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The Secret Garden Ballet presented by Festival Ballet Theater

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

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

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‘Boo it Forward’ with Ghostbusters

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

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

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Fall Fun at the Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch

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

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

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Behind-the-Scenes of Beauty and The Beast

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

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

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24 Hours in San Francisco

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

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

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Laguna Beach 2016 Passport to the Arts

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

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

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Don’t Miss Seeing Idina Menzel in IF/THEN

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

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

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A Snow White Christmas

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

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

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2015 SoCal Christmas Eve Dining Guide

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

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

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Verizon FiOS Helps Families Give Back During the Holidays

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

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

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

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

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

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Moonlight Madness Holiday Savings at The Outlets at San Clemente

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

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

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A Year with Frog and Toad at South Coast Repertory

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

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

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Inspiring Moms at Mindful Her

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

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

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TEDxUCIrvine Brings TEDx Talks to Festival of Discovery

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

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

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New Ninjago Land and Ninjago the Ride Coming to LEGOLAND California

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

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

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Organic Beauty 101

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

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

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

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

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

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Best Affordable Compact Sedan for Young Families

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

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

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

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

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

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