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Irvine Spectrum Center Toddler Tuesdays Fiesta

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

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

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

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

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

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A ‘Suite’ Staycation at DoubleTree Doheny Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp

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

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

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LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camp

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

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

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Remnants of the Past Vintage Show

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

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

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Where to Eat, Sleep and Play in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

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

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World Premiere of Big Little Lies

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

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

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Best Places to See Wildflowers in Orange County

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

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

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Galileo Summer Camp: Inspiring Young Innovators

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

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

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Josh Gad’s Kids Reaction to Him Playing LeFou

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

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

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Ten Best Dishes at Disney’s Food and Wine Festival

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

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

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Sun and Sunsets at The Inn at Laguna Beach

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

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

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Touching Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay Mexico

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

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

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How to use the ‘CBX’ Cross Border Xpress

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

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

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World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie

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

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

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Lunar New Year at the Disneyland Resort

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

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

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2017

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

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

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