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Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

Posted by on Nov 2, 2022 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments.  Featuring new and classic tales, this unique multi-generational experience makes its SoCal debut for four weeks playing Los Angeles, Anaheim, Ontario and Long Beach from December 8 thru January 2, 2023. Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations.  See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters.  Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti.  Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos...

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3 Practical Options To Ensure You Deal With the Kiddie Commute

Posted by on Oct 24, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

It takes a lot of effort to look after yourself when you are a busy parent. There will be times when your children are not listening, or there are parts of the treadmill of life that can be too much to bear sometimes. For example, the commute is a very emotional environment at times. You could have children making lots of noise when you are trying to focus on the road, and this, combined with ongoing traffic problems, roadworks, and everything in between, can start the day on the wrong foot. This is why we’ve got to know how to make commuting an easier part of our lives. Reducing Distractions Any car accident lawyer consultation will highlight just how much of a danger distracted driving is. In order for you to function at your best behind the wheel, you...

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5 of the Best Orange County Bike Trails and Road Cycling Routes

Posted by on Oct 19, 2022 in Family, Featured, Parks | 0 comments

Enjoying a nice bicycle ride during the summer, a calming ride during the winter, or at any point in time is one of the joys of life. Cycling is a fun exercise that reduces stress, however, sometimes it gets boring when you follow the same path repeatedly. Changing trails once in a while keeps the excitement in the activity. If you’re in Orange County and you want to know more paths to use, here are five of the best bike trails and road cycling routes that may be around you What If You’re Involved In A Bicycle Accident? As a cyclist, there is a chance that you might be involved in an accident. Drivers are always preoccupied with looking at the roads, watching out for other cars, or using their phones and sometimes forget to look out for cyclists....

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Tips For Making Your Halloween Costume The Talk Of The Neighborhood

Posted by on Oct 14, 2022 in Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

It’s that time of year again when the leaves start changing color, the air becomes crisper, and everyone is excited about Halloween! This can be a fun time for all, but it’s essential to ensure your costume is the best in the neighborhood. So here are some tips to make sure you stand out from the rest! Plan Ahead Planning is key in putting together a great Halloween costume. If you wait until the last minute, you’ll likely end up with something generic or not very original. Start thinking about what you want to be and gather supplies, so you’re not scrambling at the last minute. When planning, also keep in mind what kinds of activities you’ll be doing in your costume. For example, if you’re going to be trick-or-treating, make sure your costume is comfortable and easy to...

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5 Ways to Have an Unforgettable Vacation in Utah

Posted by on Oct 12, 2022 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Utah is an incredible state for anyone who is looking for a vacation that they won’t forget anytime soon. The state, and particularly Salt Lake City, may often be associated with the Church of Latter-Day Saints, but there’s a lot more to Utah than its strong ties to this religious community. For many people, the main draw of Utah is the amazing choice of national parks, outdoor activities, and natural areas that they can explore. Beyond that, there’s also more to explore in Utah, including in the state’s cities and towns. Let’s take a look at five different ways you could vacation in Utah, whether you want to be active or find some time to relax. Get Active Utah is a hugely popular destination for active vacations. If you’re looking for outdoor pursuits, it’s the place to be. There...

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Universal Studios Hollywood: Awesomest Celebration of the Season

Posted by on Oct 7, 2022 in Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Universal Studios Hollywood rings in the “Awesomest Celebration of the Season” with the return of fan favorites “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” and “Grinchmas™” beginning Friday, November 25, 2022 and running daily through Sunday, January 1, 2023. All holiday festivities are included in the price of theme park admission. “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” brings the spirit of the holiday season to the village of Hogsmeade™, which is transformed with festive décor and merriment. Guests can savor a delicious Hot Butterbeer™ while enjoying a special holiday a capella performance from the Hogwarts Frog Choir. Activities also include holiday shopping for exclusive items within the village shops, including personalized ornaments and notebooks, and dining on hearty holiday fare at Three Broomsticks™. As night falls on the snowy town, Hogwarts™ Castle will come to life...

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Celebrity Cruises Returns to Los Angeles with Mexican Riviera Itineraries

Posted by on Oct 7, 2022 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Celebrity Cruises®, the leader in relaxed luxury cruising, celebrated its return to the Port of Los Angeles following an eight-year hiatus when Celebrity Solstice® set sail from the West Coast port on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Bound for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the milestone sailing also marked the award-winning ship’s debut in the market and the first-time Celebrity Cruises has offered a full season of Mexican Riviera sailings in 15 years.   Now through April, 2023, Celebrity Solstice will offer five-, seven- and eight-night sailings visiting some of Mexico’s most sun-drenched spots including: the romance of Puerto Vallarta, nestled between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Pacific ocean; the exciting vibe of Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja Peninsula; the pristine beaches of Mazatlán; and Ensenada, known for its authentic Mexico culinary flavors and wine. For more information on these new Celebrity...

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Activities to do in Lake Tahoe

Posted by on Jul 27, 2022 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

It’s super important for families to plan ahead of the holiday with their plans, activities and more, especially if you’re taking the kids away for a break from school. Lake Tahoe is the perfect location to spend your summer vacation, and there are so many activities to enjoy as a family, with a loved one or even on your own. Boating If it’s your first summer vacationing at Lake Tahoe or you visit your Lake Tahoe home regularly, boating on the crystal clear lake is an absolute dream. The mornings are calm and warm across the lake for an amazing introduction to your day, and the afternoons across the West Shore are undoubtedly one of the best experiences for any outdoor enthusiast, with the ability to take in the scenes of the natural beauty of Sugar Pine State Park....

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7 Different Vacation Experiences You Need to Try

Posted by on Jul 16, 2022 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Trying to decide where to go on vacation this summer? If you’re stuck and can’t think of any good ideas, look no further. The world is filled with places perfect for a vacation, especially if you’re ready to try something new and exciting. Having a vacation is one of the most liberating experiences you can have as an adult. It allows you to break away from your everyday life and immerse yourself in a new world that feels completely removed from your day-to-day existence. There are many different vacations, each allowing you to explore a new side of yourself while immersing yourself in everything that makes it unique. Here are 7 different vacation experiences that you need to try. Book A Luxury Resort If you want to experience the ultimate in luxury and relaxation, booking a luxury resort is...

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How To Make The Most Of Your Disneyland Vacation

Posted by on Jul 5, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

If you’re a big fan of Disney, you probably wanted to go to the happiest place on earth at one point in your life—Disneyland. It’s a place where people of all ages can act like children for a day, wherein donning glittery ears and believing in magic is commonplace. People just love to go there to celebrate a special occasion with their closest friends and family members. If you’ve set the date to visit Disneyland, below are some tips that can help you make the most of your visit and make your beautiful fairy tale come true.   Buy Your Park Tickets In Advance Through The Disneyland Website   Get the most out of your Disney vacation by ordering tickets beforehand. This will save you a significant amount of time. Besides, you don’t want to waste the first few...

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Breakthrough Sports Summer Camp

Posted by on Jun 29, 2022 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

With more than twenty years of experience developing youth sports programming for professional sports teams (LA Clippers, Kansas City Chiefs, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks), Breakthrough Sports brings its award-winning camp series to Orange County families! Breakthrough Sports camps are inclusive, high-energy camps used to focus on the fundamentals and to help boys and girls of ALL skill levels improve their game. Their coaches, including former pro players, will help improve mechanics, develop sports IQ and most importantly boost confidence in a fund environment! Register your children online...

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If Your Kids Love Animals, These 6 Road Trip Ideas are Perfect For You

Posted by on Jun 12, 2022 in Family, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Some kids are drawn to games and technology, while others prefer arts and crafts or sports. Almost all children, however, have a genuine affection for animals—or, at the very least, a genuine curiosity about living beings from the past and present. If your child likes birds, monkeys, or sea animals, there are many places where they can receive up-close interactions and experiences that they can’t obtain at home. On your next trip, these family vacation ideas make it simple to explore the animal world. Horse Ranches Horses are by far the most popular animals among children, so we recommend taking a road trip to a horse ranch. Riding a quarter horse, or even just seeing draft horse breeds, will be a fascinating experience for your horse-loving kids. Instead of being addicted to their televisions, laptops, or smartphones, everyone may...

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Orange County Father’s Day Dining Guide 2022

Posted by on Jun 7, 2022 in Dining, Family, Father's Day, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Gracias Madre 1617 Westcliff Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 For those looking for that unique & exclusive gift for dad this Father’s Day, Gracias Madre is offering a curated Mezcal Kit. Each kit comes with two Custom Handmade Copitas (hand-crafted by Wotz Works) and is paired with a bottle of private batch Real Minero Madre Cuishe/Barril Mezcal. The mezcal gift set is $180 (retails for $210) and is available to purchase now at Gracias Madre Newport Beach and West Hollywood through Father’s Day. In addition to the Mezcal Kit, this Father’s Day Gracias Madre will be ‘Gracias Padre’ for the day offering limited-time dishes specially made for those vegan and non-vegan Dads. Fathers and their families are invited to taste Executive Chef Justin Haefler’s ‘Champinones’ Stuffed Mushrooms ($14.50) and ‘De Ranchero’ Coconut Encrusted Mango Habanero Barbeque Tofu Burger ($17.50)....

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6 Different Ways To Make Your Kids Happy

Posted by on May 28, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

There are so many things to worry about as a parent, that it’s hard to know where to start. But one of the most important things you can do for your children is to make sure they’re happy. Here are six different ways to make your kids happy, whatever their age or personality. With these tips, you’re sure to find something that works for your family. 1. Surprise Them With A Gift Every Once In A While Even if it’s just a small token, receiving a surprise gift from you will make your child feel loved and appreciated. It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive – a new toy, book, or piece of clothing will do. Just make sure it’s something they’ll like and use. Surprising them by visiting candy stores once a week or once a...

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Amazing European Destinations You Need To Visit In 2022

Posted by on May 19, 2022 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Europe is a continent full of diverse and stunning destinations just waiting to be explored. So, if you’re looking for an adventure in 2022, here are some amazing European destinations you need to check out. From the beaches of Spain to the mountains of Switzerland, there’s something for everyone. Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey! Catania, Italy Catania is a city in Sicily often overlooked by tourists who flock to more popular destinations such as Rome and Venice. However, Catania has a lot to offer visitors, from its well-preserved Roman ruins to its vibrant nightlife. In addition, Catania is situated in a very beautiful part of Sicily, with Mt. Etna looming in the background. For these reasons, Catania is worth a visit, and 2022 would be the perfect time to go. You can reach Catania...

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Gaslamp Quarter: Why You Should Check Out This Underrated Part Of San Diego

Posted by on May 18, 2022 in Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

When we think about California, most of us instantly think about Los Angeles and Hollywood, or at a push, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. However, there are so many amazing places that you can visit in this wonderful state, and one of these is the amazing city of San Diego, just north of the Mexican border. Within this gorgeous city, you’ll find an array of exciting activities and things to see and be able to try some great food and drink at the many restaurants and bars dotted around the place. The city is made up of a number of districts that all offer something different from one another, such as La Jolla, North Park, Ocean Beach, and Old Town. But one that is significantly underrated today is the Gaslamp Quarter. Here are our best reasons to check out...

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Mother’s Day Dining at Orange County Restaurants

Posted by on May 6, 2022 in Dining, Family, Featured, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

THE WAY TO MOM’S HEART IS THROUGH HER STOMACH Driftwood Kitchen – LAGUNA BEACH Treat Mom to an incredible waterfront Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Driftwood Kitchen. Chef Rainer Schwarz celebrates the holiday with a lavish meal, accompanied by a complimentary glass of Champagne for Mom! This special brunch features breakfast pastries for the table, and attended stations featuring salads, seafood, charcuterie, cheeses, hot brunch specialties, carved-to-order Greater Omaha Prime Rib and New Zealand Rack of Lamb, made-to-order omelets, kids offerings, and a dessert bar. Driftwood Kitchen offers a full bar with signature cocktails and a selection of wines by the glass and bottle. This special Mother’s Day Brunch will be held on Sunday, May 8th from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Pricing for adults is $95, children are $19, those 6 years and under are free. Reservations can be made...

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Celebrate National Shrimp Day at Rubio’s with $6.99 Shrimp Entrées

Posted by on May 6, 2022 in Dining, Family, Featured | 0 comments

Celebrate National Shrimp Day at Rubio’s on two days this year, Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 10, when all Rubio’s shrimp entrées are just $6.99 with the purchase of any drink. Simply enter the coupon code TASTY with your order through the Rubio’s app, or online at Rubios.com. Or, scan the coupon https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-shrimp-day when ordering at any Rubio’s. Rubio’s guests can visit locations across California, Arizona and Nevada and enjoy any shrimp entrée on the menu, including seasonal favorites, the Chipotle Honey Argentinian Shrimp bowl, burrito or two taco plate. Available for a limited time, the wild-caught, grilled Red Argentinian Shrimp features a sweet-spicy kick of honey and chipotle peppers. With its large size, bright color and exceptional flavor, wild Red Argentinian Shrimp is a Rubio’s fan favorite. Guests can also choose other popular shrimp entrees including the Salsa Verde Shrimp two taco plate, the Shrimp and Bacon burrito, or the...

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Newborn Presents to Give

Posted by on May 3, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

If a friend or family member is expecting a baby or has just welcomed a newborn into the world, you probably want to mark the occasion with a gift. However, unless mom or dad has asked for a specific type of present, it can be difficult to know what to get them. This is especially true if you don’t have any children of your own.   The good news is that there’s a huge variety of gifts out there to choose from – the bad news is that this level of choice can make the task overwhelming! To help you out, here are five suggestions for types of presents you can give. Once you’ve narrowed it down to one of these, the rest will be easy. 1. Clothing Perhaps unsurprisingly, babies need clothes! For newborns, one of the best...

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8 Tips To Help Make The Most Out Of A Family Road Trip

Posted by on Apr 27, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t know how enjoyable road trips can be. Nothing beats getting in the car, saying goodbye to the house, and hitting the open road. Your oyster is the entire globe. I hear you ask, “Should we turn left or right at the next intersection?” Choices, choices, choices. Or perhaps you like to stick to the approved road trips. Whatever tickles your fancy. Getting in that car offers you a sense of freedom that you don’t often get in the current world. Every road appears to be well-trodden and clinical in execution.   And, while you will be traveling on roads – both man-made and natural – for the most part, it does not mean you can’t just stop anywhere you like and stroll through a forest or up a mountain, feel the fresh...

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Top 5 Places To Visit In California

Posted by on Apr 25, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

Comedian George Carlin once described California as “bordering always on the Pacific and sometimes on the ridiculous.” There is no place quite like the Golden State. It is a place rich in history and steeped in pop culture, and You will find everything from fabulous symphonies and museums to dive bars and palm readers. There are five places you should not miss when you visit this diverse state. 1. Raymond Vineyards 849 Zinfandel Ln St Helena, CA, 94574 Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily According to the Eva-Marie Berry blog, California produces 84% of the wine in the United States. This Napa Valley institution has been around since 1970 and is a massive place that spans over 300 acres and produces organic wine. When you take a tour of their winery, you will get to try some delicious...

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Gracias Madre Newport Launches Lunch and Special Event

Posted by on Apr 1, 2022 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

I’m excited to announce that Gracias Madre Newport Beach will be launching an all-new lunch program! Starting April 18th, Gracias Madre will begin opening earlier to serve guests lunch favorites crafted by Executive Chef, Justin Haefler and innovative cocktails from the wonderful Beverage Director, Kacie Lambert. A few lunch menu highlights include a Taco Salad collaborated with Nutritionist Elissa Goodman, Tortas, Mango Broccoli Tacos, a $25 power lunch special, and more! In addition, Gracias Madre has two really exciting upcoming events to kick-off the new lunch program. The event is a ‘Fashion Show Lunch’ in collaboration with Aleph Gallery on April 21st from 12:30pm-3:00pm. This ticketed event will be an afternoon filled with fashion, live music, food & drinks while highlighting the new lunch menu and spring collection. In addition, Gracias Madre is donating 10% of ticket proceeds to...

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7 Fun Ways to Surprise Your Loved Ones on a Family Vacation

Posted by on Mar 21, 2022 in Family, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

There is nothing like the feeling of surprise. It can make our hearts race, bring a smile to our faces, and even make us laugh out loud. In fact, a surprise is one of the most powerful emotions we can experience. And what better way to surprise someone than on a family vacation? Vacations are all about fun and relaxation, and adding in a little bit of surprise will only make things more enjoyable. So if you’re looking for some ways to add excitement to your loved ones’ lives, read on! We’ll discuss seven fun ways to surprise them on your next family vacation. Surfing Surfing originates from Hawaii and is a very popular water sport. It’s also an excellent way to surprise your loved ones, especially if they’ve never tried it before. There are many surf schools located...

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The 12 Fun Things to Do in Anaheim

Posted by on Mar 18, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

Anaheim is a wonderful place to visit in California. It has everything one can dream of – amazing weather, outdoor and indoor experiences, and exquisite food. It is a wonderful destination for vacation or weekend getaway.  And it is suitable for tourists of all ages as it has a lot to offer to everyone. Students love to come here for a spring break and experience vibrant city life and various attractions. Here they can finally relax in the sun and rest from endless college assignments, lectures, projects, and seminars.  There are many budget-friendly options here when it comes to eating out and accommodation, which is also a great benefit for students. So it is time to start planning what to see. Planning and organization might take time, which is not something students have in abundance. However, there is always...

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Are You Planning A Relaxing Family Vacation? Here Are Top Ideas To Try This Year

Posted by on Mar 2, 2022 in Family, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Family vacations are supposed to be relaxing and carefree. There are plenty of things that can cause you to feel stressed, making your trip feel more hectic and fulfilling than it should. Here are some tips to help keep your vacation as relaxed and calm as possible.   Staycation At Home There are several ways that you can plan a relaxing family vacation. If you have a tight budget or have a limited amount of time to take a vacation, consider a short staycation at home. This is simply taking time off from work or school to do things that you already find enjoyable but without the burden or stress of having to stick to your daily routine. The benefits of a vacation where you don’t have to leave your home also include not having to plan and pack...

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4 Ways To Make Your Kids Eat Better

Posted by on Feb 8, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

As parents, we all want to ensure that our children eat properly, but the reality may sometimes be very different from our ideals and goals. Children aren’t always eager to try new foods, and when they’re having trouble with their meals, it can be quite irritating and even distressing. This can have a domino effect, causing tempers to flare. Here are some helpful hints for preventing this and ensuring that your children eat as healthily as possible.   Information  Simply putting a meal in front of a child and asking them to eat it when they have no idea what it is might be the source of the issue when it comes to problems trying new things. Giving children more knowledge about what they eat, and possibly even bringing them to the supermarket with you to see what ingredients...

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The most highly anticipated sports events of 2022

Posted by on Feb 7, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

At the start of a new year, many people like to think about the things that they will have to look forward to. Some of these things include significant milestones, holidays, or exciting sporting events. Sports fans are in for a real treat in 2022, with several global spectacles set to take center stage at different points during the year. Even though most of us will never become professional athletes, that doesn’t mean that we can’t join in on the action. To become more engaged with the action, sports fans can visit a 5$ deposit casino to bet on what is going to happen during the event. Throughout this article, we are going to discuss some of the 2022 sports events that have fans counting down the days until they start. FIFA World Cup During any year when it...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center Camp

Posted by on Feb 3, 2022 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach is hosting Spring Break and Summer Camps for children. Camp Pinniped Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for kids to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! Campers learn how our animal care team rescues and rehabilitates our seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens, learning the art of marine mammal rescue, as well as live animal observations. Campers investigate different marine mammals and ocean stewardship through games, crafts, activities and talks led by experts! On the last day, campers join us at the beach to explore the local tide pools and all the creatures that call it home. Camp Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at PMMC Friday 8:30 to 11:00 am...

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Valentine’s Day 2022: Romantic Gift Ideas for Her This Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 3, 2022 in Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

It’s that time of the year again when you can feel the romance in the air again. Such is the fervor of Valentine’s Day that despite being a ‘day’ of love, it’s a week-long thing. Starting with Rose Day on February 7th, Valentine’s week goes on till Valentine’s day on February 14th.  According to Statista, planned Valentine’s Day spending in the US is expected to touch $24billion in 2022, which is $2 billion higher than 2021. Upon being asked, more than half the US population plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s estimated that around $4.5 billion will be spent on Valentine’s Day evenings across the country. The Statista report also revealed that a majority of gift buyers are buying gifts for their better half with candy and flowers being the most common gifts. If you want to do something...

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2022 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 2, 2022 in Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Butcher’s House Brasserie Enjoy a romantic evening over French fare, champagne, and caviar at Butcher’s House Brasserie in Costa Mesa. On Monday, February 14, Chef-Owner Jeoffrey Offer will be serving a special, multi-course menu featuring elevated offerings. Priced at $80 per person, the one-night-only menu begins with a glass of French bubbly and an amuse bouche of caviar & potato. A journey through the evening’s courses treat guests to scallops a la plancha served with celery root puree and Vermouth beurre blanc; a Filet Mignon spiral with black trumpet mushrooms and sauce Perigourdine; followed by an assortment of French cheeses with black cherry compote. Lovers can end the evening with the shared pleasure of indulging in seasonal berries and rich chocolate for dessert. Reservations can be made by calling 714.714.0662. 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite D Costa Mesa, CA 92626...

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A Night in Paris Valentine’s Day Dinner Show at the Balboa Bay Club

Posted by on Jan 30, 2022 in Dining, Events, Featured | 0 comments

This Valentine’s Day, transport yourself across the globe without leaving Newport Beach.  On February 14, Balboa Bay Resort is hosting A Night in Paris Valentine’s Day Dinner Show. At $330 per ticket, stroll through the picturesque city streets of Paris as you sip champagne and indulge in a decadent French inspired buffet while enjoying a romantic musical performance by Scott Keo, the #1 Michael Buble tribute artist.  Balboa Bay Club members receive 20% off; hotel guests receive 15% off. The decadent buffet menu includes lobster risotto, caviar, prime rib, crab, scallops, crepes and more French-inspired treasures. With a million-dollar view and endless opportunity for adventure, Balboa Bay Resort is an incomparable waterfront setting for the most romantic day of the year.  Recently named the #1 Resort in Newport Beach by U.S. News & World Report, the Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond property...

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How to make mealtime enjoyable for kids?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

Mealtime can be a challenging time for kids. They are often hungry, tired, and just want to play. This blog post will look at some of the best ways to make mealtime more enjoyable for your little ones. We’ll start by looking at what you need to do before dinner starts – setting the scene is key! Some of the best tactics include giving food crazy names, involving kids in food preparation/cooking, letting them choose what they want to eat, and finishing up with a dessert. 1. Giving food crazy names When we’re young, our imaginations are often wild and crazy. That’s why using creative license when naming foods is such a great strategy! Give that bland old chicken legs a much more daring name like ‘chicken roosters.’ Or make the healthy side dishes sound even more delicious by...

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Rubio’s Extends Taco Tuesday Deals All Day Long

Posted by on Jan 30, 2022 in Dining, Events, Featured | 0 comments

The new year brings a new perk for taco fans as Rubio’s Coastal Grill extends Taco Tuesday pricing all day long, now including lunch. Guests in California, Arizona and Nevada can enjoy Rubio’s discounted offers, no coupon needed. The all-day discounts include: The Original Fish Taco™ — $1.99: Enjoy our signature wild-caught beer-battered fish, cooked to crispy perfection and topped with white sauce, mild salsa and cabbage. Served on a warm, stone-ground corn tortilla. The Fish Taco Especial — $2.29: Enjoy the classic Original Fish Taco recipe with handmade guacamole and cheese. The Shrimp Trio — $7.99: Enjoy three fan-favorite shrimp tacos, including the Salsa Verde Shrimp Taco, Grilled Gourmet Taco™ with Shrimp and the Mexican Street Corn Shrimp Taco. Guests are invited to order ahead through the Rubio’s app or Rubios.com. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill...

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Dine Your Heart Out at Cafe Sevilla for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Jan 27, 2022 in Dining, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Let Sevilla set the mood for romance this Valentine’s Day! Dine your heart out with decadent menus, romantic ambiance and passionate entertainment.   ♥️ Valentine’s Day at Cafe Sevilla  Join us on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, starting at 5pm for our special 4-Course Prix Fixe Valentine’s Day Menu priced at $89 per person accompanied by live music. Our dinner menu is also available with a $30 minimum spend and deposit.  You can also enjoy a dazzling Flamenco Dinner Show Experience at 7pm, which includes a 3-Course Spanish Paella Dinner and Special Valentine’s Dessert priced at $89.50 per person.  ​ Cafe Sevilla’s “Lovers in Spain” 4-Course Prix Fixe Valentine’s Day Menu includes romantic classics with a Spanish twist including starter salad of fennel and arugula with shaved Jamón Serrano, blood orange and roasted pine nuts in a raspberry citrus vinaigrette; duet of grilled New Zealand lamb chop &...

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Chinese New Year with an ADYA Twist!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2022 in Dining, Events, Featured | 0 comments

ADYA Chef-Partners Shachi Mehra and Sandeep Basrur celebrate Chinese New Year with a menu of Indian-Chinese specialty dishes available Tuesday, February 1 through Friday, February 11 at their Anaheim Packing House location. Guests are invited to welcome the Year of the Tiger with six specials featuring a unique Indian interpretation of Chinese food, combining the fiery flavors Indians love with a Chinese twist. ADYA’s Chinese New Year Menu will feature the following dishes:Vegetable Spring Roll – a Lucky food; crisp rolls with cabbage, carrots and onionChilli Chicken – chicken tossed in a tangy chilli-garlic sauce with onions, ginger and SerranoChilli Cauliflower – crisp-fried cauliflower in tangy chilli-garlic sauce with onions, ginger and SerranoChicken Manchurian – the ultimate Indo-Chinese dish; seasoned chicken in a scallion-ginger sauce with cilantro, garlic and black pepperVegetable Manchurian  – an Indo-Chinese favorite; mixed vegetable balls in a scallion-ginger sauce with cilantro, garlic...

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Pageant of the Masters Releases NEW EDITION of ‘Pun-derful’ E-Cards of Iconic Art Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Jan 21, 2022 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Let cupid’s arrow strike your heART this Valentine’s Day! Pageant of the Masters®, the nation’s most iconic presentation of living pictures, is spreading the love this February with new releases of its witty, art themed, virtual e-cards. Offering eight different options of iconic artworks and ‘punny’ notes to choose from, the experts of all thing’s art have once again made it easy to celebrate love digitally (and artistically) this year. To send a Pageant of the Masters Valentine’s Day e-card today visit www.jotform.com/festivalpageant/valentines. Hoping to pair your e-card with a unique and romantic gift idea? Pageant of the Masters is also offering a sweet deal ahead of Valentine’s Day! Save 20% on tickets to this summer’s production with promotional code VDAY22 now through February 14, 2022. This offer cannot be combined with other deals and excludes loge center seats, premium tickets, and...

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Monster Jam Returns to Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Posted by on Jan 18, 2022 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

This. Is. MONSTER JAM™!  It’s time to fire up the engines again as the most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today roars back into the iconic SoCal dirt battleground home at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for three adrenaline-charged weekends on January 22 & 23; February 19 & 20 and February 26 & 27, 2022, marking the much-anticipated return of the first Monster Jam events back at Angel Stadium in nearly two years welcoming back fans at 100% full capacity following the pandemic pause.  Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Monster Jam features world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill. Sign up today to become a Monster Jam Preferred Customer at MonsterJam.com to get exclusive early access to the pre-sale offer code to purchase advance tickets starting today to get the best seats available...

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My Fair Lady at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 18, 2022 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that the North American tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY, directed by Bartlett Sher, will play Segerstrom Hall January 11-23, 2022. Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY is the winner of 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival of Musical and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, 5 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical Revival and 3 Drama League Awards including Best Musical Revival. The production, which premiered in the spring of 2018, ended its long run at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater on July 7, 2019 after playing 548 performances. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, MY FAIR LADY, with a book and lyrics...

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California’s Best Day Hikes

Posted by on Jan 18, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

California is an awesome state for people who want to explore the wilderness and get outside. It is absolutely made for outdoorsy folk and has a little something for everyone. From amazing wildlife and stunning scenery to perilous, challenging mountains and stunning watersport opportunities, if you are into the great outdoors then California is the place for you. One of the adventure activities that California is best for is hiking. The Golden State boasts some of the greatest hiking trails in the US, if not the world, and no trip to the West Coast would be complete without attempting at least one of California’s classic treks. So if you are booking a cruise from California next year and are thinking about exploring a little more of what this epic state has to offer, check out some of the best...

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Optimal Los Angeles Itinerary for First Time Visitors

Posted by on Jan 12, 2022 in Family, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

If you plan to visit Los Angeles, the city that buzzes with life, is full of traffic, and is known to house movie stars and musicians, you might want to plan your trip ahead of time. A city that never sleeps, it’s a humongous one that is more apt for residents than tourists. However, it has its own dreamy vibe that ends up attracting tourists from all around the world, and as good news— there are several touristy places in the city. Here’s all about how you should plan your itinerary if you’re visiting Los Angeles for the first time. When to Go The best time to visit Los Angeles for the best experience is in the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November. With the temperature ranging from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, there’s only a...

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5 Best Colleges in Orange County to Get Your Degree

Posted by on Jan 10, 2022 in Family, Featured | 0 comments

Anticipating university life and experience is a big part of students’ life when graduating from high school. Beyond all the excitement, there’s a lot at stake when it comes to making the right choice. You will need to find a school that suits your nature and aspirations. A perfect school that can give you what you want academically, socially and fits your uniqueness while also giving you opportunities for self-development. Other factors at play are the location, academic majors and minors offered, safety, cost, or whether the school affords you a better shot at career or employability. So, whether you are a sports lover or a person who thrives better in small classes, the county’s postal code is ca 92866, ca 92626 is the postal code for California. So, you can save yourself the stress of draining research for...

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Register for Angel City Games

Posted by on Dec 14, 2021 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Hosted by Angel City Sports, the 2021 Angel City Games presented by The Hartford, which will occur on December 18 and 19 at Los Angeles High School, will feature numerous decorated Paralympians who will compete and participate in the Games. The Hartford, with help from Paralympian and Team Hartford Athlete, Hailey Danz, will surprise two local youth athletes with custom-fit  sport wheelchairs as part of itsAbility Equipped® program. Acclaimed adaptive sport athletes at the Games will include: Annie Flood – sitting volleyball; Courtney Ryan – wheelchair basketball; Josie Alaskson – wheelchair basketball; Ian Seidenfeld – table tennis; Justin Phongsavanh – seated throws; Calahan Young – goalball; Shelby Baron – wheelchair tennis; Ezra Frech – long jump and high jump; Laura Goodkind – rowing; and Cody Jones – Javelin. The  2021 Angel City Games presented by The Hartford is back to being in-person after...

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SoFi Stadium Names Melissa’s as its Official Produce Partner

Posted by on Oct 31, 2021 in Dining, Family, Featured | 0 comments

SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, partnered with Melissa’s / World Variety Produce, Inc., in a multi-year agreement that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to SoFi Stadium’s culinary program. The agreement also extends across American Airlines Plaza and YouTube Theater. “Melissa’s is known for its high-quality fruits and vegetables. Through our partnership, the chefs at SoFi Stadium have access to exceptional ingredients, providing the building blocks to execute the culinary experience we created for our guests,” said Jason Gannon, managing director, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. Melissa’s offerings, which include fruits, vegetables, herbs, and fresh-pressed juices, will become a dynamic part of the culinary experience throughout the stadium. Melissa’s seasonal items will be incorporated into the club, suite and catering menus throughout the stadium and enhance the recipes created for the LA Eats...

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Safe Family Fun at Welk Resorts San Diego

Posted by on Dec 16, 2020 in Family, Featured, San Diego, Travel | 1 comment

Many families are nervous about traveling during this time, but it can be done safely when choosing the right resort and adhering to the proper safety protocols. During the stay-at-home orders, I have still been traveling safely, and one of my favorite destinations has been the Welk Resorts San Diego. The family-owned resort puts families first. My favorite feature was that my family was able to drive right up to the front door of our luxurious, and spacious, villa. There was no elevator or busy lobby was making me feel comfortable from the moment that I arrived. In fact, there was drive thru check-in, making the check-in process seamless. My second favorite feature is that families need to make reservations for the pools to ensure there is no overcrowding. Rooms The room that we stayed in was a two-bedroom...

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Cool New RV Resort on the San Diego Bay

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

Costa Vista, the highly anticipated luxury RV resort located right on the San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, has launched their website landing page and opened up their bookings page. Set to open in 2021, Costa Vista is now accepting reservations for April 2021 throughout the rest of the year, which can be booked here. Equipped with an abundance of luxury amenities, Costa Vista serves as a trailblazer in the RV park industry, offering full-service sites including unique park model vacation rentals and well-appointed RV sites that include spacious patios, picnic tables and landscaping. Sites will range from 30-35 feet wide and approximately 1,500-2,000 square feet, which will feature back-in and pull-through site availability. The modern vacation rentals will be about 400 square feet and fully furnished, designed for multiple style stays, including families and luxurious accommodations for couples....

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Cute Car for Teen Drivers: Chevy Bolt EV

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Autos, Family, Featured, General Motors | 0 comments

Are you looking for an affordable (and cute) car for your teen driver? We recently drove the 2020 Bolt EV and found it to be a top pick for your teenager’s first car. The best part – your teenager won’t be coming to you for gas money, because it is a fully electric vehicle! Let’s start by talking about the best part of the car – being electric. I have never driven a fully electric vehicle before. Plus, being known for frequently running out of gas, I was nervous I would run into similar problems with a low battery. That was something I did not have to worry about at all. When I returned home every evening, I would plug the car in, and it was fully charged and “ready-to-go” the following morning. When I took the car to...

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Outdoor Patio Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 in Dining, Events, Featured | 5 comments

With the reopening of restaurants taking place across Orange County, we have discovered the best places to enjoy outdoor patio dining in Orange County. Las Brisas Perched above the scenic Laguna Beach coastline, Las Brisas is a classic Southern California restaurant that delivers stunning ocean views with a sea-to-table menu infused with traditional Mexican flavors. Upon reopening earlier this month, the restaurant debuted a brand new outdoor “Margarita Garden,” complete with ocean views, astroturf, and socially distant tables to enjoy bites and sips. In addition, the restaurant features an abundance of space, including a bar lounge area, several dining room areas, and a scaping patio, all with ocean views. SOL Mexican Cocina Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, SOL’s kitchens feature a unique spin on fresh, healthy, coastal Mexican food, lovingly made from scratch. Open for lunch,...

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Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is Back with The Moonlight Special

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in Events, Featured, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is back riding the narrow gauge rails through the Sierra Nevada, just four miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park. With daily rides departing at 9:00 A.M and 11:30 A.M., and weekend excursions at 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. Young and old alike will enjoy wind-in-your-hair moments through the tall pine trees and sweet-smelling bear clover. And now, another fan favorite returns for the season: The Moonlight Special Every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 P.M.​​​​ Seating is very limited and reservations are required. The night begins with a barbeque dinner served on the socially distanced outdoor picnic tables. Live musical entertainment at the station, an evening steam train ride, a sing-a-long at a roaring campfire located at the halfway point in the forest, and ends with a ride back to the station...

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Safe Summer Fun: Irvine Summer Drive-In Series

Posted by on Jun 15, 2020 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

Enjoy movies and concerts in the park – with a twist – during the Irvine Summer Drive-In Series. This series of modified events brings the community together while safely following social distance guidelines. The Summer Drive-In Series features movies on the big screen and live concerts to the Orange County Great Park in drive-in format every Saturday this August. Park your cars, bring a picnic basket, or plan to purchase treats from gourmet food trucks. Space for this special event is limited, and guests must register in advance. The drive-in will be set up in parking lot 2 at the Great Park: Concert gates open at 4:30 p.m. and start at 5:30 p.m.; movie gates open at 6:45 p.m. and movies begin after sunset, approximately 8:15 p.m. Guests will be able to listen through amplified sound or tune in...

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Let’s Celebrate! Memorial Day Dining in Orange County

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Dining, Family, Featured | 0 comments

Let’s celebrate Memorial Day this year by enjoying delicious eats from one of these top Orange County restaurants. The Ranch Restaurant 1025 E Ball Rd #101A Anaheim, CA 92805 BBQ PACKAGE, $50 Preorder by Thursday 5/21 for pick-up Saturday 5/23 and Sunday 5/24. Family-style ready-to-eat package serves 2-4 people. Includes instructions to reheat. HALF RACK OF BABY BACK RIBS 4 BBQ CHICKEN THIGHS 4 JALAPEÑO-CHEDDAR SAUSAGES SIDES SMOKED BAKED BEANS CREAMY COLE SLAW MAC N’ CHEESE CAN’T MISS ADD-ONS 1 POUND ‘SANTA MARIA-STYLE’ BBQ TRI-TIP, served with Tortillas, Salsa & Beans, $29 1 POUND PULLED PORK, served with House-Made BBQ Sauce & 8 each Portuguese Slider Buns, $21 FULL RACK OF BABY BACK RIBS, $30 ‘COOK AT HOME’ BURGER PACK, $38 Serves 4 people. 4 RANCH STEAKBURGERS, includes 4 OC Baking Company Potato Buns, Butter Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, Sliced...

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Shop, Stay, Eat and Play in Costa Mesa

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

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

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Take a Trip Around Disneyland Park with a Park-Inspired Watchlist

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

From a whole new world to a galaxy far, far away, to Main Street, U.S.A., Disney+ has you covered with this fun Disneyland Park inspired watchlist. Enjoy watching this beloved films with your family today on Disney+. MAIN STREET, U.S.A. America’s Heart and Soul America’s National Parks Encore!, ep 112 “Ragtime” Glory Road Invincible Lady and the Tramp Lady and the Tramp (Live-Action) Mary Poppins Miracle Old Yeller Pollyanna Remember the Titans Secretariat The Greatest Game Ever Played The Rookie TOMORROWLAND Apollo: Missions to the Moon Expedition Mars: Spirit & Opportunity Finding Dory Finding Nemo Mars Inside Spacex Miles from Tomorrowland Mission to the Sun Phil of the Future Science Fair The Rocketeer Toy Story 1-4 Tron Tron: Legacy WALL-E Year Million Zenon Girl of the 21st Century FANTASYLAND Aladdin Alice in Wonderland Babes in Toyland Bedknobs and Broomsticks...

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Restaurant Curbside Pick-Up and Delivery Options in Orange County

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

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

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Inside the Walt Disney Archives at The Bowers Museum

Posted by on Mar 6, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue Calling all Disney fans The Walt Disney Archives has arrived at The Bowers Museum. Established in 1970, the archive has collected, preserved, cataloged, and made available for study merchandise, awards, pictures, art, and so much more.  This 10,000 square foot exhibit made its debut in 2018 for Japan’s D23 expo, and due to its popularity, the team in Japan asked if they could tour the exhibition. After a nine-city tour that took 19 months, The Walt Disney Archives bought the exhibit back home.  Seeing the success and outpouring of love for the archives in Japan, the company decided that they needed to share the spirit of Disney starting right here in Walt’s backyard. Located only 6 miles from Disneyland, The Walt Disney Archives felt that The Bowers Museum would be the...

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PlanetBravo Technology Summer Camp + Giveaway

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

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

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World Premiere of Disney Pixar Onward

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 5 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 | 2 comments

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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