OMG. I just found my new favorite restaurant. Angelina’s Pizzeria recently opened in Irvine (in the new Whole Foods center over by the Irvine Spectrum) and I am welcoming it with open arms. I was invited to come try their new brunch menu and from the moment I walked in, I knew that this would be a game changer for Irvine and the surrounding area. Everything about it was fresh and cool which isn’t usually what you’d expect from a restaurant found in Irvine. While we have lots of decent dining options, this one is a stand out and I think everyone needs to run down and check it out.
I’m not exactly outdoorsy. But we have a local spot, called Tanaka Farms, that I love to visit. It’s a great place to take your family in Orange County to pick your own veggies and fruits. I was recently invited to attend a blogger event there, hosted by Tree Top, and it was amazing. Not only did I get to know the family behind the farm a little bit better, but I learned that Tree Top is a pretty amazing brand. While I was familiar with the brand before, and have purchased their products forever, getting to hear more about their company philosophies and goals really turned me in to a fan.
I’ve never met a donut that I didn’t like. My sweet tooth is next level but given my love for dessert-like items, and my proclivity for making things even more fattening, you’d think that I’d go straight for the most ridiculous gourmet donut a shop has to offer. But I’ve got to say, the perfect, sweet/salty treat always wins my heart. I got a chance to do a donut tasting (yes, that’s a thing and it’s part of my job. I love my job) at Poqet Donuts in Irvine. They just released their newest seasonal flavors but in case you haven’t checked them out yet, I’ll give you a breakdown of why you need to go. The Butter Salt donut, above, is a dang good reason. I literally just had to talk myself out of running over there to grab one for a snack…but they have so much more!
My youngest son is super creative. He loves to draw and create imaginative stories. When I found out that our local mall was opening a store where kids get to create and publish their own books, I knew we needed to try it out. Storymakery is a really fun activity for kids! During their visit to Storymakery, the kids get to develop characters, write a story and publish their very own book! The process takes about an hour and the kids walk away with a one-of-a-kind book that they will have for the rest of their lives! So fun!
Snow in Orange County?! YES! Head to Discovery Cube OC for their Winter Wonderfest! Your kids will love all the special winter themed exhibits and activities and you’ll love seeing their huge smiles! Visit today (Dec. 19, 2015) through January 3rd! Click through for all the details!
Spoiler alert: We had the BEST time at Legoland Hotel California a few weeks ago! It was our first visit and it was so much fun! I knew it would be kid-friendly but it turned out to be totally mom-friendly too. If your kids have been wanting to stay there I highly recommend it! Read on for all the details.