Ready to trick or treat this Friday? Here's some helpful tips extracted from safekids.org


Walk Safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never…

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Since the holidays will be here before we know it, it is never too late to start searching (or blogging) about the best lights show around us here in Orange County and creating new lifetime memories. Here's a new display for this year: Dana Point's Illuminocean.

The Dana Point Harbor will be transformed into an awe-inspiring holiday wonderland: IlluminOcean. This ocean-themed lighting attraction will stretch for more than one mile and will feature giant sea sculptures and moving illuminated tunnels. From octopus and sharks, to starfish and surfers, the dazzling displays are highlighted by a towering glow-motion tree, light tunnels stretching longer than a football field and over a dozen gigantic lighting sculptures —some so large, visitors can walk…

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If you are moving with pets, here's a few tips that will help you.  This article was from the petrealtynetwork, and applies to our lifestyles here in Orange County. (Check out the current homes for sale in OC )

10 Tips for Moving With Pets 

Moving to a new home can be stressful on your pets, but there are many things you can do to make the process as painless as possible. Experts at The Pet Realty Network (www.petrealtynetwork.com) in Naples, Fla., offer these helpful tips for easing the transition and keeping pets safe during the move.    

1. Update your pet’s tag. Make sure your pet is wearing a sturdy collar with an identification tag that is labeled with your current contact information. The tag should include your destination location,…

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With Halloween coming up pretty quickly, here's reminder on some of our favorite Dana Point's Halloween events for this year 2014.

First, don’t miss out on Doheny’s Halloween Haunt! Bring your family and friends to celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe environment with good ole fashioned spookiness, arts and crafts, a fun zone, and an array of educational booths. The event runs from 6:30-8:30 pm and meets at picnic sites A and B. There is no charge for admission; however, a donation of one non-perishable per person is greatly appreciated. Don’t’ forget to dress up those little ones!

When: October 25th 2014 6:30 - to 8:30pm.

Where:Doheny State Beach, picnic sites A and B.

Second:  At 4:30pm the City of Dana Point will be hosting spooky fun to…

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Are you wondering or trying to decide on where to find a pumpkin patch, corn maze, safe trick-or-treating, hayrides and other Fall and Halloween fun near you in beautiful Orange County? Here's a list of our favorite ones from last year. Make sure you call in advance to verify times and rates.

1. Tanaka Farms. An old time favorite. It's called ' U-Pick Pumpkin Patch' . Admission Charge is $2 per person, children under 2years old are free and Parking is Free. What's really cool here, is that they have a large farm wagon available for rides ($5 per person, under 2y is free), a large petting zoo ($3 per person, under 2y is free), corn maze (free) and u-pick vegetables ( $2.99 per lb). Over the weekends they will have a Harvest Festival with games, rides,…

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An interesting article on CNN's Money, on Sept. 19, 2014


Money's 15 best places to live

1. McKinney, Texas

2. Maple Grove, Minn.

3. Carmel, Ind.

4. Castle Rock, Colo.

5. Kirkland, Wash.

6. Cloumbia & Ellicott City, Md.

7. Clarkstown, N.Y.

8. Ames, Iowa

9. Rochester Hills, Mich.

10. Reston, Va.

11. Eagan, Minn.

12. Woodbury, Minn.

13. Centennial, Colo.

14. Irvine

15. Newton, Mass.

IRVINE – Sue Snyder has lived in Irvine 39 years. She is glad she picked this city over others because she enjoys the closeness with neighbors.

“I live on Mariposa Street, the best street in the county,” she said. “We have block parties. We have this sense of neighborhood and community that I think is very, very special.”


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Taste of San Clemente

  • Taste of San Clemente
  • Date: November 7, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • $95 per person
  • Ticket includes: entry, a complimentary "Taste of San Clemente" wine glass or beer mug, food, wine, entertainment and valet parking.
Join us for a very special evening, under the stars, at the beautiful Casino San Clemente on Friday, November 7, 2014 for the 24thAnnual Taste of San Clemente, sponsored by Casino San Clemente, The Toll Roads, Southern California Edison, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente, Rods Tree Service, CR&R Environmental Services, Wal-Mart, Universal Press, Inc., Creative Images, Starfish Signs and Graphics & OrangeCoastMagazine.
At the Taste of San Clemente we will serve up culinary…

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