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4 Ways to Learn Spanish Together as a Family

Posted by on Aug 24, 2022 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Learning a new language, even if you’re already past your youth years, is a great way to keep the brain active and engaged. Plus, bilingual people have an advantage when it comes to communication and even multitasking since the brain is used to switching between two areas.  Furthermore, if you live in the US, it helps to know Spanish since it’s one of the most commonly spoken languages (besides English, of course). Even if you are not fluent yet, some jobs may see your efforts in learning the language as an advantage.  So, if you’ve ever thought about learning a second language, Spanish is a great option. Plus, if you find a way to learn it with your family, your chances of mastering it fast will increase. But, if you’re having trouble convincing your family members to give it...

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4 Effective Tips To Use CBD Products

Posted by on Jul 9, 2022 in Family, Uncategorized | 0 comments

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the multiple cannabinoids naturally present in hemp and cannabis plants. It is mainly sourced from hemp and cannabis Sativa plants, which have higher portions of cannabidiol than THC. Cannabidiol has many therapeutic benefits that help reduce inflammation, anxiety, stress, and muscle tension. It also helps to regulate the sleep cycle as well. The CBD Gummies from Plain Jane is what I high recommend for mom’s who are struggling with sleep. There are many products available on the market that come with various potencies, product types, quantities, and specific applications. Certain products might help you regulate your appetite, while others support mental clarity and maintain ideal homeostasis. You can click here for Lumiere CBD products which are known for their superior quality and excellent results. The brand is very popular among the community and...

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How to Reduce the Stress of Moving Home

Posted by on May 24, 2022 in Family, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Moving home is widely regarded as one of the most stressful life events, but this doesn’t mean you have to suffer unnecessarily. There are so many ways to reduce stress and anxiety during this time, which will help you focus on the excitement of moving into your dream home. Here are five essential steps you need to follow to reduce the stress of moving home… Hire a real estate agent When you’re hoping to buy a new home and sell your current one, you absolutely need the help and guidance of a real estate agent. With their expertise and knowledge of the real estate market in your neighborhood, they’ll help you find the perfect home within your budget and guide you through the complicated paperwork. In order to get in touch with reputable agents try an online broker such...

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Why Kids Soccer Is The Best Summer Sport

Posted by on May 20, 2022 in Family, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The academic year is coming to an end, and the students will be out for the summer. This year may have gone by so quickly though. Summer is one of the ideal times for kids to participate in sports and have fun. When school is out, kids are sometimes bored with nothing to do, and summer sports are a great way to keep them occupied. Are you thinking about enrolling your kids in a sports activity? Well, soccer is the ideal summer sport for them. Here’s why: There is very minimal equipment required. In terms of practice, what all players require is a ball and flat ground, so if they have a soccer ball with them, they can play almost anywhere. Sure, goals are required for games, but they can be creative and use other items to mark them...

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Follow These Expert Ideas for Financing Your Major Renovation Project

Posted by on May 10, 2022 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you in the process of planning a major renovation project? If so, you’re likely wondering how you will pay for it all. The good news is that there are plenty of financing options available to you. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best ways to finance your renovation project. We’ll also provide some tips on how to get the most out of your financing. So, whether you’re looking for a loan or want to use your home equity as collateral, we’ve got you covered!   Return On Investment One of the most important things to consider when financing a renovation project is your return on investment (ROI). That is, how much money will you make back from the renovations you’re planning? This is important because it will help you determine whether or not the...

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5 Cool Facts About Bettas That You Probably Didn’t Know

Posted by on Apr 11, 2022 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Betta fish are among the most popular freshwater fish in the world and for good reason. Their unique appearance and personality make them a great choice for both the advanced aquarist and those just getting started. If you’ve ever considered owning a betta but weren’t sure how to care for one, this article is for you. The basics of keeping betta fish are discussed on this website, as well as some cool facts about these amazing pet fish.   Betta Temperament The best way to think of a betta is like a dog. They have distinct personalities and can be trained to do tricks like shaking hands or rollover. Bettas are also very interactive with their owners. They will enjoy being fed by hand and will even jump from the water to get a piece of food that has...

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7 Tips for College Families

Posted by on Feb 17, 2022 in Family, Uncategorized | 0 comments

College can be tough for both parents and teenagers because the paradigm has shifted, and time apart can test even familial bonds. It is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be painful. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of tips for college families. Separation can actually be good for all parties of a family since teenagers are on their way to becoming young adults. They’ll want to carve out their own space and shape their perspective about life. This time also gives parents the chance to relax and focus more on themselves. For those who want to read more of our articles, it’s time to delegate some of your work to professionals. If you’d like to unload certain academic tasks, you can buy cheap essay written by an expert on your subject. And if you’ve already taken care of...

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My Fair Lady at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 18, 2022 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that the North American tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY, directed by Bartlett Sher, will play Segerstrom Hall January 11-23, 2022. Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY is the winner of 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival of Musical and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, 5 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical Revival and 3 Drama League Awards including Best Musical Revival. The production, which premiered in the spring of 2018, ended its long run at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater on July 7, 2019 after playing 548 performances. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, MY FAIR LADY, with a book and lyrics...

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Reasons to Consider Wearing Clip-In Hair Extensions

Posted by on Jan 11, 2022 in Family, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Clip-in hair extensions have been in the game for an extended period. Such extensions are highly recommended by professional hairstylists and are often used by models and celebrities to glam up their looks. Besides using them on the runway, you can make them a part of your daily life. These clip in extensions can be easily applied to your hair, and they tend to have a sturdy grip on the hair. While they are gripped well onto your hair, they do not damage your hair since you do not need any chemicals or adhesive to apply for such extensions. Moreover, clip-in hair extensions are so convenient that you can use them at home for half an hour and give yourself a new hairstyle. Not only are they a fantastic styling accessory that will add volume to your hair, but...

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Why CBD Makes An Ideal Holiday Gift For A Loved One

Posted by on Dec 23, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Choosing an ideal Christmas gift for your loved ones is perhaps the most challenging part of the holiday season. They probably have everything, making it challenging to find a unique option. Moreover, you will want something thoughtful and practical to impress them. Not to mention, the budget remains on top of your mind while picking a perfect gift to show your love. This year, you can opt for CBD as an ideal gift as it covers you on all fronts. The recipient will appreciate the thoughtful gesture for more than one reason. Here are some good reasons that make it a perfect way to impress your loved one this holiday season. Give them a good start with New Year’s resolutions The New Year is just around the corner, and everyone has some resolutions on top of their mind. Like...

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7 Unique Things You Can Do at a Christmas Party to Make It Interesting

Posted by on Dec 13, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With Christmas time just around the corner, you’ve probably already started to make some plans for your festive party. You might also be already aware that hosting the best event that will keep your guests entertained and make them comfortable around the table requires a lot more than just some string lights, store-bought cookies, and the same old Christmas songs playing on repeat. So what should you do to give that special occasion some character? Fortunately, we’re here to help you in this busy season. To take some stress off your shoulders, we’ve rounded up some of the best ideas to make prepping for Christmas just as fun as throwing them. With our tips, you’ll surely manage to turn this year’s party into a memorable one! From organizing a lavish gift exchange to serving lots of mulled wine and...

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Making Your Home a Healthier Place to Live

Posted by on Jun 1, 2021 in Family, Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our homes are supposed to be places where our loved ones can expect to be safe and secure. Unfortunately, many residential properties across Orange County are less hospitable than homeowners think. Beneath the lush carpeting, vibrant paint, and posh decor lie several potential threats to health and wellbeing. The good news is that homeowners can do several things to minimize and even eliminate these dangers. In doing so, they make their dwellings a healthier place to call home. With this in mind, let’s take a look at six ways to make your home healthier: Pest control Many homeowners have a reactive approach to bug and rodent problems; they wait until the pest is present before calling the exterminator. However, by that point, dander and waste have accumulated in your walls, triggering allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Pest control is...

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Healthy Methods for Pain Relief

Posted by on Apr 22, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you prefer doing things naturally as opposed to putting foreign chemicals into your body, you aren’t alone. Aside from having adverse reactions to pain medications, they can be addictive and nobody wants to become addicted to pain meds. Here’s a quick look at a few ways to relieve your pain naturally. Physical Therapy When it comes to dealing with your pain without running the risk of becoming addicted to pain medications, physical therapy is highly effective and can be a better option for dealing with chronic pain than medications. There are many benefits of physical therapy and working with a good physical therapist can be extremely beneficial when it comes to reducing the level of pain you feel while also improving your physical health. Your physical therapist might even combine exercise therapy with physical therapy or cold and...

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Why Smart Money Management Matters

Posted by on Apr 14, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people have trouble managing money. Unfortunately, this can lead to a lifetime of doing without. It can also cause them to accumulate an enormous amount of debt, leaving them trapped living the paycheck to paycheck lifestyle.  Does that sound familiar?  Piles of bills on a table and no means to pay them can cause excessive amounts of stress. As a result, you put your overall health at risk. That could lead to you not being about to focus at work or home and you could fall into a state of depression. Stress can also lead to heart problems, anxiety and other issues. If you have an issue managing your money, there are several steps you can take to improve your situation, achieve healthy finances and a better quality of life.  A Household Budget You’ve probably heard it before,...

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For Healthy Children, Put Yourself First During Pregnancy

Posted by on Apr 7, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a new mum, you’re probably fully aware that your life is going to be the very definition of chaos for the next eighteen years. From dirty nappies to emotional teenagers and everything in between, there’s no doubt that you’re going to be kept on your toes as a parent. Because of this, it’s especially important for you to pay particular attention to yourself during your pregnancy and take the necessary steps to fully prepare yourself for what’s coming.  Whilst it may seem selfish to prioritise yourself — and you may be feeling hesitant about doing so at first — it’s one of the best ways you can help ensure a happy, healthy family in the long run. And one of the ways you can do this is by making sure you keep all of your medical appointments during...

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Ambitious Home Improvement Projects to Consider in 2021

Posted by on Mar 19, 2021 in Home, Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re very ambitious when it comes to improving your home and making it look better, there are several projects you can work on in 2021. It doesn’t matter if you want to completely change how your whole kitchen looks or just looking forward to switching up some fixtures; there’ll always be a project for you. You can go the DIY route, or you can use a platform like Home Advisor to help you find a local contractor.  The following are some of the best home improvement projects you can try. Upgrade your kitchen Are you still cooking on an electric stove? Are your appliances woefully outdated? Do you wish you had a better space for entertaining? Kitchen upgrades are some of the top expected home improvement projects in 2021. It can be the outdoor kitchen or indoor kitchen,...

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3 Economic Booms In Atlanta Causing Re-Location From Southern California

Posted by on Mar 16, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Atlanta, Georgia is one of the fastest-growing populations, economies, and cultures in the country right now. While Georgia as a state has been in the news a lot recently as the final determining factor in the fate of the Senate with two contentious runoff elections, Atlanta has been churning out economic headlines for the last decade.  Simply said, this city is one of the hottest spots for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups to launch their new kingdoms. And for medium-to-large-sized companies, including multinational corporations, Atlanta is an ideal city in which to expand logistically or base a new southern headquarters. This includes a myriad of different industries and markets, but for the purposes of this post, we’re going to focus on three. These three promising economic growth industries epitomize the potential of Atlanta as a major new American business...

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Three Essential Habits of A Successful Entrepreneur

Posted by on Mar 15, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Did you know that only fifty percent of new businesses survive five years? Even more disturbing is that only a fraction of the companies that manage to pass this milestone are genuinely successful. Although poor planning, economic struggles, market response, and limited resources are at the top of the list of key culprits, other factors apply. Take ineffective leadership, for instance. A brand can only be as successful as the person in charge.  It takes a special kind of person to be an entrepreneur. As the leader and driving force behind a brand, entrepreneurs must stay committed, make sacrifices, and continually invest in their businesses’ advancement. Although entrepreneurship is an adjustment for anyone, the most successful leaders possess the necessary skills, experience, and abilities to set themselves apart from the rest. They develop small yet beneficial habits that help...

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Avoid These Mistakes in your Cybersecurity Career

Posted by on Nov 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether in life or in a profession, one should always learn from their mistakes. And it’s even better to learn from other people’s mistakes. If you have just kickstarted your cybersecurity career or even if you are a mid-career professional (because it’s never too late to start learning, right?), this article is for you. Below you will find listed some of the most common mistakes that people make in their cybersecurity careers. Read these till the end and remember to stay away from them as much as possible. Being unethical is the murder of your career When you complete your ethical hacking training or any other cybersecurity training for that matter, you will be taught about the CIA triad and you will even have to sign a waiver to remain ethical in your work before you get certified as...

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Sylvan Irvine Black Friday Sale

Posted by on Nov 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


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Tommy Bahama Macadamia Crusted Goat Cheese with Mango Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Join lifestyle expert Gretchen Connelie in the kitchen for a taste of the island lifestyle – no island required! Relax at home for this cooking demo and wine pairing and log on to the Instagram LIVE “Cocktail Club” @tommybahamarestaurant Thursday, April 16, 6:00pm EST/3:00pm PST. This Week’s Topic: Tommy Bahama Macadamia Nut Encrusted Goat Cheese. The recipe (below) is from the Tommy Bahama cookbook Flavors of California. Served warm, this appetizer combines the soft, smooth, creaminess of goat cheese with the sweet nutty flavor of the Macadamia nut. Accompanied with mango salsa then drizzled with a sweet soy glaze and served on flatbrad, it offers an abundance of palate pleasing flavors and textures. All the ingredients are from scratch, but feel free to improvise with some store bought items or substitute some ingredients with what you have in your...

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To Go Dining Special from Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We hope you and the family are staying safe + healthy during this chaotic time. As you know, it’s a difficult time to shop for groceries due to the low supply at most of the grocery stores in the area and when you are able to get your hands on something, it may not be the healthiest. Well, Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa is stepping up in an effort to provide local families with easy and nutritious lunch/dinner ideas. John Park, the Executive Chef and Owner of Toast, is now offering his very own recipe of nutrient-dense beef bone broth available for take-out. For just $12, guests will receive a quart of frozen bone brother in addition to a side of soy picked Korean radishes and three recipe cards so that they can create different variations of...

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Top 5 Reasons to Spoil Your Sweetie with Tickets to Pageant of the Masters this Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Love is in the air…and in the art! Charm your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with tickets to the nation’s most iconic presentation of living pictures: Pageant of the Masters. Treat your special someone to a romantic evening filled with recreations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Give a gift that lasts through summer with tickets to this year’s production themed Made in America, offering shows nightly July 8 – September 3, 2020. The Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach presents the top 5 reasons to give the gift of “living pictures” this Valentine’s Day: February 14th discounts! Special for Valentine’s Day, save 20% on tickets to this summer’s production with promotional code HEART20 (excludes loge center seats). To take advantage of this incredible...

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Hoag Family Wellness Center Opens in Foothill Ranch

Posted by on Jan 29, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hoag Partner Hoag has always been where our family has received healthcare. They have always had a focus on preventative care, and the patient experience. Hoag has taken healthcare to an all new level with the opening of their all-new family wellness center in Foothill Ranch. I was thrilled to attend their grand opening event over the weekend, and I was overwhelmed with how amazing the facility is. I immediately felt at home when I entered the door. I was greeted by friendly Hoag staff and embarked on a tour of the new facility. Facility Features The 45,000 square-foot facility clinically integrates health and wellness, merging the traditional – primary care, urgent care, specialty services, pediatrics, women’s health, sports medicine, physical therapy, orthopedics, imaging and lab – with prescribed personalized wellness plans for overall health including sleep, stress, nutrition...

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Disney’s Aladdin Came to Life at the D23 Expo

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Legendary GRAMMY Award-winning singer Regina Belle surprised D23 Expo fans and closed out “A Musical Celebration of Aladdin” with a special performance of “A Whole New World” with Norm Lewis on Saturday, August 24th at the D23 Expo in Anaheim. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe> The magic came to life as hosts Scott Weinger (“Aladdin” animated film) and Linda Larkin (“Jasmine” animated film) took D23 Expo attendees on a magic carpet ride with a show-stopping evening of music and dance performances from stars of stage and screen in celebration of the upcoming in-home release of the live-action adaptation of ALADDIN and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ALADDIN Walt Disney Signature Collection. Other appearances and special guests from “A Musical Celebration of Aladdin” A surprise appearance from Mena Massoud (“Aladdin” live-action) who gave D23 Expo...

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Last Minute 4th of July Party Snack

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The 4th of July is tomorrow. Are you ready? I sure am not. We have plans to attend multiple parties, and while I would love to spend the day in the kitchen making dishes, with three kids, I just don’t have the time. I went searching for a quick and easy snack to bring to the multiple potlucks we are attending tomorrow and discovered Popcornopolis’ limited-edition gourmet Americorn popcorn!! It is the perfect way to stand out at one of your events tomorrow, and the best thing is that it is available at your local Target! Popcornopolis’ limited-edition gourmet Americorn popcorn has a creamy vanilla flavor and is dressed in bold red, white and blue colors. This buttery treat gives party-goers everywhere and me the chance to create...

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Ally Maki is Officer Giggles McDimples

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It takes a special person to be chosen to be the voice of a character in a beloved franchise.  Think about it, there are hundreds of thousands of actors and voice over artists out there so when you get the call to be a part of one of the biggest franchises ever, you first ask is this a joke and two say YESSSS!  Prior to Toy Story 4 I hadn’t heard of Ally Maki so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  When she entered the room, the feel changed, it became light, giggly (so fitting), and filled with joy.  Why?  Because that who Ally Maki is and that is the presence she brings to a room.  Besides being breathtakingly beautiful, Ally is also smart, kind, and makes you feel like you are longtime friends talking about life and her...

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Toy Story 4 – 24 Years of Magic

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You always remember the firsts. The first time you rode a bike, the first day of school, your first movie ever which for my now 11 year old daughter was Toy Story 3. It is so fitting that 9 years to the date we saw Toy Story 4. She was only 2 and was completely taken by the film. She didn’t leave her seat once which for a 2 year old is as much of a miracle as a mom of a 2 year old getting a full nights sleep. Of course with such endearing characters who would want to take their eyes off the screen.   With Toy Story 4 we take a look back 9 years to the rainy day that Woody said goodbye to his love Bo Peep. Life went on for Woody without Peep. Andy...

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New Disney’s Live Action Aladdin Film Review

Posted by on May 24, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We attended a screening as a guest of Disney One of my all-time favorite princesses is Princess Jasmine. Some of my first memories are waking up really early and dressing up like her to go to Disneyland. When I found out that in the lineup for this years Disney Film Aladdin was going to be one of them, I freaked out and knew I had to go see it! My mom told me that we would be attending an early screening in LA, and I got so excited. We drove up to LA to see the film, and when we sat down in the theater with our popcorn, I could barely contain my excitement. The movie began, and from the very first song, I was immersed in a beautiful Middle Eastern world. One of my favorite things about the...

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The MARVELous Captain Marvel

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I saw a preview of Captain Marvel as a guest of Disney The big day is finally here, where the world will get to see the fantastic family film, Captain Marvel. I love a movie that has a strong female in a lead role, but what I liked the most about the film was the message of love and friendship. The movie is set in the ’90s and features some of the best music from that era. Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) leaves everything behind on Earth and joins a galactic military force called Starforce. In a series of events, she finds herself back on Earth and begins to have flashbacks about a previous life. She connects with Nick Fury, and her epic adventure of rediscovering her life on Earth begins to unfold. One of my favorite parts of the...

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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 of...

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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 adoption,...

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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 on...

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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 For more information on Cilek Kids’ Room, please visit When: Sat, February 10, 2018 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Where: Cilek Kids’ Room is located at the previous Granola Babies space at 3315...

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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 health...

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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: Each person who RSVPs will be eligible...

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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 – 9...

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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 family-friendly...

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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 4,...

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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 Famous...

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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 Mission....

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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 Power...

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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 meet...

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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 Dozens...

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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, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by...

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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 one...

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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 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.  A...

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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 that...

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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 Friday, August 28: Friday Night Lawn Games – Put some fun into your Fridays! Whether you are taking...

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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 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 market...

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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 admission...

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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 life....

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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. Simply...

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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 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 opportunity...

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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 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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