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PlanetBravo Technology Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways | 6 comments

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

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World Premiere of Disney Pixar Onward

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Disney and Pixar. One of my favorite things to do with my children is to attend a world premiere of a Disney and Pixar Animation film. I was beyond thrilled upon receipt of the invitation to attend the world premiere of Disney and Pixar’s newest feature animated film, Onward. It felt like a dream come true, receiving the invitation, and I could not wait to tell my boys that they would be attending with me. The first thing that my boys did was to watch the trailer for the film. From that moment on, they could not wait to attend. The day of the premiere, my younger son got all dressed up before school so that he would be all ready for the premiere. You can imagine his sadness when he called me...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center Summer Camp

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

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

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“Magic Happens” Parade Debuts at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The all-new “Magic Happens” parade debuts at Disneyland Park on Feb. 28, 2020. As this daytime spectacular moves along Main Street, U.S.A., guests will celebrate moments of magic from beloved stories they’ve seen in films from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. From a legendary guitar to the heart of the ocean, these magical moments come to life in stunning floats, artistic costumes and a surprising and energetic new musical score. Guests will experience classic tales such as “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Sword in the Stone,” as well as more recent stories from “Frozen 2,” “Coco,” “Moana” and more. With a “Magic Happens” parade dining package, guests may enjoy a delicious lunch and receive a voucher that provides access to a reserved viewing area for the parade that day. Guests may learn more about the dining...

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Orange County: Valentine’s Day Dining

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

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

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

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

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

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Jurassic World Live Tour Roars into SoCal This Summer

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Brace yourself for a new species of live entertainment 65 million years in the making! Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans, will be debuting in SoCal this summer playing Honda Center in Anaheim from July 9–12 followed by STAPLES Center in Downtown LA from July 17–19. Sign up today to become a Jurassic World Live Tour Preferred Guest at JurassicWorldLiveTour.com to get exclusive access to advance pre-sale code to purchase tickets early starting tomorrow Tuesday, January 28 to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on February 4. With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life with dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus Rex more...

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‘World’s Biggest Bounce House’ is Set to Inflate in Orange County

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

The Big Bounce America, home of the Guinness certified ‘World’s Largest Bounce House,’ rolls into Orange County, California, from Saturday, February 8th through Sunday, February 16th at Silverado’s Oak Canyon Park. Produced by XL Event Labs, The Big Bounce America tour is the biggest touring inflatable event in the world and includes four massive inflatable attractions. Bouncers of all ages will celebrate as the 2020 tour continues to push the limits on family-friendly entertainment! Bouncers will rejoice as new twists for the 2020 tour include: The expansion of ‘The World’s Biggest Bounce House’ by 30-percent as it now towers over 13,000 sq. feet! Sport Slam, The Big Bounce America’s newest inflatable attraction, a customized sports arena filled with goals, nets, hoops, and balls of every size! Also, returning this year is The Giant, the 900-foot-long obstacle course with over...

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2020 Orange County Lunar New Year Events

Posted by on Jan 10, 2020 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

It’s the first Lunar New Year of the decade, and the year of the rat! There are multiple fun family Lunar New Year events happening around Orange County to celebrate the holiday with your family. Lunar New Year at Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618 Date: February 1, 2020 Time: 12pm – 2pm Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat at Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, February 1 from 12pm – 2pm. Activities to take place in the Giant Wheel courtyard include: Chinese dragon dance Lion Dance Greeters distributing fortune cookies* Lucky envelopes* Arts & Crafts* Entertainment *while supplies last / weather permitting Cost: Free Outlets at San Clemente Oak Tree Court 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente, CA 92672 Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The...

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Disneyland Resort Ticket Offers for Kids and SoCal Residents

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

Disneyland Resort is kicking off the new year with exciting new experiences and special vacation values, and now is an ideal time for families to visit with limited-time ticket and hotel offers available at the resort’s two theme parks and three hotels in Southern California. Guests can book now and save on magical visits to enjoy new shows and attractions, annual festivals and world-class entertainment at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, along with Disney-themed accommodations at the resort’s on-property hotels. Special Ticket Offer for Southern California Residents For a limited time, Southern California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks for $67 per day with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Park Hopper options also are available. The tickets are available for purchase Jan. 7 through May 18, 2020. Eligible guests may purchase...

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No Spoilers! Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Cast Talks Community and Closure

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended the press junket for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker two weeks ago. It was an incredible hour of Q & A with the producer, writer, writer/director, and entire cast. No advance movie screening was held, as is usually the norm for the press in advance of a movie opening. Why? Because this is not any ordinary movie. Star Wars is a community of fans from all ages and walks of life that treasure and protect the cannon of the Star Wars universe as a sacred religion. I am among them. The event was so monumental that it had taken me this long to fully process and try to put into words what I gleaned from the experience as I prepare to see this film. Given that the plot details are under wraps, it allowed producer and...

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Holiday Lights Cruises: Newport Beach Boat Parade

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 1 comment

Partner The Newport Beach Boat Parade is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. The Newport Harbor will be twinkling with lights during the celebration, and your family can enjoy the beauty of the season while cruising around the harbor on one of these holiday lights cruises. Newport Landing Cruises Hop on a holiday lights cruise offered by Newport Landing during the famous “Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights” 2019. You’ll travel with the famous boat parade along miles of waterfront estates during each evening of the parade, catching spectacular views of both estates and yachts in full holiday décor with festive light displays. With over 100 years of history, this magical holiday event includes hundreds of yachts, cruise ships and water crafts competing for awards in many categories. “Yahoo Travel” named the Newport...

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Chinese Lantern Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by the Chinese Lantern Festival When I think holidays I think of family, food, and lights. Living in Southern California, we have so many options to experience beautiful holiday lights. Still, one that is new to our region is the magical Chinese Lantern Festival in Pomona at the Fairplex. My family and I were invited to experience this fantastic journey through this year’s theme Blooming Seasons. The Fairplex is located only 25 miles outside of Orange County, and you can get there pretty fast. When we arrived at the Fairplex, it was utterly dark, and my husband questioned if we were in the right place? We kept on driving and driving and seriously I had no idea the Fairplex was so big, it felt as if it were double the size of the Orange County Fairgrounds....

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker World Premiere

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

Brought to you by Disney Last night in Los Angeles, stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Naomi Ackie, Anthony Daniels, Richard E. Grant, Ian McDiarmid, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Billy Dee Williams were joined by director/writer/producer J.J. Abrams and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan for a walk down the red carpet where they greeted enthusiastic fans at the world premiere of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. About Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come. The film...

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The Magical Knott’s Merry Farm is Back

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Brought to you by Knott’s Who’s ready for some holiday fun?  I know its only November, but for me, the holiday spirit starts October 1 to January 1, then I go through horrible withdrawals, and the countdown begins again for October 1. I’m not going to lie I go big every year, but because this is the last year in the 10s (I seriously don’t know what to call 00’s, and 10’s can’t wait for the roaring ’20s) I want to end the decade super big!  So we’ve got our list, and one of the tops of our list is Knott’s Merry Farm!!!! Entertainment From live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Fair, lavish holiday decorations, holiday-inspired food, shopping (they have the cutest holiday crafts, ornaments, themed items) and of course, Santa! And of course, no visit to Knott’s Merry Farm...

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Santa HQ: Immersive, Interactive Holiday Experience

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored by HGTV Santa HQ Bring the holidays to life for your children by bringing them to the Lakewood Mall to experience the HGTV Santa HQ. This year, I went to the Lakewood Mall for the holiday experience, and it was one of the most memorable holiday experiences ever. HGTV Santa HQ Features Traditional photo opportunities with Santa Claus, with a variety of photo packages families can choose from. Guests can visit HGTV Santa HQ’s Elf Academy, a new, family-friendly experience that features interactive technology to enhance the entire HGTV Santa HQ visit. The Elf Academy includes the Magic Mirror: Guests can transform into one of Santa’s elves and virtually try on various elf outfits, and Elf-ID: Guests can create their very own customized Elf-ID card using the new Elf-ID app and a “selfie”. Magic Mirror: Guests can transform...

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World Premiere Spies in Disguise

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Disney Get ready for the thrill of a lifetime when watching the all-new animated film Spies in Disguise with your children. Last week, I attended the world premiere of the film with my younger son, and it was a night to remember. It was a rainy night in Los Angeles, but that didn’t stop all the top celebrities in Hollywood from attending the premiere. We arrived in LA early the night of the premiere, and had dinner together before walking the “blue carpet.” The minute that we arrived at the premiere, there was a buzz in the area. Cameras were clicking, the press was shouting out the names of the different celebrities, and my son was having the time of his life while walking down the carpet. As we made our way down...

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2019 Orange County New Years Dining Guide

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

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

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Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

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

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

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Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

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

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

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2019 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

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

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

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2019 Chinese Lantern Festival

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

This November, the Chinese Lantern Festival returns for the holiday season to the Pomona Fairplex with its brand-new illuminated production themed “Blooming Seasons”. Bigger and brighter stunning lanterns, up to 30 feet high, include an 85-foot-wide lantern arch, 100-yard-long breathtaking Ceramic Chinese Dragon, along with ridable “mythical creatures” children’s rides — all on display from the Glade to Lagoon at Fairplex Pomona (1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768) from Thursday, November 21 – Sunday, January 5, 2020. Inspired by the art of Chinese lantern making, dating back 2,000 years ago, guests will experience a vibrant light show with mixed-media lanterns. Throughout the hillside, brilliant lanterns depicting the Amazon Jungle, fruit tree groves, peach blossoms, maple leaves, poppies, cactuses, squirrels, foxes, and more. Each lantern is made of modern materials and eco-friendly technology with brilliantly-lit colored LED lightbulbs, musical...

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6th Annual Festival of Trees

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored Celebrate the holidays this year by starting a tradition of hope and giving with South County Outreach. This year, families are invited to participate in an extraordinary event called the Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees is to help raise awareness and funds for the housing programs at South County Outreach. At South County Outreach, they have provided over 10,493 nights of shelter to working poor and homeless families in 2018. During the event, beautifully decorated trees will be displayed at Park Place Irvine from November 16th through December 6th. Guests are invited to come and admire the beautiful trees and bid on their favorite tree to bring home and enjoy during the holiday season. We are encouraging families to bring their children to admire the beautiful trees and help raise awareness of the work that South...

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Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Create unforgettable memories and become part of the story when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party comes to Southern California this holiday season! This brand-new immersive ice skating experience brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through engaging elements that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats, as performer athleticism mixes with acrobatic and aerial stunts to bring skating skills to new heights. An exciting participatory adventure told through multi-leveled performances that immerse fans into the fantastic worlds of Disney-Pixar’s Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, this all-new show will be skating into the Southland playing L.A, Anaheim, Long Beach and Ontario from December 12th – January 5th! Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map...

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Davio’s Wine Dinner with Peter Michael Winery

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

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

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Day out with Thomas: The Steam Tour 2019 + Giveaway

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

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

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DelFrescoPure Family Fun Night Giveaway

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

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

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Hilarious Family Series: Gabby Duran and the Unsittables

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Featured, Television Shows | 0 comments

We attended the event as a guest of Disney. I love watching the Disney Channel with my children. The one thing I love about the network is that I never had to worry about pre-screening a show before allowing the kids to watch it. I always have comfort in knowing that everything on the network is kid-friendly, and aligns with our family morals. Recently, our family was invited to the Disneyland Resort to get a sneak peek of the new television series, Gabby Duran and the Unsittables. When I told my kids about the event, they could not wait (even my teenagers). The kids had already seen the previews on the Disney Channel and were excited to begin watching the new series. The morning of the event, the kids got dressed right away, and we drove to the Happiest...

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Spooktacular Family Fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Knott’s From late September to late December, my family weekends are jam-packed with fun. From fall workshops to pumpkin patches to family portraits, Thanksgiving, gingerbread baking, Santa, Christmas, and ending with New Year’s, we are booked. I love this time of year, and I try my hardest to pack everything in. My kids are growing out of the pumpkin patch rides and fun, but they still love our yearly tradition of picking pumpkins and decorating them. This year we decided to change things up and headed to Knott’s Spooky Farm for some Halloween fun. Yes, you read it right, Spooky Farm, not Scary Farm. So what is Spooky farm? Knott’s Spooky Farm is a family-friendly Halloween celebration geared for kids ages 3-11. You and your family can celebrate with Snoopy and the gang...

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The Latest Sesame Street Live!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2019 in Events, Featured | 1 comment

Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic when it comes to Ontario and Long Beach this Fall! Building on a successful tour with Feld Entertainment’s inaugural Sesame Street Live! show last season in partnership with the non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop, this production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie, Monster, Big Bird and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage. Elmo is inspired to learn a magic trick when he meets magician extraordinaire Justin, who has come to Sesame Street to perform a magic show. But there’s one problem…Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic! Through Justin’s encouragement to practice, work hard and never give up, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey. He learns that it’s okay to make mistakes...

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Family Fun at Legoland California Brick or Treat Party Night

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Legoland Legoland California Brick or Treat Party Night is a must for children of all ages. It’s the perfect place to go and show everyone’s Halloween spirit. It has the perfect amount of kid friendly spooks and scares, as well as offering adults delicious fall treats to accompany the theme of the evening. Your entire family can dress up in your best Halloween costume and trick or treat throughout the park as you enjoy your favorite Legoland rides with a Halloween twist. Each Brick or Treat station is located with lights, signs, and loads of candy so you can’t miss it. The park has lots of fun activities that they offer. Midnight Monster Jams allows everyone to dance with Lego Lord Vampyre and Lego Mummy Characters as they host a spooky concert. You...

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Lewis Family Playhouse Fall Season

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Sponsored Parents are invited to spark their kid’s imagination and learn to see the world in a whole new way this fall at one of the theatrical performances at the Lewis Family Playhouse. At the playhouse, the MainStreet Theatre Company provides imaginative, professional theatre productions specially designed for youth, school and family audiences mainly adapted from classic and contemporary children’s literature. The MainStreet Theatre Company uses storytelling to introduce ideas and culture to young children. Many children see their first theatre production at the Lewis Family Playhouse, and this season, they have some beautiful productions to take your children to see. The family Fall season includes: OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist In this joyful retelling of Oliver Twist set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, everyone has to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right. This...

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Play-Based Learning with Tinkergarten

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

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

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You’re Invited: Irvine Spectrum Unicorn Carousel Party

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

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

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

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

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

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Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company, is pleased to announce the second show in its fifth TYA Family Series… Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium. With book and lyrics by John Maclay and music and lyrics by Danny Abosch, based on the stories by R.L. Stine, and directed by Darryl B. Hovis, Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium will preview from October 4 through October 6; regular performances will begin October 6 and continue through October 27 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Fyda-Mar Stage. The musical follows Brooke and Zeke are who are thrilled to learn that they’ve won the starring roles in the new school musical — a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the...

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Wellness Weekend Girls Getaway

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

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

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Clean Eating at an Angels Game

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

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

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Ocean Heroes After School Science Program

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

Ocean Heroes is an after school science program for children ages 8-12 at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Monthly activities correspond with different and intriguing marine science and conservation themes designed to educate, build awareness, and interest about our ocean planet. Kids engage in hands-on labs, interact with STEM professionals and enjoy offsite excursions! Monthly speakers will include PMMC marine mammal care personnel, scientists from the National Marine Mammal Foundation, wetlands and salt marsh experts, youth conservationists and more! 2019-2020 Ocean Heroes Curriculum Throughout the program, newly appointed ocean stewards will learn an incredible array of information, including: PMMC to the rescue! They will learn about the common marine mammal patients they care for at the hospital. Ocean Heroes take a tour of their critical care area with PMMC’s own Animal Care Coordinator. Learning about Animal Care They will...

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The Russian Ballet Theatre Performance of Swan Lake + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Ballet, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 32 comments

The Russian Ballet Theatre is thrilled to bring a breathtaking new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to Los Angeles and surrounding areas Sept. 21-26. Tickets for the Los Angeles are performances are on sale now and available online at www.RussianBalletTheatre.com. The performance schedule for Swan Lake is as follows: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the California Theater in San Bernardino; Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside; Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Wiltern in Los Angeles; Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale; and Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts & Convention Center in Oxnard. About Swan Lake Swan Lake, which has mesmerized audiences for over a century, is based on a German fairy tale. Tchaikovsky’s score...

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Make a Splash at Aquatica San Diego

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Events, Featured, San Diego, Summer | 0 comments

We visited Aquatica as a guest Our summer weather is finally heating up. We discovered the best place to cool the kids down from the summer heat at Aquatica San Diego. The water park features thrilling rides, adorable animals, and endless family fun. Aquatica San Diego Attractions One of my kid’s favorite attractions was Tassie’s Twister. The ride features a multi-person raft that sends riders into a massive six-story funnel. My favorite was the Loggerhead Lane, which is a relaxing lazy river where I let all of my daily stresses drift away. Then, there is the Big Surf Shores massive wave pool. My kids felt like they were at the beach as they splashed and jumped through the waves. Cabanas The best way to experience Aquatica San Diego is by renting a cabana. With the cabana rental, you have...

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San Diego Symphony Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

We visited the San Diego Symphony as a guest The Star Wars series is one of my kid’s all-time favorite movies. They have watched them all a million times, and it always feels the like first time, every time that they watch one. When I learned that the San Diego Symphony was going to be doing The Empire Strikes Back in concert, I immediately went online to get tickets. San Diego Symphony Concert by The Bay Location The concert is part of the Symphony’s summer concert series. They have multiple performances throughout the summer right on the bay at the Embarcadero Marina Park in San Diego. We arrived at the venue and the location is absolutely beautiful. Families were gathering together at the food court while enjoying snacks and beverages before the performance began. Seating As the sun began...

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Summer Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Featured, Summer, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

We visited Universal Studios Hollywood as a guest One of our favorite summer traditions is to spend a day at Universal Studios Hollywood. This summer is extra special because the theme park just debuted the all-new attraction, Jurassic World—The Ride! Universal Studios Express Pass The most important things that I recommend when visiting Universal Studios during the summer months is to get the express pass added to your tickets. With the express pass, you’ll be able to experience almost all of the attractions at Universal Studios. The pass allows guests one-time express access to each ride, attraction, and seated show. Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Light Show When we first arrived at Universal Studios, we began our day exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We were immersed in the magical world where we flew high in the sky...

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Bringing Your Own Food into Dodger Stadium

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

We visited Dodger’s Stadium as a guest Everyone knows that a Dodger Dog is a must when visiting Dodger Stadium. But, when you have a large family, concession food prices don’t always fit into the family budget. Dodger Stadium is helping to make a day at the ball field affordable for families by allowing guests to bring in their own food. Recently, I attended the big Dodger’s vs. The Angeles game, and decided to stock up on food and snacks at Smart & Final before the game. I purchased a reusable cooler at Smart & Final, and then picked out all my kids’ favorite snacks to enjoy while watching the ball game. I was able to get all our food for the game (to feed my kids + my friends kid for less than $20!) If we were to...

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World Premiere of Disney’s The Lion King

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the premiere of Lion King as a guest of Disney My daughter and I have always had a very special and close relationship. As she has become a teenager, it has been harder than ever to keep that relationship the same as it was when she was younger. While we attend many events and travel together, there is one type of event that brings us close together again, and that is at Disney premieres. Whenever I get an invitation to a Disney premiere, my daughter and I begin shopping for the perfect dress. We spend days together walking around shopping malls, having endless lunches together, and reconnecting. Sometimes, I am guilty of taking longer than usual to find the perfect dress just so that we can have more afternoons to spend together. The Lion King has always...

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The Magic Behind Bringing The Lion King to Life

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the Lion King event as a guest of Disney The Lion King is one of the most beloved Disney animated movie. I fell in love with the movie all over again when first getting an opportunity to see the all-new live-action film at the world premiere. The one thing that I loved about the movie was how they respected the original storyline and added some incredible new music. After seeing the film, I couldn’t wait to learn more about the making of the film while talking with the cast the next morning. I arrived in LA early excited to find out what went into making the movie so special. Just when we thought the cast was going to come out on stage, we were in for a big surprise. Lebo M (African Music Consultant / Performer) along...

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6 Must-Have Things For Your Family Vacation

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Whether it is a summer house in North Carolina or a weekend away to Florida, we all dream of a picture-perfect family vacation. However, planning the holiday is not as easy as we’d like it to be. If your children are still little, of course, you want a place that they will not only enjoy but also give the adults of the family an opportunity to get some much-deserved rest. This means a place where the children can explore without putting any extra stress on yourself. These types of vacations require tons of planning. From deciding where to go and what to pack, it can become overwhelming. Fortunately for you, we have listed 10 must-have things for your family vacation. This guide will help you reduce stress and increase the fun. Clothes & Accessories This may be obvious but...

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Summer Fun at Sea Legs at the Beach

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

The weather is finally heating up in Orange County…Finally!! What does that mean? The fun is ready to start at Sea Legs at the Beach. This weekend, summer kicked off with a rockin’ party at Sea Legs with the most beloved local band, Tijuana Dogs. People came from all over Orange County to see this killer band play just steps away from the beautiful Pacific ocean. Sea Legs at the Beach is a unique concert destination. It is right on the beach, and they offer libations, food, and killer views to enjoy while listening to your favorite band. The best way to experience Sea Legs at the Beach is by renting a cabana or chairs so that you have your own space to relax and party with your friends. When seeing Tijuana Dogs, we rented a cabana. We were...

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World Premiere of Disney’s Aladdin

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the Aladdin premiere as a guest of Disney Aladdin is one of my daughter’s favorite stories of all-time. We got a chance to see the film last week, and she fell in love with the live action film just as much as the animated version. She loved the movie so much, and I was thrilled to surprise her with the news that we would see it again at the world premiere! She nearly fainted when I told her the night before that I would be picking her up early from school to attend the premiere. She immediately started going through her closet in search of the perfect dress to walk down the carpet wearing. The morning of the premiere, I picked my daughter up early from school, and we went to Los Angeles. We started at the...

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The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Events, Featured, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

Recently we were guests of Universal Studios Hollywood to watch the new show. Our entire family is major fans of Harry Potter, and visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the all-time favorite places to spend the day. When our family learned about The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle, we couldn’t wait to make plans to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. The minute that we stepped foot in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we were immersed in the magical world. Our first stop was to get a taste of the famous Butterbeer. Our family sipped on the refreshing drink while walking around the magical world. Then, we took a thrilling ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff. The magical creature took our family on an unforgettable flight high above Universal Studios Hollywood....

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Best Restaurants in Orange County to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

It’s time to treat mom like no other by spoiling her at one of the many special options Orange County’s leading hotels have created for this most exceptional lady. At the beach she can be wined and dined at Montage Laguna Beach’s annual Masterpiece Celebration Brunch, at Studio or The Loft. If she doesn’t want to get up too early, she can celebrate with afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge. If Newport Beach is more her style, then Fashion Island Hotel is the place to go with two delicious dining options: a garden party or brunch at Oak Grill. And for moms who want to be in the center of it all, Hotel Irvine is hosting Mother’s Day in The Backyard with fun for the entire family. Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420...

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Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame Teen Review

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

One of the most anticipated movies of this year, even of this century is Avengers: Endgame. Ever since Infinity War had come out a year ago, the whole world has been waiting for this movie. I have been counting down the days until I could see the film since the first trailer dropped. The Marvel Universe is something that I have grown up with. Avengers: Endgame is something that we have all been waiting for. Lucky for me my mom had a plus one and decided to take me on her screener day. I know that seeing the movie three days before it comes out might not seem like anything, but to me it was everything. Three days before the movie came out as practically seeing it with the stars. Now I can’t spoil anything for you because you...

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Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

We visited Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration as a guest of Disney The all-new Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration is an Instagrammers dream come true. The Disneyland Resort recognizes how much Disney lovers enjoy capturing memorable photos, and they created the ultimate Disney photo Pop-Up at Downtown Disney District. Creative photography is one of my favorite hobbies, and I was thrilled to attend a sneak peek of Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney. The minute that I arrived at the Downtown Disney District, I couldn’t wait to experience the Pop-Up. I brought one of my dearest friends along with me who also shares a love for photography, and we started our visit at the Downtown Disney District by sipping on a refreshing ice tea from Starbucks. We caught up on what we had missed since the last...

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Reservations to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge invites guests on a journey to a galaxy far, far away, where families can live their own Star Wars adventures. This epic new land will immerse guests in iconic stories like never before, pushing boundaries and transporting guests to a place where beloved Star Wars stories come to life. When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opens It all begins May 31st at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and today they announced that no-cost reservations to visit the land will be available May 2nd.* Guests looking to confirm a reservation today can book a stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel between May 31 and June 23, 2019.* Opening Day Details On opening day for phase one, guests will become part of the story at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an...

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Five SoCal Family Weekend Road Trips

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

Sponsored by Alamo Travel is one of the best gifts a parent can give to their child. I try to travel as much as possible with my children. The only downside to traveling often is how expensive it can be, especially for larger families. The best way to travel on a budget is to travel by car. Living in Southern California, there are many great travel destinations nearby and conveniently located near a few major airports such as LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and SAN (San Diego International Airport). These are our top five favorite places to take our families near SoCal. Lake Arrowhead Just a short drive to the San Bernardino Mountains, and you’ll find yourself in a wonderland. Lake Arrowhead is a short drive from the top ski resorts in the area, and the Lake Arrowhead Resort...

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Bubblefest is Bigger and Better than Ever

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

We attended Bubblefest as a guest of Discovery Cube OC Each year Discovery Cube OC has a beautiful bubble exhibit and show called Bubblefest. This show runs now through April 21, 2019. This year’s ultimate laser and bubble show are done by the talented Deni Yang and his equally talented sister Melody. It was her second year doing bubble fest with Deni at the Discovery Cube OC, and I can tell you, it was amazing. I have seen this show many times before, and each time I love it more. There is so much visually to see during the laser and bubble show. My kids have all loved it each and every time we have gone too. While you are at Bubblefest, in the Mega Bubble Courtyard, you can go to different interactive spaces. My kids, husband and I...

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A Passage to Little India: Orange County Walking Food Tour

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Featured, Melissa's Produce | 0 comments

Yesterday, I embarked on an epicurean adventure in Artesia with Melissa’s Produce and Farhana Sahibzada. Indian cuisine is one of my all-time favorites, so when I was invited to attend this special walking food tour, I cleared my calendar to learn more about Indian cuisine in Southern California. Melissa’s Produce has spiced up my family cooking by introducing me to unique and delicious produce, and this event turned it up a notch. As an Orange County native, I have never been to Artesia (gasp!). I really didn’t even know where it was until I searched it on my GPS. I quickly realized that I drive right past it 2-3 times a week on my way to attend events in LA, and could of been experiencing the best Indian food in SoCal for all these years. I had only done...

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Best Places in Orange County for Easter Brunch

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Dining, Easter, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Orange County hotels are presenting egg-cellent egg-stravaganzas for Easter Day from glamourous dining by the sea to family-fun events that will have little ones hopping in delight with up close and personal visits with the Easter Bunny. Montage Laguna Beach offers three distinctly different, but all gourmet, scenarios in the Grand Ballroom, Studio and The Loft. And those who enjoy the Easter dining experiences, can join in the fun at the resort’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Fashion Island Hotel is offering two fashionably delicious brunch options, and at Hotel Irvine, guests will not only dine on delicious food, but also participate in fun bunny-centric activities and games including Easter Egg hunts, a petting zoo and live music. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach Masterpiece Easter Celebration in the Grand Ballroom Sunday, April...

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Bringing Disney’s Dumbo to Life

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended the interviews of the cast of Disney’s Dumbo as a guest of Disney Disney’s Dumbo is a classic tale that everyone must see at least once in their life time. Recently they have come out with a live action version. I had the privilege of attending the world premiere, and then going to Los Angeles to speak with the creators and actors from the film about their experience. We began by speaking with the following people Danny Elfman (composer), Collen Atwood (costume), Rick Heinricks (production and design), Ehren Kruge (producer/screenwriter), Justin Springer (producer), Derek Frey (producer), and Katterli Frauenfelde (producer). The opening question in the press junket was what it was like to create a Tim Burton. Rick Heinrichs answered that question with, “What I would say is that there is a shared visual shorthand and I’m...

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Ultimate Girlfriend Glamping Getaway

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 2 comments

We visited as a guest of the Ventura Ranch KOA My girlfriends and I had been wanting to have a getaway together for such a long time. We didn’t want to take the traditional girlfriend getaway like to Palm Springs or Vegas. One of my friends suggested that we take a girls glamping trip to the Ventura Ranch KOA. Most of my friends had never been camping before, and they were excited to experience glamping as their first “camping” experience. The Ventura Ranch KOA was just a short drive from Orange County and is nestled in the beautiful Ventura mountains. The minute that I arrived at the KOA, I felt all my stress from parenting drift away while in the serene environment. The Ventura Ranch KOA offers something for every camper. There are places for guests to park their...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Cool Places, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

Sea animals and marine biology have been a huge part of my life growing up. Especially since I only live about 3 miles from the ocean. I have grown up walking around tide pools and learning all about the ocean. Just recently I discovered the centers and places in Laguna Beach that can help teach me more about marine biology. One of my new favorites is the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. One of my favorite things about this Center is that it is right off of Laguna Canyon Road which is right next to my house. Pacific Marine Mammal Center focuses on Seal Lions and Seals in the area. Due to malnourishment and dehydration, more sea lions are coming in, and the Center is right there to help with that. They take sick animals in and treat them until...

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World Premiere of Disney’s Dumbo

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

We attended the premiere of Dumbo as a guest of Disney When I received the invitation to attend the world premiere of Disney’s Dumbo, I was ecstatic. Dumbo was one of my favorite movies as a child. Getting to see the remastered live-action version as an adult for the first time at the world premiere was a dream come true. I decided to take my daughter with me to see the film, and planned a special mother/daughter day getting ready for the premiere. We started the day off by getting coffee at Starbucks, and then went to get our lashes perfected. Next, we were off to Los Angeles where we would get our makeup and hair done before putting on our dresses for the premiere. Getting ready for the premiere with my teenage daughter was so special. As a...

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Captain Marvel: A Movie About Friendship

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended an interview with the cast of Captain Marvel as a guest of Disney I had no idea what to expect when going to see Captain Marvel for the first time. The minute that the movie started, I was immersed in the film. I knew that I was going to love seeing a movie that has a woman as the lead role, but what ended up being my favorite thing about the movie is the messaging. The most important message that I took away from the film was the importance of friendship. I put on my favorite Buckle Down Captain Marvel belt, and went to Los Angeles to meet with the cast, and to hear their thoughts on making the film. Brie Larson who plays the role of Captain Marvel talked a lot about the bond that her...

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Best Breakfast in Mérida: Rosas & Xocolate

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Dining, Featured, Mérida, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Rosas & Xocolate as a guest of Mérida After using the (CBX) Cross Border Xpress to catch a flight out of Tijuana with Volaris conveniently, Xperiencia Maya picked us up in Mérida to bring us to Rosas & Xocolate for breakfast. Decor of Rosas & Xocolate in Mérida The first thing that made with fall in love with Rosas & Xocolate was the beautiful pink building. The hotel and restaurant looked like something out of a movie, and I couldn’t wait to taste their food. We walked into the restaurant, and they led us to the perfect table on their outdoor patio. Our table was right next to a pond when I enjoyed the relaxing sounds of the small fountain. After sitting in the restaurant for a few minutes, all the stresses from traveling melted away....

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 32 comments

Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 23rd anniversary on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th. We’re rolling back prices to our original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides! It’s our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years. Irvine Park Railroad, which has become a favorite destination for families from across Southern California, takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates the ride pointing out all of the history inside of the park which is over 100 years old. The Anniversary Celebration will also feature other activities including carnival games, a bounce house, panning for gold, face painting, and more. Some activities require two (2) tickets. There are $2 concessions, too, including hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, and popcorn. The $2...

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Electrifying Harlem Globetrotters Return to SoCal

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 51 comments

Committed to bringing fans the best experience and most electrifying athletes on the planet, the Harlem Globetrotters will give their fans a chance to get closer than ever to the action and team’s stars with their brand-new Fan Powered World Tour, which is set to come to the Los Angeles area in February. Harlem Globetrotters Schedule *Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State University Friday, February 15 at 7pm. *Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario Saturday, February 16 at 2pm and 7pm. *STAPLES Center in Los Angeles Sunday, February 17 at 2pm. *Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday, February 23 at 2pm and 7pm. At each Globetrotters game, there will be more than 20 opportunities before, during, and after each event where fans will get a chance to directly interact with the team’s stars – that’s a 30-percent increase over any...

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Three Little Pigs Join Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

We experienced Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession as a guest of Disney The Lunar New Year is a time for families to gather together to celebrate, and what better place to do that than the Disneyland Resort. My favorite thing to experience while at the Disneyland Resort during the Lunar New Year is Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession. This year, guests visiting the resort are in for a big treat. With it being the year of the pig, The Three Little Pigs dance in the interactive performance. Along with Goofy, and Chip and Dale everyone wants to join in on the fun. Another significant change to the performance is that it is at Paradise Gardens Park with a beautiful view of the Pixar Pier. While visiting at the start of the celebration, I found a seat on the stairs...

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Love is in the air in Orange County as sweethearts make dining arrangements to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one they love. We have found the best restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Orange County. Montage Laguna Beach Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6000 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach Studio’s Six-Course Valentine’s Dinner Created for Gourmet Lovers Thursday, February 14 Chef Ben Martinek is serving heartfelt selections to delight couples who desire impeccably served, delicious food presented in a stunning Craftsman-style ocean view setting. The meal begins with an amuse-bouche of Shigoku Oyster on the Half Shell and next is Kampachi Crudo with romanesco, pearl onion, green strawberry, kaluga royal caviar and hearts of palm. Then Smoked Santa Barbara Red Abalone with forbidden black rice, cauliflower mushrooms and wasabi-english pea pearls is served. The third course is...

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Valentine’s Day Date Night Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Valentine's Day | 65 comments

Pamper your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day by spending the day at The District at Tustin Legacy. We have created a guide to having an unforgettable day with the love of your life. Start your day with a little bit of pampering and relaxation by getting a couples massage at Massage Envy. You’ll be able to connect with your mind, body, and soul making your love for each other stronger than ever. After a little zen, it’s time for some fun. Get on your bowling shoes and get ready for a game of bowling at Bowlmor Lanes. You’ll laugh. You’ll enjoy a friendly competition. Plus, you’ll get in a little work-out before lunch. Next, it’s time for lunch. There are multiple dining choices at The District at Tustin Legacy. There is a lot of love put into the sandwiches at...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center: Camp Pinniped

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for children, ages 8 – 13, to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! A perfect experience for budding veterinarians, scientists and animal lovers! Campers learn how their animal care team rehabilitates their seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Each day has a different theme in order to provide a well-rounded study of our ocean environment. Each theme is creatively reinforced through hands on activities, science labs and crafts. Campers leave empowered with ways they can help protect and preserve our oceans. Every summer has new content so campers who return keep on learning! Pacific Marine Mammal Center Camp Hours Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00...

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Orange County Super Bowl Dining Guide

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Deals, Events, Featured | 0 comments

The big game is this weekend, and some of the top restaurants in Orange County are hosting some tasty specials. Don’t watch the game alone at home. Enjoy it with the company of other foodies in OC at one of these top places to see the Super Bowl. Bad to the Bone 31738 Rancho Viejo Rd. San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 The Super Bowl is next weekend, and with the Rams set to face off, Orange County is going to be buzzing with excitement. Everyone knows the best food to watch the big game with is BBQ… which is why fans should let Bad to the Bone BBQ handle the game day snacks! Bad to the Bone BBQ, is the perfect spot to catch the game or score big with a Super Bowl Take-Out package. With a dozen high...

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Foods to Enjoy While You ‘Get Your Ears On’ at Disneyland

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in Disney, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended the Get Your Ears On Celebration as a guest of Disneyland There is a great big party happening at the Disneyland Resort. It is a Mickey and Minnie Celebration, and you’re invited to “Get Your Ears On.” A celebration would not be complete without fantastic food, and the Disneyland Resort has gone above and beyond for this celebration. And, a celebration would not be complete without tasty & savory treats. Plus, the Disneyland Resort has made many of the foods to include hidden Mickey’s, as part of the celebration. Are you ready? Get Your Ears On! Share Your Ears Cheeseburger Available at Smoke Jumpers Mickey and Minnie love cheeseburgers just as much as we do. So, in honor of their celebration, Disneyland created the ultimate cheeseburger. Bring three of your friends, and share this tasty cheeseburger during...

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GMC Denali and Dogs Roadtrip to Ojai

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

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

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Disneyland Southern California Resident Discount Ticket is Back

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

The Disneyland Resort is ringing in the new year with a discount ticket. They are presenting a discounted ticket only available for Southern California residents. Guests may visit for the low price of $60 per day. You must buy of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Also, enjoy special offers at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. About the Discounted Tickets at The Disneyland Resort Beginning Jan. 7, 2019 all the eligible guests may visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park for as little as $60 per day. You must buy a three-day or a one-park per day ticket. Now is the ideal time to enjoy even more spectacular entertainment. These include, favorite festivals, and also, the new Pixar Pier. Also includes Super Hero experiences and a big celebration with Mickey and Minnie. Also, to this special ticket...

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Heart Rock Waterfall Hike in Crestline

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

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

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Second Act: Interview with Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

Thanks to STXfilms for the invitation Jennifer Lopez delivers an epic performance in the upcoming film “Second Act.” I loved every minute of the film, and I couldn’t wait to sit down with Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini to discuss their roles in the movie. One of my favorite things about this movie is that it is a story about a woman over the age of 40 reinventing herself. The message of the film will empower women over the age of 40. It will show women that you can be whatever you want. That it’s not over, it is just the beginning! It was one of the main reasons that Lopez wanted to make the film. “With Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas as my producing partner came up with the spark of an idea, like kind of a Working Girl, It’s a...

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The Magical Return of Mary Poppins

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended a screening as a guest of Disney Let’s go fly a kite Up to the highest height! Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring Up through the atmosphere Up where the air is clear… In the magical film, Mary Poppins Returns, John Banks goes outside to fly a kite. That is when the clouds began to darken, the winds started to blow, and with the help of Jack, they attempt to bring the kite down out of the wind. That is when the dark sky turns to light, and out of clouds comes Mary Poppins holding John’s kite. The film takes off right where the first Mary Poppins left off and featured Michael and Jane banks all grown-up. Michael has lost his wife and struggling to raise his two children, John and Anabel. Mary Poppins...

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Mary Poppins Returns: A Story About Finding Light in Darkness

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney With his vision and his passion, Rob Marshall has brought back the movie musical, Mary Poppins Returns, for our children’s generation to experience for the first time. “I felt like I have had this film in my blood,” said Marshall. He wanted to be the one to create this film so that he could treat it with great care and love. “Creating a musical from scratch was like a dream,” said Marshall. The guiding message about the film is about finding light in the darkness, is what drew Marshall towards wanting to make the movie. He felt that our world right now needs to hear a story about looking for hope and light during a dark time because there is so much darkness in our world right now. “It’s about...

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Our 16th Year Celebrating Christmas at Irvine Park Railroad

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Sixteen years ago, we had just adopted our first born son and started the holiday family tradition of bringing our kids to the Santa Train at Irvine Park Railroad. Over the years, I always thought that our children would at one time outgrow the tradition, but every year they ask to return to create more memories together. This year was extra special, as we visited on my birthday. Our family all went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, The Melting Pot. I know? There are so many delicious dining options in Orange County, but I love cheese ~ what can I say? After dinner, we drove over to Irvine Park Railroad to ride the Santa Train to the North Pole. We had a 7 pm train ride and arrived...

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Mother and Daughter Holiday Spa Day at Burke Williams

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

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

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Theatre & Shopping: An Epic Mother and Daughter Weekend Getaway

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

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

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse World Premiere

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Sony Recently I got to go up to Los Angeles with my two brothers and my mom to watch the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film and attend the world premiere. Spiderman is one of my favorite superheroes, and I have watched almost all of the movies with my comic book loving older brother, so when I realized we were going to the world premiere, we were all so excited! We all put on our fancy red and blue cloths for Spiderman and headed off to LA. When we arrived, we parked and walked into the beautiful theater. Inside the theater, we saw some people we knew from some of our favorite TV shows like Madelaine Petsch from Riverdale. After we got our drinks and popcorn, we went to take a seat in...

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Holiday Teen Favorites at the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Disney, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Disneyland   Holiday’s at the Disneyland Resort is something my family has been celebrating since I was a child and it is one of those traditions that I will never get tired of experiencing. From the beautiful lights to the yummy treats at Disneyland, it is a magical way to celebrate the holidays. This year I went with my mom, and we got to experience the holidays just as they began. One of my favorite things every year at is the Disneyland Christmas tree. Every year at Disneyland they have the most fantastic tree that I could stare at for hours. This year I had the privilege of meeting some of the women who make the bows to decorate the tree along Main Street U.S.A. I had so much fun talking to them...

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Visit Whoville to Experience Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Every year our family looks forward to celebrating the holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood. Our favorite part of the holiday celebration is getting to experience Grinchmas. The Grinch and all of his friends from Whoville have come to Los Angeles to celebrate the holiday season with your family. This year, I brought my daughter with me to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience Grinchmas. The minute that we left the parking structure, we were immersed in the Christmas spirit. The first thing that we noticed was the giant 40-foot tall Christmas tree that features 200,000 LED icicles! The tree sparkles every night, and the lights are choreographed to the sounds of the season – plus Santa also makes a special appearance too. As we walked through Universal CityWalk, we admired all the...

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An Electric Vehicle Powerful Enough to Autocross

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

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

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2018 Nutcracker Performances in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Ballet, Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Film, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

Affiliate Featured The Land of Sweets is coming to you! Discover all the Nutcracker productions bringing a bit of holiday magic to Orange County. American Ballet Theatre Performance of The Nutcracker Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA The ballet will perform December 14th through the 23rd. Tickets – Start at $29. “This Nutcracker is cracking good!” raved the New York Post when American Ballet Theatre premiered this delectable holiday favorite. As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree! With an impressive cast of more than 100 performers, ABT’s The Nutcracker features set and costumes by Richard Hudson (Tony Award winner, The Lion King), with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei...

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World Premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended as a guest of Disney It was a magical start to the week as I curled my hair, put on a fancy dress and went to Los Angeles for the world premiere Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Before going to the premiere, I had the honor of talking with Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland about the making of the film. I then walked over to a festive pre-party where I sipped on a sparkling glass of champagne and participated in all the activities. There were people of stilts walking around the event, a hairdressing station, nail painting from OPI and a candy bar hosted by Ziploc. The room smelled amazing from the Glad candles that were twinkling on all the table tops. When it came to the food, there was salad and sliders, but the...

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

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

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

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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 I...

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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 of...

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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 Movies...

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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 | 4 comments

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 sun began to set,...

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