philips Norelco electric shaver story is in partnership with Best Buy I was starting to think that my teenager would never develop facial hair, but as he past his 16th birthday, I suddenly started to notice a small shadow over his lip. The time had finally come for him to get his first shaver, and since I wanted to avoid him cutting up his face, I knew that he needed an electric shaver. During the holidays, I wanted to leave one for him under the tree. I knew that if Santa had given it to him, that he would use it more than if his mommy gave it to him. So, I went to our local Best Buy and started doing some research on shavers. The staff at Best Buy is the best. They are always so informative,...

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DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising Interactive Game

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Tech | 1 comment

DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising is brought to you in partnership with Universal Pictures After seeing How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World with my children, I fell in love with the heartfelt family film. Then, after talking about the film with America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel I loved the movie even more. In celebration of the release of the film in theaters this Friday, Universal Games and Digital Platforms has released a new interactive game inspired by the movie. Plus, players can get rewarded by earning an in-game exclusive scene from the film How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. In DreamWorksDragons: Titan Uprising, players can become the ultimate puzzle champion as they reunite with Toothless and Hiccup in their fight to save the island of Berk from the nefarious Dragonroot Company. Alongside other fearless trainers, fans...

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Romanesco and Bacon Quiche Recipe

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

After roasting some fresh romanesco that I had received from Melissa’s Produce, I was excited to make something delicious for my family. With breakfast being one of our favorite meals of the day, I decided to make a romanesco and bacon quiche. And, it was delicious. If you’re not familiar with romanesco, it is a delicious vegetable. My kids are always fascinated with how it looks, and that makes them want to eat more of it. It is often served in pastas or as a side dish. You can find the freshest romanesco online or at a retailer that sells Melissa’s Produce. Romanesco and Bacon Quiche Recipe The dish is super simple to make. Plus, it is great to bring to your next girlfriend get together or to serve to your kids on a weekend morning. You can either...

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Best Breakfast in Mérida: Rosas & Xocolate

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Dining, Featured, Mérida, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Rosas & Xocolate as a guest of Mérida After using the (CBX) Cross Border Xpress to catch a flight out of Tijuana with Volaris conveniently, Xperiencia Maya picked us up in Mérida to bring us to Rosas & Xocolate for breakfast. Decor of Rosas & Xocolate in Mérida The first thing that made with fall in love with Rosas & Xocolate was the beautiful pink building. The hotel and restaurant looked like something out of a movie, and I couldn’t wait to taste their food. We walked into the restaurant, and they led us to the perfect table on their outdoor patio. Our table was right next to a pond when I enjoyed the relaxing sounds of the small fountain. After sitting in the restaurant for a few minutes, all the stresses from traveling melted away....

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Indulgent Dinner with Daou and Black Angus

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined at Black Angus as a guest of the venue What a great evening we had when Black Angus and Daou Winery invited us to dine with them. Yes, these two have decided to partner and bring us a new menu complimented by the well known and delicious wines of Daou. Black Angus recently remodeled the Lakewood, Ca location; it has a bright, fresh, contemporary design; a brand new take on Black Angus for all of us yet still full of that familiar comfort. Introducing a new menu went hand in hand, and it has the “wow” factor! We were dining on Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli on Baby Greens, as Chef David Bolosan teased us with the most delicious flavors. We were excited to discover what other dishes were going to be shared. One of our favorite...

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Kiwano Horned Melon Fruit Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

In my family, when salsa is made it is eaten within the first couple of hours. Instead of going to the regular grocery store and buying salsa I decided to try to make some with the recent kiwano (horned melon) I got from Melissa’s Produce. I told my family that I was making kiwano fruit salsa and they were so excited! Before I tell you how to make the salsa I should give you a little bit of background about the kiwano horned melon. It is part of the cucumber family and could also be known as the African Horned Melon. A ripe kiwano melon has an orange outside with mini spikes. Be careful, they can tend to be pointy. The health benefits of kiwano melon are extraordinary. There are countless vitamins such as, Vitamin B, zinc, potassium, and...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 32 comments

Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd anniversary on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th. 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 activities including carnival games, a bounce house, panning for gold, face painting, and more. Some activities require two (2) tickets. There are $2 concessions, too, including hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, and popcorn. The $2...

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Electrifying Harlem Globetrotters Return to SoCal

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 51 comments

Committed to bringing fans the best experience and most electrifying athletes on the planet, the Harlem Globetrotters will give their fans a chance to get closer than ever to the action and team’s stars with their brand-new Fan Powered World Tour, which is set to come to the Los Angeles area in February. Harlem Globetrotters Schedule *Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State University Friday, February 15 at 7pm. *Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario Saturday, February 16 at 2pm and 7pm. *STAPLES Center in Los Angeles Sunday, February 17 at 2pm. *Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday, February 23 at 2pm and 7pm. At each Globetrotters game, there will be more than 20 opportunities before, during, and after each event where fans will get a chance to directly interact with the team’s stars – that’s a 30-percent increase over any...

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In Melissa’s Kitchen with Nancie McDermott

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Last week, I had the honor of visiting Melissa’s Produce for a cooking demo by the highly renowned author, Nancie McDermott. I was in for a treat. Not only did I get a chance to sample some of the foods from her cookbook, Fruit: a Savor the South, by I also got to learn so much from her. My favorite thing that they served from her cookbook was a Horchata de Melon cantaloupe seed drink. It was light, refreshing, and boasted with fresh flavors. It was so delicious that I ended up going back for seconds (and maybe thirds). Another highlight from the luncheon was her arugula salad with persimmon. Persimmon is a fruit that I don’t often serve to my children, and to be honest, I usually forget about it. Having the fresh Persimmon from Melissa’s Produce paired...

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Love is in the air in Orange County as sweethearts make dining arrangements to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one they love. We have found the best restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Orange County. Montage Laguna Beach Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6000 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach Studio’s Six-Course Valentine’s Dinner Created for Gourmet Lovers Thursday, February 14 Chef Ben Martinek is serving heartfelt selections to delight couples who desire impeccably served, delicious food presented in a stunning Craftsman-style ocean view setting. The meal begins with an amuse-bouche of Shigoku Oyster on the Half Shell and next is Kampachi Crudo with romanesco, pearl onion, green strawberry, kaluga royal caviar and hearts of palm. Then Smoked Santa Barbara Red Abalone with forbidden black rice, cauliflower mushrooms and wasabi-english pea pearls is served. The third course is...

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How to Cut a Kiwano Horned Melon

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

When I first read about Kiwano horned melons in the Melissa’s Great Book of Produce, I was a little bit confused on how to open and eat them. I eventually figured it out and I am here to now share that knowledge with you. If you do not know what a kiwano horned melon is, it is a orange melon (about the size of a mango) and it has little spiked on it. The fruit is a little intimidating, but cutting it open is really no that hard. All you need to do to begin is wash the fruit and cut it right down the middle. Make sure it is longways (like a hot dog) and straight down the middle. Once the melon is cut you might be a little confused about what is on the inside. Inside the...

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Valentine’s Day Date Night Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Valentine's Day | 65 comments

Pamper your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day by spending the day at The District at Tustin Legacy. We have created a guide to having an unforgettable day with the love of your life. Start your day with a little bit of pampering and relaxation by getting a couples massage at Massage Envy. You’ll be able to connect with your mind, body, and soul making your love for each other stronger than ever. After a little zen, it’s time for some fun. Get on your bowling shoes and get ready for a game of bowling at Bowlmor Lanes. You’ll laugh. You’ll enjoy a friendly competition. Plus, you’ll get in a little work-out before lunch. Next, it’s time for lunch. There are multiple dining choices at The District at Tustin Legacy. There is a lot of love put into the sandwiches at...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center: Camp Pinniped

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for children, ages 8 – 13, to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! A perfect experience for budding veterinarians, scientists and animal lovers! Campers learn how their animal care team rehabilitates their seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Each day has a different theme in order to provide a well-rounded study of our ocean environment. Each theme is creatively reinforced through hands on activities, science labs and crafts. Campers leave empowered with ways they can help protect and preserve our oceans. Every summer has new content so campers who return keep on learning! Pacific Marine Mammal Center Camp Hours Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00...

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Lunar New Year 2019: South Coast Plaza Dining

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Select South Coast Plaza restaurants have created special dishes in honor of the Lunar New Year! Celebrate the year of the pig by enjoying delicious cuisine at one of these premier restaurants. AnQi by House of AN February 5-10, 2019 from 5 – 10 p.m. Join AnQi for a festive Lunar New Year. Start the Year of the Pig with beautiful décor, “Li Xi” Good Luck Red Envelope; and Heaven & Earth Good Luck Prosperity Menu of specials served at dinner only. Dishes include Quail Congee with Crispy Egg, Szechwan Stir Fry Egg Noodles with Tofu, Steamed Filet of Sea Bass in Sesame Shoyu, Crispy Skin Pork Belly with Harvest Root Vegetables and Gingerbread Pudding with Kumquat Ice Cream. Specials $12-$33; à la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity) 714.557.5679 Water Grill Now through February...

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Upscale Pizza at Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined at Pitfire Pizza as a guest of the venue Pizza is the key to my heart. There can never be too much pizza in your life. So, when our family plans dinner out, we usually end up having pizza. There are so many choices when it comes to having pizza in Orange County, and I am always looking for somewhere new to try. Recently, we went to Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa, and it was love at first bite. Ambiance at Pitfire Pizza The downside to many pizza places is the ambiance. They are usually loud and have kids running everywhere. What I love the most about Pitfire Pizza is the ambiance. The restaurant has a beautiful bar in the center, multiple tables, and a beautiful outdoor patio. If you’re looking for a more upscale pizza place...

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How To Roast Romanesco

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

Romanesco is one of my all-time favorite vegetables. While at Melissa’s Produce last month, I was able to bring home some to prepare a dish for my family. Melissa’s Produce Description of Romanesco Though Romanesco looks like a vegetable from another planet, it is a member of the Brassica family that includes cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. The bright green symmetrical spirals of varying sizes are actually individual buds of the plants flower. It is believed that Italian farmers in the 16th developed the variety through cross-breeding. Romanesco tastes very similar to cauliflower, but with a slightly nuttier, earthier flavor. Regular-sized Romanesco is about the same size of a normal head of cauliflower; there is also a “teenage” Romanesco, which is about half the size. How to Eat Romanesco The vegetable can be enjoyed raw. I will often chop it...

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Roasted Fennel Pizza Made With Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

Making pizza has been an activity I have grown up doing. I love spreading the dough and putting all the toppings on top especially when it is with my family. Furthermore, I love finding fun, new ingredients to put on the pizza. When we received fresh fennels from Melissa’s Produce, my mom and I just knew that we had to make a roasted fennel pizza. Roasting Melissa’s Produce Fennel We started by roasting the Fennel the night before and they smelled so good! It got me excited to make the pizza the next night. I have never cooked with fennels before, so had excitement about adding something new to something that I love making…pizza. My mom helped me plan out the recipe and we began cooking. We set up the kitchen and began to cook. We started by making...

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Orange County Super Bowl Dining Guide

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Deals, Events, Featured | 0 comments

The big game is this weekend, and some of the top restaurants in Orange County are hosting some tasty specials. Don’t watch the game alone at home. Enjoy it with the company of other foodies in OC at one of these top places to see the Super Bowl. Bad to the Bone 31738 Rancho Viejo Rd. San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 The Super Bowl is next weekend, and with the Rams set to face off, Orange County is going to be buzzing with excitement. Everyone knows the best food to watch the big game with is BBQ… which is why fans should let Bad to the Bone BBQ handle the game day snacks! Bad to the Bone BBQ, is the perfect spot to catch the game or score big with a Super Bowl Take-Out package. With a dozen high...

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ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

The Queen Mary welcomes back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI on February 16-17, 2019. ScotsFestival & International Highland Games Celebrate the Queen Mary’s rich Scottish legacy first hand through a full schedule of authentic Scottish activities. Including, the new North American Professional Highland Games, dancing, entertainment, and cuisine. Plus, tastings all in honor of the Queen Mary’s Scottish heritage. Construction began on the Queen Mary eighty-eight years ago in the quaint seaside town of Clydebank, Scotland. The craftsmanship of the Queen Mary exemplifies the country’s finest work. Today its heritage is celebrated through the two-day ScotsFestival, honoring true Scottish culture. ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXVI welcomes nearly fifty Scottish clans and vendors throughout the festival weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and the new North American Professional...

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Creating Memories at The Summit House

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Dining, Family, Fullerton | 0 comments

We dined at The Summit House as a guest There are so many fantastic restaurants to create memories with your family in Orange County. But, few offer an intimate dining experience, delicious cuisine, and stunning views like The Summit House. During the holidays, we dined at The Summit House in Fullerton for the first time and decided to make it one of our new holiday traditions. Fairytale Restaurant The restaurant looks like it just came out of a fairytale. The minute that we pulled up to the valet, I was swept away and embarked on an epicurean adventure. After checking in with the hostess, our evening began with cocktails in the lounge. The Summit House Lounge It was a weeknight that we dined at the restaurant, but it was full of people laughing, enjoying each others company, and creating...

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From Mexico to Malibu: The Lula Cocina Cookbook

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 1 comment

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know how much love I have for Mexico. Last year, I traveled to the country over ten times, and currently working on purchasing a home in Mexico. I love the food. I love the people. I love everything about Mexico. Cookbook Event at Melissa’s Produce When my friends at Melissa’s Produce invited me to an event to learn about a Mexican food cookbook, I cleared my calendar to attend. There is nothing I love better than authentic Mexican food, and when doing some research on the author, I learned that she is also the owner of Lula’s Mexican Restaurant in Santa Monica. Plus, I used it as a great opportunity to wear the new belt that I just got in Mexico City. As usual, I arrived at Melissa’s...

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dance Class

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

We attended The Nutcracker and the Four Realms event as a guest of Disney One of the best things about Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is the music. While in Los Angeles a couple of months ago, I went to Pro Dance LA. At Pro Dance LA I got to experience a Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dance Class. The best part, is that it was taught by some of the cast from Dancing with the Stars/Dancing with the Stars Junior. Who you might ask? The amazing, and talented Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten & Gleb Savchenko. Not only are they talented, but so fun to dance with. Dancing at Pro Dance LA The studio is one of the most plush dance studios in Los Angeles. It features beautiful wood floors and head to toe windows. Plus, it...

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The 77’’ LG OLED TV From Best Buy Steals the Show

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

Sponsored by Best Buy With endless rainy days, and chilly weather, our family ends up spending a lot of time indoors. While we love a good family game night, movie nights are our favorite. So, it is important to us to have the best in home entertainment technology. Thankfully, Best Buy always has cutting edge technology, and knowledgable staff. Electronic Selection at Best Buy Our family has been looking for a new television, and we went to Best Buy to start doing research. One television that caught our attention was the 77’’ class LG OLED C8 TV. Big Screen Having a large family room, a big television screen is a must. Families can have a premium cinematic experience with the 77” glass. It allows you to truly immerse yourself into movies, tv shows, sports, and more. Plus, an unmatched...

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Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Fennel Recipe

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

One food that I have been dying to experiment with is fennel! When I received a box full of fresh produce from Melissa’s Produce, I was so excited to see fennel. I didn’t know how to prepare it, and after doing some research, I found out that most people roast the vegetable. So, I used two of my favorite ingredients to roast with: garlic and parmesan to create this recipe. I planned to roast the fennel one night, and then use it in a pizza recipe the next night. Little did I know that my kids wouldn’t be able to stop eating the fennel after I roasted it. I had to hide a couple of pieces from them to be able to use on top of the pizza the next night. Preparing the fennel was easier than I expected....

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Seasonal Fare at The Patio on 101 in Encinitas

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Dining, San Diego | 0 comments

We dined at The Patio on 101 as a guest of the San Diego Restaurant Week San Diego is well-known for having some of the best restaurants in California. Every year during the San Diego Restaurant Week, I head down south to try a new restaurant. This year, I brought my daughter to try The Patio on 101 in Encinitas. San Diego Restaurant Week During San Diego Restaurant week, they have a 3-course dinner menu for $40. Plus, there is the option of adding two full glasses of wine for $20. Small Cheese and Charcuterie Board I started my dinner by having their small cheese and charcuterie board. The appetizer featured a chef’s choice of meats and cheese. Also, it came with an assortment of bread and accouterments. It was light, fresh and the perfect start to my meal....

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D23 10th Anniversary Collectable Pins

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Disney, Events, Giveaways | 9 comments

Now, is the best time to become a D23 member. In honor of D23’s 10th anniversary, Disney created an exclusive box set of 10 pins. The set features characters, movies, television shows, and theme park attractions. Plus, D23 is also celebrating landmark anniversaries. These beautifully crafted pins—including such favorites as Donald Duck, Haunted Mansion, and The Little Mermaid. It comes in a D23 embossed tin. Also, it will be sent to all guests who join or renew their D23 Gold or Gold Family Membership in 2019. New & returning D23 offers and discounts ONLINE (Gold Members) such as 25% off all purchases at H2OPlus.com and 10% off purchases of $50 or more at shopDisney.com and in Disney store. ONLINE (General and Gold Members) such as 48% off Disney Magazines and 20% off ACME Archives artwork. AROUND THE COUNTRY (Gold...

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Persian Cucumber Yogurt: Maast-o Khiar Recipe

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

The one thing that I love about Melissa’s Produce is how they bring together people who share a love for food. Every month, we all come together. We celebrate a new cookbook author and enjoy great food together. Over the years that I have spent at Melissa’s Produce, there is one author who I adore, Faye Levy. She is kind, and so talented. Recently, my son was sick. She was presenting her recent cookbook at Melissa’s, and I couldn’t attend. I saw the pictures of the food, and everyone savoring her talents. I reached out to her, and she shared this special recipe with me. Also, she allowed me to share it with all of you! My kids love Maast-o Khiar. So, I asked her if she had a version of it. Of course, she did. The recipe comes...

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Orange Fluff Salad with Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

When we received South African baby pineapples and neapolitan tangerines from Melissa’s Produce, I knew we had to make something. I began to think of fun recipes to make. My mom and I finally thought of making a orange fluff salad with the nectarines and pineapples that we got. Making Orange Fluff with Melissa’s Produce This recipe is easy and fun to make. When I was in the kitchen I was having a blast mixing up all the ingredients in one large bowl. If you have little ones this is definitely a recipe for you to try. Not only is it super fun, but it only took about 15-20 minutes. The hardest part of the entire recipe was peeling and cutting the fruit. We made enough of this orange marshmallow fluff salad to fill at least five peoples stomachs,...

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Cinnamon Butterscotch Pears Chip Recipe

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Have you ever had butterscotch pears before? Neither had I until recently. I was excited to try the pears the minute that I saw them in my box delivered from Melissa’s Produce. Butterscotch Pears is available at Melissa’s Produce The minute that my taste buds sunk into one of the Melissa’s Produce butterscotch pears, it was like tasting a pear for the first time. The skin was so light, and delicate. Plus, the fruit was not bitter like other pears. Melissa’s imports the fruit directly from Korea. Also, they have them hand-wrapped to preserve their moisture. In addition, the pears were flawless without a single dent or blemish. What to Make with a Butterscotch Pear I immediately knew that I wanted to make something sweet with the butterscotch pears. At first, I was going to make a pie. But,...

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You’re Invited: Best Buy Open House Event

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Events, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy Now that the holidays have passed, it is a great time to upgrade your home electronics. Whether is being your appliances, computers or home entertainment, Best Buy is the place to get it all. Also, this weekend, they are hosting a special open house event. And, you are invited! Best Buy Open House Event Head over to select Best Buy locations this Saturday, January 19th from 11am – 3pm for their Open House Event. Best Buy’s Blue Shirt experts can help you experience the best in major appliances from Samsung, Whirlpool, Café and GE. You will also discover what’s new in Home Theater, receive free upgrade checks with Best Buy Mobile and see how small appliances can simplify your life. Best Buy In-Store Offers Not only will you learn about the latest technology, at Best...

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Aquarium of the Pacific: 16th Annual Festival of Human Abilities

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 35 comments

About the Aquarium of the Pacific Festival of Human Abilities At the Festival of Human Abilities, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Also, it will be in a setting surrounded by beautiful sea life. Featured at the festival are hip-hop wheelchair dancers. It is such an amazing event. Plus, a sign language choir, a singer who is blind and has autism, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists. What to expect at the Festival of Human Abilities Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays. In addition, mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. DiveHeart will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport. A variety of free creative workshop...

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Delicious Turmeric Root Hummus Recipe

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Recipes, Turmeric Root Recipes | 0 comments

After getting some fresh Turmeric Root from Melissa’s Produce, I couldn’t wait to experiment with it. The first thing that I thought of making was hummus. My kids love hummus, and I was curious to see what it would taste like with Turmeric Root in it. If you’re not familiar with Turmeric root, many claim it to have super healing powers. People eat or drink foods with Turmeric Root daily to help with inflammation, cancer and many major diseases. Turmeric Root is Available at Melissa’s Produce Turmeric root is easy to find online at Melissa’s website. It can also be found at many retailers that sell Melissa’s fresh, and seasonal produce. Plus, one package goes a long way. Use it to make soups, curries, and add to your favorite recipes. Once we made some flavorful hummus, that all my...

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Turmeric Root and Ginger Tea Recipe

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Recipes, Turmeric Root Recipes | 0 comments

While having lunch at Melissa’s Produce last month, they talked a lot about the healing properties of Turmeric Root. Some have even made claims that it cures cancer! After visiting Melissa’s Produce, I began doing research. I learned that it does have many healing powers. The one thing that caught my attention was the anti-aging benefits. Turmeric Root is Available through Melissa’s Produce Melissa’s Produce was so kind to send me a package of Turmeric Root to experiment with and create recipes. You can purchase it online or find it at a retailer that sells Melissa’s Produce. My daughter and I made Turmeric Root and Sweet Potato soup, and hummus, we were hooked. It has a sweet, bitter flavor that we loved. We ended up spending the entire day in the kitchen creating recipes with the spice. The one...

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2018 Friends of CASA Holiday Luncheon

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Friends of CASA, a fundraising auxiliary of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), hosted its 2018 Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 13th, at The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. CASA Holiday Luncheon The Luncheon and Fashion Show that began as a Holiday Tea is in its 23rd year of existence and has brought in over 4 million dollars since 1995. This year’s Luncheon had a record breaking net for the fifth year in a row. More than $452,000 that will go directly to supporting CASA’s mission of recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who mentor and advocate for children in the foster care system. The Luncheon was chaired by Melissa Rohani and Michelle Fisher. They were assisted by a team of over 85 members from the Friends of CASA (FOCASA) auxiliary group. Five hundred and thirty guests filled the...

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A Taste of Italy at Angelina’s Pizzeria

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Dining, Irvine | 0 comments

One of my favorite places to have Italian food in Orange County is at Angelina’s Pizzeria in Irvine. The restaurant has one of the chicest ambiances in Orange County, and the food never disappoints. Angelina’s Pizzeria New Winter Menu When I heard that Angelina’s Pizzeria just released a new winter menu, I immediately made reservations. When I arrived at the restaurant, the friendly staff took us to a comfortable booth. As I looked over the menu, it was hard to pick just one item, so I ordered everything new! Meatballs Although the meatballs are not new on the menu, I always have to order them when at the restaurant. The meatballs are light, not heavy like at most Italian restaurants. They cook the meatballs in the pizza oven that gives them an authentic smoky flavor. When paired with their...

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Dana Wharf Wyland Art Class and Whale Watching

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Events, Family | 0 comments

The Dana Wharf Whale Watching and the Wyland Foundation have announced the details for the 2019 Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild” children’s art program. This is one of the most creative hands-on family ocean experiences in Southern California. The program begins January 26, 2019, and continues every Saturday through April 27, 2019. Children will have an opportunity to learn from the legendary marine life artist Wyland how the ocean’s marine life has inspired him, and partake in an art lesson from Wyland himself via a video feed. Dana Wharf Art in the Wild details include Dates: January 26th – April 27th (Saturdays only) Times: 9:00 am Art Lesson followed by a 2-hour whale watching excursion 10:00 am – 12:00 noon whale watching trip Participating families receive priority VIP boarding. Art lesson takes place inside the Dana...

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Collect and Play with Bananas Toy

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Family, Parenting, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

Sponsored by Bananas Toy Smell-able, Peel-able ​Bananas are an exciting new collectible line of six brightly colored and scented Bananas toy that look, smell and peel like a real banana! Bananas are the coolest new toy available for kids to play with. Peel the Bananas to reveal tons of mini surprises inside, including: a cute Crushie character, two mini squeezable friends, gemstone stickers to decorate the Crushie or Banana, a collector sheet with character stickers, and a hanging vine to display your Crushie friends. Also, you can display Bananas by hanging them on your backpack, or re-seal them to take on the go and trade with friends. How do you collect and play with Bananas Toy Peel Your Banana Toy ​Peel your Banana to reveal your new collectible Crushie, squeezable friends, gemstone stickers and more! Collect Bananas Collect all...

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Rejuvenate at the Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Beauty, Lake Arrowhead, Spa, Travel | 0 comments

I visited the Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines as a guest The stunning Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines provides an exceptional retreat. If you are looking for total relaxation, indulge in a soothing spa treatment in one of their private treatment rooms. Also, it is a AAA Four Diamond Spa with lodge-inspired ambiance. While on our weekend getaway to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, I escaped to the spa for a relaxing massage. It left me feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to explore Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pine Ambiance The minute that I stepped into the spa, I felt all my stress fade away. The spa features one of the most immersive and welcoming settings. I slipped into the comfortable robe and took a moment to breathe. I relaxed in the quiet...

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Family Dining at Lake Arrowhead Pizza

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

It is one of our family traditions to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza whenever we visit Lake Arrowhead. The pizza place is packed every night, and the pizza is fantastic. During our recent visit to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we walked into the Village to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza. When we arrived, there was a line out the door. While we waited in line, the kids went into the arcade to play games. What to order at Lake Arrowhead Pizza When you first arrive, you order at the counter. The menu features everything from greens to pasta and even burgers. Every time we have dined at Lake Arrowhead Pizza, we order the same thing. Mozzarella sticks and a pepperoni pizza. We placed our order and found a table to enjoy dinner together as a family. While...

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GMC Denali and Dogs Roadtrip to Ojai

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

We took a GMC Denali to Ojai as a guest of GMC After having children, I realized that I was spending less time with our dog than I did before kids. I decided it was time to have some bonding time with our dog, and took her with me to Ojai. I loaded up our GMC Acadia Denali with all her favorite toys and made the short drive to Ojai. Road Tripping with Dogs in the GMC Denali Acadia When planning the trip, I made sure that Daisy was safe in the back seat by using a harness. She had a smile on her face the entire car ride. Plus, I was able to keep her comfortable by turning on the heated seats. Caravan Outpost The GMC Acadia Denali provides such a comfortable ride that it only felt like...

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Five Things To Expect with a CO2 Laser at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

I received a CO2 laser as a CosmetiCare Ambassador One of the best cosmetic procedures that I did at CosmetiCare last year was to have a CO2 laser during my liposuction surgery. My skin has never been brighter, and it took years off my age. Five Things To Expect with a CO2 Laser at CosmetiCare Your Skin is Going to Shed One of the things that surprised me the most about the recovery was how much of my skin peeled. A couple of days following the surgery, my skin turned a dark brown. Then it started to peel. Almost like a snake. It was a little messy and took about 1-2 days for the peeling to stop. You’re Going to Need to Hydrate Your Skin The most important thing to do after a CO2 laser is to use high-quality...

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Village Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe in Lake Arrowhead

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While waiting to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen in Lake Arrowhead, we walked around the village. While exploring the village, we stumbled upon Village Ice Cream. Since we were on vacation staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we decided to treat the kids to some ice cream before lunch. Location of Village Ice Cream in Lake Arrowhead Village Ice Cream is located right in the heart of the Lake Arrowhead Village. They offer a wide variety of ice cream flavors and lots of candy. It is a kids dream come true. It is also an excellent place for kids to get a souvenir. Flavors of Ice Cream There were so many tasty flavors that it was hard to pick just one. The kids and I sampled almost every flavor before making a final decision...

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Lake Arrowhead: The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we took a short walk into the village to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen. I had heard a lot about the restaurant and was excited to have a relaxing meal. Restaurant Near The Lake Arrowhead Resort The restaurant is right on the water, so families can enjoy beautiful water views while dining. They also have a great selection of beers for the parents. The restaurant is quite popular, so we did have to wait for about an hour to get a table. While waiting, we walked over to the Village Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe to enjoy dessert before lunch. It wasn’t long until I got a text message that our table was ready. We were lucky to have gotten a table on the outdoor patio for...

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Lake Arrowhead Resort: Dining at Bin 189

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Bin 189 as a guest of the Lake Arrowhead Resort The Lake Arrowhead Resort is the premier place to stay with your family in the San Bernardino Mountains. The resort features plush accommodations, stunning water views, and elevated dining at Bin 189. While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, our family started the weekend getaway by having dinner at Bin 189. The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, and almost every table features water views. The Bar at The Lake Arrowhead Resort I awaited the arrival of my husband by enjoying a glass of wine and appetizer in the bar. My son and I savored every bite of the chips and guacamole. The dish features fresh avocado, cilantro, lime, Cotija cheese, and hand-made tortilla chips. The bar area has a large bar and plenty of tables for...

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Genoa Bar and Saloon: Nevada’s Oldest Saloon

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

While visiting Genoa Nevada, I had to make a quick stop at the oldest bar in Nevada, Genoa Bar, and Saloon. I drove our Chevy Tahoe over to the saloon after having lunch at the historic Pink House. The kids played with a wild deer outside of the saloon, while I went inside to explore. The minute that I walked into the saloon, I felt like I had been transported into another time. It was something straight out of a movie. Since I was driving with my kids, I couldn’t enjoy a cocktail, but I did take some time to soak up the ambiance. The saloon has a huge old-fashioned bar, a pool table, and even some tables for gambling. About Genoa Bar In 1863, Al Livingston built the building and called it Livingston’s exchange. In 1884, Frank Fettic...

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Best Brunch in Orange County: Toast Kitchen & Bakery

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We had brunch at Toast in Orange County as a guest Brunch is my meal to dine out. I am always on the lookout for a hot new brunch spot. I recently stumbled upon my new favorite place to have brunch in Orange County ~ Toast Kitchen & Bakery! Location of Toast in Orange County The restaurant is in the heart of Costa Mesa. It is on Newport Boulevard at the corner of 17th Street. It has a small outdoor patio, a large indoor dining room, and a bar. My daughter loves brunch as much as me, and she couldn’t wait to dine with me. I made plans for us to dine before exploring the new Balboa Island Museum. We found a table inside the restaurant, and the server immediately came over to take our order. Brunch is not...

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Heart Rock Waterfall Hike in Crestline

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Hiking Trails, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

One of my favorite things about staying in Lake Arrowhead is all the beautiful hiking trails in the area. While on a recent getaway to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we did the heart rock waterfall hike in Crestline. The hike is just a short drive away from the Lake Arrowhead Resort, and perfect for families with young children. My daughter and I got into our Buick Regal GS and headed down the mountain to the start of the trail. Finding the Trail in Crestline Finding the trail was a little challenging. The GPS took us to the side of the road, and we were not 100% sure if that was the location of the trail. To find the trail, you’ll want to put Camp Seely into your navigation. At the entrance to the camp, you’ll see a small sign...

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Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Dining, Family, Santa Ana | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria made the Santa Ana food scene better than ever. Churrascarias are one of my favorite types of restaurant. The only problem is that many of them have overpriced menus. When I learned about Silva’s, I couldn’t wait to taste their meats. I went to dinner at Silva’s before attending the ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The restaurant is a short drive from the theatre. The minute that I walked into the restaurant, I was in love with the decor. It is a beautiful restaurant with a modern look. Menu Options at Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria There are a couple of different options when dining at Silva’s. There is the option of the all-you-can-eat feast for $22.95. Or, there is...

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Kings Canyon Waterfall Hike in Carson Valley Nevada

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited the Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley as a guest The first thing my daughter and I do when planning an upcoming trip, is to see if there is a waterfall we can explore. We discovered that there is a majestic Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley Nevada. The best part is that the hike is not strenuous like many waterfall hikes. Exploring waterfalls with your children is pure magic. What to Expect at Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley The hike is perfect for families with young children. It is less than one-mile round trip. We arrived at the waterfall hike right before sunset. There is a parking area right at the base of the trail. We parked our Chevy Tahoe, and put on our jackets, and started the hike. The trail is well paved, and...

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Five Tips to Help Your Teen with Invisalign Treatment

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

Kids Invisalign Treatment is sponsored by Invisalign The first thing that I did when my teens started their Invisalign treatment, was to help educate them on best practices. Plus, I was lucky to have the help of their amazing orthodontist, Dr. Passamano in Irvine who also gave them tips when starting their treatment. These are our five tips to help your teen with starting Invisalign Treatment Create a kit for on-the-go care Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, a tiny mirror, and lip balm. Personalize their aligner case Let their personality shine with stickers, sequins, markers, and more! Let your teen unleash their creativity with their aligner case. Put new aligners in at night. This is something I wish that that I started with my kids at the beginning of their treatment. When they first switch aligners, there can sometimes...

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The Pink House in Genoa Nevada

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited The Pink House in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley Anytime that I am at a restaurant, and I see charcuterie on the menu, I always make reservations. While planning our trip to Carson Valley in Nevada, I learned about the historic town of Genoa. The one thing that stood out to me was The Pink House. I needed to inquire about a restaurant that specialized in my two favorite foods: meat and cheese. We went to have lunch at The Pink House after exploring off the beaten path with JT Humphrey’s wildlife tours. The minute that we parked our Chevy Tahoe in front of the house, we were in love. In fact, the restaurant is an Instagrammers dream come true. We walked into the restaurant, and there was a sign guiding us to the back...

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Carson Valley: The Hanging Tree in Genoa Nevada

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 1 comment

We visited the hanging tree in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley My travels around the world have made me fall in love with historical landmarks. I am fascinated by old stories. Recently, while in Carson Valley, we spent half a day in the town of Genoa. If you don’t already know, Genoa is the first settlement in Nevada, and rich in history. If you like historical buildings and history, you’ll fall in love with the town of Genoa as much as I did. While planning our trip to Genoa, I noticed something about a hanging tree online. There wasn’t much information about it, so I set out on a mission to learn more. The ranger at the Mormon Station State Historic Park gave me directions to The Hanging Tree. Also, he shared some of the back story...

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Brunching at Pain du Monde at Fashion Island

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Pain du Monde at Fashion Island Pain du Monde at Fashion Island I love going out for brunch. I have been looking for new places to brunch in Orange County. So, I went to Pain du Monde at Fashion Island this weekend. The restaurant is in the heart of Fashion Island, and includes both indoor and outdoor dining. Since it was a chilly morning, we decided to dine inside. Upon arriving at the restaurant, guests select the item they want to select from the menu. Then, go to the register to place your order before selecting a table. The Menu The menu has a wide variety of items, such as sandwiches, salads and breakfast items. Furthermore, there is a giant case full of fresh pastries. To tell the truth, there were so many...

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Orange County School of the Arts ‘OCSA’ Grants a Wish with The Make-A-Wish Foundation

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Education, Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

As an Orange County School of the Arts, OCSA, student, I was honored to attend an event where my school granted a wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Being a student at OCSA, I got to go to the event. I watched Kaylin sing and dance on stage with a bunch of back up dancers/singers who were also students at OCSA. About the Make-A-Wish Foundation The Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of the best charities, and I love to see how they change lives. They change the lives of every child who has a life threatening disease, and make their wishes to come true. The first thing I noticed upon arriving at the event was the red carpet. Kaylin would soon walk down it. Kaylin’s Arrival at Orange County School of the Arts There were students lined up on the sides...

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Chevrolet Owners Can Help Support The American Red Cross While Tracking Santa Claus

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Autos, Christmas, Family, General Motors, Holiday | 0 comments

Santa Claus is coming to town, and starting Dec. 24, kids can find out exactly where he is with a simple push of the blue OnStar button. Chevrolet and OnStar, in collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), will provide OnStar members with real-time updates on Santa’s whereabouts, leveraging NORAD’s official Santa location data. NORAD uses sophisticated systems, such as the North Warning Radar System and geo-synchronous satellites with infrared sensors, to follow Santa on his journey around the globe. In the spirit of the season, Chevrolet and OnStar will also donate $1 to the American Red Cross for each Santa Update button push received in the United States. Limitations apply. Program Details: Santa Update calls can be made anytime between 6 a.m. EST on Dec. 24 through 5 a.m. EST on Dec. 25. Chevrolet owners with an active...

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Fossil Rose Gold Smartwatch

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy For the longest time, I have wanted to get myself a smartwatch. The only problem is that I never found one that is stylish until discovering the Fossil Rose Gold Smartwatch. Who doesn’t love rose gold accessories? It has been years since wearing a watch, and I didn’t know if I would like wearing a watch again, but the moment that I put on my new Fossil Rose Gold Smartwatch, I was in love. The watch is beautiful, goes with all of my outfits and works seamlessly with my smartphone. It helps to monitor my daily exercise, and I can use it to set daily exercise goals as well. It tracks my heart rate, streams music to my Bluetooth speaker, and more. The Fossil Rose gold Smartwatch has become one of my favorite fashion accessories....

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Winter Fest OC 2018 + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Christmas, Family, Giveaways, Holiday | 82 comments

Winter Fest OC, Southern California’s largest winter experience, returns to the Orange County Fair & Event Center December 20th through January 6th. Get into the holiday spirit as Winter Fest features 40,000 square feet of new attractions and brings back popular activities including an outdoor ice-skating rink, ice tubing at Snowflake Summit, real Snow Play, and so much more. With a record-breaking attendance in 2017, Winter Fest OC will debut its fourth consecutive year with new entertainment and attractions including SoCal Dicken’s Village, Candy and Snowflake Wonderland, and an expanded Festival of Lights tunnel. New to Winter Fest This Year: SoCal Dicken’s Village – Take a trip down memory lane through the 1800’s with holidays past, present, and future. Decorate Christmas cookies, listen to holiday storytelling, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Christmas Eve), take a pony ride,...

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Top Teen Gift: Nintendo Switch – Starlink Battle for Atlas

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Family, Tech | 2 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy Ever since the Nintendo Switch was released, my son could not wait to get his hands on one of the coolest devices on the market. He has a long commute on the bus every day to school, so we finally decided to get him a gaming device that can keep him occupied while commuting to school. Once he started playing on the Nintendo Switch, it quickly became his favorite gaming device of all time. He is no longer bored while on the bus and enjoys playing all his favorite games. Recently, I surprised him by getting the game, Starlink Battle for Atlas, and he has spent countless hours enjoying playing the game. Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an open-world space saga that features modular toy technology that allows players to assemble and customize real-world physical...

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The Best Holiday Gift for The Mom on the Go

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored All of us moms are busy, and always on the go. The worst thing that can happen to a mom is when her cell phone battery runs out of she drops her phone, and it breaks. I’ll never forget the feeling when I was running to the bus stop, tripped, dropped my phone, and it shattered. That meant that I had to spend the rest of the day at the Apple Store waiting to get my phone replaced when I needed to be driving the kids to their activities and getting dinner on the table for the family. At the end of a busy day caring for the kids, I have found myself too tired to plug in my phone at night. That means waking up to a phone that might have 5% battery life and need to...

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The Perfect Holiday Gift: Marvel’s Venom + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 86 comments

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex, and badass characters comes home in Venom, which will make its debut on Digital December 11, and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on December 18! The perfect holiday gift, Marvel’s Venom arrives filled with engaging bonus materials that will give fans even more of the action that they loved in theaters with over an hour of new content. The special features include an exciting Venom Mode, where fans will be able to engage with informative pop-ups throughout the film to reveal hidden references to the comics, deleted and extended scenes, a mini documentary called From Symbiote to Screen that covers the history of Venom in comics and his journey to the big screen. Also a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the stunts, a look at Ruben Fleischer’s...

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The New TCL Experience at The Honda Center

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Events, Tech | 0 comments

We were invited to check out the new TCL Experience at The Honda Center and watch the Anaheim Ducks take on the Vancouver Canucks. TCL and the Anaheim Ducks announced a new partnership and grand opening of the new TCL Experience at The Honda Center. The Anaheim Ducks have partnered with TCL, America’s fastest-growing TV brand. TCL has become the new naming partner of the Honda Center’s largest entrance located on the south side of the building. The new TCL entrance is located on the south side of the building and features branding on both the inside and outside of the building. The TCL Experience has their award-winning 4K HDR Smart TV’s, cell phone charging tables, where you can plug in or go wireless to charge your phones. Across from the TCL Experience, is the Team Store and the...

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