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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 fantastic, naturally. The costumes- amazing, and of course the dancing simply awesome!

Seriously, you’ll want to take your kiddos to see this show. It was so entertaining, and lively. It just puts you in a good mood!

Alisa Newman- Mom Ambassador

Hello OC Family Friends, and a very happy happy Friday to YOU!

My name is Alisa Newman, some of you may know me, some may not. I’d like to give you a little glimpse into my life!

I live in Lake Forest, CA with the 3 loves of my life: my hubby, Brandon

and my 2 beautiful children Charlie (age 9) and Ciera (age 6)

These guys mean the world to me.

Oh and so does this girl. How could I not mention my ‘furbaby’ Cinnamon?! Cinnamon is a 2 year old Shiba Inu, and she’s {no joke} pretty much my third child.

I’m a stay at home mom, have been blogging for OC Family for a little over 2 years now and I’m also editor and publisher of my own website called Macaroni Kid (check it out and subscribe to my FREE weekly newsletter if you want all the latest info on fun, free and cheap events in the South OC area to entertain and exhaust the kiddos!)

I’m a baker. I’m a little obsessed actually. My love for sweets started at a very young age. My Dad taught me all about desserts, especially See’s Candies-YUM! I could live off desserts, but of course I know I shouldn’t, so that’s why I’ll bake like crazy and then give away all most my of my treats, so I can get them out of my house and fast!

I’m an avid crafter. I love creating things for my home and for others. I keep telling myself that this year all my Christmas gifts WILL be handmade… We’ll see!

I crochet, make handmade greeting cards, craft with recycled materials and my current love is wreath making:

How beautiful is that wine cork wreath?! That brings me into another love of mine: wine!

Oh how I heart wine (I credit this to my Italian heritage) Specifically red wine: malbecs and red blends are among my favs and of course I love marlborough Sauv Blanc’s from New Zealand.

I love being ‘outdoorsy’ with my family.

We especially LOVE camping and hiking. My grandparents used to take my sister and I camping up in Idywild every year, and it brings back such happy memories for me. I want to continue that tradition with my kids and I hope that they continue it with theirs one day…

Other then that I simply just love my family and friends and spending time with them and I love Jesus. Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me and my family and what we love.





Walking With Dinosaurs- Truly Spectacular!

I mean, look at those dinos! Don’t they look SO realistic?

My family and I had the chance to attend “Walking With Dinosaurs” last week, and it was absolutely fabulous. They call the show “the arena spectacular” and let me tell you, it truly was.

My kids were so in awe the entire show. In the show a ‘paleontologist’ guides viewers through the different periods of time that the dinos once lived. He describes the dinosaurs in detail, and we get to experience each one’s unique personality and interaction with other dinosaurs. It was so educational, yet so entertaining. My kids did not want the show to end. The dinosaurs were so life-like and realistic in both appearance and sound!

Absolutely amazing. I highly highly recommend attending the show once those dinosaurs come back into town. You won’t be disappointed!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Red Onions, Feta and Honey

Sweet potatoes have to be one of my favorite things in the world. I love that they can be so sweet. Almost dessert-like sweet if you add enough brown sugar and cinnamon. But I also love that they can be savory. Today I played around with some sweet potatoes and made a savory, yet slightly sweet side dish that’s just perfect for the upcoming holidays or just an easy weeknight dinner.

I prepped all my veggies using some pretty fantastic ceramic knives from Velata. Velata’s knives are made of an innovative ceramic material that is harder than steel (and second only to diamond), which allows the blades to be sharpened to a fine point, making them sharper – and stay sharper longer – then steel knives.

Unlike metal, ceramic doesn’t rust, and it’s impervious to acids, oils, and salts. Ceramic also won’t discolor or leave behind a metallic odor or taste on foods.

These knives are super lightweight, which makes chopping and dicing more fun if you ask me!

Now for this yummy harvest inspired recipe:

You’ll need 5-6 small sweet potatoes-washed and peeled

1 small red onion

approx 1/3 cup feta

2 tbsp olive oil

approx 2 tbsp honey

1 tsp of coriander herb rub from Velata

Here’s all my washed and peeled sweet potatoes ready to be chopped.

Chop into small chunks like so.

Place sweet potato chunks into a 8 x 8 glass baking dish.

Now dice your red onion into pretty small pieces.

Throw your onion and feta into the glass baking dish along with the sweet potatoes. Add the coriander herb seasoning as well as your olive oil. Stir to coat. Drizzle approx 2 tbsp. of honey over mixture. Now pop this dish into the oven heated at 400 degrees. Bake for approx 1 hour, and sit back and enjoy the amazing aroma of the coriander herb seasoning mixed with the yummy veggies.


This side dish without a doubt will be added to my Thanksgiving menu this year. It’s pretty amazing!

(And a little tip: If you are feeling a little ‘sweet’ you can always drizzle a  little more honey over your baked sweet potatoes)

This dish was so fun to make, and I completely enjoyed all the prep work (no joke) due to these wonderful knives (and maybe the fact that my kids were in school while I prepped, and I had the house to myself in peace and quiet) But I really do love the knives. A lot. They are lightweight, sharp and get the job done right. If you guys are in the market for purchasing a new set of knives or need a great wedding/Christmas gift check out Velata’s! I might just be adding these knives to my Christmas wish list this year :)

By the way- Velata also carries a line of yummy rubs, perfect for baking, BBQ and beyond, as well as cheese fondue and oh so decadent chocolate fondue (I know this first hand, because I own one of their fantastic fondue warmers and love using their premium chocolate in it!)

Contact Lisa Matro for info on purchasing Velata knives/products:

Call/Text: (949) 292-6572

FALL Giveaway with Scentsy!

School has started, things are getting back into routine. Fall is here (or close anyways). I love the fall season, and I always find myself longing for that perfect crisp, cool yet sunny fall weather. Jeans, boots, scarves, sweaters and cute beanies. But the reality is, and its the same every single year: FALL IS HOT! Beginning of the season anyways.

No matter what the weather is outside, lets get into the ‘fall mood’ what do ya say? Lets celebrate the fall and Halloween season that’s rapidly approaching with Scentsy!

You guys know how much I love Scentsy? If not click here and here. I have a great giveaway for you, a super cute Halloween themed Scentsy warmer and 3 yummy scented Scentsy wax bars. Scentsy is similar to a candle in regards to it’s home fragrance, but the thing I love most about Scentsy is it is WICKLESS! Safe and no flame. You click on the switch and a light bulb inside the warmer comes on, place a few pieces of your wax bar on top of the warmer, and let the light bulb do the rest of the work. It’ll heat and melt the wax perfectly (and never gets hotter then your own body temp- so that means it won’t burn you if you happen to come in contact with the wax) and it’ll scent your home with the lovely scent of whatever you choose! For me right now it’s baked apple pie, yum!

How cute is that guy?? The warmer is called “He’s Alive”. It’s so festive and fun for Halloween!

All you have to do to enter is comment under this post on what you favorite fall scent is! One lucky winner will be chosen via on Saturday 9/13/2014 after 9am.

(*Please note: winner must be able to pick up their prize in the city of Lake Forest, CA)

To order Scentsy products go to:

or call/text Lisa Matro at: (949) 292-6572

Tell Lisa that I sent you!

Happy Fall!!!


fodada: Great Clothing with a Great Message

Have you heard of fodada? Let me tell you a little about this cool company. I’ve recently had the pleasure of interviewing Bobby Barzi- founder of fodada, a former info technology executive turned clothing company founder/creator. When Bobby became a dad almost 6 years ago, parenting became his life focus. Bobby got so much out of being a parent and spending time with his boy Pierce, that he wanted to tell the world how ‘out of this world’ parenting is and could be. Enter: fodada!

(Bobby with sons Pierce and Royce)

fodada is a company that wants to send a message out there to all dads. “Great clothing you love wearing with a great message ingrained” to be the best dad and role model you can be to your kids, the message of  promoting  the ‘concept of a great dad’.

Bobby says his company “started with a passion and wrapped a business around it”. When chatting with Bobby you can hear it in his voice-  there is no question about how passionate he is about his company.

fodada’s clothes are pretty amazing! My hubby owns a few pieces including the ‘Best Dad Tee':

The ‘Dada Hoodie’ is also an extremely popular seller, and I have to admit, I’ve stolen my husbands hoodie a few times now. It’s kinda cool, because fodada’s hoodie is unisex, so it looks good whether your a dad or a mom, and fits well too.

(photo credit: fodada)

Along with fodada’s amazingly soft (NO joke at all here- the material is one of THE softest I’ve ever felt) , high quality clothing, they have a celebrity following including Hugh Jackman, Ryan Phillippe and Orlando Bloom!

Want to try fodada? Check out their ‘Dad and Me’ program. ” fodada is taking up a crusade to bring fathers and their children closer together and give them the greatest gift of all: the dedication of time, which has been proven to create more confident kids with stronger skills, ready to take on the world”

A special surprise may just be in store!

Seriously you guys, check out fodada:


Sessions West Coast Deli- You MUST try it!

Seriously you guys, please please please get on out there to Newport Beach and check out Sessions West Coast Deli. It’s AMAZE!

I’ve been SO fed up with the typical sandwich shops out there these days (I’m not gonna name any names, but you can take a guess) You get flattened out bread with who knows what in it, HA! Barely any meat, and I feel like you have to practically beg them for any veggies on your sandwich. It was so refreshing to discover Sessions and see that you can get a dang good sandwich overflowing with meat and veggies, and delicious breads and not pay a fortune. In fact, you won’t be paying much more then the sandwich shop mentioned above :)

Sessions, being less then a year old was founded by Matt Meddock, a husband, father and paramedic. Matt, while on his downtime of being a paramedic would often dream of opening a sandwich shop-  “west coast style”, he’d dream of how he could put a 2014 spin on food, he’d dream up sandwiches and the perfect ingredients that would go together, names of sandwiches and so on…

Well, he put that dream into a delicious reality and the rest is history!

I mean. Really? Look at that sandwich. It tastes as amazing as it looks- no joke. And, you can totally share because these things are HUGEmongous (I know I know,  it’s not a word but in my opinion it describes the sandwich perfectly.)

Sessions serves sandwiches such as the one pictured above which is the “Greatfella” with smoked ham, capicola, genoa salami, provolone, chow chow, razor onion, cherry pepper, shredded lettuce with an herb vinaigrette on a toasted ciabatta.

Their #1 seller just happens to be named after the owner- “The Meddock Melee”: roast turkey, swiss, guacamole, razor onion, tomato, cherry pepper, sprouts with adobo buttermilk dressing on a toasted squaw roll.

And their second top seller is named after his wife, Summer! “The Summer Zephyr” is a vegetarian sandwich: fresh mozzarella, marinated tomato, basil aioli, baby arugula and pickled onion on a toasted french roll.

Don’t those sound GOOD??!!?? Of course Sessions has much, much more to choose from including salads, gourmet hot dogs and they even serve breakfast. They have specials:


This is a perfect place to stop after a long day at the beach, which is what we did. My kids absolutely loved it!

Sessions also does catering and to-go orders, so call in ahead of time and take your food down to the beach for a picnic!

I’d love to hear from you if you give Sessions a try, I know you’ll love it!

Tell them Alisa, OC Family Mom Ambassador sent ya!

Sessions West Coast Deli

2823 Newport Blvd.

Newport Beach, CA 92663

(949) 220-9001


Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Launches ClubSport University

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Launches ClubSport University

Orange County’s Premier Health Club Enhances Kids World Service with New Educational Component

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Aug. 13, 2014 – Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo, Orange County’s top athletic club, is expanding its Kids World offerings with the addition of ClubSport University. Beginning Monday, Sept. 8., the educational addition for kids ages six to 12, will be offered Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Taught by CBest certified assistants, ClubSport University will offer 45 minute courses in math, science, technology, agility, mind and body, and art, all designed to assist in the development of comprehensive skills, cooperative learning, critical thinking and more.

“We are thrilled to launch ClubSport University,” said Ed Tomlin, general manager of Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo. “This new program will provide parents assurance that their kids are in good hands and in an environment where creativity and learning is top of mind.”

The enrollment-based program is free to members with Executive Family memberships and can be used by Non-Executive Family members on a drop in basis with a cost of $5 per class or $10 for three classes. As an added benefit, parents are able to leave the property during their children’s classes. Additionally, ClubSport University sessions will not count against Kids World care hours. Space is limited and parents are encouraged to enroll early.

To learn more about Kids World’s launch of ClubSport University or to enroll, please visit: or call (949) 330-5560. For more information about Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo, please visit:

About Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo

A premier health club for individuals and families, combined with a 174-room hotel, Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo combines a world-class sports club with a full-service hotel and restaurant spa. Guests of this membership based family-friendly club enjoy 85,000 square-feet of world-class fitness with the latest cardio and strength training equipment, six fitness studios, racquetball, handball and squash courts, an aquatic center and childcare center with activities for kids of all ages. Renaissance ClubSport is located at 50 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. For more information about the club, visit or call (949) 643-6700. To join the conversation, find Renaissance ClubSport on Facebook at or follow the club on Twitter at @ClubSportAV.

A Camping We Will Go!

Oh how I LOVE camping. My favorite place to camp locally is O’Neill Regional Park. Doesn’t hurt that it’s about 20 minutes from home and feels like you are in a world away.

A woodsy world filled with wild animals, the sweet sounds of coyotes howling at night, the smell of a campfire, the taste of s’mores,  the hiking, the sight of the kids running around playing- being disconnected from electronics. It is wonderful!

I want to share with you a fun game to play with the kiddos while camping:

Camping Tic Tac Toe

Pretty self-explanitory.  Find 4 sticks (not a problem) arrange in tic tac toe style,  then find some rocks, pinecones, leaves, whatever as their “marker”- let the kids use their imagination! I’m not kidding you guys, my kids played this for hours. Ok maybe not hours, but they played for a long time and continued to return to play the game.

Here’s a fun recipe my hubby came up with for camping. We usually do the traditional hot dogs/baked beans over the fire type of dinner, but we wanted something different this time. We WERE NOT disappointed. This was DELISH!

Campfire Cheesy Potato Dinner

This meal can be prepped ahead of time. Wash, peel and thinly slice approx 6 russet potatoes. Layer potatoes, shredded cheese, bacon and your meat of choice (we used cut up smoked sausage) in a disposable tin (found at any grocery store). The idea is to create a potato “lasagna” type dish. We threw this dish on the grill for approx 30 minutes. Of course, you could always cook this over a fire- cooking time will vary. Top this dish with chopped green onions, if desired. It’s super yummy, and with our family of 4 we had lots of leftovers for the next day!

Another fun thing to do that we discovered last year, is to roast Starburst over the campfire. Yep. You heard me right. Now I’m by no means saying to skip the s’mores (please don’t!) but a fun thing you might consider adding to your packed bags is a package of Starburst candy (did I mention the kids go nuts for this?!)

All you do is unwrap, stick the candy onto the end of a marshmallow skewer and roast until it starts to bubble a little bit (be careful, these are super HOT! Don’t roast too long, or the whole candy will drip off the skewer!) Took us a few times to get the hang of it!

So excited to be returning to O’Neill next weekend for one last camping trip of the summer. Cheap, fun, family vacay close to home… yes, please!

Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Music Festival

Tickets on sale!

Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions when Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival debuts in Long Beach and Hollywood, CA.  Concert goers will hear greatest hits from the blockbuster movies Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams.  Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival strives to be the biggest concert experience to hit live family entertainment.




Terrace Theater 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

Show Date & Time: Sat 09/13/2014 (1:00PM, 4:00PM), Sun 09/14/2014 (1:00PM, 4:00PM)

Tickets Start at: $25.00

To order tickets by phone: (562) 436 – 3636



Dolby Theatre 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

Show Date & Time: Fri 09/19/2014 (4:30PM), Sat 09/20/2014 (10:30AM, 1:30PM, 4:30PM),

Sun 09/21/2014 (1:30PM, 4:30PM)

Tickets Start at: $25.00

To order tickets by phone: (323) 308-6300



I can’t wait to take my kids to this show, they will be so excited! Hope to see you there!


photo credit: Disney Live!/Feld Entertainment