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Give the Gift of Jada Jo Jewelry

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Partnership Looking for a unique gift to give someone you love? One of our favorite brands makes the perfect gift, especially for the person who seems to have everything. Jada Jo Jewelry is beautiful, unique, and tells stories from around the world ~ creating jewelry that is unique pieces of art. The one thing that first caught my eye about Jada Jo was their unique bracelets. While I love wearing beautiful bracelets, it is rare to ever see me wearing a necklace. It wasn’t until I started exploring the Jada Jo website that I fell in love with so many of their necklaces, and decided it was time to explore adding necklaces to my fashion accessories. I ordered the Sahara Druzy Necklace featuring a beautiful piece of agate. The necklace represents the deep colors of the Sahara desert. It...

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Quicker Than Quick: 30 Minute or Less Cookbook

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

From beloved Los Angeles-based cooking instructor and author of KITCHEN MATTERS, Pamela Salzman, comes PAMELA SALZMAN’S QUICKER THAN QUICK: 140 Crave-Worthy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Foods in 30 Minutes or Less- a cookbook complete with quick, delicious meals and kitchen hacks that make home cooking a breeze. Life, whether one works outside the home or not, is really, really busy. In a perfect world, we would write out our meal plans for the week, shop accordingly, and cook nutritious meals every day with ease. But some days, the orthodontist visit runs late, or there’s more traffic than usual, or the chicken was never defrosted. And some days, we just don’t have the energy to cook for an hour even if we have the time. Enter QUICKER THAN QUICK, the book you will reach for time and again when you...

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The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season Two Giveaway

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 2 comments

Lincoln and his sisters are back in The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 DVD, where lessons are learned, friends are made, and everyone is making moves. Arriving May 19, 2020, these 13 episodes are packed with favorite characters, new adventures, lots of laughter and more. The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $13.99. The Loud House: Absolute Madness – Season 2, Volume 2 episodes DISC ONE Out of the Picture / Room with a Feud Back out There / Spell It Out Fool’s Paradise / Job Insecurity ARGGH! You for Real? / Garage Banned Change of Heart / Health Kicked Future Tense / Lynner Takes All Yes Man / Friend or Faux? DISC TWO...

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Kid-Friendly Mother’s Day Recipe for Brunch During Quarantine

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Catalina Island, Family, Recipes, Travel | 0 comments

Honoring that special person in your life this Mother’s Day might look a bit different in 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, there are ways to be creative with gifts made with love at home. Roberto Hernandez, Executive Chef for Catalina Island Company including its Avalon Grille and Descanso Beach Club locations, is sharing his delectable French Toast with Bananas and Nutella recipe especially for Mother’s Day at home this year. It’s easy enough for the kids to cook themselves (with a little help here and there, depending on their ages) and sure to be a “mom-pleaser.” The French Toast with Bananas and Nutella recipe is part of an ongoing Catalina At Home series of delicious, easy-to-make recipes developed by Chef Roberto exclusively for those who want to bring a taste of Catalina Island to their...

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Shop, Stay, Eat and Play in Costa Mesa

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Featured, Giveaways, Travel | 17 comments

While this is a very uncertain time, the future ahead is bright and sunny, especially in our favorite Orange County city – Costa Mesa. As our family eases back into traveling, we plan to start by staying close to home with mini staycations, and Costa Mesa plans to be one of our first destinations. Why Costa Mesa? The city is rich with culture, arts, shopping, and of course…cuisine. While most places are not quite open for business, soon they will be, and now is the best time to start planning your upcoming family getaway in Costa Mesa. Best Places to Stay in Costa Mesa Avenue of the Arts, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel Unparalleled comfort and a scenic lakeside setting facing Segerstrom Center for the Arts are found in this AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel. BLVD Hotel BLVD hotel is just...

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Best Gifts for Mom

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Family, Mother's Day, Shopping | 0 comments

Want to get your mom something that will make her feel special? Wondering what to get? We have found some of the best gift ideas to get your mom for her birthday, mother’s day or just to tell her that you’re thinking about her. nyl Skincare nyl® skincare focuses as much on what is not in our products as what is, and we’ve found ways to leave the bad stuff out, leaving only the natural active ingredients in. nyl products are free of man-made chemicals, toxins, parabens, animal products and petroleum products. Everything we make is vegan (we don’t use beeswax), never tested on animals, gluten-free, and contains organic ingredients. Price: $18.00 – $150.00 Sunshine & Glitter Bring out the shimmer & shine! Sunshine & Glitter is your go-to SPF line for a summer glow. Check out their new...

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Homebodies: What To Wear At Home

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Beauty, Fashion | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect outfits to wear at home? We have found the top fashion finds to help you with staying comfortable, active and present during the stay-at-home order. Grey Crop Loungewear Set $18.99 Lounge in style in our Grey Crop Jumper Loungewear Set featuring cropped hoodie and long legged pants. Style with some cool, chunky trainers and you’re good to go! Pink Off Shoulder Loungewear Set $18.99 Get yourself relax ready in this Blake Pink Off Shoulder Loungewear Set. With a perfect matching co-ord to chill in you can be sure that although you’re relaxed to the max no style points are sacrificed if duty calls. You can guarantee that this hot new loungewear set, including soft cuffed joggers with a drawstring waist and a cropped matching off the shoulder top, will have you chilled to the extreme....

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Beef Tenderloin with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo Sauce in Five Steps

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

In time for Cinco de Mayo, Executive Chef of Mundo Cuervo Eduardo Marín takes inspiration from Jose Cuervo’s newly launched Tradicional Añejo for a culinary creation: Beef Tenderloin with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo Sauce in Five Steps. One of the hallmarks of the Relais & Chateux culinary program at Solar de las Animas is the creation of recipes using local ingredients, rich in history and tradition. For this “chef at home” series, Chef Marín has paired an all-time Jalisco favorite – Beef Tenderloin – and blended in a delicious secret ingredient: Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo. Jose Cuervo’s Tradicional Añejo’s distillation process follows Cuervo’s original recipe, before aging for at least 12 months in new American oak barrels and then finished in Irish single malt whiskey barrels. The primary notes are cooked agave, toasted nuts and vanilla, with secondary notes...

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Stuck at home? Help UCI Researchers Cure Diseases

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Family, Health | 0 comments

During this time of uncertainty, communities, businesses and families are being impacted like never before. People are also coming together to help others in unprecedented ways. And while we all are spending more and more time at home, many of us are looking for ways to strengthen our communities while maintaining the current health and safety recommendations from the CDC. I’d like to invite you and your families to make a real difference without leaving your home or opening your wallet. I’m an OC Mom and researcher at UCI MIND. We are seeking volunteers to sign up for our “Consent-to-Contact” (C2C) Registry, a recruitment registry that helps match adults in Orange County with research studies at UCI. Signing up for this registry can have an even bigger impact than making a financial donation. Potentially life-saving research is often stalled...

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Perfect At-Home Manicure and Pedicure

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Beauty | 0 comments

Just in time for our week of sunshine! Finding Calm in the Chaos from The Whole Purpose is back to share with us steps for the perfect at-home manicure/pedicure until we can indulge with a visit to the salon again. Since we have been sheltering at home and several “self-maintenance” items have fallen to the wayside, we all could use a little care. The Whole Purpose called their expert team at Pretty Women NYC to get professional help on achieving a salon like mani and pedi at home. Check out their tips on home manicures and pedicures and enjoy the fruits of your labor by buffing up those nails. You’ll feel better and it just might give you some extra pep in your step. Steps for the perfect at-home manicure/pedicure Clean and buff nails To get a good at-home...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County Online Fundraiser

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Girls Inc. of Orange County (GIOC) girls are at risk and need your help! Luckily, the organization’s first ever online fundraiser gives YOU the chance to do your part and donate so that the organization may continue providing online learning resources to combat the significant loss of learning during this time in addition to helping girls make heathy decisions while assuring them that they are not alone. The online fundraiser will begin on Monday, May 4, running all week long through Monday, May 11. Because of COVID-19 and with schools and community centers closed for the remainder of the school year, these girls are at risk of falling behind in addition to many now having to take on more responsibilities at home.  Most of the girls that Girls Inc. of Orange County supports live in poverty, with 80% living...

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Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games Giveaway

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 4 comments

The Bubble Guppies are swimming back onto DVD for a fin-tastic collection in Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! Arriving on DVD May 12, 2020, preschoolers can dive into lots of fun and games with their favorite Guppies. Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $10.99. Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! episodes The Summer Camp Games! The Super Ballet Bowl! The Elephant Trunk-A-Dunk! Puddleball! The Glitter Games! Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! synopsis Get ready to dive into five swim-sational episodes packed with fun-filled sports and games as the Bubble Guppies take part in the Summer Camp Games, the Super Ballet Bowl, the royally awesome Glitter Games, and more! Bubble Guppies: The Great Guppy Games! fast facts Street Date: May...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with SOHO TACO

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Cinco de Mayo is in just a few days, but why not celebrate it every day! Treat your family to a special (and delicious) dinner from our favorite taco spot – SOHO TACO this Cinco de Mayo. They are currently offering 99¢ happy hour tacos from 12-1 pm, family meals, and a limited-time Cinco de May package. Place your order online today. Exquisite Tacos Enjoy some of their finest tacos served on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla. 99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P TACO: Carne Asada ($3.79) – Grilled Certified Angus Beef® onions, cilantro & guacamole escabeche on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla (99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P) TACO: Pollo Asado ($3.79) – Grilled top quality chicken, onions, cilantro & guacamole escabeche on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla (99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P) TACO: Carnitas ($3.79) – Top quality slow braised pork, onions, cilantro & guacamole...

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Fable & Spirit, Dublin 4 Gastropub & Wineworks for Everyone Reopen for Takeout Service

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Get ready to raise your glass because three of our favorite O.C. restaurants are coming back! Beginning Tuesday, April 28th, Dublin 4 Gastropub and Wineworks for Everyone will reopen for takeout service, offering a menu of food, wine, beer and cocktails. Executive Chef David Shofner presents signature dishes for guests to enjoy at their home, while Sommelier Ali Coyle curates a list of wines offered at exceptional prices, and Director of Spirits Drew Coyle presents a selection of cocktails to go. Guests may order by phone by calling (949) 582-0026 or online at dublin4gastropub.com or wineworksforeveryone.com (current menu offerings listed on the website). Orders may be placed between Noon and 6 p.m., for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurants will be closed Monday. Contactless curbside pick-up can be requested when placing orders. Dublin...

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Puesto Reopens for Takeout & Delivery in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Orange County will be able to enjoy a contemporary and approachable take on authentic Mexican cuisine as Puesto at the Los Olivos Marketplace in Irvine reopens for takeout and delivery on Tuesday, April 28th. Sourcing its ingredients from in and around the state, Puesto has earned national acclaim for its Mexico City-style tacos made with non-GMO organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, crispy melted cheese and scratch salsas. Guests may order and pay via phone or online at eatpuesto.com for takeout (promo code EATPUESTO may be used for 15% off orders for pick-up). Curbside pick-up available upon request. In addition, delivery is available through DoorDash, Postmates and Grubhub (promo code not valid for 3rd party delivery services). In addition to a menu that includes its award-winning tacos, Puesto is offering a Family Taco Meal with choice of Chicken Rajas, Carnitas,...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County “Safer at Home” Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

As we continue to practice “Safer at Home” guidelines, it’s important for us to continue our relationship with girls throughout Orange County. At Girls Inc., they want girls to be reminded that we are still in their corner by writing messages of encouragement and inspiration during this critical time. We kindly ask that messages be addressed towards the following ages groups. • Lower Elementary: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade • Upper Elementary: 3rd through 5th Grade • Middle School: 6th through 8th Grade • High School: 9th through 11th Grade • High School: Graduating Seniors To support this effort, please email your messages to the Volunteer Services Department at [email protected] Inspire a Girl – Post a Video A great way to spread empowering messages is through social media. Join us as we engage in strong, smart, and bold activities that...

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Protect Your Tech with Urban Armor Gear

Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Partnership With stores being closed, it is more important than ever to protect your tech gear. With our kids needing technology to stay connected for school, and me working from home, I am protecting our family tech gear with Urban Armor Gear (UAG). When it came to looking for the best products to help keep our technology protected, it was important to me to find a product that is lightweight, but also sustainable. The one thing that I love the most about UAG is that its Outback series features 100% compostable bioplastic. Plus, it is packaged using zero plastic and 100% recyclable materials. I love how protected UAG keeps my phone during the quarantine. While out on a recent walk around the neighborhood, my phone dropped out of my hand but did not have any damage because of the...

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Give Mom the Gift of Sleep for Mother’s Day

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in Deals, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

For Mother’s Day, give the mom in your life the gift of sleep with a new mattress, bed frame or mattress topper from Zinus! Zinus, the Amazon fan favorite mattress and furniture company, expertly packs and ships high-quality items for your bedroom. The company features platform beds, mattresses, bed frames, sofas, and loveseats — in a single box directly to your door. Each high-value piece is well-made, stylish and can be assembled in under 20 minutes! Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Queen Mattress Price: Starting at $172 This one’s for the sweaty sleepers. Rest easy through the night on a cooling gel memory foam mattress and wake up feeling refreshed, less stressed, and ready for whatever the day may bring. Blackstone Elite Charcoal 3″ Memory Foam Mattress Topper Price: starting at $129.99 This memory...

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Mother’s Day Brunch To-Go in Orange County

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Selanne Steak Tavern celebrates Mother’s Day with its crave-worthy gourmet brunch fare available for curbside pick-up on Sunday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Moms can be treated to such sweet and savory dishes as Chicken and Waffles with bourbon maple syrup; “Kevin’s” Bananas Foster French Toast with whipped mascarpone; Monte Cristo with smoked prosciutto, Laura Chenel goat brie and blackberry jam; and Steak Bacon and Eggs with crispy pork belly. Other brunch favorites include: avocado toast with a fried egg, hash browns au gratin, bacon and eggs poutine and a shareable gooey sticky bun. A kids’ menu is also offered. In addition, a special family style Mother’s Day Brunch for Two is available with choice of two starters, two entrees and two sides. The Brunch for Two also includes one sticky bun and choice of Sofia...

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Friends: The Complete Series Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 31 comments

Looking for something fun to do with your teenagers during the COVID 19 quarantine? Friends: The Complete Series is now available for your family to purchase and enjoy watching together at home. The only way to get Friends: The Complete Series commercial free is on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD today! All individual seasons and compilation sets of Friends are available to purchase here: www.OwnFriendsTV.com. All seasons are also available to own at all major digital retailers; including iTunes, Amazon Prime, VUDU and Google. DVD and Blu-ray sets can be purchased from all major retailers – including Amazon, Walmart and Target. About Friends This is a show about love and sex and careers and a time in life when everything is possible… about the search for commitment and security… and the fear of commitment and security. Most of all, it’s...

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Support Small Businesses at The OC Baking Pop-up

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

Those who want to support small businesses and get great artisan-made food to take home, are welcome to shop at the Artisan Pop-Up at OC Baking Company. This local chef-driven market is open every weekday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the bakery’s production center in Orange. Artisans and offerings vary daily. Food Offerings OC Baking Company delicious fresh-baked breads — www.ocbakingco.com ADYA heart-warming curries, including Chicken Tikka Masala and veggie curry options, take-and-bake samosas, heat-and-eat butter naan — www.adyaoc.com Break of Dawn wholesome stews, rice and more Crema Artisan Bakery fresh croissants, pastries, and quiche — www.cremacafe.com Sessions West Coast Deli killer sandwiches, fresh salads and sauces — www.sessionswcd.com Cali Dumpling Delivery delicious dumplings to make at home (Monday & Friday) — www.calidumplingdelivery.com BELLO by Sandro Nardone family-size Italian specialty dishes...

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Miss Mini Donuts Party

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

Looking for new ways to keep the kids entertained? We sure are. One fun way that we spent time together this week was by having a fun donut decorating party using Miss Mini Donuts. If you aren’t familiar with the company, it is an OC Mom run business that offers fresh and tasty mini donuts. They are bite-size and delicious. While there are many custom flavors available, the decorate your own mini donuts kit is our favorite right now during the stay-at-home order. Decorate Your Own Mini Donut Kit The kit comes with 25 plain mini donuts, 4 toppings, frosting, and stir sticks. Kids can get as creative as they decorate their mini donuts using the fun and colorful toppings. If you’re able to capture a picture before your little ones pop them into their mouth, share using the...

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Resource Tools for Small Businesses During COVID 19

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Education, Events, Hot Topics | 0 comments

GoDaddy Partnership Do you have a small business? If you are a small business owner, then this uncertain time is impacting your life significantly. One of the hardest parts of living through this scary time is seeing so many entrepreneurs who I care about worry about keeping their dreams alive. Not only is there the stresses of trying to stay healthy, but also of keeping the doors open to their businesses (if possible at this time). I have been using GoDaddy to host my website domains since first starting my business, and they have always provided me with excellent tools to aid in helping my business to be successful. Recently, GoDaddy has launched an #OpenWeStand resource website to help give entrepreneurs resources, inspiration, and tools needed to help be successful during COVID-19. Resources On the resource part of the...

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Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 17 comments

Get ready for epic fun and super-sonic action when everyone’s favorite hedgehog races home in the blockbuster hit SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, debuting early for purchase on Digital now from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand or disc 
May 19th. The Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with sensational bonus features: See Sonic the Hedgehog’s next adventure around the world in a new animation; get more of Sonic in deleted scenes; laugh at the hilarious blooper reel; explore the origins of the legendary blue hedgehog; see Jim Carrey bring Dr. Robotnik to life; watch along with awesome commentary by director Jeff Fowler and the voice of Sonic, Ben Schwartz; and more! Plus, for a limited time, the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo packs...

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Pantry Essentials from Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Melissa’s Produce is our first choice when it comes to purchasing produce for our family. During this uncertain time, I have been getting a lot of our produce shipped from Melissa’s. They have also been offering boxes occasionally at the OC Baking pop-up in Orange, and now they are offering these amazing pantry essential boxes that can be shipped to your home with FREE SHIPPING!! Deluxe Pantry Box Melissa’s Deluxe Pantry Box includes our Steamed Lentils, Steamed Red Kidney Beans, Steamed Six Bean Medley, Peeled & Steamed Chickpeas, Steamed Artichoke Hearts, and Steamed Baby Beets, along with our Perfect Sweet Onions, Garlic, Cooked Quinoa, Dutch Yellow® Potatoes, Sun Dried Tomato Polenta and Italian Spice Grinder, along with our Dried Mushroom Medley and Cranberry Clean Snax®. Pantry Essentials Box Melissa’s Pantry Essentials Box includes 24oz Dutch Yellow® Potatoes, our Steamed...

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Epic Adventure for the Whole Family: Dolittle + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

He’s not just a people person! Universal Pictures Home Entertainment reignites a classic character, as Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Endgame, Sherlock Holmes) stars in DOLITTLE, available now! Own the movie all the animals are talking about and go an epic journey with a hilarious always cold bear, an anxious gorilla, a lovable giraffe, a ferocious tiger, and more! Fly behind-the-scenes with Robert Downey Jr. and the star-studded cast to explore the wild world of DOLITTLE. The adventurous tale is brought to life with an all-star cast that includes the voice talents of Academy® Award winner Emma Thompson (Last Christmas, Late Night), Academy® Award winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody, “Mr. Robot”), Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), John Cena (“WWE”), and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and more. The film is directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) and produced by Robert Downey...

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Five Healthy Simple Freezer Recipes

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the most important things that parents can do for their children to help keep them healthy is to provide a healthy and nutritious diet rich with high-quality fresh food. One of my favorite brands to serve to my children is from The Dole Food Company. Not only do they provide some of the best food available, but they also care about their customers. We all understand that this is a scary and very uncertain time. Parents need resources to help keep their children’s brains not only fueled by healthy food but also busy with healthy activities that The Dole Food Company is offering a rich at-home resource website. My favorite part of the website is simple and delicious recipes. I found five of my favorite simple freezer recipes that I highly recommend parents making at home...

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Gryphon Guardian Donating WiFi Routers to Low-income Families in Southern California

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Events, Family, Tech | 0 comments

Gryphon Online Safety, developer of all-in-one security and parental control devices, announced today its donation of 100 Gryphon Guardian WiFi routers to low-income families in Southern California who are in need of safe and secure Internet access during California’s ongoing stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With stay-at-home orders in place and the closure of all Los Angeles Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District schools, many parents are challenged to continue education at home. Additionally, many parents have shared concerns about being able to effectively monitor Internet activity of children and teens due to the increased screen time and their need to continue to work from home. In order to help alleviate these challenges, Gryphon will donate 100 of its Gryphon Guardian WiFi routers to local families, featuring powerful parental controls to ensure that children...

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The Crack Shack Costa Mesa Takeout

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In addition to sandwich to-go options, the Coop is also offering family meal packs and just added a salad option. If you call ahead with your order, a Crack Shack team member is able to meet you curbside, and the restaurant is also available on Postmates and other third party delivery apps. The Crack Shack Family Meals Small Flock Meal (feeds 4-5) – 5-piece bone-in Jidori fried chicken, 12 nuggets, large fry, classic slaw, 6 biscuits, and 2 cookies Big Flock Meal (feeds 5-6) – 10-piece bone-in Jidori fried chicken, 12 nuggets, large fry, classic slaw, 6 biscuits, and 2 cookies Svelte Flock Meal (feeds 4-5) – An extra large baja chop salad + four servings of your choice of Jidori chicken (fried thigh, fried breast, grilled breast) With food purchase, The Crack Shack also has some wonderful beverage...

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DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in Events, Recipes | 0 comments

For the first time ever, DoubleTree by Hilton is sharing the official bake-at-home recipe for the brand’s beloved and delicious chocolate chip cookie, so at-home bakers can create the warm and comforting treat in their own kitchens. The warm chocolate chip cookie welcome is synonymous with DoubleTree hotels worldwide, and travelers look forward to receiving one, fresh from the oven, upon their arrival. DoubleTree cookies have a passionate fan following and a long history. More than 30 million are consumed every year, and the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie even became the first food to be baked in orbit during experiments aboard the International Space Station. Copycat recipes have been shared online for years, but only now has Hilton released the official version to create at home. DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe Makes 26 cookies Ingredients 1Ž2 pound butter, softened (2...

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Like A Boss Movie Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 15 comments

One of our favorite movies is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand. In celebration of the recent release of the film “Like a Boss” we are thrilled to be offering a special giveaway. About Like A Boss Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne are knockdown hilarious” (Julian Roman, MovieWeb) in the “outrageously funny” (Dave Morales, KRIV FOX- Houston) comedy LIKE A BOSS, debuting on Digital April 7, 2020 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand April 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The Digital* and Blu-ray releases deliver even more laughs with deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes bonus content featuring interviews with the uproarious ensemble cast. Best friends, Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives, running their own cosmetics company until a villainous beauty mogul (Salma Hayek) conspires to steal it from under them....

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Ono Hawaiian BBQ Bogo Deal

Posted by on Apr 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

For a limited time, the Hawaiian restaurant will offer Buy One Get One Free on Hawaiian BBQ Chicken or Chicken Katsu Lunch Plates on All Pick-Up or Drive Thru Orders Ono Hawaiian BBQ is offering BOGO Hawaiian BBQ Chicken or Chicken Katsu Plates for a limited time. From March 30th to April 13th, 2020 Ono Hawaiian BBQ is offering this special at all locations to help encourage local consumers to choose Ono Hawaiian for their next take-away meal during these difficult times. The promotion will be available for Pick-Up and Drive Thru only. When Now until April 13, 2020 Details No coupon necessary. No substitution allowed. Limit 1 promo plate per transaction per customer. Not valid with other promotions or discounts. Where All Ono Hawaiian BBQ Locations. The Gateway Anaheim Resort 131 E. Katella Avenue, Suite 30 Anaheim CA...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Face Masks

Posted by on Apr 7, 2020 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

During the COVID-19 pandemic, while many businesses and organizations are temporarily closed, Orange County Rescue Mission’s campuses remain 100% operational to serve those under their care. The Rescue Mission has identified an urgent need for face masks to support the men, women and children currently residing at Village of Hope. The Rescue Mission has set a goal of collecting 250 face masks by Friday, April 10. These masks can be assembled in about 15 minutes with items that you likely already have at home. All You Need Is… Basics Thread and sewing machine Scissors Small clips of any kind Mask One (1) 8×14 inch piece of cotton fabric (consider tightly-woven cotton fabric – pattern and color of your choice!) Two (2) 1.5×34 inch fabric strips No fabric at home? There is plenty available at your local Walmart and JOANN...

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Feed The Family on a Budget with Curry Up Now’s NEW Family Meals

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

Curry Up Now, Irvine’s newest Indian eatery, has just launched three NEW Family Meals that make feeding the entire family simple, cost-effective, and crowd pleasing – all necessities for keeping the household happy and healthy during quarantine! BURRITO PACK FAMILY MEAL FOR 4 Your favorite burritos to feed the family. Four burrito halves, four samosas, housemade chips, kids mac n cheese, cookies. Feeds 4. Add more for 6 or 8 people. KAROL BAGH KITTY PARTY FAMILY MEAL A family-style meal for 4, 6 or 8 Chicken Tikka Masala or Paneer Tikka Masala (Vegetarian) Saag Paneer (Vegetarian) Daal Lentils (Vegan) Turmeric Rice (Vegan) Naan Kulcha (Vegetarian) Samosas (Vegan) Cilantro and Tamarind Chutney (Vegan) Pico Kachumber (Vegan) Mac n Cheese (Vegetarian) Bourbon Indian Chocolate Cookies THE AMERICAN PUNJABI FAMILY MEAL A family-style meal for 4, 6 or 8 people which includes:...

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Easter Takeout Options at Orange County Restaurants

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

Instead of cooking Easter dinner this year, celebrate with your family at home by enjoying a delicious meal from one of these Orange County restaurants offering Easter takeout options. Orders must be made in advance. Flemings Newport Beach (Fashion Island) 455 Newport Center Drive (949) 720-9633 ​ Entrée – Choice of 1, served family-style 8oz PETITE FILET MIGNON* | for four, $150 | for six, $220 11oz MAIN FILET MIGNON* | for four, $190 | for six, $260 CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF RIBEYE* | for four, $190 | for six, $260 20oz BONE IN RIBEYE* | for four, $260 | for six, $380 SEASONAL FEATURED LOBSTER TAILS | for four, $270 | for six $390 MISO GLAZED CHILEAN SEA BASS* | for four, $175 | for six, $250 DOUBLE BREAST OF CHICKEN | for four, $110 | for six, $160...

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Sewing Machines & Supplies to Help Make Face Masks

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Are you a quilter, seamstress, tailor, or other sewing professional – or perhaps, you just love to sew? If so, and if you’re looking for an opportunity to give back during this time, you’re in luck! Furnishing Hope, a local nonprofit organization based here in Orange County, has decided to lend out sewing machines and supplies to a limited number of individuals who are interested in sewing protective masks for the OC community. There are a total of eight (8) sewing machines that will be lent out on a first come, first serve basis. Typically, these machines are used as part of Furnishing Hope’s National Pillow Project – a program that teaches low income, single parents transitioning from homelessness to independent housing how to sew, as a way to empower them to become self-sufficient and provide a better life...

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Finding Calm in the Chaos: Our Favorite Online Workouts

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Fitness, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

For the launch of Finding Calm in the Chaos, we decided to focus on physical wellbeing. Right now many of us are working from home while trying to keep our kids busy, keep our household healthy, and attempting to maintain some normalcy during this trying time. Since most gyms and studios have closed in order to help keep our community from spreading the Coronavirus, we have researched some of our favorite workouts and found several brands offering free online trails. We are looking forward to trying these at home and are excited to share them with you! Working out from home may not be as fun and exciting as in-studio workouts with friends, so we suggest partnering up and choosing a trial online class that you can take together from each of your own homes. This is a great...

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Deep Indian Kitchen: Authentic Indian Cuisine at Home

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Partnership One of my favorite things to treat myself with is a delicious Indian dinner. I have my favorite places to dine around town, but with the quarantine, most are temporality closed. I have tried multiple ways to enjoy Indian food during the quarantine, and Deep Indian Kitchen has been my ultimate favorite Indian cuisine to enjoy at home. The dishes are not like most frozen foods and full of flavor. My favorite thing about the dishes is that they pack the perfect amount of spice and tantalizes my tastebuds. I have found myself eating Deep Indian Kitchen meals almost every day of the quarantine. Deep Indian Kitchen is always made from scratch. Plus, there are no artificial ingredients, and the meals are all under 400 calories per serving. The meals are made with REAL ingredients that are easily...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Donations During COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope has been designated by Orange County and Collaborating Organizations Active in Disaster (COADOC) as the donations drop-off location to assist Orange County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rescue Mission also announced an urgent need for food donations for the (226) men, women and children currently residing at Village of Hope. The Rescue Mission is asking the community for new, unopen and unused donations of the following items, which will be provided to Orange County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations Needed Adult Wipes: Flushable wet wipes Hygiene wipes Baby Wipes: Regular wipes Sensitive wipes Water-based wipes Baby Formula: Similac Pro Advance Similac Pro Sensitive Enfamil Enfamil Gentlease Nido (ages 1 and up) Feminine Pads: Regular Heavy Extra-heavy Baby Diapers (all sizes) Regular Overnight Sensitive Adult Disposable Diapers/Pads Disposable underwear...

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 2 comments

SpongeBob SquarePants and the unforgettable inhabitants of Bikini Bottom are back for more hilarious hijinks in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season, arriving on DVD March 31, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment. Enter DoodleBob’s alternate dimension and take a trip to Bubble Buddy’s hometown. Help SpongeBob keep Fred’s leg out of harm’s way, move Bubble Bass out of his mom’s basement, and stop SpongeGar from wreaking havoc all over town! Make new friends, including an imaginary hamster, a sea bunny, the Krusty Krab’s peculiar night crew and Sandy’s nutty nieces. Plus, take a trip to the moon, solve the curious case of the missing clarinet and hear Gary speak for the very first time ever! Featuring every hilarious episode from Season 11, plus Plankton’s Color Nullifier, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season 3-DVD set will...

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Sushi Roku Introduces Sushi Family Pack

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Dining | 0 comments

Sushi Roku’s Sushi Family Pack features contemporary sushi, featuring the finest, freshest fish from around the globe, prepared with the kind of artistry that can only be executed by a seasoned sushi chef to ensure an unparalleled sushi experience. Now available for curbside pick-up, the Sushi Family Pack includes: Premium Black Edamame – okinawa sea salt Miso Soup – tofu, green onion Tuna – maguro Salmon – sake Yellowtail – hamachi Albacore – shiro maguro Baked Crab Roll – soy paper Tuna Jalapeño Roll – spicy tuna, avocado topped with tuna yuzu olive oil Katana Roll – spicy tuna, shrimp tempura topped with tuna & yellowtail White Lotus Roll – popcorn shrimp tempura, avocado, topped with albacore, crispy onions & wasabi truffle soy The Sushi Family Pack is $98 and feeds up to 4 guests with a diverse menu...

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Slapfish Launches Take-Home Lobster Roll Kit

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Slapfish continues to find inventive ways to serve its customers and seafood fans during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the modern seafood shack has introduced a Take-Home Lobster Roll Kit. The easy-to-assemble kit serves two and comes with fresh split-top butter rolls and premade lobster filling with lemon mayo, for $40. Once picked up at Slapfish or delivered, it will keep in the refrigerator for four days. Slapfish previously announced that it has extended its Kids Eat Free promotion to all day, seven days a week. Typically only available on Wednesdays, Founder and CEO Andrew Gruel wanted to offer a small gesture to families struggling during this difficult time. The promotion provides one free kids meal with the purchase of another menu item. Kids items include a Kids Fish Taco, Fish Bites (a mini Fish & Chips), Grilled Shrimp Bowl,...

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Orange County Chefs Offer Free Meals for Healthcare Workers

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 4 comments

A group of local chefs is offering those on the front line at local Urgent Care and Emergency Rooms a free meal to take to their family. As their way of showing appreciation, Break of Dawn Chef/Owner Dee Nguyen, OC Baking Company Baker/Owner Dean Kim, and Crema Artisan Cafe Baker/Owner Tarit Tanjasiri will offer these local heroes the opportunity to pick up home-made chicken noodle soup, a loaf of fresh-baked bread, and a decadent gourmet cookie. Also involved in this act of generosity to acknowledge the hard work and long hours put in by our local healthcare workers, are Glenn Tanaka of Tanaka Farms and Anne Cutner of Solutions for Urban Agriculture, who have donated their fresh produce for the chicken noodle soup. This team has already made deliveries to local care centers and are attempting to make their...

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Panini Kabob Rolls Back Pricing and Offers Free Delivery

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Panini Kabob Grill at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo recently rolled back prices on signature items to where they were 10 years ago, including their Charbroiled Chicken Shish Kabobs ($9.95) and Family Kabob Combos ($39.95), which include four chicken skewers, and a choice of rice and salad. Vegetarian substitutes such as salmon, mushroom, and tofu kabobs are also available. (Additional charges may apply.) Panini Kabob Grill serves a variety of Salads; Paninis; Wraps; Shish Kabobs with steak, chicken, lamb, salmon or shrimp; and vegetarian entrees including a Falafel Platter, Charbroiled Organic Tofu Kabobs, and Stuffed Bell Peppers. Family Platters can be ordered for sharing, and a Kids Menu is available to children 12 and under. The restaurant uses only organic eggs, hormone and antibiotic-free proteins, and uses nothing processed or containing MSG. Panini Kabob Grill makes all items from scratch...

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OC Restaurant Spotlight: The Recess Room

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Dining | 0 comments

In the spirit of unity and serving our community, The Recess Room will be offering free grab-and-go meals to students 18 years and younger regardless of where they go to school, and seniors 65 years or older – Friday, March 27 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. until supplies last. The Recess Room follows all recommended CDC guidelines and procedures for food handling and keeping safe and properly sanitized. Please call in your order ahead: (714) 377-0398. Provide your name and estimated time of arrival and The Recess Room will bring your order out to you, curbside. Senior citizens may send a family member or friend to pick up their food, or The Recess Room can deliver the food to them within Fountain Valley city limits. The Recess Room will abide by all social distancing rules on site and space...

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Storymakery Virtual Online Classes + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Education, Family, Giveaways | 8 comments

Storymakery is pleased to offer virtual classes and workshops. All of their online offerings include 1:1 guidance from the safety of your home, storybook(s), free Storymakery account and shipping. Most importantly, all their structured sessions are fun yet enriching for children ages 4 and up. There are three different online workshop options that people can choose from. Right now, Storymakery is also offering a 10% discount through March 31st with code: Virtual! Registration is currently available for the classes online. Online-Led Young Author Class A four-part online-led session where children will work one-on-one with a remote instructor. Classes include lessons on plot development, story structure, character development, genre and more. Curriculum will be adjusted by age. Some homework may be required. Each session is one hour. Also includes two soft cover story books. After booking, Storymakery will contact you...

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PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 14 comments

PAW Patrol is on a roll! The Mighty Pups are back and ready to use their super powers to help those in need. In this all new adventure, they team up with their new super pals, the Mighty Twins! There’s more mighty action than ever in the PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws DVD, arriving March 3, 2020. Packed with favorite characters, new surprises, and more, the PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $10.99. PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Super Paws episodes MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: When Super Kitties Attack MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups Meet the Mighty Twins MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups Save a Giant Chicken MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups Stop Harold’s Deep Freeze MIGHTY PUPS SUPER PAWS: Pups...

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Free Parenting Workshop For Helping Teens During Shelter in Place

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

WHAT A MESS! Am I right?! The kids are home, school is in session (ish) and we’re all trying to figure out what to do, how to manage our own mental health, and help our kids proceed with remote learning and quarantine. So, HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS! Daniel Patterson has partnered with an amazing therapist out of Portland, Oregon named Dr. Amy Stoeber. You are invited to this FREE LIVE WEBINAR for Q & A to address: How to help you manage your own mental health during these times How do you support the mental health of your kids during these times How to create structure and routine in the home How to manage and support education during these times What education solutions or alternatives exist THEY HAVE ANSWERS AND WANT TO PROVIDE THEM AT NO COST! In the...

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OC Restaurant Spotlight: Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Small businesses are being hit the hardest during this time, and it is more important than ever to step up and do what we can to help small businesses. A simple way to do this is by ordering food-to-go for your family. Instead of picking out a large restaurant chain, I recommend supporting a small business. Every day we will be featuring one of our favorite small businesses to support with Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge being our feature of the day. The one thing that I love about Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge is the chef and owner. It is one of the few restaurants in Orange County with a female chef and her food – incredible. The restaurant was only open for a couple of weeks before the coronavirus hit, and they need the support from our community more...

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DIY Home Improvement Projects with Achim Home Décor

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Crafts, Family, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

This post was sponsored by Achim Home Décor as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Now that our family will be spending a lot more time indoors, I decided to start working on some home improvement projects. For the longest time, I have wanted to redo the flooring in my home office area, and I had been shopping at our local Walmart for Achim Home Décor flooring. There are so many choices with Achim Home Décor that I had trouble deciding on what type of flooring I wanted to put in my room. A couple of weeks ago, I selected the Portfolio Plank & Tile, and I can’t wait to get started installing it over the next couple of weeks. The flooring is super simple to install by myself. It...

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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 | 1 comment

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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