Archives for December 26, 2017

5 Things to do when you find out you are having a baby

Finding out that you are having a baby is just the beginning. After that, you may find yourself having to do a series of steps until your baby is born. For first time mothers, finding out that you are having a baby can be a very anxious moment right after the initial excitement. You may find yourself asking a lot of questions and wondering what to do next.


Here are five things that you need to do when you find out you are having a baby.


  1. Boost your nutrition.


The first weeks of your pregnancy are a critical one. During this time, make sure to eat right. This is the time when your baby’s organs and bones begin to form. Having a well-balanced diet will definitely help them develop properly. It is important that you also take prenatal vitamins recommended by your doctor to have the right mix of nutrients in your body. Your baby’s health depends entirely on your own diet.


  1. Keep moving and exercise regularly.


Exercising while pregnant is always a good idea.  It is a great way to control weight gain and keep your muscles tones. It also helps you in preventing any backaches and is known to help prevent premature delivery too. Exercising daily will help you get that extra strength that you will surely need when it is time to push the baby out. You don’t have to do the strenuous physical activities. Just stick to activities such as walking or cycling three or four times a week. You don’t need to push yourself to the point of exhaustion.


  1. Invest in great baby products.


Expecting a baby is a very exciting and overwhelming thing to a mother. You will need important baby gears such as strollers, car seats, and cribs. While these items can be found easily in the store today, it would be best to find the best brand that you can trust and is known to provide high-quality products. Read some reviews like those in in order to compare and know what other mothers have to say. And if you get to have more children along the way, you will already know where to look.


  1. Write things down.


Throughout your whole pregnancy, you will be visiting the doctor more often for your check-up. It is important that you know what to answer to your doctor’s questions about your pregnancy and the child you are carrying. Try to write things down about whatever you have eaten, or what you are feeling. This comes in handy for any doctor’s appointment.


  1. Stay away from alcohol and tobacco.


A lot of things can do harm to a developing baby especially alcohol and cigarettes. It can potentially cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities to a child. Steer clear of these throughout the whole pregnancy to avoid the risk of harming your baby. You can still drink alcohol but keep it moderately. Ask your doctor how much intake you can drink and make sure to do it only once or twice a week.

Octonauts: Season 1 – Selfless and Brave Human-Like Animals That Teach Cool Lessons

Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii, medic Peso Penguin and the rest of the crew, as they explore the world s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats above and below the waves! Based on the richly imaginative books by Meomi, this series combines immersive visuals and submersive humor to transport young children into a world that is both real and fantastic, full of mysteries to unravel and surprises around every corner. So come aboard the Octopod for 52 exciting missions! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jolleen M. comments, “There are multiple different messages throughout this DVD. All are really important and sometimes are overlooked. I love that The Octonauts offer entertainment to young children while teaching them good lessons.” See her full review below.

The Octonauts Season 1

By Jolleen Mejia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12


The Octonauts have always been one of my favorite TV/DVD series. The Octonauts are selfless and brave, human-like animals and have great teamwork. Aside from the multiple wonderful messages that they teach in every episode, they also have detailed animation.

The Octonauts live in the ocean in their octopus-like structure called the Octopod. Whenever there is trouble in the ocean, the team of Octonauts does not hesitate to help anyone in need. The main characters include Captain Barnacles (the bear who leads the team), Kwazi (the pirate-like cat) and Peso (the timid penguin). At the end of the episode, there is always a Creature Report, a song giving facts about one of the creatures that they saw or helped during the mission.

Captain Barnacles (Ross Breen) sounds like a bear who has everything under control. He has a very deep, commanding and strong voice which implies that he is the boss, and he is. Peso (Paul Panting) has a very soft, sometimes shaky and uncertain voice. Peso is a happy, but conservative penguin, and you can hear that through his voice. You can also easily hear when he is scared.

The animation is detailed and shows the ocean as a beautiful place with the wide variety of colors. Another thing that I like about this series is that on the Octonauts team, there are different species of animals aboard the Octopod. They work together great as a team, even though they are all different. It shows that even though you don’t have many similarities, you can still work together successfully and be friends. This is just one of the great messages taught in this series.

My favorite episode is “Undersea Storm.” During this episode, a storm is heading near the reef where the Octonauts live. A strong current sweeps up a baby lobster, but Kwazi saves it and returns him to its family and they are very grateful. Later, Kwazi crashes and can’t get his submarine to work. The whole family of lobsters shows up to help him out. Everyone makes it safe inside before the storm hits. This is my favorite episode because it teaches the morals of The Golden Rule. It is very clever how they present this moral.

There are multiple different messages throughout this DVD. All are really important and sometimes are overlooked. I love that The Octonauts offer entertainment to young children while teaching them good lessons.

This is an awesome DVD to watch and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 3 to 11. Maybe it could even be for 12 and 13-year-olds, because I really enjoyed watching it myself. It is available now on DVD so, be sure to check it out.


Educational winter camps with animals at the Aquarium for kids and teens

                        For kids ages five and six, the Sea Squirt Winter Day Camp provides an introductory course to the life that exists in the Pacific Ocean. Topics cover the lives and the habitats of wiggly fish, furry mammals, and fluffy birds. Aquarium staff members will guide campers as they participate in crafts, games, and tours. Sea Squirt Winter Day Camp allows young children to explore, interact, and develop questions independently. Children will be able to touch the animals in the private classroom touch pool.

The Aquarium’s Winter Day Camp is for children ages seven to twelve. Day Camp will take children on a wondrous adventure into the depths of the Pacific Ocean through interactive learning at the Aquarium. Students will be able to explore marine life through hands-on activities, including games and crafts. They also get to take a behind-the-scenes tour, meet animal care staff members, and help take care of the animals that call the Aquarium home. Topics for Winter Day Camp include migrations, cold-water habitats, and polar bears.

Teens can dive deep and enjoy a night sleeping with the fishes in this teens-only event. Start the night with a pizza party before becoming an ocean explorer to discover the mysteries of the deep sea. This overnight camp program includes Aquarium exploration, hands-on activities, pizza party, light snack, cereal breakfast, and a souvenir T-shirt.

WHEN:           Sea Squirt Day Camp: January 2-4, 20188:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Winter Day Camp: December 27-29, 20178:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

                        Winter Teen Overnight: December 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m.– December 28, 7:30 a.m.

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802

AGES:            Sea Squirt Day Camp: ages 5-6 (children only)

Winter Day Camp: ages 7-12 (children only)

                        Winter Teen Overnight: Ages 13-15 (children only)

COST:            Sea Squirt Day Camp: $120 per child ($95 per member child)

Winter Day Camp: $150 per child ($125 per Aquarium member)

Winter Teen Overnight: $90 ($80 for Aquarium Members) *Pre-Registration required.


RSVP:             (562) 590-3100

NOTES:          Pre-registration and pre-payment is required on all classes unless noted. Cancellations made 72 hours before the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations made less than 72 hours before a program will still be charged the full program price. Snacks must be provided by parents for children participating in both camps.



The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among people. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the new FROGS: Dazzling and DisappearingOur Water Future, and archerfish exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers, and the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort with Boots on the Beach

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is kicking off the new year in country style with a special Boots on the BeachTM New Year’s Eve party on Sunday, December 31 from 6:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.


Bring family and friends for an evening of celebration featuring live music, food trucks, full bars, craft beer and whiskey tasting, a cigar bar, plus country western merchandise available for purchase. Enjoy dinner before the concert at Newport Dunes’ waterfront restaurant, Back Bay Bistro. The VIP Dinner package offers seatings at 6 p.m. and includes a special four-course dinner along with VIP concert seating.


The event will take place in the 14,000-square foot Bayside Pavilion tent and present 

live performances by country favorites Stephen Wesley and Redneck Rodeo. David Bugenske from Go Country 105 will be host and DJ for the evening and Noe Roldan, one of Southern California’s top line dance choreographers, will teach the crowd all the right country dance moves. Stop by the bar for a glass of champagne and join the countdown with a toast to the New Year.


A percentage of proceeds from the event will be donated to ACT Today! in support of autism care and treatment.




Baby Greens with wild berries, candied pistachios, shaved asiago cheese dressed with champagne vinaigrette



Butternut Squash soup with cranberry relish



Center cut Filet of Beef served with Au-gratin potatoes, broccolini with green peppercorn sauce


Chilean Seabass served with Fennell risotto and saffron citrus sauce


*Vegetarian option available upon request



Chocolate Lava Cake

Sunday, December 31



Back Bay Bistro VIP Dinner Seating: 6 p.m.

Event Time: 6:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.



Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

1131 Back Bay Drive

Newport Beach, California 92660



General admission: $20

VIP Seating: $60

VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner & Concert Seating: $125


*All ages welcome. Children 7 and under receive free admission.



To purchase tickets please visit:



For more information on events and amenities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, please call 949-729-3863 or visit


To make a reservation at Back Bay Bistro please call (949) 729-1144.

Visit for more information.

Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Photo Credit: Photo courtesy Redneck Rodeo.

Urban Commons to Brighten Spirits with FREE Tickets for SoCal Firefighters to the Queen Mary’s CHILL

The world-famous Queen Mary and Urban Commons, the current Queen Mary lease holder, will offer SoCal Firefighters a FREE ticket to the all-new CHILL in appreciation of their efforts in fighting the recent California fires. Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL offers a rush of icy family fun with nightly entertainment throughout the park including international cultural celebrations, live music, Rockettes-style dance performances, fireworks, choreographed light shows, DJs, dancing, tasty food, a nightly Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and much more.

“This is a special time of year for many communities and their families,” said Dan Zaharoni, Urban Commons Chief Development Officer. “We wanted to find a way to show our appreciation for the unwavering support and dedication of our local firefighters during these past weeks and current days. We know many towns and houses have been lost, but many more have been saved due to the work of these amazing men and women.”

The Queen Mary’s all-new CHILL celebrates unity while honoring holidays from around the globe as guests embark on an international expedition to six different regions of the world. Experience the 38,000-square foot ice park with one-of- a-kind entertainment, treats, and traditions of Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and the fabled North Pole. From ice tubing to ice bumper boats, and Dutch Pancakes to Chinese dumplings, CHILL invites the entire family to enjoy a cornucopia of activities from around the world along with hand-crafted cocktails, authentic savory bites, and the sweetest of treats.

For the first time, CHILL offers additional parking options for convenient and cost effective festival arrival and departure. General parking is located in the Aquarium of the Pacific Parking Structure for $3/hour or $16 per vehicle. General parking guests can hop on the FREE shuttle bus for complimentary rides to CHILL from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., or board the FREE CHILL Express boat at Dock 4, operated by Aqua Link open 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Premium parking is limited and available onsite at the Queen Mary for $20 per vehicle.

Starting December 24, 2017 all Firefighters can show their badge at the CHILL ticketing booth for a free Grand Expedition pass, and up to 50% off Grand Expedition passes for their families to experience CHILL. CHILL pricing starts at $29.00 for adults (ages 9+) and $19.00 for kids. VIP Ultimate Expedition tickets are also available starting at $79.00 for adults (ages 9+) and $69.00 for kids. CHILL is open Dec. 13, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018, excluding Dec. 31, 2017. For more information, including an entertainment schedule, hours of operation and to purchase tickets online, visit

Credit: The Queen Mary.