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Museums for Kids in Orange County

In our community, we’re lucky that we don’t have to go far for experiences that people drive across the nation for. We have the beaches, the history, the museums, state parks, all within reach. For those of us with younger ones to entertain, it’s great to have so many options to get up and out of the house. To the kids, a trip to a neighborhood museum can be a trip to another world. Take advantage of our local museums, and head to one of our five favorite Orange County museums: Continue Reading →

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Best Summer Camps in Orange County

The end of the school year is right around the corner, and a summer of the kids at home. For some families, summer is the ideal time to enroll a child in a summer camp, to take the summer as a chance to both entertain and educate the kids outside the classroom. From art to karate to outdoor adventuring, there is something for every kid. We’ve compiled a list of the top summer camps available in Orange County. We are lucky enough to have some of the best in the state, right in our backyard! Continue Reading →

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Labor Day Barbecue Safety

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Can’t you just smell that barbecue hamburger and hot dog scent wafting through the air, down the block, up the street, around the corner? We can! And it means Labor Day is quickly approaching. Labor Day intends to honor and appreciate the American labor force and its contribution to the well-being and function of society. How will you celebrate your Labor Day? Of course, the long-standing tradition of backyard barbecues with friends and family is the perfect way to relax and take a well-deserved break. But before you light that grill, take a look at the basics of safety and caution we’ve compiled for you. Continue Reading →

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Visit the Great Park of Orange County!

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Orange County offers many attractions and events to visitors and locals alike. A consistently rising attraction is the Great Park of Orange County, in the city of Irvine.Whether you’re searching for your next date spot, a place to bring the kids for a day out, or somewhere to bring visiting relatives, this park offers a variety of landscapes and entertainments. Continue Reading →

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St. Patrick’s Day in Orange County

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This week began with the loss of an hour in “spring forward”, and will end with St. Patrick’s day. So it’s not all bad!! Don’t forget to wear your green, or suffer the pinches.

And, of course, what would St. Patrick’s Day be without the traditional Irish fare, and indulgence in the best brews local Irish pubs have to offer? This Thursday make your way to one of these well-known O.C. Irish pubs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orange County with traditional music, food, and beer. Continue Reading →

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Spooky Halloween Events in Orange County

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Halloween is everywhere by now: in the spooky neighborhood ghouls, piles upon piles of candy bags in store aisles, children (and adults!) chattering about this year’s costume, and of course, the pumpkin patches. The only thing that’s not falling in line with Halloween spirit: the weather. Fortunately for us Southern Californians, our Halloween festivities aren’t limited by any chilling storms; to take advantage, here are some Orange County Halloween activities for you to investigate: Continue Reading →

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Is It Time To Ditch the Lawn for Artificial Grass?

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Do you want a lawn as beautiful and perfect as this? Go synthetic.

The drought is real. We’ve had mandatory water restrictions placed on us by the California Governor, who directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement 25 percent reductions in the use of potable (read: drinkable) water. So how are we going to do it?

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that 30 percent of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the United States is used outdoors, mainly for irrigation. Do you realize that the typical suburban lawn consumes 10,000 gallons of water each year? That’s not counting any rainwater! There are many ways to re-landscape your yard to replace your lawn, but if you have children or pets, you might miss that expanse of green. Continue Reading →

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How Safe is Your Food? Peanut Butter Recall Alert

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When we go to the market we assume that the food we are purchasing to feed our families is safe. But is it really? Lately there have been more recalls than ever before on products that are stocking the shelves. According to the CDC, one out of every six Americans is sickened by a foodborne illness each year. This amounts to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. And if you’ve ever had this happen to you, you know just how unpleasant and dangerous this experience can be. Continue Reading →

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Orange County Swimming Pool Safety For Children

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A parent’s life is full of worry, from the moment the pregnancy starts to well, it never ends, does it? The first time you go out to dinner and leave them with a sitter, letting them go to their first day of school, taking the training wheels off the bike, the driver’s license that allows them to drive on their own or with friends, attending college…the occasions for worry and fear are endless.

And 99% of the time the worry and fear are unnecessary, thank goodness. The house didn’t burn down while they were with the sitter, they came home excited after school’s first day, and they managed not to crash the car again. Big sigh. Life is good.

But that’s not the case for the parents of Jasper Ray St. Claire. His parents, who live here in Tustin, instructed their sitter to not take their son to her house, as she had a swimming pool. Continue Reading →

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It’s Not Just Winter—El Niño Is Coming

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It’s time to go out and purchase a pair of rain boots! (Especially for you Southern Californians who probably don’t have any.)  Scientists are predicting that our drought will soon be over thanks to a 70 percent chance that an El Niño will be here by the end of the summer. This weather pattern is predicted to last well into a turbulent winter, bringing with it torrential downpours and flooding while other areas of the globe will be affected by droughts, severe winds, and destroyed crops.

This heavy rainfall is going to significantly increase the risk of landslides and mudslides in the area, especially in combination with the drought that we are currently experiencing. The drought means that hillside vegetation hasn’t had the energy to root properly, and these plants usually hold the earth on the hillsides. So when these rains come, the landslides follow. Continue Reading →

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