Memorial Day Weekend… Start Planning Now For the Wine Festival!

The 11th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival will be held at the Balboa Bay Resort! Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time for the Newport Beach Wine Festival – the perfect way to kick off the summer. Where else can you wander waterside, with wine in-hand and a bevy of delicious cuisine.  … Read More

Weekend Gardening Fun At Roger’s Gardens In February

Roger’s Gardens is my “go-to” place when I need to ponder something, find a few moments of calm, or an inspiration for an upcoming social event, table setting or ideas for my courtyard garden.  Roger’s is a family business and is proudly celebrating its 50 year anniversary! In addition to its impressive array of plants—-from  … Read More

Under the Big Top at Cirque du Soleil TOTEM®

Cirque du Soleil TOTEM® is a fantastic acrobatic show currently under the Grand Chapiteau (big top tent) at The Great Park in Orange County, CA. The way the production transforms, and morphs the stage into so many different setting is truly remarkable. The make-up, costuming, props are all just so engaging. Each cast member has  … Read More


DECEMBER  5-8th, 2013 at the LA CONVENTION CENTER SKI DAZZLE—SKI AND SNOWBOARD EXPO® – Enjoy Continuous Ski Lessons on a 60 foot Snow Summit Ski School ramp, Climbing Walls, Ice Skating Rink, Snowboard Classes for Tikes, Ski Gear, Culinary Demos, Free Lift Tickets, Ski Demos and So Much More! And celebrating its 50th year, Ski  … Read More

Top Ten Holiday Happenings In Orange County

Get your calendars out to book your holiday fun! As usual the resort hotels really go all-out during the holidays and create such a festive place… some of us don’t even have to decorate! Ok, I admit it, I have boxes galore of decorations, and we often go to the hotels and have our family photo taken  … Read More

Spectacular Spa Retreat In North San Diego…..So Many Ways To Spa!

Framed by the majestic Palomar Mountain Range of northern San Diego County, this Four-Diamond award winning Resort is a lovely enclave, cradled in an idyllic location just an hour from Orange County, CA. Traveling along Highway 76, I passed by horse farms, open space and fruit-stands on a leisurely traverse through the countryside. The Resort  … Read More

Shopping Local This Holiday Season….

I am a big believer in purchasing gifts from local stores and vendors whenever possible. Here are a few of my favorites…. Sandcastles Monogram Balboa Island– will embroider initials or names on make up cases, aprons, and all types of children’s gift items too. Candle Essence Balboa Island– they have a lovely selection and each  … Read More

Bocce Ball Is A Summer Afternoon Italian-Style!

Pearched under a canopy of trees are two huge Bocce Ball courts at Il Fornaio in Irvine. This is a secret find, and I hesitate to even share it. Really! The waiters paraded out with chairs and tables and my favorite sound of wine corks started to unplug. Our guests arrive and the appetizers were  … Read More

OC Fair’s App Rocks!

This App is awesome! 2012 OC Fair. Has a map of each entertainment area (called Attractions) and by day has the concert and event calendar. Also Parking and Off-Site Parking information. Makes it so easy to select which day to visit the Fair when you click on Events. You can see the various performances and  … Read More

Life Is A Beach!

The Fourth of July holiday is officially kicked off in my book. Here is a shot from Inspiration Point just above the Newport Main Channel. Corona Del Mar just looks spectacular. Come enjoy if you can. Have a safe and restful Fourth of July. It will be a marathon of fun this week!!!! (See my  … Read More