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FYI: iPhones Don’t Know How to Swim


It was just a quick exchange. I was at a restaurant on the border of Nevada and California dropping off my kids with my parents, who live in the silver state. They were taking them and my brother’s son for a week to do whatever grandparents do with their grandkids when their parents aren’t around. …

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Alisa Newman


Elbows Mac ‘n’ Cheese- Come Get Cheesy!


I’ve found a new restaurant that I love, love, LOVE! It’s called Elbows Mac ‘n’ Cheese.   This place is so unique, as it offers a HUGE variety of different types of, you guessed it, mac & cheese! My family and I visited the Elbows location in downtown Brea, CA (another location in Cerritos, CA). …

Debbie Lavdas


Our family of minions menaced at Legoland’s Brick or Treat Halloween nights


Have you heard of Legoland’s Brick or Treat nights? They’ve only been doing it a few years now, so it’s a fun new find for families looking for some October thrills. This upcoming weekend is your last chance to get in on the Legoland’s Brick or Treat action. We were just a bit excited to go, …

Jenelyn Russo


On Role Models and Dreaming Big


They all crowded around at the end of the rink, my daughter and her teammates, in their jerseys and gear and skates, their faces pressed up against the glass, waiting to see her come out onto the ice. A hockey rock star was in their midst that day, and they weren’t going to miss her …

Hollie Eisenman


One-Year RUNiversary


Today is a special day for me. It is my one-year RUNiversary! Twelve months ago, I was not a runner, not even close! In fact, I hated thinking about running. I loved to sprint, fast, but for 100, 200 yards, maybe. I loved to run around the bases in a softball game or do sprints for a warm-up. Anything …

Marcie Taylor


TOCA Soccer Training Center Opens in Costa Mesa


Let me start off by saying I am not a big sports fan, but when my kids are playing a sport, I become the biggest fan! This year, I became a full fledged soccer mom when my younger son joined an AYSO soccer team. It’s been a blast! I admit I too went gaga over …

Michele Whiteaker


2 Surprisingly Spooky Spots to Visit at Disneyland


My family visited Disneyland for Halloween Time and since we are wimps when it comes to the really scary stuff, we spent our time seeking out Jack-’O-Lanterns and pumpkin carvers while others raced for the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.  We prefer our scares to be much more mild. …

Kara-Noel Lawson


Hiking Holy Jim Falls with the Family


It’s hard for outsiders to believe that “The OC” is actually filled with amazing hiking trails. It is. And we trekked the Family Friendly Holy Jim Falls this summer. You should too! Get to the trail early, before it gets too hot. It is quite a drive to the trailhead. It’s a rough road and …

Darlynn Morgan


News You Can Use! Mom Fashion


Ever wonder… “What jewelry should I wear with this outfit?!?” And then not wear any because you can’t decide? That’s me. In fact, every year for Christmas, I kid you not, my assistant buys me jewelry to encourage me to wear accessories! But check out this guide from ultra-hip Xpecting, a Lifestyle Boutique for moms. …

Jennifer Broas


Orange is the New Black


Orange Theory Fitness has found a new home in Mission Viejo. I decided to drop in this week and see what the buzz was all about.  Let me tell you this is not your average go to the gym, do your thing and leave kinda gym. At every session, there is a certified trainer instructing …

Carrie Braun


Round Three: When is Enough Enough?


When is enough enough? The answer to ‘when is enough, enough?’ is easy most of the time. At least when it comes to things like running and See’s Candy, ironically two of my favorite things. My body usually tells me when I’m a mile or Scotchmallow past comfortable.   But when it came to planning …

Elaina Francis


Navigating My Way Through Loss


I’ve debated over and over whether or not to share this struggle, but the words of (so many!) women who have been through this have strengthened my heart and soothed my soul. So I’m throwing my story out there, in hopes that someone reading it will feel a little less despair, a little less alone, …

Allison Huke


Winder Farms Burger Contest


As a regular customer of Winder Farms‘ delivery service, I love Wednesdays. I wake up to find bags of fresh, local, organic items delivered to my door. It’s like a present on my front porch. I also love the reusable insulated bags. They keep my products fresh and cold. Each week, I return the bags …

Rally Monkey Mom


Unlikely Champion


I didn’t go to Boston to watch baseball. It was hockey that drew me to one of my favorite cities last month, as TD Garden and the Boston Bruins played host to the Anaheim Ducks on Halloween night. But as timing would have it, the night I flew in, October 30, was also Game 6 …

Disneyland Locals


Catch this Sneak Peek at the new Buena Vista Street


Buena Vista Street might be the sleeper hit of the 5-year expansion of Disney California Adventure. The new entrance and “main street” of Disney California Adventure feels like a romanticized 1920s Los Angeles — the LA that met Walt when he first came to California. I was able to catch a sneak peek at Buena …