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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters World Premiere

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Events, Featured, RecentVideos, Tech | 0 comments

Last week my son Jeremy and I had the opportunity of a lifetime to go to Universla Studios for the exclusive world premiere screening of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters! The Hub Network, the fastest growing children’s cable network, announces the return of the 3rd and final season of the Daytime Emmy Award-winning CG-animated series “Transformers Prime  Beast Hunters” from Hasbro Studios on Friday, March 22nd! The epic saga’s return presents a formiddable new opponent for the Autobots and the introduction of a third dragon-like faction called the Predacons. The Transformers were so cool!! They were huge and made my son and I so excited to watch the show! It was totally awesome to get a picture with these guys! I had the opportunity to interview the producers of Transformers Prime and some of the very talented voice actors. Some of these...

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Wickedly Detailed Costumes in ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Beauty, Disney, RecentVideos | 0 comments

The spellbinding costumes in the Disney film, “Oz the Great and Powerful” brought the vivid film to life. Costume designer, Gary Jones and Michael Kutsche, clothed over 1500 actors over a 23 week period. The actors Oz, Theodora, Glinda and Evanora had over 200 pieces of costumes and accessories in the film. James Franco (Oz) had only one costume in the film. He wore a 3-piece suit was designed based off of the 1880-1930 era. Gary Jones researched vintage photos from the era that inspired the final black cutaway suit worn in the film. “For Evanora, the ruler of Emerald City, the starting point was looking at the architecture of the city,” Kutsche says. “I really wanted her to not just be some person in this place, but to actually be this place.” Kutsche sculpted the characters in two-dimensional...

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You are Invited: Change the Story: The Compassion Experience

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Events, Family, Giving Back, RecentVideos | 0 comments

Teaching my children about compassion is crucial to me as a parent. I do a lot of community service with my children, in hopes that they will see a need for them to make a difference in the world. My hopes are that they will grow-up to change the world – to make it a better place. When I heard about this special event called “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience,” I was eager to learn more. It is a free event that brings guests into a different part of the world. A part of the world that our children may never see in India, Uganda and Bolivia. Each participant will be given an iPod and headphones before taking a 20-minute, self-guided tour of homes, streets, markets and schools in these Countries. The tour is narrated by a child,...

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Five Tips for Enriching Child Development #QualityECE

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Family, Featured, RecentVideos, Uncategorized | 6 comments

After High School, I knew that I had a passion for education. When I first started College, I began my journey towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. Throughout my College years, I spent my days working as a teacher’s assistant before becoming a preschool teacher. I knew that I wanted to work with younger children because I wanted to be a part of helping to give kids the best start in life. To me – it was the most rewarding experience. I learned that 90% of a child’s brain develops by the age of 5, making the early years the most critical time to enrich a young child. According to First 5 LA, many parents are not aware that the first five years of their child’s life has such a significant impact on the future of their success....

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters World Premiere Screening Ticket Giveaway – CLOSED

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giveaways, RecentVideos, Uncategorized | 5 comments

The HUB Network is hosting a private world premiere screening of “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters” that will debut on Friday, March 22nd at 4:30pm PT on the Hub Network. Since we had such a strong response from our last My Little Pony Event giveaway, the HUB Network has offered us tickets for our readers to the Transformers World Premiere Screening Event! We are giving away (4) sets of (2) tickets to the World Premiere Screening being held at the Universal Studios Globe Theater on Thursday, March 14th from 7:30 to 9pm. This is an exclusive, invite-only event and will be followed by a special Q&A with select cast members and the Executive Producers. How exciting!! To win tickets to this special event, please enter below. We will notify all winners on March 9th via Facebook and email!! a Rafflecopter...

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Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza and Giveaway – CLOSED

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Easter, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, RecentVideos | 30 comments

Easter is almost here, and the Irvine Park Railroad is preparing the ultimate Easter Celebration for families in Orange County. The Easter Eggstravaganza is on March 9th through the 30th and will be closed on Easter Sunday. The family fun event will be located behind the train station, right inside of the Locomotive loop. Tickets for the various activities are $5 each or $60 for a book of 15 tickets ($15 savings). The different activities will include: Easter Egg Hunt (1 ticket per child) Meet n’ Greet with the Easter Bunny ($10 per visit) Train Rides (1 ticket) Moon Bounce (1 ticket) Hay Ride (1 ticket) Easter Cookie Decorating (1 ticket) Carnival Games (1 ticket) Face Painting (2 tickets) Large variety of food (prices vary) Picture Stands (free) Once families are done enjoying all the Easter activities, the park...

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Fueling a Healthy Heart

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Family, Featured, RecentVideos, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Giving kids a healthy breakfast in the morning is important for kids to be effective while in school. Oatmeal has been a staple breakfast item in my home since my kids were first born. It is so easy to add fruit, flax seed and more into their oatmeal giving them the nutrition they need to effectively learn while in school. I have always been so concerned about my children’s nutrition in the morning, that I often forget about myself. It is so easy to grab a cup of coffee and run out the door to start my day. With it being American Heart Month, I have been inspired to start taking better care of my heart by also starting my day with a healthy breakfast. Quaker, a brand that is a staple in my home, is teaming up with...

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Experience The New CHOC Tower

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Disney, Family, Featured, RecentVideos, Uncategorized | 0 comments

For parents with critically sick children, staying in a hospital can be a very daunting experience. Fortunately CHOC hospital in Orange, CA can provide a serene and healing environment for these children. CHOC Hospital has recently undergone a $558 million dollar expansion to add a new tower named The Bill Holmes Tower. This tower is a state-of-the-art  facility  that joins the existing north tower, which includes a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Medical/Surgical Units, Neuroscience Unit, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and has primary and specialty care clinics as well as a research building. When entering the tower, visitors will be greeted by a crisp, bright and cheery entry way with primary color bands occupying a main feature wall. Tiny multi-colored mosaic tiles showcase a sparkling waterfall which represents the diversity and harmony...

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Wahoo's "You Name it" New Menu Item

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Dining, Featured, RecentVideos, Recipes, Uncategorized | 1 comment

In celebration of Wahoo’s 25th Anniversary, they will be bringing a new menu item in March. Wahoo’s will invite their customer’s and fans to help name the new burrito. Wahoo’s has a special secret to their success in the kitchen by using all-natural ingredients in their dishes. We got a chance to name the absolutely delicious burrito at the Wahoo’s 25th birthday celebration last month after our interview with Wahoo’s brother Wing Lam. Our pick for the new burrito name would be the “Wahoo’s Wow” because at first bite we could not help by say, “wow!” Before tasting the burrito we got an opportunity to see exactly how the new burrito is made, and what makes it so unique. Stay tuned for this new burrito to come into your local Wahoo’s this March. Disclosure: We got an opportunity to...

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Oz The Great and Powerful Super Bowl Commercial Teaser #DisneyOZ

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Disney, Events, Featured, RecentVideos, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Disney.com homepage is going to be taken over by the witch following the “Oz The Great and Powerful” commercial on Super Bowl Sunday. We were excited to share this teaser to the commercial that will be played during Super Bowl and these new movie posters.   Disclosure: We were not compensated for this post, but we will be attending the Oz the Great and Powerful media junket next week. Photos courtesy of Disney. All our thoughts are of our...

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Interview with Wahoo's Wing Lam

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Dining, Featured, RecentVideos, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wahoo’s is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with new menu items, special customer appreciation days and more. While at the celebration of Wahoo’s 25th Anniversary, Melodi and I had a chance to talk with one of the brothers Wing Lam about their 25 years of service in Orange County. “What better way to celebrate our 25th anniversary than by connecting with our loyal customers and fans that have helped us become a favorite in communities across the nation,” said Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s. “We are proud to continue to serve our unique menu, participate in community events and offer our supporters many opportunities to win free food and much more.” Disclosure: We were provided with an exclusive interview and sampling of the food at Wahoo’s 25th Anniversary...

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