June 2016 #OCParks Events Calendar

Click here to view the June 2016 Events Calendar for all OC Parks venues including regional, wilderness and historical park sites, and beaches. 

Some of the highlight activities in June include:

June 4 - Explore the Bay Family Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
June 10 - Mason Movie Night Unders the Stars at William R. Mason Regional Park
June 25 - Star Wars Day at Orange County Zoo
June 26 - Meditating in Nature at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

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Neuro - Drink with a Purpose #drinkneuro

Neuro - Drink with a Purpose

Cali Julz says...
I had the chance to connect with Neuro at a recent event and learned a bit about how drinking something can result in a better me! I fell in love with the idea and wanted to share this amazing product with you. With all the hats I wear..mom, wife, business woman, friend ...etc I have started to really get into ending my night with Neuro BLISS...it has vitamin D, chamomile and some other good things for de-stressing!! 

Neuro - Drink with a Purpose


The beverage aisle in any store holds endless drinks with endless promises. But not many that truly deliver. In a world of more and more extravagant claims, Neuro Drinks stand apart: offering true function.Neuro Drinks are functional beverages backed by science and designed with the everyday person in mind. No gimmicks, nor exaggerations. Just results. Each neuro is Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher, and offers you the best ingredients to help your body get what it needs. All at only 35 calories per bottle.Each of our drinks serves a specific purpose. You might benefit from neuroSONIC’s Focused Energy, in the morning and need neuroSLEEP at night. Whether it’s Daily Health, Stress Relief,Playful Energy, Healthy Appetite Control or Premium Alkaline Hydration, we let you decide what works best for you, no matter what your purpose.From the Volcanic soil of our Aloe Fields for neuroDAILY to the premium green tea we source from the mountains of Northern China, we ensure that every neuro has quality ingredients from the best sources in the world-at amounts that deliver true function.We want to help you nurture your body, mind and overall well-being. We strive every day to bring you the absolute best product available, drinks with a purpose. I know that these drinks can make a difference in your life, and we hope that you will remember that in this competitive world, Neuro Drinks can help you rise above the playing field and take on any challenge!There is a Neuro Drink for everyone, and I am proud to share them with you!

Sanela Diana Jenkins, CEO and Founder of Neuro

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Global Genes Gifts $100,000 to 18 Patient Organizations

Funding for Rare Projects Just Got Easier: Global Genes Gifts $100,000 to 18 Patient Organizations
Grant recipients were selected from a pool of 137 applicants requesting over $1.4 million in total. 

Global Genes is committed to meeting the collective need of the 350 million patients and hundreds of advocacy groups fighting for treatments and cures for over 7,000 rare diseases.

Global Genes, a leading rare and genetic disease advocacy organization, proudly announces the winners of its inaugural RARE Patient Impact Grant program. Launched at the 2015 Rare Tribute to Champions of Hopethe nonprofit directs $100,000 in financial support to deserving rare disease foundations and patient advocacy groups providing equipment, resources, and support to rare disease patients and their caregivers.

NGLY1 Foundation is one of Global Genes’ 18 grantees. They seek solutions and patient support for NGLY1 families, an extremely rare disorder that is just one of the 118 rare genetic disorders called Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG). There are only about 150 known cases of CDG in the United States.  Our grant made it possible for parents to actively participate in a recent conference while their children received care. This is a massive endeavor for a community caring for kids who are suffering from global developmental delays, liver dysfunction, and regular seizures. Cristina Might, Founder & Executive Director of NGLY1 Foundation, expresses her gratitude, “The grant funding helped ensure the children had proper medical care while parents and caregivers participated in the educational sessions.”

Global Genes is satisfying an advocacy need that should not be rare. Collectively rare diseases affect 30 million Americans and 350 million people worldwide, approximately half of them children. That’s 10% of the human population. Nicole Boice, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Genes is a champion of the RARE Patient Impact Grant program. “We are excited to make these first awards for an underserved community, and are dedicated to growing the grant program, including increasing the funding available to meet the needs of grant recipients each year.”

That’s amazing news to Krista Vasi, Executive Director of Usher Syndrome Coalition, “We are thrilled to be able to offer scholarships to so many new families for this year’s conference. I hope this grant can make a difference for more groups like ours.” The event will include science sessions, family panels, a research Q&A, and lengthy break sessions where patients and caregivers can engage with researchers who are working tirelessly towards a cure. Usher Syndrome is a  rare genetic disorder that results in a combination of hearing loss and visual impairment. It is the leading cause of deafblindness.                            

Amanda Knitter, Global Genes’ Director of Patient Advocacy, was one of the team members who reviewed the 137 grant application totaling $1.4 million in requested funding. “I’m extremely excited that we were able to distribute to such a worthy recipient base, but we need to do more. If Global Genes could grant all of these requests, we would have been able to help rare foundations serve 1.1 million patients and caregivers.”
There is a huge opportunity to support projects critical to the rare community. With 1 in 10 Americans impacted by a rare disease, chances are someone you know is battling silently. Global Genes doesn’t want rare to be an excuse for not caring. We are requesting support from those outside of the rare community in order to increase the awards for the RARE Patient Impact Grant program. Global Genes raised funds for these grants through its international Denim Dash, a weeklong virtual event held from March 19th to 27th. Help us grow this program and increase our giving to RARE Patient Impact Grant recipients each year.Make an online donation or contact Monica Lee Copeland directly to give at a larger level.

Congratulations to the 2016 RARE Patient Impact Grant program awardees that include the following disease communities; 1p36 Deletion Support & Awareness, ADCY5 Mutation, A Foundation Building Strength, Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, CADASIL Association, Children’s Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease Foundation (chILD Foundation), Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), Helping Hands for GAND, Inc., Histiocytosis Association, Inc., Hope for SCD, International FOXG1 Foundation, LHON Project at UMDF, Moebius Syndrome Foundation, National PKU News, NGLY1 Foundation, Pachyonychia Congenita Project, Usher Syndrome CoalitionLearn more about our 2016 grant winners!

Global Genes will accept grant applications for 2017 awards between July 15, 2016 and September 15, 2016Learn how to apply for a RARE Patient Impact Grant here. Types of projects funded include special programming conference support, disease specific educational resources for schools, adaptive equipment and technology for patients, and micro-grants for early investigative research.

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Up-cycled #chickfilamomsDIY Shadow Box

What was this totally amazing Spicy Southwest Salad 
is now a up-cycled Shadow Box.

Out here in Los Angeles I go to all these cool events so I normally have keepsakes that I bring home so I can remember the event!!

What better way to showcase them.

Gather up some supplies. I used left overs from the kids school projects and some crafty stuff I happen to have on hand. Then the items you'd like to use.
  1. Cut out a backdrop for your shadowbox.
  2. Glue in place (I used stick glue)
  3. Just to be fancy, I grabbed a liquid chalk marker and colored the accent detail around the container in a shade of blue to match the backdrop.
  4. A 3M adhesive tab works great for hanging, no nail holes!
  5. Hot glue all your items in place, when hanging you'll want to make sure it stays upright.
  6. FINISHED! Hang up and show off your good times to friends!

OK, so this would be great for the kiddos as well, they can showcase accomplishments in their lives or just have a cool place to have a favorite collection up where it can be seen. 

About the Spicy Southwest Salad:

Slices of grilled spicy chicken breast, chilled and served on a fresh bed of chopped Romaine lettuce and baby greens, topped with shredded red cabbage and carrots, grape tomatoes, a blend of Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, and a zesty combination of roasted corn and black beans. Made fresh daily. Served with Seasoned Tortilla Strips, Chile Lime Pepitas and Creamy Salsa Dressing

In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm a Chick-Fil-A Mom and I was provided with a means to experience the product for free. No payment was given and all my opinions given here are my own. This post may contain affiliate linking.


Delicious #LittleTokyo Weekend July 29-31

A Weekend of Culinary Experiences in the Heart of LA

Go Little Tokyo for a weekend of delicious food and drinks harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo! Delicious Little Tokyo invites all foodies to experience the vast area of cuisines that the restaurants of Little Tokyo have to offer.
The event kicks off on Friday night (7/29) with the Little Tokyo Service Center’s 10th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event, Starry Night in Little Tokyo, featuring an array of Japanese sake with delicious culinary pairings. A benefit for LTSC, guests will enjoy more than 50 featured sake with tasty small plates provided by over 15 restaurants and specialty vendors. (Prices + registration information coming soon…)
The festivities continue through Saturday and Sunday (7/30 & 7/31), as selected Little Tokyo restaurants offer special menu items only available for the weekend of Delicious Little Tokyo. Participating restaurants will offer food and drink specials as well as, giveaways, cooking workshops, chef demos and more. Come explore the culinary gems of Little Tokyo with your family and friends!

Check back for more details.Brought to you by Go Little Tokyo, a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) run neighborhood marketing campaign created byCommunity Arts Resources (CARS) and funded by Metro Los AngelesIn collaboration with the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC).

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Universal Studios Hollywood #TWDatUniversal OPENS July 4th!

Universal Studios Hollywood is excited to announce the grand opening date of the brand new “The Walking Dead” attraction. 

The walkers will officially invade our beloved theme park on July 4th!

To get you more excited, here is a link to a first-look, making-of-video:

CaliJulz says...Walk with the DEAD...if you DARE!!

 Universal Studios Hollywood reveals a behind-the-scenes look into the making of its new permanent walk-through attraction based on AMC’s record-breaking television series, “The Walking Dead,” and announces that the eagerly-awaited experience will debut on Monday, July 4, 2016.
The captivating two-minute video features insightful commentary from Greg Nicotero, executive producer and director of “The Walking Dead” as he tours his LA-based special effects studio, KNB Efx, which is responsible for masterfully creating the show’s—and now the attraction’s—realistic decaying walkers.  
“After six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead,’ we have a great opportunity to take ‘The Walking Dead’ out of the studio, off the soundstage and into an attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood where guests can come face-to-face with walkers,” said Greg Nicotero.
He continued, “It’s very exciting to be able to make the attraction as 100 percent authentic as possible. We’re getting the chance to utilize molds that were created specifically for the show and translate them into parts of the attraction.  We’re creating animatronic walkers that guests will be able to see…it’s never been done before….it’s one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art….and I can’t wait.”
Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for years as a signature “Halloween Horror Nights” maze.  This newly enhanced venture will take the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions.
To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers.  The integral involvement of the creative team will not only inspire the emotional connection fans experience, it will be among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that will define it as a living representation of the show.
Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, “The Walking Dead” attraction will deliver an un-compromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.
The “The Walking Dead” attraction will be located within an entirely new, custom built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry. Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.
The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new theme park experience. The introduction of the all-new “The Walking Dead” attraction continues the theme park’s unparalleled investment in its ambitious epic transformation.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” depicts the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by hordes of terrifying flesh-eating walkers. It is the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years and will debut its seventh season this October.
More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter

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It's fiesta time in the Aitken Arts Plaza at Chapman University and I wanted to make sure this exciting event was on your radar! Free activities and performances saluting the glorious music and culture of Mexico will be on the plaza all afternoon on Sunday, May 29, ​courtesy of The Musco Center for the Arts in association with Chapman University Latino Staff & Faculty Forum and Mariachi Women's Festival/Foundation.

This first offering from Musco World CAFÉ honors Mexican culture, tradition and family, and encourages everyone, from all ethnic backgrounds, to share in the beauty of Mexico’s rich history, music and art. It’s all topped off by an evening concert inside Musco Center, starring top mariachi ensembles in Southern California. 

For more information: http://muscocenter.org/event/chapman-world-cafe/

Here's the best part, you can enter below to WIN 2 tickets for the 6pm concert!! Good Luck!

“The Heartbeat of Mexico”
Sunday, May 29, 2016 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
1-5 p.m. – FREE Mexican Arts and Culture Fiesta – including performances, crafts booths, food, local information and much more.
M.C.: Hector Rivera.  FREE and open to everyone!
1 p.m. – Presentation and panel discussion: “¡Viva el Mariachi Femenil!” – Ties in to the exhibition of the same name depicting the history of women in mariachi, opening in one hour in Chapman’s Leatherby Libraries, first floor. Talk and panel presentation by Dr. Leonor Xochitl Perez of The Mariachi Women’s Foundation; Dr.  Lauryn Salazar, Texas Tech University and Dr. Jessie Vallejo, Cal Poly Pomona.  Panel will take place inside Musco Center, followed by a mariachi-led audience procession to Leatherby Libraries for the ceremonial opening of the exhibition.
2 p.m. – Follow the mariachi band from the front of Musco Center to the Ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the exhibition in Leatherby Libraries: “¡Viva el Mariachi Femenil!,” presented by the Mariachi Women’s Foundation, showcases photos and artifacts depicting the history of women in mariachi from 1903-2016. The trials and tribulations of the pioneers of women in mariachi and the evolution of all-female groups into the present day will be demonstrated through historic photographs, documents, artifacts and displays of mariachi suits. Curated by Leonor Xochitl Perez, Ph.D. Exhibit runs through Aug. 1.
2:30 p.m. — Zumba on the lawn. Join us for an energetic Zumba class!
Aitken Arts Plaza lawn
2:45 p.m. — Performance: Grupo Folklorico Alma y Corazon
Aitken Arts Plaza Stage
 3 p.m. — Performance: Grupo Bellas
Wells Fargo Stage in front of Leatherby Libraries
3:15 p.m. — Performance: Macondo Ballet Folklorico
Aitken Arts Plaza Stage
 4 p.m. —  Performance: Herencia Mexicana
Wells Fargo Stage in front of Leatherby Libraries
4 p.m. — Performance: Relámpago del Cielo
Aitken Arts Plaza stage
4:40 p.m. — Performance: Grupo Folklorico Alma y Corazon
Aitken Arts Plaza stage
5 p.m. — Performance: Calle4 Combo
Wells Fargo Stage
5:10 p.m. — Performance: Macondo Ballet Folklorico
Aitken Arts Plaza Stage
6 p.m. – Ticketed Event: Musco World CAFE presents
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
With dancers from Folklor Pasion Mexicana
Mariachi Reyna de los Angeles
With dancers from DanzaArts – Sabor Mexico Dance Company
Tickets: $20 to $35 – available in advance at www.muscocenter.org or 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726)

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, based in Los Angeles, is a Grammy Award-winning ensemble founded in the 1960s by musician Nati Cano. The group went on to perform with singer Linda Ronstadt and rose to become of the world’s best-known mariachi bands, playing Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall, Segerstrom Hall and the Kennedy Center. Nati Cano died in 2014, but his legacy truly lives on in this group.
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles is enriching the medium as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble.  Founded in 1994, the group has now recorded three albums and has shared the stage with world-renowned musicians like Vicki Carr, Guadalupe Pineda and Lucha Villa.  It also has performed for some of the world’s highest-profile celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack and Michelle Obama.

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Angry Birds Movie Red Carpet screening #angrybirdsmovie

Flightless birds lead a mostly happy existence, except for Red (Jason Sudeikis), who just can't get past the daily annoyances of life. His temperament leads him to anger management class, where he meets fellow misfits Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb. Red becomes even more agitated when his feathered brethren welcome green pigs to their island paradise. As the swine begin to get under his skin, Red joins forces with Chuck and Bomb to investigate the real reason behind their mysterious arrival.
Release dateMay 20, 2016 (USA)

Celeb sightings 

More Celebs!

See Angry Birds in theaters May 20th

Oh Yeah, Blake stopped by!

Screening time!

Awesome food after the movie!

Yeah, That's RED!!

Yellow is bright and cheery!!

Green Screen photo Opp
Go See Angry Birds!!

What a nice Mother's Day treat!!

Here's my Baby Bird!

Some random interactions with the birds!!

Tweet Tweet!

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Dietz & Watson Originals

This collection features No Antibiotics Ever deli meats, franks, rBGH free cheeses and Organic options that are fresh and savory! Dietz & Watson Originals are also gluten-free and do not contain preservatives, nitrates, nitrites, artificial colors, flavors, fillers, extenders, or MSG. Choose from sliced fresh-to-order or pre-packaged varieties of Organic Turkey Breast, Applewood Smoked Ham, Baby Swiss Cheese, Yellow Cheddar, Herbed Turkey, and Organic Beef Franks.

We are proud to introduce Dietz & Watson Originals, a collection of products featuring No Antibiotics Ever and Organic deli meats and all-beef franks, as well as RBST Free cheeses. This collection is inspired by our founder’s original recipe book and is a nod to a simpler time. We’ve worked with our family farm partners to bring you these rare proteins and cheeses, all with the same superior flavor you’ve come to expect from every Dietz & Watson product!

The Originals have exceeded our standards of ‘Quality Above All Else’ and we are very proud to bring your family this choice!

Sandwich Bar for dinner

As a family owned business founded in 1939, Dietz & Watson understands the importance of feeding your family the highest quality foods. Dietz & Watson Originals are a collection of family recipes that pay homage to their founder, Gottlieb Dietz, and the honest food of this day. Today, Dietz & Watson has worked with their family farm partners to give you humanely raised proteins with no added hormones ever. 

Proud to Offer Your Family the Choice!!

This is MY creation!! 

The girls getting their grub on!

In the spirit of full disclosure, MomsMeet provided samples of Dietz & Watson for me to try. 
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