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The New TCL Experience at The Honda Center

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

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

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Mess Hall Market: Where Inspired Chefs Come Together

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

We attended a preview as a guest of the venue If any of you have been following the new construction happening near the Flight at Tustin Legacy, then you know there is a mixed-use campus on its way for all of us to enjoy. Yes, and nestled in between will be Mess Hall; a 12,000 square foot area with offerings from a variety of well-known chefs. Among these spaces will find eateries to soothe your moments of hunger, quench your thirst and offer a great exploration of flavors. A campus of modern structures with wonderful use of glass to create buildings that mimic sculpture art. Meandering trails, open spaces with a park-like setting allow for strolling before or after having a bite to eat. You’ll even discover that it’s Metrolink friendly, which means you can meet friends and leave...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Holiday Gift Donations

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Christmas, Giving Back, Holiday | 0 comments

The OC Rescue Mission is calling on the local community to help deliver holiday cheer to the 193 formerly homeless men, women and children living at the Village of Hope. The Rescue Mission has announced an urgent need for holiday gift donations, which the children at the Village of Hope will give to their parents. Specific donation items needed include new: Slippers Wallets Reusable Water Bottles Journals Baseball caps Scarves Socks Belts Hair accessories Donations of the above items may be dropped off at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00p.m., Monday through Sunday. Contact Katie Roberts at 714-247-4389 or email [email protected] for more information. New Gift Catalog Allows Community to Donate to Specific Needs The Rescue Mission has also announced its...

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Must-Have Devices and Tech Accessories for Kids and Family

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Christmas, Family, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Brighten up the holiday for the whole family this season! Verizon makes it easy to stay connected, start the New Year off in style and stuff stockings the right way. Check out our top tech must-haves tech gifts for kids and family: For Him: ● Google Home Hub – For the guy that has everything, this takes it to the next level. Now questions come with visual answers. Play YouTube videos on its 7 inch touchscreen, see a rundown of the day, and keep track of all those holiday gatherings. Plus when it’s time to entertain, you can easily set the mood by playing songs from a number of popular music services – including Spotify. ● Google Pixel 3XL – ‘Tis the season for family photos – whether it’s a reaction from that must have gift, or just...

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Celebrate the Holidays at The Aquarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 20 comments

Get into the holiday spirit now through December 23, 2018, at the Aquarium of the Pacific during the month-long Aquarium Holidays celebration. Aquarium Holidays features special holiday décor, daily penguin parades at 10 a.m., shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, daily screenings of the original cartoon Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and daily appearances by Santa Diver and the Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits. There is currently a beautiful display of gingerbread houses! On weekends the Aquarium will have a snow play area, children’s crafts, and photo opportunities with Santa. A toy drive runs daily through December 23rd and supports the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive. Aquarium guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy – at a $15 value or more – will receive a...

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Mother and Daughter Holiday Spa Day at Burke Williams

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Beauty, Christmas, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 4 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue The stress of the holiday season is in full swing. As a full-time working mom, I have been extra stressed with trying to get up the holiday decorations and shop for all our friends and family. With it being my daughter’s first year in High School, I have seen the pressures of the end of semester and finals getting to her, so I planned a relaxing mother and daughter spa day at Burke Williams. Burke Williams is one of my all-time favorite places to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. From the minute that we walked into the spa, we both felt a sense of calm come over us. We checked in at the front desk and escaped for a day full of pampering and bliss. We made sure and arrived at the...

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Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse Brings a Taste of the East Coast to Orange County

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

We dined as a guest of the venue When the Irvine Company announced that they were going to bring a little bit of the east coast to the west, with the opening of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse back in 2017, I knew that it had to be something spectacular. So what makes Davio’s so special? Chef/Restaurateur Steve DiFillippo. After graduating Boston University and the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, the then 24-year-old Steve began his journey in making a regular Italian steakhouse into a fine dining experience. The first step in making his vision a reality came with the purchase of an established restaurant called Davio’s in Boston’s Back Bay. With hard work, insight, and a deep understanding of what people want in a dining experience, Steve’s empire grew from one restaurant in Boston to nine on the east...

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A Simple Favor Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 14 comments

Experience a stylish thriller that’s “wildly entertaining” (Indiewire) when A Simple Favor arrives on Digital December 11 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand December 18 from Lionsgate. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in this “delicious adult thriller” (Forbes) from the darker side of director Paul Feig, based on the novel by Darcey Bell and written for the screen by Jessica Sharzer. From the producers of The Heat, Spy, and Snatched, Feig and Jessie Henderson, A Simple Favor is full of twists, betrayals, secrets, murder, and revenge. A Simple Favor centers around Stephanie (Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Golding)...

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Theatre & Shopping: An Epic Mother and Daughter Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa, Dining, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Temecula, Travel | 111 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to have small weekend getaways. Before getting into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I planned an unforgettable weekend getaway with my daughter in Costa Mesa. With my daughter being an art student at Orange County School of the Arts, I thought that she would enjoy a getaway enjoying the artsy community of Costa Mesa, and it ended up being one of our favorite staycations ever. Costa Mesa has some of the best small businesses to shop for the holidays in Orange County, and since I want all the holiday gifts that I will be giving this year to come from small businesses, we started our getaway by shopping during Small Business Saturday. We got up early on Small Business Saturday and went to The...

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Kids Eat Free at The House of Blues

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Whenever I hear the name House of Blues I think rock n roll, amazing venue, and their world famous Gospel Brunch. Well let me tell you House of Blues is so much more. Since moving to the Garden Walk in Anaheim, House of Blues has doubled in size giving them chance to expand their venue but also their kitchen. First of all they have an amazing happy hour Monday – Friday, 3PM-6PM as well as lunch specials starting at $9. So what is the inspiration behind their mouthwatering meals? Good old southern cooking. Their menu includes iconic dishes such as New Orleans jambalaya and gumbo, shrimp and grits, country fried steak, Memphis-style baby back ribs, and Delta fried chicken, as well as great burgers, flatbreads, and salads. So what’s my favorite?...

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Make a Holiday Toast with Ammunition Wines

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored We are officially knee deep in the holiday season. Holiday parties are happening almost every night where friends and families are making toasts in celebration of a fantastic year and with the excitement of all the goodness coming to everyone in the New Year. When hosting my friends in my home during the holiday season, I only want to serve them the highest quality wines, and I have recently fallen in love with Ammunition Wines. Ammunition is the shared vision of two guys who had a dream and decided to make it happen. Andy and Bill partnered together to produce world-class wines from Sonoma County and bring them to their friends and family as a celebration of their shared American heritage. After some not-so-careful consideration, they pooled some money together with a few of their friends and started...

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Chronic Tacos Introduces Grass-Fed Carne Asada

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

I was recently a guest at Chronic Tacos for a tasting of the new grass-fed Carne Asada. Upon entering the Chronic Taco restaurant I was greeted by the open, clean and bright location. Moving to the starting point to choose an item was difficult. The difficult choice of making a meal has now gotten more complicated. The usual taco, burrito, Bowl-Rito, quesadilla, sorta, Chronic Salad and Tostada Bowl options are now available with yet another protein. I decided to go with the tried and true and ordered the taco, burrito and tostada with the new Carne-Asada protein. The steak is kept in a secret marinade for 24 hours before being seared and seasoned on the open grill, allowing for the boldest flavor profile. “We constantly have our customers in mind and adding this grass-fed steak to our menu falls...

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Seven Steps to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored I recently had the honor of joining Verizon and the CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, Stephen Balkam for lunch in Los Angeles to talk about tools we can use to help keep our kids safe online. As a parent, it is not easy to keep up with all the changes happening in the digital world, and it is more important than ever to help keep our kids safe online. While talking with Balkam, he shared these seven steps to good digital parenting with us: Talk with your kids Stay calm Talk early and often Be open and direct Educate Yourself Search online for anything you don’t understand Try out the apps, games, and sites yourself Explore the GDP tips and resources Use Parental Controls Activate the safety settings in your operating system, search engine, and games...

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9th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 6 comments

Join us for our 9th annual Christmas with the Critters for a fun festive day! The children will enjoy crafts, holiday music, bounce house, Santa, watching the animals opening their Christmas presents and listening to keeper talks, while the parents can enjoy holiday shopping, silent auction, lunch and beverages. Tickets: $17 for Adults $11 3 years -12 Free 2 years and younger – No food included When: Sunday December 9th, 2018 Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm Where: 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado CA, 92676 Lunch catered by 24 Carrots Catering and Events Holiday shopping opportunities -Tickets will be available at the door for additional $5 -$8 valet parking – All proceeds benefit Rancho Wildlife 501(c)3 GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a Family Four Pack to Christmas with the Critters event (value of $56) by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Growing Minds

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping | 0 comments

Samples provided When looking for the perfect gift to place under the tree this holiday season, educational gifts always make the perfect gifts to give. After getting my degree in Early Childhood Education, I fell in love with how Lakeshore makes educational games and products that makes learning fun for young children. Every year, I purchase something special for my kids from Lakeshore, and these are my top picks this year to gift to your children. Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle $49.99 Fantasy and adventure abound in this mighty fortress built for endless entertainment—just beware of the dragon! The castle walls open to reveal exciting play spaces, where the wizard counsels the king and queen, and the knights and guards defend the kingdom. There are chambers to explore, stairs to scale, towers for keeping watch…even a dragon’s lair! The castle...

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An Electric Vehicle Powerful Enough to Autocross

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Autos, Family, Featured, General Motors | 0 comments

As Rascal Flatts would say, I like fast cars and freedom. So, imagine my surprise when I got an invite to autocross with an electric vehicle. I was so intrigued that I couldn’t resist saying “yes” to test out the Chevy Bolt EV on a track at Santa Anita. When I arrived at Santa Anita, there were three Chevy Bolt EV cars and one VW GTI (that most popular car autocross drivers have preferred driving) until experiencing the Chevy Bolt so we could compare the ride. When comparing the Chevy Bolt EV to the VW GTI: The Chevy Bolt EV: Length 164″, Width 69.5, Height 62.8, Wheelbase 102.4, Pass Volume 94.4 cu ft, Max Cargo Volume 56.6 cu ft The VW GTI: Length 168″, Width 70.8, Height 57.8, Wheelbase 103.6, Pass Volume 93.5 cu ft, Max Cargo Volume 52.7...

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Holiday Celebrations at Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Earlier this week, we were guests of Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach, CA. The occasion was an early holiday date night complete with a Stuffed Lobster meal that is currently being offered at all the Bluewater Grill locations. The stuffed lobster is a favorite amongst the regulars at Bluewater Grill and is a New England Holiday Tradition. The lobster gets stuffed instead of the bird. This tradition was started by restaurants in the Boston area but has caught on this side of the coast. We arrived for our reservations and were immediately walked to our table. We chose inside seating, but the restaurant offers some great outside seating by the docks with great views of Newport harbor. As we took our seat, the freshly baked sourdough bread (unlimited for those of...

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Best Pizza in Baja California: Cafe El Triunfo

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Dining, El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

When planning our visit to El Triunfo during our stay in La Paz, Mexico, I did a little bit of research and learned that there is only one restaurant in the small town called Cafe El Triunfo. While exploring the town, I did learn that there are more restaurants in the town, but since I thought it was the only place to dine, we stopped in for lunch before learning about La Ramona and exploring the town. The minute that we drove into the small town, there was a sign on the side of the road directing visitors to the location of the cafe. We parked the car and walked up to the beautiful restaurant. The restaurant is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever dined at in Mexico. When you first step in the door,...

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Bracken’s Kitchen and Top OC Chefs are Decking the Halls With a Holiday Benefit

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Bracken’s Kitchen, sponsored by Newport Meat Company, will commemorate their new 9,000 sq. ft. location in the city of Garden Grove at their Deck The Halls Open House Holiday Benefit on November 29, 2018 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. You are invited to tour the various kitchens to sample signature dishes made from top chefs such as Chef Hugo Bolanos from Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air, Avalon Grille & The Catalina Company’s Chef Roberto Hernandez, Chef Andrew Gruel from Slapfish and Two Birds and Butterleaf and Chef John Park of Toast Kitchen + Bakery, not to mention Bracken’s Kitchen’s Executive Chef Jerry and Founder & Culinary Director, Chef Bill Bracken. Master Baker Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Pastry Chef Michael Owens of the new Left Coast Bakery, and from The Dirty Cookie, Shahira Marel will round...

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OC Black Friday Dining Deals

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Deals, Dining, Family | 0 comments

It’s not just about the shopping around Orange County on Black Friday, but also the delicious dining deals. Don’t miss out on scoring some of these killer dining deals in OC on Black Friday! Jimboy’s Tacos ‘Tis tacos that make the season jolly! Throughout November and December, Jimboy’s Tacos is rewarding guests who purchase $25 in gift cards with a BONUS $5 gift card! Guests can also load $25 onto their Taco Nation mobile app and receive an extra $5 credit. Both holiday offers are available at participating Jimboy’s Tacos locations from November 3 through December 31. Farmer Boys Farmer Boys is offering TWO ways to get rewarded this holiday season. From November 13 through December 31, purchase $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 voucher, or buy $100 in gift cards and get $25 in vouchers to...

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Epic Black Friday at MainPlace Mall + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Giveaways, Shopping | 3 comments

Sponsored This year, MainPlace Mall is going to the best place to find the best deals on Black Friday. The shopping center to centrally located in the heart of Orange County and has one of the largest selections of specialty stores to find the perfect holiday gifts at the lowest prices. Since I am going to be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, I went to MainPlace Mall, and already found so many great sales, which is a sign that the sales are going to be epic on Black Friday. I was able to stock up on all my holiday lingerie needs at Victoria’s Secret at the lowest prices I have ever seen in the store. I always shop at MainPlace Mall Victoria’s Secret because they have the best bra fitter, Sophia, (who has been doing it for eight years)....

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SAJJ Mediterranean: Family Friendly Mediterranean Dining

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

We dined as a guest of the venue On Wednesday, we were guests of SAJJ Mediterranean restaurant in Irvine for family dinner. This is the second location for the fast growing SAJJ restaurant in Orange County (the other is located in Rancho Santa Margarita). We were surprised that we had not heard about the restaurant already. If a Mediterranean restaurant opens within a 100 mile radius of our house, we are first to know. We found out that the grand opening for the store is actually on November 30th! The restaurant is clean, modern and well lit all the necessary ingredients for a comfortable and casual experience with the kids. Immediately, I noticed all the available food options for us and forgot about the kids. However, my wife was kind enough to remind me to let the kids go...

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A New Location: San Pedro Fish Market Grille Expands into Harbor City

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

San Pedro Fish Market Grille, the South Bay’s destination for quality seafood in a fast-casual setting, developed by the families behind the San Pedro Fish Market, casts a net further inland into Harbor City, California. Located at 1313 W. Sepulveda Boulevard in Harbor City, the family dining experience features fresh fish dishes including the WORLD FAMOUS SHRIMP TRAY, and a selection of beer and wine. It joins two San Pedro Fish Market Grille locations, Rolling Hills Estates and Wilmington as well as the original San Pedro Fish Market in the seafood dynasty business. “We are excited about the newest Harbor City location. It’s so convenient for many of our families who dine with us regularly at our waterfront location” says Mike Ungaro, CEO of San Pedro Fish Market. “The fish market is known for celebrating food and family, this...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Thanksgiving Donations

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Family, Giving Back, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

As the holiday season kicks into gear, Orange County Rescue Mission is calling on the local community’s help for critical food donations of sides dishes ahead of its 53rd annual Thanksgiving dinner, which will feed more than 285 homeless men, women and children in the region. “For many of us, Thanksgiving is another opportunity to gather with family and friends, and enjoy a delicious meal,” says Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. “For those currently living at the Village of Hope and other local residents, this meal means so much more. Many residents have never had an opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and we are urgently asking for food donations from the community so that we can offer a memorable holiday for those in need.” Palmer notes that while the Rescue Mission typically receives a...

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2018 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Dining, Events, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

A cornucopia of Thanksgiving feasting choices are aplenty throughout Southern California’s Orange County. Included in this autumnal round up are spectacular Laguna Beach options at the award winning Selanne Steak Tavern and the always picturesque and elegant Montage Laguna Beach. Traveling up the coast to Fashion Island Hotel never disappoints with two delectable dining options, brunch and dinner. And for those who want to celebrate in the center of the County, Hotel Irvine’s playful and tasty Backyard dinner is the place for family and friends to enjoy outdoor fun and games alongside traditional dining. Selanne Steak Tavern 1464 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Thursday, November 22, from 1 to 8 p.m. Always elegant and decidedly delicious, Selanne Steak Tavern presents its festive dinner menu for Thanksgiving sharing with family and friends. Chef Joshua Severson’s meal features three...

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Four Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language at an Early Age

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Education | 0 comments

Sponsored Today, competing on a global scale is integral to a successful career. For the majority of occupations, speaking foreign languages makes you more marketable and valuable to any company. Teaching foreign languages to kids can set them up for a lifetime of success. A growing mind can pick up languages quickly, which is why it is an excellent idea to teach children different languages when they are young. It’s never too early for your child to begin learning one – or several – foreign languages. Below, we outline how learning a foreign language sets your child up for success in the future. Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language as a Child Cognitive Advancement Learning a foreign language has been linked to several cognitive benefits. Researchers who studied bilingual children found that, compared to their monolingual peers, had better...

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Disney’s The Nutcracker OPI Nail Polish Collection

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Beauty, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Samples provided Finding the right nail polish color and type is always a struggle for me and my mom. With OPI it is always perfectly smooth, even, and pretty hard to make mistakes when putting it on your nails. With the new OPI colors that are themed after Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, you will be inspired to take your nail polish color to a new level of beautiful with the shimmery golds and solid blues. There are 24 regular colors to choose from, 5 glitter colors to choose from, and 15 gel colors to choose from. They also come in packs of perfectly paired colors. There are packs with 25 colors, 2 colors, 4 colors, and more! My point is, is that you can’t go wrong when buying any of these Nutcracker colors. All the the...

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Anaheim Packing District: World Taste Event

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

Attention food adventurers: Anaheim Packing District, home of Orange County’s Original Food Hall, will be celebrating its diverse cultural culinary artisans with World Taste on Wednesday, November 14th, from 6PM until 9PM. Guests to the in-house, international tasting event will navigate their way through an expedition of deliciousness and dance through a globally-inspired array of live entertainment, featuring performances by Grammy Nominated Roger Espinoza & Gypsy Fiesta͟, Phoenix Horse Lion Dancers and Flashsitar with Fontain’s MUSE. Mouth-watering menu items announced so far include Italian mozzarella-stuffed meatballs from Ecco, Chinese spicy shrimp wontons from 18 Folds, British fish n’ chips from Chippy Fish & Grill, Japanese citrus sushi rolls from Orange Tei, Swiss porchetta grilled cheese from Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar, French Raclette over roasted new potatoes from BXCR Wine Bar, truffle sliders from Umami Burger, carnitas tacos from...

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OC Rescue Mission Children’s Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission, in its continuing efforts to promote the importance of child innovation and entrepreneurship, will host a holiday-themed OC Children’s Business Fair on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Village of Hope in Tustin, California. The Business Fair will feature 55 different booths, hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools, with 10 booths including a total 23 children living at the Village of Hope, notes Palmer. The community is invited and encouraged to attend this free holiday event to support some of the youngest entrepreneurs in Orange County and pick up a few festive items. This event is a project of The Lincoln Club Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ideas of fiscal responsibility and free markets. The OC Children’s Business Fair is being sponsored by Chick-fil-A in Tustin District....

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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 of...

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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 the...

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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, 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 is...

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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 Coffee,...

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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 musicians,...

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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 island...

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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 mainstays...

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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 350...

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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 from...

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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 new...

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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 tall...

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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 tomatoes...

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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 take...

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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 from...

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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 wine....

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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” will...

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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 booger...

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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 Center,...

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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 Christmas...

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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 at...

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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 disadvantages...

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