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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 Baseball Ticket Giveaway

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

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

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Seventeen: College Goals + Giveaway

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

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

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5th Annual Taste of Santa Ana + Giveaway

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

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

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9th Annual Urban Ocean Festival + Giveaway

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

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

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Festival Ballet Theatre Presents Coppélia + Giveaway

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

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

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Peppa Pig Live + Giveaway

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

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

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​Gear Up for Iron Horse Family Steampunk Carnivale

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

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

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 22nd Anniversary Celebration

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

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

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Festival of Human Abilities + Giveaway

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

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

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2018 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour + Giveaway

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

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

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Viva Los Tacos Event + Giveaway

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

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

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Discovery Cube OC Winter Wonderfest + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 14 comments

 Sponsored Snow is coming to Orange County at Discovery Cube OC, so bundle up and experiment with ramps and friction, while enjoying all-day snow play and tubing at Winter Wonderfest. Experience a lesson in physics as you whoosh down a huge 75-foot ramp on inflatable tubes. But, where do you move the fastest — near the top or bottom? Find other frosty delights in the snow play area, where snowmen are under icy construction with the help of your imagination! Sledding down a snow-covered hill is part of the snow-filled festival, too. Slip your hands in some mittens and dig deeper into this brrr-illiant topic. Winter Wonderfest is fun for the entire family and allows kids and adults to experience a snow-filled day without leaving Southern California! Dates: December 16th-17th December 22nd-January 7th Where: Discovery Cube OC 2500 N...

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8th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 11 comments

  You’re invited to bring the family to Christmas with the Critters and enjoy a festive day at the Rancho Wildlife Foundation. There will be a visit from Santa, bounce houses, crafts, live holiday musical performances, and more! You can even watch the resident exotic animals open their Christmas presents, including a Bengal tiger, zebras, African servals and other beautiful animals. Lunch is included with the purchase of entrance tickets! Sunday, December 17th 11am to 3pm Pre-sale general adult tickets $15, 3-12 years $10, 2 and under are free. Door general adult tickets $20, 3-12 years $15, 2 and under are free. Where: Rancho Las Lomas 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, Ca 92676 Parking is required $8 per car. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook post. We will pick one random...

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Eric Burdon and The Animals Concert + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Giveaways, Music | 11 comments

 Affiliate To kick off the holiday season, KX 93.5, a locally-focused, nonprofit FM radio station, is hosting KXmas featuring Eric Burdon and The Animals. All KXmas proceeds will benefit local nonprofits, such as: The Friendship Shelter, Laguna Beach Chamber and KX 93.5. Attendees will get to hear classics like “House of the Rising Sun” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” at the only concert allowed at the Irvine Bowl. Guests can also enjoy Festival of Arts Winter Wonderland, which will feature themed holiday party tents, indie Christmas carolers, spiked punch and a “drunk” Santa. Also, in partnership with the Friendship Shelter, a year-round shelter and rehabilitation center to homeless adults, several homeless musicians will be opening for Eric Burdon and The Animals. When: Saturday, Dec. 2 Where: Irvine Bowl (Festival of Arts) 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna...

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Give the Gift of a Disneyland Resort Experience + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, Theme Parks | 17 comments

 Sponsored Discover how easy it is to give friends and family members an experience at the Disneyland Resort. Giving a Disney Vacation makes it easier than ever to give theme park tickets or a dining experience, or even a Disney vacation to Walt Disney World and other Disney destinations. Mickey and Minnie Mouse sent our family some special gifts this holiday season for us to share some great gift ideas that you can give a loved one this holiday season. Give a Disney vacation experience Now, it’s easier than ever to give the gift of a Disneyland Resort experience – or a Disney vacation! You can give gift cards for theme park tickets, dining experiences, hotel stays and more! Star Wars Experiences Something you can do January through March The Force is strong with guests at the Disneyland Resort...

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Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 4 comments

  An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more. The Ensemble for Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose features Jessica Richens (Top 3 “So You Think You Can Dance”/ “So You Think You Can Dance” All Star), Jennifer Bermeo, Alyse Rockett, Annie Gratton, Wally Pham, Branson Hudson, Darnell Joseph and Mason Trueblood. The Youth Ensemble features Emmanuel Martin Lewis, JD Bering, Caden Miller, Bryanna Fernandez, Madison Han, Yasmine Arya, Cameron Steen, Cody Copley, Joshua E. Guerrero, Layla Krugh, Brooklyn Bustamante, and Lexi Hernandez. Bonnie Lythgoe serves as Executive Director and oversee the production. Casting is led by Producer Becky Lythgoe. Golden...

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Win Tickets to see Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Music, Theatre | 10 comments

  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl A Live-to-Film Celebration • Saturday, November 4th on National Candy Day This extraordinary event will feature spectacular animation created by acclaimed painter and illustrator SHAG. The Bowl will be projecting his Wonka-inspired art all around the stage during the film and performances. Led by an all-start cast including John Stamos, Elle King, Finn Wolfhard, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, and accompanied by multi-instrumental band DeVotchKa, this magical show will leave an everlasting impression! Doors will open at 6:30PM with costume contest to follow and the concert beginning at 8PM. Tickets are priced starting at $31 and are currently available online. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 Tickets to Willy Wonka at the Hollywood Bowl on November 4th by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the...

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16th Annual Autumn Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Celebrate the arts and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines on November 4-5, 2017, at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. In China, people celebrate the Moon Festival. In Japan, regional harvest festivals, or matsuri, are held. Chuseok is the traditional Korean fall festival. Celebrate the magic of fall through the arts and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines during the sixteenth annual of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Autumn Festival. Held Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2017, this festival offers a weekend of diverse learning opportunities and family entertainment. The festival will feature live music and dance performances, cultural arts exhibits, and crafts. Throughout the weekend artisans and other vendors will be displaying and selling their works. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE:...

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Scarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 7 comments

  Discover creepy creatures and enjoy magic shows, costume contests, and face painting at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright Swim into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright this Halloween season! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths at the Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids of all ages can hunt for creepy-looking animals while enjoying special Halloween activities and learning about the ocean. The event will feature various Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, the creepy coloring contest, otherworldly animals in the Great Hall, and much more. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. COST: Included with admission—$29.95...

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Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

  All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine is inviting little engineers to join him and his best friend Percy for a day of family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Children of all ages can spend the day with their friend Thomas and Percy when they pull into the Orange Empire Railway Museum beginning November 4th. This fun-filled family event offers the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities. In celebration of this year’s theme, Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 will feature an array of friendship-inspired activities. Attendees will be able to participate in events that encourage and celebrate friendship including photo opportunities, crafts, storytelling, coloring and more....

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2017 OC International Auto Show + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Autos, Giveaways, Kia | 5 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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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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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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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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Aquarium of the Pacific 13th Annual Native American Festival

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 4 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 thirteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 12th Annual Pumpkin Patch + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 41 comments

  Irvine Park Railroad’s 12th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family. Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10:00 am, beginning September 16th 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 2nd annual...

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Win a Signature Facial at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Giveaways | 46 comments

  Now that the kids are going back-to-school, it is the perfect time to treat yourself to a signature facial at the CosmetiCare med spa. CosmetiCare Signature Facial This anti-aging skin renewal treatment combines the medical and cosmetic and is individually-designed for you to improve the overall health and beauty of your skin. It uses advanced physical and mechanical procedures to nurture and rejuvenate the face and neck, which are particularly sensitive to the signs of aging. This total care treatment features gentle microdermabrasion and epidermal exfoliation to remove old, dead skin cells, custom chemical formulations to improve uneven skin tone and skin texture, and finished with a CO2 (aka Slurry) to restore clarity, smoothness, and softness while also firming and toning the skin. It is one of their signature custom treatments, an amazing treatment for face, hands and...

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The Percy Jackson Coloring Book + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Books, Giveaways | 21 comments

 “Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway!” Over the past decade, millions of young readers, parents, and teachers have come to adore Rick Riordan’s classic series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which made ancient Greek mythology contemporary, relevant, and entertaining as it turned kids on to reading. Now fans can literally color Percy’s world with the amusing portraits, dramatic scenes, and intricate designs on every spread of this large format paperback. This book is a great way to introduce young children to the series, to allow older fans to reminisce, and to augment classroom units on Greek mythology. We were lucky to get a copy of the book before it was released in the store, and my two boys have been enjoying all of their free time bringing the stories...

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You’re Invited: Orchard Walk Grand Opening

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a new home in Orange County? Olson Homes is bringing 37 brand-new single-story villas to Orange in their new community Orchard Walk! Home seekers far and wide are invited to the #OlsonOrchardWalk Model Grand Opening event on Saturday, August 12th. Attendees will be treated to a tour of four fully-furnished attached model homes showcasing Olson’s expertise in home design and livability. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4700 E. Washington Avenue, Orange, CA 92869. Attendees can also enjoy light snacks, beverages, a balloon artist, and live music! For more information and to RSVP, view their Facebook event page HERE. Orchard Walk will present two and three-bedroom attached residences featuring Spanish architectural styles and modern style open layouts. Homebuyers can choose from four different floorplans ranging from approximately 1,340 to 1,566...

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Young Americans Performing Arts Summer Camp

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Camp, Giveaways | 0 comments

 Sponsored The performing arts experience of a lifetime. Campers spend the week learning a one-hour show from a cast of 35+ Young Americans. On top of learning a one-hour variety show, campers will take classes in voice, dance, improv, performance techniques, and songwriting, just to name a few. The Young Americans summer camp is such a unique and fun experience because of the high-energy, fast-paced style the cast provides while providing a positive and safe environment for campers to step outside of their comfort zones while growing as people and performers. Master teacher is Diana Morris. Diana is a YA alumni. She has performed on Broadway national tours, like the first national tour of Chorus line. She currently resides in Southern California and performs every week in Frozen – Live at the Hyperion in Disneyland. She will be teaching...

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Philly’s Best BBQ Summer Menu

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 9 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue My daughter is a cheesesteak fanatic! Whenever we go out to eat, and there is a cheesesteak on the menu, that is what she will order every single time. Since she loves cheesesteak, Philly’s Best is one of her favorite fast casual restaurants. This summer, the popular dining destination is mixing things up by adding some summer BBQ items to their menu. Since there is a Philly’s Best next door to my daughter’s orthodontist, I surprised her with lunch after her recent doctors appointment. When we walked in the door, she was tempted to order her all-time favorite cheesesteak sandwich, but I convinced her to try the new dishes, and after one bite, she wasn’t disappointed. There are four new menu items, and we tried them all. Our favorite was the...

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Burke Williams Teen Facial Experience

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Beauty, Giveaways | 38 comments

 Sponsored Being a teenager can feel very stressful at times. What I have been learning is that when I am stressed, it will lead to pimples on my face. This year, I am starting a new school, and as the summer is slowly coming to an end, I have been stressed about meeting new friends and fitting in at my new school. Because of my “new school stress” my face has been breaking out, and my mom knew just what I needed – a mother/daughter spa day and a teen facial. Not only is a spa day relaxing and helps to alleviate stress, but when having a facial, you’ll leave with glowing skin. I have been to a couple of hotel spas before, but nothing compared to my experience at Burke Williams. Since I am not 18 yet, I...

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Five Best Summer Outdoor Movies

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

 We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team One of my favorite things to do with the kids during the summer is to put up a screen in our backyard and stream one of our favorite Netflix summer movies. There is something magical about watching outdoor movies under the twinkling stars. Whenever we plan an outdoor summer movie, our kids invite all their friends to come over. The kids start early by setting up their blankets and pillows, so they are comfortable outside during the movie. While the kids are getting set-up, I am busy in the kitchen making special movie themed snacks for the kids to enjoy. You don’t need to have a fancy screen to have an outdoor summer movie. Before purchasing our screen, we would use a giant bed sheet, the side of our house...

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Three Fun Things to do at SeaWorld this Summer

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Events, Giveaways, Holiday, Summer, Theme Parks | 45 comments

 We attended as a guest of SeaWorld Some of my favorite memories as a child were spent at SeaWorld San Diego. When my children were little, we would visit SeaWorld on a regular basis until I felt a lot of the pressures from friends and family to cease going to the theme park because of the negative documentary that was released. Unfortunately, I stopped bringing my children to SeaWorld for many years without taking the time to consider all the conservation and animal rescue efforts that SeaWorld does for animals. I brought my children to SeaWorld San Diego for the first time that they could remember last year, and went on a behind-the-scenes tour where I learned all about the good that SeaWorld does for animals. They have a massive rescue and rehabilitation facility where they care for sick/injured...

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National Mai Tai Day Date Night at Islands Restaurant + Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 12 comments

  Tiki drink lovers rejoice! Time to plan an unforgettable date night this week at Islands Restaurant. National Mai Tai Day is coming up on June 30! To celebrate, Islands Restaurants is holding an all-day mai tai happy hour, serving up the ice-cold drink for just $4.75 all day. A fixture of the Islands menu since its opening, the chain has served more than 840,000 of their signature Mai Tais over the last five years – that’s a whole lot of rum. At under $5, Islands Mai Tai will knock your flip-flops off without breaking the bank. This ice-cold drink pairs perfectly with other Islands grub, like Islands’ savory Hawaiian Burger and warm gooey cheddar fries. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a $25 gift card to Islands Restaurant by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments...

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Talking to Your Children about Bullying + Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Family, Giveaways, Hot Topics, Parenting | 13 comments

 We partnered with JIMMY Patterson Books to share this post Bullying is a major issue that children of this generation face. While bullying has always been happening in schools, it has moved beyond the playground to online. Teens and tweens are feeling that cyberbullying is a big threat. According to a survey done by ReportLinker, Seven out of ten kids said that they are concerned, with 37% being very concerned. Having two teenagers in my household, bullying and cyberbullying is something that we continue to have an open discussion about. When a girl in my daughters class was involved in a sexting scandal last year, my daughter felt comfortable coming to me and talking about it. I was able to help guide her through what to do and not to do and give her tips on how she could...

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The Latest Installment in Robert Ludlum’s Book Series: The Bourne Initiative

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Books, Entertainment, Giveaways | 18 comments

 In partnership with Grand Central Publishing Over the years, I have enjoyed watching the Jason Bourne movies. I love suspenseful films, and every movie immersed me into the world of Jason Bourne, filled full of adventure, suspense, and action. Recently, I learned that the movies series is based off a popular series of bestselling books by the author Robert Ludlum. Once I discovered this, I immediately started reading the books and fell in love with the book series just as much as I did the films. Starting tomorrow, June 13th, an all-new book will be coming to bookstores nationwide, The Bourne Initiative. The new book is written by the New York Times bestselling writer, Eric Van Lustbader, who carries on Jason Bourne’s story with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory. I am...

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Win a Chance to See Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 15 comments

  Super heroes from all over Orange County will unite at the Honda Center for Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes! The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond. Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind. Show Location: Honda Center 2695 E. Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92806 Dates: Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23 Thursday, July 20 7:00 PM Friday, July 21 7:00 PM Saturday, July 22...

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Bowers Kidseum Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Camp, Giveaways | 10 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a Summer Camp that your kids will remember forever? Kidseum is hosting some of the best Summer Camps in Orange County for children ages 6-11. There are nine weeks of themed camps from June 19th through August 18th. All Summer Camps are from 9:00 am-3:00 pm daily with pick up and drop off taking place at Kidseum (not the Bowers Museum). There are two extended care options available from 7:00 am-9:00 am for an additional fee of $40 and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm for an additional fee of $40. Each day Kidseum will provide a light healthy snack for each camper from 10:15 am-10:30 am. Kidseum will not provide lunch and ask that parents send their child with a non-microwavable lunch each day and a water bottle. If you register online, you will also need to download...

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Circus Vargas – Steam Cirque!

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

  Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro- futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey! Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more! Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance. Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!  The storyline: An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon...

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Fun Game for Dad – Operate Now: Hospital

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Giveaways, Tech | 11 comments

 Sponsored Sometimes it is the simple things that make Dad happy on Father’s Day. If your husband enjoys playing games on his digital device during his free time, then we have found the perfect game to gift him on Father’s Day. Operate Now: Hospital is an interactive game that is perfect for the Dad who likes real-life video games. Gamers get a graphic insight into what it feels like to be a surgeon in this simulation game. But the hospital itself is at risk… they also need to build a team and enhance its reputation, if it is to survive. And as if that wasn’t already dramatic enough, emotions are running high…is paramedic James strong enough to handle things when his tragic history seems certain to repeat itself? How will surgeon Sirona cope with her family crisis? Chief-of-Surgery Noah...

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Four Fresh Summer Snack Ideas

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Family, Giveaways, Health, Summer | 12 comments

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® The weather has warmed up, and summer has finally arrived. Parents will be putting the backpacks away for the season and replacing it with a beach bag to spend summer days down at the beach. The biggest struggle that all parents have is with finding fresh new summer snacks to pack in the beach bag. The most important thing when packing summertime snacks is to use containers that are 100% leak-proof! We have all been there when we pack a snack in a cheap plastic food container, just to get to the beach to have our bag covered in food. The one product that I have found to keep my kid’s snacks airtight and leak-proof is the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers. They have innovative latches that keep my kid’s snacks exactly where I...

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Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

  Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured. When: Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 Cost: Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win (4) tickets to the festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or...

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Best Teen Summer Read – The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Books, Education, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 5 comments

 Sponsored The one thing that I love to do is read. With school ending within just a few short weeks, I have been busy planning my must-have summer reading calendar. One book that I couldn’t wait to read this summer is The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy. Imagine my surprise when I received a box on Friday that had a copy of the book I have been dying to read – I dropped everything and read the book within a couple of hours. Who doesn’t drop everything to get their hands on the newest Rick Riordan book? The man is a genius of an author who immerses his readers into another realm. The Trials of Apollo is one of my favorite book series by far! The book is complete with puns, backstabbing, poetry and so much more! The...

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Give Mom the Gift of Zen on Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Beauty, Giveaways, Health, Mother's Day | 11 comments

 Sponsored The best gift that you can give a Mom on Mother’s Day is the gift of relaxation and zen. I celebrated Mother’s Day a little earlier this year by getting a relaxing spa treatment at my local Burke Williams Day Spa. Burke Williams is my go-to place for a relaxing treatment in a beautiful atmosphere. I normally have massages at least once a month to help with the stress of being a mom to three active children, but because of my recent breast surgery at CosmetiCare, it had been six months until I felt comfortable enough to have a relaxation massage. When I went into the room to have my treatment, the massage therapist took her time to use pillows around my chest to ensure that I was 110% comfortable laying on my stomach before starting the massage....

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Aquarium of the Pacific Urban Ocean Festival

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer. WHEN: Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long...

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Aquarium of the Pacific International Children’s Festival

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 9 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific’s twelfth annual International Children’s Festival is a special festival for kids on the weekend of April 1-2, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the amazing talents of children of many cultures, this festival featuresWest African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Persian, and Irish dance performances. Also featured will be an international children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in a percussion circle, Japanese origami, Native American crafts, and Pacific Islander traditional children’s games. The Aquarium is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated. “Our International Children’s Festival is the culmination of all of our cultural festivals, where our various communities can come together to learn about the importance of working together to protect our ocean planet,” said Peter Martineau,...

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America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 0 comments

  The America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. All creatures great and small, from four legged to flying, will all be on display at the annual family-friendly event. Last year, there were more than 500 animal adoptions including dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs – that were adopted from the Pet Expo’s Southern California animal rescue partner organizations. The Pet Expo is excited to announce the return of the crowd pleasing “Cook’s Racing Hogs & Dogs,” a race that consists of four pigs, which run from one end of a 90-foot U-shaped track to the other. Four dogs then compete in a similar race. Waiting at the end of the track is a treat – vanilla ice cream...

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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed Late Night on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Aquarium will remain open past normal operating hours so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with the live bands and DJs. The Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars) event will feature Aztec dance, crafts, and bilingual educational programs, including an underwater SCUBA diving show, scavenger hunt with prizes, ocean-related activities, and environmental activities—all offered in both English and Spanish. The event will also feature special programming highlighting the world’s smallest and most critically endangered whale, the vaquita—only 30 remain. Mexican cuisine, beers, wine, cocktails, and refreshments will also be available for...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza 2017

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Easter, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 17 comments

  On Saturday, March 25th through Saturday, April 15th, Irvine Park Railroad will hold its annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Event activities include meeting and having your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, train rides, and more. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt. Irvine Park Railroad will also offer Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. Please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com for complete details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs. For the cost of $10.00, children can meet and have their...

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Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African-American Culture

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways | 3 comments

  Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s fifteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers. The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, and storytellers. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the festival’s offerings and discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 SCHEDULE: SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. African-American Dance — Fantasia 10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition —...

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3rd Annual LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Giveaways | 6 comments

  After selling out two years in a row, the LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is returning for its third year. The West Coast’s largest baking and pastry expo will take place February 18 & 19, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Due to increased demand, the show is quadrupling its space over last year’s event to make room for even more attendees and vendors. With nearly 50,000 guests expected throughout the weekend, sweets enthusiasts can enjoy free samples from over 275 local shops and national brands, meet their favorite foodie TV stars, watch baking demonstrations, and participate in hands-on workshops. The LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show will be complete with five stages and classrooms for workshops focusing on Traditional Baking, Vegan/Gluten-Free/Paleo Baking, Cake Decorating, Cookie Decorating, and the Celebrity Guests stage. Attendees can also admire...

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Super Bowl Mini Baked Potato Bites

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Giveaways, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you ready for some football? The Big game is this Sunday, and everyone is busy planning recipes for their upcoming Super Bowl Party. My husband always gets together with his college friends at a different house each year to watch the game together. Since it is our year to host the party, I wanted to make some unique and fun dishes that I know his friends will enjoy. I went to Smart & Final to pick-up some of my favorite First Street Brand ingredients and spent the afternoon testing recipes. One of my favorite recipes that I can’t wait to serve on Super Bowl Sunday are the mini baked potato bites that I made. My children loved them, and gobbled them all up within minutes. The recipe is super simple to make, and I would recommend making...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Festival of Human Abilities

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Celebrate the talents and creativity of people with disabilities at the Aquarium on the weekend of Jan. 28-29, and enjoy live music, dance, art, and demonstrations. At the Festival of Human Abilities, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Featured at the festival are hip hop wheelchair dancers Auti Angel, The Rollettes, Infinite Flow, a sign language choir, Kodi Lee, a singer who is blind and has autism, Dat Nguyen, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists. Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays, including mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. Diveheart will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport. A variety of free creative workshop classes...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 21st Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Events, Giveaways | 26 comments

  Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 21st anniversary on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th. They’re rolling back prices to their original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides! It’s their way of saying thank you to all of their loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years. Irvine Park Railroad, which has become a favorite destination for families from across Southern California, takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates the ride pointing out all of the history inside of the park which is over 100 years old. The Anniversary Celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities including carnival games, a bounce house, panning for gold, face painting, and more. Face painting and panning for gold require two (2) tickets. There are $2 concessions, too, including hot dogs, sodas,...

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Harlem Globetrotters Return to Southern California

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

  Celebrating decades of smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to the Los Angeles area Feb. 11-19. It’s a great family adventure of wholesome fun that makes for special memories. Their one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment with incredible ball handling, hilarious comedy and loads of fan interaction, including a post-game autograph signing. When: Ontario at the Citizens Business Bank Arena on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Anaheim at the Honda Center on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mission Viejo at the Saddleback College Gym on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 12:30 p.m., and...

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Lunching at Corner Bakery Cafe

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 14 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of my kid’s favorite places to go out for lunch is Corner Bakery Cafe. There is always something for everyone; the dishes are filling and delicious. Since the portion sizes are large enough for two of my kids to share, they are always taking turns ordering their favorite dish to share with one another. When I told them that Corner Bakery Cafe recently introduced a choose any two menu offering, they were thrilled to know that they can still share a dish, and each gets what they want. The best part is that the meals are priced under $9!! When we went to Corner Bakery Cafe last week, we tried their choose any two menu offerings and got a Chicken pomodori half panini and caesar salad. The chicken pomodori sandwich...

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New Year and New Lashes

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Beauty, Featured, Giveaways | 8 comments

 We visited as a guest As mom’s, it is important to take time to spoil ourselves once in awhile. We work so hard to care for our families that we all deserve some pampering from time to time. Ever since I started wearing hair extensions (almost ten years ago), I have wanted to try eyelash extensions. All of my friends who have them look fabulous and the best part is that they never have to wear mascara in the morning. Once we wrapped up the busyness of the holidays, I made an appointment at Amazing Lash Studio Monarch Beach. When I arrived at the lash studio, I was immediately in love. The studio has a spa-like vibe, and the staff made me feel comfortable in one of their plush chairs while going through the process with me. While sipping...

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Odd Squad Live!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 10 comments

  Attention Odd Squad fans! Things are about to get very odd in your town, and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve the case. ODD SQUAD LIVE! is springing into action on stage at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside on Friday, February 10th! Odd Squad Live! is an interactive, laugh-out-loud adventure where audience members get to participate in solving a seriously strange case. When agents Orion and Oleanna get turned into grown-ups by villains, it’s up to the kids in the audience to use their math skills and help the agents decode, decipher and unravel clues. With a little help from Ms. O back at headquarters, the agents and the audience work together to save the day! Lucky audience members will even get to join the fun on stage and use amazing Odd Squad gadgets. The...

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Best Boutique Blowdry Bar in OC: Lavender Salon

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Beauty, Fashion, Giveaways | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of the venue The one thing that I wish I were good at doing is styling my hair. Unfortunately, whenever I attempt to style my hair for a big event, it ends in a disaster. I am so thankful that blowdry bars have been invented because they have helped me to look fabulous when attending a special event or premiere. Unfortunately, a lot of local “chain” blowdry bar salons have not been providing the same high-quality service that they once did, and while getting a recent blowdry, the stylist pulled too hard and damaged my hair extensions. Since I still need a stylist to blowdry my hair on a regular basis, I went on the hunt to find the best boutique blowdry bar in Orange County, and I was so lucky to find it...

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Frontier Communications Twelve Days of Giving

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Giveaways, Giving Back, Holiday, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored What do you love about the holidays? We love to spend the holidays giving back. Tis’ the season for giving. Frontier Communications is giving back to the community this holiday season with their Twelve Days of Giving Sweepstakes. They are giving back to local charities and customers from now until December 21st on their Instagram page. Every day during the sweepstakes, Frontier Communications will announce a different prize and charitable contribution, on their website, and on their Instagram page. Then consumers are encouraged to enter the sweepstakes by sharing a picture on Instagram of ‘what you love about the holidays.’ In the Instagram post, make sure to include the hashtags #Frontier #12daysofgiving and #Sweeps – don’t forget to tag @FrontierSoCal. Once you’ve shared your picture on Instagram, then complete the Twelve Days of Giving Sweepstakes entry form. Then...

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Give the Gift of a Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Family, Giveaways, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 12 comments

 Sponsored We have been season passholders at Knott’s Berry Farm since our kids were babies. Every Christmas, we wake up to find Knott’s season passes in our stockings from my husband’s parents. The season passes at Knott’s Berry Farm are affordable enough for our parents to purchase them for all their kids and grandkids so that we can create family memories together throughout the year at the theme park. The best part about the Knott’s Berry Farm season passes is that there are no blackout dates! Here are some other great reasons to get your family a Knott’s Berry Farm season pass this holiday season. There is always something to do At Knott’s Berry Farm they call it ͞Seasons of Fun͟ because the offerings always change based on the season. Spring is the best time for foodies with Knott’s...

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Word of Mouse Gives Kids ‘Words to Live By’

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Books, Education, Family, Giveaways, Parenting | 22 comments

 Sponsored My children love to read. They are the rare children in todays society that are always walking around with a book in their hand vs. a digital device. Since my children are always reading, I love when I come across a book with a good message. Word of Mouse is a new book that was just released yesterday that sends children a great message on friendship. Before giving my children the book to read, I encouraged them to think about what words do they live by? Love. Kindness. Hope. These were a few of the words that my kids mentioned to me. We talked about what those words mean to them, and then I let them jump into the world created by James Patterson in Word of Mouse. James Patterson’s newest illustrated middle grade story follows the illuminating...

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Snow, Science and Fun at Winter Wonderfest

Posted by on Dec 10, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 16 comments

 Sponsored Discovery Cube is hosting their second annual Winter Wonderfest, beginning December 17, 2016 through January 8, 2017, at both their Orange County and Los Angeles locations. This snowstorm of thrills and excitement will offer kids the opportunity to learn the science behind sledding down ice ramps, weather and how snow is formed through hands-on activities. The holiday exhibit will include sliding down a 75-foot long ramp on inner tubes, a snow play area and real snow sledding. Kids will be provided with tools to play with the snow and build snow castles, snowmen, snow angels and all kinds of other frosty creations. Other “snow meets science” learning stations include Animal Adaptations to the Cold, Three States of Water and Cloud in a Bottle. Winter Wonderfest creates an entertaining way to approach education through a day of family bonding...

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Holiday Magic Under the Sea at SeaWorld

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Giveaways, Holiday, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 Sponsored It has been many years since our family has visited SeaWorld San Diego, and since our youngest is passionate about animals and conservation, we made plans with Reserve San Diego booking services to visit SeaWorld San Diego during Thanksgiving break. The minute that we entered the gates, our children were immersed into a magical world under the sea that was all decorated for the holiday season. We started our visit to SeaWorld San Diego by watching the entertaining Dolphin Island Christmas. The show began with festive Hawaiian holiday music followed by an interactive dolphin show. It was the perfect way to kick-off our day at SeaWorld San Diego. Then our children got a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with bat rays in the large touching pool. Guests visiting the park have a chance to purchase...

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7th Annual Christmas with the Critters

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 7 comments

  Rancho Wildlife Foundation hosts its 7th annual Christmas with the Critters event for Orange County families. Bring the entire family and enjoy a festive day at the Rancho Wildlife Foundation. There will be a visit from Santa, bounce houses, crafts, live holiday musical performances, and more! You can even watch the resident exotic animals open their Christmas presents, including a Bengal tiger, zebras, African servals and other beautiful animals. Lunch is included with purchase of entrance tickets. When: Sunday December 11th, 
11:00am – 3:00pm Pricing: Pre-sale general adult tickets $15, 3-12 years $10, 2 and under free; sold online. Door general adult tickets $20, 3-12 years $15, 2 and under free Location: Rancho Las Lomas || 19191 Lawrence Canyon
Silverado, CA 92676 Parking: Valet parking is required $8.00 per car. Giveaway!! We are thrilled to be giving away (4)...

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Magical Train Rides to the ‘North Pole’

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Christmas, Giveaways, Holiday | 16 comments

  You and your family are invited to come join us for this annual holiday tradition at the Orange Empire Railway Museum on December 2,3,4. 9,10, 11, 17,18 and 19. Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop. Ride the train where elves will lead families in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and story telling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus at a play area where children can experience Thomas train tables, a child-powered roller coaster and crafts. Enjoy holiday treats while waiting to board your train. Train times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m, 5:30 p.m and 7 p.m on Saturday and Sunday, 5:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday. Trains are filling up fast. So it is advised...

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Enter to Win Tickets to Disneyland for a Final Check-out at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Disney, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 198 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The time has come for guests to have their final check-out at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The iconic Disney California Adventure Park attraction will close to the public on January 2nd, and will re-open this summer as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! The new ride will still have the free-falling fun that your family loves but with an exciting new theme. During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort families can experience a special celebration at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The Silver Lake Sisters, who once performed at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, will be performing in the lobby of the hotel until October 31st. Guests who arrive at the hotel after dark have an opportunity to experience the ride, unlike anything they’ve experienced before with “Late Check-Out.”...

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PEANUTS The Great Pumpkin Patch Express (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Events, Family, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 32 comments

  PEANUTS The Great Pumpkin Patch Express is coming to Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA this October 15-16 and 22-23.Trains depart for an adventure to the Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch where passengers are greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Family-friendly activities at the Pumpkin Patch include kid’s concert, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, bounce house, face painting, vintage trolley rides and more. Each child may also select their very own pumpkin to take home! Children and adults are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for the trip! There will also be street car and trolley rides and an entire museum to explore. A visit to the Orange Empire Railway Museum is a trip back in time to when trains, conductors, whistles, bells and steam were a part of the way we traveled. Great Pumpkin Patch Express trains depart...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Native American Festival (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 8 comments

  Envision what our region was like several hundreds of years ago and learn about the various tribes that maintain their historical connection to the ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The twelfth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, 2016. 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 indigenous...

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Win Tickets to Savor Santa Ana

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 6 comments

  Downtown Santa Ana has dozens of top-rated Orange County restaurants within a few blocks. “Savor Santa Ana,” is the epicurean evening that takes you on the town, and it returns on Friday, Sept 16, 5-9 pm. Savor Santa Ana is a walkable, place-based food festival that brings you into OC’s best foodie neighborhood at an unbeatable price (tickets start at $10 for 5 tastes). When you pick up tickets downtown, you will receive a map to restaurants along with their taste menus. Walk to restaurants while enjoying live music, or hop aboard an old-fashioned trolley for free rides throughout downtown. Each restaurant will have a station indoors prepared with tastes ready for you. Grab a taste or drink, chat with the restaurants, and then explore your next destination. Tastes are served to-go, so you can eat while you...

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Irvine Park Railroad 11th Annual Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Family, Featured, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 17 comments

  Irvine Park Railroad’s 11th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family! Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10:00 am, beginning September 17th 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! This year’s 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! New for 2016:...

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The Wild Life Movie Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 37 comments

  Looking for a family fun movie to bring the kids to see this month? “The Wild Life” is coming out in theaters on September 9th, and will take your kids on a jungle adventure. What is the movie about? From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together. But when two...

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SoCal Boat Show Comes to San Pedro (Giveaway)

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Marine enthusiasts from Southern California will experience the first boating lifestyle event in a reimagined harbor setting when the Southern California Boat Show navigates its way to Cabrillo Way Marina in Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro from Thursday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 25th. Produced by the Duncan McIntosh Company, the four-day boating event will feature more than 200 new and used boats of all types and price points, including trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans, motoryachts, tenders and paddleboards, along with 80 booths offering the newest accessories and gadgets, educational seminars, as well as a food and craft beer garden celebrating local San Pedro restaurants and breweries. Families will be encouraged to participate in marine activities created especially for little boaters. Admission is $15 for adults; youth 12 and younger accompanied by an adult are free. Military receive...

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Back-to-School Shopping Rewards at Plaza West Covina (Giveaway)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Deals, Giveaways, Shopping | 61 comments

 Sponsored Back-to-school shopping can quickly put a strain on most family budgets. More and more families are flocking to outlet centers, discount stores, and places where they can earn rewards when doing their back-to-school shopping this year. Plaza West Covina recently introduced a new “Oh, So Simple Rewards” program, so we went shopping at the mall this year to check it out. The mall in readily available off the 10 freeway, and has one of the largest variety of stores I have seen in a local mall. From major department stores to boutique style stores, Plaza West Covina is a one stop shop for the back-to-school season. While I was shopping with my kids at the mall, I was able to score jeans for just $10 a pair at Crazy 8, basic t-shirts for my teen at H&M, and...

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Couples Day Out at the California Beer Festival (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

  Looking for the perfect day date? The California Beer Festival is a great reason to hire a sitter, and spend the day enjoying the best beers in Southern California at Bonelli Park in San Dimas on September 10-11. Celebrating the best microbreweries and craft beers from across the Golden State, California Beer Festival Los Angeles will showcase over 85 ice-cold craft beers on tap, exciting musical performances, a fleet of food vendors and more. Beer enthusiasts and aficionados alike are invited to ride the craft beer movement wave at “Craft Beer Heaven” on Saturday, September 10. Attendees are invited to enjoy refreshing samples of over 85 select ciders and craft beers on tap including Bootleggers Brewery Lagunitas, Firestone Walker, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, and Stone Brewing (to name a few), all for the price of a single ticket....

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Octonauts Live Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 3 comments

  Explore. Rescue. Protect! “Octonauts” announced a brand new, action-packed and interactive theatre show for the very first time in the U.S. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand new and fan favorite songs led by the entire Octonauts eight-member crew including Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, as they invite audiences aboard an underwater quest through a world full of adventure, interactivity, and tons of sea life surprises. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is a high-tech production featuring costume characters and animated projections to a massive screen on stage. Southern California Dates: September 22nd in San Diego at the Balboa Theatre September 23rd in Riverside at the Fox Performing Arts Center The tour comes on the heels of new Octonauts episodes premiering throughout the year on Disney Channel and Disney Junior....

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Thrilling Summer Read – Baby Doll

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Books, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 9 comments

 This post is brought to you in partnership with Redhook During the summer, I am always looking for a new book to bring along with me to the beach or pool. I was looking for something a little different to read, and fell in love with the book ‘Baby Doll.’ The minute that I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down, and finished the book in just one day! If you’re looking for a thrilling summer read, I highly recommend checking out the book ‘Baby Doll.’ Book summary: Escape was just the beginning. Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked. This is what happens next… to...

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Helping Pets Beat the Summer Heat

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Family, Giveaways, Hot Topics, Parenting | 3 comments

 “This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and #PetcoGrooming blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.” Our kids love taking care of our golden retriever, Daisy. They get up early every morning to take her outside, give her fresh water, and fill her bowl with food. My kids’ favorite thing to do with Daisy is to give her a weekly bath. Since my kids have always been the ones to give her a bath, I have never tried taking her to a groomer until recently. Since it has been so hot this summer, I wanted to take her to a groomer that would care of her just like us, and cut her hair short so she can have some relief from the summer heat. I let the kids skip their weekly bath...

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Invisalign Helps to Build Teen Confidence

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Family, Giveaways, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” A smile can change everything. Ever since my son had started his Invisalign treatment, I have noticed a huge difference in his self-esteem. He smiles more, is happier, and spends more time with his friends. He is just one year into Invisalign treatment and has one more year before his treatment is complete. Every time that he leaves the orthodontist’s office, he is beaming with happiness from seeing the changes his teeth are making on the digital screens. Do you want to help your teen improve their smile and gain more self-confidence? Invisalign wants to make that happen by giving away smile grants (complimentary Invisalign treatments.) Entering to win is simple! Snap a photo that captures your personality and smile Upload...

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2016 OC Fair Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Events, Giveaways, OC Fair, Summer | 41 comments

  It is time for our favorite summer event to start – The OC Fair! Our family has created some of our favorite summer memories at the OC Fair, and we can’t wait to create more memories again this year. The 2016 OC Fair will happen from July 15th through August 14th, and will be bigger and better than ever. There will be thrilling rides, delicious fair food, and activities galore. Families will need to visit the OC Fair multiple times to experience everything that the family event has to offer. The OC Fair hours are Wednesday through Friday from noon to midnight, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to midnight, and is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $10 (general), $7 Senior (6+), $7 Youth (6-12), and children under the age of five are complimentary. If your...

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MLB All-Star FanFest (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Events, Giveaways | 14 comments

  The largest interactive baseball theme park in the world is coming to San Diego from July 8th through July 12th. MLB All-Star FanFest is a baseball fan’s dream come true – with chances to meet your favorite players, watch legendary games and participate in many events and activities surrounding the All-Star Game. For five days, baseball fans will have the opportunity to: Meet MLB Legends and get free autographs Participate in baseball training drills and test out their batting skills in the All-Star batting cages View hometown memorabilia and artifacts from Padres’ history, along with a collection of official awards and trophies of Major League Baseball including the World Series, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game MVP Get their photo taken with the World’s Largest Baseball signed by Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays...

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Pacific Islander Festival Giveaway

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Family, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 11 comments

  Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 13th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, island cuisine, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Marshallese, Fijian, and Tongan cultures will be featured. WHEN:Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Entertainment Schedule SATURDAY 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – Tahitian Performances – Hitia O Te Ra 12:20 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony 12:55 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. Hawaiian Performances – Halau O Lilinoe 2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori Performances – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua...

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The Trials of Apollo – The Hidden Oracle (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Books, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 41 comments

 “This post is brought to you in partnership with Disney-Hyperion.” The exciting time has come for Rick Riordan fans as he just released his first book ‘The Hidden Oracle’ in his new series ‘The Trials of Apollo.’ When my son first received the book, he couldn’t put it down. He was captivated by the story and immersed into a magical world that the talented Rick Riordan created. What is the book about? After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see...

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Fashion Ambush at Ontario Mills Mall (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Deals, Family, Fashion, Giveaways, Shopping | 1 comment

 Sponsored Ontario Mills is the premier shopping destination in Southern California to find the best deals on fashion. Guests can enjoy added savings during their spring accessories sale currently happening until May 31st. When I heard about the sale, I couldn’t wait to drive to Ontario to score some awesome deals, and I also got to surprise some lucky shoppers with some complimentary accessories! It was the first time that I had done an ambush makeover, and I was a little nervous about what to expect. I checked into guest services, got a couple of $50 gift cards, and started walking around the mall to spot shoppers wearing the current fashion trends (cobalt blue, metallics, florals, and stripes). Surprisingly it was quite challenging for me to find customers wearing these fashion trends in the mall, but I was able...

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Plan an Epic Summer Family Road Trip with Fodor’s (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Family, Giveaways, Travel | 76 comments

 “This post is brought to you in partnership with Penguin Random House.” If you’ve been following our travel adventures on Instagram over the past couple of years, then you know how much we love going on road trips and visiting National Parks. I am already busy planning our upcoming summer road trip, and I’ve started using Fodor’s Travel to help make our next family road trip epic. For 80 years Fodor’s has been a trusted resource offering expert travel advice and in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, their experts unveiled a new suite of online tools and updated guidebooks to help travelers plan an unforgettable family trip to America’s incredible natural wonders. Throughout 2016, all parks, including the venerable Yellowstone and Yosemite, will celebrate the centennial with activities and initiatives that allow visitors to revel...

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Ontario Mills Spring Sale: Accessory Ambush Makeovers

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Family, Fashion, Giveaways | 0 comments

 Sponsored Do you love fashion? Are you always looking for the hottest fashion looks? Who isn’t? Ontario Mills is one of the hottest shopping destinations in Southern California to find the coolest fashion, accessories, and more. This season, Ontario Mills, wants to help women find the perfect accessories, and they’re making it simple by hosting a spring accessories sale from May 7th through May 31st. During the sale, guests can find the latest jewelry, bags, shoes, hats, and sunglasses at discounts of up to 70 percent off. The limited-time sale includes 200 brand-name retailers, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Brooks Brothers, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger, J.Crew and more with deeply discounted spring merchandise and a sneak peek of summer arrivals. Having trouble figuring out what the latest runway looks are featuring? These are the four must-have spring...

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American Girl: Lea to the Rescue Movie Debut (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Film, Giveaways, Shopping | 51 comments

  American Girl’s 2016 Girl of the Year™, Lea Clark, stars as the brand’s first-ever action-adventure movie hero in American Girl: Lea to the Rescue. In the thrilling sequel to the original book series, Lea must face her fears as she travels deep into the Brazilian rainforest to solve the mystery of her missing brother. In her quest to find him, she befriends Amazonian tribespeople, helps save endangered animals, and, ultimately, must bring ruthless animal poachers to justice. The all-new, action-packed adventure for girls, American Girl: Lea to the Rescue is the latest in a long line of fresh, modern and family-friendly films from American Girl, that also includes Grace Stirs Up Success, Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight, Saige Paints The Sky, and McKenna Shoots for the Stars. American Girl: Lea to the Rescue premieres on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,...

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South OC School of Rock Summer Camp (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Camp, Family, Giveaways | 6 comments

 Sponsored Summer is coming! Looking for something fun and unique for your kids to keep busy? School of Rock in Rancho Santa Margarita is offering interactive 5-day summer camps that will inspire your children to have a lifelong love for music. Students work in a hands-on atmosphere that includes: Learning the nuts and bolts of live performance, studio/band rehearsal time, instruction and clinics with music professionals, Rock & Roll music appreciation, interacting with other young musicians, a LIVE rock show performance for your friends and family…and lots of fun! What’s the difference between a Varsity & a Junior Varsity camp? Simply put, its age! Since the camps are accommodating for all levels of players, they know the most important way to keep things the most Fun, Educational, and Age-Appropriate is to ensure kids are in the right camps for...

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Getting Prepared for Summer Camping

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Staycation, Travel | 66 comments

 Sponsored We have tried camping a couple of times with our children but was never able to have a successful camping trip because of being unprepared. We never invested in a proper tent, camping stove or camping light. The result was a terrible camping experience that left us not wanting to camp ever again. Well, as our kids have been getting older, they continually ask us if we can go on a family camping trip, so we made the commitment to purchase the proper camping supplies at Kohl’s, and give it another try. Kohl’s has a great selection of camping supplies from tents to stoves making it an easy one-stop shopping destination to prepare for our weekend camping trip. We invested in a really nice (and pretty) Coleman eight-person tent, a Coleman 3-in-1 propane camping stove, and a Coleman...

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Experience The Jungle Book at Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 9 comments

 Sponsored The visual masterpiece, “The Jungle Book,” is coming out in theaters on April 15th. When I got a sneak peek of the film last week, I was captivated throughout the entire film and felt like I was immersed into the jungle. It is a movie that you’ll want to experience in a theater with the best sound, lighting, and comfort like the Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime so that your family can experience the full impact of the filmmaker’s work. Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime uses state-of-the-art optics, enhanced color technology, and Dolby sound technology. Families can have a cinematic experience in comfort while sitting in their power reclining seats with seat transducers that vibrate with the action on screen. Additional theater features may include a wall-to-wall-to-ceiling screen, atmospheric lighting, and faceted acoustic panels designed to enhance the...

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International Children’s Day Festival at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Family, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 7 comments

  The International Children’s Day Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific features dance and music performed by children, interactive programs for all ages, face painting, and educational programs. The Aquarium of the Pacific’s eleventh annual International Children’s Day is a special festival for kids on the weekend of April 9-10, 2016,from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the amazing talents of children of all cultures, this festival features West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Persian dance performances. Also featured will be an international children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in a percussion circle, face painting, Japanese origami, Native American crafts, and Pacific Islander traditional children’s games. The Aquarium will also honor a local youth with its annual Young Hero Award in recognition of his or her efforts to make...

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Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Easter, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 19 comments

  It time for our favorite Irvine Park Railroad event of the year – the Easter Eggstravaganza! On Saturday, March 5th through Saturday, March 26th, Irvine Park Railroad will hold its annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Event activities include meeting and having your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, train rides, and more. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt. Irvine Park Railroad will also offer Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. For the cost of $10.00, children can meet and have...

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Win Tickets to Watch Zootopia at Dolby Cinema AMC Prime

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 7 comments

 Sponsored We are so excited for the upcoming film “Zootopia” to come out in theaters on March 4th. We were lucky enough to have a sneak peek of the film at the Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime in Century City this weekend, and it was one of the plushest theaters that we’ve gotten to see a film at before. From the seamless ticketing process to the plush seats, the theater is one of the best theaters in Southern California. My kids loved “Zootopia” and Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde are guaranteed to win over the hearts of your children after seeing the film. It is going to be a movie that your kids are going to want to go back to the theater to see it again and again, and there is no better place to see it than...

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Oscars 2016: Best Red Carpet Smiles

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways, Health | 0 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” It is almost time for the biggest night in Hollywood, The Oscars. Cameras will be flashing as the biggest stars in Hollywood will be walking down the red carpet while showing their beautiful smiles. Recently, celebrities who have the best smiles of 2016 was announced in a Harris Poll on behalf of the makers of the Invisalign clear aligner system. Who won the award of having the best smiles of 2016? Leonardo DiCaprio won “Best Actor Smile” Runners Up: Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston A “Joy”-ful Jennifer Lawrence won “Best Leading Lady Smile” Runners Up: Brie Larson, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronana and Charlotte Rampling Halle Berry and Denzel Washington took top spots in Hollywood’s Best Award-Winning Actress...

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Relive the Awesomeness of Kung Fu Panda (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

  My kids have grown-up with Kung Fu Panda. After all these years, Po is still one of their favorite animated characters. His heart, his passion, and his kindness make Po one of the most lovable animated characters of all-time. In anticipation of the upcoming release of Kung Fu Panda 3 in theaters on January 29th, our family sat down to relive the magic of Kung Fu Panda one and two. While watching Kung Fu Panda one, our children were falling off their seats with laughter as Po goes on a quest to become a Dragon Warrior. Then in Kung Fu Panda two, Po is faced with the challenge of leading his friends and kung fu masters on a mission to defeat their most threatening rival. It is in Kung Fu Panda two that they finally accept Po. The...

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The Harlem Globetrotters Return to the Southland (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 17 comments

 It’s a big year for the Harlem Globetrotters. This year, they are celebrating 90 incredible years of providing the best family entertainment. The Globetrotters are making a stop in the Southland with their one of a kind star studded show. The Globetrotters’ Southland game schedule follows below. Anaheim at Honda Center Saturday, February 13th at 1pm and 7pm Sunday, February 14th at 2pm Tickets for shows in Anaheim start at $17 and are now available at ticketmaster.com, the Honda Center box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Mission Viejo Saddleback College Gym Tuesday, February 16th at 7pm Monday, February 22nd at 7pm Tickets for the shows in Mission Viejo start at $31 and can be purchased through ticketweb.com, the Saddleback College Gym box office, or by phone at 866-777-8932. Ontario Citizens Business Bank Arena Saturday, February 20th at 2pm...

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Win Tickets to the Irvine Park Railroad 20th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 15 comments

  Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 20th anniversary on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st. They’re rolling back prices to their original 1996 prices – including $2.00 train rides! Irvine Park Railroad, which has become a favorite destination for families from across Southern California, takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates the ride pointing out all of the history inside of the park which is over 100 years old. The anniversary celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities and concessions including carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy. Face painting and panning for gold require two $2.00 tickets. FREE giveaways include Irvine Park Railroad balloons. The $2 tickets are valid during the Anniversary Celebration weekend only. And, for this milestone celebration, they will be...

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Five Things We are Excited about Great Wolf Lodge SoCal + 2-Night Stay Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Featured, Giveaways, Staycation, Travel | 165 comments

  The highly anticipated time has come for the Great Wolf Lodge SoCal to open their doors to the public. The family-friendly resort will be an epic Orange County Staycation getaway, and is centrally located in the heart of Orange County being just a short drive away from Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. With the opening just weeks away, we can barely contain our excitement, and these are the five things that we are the most excited about Great Wolf Lodge SoCal opening. The Water Park The indoor water park will feature 105,000 square feet of water play fun. Kids will scream with delight while sliding down one of the three-story body slides, go on a rafting adventure on the 476-foot long family raft ride or say “cowabunga” while spiraling down the Coyote Canyon pipe-style flume ride. The Dining...

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