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Enjoying the Comforts of the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Holiday, Recipes, Toys | 1 comment

I’ve partnered with Cooked Perfect® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. The holidays are my favorite time of the year to cook comforting dishes for my family. One of my kid’s favorite things to eat are meatballs, and since I am a busy mom, I don’t always have time on the weekdays to make meatballs from scratch. One brand that I recently introduced to my children has been Cooked Perfect Meatballs, and they love them. The meatballs taste, just like the ones that I cook from scratch, and they have a variety of different flavors. Plus, they are available at our local Walmart, which makes it easy to purchase them when getting our weekly supplies at Walmart. This year, I took my kids to our local Walmart, where I...

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Las Brisas Holiday Pop-up with Scott Baird

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In partnership with Las Brisas For one night only, San Francisco-based Scott Baird will prepare festive cocktails as part of an evening with live music, giveaways, and more in Las Brisas’ bar and lounge Las Brisas, the Laguna Beach landmark restaurant, and Scott Baird, renowned bartender and owner of the famed San Francisco cocktail bar Trick Dog host a holiday pop-up with Ancho Reyes on Thursday, December 12 in Las Brisas’ bar and lounge. Hand-crafted cocktails prepared by Baird will be served along with Ancho live music from 6-9 p.m., and more. Having earned several accolades since its opening in 2013, Trick Dog was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for an Outstanding Bar Program in 2014 and 2016, and a finalist for the prestigious award in 2015 and 2018. Making a special appearance at Las Brisas,...

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Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

In Orange County during the holidays the only white powdery ground cover Bing Crosby should be crooning about is the beach sand. The holiday season in balmy OC is all about sea views, ocean breezes, elegant dining and outdoor family fun. The always elegant Montage Laguna Beach has decadent dining options for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the resort. Hotel Irvine is throwing a family holiday bash in The Backyard, and at Fashion Island Hotel, holiday guests will be treated to a five-course dinner or bountiful buffet. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH Christmas Eve at The Loft Tuesday, December 24, from 5 to 10 p.m. Overlooking the Pacific, The Loft offers a four-course celebratory Christmas Eve menu highlighting seasonal options such as Roasted Carrot Soup with applewood-smoked bacon, Braised Veal Cheek, Pan Roasted Branzino and Gingerbread Semifreddo. $135 for...

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Can you Stand Still for 90 Seconds? Pageant of the Masters Casting Call

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Do you enjoy art, theater and being in the spotlight? Can you stand still for 90 seconds? Perfect – you could be a volunteer cast member in the 2020 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California. The team behind the world’s most famous presentation of living pictures is looking for men, women and children of all sizes and ages to volunteer for next summer’s show, Made in America. Casting call will be held at the Pageant of the Masters amphitheater on the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA during the following dates and times: Friday, January 10 from 7 – 9pm Saturday, January 11 from 7 – 9pm Sunday, January 12 from 2 – 5pm At the open casting call, prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed, enjoy refreshments and meet the...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Holiday Donations

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission is reaching out to the local community for gift donations to help the 179 formerly homeless adults living at Village of Hope and other Rescue Mission transitional housing campuses celebrate the holidays. The Rescue Mission has announced an urgent need for holiday gift donations for adults, which the children will give to their parents. Suggested donation items needed include new: Slippers Robes Socks Wallets Watches Jewelry Nail Polish Sets Eyeshadow Pallets Journals and Pens Hair accessories Reusable Water Bottles Scarves Belts Wrapping Paper Donations of these items may be dropped off at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Contact Julia at 714-247-4388 or email [email protected] for more information. Members of the community may also...

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Holiday Events at Long Beach Exchange

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Come enjoy the spirit of the holidays this season at Long Beach Exchange! Throughout the entire month of December, the whole family is invited to enjoy festive photo opportunities, live music, holiday-inspired goodies from SusieCakes, and more! With an array of delicious eateries and holiday offerings throughout the center, LBX will quickly become your one stop shop for holiday fun. See below for dates + details on what’s in store this season: Saturday, December 7th 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your little elves for an exclusive Alison Bernier photo session complete with an adorable photo backdrop + props. Plus, children are invited to meet Santa himself while families enjoy live music performed by the Jazz Baker Band. Sunday, December 8th 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Snap some festive photos with a holiday-themed photo booth provided by Fotovibe. Guests...

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Holidays by Design at SOCO + The OC Mix

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Calling all of Santa’s little helpers! With the holiday season upon us, SOCO + The OC Mix invites children and families to celebrate with the center’s annual Holidays by Design event series. Beginning Saturday, November 30 and taking place every Saturday through December 21, families are invited to enjoy a variety of festive activities and shopping that will be offered throughout the center, including Holiday Storytime with Mrs. Claus, a complimentary, winter wonderland-themed photo booth for children and families, live holiday music from local performers, and more! PHOTO BOOTH A pop-up photo booth will be located inside the OC Mix where guests can take beautiful holiday photos in front of a seasonal backdrop (complete with props that are perfect for this jolly time of year). The photo booth will open at 11:00 a.m. each Saturday and close at 2:00...

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Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019 in Christmas, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 2 comments

Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland. Guests Artists Include: Tara Ghassemieh Luiz, Festival Ballet Theatre Vitor Luiz, Former San Francisco Ballet Saturday, December 7 at 7pm Sunday, December 8 at 1pm Beckanne Sisk, Ballet West Chase O’Connell, Ballet West Friday, December 13 at 7pm Saturday, December 14 at 2pm & 7pm Sunday, December 15 at 1pm & 6pm Maria Kochetkova, Former San...

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DelFrescoPure: Fueling Healthy Families

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Earlier this month, I had the honor of attending the PMA (Produce Marking Association) 2019 Fresh Summit International Convention & Expo. Fueling kids with healthy food is one of my passions, and getting to see so many companies that share the same passion together in one venue was like a dream come true. While at the Fresh Summit Expo, I spent most of my time learning more about DelFrescoPure and its unique hydroponic growing system, The Living Cube. At their booth, they had set-up a living cube so that attendees had an opportunity to see how the microgreens and living lettuce is grown without ever being touched by human hands. The Living Cube growing systems aligns with DelFrescoPure vision of leaving a smaller physical footprint, using no pesticides, constant year-round output, reduced freshwater consumption, and system flexibility. DelFrescoPure...

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Join Domino’s in Helping Kids at St. Jude

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in Dining, Giving Back | 0 comments

In partnership with Domino’s and St. Jude St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understand, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Did you know? Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything, because all they should worry about is helping their child live. By sharing discoveries freely, St. Jude is inspiring more collaboration and possibilities worldwide and saving more children everywhere. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. And they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. It will cost approximately $1 billion to operate St. Jude this year and the majority of that must come from generous donors. Domino’s has participated in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign...

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The Call of the Wild Trailer

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

20th Century Fox has released the debut trailer, first look and poster for THE CALL OF THE WILD. Based on the legendary adventure, witness the cinematic experience of a lifetime. THE CALL OF THE WILD releases in U.S. theaters on February 21, 2020. The film stars Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford and Colin Woodell. About The Call of the Wild Adapted from the beloved literary classic, 20th Century Fox’s THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck...

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Gingerbread House Workshop at Davio’s Irvine

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

This holiday season, Davio’s Irvine is throwing a house party, a gingerbread house party, that is! On Sunday, December 15th, from 12:00PM to 2:00PM, children of all ages are invited to participate in one-of-a-kind, hands on workshop! Join Pastry Chef Lena Huynh as she leads a demonstration and workshop, teaching guests how to build personalized gingerbread houses fit for the North Pole! The event is $55 per child (excluding tax & gratuity), and adult admission is free. Each participating child will receive one gingerbread house to decorate (with delectable decorations included) as well as a delicious lunch prepared by the Davio’s culinary team! In the generous spirit of the holidays, we ask that each family help in one small way: arrive at the workshop with one unwrapped toy and help the Illumination Foundation spread the seasonal joy! The Illumination Foundation (IF) is a non-profit,...

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10th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 25 comments

Bring the whole family for our 10th annual Christmas with the Critters event to celebrate the holidays! Your ticket includes lunch catered by 24 Carrots Catering and Events, live music, a visit with Santa, bounce house and everyones favorite part is watching our animals open their presents. Join us for some holiday shopping, crafts, keeper talks and much more. Discounted pre-sale tickets are now available, purchase them before they sell out! Date and Time Sunday December 8th 11am – 3pm Tickets Tickets will be available at the door for additional $5 $8 valet parking All proceeds benefit Rancho Wildlife Location Rancho Las Lomas, Inc. 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 Giveaway Enter to win 4 tickets to Christmas with the Critters by leaving a comment below, on our Facebook post, sharing our Facebook post or by tagging your friends...

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Little Onion Mexican Restaurant Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Following in the footsteps of its 1963 namesake, Little Onion Mexican Restaurant’s much anticipated second location opens today at Irvine’s Walnut Village Center. Featuring warm Spanish Hacienda style interiors and a lively outdoor patio, the new casual Mexican eatery is owned by Lori Reich Rowe, whose father Lorin Reich founded the original Little Onion Mexican Restaurant 56 years ago. The Little Onion brand has enduring Southern California roots. After years of restaurant work, founder Lorin Reich acquired a Red Onion location in Hawthorne – renaming and transforming it into the hugely popular “Little Onion” brand. The Hawthorne location closed in the mid-1970s, and his daughter Lori bought the Santa Ana eatery from her father in 2010, which still operates today. The newest Little Onion Mexican Restaurant encompasses 4,240-square-foot and is located at 14429 Culver Dr. in the former Bank...

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OC Rescue Mission Turkey Trot

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Events, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

Need a fun way to work up an appetite before this year’s Thanksgiving meal? Join hundreds of fellow walkers and runners for Orange County Rescue Mission’s 6th Annual Turkey Trot OC 5K walk/run on Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 a.m.! Kicking off at Village of Hope, this 5K run/walk is a great way to spend time outdoors while helping families in need. All registration fees help to provide hot meals to homeless families. This year’s goal is to raise $44,000 to provide 30,000 meals. After completing the flat and fast USA Track & Field Certified 5K that starts and ends at Village of Hope, participants will enjoy post-event awards, prizes and treats! Dogs on leashes are allowed, strollers are welcome, and costumes are encouraged! To register online, visit my.rescuemission.org/turkey-trot-oc/ DATE/TIME Thursday, November 28 Registration opens: 6:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk starts:...

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Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 25 comments

The jewel of California’s missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano will kick off its 30 day Capistrano Lights nightly Christmas tree lighting programming with a special Opening Night event on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Opening Night requires a special ticket to attend. During opening night, guests can enjoy the beautifully decorated historic grounds which also includes 10 community Christmas trees decorated by local community groups such as the Inn at the Mission, Mission Hospital and SEAS Productions. As Mission San Juan Capistrano guests enter the grounds, they will receive a special candle to place within the Ruins of the Great Stone Church to make a personal prayer or wish for the coming year. Guests attending Opening Night can visit and take “selfies with Santa” in the Mission’s 18th century historic Sala building, meet Mrs. Claus, view the Mission’s beautiful 10’...

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Getting Fit at Yoga Six

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Events, Fitness | 0 comments

We visited as a guest What a fantastic experience I had at Yoga Six! The ambiance of Yoga Six is incredible. It has a spa-like and feels like a mini-retreat for the mind and body, especially for a stay at home mom. As soon as you walk through the shoe free studio, soft music greets you along with the friendly instructors. The natural flooring grounds your body as you proceed to the proper studio. Yoga Six has created an inviting space to enhance and deepen one’s practice. For instance, Y6 Hot, the room temperature was set to 96 ° F to encourage the flow of sweat and warm the entire body. Throughout the 60 minutes instructed class, the combination of poses and flow was so elegantly arranged to be both challenging and encouraging. The instructor was warm-toned and offered...

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2019 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

From the heart of Orange County to the easy breezy coast, Orange County has some of the most delicious Thanksgiving offerings available in Southern California. Montage Laguna Beach Resort brings four times the fun with a four-course tasting menu in The Loft, brunch and dinner at Studio and its annual Masterpiece Celebration in the Grand Ballroom. Just a little north in Laguna Beach, Selanne Steak Tavern’s patrons will savor a three-course spread. At Hotel Irvine, diners can select indoor Thanksgiving dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar or outdoor family fun and dining in The Backyard. And to round out the festivities, Fashion Island Hotel’s Oak Grill will serve a holiday buffet for the entire family. Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420 Thanksgiving Day at The Loft Thursday, November 28, from 12 to 9...

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The Newly Reimagined Boys & Girls Club of Irvine

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 in Education, Family | 0 comments

I am an official ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast For many of us who grew up in the ’80s/’90’s, our memory of the Boys & Girls Club was dirty carpets, torn couches, and pool tables. Well, those days are gone, and the Boys & Girls Club has transformed into one of the best places for children to learn and grow after school. The Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast (Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, and Santa Ana) have recently undergone a $2 million transformation. I took my son last week to the all-new Irvine location to get an inside look at their high-tech teen room. The Irvine Club is equipped to educate youth for the careers of the 21st century while continuing to advance the IMPACT Model that motivates members to...

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Miracles for Kids Raised a Record-Breaking $1.8 million

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, nonprofit organization Miracles for Kids raised a record-breaking $1.8 million at its signature Annual Night of Miracles Gala. 100% of the funds raised during the evening will go toward their mission to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families in need. Themed this year “Rock the Miracle,” the 2019 Night of Miracles Gala was presented by Xponential Fitness and welcomed over 500 of Southern California’s most influential business leaders and philanthropists at the picturesque Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. This year’s gala stage welcomed Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress, Michelle Williams. Known worldwide as an active philanthropist and supporter of children’s causes, she took the “Rock the Miracle” theme to heart by inspiring guests with a powerful musical performance directed by Adam Blackstone and Omar Ewdards, whose credits include composing and...

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Luigi’s Mansion 3

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Tech, Toys | 1 comment

Sponsored Get ready to embark on an epic adventure with Luigi in the all-new game, Luigi’s Mansion 3! The interactive family-friendly game is exclusive to Nintendo Switch and makes for a perfect holiday gift. About Luigi’s Mansion 3 In the game, Luigi is invited to the towering Last Resort hotel, but when Mario and friends go missing, our green-clad hero will have to conquer his fears to save them. Players slam, blow away, and vaccuum up ghosts with the all-new Poltergust G-00, and join forces with Gooigi to overcome the puzzling contraptions and mischievous boss on each themed floor. And that’s just the Last Resort: the “ScareScraper” features 8-player local wireless or online co-op gameplay! Features Wield the upgraded Poltergust G-00 to slam and blow away the ghosts’ defenses. Master Luigi’s new powerful moves, like Slam, Suction Shot and...

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2019 Chinese Lantern Festival

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

This November, the Chinese Lantern Festival returns for the holiday season to the Pomona Fairplex with its brand-new illuminated production themed “Blooming Seasons”. Bigger and brighter stunning lanterns, up to 30 feet high, include an 85-foot-wide lantern arch, 100-yard-long breathtaking Ceramic Chinese Dragon, along with ridable “mythical creatures” children’s rides — all on display from the Glade to Lagoon at Fairplex Pomona (1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768) from Thursday, November 21 – Sunday, January 5, 2020. Inspired by the art of Chinese lantern making, dating back 2,000 years ago, guests will experience a vibrant light show with mixed-media lanterns. Throughout the hillside, brilliant lanterns depicting the Amazon Jungle, fruit tree groves, peach blossoms, maple leaves, poppies, cactuses, squirrels, foxes, and more. Each lantern is made of modern materials and eco-friendly technology with brilliantly-lit colored LED lightbulbs, musical...

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6th Annual Festival of Trees

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored Celebrate the holidays this year by starting a tradition of hope and giving with South County Outreach. This year, families are invited to participate in an extraordinary event called the Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees is to help raise awareness and funds for the housing programs at South County Outreach. At South County Outreach, they have provided over 10,493 nights of shelter to working poor and homeless families in 2018. During the event, beautifully decorated trees will be displayed at Park Place Irvine from November 16th through December 6th. Guests are invited to come and admire the beautiful trees and bid on their favorite tree to bring home and enjoy during the holiday season. We are encouraging families to bring their children to admire the beautiful trees and help raise awareness of the work that South...

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Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Create unforgettable memories and become part of the story when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party comes to Southern California this holiday season! This brand-new immersive ice skating experience brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through engaging elements that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats, as performer athleticism mixes with acrobatic and aerial stunts to bring skating skills to new heights. An exciting participatory adventure told through multi-leveled performances that immerse fans into the fantastic worlds of Disney-Pixar’s Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, this all-new show will be skating into the Southland playing L.A, Anaheim, Long Beach and Ontario from December 12th – January 5th! Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Thanksgiving Dinner Donations

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission is calling on the local community’s help for critical food donations ahead of its 54th annual Thanksgiving dinner for more than 570 homeless men, women and children. The food donations will also provide food boxes for families in need throughout Orange County. Donations Needed Stuffing cubes Canned cranberries Frozen mixed vegetables Frozen green beans White granulated sugar Flour Chicken stock Cream of Chicken soup Cream of Mushroom soup Canned vegetables Canned fruit Cereal Rice Pasta Canned beans Canned tuna Peanut butter Dry beans Snack bars Instant noodle soup $25 grocery store gift cards OC Rescue Mission Location Donations can be dropped off at Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California. Donations can also be ordered online and delivered directly to Village of Hope. The donation warehouse is open between 8:00 a.m....

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Take a Selfie with SCOOB!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored Scooby-Dooby-Doo! Scooby and the gang are coming back to the big screen next year in an all-new film SCOOB! We were so excited to get a first look at the trailer that was just released, and celebrated with my kids by having our own special Scooby Snacks after lunch. Along with the trailer release, we learned about the fun Scoob Selfie! Scoob Selfie Warner Bros. has launched a puppy SCOOB augmented camera activation via the scoobselfie.com site. This will allow fans to play with SCOOB on a custom IG, FB, Snap interactive lens. With the lens, you can take a selfie with SCOOB licking your face or on your shoulder, while the frontward facing lens will allow you to play fetch with him. Visit scoobselfie.com now to take a selfie with Scoob. About SCOOB! The first full-length animated...

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You’re Invited: Duck the Halls Tree Lighting 2019

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored Your family is invited to The Market Place in Irvine for the “Duck the Halls” Tree Lighting event. The family-friendly event is the perfect way to start the holiday season, Anaheim Ducks style! During the event there will be fun games, activities, entertainment, and more. Including: Visits with Wild Wing and Power Players Anaheim Ducks Photo Booth Giveaways Anaheim Ducks interactive hockey rink & games Christmas Tree ornament craft area Christmas Tree Cookies, Hot Cocoa, and Christmas Lollipops Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, and Stilt Walkers will also be in attendance! After attending the tree lighting, The Market Place has a fantastic variety of dining options. If your family is looking for something quick and easy there is In-n-Out. Or for those wanting to dine-in, there is Lazy Dog, TAPS, Islands and more. When Sunday, November 17th 4pm –...

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Disney twenty-three Frozen 2 Exclusive

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

After the phenomenal success of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen in 2013, the filmmakers knew they had more stories to tell. Why does Elsa have powers? And why doesn’t Anna? These questions—and many more—will be answered when Frozen 2 opens on November 22. In the new issue of Disney twenty-three, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, writer/director Jennifer Lee and stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) share a peek at the incredible journey all of the characters must take to save the kingdom of Arendelle in the new movie. The issue also features a gorgeous wrap-around cover created exclusively for D23. Also coming to theaters soon is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the 42-years-in-the-making thrilling climax to the Skywalker saga. Star John Boyega and director J.J....

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Top Holiday Drone: DJI Global Mavic Mini

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Christmas, Holiday, Tech, Toys | 0 comments

Sponsored Do you have someone in your life that loves photography and adventure? Then the DJI Global Mavic Mini from Best Buy makes for the perfect holiday gift. This drone has everything you could ever want out of a drone and more. It’s not too early to start finding the ideal tech holiday gifts, and this is guaranteed to be at the top of your loved one’s list. Create Smooth, Vivid Shots Stabilized Gimbal Camera Transform any moment into a work of art.Mavic Mini supports 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K Quad HD videos. A 3-axis motorized gimbal provides superior camera stability and ensures clear, ultra-smooth footage. Remote Controller See what your Mavic Mini sees.A dedicated remote controller maintains an HD, low-latency video feed at a distance of up to 4 km. [3] Detachable control sticks can be easily stored...

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You’re Invited: Oak Walk Model Home Grand Opening Event

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Is your family looking for the perfect forever home? If so, you’re not going to want to miss the grand opening celebration of Oak Walk in Los Alamitos on Saturday, November 9th. The all-new home community features 50 new contemporary townhomes in a family-centric neighborhood. Los Alamitos is a hidden gem with an award-winning school district. Plus, the community is close for those parents who commute to Los Angeles, Long Beach, or Orange County. The homes feature up to 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2-car garages, and are up to 2,188 square feet. The floorplans offer plenty of space for growing families. Also, the homes are affordable, being priced in the high $600,000’s. Bring your family to Oak Walk in Los Alamitos on Saturday, November 9th, from 11 am to 2 pm to get an inside look at the...

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Counting Down the Days Until OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Family, Giving Back, Holiday | 0 comments

This is the third in a series of posts following the path of two young entrepreneurs, 7-year-old Johnny and his 11-year-old sister, Cali, as they prepare to produce, market and sell jalapeno poppers at the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair, which will be held at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope on Saturday, November 2, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Fair will feature unique booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. Johnny and Cali decided to sell jalapeno poppers, along with a jalapeno popper combo with a soda, because they love to eat them at family gatherings and want to share the delicious treats with everyone else. With the Fair date rapidly approaching, the...

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Spooky Duck Donuts

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Dining, Halloween, Holiday | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue It’s Halloween, and the perfect time to surprise your kids with a delightful treat. The Spooky Donuts box at Duck Donuts is a wonderful treat to get anyone in the Halloween spirit, from watching the production line to devouring the scrumptious creations. The kids loved the doughnut-making process to watching each doughnut being hand-dipped in a specific icing flavor and finished off with unique toppings. The donuts were the perfect temperature of warm, which kept the icing the perfect blend gooey and messy. The combination that Duck Donuts created were delicious, from the ooey Brain Bits to the Dirt ‘N Worm themes. The Spooky Halloween doughnut box was a great way to taste all the creative combinations all at once. Duck Donuts are a fantastic treat for any occasion. There are...

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Wireless Earbuds that Deliver on Sound, Quality and Comfort

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Are you a music or sports lover that plays or watches events once a week and LOVES an awesome sound experience? Are you a traveler that needs to have a high-quality sound experience for your tech? The JLab #1 True Wireless Air Family features three new models to give you true wireless earbuds that deliver on sound, quality and comfort. Meet the new squad, perfect fit for any lifestyle. The wireless earbuds are priced to fit most budgets at under $100. They deliver quality sound and comfort for when you’re on the go. There’s the new sport-inspired JBuds Air Sport, business-inspired JBuds Air Executive, and the JBuds Air Icon, an upgraded everyday option. There’s something for everyone to #FINDYOURGO available at Best Buy. Product Specs Truly-wireless headphones Let you listen to your favorite tracks, so you won’t be...

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Davio’s Wine Dinner with Peter Michael Winery

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Irvine | 0 comments

Join Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine for a culinary wine tour of Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma. Taste along with guest host Jeff Ehrlich from one the most respected vineyards in the country. Designed for oenophiles of all levels, the five course dinner with wine pairings will feature regionally inspired foods prepared by Executive Chef Istvan Toth such as Butter Poached Lobster Tails, Confit Leeks, Caviar Mousse and Brandt Beef Eye of Ribeye, Petite Potato Fondant, Charred Caulilini, Truffle Au Jus. Sir Peter started Peter Michael Winery in 1983 with a singular vision: to make wine in the terroir-driven tradition of Burgundy and Bordeaux, under the California sun and in California soil. Today, they make fifteen wines in four varietal categories. All but one are estate-grown in their mountainside vineyards, and all are crafted by hand and in...

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Fresh by Design: It’s Refrigeration, Reinvented

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Appliances, Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Are you looking to remodel your home kitchen? If this is true, the new All-New Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerators Campaign at Best Buy may be right for you. The revolutionary FarmFresh System™ combines four innovative technologies to keep your food fresh up to 3x longer, for less food wasted. With the refrigerator, you can organize your fridge in new ways. FlexBar™ creates extra space in your refrigerator – it’s the perfect home for wine bottles, condiment jars, eggs, and more. Water filtration is important for families with young children. The Bosch UltraClarityPro™ water filter reduces >99.9% of sediments that may be found in your water, including harsh elements like chlorine and chloramine. One of my favorite features is the true counter-depth refrigeration. This freestanding refrigerator sits flush with the countertop, features hidden hinges, and discreet tucked away feet, all...

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Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored A working microwave is essential for families. We use our microwave for everything from warming water for tea to making popcorn to enjoy while watching a movie together as a family. Over the years, our microwave has been put to the test, and slowly, it has started to break. I have been in the market for a new microwave, and the Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave is one that has been standing out from the rest. What stood out to be about the Breville Combi microwave is that it can air fry and is a convection oven. It is so much more than just a microwave. With this microwave, you can air fry (crunchy fries, brussel sprouts, chicken wings), bake, or roast (whole chickens, lasagna, chocolate brownies) or simply microwave with even heat distribution. Plus, it is 80%...

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Fogo de Chão at Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Dining, Family, Irvine | 0 comments

We dined as a guest It should be a known fact that the Irvine Company has this fantastic ability to finding the perfect additions to their restaurant family. I do not know how they do it, but they once again hit gold by bringing Fogo de Chão to the Irvine Spectrum. It is huge for Orange County. For those who are not familiar with Fogo, de Chão, let me give you a little history. Internationally renowned Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique. It all started in 1979 on the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul, in Southern Brazilian, on a farm, in the Serra Gaucha, that the founding brothers decided to share their culinary treasure with the world. Tradition, family, and love of churrasco (grilling meat)...

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Day out with Thomas: The Steam Tour 2019 + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him and his best friend Percy for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine and Percy pulls into Southern California Railway Museum on November 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th and 11th. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, and pose for photos on-site with his best friend Percy, stars of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play,...

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Don’t Miss Goosebumps: The Musical

Posted by on Oct 18, 2019 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

There are only a few days left for your family to enjoy of the best theater productions at the Chance Theater in Anaheim. Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium brings the classic book series to life on the stage during a family-friendly production. About Goosebumps: The Musical Brooke and Zeke are thrilled to learn that they’ve won the starring roles in the new school musical — a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the show they’re acting in might be cursed. In the slightly spooky, family-friendly world of Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, Brooke and Zeke must race to find out whether they’re being haunted by ghosts or hoodwinked by pranksters. Dates Performances until October 27th Fridays at 7pm Saturdays at 11am,...

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The Hot Wheels Legends Tour

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is back, bigger than ever, and pulling into the parking lot of the Santa Clarita Walmart at 26471 Carl Boyer Dr. on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the last stop on its international tour before the finals in Las Vegas at SEMA next month. After hosting tens of thousands of fans last year, the ultimate traveling car show is in search of a custom car worthy of being made into an iconic Hot Wheels die-cast vehicle. In true challenger spirit, the second annual Hot Wheels Legends Tour expands with additional and new stops across North American and Europe to give more fans a shot at seeing their custom creation become an iconic 1:64 die-cast toy car. The winning vehicle will again be inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends, a collection of one-of-a-kind cars...

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5th Annual Tustin Food and Wine Festival at the Historic Tustin Hangar

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

With over 90 Varietals of Beer, Wine & Spirits to taste and more than 60 of Orange County’s Top Restaurants; the Tustin Food and Wine Festival is an evening you will not want to miss. Plus, guests get a rare glimpse inside of the historic Tustin Hangar! Bring yourself, your spouse, or your friend to an evening of food, fun and drinks that you will keep you coming back year after year. VIP Tickets $100 (5pm-9pm) includes 1 hour Early Entry, Premium Champagne & added special drink selection from 5-6pm, Reserved Seating & Special Raffle Drawings valued over $150 each. General Admission Tickets $60 (6pm-9pm) Restaurants & Drinks available 17th Street Grill American Grub Swinging Door Anders Catering Apola Gyro Grill Auld Dubliner Belacan Grill Black Angus Steakhouse Bonefish Grill Bronx Sandwich Burger Boss Chaak Centro Coco’s Bakery &...

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Life Imitates Art as Jolie’s Maleficent Learns to Let Go

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a press junket as a guest of Disney After seeing the upcoming live-action film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, I had the honor of attending an event the following day. At the event, the cast came to talk with a group of us about bringing the film to life. The cast was welcomed into the room by the moderator, and everyone in the audience clapped upon their arrival. It was a moment that I’ll never forget getting to be present in the room with some of the most talented actors in the industry. Reprising her role as Maleficent in Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was not as difficult as Angelina Jolie imagined it would be. Jolie spoke about her role at a press conference supporting the film in theaters on October 18th. Although four years have passed since...

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OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 5 comments

Sponsored The Lewis Family Playhouse has a wonderful line-up of family theater productions with OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist being one of the most highly-anticipated. The production is perfect for children over the age of six. About OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist In this joyful retelling of Oliver Twist set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, everyone has to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right. This colorful musical tackles issues of poverty, inequity, greed, and betrayal in a way that’s easy for young people to understand – set to a samba beat and ending with a note of hope. Dates Sat, Oct 19 at 1pm Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 4pm Sun, Oct 20th at 1pm Sat, Oct 26th at 1pm Sat, Oct 26th at 4pm Sun, Oct 27th at 1pm Location Lewis Family Playhouse...

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Tommy Bahama Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

Liven up your holiday celebration with fun and festive cocktails from Tommy Bahama. The Coconut Eggnog Martini and Happy Huladays Cocktail are a great way to celebrate the season. Simply follow the recipe here or stop by any Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store or Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar and enjoy! The Coconut Eggnog Martini is a rich creamy cocktail that packs a nice kick with equal parts Jim Beam® and Cruzan® Coconut rum. For added flavor, coconut milk is combined with heavy cream, vanilla and nutmeg for an out-of-this-world eggnog full of flavor. Coconut Eggnog Martini Recipe 1 part Jim Beam®, 1 part Cruzan® Coconut Rum, 2 ½ parts coconut eggnog (recipe below). Shake all ingredients well with ice, strain into a martini glass and sprinkle with nutmeg. Coconut eggnog: 5 egg yolks, ¾ cup sugar, 1 cup...

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DIY Captain Underpants Pumpkin

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Kit provided from DreamWorks Animation Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This year, I enjoyed watching DreamWorks Animation Halloween special, “The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants: Hack-A-Week,” with my kids on Netflix. After watching the hilarious episode, we were inspired to decorate our pumpkin this year in honor of Captain Underpants. The book series was one of my kid’s favorites growing up. Plus, the all-new animated series on Netflix expands on all the adventures my kids experienced while reading the books. Decorating the pumpkin was super simple and fun to do. You only need a couple of items to create a Captain Underpants pumpkin, and it is so easy that even the youngest of children can participate. About the Special Welcome to Hack-A-Ween Oreeuntashun! This is your ultimate guide to disguises, Sneak-Or-Snacking, and plenty of...

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is Beyond a Sequel

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening as a guest of Disney It’s so rare to find a movie not only appropriate for all ages but genuinely entertaining for everyone. It’s also rare that a sequel lives up to the entertainment satisfaction of the original. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil succeeds on both counts. The always intriguing Angelina Jolie returns as Maleficent, who at the end of the original found redemption and love with her new “daughter” Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning, back as well). But all is not harmonious five years later as the fairy folk of the Moors, and the humans exist in a tenuous state fueled by rumor and speculation. Is Maleficent simply misunderstood, or is she truly evil? That question is put to the test when Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson) proposes to Princess Aurora, and a “meet the parents” dinner...

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Rancho Wildlife Boo at the Zoo + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 13 comments

Looking for something fun to do with your children on Halloween? Have kids who love animals? Then Boo at the Zoo is the perfect place to bring your children. Families are invited to Rancho Wildlife on October 31st at 10am, 11am and 12pm. There will be candy treat stations located throughout the venue. Along with trick-or-treat stations, there will be craft tables, vendor shopping and endless animal fun. Children are encouraged to come in costume, and RSVP is required. Families can RSVP by calling 949-589-7900. Where Rancho Wildlife Foundation 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 When Thursday October 31st 2019 10am, 11am, 12pm Price Tickets are $6 per person, and valet parking is $8. Reservations are required. Giveaway Enter to win 4 tickets to Boo at the Zoo by leaving a comment below. Earn an extra entry by leaving...

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Portola Coffee Roasters New Seasonal Theorem Menu

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Portola Coffee Roasters’ new Theorem menu offers a multi-sensory craft coffee experience that allows guests to attempt to taste colors. As all Theorem menus, this one features barista-driven coffee creations that focus on sustainable and seasonal ingredients, complex textures, and global flavors. SYNESTHESIA MENU RED Flat Brown – espresso, red velvet ganache, beetroot powder, milk (served hot or cold) PURPLE Iced Latte – espresso, grape juice, lavender, milk (served cold) GOLD Gaspar – espresso, honey, turmeric, milk (served warm) PINK Cold Brew – beetroot powder, strawberry syrup, rose syrup, heavy cream, maldon sea salt (served cold) GREEN Matcha – fresh mint, milk (served warm) The Synesthesia Theorem Menu is available now through Black Friday, November 29. For more information on Portola Coffee Roasters, locations and hours, please visit https://www.portolacoffee.com. Locations – The OC Mix, SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa...

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Scientific Fun

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We have a partnership with Sony The time is here! Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie was an instant hit with my kids, and they were thrilled to learn that they can now have the film as part of our home movie collection to enjoy for years to come. The movie features the beloved Tom Holland as Spider-Man. In this chapter of the story, our friendly neighborhood, wall-crawler, decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plans to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks! In celebration of the release of the film, my son and his friends did some...

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Sneak Peek of Disney+ Lady and the Tramp

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Were you watching ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” last night? If not, we are thrilled to share a glimpse of the all-new, live-action “Lady and the Tramp,” that aired last night. The live-action “Lady and the Tramp” will debut on Disney+ when the streaming service launches on November 12th! About Lady and the Tramp In Disney+’s “Lady and the Tramp,” a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home. Life is good for Lady, an overachieving American Cocker Spaniel who resides in an upscale suburban neighborhood. Her owners, Jim Dear and Darling, spoil her daily and her neighbors, Jock, an outspoken Scottish Terrier and Trusty, a world-weary Bloodhound, are always within...

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