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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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