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Orange Fluff Salad with Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

When we received South African baby pineapples and neapolitan tangerines from Melissa’s Produce, I knew we had to make something. I began to think of fun recipes to make. My mom and I finally thought of making a orange fluff salad with the nectarines and pineapples that we got. Making Orange Fluff with Melissa’s Produce This recipe is easy and fun to make. When I was in the kitchen I was having a blast mixing up all the ingredients in one large bowl. If you have little ones this is definitely a recipe for you to try. Not only is it super fun, but it only took about 15-20 minutes. The hardest part of the entire recipe was peeling and cutting the fruit. We made enough of this orange marshmallow fluff salad to fill at least five peoples stomachs,...

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Cinnamon Butterscotch Pears Chip Recipe

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Have you ever had butterscotch pears before? Neither had I until recently. I was excited to try the pears the minute that I saw them in my box delivered from Melissa’s Produce. Butterscotch Pears is available at Melissa’s Produce The minute that my taste buds sunk into one of the Melissa’s Produce butterscotch pears, it was like tasting a pear for the first time. The skin was so light, and delicate. Plus, the fruit was not bitter like other pears. Melissa’s imports the fruit directly from Korea. Also, they have them hand-wrapped to preserve their moisture. In addition, the pears were flawless without a single dent or blemish. What to Make with a Butterscotch Pear I immediately knew that I wanted to make something sweet with the butterscotch pears. At first, I was going to make a pie. But,...

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You’re Invited: Best Buy Open House Event

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Events, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy Now that the holidays have passed, it is a great time to upgrade your home electronics. Whether is being your appliances, computers or home entertainment, Best Buy is the place to get it all. Also, this weekend, they are hosting a special open house event. And, you are invited! Best Buy Open House Event Head over to select Best Buy locations this Saturday, January 19th from 11am – 3pm for their Open House Event. Best Buy’s Blue Shirt experts can help you experience the best in major appliances from Samsung, Whirlpool, Café and GE. You will also discover what’s new in Home Theater, receive free upgrade checks with Best Buy Mobile and see how small appliances can simplify your life. Best Buy In-Store Offers Not only will you learn about the latest technology, at Best...

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Aquarium of the Pacific: 16th Annual Festival of Human Abilities

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 35 comments

About the Aquarium of the Pacific Festival of Human Abilities At the Festival of Human Abilities, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Also, it will be in a setting surrounded by beautiful sea life. Featured at the festival are hip-hop wheelchair dancers. It is such an amazing event. Plus, a sign language choir, a singer who is blind and has autism, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists. What to expect at the Festival of Human Abilities Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays. In addition, mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. DiveHeart will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport. A variety of free creative workshop...

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Delicious Turmeric Root Hummus Recipe

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Recipes, Turmeric Root Recipes | 0 comments

After getting some fresh Turmeric Root from Melissa’s Produce, I couldn’t wait to experiment with it. The first thing that I thought of making was hummus. My kids love hummus, and I was curious to see what it would taste like with Turmeric Root in it. If you’re not familiar with Turmeric root, many claim it to have super healing powers. People eat or drink foods with Turmeric Root daily to help with inflammation, cancer and many major diseases. Turmeric Root is Available at Melissa’s Produce Turmeric root is easy to find online at Melissa’s website. It can also be found at many retailers that sell Melissa’s fresh, and seasonal produce. Plus, one package goes a long way. Use it to make soups, curries, and add to your favorite recipes. Once we made some flavorful hummus, that all my...

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Turmeric Root and Ginger Tea Recipe

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Recipes, Turmeric Root Recipes | 0 comments

While having lunch at Melissa’s Produce last month, they talked a lot about the healing properties of Turmeric Root. Some have even made claims that it cures cancer! After visiting Melissa’s Produce, I began doing research. I learned that it does have many healing powers. The one thing that caught my attention was the anti-aging benefits. Turmeric Root is Available through Melissa’s Produce Melissa’s Produce was so kind to send me a package of Turmeric Root to experiment with and create recipes. You can purchase it online or find it at a retailer that sells Melissa’s Produce. My daughter and I made Turmeric Root and Sweet Potato soup, and hummus, we were hooked. It has a sweet, bitter flavor that we loved. We ended up spending the entire day in the kitchen creating recipes with the spice. The one...

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2018 Friends of CASA Holiday Luncheon

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Friends of CASA, a fundraising auxiliary of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), hosted its 2018 Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 13th, at The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. CASA Holiday Luncheon The Luncheon and Fashion Show that began as a Holiday Tea is in its 23rd year of existence and has brought in over 4 million dollars since 1995. This year’s Luncheon had a record breaking net for the fifth year in a row. More than $452,000 that will go directly to supporting CASA’s mission of recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who mentor and advocate for children in the foster care system. The Luncheon was chaired by Melissa Rohani and Michelle Fisher. They were assisted by a team of over 85 members from the Friends of CASA (FOCASA) auxiliary group. Five hundred and thirty guests filled the...

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A Taste of Italy at Angelina’s Pizzeria

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Dining, Irvine | 0 comments

One of my favorite places to have Italian food in Orange County is at Angelina’s Pizzeria in Irvine. The restaurant has one of the chicest ambiances in Orange County, and the food never disappoints. Angelina’s Pizzeria New Winter Menu When I heard that Angelina’s Pizzeria just released a new winter menu, I immediately made reservations. When I arrived at the restaurant, the friendly staff took us to a comfortable booth. As I looked over the menu, it was hard to pick just one item, so I ordered everything new! Meatballs Although the meatballs are not new on the menu, I always have to order them when at the restaurant. The meatballs are light, not heavy like at most Italian restaurants. They cook the meatballs in the pizza oven that gives them an authentic smoky flavor. When paired with their...

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Dana Wharf Wyland Art Class and Whale Watching

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Events, Family | 0 comments

The Dana Wharf Whale Watching and the Wyland Foundation have announced the details for the 2019 Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild” children’s art program. This is one of the most creative hands-on family ocean experiences in Southern California. The program begins January 26, 2019, and continues every Saturday through April 27, 2019. Children will have an opportunity to learn from the legendary marine life artist Wyland how the ocean’s marine life has inspired him, and partake in an art lesson from Wyland himself via a video feed. Dana Wharf Art in the Wild details include Dates: January 26th – April 27th (Saturdays only) Times: 9:00 am Art Lesson followed by a 2-hour whale watching excursion 10:00 am – 12:00 noon whale watching trip Participating families receive priority VIP boarding. Art lesson takes place inside the Dana...

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Collect and Play with Bananas Toy

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Family, Parenting, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

Sponsored by Bananas Toy Smell-able, Peel-able ​Bananas are an exciting new collectible line of six brightly colored and scented Bananas toy that look, smell and peel like a real banana! Bananas are the coolest new toy available for kids to play with. Peel the Bananas to reveal tons of mini surprises inside, including: a cute Crushie character, two mini squeezable friends, gemstone stickers to decorate the Crushie or Banana, a collector sheet with character stickers, and a hanging vine to display your Crushie friends. Also, you can display Bananas by hanging them on your backpack, or re-seal them to take on the go and trade with friends. How do you collect and play with Bananas Toy Peel Your Banana Toy ​Peel your Banana to reveal your new collectible Crushie, squeezable friends, gemstone stickers and more! Collect Bananas Collect all...

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Rejuvenate at the Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Beauty, Lake Arrowhead, Spa, Travel | 0 comments

I visited the Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines as a guest The stunning Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines provides an exceptional retreat. If you are looking for total relaxation, indulge in a soothing spa treatment in one of their private treatment rooms. Also, it is a AAA Four Diamond Spa with lodge-inspired ambiance. While on our weekend getaway to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, I escaped to the spa for a relaxing massage. It left me feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to explore Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pine Ambiance The minute that I stepped into the spa, I felt all my stress fade away. The spa features one of the most immersive and welcoming settings. I slipped into the comfortable robe and took a moment to breathe. I relaxed in the quiet...

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Family Dining at Lake Arrowhead Pizza

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

It is one of our family traditions to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza whenever we visit Lake Arrowhead. The pizza place is packed every night, and the pizza is fantastic. During our recent visit to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we walked into the Village to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza. When we arrived, there was a line out the door. While we waited in line, the kids went into the arcade to play games. What to order at Lake Arrowhead Pizza When you first arrive, you order at the counter. The menu features everything from greens to pasta and even burgers. Every time we have dined at Lake Arrowhead Pizza, we order the same thing. Mozzarella sticks and a pepperoni pizza. We placed our order and found a table to enjoy dinner together as a family. While...

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GMC Denali and Dogs Roadtrip to Ojai

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

We took a GMC Denali to Ojai as a guest of GMC After having children, I realized that I was spending less time with our dog than I did before kids. I decided it was time to have some bonding time with our dog, and took her with me to Ojai. I loaded up our GMC Acadia Denali with all her favorite toys and made the short drive to Ojai. Road Tripping with Dogs in the GMC Denali Acadia When planning the trip, I made sure that Daisy was safe in the back seat by using a harness. She had a smile on her face the entire car ride. Plus, I was able to keep her comfortable by turning on the heated seats. Caravan Outpost The GMC Acadia Denali provides such a comfortable ride that it only felt like...

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Five Things To Expect with a CO2 Laser at CosmetiCare

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

I received a CO2 laser as a CosmetiCare Ambassador One of the best cosmetic procedures that I did at CosmetiCare last year was to have a CO2 laser during my liposuction surgery. My skin has never been brighter, and it took years off my age. Five Things To Expect with a CO2 Laser at CosmetiCare Your Skin is Going to Shed One of the things that surprised me the most about the recovery was how much of my skin peeled. A couple of days following the surgery, my skin turned a dark brown. Then it started to peel. Almost like a snake. It was a little messy and took about 1-2 days for the peeling to stop. You’re Going to Need to Hydrate Your Skin The most important thing to do after a CO2 laser is to use high-quality...

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Village Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe in Lake Arrowhead

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While waiting to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen in Lake Arrowhead, we walked around the village. While exploring the village, we stumbled upon Village Ice Cream. Since we were on vacation staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we decided to treat the kids to some ice cream before lunch. Location of Village Ice Cream in Lake Arrowhead Village Ice Cream is located right in the heart of the Lake Arrowhead Village. They offer a wide variety of ice cream flavors and lots of candy. It is a kids dream come true. It is also an excellent place for kids to get a souvenir. Flavors of Ice Cream There were so many tasty flavors that it was hard to pick just one. The kids and I sampled almost every flavor before making a final decision...

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Lake Arrowhead: The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we took a short walk into the village to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen. I had heard a lot about the restaurant and was excited to have a relaxing meal. Restaurant Near The Lake Arrowhead Resort The restaurant is right on the water, so families can enjoy beautiful water views while dining. They also have a great selection of beers for the parents. The restaurant is quite popular, so we did have to wait for about an hour to get a table. While waiting, we walked over to the Village Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe to enjoy dessert before lunch. It wasn’t long until I got a text message that our table was ready. We were lucky to have gotten a table on the outdoor patio for...

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Lake Arrowhead Resort: Dining at Bin 189

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Bin 189 as a guest of the Lake Arrowhead Resort The Lake Arrowhead Resort is the premier place to stay with your family in the San Bernardino Mountains. The resort features plush accommodations, stunning water views, and elevated dining at Bin 189. While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, our family started the weekend getaway by having dinner at Bin 189. The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, and almost every table features water views. The Bar at The Lake Arrowhead Resort I awaited the arrival of my husband by enjoying a glass of wine and appetizer in the bar. My son and I savored every bite of the chips and guacamole. The dish features fresh avocado, cilantro, lime, Cotija cheese, and hand-made tortilla chips. The bar area has a large bar and plenty of tables for...

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Genoa Bar and Saloon: Nevada’s Oldest Saloon

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

While visiting Genoa Nevada, I had to make a quick stop at the oldest bar in Nevada, Genoa Bar, and Saloon. I drove our Chevy Tahoe over to the saloon after having lunch at the historic Pink House. The kids played with a wild deer outside of the saloon, while I went inside to explore. The minute that I walked into the saloon, I felt like I had been transported into another time. It was something straight out of a movie. Since I was driving with my kids, I couldn’t enjoy a cocktail, but I did take some time to soak up the ambiance. The saloon has a huge old-fashioned bar, a pool table, and even some tables for gambling. About Genoa Bar In 1863, Al Livingston built the building and called it Livingston’s exchange. In 1884, Frank Fettic...

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Best Brunch in Orange County: Toast Kitchen & Bakery

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We had brunch at Toast in Orange County as a guest Brunch is my meal to dine out. I am always on the lookout for a hot new brunch spot. I recently stumbled upon my new favorite place to have brunch in Orange County ~ Toast Kitchen & Bakery! Location of Toast in Orange County The restaurant is in the heart of Costa Mesa. It is on Newport Boulevard at the corner of 17th Street. It has a small outdoor patio, a large indoor dining room, and a bar. My daughter loves brunch as much as me, and she couldn’t wait to dine with me. I made plans for us to dine before exploring the new Balboa Island Museum. We found a table inside the restaurant, and the server immediately came over to take our order. Brunch is not...

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Heart Rock Waterfall Hike in Crestline

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Hiking Trails, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

One of my favorite things about staying in Lake Arrowhead is all the beautiful hiking trails in the area. While on a recent getaway to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we did the heart rock waterfall hike in Crestline. The hike is just a short drive away from the Lake Arrowhead Resort, and perfect for families with young children. My daughter and I got into our Buick Regal GS and headed down the mountain to the start of the trail. Finding the Trail in Crestline Finding the trail was a little challenging. The GPS took us to the side of the road, and we were not 100% sure if that was the location of the trail. To find the trail, you’ll want to put Camp Seely into your navigation. At the entrance to the camp, you’ll see a small sign...

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Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Dining, Family, Santa Ana | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria made the Santa Ana food scene better than ever. Churrascarias are one of my favorite types of restaurant. The only problem is that many of them have overpriced menus. When I learned about Silva’s, I couldn’t wait to taste their meats. I went to dinner at Silva’s before attending the ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The restaurant is a short drive from the theatre. The minute that I walked into the restaurant, I was in love with the decor. It is a beautiful restaurant with a modern look. Menu Options at Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria There are a couple of different options when dining at Silva’s. There is the option of the all-you-can-eat feast for $22.95. Or, there is...

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Kings Canyon Waterfall Hike in Carson Valley Nevada

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited the Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley as a guest The first thing my daughter and I do when planning an upcoming trip, is to see if there is a waterfall we can explore. We discovered that there is a majestic Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley Nevada. The best part is that the hike is not strenuous like many waterfall hikes. Exploring waterfalls with your children is pure magic. What to Expect at Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley The hike is perfect for families with young children. It is less than one-mile round trip. We arrived at the waterfall hike right before sunset. There is a parking area right at the base of the trail. We parked our Chevy Tahoe, and put on our jackets, and started the hike. The trail is well paved, and...

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Five Tips to Help Your Teen with Invisalign Treatment

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Beauty, Family, Invisalign | 0 comments

Kids Invisalign Treatment is sponsored by Invisalign The first thing that I did when my teens started their Invisalign treatment, was to help educate them on best practices. Plus, I was lucky to have the help of their amazing orthodontist, Dr. Passamano in Irvine who also gave them tips when starting their treatment. These are our five tips to help your teen with starting Invisalign Treatment Create a kit for on-the-go care Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, a tiny mirror, and lip balm. Personalize their aligner case Let their personality shine with stickers, sequins, markers, and more! Let your teen unleash their creativity with their aligner case. Put new aligners in at night. This is something I wish that that I started with my kids at the beginning of their treatment. When they first switch aligners, there can sometimes...

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The Pink House in Genoa Nevada

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited The Pink House in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley Anytime that I am at a restaurant, and I see charcuterie on the menu, I always make reservations. While planning our trip to Carson Valley in Nevada, I learned about the historic town of Genoa. The one thing that stood out to me was The Pink House. I needed to inquire about a restaurant that specialized in my two favorite foods: meat and cheese. We went to have lunch at The Pink House after exploring off the beaten path with JT Humphrey’s wildlife tours. The minute that we parked our Chevy Tahoe in front of the house, we were in love. In fact, the restaurant is an Instagrammers dream come true. We walked into the restaurant, and there was a sign guiding us to the back...

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Carson Valley: The Hanging Tree in Genoa Nevada

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 1 comment

We visited the hanging tree in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley My travels around the world have made me fall in love with historical landmarks. I am fascinated by old stories. Recently, while in Carson Valley, we spent half a day in the town of Genoa. If you don’t already know, Genoa is the first settlement in Nevada, and rich in history. If you like historical buildings and history, you’ll fall in love with the town of Genoa as much as I did. While planning our trip to Genoa, I noticed something about a hanging tree online. There wasn’t much information about it, so I set out on a mission to learn more. The ranger at the Mormon Station State Historic Park gave me directions to The Hanging Tree. Also, he shared some of the back story...

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Brunching at Pain du Monde at Fashion Island

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Pain du Monde at Fashion Island Pain du Monde at Fashion Island I love going out for brunch. I have been looking for new places to brunch in Orange County. So, I went to Pain du Monde at Fashion Island this weekend. The restaurant is in the heart of Fashion Island, and includes both indoor and outdoor dining. Since it was a chilly morning, we decided to dine inside. Upon arriving at the restaurant, guests select the item they want to select from the menu. Then, go to the register to place your order before selecting a table. The Menu The menu has a wide variety of items, such as sandwiches, salads and breakfast items. Furthermore, there is a giant case full of fresh pastries. To tell the truth, there were so many...

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Orange County School of the Arts ‘OCSA’ Grants a Wish with The Make-A-Wish Foundation

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Education, Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

As an Orange County School of the Arts, OCSA, student, I was honored to attend an event where my school granted a wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Being a student at OCSA, I got to go to the event. I watched Kaylin sing and dance on stage with a bunch of back up dancers/singers who were also students at OCSA. About the Make-A-Wish Foundation The Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of the best charities, and I love to see how they change lives. They change the lives of every child who has a life threatening disease, and make their wishes to come true. The first thing I noticed upon arriving at the event was the red carpet. Kaylin would soon walk down it. Kaylin’s Arrival at Orange County School of the Arts There were students lined up on the sides...

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Chevrolet Owners Can Help Support The American Red Cross While Tracking Santa Claus

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Autos, Christmas, Family, General Motors, Holiday | 0 comments

Santa Claus is coming to town, and starting Dec. 24, kids can find out exactly where he is with a simple push of the blue OnStar button. Chevrolet and OnStar, in collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), will provide OnStar members with real-time updates on Santa’s whereabouts, leveraging NORAD’s official Santa location data. NORAD uses sophisticated systems, such as the North Warning Radar System and geo-synchronous satellites with infrared sensors, to follow Santa on his journey around the globe. In the spirit of the season, Chevrolet and OnStar will also donate $1 to the American Red Cross for each Santa Update button push received in the United States. Limitations apply. Program Details: Santa Update calls can be made anytime between 6 a.m. EST on Dec. 24 through 5 a.m. EST on Dec. 25. Chevrolet owners with an active...

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Fossil Rose Gold Smartwatch

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy For the longest time, I have wanted to get myself a smartwatch. The only problem is that I never found one that is stylish until discovering the Fossil Rose Gold Smartwatch. Who doesn’t love rose gold accessories? It has been years since wearing a watch, and I didn’t know if I would like wearing a watch again, but the moment that I put on my new Fossil Rose Gold Smartwatch, I was in love. The watch is beautiful, goes with all of my outfits and works seamlessly with my smartphone. It helps to monitor my daily exercise, and I can use it to set daily exercise goals as well. It tracks my heart rate, streams music to my Bluetooth speaker, and more. The Fossil Rose gold Smartwatch has become one of my favorite fashion accessories....

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Winter Fest OC 2018 + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Christmas, Family, Giveaways, Holiday | 82 comments

Winter Fest OC, Southern California’s largest winter experience, returns to the Orange County Fair & Event Center December 20th through January 6th. Get into the holiday spirit as Winter Fest features 40,000 square feet of new attractions and brings back popular activities including an outdoor ice-skating rink, ice tubing at Snowflake Summit, real Snow Play, and so much more. With a record-breaking attendance in 2017, Winter Fest OC will debut its fourth consecutive year with new entertainment and attractions including SoCal Dicken’s Village, Candy and Snowflake Wonderland, and an expanded Festival of Lights tunnel. New to Winter Fest This Year: SoCal Dicken’s Village – Take a trip down memory lane through the 1800’s with holidays past, present, and future. Decorate Christmas cookies, listen to holiday storytelling, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Christmas Eve), take a pony ride,...

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Top Teen Gift: Nintendo Switch – Starlink Battle for Atlas

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Family, Tech | 2 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy Ever since the Nintendo Switch was released, my son could not wait to get his hands on one of the coolest devices on the market. He has a long commute on the bus every day to school, so we finally decided to get him a gaming device that can keep him occupied while commuting to school. Once he started playing on the Nintendo Switch, it quickly became his favorite gaming device of all time. He is no longer bored while on the bus and enjoys playing all his favorite games. Recently, I surprised him by getting the game, Starlink Battle for Atlas, and he has spent countless hours enjoying playing the game. Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an open-world space saga that features modular toy technology that allows players to assemble and customize real-world physical...

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The Best Holiday Gift for The Mom on the Go

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored All of us moms are busy, and always on the go. The worst thing that can happen to a mom is when her cell phone battery runs out of she drops her phone, and it breaks. I’ll never forget the feeling when I was running to the bus stop, tripped, dropped my phone, and it shattered. That meant that I had to spend the rest of the day at the Apple Store waiting to get my phone replaced when I needed to be driving the kids to their activities and getting dinner on the table for the family. At the end of a busy day caring for the kids, I have found myself too tired to plug in my phone at night. That means waking up to a phone that might have 5% battery life and need to...

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The Perfect Holiday Gift: Marvel’s Venom + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 86 comments

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex, and badass characters comes home in Venom, which will make its debut on Digital December 11, and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on December 18! The perfect holiday gift, Marvel’s Venom arrives filled with engaging bonus materials that will give fans even more of the action that they loved in theaters with over an hour of new content. The special features include an exciting Venom Mode, where fans will be able to engage with informative pop-ups throughout the film to reveal hidden references to the comics, deleted and extended scenes, a mini documentary called From Symbiote to Screen that covers the history of Venom in comics and his journey to the big screen. Also a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the stunts, a look at Ruben Fleischer’s...

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The New TCL Experience at The Honda Center

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

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

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Mess Hall Market: Where Inspired Chefs Come Together

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

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

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Holiday Gift Donations

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

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

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Must-Have Devices and Tech Accessories for Kids and Family

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

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

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Celebrate the Holidays at The Aquarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 41 comments

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

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Mother and Daughter Holiday Spa Day at Burke Williams

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Beauty, Christmas, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 8 comments

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

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

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

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

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A Simple Favor Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

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

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Theatre & Shopping: An Epic Mother and Daughter Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa, Dining, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Temecula, Travel | 184 comments

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

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Kids Eat Free at The House of Blues

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

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

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Make a Holiday Toast with Ammunition Wines

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

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

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Chronic Tacos Introduces Grass-Fed Carne Asada

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

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

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Seven Steps to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

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

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

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9th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

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

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

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Growing Minds

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

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

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An Electric Vehicle Powerful Enough to Autocross

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

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

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Holiday Celebrations at Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach

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

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

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Best Pizza in Baja California: Cafe El Triunfo

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

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

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

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

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

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OC Black Friday Dining Deals

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

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

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Epic Black Friday at MainPlace Mall + Giveaway

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

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

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SAJJ Mediterranean: Family Friendly Mediterranean Dining

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

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

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

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

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

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Thanksgiving Donations

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

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

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2018 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

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

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

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Four Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language at an Early Age

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

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

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Disney’s The Nutcracker OPI Nail Polish Collection

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

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

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Anaheim Packing District: World Taste Event

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

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

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OC Rescue Mission Children’s Business Fair

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

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

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Here’s the Beef: Farmer Boys Has the Best Burgers

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

We dined as a guest of the venue Finding a good fast food restaurant with quality food can be hard in the world of never-ending chain restaurants today. I am always willing to try new places to see if I can find a favorite and Farmer Boys definitely made the cut. My family and I went to the new 10th Southern California Farmer Boys in Irvine, and we had some amazing times and fantastic food. We started by walking into the comfortable family-friendly restaurant and walked up to the cash register. We all immediately looked at the menu above the cash register and figured out what we were going to order. We ordered out food and sat down in a cozy booth in the corner of the restaurant. I’m going to start out with what I had ordered, and...

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Tips for Caring For Your Skin After a Co2 Laser

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador While having my liposuction surgery, I also had the doctor perform a Co2 laser resurfacing procedure. I had wanted to have a Co2 laser done for many years, and I figured that since I would already be recovering from liposuction that it would be a good time to recover from a laser. My results from the Co2 laser were amazing. Most of my wrinkles diminished and the discoloring of my skin that I had developed during pregnancy completely disappeared. To have the best results from the procedure, it is important to properly care for your skin for the weeks following the surgery. The doctors at CosmetiCare had recommended that I purchase the Alastin Skincare Procedure Enhancement System. I fell in love with the brand so much that I still use it for my skincare...

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Supporting Children Who Suffer From Chronic Pain

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored Chronic pain is something that many children suffer from, and it is not something that is talked publicly about very often. I have supported a good friend of mine who has a child who has suffered from chronic pain for many years, and I have seen how the doctors at CHOC Children’s have helped to support her child and family lead a normal life as much as is possible. Earlier this month, I met with Dr. Harpreet Kaur, a CHOC Children’s psychologist about pain management in children. There are many causes and effects of pain, and one of the things they see a lot at CHOC Children’s is how chronic pain can impact a child’s overall functioning and participation in their own lives. Dr. Kaur shared that they see a child’s physical and social activities decline. Pain can...

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Wanderlust’s First one-of-a-kind Wellness Gathering

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Events, Health | 0 comments

The creators of Wanderlust bring the first annual ​Wellspring​, a first-of-its-kind wellness gathering, featuring the world’s leading innovators, teachers and socially conscious companies. From invigorating workouts and hands-on treatments to inspirational, actionable workshops, Wellspring connects us to a common goal: fostering healthy individuals, a healthy society and a healthy planet. This year’s guide leaders include RUSSELL BRAND, GLENNON DOYLE, MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, DR. MARK HYMAN, PAUL HAWKEN, KEN NWADIKE JR., ELANA BROWER, DAVE ASPREY, ALICIA SILVERSTONE, LAUREN ASH, NATALIE KUHN, ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS, ANA IVANOVIC, SEANE CORN, KYLE CEASE, MARC HOLZMAN, EOIN FINN, ROY SPENCE, DR. CHELSEA JACKSON ROBERTS, NADIA BOLZ WEBER, DALLAS HARTWIG, ROBIN ARZON, RADHA AGRAWAL, MIKI AGRAWAL, KEITH MITCHELL, CHIP CONLEY, INSIYA RASIWALA – FINN, TARA – NICHOLLE NELSON, JEN AUERBACH, EMILY SCHROMM, MARK GROVES, LIGHT WATKINS and more… Attendees will be nurtured by a number of...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd Annual Christmas Train + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Christmas, Featured, Giving Back, Holiday | 42 comments

It’s the season, once again for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time — get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online ONLY and can be purchased beginning November 1st; tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for details. While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station. Activities will be open when the...

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How Liposuction changed my life

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 1 comment

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador When going in for my liposuction procedure, I never knew that my life would change forever. After my surgery, I made the choice to make a major lifestyle change, I lost fifty pounds (plus the nine removed during my surgery), and I have gained more self-confidence than I’ve ever had in my lifetime. I love myself more than ever, and more importantly, I love the way that I feel. In the beginning, I felt a little lost in the world, almost like I was a different person living the same life I was living before – like a stranger in my own life. When I would look in the mirror, I didn’t recognize the person I was seeing. When I would take pictures of myself, I would stare at them for hours, thinking to...

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Girlfriends Guide to Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador So you’re thinking about have liposuction done? Curious about what the recovering is going to be like? Want to know what to expect? Six months ago, I had liposuction, and this is everything you need to know about your upcoming liposuction surgery. It is going to hurt I can’t deny that you’re going to be in pain after the surgery. Make sure and get your pain medication in advance and stay on top of your recommended pain medication schedule following the surgery. You’re going to be swollen During the surgery, they fill your body up with fluid (almost like a balloon). Then they start to suck out the fat. I felt like an umpa lumpa for at least a couple of weeks following my surgery. You’ll want to drink a LOT of water and...

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OC’s First Luxury Cat Hotel

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Family, Travel | 0 comments

Orange County’s first luxury hotel exclusively for cats will be opening in Irvine this winter. Centrally located just two miles from John Wayne airport, Club Cat, an up-and-coming alternative to conventional boarding, will provide peace-of-mind to cat owners who travel for business or pleasure. With limited options in Orange County to board cats in a cat-only facility, Club Cat founder, Shana Martin, set out to create an upscale boarding environment. “As a lifelong cat owner, traveling was always stressful for me because it was difficult to rely on family, friends or neighbors to take care of my cats the way I wanted them to be taken care of,” says Martin. “Hiring pet sitters wasn’t an option either because I never felt comfortable giving a complete stranger access to my home and personal belongings.” Martin’s vision was also motivated by...

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What Parents Can do to Support Children with Mental Health Issues

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Family, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored When most people think of Orange County, they think of wealth, big homes, and fast cars. Unfortunately, what many don’t realize is that Orange County has a high rate of homelessness, and the Anaheim Union High School District is located in one of the poorest zip codes in California. There are many children in the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) that are in crisis. The district averages one ER visit every week, frequently with a suicide attempt or mental health crisis. Mental health issues are something that are not talked enough about, and the stigma surrounding that needs to end. It is a real illness that people suffer from, and when living in a tough situation, it can be worse for an individual. Providence St. Joseph Health, one of the leading healthcare companies in Orange County, has...

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Through the Eyes of a Teenager

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Events, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Irvine Park I have been going to the Irvine Park Railroad since I was a baby. Irvine Park Railroad is one of my favorite family traditions. Now that my brother and I are older, our friends ask us, “Do you guys still enjoy going to Irvine Park Railroad?” Well, let me give you the most straightforward answer…YES! Just because we are teenagers does not mean we don’t love panning for gold and decorating our own cookies. In fact, when we know that a holiday is coming up, we jump at the chance to go to Irvine Park Railroad. I know a lot of the activities they have at the park seem like they would only be appealing to toddlers and younger children, but adults forget that teenagers are kids too and probably wouldn’t...

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Three Tips to Manage Family Life After Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 1 comment

Sponsored One of the biggest things I had to do before my liposuction procedure was to make plans to help manage my family life while I recovered. In my house, I did almost everything. I cleaned the house, did the laundry, dishes, and drove the kids to all their activities/school. The doctors at CosmetiCare were very honest in telling me that I would need to take it very easy following the surgery and would not be able to do any heavy lifting for at least six weeks following the surgery. These are some tips to help you with planning for your upcoming liposuction procedure: Bring Your Husband in for Your Consultation I brought my husband in with me for my consultation so that he could hear directly from the doctors that I was not to do anything around the...

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Best Places to Celebrate National Taco Day in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Tomorrow is my favorite holiday of the year – National Taco Day! Local restaurants are celebrating National Taco Day by offering guests delicious deals. These are our top picks of where to celebrate! Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana 2201 East 1st Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 547-9129 NATIONAL TACO DAY is Thursday, October 4th and Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana is celebrating their 35th Anniversary and YOU’RE INVITED‼️ Party details: AVILA’S EL RANCHITO – SANTA ANA 35th Anniversary Party on National Taco Day – Thursday, October 4th from 4 to 9 pm. RAFFLE DRAWINGS EVERY HOUR starting at 5 p.m. T-shirts, Fiesta Party Tray to go for ten people, Koozis, Keychains, and more! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT by Ruben Gonzalez playing Latin guitar from 6 to 8 p.m. ** GRAND PRIZE ** One lucky guest will win a...

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Tips for Maintaining Liposuction Results

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the biggest struggles that I have heard from women who have had liposuction is how to maintain their results. Liposuction is a major surgery, and it can be very easy to gain back the weight removed during the procedure. Unfortunately, it is easier to gain weight than it is to lose it, so these are my tips for maintaining your liposuction results. Eat a Healthy Diet I know? It is easier to say than to do, but it is very important. Having liposuction done and then eating a very healthy “clean” diet following the surgery not only helped me to lose additional pounds but provided me with even better results than I expected. Exercise Once your doctor clears you to begin exercising – do it. It doesn’t have to be high impact exercising, but you need...

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Five Facts About the Cost of Invisalign

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Beauty, Family, Invisalign | 0 comments

Sponsored by Invisalign One of the biggest questions that I get asked by moms about Invisalign is the cost. I feel like there is a misconception that Invisalign is so much more expensive than traditional braces when in fact it is not, and having my children wearing Invisalign clear aligners have extremely boosted their self-confidence. When it comes to the cost of Invisalign, these are five facts about the cost: Know Your Insurance Company Your insurance company may pay a percentage of your Invisalign treatment costs! Use your FSA or HSA Benefits You can set aside up to $2,600 annually in an FSA or $3,400 in an HSA ($6,750 for a family). Consider Payment Plan Options Find out if you can spread the cost out over the length of your Invisalign treatment. See if you Qualify for Multiple child/family...

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What to Expect Six Months After Liposuction

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

Sponsored Six months after having liposuction surgery, I felt like a completely different person. I looked different, I felt different, and I had a different outlook on life. Almost all of my swelling had gone away, and I loved how perfectly contoured by body was because of the liposuction. At this point, I felt comfortable to start exercising, so I began an exercise routine. I started small by just walking and then slowly increased to cardio (running). I am not a gym type of person, but it is essential to exercise to maintain my results, so I began hikes/runs on our local trail. If you don’t like physical fitness, I recommend trying new things like I did to discover a type of exercise that you’ll enjoy and want to do every day. I received a call from CosmetiCare around...

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Creative Sound Solution for Your Home

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored We have a unique household. We rarely have the television on in our house, instead of watching television, our children usually playing a musical instrument or listening to music. Since music is such an essential part of our lives, finding a creative sound solution for our home has always been one of our priorities. Since our current home audio system is very simple, we went to Best Buy to research a more “smart” audio system. The one system that stood out to us was the Bose smart home speakers with a bass module and surround sound speakers. The system offers families like ours unlimited entertainment possibilities including voice control from Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth compatibility. This type of technology put the ability to stream songs whenever we want from anywhere in our home. From the home air...

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TAPS IRVINE Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with $2.15 TAPS Burger Every Friday in October

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Irvine is celebrating its third anniversary by serving TAPS Signature Burger for $2.15 (signifying “2015,” the year of opening) on Friday, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 with purchase of any beverage. To celebrate the recent opening of TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room in Tustin, the restaurant will offer an award-winning TAPS beer for $4 to guests ordering the burger. The anniversary special, regularly priced at $14.99, will be served in the bar/lounge and dining room. It will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the restaurant serves 300 burgers. WHEN: Fridays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 starting at 11 a.m. until 300 burgers are sold. WHERE: TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Irvine – The Market Place, 13390 Jamboree Rd, Irvine – Phone: (714) 619-0404 (www.tapsfishhouse.com) TAPS Burger is...

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6th Annual Champagne & Oyster “Sip & Shuck” Fundraiser

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

For the 6th consecutive year, The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, will host “Sip & Shuck” on Sunday, November 4 from 2-6 p.m. to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange County. The event will give guests the unique opportunity to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters, champagne, sparkling wines, spirits and more from around the world, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views from the oceanfront restaurants. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team will also prepare delicious tastes from The Deck, Driftwood Kitchen, and Hendrix. The event will include beverages from Veuve Clicquot, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Piper Sonoma, Nicholas Freuillate, Nolet’s Gin, Bianchi Winery, Kendall Jackson, Tito’s Vodka, Reyka Vodka, Cote de Roses, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ketel One, Sailor Jerry, Bloom Gin, Casamigo Tequila, Lavazza Coffee,...

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Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Having Liposuction

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador The doctors at CosmetiCare had recommended that I have liposuction when having my mastopexy (breast lift) done. I thought that after having my breasts done that I would lose the weight on my own, but unfortunately, I did not, and I made the decision to have liposuction done at the end of last year. Like most women, I had some hesitation about having liposuction done, and so I had multiple consultations with the doctors at CosmetiCare where I asked every possible question I could think of, making me feel 100% comfortable with proceeding with having the surgery done. These are five of the most important questions that I would recommend asking the doctors at CosmetiCare before having liposuction done. 1. How long is the recovery time? It is an important question because you’ll want...

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Towing Made Easy Enough That A Mom Can Do It Alone

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Autos, Family, General Motors | 3 comments

I attended an event as a guest of Chevrolet I have a love for adventure. One of the best ways to have an ultimate adventure in the world is by towing trailers, boats, ATV’s and more. The only downside to towing is that it can be intimating for many, especially moms. Towing has been something that I have wanted to try for many years, and I recently got my first opportunity to tow an ATV on the back of the Chevrolet Silverado. Never in a million years did I think that it would be something that I could do without any help, but the towing navigation system in the Chevrolet Silverado made it so easy that I was able to hook up a trailer to the back of the truck in less than 10 minutes, and all by myself....

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The Importance of Having a Healthy Diet After Liposuction

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the most important things that the doctors at CosmetiCare talked with me about was eating a healthy diet after liposuction. During the surgery, they remove the fat cells from the areas in which you are having the liposuction done, so if you gain weight after the surgery, the fat will go to other areas where you might not want it – like your breasts, face, back or legs. I had liposuction in my stomach and thighs, and I was terrified of the fact that I could get bigger in areas like my face, arms or back, so I ate a very healthy diet following my surgery. One thing that I wished that I had done was started eating healthier before the surgery and lost some weight before surgery, so I recommend to everyone considering liposuction to...

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The Importance of Testing for Prostate Cancer

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Family, Giveaways, Health | 10 comments

Sponsored Shortly after meeting my husband, his Grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was a very scary time for our family, but because my Mother-in-law was on top of his healthcare, it was caught early, and he was able to survive for many years following the diagnosis and removal of his prostate. Prostate cancer is something that men should be checked regularly for, and with women making 80% of the health care decisions in the family according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is key for us as women to encourage the men in our lives to get tested. One way that men can test for prostate cancer with with Prolaris. Prolaris is a cancer test that can measure the aggressiveness of a man’s prostate cancer. The test provides a score that gives both the patient and...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Seventeenth Annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival + GIVEAWAY

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors Latino and Hispanic cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its seventeenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event will feature bilingual environmental educational programs, including films and underwater presentations with divers, and traditional dance, crafts, music, and interactive children’s programs. The festival will also include an award ceremony at on Sunday 1:40 p.m. honoring Andrés Pruna, who is a Cuban-American artist, former National Geographic photographer, and ocean explorer. The Aquarium will honor Pruna with its prestigious Heritage Award for his dedication to inspiring others to care about wildlife through his artwork, from his photography and films to his paintings, and his role in ocean exploration. Latin American folk dancers, Aztec dancers, mariachi musicians,...

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Mom’s Day Out at Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Beauty, Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Now that the kids are back in school, it is the perfect time to get your girlfriends together for a day of pampering and relaxation at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. This year, I celebrate the back-to-school season by spending a relaxing day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs with one of my dear friends. We dropped the kids off at school and took the short drive over to Glen Ivy Hot Springs where we would embark on an unforgettable day of healing. When we arrived at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, we put our things into a locker, put on our plush spa robes, and then found two lounge chairs by one of their many pools to spend the day. Throughout the day, we took our time exploring all of the 19 pools....

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 5 comments

Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The fourteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 2018. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island...

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2018 OC International Auto Show

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

Sponsored The OC International Auto Show returns to the Anaheim Convention Center with more than 600 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, exotics, fun for everyone and more. One of the largest auto shows in the country, this is the place to check out the latest 2019-model vehicles in a non-selling environment. Attendees are invited to sit behind wheels, inspect engines, experience new technologies and even take a test drive in more than 100 new vehicles. The OC International Auto Show will also feature a multi-million-dollar collection of exotic vehicles, electric vehicles, pre-production models, interactive displays, fun for the little ones and more. Additionally, the SoCal Work Truck & Van Show within the auto show returns with a collection of the latest work trucks and vans from top manufacturers. WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, October 5, 12...

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Acclaimed Chef Ross Pangilinan Returns to South Coast Plaza to Open TERRACE by Mix Mix

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

Ross Pangilinan, the award-winning chef/owner of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar in downtown Santa Ana, returns to South Coast Plaza to open a second restaurant, TERRACE by Mix Mix. Pangilinan held residence at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for seven years as executive chef of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge before opening his own restaurant, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, in 2016. His second restaurant, TERRACE by Mix Mix, opens Tuesday, September 11. Drawing inspiration from Italian, French and modern Filipino cuisines, Pangilinan offers an eclectic, yet refined menu designed for South Coast Plaza’s global audience. The restaurant offers a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $15 on weekdays; a nightly full-service dinner featuring seasonal preparations of housemade pastas and small plates of fish, meats, and vegetables; as well as a weekend ‘Bottomless Bubbles’ brunch. The menus at TERRACE also include a few mainstays...

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Ohana Music Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 12 comments

Sponsored The Ohana Music Festival is one of our favorite SoCal music events of the year. The festival will take place on September 28, 29, 30th, and one of our favorite family snacks, KIND Healthy Snacks is one of the sponsors of the event. In addition to offering a full day in the sun the diverse music lineup features Eric Church, Norah Jones, Eddie Vedder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford & Sons, Beck, and Young the Giant. Ohana will donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks. Festival general admission allows roaming throughout the lush grass areas of Doheny State Beach, right off the shore of the Pacific Ocean, touching...

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Adventure City Boo-Tastic Halloween Party + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 26 comments

Your family is invited to a special two day kid-friendly private event at Adventure City! Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party 2 Nights Only October 19th and 26th *Enjoy 11 exciting rides *Walk through their “trick-or-treat street” for FREE candy and trinkets *Enter the all-new vortex tunnel for a dizzying delight *Ride the express train for a fun Halloween scavenger hunt *Join them for their spooktacular dance party *Meet their mad scientist magician for some astonishing tricks *Show your halloween spirit and wear a costume (optional) Tickets for this special event are just $24.95 per person. Purchase your tickets today online. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets to this fun family event by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner on October 1st. Good...

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FREE PASTRIES: Paris Baguette Celebrates Costa Mesa Grand Opening

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Paris Baguette, a fast-casual Parisian-inspired bakery, is celebrating its newest location in Costa Mesa by offering the first 100 guests in line on September 7 and September 8 starting at 9:00 a.m. a complimentary mouthwatering, buttery croissant of their choice and a Paris Baguette lunch bag or mug – a sweet deal for everyone to enjoy! Best known for a variety of delectable cakes, pastries, sandwiches and signature beverages, Paris Baguette offers a unique self-service feature where customers can pick and choose their favorite delicacies that are brought directly to the counter. Choose from an array of Parisian & Asian-infused treats such as Sweet Red Bean Donuts, colorful Macarons or a traditional Pain au Chocolat, all made with locally sourced ingredients and quality products. The new location marks Paris Baguette’s fourth Orange County restaurant, and is located at 350...

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Best Tech for Back-to-School

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

The kids have headed back-to-school and needing to stock-up with the newest technology to be successful in the new school year. Verizon is one of the best places to get all the tech your kids need and these are our top five picks. Want a speaker, academic assistant and a schedule keeper all in one? Look no further than the JBL Link 20 with built-in Google Assistant. Use Google Assistant for translation help, searching or fact-checking. Need help balancing a busy back to school schedule? Ask Google to access calendars to receive rundowns on demand, and set reminders at specific times and locations. And the JBL Link 20 is waterproof so it keeps going despite spilled drinks, rogue splashes or even a dunk in the pool (on a study break, of course). Charge family phones quickly on contact from...

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The First-Ever Hello Kitty Cafe Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, announces the opening of the highly anticipated Hello Kitty Grand Cafe on September 14, 2018. Housed within the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, CA, this marks the Hello Kitty Cafe brand’s first-ever cafe concept offering Hello Kitty Cafe favorites and new Afternoon Tea and Cocktail Service programs. The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is the first and only permanent cafe in the U.S. featuring dual experiential spaces – a fast casual cafe setting open to the public and a separate private room for reservation-only afternoon tea program and cocktail service. Guests can pop in and out for a sweet treat at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe with grab and go seating for up to 12 people. In addition to the popular Hello Kitty Cafe menu offerings, exclusive new...

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Tall Ships Festival Sails Into Dana Point Harbor + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history with the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba. Gather friends and family for a weekend full of seaside adventures Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 at Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor. Ocean Institute’s 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival offers multiple activities throughout the weekend. The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 7 with the Parade of Sails and the Sails ‘n Ales kick-off party, followed by a weekend full of tall ship tours, pirate voyages, mermaid encounters and vendors on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9. On Friday, September 7 from 4 – 7:30 p.m., the Parade of Sail kicks off the historic weekend as visitors experience the sight of several iconic tall...

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Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Family, Recipes, Sheet Pan Recipes | 1 comment

Whenever my daughter and I see Caprese salad on a menu, we cannot resist ordering it. There is something amazingly delicious about the flavor combinations of tomatoes and cheese, mixed with some balsamic & fresh basil ~ oh my! Instead of doing the traditional burgers and hot dogs over Labor Day weekend; I decided to surprise my daughter by making Caprese chicken. And, since it was a holiday weekend, I kept it simple by doing it on a sheet pan – the prep time was less than five minutes! Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe Ingredients: 2 Cups of Melissa’s Produce cherry tomatoes 2 Cloves of Melissa’s Produce garlic (minced) 2 Tbl. Olive oil 5 Fresh Chicken thighs Fresh Mozzarella slices (Trader Joe’s has it pre-sliced) Balsamic vinegar Salt Pepper Basil Directions: 1. In a bowl. Mix the cherry tomatoes...

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Summer Tomato Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided Our backyard tomato plants have been working hard all summer to provide our family with an abundance of fresh tomatoes. But, as the summer nights are slowly coming to an end, I have found myself sifting through the leaves of our tomato plants to find the last tomatoes that our plants will provide this year. That is why I love Melissa’s Produce so much because they seem to find those hidden tomatoes when we can’t find them in our backyard, and yet they taste just as good as the ones we grow ourselves. After a quick visit at Melissa’s this month, they sent me home with some of their heirloom cherry tomatoes, and I made this quick (and simple) summer tomato salad recipe. What I love about this recipe is that you can cook it and have...

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Dinner with a View at The Sun Room

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Dining, Oregon, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue After a busy day exploring the Oregon coastline, we freshened up in our room before having dinner at The Sun Room Cafe at the Salishan Resort. One of my favorite things about the restaurant is the beautiful panoramic views of the golf course. We were seated at a booth overlooking the golf course and got ready to embark on an epicurean adventure. There were so many delicious choices on the menu, and it was the parmesan truffle fries with garlic aioli and portland ketchup that caught the eye of my son. Truffle fries are one of his all-time favorite dishes, and he thought that the fries at The Sun Room Cafe were some of the best he has ever had. While my son was enjoying the parmesan truffle fries, my daughter...

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Theatre Dining at the all-new George’s Cafe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue I love bringing my kids to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to see performances. We usually end up eating dinner before the show at South Coast Plaza until the opening of the new outdoor dining venue next to the Segerstrom, Center 360. You can imagine my surprise last week when we went to see the ON YOUR FEET Broadway musical and discovered that the restaurant has an all-new name and delicious new menu! Center 360 is now George’s Cafe, named after the George Argyros, who along with his wife made the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza outside of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts possible. The restaurant has the same ambiance – private tables, long communal tables and a large bar. The best part of the restaurant is the new...

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Spicy Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided My favorite veggie season of the year is hatch chile season. This year, I have been cooking up a storm in my kitchen with fresh hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce, and over the weekend, I made a tasty breakfast casserole using hatch chiles ~ that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you! The breakfast casserole is ideal to make over the weekend so that your kids can re-heat it throughout the week before going off to school. It is packed with nutrition, and a little bit of heat to help wake them up on those early mornings before heading off to school. It’s simple and delicious ~ Enjoy! PS. If you have kids who don’t like spice. Melissa’s Produce does offer mild peppers so they can still enjoy the authentic flavors. Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole...

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