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Orange County’s 40th annual “A Taste of Greece” Festival

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Orange County’s 40th annual “A Taste of Greece” festival will be held on June 29th – 30th and July 1st at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church (4949 Alton Parkway, between Culver Drive and Jeffrey Road, Irvine, CA 92604). More than 12,000 guests are expected to attend the three-day festival, which will feature traditional Greek cuisine and pastries, live music, church tours, authentic Greek dancing with lessons, and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka, a well-known picturesque historical neighborhood of Athens. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 29; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 30; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. Festival admission is just $3 per person, with free admission on Saturday, June 30 from noon – 5 p.m. for seniors 65 years and older. Children under the age...

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OC Designer Summer Camp at SOCO

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Designer Camp, the only comprehensive and collaborative design-based summer camp for young creatives (ages 11 – 17). The four unique week-long programs are in partnership with nationally-recognized design brands located in the heart of LA and Orange County’s design destinations. They give students the rare opportunity to engage and learn through hands-on workshops, informative talks from working designers, and behind-the-scenes tours of studios and galleries. Designer Camp also partners with non-profit organizations, allowing students to design for social good. Their boutique camp (25 students each week) allows students to explore the exciting worlds of Art, Beauty, Branding, Fashion, Interior Design, Merchandising, Photography, Set Design, Styling, Trend Forecasting, and much more! No design experience is necessary, just a passion to learn. They welcome youth from all around the world, in all different stages in their passion for design, to...

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Orange County’s first Cat Café

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Catmosphere Laguna, Orange County’s first Cat Café, will open this summer in Laguna Beach. Founded by Gail Allyn Landau, Catmosphere Laguna will serve as both a community café and a foster home for adoptable cats & kittens. Originating in Taiwan in 1998, cat cafés have since become a global phenomenon, inspiring similar business models to open across Japan, London, and most recently, the U.S. As the county’s first cat café, Landau believes Catmosphere Laguna will bring an increase in feline adoptions and provide improved lives and futures for kitties awaiting their “furr-ever” homes. Catmosphere Laguna has partnered with the Laguna Woods Cat Club, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, Bluebell Foundation for Cats, and local feline rescues to serve as a foster home for healthy cats & kittens with the goal of placing them in their forever homes. While awaiting...

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Luxurious Resort Style Living: Astoria at Central Park West

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Beautiful beaches and beautiful weather makes Orange County a premier place for families to live. Families who are looking to relocate to Orange County always struggle with wondering what part of the beautiful area they want to live in. I had heard a lot of buzz around Astoria at Central Park West as being a hot spot for families to live and a great place to have a short-term rental while house hunting. So, we went to stay in one of the short-term rentals for a couple of days to see what all the hype surrounding the luxurious apartments is about. With the weather heating up it was the perfect time for us to visit, so I put our suitcases in our Kia Sorento, opened the panoramic sunroof, turned on my favorite playlist and cruised down the 405...

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An Open Letter to the Woman for Publicly Body Shaming my Mom

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | 13 comments

  Did you know that 94% of women have been body-shamed in their lifetime? Never in a thousand years would I think this would affect my mother or me. While in Palm Springs this past week, I noticed my mom was in pain. I carefully approached her. She looked up at me with a solid tear rolling down her cheek, her shaking hand, she passed her phone to me. There I saw the unthinkable. Something every teenager dreads of seeing about themselves, but this was about my mom, a grown woman shaming my mom for the self-confidence she has gained, and her beautiful new body. How did so many people know that this post was about my mom? Well, hours before it went LIVE, my mom had posted a picture of her in a tube top and a bikini...

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Incredibles 2 Teen Review

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of Disney I have been waiting ten years for this movie to come out and the suspense killed me. When my mom told me that we were going to an early screening to watch the Incredibles 2, I literally started screaming. The day we were going to see I was finishing my finals and thought that seeing this movie was the perfect way to start my summer. My older brother and I shared some of our favorite Incredibles quotes on the way to THe Disney Studio Lot to watch the film. My older brother was even more excited than I was to see the movie because he has been waiting for two more years than I have. We both told each other what we predict will happen after that closing scene of...

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Creating Magical Memories at Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Ever since my kids were little, I have loved taking them bowling. When I learned that Splitsville Luxury Lanes was opening at Downtown Disney, I couldn’t wait to bring my kids for a day of fun “Mickey style.” We had bowled once at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Florida, so we already knew that we were in for an unforgettable day of fun. When we arrived at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, we got checked in and found our show sizes before being brought to our bowling lane. What I love about Splitsville Luxury Lanes is how clean it is, and that you can get gourmet food while your bowling with your kids. While they still have the traditional bowling alley foods like pizza and fries, it is their sushi and is out of...

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Family-Friendly Lunar New Year Recipes

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. In celebration of the Lunar New Year, I went to Los Angeles to spend the evening learning some new recipes from the highly-acclaimed author and chef, Katie Chin. I first met Katie Chin years ago at an event in Orange County when she released her cookbook “Everyday Chinese Cookbook.” Since then, her cookbook became one of my favorites, and my family enjoys all of her delicious recipes that I make on a regular basis. When I arrived at the venue, it was beautifully decorated for the Lunar New Year. There was a table set-up for us to enjoy dinner and recipe ingredients were on the kitchen island for us to begin creating recipes together. Before getting started, Katie Chin introduced us to one...

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You’re Invited: Cilek Kids’ Room Grand Opening Event

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  You’re invited to the grand opening of Cilek Kids’ Room at SOCO and The OC Mix on Saturday, February 10 from 3-5pm. During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to check out the first-ever brick-and-mortar showroom featuring innovative kids’ room products ranging from beds – including their world famous Race Car Bed, desks, rugs and more – that will encourage children to play, study, rest, and dream. Bring your friends and family and enjoy complimentary face painting, cookies, a balloon artist, dress-up characters playing games, crafts, singing, and more! This event is open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP by visiting bit.ly/CilekGrandOpening. For more information on Cilek Kids’ Room, please visit https://www.cilek.com. When: Sat, February 10, 2018 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Where: Cilek Kids’ Room is located at the previous Granola Babies space at...

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San Diego Yoga Festival

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The ​San Diego Yoga Festival​ is an epic and life changing 4-day yoga festival happening on the beach in Imperial Beach, from March 9-12, 2018. This festival happening in the most South-Westerly part of the USA and is a holistic health party that aims to bring health, peace and wellness to its attendees and supporting community. With non-stop yoga and holistic healing classes, held right on the beach, until sunset for four days straight, festival goers can look forward to unforgettable classes and healing experiences led by the top healers and teachers in Southern California: with offering virtually almost every style of yoga known to modern yogis, for beginners to yoga teachers, to fun holistic health experiences. The main part of the festival is Saturday and Sunday, March 10th and 11th and will have thousands of people celebrating...

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Al Fresco Dining at Center 360

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of the biggest additions to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, when the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza opened, is Center 360 cafe. Located right in the heart of the center is a beautiful outdoor dining venue where families can savor delicious cuisine before seeing a performance at the Segerstrom Center or just during an afternoon out and about. When Center 360 first opened a couple of weeks ago, our family couldn’t wait to sample some of the food. Seeing performances at the Segerstrom Center is one of our favorite family activities, and knowing that there is another great dining option along with Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge had me beyond thrilled. The first thing that caught my eye on the menu was the grilled skirt steak salad. Steak salads are one...

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KHS in IRL Epic Concert

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Autos, Events, Kia, Music, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia Anyone who watches YouTube and loves music knows who KHS (Kurt Hugo Schneider), Sam Tsui and Alyson Stoner are. They are three of the most talented young musicians who create beautiful melody together and recently starred in their first Kia Rio commercial combining music with autos. This past weekend, the rising stars hosted a free concert for their fans in Los Angles, and we were two of the lucky people to get tickets to their sold out private concert. When we arrived at the concert in our Kia Sorento, the valet took our keys, and we entered the hipster venue for a night that we would never forget. The night started on the outdoor patio where guests had t-shirts custom screen printed, played carnival games and enjoyed tasty bites from two food...

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Exclusive First Look: Oogie Boogie Gingerbread House at Disneyland

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney when we discovered this magical news Some of my favorite childhood memories were watching my parents stay up all night long making gingerbread houses from scratch for my yearly December birthday parties. Having a daughter born in one of the busiest months of the year for families, my mom thought of the idea to have gingerbread house decorating parties for my birthday every year so that families could enjoy a favorite holiday tradition while celebrating my birthday. For my entire childhood, my parents hosted the same party where my friends would come to our house filled with the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread to decorate a gingerbread house to adorn their home during the holiday season. “Well, well, well! What do we have here?” Imagine my surprise when I was at Disneyland...

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Holiday Mom’s Night Out

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Prep for the holiday madness with tips on how to stay sane and healthy this year (and even get a head start on your holiday shopping!) at a fun, interactive and insightful evening at Cariloha Pacific City on Thursday, November 16 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join certified nutritionist (and mom of 3) Julie Hefner of Nourish Nutrition and Shelby Barone of OC Mom Blog (another mom of 3) for tips on how to keep yourself and your family healthy during the busiest – and most stress-inducing – time of the year. Bring a friend and enjoy delicious light bites, bubbly and shopping at Cariloha Pacific City, an eco-conscious lifestyle store featuring an entire product line made from bamboo! This informative event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested at: bit.ly/CarilohaHealthyHolidays. Each person who RSVPs will be...

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Winter Fest OC Returns + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 13 comments

 Sponsored Celebration Festivals is “bringing winter to the OC” with the return of Southern California’s largest winter tradition – Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center. This year, the forecast calls for 18 days of snow in a winter wonderland of fun as Winter Fest will run from December 21 through January 7, giving families additional time in the new year to enjoy more than 20 wintry activities that are back by popular demand. See Santa and his reindeer fly over the fairgrounds for four nights only before heading back to the North Pole on Christmas Day. Winter Fest’s giant wonderland of family fun and date night charm is a great value with tickets available starting at only $10. Season passes are also available for all 18 days of Winter Fest to capture plenty of Instagram-worthy pictures....

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‘Fall’ into Pure Relaxation at Burke Williams

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the best things that moms can do to care for themselves is to have regular spa treatments. Whether it is a facial or massage, Burke Williams is our go-to place for ultimate relaxation. Last week, I was starting to feel stress over the holidays approaching so quickly, so I made plans to spend the morning at Burke Williams. The minute that I walked into the spa, I felt a sense of peace and calming come over me. I checked in at the front desk and then spent the morning relaxing at the premier spa. I visited Burke Williams in Mission Viejo which features a luxurious relaxation room. I spent hours relaxing on the couch, reading a magazine, and reflecting on things I can do in order to be a...

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Spread the Magic of Cat Adoptions

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the hardest shelter animals to find homes is adult cats. There are so many beautiful adult cats in shelters across Southern California waiting to find homes forever. This week, I went to one of our favorite shelters, The Amanda Foundation in Beverly Hills to see a beautiful mural painted by James Goldcrown to help spread the cat love. The #LoveWall designed by James Goldcrown is beautiful. He painted the front of the Amanda Foundation shelter with colorful hearts and cats. It is an Instagrammers dream! “My #lovewall mural stands for love and inclusion. Adding cats to the design was a natural way for me to display my cat love and bring awareness to the need for adoption,” said Goldcrown. During the event, the famous Prince Michael of Aaron’s Animals came to show his support for all...

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Newport Dunes Country Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is kicking off the fall season with the Boots on the Beach Country Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22. Bring the family out for a weekend of festive activities including picking the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, crafts, inflatables, and seasonal treats and drinks. Saturday evening will present a free country music concert featuring live performances by Urban Legend with Young Guns and The Kelly Boys line dancing and instruction. A full bar and country BBQ will be available for purchase. Sunday will feature classic cars from movies and TV on display including the Batmobile and Back to the Future Delorean. A full bar and country BBQ will be available for purchase on Sunday as well. WHEN: Saturday, October 21 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Pumpkin Patch 6 –...

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Register for Orange County Magic Youth Basketball

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Orange County Magic is a youth basketball organization with the purpose of delving exceptional basketball player and young adults. Their organization is structured to provide something for every age and skill level. The program begins with their Rookies who are K-1st grade. Here they are hoping to provide and experience that helps spark a passion for basketball. Next kids promote to the Recreation league which is for 2nd-8th grade boys and girls. This is more structured with teams, practices and games. At 3rd grade players can join their club program where completion and training are more intense looking to really develop our athletes with more advanced training and concepts. Finally there is the high school club program where they have sent more than 10 kids away with college scholarships in the last 2 years. SEASONS PRICES: $275 per...

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Search for the Next Mini-Mayor of Carlsbad + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

  California is now Kidifornia…and Carlsbad wants to be the capitol! Carlsbad is on the hunt for the next mini-mayor and your kids are invited to apply in an interactive social media contest! To run for Mayor, kids are asked to upload a 1-minute video on social media highlighting why they love the city; one winner will be chosen by Visit Carlsbad to be the Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia from videos submitted under the #MiniMayorCarlsbad hashtag. The best part is that the winner will get to bring their family of four for an epic vacation in Carlsbad! What are you waiting for? Film and post your video today on social media using the hashtag #MiniMayorCarlsbad! The contest ends on October 14th. Good...

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New Family Hotspot: Hotel Irvine’s Backyard

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Over the years, I have fallen in love with Hotel Irvine. It is a great place for families to have a staycation or dinner at their popular EATs Kitchen & Bar. Last weekend I brought the family to Hotel Irvine for their wine harvest festival in the backyard and found the venue to be a great hotspot in Orange County for families to spend an afternoon. When we arrived at the event, valet parking was complimentary – a great feature for families visiting the resort for the day. We gave the keys for our Kia Sorento to the valet, and then walked through the lobby and out into their backyard to discover a beautiful venue to spend the day. The event featured multiple booths where adults could taste wines, live music,...

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Orange County Great Park Spooktacular Fun Days

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Come in costume and enjoy traditional family-friendly fall activities such as a pumpkin patch, treats, games, crafts, gourmet food trucks and much more at Spooktacular Fun Days 2017. This year’s event is Oct. 14 & 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orange County Great Park. Help scare away hunger by bringing nonperishable food items to support local food banks. Tickets for children 12 and younger are $5 plus food donation; space is limited. Adult tickets and parking are free. Donate to scare away hunger Support hunger-relief by having each child bring a bag of canned goods or non-perishable food items to benefit local Orange County food banks. Be rewarded! Each registered child (12 & under) with food donation will have access to our Pumpkin Patch and Trick-or-Treat Town, while supplies last. Have fun! Enjoy traditional...

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Storymakery: The Next Chapter

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue.    A little while ago, I took my daughter to Storymakery for a Father/Daughter date night.   I had a blast creating a book with my daughter; and she felt very special now as a published author.  To this day, the book is hidden somewhere in her bed, and when she thinks we are in bed, she brings it out and reads it.  With Father’s Day approaching, we decided to do another book. This time Storymakery had a new treat available to us. They are now publishing books in hard cover!  My daughter was so excited to publish her second book and this time in hard cover that she kept asking me when we were going.  Next time,  I won’t tell her until day of, so I won’t have to be...

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Newport Dunes 4th of July Holiday Fun

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to announce a 4th of July holiday day filled with fun activities fit for the whole family. Celebrate Independence Day on the Back Bay with live music, local food trucks and a dynamic fireworks display from one of the best viewing locations in SoCal. Back Bay Bistro will also host a special 4th of July Buffet dinner with two seatings and a variety of live food stations. Arrive early and experience all that Newport Dunes has to offer including an inflatable water park in the Back Bay and rentable kayaks, pedal boats, windsurfing, sail boats, electric boats, stand up paddleboards and Surrey bikes courtesy of Moe B’s Watersports. For those looking to relax, enjoy a beachside cabana between dips in the calm waters of the gorgeous Upper Newport Bay. WHEN: Tuesday, July...

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3rd Annual Shipkicker Country Music Festival

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Throw on your favorite pair of cowboy boots and head on down to the 3rd Annual Shipkicker Country Music Festival this Saturday, July 1st. This is a full day of live country music.  Headliners include Lee Brice, Jerrod Riemann, Swon Brothers, Redneck Rodeo, and more.  There are 3 different stages and Shipkicker Music Festival also offers concert-goers with line dancing lessons, food vendors, a beer garden, cocktails, mechanical bull rides and yard-games.  Not to mentions some amazing vendors, such as City Roots in Boots, Calico Hat Company and many more. The Parking lot party starts at 11:00 am and runs through 1:00pm.  The main festival gates open at 1:00 pm.  This event is open to all country fans of all ages. General Admission $49 (online in advance)/$59 (day of event) – Includes general admission to ShipKicker with access to the World...

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Hilarious Epic Adventure: Despicable Me 3

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio School is finally out which means making summer long memories with my kids.  Our summers are spent exploring, lounging, and watching movies.  Luckily Illumination read my mind and will share their newest Despicable Me, Despicable Me 3.  Steve Carell reprises his role as Gru, but also takes on the part of Dru (Gru’s long lost brother).  Kristen Wiig returns as Gru’s wife and partner in crime fighting Lucy, while Trey Parker voices new villain Balthazar Bratt.  Balthazar Bratt is a former child star who has become obsessed with the evil TV character he played in the ’80s which means the film is filled with amazing 80’s music, bright colors, and tongue and cheek references to an era from my childhood. We were invited to a morning screening of the...

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Rare Madagascar Vanilla Limited-Time Yogurtland Flavor

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue BREAKING NEWS ALERT:  Vanilla bean crops in Madagascar are in jeopardy due to tremulous storms.  The worst tropical cyclone in 13 years has not only devastated the country leaving farmers without crops, it has also caused a huge shortage of vanilla beans worldwide.  Vanilla is one of the most popular flavors in the world and is used in many recipes.  Currently is nearly impossible to get your hands on Madagascar vanilla, but Yogurtland was able to secure a small supply so that its patrons can enjoy the Rare Madagascar Vanilla for just one week while supplies last. My children and I were invited to a private tasting and our palettes thanked us afterwards.  I’m a believer in being honest in my posts and don’t like pulling the wool over people’s eyes. ...

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Help Send Homeless OC Kids to Summer Camp

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is in critical need of the community’s help to provide funding for its fifth annual “Summer to Remember” program, a nine-week summer camp for children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families. Starting at just $15 per day per child, community members can choose to sponsor one day, one week, or even the entire summer for a homeless child. The program, which begins on June 19 and is designed for children ages 5 to 12, provides kids with STEM-based learning activities, as well as a curriculum that focuses on building solid foundations in science, technology, engineering and math. “This is an important program that helps children to grow not only intellectually, but also socially and emotionally,” says Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue...

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Celebrating Spring at Farmhouse Restaurant

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Dining, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I don’t know about you, but for me the luxury of living in an area with weather that permits year round outdoor dining is one of my favorite things about living in Orange County. And judging by the wait time to get a seat at the relatively new, Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden, I am not alone in this sentiment. Since its opening last year, I’ve had an increasingly difficult time getting in to this, one of my favorite new spots. With lines for bar seating and long lead times for reservations, I consider it a real treat when I do get to dine here. So, when invited to a preview of Chef Rich Mead’s new Spring Menu, there was no way I was not going. There’s a reason for this. Farmhouse,...

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New Summer Exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attend as guest of the Aquarium.  This summer the Aquarium of the Pacific opens three new exhibits that will take visitors on a journey around the planet and back to California through new exhibits, films, and programs. The first exhibit, FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, will explore the mysterious world of frogs, ranging from lush rainforests to arid deserts. Visitors will learn about two dozen frogs and their amphibian relatives through new and  beautiful exhibits. Kids will be able to get up close and personal with many varieties of frogs they likely have never encountered before. Finally, the Aquarium, with their usual conservation and eco-friendly focus, will explore why frogs and other amphibians are disappearing from our planet and what we can do to help. The second exhibit focuses on archerfish and their unique hunting ability of forcefully blasting water from their mouths to...

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Hero Up During the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney Along with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! super hero fans will experience more fun during the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park. The fun begins on May 27th, in Hollywood Land with photo opportunities, dance-offs, and more. One of the fun things to experience during the Summer of Heroes is the “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” Star-Lord brings his boom box to the party and will invite guests to show off their moves in an interactive dance-off. A Guardians of the Galaxy dance-off wouldn’t be complete without Gamora and Groot. Groot will make an appearance at the end of the dance-off just to say three words: “I am Groot!” The dance-off will feature classic 70’s songs like: “ABC” by The Jackson...

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10 Moments to Experience this Summer at The Disneyland Resort

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney The best place to create unforgettable memories with your children this summer in Orange County is at the Disneyland Resort. Fun things are happening at The Most Magical Place on Earth this summer. With the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! And Summer of Heroes happening at Disney California Adventure Park, there is something new for every family to experience this year. Disney California Adventure Park Take the (dance) floor with the Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord and Gamora will appear in the epic “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off.” Classic songs blasted from Star-Lord’s boom box will inspire some friendly dance competition. Help Rocket save his friends on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!: Before the action begins, guests will have to raise their hands...

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Bold Girlz to the Rescue with Superhero Etiquette Workshop

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the venue. Have you ever wanted to instill in your kids a sense of manners and social graces, but not sure how to go about it and make it fun in the process?  Or, maybe as a Mom you aren’t confident in exactly the right fork to use for which course at a dinner party, much less how to instruct  your daughter to do so?  We’re not exactly in the old fashion age where etiquette caries a lot of weight, but that doesn’t mean that it all has to be thrown to the wind either. Enter Bold Girlz‘ brand new Superhero Etiquette Workshops, a fun, modern and interactive way of teaching manners and social graces to children ages 6 to 14. Bold Girlz is known for birthday parties, fashion camps and other events with a...

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Game of Thrones: The Musical! – A Song of Nice Satire

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My husband is a huge fan of Game of Thrones (as in obsessed).   I’m not allowed to watch the show with him because I’m a newbie that ask way too many lame questions and basically take the joy of watching the show away from him.  He has his routine of recording Eastern Time so that by 8 o’clock he has the entire downstairs to himself without interruption.  If by any chance I need to grab something from downstairs, rules have been placed that I cannot enter the GoT realm until he deems it okay.  It’s pretty intense so I avoid the situation completely so that our marriage stays intact.  So when the opportunity to preview Game of Thrones: The Musical! – A Song of Nice Satirecame up I knew that I...

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The Harlem Globetrotters: The Most Entertaining Basketball Team in History

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When you hear the name Harlem Globetrotters you think basketball, laughter and family fun.  We’ve seen the Globetrotters numerous times and I can tell you that we will see them many more.  After the first time I watched them play, I decided to find out more about the most entertaining basketball team in history.   I was surprised to find that the Globetrotters originated in the south side of Chicago, Illinois, in the 1920s, where all the original players were raised. Back then, the Globetrotters were known as the Savoy Big Five and played exhibitions before dances. In 1928 after several players left the team in a dispute, the remaining team, led by Tommy Brookins, formed a team called the Globe Trotters which toured Southern Illinois. Within months, they hired Abe...

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RENT – 20 Years Later

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I love musicals; they are my favorite genre in theater.  It may be traced back to when I was 4, sitting in front of the TV for hours watching Hello Dolly, King and I, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and so many Rogers and Hammerstein musicals that I cannot list.  Regardless of its origins in my soul, I love them, that being said none of them spoke to me like Rent. Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson which is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème.   Set in the 1990’s this musical hits home to GenXer’s like myself who could relate to the struggles of this group of misfits.  It was through their strife that this group learned what love and friendship is...

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Irvine Spectrum Snow Day

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

  The forecast on Saturday, Dec. 10 calls for 100-percent chance of snow at Irvine Spectrum Center. Beginning at 6 a.m., 20 tons of ice blocks will be shaved into soft mounds of snow for the event. One side of the snow area will be reserved for younger children and toddlers to get a feel for gliding on snow. Active Ride Shop team members will assist the youngsters as they stand on small boards with leashes and gently lead them across the snow. In another area, older children will be able to enjoy two snow-covered ramps and rails. From noon to 4 p.m., children will have the opportunity to learn how to snowboard on real snow. Snowboards and helmets will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. In attendance will be the Anaheim Ducks’ mascot, Wild Wing, the...

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Kicking off the Holidays at Knott’s Merry Farm

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the venue. This year our family visited Knott’s Merry Farm for the very first time. Having not been to the park since I was a child, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but we were so pleasantly surprised and it ended up being the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and really kick start our Christmas spirit! Upon entering the park the first thing one notices (especially my kids who are huge adrenaline junkies) are the huge rollercoasters looming overhead.  Screams and shrieks of joy (or possibly terror) ring out in the air, but are merrily drown out by Christmas music humming in the background.  We took that as our cue to first check out the seasonal happenings in the park. Almost everywhere you look there are festive holiday touches adorning the...

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Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay & Holiday Events

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  One of Southern California’s most cherished holiday traditions will come alive as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort hosts its 26th Annual Lighting of the Bay on Friday, November 25. The festivities will include live musical performances by OC Song & Dance and the Corona del Mar High School Choir, a roaming magician, three puppet shows and a visit by Santa Claus who will flip a massive switch to illuminate dozens of floating “trees” and other holiday decoration on the water. There will also be screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for the kids. Parking and all activities are free including, build-your-own-s’mores, cookies, hot cocoa, and cider. The Dunes will be selling its award-winning seafood chowder, hot dogs, chili and corn muffins and bar will be open for the grown-ups. Friday, November 25th Event Details: 3 p.m....

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2016 Annual Pumpkin Launch

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  It’s time for the annual popular family event, The Pumpkin Launch, filled with hands-on challenges, flying pumpkins launched by giant trebuchets, and family-friendly activities and entertainment in celebration of the holiday season. Teams made up of local middle school, high school, and college students, as well as local families, will compete and apply their engineering skills to create pumpkin catapults to launch pumpkins at targets. A winner will be named for most amount of points accrued by hitting targets at varying distances. Additional activities include: Building catapults with Popsicle sticks Designing paper airplanes for distance and accuracy Launching marshmallows at mini targets Engineering standalone block towers Launching film canister rockets Archery Demonstration Medieval costumes, weapons and weaving materials, as well as other artifacts from the medieval ages, will also be on display. Attendees will have an opportunity to...

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The Secret Garden Ballet presented by Festival Ballet Theater

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the venue. To top off a perfect Mother-Daughter Sunday afternoon, we recently attended The Secret Garden ballet preformed by Festival Ballet Theater at the Irvine Barclay Theater. Festival Ballet Theater (FBT) is one of Orange County’s premier accomplished professional ballet companies. Their mission is to enrich Orange County’s artistic and economic vitality, to inspire love and appreciation for dance, and to invigorate ballet. FBT produced a beautiful rendition of the classic tale, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story’s main themes of loss, hope, dreams and transformation are masterfully relayed through innovative choreography, original cinematic score, and multimedia design. Located in the heart of the University of California, Irvine, the Barclay Theater is a quaint, small-scale venue perfect for an intimate feel of a production.  It is small enough so that every seat in the...

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‘Boo it Forward’ with Ghostbusters

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Halloween, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Product sample received One of our favorite things to do at Halloween is to “Boo” our friends. Every year, the kids go shopping for fun trinkets and treats to make Halloween-themed care packages for their friends. Then comes the fun part when we tip toe around in the dark in hopes of not being caught secretly delivering the care packages to all our friend’s houses. This year, we made our “Boo” care packages a little different. Since the new Ghostbusters movie just came out on DVD and Blu-ray on October 11th, we created ghostly themed care packages for all our friends (minus the green slime). We filled the packages with mini rubber ghosts, candy, and a copy of “Ghostbusters: Answer The Call.” We also included a reminder to “Boo it Forward” by making a care package and delivering it...

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Fall Fun at the Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as guest of the venue. One of the hands-down best pumpkin patches in Orange County is Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch.  We go nearly every year and are always impressed. Located at Irvine Regional Park, and set among rural scenery and tall oak and sycamore trees, it is the quintessential pumpkin patch.  There are tons of fun activities for the kids, various photo ops, a train, haunted house and, of course, pumpkins! Admission to the pumpkin patch is free and tickets for the different rides and actives can be purchased individually or in a book (for a discount). If your kids are like ours, they’ll want to do everything, so we think it best to opt for the book and let everyone have their fun! Activities include: train ride, hay ride, moon bounce, John Deer races, carnival...

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Behind-the-Scenes of Beauty and The Beast

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney We’re all kids at heart, so when we were invited to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank to peek inside the Walt Disney Archives for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Beauty and the Beast,” we couldn’t wait!! We didn’t really even know such a thing existed and having the chance to soak in a bit Disney history was a great way to spend an afternoon! Seeing the Archives filled with so many Disney memories; props from movies, television shows, theme park pieces and the mass volumes of books alone was amazing! Do you know they preserve every video, book, record, script and publication? Yes, when a film wraps they choose the most iconic pieces to archive. We are huge book and film lovers, so we could have spent hours in...

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24 Hours in San Francisco

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Featured, San Francisco, Travel, Uncategorized | 1 comment

 We stayed as a guest of the Hyatt While on our way home from Squaw Valley, we made a last minute decision to book a night at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and spend 24 hours exploring the city with our children. It was a whirlwind getaway to the foggy city where we created lifelong memories together. Thinking about planning a quick getaway to San Francisco? Find out how to see the city in just 24 hours. Saturday 11am. Our family drove over the Bay Bridge, and into the city. The kids had their hands pressed on the glass windows as our family got closer and closer to the city. 12pm. The kids were hungry from the drive, and we didn’t want to stop for a big breakfast, so we went for lunch at the popular Little Italy pizza...

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Laguna Beach 2016 Passport to the Arts

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Start planning your summer exploring the arts with your children in Laguna Beach, and save with the 2016 Passport to the Arts package. For just $24, families can purchase a passport to the arts to use for Festival of Arts, Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art Festival from June 24th through August 13th. Passport holders receive unlimited admission to all three festivals through August 31, 2016. Special discounts from selected retailers, merchants, hotels, attractions and restaurants throughout Laguna Beach are also available to Passport holders, as well as one-time free parking at Lot #16 (Act V) at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. The 2016 Passport to the Arts benefits include: Unlimited admission all summer long to all three Laguna Beach art festivals More than 500 artists and 300 hands-on art workshops Great music at all three festivals throughout the season...

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Don’t Miss Seeing Idina Menzel in IF/THEN

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The highly anticipated time has come for Idina Menzel to perform for a limited-time in Orange County in the Broadway Musical IF/THEN. The musical will be at Segerstrom Hall from January 19th through January 24th with tickets starting at $29, and a limited amount of discount tickets available on Goldstar. IF/THEN is a contemporary new musical that follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in this city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. IF/THEN follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. Tickets may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or...

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A Snow White Christmas

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue FOUR more days until the FINAL curtain call to be a part of the Lythgoe Family PANTO Production! I was a guest of the performance in Laguna Beach’s “world renown” Laguna Playhouse. Wow! WHAT a FANTASTIC time! I would definitely say its a “FEEL GOOD” family musical–quoted by the LA Times! This British Panto production showcases an amazing talent of cast leads. Glee’s Lindsay Pearce, Nickelodeon Star Jonathan Meza, and Star Treks Marina Sirtis to name a few. As a mother, sometimes I feel as though the Holiday Season progresses in warp speed and whisks by in a blink of an eye. This season, it has been my wish to slow down –live for the present and enjoy it’s many nuances of goofy giggles, memorable sibling exchanges and quality down time...

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2015 SoCal Christmas Eve Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Enjoy spending time with your loved ones this holiday season by dining together at one of these popular Southern California restaurants on Christmas Eve. Orange County The Ritz Prime Seafood 2801 West Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 (949) 720-1800 Celebrate Christmas Eve and/or New Year’s Eve with some glitz and glam at The Ritz Prime Seafood. In addition to their full dinner menu, The Ritz will be offering a special 3-course Prix Fixe menu with wine pairings on both nights (December 24 and December 31). Guests will begin with an amuse bouche from Chef Phil Kastel, then select from a number of appetizers and entrees, and for dessert select from indulgent options like Passion Fruit Creme Brulee, Chocolate Flourless Cake or Piper Heidsieck Champagne Toast. In addition, a festive holiday-themed cocktail (details pending) will be available for...

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Verizon FiOS Helps Families Give Back During the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Verizon FiOS rewards their customers every day with the My Rewards+ loyalty program. Every month that customers use their Verizon FiOS service, they earn points through the loyalty program that can be redeemed for gift cards. Points are earned by doing the simplest things like paying your bill online to connecting with Verizon FiOS on social media. During the holidays, families can redeem their points for gift cards to use as a stocking stuffer or to give back to the community with the Charity Choice gift card. What is a Charity Choice gift card? It is a gift card that goes directly to a pre-selected charity of your choice. There are more than 1000 charities that Verizon FiOS customers can choose from to use their My Rewards+ points to send a donation to their favorite charity with the...

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Weekend Happenings in Orange County: November 27th – 29th

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Holiday events are in full swing this weekend in Orange County. It’s time to get excited about holiday season. Most cities have community celebrations to kick off the season within the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled for your local event! Enjoy your weekend! Multi-Day Events / Museum Happenings Selfies with Santa (November 27 – December 24) Irvine Spectrum Center (Carousel Court) 670 Spectrum Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618 shopirvinespectrumcenter.com/Events/Details/5067 Santa returns to Irvine Spectrum Center, Orange County style!  Clad in a Hawaiian shirt and board shorts, St. Nick will greet visitors in his Crystal Cove beach-inspired house decked out with iconic OC accents including surfboards and orange crates. Shoppers are invited to share holiday wishes and take complimentary Selfies with Santa.  Every visitor can take two complimentary photos with their cell phones or cameras....

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Moonlight Madness Holiday Savings at The Outlets at San Clemente

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored The all-new Outlets at San Clemente is the premier shopping destination in Orange County this holiday season. On top of the already low outlet pricing, stores are adding additional savings during the holiday weekend that you’ll not want to miss. The Outlets at San Clemente is located at 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa in San Clemente. Bass Factory Outlet Entire Store 50% – 70% Off. Take an extra 15% off your entire purchase: Thanksgiving Thursday, 11/26/15 through 10:00 am on Black Friday, 11/27/15. Doorbuster Savings on Gifts for Him and Her: Fleece $9.99 & Up Slippers $19.99 & Up Handbags $24.99 & Up Smart Style. Smarter Savings. Valid 11/26/15 – 11/27/15. Valid in store only. Some exclusions may apply, offer subject to change. See store for details. Calvin Klein Entire Store on Sale Up to 75% Off. Additional...

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A Year with Frog and Toad at South Coast Repertory

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  We attended as guests of South Coast Repertory.  The fabulous, Tony Award nominated musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, retuned to excited audiences at the South Coast Repertory (SCR) this November via their Theatre for Young Audiences series. The musical is based on the classic children’s books written by Arnold Lobel, which have captivated readers for generations with their whimsical characters who explore of the meaning of true friendship in charming storylines. Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne Lobel, commissioned the musical in 2002, which had huge success both on and off Broadway. A Year with Frog and Toad, catalogs a year between two unlikely and utterly opposite friends. Frog is a gregarious and adventurous fellow, while Toad is a shy and somewhat grumpy companion. No matter their differences, or the rift that threatens to form in their friendship, they discover the important lesson that...

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Inspiring Moms at Mindful Her

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the event What a treat to be invited to attend the recent Mindful Her event; a full day for women to nurture their well being and learn about new ways to be more mindful in everyday life. As busy moms, daughters, sisters, friends and even co-workers gathered, it was nice to see so many taking the time to be good to themselves. The brainchild of Joanne Forster and Kelly Lam is about creating something for women to find that balance in life, discovering new ways to stay healthy and fit while creating personal intent for living the life that you want to enjoy! Imagine 300 women joining together, feeling the ease of the week releasing after an hour long yoga class. A lovely sight to witness; mid-morning, finding the balance in poses with...

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TEDxUCIrvine Brings TEDx Talks to Festival of Discovery

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored TEDxUCIrvine is pleased to bring TEDx Talks to University of California, Irvine’s Festival of Discovery, commemorating its 50th anniversary. The festival, held in the campus’s Aldrich Park on Saturday, Oct. 3, will feature discovery pavilions centered around Health + Wellness, Ingenuity + Innovation, Local + Global Impact, and Arts + Culture. The TEDx Talks will bring the discovery pavilion themes to life in four explorative sessions covering the mind, body, heart and soul. The talks are scheduled throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. TEDxUCIrvine, an independently organized TED event, is a non-profit student-run organization at UCI, fueled by the spirit of the parent organization TED with the motto of “ideas worth spreading.” The TEDx Talks within Festival of Discovery will offer an opportunity for event-goers to experience interactive and thought-provoking talks with 12 speakers from...

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New Ninjago Land and Ninjago the Ride Coming to LEGOLAND California

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Taiko drummers, ninja warriors and a Spinjitzu Master filled the theater with energy as LEGOLAND California Resort announced the addition of a new NINJAGO™ land coming in 2016 introducing, NINJAGO™- The Ride. Guests will enter the new NINJAGO land through a giant archway behind Imagination Zone leading them into a courtyard where they begin their ninja training. The new land features LEGO® building stations, a game to test reflexes, spinners to test balance, Asian cuisine and a new shopping venue. Interactive experiences will test guests’ physical skills, balance and agility before they can prep for their ultimate training session: NINJAGO – The Ride. NINJAGO – The Ride is manufactured by Triotech, world leader in media based interactive attractions, and features cutting-edge technology that enables guests to control the outcome of their adventure through the power of their hand gestures....

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Organic Beauty 101

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Let’s face it, there are very few people jumping for joy over wrinkles! We definitely do not live in a world with the mentality of aging “gracefully” anymore. The beauty industry is a billion dollar industry, with anti-aging products jumping from about $80 billion in 2011 to $114 billion in 2015. Needless to say, theres a lot of money to be made on anti-aging products. It is also the least regulated industry in America. We are touted with advertisements on anti-aging creams, serums, and products that are said to provide instant results on a daily basis. Just pick up a magazine anywhere and you see beautiful photoshopped faces with smooth radiant skin – flawless, perfect, and glowing. Then we walk over to the mirror and compare ourselves, judging from the inside out. Society has built up the image...

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Events Happening This Week in Orange County: August 24th – August 30th

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Monday is the last day of the current exhibit at Children’s Museum at La Habra, California Full of Life. The museum closes on Monday, August 31 and will reopen on September 29 when the new traveling exhibit, Construction Zone, will be unveiled as well as the newest permanent exhibit, Clubhouse H2O’s Conservation Garden. This is the last week for the Sawdust Festival. The Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting a presentation on wolves this Saturday evening. Be sure to check out the full moon – there are four full moon hikes on Saturday and one on Sunday. Enjoy your week! Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings The OC Great Park Family Activities Sand Canyon and Marine Way Irvine, CA 92618 ocgp.org Friday, August 28: Friday Night Lawn Games – Put some fun into your Fridays! Whether you are...

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Best Affordable Compact Sedan for Young Families

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Autos, Family, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Review vehicle provided Families who are just starting a family, and looking for a compact sedan will discover fuel economy, comfort, and added features with the 2016 Hyundai Elantra Limited Value Edition. The Elantra value edition has many added features including push-button start, sunroof, 16″ alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, chrome molding and more for just $550 more than an Elantra SE. We put the car to the test with our family of five for a week and found that it accommodates not only small families but also large families. We took the 2016 Hyundai Elantra Limited Value Edition to the desert, the beach, and to the mountains so we could put the car to the test in all different driving conditions. From the freeway to curvy mountain roads, the Elantra far exceeded my expectations and quickly became my...

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Events Happening this week in Orange County: August 3rd – August 9th

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Concerts and movies in the park are still going strong this week. There are several festivals going on this weekend. Check out the Children’s Bug Safaris happening at the Fullerton Arboretum on Saturday. I am looking forward to our trip to the Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach this Thursday. Whatever you decide to do, enjoy your week! Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings La Habra Corn Festival El Centro/Lions Park 320 E Erna Ave. La Habra, CA 90631 lahabracornfestival.com The Corn Festival is the signature event for the La Habra Host Lions Club. It has been a success for decades and continues to be the highlight of the social calendar in La Habra. Located at El Centro/Lions Park, the festival covers an entire weekend and includes numerous rides and attractions, independent food, game and craft booths, a...

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Five Summer Movies to Beat the Summer Heat

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored We are officially 1/2 way through summer, and the temperatures are heating up around Southern California. One way to help beat the scorching summer heat is to take a mid-afternoon break and enjoy watching a summer show with your children. With most Fall programming taking a summer break, these are five summer movies that will help keep your kids entertained while escaping the sweltering summer heat. Teen Beach 2 It is one summer movie that your kids will never get tired of watching. The one thing that I personally love about this summer movie is that it gets the kids up off the couch and dancing along with Chee Chee, Mac, and Brady. After watching the movie, take the kids for an afternoon swim in the pool or hit one of our local beaches. Home This heart-warming movie...

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2015 OC Fair Deals and Discounts

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Featured, OC Fair, Theme Parks, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The time has come for the event of the summer to start, the 2015 OC Fair. This year is going to be “one big party” as the fair offers guests a ton more fun with multiple deals and discounts. The fair opens this Friday, July 17th and continues until Sunday, August 16th offering families food, fun, games and endless fun. The savings begin with an hour of free admission and parking on Friday, July 17th from noon-1pm. Discounted Admission Days Every Thursday, children 12 and younger are free all day for Kids Days. Children 5 and younger are free every day. On Fridays, Fairgoers 60 and older receive a $2 discount on their Senior admission ticket ($5 ticket) plus free Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day on Seniors Day. Active-duty U.S. military and veterans receive free Fair...

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Discovery Cube OC Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of DSC Something wonderful has happened at the Discovery Cube OC! They just opened up the new expanded area to the public and my family, and I was invited to join in the fun. Our day started with a walk down the red carpet at the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. I must admit this was very exciting as I had never gone to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony before until now. For the first hour or so we were able to mingle with the other guests and enjoy a spread of delightful little breakfast appetizers. Once all the guests arrived we were asked to take our seats and the festivities begin. We first heard from John Adams the President and CEO of the Discovery Cube Orange County. He talked about the original opening...

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Royalty Meets Dinosaurs at Concourse Park in Lake Forest

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  While on our way to hike at Whiting Ranch, we made a quick stop to check out Concourse Park in Lake Forest. The park is located in a quiet community and backs a hiking trail that leads right into the Limestone Canyon. When our kids first arrived at the park, they ran off excited with all the unique features that the park had to offer. Just like most Lake Forest parks there was a ton of grass for the kids to run and play. Along the grass were multiple outdoor workout stations for parents to get fit while their kids play at the park. My favorite feature of the park is the beautiful views of Limestone Canyon. I couldn’t think of a more soothing and relaxing place for children to play while parents decompress from the stresses in...

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Family Review of Tomorrowland

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended a screening as a guest of Disney The family-friendly film “Tomorrowland” is opening in theaters nationwide today. My husband and I went to a pre-screening of the film with my three children all fell in love with the magical movie where everything is possible. My children were on the edge of their seats throughout the film and didn’t want to miss a moment of the action. The film is true storytelling at its best as families get to discover and learn about the magical world of Tomorrowland. It is about magic, family, hope, and the future. It will leave children thinking about the future and how they can make a difference in the world. A future where even the smallest thing can impact the world. Tween Review: I thought the film “Tomorrowland” was amazing. The film is...

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Mother’s Day Giveaway

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Deals, Dining, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, Mother's Day, Uncategorized | 17 comments

  Looking for somewhere fun to have dinner on Mother’s Day? Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is celebrating Moms this year by offing free tickets for Moms on all shows from now until Sunday, May 10th when accompanied by one full-paid adult admission. The fun doesn’t stop there! As a bonus – spoil your Mom! For just $20 more, guests can add a special Mother’s Day package. The special package includes a photo of “Queen Mom,” Cape and Mom’s choice of a champagne mimosa or cider in a souvenir champagne glass. To take advantage of this special offer and complimentary ticket for Mom – please mention the code MOMWEB at the time of purchase. Just because Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament loves OC Moms, they are offering us two tickets to giveaway to one OC Mom for Mother’s Day....

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Diaper Cakes: A Unique Baby Shower Gift

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Family, Shopping, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 *******STORE CLOSED******** Sponsored Searching for that perfect baby shower gift? Looking for something that would be the talk of the shower, while being a practical gift for the mommy-to-be? Look no further than Diapers Cakes by Nadia, which offer handcrafted, custom diaper cakes that will make a lasting memory. “My handmade diaper cakes are one-of-a-kind, and cannot be found anywhere else,” said Diaper Cakes by Nadia owner and creator Nadia Vazirian. Handcrafted Diaper Cakes by Nadia range in price from $10 to $70, not including shipping. Most custom cakes and décor take approximately seven to 10 business days. Local Orange County customers can opt for free shipping if they utilize the direct pick up option. “I believe that my diaper cakes will impress the mommy-to-be, and leave a lasting memory on her special day. I take great care when...

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The Perfect Playdate with Avery and Austin

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

 Sample received What is my idea of a perfect playdate? Not having to do all the work, and just being able to enjoy time with the kids. I love when my children have their friends over to play, but the planning that goes into setting up a craft and creating a fun snack can become overwhelming when having three young children. Since my kids social schedule doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime in the near future, I am always looking for ways to make hosting a playdate seamless. That is why when my good friend Cam was a part of the development a genius idea of a “Playdate in a box” that I was first in line to try it out. I’m not just saying that this subscription box is amazing because one of the founders is my...

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Weekly Events Happening in Orange County: April 6th – April 12th

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Happy Spring Break for many of you! There are lots of outdoor activities to keep you and your kiddos busy this week. It’s the last week to check out Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival and Discovery Cube Orange County’s Bubblefest. America’s Family Pet Expo is happening this Friday through Sunday at the OC Fairgrounds. Enjoy your week! Ongoing / Week-long Events / Museum Happenings America’s Family Pet Expo OC Fair & Event Center 88 Fair Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 PetExpoOC.org Dog, cat and reptile lovers unite at the America’s Family Pet Expo (AFPE) which returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, April 10th – 12th. Marking its 26th year, the AFPE joins cats, dogs, miniature horses, birds, and exotic reptiles, together and all on display in this unique event giving show guests the...

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Tax Day Freebies and Deals for 2015

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 For most of us, the dreaded tax day deadline not only causes stress, it may have also left our pocketbooks a little lighter. So, why not spend a little less, and enjoy yourself after handing over your hard-earned money to Uncle Sam? Celebrate that tax day is over (until next year) by indulging in these freebies: AMC Theatres Free small popcorn between April 12 and 15. Print out a coupon from AMCTheatres.com. Bruegger’s Bagels Customers can get a bag of 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese flavors for $10.40 (savings of $3.50) between April 12-15, 2015. Boston Market In honor of Tax Day, Boston Market will offer a buy one Individual Meal and get a second Individual Meal for free (including their new Slow Braised Pulled Pork meals) on Wednesday, April 15 only. This offer applies to dine-in and...

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Long Beach Comic Con: Bringing out your inner geek

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

  We live in such an amazing time for comic book geeks.  Growing up in the 80’s if you were seen in a comic book store you were called all sorts of names but now you can wear your inner geek on your sleeve and shirt with pride. I started collecting comics when I was 8 but once I hit my teens my focus went to boys.  It wasn’t until I had my son that my love of comic resurfaced.  My son and I like go to comic book stores and browse through the thousands of comics and chat it up with other comic enthusiasts. For years my son has asked to go to the SD Comic Con but unfortunately tickets sell out in minutes.  Our hopes to attention a comic convention were almost completely shattered until The Long...

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Tips for Holding a Successful Garage Sale

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 This Saturday tradition of garage sales has been a pastime for millions of people. Even as a child, I remember my mom strategically mapping out the local neighborhood sales in the newspaper. However, the part of actually organizing and holding a garage sale can be overwhelming for many people – myself included. If you, like many others, feel stressed when it comes to the entire garage or yard sale process, below are a few tips to ease your anxiety. Hopefully, by the end of the morning, you’re holding on to less stuff, and more cash. Assess If you’re anything like my family, you have plenty of stuff, or junk to sell. As the adage goes, “Another person’s trash, is someone else’s treasure.” Begin by starting piles of items that you want to sell. Over a month or two, I...

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Gustafer Yellowgold at the Segerstrom Samueli Theater

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom Gustafer Yellowgold is a friendly little guy who came from the sun and landed in a lake in Minnesota. He has been entertaining kids and adults for the past few years and today we were lucky to see what he was all about. Morgan Taylor is the illustrator and singer behind this fabulous show and all its characters. You not only get the great visuals on screen, but the musical journey he and his band take you through is great as well. Along the way we met Slim and Forrest Applecrumbie. These are very funny characters that Gustafer Yellowgold interacts with in the songs. During the show Morgan gets the audience to sing, clap and have some interaction with the characters. The songs are very catchy and easy to understand. I...

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5 Cold and Flu Survival Tips for Mom

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Health, Hot Topics, Uncategorized | 1 comment

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G The worst thing that can happen to a mom is coming down with a cold or flu. When a fever strikes, as moms, we need to strike back harder. These are some great tips to help survive the hardest days as a mom when a cold and flu strikes home! Rest The best thing that a mom can do when getting sick is to get plenty of rest. Although it can be challenging when chasing toddlers around the house, call a friend or relative to help so that you can get the rest your body needs to fight the germs that are attacking your immune system. Hydration Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated when fighting a cold/flu. It might make sense to drink plenty of water when you’re sick,...

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9 Most Romantic Resorts in the Caribbean

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Rekindle the romance this year with an unforgettable Valentine’s Day getaway to one the nine most romantic resorts in the Caribbean. From Aruba and Turks + Caicos to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and St. Lucia, these hot Caribbean hotels are offering romantic deals, amenities and activities no island-loving sweetheart can resist. HYATT REGENCY ARUBA As the temperatures continue to drop in North America, the Hyatt Regency Aruba encourages travelers to trade in the cold, white snow for their white sand beaches. The “one happy island” of Aruba enjoys year-round sunshine and is a direct flight from many major U.S. cities. Located on 12 acres of magnificent beachfront property on Aruba’s world-renowned Palm Beach, Hyatt Regency Aruba provides the perfect combination of service and style. Couples will love soaking up the sun and swimming in the multi-level pool complex...

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Valentine’s Day Beauty Prep Celebration at Cristophe Salon (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Beauty, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Uncategorized | 14 comments

  Plan a Valentine’s Day of pampering at Cristophe Salon in Newport Beach. Whether you’re going out on a romantic date night or a family Valentine’s Day celebration, you’ll look and feel your best after a day at Cristophe Salon. OC Moms are invited to sip on champagne and indulge with a hair treatment, nail service, makeup or waxing service on February 14th from 9am to 7pm. Guests who book their services can take advantage of discounted services with the highly acclaimed Newport Beach plastic suregeon, Dr. Batniji. After booking your services at Cristophe Salon, guests have two weeks prior to the event to take advantage of discounted packages with Dr. Batniji. The first 100 guests to schedule an appointment or book a service on Valentine’s Day will receive a complimentary gift card for a pre-selected Kendra Scott jewelry...

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Massive IKEA Crib Mattress Recall

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Do you have an IKEA VYSSA crib mattress in your nursery? It’s important to read below to see if it has been included in the massive IKEA crib mattress recall. There have been reports that the crib mattress can cause entrapment for infants sue to a gab between the mattress and crib. Recall information provided on behalf of IKEA…. This recall applies to any VYSSA mattress with date of manufacture May 04 2014 or earlier. Identification can be found on a permanent label attached to the mattress cover, showing Date of Manufacture Month-DD-YYYY and Model: VYSSA name. Consumers should verify that their crib mattress has the correct length. Measure a possible gap by removing all bedding, for example fitted sheets, and then make sure there is no gap larger than the width of two fingers between the ends...

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Behind the Scenes of Melissa & Joey

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of ABC Family While in Los Angeles last month, I had a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of the popular family show, Melissa & Joey. I got to watch them rehearse for an upcoming episode and then walk around the set. Going behind the scenes of a television show is an unforgettable experience and truly brings the show to life. We are thrilled to share these fun photos and take you behind the scenes with us through this photo tour. The living Room The kitchen Backyard Rec room Other fun set pictures Don’t miss the winter premiere of the hilarious ABC Family television show, Melissa & Joey, on Wednesday, January 14th at 8pm. Stay tuned for our exclusive interviews with Melissa Joan Hart and Joey...

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Cooking Made Simple with Sous kitchen

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Dining, Family, Recipes, Shopping, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Review product received Have you ever felt like not preparing dinner for the night, but were tired of take out? I have felt this way many nights. We end up with pizza most times, but now there is a new way to combat that scenario. Sous Kitchen is a company that you can go to their website and order pre prepped, ready-to-cook meals. They ship them right to you door. How awesome is that? It is very simple to sign up and order. Once you do this there will be a scheduled delivery. Mine was on a Thursday which was perfect right before the weekend.   The meals are shipped in a box with a cooler and dry ice which keeps the food frozen you either thaw it to cook or you put it in your freezer for a...

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From Garden to Cookie

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Health, Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  You know how the call to do chores often falls on selective-hearing little ears? When the video game and TV programs drown out their commitment to living in the real world? Well, the antidote to this—I have figured out by doing double-blind unscientific studies using neighborhood children and my 5-year-old son—is to suggest to your child that they play in dirt. Yes, this call to soiled action moves butts, my friends! All you need to do is square off a section of dirt in your front or backyard where there is usually a lot of sun. Stray rocks or stones work very well for this purpose. With your child, remove any twigs, branches or other debris from the newly cubed plot. Hand him a small garden tool, like a mini-tiller or a small spade, and have him mess...

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Orange County Sends Out 2014 in a Winter Wonderland

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Featured, New Year's Eve, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Residents around Orange County woke up New Year’s Eve morning to a rare sight: SNOW! And this snow wasn’t just high atop Saddleback Mountain either.  For the first time in many residents’ memory, the snow level was low enough to actually play in! Amazing!  When my husband called me at 6:45am, fifteen minutes after he left for work, I thought it was an emergency (since he doesn’t usually call at that time) and frantically answered my phone. No emergency here; other than that he told me to throw the kids in the car as soon as they woke up and drive the 241 to get a good look at the mountains before the snow started melting. We did just that; teeth unbrushed, rain boots and jackets over jammies, and with just a quick stop for hot chocolate (because snow...

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Evening Reception with Jeffrey Alan Marks at Williams-Sonoma

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Join Jeffrey Alan Marks for an evening reception at the expanded Williams-Sonoma store, located in the new wing of South Coast Plaza, where Marks will provide decorating tips and sign his book, The Meaning of Home. The revamped South Coast Plaza location features a dedicated showroom for the Williams-Sonoma Home collection and comprehensive Design Center complete with swatches of fabrics and rugs as well as wood finish samples. The new store also includes an outdoor area showcasing outdoor furniture from Williams-Sonoma Home. The evening begins with music by Los Angeles based DJ Michelle Pesce known from her TV appearances on Entourage and Good Morning America, with hors d’oeuvres by Top Chef’s Ashley Santo Domingo of 24 Carrots. Jeffrey Alan Marks at Williams-Sonoma When: Thursday, December 18, 2014 Where: South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626) Details:...

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Guide to 2014 Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the Irvine Park Railroad The Irvine Park Railroad has transformed into a winter wonderland this holiday as a train brings families to the “North Pole” to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. There is holiday fun for everyone in the family this year including the newest addition of a tree lot where families can bring a Christmas tree home to decorate for the holiday season. When planning a trip to the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train this year, purchase your tickets in advance online, and then use this guide to get the most out of your visit to the park this year. Train Rides Your family will board a train adorned with lights and decorations to the “North Pole.” While on the train your family can sing-along to classic holiday songs while admiring the...

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Secrets for Easy Gift Wrapping

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Christmas, Holiday, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 The adage, “It is better to give than to receive” is truly my favorite part of Christmas. However, the part that is not a fave is the arduous task of gift wrapping. I know it should be fun, but isn’t there enough stress in purchasing, baking, cooking, cleaning and decorating – and then to add the pressure of gift wrapping when you’re already exhausted? Here are a few helpful tips that will help relieve the gift-wrapping pressure of this season: 1. Beautiful Bows The beauty of a hand-tied bow FAR outweighs the little bit of extra time it takes to tie it. On a budget? Skip the wide, wired ribbon aisle altogether, and use string, jute or yarn. Add a sprig of something from your yard and, voila! Wrapping Tip: Do your hand tied bows ALWAYS come out crooked? While...

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It’s a Merry “Grinchmas” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Christmas, Entertainment, Featured, Holiday, Theatre, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom “Stink..Stank..Stunk!” Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes to life for families this year with an epic holiday performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The play is narrated by Bob Lauder, who plays an old Max the dog who is reflecting back on the story of that one Christmas when the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes. Along with an older version of Max all of our kids favorite characters from the book take the stage including Cindy-Lou Who, The Grinch, Grandpa Who, Young Max and more. Before the performance, guests were invited to have their photo taken on a sleigh with “Max the Dog” and participate in an interactive story time by the highly-acclaimed storyteller, Jim Cogan. During the show, our kids were on the edge of their...

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Dana Point IlluminOcean

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The Dana Point Harbor is adorned with over 500,000 LED lights for families to admire during the holiday season. The winter wonderland, IlluminOcean, features 22 oversized lighted sculptures and is free for the community to enjoy until January 4, 2015. The holiday spectacular is a walking or driving tour and all of the lights are spread out around the harbor. Your family can either drive around the harbor or take a free shuttle from one of the surrounding resorts to walk the event. When our family went to see IlluminOcean we valet parked at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. (Valet parking is not complimentary) From the resort we took a shuttle that brought us to the start of the lighting display, and we spent the event walking around the giant light sculptures before taking the complimentary shuttle back...

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Keeping Families Connected During the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored I The holidays are a time for families to come together. Unfortunately, not all families can be together during the holidays. Verizon FiOS is committed to helping families stay connected with their reliable home phone service and lightening fast internet speeds. Why is Verizon FiOS different than other providers? They use 100% fiber optics to give families the fastest internet speeds to help stay connected while apart during the holidays, and throughout the year. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to Skype of FaceTime with a family member who is living across the country and having the service interrupted. Having a reliable home phone and Internet service is important for families, and having the added high speed that Verizon FiOS offers is an added bonus. Another way that Verizon FiOS is helping families stay connected during the...

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Family Guide to Disney Holidays

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Christmas, Disney, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks, Uncategorized | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Disney Brighten your holiday season with new family traditions at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Disney holidays will enliven the spirit of the season for your family at their festive gathering. Make the most of your holidays at Disneyland Resort with this in-depth family guide. Disneyland Park “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade The spirit of the season sparkles bright as the Disneyland holiday parade dashes down Main Street, U.S.A. All of your children’s beloved Disney characters, including Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, will sing and dance to cheerful music. The parade is made complete with Santa saying, “Ho, Ho, Ho” to all the children before taking off in his sleigh to the North Pole. Recommendations: Check the park guide for the daily parade times. We recommend finding a seat at least 30 minutes...

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SeekingSitters to the Rescue

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored We’ve all been there at one time or another as moms. You know the word (cue scary music)… BABYSITTERLESS. Yes, I made up the word. But seriously speaking, there are a countless number of times my husband and I had adult night out plans, but no reliable sitter. A few years back, though, in sharing my frustrations with a friend, she recommended a sitting service: SeekingSitters. I went on the SeekingSitters Web site that allowed me to see photos and profiles of the various sitters, and easily marked icons that denoted their background and skill sets (CPR, First Aid). Most importantly, all sitters have undergone a thorough background check and screening. How to Use SeekingSitters Using the Web site, I set up our username and password protected family account and profile, including any special needs and/or requests. I...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Lovers

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Christmas, Holiday, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Samples received affiliate links provided Have a beauty lover in your life? Treat yourself or someone special in your life with one of these top products for beauty lovers this holiday season. Arbonne Intelligence Genius Kristy Von Walburg [email protected] Outsmart your skin with the Arbonne Intelligence Genius gift set. The gift set comes with 60 nightly resurfacing pads and resurfacing solution. Say “good-bye” to dry, dull skin and “hello” to bright beautiful skin that will glisten this holiday season. Local Orange County mom, Kristy Von Walburg, can help to customize a perfect Arbonne holiday gift. NYR Organic Tammi Ameli [email protected] What could be more perfect than a gift basket filled with NYR Organic’s eco-friendly products? This award winning line is easy on the environment and contains no harmful ingredients. And with a full line of products for hair, skin,...

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Holiday Pampering at The Nail Bar & Spa

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 18 comments

 We visited as a guest of The Nail Bar The holidays can be a stressful time. Holiday shopping, cooking and still managing day-to-day life with the kids can put its toll on any mom. To help keep yourself refreshed, relaxed and feeling your best it is important to take time for yourself and a little holiday pampering. I never looked at going to the nail salon as pampering. I usually feel like I’m going through an assembly line getting “maintenance” work done on my hands and feet. Let’s be honest that most salons are not set-up like a spa and can often have a “dirty” look to them. I felt this way for years about getting my nails done until discovering The Nail Bar & Spa in Foothill Ranch. While it is not close to my house, I was...

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“Duck the Halls” Holiday Events

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Christmas, Events, Holiday, Uncategorized | 0 comments

   November 20th kicked off the holiday season when The Tustin Marketplace hosted the Anaheim Ducks’ Official Watch Party. Thursday was one of 5 events being held at the Marketplace that help make up what the hockey franchise is calling “Duck the Halls”. The night began with a tree lighting ceremony to light the three Ducks-themed trees located at the Marketplace. Special guest, Teemu Selanne, had the honor of lighting the trees. Selanne retired last year after 21 seasons in the NHL, 13+ of which were with the Ducks. Selanne, always a fan-favorite, had a large gathering of fans surrounding him from when he arrived until he left. After the trees were lit, fans got to watch the night’s game outside while they enjoyed a beautiful Orange County evening. The game was played on two LED screens set up...

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The Red Sun Tween Book Review

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Books, Entertainment, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Review copy received (affiliate links included) When twelve-year-old Sam Baron meets a weird dwarf in his garage everything in his life starts to change. The Red Sun: Legends of Orkney takes readers into a Fantasy Fiction journey into the Ninth Realm of Norse mythology. As Sam Baron discovers that he is not just a regular boy, and he is the descendant of Odin Himself and the most horrible witch herself, Catriona. If Sam hadn’t met that strange dwarf in his garage that day, he wouldn’t have embarked on a journey to the magical realm of Orkney. Raised by his father and mother at Pilot Rock, Oregon, and at the age of eight, his father vanishes. Sam grows to hate his father because he thinks that his father decided to abandon him and his mother to go live with a...

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Join us Tonight for the OC Moms Night Out

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 You’re Invited to the OC Mom Media Holiday Mom’s Night Out!  Get your girlfriends together, collect used books and bring them to the new Zov’s in Tustin for complimentary appetizers, cocktails and holiday cheer. The complimentary appetizers and cocktails will be served from 6:30-7:30 but your girlfriends are welcome to stay longer to enjoy the evening. All guests are encouraged to bring used book donations for the Book Fairies, who will use the books to bring to local school kids during the holidays. We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday OC Mom Night Out at Zov’s on Monday, November 17th at 6:30. Tickets will be required for entrance. There are a limited number of free tickets, so please register for your tickets online: https://holidayocmomnightout.eventbrite.com Your friends, OC Mom Blog, OC Mom Dining, OC Mom TV and OC...

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Kid Interview with John Rocco on Book ‘Blizzard’

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Books, Entertainment, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Preview copy received John Rocco is one of my son’s favorite illustrators. Have you seen the beautiful artwork in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians? The Kane Chronicles Box Set? Heroes of Olympus? Those were all done by the talented John Rocco. When I told my son that John Rocco was coming out with a new children’s book, Blizzard, for the holidays, he could not wait to interview the author and illustrator. Together as a family, we read the new children’s book, Blizzard that is based on a true life experience that John Rocco had during the infamous Blizzard of 1978. My children enjoyed every word of the story while admiring the beautiful artwork in the book. Blizzard is truly the best new holiday book of the season and will be a great addition to your beloved holiday...

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Skateboarding Fundraiser Being Held to Fight Diabetes

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Events, Family, Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Each year, 1.9 million people will hear these words: “You have diabetes.” In Orange County, there are approximately 250,000 diabetics, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). I know it feels as if we just finished supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with an overwhelming amount of media, events, advertising – and PINK everything. However, did you know that November is American Diabetes Month? Unfortunately, this crippling disease denoted by the color RED kills more than AIDS and breast cancer combined, according to the ADA. In my own family, my grandfather and mother were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and my niece faces a life of insulin injections with Type 1 diabetes. “Everyone seems to know someone who suffers from diabetes. At the current rate, diabetes is expected to reach pandemic levels in the coming years,” said Monet Quick-Smits, marketing, communications and...

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Fairy coming to upcoming OC Mom Blog Reader event!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Want to know who will be wearing these fairy wings? Someone important is coming to Orange County and will be attending our upcoming OC Mom Blog Reader event! Stay tuned to the blog next week for chance to win tickets and meet her in person!...

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She Said… She Said on Big Hero 6

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Home, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of Disney By now you’ve probably heard that Disney Animation has brought Marvel’s “Big Hero 6” to the big screen and it’s opening today! Shelby and I both attended screenings separately and we thought it would be fun to compare notes on the movie via a “she said, she said” and share our thoughts on the film. While the movie is loosely based off the comic book series and its characters and while the powers each hero employs are inspired by the Marvel characters, Disney’s Big Hero 6 create their own super-tech powers using their brains and skill sets. It’s a movie that encourages and embraces using intelligence, a great message for kids. The story takes place in San Fransokyo, a hybrid city created by the Disney team, which combines the geography...

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Mommy Makeover at Belo Blow Dry Bar *Giveaway*

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Beauty, Fitness, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 9 comments

 We visited as a guest of Belo When we have a special night ahead, one of the biggest treats we can give ourselves is a little pampering. Dana was invited to cover the red carpet for the upcoming film “The Theory of Everything” and treated herself to some pampering at Orange County’s newest blow-out salon, Belo Blow Dry Bar in Laguna Beach. She went from beautiful to gorgeous within minutes as the trained stylist made her “red carpet ready” for her big night in Los Angeles. Before front: After front: Before back: After back: Dana was able to leave the stresses from daily life behind for an hour while relaxing in the ultra chic salon. The staff went out of their way to ensure that everything was done to help her have a relaxing experience. Dana was the star...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle Recipe – OC Mom Blog

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Halloween, Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  What would Halloween be without a delicious sweet treat? Just in time for our family Halloween celebration, I made this delicious chocolate peanut butter trifle. It is sweet, delicious and perfect to serve at your upcoming Halloween party…and guaranteed to satisfy every guests sweet tooth. Ingredients: 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Triple Chocolate Durge Cake Mix 3 eggs 1 1/4 cup coffee 1/3 cup butter 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 cups peanut butter 4 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 12 chocolate peanut butter Oreo cookies (crumbled) 1 bag of Reese’s pieces 1 bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped into small pieces Chocolate Cake Directions: With electric mixer, mix 3 eggs, 1/3 cup melted butter, 1 1/4 cup coffee and chocolate cake mix. After it is mixed...

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