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Restaurant Curbside Pick-Up and Delivery Options in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in Dining, Featured | 4 comments

Help support local small businesses by ordering delivery for your family from one of these amazing Orange County restaurants. The options are endless with all of them offering curbside and delivery lunch and dinner. Pick up your food to go! Picking up food to go is a safe and easy way to help your favorite local restaurants stay in business during this time. Delivery services charge the restaurants 25% to bring the food to you, which can leave the restaurants unable to pay their employees in this economic climate. Instead, call in your orders directly to the restaurant and pick up the food curbside. A local restaurant is sweetening the deal for you to pick up with a special offer! Toast Kitchen + Bakery: Costa Mesa’s favorite modern diner with an Asian twist is offering a free container of...

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Pieology Celebrates National Pi Day

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Pieology Celebrates National Pi Day with BOGO, Free Pizza for a Year Pizza innovator Pieology is celebrating National Pi Day on March 14th with an instore, all-day special “Buy One Artisan Thin Pizza, Receive One Artisan Thin Pizza for $3.14.” Additionally, new Pie Life Rewards members can be entered to win “Free Pizza for a Year” by downloading “Pie Life Rewards” app on March 14th. One winner will be chosen per participating Pieology location across the country. Plus, new and existing Pie Life Rewards members who use the Pie Life Rewards App instore on Pi Day will also receive $3 OFF their next visit. Valid March 15 – 31st.You should check out Couponlawn.com to find more deals and discounts. About Pieology Pizzeria Using only the freshest ingredients along with signature sauces and crusts, award-winning Pieology offers hand-crafted, personally-inspired pizzas...

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Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns to Orange County with Volta + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Events, Giveaways | 25 comments

Partnership **EVENT CANCELLED** Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns to Orange County with its first sports-inspired Big Top production, VOLTA, performing under the Big Top at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa March 18–April 19, 2020. Tickets, starting at $39, are available for purchase by visiting online or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others....

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The Pizza Press Celebrates Pi Day with a $3.14 BOGO Pizza Deal

Posted by on Mar 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In celebration of Pi Day on Saturday, March 14, The Pizza Press is offering buy one pizza, and get your choice of a second pizza of equal or lesser value, a Deep Dish Cookie or select craft beer for only $3.14. Known for its array of fresh and high-quality ingredients, The Pizza Press allows guests to “publish” their own custom pizza on a traditional thin crust, or the new option of a Double Dough thick crust for a $2.50 upgrade. Set in a fun 1920s newspaper theme, The Pizza Press allows guests to choose from a selection of toppings, cheese and sauces to create their own pizza that is “hot off the press” in under four minutes. The Pizza Press also offers signature pizzas including The Times (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken, grape tomato, red onion, and finished...

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Celebrate PI DAY at BELLO with $10 Wood-Fired Pizzas

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

BELLO celebrates Pi Day on Saturday, March 14th – or 3.14 – with $10 pizzas during lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Math nerds and pizza lovers, alike, are invited to enjoy their choice of BELLO’s signature pizzas at the special price. BELLO’s signature made-to-order, wood-fired pizzas include BELLA HAWAIANA – San Marzano / Aged Gouda / Peperoncino / N’Duja / Pineapple / Cilantro DOLCE DIAVOLA – San Marzano Calabrese Salame / Fior di Latte / Walnuts / Honey FILETTO – Mozzarella di Bufala / Cherry Tomatoes / Garlic / Basil / Olive Oil MARGHERITA – San Marzano / Fior di Latte / Basil / Oregano / Olive Oil MARINARA – San Marzano / Oregano / Sea Salt / Olive Oil VAGABONDO – Fontina / Fior di Latte / Roasted Mushrooms / Potato / Egg BELLO will offer...

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The Primo Water Way to Hydrate Your Skin From Within

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Family, Green Living, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Primo® water. One of the biggest questions that I get asked is, “how does your skin look so good?” It has only been a little over a year that I have been frequently asked that question, and there is only one answer. Hydration. For most of my life, I had terrible skin. My skin was always dry, and I saw premature signs of aging at a very young age. One day, I looked in the mirror and noticed that I had so many wrinkles and didn’t look or feel my best. After talking with a close friend, she recommended that I start drinking more water. As a busy mom, it can be hard to get all the required cups of water needed in our daily diet, and I don’t really like...

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Armstrong Garden Centers Celebrates 130th Anniversary with a Free Rose Plant

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Events, Giveaways | 0 comments

To commemorate 130 years serving California in the nursery business, Armstrong Garden Centers is returning to its roots by focusing on roses for an anniversary celebration. Armstrong Garden Centers will be giving away free rose plants at all store locations on Saturday, February 29, 2020, starting at 8:00 a.m. On Saturday, February 29, Armstrong Garden Centers will be celebrating its 130th Anniversary milestone by offering customers the following: Free Rose Plant in a Pulp Pot (Regular price $26.99) No purchase required. One per household while supplies last. Free Landscape Design Drawing Register onsite to win. One winner per store. The winner will be drawn at 1:30 p.m. and must be present to win. Free Cupcake treat at 1:30 p.m. (while supplies last) One-Day 130th Anniversary Sale 20% off all regular priced items Offer valid on regular priced items and...

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Daily Wellness Routine For Busy Moms

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Family, Health | 0 comments

I’ve partnered with Procter & Gamble and Source Naturals as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This year, I have dedicated it to wellness and self-care. It is crucial to care for our health so that we can be the best for our children. One thing that I have incorporated in my New Year routine, has been a new wellness morning checklist. The mornings can be hectic, trying to get three children out the door and off to school. I noticed that it was becoming easier than ever to forget to care for myself before starting my day. I hung-up a whiteboard in my bathroom...

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PlanetBravo Technology Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways | 14 comments

Partnership Since 2003, PlanetBravo’s Techno-tainment camp has inspired tens of thousands of tech-hungry students in Grades 2-9 to develop their creative and curious minds through project-based learning. At a fraction of the cost of other technology camps, PlanetBravo offers a perfect balance of indoor and outdoor activities in addition to the tech course in which the child enrolls. Children choose from a wide variety of courses to explore including Coding 101, Esports, Minecraft Modding, YouTube Gamer & Vlogger, Roblox 3D Game Design, and more. Camp runs in one-week sessions Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm or 8:30am-3pm, depending on location. See why PlanetBravo has been the Go To tech summer camp for thousands of children each summer. Register your kids online today. Best prices, best hours, best overall experience for your child. Location Irvine 4947 Alton Pkwy Irvine, Ca 92604 There are also...

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Five of The Most Body-Flattering Spring Trends

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

There’s a lot to love about spring: the sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and everyone’s in a sunnier mood. Want to know something else that’s great about spring? The fashion trends, of course! Winter wear is all about layering up, which means that spring is the perfect opportunity to ditch those bulky clothes and go for things that flatter your figure. Ready to get started? Here are five of the most body-flattering trends to try out this spring! Figure-hugging corsets Corsets are spring’s most figure-flattering trend, but they don’t have to be too revealing. For anyone that wants to make this trend more modest and age-appropriate, StyleCaster recommends throwing one over your blouse or pairing your corset with high-waisted pants and a blazer. You can also opt for fabrics such as cotton or satin and veer away...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center Summer Camp

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Partnership The Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for children to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! Campers learn how their animal care team rehabilitates our seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Each day has a different theme in order to provide a well-rounded study of our ocean environment. Each theme is creatively reinforced through hands on activities, science labs, arts and crafts.Each year we add new content so campers who return keep on learning! Spots are limited!! Register your children today online. Details Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday at an offsite location TBD. Monday – Thursday drop off will be at 9:00 am...

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Donations Needed for the Tustin Fire Victims

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope has been designated by the City of Tustin as the donations drop-off location to assist victims of the recent Chatham Village fire in Tustin. The fire, which raged through the Chatham Village Apartments during the early morning hours of February 11, 2020. The blaze caused the roof to collapse, ultimately gutting the building and displacing more than 100 residents, many of whom are receiving temporary shelter at Tustin Senior Center. The Rescue Mission is asking the community for donations of the following items, which will be provided to the men, women and children affected by the Chatham Village fire in Tustin: Towels New clothing and shoes for children and adults Hygiene items Gift cards for groceries, gas and clothing Donations may be dropped off at between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday...

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Whitestone in Dana Point Debuts New Cocktails

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Dining | 0 comments

Unique and distinct from other beverage programs in the area, Whitestone proudly debuts a libations lineup showcasing innovative infusions including fat-washed liquors and house made shrubs along with bold ingredients like squid ink, celery bitters, and golden milk. In July 2019, Whitestone opened with an unparalleled menu which struck a balance between renegade and refined. Dishes showed co-Executive Chefs Tony Celeste and Nick Herrera’s aligned affinities for fermentation and Japanese ingredients. While their dishes enchanted diners the cocktails were drastically simple. With a desire to elevate their existing bar program to one that paralleled the funky finesse and flavor extracting methods of the kitchen, Celeste and Herrera partnered with award-winning beverage consultant Emily Delicce to craft a lineup of craft cocktails that mirrored the ethos of the kitchen. The cocktail program boasts well-balanced drinks with velvety viscosity and bold...

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The Butchery: Delicious Date Night Dinner

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Partnership Want to spend a romantic night at home with your partner? Nothing is more romantic than cooking a delicious dinner for the one you love. The Butchery is the ideal place to get high quality meats for an unforgettable meal. The Butchery has four locations across Southern California. All of the locations feature highly skilled butchers who will suggest the best cuts for your meal. When I went into The Butchery recently, I didn’t know what to expect. The butcher took his time to walk me through all the different types of meats they offer, helping my to select the perfect meat for my meal. They feature freshly cut meats along with pre-packaged seasoned meats (and sides). It was the pre-packaged meats that caught my attention, and I found myself selecting multiple meats to bring home to prepare...

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OC Mom Spotlight: Jami Rogers

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in OC Mom Spotlight | 1 comment

There are so many inspiration moms in Orange County, and each month, we are thrilled to feature a different mom who is making a difference in our community. This month, we are featuring the OC Mom, Jami Rogers who resides with her family in Irvine. Tell us about your family? My husband, Adam, and I have two energetic, fantastically funny boys. Isaac is 11 years old and Caleb is 9 years old. I also have two boy dogs, Maverick and Kevin. Yep, there are a lot of boys in my house! What do you love the most about our community? The only thing stronger than a community of women is a community of mothers. Mothers are the driving force and backbone for the betterment of their family’s life. I have learned so many unique approaches to problems and new...

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Delectable Dining at Asian Street Eats

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining | 0 comments

Partnership Upscale dining as quick service fare has come to Downtown Disney District! Asian Street Eats, located across from the Earl of Sandwich, brings delectable dining at under $10 a bowl. The walk-up counter features nearby patio seating. Chef Hung Huynh, the season 3 winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, showcases his unique twist on traditional potstickers along with scallion pancakes and rice bowls. All of the dishes are offered with a variety of protein, fillings and dipping sauces. Gluten-free sauces include sriracha aioli, miso honey, and spicy avocado. Plus, other options include teriyaki, citrus soy, and spicy teriyaki. Chef Huynh’s personal pick is the tofu bowl with spicy avocado sauce. Bowls big enough to share but so delicious you’ll keep all to yourself, visit Asian Street Eats to fuel up outside the park as you enjoy the ambiance of...

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Universal Studios Hollywood: Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Universal Studios Hollywood announces the roster of “Top Chef” alumni participating in its first-ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival along with a first look at some of the appetizing dishes guests will have the chance to sample at the event taking place on March 19-20. “Top Chef” alum and Fan Favorite Chef Shirley Chung is at the helm collaborating with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Chefs on a specially-curated, eclectic menu inspired by the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Bravo series. Cheftestants from the upcoming “Top Chef” Season 17 – All Stars LA participating in the festival include Eric Adjepong, Jennifer Carroll, Stephanie Cmar, Lisa Fernandes, Kevin Gillespie, Jamie Lynch, Brian Malarkey, and Joe Sasto. Additional names will be announced at a later date. Sample menu items featuring cuisines from around the world and inspired by the series include,...

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Justin Wine Dinner at Henry’s Ocean View Dining

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Henry’s Ocean View Dining invites you to take part in a memorable spring dining experience hosted by Justin Baldwin, Founder of Justin Wine. On Thursday, April 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., join Justin Baldwin as he discusses the winery’s history and background, as well as being a pioneer of the wine-making region of Paso Robles, California. In addition, Chef Kenny Seliger will craft a sustainable, spring-driven tasting menu to compliment the specially-curated pairings from Justin Wine. The evening will conclude on a sweet note with a dessert course created by Chef Jacky, Orange County Golden Foodie’s Best Pastry Chef. See below for menu details: 1st Green Asparagus & Cured Meyer Lemon Gazpacho 2018 Justin Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles, CA 2nd Radish & Arugula Salad with Charred Spring Onion Dressing 2018 Justin Rose, Paso Robles, CA 3rd White...

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Five Must Have Spring Sunglasses

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership Spring is just around the corner, and it is the perfect time to get the hottest looks for the season. Sunglasses are an important fashion essential, and we have found the five must-have glasses to be seen wearing this season from SmartBuyGlasses. Quay Australia $62 Made from Metal and Plastic, these Quay Australia High Key sunglasses are durable and trendy. The Gold lenses matches well with the Yellow frames, a great combination that will keep you looking chic and stylish! A 24 month warranty helps to keep your sunglasses in great condition for longer. Ray-Ban Wayfarer $154 These Original Wayfarer sunglasses come in a stylish Tortoise , paired with fantastic Green lenses to give you a great look for this season. The frame is made of Acetate , while the lenses are made of durable and high-grade Glass...

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National Pizza Day at The Pizza Press

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Just in time for National Pizza Day this Sunday, Feb. 9, The Pizza Press has added Double Dough thick crust to its menu of custom and signature pizza options for a $2.50 upgrade. Known for its array of fresh and high-quality ingredients, customers are now invited to “publish” a pizza on a thick crust as well as the traditional thin crust. Set in a fun 1920s newspaper theme, The Pizza Press draws fans who want to create their own custom pizzas, as well as their curated selection of local craft beer. Guests can choose from a selection of toppings, cheese and sauces to create their own pizza that is “hot off the press” in under four minutes. The Pizza Press also offers signature pizzas including The Times (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken, grape tomato, red onion, and finished...

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Korean-Mexican Fusion at Urban Seoul 2.0

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Partnership Two of my favorite cuisines have collided at the Irvine Spectrum Center at Urban Seoul 2.0. The chic family-friendly restaurant serves a cuisine, unlike anything I have ever experienced, and quickly became one of my favorite new spots to dine in Orange County. What is Korean-Mexican fusion food? The comforting dishes mix flavors from Korea with a hint of Western influence that boosts with incredible flavors. While dining at Urban Seoul 2.0, we sampled a variety of menu items, with these being our top picks. Ambiance The restaurant features a sit-down environment that is very kid-friendly. There is a large outdoor (heated) patio and indoor dining. The indoor ambiance has a gastropub feel along with a small bar. For parents who might be looking for a cocktail, they offer a cocktail list along with beer and wine. Tacos...

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JoJo’s The D.R.E.A.M. Tour + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 5, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 6 comments

It’s bow time! JoJo’s bringing the D.R.E.A.M. Tour to her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, and she’s giving you a front-row seat in this exclusive extended version of her concert special! Join the worldwide party and sing along to hits including “High Top Shoes,” “Hold the Drama,” “#1U” and “Bop!” as JoJo and her dance crew go on an epic journey to Dreamland. Plus, ride on JoJo’s tour bus, glam out in her dressing room, listen in during sound check, meet the dancers, and enjoy more behind-the-scenes footage leading up to the show! The DVD will be available in stores on February 11th. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a copy of JoJo Siwa’s: The D.R.E.A.M. Tour (available on DVD 2/11)!! Enter to win by leaving a comment below. Extra entries by leaving a comment on our Facebook post, tagging a friend...

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Orange County: Valentine’s Day Dining

Posted by on Feb 4, 2020 in Dining, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love? We have found the best places to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year in Orange County. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Treat the special someone in your life to a romantic dinner at Watertable inside Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Priced at $70 per person, lovers can enjoy a 3-course menu on Friday, February 14. Standing out menu items include Roasted Cauliflower Bisque, Crispy Tempeh and a Petite Filet with chive mashed potatoes and red wine demi. End your evening with the “Be My Valentine” dessert for two featuring chocolate cake, raspberry and cream cheese mousse, raspberry champagne coulis, frosted raspberries and blackberries, and freeze dries raspberry meringue kisses. Toast Kitchen + Bakery 1767 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92627...

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Creating Family Memories at The Ranch Restaurant

Posted by on Feb 2, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Partnership This past holiday season was a year of new traditions for our family. For years, we would have a huge Christmas Eve party. All of our friends and family would gather at our home to celebrate all of our memories shared throughout the year. The one problem with this tradition was that I would never get to visit with our guests. I was always hosting the event and spent most of the holiday in the kitchen and serving our guests. This year, I wanted to focus on being on spending quality time with our children. I spent a great deal of time researching local restaurants and discovered The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim. It looked like the perfect setting to have an intimate family dinner on Christmas Eve. I planned for an early dinner so that I could have...

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Beautiful and Smooth Skin with U.SK Under Skin

Posted by on Feb 2, 2020 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

Partnership One of the biggest focuses in the New Year has been on self-care. As a mom, it is easy to find many excuses not to care for our skin. For many years, I was that mom, until now. Every day, I wash my face and use high-quality skincare products to prevent (and reverse) and the signs of aging. With skincare being my main focus when it comes to self-care, I am always looking into trying new products. One product that I recently began using two weeks ago is a U.SK Under Skin product. When I first went to their website, I wanted to try all the products. The one product that I began using twice a day is The U.SK Elixir Pearl & Caviar. Within the first couple of days, I noticed an extreme change in the overall...

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‘Curry Up’ and Get Authentic Indian Cuisine at the Irvine Spectrum

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Dining, Featured | 0 comments

Partnership Finding good (and authentic) Indian food has always been a challenge in Orange County. In the past, there have only been a couple of restaurants where I would seek authentic flavors, and most are sit-down restaurants. When I learned that Curry Up Now, a fast-casual dining destination, was opening at the Irvine Spectrum Center, I ‘curried’ over to get a taste. The restaurant is located in the new wing of the Irvine Spectrum and is right next to the new playground. The best part is that parents can eat a delicious Indian dinner while watching their children play in the outdoor play structure. It has a fast causal set-up which is perfect for busy families with young children. When I entered the restaurant, I went up to the counter to place our order. The menu featured everything from...

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Now Open: Mainspring Family Wellness in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Health, Parenting | 0 comments

A few years in the making, Mainspring Family Wellness has today announced that it will be opening its doors this week. Founded by Dr. Jenna Flowers, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, author, speaker, and mother of three, and Kristen Perlmutter, an educator, philanthropist, and also a mother of three, these two women have created Mainspring Family Wellness to offer local Orange County families a place to find support, belonging, and resources for parenting, and the social and emotional development of children. Dr. Jenna and Kristen met about seven years ago at one of Dr. Jenna’s highly sought-after Conscious Mothering classes. From there, the two stayed in touch and knew that there was a strong need in the local community to find deeper connections and information in a non-judgmental environment. They wanted to create a place where parents could...

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You’re Invited: Curry Up Grand Opening Celebration

Posted by on Jan 24, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Curry Up Now, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Indian fast casual concept known for its innovative Indian eats, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its first Southern California restaurant in Irvine at 922 Spectrum Center Drive on Wednesday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. The restaurant, which is best known for its iconic Tikka Masala Burritos, Deconstructed Samosas, Sexy Fries, Naughty Naan, Indian street food and more, will celebrate the opening by offering a free burrito or bowl to the first 100 guests in line. Curry Up Now began as a food truck in 2009, founded by husband and wife duo, Akash and Rana Kapoor, and ably supported by co-founder and Senior VP of Operations, Amir Hosseini. Since day one, Curry Up Now has been on a mission to serve Indian flavors and ingredients in a way that is...

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How to Get Kids to Love Vegetables

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in Family, Health | 0 comments

Begging your child to eat a single piece of broccoli is practically a rite of passage for any parent, since kids are notoriously picky eaters. However, there is much at stake when it comes to your eating troubles, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that around 60 million American children aren’t eating enough vegetables. While it may be challenging, it’s crucial that your child doesn’t miss out on the myriad of nutritional benefits found in veggies. After all, it’s our duty as parents to give our children the very best. Read on to find out how you can get your kids to both eat and love veggies! Plant a Vegetable Garden With the wide array of food options available at the grocery store, it’s easy to get tempted to buy junk. This is why you should consider building a vegetable...

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Wifi That Goes the Distance with Panoramic Wifi Pods

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Cox Partner Anyone with teenagers in their home realizes the struggle of keeping everyone connected online while at home. In my busy house filled with three teenagers, when everyone is home, I would often find it hard to stream anything online. I would have one child gaming, another streaming a movie, one online working on homework, and their dad streaming a movie using a Fire Stick. The worst part is when one teenager cannot stream something because they are out of reach from our wifi signal. That was until we got the Panoramic Wifi Pods from Cox Communications. The pods are the best invention ever created. I was able to find the best places to set-up the pods in my house using the Cox Communications website. Then using the app, I was able to have them working within just...

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Five Sparkly Dresses to Make Your Date Night Sparkle

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Beauty, Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership When was the last time you went out on a date night? Make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to plan a romantic date night once a month. Surprise your spouse by showing up for dinner in one of these sexy sparkly dresses from Femme Luxe that will make your night sparkle! Grey Glitter Side Tie Mini Dress $38.99 Shine like a disco ball in our Grey Glitter Side Tie Mini Dress. We are in love with the luxe glitter material. This classy side tie design can be perfectly team with strappy heels. Pink Glitter Clear Strap Wrap Mini Dress $27.99 Get glit this weekend in our Pink Glitter Clear Strap Wrap Mini Dress. Featuring a clear adjustable strap with zip back and plunge front to maximise your assets. Wear with some black perspex heels and a...

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LIT Café Book Drive for The Boys and Girls Clubs

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

This holiday season + beyond, join LIT Cafe in giving back to the local Anaheim community! Beginning on Thursday, December 19 and running through Friday, January 31, the restaurant will be hosting a book drive that serves to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress. Guests are invited to dine at the restaurant and enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch with the opportunity to bring in new or used book donations for children and teens ages 5 to 18. Plus, anyone who donates a book will receive a goodie bag of Ms. T’s Sea Salt Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies! Not only is this book drive a great way to support a local Orange County business + enjoy some tasty cookies, but it’s also a fantastic way to give back to the youth in the local community. LIT...

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What Makes You Smile?

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

Thank you to Smile Generation for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own What makes you smile? There are so many reasons to smile. Days when the sun is shining, your kids have a good day at school or just simply getting a hug from a friend. One of my favorite things is to see my kids smile. The minute that their shiny white teeth show, it always brings a smile to my face. One of the most important things for parents is to care for their children’s smiles, and Smile Generation is helping to make dental care easier than ever. After having a terrible experience as a child at the dentist, I spent most of my life fearful of going to the dentist. Plus, I would find myself going way past the...

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Dining at The Boardwalk in Huntington Beach

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Dining, Huntington Beach | 0 comments

Partnership While enjoying a winter staycation at The Waterfront Beach Resort, we loved the resort so much that we did not want to leave. While there are multiple dining options within walking distance of the resort, we decided to have dinner at the family-friendly hotel restaurant, The Boardwalk. We arrived at the restaurant early, and my kids could not wait to start eating. My favorite thing about The Boardwalk is the incredible service. The staff was friendly upon arriving, and the server, Sara, took her time to ensure all our needed were met. Her level of service far exceeded our expectations for the evening. Dinner began with the lamb flatbread and lobster macaroni and cheese. The flatbread was a hit with the kids. It featured arugula pesto, merguez sausage, arugula lemon oil, and pecorino. The kids savored every last...

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Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge Opens in Rancho Mission Viejo

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge, helmed by Executive Chef Paige Riordan has opened its doors in Rancho Mission Viejo on Monday, January 6th. With the luxe and allure of old Hollywood, the modern speakeasy combines elevated comfort cuisine and East Coast classics balanced with West Coast ingredients and influences. At 2800 sq. ft., the restaurant boasts modern black and white decor with gilded trimmings and glimmering accents. A large 14ft window, which gives guests a glimpse into the exhibition-style kitchen, takes center stage in the dining room. Framed by a trio of floor-to-ceiling arched mirrors, the focal point of the restaurant is its 16-seat grey quartzite bar lined with luxurious grey velvet chairs. An East Coast native, Riordan has cooked in some of New York’s most prestigious restaurants including Reynard at The Wythe, widely recognized for bringing farm-to-table cuisine to...

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Bruxie Gets Its Wings in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Best known for its Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches, Bruxie now offers Chicken Wings in three flavors – Original Seasoned, Spicy Red Rub, and Gung-Ho Glazed. The large, meaty wings have been given the full-on Bruxie flavor experience: an overnight marinade in buttermilk, hand-breading in Chef Kelly’s own spice blend, and then fried to order, never pre-cooked. The wings are offered in the following flavors, along with a choice of Bruxie’s 7 dipping sauces: Original Seasoned The original Chef Kelly spice blend that launched a thousand Bruxie fried chicken sandwiches. Spicy Red Rub A dry rub mix of Chipotle Chile for an earthy heat, Smoked Paprika for a hint of smoky outdoor flavor, and a bit of Cayenne Pepper that adds a punch of latent heat. Together the spices provide depth of flavors that are rarely found on chicken...

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Awaken180° Menu at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, with locations spanning coast to coast, has partnered with Awaken180° Weightloss to offer guests the ease of ordering healthy meals within the program’s dietary guidelines. Taking weight loss while dining out to the next level, Awaken180° blends the science of weight loss, ease of meal preparation, and frequency of meals with support and accountability. The program provides users with 80% of their daily food, but what happens when you need a night out or have an important business lunch? Davio’s Awaken180° Menu offers guests an array of entree selections, as well as appetizers, salads and even dessert! The Awaken180° Menu is available at all Davio’s locations for lunch and dinner. Davio’s Awaken180° Sample Menu Antipasti Sautéed Asparagus, Black Pepper, Olive Oil *2 oz Beef Carpaccio, Arugula, Capers, Lemon, Olive Oil *Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Mustard Shrimp...

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Asian Street Eats at Downtown Disney

Posted by on Jan 6, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Robert Earl, Chairman and Founder of Planet Hollywood International, Inc. and Earl Enterprises, is thrilled to announce a partnership with acclaimed Chef Hung Huynh, to create new restaurant concepts with Pan-Asian influences and Chef Hung’s distinctive culinary style. The first concept Chef Hung has developed for Earl Enterprises is the fast-casual ASIAN STREET EATS BY CHEF HUNG HUYNH, featuring a crowd-pleasing menu consisting of pot stickers, scallion pancakes, and rice bowls all offered with a variety of protein, fillings and dipping sauces, with a wide range of beverages rounding out the menu. The first ASIAN STREET EATS opened at LAX in the Tom Bradley terminal in September with an abridged menu. The newest location at Downtown Disney® District in Anaheim, California, opens today with the complete menu offered. Hung Huynh, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, will oversee Asian Street...

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Taste of Mexico at Red O at Fashion Island

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Dining, Newport Beach | 0 comments

Partnership Red O has been on my list to visit for many years. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that while I love living in Orange County, my heart is in Mexico. When I got invited to attend brunch at Red O at Fashion Island, I jumped at the chance to get my first taste of the popular dining destination. I invited a friend to join me. The minute we arrived, we embarked on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. The minute that we arrived at the restaurant. I felt like I was swept into my favorite restaurant in Mexico City. Live music was playing, people were laughing, and delicious food was abundant awaiting guests. The only downside to having brunch early at Red O on Sunday morning was that there is only the buffet...

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The Perfect Little Black Dresses for Moms

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership One of the essential things to have in your closet in 2020 is a collection of “little black dresses.” It doesn’t matter that we are moms now, we should all be taking at least one night a week to ourselves up, and remind ourselves of how beautiful we are. For years after having children, I never dressed sexy anymore. I felt that because I was a “mom” that I had to dress kinda like an old lady. Guess what? That is not true. Over the past year, I have been working on self-care, being kinder to myself, and loving the body I have. Dressing pretty is one of my favorite things to do for myself. Along with being a mom, there is not a lot of room in the budget for a fancy (or expensive) wardrobe. I have...

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Five Self-Care New Year’s Resolutions for Moms

Posted by on Jan 1, 2020 in Family, Health, New Year's Eve, Parenting | 1 comment

Like many busy moms, I always hear the same thing. “You need to take more time for yourself.” This statement is easier said than done. Over the past couple of months, I have been focusing a lot of my energy on self-love and self-care. Guess what? I wish that I had started years ago. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, everyone has a list a mile long. While most have a list focused on weight loss, self-care is by far more important. Because once you begin taking better care of yourself, you’ll naturally lose weight. Plus, you’ll find yourself happier, less stressed, and able to enjoy the little things in life. These are five daily simple self-care practices that I began before the New Year. Caring for your skin Although this seems like an obvious thing to do,...

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Holiday Traditions and Gingerbread at Davio’s Irvine

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by Davio’s The last few weeks of the holidays are so hectic from school events, last-minute shopping, work/friends/family parties, and must do traditions. I try to balance the chaos of the holidays with joy such a hot cocoa holiday lights drives (we drive around the neighborhood after looking at lights while my kids drink hot coco in their pjs), the Nutcracker, an amusement park, gingerbread houses and whatever else I find that is holiday related. For our traditional holiday gingerbread experience, we decided to try someplace new and found that Davio’s in Irvine was hosting an event. Now, if you haven’t dined at Davio’s, then I suggest you do so STAT! Davio’s Irvine serves an array of carefully sourced and seasonally inspired Northern Italian cuisine featuring handmade pasta, fresh seafood, and salads as well as prime...

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New Holiday Pop-up: Jax & Bones

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Events, Shopping | 0 comments

Jax & Bones, a leader and trailblazer in designing and creating sustainable dog beds and toys, is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever holiday pop-up at one of Southern California’s most exciting community destinations, ​SOCO + The OC Mix​, in Costa Mesa. The limited holiday boutique is open through January 5th. Jax & Bones is debuting new fall products, including the Achromatic, Classic, Boho and Elite Fabric Collections, a stylish range of eclectic beds made from ethically sourced ingredients that are handcrafted and locally sewn in, Los Angeles. One of the most innovative brands in the pet industry, Jax & Bones is also showcasing its Rowdy Rescuer range of superhero toys. These characters embody the mission that we, ordinary individuals can become a Rowdy Rescuer and do extraordinary things to help save and protect all animals! 15%...

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California Science Center: Dogs! A Science Tail + GIVEAWAY

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

Dogs! A Science Tail, a hands-on science exhibition that highlights the dynamic nature of the bond between humans and dogs, and enables guests to experience the extraordinary way that dogs see, hear, and smell the world. The highly interactive exhibition also invites guests to share personal photos and stories of their dogs on a photo wall. As a special daily feature, there will be live demonstrations of dogs in various roles, showing rescue, agility, sensory and service skills. The exhibition will show how the ability to understand and communicate with each other lies at the heart of the unique relationship between humans and dogs, and what makes this one of the most successful interspecies partnerships of all time. Dogs! A Science Tail is created and developed by the California Science Center with support from Annenberg Foundation and Wallis Annenberg...

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2019 Orange County New Years Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Parties, dinners and tasting menus welcome the new year at some of Orange County’s hottest and most elegant establishments. The lux of Montage Laguna Beach beckons with a variety of dinner and drink options at The Loft, Studio and the Lobby Lounge. At the center of OC is Hotel Irvine with dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar and partying at Red Bar and Lounge. And to end the evening fashionably late is the always stylish Fashion Island Hotel offering a dinner party at Oak Grill and a hot countdown party with bubbles at Aqua Lounge. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH New Year’s Eve at The Loft: Four-Course Tasting Menu Tuesday, December 31, from 5 to 10 p.m. The Loft is serving an extra special celebratory Four-Course Holiday Tasting Menu prior to New Year’s festivities at midnight. Revelers might start with Vichyssoise...

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Enjoying the Comforts of the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Holiday, Recipes, Toys | 1 comment

I’ve partnered with Cooked Perfect® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. The holidays are my favorite time of the year to cook comforting dishes for my family. One of my kid’s favorite things to eat are meatballs, and since I am a busy mom, I don’t always have time on the weekdays to make meatballs from scratch. One brand that I recently introduced to my children has been Cooked Perfect Meatballs, and they love them. The meatballs taste, just like the ones that I cook from scratch, and they have a variety of different flavors. Plus, they are available at our local Walmart, which makes it easy to purchase them when getting our weekly supplies at Walmart. This year, I took my kids to our local Walmart, where I...

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Las Brisas Holiday Pop-up with Scott Baird

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In partnership with Las Brisas For one night only, San Francisco-based Scott Baird will prepare festive cocktails as part of an evening with live music, giveaways, and more in Las Brisas’ bar and lounge Las Brisas, the Laguna Beach landmark restaurant, and Scott Baird, renowned bartender and owner of the famed San Francisco cocktail bar Trick Dog host a holiday pop-up with Ancho Reyes on Thursday, December 12 in Las Brisas’ bar and lounge. Hand-crafted cocktails prepared by Baird will be served along with Ancho live music from 6-9 p.m., and more. Having earned several accolades since its opening in 2013, Trick Dog was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for an Outstanding Bar Program in 2014 and 2016, and a finalist for the prestigious award in 2015 and 2018. Making a special appearance at Las Brisas,...

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Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

In Orange County during the holidays the only white powdery ground cover Bing Crosby should be crooning about is the beach sand. The holiday season in balmy OC is all about sea views, ocean breezes, elegant dining and outdoor family fun. The always elegant Montage Laguna Beach has decadent dining options for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the resort. Hotel Irvine is throwing a family holiday bash in The Backyard, and at Fashion Island Hotel, holiday guests will be treated to a five-course dinner or bountiful buffet. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH Christmas Eve at The Loft Tuesday, December 24, from 5 to 10 p.m. Overlooking the Pacific, The Loft offers a four-course celebratory Christmas Eve menu highlighting seasonal options such as Roasted Carrot Soup with applewood-smoked bacon, Braised Veal Cheek, Pan Roasted Branzino and Gingerbread Semifreddo. $135 for...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Holiday Donations

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

Orange County Rescue Mission is reaching out to the local community for gift donations to help the 179 formerly homeless adults living at Village of Hope and other Rescue Mission transitional housing campuses celebrate the holidays. The Rescue Mission has announced an urgent need for holiday gift donations for adults, which the children will give to their parents. Suggested donation items needed include new: Slippers Robes Socks Wallets Watches Jewelry Nail Polish Sets Eyeshadow Pallets Journals and Pens Hair accessories Reusable Water Bottles Scarves Belts Wrapping Paper Donations of these items may be dropped off at 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 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Contact Julia at 714-247-4388 or email [email protected] for more information. Members of the community may also...

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Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019 in Christmas, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 2 comments

Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland. Guests Artists Include: Tara Ghassemieh Luiz, Festival Ballet Theatre Vitor Luiz, Former San Francisco Ballet Saturday, December 7 at 7pm Sunday, December 8 at 1pm Beckanne Sisk, Ballet West Chase O’Connell, Ballet West Friday, December 13 at 7pm Saturday, December 14 at 2pm & 7pm Sunday, December 15 at 1pm & 6pm Maria Kochetkova, Former San...

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Join Domino’s in Helping Kids at St. Jude

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in Dining, Giving Back | 0 comments

In partnership with Domino’s and St. Jude St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understand, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Did you know? Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything, because all they should worry about is helping their child live. By sharing discoveries freely, St. Jude is inspiring more collaboration and possibilities worldwide and saving more children everywhere. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. And they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. It will cost approximately $1 billion to operate St. Jude this year and the majority of that must come from generous donors. Domino’s has participated in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign...

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10th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 25 comments

Bring the whole family for our 10th annual Christmas with the Critters event to celebrate the holidays! Your ticket includes lunch catered by 24 Carrots Catering and Events, live music, a visit with Santa, bounce house and everyones favorite part is watching our animals open their presents. Join us for some holiday shopping, crafts, keeper talks and much more. Discounted pre-sale tickets are now available, purchase them before they sell out! Date and Time Sunday December 8th 11am – 3pm Tickets Tickets will be available at the door for additional $5 $8 valet parking All proceeds benefit Rancho Wildlife Location Rancho Las Lomas, Inc. 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 Giveaway Enter to win 4 tickets to Christmas with the Critters by leaving a comment below, on our Facebook post, sharing our Facebook post or by tagging your friends...

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Little Onion Mexican Restaurant Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Following in the footsteps of its 1963 namesake, Little Onion Mexican Restaurant’s much anticipated second location opens today at Irvine’s Walnut Village Center. Featuring warm Spanish Hacienda style interiors and a lively outdoor patio, the new casual Mexican eatery is owned by Lori Reich Rowe, whose father Lorin Reich founded the original Little Onion Mexican Restaurant 56 years ago. The Little Onion brand has enduring Southern California roots. After years of restaurant work, founder Lorin Reich acquired a Red Onion location in Hawthorne – renaming and transforming it into the hugely popular “Little Onion” brand. The Hawthorne location closed in the mid-1970s, and his daughter Lori bought the Santa Ana eatery from her father in 2010, which still operates today. The newest Little Onion Mexican Restaurant encompasses 4,240-square-foot and is located at 14429 Culver Dr. in the former Bank...

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Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 25 comments

The jewel of California’s missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano will kick off its 30 day Capistrano Lights nightly Christmas tree lighting programming with a special Opening Night event on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Opening Night requires a special ticket to attend. During opening night, guests can enjoy the beautifully decorated historic grounds which also includes 10 community Christmas trees decorated by local community groups such as the Inn at the Mission, Mission Hospital and SEAS Productions. As Mission San Juan Capistrano guests enter the grounds, they will receive a special candle to place within the Ruins of the Great Stone Church to make a personal prayer or wish for the coming year. Guests attending Opening Night can visit and take “selfies with Santa” in the Mission’s 18th century historic Sala building, meet Mrs. Claus, view the Mission’s beautiful 10’...

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Getting Fit at Yoga Six

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Events, Fitness | 0 comments

We visited as a guest What a fantastic experience I had at Yoga Six! The ambiance of Yoga Six is incredible. It has a spa-like and feels like a mini-retreat for the mind and body, especially for a stay at home mom. As soon as you walk through the shoe free studio, soft music greets you along with the friendly instructors. The natural flooring grounds your body as you proceed to the proper studio. Yoga Six has created an inviting space to enhance and deepen one’s practice. For instance, Y6 Hot, the room temperature was set to 96 ° F to encourage the flow of sweat and warm the entire body. Throughout the 60 minutes instructed class, the combination of poses and flow was so elegantly arranged to be both challenging and encouraging. The instructor was warm-toned and offered...

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2019 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

From the heart of Orange County to the easy breezy coast, Orange County has some of the most delicious Thanksgiving offerings available in Southern California. Montage Laguna Beach Resort brings four times the fun with a four-course tasting menu in The Loft, brunch and dinner at Studio and its annual Masterpiece Celebration in the Grand Ballroom. Just a little north in Laguna Beach, Selanne Steak Tavern’s patrons will savor a three-course spread. At Hotel Irvine, diners can select indoor Thanksgiving dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar or outdoor family fun and dining in The Backyard. And to round out the festivities, Fashion Island Hotel’s Oak Grill will serve a holiday buffet for the entire family. Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420 Thanksgiving Day at The Loft Thursday, November 28, from 12 to 9...

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The Newly Reimagined Boys & Girls Club of Irvine

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 in Education, Family | 0 comments

I am an official ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast For many of us who grew up in the ’80s/’90’s, our memory of the Boys & Girls Club was dirty carpets, torn couches, and pool tables. Well, those days are gone, and the Boys & Girls Club has transformed into one of the best places for children to learn and grow after school. The Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast (Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, and Santa Ana) have recently undergone a $2 million transformation. I took my son last week to the all-new Irvine location to get an inside look at their high-tech teen room. The Irvine Club is equipped to educate youth for the careers of the 21st century while continuing to advance the IMPACT Model that motivates members to...

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Miracles for Kids Raised a Record-Breaking $1.8 million

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, nonprofit organization Miracles for Kids raised a record-breaking $1.8 million at its signature Annual Night of Miracles Gala. 100% of the funds raised during the evening will go toward their mission to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families in need. Themed this year “Rock the Miracle,” the 2019 Night of Miracles Gala was presented by Xponential Fitness and welcomed over 500 of Southern California’s most influential business leaders and philanthropists at the picturesque Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. This year’s gala stage welcomed Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress, Michelle Williams. Known worldwide as an active philanthropist and supporter of children’s causes, she took the “Rock the Miracle” theme to heart by inspiring guests with a powerful musical performance directed by Adam Blackstone and Omar Ewdards, whose credits include composing and...

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Luigi’s Mansion 3

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Tech, Toys | 1 comment

Sponsored Get ready to embark on an epic adventure with Luigi in the all-new game, Luigi’s Mansion 3! The interactive family-friendly game is exclusive to Nintendo Switch and makes for a perfect holiday gift. About Luigi’s Mansion 3 In the game, Luigi is invited to the towering Last Resort hotel, but when Mario and friends go missing, our green-clad hero will have to conquer his fears to save them. Players slam, blow away, and vaccuum up ghosts with the all-new Poltergust G-00, and join forces with Gooigi to overcome the puzzling contraptions and mischievous boss on each themed floor. And that’s just the Last Resort: the “ScareScraper” features 8-player local wireless or online co-op gameplay! Features Wield the upgraded Poltergust G-00 to slam and blow away the ghosts’ defenses. Master Luigi’s new powerful moves, like Slam, Suction Shot and...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Thanksgiving Dinner Donations

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission is calling on the local community’s help for critical food donations ahead of its 54th annual Thanksgiving dinner for more than 570 homeless men, women and children. The food donations will also provide food boxes for families in need throughout Orange County. Donations Needed Stuffing cubes Canned cranberries Frozen mixed vegetables Frozen green beans White granulated sugar Flour Chicken stock Cream of Chicken soup Cream of Mushroom soup Canned vegetables Canned fruit Cereal Rice Pasta Canned beans Canned tuna Peanut butter Dry beans Snack bars Instant noodle soup $25 grocery store gift cards OC Rescue Mission Location Donations can be dropped off at Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California. Donations can also be ordered online and delivered directly to Village of Hope. The donation warehouse is open between 8:00 a.m....

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Top Holiday Drone: DJI Global Mavic Mini

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Christmas, Holiday, Tech, Toys | 0 comments

Sponsored Do you have someone in your life that loves photography and adventure? Then the DJI Global Mavic Mini from Best Buy makes for the perfect holiday gift. This drone has everything you could ever want out of a drone and more. It’s not too early to start finding the ideal tech holiday gifts, and this is guaranteed to be at the top of your loved one’s list. Create Smooth, Vivid Shots Stabilized Gimbal Camera Transform any moment into a work of art.Mavic Mini supports 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K Quad HD videos. A 3-axis motorized gimbal provides superior camera stability and ensures clear, ultra-smooth footage. Remote Controller See what your Mavic Mini sees.A dedicated remote controller maintains an HD, low-latency video feed at a distance of up to 4 km. [3] Detachable control sticks can be easily stored...

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Counting Down the Days Until OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Family, Giving Back, Holiday | 0 comments

This is the third in a series of posts following the path of two young entrepreneurs, 7-year-old Johnny and his 11-year-old sister, Cali, as they prepare to produce, market and sell jalapeno poppers at the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair, which will be held at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope on Saturday, November 2, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Fair will feature unique booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. Johnny and Cali decided to sell jalapeno poppers, along with a jalapeno popper combo with a soda, because they love to eat them at family gatherings and want to share the delicious treats with everyone else. With the Fair date rapidly approaching, the...

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Spooky Duck Donuts

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Dining, Halloween, Holiday | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue It’s Halloween, and the perfect time to surprise your kids with a delightful treat. The Spooky Donuts box at Duck Donuts is a wonderful treat to get anyone in the Halloween spirit, from watching the production line to devouring the scrumptious creations. The kids loved the doughnut-making process to watching each doughnut being hand-dipped in a specific icing flavor and finished off with unique toppings. The donuts were the perfect temperature of warm, which kept the icing the perfect blend gooey and messy. The combination that Duck Donuts created were delicious, from the ooey Brain Bits to the Dirt ‘N Worm themes. The Spooky Halloween doughnut box was a great way to taste all the creative combinations all at once. Duck Donuts are a fantastic treat for any occasion. There are...

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Wireless Earbuds that Deliver on Sound, Quality and Comfort

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Are you a music or sports lover that plays or watches events once a week and LOVES an awesome sound experience? Are you a traveler that needs to have a high-quality sound experience for your tech? The JLab #1 True Wireless Air Family features three new models to give you true wireless earbuds that deliver on sound, quality and comfort. Meet the new squad, perfect fit for any lifestyle. The wireless earbuds are priced to fit most budgets at under $100. They deliver quality sound and comfort for when you’re on the go. There’s the new sport-inspired JBuds Air Sport, business-inspired JBuds Air Executive, and the JBuds Air Icon, an upgraded everyday option. There’s something for everyone to #FINDYOURGO available at Best Buy. Product Specs Truly-wireless headphones Let you listen to your favorite tracks, so you won’t be...

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Davio’s Wine Dinner with Peter Michael Winery

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Irvine | 0 comments

Join Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine for a culinary wine tour of Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma. Taste along with guest host Jeff Ehrlich from one the most respected vineyards in the country. Designed for oenophiles of all levels, the five course dinner with wine pairings will feature regionally inspired foods prepared by Executive Chef Istvan Toth such as Butter Poached Lobster Tails, Confit Leeks, Caviar Mousse and Brandt Beef Eye of Ribeye, Petite Potato Fondant, Charred Caulilini, Truffle Au Jus. Sir Peter started Peter Michael Winery in 1983 with a singular vision: to make wine in the terroir-driven tradition of Burgundy and Bordeaux, under the California sun and in California soil. Today, they make fifteen wines in four varietal categories. All but one are estate-grown in their mountainside vineyards, and all are crafted by hand and in...

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Fresh by Design: It’s Refrigeration, Reinvented

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Appliances, Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Are you looking to remodel your home kitchen? If this is true, the new All-New Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerators Campaign at Best Buy may be right for you. The revolutionary FarmFresh System™ combines four innovative technologies to keep your food fresh up to 3x longer, for less food wasted. With the refrigerator, you can organize your fridge in new ways. FlexBar™ creates extra space in your refrigerator – it’s the perfect home for wine bottles, condiment jars, eggs, and more. Water filtration is important for families with young children. The Bosch UltraClarityPro™ water filter reduces >99.9% of sediments that may be found in your water, including harsh elements like chlorine and chloramine. One of my favorite features is the true counter-depth refrigeration. This freestanding refrigerator sits flush with the countertop, features hidden hinges, and discreet tucked away feet, all...

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Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored A working microwave is essential for families. We use our microwave for everything from warming water for tea to making popcorn to enjoy while watching a movie together as a family. Over the years, our microwave has been put to the test, and slowly, it has started to break. I have been in the market for a new microwave, and the Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave is one that has been standing out from the rest. What stood out to be about the Breville Combi microwave is that it can air fry and is a convection oven. It is so much more than just a microwave. With this microwave, you can air fry (crunchy fries, brussel sprouts, chicken wings), bake, or roast (whole chickens, lasagna, chocolate brownies) or simply microwave with even heat distribution. Plus, it is 80%...

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Fogo de Chão at Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Dining, Family, Irvine | 0 comments

We dined as a guest It should be a known fact that the Irvine Company has this fantastic ability to finding the perfect additions to their restaurant family. I do not know how they do it, but they once again hit gold by bringing Fogo de Chão to the Irvine Spectrum. It is huge for Orange County. For those who are not familiar with Fogo, de Chão, let me give you a little history. Internationally renowned Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique. It all started in 1979 on the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul, in Southern Brazilian, on a farm, in the Serra Gaucha, that the founding brothers decided to share their culinary treasure with the world. Tradition, family, and love of churrasco (grilling meat)...

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Day out with Thomas: The Steam Tour 2019 + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him and his best friend Percy for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine and Percy pulls into Southern California Railway Museum on November 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th and 11th. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, and pose for photos on-site with his best friend Percy, stars of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play,...

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OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 5 comments

Sponsored The Lewis Family Playhouse has a wonderful line-up of family theater productions with OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist being one of the most highly-anticipated. The production is perfect for children over the age of six. About OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist In this joyful retelling of Oliver Twist set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, everyone has to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right. This colorful musical tackles issues of poverty, inequity, greed, and betrayal in a way that’s easy for young people to understand – set to a samba beat and ending with a note of hope. Dates Sat, Oct 19 at 1pm Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 4pm Sun, Oct 20th at 1pm Sat, Oct 26th at 1pm Sat, Oct 26th at 4pm Sun, Oct 27th at 1pm Location Lewis Family Playhouse...

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Tommy Bahama Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Holiday, Recipes | 1 comment

Liven up your holiday celebration with fun and festive cocktails from Tommy Bahama. The Coconut Eggnog Martini and Happy Huladays Cocktail are a great way to celebrate the season. Simply follow the recipe here or stop by any Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store or Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar and enjoy! The Coconut Eggnog Martini is a rich creamy cocktail that packs a nice kick with equal parts Jim Beam® and Cruzan® Coconut rum. For added flavor, coconut milk is combined with heavy cream, vanilla and nutmeg for an out-of-this-world eggnog full of flavor. Coconut Eggnog Martini Recipe 1 part Jim Beam®, 1 part Cruzan® Coconut Rum, 2 ½ parts coconut eggnog (recipe below). Shake all ingredients well with ice, strain into a martini glass and sprinkle with nutmeg. Coconut eggnog: 5 egg yolks, ¾ cup sugar, 1 cup...

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DIY Captain Underpants Pumpkin

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Kit provided from DreamWorks Animation Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This year, I enjoyed watching DreamWorks Animation Halloween special, “The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants: Hack-A-Week,” with my kids on Netflix. After watching the hilarious episode, we were inspired to decorate our pumpkin this year in honor of Captain Underpants. The book series was one of my kid’s favorites growing up. Plus, the all-new animated series on Netflix expands on all the adventures my kids experienced while reading the books. Decorating the pumpkin was super simple and fun to do. You only need a couple of items to create a Captain Underpants pumpkin, and it is so easy that even the youngest of children can participate. About the Special Welcome to Hack-A-Ween Oreeuntashun! This is your ultimate guide to disguises, Sneak-Or-Snacking, and plenty of...

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Rancho Wildlife Boo at the Zoo + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 13 comments

Looking for something fun to do with your children on Halloween? Have kids who love animals? Then Boo at the Zoo is the perfect place to bring your children. Families are invited to Rancho Wildlife on October 31st at 10am, 11am and 12pm. There will be candy treat stations located throughout the venue. Along with trick-or-treat stations, there will be craft tables, vendor shopping and endless animal fun. Children are encouraged to come in costume, and RSVP is required. Families can RSVP by calling 949-589-7900. Where Rancho Wildlife Foundation 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 When Thursday October 31st 2019 10am, 11am, 12pm Price Tickets are $6 per person, and valet parking is $8. Reservations are required. Giveaway Enter to win 4 tickets to Boo at the Zoo by leaving a comment below. Earn an extra entry by leaving...

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Portola Coffee Roasters New Seasonal Theorem Menu

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Portola Coffee Roasters’ new Theorem menu offers a multi-sensory craft coffee experience that allows guests to attempt to taste colors. As all Theorem menus, this one features barista-driven coffee creations that focus on sustainable and seasonal ingredients, complex textures, and global flavors. SYNESTHESIA MENU RED Flat Brown – espresso, red velvet ganache, beetroot powder, milk (served hot or cold) PURPLE Iced Latte – espresso, grape juice, lavender, milk (served cold) GOLD Gaspar – espresso, honey, turmeric, milk (served warm) PINK Cold Brew – beetroot powder, strawberry syrup, rose syrup, heavy cream, maldon sea salt (served cold) GREEN Matcha – fresh mint, milk (served warm) The Synesthesia Theorem Menu is available now through Black Friday, November 29. For more information on Portola Coffee Roasters, locations and hours, please visit https://www.portolacoffee.com. Locations – The OC Mix, SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa...

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Scientific Fun

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We have a partnership with Sony The time is here! Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie was an instant hit with my kids, and they were thrilled to learn that they can now have the film as part of our home movie collection to enjoy for years to come. The movie features the beloved Tom Holland as Spider-Man. In this chapter of the story, our friendly neighborhood, wall-crawler, decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plans to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks! In celebration of the release of the film, my son and his friends did some...

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DelFrescoPure Family Fun Night Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Recipes | 5 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do with my children is to cook a healthy dinner and then spend the rest of the evening play board games together. I learned that one of my favorite produce companies, DelFrescoPure, was hosting a family game night giveaway. When I discovered the news, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. I try to grow most of my fruits and vegetables in our backyard garden. But, I still need to rely on trustworthy companies to purchase high-quality produce for our family meals. I was recently introduced to DelFrescoPure, and I love everything about their company. First, I love that they are located in Canada. Next to Mexico, Canada is one of my favorite places to visit. The people, the scenery, and the culture is something that I feel everyone...

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Don’t Miss Savor Santa Ana + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 11 comments

Orange County’s premier all-ages sidewalk food festival featuring more than forty tastes from downtown Santa Ana restaurants, Savor Santa Ana, returns Saturday, October 12th. At Savor Santa Ana, sample tastes from unique, local and Michelin-rated restaurants and bars throughout downtown Santa Ana. Live musicians and local youth performance groups will perform in pop-up shows along the sidewalks, and a trolley will provide free rides around downtown. The theme will be “Fall Food Carnival,” featuring fire dancers, mystique, and fall food flavors. This marks the seventh Savor Santa Ana festival for downtown Santa Ana, serving thousands of visitors since 2014. Organizers expect to sell the 150,000th tasting ticket this October, a milestone reminiscent of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the City of Santa Ana this year. Savor Santa Ana tickets are just $10 for 5 tasting tickets. Tickets...

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5 Essentials for Road Trips with Babies

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Family, New Baby, Travel | 0 comments

There’s lots to do in the OC, which is why road trips are perfect for your family. Californians are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful natural scenery, and sometimes there’s nothing better than packing everyone into a van and driving off into the sunset. That said, the thought of traveling on the road for hours with babies in tow isn’t always the most wonderful thought. The phrase “preparation is key” comes to mind, and that’s especially true in this case. So here are five essentials to ensure a hassle-free trip: 

Silicone baby bibs Time spent on the road means that your baby might want a snack or two along the way. You can probably see how this situation can easily turn into a huge mess, which could put a damper on your plans. Happy Healthy Parent’s silicone bibs...

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You’re Invited: Las Brisas 40th Anniversary Party

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Las Brisas, the Laguna Beach landmark restaurant, celebrates 40 years of business. To memorialize the milestone, Las Brisas invites the community and guests for a day of celebratory happenings! Giveaways $100 Las Brisas gift card giveaway to every 40th guest to arrive during the hosted reception (4-10 p.m.) 40th Anniversary Party Join Las Brisas for complimentary appetizers and passed bites from 4-10 p.m. in the newly refreshed bar and lounge area. The party will feature a live Mariachi band from 4-6 p.m., acoustic musician Justin Hopkins (from season 2 of The Voice) from 6-9 p.m., a photobooth for guests to commemorate the celebration, and celebrity appearances including Audrina Patridge! All-Day Happy Hour Special prices all-day from the new happy hour menu Free Appetizer Cards Guest can use during their next visit to Las Brisas! At Las Brisas, a strong...

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Second Annual The Taste in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Los Angeles Times The Taste is an annual food and drink festival celebrating the diverse and vibrant flavors of Southern California. In 2018, the festival expanded to Orange County with The Taste in Costa Mesa and now returns for its second year celebrating Orange County’s dynamic culinary scene. Hosted by The Times’ editorial staff and featuring some of the city’s hottest chefs, restaurants and bars, The Taste in Costa Mesa will take place in the expansive courtyard of The MET, transforming the space into a multi-sensory pop-up of music, live demonstrations and delicious cocktail and food samples. Tickets ($80-100) are on sale now and grant access to unlimited tastings from Orange County’s best and brightest. The Taste in Costa Mesa, presented by City National Bank and co-presented by Travel Costa Mesa, is produced in association with Best Events. Second...

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Sage Hill Celebrates 20 Years of Achievements + Pioneering an Innovative Approach to Education

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Education, Family | 0 comments

Newport-based Sage Hill High School is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, looking back at over two decades of innovative education, academic achievements and positive community impact. The school, which was recently named the #1 Best Private High School in Orange County by Niche.com – a ranking and review website for K-12 schools, colleges, cities, neighborhoods and companies across the U.S. – has pioneered a creative and individualized approach to education for Orange County students since 2000, all while earning numerous academic awards, arts + athletic achievements, and making a lasting impact on the community through Sage Hill’s one-of-a-kind Service Learning program. This Saturday, October 12, members of the community will get an inside look at Sage Hill during its annual Admission Open House event, where parents and prospective students have the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, administrators,...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County Teaches Young Girls to Love Your Body, Period

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019 in Events, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Calling all girls! Join Girls Inc. of Orange County – a nonprofit organization that changes the lives of 4,000 girls each year by providing programming focusing on STEM, financial literacy, sound body image, healthy relationships, and college & career readiness – as they host the first ever Love Your Body, Period event. In honor of International Day of the Girl on Friday, October 11, this event will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will teach young girls all about their bodies and how to love themselves. These important lessons will not only build confidence and understanding, but will enable these young girls to be strong, smart, and bold as they take on the adult world. Love Your Body, Period attendees will hear from motivational and inspirational guest speakers from the Girls Inc....

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Support Young Children at the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

This is the second in a series of posts following the path of two young entrepreneurs, 7-year-old Johnny and his 11-year-old sister, Cali, as they prepare to produce, market and sell jalapeno poppers at the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair. The Fair, which will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, will feature booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. Siblings Johnny and Cali decided to sell jalapeno poppers because they love to eat them at family gatherings and want to share the delicious treat with everyone else! Now that they have decided what product to sell, Johnny and Cali are putting their business...

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The Guild Club Experiences a Rebirth at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Husband-and-wife team, Chef Noah and Marín von Blöm, reopen the doors to The Guild Club on Friday, October 4th at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection (3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite G). This sophisticated space located next to acclaimed sister restaurant, ARC, first opened in 2017 as a reservation-only concept by the von Blöms’ DirtySexyHappiness Hospitality Group. The Guild Club uniquely combines simplicity and stunning details to create the ultimate sophistication. New cocktails focus on classics that are made from scratch using rare and superior spirits and technique. Stylistically traditional European beers and a crafted wine list are meant to complement Chef Noah’s limited menu of classic offerings. The Guild Club’s cocktail menu offers the von Bloms’ take on the classics, named after those who enjoyed them. Guests will be able to sip on Kennedy, a daiquiri featuring El Dorado 21...

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Celebrate World Smile Day with GLOwing White Teeth

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Family, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored With World Smile Day happening on October 4th, it is the perfect time to get glowing white teeth with GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Kit. Since my teenage daughter had Invisalign, she has been in desperate need of teeth whitening, but we didn’t know where to start. After doing some research, we learned about the GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Kit. The kit seemed easy enough for a teenager to use, and it did not take a lot of time like other teeth whitening kit. After receiving the kit, we were able to set-up the teeth whitening process within just a few minutes. What my teenager loves about the kit is that she can do it practically anywhere. She can be whitening her teeth while doing homework, watching television, or while reading a book. It is perfect for busy teenagers...

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Play-Based Learning with Tinkergarten

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Education, Family, Featured | 1 comment

Sponsored Having a degree in Early Childhood Education, play-based learning has always been a passion of mine while raising my children. There is something magical about watching children learn through nature. My older two children attended a traditional elementary school, and my youngest is currently enrolled in a Waldorf school. I have been able to see the significant difference between the two educational philosophies. I have been able to see how much my younger son has thrived by learning through play, nature, and an education based on my child’s development. “Education is a journey, not a race.” A lot of families that attend our elementary school also participate in Tinkergarten classes with their children. Tinkergarten offers educational experiences for children ages six months to 8 years of age in the best classroom, nature! Children have a unique opportunity to...

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Hoag Medical Group Pediatrics in Huntington Beach New Extended Hours

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Sponsored Parents are busier than ever, and it can often be a struggle for parents to get their children in to see a pediatrician during “traditional” office hours. Hoag Medical Group has recognized the need for parents with young children needing access to later hours and has recently extended the hours at their Huntington Beach location. My children have been being cared for by Hoag pediatricians since birth. The doctors have always taken such excellent care of my children. Not only do they care for all of my children’s health needs, but have also played an intricate role in helping to give us the tools needed to raise healthy children. The pediatricians at the Hoag Medical Group take their time to address all the family needs. They have helped to educate us on the importance of vaccinations, given us...

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You’re Invited: Irvine Spectrum Unicorn Carousel Party

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 in Events, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

Sponsored Something exciting is happening this week at the Irvine Spectrum Center! Your family is invited to an unforgettable celebration for the unveiling of the new carousel Unicorn “Sparkles”! During the celebration, there will be FREE carousel rides, treats, and interactive arts and craft stations. Once your family is done celebrating the newest addition to the Irvine Spectrum Center. Enjoy lunch at one of the premier dining destinations or shop at one of your favorite retailers. Some of our top picks for lunch at the Irvine Spectrum Center for families is California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Dave & Busters, Hello City Cafe, Wahoo’s and TLT Food! Plus, there are endless options for a sweet treat at Yogurtland, See’s Candies or Cold Stone Creamery. The free and fun family event will happen at the carousel on October 4th from...

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Young Entrepreneurs Take on Business

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Siblings at Village of Hope Prepare to Sell their Wares at the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair Orange County Rescue Mission, in its continuing efforts to promote the importance of child innovation and entrepreneurship, will host the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair on Saturday, November 2 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California. OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair will feature booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. This post is the first in a series following two young entrepreneurs, 11-year-old Cali and her 7-year-old brother Johnny as they prepare for the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair. Cali and Johnny moved to Village of Hope with their...

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Girls Night Out at Bacchus

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Dining, Irvine | 0 comments

We dined at Bacchus as a guest Are you looking for the next best place to have a girls night out? We recently discovered one of Orange County’s hidden gems when dining at Bacchus in Irvine. I have been going to the Quail Hill Shopping Center in Irvine for many years, and I don’t know how I never noticed Bacchus? The fun and chic restaurant is tucked in the corner for the shopping community and offers guests incredible cuisine and spirits. Recently, I planned to have dinner with two of my closest friends at Bacchus, and we had an unforgettable dining experience. When we first arrived, we found a quiet table in the back of the restaurant where we took some time to talk and catch-up on all our busy lives. After getting settled in for the evening, we...

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City of Hope “Wishing Tree” at More Than Pink Walk

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Events, Featured, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the special things that my daughter and I saw at the Susan G. Komen More Thank Pink walk over the weekend was the City of Hope Wishing Tree. It was the first thing that we saw at the walk, and we spent more of our time reading personalized wishes on the trees. There were multiple trees where attendees were invited to write a wish on a colored tag, and then hang it on one of the wishing trees. Something special that I learned when talking with the people from the City of Hope is that they have these trees on their campus in Duarte. Plus, they are hoping to have them at the upcoming facility in Orange County that is expected to open in FivePoint’s Great Park Neighborhoods by 2021. The new state-of-the-art cancer campus is...

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Goosebumps The Musical Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 20 comments

One of my favorite book series to read to my children has been Goosebumps. We were immersed in the adventures every night before bed, and we fell in love with the characters. As my children became older, I noticed that they immediately navigated back towards the series. They started rereading the books during their free time, used them for school book reports, and even made their own illustrations from their favorite parts of the stories. The books slowly became worn. The binding of the books became covered with tape, and they still sit on the bookshelves in my kid’s rooms to this day. Along with the books, my kids fell in love with the movies too. We were there on opening day, and my kids were the first to bring home a Blu-ray copy of the movies to add...

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Panificadora Rosarito Bakery

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Dining, Mexico, Rosarito, Travel | 0 comments

Shortly after checking into the Rosarito Beach Hotel, we had lunch at Tacos El Norteño. After lunch, we were in the mood for something sweet, so we walked next door to the Panificadora Rosarito Bakery. The minute that we walked in the door, my tastebuds were tantalized. All I smelled was the scent of freshly baked loaves of bread and pastries. The bakery featured all of my favorite Mexican pastries. There was cookies, cinnamon rolls, freshly baked bread, and more. The owner provided us with metal trays and tongs to select the pastries we wished to purchase. It was the hardest part because I wanted to have a little bit of everything. And, that is exactly what I did. I selected a wide variety of desserts to enjoy back at the hotel. Plus, I purchased some to bring home...

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Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day in Orange County

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Who loves a juicy cheeseburger? Everyone does! Tomorrow, September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day! We have found the best places in Orange County to celebrate the delicious big day! Farmer Boys Offers Its Signature Cheeseburger for $2 Farmer Boys, the home of farm-fresh burgers and always crispy fries, is celebrating with $2 Big Cheese cheeseburgers from 2 p.m. to close at participating locations. The Big Cheese is made with a 1/4 pound of fresh, 100% USDA certified beef topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, dill pickles, and thousand island dressing on a sesame seed bun. Farmerboys.com. Classic Cheeseburger at The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar What’s better than a regular cheeseburger? A cheeseburger with BACON! At The Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita, guests can celebrate the most American holiday ever with the fan-favorite Classic Cheeseburger piled...

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StoryCorps: Stories From the OC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Education, Events, Family, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Sponsored You are invited to have a unique opportunity of being a part of history. Until the end of December, FivePoint is inviting families to tell their stories from the OC with StoryCorps. It is one of the most significant oral history projects where people come to the Great Park Neighborhoods, and record their stories inside of a retro airstream. The recordings will forever be a part of history as they will be preserved in the Library of Congress. How it Works… Reserve a Day Schedule a time online at StoriesfromtheOC.com. Once you’ve made your reservation, bring the guest you will be interviewing to Cadence Park in Irvine to do the recording. What to Expect Once you arrive at the park, you’ll be invited into the building by a volunteer who will walk you through the process. You’ll begin...

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Barrel House Tavern in Sausalito

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Autos, Dining, General Motors, San Francisco, Sausalito, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Buick While on a girls getaway to Sausalito, we had a magical afternoon tree bathing at Cascade Falls, before driving our Buick Envision to Casa Madrona. We relaxed for a couple of hours before having an unforgettable dinner at Barrel House Tavern. We made the short walk from our hotel to the restaurant where we sipped on wine and craft cocktails while basking in the beautiful views of San Francisco. The restaurant has a large outdoor patio where we were served an array of delicious appetizers. We enjoyed flatbread, octopus, avocado toast, and more. Everyone in our group shared all their favorite experiences from the day while relaxing on the patio. As the sun began to set, it was time for everyone to come together in the restaurant for dinner. The tables were...

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Tacos El Norteño in Rosarito Mexico

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Dining, Mexico, Rosarito, Travel | 0 comments

The minute that we arrived in Rosarito for a girls getaway, the first thing that we all wanted was tacos. We checked into the Rosarito Beach Hotel, and the staff at the front desk recommended that we try Tacos El Norteño. The taco shop was just a short walk from the hotel, and the minute that we arrived, I could smell the al pastor cooking on the trompo. As the mean was spinning, the juices were dripping down the giant piece of seasoned pork. I was immediately in taco heaven. We went to the front desk to place our order, and I wanted to get a taste of everything. I decided to order an al pastor taco, an asada taco and a mulita (similar to a quesadilla). The meal was extremely affordable with the tacos being priced at just...

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Wellness Weekend Girls Getaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

We visited Sausalito as a guest of Buick My friend had spent a good portion of her life living in San Francisco, and she always talked about how she wanted to have a getaway to Sausalito. She was thrilled when I told her the news that we were going to be spending a couple of days in Sausalito for our girls getaway. When it came to selecting a car to drive around the bay area, there was only one car brand that came to mind, and that was Buick. Buick is well-known for its commitment to encouraging wellness with their drivers, making it the perfect car to drive on our wellness weekend. Along with many of my friends, we fell in love with the Buick SUV look and style after seeing Reese Witherspoon drive one in the first season...

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Aquarium of the Pacific 15th Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 16 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 fifteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2019. 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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Clean Eating at an Angels Game

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Health | 0 comments

We attended an Angels game as a guest While it is well-known that most people will have a hotdog, peanuts (and beer for the parents) at a ballgame, things have changed. Parents want healthier options for their kids growing bodies – even at a baseball game. Feeding my kids nutritious food is a passion of mine. Ever since my son developed severe food allergies, I saw the impact that processed foods vs. real foods had on his body. Packaged food isn’t always worth the risk of an epi-pen injection with an ER visit. With most stadiums not allowing guests to bring in their own food, we avoided bringing him to events where he would not have access to clean eating until recently. Melissa’s Produce now offers families healthy food options at Angels Stadium and many other locations. With my...

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