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Happy HallowTEEN! How Disneyland Resort gave me back a cherish tradition


It’s finally happened. My kids don’t want me to dress in a costume for Halloween. That would be, to use a direct quote, “Totally embarrassing.” It used to be our thing. When they were little and I could pick out their costumes, I got the chance to show my Winnie-the-Pooh love by dressing us all …

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Alisa Newman


Friday Favorites- Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara


Normally I would not promote buying cosmetics as a gift. It’s just too hard. You don’t know what colors people like, whats going to look good on them, etc… Well, today I want to talk to you about a product I’ve fallen in love with- Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. We all wear mascara, right? …

Debbie Lavdas


New to Etnies shoes? Check out breathable Etnies Scout.


Somehow, we’ve never tried Etnies. I know, crazy, right? Maybe you’re like me and have heard of the popular Lake Forest line, but have never got your kids into the sporty kicks. My three kids gave the Etnies Scout styles a go, and so did I. My youngest, Fox, is the cutest thing in his …

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 …