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Celebrate Hatch Chile Season at Smart & Final

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Events, Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored by Smart & Final It is the most delicious time of the year – hatch chile season. Guess what? Your family is invited to a special family event at Smart & Final in Orange. Come celebrate Hatch Pepper season with Smart & Final for a Hatch Chile Roasting Festival! Plus, there will be live roasting at the Orange location. Come and learn the secrets to a perfectly roasted Hatch Pepper, ideal for salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. Get the chile’s while they’re hot-they’re only in season from August to September! Hatch Chile Celebration Date Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 p.m. Location Smart & Final 1401 E Katella Ave. Orange, CA 92867 Smart & Final was so generous to share this tasty recipe to make for your family after getting hatch chiles from the event....

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Hatch Chile Polenta Chips Recipe

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What is my favorite season? Hatch Chile season!! While I grow a lot of my produce in our small backyard farm, there are some rare fruits and vegetables I can’t grow like hatch chiles. There is only one place I go for produce outside of our backyard, and that is Melissa’s Produce. Hatch Chile Roastings Roasting chiles is a process. Melissa’s Produce takes the guesswork out of the process by hosting roastings at multiple locations throughout Southern California during the season. They make it so convenient by allowing families to attend a roasting, and bring home the chiles ready to eat. Hatch Chile Recipes There are so many options when it comes to cooking hatch chiles. Melissa’s Produce recently introduced a new item that I couldn’t wait to experiment within the kitchen. It is a Hatch chile polenta, which...

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Spicy Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided My favorite veggie season of the year is hatch chile season. This year, I have been cooking up a storm in my kitchen with fresh hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce, and over the weekend, I made a tasty breakfast casserole using hatch chiles ~ that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you! The breakfast casserole is ideal to make over the weekend so that your kids can re-heat it throughout the week before going off to school. It is packed with nutrition, and a little bit of heat to help wake them up on those early mornings before heading off to school. It’s simple and delicious ~ Enjoy! PS. If you have kids who don’t like spice. Melissa’s Produce does offer mild peppers so they can still enjoy the authentic flavors. Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole...

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Hatch Chile Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples received Hatch Chile’s are one of my favorite vegetables and are only available for a short time every year. During Hatch Chile season, I always get the freshest hatch chiles available from Melissa’s Produce. Last week, I enjoyed cooking my family some tasty stuffed hatch chiles that I paired with a freshly made hatch chile salsa. Making homemade salsa is one of the easiest things to prepare for your family. You can quickly make a large serving, and your children can enjoy it throughout the week, or you can use it to make many other recipes. You can purchase Hatch Chiles with different heat intensities (mild, medium or hot). I made it with mild chiles and then added some jalapeno to half of it for my older son who loves spicy foods and me. Enjoy making this Hatch...

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Stuffed Hatch Chile Recipe

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 2 comments

Samples provided It’s the most delicious time of the year – Hatch Chile Season! I love chiles, and hatch chiles are my ultimate favorite. Earlier this week, I went to Melissa’s Produce to learn about the new cookbook, “The Camp & Cabin Cookbook,” and to enjoy some tasty dishes made with hatch chiles. After tasting some of the recipes from Laura Bashar’s new cookbook and getting inspired to get the family back into the kitchen, I brought some fresh hatch chiles home and got the family together for a fun night of cooking in the kitchen. Stuffed peppers/chiles are one of the easiest ways that I have found to get my kids to eat peppers or chiles, so I decided to make stuffed hatch chiles paired with some grilled carne asada and freshly made hatch chile salsa. The result...

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The Habit Burger Hatch Chile Menu Items

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue I love spicy food, and when I learned that The Habit Burger was introduced a limited-time menu featuring hatch chiles, I couldn’t wait to come into the restaurant for a taste. The Habit Burger is a popular dining spot for locals in our area, and there is always a line that goes out the door (because it is that good). Yesterday, I went early to avoid the lunch crowd and had a hard time deciding which menu item I was going to try. The menu features a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Charburger, a Grilled Hatch and Golden Chicken Salad, and a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Chicken Sandwich. The employee at the counter helped me to make my decision and order the grilled hatch and golden chicken salad. I took...

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Moms, Aunties, Sisters, Glam-mas…look no further, Hatched Baby has arrived!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

As an auntie and big cousin to my family and friends kiddies, I’m always on the hunt for fashionable threads. Being in the fashion industry, the bar with my gift buying has been set high! I’ve noticed many selections for infant and toddler girls wear, but there’s been a lack of great boys wear. The demand is high and it’s nice to find a great source in our own backyard. When I discovered Hatched Baby, I was amazed by the multitude of cute looks, hip blogs and the overall conception of this unique brand. One Saturday morning at “The Land of Nod”, a South Coast Plaza boutique, I stepped into a pop up shop of magical teepees, soft fabrics with kitschy designs and to the bubbly and very pregnant Jen Turner, owner and founder of Hatched Baby. Jen was...

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New Penguins Hatched at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The Aquarium of the Pacific just announced the birth of two Magellanic penguin chicks. One of the chicks is just a week old and was born to Patsy and Noodles. The other chick is about two and a half weeks old and was born to parents Kate and Avery. The new baby chicks are currently cuddling with their parents in their nest inside of the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, and will be viewable by the public once they leave their nests later this summer. We are thrilled to share with all of you the first pictures of these adorable new penguins! Information about the penguins provided by the Aquarium of the Pacific Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before...

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Z’Tejas Chile Fest 2013

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Dining, Featured | 0 comments

It is that time of the year again, when your family is invited to dine at Z’Tejas Chile Fest 2013, and support the Blind Children’s Learning Center. For every dish sold off the Chile Fest Menu, $1 will go towards benefiting the Blind Children’s Learning Center. This past week, my husband and I went to Z’Tejas to sample the limited-time dishes at Z’Tejas at South Coast Plaza. The hatch chile recipes made for a memorable epicurean dining experience that we will never forget. We started off the evening sipping on the two Chile Fest cocktails. The Skinny Smokin’ Margarita is only 233 calories, but packed enough heat to make it one of the “hottest” drinks in Orange County. It is made with Herradura Anejo, DeKuyper Peach, Grand Marnier, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, and a secret ingredient that we...

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Raising a Disney Family with Teri Hatcher

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended a press event as a guest of Disney. “We’ve been a Disney family forever,” said Teri Hatcher Now, Teri Hatcher, is playing a role in her first Disney film, Disney Planes. Hatcher plays Dottie, a female mechanic who keeps her high-flying friends in the air with her service station, “Dottie’s Fill ‘n Fly.” With her family a fan of the film, “CARS,” Hatcher still remembers when the film was first released. When talking to Hatcher about her role in the film, “Planes,” she talked about how Disney animation has played a role in her family life. She talked with us about how her family would go camping every year, and bring along an old-fashioned DVD player to watch Aristocats. “We would watch Aristocats at night with our S’mores,” said Hatcher. “Like all great Disney movies, they took...

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Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided Summer might be coming to an end, but the produce is fresher than ever. I had been traveling all week, and the first thing my kids asked me when I got home was, “What’s for dinner?” I knew that I had two hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce still in the refrigerator and a couple of ears of corn that I had planned on making elote with before my trip, so I put everything I had in my garden and refrigerator together to make this refreshing summer corn salad – and it was delicious! The best thing about this recipe is that you can add the hatch chiles into a portion of the dish, leaving a “bland” salad for your picky eaters. After mixing all the ingredients, I put a small amount aside for my picky eater and...

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Mexican Avocado Toast Recipe

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Samples Received One of my favorite things to make the kids for breakfast is avocado toast. The breakfast dish is packed full of nutrition and helps the kids get a healthy start to their day. The only downside is that avocado toast can get a little boring when eating it multiple times a week, so I decided to put a new Mexican inspired twist on my avocado toast recipe. The fresh hatch chiles in my refrigerator from Melissa’s Produce and bread from La Brea Bakery helped to inspire me to make this recipe. The toast has a nice kick to it, and not too spicy for my picky eater. The minute that the kid’s tastebuds sunk into my Mexican avocado toast, they were in heaven…and asking me for more. If you like avocado toast, you’re going to ‘love’ this...

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How to Keep Your Furniture Safe from the Kids (and Vice-Versa)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in Parenting | 0 comments

Children are a joy and lots of fun, there energy and exuberance contagious. Children are also generally rambunctious and really bad at not breaking things, and it’s not always there fault. Youth means less developed motor functions, and that means clumsiness. This tends to become apparent in the teen years when puberty starts causing kids to drop stuff randomly. It can also mean a hard time keeping the furniture in good shape. This question probably brings to mind grandma’s squeaky sofa covered in a plastic force field. While effective for the prevention of stains, it’s not very comfortable. This solution’s other major drawback is it doesn’t work for wood furniture. Wooden furniture requires special care to avoid stains, dents, and scratches, and making sure it’s safe from the kids is only one concern. Wood can be heavy after all,...

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TCL Presents Golf4Hope

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and TCL is challenging ourselves and our friends to make a difference in the lives of those affected. TCL is sponsoring Golf4Hope, charity golf tournament, to raise money and awareness for a group of families that really needs assistance through the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), an organization with a simple mission to help underprivileged children and their families manage the journey of care that comes with a diagnosis of Cancer. As a longtime supporter of ENF, TCL is pleased to announce our 1st annual Golf4Hope Tournament on October 23, 2020 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, CA. The Tiki/Hawaiian theme event will include golf, lunch, raffle prizes, a silent auction and banquet with proceeds supporting the foundation’s flagship program “Ride With Emilio” which provides free transportation to underserved families who have children...

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Rubio’s Giving Free Chips & Guac on National Guacamole Day

Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

On Wednesday, September 16, Rubio’s is celebrating National Guacamole Day by giving out free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Tortilla chips are also prepared fresh daily with a light sprinkling of all-natural sea salt. Simply enter coupon code MKTG958 for online orders placed at rubios.com or in the Rubio’s app, or present the coupon: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-guacamole-day at any of Rubio’s participating locations. (Guests may only use one coupon per transaction on this day, for either free guac and chips or for Rubio’s Back to School special for a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entrée every Wednesday in September: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/free-kids-meal-purchase-adult-entree.) Rubio’s and COVID-19 Operations at Rubio’s have shifted greatly due to COVID-19. While food safety and cleanliness...

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Halloween at Descanso Gardens

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Believe it or not, ‘tis almost the season for everyone’s favorite gourd—pumpkins! This fall, if you’re looking for a Halloween experience that’s less about frights and more about the joy of the season, then Descanso Gardens has the perfect activity for you. Throughout the month of October, the Gardens will celebrate Halloween at Descanso, a pumpkin-filled extravaganza that invites guests to safely wind their way through socially-distanced pumpkin-themed displays in the most popular sections of Descanso Gardens. Entering through the main lawn, guests of all ages can explore a twisting hay maze or take photos at the Gardens’signature Pumpkin House, made entirely of real pumpkins. From there, they can follow the path to the Camellia Forest, where they’ll know they’re entering a special place, passing under a spectacular Pumpkin Arch. The path through the forest will contain special surprises...

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Patty’s Cakes & Desserts Celebrates 35 Years

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Patty’s Cakes & Desserts celebrates 35 years in business and ten years at its storefront in Fullerton, California. In addition to its regular menu of fresh-baked offerings, the award-winning bakery debuts a full lineup of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes available daily. They recently introduced new flavors like Very Berry Strawberry, Snickerdoodle, Blueberry Pancake, S’mores, and Chocolate Caramel Salty. With nearly 100 flavors of iced-to-order cupcakes available daily, Patty’s Cakes & Desserts offers one of the largest and most comprehensive cupcake menus in the country. In 1985, Patty Gomez started her business as a single mother from her home kitchen. Her passion for baking and cake artistry began as a home-spun hobby and has since grown into one of Orange County’s most established and respected bakeries. Her expertise has earned her bakery national recognition as a nine-time recipient for both...

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Ocean Institute’s First Virtual Maritime Festival

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Garnering support from oceanic institutions worldwide, the Ocean Institute – an Orange County-based ocean education center offering in-depth marine science, maritime history and outdoor education programs – has announced it will replace its annual Tall Ships Festival with its first Virtual Maritime Festival, a multi-layered interactive and educational event featuring a three-day global stream marathon, September 11th to 13th. During this three-day stream marathon, Ocean Institute will bring together maritime establishments from around the globe, with interactive virtual experiences ranging from maritime reenactments and cannon battles to mermaid encounters, sea shanties, music and a sail cargo transporting coffee through the Costa Rican jungle. Featuring both live and pre-recorded content, an event highlight is the debut of “Buccaneers Video Game Challenge” utilizing an icon representing The Pilgrim – Ocean Institute’s former full-sized replica of the 1830’s merchant ship detailed in...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Registration for Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ two schools – American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities will offer live virtual classes starting in September. Attached is a release that talks about Studio D., in particular, and the new features that have been developed in order keep kids (ages 3-22) healthy and secure at home until it’s safe to return to the Center’s studios. Registration is available now. Even though classes are virtual, size has been limited to six people only, enabling teachers and support staffs to give their fullest attention and to engage with their students as much as possible. It’s best to sign up soon. Scholarships are available. We invite your readers and followers to learn more about Studio D. through the information that you can share from the release and...

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How This app Can Protect Your Child from Cyberbullying?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2020 in Education, Family, Tech | 0 comments

We do not have to tell you this, but you probably already know that smartphones and other digital devices are now an integral component of our daily lives. This is particularly true for your child. Someone growing up in an environment where digital technologies are pervasive will consider them to be a normal part of life. However, if you follow the news, you also know that the internet and similar technologies have a dark side as well. For example, parents frequently cite inappropriate content and loss of privacy as the leading dangers but cyberbullying is another serious threat that is overlooked. In this article, we are going to explore this facet and evaluate how a parental monitoring app such as XNSPY can help you deal with the matter. The threat of cyberbullying You probably experienced or saw someone being...

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On The Way to Bass Lake, Don’t Miss the Madera Wine Trail Wineries

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

Central California’s Madera County is the largest rural county in the state and home to the Madera Wine Trail. The landscape stretches from productive farmlands to rolling foothills and upward into the High Sierra. It’s no mystery why this countryside has been winemaking since the 1800s, the weather is warm, the skies are clear and the snowcapped mountain tops nourish the foothills and central valley. “Visitors from across the state are taking notice of the amazing adventures they can find in the heart of California. People don’t have far to travel to find outdoor options that give plenty of space for social distancing. Plus, we have sunshine more than 300 days of the year,” says Rhonda Salisbury, CEO, Visit Yosemite | Madera County. “Not only can people play here year-round, but excellent wine grapes grow here, too. Maximizing a...

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How to Keep Your Family Cool When the Heat Wave Comes to Your Neighborhood

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Events, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

As years get hotter and hotter, it becomes more and more important to keep your whole family cool and safe. Babies, small kids, and teens are all sensitive to hot weather. It takes a toll on everyone. Hot weather is also troublesome for elders, as many of them can experience heat strokes and dehydration. Even those who love the sun know that the heat often rises a bit too much — particularly if you work or reside in places that don’t have air-conditioning. Fortunately, in this post, we’ll share some of the best ways to keep your whole family cool and safe from heatwaves. Fan the Fans Although a bit retro, box and ceiling fans are the absolute tools for keeping your house and family cool if your home doesn’t have air-conditioning. If you place a box fan near...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Diaper Donations

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

OC Rescue Mission has recently announced an urgent need for size 5 and 6 diapers, 3T-5T boys and girls pull-up pants, and baby wipes for its large number of toddlers and young children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility for homelessness in Orange County. The organization is seeking help from the local community to provide a combined total of more than 21,000 diapers, pull-up pants and wipes, which will provide a month’s worth of supplies lasting through September. Donations have fallen significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. “The pandemic has been extremely difficult on our community, and donations are more critical now than ever before,” says Palmer. “While diapers are a continuous need at the Rescue Mission, we are currently experiencing an alarming...

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Locca Churros & Tea Introduces DIY Boba Kits

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

South County’s favorite boba shop, Locca Churros & Tea, has good news for boba tea lovers, as they have launched a DIY Premium Boba Kit. The family-friendly activity provides a box with the boba and a variety of tea to make as many as 16 drinks. Available in-store at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo or on Locca’s website for $35 per kit, the “Daily Joy” Boba Kit contains Organic Earl Grey, Organic Matcha, Premium Jasmine Tea, a package of boba/tapioca pearls, and eight boba straws. The “Classic” Kit contains organic black tea, organic earl grey lavender tea, and premium jasmine tea. These three tea variants contain caffeine. Boba lovers can make their own milk tea by brewing one of the teas in the DIY kit, then adding milk, whether it is oat milk, lactose-free milk, almond milk, or regular milk....

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Yoga on Tap

Posted by on Aug 25, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Yoga is a powerful practice and important to our minds, bodies and souls, but sometimes we can take it a bit to seriously. Haus of Show is here to help you remember to crack a smile when you’re standing strong in your tree pose. Our Haus is built on the philosophy that fitness can be fun, experiential yet still provide healthy benefits. We bring outdoor workouts such as yoga, surfing and SUP to our OC communities for all levels at an affordable price. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Malarky’s; Helmsman Ale House to bring you “YOGA ON TAP”, a 1hr Vinyasa Flow offered every other Tuesday evening from 6pm-7pm on Malarky’s new outdoor grass patio. And of the course, serving up a pint of ice cold Helmsman Ale to each of our yogis. How do you practice...

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No Fair? Mutt Lynch’s Introduces OC Fair-inspired Foods

Posted by on Aug 18, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Mutt Lynch’s has introduced a menu inspired by the funky foods found at the OC Fair. Available for a limited time, the special menu sees the addition of iconic Fair favorites, including Giant Turkey Legs and Deep-fried Oreos. When the OC Fair was canceled this year for the second time in its over-130-year history due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Mutt Lynch’s found a way to keep its magic alive with a special menu recreating some of the Fair’s most iconic dishes. Mutt Lynch’s is offering the following OC Fair-inspired foods which will be available through Labor Day: Giant Turkey Legs – jumbo smoked turkey leg fit for a king, served with your choice of dipping sauce German Pretzel – giant, pillowy pretzel served with whole grain mustard & queso two ways Corn Dogs – a dozen mini corn dogs...

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OC Rescue Mission Seeks Community’s Help as the New School Year

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

OC Rescue Mission has announced an urgent need for funding to provide long term distance learning for its 61 homeless children living at its transitional facility, Village of Hope, for the 2020-2021 school year, which begins in less than two weeks. This urgent need follows Governor Newsom’s recent order to convert all Orange County schools to distance learning models for the upcoming school year, according to Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. The Orange County Rescue Mission plans to convert existing office space into classroom environments, as well as bring on one full-time, credentialed teacher and two teaching assistants to support the high number of children living at the Rescue Mission. To donate and help bring a quality educational environment to these homeless children, please visit https://www.rescuemission.org/distance-learning-campaign/. For questions about donating, please call (714) 247-4343. About Orange...

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Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach Expands NEW foaVIRTUAL

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The celebrated Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is proud to continue to fulfill its mission and support local artists with the recent expansion of the non-profit’s latest digital initiative. The new 3D immersive online gallery, foaVIRTUAL, now allows guests the unique opportunity to listen to audio from participating artists as they explore and purchase artwork from over 120 Festival of Arts exhibitors. As virtual guests navigate around the gallery, or take a guided art tour, select artists now offer voice recordings that share details on their backgrounds, careers in art, and even stories behind the artwork on display. Artists like watercolor painter Kirsten Whalen offer audio that expands on her current series on display, and photographer Jeff Rovner reveals hidden details in his display, which is dedicated to artificial intelligence. Rovner’s audio describes that each photograph of a...

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Raw Bar by Slapfish Offers $1 Oysters on National Oyster Day

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Seafood lovers have something to celebrate on National Oyster Day when Raw Bar by Slapfish offers $1 oysters on Wednesday, August 5, from 12 to 9pm. Guests who purchase one dozen of the sexy bivalve mollusks will also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to enjoy on their spacious outdoor patio. Raw Bar will serve a variety of east coast and west coast oysters on the half shell with shallot vinegar, grated horseradish, and cocktail sauce. Widely known as an aphrodisiac, oysters are also high in protein, zinc and B12. The Surf City restaurant also recently launched a summer special of fresh Maine lobster and unveiled a new cocktail menu. The 1.25 lb. whole poached Maine lobster is available chilled and stuffed with more lobster and served with a split top butter roll or served hot with Raw Bar’s...

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Cox Communications Donates 300 Computers to Capistrano Unified School District

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Cox Communications has donated 300 computers to Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) to enable low-income families to connect with educators and resources during the current emergency distance learning state. Cox utilized nonprofit Computers2Kids, San Diego, to deliver these devices to the South Orange County school district. Cox piloted the now national Connect2Compete program in San Diego in 2012 with local schools and organizations. Connect2Compete includes in-home wifi, free installation and access to the online Cox Digital Academy. As back-to-school fast approaches, Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company’s low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support. For information about Connect2Compete, families can visit...

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Give Back with Miracles for Kids: A Slice of Summer Online Auction!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Looking for a unique way to help your community during these tough times? Miracles for Kids’ A Slice of Summer Online Auction gives you the chance to do just that! Featuring 10 summer-themed items ranging from a round of golf on luxury greens to a private in-home dinner for you and your guests, the Irvine-based nonprofit is turning fun summer activities into a new opportunity to provide support to families with critically-ill children. We guarantee there is an auction item for everyone whether you prefer staying indoors or socially distancing outside. Shop all auction items here online. In addition to receiving unique items and experiences, participants will feel empowered knowing that their contribution will help Miracles for Kids continue to provide necessary resources to critically-ill children and families who need it most. Bids for the A Slice of Summer...

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The OC Rescue Mission: Donation Needs for Christmas in July

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the more than 260 men, women and children currently residing at its various campuses and the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. “Christmas in July,” which is an annual event, will be held on Friday, July 24 and will consist of a celebration that aims to bring the hope of the holidays to resident families living at the Rescue Mission. The Christmas in July event will feature winter-themed games, crafts and other fun activities. In addition to these activities, residents will be provided meals by the Tustin District Chick-fil-A. Donations Needed Diapers (toddler sizes 4, 5, 6, 7) Baby food and formula Canned protein (tuna, chicken, ham, sausage) Canned beans (kidney, pinto) Canned spaghetti sauce and soup Disinfectant spray and wipes...

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Everything at Your Fingertips: 10 Must-Have Items No Bathroom Cabinet Should Be Without

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

Regardless of the number of people living in the home or the size of the bathroom, certain items must appear in the bathroom cabinet. Having these items on hand guarantees they remain easily accessible when a family member becomes ill or when an emergency arises. A well-stocked cabinet ensures last-minutes runs to the pharmacy become a thing of the past. What ten items need to appear in every bathroom cabinet? Band-Aids Cuts and scrapes happen. No matter how much a person tries to avoid accidents, it’s impossible to sidestep them completely. Having bandages on hand allows you to treat these injuries promptly. Always keep a variety of sizes in your 36 inch bathroom vanity for this reason. When an injury is covered, it tends to heal more rapidly while protecting the injured skin from friction, dirt, damage, and bacteria,...

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Celebrate LIT Cafe’s 1-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

LIT Cafe is turning one! Though the restaurant’s official anniversary is on July 1, Anaheim’s favorite modern dining destination will be celebrating for the entire month of July with a special (and tasty!) $1 menu. See below for the full list of food, drink, and pastry offerings that you and your loved ones won’t want to miss! Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 “Heath Bar” cookies with chocolate + cornflakes Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 handcrafted grapefruit-citrus soda available with purchase of any entrée. Tuesday, July 7/14 through Friday, 7/31: 2 for $1 Chouquettes with pearl sugar For more information on LIT, please visit: http://www.litcafeoc.com or follow the restaurant on Instagram @litcafeoc. DATE Tuesday, July 7 – Friday, July 31 TIME Tuesday through Wednesday: 10am – 1pm Thursday through Saturday: 10am – 2pm LOCATION LIT Café 1071 North...

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OC Together: Do Your Part and Wear a Mask

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Events, Health, Hoag Health | 0 comments

Hoag Partnership While there has been a lot of controversy in our community surrounding wearing or not wearing a mask, Hoag Health is asking our community to come together this 4th of July weekend and all wear a mask. This weekend, if we all wear our masks, we can help keep our family, friends and community safe from #COVID19 and other contagious diseases. Hoag Hospital is well-equipped to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those with other conditions, said Senior Vice President and Chief Hospital Operations Officer Marcy Brown. While they are well equipped to help our community during this pandemic, they need our help in preventing the spread of the disease so that there is less impact on the nurses, doctors and hospital staff. According to the CDC, cloth face masks are recommended as a simple barrier...

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2020 Virtual OC Fair

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The 2020 OC Fair is going virtual! While fairgoers may not be able to hop on their favorite carnival ride or enjoy crazy Fair food in person, we are keeping the spirit of the Fair alive on social media and ocfair.com. Starting July 17, several Virtual OC Fair elements will be highlighted each day on social media through July 27, with lots of fun content on ocfair.com all summer long. Videos of your favorite performers, photo galleries of summer memories, family activities, special contests and more will bring that OC Fair connection to people no matter where they are. Even the OC Fair Fun Run 5K is going virtual and the prizes are terrific! Virtual fairgoers can learn how to create Fair-style crafts at home, get the skinny on making deep-fried Oreos, take a tour of Centennial Farm, decipher...

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Secret to a Successful Business: Russell Brunson Traffic Secrets

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

Sponsored Do you have an online business? Finding customers is one of the biggest challenges for most online business owners. Russell Brunson has recently published an incredible book, “Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers.” While reading the book written by the Best-Selling Author & CEO of $100M software company ClickFunnels, I did a 30-day challenge to slowly start implementing his advice into my business. While reading the book over the past 30 days, I was able to learn classic and foundational direct marketing techniques to be at the front of new trends and to see opportunities that are invisible to everyone else. I learned how to master evergreen traffic strategies in order to find my dream customers. Since I am a very visual person, I loved how the book had...

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Celebrate Toast Kitchen + Bakery’s 2-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Toast Kitchen + Bakery is turning two! Though their official anniversary is on July 24, Costa Mesa’s favorite modern diner will be celebrating throughout the entire month of July. Join Chef John Park as he and his team celebrate two years and enjoy weekly specials on Toast’s most popular menu items including craft cocktails, entrees, wine and dessert. See below for the full list of offerings! Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5: 2-for-1 craft cocktails during Happy Hour (Between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Tuesday, July 7 to Sunday, July 12: Bottles of wine for $20.00 (All day) Tuesday, July 14 to Sunday, July 19: Cookies for $2.00 (All day) Tuesday, July 21 to Sunday, July 26: Pints of ice cream (Boba ice cream included) for $7.24 (All day) Tuesday, July 28 to Friday, July 31: 2 entrees...

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Never Forget to Do These 3 Things If You’re Left to Your Own Devices While Aging

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

As we age, we need to consider how and where we will live, who will take care of us if we are no longer able to do it on our own, and our finances. For those of us with a partner or family, the process may seem cut and dry. We may designate our partner or family members as caretakers, medical proxies, and beneficiaries of our estate. However, more of us are aging alone or remaining single in our golden years. Many aging singles may be wondering how to go about planning for those golden years. While some of the details of end-of-life planning can be more obscure for singles, the overall framework is similar to those who have partners or families. Here are some important steps you don’t want to neglect if you’re aging alone. Establish a Support...

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Alegría Fresh Produce is Now Available to the Community

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Alegría Fresh is offering an important avenue of support by providing its regenerative organic locally grown produce to the community again. Today more than ever, most people need to strengthen their immune systems, feel better and have more energy. The FarmBoxx includes 23+ heart, gut and brain healthy greens, herbs, veggies and edible flowers, delivered same-day within hours of harvest. At a time when people need a healthy boost, the quality, freshness and diversity in the FarmBoxx delivers it. In partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Bank of America, Alegría Fresh designed, built and manages the SoxxBoxx Farm, a regenerative organic food production engine located on the Food Bank parking lot in Irvine. Customers may place orders on Second Harvest Food Bank’s website by Thursday at noon for Friday delivery. Each FarmBoxx is $30...

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Outdoor Patio Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 in Dining, Events, Featured | 3 comments

With the reopening of restaurants taking place across Orange County, we have discovered the best places to enjoy outdoor patio dining in Orange County. Las Brisas Perched above the scenic Laguna Beach coastline, Las Brisas is a classic Southern California restaurant that delivers stunning ocean views with a sea-to-table menu infused with traditional Mexican flavors. Upon reopening earlier this month, the restaurant debuted a brand new outdoor “Margarita Garden,” complete with ocean views, astroturf, and socially distant tables to enjoy bites and sips. In addition, the restaurant features an abundance of space, including a bar lounge area, several dining room areas, and a scaping patio, all with ocean views. SOL Mexican Cocina Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, SOL’s kitchens feature a unique spin on fresh, healthy, coastal Mexican food, lovingly made from scratch. Open for lunch,...

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Flower Duet’s Online Living Art Camp

Posted by on Jun 20, 2020 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

For the summer of 2020, Flower Duet wants kids (and their parents) to learn how to make fabulous floral designs, botanical crafts and gain a few entrepreneurship skills, too! Flower Duet’s online Living Art Camp weeks will enable anyone to fill the void many summer camps left behind after being cancelled due to social-distancing guidelines. To align with many parents’ desire to keep kids occupied over the summer with activities that are fun and educational, Flower Duet designed 12 weeks of “Living Art Camp” themes ranging from American Flowers Week to coincide with SlowFlowers.com annual celebration of American flower farmers, to Wizard Week for fans of Harry Potter. Flower Duet will be showcasing STEAM topics in every weekly camp theme. STEAM & Floral Design Flower Duet’s Digital Summer Camp Activities for 2020 includes the themes of Classic Art, Garden...

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Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is Back with The Moonlight Special

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in Events, Featured, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is back riding the narrow gauge rails through the Sierra Nevada, just four miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park. With daily rides departing at 9:00 A.M and 11:30 A.M., and weekend excursions at 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. Young and old alike will enjoy wind-in-your-hair moments through the tall pine trees and sweet-smelling bear clover. And now, another fan favorite returns for the season: The Moonlight Special Every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 P.M.​​​​ Seating is very limited and reservations are required. The night begins with a barbeque dinner served on the socially distanced outdoor picnic tables. Live musical entertainment at the station, an evening steam train ride, a sing-a-long at a roaring campfire located at the halfway point in the forest, and ends with a ride back to the station...

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Movies Under the Moon: A Carpool Cinema Experience

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

As Orange County residents and avid movie-goers Moonlight Events OC sorely missed going to see a movie with friends and family. They knew that with this quarantine provided everyone the chance to grow and reflect individually, and as a result there would be a great chance to bring the community together afterwards. They hope to provide Orange County residents with a safe and socially-distanced gathering for them to celebrate an American Holiday and the joys of reuniting with friends and family. Dates July 3rd and 4th, 2020 Location City National Grove of Anaheim 2200 E Katella Ave Anaheim CA 92806 Movies/Times Shrek Fri/Sat 7:20pm Independence Day Fri/Sat 10:30pm Pricing $40/car parking fee. Tickets are available in advance online. VIP parking options are available. $9.50/person on top of parking fee *Children under the age of 5 free admission *Portion of...

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Floating into Summer in Style

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in Family, Shopping | 0 comments

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Summer is finally here. The pools are finally open. The beaches are finally open. That means it is time to float into summer on stylish SwimWays Spring Floats. Living in Southern California, we spend almost every summer day at the beach or the pool. Because we spend so much time in the water, we are always looking for the best products to bring with us to get the most out of our sunny summer day experience. SwimWays Spring Floats have been one of our must-have summer accessories for years. I always keep an Original Spring Float in the trunk of my car for the unplanned stops at the pool or beach. What I love...

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When the Sea Wind Blows: 10 Evergreen Summer Fashion Tips

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Warm weather signals the season for comfortable, breezy clothes. It may also be the time of year when you look forward to buying dresses, shoes, hats, and jeans for planned events like a vacation or wedding. The temptation is to choose on-trend things that make you feel chic or simply pick out clothes that you will wear only once. Real fashionistas avoid those kinds of mistakes. They follow a few standard rules that ensure they are well-dressed but don’t end with a closet full of pieces they’ll never wear again. The primary key is to find your look, invest in timeless, multi-purpose pieces, and make sure everything fits perfectly. Create a Capsule Wardrobe In the 1970s, wardrobe consultant Susie Faux dreamed up the idea of the “capsule wardrobe” after becoming frustrated with decision fatigue. She suggested that, rather than...

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Latest Eyewear Trends: 2020 Most Popular Frame Styles

Posted by on Jun 15, 2020 in Family, Fashion | 0 comments

For so long people looked at glasses as a necessary evil, with their bulky frames and thick lenses that hide some of our best facial features. Now, we turn to glasses for big, bold fashion statements, or sometimes subtle colors and nuances that complement our face. There are sunglasses, reading glasses, everyday glasses, trendy aviator glasses, and blue light glasses to protect your eyes from the constant plaguing of a screen all day. Whatever the reason there are constantly new styles, colors, and shapes for every season and every reason. Look no further for the latest eyewear trends in 2020. Nerdy Chic Looking to add some attitude without an overstatement? Jazz up your features and match whatever you are wearing with chic clear frames. These new frames look great on any skin tone, eye color, or face shape! For...

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Safe Summer Fun: Irvine Summer Drive-In Series

Posted by on Jun 15, 2020 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

Enjoy movies and concerts in the park – with a twist – during the Irvine Summer Drive-In Series. This series of modified events brings the community together while safely following social distance guidelines. The Summer Drive-In Series features movies on the big screen and live concerts to the Orange County Great Park in drive-in format every Saturday this August. Park your cars, bring a picnic basket, or plan to purchase treats from gourmet food trucks. Space for this special event is limited, and guests must register in advance. The drive-in will be set up in parking lot 2 at the Great Park: Concert gates open at 4:30 p.m. and start at 5:30 p.m.; movie gates open at 6:45 p.m. and movies begin after sunset, approximately 8:15 p.m. Guests will be able to listen through amplified sound or tune in...

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Selanne Steak Tavern Father’s Day Brunch

Posted by on Jun 12, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Selanne Steak Tavern celebrates Father’s Day with its first dine-in brunch for 2020 on Sunday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dads can enjoy sweet and savory dishes such as Chicken and Waffles with bourbon maple syrup; Selanne’s Benedict with Nueske’s ham; “Kevin’s” Bananas Foster French Toast with whipped mascarpone; Teemu’s “Brunch” Burger with wagyu beef, house sausage and Kurobuta pork belly; and Steak Bacon and Eggs with crispy pork belly. Other brunch favorites include: shrimp and king crab cocktail, hash browns au gratin, bacon and eggs poutine and a shareable gooey sticky bun. A kids’ menu is also offered. In addition, creative cocktails, bubbles and fine wines will be offered including The Breakfast of Champions Bloody Mary, mimosas and 11 sommelier-selected sparkling wines by the glass. Selanne Steak Tavern 1464 South Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA...

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Master Chef Susumu Ii opens Sushi Ii in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jun 11, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

In mid-February, Sushi Ii quietly opened its doors in Newport Beach. Located on the second story of Mariner’s Pointe, Master Chef Susumu Ii presents a Japanese dining experience steeped in tradition, craftsmanship, and time-honored technique with his eponymous Sushi Ii. Now that Orange County restaurants can resume dine-in service, Sushi Ii has reopened its doors. The restaurant is one of Orange County’s newest eateries, but Sushi Ii is the culmination of decades that Chef Ii has spent meticulously dedicating to mastering the traditional art of sushi. Distinguishing Sushi Ii from other authentic sushi restaurants is Chef Ii’s spirit of shokunin – the relentless dedication and pursuit of perfection in one’s craft. Rooted in centuries of tradition, the menu at Sushi Ii pays homage to the fading art of Kansai-style pressed sushi, with omakase and a la carte options reflecting...

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