New Paris Baguette Location Now Open in Aliso Viejo!

Specializing in French-inspired goods, PARIS BAGUETTE opened their 55th U.S. store last month in Aliso Viejo, and we got checked it out during their Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with local city officials. They are located in the Aliso Viejo Town Center and it is also their first store in South Orange County. It has modern decor with outdoor seating. It is one of the nicest one I have been to. This is how you order - grab tongs and fill up a tray with pastries, then head over to the counter to order signature coffee, drinks, cakes, sandwiches, or salads. Everything I tried was delicious. There are 10 macarons variety at Paris Baguette Aliso Viejo. Perfect for any occasion, they have pretty gift set boxes for 4 or 8. They also carry options that are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free. Today, there are more than 2,700 locations worldwide and they began franchising last year. For more information, please visit their website at www.ParisBaguette.com. 

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Limited Time "Rare Madagascar Vanilla" at Yogurtland for one week 6/26-7/1 + Giveaway!

You might have heard about the Madagascar vanilla bean being in short supply due to the storms. Well, YOGURTLAND was able to secure the Madagascar vanilla needed for this new flavor, "Rare Madagascar Vanilla", but it will only be in U.S. stores for one week - June 26 through July 1, 2017 or while supplies last! Known for it's creamy, sweet, and smooth flavor, pure Bourbon Vanilla Beans are extracted used a cold press method and will be featured in the handcrafted "Rare Madagscar Vanilla"! It is delicious! Yogurtland is proud to use real ingredients sourced in their original locations in their recipes because they want it to taste like the real thing. For more information about Yogurtland, please visit their website at www.yogurt-land.com.

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Win a Chance to See MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! Age of Heroes

Avengers, will assemble in Southern California this summer in MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! AGE OF HEROES. Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy join forces to defend the universe from evil in this all new live show. It's the newest production from Feld Entertainment which will debut its world premiere in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 7, 2017 and will make stops in Anaheim and Ontario through July 23rd! Tickets are on sale now and starts at $25.

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Kaleido-Kids Free Summer Events & Carnival Return to Kaleidoscope Center!

Looking for free summer entertainment for the children? Kaleido-Kids events at Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo is back starting this Tuesday, June 20! Co-sponsored by Jump ‘n Jammin, the events are every Tuesday from June 20 through August 1, from 11:30am to12:30 pm in the center courtyard at Kaleidoscope. The events will conclude with the Kaleido-Kids Carnival on Tuesday, August 8 from 11:30am to 2:30pm benefiting Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. Also on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout summer, Edwards Kaleidoscope Stadium 10 is hosting its annual Summer Movie Express which features family favorites (rated G or PG) for only $1 admission per person. The movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am from June 20 to August 16. See the schedule below!

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Disney Pixar CARS 3 Movie Review

We saw pre-screenings of Disney•Pixar's "Cars 3" this week and loved it! Racing is Lightning McQueen's life, but as newer, faster cars enter the competition, it is harder for him to keep up. He suddenly realizes that he might be forced to retire. Can personal trainer, Cruz Ramirez, get him up to the next level? You'll have to watch it to find out. Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.

Producer Kevin Reher says the story is reflective of real-life champions. “Lightning McQueen has been racing for more than a decade,” says Reher. “He’s struggling with the kind of issues a lot of athletes face later in their careers. Do you go out on top or fight til the end?”

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Knott's Berry Farm's Summer Ghost Town Alive! Experience

GHOST TOWN ALIVE! returns to Knott’s Berry Farm for another action-packed summer transporting us all to the Wild, Wild West. Complete with bandits, cowboys, robberies, a sheriff, a hoedown, and more, you're the star in this show! This fun interactive experience is great for all ages. Mingle with the citizens of Ghost Town, become the sheriff's deputy and swear in as an official Calico citizen for starters. Step inside the Assay Office, Sheriff's Office, Goldie’s Place, Town Hall, and the Bank! Do as much or as little as you want, the story line changes by the day. They sure had us intrigued and running all over town!

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Disney The Little Mermaid Broadway Musical Ticket Giveaway!

Musical Theatre Orange County (MTOC) proudly presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid Musical performances this summer July 21 through 30, 2017! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, it is a wonderful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." Ron Banks has been seen around the world in musical theater, opera, and voice over. He’s received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the King of Siam in The King and I and an 8-year run as Jafar in Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular, and many other roles across a 30-year career. Voice over includes World of Warcraft, and Quan Chi in the Mortal Kombat franchise. Ron has a passion for youth outreach, often performing in Pacific Symphony’s Family Concerts. 

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New Attractions and Shows at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego went through some big changes this year ready just in time for Summer! Their new Ocean Explorer area features five new children's rides and three new animal encounters (octopus, crab, and eel). They also changed up the orca show to make it more educational, and you'll want to stick around for the nighttime celebrations in the new Electric Ocean Light Festival (on select dates this summer). I was able to ride most of the new rides with my kids. The top attraction here is the Submarine Quest. It had a two hour wait time opening weekend. 

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Body Contouring - Lipo or Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

I am considering liposuction and/or a tummy tuck. There I said it. I've been practicing the last few weeks by telling my friends and family so that I can find enough courage to share it here - on my blog - publicly - making it official. None of them tried to talk me out of it, and I didn't feel judged but supported. They didn't really ask me a lot of questions either. I think it turned into an open discussion about what other procedures we would all like to do. My closest friends and I are either just turning forty or will be soon. We have children around the same age, and we are all open to cosmetic surgery. I know this topic might not be for everyone, but I have been thinking about it for the last two years and was given an amazing opportunity this year to get it done. I am nervous about putting myself out there, but I am willing to talk about it as long as the results are amazing. I will find out as much information as possible and share my journey along the way. It will happen rather quickly, because I want to get it done this summer. Please feel comfortable asking me questions, and if I don't know, I will find out. 

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New TRADE Food Hall in Irvine near SNA and UCI

TRADE FOOD HALL is a new casual dining center which is conveniently located near the John Wayne Airport (SNA) and University of California Irvine. The food hall features a vertical garden and courtyard seating. Offering unique dishes to satisfy every tastebud, it's not your typical food court. You'll find vegan, vegetarian, fried chicken, a bar, Latin-Asian and Latin-Mexican dishes, mediterranean, poke bowls, seafood, pork sandwiches with candied bacon, burgers with fried eggs, waffle-pops, and more! Descriptions of the restaurants are below. 

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