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Evening Reception with Jeffrey Alan Marks at Williams-Sonoma

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

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

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Guide to 2014 Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

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

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

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Secrets for Easy Gift Wrapping

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

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

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

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

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

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Dana Point IlluminOcean

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

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

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Keeping Families Connected During the Holidays

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

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

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Family Guide to Disney Holidays

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

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

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SeekingSitters to the Rescue

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

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

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Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Lovers

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

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

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Holiday Pampering at The Nail Bar & Spa

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

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

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“Duck the Halls” Holiday Events

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

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

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The Red Sun Tween Book Review

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

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

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Join us Tonight for the OC Moms Night Out

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

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

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Kid Interview with John Rocco on Book ‘Blizzard’

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

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

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Skateboarding Fundraiser Being Held to Fight Diabetes

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

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

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Fairy coming to upcoming OC Mom Blog Reader event!

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

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

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She Said… She Said on Big Hero 6

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

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

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Mommy Makeover at Belo Blow Dry Bar *Giveaway*

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

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

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle Recipe – OC Mom Blog

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

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

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Tips for Keeping the ‘Scary’ Safe at Halloween

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Halloween, Holiday, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Creepy costumes, blood and gore, ghosts, goblins and gravestones all conjure up images of Halloween. As adults, most of us know that Halloween is a relatively harmless holiday that supposedly originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, November 1 was a time to honor all saints and martyrs. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. However, most young children cannot grasp the historical and secular background of Halloween like adults. Children see scary costumes and haunted houses and their anxiety can reach a feverous pitch. So how can a parent safely expose children to Halloween without causing an overload of fear and anxiety? “Parents need to keep in mind their child’s developmental level and their sensitivity to...

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Job Quotes: Water Damage Relief to the Rescue

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sponsored My first hint should have been when the quiet streets of our suburban sprawl started filling up with mold restoration and plumbing service vehicles, but this ditsy blonde didn’t quite catch on until this happened… We finally had the infamous water damage that has plagued South Orange County residents. Besides reporting the damage to our insurance company, I would have loved to use a pretty cool resource – Job Quotes. With Job Quotes I could have quickly found a professional, such as a plumber and mold restoration specialist to assess and minimize our damage. Even though our house was eventually filled with large booming fans and noisy dehumidifiers, having a tool like Job Quotes at my fingertips would have given me peace of mind in knowing that I could secure a professional quickly and confidently. Not only does...

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A Million Reasons to Watch ‘Million Dollar Arm’ with Your Kids

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review copy received I could give you a million reasons why to watch “Million Dollar Arm” with your kids, but I don’t have too. The heartwarming film is filled with important lessons that will benefit your entire family. It is inspiring, emotional and is the perfect family film to add to your home video collection. Based on a true story and starring Jon Hamm, “Million Dollar Arm” is now available on Blu-ray and digital HD (digital copy). Included with the Blu-ray is extras including footage from the training camp where actors Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal were challenged, alternative endings, deleted scenes and outtakes. My children’s favorite part of the Blu-ray extra was when the real JB Bernstein, Rinku and Dinesh share their thoughts on the film and how their story has impacted millions of children from around the...

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Making a Sporting Event a Family Affair

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Does your family have a love for football or other team sport?  Our house LOVES football, okay one member may enjoy the cheerleaders and the mascot a little more than the actual game itself, but she is happy to be with our family enjoying a fun day in the stands.   Attending a sporting event as a family makes for a great bonding experience and wonderful family memories.  Come Fall, our kids know that means football; attending the boys flag-football games each Saturday, watching our favorite football team on TV, thank goodness for DVR, and attending a game or two.  This year our team traveled South to take on UCLA at the Rose Bowl and this family was pumped!   Tailgating makes for a great start to any sporting event.  Usually I have time to prepare great sandwiches or BBQ, but...

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Job Quotes: Helping to Make Your Old Home Seem New Again

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sponsored I remember when we first moved to Orange County from Los Angeles about eight years ago. Everything was new. New neighborhood, grocery store, parks, dry cleaners, doctors… Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled we purchased our first home after living in apartments and condo rentals, but the pressure of moving and new home buying was stressful. And even though we are now established in our community, a new phase is now upon us: our new house, well, is not so new. The aging, weathering and wear and tear of two kids is taking its toll on our now “old house.” So where do you turn when things in your home start to fall apart? How can you find someone reputable and local? That’s when I learned about Job Quotes. Job Quotes provides consumers an online database of...

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Jump Into Fall Tortilla Soup Recipe

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With the weather finally cooling down, the telltale signs of fall are finally upon us. The kids are playing in piles of leaves, pumpkin fans are in bliss, and cheers of football games are commonplace. In our household, though, the fall season would not be complete without another important tradition: Fall Tortilla Soup. This soup is an easy make-ahead dish for the week, or you can pop the ingredients into a crockpot. If you do the crockpot route, you’ll need to sauté the onion and garlic ahead of time in olive oil. Then dump the remaining cooking ingredients into the crockpot. Keep the pot on high, then flip to low/simmer for 6-8 hours. What You Need 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 teaspoon minced garlic (fresh or bottled) 1 packet of fajita seasoning (like McCormick) 2...

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Easy Recipe for Decorated Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The holidays are quickly approaching and in our house and that means decorating cookies … lots of cookies.  Years ago I decided I would search high and low for a great sugar cookie recipe and figure out how other people decorated their cookies with smooth icing.  It drove me nuts that my decorated cookies weren’t smooth and I was stuck with a whipped icing look with maybe some sprinkles to dress them up.  So began my search.  After trial and error, I found a yummy recipe and I’m happy to share my favorite recipe for sugar cookies and royal icing so others can decorate cookies with their kids this holiday season.     The sugar cookie recipe is simple and takes very little time to prep and mix.  The dough is made with 2 Cups of Flour 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 1/2 Teaspoon...

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Bulls, Yes, Bulls on the Beach

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

  Have plans this weekend? If you do, cancel them and head to the beach!  If you don’t, grab the family and go to Huntington Beach for this unique event just steps from the sand.   Bulls on the Beach is a Professional Bull Rider (PBR) event being held Saturday, Oct. 18th.  There will be concerts and DJs all beginning at 12 p.m.  The rider introductions will take place at 1:45 p.m. and all the exciting bull riding action begins at  2 p.m.  Arrive early to enjoy the music and secure your spot around the bull riding ring.   The event will be held approximately ½ mile south of the Huntington Beach pier, directly across PCH from the Waterfront Resorts Hilton.  This event is FREE to the public, so come and enjoy this amazing event with family and friends.   For more information, log on to www.pbr.com  #bullsonthebeach...

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OC Mom Inspiring and Advocating for Others

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

    My association with Capo Unified School District is much like many other parents who want to stay involved with their children’s futures. I was recruited to become a PTA treasurer because of my background as an accountant. My son, Eric, was just entering the first grade and I had a preschooler at home. I hoped that I could contribute my time to help create the best education environment for my children, so I jumped in with both feet. Unfortunately I did not check how deep the water was before making that commitment. My involvement with the PTA gave me the opportunity to attend a state-wide PTA convention and a handful of school board meetings. The display of political in-fighting and lack of professionalism at board meetings quickly turned me away from the world of education politics. Julie Collier...

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Shopping Made Easy at Sara’s Fashion

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Trying to find time to go with your child to buy a special occasion dress can be a challenge, between school and extra curricular activities there is little time.  The other issue is finding a dress for the season, as we all know, The OC doesn’t really have seasons, its usually just wam or hot, but our stores still carry heavy coats, seasonal items and colors.  I was asked to purchase a dress for an upcoming event, and came across the same obstacles mentioned above, and then some.     Sara’s Fashion is an online store for special occasion dresses for girls.  I love that Sara’s Fashion online store carries dresses for all seasons and with several colors and style options.  I needed a black dress, so I typed in “black” in the search area at the top of the website and...

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Fabletics: A Review of this Hot New Brand

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review Product Received I’m not sure why work out clothing has become so expensive, but because of it, I’ve ditched the big ticket brands and begun to explore other options.  After all, just like the clothing in my closet, I like to refresh my work out clothing and have options when I head out to exercise.  Fabletics is newer brand that I’ve heard a lot about and wanted to try for myself.  So ladies, I’m going to get “real” and be honest with my review of this hot new brand. I am far from a great athlete, but I enjoy working out and having fun options to do it in.  I’m on the taller side, 5′ 8″ 1/2 to be exact, and have had problems in the finding work out pants that don’t pinch, slouch or that I have to readjust...

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The Making of Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We attended the press conference as a guest of Disney The hilarious family film “Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is opening in theaters this Friday, October 10th. The family comedy is a film that older kids will enjoy watching with their friends or with their parents. It has something for everyone, and I guarantee it will be one of your favorite family films of the year. Earlier this month, I went to Los Angeles to talk with the filmmakers about the upcoming film, and they shared everything your family is going to want to know about the making of “Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Every kid and adult feels like Alexander at times in their life. They took a 32 page book that was written back in 1972, and...

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Beginning a Natural Medicine Cabinet with Young Living Essential Oils

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

This is Jodie Meschuk’s journey to treating her family naturally.     Ok let’s get real, there are more remedies, tinctures, herbs and oils in just one aisle of Whole Foods than there are probably germs in the world. Well, maybe not, but I assume you are slightly interested in this subject because, like me, you want to stay ahead of those bugs and not pump your kids with stuff that teenagers are using to get high.   Almost five years ago, thru a set of very unexpected circumstances, my husband and I made a commitment to our children that we would provide them safe, natural and effective “medicine”.     So began a “makeover” of the good ol’ medicine cabinet. For the record, I am not a dip my toe in the water type of momma, I dive in with gusto;...

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10 Facts about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Uncategorized | 3 comments

We saw a screening of the film as a guest of Disney The epic film of the summer “Guardians of the Galaxy” is out in theaters today. Marvel shares with us a whole new universe in the action-packed film that will leave your kids begging to see it again and again! Before taking your kids to go see the film this weekend, share with them these ten fun facts about the film…you’re welcome! The film is based on the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan that was first introduced in 1969. They started shooting the film in the UK in June of 2013 during the hot summer through autumn. The director, James Gunn, felt it was important for the cast to film on physical sets instead of green-screen. The space prison...

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Pack a bag and take a road trip. Wendy shares tips to make it a fun.

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Summer not only signals beach trips, staying up late, sleepovers and s’mores, but for our family, it means we will soon take our annual road trip to Oregon.  The Pacific Northwest has always been special to me, I spent my childhood summers visiting my grandparents in Bend, Oregon and exploring all that region had to offer.  Luckily, I met and married a man that also shared the same connection to Oregon, so spending extended time each summer with our own family has been a natural fit. Our kids have become accustom to road trips to Oregon, they have all made their maiden voyage as infants.     A peaceful road trip begins with a little pre-planning to make it fun along the way.  I like to stock the car with snacks, at least one new movie, activities and an interactive game for the whole...

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Eichelle helps us with a diaper bag make over with essential oils

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My family has used essential oils for over 5 years, but I when I think of my grown children as infants, I wish I would have cared for them more naturally. If only I had doTERRA essential oils in my diaper bag. I wanted to offer some suggestions for a diaper bag make-over to help moms treat their kids the natural way with essential oils. The diaper bag basics include: Breathe, Digestzen, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, and Melaleuca. These essential oils will help resolve those hard to predict baby meltdowns such as abdominal pain, colds, colic, congestion, croup, diaper rash, earaches, fever and teething. My kids are all grown and out of diapers, but I remember how helpless it can feel when treating infants and toddlers. Natural, safe, and effective doTERRA essential oils are the best way to care for...

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Make Summer Really Count

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Summer, Uncategorized | 0 comments

For kids and parents, summer is the ideal time for fun in the sun, exploration and free play. However, one important thing we may not consider as parents is the opportunity to expose our children to philanthropy – whether through donating items to a particular organization, raising money for a good cause, or volunteering. According to experts, it is important to allow our kids a first-hand look at how a lack of the opportunities that they have been able to take for granted impacts people in less fortunate circumstances. This perspective fosters a generosity of spirit, a sense of gratitude, and a feeling of connectedness to their local community – and the world. There are many creative and inexpensive ways that young people can help others this summer. Summer is also a time when charities need extra help. But...

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Karen shows us how to crush summer boredom with productive creativity!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have you heard it yet?  You know, that common refrain all of us with school aged kids love to hear each June? All school year we hear that other well-known phrase, “Is it summer yet?” or some other version of a complaint about all the homework, not enough time to play with friends, too many early mornings. So now we are at the end of June, barely a hiccup into the glorious summer, and you’re hearing the dreaded, “I’m bored.” My first inclination is to hand my girls a Clorox wipe and tell them to attack a counter or bathroom. But truly, after you’ve gutted the closets, seen all the new releases at the movies, and hit the beach a few times, coming up with new “I’m bored” activities is tough. I have yet to meet a kid who...

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Summer is here and for many of us that means dinner on-the-go. Wendy shares her favorite on-the-go curried chicken recipe with us.

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Once school is out, schedules have become less complicated and the weather warms up; we like to pack up to enjoy dinner on the beach at least once a week.  Dining on the sand is a cherished family tradition which challenges me to have several on-the-go dinner options that taste just as good once we hit the sand.  One of my favorite picnic-basket recipes is curried chicken served on naan; its easy to make yet tastes light and refreshing even with the summer heat.  The ingredients are simple and easy to find in stores, but require a bit of chopping and dicing. Ingredients are as follows: 6 tablespoons mayo 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind 1 1/2 orange juice 1 – 1  1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh peeled ginger  2 1/2 cups diced roasted skinless chicken 3/4 cup seedless green grapes, halved 1/4 cup...

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Orange County schools are good, but why aren’t they great?

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Parents need to know they have education options beyond their neighborhood school. With choices in education there is much more potential for a child to have his needs met. Choices in education provide competition for local school districts to improve their schools. As consumers we have choices in everything, from where we buy groceries to where we dry clean our clothes. Why is education the last standing monopoly? It doesn’t have to be this way. As parents it is our responsibility to inform ourselves of choices in education: public, private, charters, magnet and homeschool. We parents must ensure these choices are available for our children. Come find out why Orange County has the fewest education options offered to parents compared to any of the surrounding counties. Meet the candidates running for office who make the final decisions that directly...

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Happy Easter

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy Easter from all of us here at the OC Mom Blog. We wish you all a wonderful day together with your families, and we will be back with lots of fun events and adventures on...

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Help Teen Girls Get Their ‘Sparkle On’ for Prom

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Events, Family, Fashion, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Teenage girls anticipate this one special event all year long. No, it’s not a spring break trip. Not a summer excursion. Think sparkling dresses, slow dances and punch. You guessed it…prom. Like me, you’re a “tad bit” past the age of corsages, over-the-top hair dos and heels that cause your feet to ache for days. Also like me, you probably have a few gently used formal dresses just collecting dust in your closet. If so, you can help teen girls from Olive Crest attend the prom in style by participating in the Second Annual Sparkle & Share in-store dress drive. Bring your gently worn bridesmaid, cocktail and evening gowns to Robbins Brothers now through Sunday, April 27. Robbins Brothers in Glendale and Fullerton will host special parties in celebration of Sparkle & Share on Saturday, April 19, 11:00 a.m....

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2014 Run Disney Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Disney, Events, Featured, Fitness, Theme Parks, Uncategorized | 16 comments

The adrenaline is still pumping – hours later! I competed in my first half marathon yesterday morning: the Tinkerbell Half Marathon hosted by Run Disney at Disneyland. I had SO much fun at this race! I was fortunate to be able to run it with my dear friend Sandra who is a veteran marathoner. This was her first Tinkerbell & the last of the Run Disney races that she needed to complete to have run them all! Needless to say, she helped me keep a good pace and was a joy to run with. Everything is more fun with a friend. The events of the weekend actually started on Thursday with the opening of the Expo held in the convention center at the Disneyland Hotel (Thursday – Saturday). This is where runners pick up their registration packets & have...

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Fawn Park at Big Bear Lake

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Planning a trip to Big Bear this winter? Then you are definitely going to want to visit Fawn Park with your children. When planning our getaway to Big Bear, my son could not wait to visit this park to see the “World’s Biggest Tire!” What we quickly learned was that it is a fun park filled with unique and interesting things for families to explore. The park is easy to find with its giant covered wagon at the front of the park. When your family enters the park, they will find unique life sized statues throughout the park. The kids got silly with some of the statues by trying to pose like the police officer or even stick their heads into the helmet of one statue. There is a beautiful September 11th memorial in the center of the park....

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Holiday Shopping Made Easy with Modnique

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is a sponsored post with Splash Creative Media campaign on behalf of Modnique.com and we have received a gift certificate for the purposes of this review My goal this year is to enter a local mall to visit Santa or enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations. I do not want to worry about the long lines, the hustle and bustle of trying to search for the perfect holiday gift for my friends and family. I want to take my time and find the perfect gifts for the people whom I care for in my life this holiday season, and I have found it to be easy with the help of the website Modnique. This was the first time that I have discovered this website, and I’ll be honest – I love it. I have spent hours looking around the...

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Begonia Park in Corona del Mar

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Corona del Mar, Featured, Parks, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Begonia Park, in Corona del Mar, is one of the few Orange County parks that have an ocean view for parents to enjoy while their children play. Not only does this park have a lovely ocean view, but also has one of the largest grass play areas of any Corona del Mar park. Begonia Park is a two level park that is all connect via the grass play area. It is on a busy street, so if you have little ones who like to run off, I would not recommend playing at this park yet. There are plenty of picnic tables that families can rent in advance from the city for birthday parties, and a lot of benches. The park is located at the corner of Bayside Drive and Carnation Avenue in Corona del Mar. There is plenty of parking...

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Great Park Neighborhoods Showcases New Model Homes

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Featured, Home, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Admit it, you’ve been at school drop off and noticed the mom wearing a pair of super cute Tory Burch shoes. For a split second, you felt a tinge of envy, perhaps. How about the family with the amazing, tidy home?  You may have experienced a little bit of jealousy compared to your conservative, sometimes “very lived in” accommodations. In a good way, I had a large dose of home envy when touring the new model homes at the Great Park Neighborhoods at Pavilion Park in Irvine that were built by eight leading national builders. Designed in classic American Heritage architecture, the 31 single-family detached homes of Pavilion Park include single-story and two-story floor plans across a variety of price ranges to offer something for everyone – from young couples and families with children to empty nesters and multi-generational...

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16th Annual Trick-or-Treat Festival at the Orange County Market Place

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is time for the 16th annual Trick-or-Treat festival and 14th annual Halloween Hearse Show at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa. The family-friendly event that includes trick-or-treating will happen on October 27th from 10am to 4pm. The Hearse Show is the main attraction featuring more than 50 vintage restored hearses. It will include novelty cars like the Coffin Go-Kart, Dragula, and more. April Wahlin, the winner of “The Search for the Next Elvira, will host a costume contest at 2pm. The contest is geared towards children over the age of 13 years. All submissions to the costume contest must pre-register via email to [email protected] Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour will hold the 3rd annual “I Scream for Ice Cream Contest.” Those with the best scream could win a $60 Farrell’s Zoo Party for first place, $30 worth of...

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Activities and Fun for Children at Playland Cafe in Irvine

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Finding a place that allows your children to play and have fun is always a wonderful thing.  However, to find a place that allows them to have fun while parents get some down time…that’s extra special.  There are so many activities the provide true fun for children at Playland Cafe in Irvine.   It is entertainment and education all in one! When you are packing for a day at Playland Cafe, be sure to pack a pair of socks for you and your children and get ready for some fun!  This interactive play center is appropriate for children that are crawling up to nine years of age. With so many fun features to interact with children will have a great time at Playland Cafe; children between two and eight will get the most enjoyment out of the facility and...

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Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Events, Featured, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We attended the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series as a guest of the Hyatt. The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series has returned to the Hyatt Back Bay Amphitheater. The series kicked off on June 21st with the Grammy award-winning singer Michael McDonald in the 1,000 seat venue. The summer concert series will feature popular artists throughout the summer running until October 18th. Guests will get enjoy an intimate night under the stars at the lush coastal resort. There is an option to pre-purchase a buffet-style dinner at the Hyatt’s highly acclaimed restaurant; SHOR. SHOR features fresh, local and organic ingredients in their one-of-a-kind dishes. Series Schedule June 28: Acoustic Alchemy, Jessy J & Jeff Lorber July 12: Peter White, David Benoit, & Spencer Day July 19: Sax And The City ft. Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor...

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 10 comments

We will be attending the circus as a guest of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is going to amaze Orange County with their circus spectacular from July 10th through August 4th. The circus will be performing at the STAPLES Center, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario and The Honda Center. Tickets are currently available online for the following venues: Wednesday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 16 STAPLES Center 1111 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles 90015 Ticket prices range from $26, $30, $45-$50 (VIP), $70-$80 (Front Row) and $100-$120 (Circus Celebrity) Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating) Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. Friday, July 19 – Tuesday, July 23 Citizens Business Bank...

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Colgate Mattresses Introduces Industry First Mattress

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Colgate Mattresses, the third generation, family owned company that specializes in high quality, handmade crib mattresses, has released their latest ‘industry first’ product.  Colgate Mattresses was responsible for the introduction of both innerspring and foam crib mattresses and has just introduced the Eco-Visco Angel mattress.  The Eco-Visco Angel is a dual firmness crib mattress that contains Eco-Foam and a cooling gel.  The extra firm infant side features a 5” thick Eco-Foam that supports growing bodies and the toddler side has a 5” Eco-Foam and 1” gel that supports the child as well but also helps regulate body temperature.  The Eco-Visco Angel is the only crib mattress with a full 1” gel that covers the whole mattress face.   This GREENGUARD® certified, non-toxic mattress from Colgate Mattresses contains no chemical fire retardants and doesn’t produce any harmful emissions.  The Eco-Foam...

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Sifteo Cubes as a Tech Toy Parents Can Appreciate

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Featured, Tech, Toys, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Summer is here and for many parents that means our children are home for the summer.  We all work to keep our kids engaged in academics and sports over the summer to help make the transition back to school in fall that much easier.   It can be easy to give in to more screen time over the summer, but with the ever increasing amount of tech gadgets, it can be hard to do.  Sifteo Cubes are a tech toy that children… and parents can enjoy and appreciate. Sifteo Cubes are classic play made interactive and we love that the games challenge the mind is simple ways. This award-winning game is tactile and truly different than any other tech game system we have played with. Sifteo Cubes come preloaded with the above games and by simply connecting the Sifteo...

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3 Ways to Entertain with Ease with Old World Gourmet

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Entertaining season is upon us…with the kids on summer break, parents get to relax a bit, hang out, enjoy pool parties and barbecues and time with friends.  I like to cook…notice that is not love (that is reserved for eating out 🙂 )…so I love recipes that are easy and fairly quick.  I found three products from Old World Gourmet that make entertaining with ease a breeze! OWG specializes in gourmet food and drink mixers, one of which is their Vino-Licious line of frozen wine mixers.  All I needed was the mix from Old World Gourmet and a bottle of white wine, three hours in the freezer, and I had a fun drink for guests when we were entertaining last weekend. OWG is an upscale food and beverage company – love that their products present well when served. I made this yummy Original Cracker...

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Events for Families in Orange County This Week 5/20-5/24

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is almost the end of May, and almost time for summer! The circus is in town this month, and families will get a chance to meet the Anaheim Ducks mascot – Wild Wing! There are a lot of fun events for families happening in Orange County this week! Stay tuned for for weekend event listing coming on Friday morning! Monday, May 20th Circus Vargus http://www.circusvargas.com Anaheim Marketplace Come to see the circus at the Anaheim Marketplace at 7pm on Monday, May 20th. Ticket prices start at $25 for adults and $20 for children. Books and Babies Story time Newport Beach Central Library http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org 1000 Avocado Ave Newport Beach, CA 92660 Children ages 6-24 months can participate in a fun story time from 9:30am to 10am and 10:30am to 11am. Pajama Story Time Newport Beach Central Library http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org 1000...

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Encouraging Children to Never Give Up on Their Dreams with Kori Rae from #MonstersUEvent

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Sometimes you hit that brick wall, and have to find something else.” Kori Rae Have you ever had dreams of becoming a veterinarian, a fireman or an attorney? We all have had dreams of what we would do with our lives. We are always told that if we work hard enough at something that we can achieve our dreams, but that is not always the case as with Mike in Monsters University. When interviewing the producer of Monsters University, Kori Rae, she talked about this being the most meaningful message to her in the film. “Sometimes we feel that we are meant to do something, and then we discover that we might not be meant to do that – but something else.” Kori Rae When talking with the producer, she shared how many of us have experienced in our...

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Keeping Kids With Food Allergies Safe When Away From Home

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Family, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are so many different degrees of food allergies. There are food allergies that give kids a small rash or a tummy ache, and then there are the food allergies that are life-threatening. Unfortunately, my son has life-threatening food allergies. I have had to watch him experience too many near death experiences – all because of food. As he is getting older, I can no longer be with him 100% of the time, and I have had to figure ways to keep my son with food allergies safe when away from home. While I wish that we just had one food to avoid in our household, we have multiple foods to avoid. In fact, he has tested positive to different degrees to all foods. That is why I am passionate about cooking healthy, natural foods for my children. The...

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Genji’s Shrimp Summer Rolls Recipe

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Featured, Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do your kids like sushi? Then they are going to love eating these Genji Shrimp Summer Rolls. Every time I go grocery shopping at my local Whole Foods Market, the kids are always sneaking some packages of Genji Sushi into my cart. The sushi hardly ever makes it out of the door of the Whole Foods, let alone home. I was so excited when my favorite sushi supplier offered this kid-friendly sushi recipe for us to share with all of you. Have fun making these with your kids this weekend, and enjoy! Shrimp Summer Roll Makes 8 rolls 1.5 oz dry bean thread noodles (about 1 small bundle, depending on brand) 1.5 oz red cabbage, finely shredded 1 oz carrot, shredded 1 scallion, thinly sliced 8 pieces round rice paper, plus a few extra in case some break 8-10...

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Sunset At Dana Point Harbor Jetty

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Beaches, Dana Point, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I get asked this question a lot. Where is a good place to watch the sunset with my children? Sure we have lavish resorts with sprawling grounds to enjoy panoramic ocean views, but they are not always the best places to enjoy a sunset with children. While most adults will stand in each other’s arms while watching the sky burst with colors, children enjoy it in a much different way. They like to see it happening while playing or exploring. One of my favorite places to take the kids to see the sunset is at the Dana Point Harbor Jetty. Why do I like it? We not only get a gorgeous view of the San Clemente coastline, but also the sunset. There are often fishermen sitting along the jetty that the kids will ask fifty questions about what they...

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Events for Families in Orange County This Weekend May 18th- May 19th

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking for something fun to do with your family this weekend in Orange County? There are family-friendly events happening for families all across Orange County this weekend. Enjoy taking time to create special memories together with your children. Saturday, May 18th Knott’s Soak City Grand Opening https://www.knotts.com/soak-city-water-parks 8039 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90620 Today is the grand opening of Knott’s Soak City water park! Bring your family starting today throughout the summer to enjoy exhilarating rides, water play and more. Hours vary and can be found online. The OC Great Park Runway Dash http://www.ocgp.org/events/runway-dash-2/ Orange County Great Park Marine Way & Sand Canyon Irvine, Orange County, 92618 Run or walk around the Orange County Great Park for this 5K and 1 Mile fun run in support of Irvine’s 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee and the Kiwanis Club of Irvine....

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Grandma and Me Playdate #Iheartmynailart

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Fashion, Featured, Uncategorized | 1 comment

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.  \We were off on a family vacation in Florida over Mother’s Day. That meant that our kids were unable to celebrate the special holiday with the other women they love so much in their lives – their Grandma’s. Ella planned a specific Grandma and me #Iheartmynailart playdate after school today with her Grandma. Since they both love beauty, Ella planned a nail party and sent me to Walgreen’s with a list of her requested Sally Hansen products. The splatter party on the Sally Hansen website is what inspired her to plan this fun event. After taking Andrew and Ella to school, Tyler and I went to Walgreen’s to get Ella’s...

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Getting Well with Doc McStuffins (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 15 comments

During the last few days of our trip in Florida, my little guy started to have problems with his asthma. It didn’t really kick-up until we were on the plane home, and he found himself coughing so hard that he could barely catch his breath. Since this is our first day at home, I planned a getting well day with his favorite Disney Channel show – Doc McStuffins. He spent the morning cuddling up on the couch with his stuffed animal “stuffy” while we watching the new DVD “Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check up.” The movie was just released to DVD on May 7th, and is available in stores nationwide. The DVD came with five adorable episodes on a DVD and a free growth chart. After watching the movie with me, Tyler started to feel better. We went...

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Kid Protection Workshops

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Events, Family, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Morgan Law is an advertiser and compensation has been received for coverage of the kid protection workshops. We all do our best to keep our homes safe for our kids, and protect our children to the best of our ability. Although none of us ever would want to consider the possibility of something happening to us, it is just as important to be prepared in the event of death. Having a living trust or will was a requirement by the State of California to adopt our two children, but it is not a requirement of parents giving birth. The State of California wants to ensure that parents are preparing to protect their children in the event of an accident or death, and it is just as important for parents who are not adopting too. Knowing that my children will...

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Make-a-Wish Foundation 3rd Annual Walk a Huge Success

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Make-a-Wish foundation is one of my favorite local organizations to support. Once I saw the face on a child having their wish granted through the Make-a-Wish foundation, I realized how important this organization is to terminally ill children living in Orange County. Recently, the Make-a-Wish foundation hosted their 3rd Annual Walk for Wishes that was a huge success raising more than $170,000 between the 1,400 walkers that came to show their support. “We are overjoyed by the success of today’s walk,” said Stephanie McCormick, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. “It was thrilling to see such an amazing Orange County community presence and we are truly grateful for the support.” Walk For Wishes proved to be a day of excitement, entertainment and inspiration made possible by Trusted Choice, Mackenzie Corporation, Pacific Contours and...

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Foodie Fun at Westminster Mall

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Dining, Family, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s time for kids to get cooking at Westminster Mall this weekend with lots of foodie fun! On Saturday May 18th from 10am to noon at the Macy’s Court, children will learn all about cooking with demonstrations, activities and more! The event is hosted by the Simon Kidgits Club who is helping to inspire little chefs to get excited about spending time in the kitchen. The hands-on experience will engage both parents and young children. The demonstrations will include cooking demos, decorate a chef hat, learn how to roll a pretzel, and make your own caterpillar cookie. While supplies last, Kidgit Club Members will receive a free toy veggie basket. Families attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local hunger relief organization. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and Lil Chefs...

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Celebrate National Burger Day with a Free Smashburger

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Dining, Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is your last name Burger? Do you have Burger is part of your last name? If it is, then you will be getting a free Smashburger on May 28th in honor of National Burger Day. According to whitepages.com there are 21,687 people in the United States with the last name Burger! If your last name is Burger or a variation of Burger, bring a photo ID (drivers license, passport or birth certificate) to any Smashburger location to get your complimentary Classic Smash burger on May 28th. There’s a reason to this madness and founder Tom Ryan knows the secret. It’s not just about feeding the masses and serving a bottom line. It’s about helping America rediscover fresh, quality ingredients. It’s about using local products, vendors, and incorporating local flavor to support local economies and cater to local tastes. It’s...

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Atlantis Play Center!

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Featured, Garden Grove, Parks, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Hidden in Garden Grove is a special place called Atlantis Play Center! My friends and I have enjoyed this gem for many years.  The park is full of surprises and delights at every turn, including a new splash pad! Admission to Atlantis Play Center is only $2 for everyone 3 and up and free for kids 2 and under! Atlantis Play Center is open Tuesdays – Fridays 10am – 2pm, Saturdays 10am – 4pm, and Sundays 12pm – 4pm. One of the favorites for all the kids is the pirate ship! They spend hours climbing in and out and all around pretending all sorts of games! The park has an ocean theme and is full of sea creatures to climb on and slide down! The park is great for a big range of ages from little scooters to big...

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Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks #DisneySMMoms

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Imagine being able to stay at your favorite Disney Park for a full 24 hours, and arriving on a real “monsterail”! It will be a dream come true to all Disney Fans! Disney is inviting everyone to come to their favorite Disney park for an all night event on May 24th from 6am to 6pm on May 25th. The Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks will offer fans from coast to coast to all enjoy fun at all Disney parks at the same time!! Be prepared to SCREAM!! Not only will there will a full night of Disney fun, but there will be some unique events. There will be specific merchandise, monsterous madness, and boooo-verages. Mike and Sulley will be your hosts for the night as they share their adventures with you. They will be making appearances at all the...

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Merida’s Royal Celebration #DisneySMMoms

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Merida from the popular Disney Pixar film Brave officially became a Disney Princess today at Walt Disney World for Merida’s Royal Celebration. Eleven princesses came out to the special ceremony to welcome the “brave” young girl into their royal family. The celebration took place at the Magic Kingdom in front of Cinderella’s castle. The coronation ceremony started with a musical performance by the talented singer and 2012 Teen Choice Award Winner, Sophia Grace. The crowed cheered as she rocked the stage with her musical talent. Then it was time for Gabrielle Douglas, the two time Olympic champion to take the stage along with her Mother. The tears were flowing as Gabrielle’s Mother said a heart-warming speech about how much he daughter has touched her life. Finally, all eleven princesses made their appearance before Merida came through the cheering crowd...

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Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Dining, Featured, Uncategorized | 1 comment

A unique and delicious new doughnut shop has arrived in Orange County! I got the chance to sample their goodies and meet the owners of Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee! Sidecar is the brainchild of Brooke Des Prez and Sumter Pendergrast, a creative duo with a commitment to making doughnuts cool again.  The pair bring an artistic flare to the culinary venture, which can be seen in the creativity and passion poured into not only their distinctive doughnuts, but also into every creative detail of their brick and mortar store. Sidecar’s finely crafted doughnuts are made daily from scratch using only the finest ingredients, and no preservatives… ever! Simple recipes combined with the use of quality ingredients allow you to eat more than one doughnut and still feel great. We feature yeast-raised, cake, and buttermilk old-fashioned varieties, which we have dressed...

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Fundraiser Raises $35,000 for Children Battling Muscular Disorder

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Events, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On April 26th, Hope for SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) raised $35,000 for children battling this muscular disorder at a special fundraiser. The San Clemente organization is helping families struggling with the costs of the needed 24-hour for their terminally ill children. SMA is the number one genetic killer of infants and children that is passed down when both parents have the abnormal gene.  Only one in 40 people carry the gene for this degenerative disease, and children have a life expectancy of two years after diagnosis. Many local business supported the auction and raffle at the event including Trader Joe’s, Disneyland, and Athena Spa.There was a musical guest appearance by Lizann Warner and The Alley Cats. “A Night of HOPE was a huge success for HOPE for SMA and the local families struggling with high medical costs,” said Julie...

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Destination Walt Disney World #DisneySMmoms

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Florida, Travel, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Today, Amy and I traveled across the country along with our families to Walt Disney World to attend the Disney Social Media Moms #DisneySMmoms Conference. With our Mickey ears on, we woke-up early to catch flights out of our LAX and John Wayne Airport. As we boarded the two different planes, both of our families were eager with anticipation of what the next couple of days would hold for all of us. Although, we know about some of the plans for the event, some of the activities have remained a surprise, just adding to the magic. Once our planes arrived in Florida, we were both surrounded with immense beauty. Everything was green, lush and beautiful. As the Mickey Magical Express brought our families into Disney World, our families could feel the magic surrounding us. We boarded the Mickey Magical...

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Five Tips for Picking the Best Summer Camp

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Camp, Family, Featured, Hot Topics, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The weather is heating up, and it is time to start thinking about planning your kids summer camps for the year. Thinking about summer camp for my kids has always been a challenge for me. The only summer camp that I attended as a child was Camp Sherman with the Girl Scouts. Since my mom was a troop leader, it ended up being more like a small mother/daughter vacation with my friends. Although, I want for my kids to experience something that I never did as a child, I cannot help but want them to spend as much time with me while they are off for summer break. Every year, I set-out to plan great summer camps for my kids, and every year I end up keeping them home with me for the entire summer. Whether looking for a...

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Easiest Way to Pack Kids for Summer Vacation #DisneySMmoms

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Florida, Travel, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Every summer we plan our summer vacation, and it always ends up the same. When we first arrive at the hotel room, the kids start ravaging through their suitcases in search of clothes to wear for the day. By mid vacation, it is nearly impossible to find an outfit for the kids that will match, and we can hardly tell which clothes are clean vs. dirty. Today I was getting ready to pack for our family vacation to Walt Disney World, and planned a different system that would end up being the easiest way to pack my kids for their summer vacation. Instead of rolling all their clothes into small piles hoping that they would stay together in the suitcase, I sealed each outfit into a gallon size Ziploc bag. (This also helped me from my traditional habit of...

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Monsters University Scare School 101 #MonstersUEvent

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

During my time at Monsters University, I took many classes. I quickly became top in my class getting a great recommendation from Dean Hardscrabble. While in, scare school 101, I learned all about the making of Monsters University from the creators of the film themselves. There were 100,856 storyboards used in the making of Monsters University – the highest number used in any Pixar film. Monsters University was founded in 1313. There are six different schools of study at Monsters University including School of Scaring, School of Engineering, School of Liberal Arts and Monstrosities, School of Science, School of Business and School of Aquatics. During my time at the University I had the pleasure of attending many of these classes and after school clubs. My first class at Monsters University was English 101: How to Tell a Great Story....

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Verizon FiOS Iron Man 3 Premiere Event

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Events, Featured, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is a sponsored post with Verizon FioOs. On the eve of Iron Man 3 opening day, Verizon FiOS Southern California hosted an exclusive premiere event in Huntington Beach. The community was invited to come out and win tickets to see the movie before anyone else at the beautiful Century Theaters in Bella Terra. There were multiple screenings of the film happening throughout the evening. Parked right in front of the theaters were the fleet of Verizon FiOS powered vehicles. The kids were getting excited about the seeing the movie while playing Iron Man video games inside of the Verizon FiOS 1965 VW Bus. Verizon transformed this bus into a car that is just as powerful as Iron Man himself while all being powered by FiOS technology. The Bus is loaded with a 42″ Hi-def TV on the back...

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Make a Splash at Knott’s Soak City This Summer (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giveaways, Knott's Berry Farm, Uncategorized | 21 comments

It’s heating up, and time to make a splash at Knott’s Soak City this summer! Soak City is one of the best things to do with kids in Southern California. With their fast water slides, lazy river and water play the fun is endless. Last year, Knott’s Soak City, was one of our favorite places to cool-off from the summer heat. My kids could not get enough of the fun water slides, and we created so many wonderful family memories while floating along the lazy river. My favorite thing to do at Soak City is to rent a private cabana for the day. When staying in a cabana, we were able to get personalized service, have our food brought right to us and plenty of shade. When visiting Soak City this summer, come early to order a private cabana...

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Conversation Starter for Family Discussions with Iron Man 3

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

“We do live in an unsafe world,” Gwyneth Paltrow. When I was watching the new movie Iron Man 3, I began to have hesitation on whether it would appropriate for my children. Not that it was inappropriate, but because there were so many references to some of the current global situations we are facing in our world today. When I left the theater, I had my mind made up that I would not bring my tween to see the film, until I heard Gwyneth Paltrow speak at the Iron Man 3 press conference. Although we do not watch the news in our house, we cannot hide the global terror situations happening in the world from our children. They might hear about terror situations while the news is playing in the background at a restaurant or other adults talking at...

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Five Hair Tips for Working Moms

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Beauty, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Working Moms find it hard to strike a balance between work and home. Stress and tension at work, high paced home management back in their homes and with kids around, it can get really tough. Working moms are notorious for ignoring their health and putting everything else first, except them. However, since they have to head out for work, hair care has become one of their priorities for good. Hair care is tricky and even a few simple things can go a long way in ensuring your hair is healthy and voluptuous always. Here are five hair tips for working moms, who always run short of time. Plan Your Hair Style: Don’t we plan the menu for the week? Probably, we also plan up the week’s schedule well in advance. Right? Likewise, you got to plan your hairstyle for...

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Circus Vargas is Coming to Orange County (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 17 comments

The Circus is coming to town as Circus Vargas creates a “Fantastical Magical Experience” with their Orange County production. The circus tent will rise on May 9th until the last show on June 10th. There will be magic, music and more during this exhilarating performance. Acrobats will be flying while Magikaria amazes the audience with elaborate illusions. The circus will be at the Westminster Mall May 9-13, Anaheim Marketplace in Anaheim May 15-20, Westfield MainPlace in Santa Ana May 23-27, and Irvine Spectrum in Irvine May 30-June 10th. Guests are invited to attend thirty minutes early for a fun and interactive pre-show where children will be taught how to make their own magic. Tickets are currently available online for the various shows at circusvargas.com or by calling 1-877-GOTFUN. The circus box office will open one day prior to the...

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Inside Look Into Knott’s Log Ride Redesign

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Events, Featured, Knott's Berry Farm, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Disclosure: We attended a media preview for the log ride opening. The famous Knotts Berry Farm log ride is currently closed for renovation and redesign. The historic ride is undergoing its first major renovation since first being built in 1969. The ride was originally called the Calico Log Ride before being renamed as the Timber Mountain Log Ride. The ride brings guests on a journey through picturesque scenery while in a log flowing through rushing water before a 42-foot free fall from the height of an eight-story building. Garner Holt Productions is doing the complete redesign of the log ride scheduled to reopen on Memorial Day weekend. Garner Holt is the largest theme park developer of animatronics, and has built nearly 3,000 animation figures. Garner Holt is working on the redesign of the Timber Mountain Log Ride by adding...

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OCMCO Presents a Concert with Soul

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On Friday, April 26th, OCMCO presented two soul-touching concerts at the Sagerstrom Concert Hall. I was fortunate to attend the 5:00pm concert with my parents and uncle. Brett Stewart, conductor and co-founder, explained to the audience that, while the Christmas concerts tend to be more popular with the audiences, it is the spring concerts that are his favorite. For it is in the spring that a larger variety of music is available for the choirs and orchestra to explore. This year’s spring concert was entitled “Then Sings My Soul” and I am certain anyone in the audience could tell that this concert was, in fact, an offering from his soul, and that of the musicians. The selections included spirituals such as “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho”, familiar songs such as “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand”,...

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How to Help the Victims of the Boston Marathon

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was in Boston at the time of the bombings. The bombings directly affected me, my family, my friends and my community. The bombings affects all of us in Boston and across the Country. As my phone continues to ring from friends living in different parts of the Country, the same question is asked of me, “How can we help the victims of the Boston Marathon?” The streets of Boston have always been alive with the spirit of history, commerce, family and community. If we the people are the lifeblood of America, these streets are the arteries that sustain and carry us. As I looked upon the blood-soaked streets of Boston this past April 15th, I am reminded of the horrors of a battlefield. My generation has never experienced war within our borders. I fear that has changed. What...

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Talk A Walk Along the Boardwalk to Boardwalk Burgers and Fries

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

America’s #1 fries have officially come to Orange County with the opening of the new Boardwalk Burgers in Fullerton. Boardwalk Burgers is like nowhere else offering a large variety of juicy burgers, fries and shakes. Since the opening of this classic burger joint, it has become a favorite to locals and College students. All of the burgers served at Boardwalk are made fresh daily. Their patties are never frozen, and it is clear with the first bite. Customers can order a classic burger, or create a custom burger with unlimited toppings. Craving a burger is what brings customers into Boardwalk, but it is their fries that keep them coming back. Their famous fries are hand cut, and freshly cooked with every order. No heating lamps ever touch the fries served at Boardwalk. Not only are their fries some of...

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Please Join Us for Sandra Lee’s #WorldsLargestBakeSale Twitter Party

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Disclosure: The OC Mom Blog is receiving compensation for this event. You are invited to join us for Sandra Lee’s World’s Largest Bake Sale Fundraiser for Food Bank of New York City & No Kid Hungry on May 1st from 1pm to 2pm EST. We will be talking about World hunger in America during this special Twitter Party. When: May 1st from 1pm to 2pm EST Where: Online at Twitter.com using the hashtag #WorldsLargestBakeSale The party can easily be followed using this special tweet grid link: http://cbi.as/iol6c Who to follow? The host Shelby @GlitterfulFelt, and the co-hosts @KellysLuckyYou @cbTweetChat Prizes: FIVE $100 Kmart GC: to be distributed at 15m, 25m, 35m, 45m and one at end of party  Share News of the Party with your friends:  Join @SandraLee #WorldsLargestBakeSale Twitter Party 5/1 1pm ET. Prizes $500! http://bit.ly/13G0dJ6 @Kmart #cbias RSVP #WorldsLargestBakeSale...

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Taste of Huntington Beach 2013

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Dining, Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  This weekend you have the chance to attend an Orange County tradition that has been around for over 20 years! The Taste of Huntington Beach is an annual event that showcases the best of the Huntington Beach’s culinary talents and the region’s winery and breweries. For a single entry price, attendees can sample and sip the products of some of the area’s finest establishments. All proceeds go to the Children’s Department of the Huntington Beach Public Library. The Taste of Huntington Beach is produced by the Huntington Beach Restaurant Association and the non-profit Friends of the Children’s Library. Since 2002, The Friends of the Children’s Library and the HB Restaurant Association have helped the Taste raise over $300,000 for the HB Children’s Library! On average, the Taste has over 40 restaurants, most of which are locally owned and operated. Restaurants...

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Littlest Pet Shop at the LA Times Festival of Books

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Events, Featured, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tickets to the event were provided to our writer on behalf of The Hub Network. My daughter and I went to the LA Times Festival of Books at USC last weekend for a sneak peek at the newest episode of Littlest Pet Shop! My daughter loves animals so much and is always wanting a new pet, so Littlest Pet Shop is definitely a favorite! We have really enjoyed the show on The Hub and were excited to see what was coming up next! “Summertime Blues” Logline: Blythe is accepted into the junior program at a prestigious fashion school and has to cope with the anxiety of leaving her family and pet friends behind over the summer.   My daughter’s eyes were glued to the screen as Blythe and her pals had another adventure! She smiled and clapped and couldn’t wait to see...

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Aquarium of the Pacific International Children’s Day

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 1 comment

The 8th Annual International Children’s Day is returning to the Aquarium of the Pacific on April 27th through the 28th from 9am to 5pm. The celebration will include music and dance performances honoring different cultures. There will be martial arts demonstrations, children’s crafts, face painting, mural paining and more. The event will feature fun for children and adults of all ages. “The Aquarium is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated. Our International Children’s Day is the culmination of all of our cultural festivals where our various communities can come together to learn about the importance of working together to protect our ocean planet,” said Peter Martineau, Aquarium of the Pacific festival organizer. The event is included with the price of admission of $25.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors and $14.95 for children ages...

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It’s Official! I Graduated From Monsters University #MonstersUEvent

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Disney, Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 6 comments

Two weeks ago, I hopped on a plane to San Francisco to attend Monsters University. Although I thought I was just going to San Francisco, from the moment I stepped off the plane, I quickly realized that I had become immersed in the movie “Monsters University.” While attending school at Monsters University, I had many vigorous classes before finally graduating. When our plan landed, we got on a bus that brought us to the University where we would learn how to be the top scarers. As our first feet landed on the campus, we were greeted by the University band. The band was a festive greeting for our first day of school. As I walked under the arches of Monsters University, I felt that same feeling that I always got on the first day of school. The marching band...

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Arbor Day Family Event

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Events, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking for ways that your family can volunteer in the community? Your family is invited to celebrate Arbor Day at Creekside Park this Friday, April 26th. Families will have a special opportunity to plant trees at Creekside Park during this special event. The Aliso Viejo Community Association is sponsoring the event starting at 4pm. There is not cost or supplies needed to attend. Families are encouraged to come dressed in comfortable clothes with closed toed shoes. The park is located in the city of Aliso Viejo near Cedarbrook and Aliso Viejo Parkway. What is Arbor Day? Arbor Day is one day that families are encouraged to help our planet by planting trees in their community. Families can take action on this special day by planting one or a hundred trees. Planting trees will help make our Earth and communities...

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Discovery Science Center to Receive National Award

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It was just announced today that the popular Orange County family destination, Discovery Science Center, will receive a 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The Discovery Science Center is one of 10 recipients of this National Award presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The National Award is one of the highest honors that a museum or library can receive. The Discovery Science Center has been encouraging a love for science and education in young children within our community for the past 25 years. They offer hands-on activities, immersive environments and role-playing. The Discovery Science Center has hosted 71,000 field trip students and has implemented educational initiatives in 650 schools this year. The award will be presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on May 8th. Congratulations to Discovery Science Center on this prestigious award...

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The Original Family Dance Party Comes to Orange County (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 9 comments

Does your toddler like to dance? For the past eight years, Baby Loves Disco has been transforming local night clubs into a family dance party. They baby proof everything so that babies and move and groove to classic tunes from the 70’s, 80’s and more. There is bubble blowing, diaper changing stations and everything that families need to have a fun musical experience together. This mission of Baby Loves Disco is to bring families together in a fun and festive environment. They are the creators of The Original Family Dance Party and will be coming to Orange County on May 11th from 11:30 to 2pm. Start practicing your Simon Says and Freeze Dance with your kids before hitting the dance floor. Tickets are available online for $15 per person. Everyone who can walk must purchase a ticket to the...

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Music Matters Concert on April 23rd

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Aliso Viejo Conference Center is hosting the first “Music Matters” concert on Tuesday, April 23rd from 6pm to 9pm. This will be the first concert featuring two of two concerts featuring The Wheeland Brothers followed by Denny White on May 27th. The cost is $15 per person with advance registration and $20 cash at the door the night of the event. The price of admission includes two tacos and a specialty drink. Registration is currently available online and the concert will happen at 31 Santa Barbara Drive in Aliso Viejo. Enjoy a fun night with music, food and fun in the city on Aliso Viejo on April 23rd. Disclosure: Information, facts and photos provided on behalf of the city of Aliso Viejo. All thoughts and opinions are of our...

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A Monster in Paris Movie Night

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Family, Fashion, Featured, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When I learned the movie “A Monster in Paris” was coming out on DVD, I was excited to plan a fun movie night with my kids. Before we watched the movie, the kids and I did fun activity sheets based on the film “A Monster in Paris” and made Paris themed cookies. It was a fun evening that my children will never forget. When I first surprised the kids with the news that we were going to have a family movie night they were beyond thrilled! Then when I told them we were seeing “A Monster in Paris” they squealed with delight. Our first event for “A Monster in Paris” movie night was to do some education activity sheets. We downloaded some fun word puzzles and matching games to do together as a family before seeing the movie. After...

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Giving Back to the Earth with Homemade Ant Farms

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Crafts, Earth Day, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is important to me that I teach my children that Earth Day is not something that we should celebrate one day out of the year, but every day. The best way that I have been able to encourage my children to care and appreciate our environment in through gardening. We love caring for the Earth by planting fruits and vegetables every year in our backyard. During the past six months, I have let our personal situations get in the way of my commitment to doing this with my children. With baseball practice, school band and other activities, our garden has suffered. About two weeks ago, I brought the kids back into the garden to start getting it ready for our Summer planting. When we were working in the garden, we learned that many animals had turned our garden...

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Upland Lemon Festival (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 4 comments

There will be fun for children of all ages at the upcoming Lemon Festival in Upland. There will be food contests, entertainment and of course lemons at this festive event on April 26th through the 28th. The event has been a tradition in upland since 1997. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to benefit a non-profit organization in the City of Upland. Carnival! There will be a wide variety of carnival games for children to enjoy. Pre-sale carnival tickets are available online or at the Upland 7-Eleven. Pre-sale carnival tickets are $10 for 6 rides and two 2-for-1 games. Entertainment! The Lemon Festival will be rockin’ and rollin’ with live music on the Lemon Tree stage presented by Toyota. Local bands will play their best music throughout the festival including the popular bands Reno Jones,...

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Earth Day Events in Orange County

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in Earth Day, Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is time to stop and celebrate the gifts that our Earth has provided us with on Earth Day, tomorrow April 22nd. There are many family-friendly events happening in Orange County in celebration of Earth Day. Enjoy spending this one day helping to make this world a better and greener place to live. For more family events happening around Orange County, visit our events calendar that is updated daily. Pretend City Earth Day Celebration PretendCity.org 29 Hubble Irvine, Ca 92618 Teach children the importance of going green at the Pretend City imagination celebration on Monday, April 22nd from 4pm to 7pm. They will be taught science, technology, engineering, arts and math at this event. Entrance is only $5 with a handful of bottle caps. Earth Day Celebration with Curious George Discoverycube.org 2500 N. Main Street Santa Ana, Ca 92705...

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You’re Invited: Discovery Science Center Rocket Launch

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in Events, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’re Invited! Come enjoy a fun family day at the Boeing Company in Huntington Beach on May 11th for the annual rocket launch. My family attended the rocket launch last year, and we created many unforgettable memories. The rocket launch features many hands-on activities including building and launching your own rocket made from a 2-liter plastic soda bottle! To participate, please bring a 2-liter plastic soda bottle (empty) to the event. The Boeing engineers will help teach your children how to build their own rocket at this interactive event. Not only will there be science, fun and entertainment but families will have an opportunity to meet a real astronaut for a meet and greet. There will also be a large variety of local food trucks at the event for treats and lunch at an additional fee. What to bring:...

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Walgreens Boston Twitter Party 4/30 6-7pm EST #BOSWAG

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 5 comments

Come join us on April 30th for an interactive and fun Twitter party as Walgreens opens their newest flagship store in Boston. The new store is located at the corner of Washington and School Street in the heart of Boston. During the #BOSWAG Twitter party, we will discuss  health and wellness while five party goers will each win a $100 gift certificate to Walgreens. RSVP below and meet us online on Twitter on April 30th at 6pm EST for this fun online party experience. When: April 30th at 6 to 7pm EST Where: Online at Twitter.com using the hashtag #BOSWAG The party can easily be followed using this special tweet grid link: http://cbi.as/hacg2 Who to follow? The host Shelby @GlitterfulFelt, and the co-hosts @KellysLuckyYou @cbTweetChat Prizes: (5) $100 Walgreens gift cards RSVP: (Use your @ Twitter handle to RSVP...

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Five Cute Spring Fashion Looks for Young Girls

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Fashion, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 15 comments

Spring is officially here, and it is the perfect time to clean out your children’s closets for the freshest new Spring fashions. Finding good quality children’s clothing at reasonable prices is a challenge for many parents. We have found five cute Spring Fashion looks for young children with the brand Ragdoll and Rockets. My daughter is picky when it comes to her fashion. Long gone are the days when I could go purchase an outfit for her that she would love. As she has grown-up, she has developed her own unique fashion style making it hard for me to purchase clothes that she will feel good wearing. Even though, I want her to be able to express herself through her fashion, I still want to ensure that she is wearing appropriate clothing for her age. I stumbled upon the...

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Queen’s Day Family Celebration (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Enjoy a memorable family day celebration at The Home Depot Center on April 28th. The Queen’s Day Celebration is a tradition from the Netherlands celebrating their Queen Beatrix. This fun family event will feature live music, Dutch games, bounce houses, soccer tournaments and more. Bring your children dresses as Prince and Princesses for a special photo opportunity with (shhh! look-alike) Queen Beatrix and Prince Willem-Alexander. Children over the age of twelve can participate in a contest where one will be crowned Miss Orange, so come dressed in your best orange dress for the competition. Tickets for this family-friendly event can be purchased at dutchqueensday.eventbrite.com. Tickets are currently on sale for just $10 per person (kids 12 and under are free). For more information on Queen’s Day, pictures and a program of the day, please visit www.dutch-day.com and like their...

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