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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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LEGOLAND Unveils New Star Wars Death Star Model (Giveaway)

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Featured, Giveaways, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 94 comments

We attended as a guest of LEGOLAND “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” There was a magical land made of millions of tiny plastic toy bricks, built for one very special reason, to bring kids and families lots of joy! LEGOLAND California Resort is a 128-acre resort with over 60 interactive rides, shows, and attractions as well as delicious restaurants, all geared for families and kids ages 2-12 years of age. Today was a very special day for our family for many reasons, but I’ll start with me. As a kid, I loved toys, and for me there simply was no greater toy then Lego’s. I loved STAR WARS and now as a grown up and father of two boys I have yet to grow out of loving both of these. All this being said,...

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Aquarium of the Pacific International Children’s Day Festival (Giveaway)

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 28 comments

It’s time for the 10th Annual Children’s Day Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific from March 14-15th from 9am to 5pm. The festival will celebrate the 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 a children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in an international percussion circle, face painting, and Native American and Pacific Islander traditional children’s crafts and games. The Aquarium will honor Caroline Edmonds with its annual Young Hero Award in recognition of her efforts to make our planet a better place. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 14, at 1:40 p.m. During the weekend of International Children’s Day there will be a musical theater show for all ages. Entitled...

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Richard Blais Adds Sizzle To Baker Ranch Unveiling

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Events, Giveaways, Recipes | 3 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue Saturday Baker Ranch, Lake Forest’s resort style master-planned community went all out with a Grand Unveiling event featuring appetizers by Suzanne’s Catering, smoothies, tours of model homes by Toll Brothers and Shea Homes, plans for the community’s Promenade Park, live music, massages by Spa Gregorie, synchronized swimming demos, and my personal favorite part of the day, a cooking demo with Top Chef Winner and 2014 James Beard Award nominee, Richard Blais. Blais packed the beautifully equipped party room of Baker Ranch’s luxurious Grove Clubhouse charming his audience with humor and stories, providing tips on upping your cooking game should “Tony Bourdain show up” for dinner, all while walking us through how to make his gluten free pasta dish, Buckwheat Spaccatelli with Broccoli Pesto. This pesto was made with finely chopped broccoli...

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Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Easter, Featured, Giveaways | 22 comments

Spring is almost here, and that means it is time for the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza! From March 14th through April 4th, families can create memorable memories together at the beautiful Irvine Park. The Easter Bunny awaits your children for a special photo opportunity. Parents are invited to bring their cameras or purchase a keepsake for just $10. There will be egg hunts for children ages 2 to 12 years of age starting at 10am. Bring an Easter basket to collect eggs at one of the multiple egg hunts happening throughout the day. Featured activities will include hay rides, bounce house, cookie decorating, carnival games, face painting and more. The fun continues as families can ride around the beautiful park on the train, bike ride, rent paddle boats or play at one of the multiple playgrounds. Train and...

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Swim Spot, the ONLY spot you’ll want to keep (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping | 23 comments

Sample was received Irvine Spectrum’s newest pop up shop, “Swim Spot” opened their doors last week to fill the OC ocean air with endless amounts of women’s swimwear in flattering silhouettes and top brands. “Next” is their unique athletic line that combines dri-fit technology for burning calories while paddle boarding, running after the kids in the sand or even a quick morning spin class. Offering great coverage and built in support with comfortable halters, “Next” exudes a sporty sexiness for an on the go mom. Looking for a more sophisticated look? “Athena” embodies classic lines, draping that smoothes away any unwanted curves, and full coverage bottoms for us ladies that want to conceal a bit more. This season’s styles feature bold blues and sassy snakeskin prints. Slip into the best-selling “Finesse Molded Cup One Piece” and channel your inner...

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The Orcas are Back in Southern California

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Events, Giveaways | 14 comments

Orcas are one of the most majestic creatures of the sea, and they back in the waters surrounding Southern California, giving families a spectacular sight to see. Yesterday, Harbor Breeze Cruises and the Aquarium of the Pacific spotted a family of five Orcas feeding on sea lions about 1 1/2 miles off Palos Verdes Pt. Vicente. Why are the Orcas in our waters? Our coastline has had an explosion of sea lions recently that has caused the Orcas to frequent our waters. Harbor Breeze Cruises has had the most success in Orca sightings in our area. Our family was lucky to have had a sighting of the Orcas last year while on a Harbor Breeze Cruises whale watching trip. Not only can families have the possibility of spotting the Orcas but also endangered fin whales, breaching humpback whales, pacific...

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Coffee Tasting Bar with Skinny Cow Iced Coffee

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Parenting | 6 comments

Sponsored When having my girlfriends over for our monthly mommy get together, I surprised them with a fun coffee tasting bar. I love having my morning coffee and was recently introduced to the Skinny Cow creamy iced coffee drinks, and I couldn’t wait to share my newest discovery with my girlfriends. Instead of the normal pot of hot coffee for us all to drink while catching up on how our families have been doing, we did a tasting flight of the different Skinny Cow Iced Coffee flavors. There are three different flavors to indulge: Mocha Latte, Creamy Cappuccino, and Vanilla Latte. At only 120 calories a bottle, the delicious iced coffee drink keeps me going throughout the afternoon so I can keep up with my three active kids. We played a little tasting game to see if everyone could...

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It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Family, Featured, Giveaways | 29 comments

It’s our favorite time of the year…Girl Scout Cookie time! Orange County moms are helping their young girls learn how to run a business with the Girl Scout Cookie program. The community is encouraged to help support Girl Scouts by purchasing cookies until March 8th. For the first time ever, the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program is going online! This revolutionary enhancement adds a digital layer that expands and strengthens the essential 5 Skills girls learn in the traditional cookie program, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. In addition to their traditional in-person sales, Digital Cookie will introduce Girl Scouts to vital 21st century lessons about online marketing, application use, and e-commerce to millions of excited Girl Scouts. But you still need to know a Girl Scout – she’ll send you an ecard...

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2015 Progressive Los Angeles Boat Show (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 3 comments

2015 Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show Returns February 19-22 Showcasing Best of Family Boating 

Catch and Release Fishing Pond, Water Sports, SailFest and Hundreds of Boats! 
Kids 15 and Younger are Free when accompanied by a parent. Living in Southern California, it’s always boating season, and the 2015 Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show will showcase hundreds of vessels from entry-level family cruisers to luxurious yachts, plus the latest in boating accessories and gear to make your day at sea the best it can be! The 2015 Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show is full of interactive events for the whole family, including: Climb aboard cruisers, wakeboard boats, pontoons, jet skis, and more! Indoor fishing at the Fishing Friendzy “catch and release” trout pond. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking on an indoor pool! Sail away with remote control...

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Valentine’s Day Beauty Prep Celebration at Cristophe Salon (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Beauty, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Uncategorized | 14 comments

Plan a Valentine’s Day of pampering at Cristophe Salon in Newport Beach. Whether you’re going out on a romantic date night or a family Valentine’s Day celebration, you’ll look and feel your best after a day at Cristophe Salon. OC Moms are invited to sip on champagne and indulge with a hair treatment, nail service, makeup or waxing service on February 14th from 9am to 7pm. Guests who book their services can take advantage of discounted services with the highly acclaimed Newport Beach plastic suregeon, Dr. Batniji. After booking your services at Cristophe Salon, guests have two weeks prior to the event to take advantage of discounted packages with Dr. Batniji. The first 100 guests to schedule an appointment or book a service on Valentine’s Day will receive a complimentary gift card for a pre-selected Kendra Scott jewelry item,...

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Harlem Globetrotters Return to the Southland (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 27 comments

It’s that time of the year when our favorite basketball, The Harlem Globetrotters, provide unforgettable family entertainment. They are bringing their biggest show yet to the Southland with their 2015 “Washington Generals Revenge Tour” at six different locations from February 6th through the 16th. The infamous Washington Generals are on a mission this year to do whatever it takes to beat the Globetrotters. Will they break the Globetrotters 98.7 winning percentage? You’ll have to bring the kids to a show to find out. Known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters will honor a “Hometown Hero” at each of their 310-plus games in North America. The team is searching for active, wounded or retired members of the military who have made their community proud with their brave service and exemplary character. Fans can nominate “Hometown Heroes” at harlemglobetrotters.com....

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Unbooked Appointments and Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Giveaways | 7 comments

Sponsored There’s a new website that has recently launched called unbookedappointments.com. It’s like Priceline but for the service industry. Service professionals have vacant slow times that they sell through this website. Think of it like happy hour, customers who have the flexibility to go in during the slower times are offered services at a more affordable rate. You can start by using the search bar if you know what you are looking for or browse through the different categories. The categories are Beauty & Spas, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Auto and Things To Do. Once you find the service you like, then select a slow time that works for you and purchase the appointment in advance. So I got to see how this service works. I browsed the website and decided to do a pedicure and gel...

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Five Fun Ways to Spread ‘Joy’ This Holiday Season

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Giveaways | 3 comments

Sponsored with Mom Spark Media The holidays are a time for giving and spreading joy with others. Take time during the holiday season to bring some joy into someone’s life with one of these five fun ways to spread joy and merriment. Instead of sending a holiday card, send a personal note to someone telling them all the things that make them special. A personal note to share your appreciation for a friendship or just to let someone know you’re thinking about them over the holidays is a personalized way to spread joy. Did you know that are 28,000 homeless children in Orange County? That number has doubled since 2006. Socks, blankets, and jackets can be the best way to bring comfort and joy to the homeless in Orange County. Something as simple as a gift of warmth is...

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Holiday Pampering at The Nail Bar & Spa

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 18 comments

We visited as a guest of The Nail Bar The holidays can be a stressful time. Holiday shopping, cooking and still managing day-to-day life with the kids can put its toll on any mom. To help keep yourself refreshed, relaxed and feeling your best it is important to take time for yourself and a little holiday pampering. I never looked at going to the nail salon as pampering. I usually feel like I’m going through an assembly line getting “maintenance” work done on my hands and feet. Let’s be honest that most salons are not set-up like a spa and can often have a “dirty” look to them. I felt this way for years about getting my nails done until discovering The Nail Bar & Spa in Foothill Ranch. While it is not close to my house, I was...

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Holiday Train to Santa’s Workshop and Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Christmas, Events, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 6 comments

Your family is invited to embark on a magical journey to Santa’s workshop on December 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21st. The Orange Empire Railway Museum is hosting this fun family holiday event complete with music, games, story telling and more. The adventure will start by families boarding the train. While on the train there will be holiday fun galore before arriving at Santa’s workshop. Once at the workshop Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to greet children with holiday cheer. At Santa’s workshop there will be a child-powered roller coaster, crafts, train tables and holiday treats. Train times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m, 5:30 p.m and 7 p.m. Trains fill up fast. So it is advised to call the museum for reservations. 951-943-3020. Prices are: Non-members, ages 12 & up, $15; ages 5-11; $10; ages...

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Rancho Las Lomas Christmas at the Cages and Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 13 comments

Rancho Las Lomas comes alive with the joy and festivities of the holiday season on December 14th 2014 for their 5th annual Christmas in the Cages fundraising event! This is a great family friendly event for all to enjoy. Your family is invited to the Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation’s “Christmas in the Cages” on Sunday, December. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and spend the day with our resident exotic animals and watch them open their Christmas presents. The event will include visit from Santa, animal encounters, live holiday music, bounce houses, a trampoline, holiday shopping opportunities, food, drinks and more! Valet parking is $5. Lunch is included in the ticket and beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds will fund the medical expenses, upkeep and educational programs related to the animals. Tickets are available...

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Guide to the Dana Point Turkey Trot and Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Events, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 6 comments

Gobble..Gobble.. Wake-up early on Thanksgiving morning, put on your running shoes and bring the family down to Dana Point for the 37th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 27th. Races and Pricing (Pre-registration ends Monday, November 24th) Register online 5K Race – Masters (Age 40+) $40.00 5K Race – Open (Ages 39 & Below) $40.00 10K Race $45.00 Combo 5K & 10K Race $55.00 Kids’ Gobble Wobble 1 Mile Race $15.00 Schedule Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12-7:00PM Health & Wellness Expo Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014 6-11:00AM Health & Wellness Expo 6:00AM Registration opens 7:00AM 10K Start 8:30AM 5K Masters Start (age 40 and over) 9:10AM Costume Contest 9:30AM 5K Open Start 10:15AM Kids’ Gobble Wobble Start (1 Mile) Plan to arrive at least 60-90 minutes before your start time! Parking Shuttle from Dana Hills High...

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Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 42 comments

Giveaway hosted by Feld Entertainment The highlight of the holiday season is when all of our favorite Disney characters come together for the annual Disney on Ice performance. This year, Mickey and Minnie, will be having a huge celebration along with more than 50 different Disney characters during the giant party. Sixteen beloved Disney stories will come to life in the Southland from December 10th through January 4th. Tickets are currently available for performances at the Staples Center, Honda Center, Citizens Business Bank Arena and the Long Beach arena. Save on tickets with the special “mom” discount offer: Los Angeles WHEN: Wednesday, December 10 – Sunday, December 14 Wednesday, December 10 7:30 PM Thursday, December 11 7:30 PM Friday, December 12 11:30 AM & 7:30 PM Saturday, December 13 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM Sunday, December 14...

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Cranberry French Toast Casserole

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Christmas, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Recipes | 7 comments

Bakeware  & gift card provided from Baker’s Secret Tis the season for holiday baking! Get your family into the holiday spirit by baking with the rich flavors of the season. Treat yourself to some new bakeware this holiday season that can go from the oven to the table adding a touch of color to your holiday table. Baker’s Secret colored metal bakeware has a premium non-stick coating, dishwasher and metal spatula safe, and comes with a full lifetime warranty. We created this special recipe for you to prepare for your next holiday brunch. Cranberry French Toast Casserole Ingredients: 1 Loaf of Texas toast bread (thick bread) 8 Eggs 2 Cups milk 1 Cup fresh cranberries (divided) 1 Tbl. sugar 1/2 Cup brown sugar 1 tea. vanilla 1 tea. nutmeg Directions: 1. Cut the crust off the bread and then...

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Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 49 comments

It is time for your kids to hop aboard the Polar Express to visit Santa at the Irvine Park Railroad. The 19th annual Christmas Train will open on Friday, November 28th. This year is extra special with the opening of their first Christmas Tree Farm on Friday, November 28th. Tickets are only sold online this year, and are expected to sell out quickly, so we encourage families to purchase their tickets online today for this unforgettable experience. In celebration of the start of this special holiday event, we are giving away a special holiday ticket package to one OC Mom Blog family. This family will get to create unforgettable memories this holiday season at the Irvine Park Railroad. Enter to win the following ticket package below: · 4 Christmas Train tickets · 6 Christmas Train activity tickets · 1...

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Mommy Makeover at Belo Blow Dry Bar *Giveaway*

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Beauty, Fitness, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 9 comments

We visited as a guest of Belo When we have a special night ahead, one of the biggest treats we can give ourselves is a little pampering. Dana was invited to cover the red carpet for the upcoming film “The Theory of Everything” and treated herself to some pampering at Orange County’s newest blow-out salon, Belo Blow Dry Bar in Laguna Beach. She went from beautiful to gorgeous within minutes as the trained stylist made her “red carpet ready” for her big night in Los Angeles. Before front: After front: Before back: After back: Dana was able to leave the stresses from daily life behind for an hour while relaxing in the ultra chic salon. The staff went out of their way to ensure that everything was done to help her have a relaxing experience. Dana was the star...

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Bring Echo Home with ‘Earth to Echo’ on Blu-ray and DVD

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 10 comments

Review copy received Your children an relive their favorite memories from the movie “Earth to Echo” with the recent release of the film on Blu-ray and DVD. The film has a strong focus on friendship and family with it being one of the first motion picture films to include footage from an iPhone! Producer, Andrew Panay, wanted to create a film that would speak to our children’s generation. The film addresses many issues that our children’s generation faces encouraging children to feel compassion for others around them. Echo changes the lives of the children in the film, and also touches the hearts of everyone who watches the movie. The heartfelt movie is currently available on blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. It includes bonus features of how they casted the characters for the film, creating the truck scene, deleted scenes...

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Scarium of the Pacific (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Events, Featured, Giveaways, Halloween | 23 comments

Booo!! Your family is invited to have Halloween fun at the Aquarium of the Pacific for their annual “Scarium of the Pacific” event on October 25-26th from 9am to 5pm. There will be magic shows, costume contests, face painting and lots of animal interactions. Children are encouraged to dress-up for the event, and if your children come in costume with the printable coupon, they will get complimentary admission to the celebration. Your children will squeal with delight when watching an underwater pumpkin carving, watching a spooky storytime and more! WHEN:Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. COST: Included with admission—$28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11) OR FREE IN COSTUME WITH FLYER COUPON (see above), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium...

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Razor Monster Kix Scooter (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Family, Featured, Giveaways, Halloween, Shopping, Toys | 30 comments

Review product received Your little monster can trick-or-treat in style this year cruising around the neighborhood on a monstrous Razor Monster Kix scooter. The newest addition to the Razor line takes scooters to the next level of fun combining imaginary play with large motor skills. The scooter is recommended for children over the age of three years and features spooky graphics, a slip resistant board and the best part – monster handle bars! It is perfect for younger children who are just learning how to scooter with tilt to turn steering to help young children build coordination, and a three-wheel design with extra wide deck to keep kids stable while on-the-go. Our kids tested out the scooter with their neighborhood friends and said that it is the ultimate scooter to be riding around the neighborhood this Fall season. Razor...

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Enter to Win 4 Tickets to A Day Out with Thomas

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 56 comments

Calling all train lovers to join in on the family fun at A Day Out with Thomas on November 8th, 9th, 11th, 15th and 16th at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Your children can enjoy a 25-minute ride with Thomas, and this year, for the first time, Percy will also be at the event along with Sir Topham Hatt. It just keeps getting better…Thomas the Tank Engine will TALK to your kids for the first time truly bringing the experience to life. Spend the day enjoying a wide range of activities perfect for children. Stop by the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with train tables and building activities. There will be Thomas-themed stamps, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, storytelling and videos. There will also be games, coloring, live children’s music, a petting zoo, bounce houses, sing-alongs and a Thomas...

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Shopping and Gift Giving Made Easy With WishBin (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Family, Fashion, Giveaways, Shopping | 25 comments

Sponsored byWishbin Who doesn’t love to shop, right? Don’t get me wrong, shopping can be fun, however, gift giving, on the other hand, can be stressful – especially for the person who has everything, or “extremely selective.” To combat the anxiety associated with gift giving, including crumpled gift receipts, crowded mall parking lots and long lines, what if I told you there was a much easier and faster way to compile that wish list? WishBin is the first fully interactive, Internet-wide gift registry and is completely free. You can easily build and distribute a wish list from an endless number of online stores. So, with both my daughters needing school clothes and our busy, hectic schedule, I decided to try WishBin. First, we registered at http://www.wishbin.com. You can register through Facebook, or use your e-mail address and set up...

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The Taste of Laguna Beach (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Dining, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

It is time for one of the most delicious food events of the year as the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2014 Taste of Laguna Beach on October 1st from 4:30pm to 9pm at The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. More than 30 of your favorite Laguna Beach restaurants will come together for this special night offering tastings of their most sought after dishes. In addition to the restaurants, more than 20 local businesses will be at the event showcasing their wares. While guests are shopping and dining, music will be flowing throughout the festival by the Grammy Award Winning Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band. Tickets are currently available for purchase online for $60 that includes all tastes. VIP tickets are $80 and include parking, early entrance to the The Taste and VIP cocktail...

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