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

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

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

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Yappy Howl-O-Ween at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Nothing gets cuter than a dog dressed in a costume. With Halloween just around the corner, we’d love for you to join The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Yappy Howl-O-Ween, a canine and companion cocktail party and costume contest! Perfect for families and friends to enjoy, the resort’s Yappy Howl-O-Ween can’t be missed! Proceeds from the event (and all of the resort’s Yappy Hours) are donated to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs. When & Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 4- 7 p.m. Where: The Dana Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 92629) What: Haute hounds will enjoy flavored water like bacon, chicken, beef, or vegan, while human guests relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot...

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Through the Eyes of a Teenager

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

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

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Tips for Having the Most Magical Time at Disneyland During Halloween Time

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Disney, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Halloween is one of the most magical times to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort. While we don’t seem to be having fall weather here in Orange County, your family can enjoy a little taste of the season by enjoying comforting foods and admiring the festive decor at Disneyland. One thing that I always encourage parents to do when bringing their kids to the Disneyland Resort is to plan ahead so that they can get the most out of their magical time at The Happiest Place on Earth. These are some of my tips to help your family with getting the most out of your magical time at the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time. Purchase the Disney MaxPass Visiting the Disneyland Resort has changed forever with the introduction of Disney MaxPass....

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Star Wars Teen Movie and Game Night

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored I don’t know about you, but game nights are my favorite kind of nights, especially when game nights are based on one of the best movies. Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film was one of my families favorite Star Wars movies. After hearing that the movie was coming to DVD and BluRay, my brothers and I decided to have a game night, but make it Solo themed. When we were done with playing the game, we would go inside and watch the movie. We first started setting up by taking the Han Solo Monopoly game board and set it up outside on a blanket. We then threw some comfy Chewbacca blankets and pillows to make the space even more comfortable. We then waited for the sun to set and began our family game night. My little brother...

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Disneyland Halloween Time: All About the Churros

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Disney, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 I visited as a guest of Disney One of our family’s favorite things to do when visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to taste all of the sweet treats that can be found throughout the park. This year, it is all about the churros with there being seven different flavors of churros (plus churro sundaes) for your family to enjoy during while visiting the Disneyland Resort. While at the Disneyland Resort last week, our family embarked on a delicious journey of trying all the different churro flavors. We started at the Disneyland Park at the Golden Horseshoe by tasting the churro sundae. It was the best sundae I have ever devoured, and I enjoyed it so much that I went back for seconds. The dessert featured hand-scooped vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, cookie dough, and a warm...

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Second Annual Le Diner en Blanc OC

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Once again this year, the elegant white wave of dinner guests will invade one of the most prestigious public locations of the city. Le Diner en Blanc returns to Orange County on Saturday, October 13, 2018. For this second edition, more than 1,000 revelers are awaited at a new and secret location. Last year’s inaugural très chic picnic attracted more than 800 cultural enthusiasts for a memorable evening at Bolsa Chica State Beach. This annual secret affair, promises another unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, as it takes over an undisclosed public space whose location is only revealed minutes prior to the commencement of the event. Registration to participate in this unique experience happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members from the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase...

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Creating the Internet World in Ralph Breaks the Internet

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney The upcoming film, Ralph Breaks the Internet, starts just where the story left off in Wreck it Ralph. The big difference between this film vs. the first is that most of the film takes place “in” the internet. Now, the internet is not an actual “place” that the creators of the film could visit to recreate for the film, and they had to use their imagination to create the magical world of the internet in Ralph Breaks the Internet. Earlier this month, I had the honor of talking with Matthias Lechner (art director, environments), Larry Wu(head of environments) and Ernie Petti (technical supervisor) about how they created the complex metropolis – the internet. In this film there are some sets from the first movie, there are real-world sets, some that...

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Dog Days World Premiere

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of the studio Who doesn’t love dogs? Unless you are a huge cat person, then these cute little (and big) dogs are easy to love and become best friends with. The new film Dog Days is based all on the people of LA and their furry friends. Throughout the movie, you witness the stories of all the diverse people that live in LA have different experiences with their dogs. Yesterday morning, after awaking at the beautiful LAX Marriott with my Mom and went to Beverly Hills to have the fantastic opportunity to attend the Dog Days premiere where I would get to watch the film with the entire cast (human and dog) and walk down the blue carpet. When we arrived at the beautiful Westfield Century City where the premiere would take place we...

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Visit Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood in England

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Travel | 0 comments

  It has been nine years since I last visited my family in London.  We are a close-knit bunch and spend every day together.  The last time we were there my children were 1 and 4 which meant that every day was spent in a park.   My aunt Barbara told us about this enchanting park that she felt the children would love so we headed out to Aldenham Country Park in Hertfordshire to visit the 100 Aker Wood.  Now if that sounds a bit familiar it may be due to a little song that starts off like this: Deep in the hundred acre wood Where Christopher Robin plays, you will find the enchanted neighborhood of Christopher’s childhood days A donkey named Eeyore is his friend. And Kanga and little Roo. There’s Rabbit. and Piglet And there’s Owl But most...

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Summer Dive-In Movie nights at Fashion Island Hotel

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Events, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

  Friday nights are Summer Dive-In Movie nights at Fashion Island Hotel – the stylish, luxury SoCal coastal hotel oozing with relaxed hospitality and atmosphere. Silver screen favorites start at sundown when dates, friends and families pull up a chaise lounge poolside or get comfy on their own inflatable pool floaties to view Luke Skywalker, Mowgli, Thor, the Black Widow, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Lupita Nyong’o and other unforgettable characters and stars under the stars. Popcorn, movie snacks, cocktails and other beverages are available to purchase for sipping and crunching. Cost is $10 for locals and free for hotel guests. To sweeten this poolside cinema experience, overnight guests can enjoy the benefits of Fashion Island Hotel’s Seas The Summer package, which features 15% off their room, 15% off dining for two and a $15 Market Place credit. Summer Dive-In...

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Get a Sugar Rush at Candytopia in Santa Monica

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Cool Places, Featured | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Let’s face it…we’re all a little obsessed with social media and getting the perfect photo. When it comes to Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook photos everyone wants them to be perfect. And what better place to take excellent pictures than a place solely meant for just that! Located in Santa Monica, Candytopia is one of the best picture museums I have ever visited. One thing that made this museum so much fun is that its the whole theme was candy. It was literally my two favorite things in the world, taking pictures, and candy. When my mom told me we were going to be doing this during our weekend trip to Santa Monica I immediately picked out my favorite outfits and got ready for the exciting photo opportunities there would be during...

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Boutique Elegance at La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Autos, Family, Featured, Kia, Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When planning our upcoming Mother and Daughter getaway to explore the history and culture of Querétaro, I knew that I wanted to stay in boutique style hotels to fully experience the culture and history of the beautiful city. We used Pied à Terre to find La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro because they are the premier community to help travelers with finding the best boutique hotels that focus on culture, art, and gastronomy. Moments after arriving in Querétaro, our driver took us to La Casa De Los Dos Leones which was located in the heart of the city, and where a beautiful Kia Sorento was in the parking lot awaiting our arrival. As we walked into the lobby, we were greeted by the staff who offered us a refreshing...

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Walking in Walt’s Footsteps: A Photo Tour of Walt Disney’s Office

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney While visiting the Walt Disney Studios lot earlier this month, I embarked on an unforgettable scavenger hunt around the studios, and then had the honor of touring Walt Disney’s office. It has been a long time dream of mine to go into his office, and I was immersed in the magic of Disney while walking in Walt’s footsteps. Everything in Walt Disney’s office has been placed and preserved precisely how it was when he was alive, and I felt like Walt was right there with us while walking around his office. Since his office isn’t open to the public, I took as many photos as possible to give all of you an inside look into what his office looked like when he was alive. Enjoy this magical photo tour, and experience the...

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Exclusive Look Behind-the-Scenes of General Hospital

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney While I was pregnant with my youngest son, I was put on bed rest very early on in the pregnancy. Being stuck in bed for 16 weeks, I watched a lot of television, and one of my favorite shows to watch every day was General Hospital. Every afternoon, I would look forward to seeing what was happening in Port Charles. I continued to watch it daily while caring for my baby, but as he got active, I found myself having to record and then watch a week full of episodes during the weekend. Being such a fan of the show, I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to visit the set of General Hospital. The morning that I was going to be visiting, I was overwhelmed with excitement. I couldn’t...

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World Premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of Disney I have had the honor of attending many world premiere’s and Solo: A Star Wars Story is by far the best premiere I have ever attended. When I arrived at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the entire street was closed off for the premiere. In the center of the red carpet was a giant replica of the Millennium Falcon, and fans crowded the street with excitement over the possibility of seeing one of their favorite Star Wars actors. I attended the premiere with a group of parenting bloggers, and I walked the carpet with my friend Heidi. Together, we took our time walking down the carpet, taking pictures and enjoying the energy from the crowd. We enjoyed every minute of our time spent on the red carpet. After taking hundreds of pictures...

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Mother’s Day Brunch by the Sea at Hotel Shangri-La

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue This past weekend I was treated to an early Mother’s Day brunch by the sea at the beautiful Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. The boutique hotel is the perfect place to treat mom to brunch on Mother’s Day because of the hotel’s beautiful ocean views, timeless decor and excellent cuisine. While I had the pleasure of enjoying brunch in their elegant restaurant, brunch on Mother’s Day will be served al fresco under the beautiful Santa Monica sun on the outdoor hotel patio. Brunch began with a champagne toast before embarking on an epicurean adventure. Our first course was a refreshing gazpacho shooter that perfectly cleansed our palate before savoring the next five courses. The highlight of our brunch was the avocado toast. The dish featured perfectly crisp toast topped with thinly...

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Hike to Heart Rock

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Joshua Tree, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia When planning a mother and daughter trip to Joshua Tree, one of my friends mentioned to me that we needed to hike to heart rock. Unfortunately, there is barely anything written online about how to find the mysterious heart rock, so we set off on an adventure to find heart rock. There were only a few things that we knew about heart rock before going on a hike, and that was that it is located in the White Tank Campground along the Arch Rock Nature Trail. Before checking into our campsite, we drove in our Kia Sorento to Arch Rock Nature Trail in an attempt to find heart rock. The trail is only .5 miles, but we seemed to hike for at least a couple of miles. We hiked all over the area until the...

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Epic Day with the Cast of Avengers: Infinity War

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the event as a guest of Disney The upcoming film, Avengers: Infinity War, has created so much buzz and anticipation. My oldest son, who is one of the biggest Marvel fans that I know has been following the news that has been being leaked out about this movie for over a year. He has watched every trailer, read every news story, and spent countless hours reviewing his old comic books to try and figure out what he would see when watching the movie. After seeing the film last night, nothing could have prepared him for what he was going to see, and he described the movie as “jaw-dropping.” Days before taking my son to see the movie at the El Capitan Theatre, I was treated to an unforgettable day with the cast of the film. It was...

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2018 Orange County Mother’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Dining, Featured, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Celebrate Mom this year on Mother’ Day by treating her to an unforgettable Sunday brunch at one of these premier Orange County dining destinations. Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate Mother’s Day with a gourmet brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas and an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Sunday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Seafood Station Ahi Poke, Shrimp Cocktail, Ceviche, Oysters in a Half Shell, and Chilled King Crab Legs with Cocktail Sauce, Lemon, and Tabasco Cooked to Order Omelets Omelet or Whole Eggs Made to Order with: Country Ham, Sausage, Bacon and Bay Shrimp, Assorted Cheeses, Diced Tomatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach, Fresh Cut Peppers, and Salsa Smoked Fish Station Gravlax, Scallops, Trout, Salmon with Dill Mustard Sauce, Sliced Red Onions, Capers, Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomatoes, and...

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Taste of Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Pixar Fest is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, and one of our favorite things about the festive celebration of friendship is all the tasty food offerings. Pixar Fest is happening at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park until September 3rd, and these are some of our favorite dishes that your family will want to try when coming to the Disneyland Resort for the celebration. Cheeseburger Pizza Alien Pizza Planet (Tomorrowland) When I first heard of this combination, I was hesitant to try it at first. But, the minute that I sunk my tastebuds into it, I was in heaven. The pizza features, meat patties, ketchup, yellow mustard, American and Cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, burger sauce, and pickles on a sesame seed crust. I loved this pizza...

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A Perfect 24 Hours in New York City

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Kia, New York, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Kia After having an eventful day at the New York Auto Show for the unveiling of the all-new 2019 Kia Optima and K900, I had an unforgettable 24 hours in New York City. The perfect day in NYC started with a short walk from the Soho Grand Hotel to Jack’s Wife Freda for breakfast. The adorable cafe is located in the heart of lower Manhattan and has a fresh and healthy menu. There were so many delicious choices to choose from on the menu, making it hard to pick just one. While I can never normally resist a delicious benny, it was the poached eggs with grilled tomato and haloumi that tantalized my taste buds. The dish was light, refreshing and the perfect meal to start that day in NYC. Raindrops were slowly...

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The Fairy Trail Returns to Oso Creek Trail

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Featured, Mission Viejo, Parks | 1 comment

  Families were disappointed when the popular Aliso Summit Fairy Trail closed to the public a couple of months ago. But, we have fantastic news….the fairy trail is back and in a whole new location. The fairy trail has returned to a bigger and better location along Oso Creek Trail. If you haven’t been to Oso Creek Trail, it is already a magical place and is the ideal place for children to become immersed in the magical world of fairies. Along the trail, your children can discover hidden fairy houses with beautiful details. The fairy trail is expected to be completed on April 28th. However, I have heard a rumor that there are already some houses hidden along the trail already. Plan a magical day with your children at the Oso Creek Trail discovering hidden fairy houses and villages....

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BubbleFest is Back and Better than Ever

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of our favorite family Spring Break traditions is to experience BubbleFest at Discovery Cube OC. As my children have been getting older, I have become a little worried that they will outgrow all the science fun at Discovery Cube OC, and I was thrilled to see that they still love visiting the popular educational destination. My kids are now 16, 14 and 11, and I had a hard time getting them to leave BubbleFest – they were enjoying it that much. This year, BubbleFest is located inside of Discovery Cube OC, so you don’t have to worry about the weather when planning a visit. The highlight of BubbleFest is The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. This year was our favorite year seeing the show inside of the plush indoor theatre. During...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Events, Featured | 5 comments

  On Saturday, March 10th through Saturday, March 31st, Irvine Park Railroad will hold its annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Event activities include meeting and having your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, train rides, and more. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt. Irvine Park Railroad will also offer Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. Please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com for complete details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs. For the cost of $12.00, children can meet and have their photo taken...

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Must-Have Foods: Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018 in Disney, Family, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The highly-anticipated time has come for the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. The popular event is happening now until April 12th and is the perfect time for families to come and enjoy delicious dishes, and for parents to sip on craft beers and fine wines. Located throughout Disney California Adventure Park are 14 different Marketplaces where guest can go on an epicurean adventure sampling California-inspired small dishes. The highlight of the cuisine at the Food & Wine Festival this year is that the foods feature California-grown ingredients. These are our ten favorite dishes that you’ll not want to miss trying when experiencing the Food & Wine Festival this year. Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib Tacos LA Style Marketplace Salmon Peruvian Poke with Cucumber-lime Salad and Aji Verde Salsa Peppers...

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LA Clippers Basketball Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Camp, Family, Featured | 5 comments

 Sponsored The LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps offer an exciting way for kids 6-14 years of age to take their game to the next level. The camps, which are open to children of all different skill levels feature an All-Star group of coaches including former Clippers Players Olden Polynice and Yari Korolev. Participants will receive top level instruction on shooting mechanics, footwork, ball-handling, defense, passing and mental approach to the sport in a fun environment. Camps will take place Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm and will be held throughout LA, Orange County, the I.E. and San Diego. Register today before the camps sell out. Camp Location(s): JUNE 2018 Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15 – CAMP – L.A.C.E.S. (5931 W 18th St, Los Angeles, CA 90035) – 8:00am-3:00pm Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22 – CAMP – Agoura...

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World Premiere of the Peter Rabbit Movie

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Sony The Grove in Los Angeles was transformed over the weekend for the world premiere of the Peter Rabbit Movie. The sidewalk was covered with a green carpet featuring the cutest white bunny paw prints that the cast of the film would walk upon before the movie would debut to the world. When we arrived for the premiere, the crowd was cheering and getting autographs from their favorite celebrities as they walked down the carpet. After meeting with some of the actors from the film on the carpet, it was time for the celebration to begin with an exclusive premiere pre-party. During the party, there were photo opportunities, tasty snacks, and live bunnies. Younger children enjoyed running through a maze while the older children took photos in the photo booth. The highlight of...

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Southern California: Lunar New Year Events

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

  Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog with your family at one of these Southern California Lunar New Year events. Disneyland Resort 1313 Disneyland Drive Anaheim, CA 92802 Disneyland.com The Disneyland Resort is the premier place to bring your family to celebrate the Lunar New Year this year. The celebration is happening at Disney California Adventure Park with authentic cuisine, fantastic entertainment, and activities. The magical celebration continues until February 18th. Save on tickets for your visit by taking advantage of the limited-time Southern California resident discounted ticket offer. Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618 Sunday, February 18 from 1pm to 3pm. Activations will take place in the Giant Wheel Court including: Lucky red envelopes Korean fan dancers Chinese lion dance Asian themed stilt-walkers Music entertainment And more! Fashion Island...

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Splitsville Luxury Lanes is coming to the Downtown Disney District

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Splitsville Luxury Lanes will open to guests at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on January 29th. From family fun to date nights, Splitsville will be an exciting destination for all ages. With 600 dining seats, two craft cocktail bars, two bustling kitchens, 20 bowling lanes and a prominent covered patio with a stage that will feature live music 365 days a year, Splitsville will offer visitors a one-of-a-kind, multi-faceted entertainment experience in a California-cool environment. Food connoisseurs will discover a menu that is a cut above similar entertainment complexes. From top-notch sushi to expertly grilled salmon, the cuisine caters to guests with discerning palates. Even the more traditional bowling alley classics like nachos and pizzas are elevated to new heights with premium toppings and fresh ingredients. The location itself offers more than 40,000 square feet...

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2018 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour + Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Producers of smiles, togetherness, and “How do they do that” wonderment, the Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their “Amazing Feats of Basketball 2018 World Tour” to the southland Feb. 17th to 25th. It’s a great family adventure of wholesome fun that makes for special memories. As America’s icons of sports entertainment, they have broken down barriers and dazzled and dunked their way into the hearts of more than 142 million fans, performing in 123 countries and territories on six continents over the past nine decades. Their one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment with incredible ball handling, hilarious comedy and loads of fan interaction, including a post-game autograph signing. Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario: Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Honda Center in Anaheim Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., and Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.,...

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Snow Tubing at Mt Baldy

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Cool Places, Family, Featured, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia One of my kid’s favorite things to do is go skiing! Unfortunately, we haven’t been lucky enough to get much snow in our local mountains, so during the holiday break, I took my kids to Mt Baldy for the first time to check out their snow tubing. Mt Baldy is a true hidden gem for those who like snow. It is much closer than Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear and is a great skiing facility. The area had not gotten much snow the weekend that we visited, so there was not any snow as we drove up the mountain, but once we got off the chairlift, the ski resort had created a winter wonderland. When there is snow in the area, the ski resort offers skiing, snowboard, and tubing for families to enjoy. The day...

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Glamping in a Tipi under the Stars in Joshua Tree

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Joshua Tree, Kia, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 3 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia My daughter and I love visiting unique and fun places. Recently, a listing on Airbnb caught our attention as a place that we wanted to visit, and we added it to our travel bucket list over a year ago. During the holiday break, I surprised my daughter with an overnight to Joshua Tree to go glamping in a tipi! Joshua Tree is just a short drive outside of Palm Springs, so we packed up our Kia Sorento and got ready for an unforgettable mother/daughter adventure in the desert. Before checking into our tipi for the night, we went into Joshua Tree National Park to look for “heart rock.” We went on a beautiful hike and were lucky to find the mysterious heart-shaped rock. As the sun started to set, we got back into the car...

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Afternoon Tea with Paddington

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio In celebration of the all-new film, Paddington 2, I surprised my kids by taking them to The London West Hollywood for afternoon tea with Paddington. The morning of the event, my kids got dressed in their best clothing and were overwhelmed with excitement about seeing the movie. When we arrived at The London West Hollywood, there was a giant “Paddington” made out of balloons. My youngest son got super excited and insisted that I take his picture with the balloon character. Little did he know, that he was going to get to meet Paddington himself in person a few minutes later. Once everyone had arrived, we were welcomed into the screening room at The London West Hollywood. The kids were invited to get their favorite candy and bucket of popcorn to...

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Disney Live! Presents Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

  Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions when Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic visits Long Beach Terrace Theatre & Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario from January 18-January 21. Tickets are on sale now. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know...

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Disneyland Resort Offers Southern California Residents Special Ticket Prices

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 1 comment

  The Disneyland Resort is kicking off the new year with a special ticket offer for Southern California residents, just in time for guests to “get more happy” with enhanced Star Wars experiences at Disneyland Park, the guest-favorite Lunar New Year celebration and popular Food & Wine Festival returning at Disney California Adventure Park, plus the first-ever Pixar Fest, a resort-wide celebration of stories and characters from Pixar Animation Studios. Additionally, the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort are offering special rates on standard and premium rooms for a limited time. The Southern California resident ticket offer provides flexible options for two or three days of magic and adventure at special prices. For a limited time, guests may select from these purchase options, which can save Southern California residents up to 25 percent off select multi-day tickets: • 2-day...

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The Magic of the Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney For the past three years, I have had the esteemed honor of attending the Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony as a guest of the Disneyland Resort. This year was very special to me because the ceremony was held on my birthday. After spending the day interviewing the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I got dressed up to attend the ceremony with one of my best friends, my daughter Ella. Knowing how popular the traditional event is at the Disneyland Resort, we arrived early and had dinner at the Uva Bar in Downtown Disney before entering Disneyland Park. We enjoyed a delicious steak dinner paired with a fresh, crisp salad, and it was the perfect prelude to our magical evening. Once the time had come, we entered the park and got in line...

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Creating Holiday Memories at Santa’s Village

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite childhood memories was driving up to the mountains to spend time with my family at Santa’s Village. When I learned that Santa’s Village had finally reopened to the public last year, I wanted to bring my children, but our holiday season was too busy to make the trip. This year, I made it a priority to bring my children to experience the magic of Santa’s Village, and it was an experience that they will never forget. We had thought about spending the weekend in the mountains but decided to make it a day trip in our Kia Sorento. We left early and arrived at Santa’s Village right when they were opening. I signed the waiver, got our tickets, and the fun began. As we entered Santa’s Village,...

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The Force is Strong in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Earlier in the month, I received an invitation to go to an undisclosed location to meet with the cast of the all-new movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The invitation was vague and all the details of the time and location would be disclosed to me the night before. I waited with anticipation before finally receiving my secret instructions on where in Los Angeles I would get the opportunity of a lifetime to meet with the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When I arrived at the hotel, I was directed towards a hidden escalator that would take me to the top floor. There I would check-in with security and then take my seat in the room where the cast would soon arrive. I waited anxiously with anticipation, and then the...

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Discovery Cube OC Winter Wonderfest + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 14 comments

 Sponsored Snow is coming to Orange County at Discovery Cube OC, so bundle up and experiment with ramps and friction, while enjoying all-day snow play and tubing at Winter Wonderfest. Experience a lesson in physics as you whoosh down a huge 75-foot ramp on inflatable tubes. But, where do you move the fastest — near the top or bottom? Find other frosty delights in the snow play area, where snowmen are under icy construction with the help of your imagination! Sledding down a snow-covered hill is part of the snow-filled festival, too. Slip your hands in some mittens and dig deeper into this brrr-illiant topic. Winter Wonderfest is fun for the entire family and allows kids and adults to experience a snow-filled day without leaving Southern California! Dates: December 16th-17th December 22nd-January 7th Where: Discovery Cube OC 2500 N...

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Give the Gift of a Disneyland Resort Experience + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, Theme Parks | 17 comments

 Sponsored Discover how easy it is to give friends and family members an experience at the Disneyland Resort. Giving a Disney Vacation makes it easier than ever to give theme park tickets or a dining experience, or even a Disney vacation to Walt Disney World and other Disney destinations. Mickey and Minnie Mouse sent our family some special gifts this holiday season for us to share some great gift ideas that you can give a loved one this holiday season. Give a Disney vacation experience Now, it’s easier than ever to give the gift of a Disneyland Resort experience – or a Disney vacation! You can give gift cards for theme park tickets, dining experiences, hotel stays and more! Star Wars Experiences Something you can do January through March The Force is strong with guests at the Disneyland Resort...

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10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Disney It is the most magical time of the year to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort. The entire resort is adorned with twinkling lights, majestic Christmas trees, and festive decorations. The holidays begin at the Disneyland Resort, and these are ten ways to celebrate the holidays with your family at Disneyland. Watch a Christmas Fantasy Parade. The holiday parade is guaranteed to get your family into the holiday spirit. There are magical floats, festive music and a surprise visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Be immersed in a magical world while taking a boat ride into it’s a small world. The attraction comes to life at night with a beautiful display of lights and inside families are introduced to holiday traditions from around the world. Have a frightfully fun time experiencing...

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Downtown Disney Day Trip with OC Bus

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Cool Places, Disney, Featured, Kia, Theme Parks | 2 comments

 Sponsored Ever since my two teenagers started riding the OC Bus to school at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), they keep telling me how much fun the bus is to ride. When trying to plan something fun and unique to do with the kids, I decided to take them on a Downtown Disney day trip with OC Bus. I had already known that their school bus #83 goes from Laguna Hills to Disneyland without having to change bus lines, so I knew that it would be a fun and seamless adventure. We arrived at the Laguna Hills Transportation Center on a Sunday morning, I parked our Kia Sorento in the parking lot, and we waited for the #83 bus to arrive. Surprisingly, it only took a few minutes before the bus arrived. There are two ways...

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Orange County Christmas Boat Parade Cruises

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored It’s the most wonderful time to bring your family to admire twinkling lights while cruising around one of our local harbors during a Christmas boat parade. Local yacht companies are offering affordable pricing for families to experience the Christmas Boat Parade unlike ever before – on the water! Holiday Lights Cruise: Newport Harbor’s Sparkling Boats, Homes, Docks & More Cost: Comp – $15 SoCal may not have snow, sleds and mittens for the holidays, but Newport Beach boasts dazzling Christmastime light displays sparkling from the boats, homes, docks and businesses along the harbor. Now a holiday tradition dating back more than 100 years, locals go “all out” with roof-top animated scenes, dancing Christmas trees, special effects and more (there are even prizes awarded). Hop onboard a 75-minute Holiday Lights Cruise on Davey’s Locker Ships, and be a part...

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Pixar Fest is coming to the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Pixar Fest, the biggest Pixar celebration ever to come to Disney Parks, brings guests together to celebrate friendship and beyond beginning April 13, 2018, at the Disneyland Resort. During this limited time event, some of the beloved stories from Pixar Animation Studios will come to life in new ways at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks, with characters and experiences from films such as Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “Up.” Guests will join the fun as they experience a new fireworks spectacular, the return of two favorite parades with fresh new Pixar surprises, new décor, atmosphere entertainment, creatively themed food and beverage and exclusive event merchandise. A new fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” will celebrate Pixar stories through the decades as it lights up the sky over Disneyland, connecting guests...

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Date Night: Le Dîner en Blanc in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Dining, Events, Featured | 2 comments

  From global phenomenon to highly sought-after “secret”, Le Dîner en Blanc will take over one of Orange County’s public spaces on November 2, 2017, for the first ever refine pop-up epicurean event. Over 100,000 foodies and cultural enthusiasts around the world have already embraced this unique event. As stated very eloquently by the New York Times: “There are picnics and there are Picnics”. This très chic picnic is equal parts mystery tour, pop-up feast and je ne sais quoi! Launched in Paris nearly 30 years ago by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What began as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international epicurean sensation in nearly 80 cities in more than 30 countries. While the technology behind the event...

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Teen’s Dream Come True at the Thor: Ragnarok World Premiere

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Our family is so fortunate to have the opportunity to experience many amazing things. As my son has become a teenager, it is hard to find things to do with him that truly gets him excited about. I was able to find the one thing to make him happier than I’ve ever seen him in his life, so happy that he cried multiple times throughout the night because he was overwhelmed with emotion, and that was the night that I took him to the Thor: Ragnarok World Premiere. The day before the premiere, I surprised him with the news that he was going to get to leave school early and come with me to the premiere. He was so happy that he kept hugging me throughout the night, and thanking me for...

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5 Things to do at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The Halloween season is in full swing, and one of the best places in Orange County to get in the spirit of the holiday is to spend the day at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch! The family venue offers something for everyone in your family to enjoy, and these are five of our favorite things to do when visiting Irvine Park Railroad during Halloween. Ride the Train Everyone’s favorite thing to do when visiting Irvine Park is to ride the train. It is decorated with fall colors for the season and will take your kids on an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy a Sweet Treat Take a break from all of the fun to treat the kids to some cotton candy or popcorn. The snack shack also has lunch items...

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Disney-Pixar’s COCO: A Story about Family & Culture

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a press preview as a guest of Disney Disney-Pixar’s COCO is a beautiful film that will immerse families in the Mexican culture as it tells the story behind the meaning of Día de los Muertos. The story is about a boy who is stuck between two worlds and is also a story about what it means to be a family. Before starting to work on the film, the filmmakers started with research. They made many trips to Mexico during Día de los Muertos to learn how the different regions embrace the cultural event. During Día de los Muertos, the souls of the dead are invited back to the land of the living. It is a grand family reunion where families are joyful, and get out into the streets, a beautiful tradition. The filmmakers used the traditions to...

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Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 3 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney For the first time, families can now experience the magic of Disney’s Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure Park. Families who purchase tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party can create memories together in either Disney California Adventure or Disneyland during the three-hour pre-party mix-in. The excitement begins as guests first enter Disney California Adventure Park and are greeted by a giant silhouette of Oogie Boogie! Then once inside of the park, guests will notice that Buena Vista Street has been decorated for the Halloween Season, and there are bats everywhere! Cars Land has an all-new look for Haul-O-Ween! Mater, Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and the Red Fire Truck are dressed in their favorite costumes. Guests can spot Mater cruising down Route 66 while dressed as a vampire, and capture a photo...

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Epic Los Angeles to Las Vegas Road Trip

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Featured, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite summer road trips was when we went off the beaten path from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Normally, when going on a Las Vegas road trip, we can’t wait to get to the city and drive all the way to Vegas with as minimal stops as possible. This year, we did things differently and turned a four-hour drive into a 12-hour drive, and it was the best Las Vegas road trip ever! If you make this road trip, you’ll want to leave early! Leaving from Los Angeles or Orange County will take about the same amount of time, and your family can easily accomplish all these stops, and make it to Vegas before sundown. You’ll want to load up your Kia with plenty of snacks and water for the...

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Mickey’s Halloween Pre-Party Mix-In & Discounted Tickets

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Disney, Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort is going to be bigger and better than ever this year with the all-new pre-party mix-in. For the first time, guest attending Mickey’s Halloween Party will have an opportunity to visit Disney California Adventure as well as Disneyland Park during the three hours prior to the beginning of the party in Disneyland Park. Another great reason to bring the family to Mickey’s Halloween party this year is the discounted advance purchase tickets. There are only a few select nights available where guests can take advantage of the discounted advance ticket pricing. We recommend purchasing them today before the tickets sell-out! Your family will create memories that will last a lifetime during Mickey’s Halloween Party. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special ticketed event allows guests to trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland Park, enjoy special...

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Dana Point Family Travel Guide

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dana Point, Featured, Kia, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored Dana Point is the perfect place in Orange County for families to create long lasting memories together. The city is home to some of the best beaches in Orange County and luxurious resorts. When looking for the best place to plan your next family staycation, Dana Point is one of the top choices to have a getaway full of sun and fun. Where to stay There are many resorts in Dana Point that each offer a different vacation experience. The DoubleTree Dana Point is just a few steps away from the beach. They have luxurious suites and guest rooms that offer beautiful ocean views. Your family can rent a bike and cruise around Dana Point when staying at the DoubleTree Dana Point. If you’re looking for a luxurious resort on the cliffs over the pacific ocean, The Ritz-Carlton...

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Best Beaches for Bonfires in Orange County

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Beaches, Best of OC, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite things to do during the summer is to take our kids to one of our local beaches to roast marshmallows in a fire pit and eat s’mores while watching the sunset over the crystalline ocean waters. Families are encouraged to come early to snag one of these sought after fire pits. Curious about where to find them? We have everything to you need to know on where to find Orange County beaches with fire pits for your next summer beach bonfire. Aliso Creek Beach 31131 S Pacific Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 This beach is one of our favorites to have a bonfire because the fire pits are so close to the parking spots. There is also clean bathrooms, a lifeguard, and a playground for the kids to play. If you want to...

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Bring Your Kids to a OC Soccer Club Game

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored If you have kids who like to play soccer or want to introduce your kids to the sport, then you want to bring them to see Orange County’s only professional soccer team play at the Orange County Great Park. Your kids will enjoy the excitement, action and great team spirit that the OC Soccer Club players possess. During the family-friendly games, there are activities for the kids, player autograph sessions and a food and beer garden for the parents. The best part about the soccer games is that it is affordable for families to attend a game. Ticket pricing starts at just $15, and they have just started playing in the beautiful new championship stadium at the OC Great Park that seats 5,000 people! If you want to attend multiple games this season, there are season tickets and...

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The Rivers of America at Disneyland

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The highly anticipated time has come for The Rivers of America to reopen at Disneyland. The Disneyland classics are back and better than ever for your family to experience while creating lifelong memories together. The Mark Twain Riverboat One of the most beloved classics, The Mark Twain Riverboat is ready for families to go on a journey along the Rivers of America. Storytelling is richly embedded in the attraction, making it a fully immersive experience for guests. While on the riverboat, your family will be transported to a different time along the river. You’ll hear a story and witness beautiful nature and animal life. I recommend bringing your children to the Mark Twain Riverboat during a warmer part of the day so they can have a short rest, relax, and then they...

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Western American Railroad Museum

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Featured, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Every kid loves trains. Ever since my boys were toddlers, they have loved everything about trains, and that love never seemed to end as they have gotten older. While planning our OC to Las Vegas road trip, I was looking for some new places to explore, and the Western American Railroad Museum came up on my radar. I had never heard of it before, and it is located in Barstow (just a quick stop on our way to Vegas), so I made plans to bring the kids to visit it. When we arrived at the railroad museum in our Kia Sorento, my boys squealed with delight. Outside of the museum were multiple train cars just waiting for my boys to explore. By the time that we had reached the museum, it was right...

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The Emoji Movie World Premiere

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Sony Ever since my kids saw the first trailer for the Emoji Movie on television, they couldn’t wait to go see the movie. As the release date for the movie got closer, my kids were talking more and more about the movie; more than any other movie before. Then when I got an email inviting us to attend the world premiere of the Emoji Movie in Hollywood, they were running around the house screaming with excitement. The night before the premiere, my kids were so excited that they couldn’t sleep. In the morning, they were up and ready to go bright and early. As I drove our Kia Sorento to Los Angeles, the kids and I talked all about our favorite emoji’s and what part of the movie we were the most excited...

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Pirate-themed Irvine Spectrum Toddler Tuesday

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Hosted in partnership with the Irvine Spectrum Center Summer is in full swing and families came together to celebrate the season during a fun and interactive Pirate-themed Toddler Tuesday at the Irvine Spectrum Center. With Toddler Tuesdays being such a huge hit during the school year, the free family event has returned for select third Tuesdays of the month. During the event, children came dressed in pirate-themed attire and enjoyed a wide variety of complimentary activities. There was face painting, balloon art, crafts, and more. Not only were there fun activities, but children also got to enjoy complimentary train rides, carousel rides, and Ferris wheel rides during the two-hour event. Did you miss the fun? Don’t worry. Toddler Tuesdays will be back again next month at the Irvine Spectrum Center with a fun circus theme on August 15th from...

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Spider-Man Homecoming Cast Feel Like They are Living a Dream

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the press conference as a guest of Sony It felt like a dream. I flew to New York City last week, and within hours of my arrival, I was given the amazing opportunity to be one of the first to see Spider-Man Homecoming. The next morning, I woke up in my hotel room and had to pinch myself because I couldn’t believe that I was going to meet the cast of Spider-Man Homecoming later that morning. I wasn’t the only one who felt like I was living a dream come true, but the cast also felt the same way about being a part of the best Marvel film ever made, Spider-Man Homecoming. The film all started with lunch between Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. “I can’t believe we are here now. It is pretty exciting,” said Pascal....

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Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Aliso Viejo, Cool Places, Featured, Hiking Trails, Parks | 11 comments

  CLOSED AS OF AUGUST 14TH “Fairy Lily’s broken wing has now completely healed and Queen Lily and the other fairies that have been living along the Aliso Summit Trail have headed back to their homes in Ireland. All the fairies are very sad to leave their beautiful homes here in Orange County, but wanted everyone to know that they will fondly remember the very special time they had living here. They will cherish the friendships, the trinkets/rocks/gifts, as well as the hand written notes and drawings from all their human friends who have visited them. For those of you that missed visiting the fairies, Fairy Lily wants to remind you that you can always build your own fairy home in your home or yard, so that the fairies will be able to visit and surround you with unlimited...

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Red Rock Canyon California State Park

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Autos, California State Parks, Featured, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia One of my goals this summer is to take my kids to visit as many California State Parks as possible. One of the California State Parks that has been on my bucket list to visit for many years is the Red Rock Canyon California State Park – not to be mistaken with the Red Rock State Park in Nevada. Before packing up the Kia Sorento with everything that we needed for our weekend adventure, I tried to do some research about the park online. I could hardly find any information about it online, so we just jumped into the Sorento, and went exploring. The California State Park is only an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles, making it the perfect day trip. We left early in the morning, and within a couple of...

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Exclusive Photos of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney I was so excited to get a sneak peek of the new attraction at Disney California Adventure Park, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! The attraction will immerse guests into the galactic world where The Guardians of the Galaxy live. The fortress is where The Collector (aka Taneleer Tivan) stores his most precious valuables of his collection. The experience begins in the garden where it will be a visual and auditory stimulating experience. In the garden is where Tivan keeps the most precious plants, vines and trees of his collection. Once guests enter the lobby, there will be Tivan’s prized possessions everywhere. There will be items in cases around the room, and hanging from the ceiling. Look all around the lobby to see if you can spot a familiar...

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Interview with the Cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interviews as a guest of Disney. The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the Pirates of The Caribbean Story will be released in theaters this Friday, May 26th.  The origins of the movie series goes back to the Disney ride of the same name and frankly my favorite ride of the park. One of the most enduring characters that have come to the movie screens in the past 14 years has been the portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow by Johnny Depp.  Not to mention the supporting characters played by some the Hollywood elite Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Geoffrey Rush and joining the cast this time around Javier Bardem. I had an incredible opportunity to spend time with some of the cast this past weekend and interviewed them about the...

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Exploring Irvine with Pedego Electric Bikes

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Biking Trails, Cool Places, Family, Featured, Fitness, Parks | 0 comments

 We went on a tour as a guest of the venue Growing up in Newport Beach, bike riding was one of my favorite things to do on the weekends. Then I grew up, got married, and moved to South Orange County where biking riding is nearly impossible with a massive hill around every corner. I often miss the days of riding my bike to a restaurant for lunch or to the store to pick-up a couple of groceries. A couple of my friends had been posting pictures of their families going on bike rides every weekend around Orange County, and when I asked one of my friends how she stays in such great shape to tackle riding a bike up and down the South OC hills, she told me that they have been riding Pedego electric bikes. I was...

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Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays Fiesta

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Events, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

 Hosted in partnership with the Irvine Spectrum Center The Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays kicked off last week with a festive fiesta. Families from all over Orange County came to the shopping community to create memories that will last a lifetime with their children. The event was located in Giant Wheel Court from 10 am to 12 pm. During the event, Wahoo’s and TLT Food offered delicious complimentary food to all the guests. Children were savoring every bite of Wahoo’s chicken tacos and TLT Food’s cheese quesadillas. Along with the food, was endless fun. Children had an opportunity to decorate mini maracas at the art table and Pretend City was on site to offer play advice for parents. On each side of the Giant Wheel Court were face painting, balloon making, and a super creative photo booth for parents...

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Exclusive Inside Look into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of the best things about bringing your children to the Disneyland Resort and experiencing the different theme park attractions is that every attraction tells a story. Children become immersed into a magical world of storytelling around every corner while visiting the Disneyland Resort. One of the newest attractions coming to Disney California Adventure Park is Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! The theme park attraction is thrilling and rich with storytelling. While on a recent behind-the-scenes tour of the new ride, I was given an exclusive inside look into the story of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! The story is about Taneleer Tivan also known as The Collector. He goes around collecting floral, fauna and many great items of value from all over the universe. He has some...

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A ‘Suite’ Staycation at DoubleTree Doheny Beach

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort Staycations are the best kind of vacations. Orange County is its own little paradise, and instead of traveling afar to find a beautiful paradise, we try to enjoy as much of the beauty of Orange County by having as many staycations as possible. Our favorite staycations are ones spent by the beach, and our recent staycation at the DoubeTree Doheny Beach was one we will remember forever. The weather was perfect the weekend of our staycation. We arrived on a Friday afternoon at the DoubleTree Doheny Beach and checked into our ocean view suite for the weekend. Within minutes of arriving at the resort, my children had changed into their swimsuits and were ready to go across the street to play at the beach. The beach is just steps away from...

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Talking with the Cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended as guest of Disney My absolute favorite Marvel film of all time was Guardians of the Galaxy. I loved the music, the story, and the characters. When I learned that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was coming out this summer, I was beyond thrilled. One day, I opened my email to find out that I was invited by Disney to an early screening of the film and to interview the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I was overwhelmed with excitement about seeing the film, and getting to be in the same room with some of the most talented people in Hollywood. We played a game of Ro-Sham-Bo to see who in my family was going to be my guest to attend the screening of the film, and my youngest son Tyler was the...

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The Best Places in Orange County for Mother’s Day Brunch

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Best of OC, Dining, Family, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Pamper Mom this year by bringing the family together to enjoy a celebratory meal on Mother’s Day. We have compiled a listing of the best places to take Mom for Mother’s Day Brunch in Orange County. Three-Course Mother’s Day Brunch at Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink 370 Glenneyre Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Phone: 949.494.8686 370common.com Sunday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chef Ryan Adams’ team will please mothers and their families with a Three-Course Brunch. First Course selections include Tomato Soup with spring vegetable grilled cheese, Salmon BLT Salad and Avocado Toast with crab, radish, pancetta and cheddar. Second Course choices are Asparagus Ramp Frittata, Spring Scramble with chicken confit, cheese, vegetables and herbs, Crab Cake Benedict and more. And, For the Table: bacon, sausage and skillet potatoes. For Dessert: Toasted Honey Cake with citrus frosting,...

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Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 5 comments

 Sponsored This summer, get ready to send your kids on an epic adventure exploring the ocean with Southern California’s only bodyboarding school, Bodyboarding Adventures! The best summer camp for children is one that will keep the kids active, exploring, and having fun. Children will experience all of this and more at the Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp! Bodyboarding (or “boogie” boarding) is one of the best ways to get your children comfortable riding waves in our beautiful ocean and is much safer than surfing. Water safety is the biggest concern of parents when looking into a summer camp at our local beaches, but with Bodyboarding Adventures, parents can have the ease of knowing their children are safe in the hands of the most professional bodyboarders in the industry. Every instructor is CPR and First Aid-certified, and they have a maximum...

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LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camp

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 2 comments

 Sponsored The LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps offer an exciting way for kids 6-14 years of age to take their game to the next level. The camps, which are open to children of all different skill levels feature an All-Star group of coaches including former Clippers Players Lamond Murray and Cherokee Parks. Participants will receive top level instruction on shooting mechanics, footwork, ball-handling, defense, passing and mental approach to the sport. Camps will take place Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm and will be held throughout LA, Orange County, the I.E. and San Diego. The Map, Garden Grove CA – June 12-16 Westwood Recreation Center, Los Angeles CA – June 12-16, June 24-28 Agoura Community Center, Calabasas CA – June 19-23 MMTSC, Irvine CA – June 19-23 Champions Sports Facility, Carson CA – June 26-30 CSUN, Northridge CA – July 10-14...

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Remnants of the Past Vintage Show

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Events, Featured | 2 comments

 Sponsored Remnants of the Past Vintage Show will be on Friday, May 12 & Saturday, May 13 at The Centennial Farm located at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Remnants has been rated one of the top vintage shows in the nation by Flea Market Decor, Romantic Homes and Romantic Country magazines. Remnants will be having the top purveyors of vintage and handmade featuring French farmhouse, country chic, bo-ho chic, European,rustic, industrial, mid-century modern home decor, and handmade artisans. The event will feature Erika Kotite as a special guest. Erika wrote the book The She Shed which is a wonderful book about how you can create your own tiny personal spaces. Erika will have a She Shed at Remnants and will be signing her book. Erika was recently featured on Oprah.com. There will also be an...

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Where to Eat, Sleep and Play in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

 Sponsored Laguna Beach is our favorite place to getaway from the daily stresses of life and experience a family staycation right in our backyard. We always feel like we are in paradise when staying in Laguna Beach because of the beautiful waters, delicious cuisine, and fun children’s activities. We have made it easy for families to plan their upcoming Laguna Beach getaway with everything you need to know about where to eat, sleep and play in Laguna Beach. Where to Stay The Inn at Laguna Beach Looking for a resort with an ocean view? The Inn at Laguna Beach offers guests some of the best resort ocean views. The rooms are decorated beautifully, and it is centrally located within walking distance to the most popular Laguna Beach restaurants. They offer complimentary wine hour at their rooftop bar and cookies...

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World Premiere of Big Little Lies

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Featured, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of TCL Little did I know when driving up to Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago for the world premiere of HBO’s Big Little Lies, that the show would become my all-time favorite series. The night of the premiere, I got on my prettiest dress and picked up my friend Darice to go to the premiere. Outside of the TCL Chinese Theatres was a long blue carpet where celebrities were getting ready to walk down before entering the theater. We found a spot on the carpet and eagerly awaited our favorite celebrities to arrive. While on the “blue” carpet, we got a chance to meet Nicole Kidman (squeal), Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and more. Once the last celebrity had walked the carpet, everyone entered the TCL Chinese Theatre to watch the debut of...

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Best Places to See Wildflowers in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Best of OC, Featured, Hiking Trails, Parks | 8 comments

  I love wildflowers more than anything. When there was that big super bloom in Death Valley, I drove the family all they way to Death Valley just to look at wildflowers. Searching for wildflowers is a fun family activity that brings families together in nature. Last week, I had an opportunity to go searching for wildflowers in Limestone Canyon – one of the most beautiful nature hikes in Orange County and got a chance to see some beautiful flowers. Do you want to take your children to see wildflowers? These are some of the best places to go searching for wildflowers in Orange County. Limestone Canyon This hiking trail is only open on public access days, and when it is open, it’s a must to see. Not only will you have an opportunity to see wildlife, wildflowers and...

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Galileo Summer Camp: Inspiring Young Innovators

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored There are many choices when it comes to selecting a summer camp for your children, but there are few that can inspire your children to dream big and become an innovator. Galileo summer camp is a place where your children will be inspired, motivated, and encourage to explore without the fear of failing. The camp combines art, science and outdoor experiences in four different weekly themes so that children will experience something different during each week of summer camp at Galileo. It is unlike anything else. With Galileo’s innovative approach to project-based learning, your children will be learning while having fun. It is an excellent way to keep your kids thinking, learning, and growing during summer so that they can return to school in the fall ready to excel. There are programs for children from pre-k through 8th...

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Josh Gad’s Kids Reaction to Him Playing LeFou

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney I’ll never forget the time that I saw Beauty and the Beast for the first time in theaters. It was in the winter of 1991, I was fifteen years old, and it was the first time that my parents let me go to a theater alone with my girlfriends. All I remember was being captivated by the music, falling in love with the characters, and realizing that true love really does exist. Flash forward over 25 years, and I find myself falling in love with the story all over again when watching the live action version in a Los Angeles theater. Only this time, I wasn’t the teenager, my two children sitting next to me were. I got to watch my fifteen-year-old son fall in love with the story just as much...

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Ten Best Dishes at Disney’s Food and Wine Festival

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney It is the most delicious time of the year to bring your family to Disney California Adventure Park for an epicurean adventure at the 2017 Food and Wine Festival. The festival features delicious cuisine, food demonstrations, entertainment, and more. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival and these are our top ten must-have dishes when attending the food and wine festival. Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese One of the all-time best macaroni and cheese dishes that I have ever enjoyed was this one at Disney California Adventure Park. The dish features creamy macaroni and cheese topped with pieces of smoked bacon and barbecue-seasoned crispy onions. You can’t just have one bite! This dish is available at the Bacon Twist Kiosk for $7.50. Maple-Bacon Whoopie Pie A fan...

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Sun and Sunsets at The Inn at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort Our favorite place to have weekend staycations is in Laguna Beach. When planning our recent Laguna Beach getaway, we made plans to stay at the highly acclaimed Inn at Laguna Beach. I have seen the hotel many times while walking along Main Beach or driving down PCH, and I couldn’t wait to stay and experience the resort. I picked up my kids early from school on a Friday afternoon and took them down to Laguna Beach. I parked my car in the resort parking lot and walked down to Main Beach to look at the tide pools. The tide was low, and it was the perfect time to see all the beautiful sea life living in the tide pools on Main Beach. After splashing our toes in the ocean, we walked...

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Touching Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay Mexico

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest If you’ve been following our family travel adventures, then you know how much we love to have unique and adventurous travel experiences. A couple of years ago, I heard about how during a short period out of the year, families can touch wild gray whales in Magdalena Bay, Mexico. That’s right – you can touch wild gray whales!! I didn’t realize that Magdalena Bay was close to La Paz, Mexico until a friend of mine posted that it was whale season in Magdalena Bay on her Facebook page. The minute that she told me that Magdalena Bay was just a couple of hours drive from La Paz, I went online to book our airline tickets to visit La Paz to see the whales. Why can you touch gray whales in Magdalena Bay and nowhere...

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How to use the ‘CBX’ Cross Border Xpress

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 8 comments

  I love traveling to Mexico. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The country is rich with culture, delicious food, and welcoming people. Ever since I learned about the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), I will never travel to Mexico again without using it. Families can get flights to different regions of Mexico at 75% less than flying out of John Wayne or LAX. Last weekend, our family was able to have a weekend getaway to La Paz for less than the price of going to Palm Springs for the weekend!! Many of my friends are constantly asking me questions about how the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) works, so I decided to write a step-by-step guide on what to expect and how your family can use this great service to enjoy the benefits of affordable travel...

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World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Autos, Entertainment, Featured, Film, General Motors | 1 comment

 Sponsored Da na na na na na na BATMAN! The highly anticipated time has come for The Lego Batman movie to debut to the world in theaters on July 10th. My son lives, breathes and dreams about legos. When I told him the news that we were going to Los Angeles for the World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie as a guest of Chevrolet, he squealed with delight. Did you know that the Batmobile is a Chevrolet? That’s right – it sure is! Since Batman drives a Chevrolet, we couldn’t arrive at the premiere driving any other kind of car. The morning of the premiere, we got into our cool blue Chevrolet Cruz Hatchback and cruised down the freeway to the premiere. I downloaded The Lego Batman soundtrack album to my iPhone, plugged my phone into the Chevrolet...

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Lunar New Year at the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The Happiest Place on Earth is the perfect place to celebrate the Lunar New Year with your family this year. The Celebration is happening at Disney California Adventure Park until February 5th, offering families fabulous entertainment, delicious food, and magical memories. One of the highlights of the celebration is the special World of Color pre-show called “Hurry Home.” The award-winning composer, Tan Dun who is well-known for his work “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” created the music, and all the animation was made specifically for this performance. The story will take your family on an adventure with Little Lantern and his journey to return home. Your children will be touched by the heart-warming story and will love seeing an appearance by Mulan and Mushu. During the celebration, your family will go on an...

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2017

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in Dining, Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is just weeks away. Surprise your loved one with an unforgettable date night at one of these top Orange County dining locations to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Bluewater Grill Newport Beach in Cannery Village 620 Lido Park Drive Newport Beach , CA 92663 (949) 675-3474 http://www.bluewatergrill.com/locations/newport-beach Bluewater Grill Tustin at The District 2409 Park Avenue Tustin, CA 92782 (714) 258-3474 http://www.bluewatergrill.com/locations/tustin Foods of Love Valentine’s Menu Event (Three-course Menu of Love-inducing Favorites with Champagne) (Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017). Our popular February tasting starts with Domain Ste. Michelle Brut or Mionetto Prosecco Italian sparkling wine and then lets romantics select their own meal from such choices as Oysters with Shallot Mignonette, Red Crab Salad and Grilled Prime Top Sirloin to Saffron Crab Risotto and Seared White Seabass. For dessert. guests decide between...

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Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney It is the most magical time of the year to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort to witness the return of the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade. Watching the Main Street Electrical Parade in Disneyland was one of my favorite childhood memories, and now I get to share the same memories with my children at the Happiest Place on Earth. The parade debuted for the last time in Disneyland in November of 1996 and had traveled to Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and more before returning to Disneyland Park last night for a limited-time. The parade has performed more than 3,600 times for more than 75 million guests during its original run in Disneyland Park, and now more families have an opportunity to experience the magic with its return home. When I...

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Harlem Globetrotters Return to Southern California

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

  Celebrating decades of smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to the Los Angeles area Feb. 11-19. It’s a great family adventure of wholesome fun that makes for special memories. Their one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment with incredible ball handling, hilarious comedy and loads of fan interaction, including a post-game autograph signing. When: Ontario at the Citizens Business Bank Arena on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Anaheim at the Honda Center on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mission Viejo at the Saddleback College Gym on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 12:30 p.m., and...

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Trader Joe’s Takes over Pretend City

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Events, Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Ready for some happy news? Trader Joe’s took over the grocery store exhibit at Pretend City in Irvine! This fun and engaging children’s museum started off their New Year with a bang. My family and I were over the moon hearing the news and were very excited to get a sneak peek. Donnie Martin, Orange County Regional Vice President for Trader Joe’s, was in person giving us the tour of the new kid-scale Trader Joe’s. “We are so excited to bring a Trader Joe’s grocery exhibit to help children throughout the neighborhood and beyond learn about the adventures in shopping,” said Donnie. I’ll admit I have shopped at plenty of grocery stores, but personally, my family and I are huge Trader Joe’s fans. It’s a weekly trip for me and always...

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2017 Monster Energy Supercross Championship

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Affiliate link featured Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will bring the world’s premier off-road motorcycle championship series to Anaheim on Saturday, January 7, 2017 for the annual debut race of the 2017 season (followed by a second Anaheim racing event scheduled for Saturday, January 21st). This 17-race battle to crown a champion features the ultimate battle of man and machine, highlighted by a star-studded international field of competitors chasing the sport’s most sought after trophy. For two action-packed events, fans throughout the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area will have the chance to watch reigning back-to-back champion Ryan Dungey in his quest to claim a third straight title, fighting to fend off his fiercest rivals inside Angel Stadium of Anaheim. For more than 40 years Monster Energy Supercross has thrilled audiences of all ages, continually positioned as...

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New Year and New Lashes

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Beauty, Featured, Giveaways | 8 comments

 We visited as a guest As mom’s, it is important to take time to spoil ourselves once in awhile. We work so hard to care for our families that we all deserve some pampering from time to time. Ever since I started wearing hair extensions (almost ten years ago), I have wanted to try eyelash extensions. All of my friends who have them look fabulous and the best part is that they never have to wear mascara in the morning. Once we wrapped up the busyness of the holidays, I made an appointment at Amazing Lash Studio Monarch Beach. When I arrived at the lash studio, I was immediately in love. The studio has a spa-like vibe, and the staff made me feel comfortable in one of their plush chairs while going through the process with me. While sipping...

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Five Orange County Rainy Day Activities

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Best of OC, Featured | 1 comment

  I love sitting by the fire sipping on a cup of tea while playing a board game with my children on a rainy day, but with so many rainy days in our forecast, it’s important to get the kids out and staying active. If you want to get your kids out of the house on a rainy day, here are five fun things to do with your children on a rainy day in Orange County. Take them to an indoor play place Let your kiddos jump away their energy at an indoor play place. From trampolines to giant slides, each play place is different and a great venue to explore on a rainy day. Visit a Museum We are all so lucky to have so many great museums in Orange County. Children can learn about science at Discovery...

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Jamaican Horseback Riding Adventure

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Featured, Jamaica, Travel | 0 comments

 Some of the links in this post are affiliate links After falling off a horse as a child, I have been fearful of horseback for most of my life. My younger son loves animals, and the one thing that he wanted to do when we were in Jamaica was to go horseback riding. It was time for me to tackle my fears, and I made reservations for us to go on a Jamaican horseback riding adventure. We arrived at a ranch in Jamaica after some ziplining and river tubing fun to find a wide variety of beautiful horses just waiting to greet our children. My kids ran over to the horses and immediately started rubbing their faces and giving them kisses. I told the staff about my fear of riding a horse, and they advised me just to stay...

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Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Carlsbad, Featured, Parks, Travel | 0 comments

  Whenever I visit a new place with my children, I always look for a place to take them hiking or exploring a historic place. While we were on a recent trip to Carlsbad, I added a stop to the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. The historic park is somewhere that I had always wanted to visit with my children, but didn’t seem to find the time to make our way down to Carlsbad to explore. We first went the park on a Monday to discover that they were closed, so I made arrangements for us to return the next day before heading back to Orange County. When we arrived at the ranch, we drove down a long driveway to the parking lot. We parked the car and began exploring the beautiful park. The first thing that my kids...

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Matilda the Musical at the Segerstrom Center

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

 Affiliate link featured TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year, Matilda the Musical, is coming to Orange County as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts 2016-17 Broadway Series. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, this first national tour of Matilda the Musical will be performed in Segerstrom Hall January 17 – 29, 2017. Winner of 70 international awards, including four Tony Awards® and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards® including Best Musical, Matilda the Musical is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Tickets to Matilda the Musical start at $29 and...

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Lhooq Bookstore in Carlsbad

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Books, Carlsbad, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

  My kids love to read. It is their favorite thing to spend their free time doing. When I took my two older kids to Carlsbad for a weekend getaway, I couldn’t wait to surprise them by taking them to a real bookstore. Not the commercial type of bookstore that they are used to visiting, but the kind of bookstore that were abundant when I was a child. When we arrived at Lhooq Bookstore, they couldn’t believe their eyes. The bookstore is adorned with big beautiful murals and filled with thousands of classic and antique books. My older son spent hours looking at each book in the store, carefully selecting the books that he wanted to bring home. The owner of the bookstore was so knowledgeable, and spent time talking to my children about the types of books they...

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Aliso Viejo Waterfall Hike

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Aliso Viejo, Featured, Hiking Trails, Parks | 0 comments

  There are two things that I love to explore with my children – sea caves and waterfalls. Last year, I shared some of my favorite places to discover waterfalls with your family. Some of them are harder to find than others, and while I was enjoying sharing my favorite waterfall discoveries, there was one that I could never seem to find – the Aliso Viejo waterfall…until now. My younger son recently started attending Journey School in Aliso Viejo at the beginning of this school year, and every week he talks to me about the nature hikes his teacher takes him on, with one being to the Aliso Viejo waterfall. I waited until after the big rain that we had last night to have him bring me to this magical place where he and his friends play every week....

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Hanukkah Events in Orange County

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  Chanukah (Hanukkah) begins on December 24th through January 1st. There are a lot of fun family Hanukkah events happening this year in Orange County. Chag Sameach! Hooray for Chanukah Pretend City 29 Hubble Irvine, CA 92618 December 24th – December 30th 11am to 3pm Spin the dreidel and light the Menorah! We’re celebrating Chanukah at Pretend City! Let your little ones learn about this holiday through fun activities, traditions, games, and art! We will have a full day of fun singing songs and getting in the holiday spirit! Saturday, December 24 (A.M. Activity): Dreidel, Dreidel Monday, December 26(P.M. Activity): Menorah Lighting (OPEN FULL DAY FOR Chanukah Event) Tuesday, December 27 (P.M. Activity): Star of David Wednesday, December 28 (Art Studio): Chanukah Art Thursday, December 29 (P.M. Activity): Tzedakah Box Friday, December 30 (A.M. Activity): Chanukah Story Time Menorah...

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Disney’s World of Color – Season of Light

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Disney’s World of Color is our all-time favorite show to watch when visiting the Disneyland Resort. This year, Disney debuted World of Color – Season of Light, and it is the best yet providing more lights, music, and magic for families to enjoy when visiting the Disneyland Resort this holiday season. The show begins with a tribute to the end of fall and then goes into the heart of the holiday season. The light spectacular features all of your favorite Disney characters and music. Our children’s favorite part of World of Color – Season of Light is the scene with Stitch from Lilo and Stitch – their favorite Disney film. When I saw Bambi appear, my heart melted. There is so much love in this show, and if you look closely, you’ll...

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Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of our favorite things to do at the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season is to watch the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party. The costumes, the music, and the magic always get our family into the Christmas spirit. The street party happens multiple times throughout the day at Disney California Adventure Park. The first thing that your family will see are the beautiful folklorico dancers leading the parade followed by Panchito, José Carioca, and Donald on a large float. The folklorico dancers give an epic performance offering families a taste of the Latin-American culture. A street party wouldn’t be complete without Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The two beloved Disney characters join in on the celebration complete with their Latin-American inspired outfits. They show off their dance skills to guests visiting Disney...

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Whoville House in Mission Viejo

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday | Comments Off on Whoville House in Mission Viejo

  Taking the kids driving around to look at Christmas lights is one of our favorite holiday traditions. This year, we wanted to explore some new houses that we have never visited before, and the Whoville House in Mission Viejo is one of our new favorites. The house is located at 26152 Cordillera in Mission Viejo, and this is the 23rd year that the owners have been decorating their house themed after “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” When you family first arrives at the house, we recommend finding a legal parking spot and walk over to admire the lights. You’ll see a wide variety of handmade/hand-painted wood cut-outs, and there is a small photo opportunity with “The Grinch” wood cut-out. Bring your family this year to admire the beautiful work done by the family to create a magical Whoville...

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