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EntertainmentSo Cal Living

Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker: A Holiday Tradition for All Ages

Christmas is a time for traditions. Perhaps one of the most time-honored traditions is that of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s immortal ballet, The Nutcracker. Since its debut in 1892, The Nutcracker has been performed at Christmastime on countless stages around the world. This year, the Long Beach Ballet presents its 35th …

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CarsSo Cal Living

Hearts Racing at the Kia Ride and Drive Experience at Six Flags Magic Mountain

There’s no better way to kick off Spring Break in Southern California than with a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain. As an added bonus, Kia Motors America had partnered with the park to host Kia’s Ride and Drive Experience. I’ve been in the market for a new car for …

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So Cal Living

Remembering The Summer Of Love

On the breezy shores of San Francisco, over 100,000 young people arrived with open minds and light hearts, attracted by the idea of being a part of a generational revolution. It was 1967, and the Summer of Love was just taking form, inspiring restless youth to change all they knew …

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So Cal Living

Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy

My experience at the Professional Bull Riders Invitational (PBR) in Anaheim this weekend was nothing short of a “fish-out-of-water” story, or perhaps in this case, a “horse-out-of-its-stable.” I have never been to a bull riding event before so when I was invited by Frontier SoCal, I jumped at the opportunity. …

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So Cal LivingSports

Sherwood Country Club hosts inaugural PowerShares QQQ Championship

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to witness the birth of a new sporting event. However, this weekend the beautiful Sherwood Country Club in Lake Sherwood, CA, hosted the inaugural PowerShares QQQ Championship, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend by #FrontierSoCal. The PowerShares QQQ …

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So Cal LivingSports

The Inspiring Athletes of Swatch Women’s Pro Surfing

Pro Surfing is a diverse sport with athletes from around the world that take on the wild, capricious depths of the ocean and work tirelessly to build a harmonious relationship. Whether you follow the sport closely or have never touched a surfboard, the women that competed at the Swatch Women’s …

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2015 Special Olympics World Games Fans in the Stands

Thousands of athletes and coaches are participating in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games that are currently taking place in Los Angeles this week. The competitions are being held across multiple venues in LA and I was thrilled to be one of the spectators at this past Sunday’s event. It …

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FamilySo Cal Living

Camp Galileo: Where learning meets fun

As a stay at home mom, I really struggled with the decision to put my son in preschool. Early learning is very important to me and I wanted to be sure I wasn’t just placing him into a “daycare” environment. Luckily, we found a fantastic preschool near us that has …

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Explore the Wild Side of The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

When was the last time you saw baby Jaguar cubs in person? Or peered up at a family of giraffes? How about enjoyed a safari trip in the desert? Not recently? Well, California’s Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert offers up close, guided tours and much more than …

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Knott’s Halloween Haunt Promises To Kill Or Become Infected

Knott’s Berry Farm has long treasured their reign as the location for Southern California haunts, but with so many neighboring theme parks becoming infamous for scares of their own, Knott’s has kicked it up a notch with this year’s Scary Farm. Beginning September 25th, guests can test their limits through …

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Pokémon Trainer Challenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain

On a bright sunny Sunday morning, I headed out to Six Flags Magic Mountain, which is located in the town of Valencia (a suburb of Los Angeles). This was my daughter’s first time at Magic Mountain, which is known for thrilling rides such as Batman™ The Ride, The Riddler’s Revenge …

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FamilySo Cal Living

Meeting Dara Torres and Learning About the Funnest Sport

Earlier this month I was invited, along with a select group of bloggers, to learn about the funnest sport in Irvine, CA. The 2014 National Swimming Championships were taking place at the William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine. My daughter and I had a blast watching swimmers compete, getting in …

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Goodwill Keepers: A Budget Savvy Fashionista’s Dream

Goodwill has been around since 1902, but with the help of hipsters, new trends, and the lingering poor economy, their network of nonprofit thrift shops have seen a new revival that not only helps shoppers save money, but contribute towards a great cause as well.  Working to provide job training, …

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LEGOLAND SEA LIFE Aquarium Debuts Jellyfish Discovery!

Jellyfish are some of the most unusual yet fascinating creatures to be found in the ocean. These water-dwelling jellies have no brain, bones, heart, blood or lungs yet they’re able to use their nerves as a sense of light, smell and means of orienting themselves. Jellies have been around for …

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The Happiest Place on Earth #JustGotMerrier

Spending Christmas time at Disneyland is an iconic tradition. The Christmas Day Parade that airs Christmas morning on ABC is only a hint at the magic at the happiest place on Earth. The way the snow settles on Sleeping Beauty’s castle is irreplaceable, and no one can compare to the …

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disneyland

Although we’ve been to Disneyland plenty of times, we’ve never been for Halloween. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, but turns out it’s exactly what it sounds like! Not so scary and full of Disney Magic. Mickey’s Halloween Party is one …

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