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Lighting Of The Bay

DUNES’ LIGHTING OF THE BAY NOV 25th

26th Annual Tradition To Feature Brilliantly Lit Christmas Trees & Decorations Floating on the Bay, Visit From Santa, Live Holiday Music & Family Fun Movie

One of Southern California’s most cherished holiday traditions will come alive as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort hosts its 26th Annual Lighting of the Bay on Friday, November 25. The festivities will include live musical performances by OC Song & Dance and the Corona del Mar High School Choir, a roaming magician, three puppet shows and a visit by Santa Claus who will flip a massive switch to illuminate dozens of floating “trees” and other holiday decoration on the water. There will also be a screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for the kids. Parking and all activities are free including, build-your-own-s’mores, cookies, hot cocoa, and cider. The Dunes will be selling its award-winning seafood chowder, hot dogs, chili and corn muffins and bar will be open for the grown-ups.

FRIDAY, NOV. 25 LINE-UP   

  • 3 p.m. — Corona del Mar High School Choir and OC Children’s Song Group perform holiday songs.
  • 5:30 p.m.  –  Santa arrives and leads the countdown to flip the giant switch to light the bay.
  • 6 p.m. – Families are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets to enjoy a screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on the beachfront.
On Saturday the 26th, the Dunes will open its Christmas Tree Farm. Santa Claus will be on hand during select times to take photos with the kids. Hours will be from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily through December 24.  There, families may choose from Nobles, Nordmans and Grand Firs ranging from 3’ to 10’.

Then on Sunday, December 3rd, the critically acclaimed Back Bay Bistro will serve a brunch with Santa from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Executive Chef Bruno Massuger will prepare a special holiday brunch designed to get families in the Christmas spirit, including a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Price is $45 for adults with endless Champagne and mimosas and $16 for children under 10. Free parking for event attendees and Sunday brunch is free with Bistro validation.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is a non-membership recreational area featuring a 386-site state-of-the-art RV park, 450-slip marina and a private waveless beach and playground that has been enjoyed by families since 1958.

Newport Dunes is also home to 24 mobile cottages that the public may rent. Its onsite restaurant, the Back Bay Bistro, is critically acclaimed and highly sought after dining spot thanks to its eclectic menu and stunning water views.  The Dunes is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive.  Call 949-729-3863 for more information.

Ventura County Farm Day

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3rd Annual Ventura County Farm Day

This Saturday!

Get a rare inside look at the inner workings of farming and agriculture by
visiting and touring over 20 working farms in Ventura County at the 2015
Ventura County Farm Day. This free, multi-location event will feature
unique farm tours, hands-on activities, educational demonstrations and a
farm day mercantile hub followed by a ticketed outdoor BBQ at Limoneira
Ranch.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
BBQ at Limoneira starts at 4 p.m.

Over 20 different Ventura County farms in Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ventura, Camarillo,
Saticoy, Somis and Oxnard

BBQ location: Limoneira Farm, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
1141 Cummings Rd.
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Self-guided farm tours are free from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets to the Limoneira BBQ are available for purchase online. Tickets will also be sold at the door while supplies last. BBQ tickets are $35 for adults and include all activities, dinner and one alcoholic beverage. Children’s tickets $15, for attendees ages 12 and under.

Here’s a video from our tour of Limoneira that you may enjoy.

LA County Fair Ticket – Giveaway!

LA County Fair Ticket Giveaway! LA County Fair

Enter to win a “mind-blowing” LA County Fair Ticket Prize Package!

93rd Edition of LA County Fair

Opens Sept. 4 for 21 Days of Mind-Bending Fun

Popnology, New Rides, Eats, Concerts and an Expanded Luminasia

Raise the “Wow” factor at One America’s Biggest County Fairs

As an official Ambassador to the LA County Fair we are proud to host this fabulous prize package giveaway, including 4 tickets + surprises equalling a $150 value! Spend a fun filled day at the fair your family. Click on the pictures on this page to read about the fantastical foods at the fair this year as experienced by our own Mike Anderson.

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New this year is Popnology, a hands-on destination attraction making its world premiere at the LA County Fair. Among the 33,000-square-foot  exhibition are the coolest tech and science gadgets influenced by popular culture, ranging from the Batmobile, Hal 9000 computer from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Oculus Rift virtual reality technology to R2D2 from “Star Wars” and the famous DeLorean from “Back to the Future.”

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There is so much to see and do at the most diverse fair in the nation, you can experience carnival rides and crafting exhibits, but also partake in mind-blowing fun found at our LA-only attractions. Ever wanted to see Back to the Future’s Hoverboard in real life? Or celebrate Mardi Gras year-round? The 93rd annual Los Angeles County Fair has everything you need for an amazing day to dark experience, including the spectacular night time attraction of  the larger-than-life Luminasia handcrafted lantern display. Back by popular demand for its second and final year at the LACF the display has been expanded so visitors can stroll through massive, animated colorful replicas of iconic L.A. landmarks and never-before-seen images.

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Other LACF favorites include the Carnival pulsating with more 70 rides, some new for 2015; the trapeze and aerial artists of Esmeralda’s Traveling Circus; Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon, celebrating the 16th birthday of LACF’s resident Weeper Capuchin monkey; the sharks, seals and sting rays of Beneath the Sea and new outdoor Seaquarium; and the Grinding Gears Music Experience with DJs, tribute bands and the Battle of the Bands competition. You won’t want to miss one spectacular minute! So slather on the sunscreen, grab a water bottle, pile in the car and head on out to the 2015 Los Angeles County Fair, now through September 27th.

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Mike Vs. Peanut Butter Fried Pickle!

Mike Anderson tucks into the Peanut Butter Fried Pickle.

“I loved it for all its weirdness.” – Mike Anderson, Reviewer @EncinoMom

2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour – Ticket Giveaway

2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour – Ticket Giveaway2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour

Imagine spending this Saturday strolling through 6 private residences from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach! The 2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour promises to ignite your imagination and excite your eyes with innovative architecture and fine, modern interiors. The tour is self paced, so you can linger, loll and dream or zoom through and spend the rest of the day at the beach. We are thrilled to have two tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner!

Tickets are $30 each in advance, $40 on the day of the event. Hurry, giveaway ends Thursday at midnight! You can enter here or click on a picture to go to our page on Giveaway Tools.

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Get a breath of fresh air this Saturday on the 2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour. Stunning architecture and interior design in 6 private homes. You’ll receive the specific addresses and maps after purchasing (or winning) tickets!la20153

Dwell On Design At The LA Convention Center

                            

Pre-Oscar Party

At Modani’s in West Hollywood, my guest and I enjoyed viewing the collection at their Pre Oscar bash. This giant, mirrored, sculptural, face chair was quite a show stopper. It’s like a huge mask with eyes, a prominent nose and mouth visible on the back. Definitely a conversation starter and a piece to be placed in the center of the room or near a window so it can be enjoyed from all sides. Surprisingly, it was pretty comfortable! Maybe something for my next house?

Lisa Keating celebrating the Oscars in the Modani showroom on Sunset Boulevard.

A variation is this white dome chair. Similar in scale, but could work well in numbers given the right space.

Modani Showroom Pre Oscar party 2015.

Check out the back of the chair reflected in the window behind me.

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This modern chandelier with sleek, flame influenced glass fixtures caught my eye.

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Here’s another view of the light fixture.

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Some great pieces for your patio, deck or pool surround.

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Love the round seating and the glowing globe accent light. Great for defining outdoor spaces and especially effective for parties that slip past sunset and last late into the night.

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I adore these silver placements and festive orange dishes.

 

Tea & Tears

Tea & Tears: The Best Of Me Movie Screening Party

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A movie date with good friends, good food, fun times and goodie bags! (The teenagers took their own pictures on their phones in the next room.)

The Best Of Me Blu-ray & DVD Box Art.

The Best Of Me – Tears Of Joy Edition

Okay, here’s what we did. We screened the *Tears of Joy Edition of The Best of Me here in the EncinoMom screening room on Sunday! Before the movie (which arrived with a box of Kleenex – I’m not kidding) we had some tasty samples lined up for our guests.

Exquisite cupcakes from SusieCakes.

Here’s a snap of the SusieCakes cupcakes before we even took them out of the box. The cake part was perfect – read – not a crumb left on anyone’s plate – and the frostings were swoon worthy. Sigh.

Ultimately, we decided to watch the theatrical release version of the movie because none of us would watch it if we saw the storybook “Tears Of Joy” ending first. So the Kleenex turned out to be a very good thing to have on hand in the studio!

When guests first arrived, everyone commented on how good it smelled. I credit the tea and the scented candles in the goodie bags, even though we hadn’t lit any of them, yet!

The tables were laid out with vintage tea cups and ladies’ luncheon plates. You can definitely tell the plates are authentic because there is an ashtray molded into each one, so ladies could smoke while enjoying their lunch. Seems outrageous, now, but I imagine these plates were used at fashionable gatherings where the women wore gloves and girdles.

Vintage tea cups laid out on a glass table.

Vintage tea cups and saucers with a teapot my daughter made at Color Me Mine when she was 3.

We sampled the new Kale Caesar Salad from the Corner Bakery, some Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs (which I used to make egg salad sandos with cucumber) and then we tucked into some amazing cupcakes and treats from SusieCakes along with a limited edition tea from Teavana, created especially for Valentine’s Day.

Vintage glass luncheon plates.

The ashtray is in the lower right hand corner of the dish – the empty area next to the punch cup. Click to see the Kale Caesar (under 600 calories when paired with soup from The Corner Bakery’s 100 Combos Under 600 Calories Menu). The dressing is perfection.

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The First Blush Tea from Teavana. The color and flavor of this tea are exquisitely subtle and lovely.

The First Blush Tea features naturally scented Jasmine green tea blended with floral orchid oolong complemented by luscious strawberries, crisp rhubarb and effervescent undertones of bubbly rosé. It arrived in a big box with surprises that we put into goody bags.

Perfect Teamaker from Teavana

Available at Teavana stores and online.

This tea smells amazing! It is lovely and subtle and beautiful, too.  We used the Perfectea maker pictured above. It’s so simple to use and ensures that your tea comes out just right. It’s especially helpful if you’re a lazy tea maker like me. I tend to leave tea to steep too long which results in bitterness that no amount of milk and sugar can remedy.

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Here’s Teavana’s Perfectea Maker in action. So simple. Hot water goes in the top. Tea comes out the bottom.

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So much to taste and talk about!

The tea also came with this Pairing Tip: blend iced First Blush Tea with a glass of champagne for a fun and easy to make Teavana cocktail.

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Thanks to SusieCakes for the perfect assortment of sweets to go with our salty tears.

We knew just about everyone on the guest list would be down with that so we picked up our favorite Brut! This was a big hit and was the perfect complement to our menu. We added a few fresh raspberries and hibiscus flowers in rose syrup to the champagne/tea cocktail as a beautiful blushing garnish. The soft color of the tea makes this a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. Surprisingly, we sweetened the tea slightly with a few crystals of Teavana’s Perfectea Rock Sugar for just the right blend of flavors in the champagne cocktail.

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The egg salad sandwiches were light and mild and layered with leaf lettuce and Persian cucumbers for a new take on traditional crustless tea sandwiches.

So Sunday was like a mini restaurant tour and product Expo! We had a great time together which of course was the point of the whole thing and our guests were encouraged to take pictures and post to Instagram, Facebook or Tweet, Flip, Pin, Kick, etc. to share the fun.

In the EncinoMom Studio.

Here’s a shot of the movie in progress! You can click it to view the trailer.

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One more beauty shot of the sweets.

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You can have an event like this at home with your friends and we can help! We’ve got one copy of the *Tears of Joy Edition of The Best of Me on Blu-ray and DVD to giveaway. Follow the link to enter on Rafflecopter and don’t forget to leave us a comment!

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Vintage teacups in warm soapy water.

Parting shot. When all is said and done, a little hand washing allows for quiet reflection on the friends and festivities of the day. How sweet it is.

SSOTD

Yesterday, my mom and I hosted a tea party with the help of Susie Cakes, Teavanna, and Fox Home Entertainment, who provided pastries, tea, and the movie, The Best of Me. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.

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Let me start by saying that Susie Cakes has THE BEST CUPCAKES. I cannot believe the flavors I put in my mouth all day. All the cupcakes had disappeared within two minutes of being on display. After we all sat around, eating mini sandwiches and sipping on tea, we went into our movie room, where we project movies onto the wall. Anyway, everyone had a blast and at the end of the day I went to pick up Christmas Lights from a house down the street about to be bulldozed. When I brought the lights home, I separated all of them into three strands. I plugged them in and to my surprise, each strand lit up! I took one strand into my room and hung it in between the grid and the mattress of my bunk bed. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of how great it looks. Alright well, see you tomorrow! Goodnight! ❤️👽

Rainy Day Garage Sale

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Sometimes weather.com makes mistakes, what can I say? Once you list your yard sale on Craig’s List you are committed. Early birds will knock on your door to see if the sale was moved inside. There’s no use in fighting, so here I sit in the driveway under an umbrella waiting for the next hard core garage sale shopper. Honestly, I’m so grateful for the steady drizzle, I’m perfectly happy in spite of the inconvenience. I may change my mind though, if someone comes along and buys my seat! lol

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In front of Lyfe Kitchen, a crazy and exciting Christmas explosion is taking place. The NitroPod was spotted lurking at the site. If you aren’t aware of the NitroPod, it is an exclusive ice cream truck that has been scouted twice by our own Lizzy Kay and her accomplice MM. Tonight, thanks to the face painting booth, they go by Batman and Spider-Man. Thank you Tarzana for this joyous after school adventure.IMG_9751.JPG