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20 summer movies your kids haven’t seen 400 times already


Don’t look now but summer is almost here. Did you know that the average parent has to fill 79 days of summer for their kids (that excludes weekends, when you are legally required to be with them)? This year, one of the activities I’m looking forward to is hosting some outdoor movie parties in our …

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Darlynn Morgan


Get Your Will Done and Name Guardians for Your Kids…. This Saturday at We Play Loud


It’s hard to believe that summer is over and we are all in the midst of the back-to-school craziness! If you’re like most parents, the “To-Do” list may be a little challenging right now, with Back to School Night, soccer practice and games, and getting into the Fall routine. Not to mention that we are …

Alisa Newman


Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival- Show Review


I took the kiddos to Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival this afternoon at the Terrace theater in Long Beach. The show was super cute, and one that your little one’s or any Disney fan, really will love. The show takes you through the stories of Aladdin- The Little Mermaid- And Toy Story- The music was …

Michele Whiteaker


Learning How to Shop at the Farmer’s Market


Orange County is so lucky to have so many year-round Certified Farmer’s Markets. You can literally shop every day of the week at a Farmer’s Market or even farm stands at Tanaka Farms or South Coast Farms. There are SO many reasons to shop local: your dollars stay in your community, you’re not paying transportation …

Marcie Taylor


Nintendo Play Tour This Weekend at Irvine Spectrum


Plugged In is my monthly column in the print edition of OC Register Family.  I feature all forms of digital entertainment for children – the latest games, apps and electronic toys. Here are two fun events that take the gameplay off line. From August 29, Friday to September 1, Sunday, the “Play Nintendo Tour” will …

Hollie Eisenman


Lil’ Strikers Bumper Bowling League


A big part of me has wanted to take the girls bowling. The other part of me thought I was crazy, and so did my husband. However, I found the perfect opportunity to give the sport a chance, in an environment that welcomed my two, high-energy, preschoolers. My husband is on vacation this week, and …

Jenelyn Russo


Barbeque Bacon Burger – Winder Farms Burger Contest


I would never refer to myself as a foodie, but we love to barbeque at the Russo house. We live in an area where you can practically barbeque year-round, and we definitely take advantage of that. So when I was approached by Winder Farms to participate in a burger contest using their farm fresh products …

Carrie Braun


Burger Challenge: Gluten-Free Turkey Burgers with Simple Apple Slaw


According to my six-year-old daughter, who without prompt declared, “Mom, you are good at cooking and spying on people!” (WHAT?!?) cooking is something I can do at least well enough to fool a precocious first grader. When Winder Farms asked if I’d like to participate in the OC Family Burger Challenge, I absolutely said yes! …

Kara-Noel Lawson


Cheesy Bell Pepper Gluten Free Burger – Winder Farms


When I wake up to a Winder Farms delivery, it’s like getting a little note that says, “Hey KN, Why don’t you stay in your Pajamas today! Did-your-errands-for-ya, Winder Farms” I was challenged to make an amazing burger with my most recent delivery. And I did! For the burger you’ll need: 1 pound ground turkey …

Debbie Lavdas


Seize the end of summer with a beach picnic basket from Sessions


As summer winds down, seize the dreamy beach weather and plan a beach picnic in Newport Beach with the gourmet grub of Sessions West Coast Deli, new to OC. To celebrate the least week of summer, Sessions has assembled a promotion for its Newport Beach Peninsula customers and beyond for those aiming to soak up surf, sand …

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 …

Jennifer Broas


New Store in OC – HE is greater than i


There’s a new store in town. Newport Beach is home to the new Orange County location of HE>i or He is greater than i. To say that I am thrilled is an understatement. I have been sporting a HE>i sticker on my vehicles for about the past 4 years, but the purchases have been made …

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 …