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Here’s the Beef: Farmer Boys Has the Best Burgers

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Finding a good fast food restaurant with quality food can be hard in the world of never-ending chain restaurants today. I am always willing to try new places to see if I can find a favorite and Farmer Boys definitely made the cut. My family and I went to the new 10th Southern California Farmer Boys in Irvine, and we had some amazing times and fantastic food. We started by walking into the comfortable family-friendly restaurant and walked up to the cash register. We all immediately looked at the menu above the cash register and figured out what we were going to order. We ordered out food and sat down in a cozy booth in the corner of the restaurant. I’m going to start out with what I had ordered, and...

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Tips for Caring For Your Skin After a Co2 Laser

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

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador While having my liposuction surgery, I also had the doctor perform a Co2 laser resurfacing procedure. I had wanted to have a Co2 laser done for many years, and I figured that since I would already be recovering from liposuction that it would be a good time to recover from a laser. My results from the Co2 laser were amazing. Most of my wrinkles diminished and the discoloring of my skin that I had developed during pregnancy completely disappeared. To have the best results from the procedure, it is important to properly care for your skin for the weeks following the surgery. The doctors at CosmetiCare had recommended that I purchase the Alastin Skincare Procedure Enhancement System. I fell in love with the brand so much that I still use it for my skincare...

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Supporting Children Who Suffer From Chronic Pain

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Chronic pain is something that many children suffer from, and it is not something that is talked publicly about very often. I have supported a good friend of mine who has a child who has suffered from chronic pain for many years, and I have seen how the doctors at CHOC Children’s have helped to support her child and family lead a normal life as much as is possible. Earlier this month, I met with Dr. Harpreet Kaur, a CHOC Children’s psychologist about pain management in children. There are many causes and effects of pain, and one of the things they see a lot at CHOC Children’s is how chronic pain can impact a child’s overall functioning and participation in their own lives. Dr. Kaur shared that they see a child’s physical and social activities decline. Pain can...

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Wanderlust’s First one-of-a-kind Wellness Gathering

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Events, Health | 0 comments

  The creators of Wanderlust bring the first annual ​Wellspring​, a first-of-its-kind wellness gathering, featuring the world’s leading innovators, teachers and socially conscious companies. From invigorating workouts and hands-on treatments to inspirational, actionable workshops, Wellspring connects us to a common goal: fostering healthy individuals, a healthy society and a healthy planet. This year’s guide leaders include RUSSELL BRAND, GLENNON DOYLE, MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, DR. MARK HYMAN, PAUL HAWKEN, KEN NWADIKE JR., ELANA BROWER, DAVE ASPREY, ALICIA SILVERSTONE, LAUREN ASH, NATALIE KUHN, ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS, ANA IVANOVIC, SEANE CORN, KYLE CEASE, MARC HOLZMAN, EOIN FINN, ROY SPENCE, DR. CHELSEA JACKSON ROBERTS, NADIA BOLZ WEBER, DALLAS HARTWIG, ROBIN ARZON, RADHA AGRAWAL, MIKI AGRAWAL, KEITH MITCHELL, CHIP CONLEY, INSIYA RASIWALA – FINN, TARA – NICHOLLE NELSON, JEN AUERBACH, EMILY SCHROMM, MARK GROVES, LIGHT WATKINS and more… Attendees will be nurtured by a number...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd Annual Christmas Train + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Christmas, Featured, Giving Back, Holiday | 42 comments

  It’s the season, once again for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time — get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online ONLY and can be purchased beginning November 1st; tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for details. While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station. Activities will be open when...

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How Liposuction changed my life

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 1 comment

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador When going in for my liposuction procedure, I never knew that my life would change forever. After my surgery, I made the choice to make a major lifestyle change, I lost fifty pounds (plus the nine removed during my surgery), and I have gained more self-confidence than I’ve ever had in my lifetime. I love myself more than ever, and more importantly, I love the way that I feel. In the beginning, I felt a little lost in the world, almost like I was a different person living the same life I was living before – like a stranger in my own life. When I would look in the mirror, I didn’t recognize the person I was seeing. When I would take pictures of myself, I would stare at them for hours, thinking to...

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Girlfriends Guide to Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador So you’re thinking about have liposuction done? Curious about what the recovering is going to be like? Want to know what to expect? Six months ago, I had liposuction, and this is everything you need to know about your upcoming liposuction surgery. It is going to hurt I can’t deny that you’re going to be in pain after the surgery. Make sure and get your pain medication in advance and stay on top of your recommended pain medication schedule following the surgery. You’re going to be swollen During the surgery, they fill your body up with fluid (almost like a balloon). Then they start to suck out the fat. I felt like an umpa lumpa for at least a couple of weeks following my surgery. You’ll want to drink a LOT of water and...

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OC’s First Luxury Cat Hotel

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Family, Travel | 0 comments

 Orange County’s first luxury hotel exclusively for cats will be opening in Irvine this winter. Centrally located just two miles from John Wayne airport, Club Cat, an up-and-coming alternative to conventional boarding, will provide peace-of-mind to cat owners who travel for business or pleasure. With limited options in Orange County to board cats in a cat-only facility, Club Cat founder, Shana Martin, set out to create an upscale boarding environment. “As a lifelong cat owner, traveling was always stressful for me because it was difficult to rely on family, friends or neighbors to take care of my cats the way I wanted them to be taken care of,” says Martin. “Hiring pet sitters wasn’t an option either because I never felt comfortable giving a complete stranger access to my home and personal belongings.” Martin’s vision was also motivated by...

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What Parents Can do to Support Children with Mental Health Issues

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

 Sponsored When most people think of Orange County, they think of wealth, big homes, and fast cars. Unfortunately, what many don’t realize is that Orange County has a high rate of homelessness, and the Anaheim Union High School District is located in one of the poorest zip codes in California. There are many children in the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) that are in crisis. The district averages one ER visit every week, frequently with a suicide attempt or mental health crisis. Mental health issues are something that are not talked enough about, and the stigma surrounding that needs to end. It is a real illness that people suffer from, and when living in a tough situation, it can be worse for an individual. Providence St. Joseph Health, one of the leading healthcare companies in Orange County, has...

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Through the Eyes of a Teenager

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Events, Family, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Irvine Park I have been going to the Irvine Park Railroad since I was a baby. Irvine Park Railroad is one of my favorite family traditions. Now that my brother and I are older, our friends ask us, “Do you guys still enjoy going to Irvine Park Railroad?” Well, let me give you the most straightforward answer…YES! Just because we are teenagers does not mean we don’t love panning for gold and decorating our own cookies. In fact, when we know that a holiday is coming up, we jump at the chance to go to Irvine Park Railroad. I know a lot of the activities they have at the park seem like they would only be appealing to toddlers and younger children, but adults forget that teenagers are kids too and probably wouldn’t...

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Three Tips to Manage Family Life After Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 1 comment

 Sponsored One of the biggest things I had to do before my liposuction procedure was to make plans to help manage my family life while I recovered. In my house, I did almost everything. I cleaned the house, did the laundry, dishes, and drove the kids to all their activities/school. The doctors at CosmetiCare were very honest in telling me that I would need to take it very easy following the surgery and would not be able to do any heavy lifting for at least six weeks following the surgery. These are some tips to help you with planning for your upcoming liposuction procedure: Bring Your Husband in for Your Consultation I brought my husband in with me for my consultation so that he could hear directly from the doctors that I was not to do anything around the...

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Best Places to Celebrate National Taco Day in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

 Tomorrow is my favorite holiday of the year – National Taco Day! Local restaurants are celebrating National Taco Day by offering guests delicious deals. These are our top picks of where to celebrate! Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana 2201 East 1st Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 547-9129 NATIONAL TACO DAY is Thursday, October 4th and Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana is celebrating their 35th Anniversary and YOU’RE INVITED‼️ Party details: AVILA’S EL RANCHITO – SANTA ANA 35th Anniversary Party on National Taco Day – Thursday, October 4th from 4 to 9 pm. RAFFLE DRAWINGS EVERY HOUR starting at 5 p.m. T-shirts, Fiesta Party Tray to go for ten people, Koozis, Keychains, and more! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT by Ruben Gonzalez playing Latin guitar from 6 to 8 p.m. ** GRAND PRIZE ** One lucky guest will win a...

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Tips for Maintaining Liposuction Results

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

 Sponsored One of the biggest struggles that I have heard from women who have had liposuction is how to maintain their results. Liposuction is a major surgery, and it can be very easy to gain back the weight removed during the procedure. Unfortunately, it is easier to gain weight than it is to lose it, so these are my tips for maintaining your liposuction results. Eat a Healthy Diet I know? It is easier to say than to do, but it is very important. Having liposuction done and then eating a very healthy “clean” diet following the surgery not only helped me to lose additional pounds but provided me with even better results than I expected. Exercise Once your doctor clears you to begin exercising – do it. It doesn’t have to be high impact exercising, but you need...

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Five Facts About the Cost of Invisalign

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Beauty, Family, Invisalign | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Invisalign One of the biggest questions that I get asked by moms about Invisalign is the cost. I feel like there is a misconception that Invisalign is so much more expensive than traditional braces when in fact it is not, and having my children wearing Invisalign clear aligners have extremely boosted their self-confidence. When it comes to the cost of Invisalign, these are five facts about the cost: Know Your Insurance Company Your insurance company may pay a percentage of your Invisalign treatment costs! Use your FSA or HSA Benefits You can set aside up to $2,600 annually in an FSA or $3,400 in an HSA ($6,750 for a family). Consider Payment Plan Options Find out if you can spread the cost out over the length of your Invisalign treatment. See if you Qualify for Multiple child/family...

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What to Expect Six Months After Liposuction

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

 Sponsored Six months after having liposuction surgery, I felt like a completely different person. I looked different, I felt different, and I had a different outlook on life. Almost all of my swelling had gone away, and I loved how perfectly contoured by body was because of the liposuction. At this point, I felt comfortable to start exercising, so I began an exercise routine. I started small by just walking and then slowly increased to cardio (running). I am not a gym type of person, but it is essential to exercise to maintain my results, so I began hikes/runs on our local trail. If you don’t like physical fitness, I recommend trying new things like I did to discover a type of exercise that you’ll enjoy and want to do every day. I received a call from CosmetiCare around...

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Creative Sound Solution for Your Home

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored We have a unique household. We rarely have the television on in our house, instead of watching television, our children usually playing a musical instrument or listening to music. Since music is such an essential part of our lives, finding a creative sound solution for our home has always been one of our priorities. Since our current home audio system is very simple, we went to Best Buy to research a more “smart” audio system. The one system that stood out to us was the Bose smart home speakers with a bass module and surround sound speakers. The system offers families like ours unlimited entertainment possibilities including voice control from Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth compatibility. This type of technology put the ability to stream songs whenever we want from anywhere in our home. From the home air...

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TAPS IRVINE Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with $2.15 TAPS Burger Every Friday in October

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

  TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Irvine is celebrating its third anniversary by serving TAPS Signature Burger for $2.15 (signifying “2015,” the year of opening) on Friday, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 with purchase of any beverage. To celebrate the recent opening of TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room in Tustin, the restaurant will offer an award-winning TAPS beer for $4 to guests ordering the burger. The anniversary special, regularly priced at $14.99, will be served in the bar/lounge and dining room. It will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the restaurant serves 300 burgers. WHEN: Fridays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 starting at 11 a.m. until 300 burgers are sold. WHERE: TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Irvine – The Market Place, 13390 Jamboree Rd, Irvine – Phone: (714) 619-0404 (www.tapsfishhouse.com) TAPS Burger...

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6th Annual Champagne & Oyster “Sip & Shuck” Fundraiser

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  For the 6th consecutive year, The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, will host “Sip & Shuck” on Sunday, November 4 from 2-6 p.m. to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange County. The event will give guests the unique opportunity to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters, champagne, sparkling wines, spirits and more from around the world, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views from the oceanfront restaurants. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team will also prepare delicious tastes from The Deck, Driftwood Kitchen, and Hendrix. The event will include beverages from Veuve Clicquot, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Piper Sonoma, Nicholas Freuillate, Nolet’s Gin, Bianchi Winery, Kendall Jackson, Tito’s Vodka, Reyka Vodka, Cote de Roses, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ketel One, Sailor Jerry, Bloom Gin, Casamigo Tequila, Lavazza...

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Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Having Liposuction

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador The doctors at CosmetiCare had recommended that I have liposuction when having my mastopexy (breast lift) done. I thought that after having my breasts done that I would lose the weight on my own, but unfortunately, I did not, and I made the decision to have liposuction done at the end of last year. Like most women, I had some hesitation about having liposuction done, and so I had multiple consultations with the doctors at CosmetiCare where I asked every possible question I could think of, making me feel 100% comfortable with proceeding with having the surgery done. These are five of the most important questions that I would recommend asking the doctors at CosmetiCare before having liposuction done. 1. How long is the recovery time? It is an important question because you’ll want...

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Towing Made Easy Enough That A Mom Can Do It Alone

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Autos, Family, General Motors | 0 comments

 I attended an event as a guest of Chevrolet I have a love for adventure. One of the best ways to have an ultimate adventure in the world is by towing trailers, boats, ATV’s and more. The only downside to towing is that it can be intimating for many, especially moms. Towing has been something that I have wanted to try for many years, and I recently got my first opportunity to tow an ATV on the back of the Chevrolet Silverado. Never in a million years did I think that it would be something that I could do without any help, but the towing navigation system in the Chevrolet Silverado made it so easy that I was able to hook up a trailer to the back of the truck in less than 10 minutes, and all by myself....

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The Importance of Having a Healthy Diet After Liposuction

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the most important things that the doctors at CosmetiCare talked with me about was eating a healthy diet after liposuction. During the surgery, they remove the fat cells from the areas in which you are having the liposuction done, so if you gain weight after the surgery, the fat will go to other areas where you might not want it – like your breasts, face, back or legs. I had liposuction in my stomach and thighs, and I was terrified of the fact that I could get bigger in areas like my face, arms or back, so I ate a very healthy diet following my surgery. One thing that I wished that I had done was started eating healthier before the surgery and lost some weight before surgery, so I recommend to everyone considering liposuction to...

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The Importance of Testing for Prostate Cancer

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Family, Giveaways, Health | 10 comments

 Sponsored Shortly after meeting my husband, his Grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was a very scary time for our family, but because my Mother-in-law was on top of his healthcare, it was caught early, and he was able to survive for many years following the diagnosis and removal of his prostate. Prostate cancer is something that men should be checked regularly for, and with women making 80% of the health care decisions in the family according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is key for us as women to encourage the men in our lives to get tested. One way that men can test for prostate cancer with with Prolaris. Prolaris is a cancer test that can measure the aggressiveness of a man’s prostate cancer. The test provides a score that gives both the patient and...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Seventeenth Annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival + GIVEAWAY

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

  In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors Latino and Hispanic cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its seventeenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event will feature bilingual environmental educational programs, including films and underwater presentations with divers, and traditional dance, crafts, music, and interactive children’s programs. The festival will also include an award ceremony at on Sunday 1:40 p.m. honoring Andrés Pruna, who is a Cuban-American artist, former National Geographic photographer, and ocean explorer. The Aquarium will honor Pruna with its prestigious Heritage Award for his dedication to inspiring others to care about wildlife through his artwork, from his photography and films to his paintings, and his role in ocean exploration. Latin American folk dancers, Aztec dancers, mariachi...

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Mom’s Day Out at Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Beauty, Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Now that the kids are back in school, it is the perfect time to get your girlfriends together for a day of pampering and relaxation at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. This year, I celebrate the back-to-school season by spending a relaxing day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs with one of my dear friends. We dropped the kids off at school and took the short drive over to Glen Ivy Hot Springs where we would embark on an unforgettable day of healing. When we arrived at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, we put our things into a locker, put on our plush spa robes, and then found two lounge chairs by one of their many pools to spend the day. Throughout the day, we took our time exploring all of the 19 pools....

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The fourteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 2018. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and...

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2018 OC International Auto Show

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored The OC International Auto Show returns to the Anaheim Convention Center with more than 600 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, exotics, fun for everyone and more. One of the largest auto shows in the country, this is the place to check out the latest 2019-model vehicles in a non-selling environment. Attendees are invited to sit behind wheels, inspect engines, experience new technologies and even take a test drive in more than 100 new vehicles. The OC International Auto Show will also feature a multi-million-dollar collection of exotic vehicles, electric vehicles, pre-production models, interactive displays, fun for the little ones and more. Additionally, the SoCal Work Truck & Van Show within the auto show returns with a collection of the latest work trucks and vans from top manufacturers. WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, October 5, 12...

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Acclaimed Chef Ross Pangilinan Returns to South Coast Plaza to Open TERRACE by Mix Mix

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

  Ross Pangilinan, the award-winning chef/owner of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar in downtown Santa Ana, returns to South Coast Plaza to open a second restaurant, TERRACE by Mix Mix. Pangilinan held residence at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for seven years as executive chef of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge before opening his own restaurant, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, in 2016. His second restaurant, TERRACE by Mix Mix, opens Tuesday, September 11. Drawing inspiration from Italian, French and modern Filipino cuisines, Pangilinan offers an eclectic, yet refined menu designed for South Coast Plaza’s global audience. The restaurant offers a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $15 on weekdays; a nightly full-service dinner featuring seasonal preparations of housemade pastas and small plates of fish, meats, and vegetables; as well as a weekend ‘Bottomless Bubbles’ brunch. The menus at TERRACE also include a few...

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Ohana Music Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 11 comments

 Sponsored The Ohana Music Festival is one of our favorite SoCal music events of the year. The festival will take place on September 28, 29, 30th, and one of our favorite family snacks, KIND Healthy Snacks is one of the sponsors of the event. In addition to offering a full day in the sun the diverse music lineup features Eric Church, Norah Jones, Eddie Vedder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford & Sons, Beck, and Young the Giant. Ohana will donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks. Festival general admission allows roaming throughout the lush grass areas of Doheny State Beach, right off the shore of the Pacific Ocean, touching...

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Adventure City Boo-Tastic Halloween Party + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 26 comments

  Your family is invited to a special two day kid-friendly private event at Adventure City! Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party 2 Nights Only October 19th and 26th *Enjoy 11 exciting rides *Walk through their “trick-or-treat street” for FREE candy and trinkets *Enter the all-new vortex tunnel for a dizzying delight *Ride the express train for a fun Halloween scavenger hunt *Join them for their spooktacular dance party *Meet their mad scientist magician for some astonishing tricks *Show your halloween spirit and wear a costume (optional) Tickets for this special event are just $24.95 per person. Purchase your tickets today online. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets to this fun family event by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner on October 1st. Good...

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FREE PASTRIES: Paris Baguette Celebrates Costa Mesa Grand Opening

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Paris Baguette, a fast-casual Parisian-inspired bakery, is celebrating its newest location in Costa Mesa by offering the first 100 guests in line on September 7 and September 8 starting at 9:00 a.m. a complimentary mouthwatering, buttery croissant of their choice and a Paris Baguette lunch bag or mug – a sweet deal for everyone to enjoy! Best known for a variety of delectable cakes, pastries, sandwiches and signature beverages, Paris Baguette offers a unique self-service feature where customers can pick and choose their favorite delicacies that are brought directly to the counter. Choose from an array of Parisian & Asian-infused treats such as Sweet Red Bean Donuts, colorful Macarons or a traditional Pain au Chocolat, all made with locally sourced ingredients and quality products. The new location marks Paris Baguette’s fourth Orange County restaurant, and is located at...

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Best Tech for Back-to-School

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

  The kids have headed back-to-school and needing to stock-up with the newest technology to be successful in the new school year. Verizon is one of the best places to get all the tech your kids need and these are our top five picks. Want a speaker, academic assistant and a schedule keeper all in one? Look no further than the JBL Link 20 with built-in Google Assistant. Use Google Assistant for translation help, searching or fact-checking. Need help balancing a busy back to school schedule? Ask Google to access calendars to receive rundowns on demand, and set reminders at specific times and locations. And the JBL Link 20 is waterproof so it keeps going despite spilled drinks, rogue splashes or even a dunk in the pool (on a study break, of course). Charge family phones quickly on contact...

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The First-Ever Hello Kitty Cafe Opens in Irvine

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

  Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, announces the opening of the highly anticipated Hello Kitty Grand Cafe on September 14, 2018. Housed within the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, CA, this marks the Hello Kitty Cafe brand’s first-ever cafe concept offering Hello Kitty Cafe favorites and new Afternoon Tea and Cocktail Service programs. The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is the first and only permanent cafe in the U.S. featuring dual experiential spaces – a fast casual cafe setting open to the public and a separate private room for reservation-only afternoon tea program and cocktail service. Guests can pop in and out for a sweet treat at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe with grab and go seating for up to 12 people. In addition to the popular Hello Kitty Cafe menu offerings, exclusive...

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Tall Ships Festival Sails Into Dana Point Harbor + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history with the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba. Gather friends and family for a weekend full of seaside adventures Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 at Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor. Ocean Institute’s 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival offers multiple activities throughout the weekend. The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 7 with the Parade of Sails and the Sails ‘n Ales kick-off party, followed by a weekend full of tall ship tours, pirate voyages, mermaid encounters and vendors on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9. On Friday, September 7 from 4 – 7:30 p.m., the Parade of Sail kicks off the historic weekend as visitors experience the sight of several iconic...

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Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Family, Recipes, Sheet Pan Recipes | 0 comments

  Whenever my daughter and I see Caprese salad on a menu, we cannot resist ordering it. There is something amazingly delicious about the flavor combinations of tomatoes and cheese, mixed with some balsamic & fresh basil ~ oh my! Instead of doing the traditional burgers and hot dogs over Labor Day weekend; I decided to surprise my daughter by making Caprese chicken. And, since it was a holiday weekend, I kept it simple by doing it on a sheet pan – the prep time was less than five minutes! Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe Ingredients: 2 Cups of Melissa’s Produce cherry tomatoes 2 Cloves of Melissa’s Produce garlic (minced) 2 Tbl. Olive oil 5 Fresh Chicken thighs Fresh Mozzarella slices (Trader Joe’s has it pre-sliced) Balsamic vinegar Salt Pepper Basil Directions: 1. In a bowl. Mix the cherry...

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Summer Tomato Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples provided Our backyard tomato plants have been working hard all summer to provide our family with an abundance of fresh tomatoes. But, as the summer nights are slowly coming to an end, I have found myself sifting through the leaves of our tomato plants to find the last tomatoes that our plants will provide this year. That is why I love Melissa’s Produce so much because they seem to find those hidden tomatoes when we can’t find them in our backyard, and yet they taste just as good as the ones we grow ourselves. After a quick visit at Melissa’s this month, they sent me home with some of their heirloom cherry tomatoes, and I made this quick (and simple) summer tomato salad recipe. What I love about this recipe is that you can cook it and have...

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Dinner with a View at The Sun Room

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Dining, Oregon, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After a busy day exploring the Oregon coastline, we freshened up in our room before having dinner at The Sun Room Cafe at the Salishan Resort. One of my favorite things about the restaurant is the beautiful panoramic views of the golf course. We were seated at a booth overlooking the golf course and got ready to embark on an epicurean adventure. There were so many delicious choices on the menu, and it was the parmesan truffle fries with garlic aioli and portland ketchup that caught the eye of my son. Truffle fries are one of his all-time favorite dishes, and he thought that the fries at The Sun Room Cafe were some of the best he has ever had. While my son was enjoying the parmesan truffle fries, my daughter...

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Theatre Dining at the all-new George’s Cafe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love bringing my kids to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to see performances. We usually end up eating dinner before the show at South Coast Plaza until the opening of the new outdoor dining venue next to the Segerstrom, Center 360. You can imagine my surprise last week when we went to see the ON YOUR FEET Broadway musical and discovered that the restaurant has an all-new name and delicious new menu! Center 360 is now George’s Cafe, named after the George Argyros, who along with his wife made the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza outside of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts possible. The restaurant has the same ambiance – private tables, long communal tables and a large bar. The best part of the restaurant is the new...

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Spicy Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples provided My favorite veggie season of the year is hatch chile season. This year, I have been cooking up a storm in my kitchen with fresh hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce, and over the weekend, I made a tasty breakfast casserole using hatch chiles ~ that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you! The breakfast casserole is ideal to make over the weekend so that your kids can re-heat it throughout the week before going off to school. It is packed with nutrition, and a little bit of heat to help wake them up on those early mornings before heading off to school. It’s simple and delicious ~ Enjoy! PS. If you have kids who don’t like spice. Melissa’s Produce does offer mild peppers so they can still enjoy the authentic flavors. Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole...

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Invest in Your Skin with Trilipiderm

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

 Sample provided One question that I’m frequently asked is, “how do you look so young?” At the beginning of the year, I had a Co2 laser done on my face at CosmetiCare, and since then, I’ve been invested in providing the best care possible for my skin. I am continually trying new skincare products, and one product that I have fallen in love with is Trilipiderm ultra-hydrating all-body oil. I am always cautious about using any products on my skin that have harmful chemicals, and Trilipiderm is 100% natural, fragrance-free, preservative-free, and non-comedogenic. Did I mention that they also don’t test on animals? Hooray! I’ve been using the oil on my skin for about a week, and I’ve noticed an extreme difference in the look and feel of my skin. My skin is brighter, more hydrated and I don’t...

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Summer Salads at Luna Grill

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of our favorite places to enjoy a healthy meal is at Luna Grill. The restaurant features a family-friendly ambiance, and the meal portions are large enough that we always have leftovers to bring home or the kids end up sharing a meal. This summer, it has been the salads at Luna Grill that our family has been enjoying almost every week. Their salads are packed full of nutrition, and when we add a protein to it, it is the perfect family summer dinner. My kid’s favorite salad at Luna Grill is the Mediterranean salad. The salad features chopped chicken, Israeli couscous, tomato, cucumber, red onion, mint, parsley, green onion, feta, tossed in our house vinaigrette and served on a bed of lettuce. What I love about the salad is that...

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Simple Prosecco Grape Recipe

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  Having friends over? Looking for a fun new snack to serve while entertaining? Then you need to try making Prosecco grapes. With it being the peak of the grape season, and Melissa’s Produce has been filling the shelves of my local market with delicious seasonal grapes, I decided to make prosecco grapes for a recent girls night out that I hosted. Prosecco grapes are so easy to make, and you’re guests are going to love how sweet and delicious they are. For this recipe, I made them with Melissa’s Produce champagne grapes, but you can use any kind of grape that you want – just as long as it’s from Melissa’s Produce (wink). Simple Prosecco Grape Recipe Ingredients: 1 Package of Melissa’s Produce grapes 1 cup of sugar 1 Bottle of Prosecco Directions: 1. Clean the grapes and...

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Does Liposuction Hurt?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador Is Liposuction painful? Just like any type of major surgery, there is going to be some degree of pain associated. One thing that the doctors at CosmetiCare did in my pre-op appointment was to talk with me about pain management following the surgery. They provided me with prescriptions for pain medication in my pre-op appointment so that I could fill the prescriptions before my surgery and went over a main medication management schedule to follow after my surgery. When I woke up from my surgery, I felt some slight discomfort when I attempted to move, but the pain wasn’t too hard to handle. It was once the medication they had given me in my IV during surgery started to wear off that I felt a good amount of pain. I quickly learned how important...

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Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Books, Entertainment, Giveaways | 25 comments

 Disney Book Group is partnering with me for a giveaway Do you ever wonder if the villain of the fairytale has a story to tell? I know I do and when I discovered the Disney Villain series book, I knew I just had to read them. I initially read the Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch. I absolutely loved this book! I have always loved the villains in the stories a little more than the heroes, so I knew I had to read this whole series. The next one I read was Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch. From the first page the book this story had me hooked on the origin story of the three sisters, one of them being Mother Gothel. Not only did I learn why and how she got...

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Saturday Teen Culinary Classes

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in Education | 0 comments

  Do your kids like to cook? Are they they wanting to explore their talents? The OCSA CSArts Culinary Classes are the perfect place for them to start. Not only can your children fall in love with the Culinary Arts, but also get a small taste of what the OCSA Culinary Arts High School program can provide for them. The Saturday classes are geared towards children aged 11-15. During the classes, students will learn a variety of foundational cooking techniques while experimenting with fun recipes. Basic knife skills, cooking methods, garnishes, portioning, plating, and representation will be explored with a culminating gathering and sampling for parents to enjoy. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. Fundamentals of Culinary Arts 9am to 12pm Innovative Flavors and Presentations 1pm to 4pm Cost: $475 Dates: The Fall 2018 classes occur weekly on Saturdays...

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  We had a hint of cooler weather yesterday, that had me in the mood for a little comfort food. While daydreaming about the Tuscany hills in Italy, I was inspired to make this creamy Tuscan children pasta sauce for our family dinner. The recipe is simple, delicious and your kids are guaranteed to come asking for more! Enjoy! Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Ingredients: 1 Onion (diced) 1 Garlic clove (diced) 5-6 Chicken tenders 1 Cup of sundried tomatoes 1/2 Cup of white wine 2 Tbl. Olive oil 1 1/2 Cups of Heavy cream 3-4 cups of spinach 1 1/2 cups of parmesan cheese 2 Tbl parsley (chopped) Salt/Pepper 1. Cook noodles per package instructions. 2. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil. 3. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until translucent. 4. Add the chicken tenders and white...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 17 comments

  Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family. Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily from September 15th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkin Patch activities include: Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and a lot more. Irvine Park Railroad’s 3rd annual “Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off”...

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Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Samples provided Summer might be coming to an end, but the produce is fresher than ever. I had been traveling all week, and the first thing my kids asked me when I got home was, “What’s for dinner?” I knew that I had two hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce still in the refrigerator and a couple of ears of corn that I had planned on making elote with before my trip, so I put everything I had in my garden and refrigerator together to make this refreshing summer corn salad – and it was delicious! The best thing about this recipe is that you can add the hatch chiles into a portion of the dish, leaving a “bland” salad for your picky eaters. After mixing all the ingredients, I put a small amount aside for my picky eater and...

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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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