An Easy Beach Day at Salt Creek Beach Near Laguna Beach


My kids are so lucky to be growing up in Southern California. We are just a few miles from Laguna Beach. To many people, this is a vacation paradise. To my kids, this is home. I thought I’d share a little bit about what it’s like live in So Cal and to hit the beach…

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Awesome Kidfluential Shoutout: Casey Maclean


This weekend, on June 27 and 28, Casey MacLean, an ambitious, altruistic 13-year-old aspiring firefighter from Marina Del Rey, CA will ride his bike from Fire Station #62 located at 11970 Venice Blvd in Los Angeles to the Whole Foods Market in  La Jolla, San Diego. Last year, Casey did his first 100 mile ride from Culver City…

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Your Art-y Kiddo Could Win $250 in the TJ Maxx Kids Art Contest

Leo's favorite thing - our family

This week, T.J.Maxx has launched the “Maxx Kids Art Contest” to support organizations that help children in need reach their full potential, such as Save the Children.The contest will run in-store from June 21 through July 11 and 25 winners will be selected. Submissions will be judged based off of the following criteria: originality, creativity, and applicability…

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Safer More Comfortable Earphones for Kids


Has this conversation ever happened to you? “Mom – can I borrow your iPad?” “Sure, but only if you turn down the volume” “But then I can’t hear!” “How about your wear earphones?” “They won’t stay in my ears!” Thanks to Etymotics for providing my son with a set of ETY kids earphones for review….

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I Do: Wedding Season At Don Roberto Jewelers

Don Roberto's Jewelers

I was looking through my photos and came across my wedding picture taken in 1997. The day had come to tie the knot with the man I love. I could not wait to share my  life with him. The special moments and thoughtful wedding gifts will forever be highlighted in my memory book. Don Roberto…

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Complete Your Family With a Shelter Pet!


You know how much I love my cats, HK and Coco. But did you know they are both shelter pets that we adopted? It’s so easy to make a local animal shelter or rescue group your first stop when you’re ready to complete your family by adding a furred friend to the mix. You don’t have to take…

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Miguel’s Jr Now Open In The Tustin Marketplace

MIguel's  Jr. food

  In May the Vasquez family opened their new Miguel’s Jr. location in the Tustin Marketplace. I had the opportunity to speak to Mary Vasquez, one of the founders of Miguel’s Jr. Thank you Miguel’s Jr. for inviting me to your media event. All opinions are my own. Mary told me about her hometown in Guanajuato,…

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Last Minute Dream Gifts for Dad from Cloud 9 Living


Are you totally stumped what to get for Dad this year? Does that man want for nothing? Or maybe you just dragged your feet a little and are panicking because time seems a little short to find the perfect dream gift for dad. Why not gift dad with an experience of a lifetime this year?…

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The Inside Out Preview Left Me Wanting More!

Great movie for the whole family to see and discuss

We love Disney Pixar films in our family. We could not wait to see a sneak peek of Inside Out (from the same team that created UP) last month. This film is going to blow your mind. While attending Disney’s Social Media Moms preview, one of the surprise activities was a sneak peek at the upcoming Disney…

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6 Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Foodie Dads


Does your Dad like food?  Whether he likes to make it or eat it, at home or away, we’ve got some fun Father’s Day Gift ideas for Foodie Dads! 1. Be The Chef at Benihana If your man has always secretly harbored a wish to be a Teppan chef, or even if you just wish…

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Explore Our Local Urban Harbor In Long Beach

Aquarium Of The Pacific

  Travel does not have to be a complicated long voyage. SoCal has so many hidden jewels worth exploring and I’m determined to discover them all! In May I took a sea adventure with Harbor Breeze Cruises . This was an incredible opportunity to tour our nation’s busiest ports and look at local wildlife. I embarked on…

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OME Offers Summer Camp for Everyone in Orange County CA


Summer camp provides a happy, healthy break for kids. Camp is departure from the rigors and deadlines of school. An opportunity to make new friends,have fun and be creative. If you are a parent of a child with special needs, it is often difficult to find a program that will provide your child with a suitable summer…

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The Only Flip Flops To Fly With – Vionic Saves my Feet on The Road


You have limited amount of space in my bags when you travel. Every item has to make the cut, both fashionably and functionally. There’s no space for footwear that isn’t supportive, functional, fashionable and comfortable. Shoes are one of the most basic essentials in your travel case!  I pack Vionic shoes. Thanks to Vionic for providing…

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Shatterproof Challenge Raises Awareness & Hope for Addiction Recovery


Every four minutes someone dies from addiction to alcohol or other drugs in the US. A new national movement is forcing the country to confront this fact and take action. Shatterproof, an organization committed to ending addiction and the stigma and suffering associated with the disease, has opened registration for their Shatterproof Challenge Rappelling Series,…

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