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How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day As A New Parent

Posted by on May 31, 2022 in Family, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

As a new parent, finding the time to celebrate Valentine’s Day is bound to be tough. Of course, it’s lovely to be surprised by gifts and romantic gestures, but when you’re a busy, tired new parent, it can be hard to find the time or energy. Here are some ideas to bring some romance to your day, even if you’re exhausted.        Give Your Partner Time Off Vouchers When you become parents, time becomes one of your most precious resources. Time can be the perfect gift.  Whether you gift them a chance for a lie-in or a weekend afternoon off looking after the baby, you can give each other vouchers for some time off to enjoy old hobbies, see friends, or just sleep! Sometimes the best gift is to have some time to yourself. This might not...

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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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Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day At Home

Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 in Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. However, this year will be unlike any other. As the country continues to deal with the pandemic, couples may not be able to celebrate like they’re used to. Travel restrictions and quarantine requirements make taking a vacation a bit challenging. Not to mention, many date night activities (i.e., dinner, movies, nightclubs, etc.) aren’t safe. On the upside, couples can create romantic experiences without leaving home.  Cuddle Session When is the last time you and your significant other cuddled? Though you may be spending more time at home since the pandemic, most of it is dedicated to your careers and families. Make this Valentine’s Day all about your relationship by planning a cuddle session. You can listen to music, talk, sit by the fire, or binge-watch your favorite...

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Valentine’s Day Dining Specials in Orange County

Posted by on Jan 27, 2021 in Dining, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

February will be full of sweet treats for Orange County diners! From brunch to dinner and dessert, there are plenty of new dishes and menus to try– plus a new line-up of drive-in movies to attend! Las Brisas The iconic restaurant perched over the cliffs of Laguna Beach is the perfect destination for a romantic dinner with unmatched views of the OC coast. This Valentine’s Day weekend, Las Brisas will be offering a 5-Course Menu for $125/person Friday 2/12 – Sunday 2/14 from 3 p.m. – close, available on the patio and extended outdoor dining area (regular menu is available for take-out; regular brunch menu will also be available on Sunday). Romantic Valentine’s Day menu highlights include a Champagne Toast; Calamari Ceviche Tostada; Grilled Lamb Chops with chipotle-agave glazed carrots; Scallops with cauliflower, olives, and tomatillo; and Tres Leches...

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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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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

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

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

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Valentine’s Day Date Night Giveaway

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

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

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2018 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Dining, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Treat your loved one with the perfect Valentine’s Day date night at one of these romantic Orange County dining destinations. AVEO Table + Bar Enjoy a seaside dining experience this Valentine’s Day at AVEO Table + Bar. Executive Chef Collin Thornton has created a special 4-course menu ($89 pp) with standout dishes that mirror the effortless coastal elegance of resort including taragon-poached lobster with a saffron-tomato marmalade, brown butter John Dory with ricotta gnocchi, and an herb-crusted rack of lamb in a raspberry red wine reduction. The final course is a large macaron filled with Itakuja chocolate mousseline, bejeweled halved raspberries, and finished with a sangria reduction. AVEO Table + Bar 1 Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point, CA 92629 949.234.3900 Taco Rosa Taco Rosa takes a different approach to Valentine’s Day, by offering a special experience instead of a...

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Romance on the Water with Hornblower Cruises

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Best of OC, Dining, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue The best gift that parents can give their children is the gift of having parents with a healthy marriage. The one thing that I have found to be key in keeping the spark alive in my marriage of almost 20 years is to spend as much time together alone as possible. We go on date nights at least a couple of times a month and try our best to have romantic getaways whenever we can. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, our children’s busy schedule has us booked driving them around town on Valentine’s Day, so we celebrated earlier this year by having a romantic morning enjoying brunch on the water while on a Hornblower Cruise. We had always wanted to do a dinner or brunch Hornblower Cruise, and this year seemed...

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Irvine Spectrum Valentine’s Day Carousel Party

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

You are invited to a special event on Valentine’s Day at the Irvine Spectrum Center. There will be complimentary carousel rides, face painting, entertainment, and more. The event is free to the public. Don’t miss creating special Valentine’s Day memories with your children at the Irvine Spectrum Carousel Party. We look forward to seeing you there! When: February 14th Time: 10am to 12pm Location: Irvine Spectrum Center (Carousel Court) 670 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618 Cost:...

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Give Your Kids the Gift of Memories

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Tech, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Sponsored I love to give my children handmade gifts on Valentine’s Day. I love them so much and want them to know how much they mean to me. Every year, I try to think of something special that I can make for them that they will cherish in their hearts forever. This year, instead of making a craft or recipe, I am going to give them the gift of our memories together by making a photo slideshow. I recently started using the Moto Z Droid from Verizon and have the Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod, so I thought it would be perfect to surprise them on Valentine’s Day by sharing my photo slideshow on their bedroom wall before going to bed with my Moto Z Droid Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod. When I told my husband and what I was going...

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Give the Gift of Roses on Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Sponsored There is nothing better than giving or receiving roses on Valentine’s Day. Whether you are giving them to your mother, friend or wife, you’ll want to gift the highest quality roses that are beautiful, and superior quality. The premier source for luxury roses to give someone you love on Valentine’s Day is Rosehire. Rosehire roses are delivered to your home within hours of being cut from the field. They arrive in a beautiful box with each rose having their own individual water tube to help keep them fresh. Each set of roses has a signature from the person who personally put the roses together along with care instructions and a letter from the founders. With proper care, the roses should last from 5-10 days. If you have someone who loves Disney, which many moms do, they have 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 Bluewater Grill Tustin at The District 2409 Park Avenue Tustin, CA 92782 (714) 258-3474 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 Salted...

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Five Best Valentine’s Day Wines

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Dining, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Whether you are planning a romantic night out or an evening at home, serving your Valentine the perfect wine on Valentine’s Day makes the evening perfect. Every Valentine’s Day, we put the kids to bed, and then pop open a bottle of sparkling Stella Rosa Moscato. We toast to our love and our life together. Are you looking for the perfect wine to toast with your love on Valentine’s Day? These are our five top Valentine wines. Moscato Imperiale Rose This superb sparkling Moscato Imperiale Rose from Northwestern Italy is a unique “semi sweet” wine with light effervescence and approachable sweetness. Crafted with exacting standards, this Moscato Rose or pink moscato is of the highest quality. Stella Rosa Red This refreshing wine reveals deep, red color and is combined with natural flavors of ripe raspberry, wild strawberry, and red...

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Teeny Tiny Valentine’s Day Card Kit

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Crafts, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Looking for something different to do with your kids this Valentine’s Day? Instead of purchasing pre-made Valentine’s at the local grocery store, have fun creating memories with your children while handmaking their Valentine’s. Know I know that we are all busy mommies, and don’t have time to purchase all the supplies needed to create handmade Valentine’s, and Stampington & Company took care of that for all of us. They have created a unique kit that has “almost” everything you need to make Teeny Tiny Valentine’s Day cards with your kids. Over the weekend, I sat down with my daughter to make the Teeny Tiny Valentine’s Day cards together. Everything was carefully placed inside of a cellophane wrapper with instructions on how to make the Valentine’s. We put all the supplies on the table and got ready to have fun...

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Exclusive Zimzala Restaurant Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Dining, Holiday, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect cocktail recipe for your Valentine’s Day dinner or looking for one of the most romantic places to go out for a cocktail in Orange County? Zimzala Restaurant at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach is one of the hottest new places for couples to escape together for the night to sip on delicious handcrafted cocktails while enjoying the fresh ocean breezes. The general manager of Food and Beverage at Kimpton’s Shorebreak Hotel, Blake Brissette-Mathias, let us peek into his recipe book, and share two of his Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes. With more than eight years of experience, Blake is at the forefront of the culinary scene in Orange County by creating cutting new food and beverage initiatives. Get your cocktail glasses ready, and entice your husband tonight with one of these distinctive cocktails. Sex Appeal...

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2016 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Dining, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Love is in the air. Hire a babysitter, and plan an unforgettable Valentine’s Day evening at one of these top Orange County restaurants. Babette’s 7962 East Coast Hwy Newport Coast, CA 92657 Celebrate your love by enjoying the picturesque sights and sounds of the Newport Coast while indulging in a spectacular meal. Join Babette’s Newport Beach on Sunday, February 14 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. as they provide guests with an experience to give them an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. They will be featuring their regular meal time offerings as well as a special a la carte menu for those looking to enhance their experience. Featuring only the finest in locally sourced ingredients, Babette’s focus is on providing patrons with clean food in an eclectic, cutting edge environment. Their dining room features both family-style and intimate seating to cater...

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2015 Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Events in Orange County

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day is not just for couples but families too. Take the kids on a Valentine’s Day walk in the wild at the Nix Nature Center or listening to music at the Mission, there is something for every family to enjoy at one of these kid-friendly Valentine’s Day events in Orange County. Pretend City 29 Hubble Irvine, CA 92618 February 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wear pink or red to receive $1 off general admission! Cards, candy, flowers…Valentine’s Day is here! Children will love making Valentine’s Day art and celebrating this holiday at Pretend City with the sweetest of activities. Sensational Story Time: The Very Special Valentine is a heartwarming story that will encourage your child to appreciate the gift of love. Smart Art: Heart art will fill the art studio today! From love bugs to a...

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Lady and the Tramp Valentine’s Day Dinner and Movie at the El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Entertainment, Film, Valentine's Day | 1 comment

In honor of Valentine’s Day, guests can see the classic Disney film “Lady and the Tramp” at the historic El Captian Theatre from February 13-19th. Guests are invited to make reservations for a candlelit dinner before the movie catered by Miceli’s. During the dinner guests can enjoy their choice of Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce or Spaghetti with Meatballs, a garden salad, Miceli’s famous dinner rolls and mini cannoli. (limited seating available, and reservations are required for the sweetheart dinner) The El Capitan Theatre will host Tiny Tot Tuesday on February 17th at 10:00 am. During this special screening of the film, parents and small children can enjoy the movie in a Tiny Tot-friendly way – complete with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels. Daily showtimes are 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now,...

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Sweet and Savory Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini Recipe

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Featured, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Making a romantic dinner for your honey this Valentine’s Day? Maybe like me you have a Valentine’s Day themed party and are looking for a festive dish that captures the holiday. These easy to make Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini are a perfect blend of sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy. Crispy baguette toasts are topped with a creamy mascarpone mixture and topped with a heart shaped strawberry that’s been resting in a luxurious bath of chocolate balsamic vinegar. Turbinado sugar lends a satisfying crunch and sweetness with roasted pistachios countering with a bit of salt. The basil adds a perfectly paired herbal note for the strawberries. Appetizer or dessert? You decide! Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:45] Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and...

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Take a Romantic Break on the Water with Sunset Gondolas

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Zerve All of you out there with little kids – I mean tiny, little ones – I feel for you. I do. You are sleep deprived, stressed, and running in three different directions at all times. I was totally there. And now that my two girls are 11 (11 and three quarters, thankyouverymuch) and 14, you would think I have it made. All the free time in the world, with two middle schoolers. You’re jealous, I know. But yes, I’ve paid my dues. I do sleep through the night and don’t have to worry about chokeable items around the house, but I hate to break it to you – it just gets busier. Between six dance classes, confirmation, girl scouts, band and orchestra performances, homework like algebra that I don’t remember how to...

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Win an Epic Valentine’s Day at Kaleidoscope

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Events, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Wondering what to do on Valentine’s Day? How about winning an epic Valentine’s Day at the Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo? It’s easy to win…but you only have until Wednesday to win dinner, movie and spa treatments to help make your Valentine’s Day extra special! Start sharing your picture today. Valentine’s Day #SweetheartSelfie contest You could even win a wonderful evening with your special someone by taking a photo of you and your sweetheart at Kaleidoscope, or your favorite spot at Kaleidoscope framed in a heart, and post it to the center’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #SweetheartSelfie. The winner will receive dinner for two at Riptide Rockin’ Sushi & Teppan Grills, 2 movie passes from Edwards Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, and two 25 minute spa treatments at Burke Williams Day Spa and Massage Center. The contest ends...

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10 Simple Ways to Show Love

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Many people seem to take elaborate steps to show their love on Valentine’s Day. And it’s no wonder since approximately $13.19 billion is spent on Valentine’s Day yearly, and more than 195 million roses are produced for this the day of love. But fancy gifts and expensive dinners not only take a hit on your pocketbook, they do not always speak from the heart. After all, isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about? At one time, it wasn’t about aisles of sappy Hallmark cards, overindulging in a high-fat five-course meal, and standing in an endless line at See’s Candy. It used to be about the simple act of showing love to one another. To get back to the ‘heart’ of the matter, here are 10 simple and powerful ways to show your love without breaking the bank: Make a handwritten note...

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Apple Turnover Recipe

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Family, Featured, Parenting, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

sample kit provided One of the best Valentine’s Day gift is one that is handmade with love. For Valentine’s Day gifts, me and the kids made heart-shaped apple turnover recipe using the Foodstirs cooking kit. Foorstirs offers shipments with everything that your family needs to make the suggested recipe. Everything comes pre-packaged with labels so that even kids can make the recipes with parental assistance. They make a great gift idea or something to order for your kids on a regular basis. Apple Turnover Recipe courtesy of foodstirs Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 Tbl. brown sugar 1/2 tea. salt 12 Tbl. unsalted cold butter 1/3-1/2 cold water 1 egg 3 tea. sparkling sugar Apple pie jam Bertolli olive oil spray popsicle sticks clear plastic covers/ribbon heart-shaped cookie cutter cookie sheet Directions: 1. In a bowl mix flour, brown...

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Clever Strawberry Valentines at Manassero Farms

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

I attended as a guest of Manassero Farms What shall I do for Valentine’s Day? This is the same question I ask myself every year. How about something special for my daughter’s teachers? Let’s face it, there are many people I would like to surprise with a special treat. This year, Manassero Farms has many delicious Valentine’s ideas. I was familiar with Manassero Farms because I buy their delicious organic strawberries at Whole Foods. But they offer so much more. Manassero Farms has been a family owned farm since 1922 and today the third generation is in charge. I visited their beautiful Irvine Market location where you are surrounded by fresh herbs and the expanse of the fields. There is a produce stand with an impressive selection of fruits and vegetables, as well as a cute gift store with...

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Factory Tour

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Events, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a special way with your kids this year at the ChocXO chocolate bark making class and chocolate factory tour. They will pour warm liquid chocolate onto a cookie sheet, and your kids can help to add their own toppings. While the chocolate is hardening, you’ll get an exclusive tour of the ChocXO Chocolate factory! $25 per person Includes bark making experience, 20 minute front of house tour, and your chocolate bark to take home. Approximately 1 hour Only 16 spots available per time slot, so book online today! Children over 6 are welcome. Valentine’s Day Schedule: Friday, Feb 13: 4pm: Chocolate Factory Tour 5pm: DIY ChocXO Bark +Tour 6pm: DIY ChocXO Bark +Tour 7pm: DIY ChocXO Bark + Tour Saturday, Feb 14 1pm: DIY ChocXO Bark + Tour 2pm: Chocolate Factory Tour 3pm: DIY ChocXO...

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Hotel Palomar Valentine’s Day Lover Package

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in San Diego, Travel, Valentine's Day | 1 comment

Rekindle the romance in your marriage by planing a romantic Valentine’s Day this year at the beautiful boutique hotel in San Diego, Hotel Palomar. The resort is offering a Lazy Lover Package making it the perfect time to plan a romantic weekend getaway. The new Lazy Lover package includes the following: · Deluxe accommodations · $100 credit/night to Nature’s Spa by Jurlique OR $100/night dining credit to be used for in-room dining from Saltbox Dining and Drinking · Cliché romantic welcome amenity: rose petals, cheap champagne, Whitman Sampler™ chocolates, mylar balloon, intimacy kit and a teddy bear · Morning coffee and tea service in the living room to help with the aftermath from that cheap champagne · Hosted evening wine reception in the living room · 24-hour access to in-house fitness room to work off the entire box of...

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Netflix Valentine’s Day Themed Movies for Kids

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Entertainment, Film, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team   Valentine’s Day is one of my kids favorite holidays. We adorn our house with pink and red decorations and have lots of fun Valentine’s Day themed playdates with my kids friends. Not only do we indulge in sweet treats and celebrations throughout the month but we also spend many nights cuddled up together as a family watching some of our favorite family Valentine’s Day movies on Netflix. Netflix is constantly adding new movies during the month, and these are a couple Valentine’s Day themed movies for kids to start streaming now to get in the spirit of the holiday. Stay tuned as we will be updating this list throughout the month as more titles are added to Netflix… Kipper: Puppy Love One of America’s most beloved dogs will share...

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Italian Romance at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Featured, Staycation, Travel, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Rekindle your romance this Valentine’s Day at The Resort at Pelican Hill. During the month of February, the resort has luxurious and romance packages for the the ultimate romantic Valentine’s Day. Ready for Romance Spa Suite Experience Embrace romance with an aromatherapy oil blending experience for two, followed by a couple’s Duet Massage featuring Aroma Intentions Massages with your freshly blended Ready for Romance oil. Celebrate your love together in the private Spa Suite with sparkling Prosecco, chocolate truffles and spa cuisine lunch entrees for two. $510* Monday – Thursday, or $590* Friday – Sunday Dinner of the Senses February 14 An intimate and sensual dining experience, Pelican Hill’s popular Dinner of the Senses stimulates each of the five senses of sight, touch, taste, scent and sound. Created by Coliseum Pool & Grill’s Chef Micah, the seven-course menu for...

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Love to Laugh at the Irvine Improv

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Events, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples but also for families too. The Improv at the Irvine Spectrum Center is hosting a special family-friendly Valentine’s Day comedy show, Love to Laugh. Parents and children will laugh together to the hilarious show performed by the world-renowned juggler and comedian, Ron Pearson. The show is on February 14th at 1pm with tickets priced at $12 per person. Lunch menu will be available at an additional charge. Feel the love with your children at this fun loving event at the Improv at the Irvine Spectrum Center. are limited! When: February 14th Time: 1pm Location: Improv at Irvine Spectrum Center About Ron Pearson.. Ron Pearson is a comedian, an actor and a world record juggler that The Hollywood Reporter called “a comic ball of fire.” The Los Angeles Times wrote, “I laughed so...

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day on the Queen Mary

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Events, Health, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, my husband and I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Ehrmann Mixim yogurt on The Queen Mary in Long Beach. They turned the Queen Mary into the Love Boat for Valentine’s, hosted an amazing launch party complete with live band and fireworks, set a world record, and donated over $20,000 to the Children’s Heart Foundation. Mixim yogurt is unique in that it comes in a heart-shaped container with 3 separate chambers for the yogurt and 2  mix-ins. This ingenious design allows the yogurt, fruit, and dry toppings to stay fresh until to open the container and mix it all together. The top corners of the heart fold over to easily mix everything together without a mess. The Love Boat event was free to attend, but there was a VIP Lounge for media who...

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Best of Whole Foods Market for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Sponsored..but these are our own opinions The big day is tomorrow! Still don’t know what to cook for your Valentine? We went to the Whole Foods Market Valentine’s Day tasting event earlier this week, and discovered some delicious offerings to make your Valentine’s Day dinner extra special this year. These are our top picks for creating a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Picnic Pick Planning a Valentine’s Day picnic? Our top pick to put into your picnic basket is the Whole Foods Asparagus Salad. It comes with ripe tomatoes, avocado and red onion with a sweet and spicy vinaigrette drizzled on top. Dessert Your heart will melt with every bite of the Whole Foods Chantilly Cake. Not up for cake? Our other top pick at Whole Foods Market is B. toffee. You can’t just have one bite of this freshly...

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Sundried Tomato Parmesan Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Holiday, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Creamy pasta sauce is the key to my kids hearts. For an early Valentine’s Day dinner, I made this decadent garlic parmesan sundried tomato pasta recipe. It was made within just minutes, and the kids devoured every bite. If you are still wondering what to prepare for your kiddos on Valentine’s Day – this recipe is going to be a hit in your household. Make the meal extra special with some pink and white ravioli that can be found at Surfas in Costa Mesa. Where to start? I starting the sauce right when I put the noodles in the water (the sauce is made that quick!) Ingredients: Your favorite pasta 2 Tbl. butter 1/2 cup chopped onions 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup of diced sundried tomatoes (the kind in oil – not dried) 1 Tbl. of chopped garlic...

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Casey Reinhardt Valentine’s Day Party Tips

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Dining, Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 12 comments

Hi Everyone! This is Casey Reinhardt from Casey’s Cupcakes and I am very excited to be a guest blogger on OC Mom Blog, which happens to be one of my favorite OC blogs. Can you believe it’s already February? I am excited for the new month as it means one of my favorite holidays is around the corner: Valentine’s Day! I love the whole tradition from the flowers and candy to that feeling of love being in the air. Valentine’s Day also holds another special meaning to me as I opened my second Casey’s Cupcakes location in my hometown, Laguna Beach on February 14, 2011. From a baking perspective I love the holiday because it gives me the perfect opportunity to showcase my creativity by baking beautiful confections using pinks, reds, hearts, sparkles and unique decadent flavors. Since many...

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The Queen Mary will Transform into The Love Boat for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Events, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Sponsored by Ehrmann MIXIM Wondering what to do on Valentine’s Day night? The Queen Mary will be transformed into “The Love Boat” on Valentine’s Day, and you are invited to attend this special event on February 14th from 5pm to 10pm. Guests who board the MIXIM Love Boat on Valentine’s Day will enjoy MIXIM product sampling, a Journey cover band, drinks, fireworks and more. Ehrmann MIXIM Greek Yogurt has recently debuted in Orange County stores, and is the perfect addition to your kids lunch box on Valentine’s Day. The Ehrmann family has been making yogurt for three generations, and the all-new MIXIM Greek yogurt allows yogurt lovers to mix together tasty toppings with Greek yogurt in the three compartment, heart-shaped package. How can you attend the special event? Visit the Ehrmann MIXIM Greek Yogurt Facebook page to get exclusive...

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The “Sweet” Relationship Between Valentine’s Candy and Your Children’s Teeth

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Education, Family, Featured, Health, Holiday, Hot Topics, Valentine's Day | 1 comment

Parents can help minimize children’s tooth decay by helping their little cupids make “sweet” and sound decisions this Valentine’s Day, during National Children’s Dental Health Month in February. In a Valentine’s Day heartbeat, pediatric dentists can tell parents that eating holiday candy today can bring cavities tomorrow. Tooth decay is a very serious countywide issue, but it is preventable. Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, one of the largest nonprofit oral health providers for children dedicated to improving the dental health of children, provides alternative ideas and the following tips on sweets more likely to be cavity-causing culprits: It loves me… Chocolates like Dove Dark Chocolate Hearts®, M&M’s®, Hershey’s Kisses® or REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures® have something in common: in a short period of time, they melt away and disappear (a better choice for your little cupid’s...

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Create the Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner with Whole Foods Market

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Events, Giveaways, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 23 comments

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Planning a romantic Valentine’s Dinner at home? Or a picnic on the beach? Want to make it incredibly special, but don’t know where to start? Whole Foods Market in Huntington Beach is helping families to create a perfect Valentine’s Day meal with their high quality offerings. You are invited to a complimentary Valentine’s Day tasting at the Whole Foods Market of Huntington Beach on February 11th from 6pm to 8pm. During the tasting, guests will enjoy: Specialty- Experience the sweet heat of Pepperlane sweet and hot fruit spreads paired with tangy goat cheese selected by our Cheese Specialist. While you’re at it, meet our Wine and Beer Specialists and sample their Valentine’s favorites Grocery- Try the decadent combination of fresh nuts from our bulk section paired with California Rancher’s Cajun seasoning and just the...

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Happiest Place on Earth

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Dining, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

What could be more magical than spending Valentine’s Day at The Happiest Place on Earth? With Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park being a highly sought after dining destination on the most romantic day of the year, reservations are filling up quickly. We recommend making your reservations today by calling 714-781-DINE or online at Read our full Orange County Valentine’s Day dining guide that includes Downtown Disney Dining options at OC Mom Dining. Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe Disneyland Park Main Street U.S.A. (Reservations not required) For Valentine’s Day, guests can order a Chocolate Cupcake with Raspberry Mousse Filling and Dark Chocolate Mousse Frosting, Dipped in Chocolate Ganache with Chocolate Garnishes, Strawberry Curls and a Fondant Rosebud for $5.99. Carnation Cafe Disneyland Park Main Street U.S.A. (Tables available for Reservations) The special menu features Surf and Turf that...

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DIY Conversation Hearts Valentine’s Day Candle

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Crafts, Family, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Looking for a fun DIY Valentine’s Day craft to do with your kids? Or even a special gift to give to your kids teachers? One of my favorite crafts to do with my daughter is to decorate candles for gifts. Since we have a plethora of candy hearts throughout our house, my daughter and I, decided to decorate a candle using candy hearts for the kids teacher gifts. I’ll be honest that this craft is much more of an adult craft than a child craft, but you can easily incorporate your children into the activity. Supplies needed: 1 plain white candle (you can get creative with colored candles) 1 bag of conversation hearts 1 hot glue gun Special packaging Directions: 1. Using the glue gun, simply glue the candy hearts onto the candle – yes, it is that...

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Events for Kids

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

After your children are done passing out their Valentine’s with their friends in class, bring them to one of these fun Orange County Valentine’s Day events. Whatever event you choose, your children will love spending Valentine’s Day with you at one of these fun events in Orange County. Pretend City 29 Hubble Irvine, CA 92618 Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Pretend City from 10am to 4pm on February 14th. Children will be read “The Kissing Hand,” create a love poem and do a holiday craft. All of the activities are included with the price of admission. Valentine’s Day Parents’ Night Out Creative Learning Preschool & Academy 28721 Los Alisos Blvd Mission Viejo CA 92692 Parents can enjoy a special night out on Valentine’s Day, while the kids are having a blast at the Creative Learning Preschool. The event will...

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Mustache Valentines

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Crafts, Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 2 comments

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. My favorite thing about the holiday is making homemade valentine’s with the kids. Since my tween daughter’s life seems to revolve around mustaches’ lately, I made these fun mustache valentine’s with her over the weekend. These Valentine’s were super simple to make, and was a fun weekend project that even the neighborhood girls enjoyed doing with my daughter. Supplies needed: 1-2 large pieces of black foam Scissors or an x-acto knife printable (I used the one from Lollipops White labels Whole Punch Scissors Directions: 1. Print out the mustache template 2. Draw the template on the black foam, and then cut out the mustaches 3. Punch a hole in the middle of the mustache and then slide onto the lollipops 4. Use the white labels to leave...

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