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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 in...

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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 Beach,...

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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, Aquarium...

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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 and...

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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 guests...

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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 photo...

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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 — Baba...

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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 the...

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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 will...

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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, ice...

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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 5:45...

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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 side-splitting...

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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) tickets...

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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 to...

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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 the...

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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 people...

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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 walk....

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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: Irvine...

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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 conniving...

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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 a...

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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. The...

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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. Seasons...

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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 your...

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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 family...

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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 and...

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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 o...

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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, DVD,...

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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 our...

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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 their...

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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 and...

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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 two...

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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 conducting...

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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 Your...

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AT&T GoPhone Makes the Perfect Holiday Stocking Stuffer (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Tech | 19 comments

“This blog post was sponsored by AT&T, but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.” Looking for the perfect gift to slip into your kids holiday stocking? The AT&T GoPhone not only makes a perfect holiday gift for your children but also makes for a great “first phone.” AT&T GoPhone helps parents to see if their children are ready for the responsibility of owning their own cell phone without making the long-term commitment of a contract. To make giving a GoPhone affordable, AT&T GoPhone is hosting a special holiday discount from December 7th through December 31st. The holiday special allows customers to get a free ZTE Maven device or $40 off any other GoPhone smartphone with new activation plus $45 or greater airtime purchase at AT&T stores or online. (Must buy phone and airtime at the...

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Top Holiday Fashions at The Children’s Place (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Giveaways | 36 comments

Sponsored Looking for the cutest holiday fashions for your kids, and don’t want to break the bank? The Children’s Place has been one of our go-to places for holiday fashions for our kids, and everything is priced perfectly to fit into our tight holiday budget. Not only does The Children’s Place have great holiday fashions but also has a great selection of warm winter wear. I found that my kids haven’t worn pants in quite awhile when putting them on during our first spell of cold weather earlier this month. I was able to get my kids stocked up with pairs of high-quality jeans for less than $10 a pair! My kids can roll around in the mud or crawl across the sidewalk without having me feel stressed about ruining an expensive pair of jeans. Another favorite item to...

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5 Ways to Lose Weight by Watching Netflix in the New Year

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Entertainment, Family, Giveaways, Television Shows | 20 comments

We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team Do you have a goal to start losing weight in the New Year? Who doesn’t? Along with many moms, I’m guilty of eating too many leftover goldfishes on my kids plate and have gained one or ten extra pounds over the past year. With the help of Netflix, I plan to meet my weight loss goals, and I’m giving away one six-month membership to one of you to join me in this supernatural weight loss plan. How do I plan to use Netflix to help with my weight loss goals? #1 You’ll strengthen your core from hysterically laughing when watching Grace & Frankie. #2 Learn more about what you should/shouldn’t be eating by taking lots of notes when watching Food, Inc. #3 Wasn’t crying out your weight a recent headline...

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Give the Gift of Invisalign for the Holidays (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Health | 0 comments

“I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” What better gift could you give to your children than the gift of a perfect smile? Earlier this year, I gave my thirteen-year-old son the gift of Invisalign, and over the past couple of months, I have noticed him develop into a whole new teenager. He smiles more, laughs more, and has gained a large amount of confidence. Invisalign has made a huge impact on his life. Along with a team of fantastic local Orange County orthodontist, we have developed an orthodontic plan using Invisalign and found that there was not a very large difference in pricing from traditional braces. Within just a few short weeks, we have already noticed a change in the overall appearance of his smile. Find out where...

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Holiday Treats at The Aquarium of the Pacific (Giveaway)

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 7 comments

Get into the holiday spirit early, and share the fun as the Aquarium’s animals receive their gifts from Santa Diver. In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering treats to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, birds, fish, and other animals during Holiday Treats for the Animals weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 2015. The animals are not the only ones celebrating; families can meet and greet penguins up close. Guests can see Santa Diver in action, and take photos with Santa in his traditional attire and holiday costumed characters. The festival will feature Hanukkah storytelling and dreidel activities. Holiday music, crafts, shopping, gingerbread house displays and more will be included in the festivities. To top it all off, snow will fall in the Aquarium’s Great Hall and guests can...

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2015 Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train (Giveaway)

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Christmas, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 24 comments

It is the most magical time of the year as the North Pole comes to life for children in Southern California at the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train Event. We have been bringing our children to celebrate the holidays at this special Christmas event for the past 13 years, and no matter how old my children get, it is still one of their all-time favorite holiday events of the year. They have improved the experience for families over the years and to avoid the once long lines, they now sell all tickets to the event in advance (which sell-out very fast – so don’t wait to order your tickets). Tickets are currently on sale now, and must be purchased in advance (Tickets will not be available to be purchased in person). While waiting to board the train, there are...

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Inspire Creativity in Your Family at the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Events, Family, Giveaways | 35 comments

Sponsored Barnes & Noble is one of our favorite places to inspire and encourage literacy with our children. The company is much more than a place to purchase books for your children but is committed to supporting literacy in our community through reading, art and technology. The company has recently partnered with Make: Magazine to host a Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble locations across the country, and your family is invited to attend. The event is centered around children ages five and up (and adults), and will take place at all Barnes & Noble locations from November 6-8th. During the event, children will engage in hands-on activities including creative thinking, art, design, construction, programming, coding and 3D printing. The three main workshops will include: The Make Workspace where children can experience 3D printing hands-on with a da...

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Paper Towns Tween Review (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 13 comments

Review copy received I watched Paper Towns, and I thought it was so cool! I LOVE love stories, and this was the perfect movie for me. While my brothers and my dad are more into action and adventure movies, me and my mom prefer a love story or mystery. Even though my brothers don’t like love stories, they liked this one. This movie has become one of my favorite movies. I could keep watching it over and over again if I could. It all started at the beginning when Margo and Quentin were about my age, and they were going on mysteries together. It showed them growing up until they got to their senior year of high school. They grew apart over the years until they came back together right before Margo (Cara Delevingne) disappeared. Secretly Quentin (Nat Wolff)...

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Scarium of the Pacific Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 11 comments

Booo! Bring your children to celebrate Halloween with all their favorite animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific during “Scarium of the Pacific.” Swim into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths at the Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, 2015, 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, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, the creepy coloring contest, other-wordly animals in the Great Hall, and much more. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. COST: Included with admission—$28.95...

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Etnies Shoes That Withstand Serious Play (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Giveaways, Giving Back | 2 comments

Sponsored When shopping for new shoes with my kids, we both look for different things. I am looking for comfort, support, and quality while my kids are searching for the “coolest” looking shoes in the store. All of our shopping differences have been resolved once we discovered etnies children’s shoes. They have the hip, cool styles that my kids want and the durability to hold up when my kids put them to the test on the school playground. Not only does etnies create shoes that are hip with high-quality, but the company has a passion for giving back to others. The owner, CEO, and OC Dad, Pierre-Andre Senizergues has given a place where children can foster their passion for skating at the etnies Lake Forest Skatepark. Along with the skatepark, he has donated thousands of shoes to at-risk and...

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Women’s Healthy Mindful Her Event in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Events, Family, Fitness, Giveaways, Health | 3 comments

Mindful Her, a unique women’s wellness and lifestyle event designed to inspire and empower women of all ages to take their healthy and mindful living practices to the next level is coming to Orange County on October 24th at the Cultural Arts Center in Garden Grove At Mindful Her, 300+ women will partake in a variety of mindful living activities, including a group wake-up yoga class guided by Jessica Seabern, breakout sessions and workshops on a variety of mindful living topics, and a group guided meditation by Tawny Avonne. The day will end with a “Healthy Happy Hour.” Speakers slated to participate in Mindful Her, include: Mallika Chopra, Founder, Intent.com and author on “Living with Intent” Anusha Wijeyakumar, Shanti Within on “Mindful Communication: Unleashing Your Feminine Power Within” Becky Leonard, Nourish on “The Mindful Mommy” Chef Jenny Ross, 118...

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A Day Out With Thomas Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Events, Family, Featured, Giveaways | 27 comments

; Chooo-Chooo! Thomas and his friends are coming to Southern California is just a couple of weeks for the popular Day out with Thomas family event at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Day Out With Thomas 2015 offers aspiring engineers and their families the opportunity to take a 25-minute ride with the famous engine and a 15-minute ride with his railway friend Percy. Children can also meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Superintendent of the Railroad from the Island of Sodor. Enjoy a wide range of fun activities perfect for children. There will be games, a petting zoo, bounce houses, coloring, live children’s music, sing-alongs and storytelling. There will also be Thomas & Friends temporary tattoos, Thomas & Friends train tables and building activities, videos and a Thomas gift store. There will be street car and trolley rides and an...

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The Orange County International Auto Show (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Autos, Family, Giveaways | 7 comments

The Orange County International Auto Show features more than 500 new vehicles from 34 manufacturers, 100-plus vehicles to test drive, an Exotic Gallery, concept vehicles, crossovers, sports cars, alternative fuel options and more. The show is owned and presented by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC. Dates: Thursday, October 15 4pm-10pm Friday, October 16 12pm-10pm Saturday, October 17 9am-10pm Sunday, October 18 9am-7pm Pricing: Adults (13 and older) $12 Senior Citizens (62 and older) $10 Military (with any DOD ID) $10 Children (12 and younger) FREE Location: 800 W. Katella Avenue, in Anaheim. Follow the signs for convention center parking, located on West Street, just south of Katella. Displays & Entertainment: 34 Major Domestic & Import Manufacturers – Featuring more than 500 of the latest 2016-model cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, alternative...

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Disney’s Beauty & The Beast Jr. at the Ebell Theatre (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 10 comments

The popular Orange County Youth Theater, Broadway on Tour, is performing Disney’s Beauty & The Beast Jr. on select dates from September 26th through October 11th at the historic Ebell Theatre in Santa Ana. Your children can enjoy listening to their favorite songs from the classic Disney movie while watching talented Orange County youth bring the story to life before their eyes. The performance is designed to be a “junior version” of the Broadway musical making it perfect for younger audiences to attend a theatre production for the first time. (There is a 15 intermission) Dates: September 26th, 27th. October 3rd, 10th, 11th. Time: 2pm Pre-sale ticket prices are available online: Adults $12, Children and Seniors: $10 At the door prices $2 additional per ticket. Location: Ebell Theater, 625 French Street, Santa Ana, California. Don’t miss watching some of...

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Harvesters Fashion Show & Luncheon (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Events, Giveaways | 0 comments

Sponsored The 2015 Harvesters Fashion Show and Luncheon is happening in Orange County on October 7th. South Coast Plaza and Harvesters will feature the season’s hottest fashion trends while raising funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. One in five Orange County children is at risk of being hungry and have little to no access to regular meals. Hunger affects the most vulnerable populations, including seniors, children, the working poor, the unemployed, and the homeless. With one hundred percent of the proceeds from the event going directly to breaking the cycle of hunger, the annual event has generated more than $5.5 million for Second Harvest. The fashion show will showcase the fall and winter collections from Barbara Bui, Fendi, Lanvin, Marni, Max Mara, Moncler, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino and Versace....

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Tips For Keeping Your Kid Car Tidy (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Autos, Family, Giveaways, Hot Topics | 4 comments

Pre-kids my vehicle was, frankly, immaculate. There would be an occasional leftover coffee cup or bottled water in the drink holder, and some dry cleaning hanging in the backseat. But now, I’ve fallen into the abyss that I swore I would never enter: the dirty kid car. The smells emitted from the backseat from my once well-maintained car have been replaced with a mix of sweat, dirt and Cherrios. The ground crumbs and spilled juice box stains have taken a toll on my aging SUV. I decided to do something, or, well, at least call someone to help steer me in the right direction. I called the professionals at the All Hands Car Wash in Aliso Viejo. Manager Ricardo Marquez offered me these helpful tips: Protect. Cover the interior of your vehicle as much as possible. This includes floor...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 10th Annual Pumpkin Patch (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Events, Featured, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 47 comments

Irvine Park Railroad’s 10th 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 19th 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! Admission into the Pumpkin...

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Barbie Rock ‘n Royals Concert (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Events, Giveaways, Toys | 10 comments

This fall, families are invited to a LIVE show starring Barbie in her all new movie, Barbie in Rock ‘n Royals, which debuts nationwide on 9/8! During this rockin’ music experience, Barbie fans in the Los Angeles area will have the opportunity to “Raise Their Voice” by: · Enjoying a LIVE concert performance of songs from the movie including, “Raise Our Voices,” “What if I Shine,” and “Brand New Song” from surprise guests · Striking a pose on the Pink Carpet · Getting rock star ready in the Super Style Zone · Jamming out in the VH1 Rock Star Zone · Twisting and shaking in the Be Super Dance Zone For tickets to the Rock ‘N Royals Concert Experience, go online. All ticket sales will benefit VH1 Save The Music. WHEN: Saturday, September 26 12 PM WHERE: Hollywood Palladium...

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Delicious Dessert Catering with Stax Cookie Bar (Giveaway)

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 20 comments

We dined as a guest of Stax Wondering how to make your next party or special event unforgettable? Bring the delicious goodness of Stax Cookie Bar to your home or event venue. While I have walked past Stax Cookie Bar a hundred times, I never actually went into the Stax to try their dessert creations until this Summer. With the first bite, I was #StaxAddicted. It was a dessert lovers dream come true with multiple flavors of ice cream, freshly baked cookies and waffles. We could use our imagination make practically any dessert combination we desired. Did I mention that they also accommodate food allergies? My son advised them of his nut/soy allergy, and they were able to help guide him in showing the different options available. (Plus, they also got a clean spoon when scooping his ice cream...

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H2O+ and Walt Disney Records Invite You to #ShareYourLegacy

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Disney, Family, Giveaways | 0 comments

Sponsored What is your legacy? Is it gardening, traveling, cooking? My legacy that I’m leaving behind for my children to share with future generations is a love for nature. There is nothing that I love more than exploring beautiful places with my children, and inspiring them to love, respect, and care for our earth. Since they were young babies, I have inspired them to learn how to grow their own food in our backyard garden, use eco-friendly products and try to lessen the footprint they are leaving behind on the Earth. Along with that ~ enjoying every minute they have to live in this beautiful place where we live. One of our favorite natural skincare products that fits our lifestyle, H20+, has teamed up with Disney to encourage moms to share their legacy with the #ShareYourLegacy campaign. Get out...

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‘Eco Tots’ Garden Fun and Learning at The Ecology Center (Giveaway)

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Featured, Giveaways, Parenting | 13 comments

Eco Tots, Toddler Gardening Class provides a fun, exploratory ecological experience for parents and young children. Here are some basic tips to supports your child’s development in and knowledge of a garden ecosystem. The sensory bins and critter safari will give your child the freedom to investigate on their own with no need for direct assistance. Observe your child’s interactions with new textures, sights, and sounds, and let them explore at their own pace. Encourage curiosity and free play Inspire them to be social with their peers or to enjoy the station on their own The scavenger hunt is a guided introduction to a variety of common garden features and encourages toddlers to be open to and respectful of all garden life. Determine what stimulates your child the most: bugs, flowers, dirt, leaves, trees, etc. Use this as an...

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Join us and Win Prizes at the International Surf Festival

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Events, Giveaways | 0 comments

This post was sponsored by AT&T. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience The International Surf Festival is coming this weekend to the beaches of Los Angeles, and we hope that all of you join us for the ultimate surfing fun. During the event, we will be giving away two #GoodtoGo Festival Survivor Kits complete with everything you’ll need to survive the weekend festival. Come see us at the AT&T GoPhone booth starting on Thursday during the International Surf Festival. At the booth, you’ll be able to make a tote bag, charge your phone and check out the coolest AT&T GoPhone devices. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we will be giving these two awesome prizes LIVE this...

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Enter to Win Tickets to Austin Mahone / Kalin and Myles Concert at the 2015 OC Fair

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Giveaways, Music | 9 comments

Do you have a teenager or tween in your house? If you do, then I’m sure you’re already aware that Austin Mahone and Kalin and Myles is playing at the OC Fair this year on Sunday, August 16th at 7:30 pm. Our tween daughter screamed when she heard that her tween heartthrob Austin Mahone was coming to Orange County, and couldn’t wait to go online to use her allowance to purchase tickets. The best part is that admission to the OC Fair is also included with the concert price giving parents more for their money. When: August 16th at 7:30pm (gates open approximately 60 minutes before showtime) Where: 2015 OC Fair/ Pacific Amphitheatre Admission: Tickets start at $32.50 and include free OC Fair Admission. Tickets are available online at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com, by phone toll-free at...

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Events, Giveaways | 8 comments

Friends of the Dalai Lama is hosting a Global Compassion Summit will be held in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s landmark 80th birthday. The three-day summit will feature world leaders, Nobel Laureates, celebrity guests, speakers and performers from around the globe and will begin July 5 with the official birthday celebration at Honda Center and continue July 6 & 7 at the UCI campus. The Global Compassion Summit is designed to foster a dialogue on compassion and peace with His Holiness’ diverse, multi-ethnic global audience. The event will be a celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s lifetime of devotion to the work of spreading the message about the value of peace, kindness and universal compassion throughout the world. The three-day summit is presented by Friends of the Dalai Lama in partnership with University of California, Irvine...

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Whole Foods Market’s ‘Ready for Action’ bag Packs all Essentials for Summer Adventures

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Events, Giveaways, Shopping | 7 comments

Are you ready for action? Whole Foods Market is calling upon people across the U.S. to lace up their tennis shoes, roll out the yoga mats and hop on their bicycles for the first ever “Ready for Action” week from June 24 to 30. All stores nationwide will be celebrating healthy living with local events centered on everyday physical activities, superfoods and nutrition. From a yoga class to a protein powder recipe demo to a DIY relaxing bath soak, check out “Ready for Action” events happening at your local Whole Foods Market stores. On Saturday, June 27, stores will offer a limited edition “Ready for Action” bag, packed with items to prepare for outdoor activities. These bags are made with 100 percent jute and organic cotton lining from RIJI Green, a business committed to ending human trafficking. Valued at...

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Have a ‘Joyful’ Nights Sleep with Mattress Firm (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways, Shopping | 47 comments

Sponsored Have you been having sad dreams? Mattress Firm has the answer to having a joyful nights sleep. We all know that lack of sleep can play a big role in our emotions, and in celebration of the upcoming Disney*Pixar film “Inside Out” you have an chance to win a $5,000 Beautyrest queen matress set, and several surprises to help you get a good nights sleep all year long! It’s easy to enter the #SleepEmotions contest by snapping a “sleepy selfie.” Express your emotions on social media for your chance to win a glorious nights sleep. Here are the entry periods and themes to enter to win: Entry Period #3: Sadness – 6/7/15 (at 12:00 a.m. CT) – 6/18/15 (at 11:59:59 p.m. CT) Entry Period #4: Anger – 6/19/15 (at 12:00 a.m. CT) – 7/1/15 (at 11:59:59 p.m. CT)...

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Summer Reading with Riordan (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Parenting, Shopping, Summer | 17 comments

Complimentary books will be received My son loves to read. Everywhere he goes he always has a book in his hands. Rick Riordan is one of his favorite authors, and he has read his books so many times that the binding has broken on many of them. Wondering what series to introduce to your kids this summer? This summer is the perfect time to get your kids excited about reading with the Percy Jackson series. It is also the 10th Anniversary of the book that started it all, “The Lightning Thief.” The series will help your kids imagination soar as Percy takes them on many magical adventures. Whether your kids love to read or are just getting started reading, the Percy Jackson series will inspire them to read more and become lifelong avid readers. To help get your kids...

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Events, Family, Giveaways | 12 comments

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are back this year with a whole new show that will leave families amazed. It will be a show unlike any other than your family has seen before with astonishing tricks, exotic animals and talented performers. The XTREME circus will be performed at three venues across the Southland from July 2nd through August 2nd. Circus XTREME will feature an international assembly of over 100 performers spanning 13 countries around the world, the Ringling Bros. 145th Edition is highlighted by several unique acts including: Xtreme Sports display featuring BMX freestyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack line gymnastics tricks Caravan of Camels – the only act of it’s kind in the world featuring 6 twin-humped Bactrian camels Bungee Skydivers aerial acro-ballet World’s youngest human cannonball Gemma “The Jet” Kirby has been shot...

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Pacific Coast Center for the Arts: Your One-Stop Neighborhood Arts Complex

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways | 1 comment

Where can you take ballet, Pilates, piano and voice lessons, a painting class, and record a song? The answer lies behind the doors of the largest Arts center in Orange County: the Pacific Coast Center for the Arts (PCCA). Originally founded as Pacific Coast Academy of Dance (PCAD) in 2002, PCAD moved its studio from San Clemente to a state-of-the art 20,000 square foot facility on a quiet cul-de-sac in Mission Viejo. “Our expansion allowed us to support dancers of all levels (pre-professional, commercial and recreational), and all genres (classical, commercial, musical theatre),” explains Sandra Ishida Russell, executive director, PCCA. However, Ishida had a vision that would far exceed her dreams of dance. “We want to give back quality time to families who find themselves on the road more than in the home,” said Ishida. “We provide one safe, educational...

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Burke Williams Father’s Day Facial Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Father's Day, Featured, Giveaways | 13 comments

Wondering what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Finding the perfect gift for Dads can be a challenge for many Moms, and the best gift to give Dad is the gift of relaxation. Burke Williams is offering great Father’s Day specials on gift cards purchased from June 15th through July 15th. Guests that spend $150 on a gift card at Burke Williams Day Spa will receive a complimentary $25 gift card. For each $250 gift card purchase, you will receive a gift card for $50. Whether it’s a gift for your dad, husband, new grad, best friend or bride-to-be, purchase a gift card and receive a little something special for yourself at Burke Williams Day Spa. Giveaway! We are thrilled that Burke Williams has offered us a 50-minute Men’s Facial to giveaway to one of our readers. The facial...

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Win Tickets to Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Theatre | 15 comments

Hello Kitty®, the beloved pop icon, is hitting the road with her first-ever live North American tour: Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival. Going beyond a traditional live stage show, the event features a unique multi-component walk-around festival atmosphere for Sanrio fans of all ages. Each event features Hello Kitty and her friends with DJ-driven dance sequences, interactive exhibits, animation, fashion, photo ops, craft activities, event-exclusive collectibles and more! For the fashionista ~ preview Hello Kitty and Friends Couture Display is a fashion extravaganza; amazing couture-like pieces featuring Hello Kitty & each of her friends For the performer ~ watch DJ-driven dance sequences and the welcome celebration and participate in Sanrio’s Super Fun Memory Dance Challenge For the boys ~ Get temporary tattoos in Badtz-Maru’s garage; dance to the beats of DJ Keroppi; check out Dear Daniel’s moves in a...

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Win Tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific Pacific Islander Festival

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 11 comments

Your family is invited to celebrate the different cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium of the Pacific 12th Annual Pacific Islander Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 6th through June 7th. There will be music, artifacts, animals and more at the fun family event. Various cultures including Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tokelauan, and Tongan will be featured. In celebration of World Ocean Day on June 8, the festival will include special presentations and educational programming focused on global ocean issues that affect people, particularly those living on Pacific Islands. Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Location: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 Pricing: Included with general admission: $28.95 adult (12+) OR $18.95 with coupon on June 6-7, $25.95 senior (62+), and $14.95...

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ECCU Can Help Parents Lower the Financial Stress of Higher Education

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Education, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Sponsored Saving for college is an important task, since we all know that higher education isn’t cheap. But even though we are reminded about how critical this step is every time we encounter the latest metrics on the cost of tuition and books, real life tends to be a stumbling block that gets in the way of our intentions. And this is more widespread than you may realize: According to a survey conducted by student loan giant Sallie Mae, only 48% of parents are saving for their child’s education. If you aren’t currently socking away future collegiate costs, take comfort. You’re not alone. You’re also not too late to start up a college savings plan, which is a task that a reputable financial institution like Evangelical Christian Credit Union can help you complete. Even if you have never been...

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Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Bike and Paddle Boat Giveaway

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike and paddle boat rentals offers many fun bikes and paddle boat options to rent. We offer the ultimate in fun and recreation for the entire family to enjoy. From toddlers to grandparents, all visitors are sure to enjoy the outdoors at the Irvine Regional Park. Wheel Fun Rentals is the premier provider of fun and unique outdoor recreational vehicles. Our fleet of cycles — which are ideal for sightseeing, people watching, exercising or simply enjoying the park — include the surrey, double surrey, deuce coupe, quad sport and chopper. Other bikes available for rent include tandem bikes, cruiser bikes and kids bikes. We also feature paddle boats (aqua cycles) available to rent. Helmets and life jackets are provides to all visitors at no additional cost. Other attractions inside of park include the...

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Eva Longoria’s Home Collection Giveaway

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Shopping | 35 comments

One of my favorite things to do in the Spring is to redecorate. Every year, I select a different room to redecorate, and this year I stumbled upon a beautiful new home collection at JCPenney. Inspired by Eva Longoria’s world travels, her first home collection is sophisticated, chic and elegant. The collection features four different designs that will enhance the beauty of anyone’s home. The Eva Longoria Home Collection includes: · The Adana collection features a rich, textured large-scale pattern that comes in a deep royal navy, reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea. · Inspired by Moroccan lattice, the Marrakech collection is a twist on traditional Moroccan patterns and gives an updated look to classic black and white bedding. · Named after Longoria’s mother, the Mireles collection is a combination of neutral soft grey and white with cheerful yellow tones...

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Mother’s Day Giveaway

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Deals, Dining, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, Mother's Day, Uncategorized | 17 comments

Looking for somewhere fun to have dinner on Mother’s Day? Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is celebrating Moms this year by offing free tickets for Moms on all shows from now until Sunday, May 10th when accompanied by one full-paid adult admission. The fun doesn’t stop there! As a bonus – spoil your Mom! For just $20 more, guests can add a special Mother’s Day package. The special package includes a photo of “Queen Mom,” Cape and Mom’s choice of a champagne mimosa or cider in a souvenir champagne glass. To take advantage of this special offer and complimentary ticket for Mom – please mention the code MOMWEB at the time of purchase. Just because Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament loves OC Moms, they are offering us two tickets to giveaway to one OC Mom for Mother’s Day. Simply...

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Burke Williams Mother’s Day Giveaway

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Mother's Day | 36 comments

We love all our OC Mom readers, and we are thrilled to host a Burke Williams Mother’s Day relaxation giveaway. Burke Williams is a premier place to treat yourself to a day of pampering and relaxation on Mother’s Day. Just in time for the special day, the day spa is offering three special Mother’s Day packages designed for ultimate relaxation. The Mother’s Day packages introduce Burke Williams’ new elegant Italian Mandarin Gold Pedicure. The indulgent service begins with harmonizing Italian Mandarin Sugar Scrub to exfoliate, Honey Heels Glaze and the luminizing, deeply moisturizing Italian Mandarin Body Butter for the ultimate renewal. The service concludes with the new Gold Polish in the color of your choice that dries instantaneously for the perfect pedi. Moms will…. “Relax” with the Italian Mandarin Gold Pedicure and choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage...

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You’re Invited to CosmetiCare Exclusive BeautyLand event (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Giveaways | 1 comment

Sponsored When it comes to beauty procedures, many of us are always left with a lot of questions. The biggest concern about taking a leap and trying a non-invasive beauty procedure is not feeling comfortable about what to expect. Moms are encouraged to “love what you see when you look in the mirror” and get educated about the different beauty options available at the CosmetiCare BeautyLand event. You’re invited to the exclusive BeautyLand event hosted by the leading Orange County medspa, CosmetiCare. During the event guests will have an opportunity to tour the signature rooms, learn about beauty treatments and have an opportunity to win grand prizes. What to expect during the event: In the Skin Care and Glow Room, discover aesthetic technology with instant results and zero downtime Marvel at TruSculpt, a 100 percent noninvasive body contouring option...

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Poppin’ Penguin Adventure (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 8 comments

Review copy received They’re back! Your kids favorite penguins are back with a whole new adventure in the all-new movie “Penguins of Madagascar.” The wildly fun family movie is now available on blu-ray and DVD complete with two poppin’ penguin collectables. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private come together to help save the world in the new movie. Your kids will be on the edge of their seats and laughing hysterically throughout the movie. What to expect: The movie can be streamed anywhere with Digital HD. Stream the movie on your television, computer, tablet or smart phone. Wherever your kids go – the movie goes. The blu-ray includes the bonus features: Top-secret guide to becoming an elite agent, ‘He is Dave’ music video, Flipper slap shake waddle and roll, ‘Celebrate’ music video by Pitbull, do the penguin shake with tWitch,...

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Four Tips for Starting a Bank Account with your child

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Education, Family, Giveaways, Parenting | 2 comments

Sponsored Opening a bank account with your children is a great way to teach them how to budget and save their money which is a valuable tool that they will need later on in life. Children will learn that they can earn interest on their money in a bank vs. sitting in their piggy bank which will help to instill smart money skills in your children at a young age. Make it Fun Before helping your kids to start their first bank account, you’ll want to encourage them to earn money for their first deposit in a fun way. Help your kids open a lemonade stand, make crafts for selling or give them an allowance for helping with household chores. Not only will your kids earn money for their first bank deposit but they will also begin to learn...

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2015 OC Pet Expo (Giveaway)

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 8 comments

One of our kid’s favorite Springtime events is the OC Pet Expo. Kid’s can enjoy a weekend full of animal love with fantastic entertainment, thousands of animals, pet adoption and more. The OC Pet Expo will take place at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa from April 10th through the 12th. New this year is the Purina Pro-Plan Performance Team. The high energy dog show will offer a thrilling performance for young kids to enjoy. Our kid’s favorite show has always been the “Splash Dogs.” Our kid’s love watching the dogs fly high over the giant swimming pool doing mid-air tricks before splashing into the water. Some of the other activities include: Giant human hamster wheel Cooks racing hogs and dogs Police Dog & Protection demonstrations Flight bird show Pony rides Face painting The Great American...

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Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy (Giveaway)

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Disney, Events, Family, Featured, Giveaways | 20 comments

All your kid’s favorite Disney stories will come to life on the ice for Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy. The magical show is coming to the Southland from April 15th through the 26th and will perform in Los Angeles and Ontario. Lightening McQueen, Mater, Buzz Lightyear, and all your favorite mermaids from The Little Mermaid will provide non-stop fun for your kids. Tickets are currently available on sale for the following performance dates: Los Angeles Los Angeles Sports Arena 3939 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90037 Dates: 
Wednesday, April 15 7:30 PM Thursday, April 16 7:30 PM Friday, April 17 7:30 PM Saturday, April 18 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM Sunday, April 19 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM Pricing: Ticket price levels are $22, $28, $45 (VIP) and $65 (Front Row) Opening Night...

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Tips for Eliminating Car Odors

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Autos, Family, Giveaways, Parenting | 21 comments

Sponsored If you’re anything like me, then you probably spend more of your day in the car vs. your house. That means that a lot of eating and living happens in the suburban that I spend my days in cruising the kid’s around town. What else comes along with it? Messes and odor! I am not just talking about the spoiled milk in the bottle that got tossed under the seat and found weeks later, but when you get a suburban filled with 4-5 teenage boys after basketball practice…let’s just say that odor seems to stick around for a couple of days. How do I keep my car smelling fresh enough that I can breathe while driving my teenager and tween around town? Febreze Vent Car Clips! Before using the product, the only solution would be: (A) Have the...

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