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Kindness is Captivating

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  We all need more examples of kindness in the world, and in my work as a school counselor, I attempt to teach children to be kind because it’s the right thing to do. If children are only kind when they know someone is watching or because they hope to be recognized for their kindness we’re missing the mark. My message to students is “Be kind, especially when it’s hard.” It’s easy to be nice when others treat us well or when we get exactly what we want. However, my hope is that children will learn to pause and make good choices even when it’s not easy. That’s where we come in, because children must be taught how to do this. Ironically, this is as much a challenge for adults as it is for kids. I teach our students...

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THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE: 10 Must-Have LEGO Building Sets

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, LegoLand, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored The highly anticipated time has come for THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE to come into theaters this Friday, September 22nd. After taking my son to an early screening of the film while having a staycation at the LEGOLAND Hotel, all he keeps talking about it wanting to get THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE building sets to add to his home LEGO collection. Once the movie comes out on Friday, these LEGO building sets are guaranteed to fly off the store shelves, so we decided to give you an inside scoop on the 10-must have LEGO building sets for you to purchase before the film is released tomorrow. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Destiny’s Bounty Destiny’s Bounty features 3 levels (top deck, Wu’s dojo, mid-deck/hull), double-headed dragon figurehead, Wu’s bedroom with bed, a bathroom in the hull, dojo with a scroll, training...

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Miguel’s Jr Comes to Huntington Beach

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love tacos, and I am always looking for a new place to get delicious tacos. I had heard a lot of buzz about Miguel’s Jr, but there was never a location close to my house until now. The popular family-owned restaurant chain recently opened a new location right in the heart of Huntington Beach in the Newland Center at the corner of Beach and Adams. With it being right down the street from my in-laws, we stopped in for dinner one-night last week. When we walked into the restaurant, it was packed. The restaurant was filled with families spending quality time together while enjoying tasty Mexican food. I liked that the menu wasn’t too big, and it made it easy to order something delicious for dinner. We went up to...

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2017 OC International Auto Show + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Autos, Giveaways, Kia | 2 comments

 Sponsored Everyone knows that we have fallen in love with the Kia Sorento, and we invite families to fall in love with the Orange County-based car manufacturer, Kia, at the 2017 OC International Auto Show happening at the Anaheim Convention Center happening on Thursday, September 28th through Sunday, October 1st. For four thrilling days, the Anaheim Convention Center will be packed with more than 600 of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, commercial vehicles and alternative fuel options from 35 manufacturers, as well as exotics, new technologies, concept vehicles, driving simulators and more than 100 vehicles to test-drive at the event. Take the show floor experience to the next level and test-drive a lineup of all-new vehicles, right at the show. From electric cars to heavy duty trucks, licensed drivers are invited to get a feel for the performance...

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Outlets at San Clemente Fundraising Shopping Extravaganza

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Outlets at San Clemente is proud to announce its third annual Shopping Extravaganza charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 7, to benefit 38 local nonprofits. During the event, consumers receive exclusive discounts at most stores, while Outlets at San Clemente donates $25 for every $35 ticket purchased to a local nonprofit organization of the shopper’s choice. In 2015, the inaugural event raised $37,465 to benefit 18 local nonprofits. Last year’s event raised $42,150 to benefit 25 local nonprofits. Participating organizations this year include: San Clemente-based organizations The Marine Monument at Park Semper Fi, Su Refugio Ministries, Because I love You – BILY, Shorecliffs Middle School Education Foundation, San Clemente High School Wellness & Prevention Center, San Clemente’s Woman’s Club, San Clemente Village, San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club, San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club, San Clemente Christian School, Pet Project Foundation,...

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How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having a tech-oriented career, I make an extreme effort to limit my kids time online. I make my kids wait until I feel that they are mature enough to have their own cellphones (my son was 16, and my daughter was 13), and they don’t have their own computers – we have a family computer. Since my son and daughter just got their first cell phones this year, I have been looking for devices to help me with monitoring their time and keeping them safe online. I did a lot of research at our local Best Buy, and one product stood out among the rest, CUJO. What is CUJO? It is a firewall for your home that secures all of your family devices that are connected to the Wi-Fi router. It helps to block malicious sites, viruses, hacks...

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The Habit Burger Hatch Chile Menu Items

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love spicy food, and when I learned that The Habit Burger was introduced a limited-time menu featuring hatch chiles, I couldn’t wait to come into the restaurant for a taste. The Habit Burger is a popular dining spot for locals in our area, and there is always a line that goes out the door (because it is that good). Yesterday, I went early to avoid the lunch crowd and had a hard time deciding which menu item I was going to try. The menu features a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Charburger, a Grilled Hatch and Golden Chicken Salad, and a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Chicken Sandwich. The employee at the counter helped me to make my decision and order the grilled hatch and golden chicken salad. I took...

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Disneyland Halloween Frightfully Fun Foods

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of my favorite things to do when visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to try all of the tasty treats and savory foods. This year, Disneyland has brought back many of our favorite Halloween treats, and have added a lot of new things for your family to try when visiting this holiday season. These are some of the Halloween foods that you’ll not want to miss trying when visiting Disneyland this Halloween. Cake Pops and Caramel Apples One of my favorite things to get during Halloween Time at Disneyland are caramel apples. Disneyland has a wide variety of cake pops available for your family to enjoy. Spoke-y Cone Macaron This tasty treat is filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn. It can be found at the Cozy Cone Motel...

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OPERATE NOW: HOSPITAL Season 2 + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Giveaways, Tech | 4 comments

 Sponsored The story continues… Chief of Surgery Noah Stone is becoming irritable and aloof. He’s being threatened with blackmail, but will he succumb? Nurse Amy has spiraled into depression after her accident and has started stealing hospital drugs. Is there anyone who can help her? Paramedic James finds himself fighting with surgeon Sirona. Will the passion in those fights turn into something else altogether? Sirona has her own issues. One struggle dies with her alcoholic dad but then she discovers she has a brother. Will he be as messed up as her father? PLUS — even the surgery is getting more dramatic. Are you ready to grab the paddles for a sudden cardiac arrest? Do you remember the procedure for an emergency tracheotomy? SEASON 2: It’s just like your favorite TV hospital drama, but it’s you who’s calling the...

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Mental Health Warning Signs in Children

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Mental health can affect anyone, even young children. As an adoptive mother of two beautiful children, I have always been aware of the possibility of mental health issues. When we were taking parenting/adoption classes as part of our home study to adopt our children, the social workers made us aware of the possibility that our children could develop mental health issues, and that is important to be alert, in tune with your children, and to watch for any warning signs. Even though my children were adopted at birth, I know that they have different genetics, and we didn’t have a clear family history. There have been times when our children have had some minor abandonment issues and experienced anxiety when thinking about their birth families, but we have been able to avoid any long-term issues by working closely...

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Family Fun at Farmer Boys

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue My daughters and I dined at Farmer Boys newest location in Laguna Hills this evening. We weren’t familiar with the restaurant chain, and I learned that they began 35 years ago and now have 90 locations. Their philosophy is “farm fresh food” that is made to order, using as much locally sourced produce and ingredients as possible. My girls were happy to hear that they served breakfast all day and choose to order breakfast for dinner. My kids are practically pancake connoisseurs and said that they were quite fluffy and delicious. They concluded their meal with thick creamy milkshakes and were VERY pleased! During dinner, I enjoyed a BLTA, it was delicious bread, and the produce was just as fresh and flavorful as they claim. The restaurant has an extensive menu...

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Fresh Brothers Family Pizza Night + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 6 comments

  In celebration of National Pizza Month on September 20th, we are hosting a giveaway for one of our favorite pizza places in Orange County, Fresh Brothers. Fresh Brothers is the best choice for families when it comes to ordering out a pizza. They use all-natural pepperoni, their sauce is made with fresh tomatoes (not concentrate), and their dough is made fresh daily. We all want the highest quality food available for our children, and Fresh Brothers pizza is made without preservatives, fillers or artificial ingredients ~ plus there are no GMO’s! They have multiple locations throughout Orange County, and we are happy to treat one lucky family to a Fresh Brothers Pizza night. Enter to win a family pizza night by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random...

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2017 Savor Santa Ana

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

  Each year at Savor Santa Ana, nearly 40 downtown Santa Ana restaurants fling open their doors for small bites and libations as you meander through music-filled streets of DTSA. Savor Santa Ana is a truly unique tasting event for Orange County on September 14th from 5-9:30pm. Walk door-to-door or take a trolley to hear live musicians and student performers, meet local food scene entrepreneurs, taste from local restaurants, and see downtown Santa Ana’s historic buildings beautifully restored with wood, brick, glass and steel. Savor Santa Ana tickets are just $10 for 5 tasting tickets and are available online at savorsantaana.com and onsite at the event. TASTING TICKETS: $10 gets you 5 tasting tickets to redeem at any of 40 participating restaurants and eateries. Order as many sets of 5 tastes as you like. 2017 EVENT FEATURES Restaurant Tastings...

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4 Reasons to Get a Tutor Early in the School Year

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

  Many kids will need to work with a tutor at some point in the school year either for one particularly challenging subject or for overall study skills improvement. The child may be in elementary school or they may be entering their college prep years. More often than not students wait until there is a particular problem before they start investigating one-on-one tutoring and, unfortunately, fall far behind by the time they start their sessions. It’s definitely beneficial to work with a tutor early in the school year so that students can stay on track academically and maintain positive feelings about education. Keep self-esteem high Most students have one subject that gives them more difficulty than all the others. It’s that one topic or series of topics that makes the student want to avoid learning and eventually view school...

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The District’s Taste of 10 Anniversary Event

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  The District at Tustin Legacy is turning the big 10 this year! When The District first opened in 2007, it was the largest shopping center to be built in Orange County during that decade. Original tenants for the million-square foot center included anchors such as Orange County’s largest Whole Foods Market, Costco, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods, PetSmart, AMC Tustin 14 and Target. The outdoor center now features nearly 100 specialty stores and restaurants—including Union Market Tustin, one of Orange County’s first food halls with over 20 unique eateries and independent retailers. This year, The District welcomes a wave of notable new retail and dining concepts, including Prego, Pressed Juicery, Planet Fitness, Bar Louie, The Halal Guys, UnionRyde, Joon Shabu Shabu, Bear Cheese Tart, Black Steel Barbershop and more. To commemorate its 10th anniversary, The District is hosting a “Taste of...

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Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Everyone loves good barbecue, but it can be hard to find around Orange County. I had heard a lot of buzz about Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano, so I decided to bring the family to give it a try over the weekend. The restaurant is hidden from the main road and is tucked in the corner of a small strip mall, but don’t let that fool you. We parked our car in front of the restaurant and got ready to embark on a delicious dinner at Bad to the Bone BBQ. There is a small patio in the front (with plenty of shade), a large indoor bar and family dining room. Guests can place their order at the front desk, take a number, and then the server...

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s 13th Annual Southeast Asia Day + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 6 comments

  Live performances of traditional music and dance, as well as cultural craft demonstrations and displays, will help transform the Aquarium into an exotic destination during its thirteenth annual Southeast Asia Day. During the festival children can participate in arts and crafts. Through this unique celebration, the Aquarium seeks to foster a stronger connection with the local Southeast Asian community. One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, Long Beach is home to the largest population of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. Southern California also has vibrant communities from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Visitors can experience the traditional dance and other cultural practices from these countries during the festival. WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: Southeast Asia...

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Desert Family Oasis: DoubleTree Palm Springs

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Kia, Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Palm Springs is one of our favorite places to escape the stresses of daily life. We kicked off our summer this year with a weekend getaway to the desert and discovered our new favorite desert resort, the DoubleTree Palm Springs. I first found out about the resort when seeing pictures of the beautiful property in my Instagram feed, so I planned a trip at the beginning of summer before the summer heat was in full effect. We loaded up our Kia Sorento with our suitcases and took a short road trip to the desert. We made a couple of stops along the way to see Pee-Wee Herman’s Dinosaurs and to show the kids the massive windmills. When we arrived at the resort, we parked our car and got ready to embark...

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Epic Los Angeles to Las Vegas Road Trip

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Featured, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite summer road trips was when we went off the beaten path from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Normally, when going on a Las Vegas road trip, we can’t wait to get to the city and drive all the way to Vegas with as minimal stops as possible. This year, we did things differently and turned a four-hour drive into a 12-hour drive, and it was the best Las Vegas road trip ever! If you make this road trip, you’ll want to leave early! Leaving from Los Angeles or Orange County will take about the same amount of time, and your family can easily accomplish all these stops, and make it to Vegas before sundown. You’ll want to load up your Kia with plenty of snacks and water for the...

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You’re Invited: A Night of Beauty

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

 The holiday season is quickly approaching, and CosmetiCare is here to help make you look and feel your best. They are hosting a special night of beauty on Tuesday, September 12th at 5 pm. During the event, guests are invited to have a personalized 15 minute full facial mini consultation with their aesthetic experts. There will also be champagne, white wine, and tasty finger foods. Don’t miss this special event. There will be raffles, and guests attending the event can enjoy 10% savings on all services with the discount code: Shelby100. See you there! We are a CosmetiCare...

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