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Liposuction: Let’s talk About Compression Garments

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

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador After having liposuction, my compression garment quickly became my new best friend for the next six weeks. When I woke up from my surgery, I was already in the compression garment that CosmetiCare provided. Under my compression garment, was a thick layer of cotton and foam to help keep my skin compressed. When I returned to CosmetiCare the day after my surgery, they took off my compression garment, foam and cotton to check on my incisions. During my appointment, they advised me of the importance of wearing my compression garment 24/7 until the doctor informed me that I could stop. The most important thing you need to know about your compression garment is that you’ll need help getting in/out of it when showering. During the first week after my surgery, I needed both my...

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Coffee by the Sea at Siren’s Java & Tea in San Pedro

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Dining, San Pedro, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue We started our day exploring San Pedro by visiting the popular local coffee shop, Siren’s Java & Tea. The coffee shop is located in the heart of downtown San Pedro and offers a variety of unique coffee creations and breakfast pastries. One of my favorite things about Siren’s Java & Tea is the ambiance. There are many tables, chairs, couches located throughout the coffee shop for families to relax and reconnect. My friend, Anita and I, found a table in the back of the coffee shop where we enjoyed catching up while sipping on a warm cup of coffee. I had heard that they are well known for their “Mermaid Kiss” coffee, and while I am not one for sweet coffee drinks, I couldn’t resist ordering a cup. The coffee featured...

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Mexican Avocado Toast Recipe

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples Received One of my favorite things to make the kids for breakfast is avocado toast. The breakfast dish is packed full of nutrition and helps the kids get a healthy start to their day. The only downside is that avocado toast can get a little boring when eating it multiple times a week, so I decided to put a new Mexican inspired twist on my avocado toast recipe. The fresh hatch chiles in my refrigerator from Melissa’s Produce and bread from La Brea Bakery helped to inspire me to make this recipe. The toast has a nice kick to it, and not too spicy for my picky eater. The minute that the kid’s tastebuds sunk into my Mexican avocado toast, they were in heaven…and asking me for more. If you like avocado toast, you’re going to ‘love’ this...

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Tips for Teaching Kids to do the Dishes

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the first chores that I taught my children how to do was to empty and fill the dishwasher every night. Since most families do their dishes in the evening after dinner when the kids get ready for bed, I highly recommend getting the #1 dishwasher on the market, Bosch, because it is the quietest dishwasher brand in the U.S. My children first started helping with the dishes around ten years of age, and you’ll want to properly train your children on how to care for the dishes/dishwasher before letting them start doing the household chore. Caring for the dishwasher One of the most important things you’ll want to do is stress the importance of caring for the household dishwasher. Bosch is an excellent choice when purchasing your dishwasher because it is the most reliable dishwasher brand...

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Cool Craft Brews at Brouwerij West in San Pedro

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Dining, San Pedro | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The summer temperatures were rising while we were busy exploring San Pedro, making it the perfect time to stop into Brouwerij West for a refreshing taste of their craft beers. What I love about Brouwerij West is that they have a large indoor and outdoor venue complete with food trucks, making it a family-friendly brewery. We had just finished supporting local artisans by shopping at the neighboring Crafted and then walked over to Brouwerij West. The minute that we walked into the brewery, we immediately felt relaxed. There were many tables available, twinkling lights, and friendly staff. I have to admit that I have never been much of a beer drinker, but recently I have found some craft beers that I’ve quite enjoyed. I went into the craft beer tasting with...

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Hatch Chile Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples received Hatch Chile’s are one of my favorite vegetables and are only available for a short time every year. During Hatch Chile season, I always get the freshest hatch chiles available from Melissa’s Produce. Last week, I enjoyed cooking my family some tasty stuffed hatch chiles that I paired with a freshly made hatch chile salsa. Making homemade salsa is one of the easiest things to prepare for your family. You can quickly make a large serving, and your children can enjoy it throughout the week, or you can use it to make many other recipes. You can purchase Hatch Chiles with different heat intensities (mild, medium or hot). I made it with mild chiles and then added some jalapeno to half of it for my older son who loves spicy foods and me. Enjoy making this Hatch...

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Simulation of Liposuction with New Look Now

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador During my consultation for Liposuction, one of my favorite part of the consultation for Liposuction, I utilized CosmetiCare’s New Look Now software.. What is New Look Now? It is a simulation of what your body will look like after having cosmetic surgery. The nurse was able to take a picture of my body, and within a few minutes, I received a simulation of what my body would look like after having liposuction. The best part is that you don’t have to go into the CosmetiCare office to get a simulation of what your body will look like after having surgery – you can easily do it on the CosmetiCare website. You can get a simulation for breast augmentation, breast lift or liposuction. The process is simple. You’ll want to take a picture of your...

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Stuffed Hatch Chile Recipe

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 2 comments

 Samples provided It’s the most delicious time of the year – Hatch Chile Season! I love chiles, and hatch chiles are my ultimate favorite. Earlier this week, I went to Melissa’s Produce to learn about the new cookbook, “The Camp & Cabin Cookbook,” and to enjoy some tasty dishes made with hatch chiles. After tasting some of the recipes from Laura Bashar’s new cookbook and getting inspired to get the family back into the kitchen, I brought some fresh hatch chiles home and got the family together for a fun night of cooking in the kitchen. Stuffed peppers/chiles are one of the easiest ways that I have found to get my kids to eat peppers or chiles, so I decided to make stuffed hatch chiles paired with some grilled carne asada and freshly made hatch chile salsa. The result...

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What You Need to Know about Skin Cancer

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored We are at the peak of the summer season, and it is more important than ever to keep your skin protected from the harsh summer sun. Recently, we went to Kaiser Permanente to speak with Dr. Hege Sarpa to find out everything that your family needs to know about skin cancer. Dr. Hege Sarpa started by explaining the three major types of skin cancer: The most common form of skin cancer is a basal cell carcinoma. The word carcinoma means that its a malignancy. Basal cell carcinoma is by far the most common and is 100% related to sun exposure. It is more common in fair skin patients, and people with chronic sun damage. The second most common is squamous cell carcinoma. This form can be a little tricky, especially in Caucasian males greater than 65 years of...

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What to Expect Six Weeks After Liposuction

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 1 comment

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador Six weeks after my liposuction procedure at CosmetiCare, I went in for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Champion. Although I had already been approved to stop wearing my compression garment, at this point, I still felt comfortable wearing a nice tight pair of spanks until about 12 weeks post surgery. Over the past six weeks since my surgery, I had been committed to eating a healthy diet, and when I weighed in the morning of my six-week appointment, I had lost a total of 40 pounds (including the nine pounds that were removed during my surgery). Not only have I lost 40 pounds, but I have also dropped eight clothing sizes – and I am now a size 3, which I have never been in my life! During my appointment, Dr. Champion looked at...

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Start the School Year Toxin Free

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Family, Green Living, Health | 0 comments

  When it comes to parenting, protecting your kids is undoubtedly the most important job. As the little ones get ready to go back to school, now is the perfect time to ensure they’re set up for a successful year ahead. Sure, it’s important to stock up on school supplies, find just the right backpack and snag those back-to-school bargains while you can, but sometimes keeping your children safe goes beyond making sure they’re ready for their first day. To truly set your kids up for success it’s important to keep their health in mind. Kids are resilient, but keeping them safe from toxins is a responsibility that falls squarely on your shoulders. While dealing with the whirlwind of prep that comes with the first day of school, take a moment to consider how to guard your lovable little...

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Best Back-to-School Laptop

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored When you have a house full of high schoolers, one of the most essential items on their back-to-school shopping list is a new laptop. Technology is always changing, and students find themselves needing a new laptop every school year. This year, my teenagers were requesting a laptop that is more versatile, and that can keep up with the multitasking they need during the grueling school year. We went to Best Buy is past week, and started to research the different laptops that are currently on the market. The one that stood out to my teenagers was the HP Envy x360. The one feature that they first loved was that the screen has a 360° flip-and-fold design. Meaning they can turn it around which is great when working on a group project with other students. The second feature that...

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Panini Kabob Grill in Mission Viejo + Giveaway

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 16 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of our favorite places to go out for dinner is at Panini Kabob Grill. Why? They have a great family meal special that provides enough food for our entire family, plus we have leftovers. The best part is that it is priced at only $19.99 for two skewers! Another thing that I love about Panini Kabob Grill is their lentil soup. When I was working on my weight loss earlier in the year, I would purchase their soup almost every day. It is so excellent and packed full of nutrition. When I heard that they recently opened a new location in Mission Viejo, I couldn’t wait to bring the family to see if it is any different than our “usual” location in Aliso Viejo. Earlier this week, I wasn’t in...

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Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The American Red Cross is calling on Southern California baseball fans to step up to the plate and help overcome a summer blood shortage by donating blood at the 20th annual Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive. The blood drive will take place Saturday, July 28, at multiple sites. As a thank you, all who come to donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to either an Angels or Dodgers designated home game, while supplies last.* Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive Saturday, July 28 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fountain Valley Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 17800 Newhope St. Fullerton Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 1144 Rosecrans Ave. Laguna Hills Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Drive Pasadena Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 133 N. Altadena Drive Pomona Red Cross Blood Donation...

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Musical Date Night: Keys On Main Piano Bar

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Cool Places, Dining, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue There is something that Orange County has been missing for many years, and that is a nice and clean piano bar. Couples love to go out to watch live music, and we were thrilled to learn that a new piano bar recently opened at The Triangle in Costa Mesa. Once learning about the new piano bar opening, we planned a night out to check out the new date night hot spot. The piano bar is located right on the corner of Th Triangle in Costa Mesa. They checked our ID at the door, and we entered the snazzy location. There is the main bar along one wall, multiple tables in the center of the piano bar and reserved group seating along the other wall. Since we were visiting with other couples,...

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OC Rescue Mission: Urgent Need for Personal Care Item Donations

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the families residing at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. Donated items will be shared during the Rescue Mission’s “Christmas in July” event on Friday, July 27. The organization hosts this event annually with a two-fold purpose: providing resident families a second chance at a holiday celebration, and reminding the community that there is a need for donations all year round. Urgently needed donation items include: Laundry detergent Deodorant (male and female) Razors (male and female) Shaving cream (male and female) Donations can be dropped off at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at The District in Tustin, the Tustin Auto Center, or the Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, from now through Friday, July 27. Donated goods will be distributed at the...

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The First Step Towards a Healthier You

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Hoag Before I became a wife and mother, I was just a woman. My days were full of schoolwork, my office job, the gym and of course, my honey Jarred. I was spoiled with me time. When Jarred and I decided to start our family, I was over the moon welcoming my two sons into this world and have been grateful to stay at home with them. Now that they are 3 and 5 years old, I’m constantly asking myself where the time went. Between breastfeeding, no sleep and little exercise in the early years, Jarred and I hardly found time for date nights, let alone time for just me. It remains the same way, even now that my sons sleep through the night and are potty trained, it’s just evolved into other...

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Get a Sugar Rush at Candytopia in Santa Monica

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Cool Places, Featured | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Let’s face it…we’re all a little obsessed with social media and getting the perfect photo. When it comes to Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook photos everyone wants them to be perfect. And what better place to take excellent pictures than a place solely meant for just that! Located in Santa Monica, Candytopia is one of the best picture museums I have ever visited. One thing that made this museum so much fun is that its the whole theme was candy. It was literally my two favorite things in the world, taking pictures, and candy. When my mom told me we were going to be doing this during our weekend trip to Santa Monica I immediately picked out my favorite outfits and got ready for the exciting photo opportunities there would be during...

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Top Gun House in Oceanside

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Autos, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of Visit Oceanside/Vehicle provided by Kia When planning our recent Oceanside staycation, I was doing some research on things to see and do in the area when I learned that Kelly McGillis’ house from the movie Top Gun is in Oceanside. As we were arriving at our hotel for the weekend, I immediately recognized it on the corner, and parked our Kia Sorento in a parking spot and got out to look at the house. I was overwhelmed with excitement because Top Gun was one of my favorite childhood movies. When my kids walked up to the house they said, “what is Top Gun?” I couldn’t believe that after all the movies I have shown the kids that I had not yet introduced them to the movie Top Gun. The house was not in...

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What A Teen Learned From a Road Trip with No Electronics

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia, Travel | 1 comment

 Car provided by Kia Every summer I go on a road trip with just my mom, me and occasionally my little brother. Going on a trip with my older brother is practically unheard of because he ‘IS’ a typical teenager and all he likes to do is spend time in his room. My mom told me that we would be making a road trip (just the three of us) with no plans. We were just going to drive in her Kia Sorento with no set hotel reservations or destination, and only one thing in mind – to take our time exploring and connecting with one another. Now, my older brother is a huge planner, so I had no idea how that was going to work, but we made it happen. I learned some really valuable things while on this...

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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at Georgia’s at the Anaheim Packing House

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

  Georgia’s Restaurant will celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on Friday, July 6th with a special 8-piece Fried Chicken Bucket with choice of two sides for $20. The offer will begin on the popular food holiday and run for one week, through Thursday, July 12th, in honor of Georgia’s 4th Anniversary! Georgia’s Herb-Seasoned Cornmeal-Crusted Buttermilk Fried Chicken has been noted for being extra crispy, insanely juicy, perfectly golden and utterly addictive. Anaheim Packing House Soul Food restaurant only uses dark meat and puts its own spin on traditional Fried Chicken with the a special brine inspired by co-owner Marlon Machado’s Brazilian upbringing. The 8-piece Fried Chicken Bucket will be offered with two choice of sides for $20 beginning on National Fried Chicken Day on Friday, July 6th through Thursday, July 12th. Available for dine-in or take-out. Georgia’s is located...

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Tastes of Summer at Casa Barilla

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

 We dined as a guest of the venue Summertime is here, and it’s the time of year to live a little more carefree, being out and about in the sunshine and letting someone else do the cooking as you gather around the table. Casa Barilla at South Coast Plaza delighted us with a recent visit to enjoy “A Taste of Summer.” It is happening right now through July 8th with two flavorful dishes, an Insalata Bietole and a Spaghetti Dell’Orto. Both pairs perfectly together and lean on the lighter side with an emphasis on summer vegetables. Since we are big fans of all things from the garden, we enjoyed the flavor and the vibrant colors that scream beautiful and healthy. The Insalata Bietole is a refreshing, sweet, savory salad of Mixed Greens, Arugula, Green Apples, Roasted Beets, Candied Walnuts...

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Boutique Elegance at La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Autos, Family, Featured, Kia, Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When planning our upcoming Mother and Daughter getaway to explore the history and culture of Querétaro, I knew that I wanted to stay in boutique style hotels to fully experience the culture and history of the beautiful city. We used Pied à Terre to find La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro because they are the premier community to help travelers with finding the best boutique hotels that focus on culture, art, and gastronomy. Moments after arriving in Querétaro, our driver took us to La Casa De Los Dos Leones which was located in the heart of the city, and where a beautiful Kia Sorento was in the parking lot awaiting our arrival. As we walked into the lobby, we were greeted by the staff who offered us a refreshing...

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OC Rescue Mission Gives Homeless Children Summer Camp Experience

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Camp, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is once again helping children to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally through its eighth annual “Summer to Remember” program. This year’s camp is already underway – Summer to Remember began on June 11 and will continue through August 10 The program – which is offered to children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families – is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Summer to Remember provides kids with STEM-based learning activities, as well as a curriculum that focuses on building solid foundations in science, technology, engineering and math. “Summer programs for homeless children are extremely important,” notes Jim Palmer, Orange County Rescue Mission President. “As a result of their chaotic life experiences, they are the innocent victims of homelessness. These children often face many...

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Angels Baseball Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 13 comments

  Calling all Angels Baseball fans! Baseball season is in full swing and Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company is giving away 5,000 Angels Baseball tickets this summer! While supplies last, guests can receive 1 Angels ticket voucher when they mention the promotion (at any OC/LA location) and spend $20. If the table spends $40 and mention the promotion, they will receive 2 Angels vouchers – it’s that simple! Guests can enjoy popular menu items such as World Series a specialty pizza made with special BBQ sauce, all-natural chicken breast, Gouda cheese topped with red onions and fresh cilantro, and the Texas Burger made with BBQ sauce, crispy bacon, crispy homemade onion strings, melted Cheddar, spring mix blend, and tomato. Complete the meal with Oggi’s award-winning craft beers such as the California Blonde and the Scottish-style Ale. GIVEAWAY! We are...

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2018 Orange County Father’s Day Dining Guide

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

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

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A New Twist on Pastrami: Pretzelrami at Togo’s

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

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

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Men’s Health: Tips for Managing Cholesterol

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

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

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Dad’s Eat Free in June at Grasslands Meat Market

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

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

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

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

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

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Côr Thermostat: A Smart Home Heating and Cooling System

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

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

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

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

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

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Cox Communications Commitment to Connected Independence

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

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

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Experience Kia Stinger at the Irvine Spectrum Center

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

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

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Poison at the FivePoint Amphitheatre

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

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

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Angelina’s Pizzeria New Menu Delights Us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Seventeen: College Goals + Giveaway

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

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

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Family-Friendly Steakhouse Dining

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

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

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts 2018 Movie Mondays Series

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

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

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

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

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

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Hike to Heart Rock

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

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

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Salt & Straw opening at Downtown Disney

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

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

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5th Annual Taste of Santa Ana + Giveaway

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

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

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Los Angeles Times​ Food Bowl

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

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

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2018 Orange County Mother’s Day Dining Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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Sessions West Coast Deli Opens in Irvine

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

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

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Extreme Beer Fest 2018 – Boston: A Whole Another Level

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

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

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9th Annual Urban Ocean Festival + Giveaway

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

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

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A Perfect 24 Hours in New York City

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

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

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Tickets Available: 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw

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

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

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Alien Pizza Planet Landing soon at Disneyland Park

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 Kia K900: Ultimate Luxury Family Vehicle

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

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

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

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

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

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Brunch with a view at Back Bay Bistro

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

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

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CASA Celebration of Children Gala Goes “Back In Time”

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

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

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You’re Invited: CosmetiCare ‘Custom You’ Event

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

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

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It’s Spring At Five Crowns

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

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

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One Week After Liposuction Surgery

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

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

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2018 Orange County Easter Dining Guide

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

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

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Festival Ballet Theatre Presents Coppélia + Giveaway

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

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

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All Things Boysenberry at the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

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

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

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70MAI: Smartest Dash Cam

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

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

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Peppa Pig Live + Giveaway

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

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

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The Royal Palace on the Disney Dream Cruise Line

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

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

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48 Hours After Liposuction Surgery

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

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

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2018 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival

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

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

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You’re Invited: Farmhouse Local Artisan Dinner

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

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

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The Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream Cruise Line

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

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

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Causes, Symptoms & Treatment: Children and Asthma

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

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

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Introducing the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica

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

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

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2018 Orange County St. Patrick’s Day Dining Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Healthcare Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

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

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

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LA Clippers Basketball Summer Camp + Giveaway

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

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

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SAJJ Mediterranean: Fast and Healthy Family Dining

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

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

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​Gear Up for Iron Horse Family Steampunk Carnivale

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

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

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Sip and Savor at the OCWineFest

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

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

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You’re Invited to the Kia Stinger Experience

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

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

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 22nd Anniversary Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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2018 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

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

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

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Teen Tips for Caring for Invisalign at School

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

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

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Puberty: What Parents Should Expect

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

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

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Festival of Human Abilities + Giveaway

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

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

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From Tree to Table: Sweet Desert Dates

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

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

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2018 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour + Giveaway

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

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

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Snow Tubing at Mt Baldy

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

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

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Glamping in a Tipi under the Stars in Joshua Tree

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Joshua Tree, Kia, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

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

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Tru Grits: Modern Asian Fusion Restaurant

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

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

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Viva Los Tacos Event + Giveaway

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

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

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Five Ways to Prevent Clogged Drains

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s France vs. Italy at Bluewater Grill

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

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

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Sparking a Love for Creativity and Literacy at Storymakery

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

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

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Las Brisas: Ocean Breezes and Delicious Cuisine

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

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

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