Pineapple Season at Islands Restaurants + Giveaway!

Did you know it is peak season for pineapples from March through July? ISLANDS RESTAURANTS use nearly 182,000 fresh pineapple every year! Ending soon, the restaurant features a special Pineapple Pairing Menu that runs through May 31st. Choose from their Hawaiian Burger topped with grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce paired with the Big Island Iced Tea, Yaki Tacos topped with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa paired with a Piña Colada, or get their Hoisin Beach Bowl which includes chunks of grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables served over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken paired with their signature Mai Tai. 

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Where to Eat on Catalina Island: Ben's Bakery at the Shops at the Atwater

Headed to Catalina Island and need a quick bite to eat? Avalon, California has a bakery cafe located inside the Shops at the Atwater. We stopped in for a tasting during our last visit to Catalina, and we liked it. Owned by the Catalina Island Company, BEN'S BAKERY offers a casual dining experience with a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, breakfast items, paninis, wraps, baked goods, soups, salads, and pastries. BEN'S also serves fresh brewed Illy coffee, espresso drinks, iced coffee drinks, frozen blended drinks, hot tea, iced tea, smoothie bar and fresh juices of the day. I listed a sample of their menu below... 

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Mother's Day 3-Course Menu at Mimi's Cafe

Mother's Day in America is tomorrow - Sunday, May 14th, and most Moms want to celebrate with their loved ones, but they don't want to slave in the kitchen all day. Give Moms the day off. If you're looking for a family-friendly option, MIMI'S CAFE offers French-inspired American comfort food. They not only want to celebrate like they do in France with a 3-Course Menu and Complimentary Raspberry Brown Butter Seasonal bread, but they want to celebrate Moms twice, because after dining on Mother's Day, guests are invited back for Fête des Meres (Mother's Day in France, May 28th) for a free entree. They're also giving Moms a special gift from MIMI'S, a wildflower seed card that is ready for planting. After the flowers bloom, Mom will remember the time she spent with family and friends at MIMI'S. They open at 7 AM and will serve brunch until 1 PM, and their 3-Course Mother's Day menu starts at 11 AM. Here is a sneak peek of their 3 Course Menu. (They are also accepting reservations). 

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3 Easy Dinners with New Foster Farms Baked Never Fried Chicken + Giveaway! #FFBakedisBetter

Planning weekly meals for the family is often challenging for me, because I only want to make one grocery run for the week, and I can't spend too much time putting it together so if I am missing an ingredient for the recipe, I have to find a new one. Foster Farms has new product called BAKED that are in the frozen section at Albertson's or Vons. They come in 1.5 lb bags and you can always have them as a back up or if you need to make quick meals. I was up for the challenge and ended up making three simple meals that are so easy. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

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BigBoxPlay Launched Their Kickstarter Campaign This Week #bigboxplay

Do you remember playing with big cardboard boxes when you were children? I have four other siblings, and I recall a time when we taped two boxes together, cut out windows and doors, then played with it until it fell apart. Now when I see my own children doing it, I get it. It's fun, and they feel like it is their own personal space. Especially the younger one, he drags it up and down the stairs, put all his toys in it, hides in it, and wants to sleep in it with his pillows and blanket. He was upset when his Dad wanted to throw it away. 

Last week, BigBoxPlay was at Storymakery in Irvine demonstrating their first-of-its-kind play and learning system. We stopped in to see if my kids would like it. I was amazed how sturdy it was and posted a video on my facebook page with my boys walking on them. They were playing in not stop and even made friends. I like that it lays flat when we want to put it away.

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5 Island Freebies on Your Birthday for Catalina Island #catalinaexpress #catalinaisland

Catalina Island has been one of our annual trips for the past 4-5 years. This year I got all excited because my birthday landed on Spring Break, and I got to ride the CATALINA EXPRESS for free as well as experience firsthand the Island birthday freebies. Most people already know about them, and the tricky part is you can only get them on the day of your birthday (not the week of or the month of). They will want to see proof. With an hour and half boat-ride away from Orange County, paradise awaited us! Here are five birthday island freebies you may or may not have known about in Avalon, California...

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California Strawberry Festival Ticket Giveaway! #CAStrawberryFestival

The 2017 California Strawberry Festival is the perfect summer kickoff! Located at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard, this "berrilicious” event has expanded by 50% this year and now covers 15 acres. Fairgoers can now enjoy over 50 food booths, live concerts, 200+ arts & crafts exhibitors, and cooking demonstrations as well as a Strawberryland for Kids with rides and attractions. The Strawberryland Kids Theatre presented by Wells Fargo hosts live shows throughout the day. Be sure to enter the “Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest” if you have children under the age of 4 years old for prizes. Proceeds to the event will benefit Southland charities. All the non-profit food booths receive 100 percent of their sales proceeds. This 34th annual festival is on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st this year! 

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HARRY POTTER Film Concert Series at Segerstrom Center #scfta

THE HARRY POTTER FILM CONCERT SERIES returns to Orange County this month to perform the second film in the Harry Potter franchise - "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Guests will be treated to the film playing on a 40-foot high definition screen while the 90-piece Pacific Symphony Orchestra performs live music from the film John Williams' score at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 2017. There will be three concerts. 

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