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

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

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

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5 Things to do at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

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

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

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

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

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

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Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure

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

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

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Epic Los Angeles to Las Vegas Road Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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Dana Point Family Travel Guide

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

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

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Best Beaches for Bonfires in Orange County

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

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

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Bring Your Kids to a OC Soccer Club Game

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

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

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The Rivers of America at Disneyland

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

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

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Western American Railroad Museum

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

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

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The Emoji Movie World Premiere

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

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

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Pirate-themed Irvine Spectrum Toddler Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail

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

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

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Red Rock Canyon California State Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Exploring Irvine with Pedego Electric Bikes

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

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

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Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays Fiesta

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

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

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