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Add Meaning to Halloween and Support a Good CauseFeatured

As the world faces multiple crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, families may have to adjust traditional trick-or-treating plans again this year. However, there are still ways to help make a difference and celebrate Halloween virtually. One way to add more meaning to Halloween is to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Celebrating more than 70 years of fundraising, this annual tradition is America’s longest running youth engagement campaign and has raised more than $180 million to help support children’s health care, education, nutrition, safe water, emergency relief and more. Last year, the beloved program was launched as a virtual experience in an effort to celebrate Halloween responsibly while social distancing. This Halloween, it is evolving into a fully digital experience. Getting involved virtually can prove just as rewarding.  Funds raised will help support lifesaving work to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to communities, health care workers and families around the world that need them most. As the largest purchaser of vaccines each year, UNICEF is helping lead procurement and distribution in the largest and fastest immunization effort of its kind, and you can be a part of that effort by aiding the organization in raising lifesaving funds and safely celebrating Halloween….

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Say “I Do!” to the Ultimate California Wedding and HoneymoonFeatured

No matter what backdrop you envision for your dream wedding and honeymoon, California delivers! From the snow-capped High Sierra mountains and coastal bluffs to dramatic desert landscapes and lush vineyards, no state offers such a sheer abundance of inspiring vistas. Magical and Whimsical Weddings Disneyland Park, AnaheimThinking about getting married and want to ace your marriage proposal? Give your beloved a magical story she’ll share with your grandkids by proposing in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle with Minnie and Mickey at Disneyland Park. Winchester Mystery House, San JoseTie the knot with an air of mystery at Winchester Mystery House, a purportedly haunted Victorian mansion with lavish rooms and gardens. Bodie Ghost Town, Mono CountyThose who say “I do” in Bodie Ghost Town might have some unexpected spectral guests! Enjoy spectacular mountain views while holding your ceremony in one of the state’s best-preserved Gold Rush towns. Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles CountyFor those who want to let their inner child play at their wedding, the Carousel on the Santa Monica Pier is a great location, offering semi-private to private options. Presidio of San FranciscoThis national park offers two hotels for nuptials and honeymoons. The Lodge and Inn at the Presidio offer idyllic trails, including the historic Lover’s Lane—once traveled…

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Let Tea Take You for an AdventureFeatured

Visiting a new or favorite destination is one way to travel, but that’s not always possible. If you can’t escape to a new location, consider taking a mental break in the comfort of your own home with tea as your companion. With many different varieties of tea to choose from, you can infuse your journey with flavor while enjoying wellness and relaxation benefits. Enjoy virtual travels – wherever you are – with these tips from the experts at Buddha Teas.  Rejuvenating Getaway Even when you can’t get to a spa, tea can help you focus on wellness and refresh your body and mind. While yoga, meditation and massages can aid in recharging you physically and mentally, teas like chaga, detox dharma or mushroom wellness can further help you unwind. Chaga, a medium-bodied mushroom tea, can be enjoyed with honey or milk for a nurturing, peaceful escape. It can also help reset your center and give you a boost of healing energy without any caffeine. Mushroom teas blending flavorful herbs and spices can bring power and pleasure to your cup with remarkable immune boosting, wellness potential – no honey or milk is needed. If you’re seeking a total recharge, look for…

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Santa Monica Businesses ‘Doing Good’ Deeds While Coming Out Of Bad TimesFeatured

On this summer road to recovery, Santa Monica is recognizing and celebrating some of the businesses that are shining bright with the best of intentions and putting “good work” into their reopening efforts. While maneuvering the road to recovery, visitors are encouraged to vacation responsibly by planning ahead, traveling safely, setting expectations and taking appropriate precautions as they explore Santa Monica and beyond by using these helpful hints https://www.santamonica.com/travel-responsibly/. Santa Monica businesses shine with the best of intentions for locals and visitors alike with these examples: Shutters on the Beach – This summer, Shutters on the Beach has created Chrysalis kites to raise money and awareness for Chrysalis and the great things they do to create job skills and opportunities. Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Chrysalis has five centers and locations in Southern California, including a Santa Monica center. Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar have been long time hiring partners with Chrysalis. Shutters on the Beach guests and locals can support Chrysalis by purchasing a kite for $25 and all proceeds will go to…

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GlampingFeatured

Gotta be honest: We’re not campers. Two small Jewish women from the city go camping sounds like the start of a joke or the end of a serial killing spree. I know, I know, stereotypes. But in this instance, they’re true. We don’t own a tent, or camp stove, or camping, well, anything, unless sleeping bags and hiking boots count. That said, one of us is otherwise a fan of waking up surrounded by nature and the other is a fan of comfortable accommodations that don’t require set up or clean up and allow the dog. In other words, glamping – glamorous + camping – was invented for semi-outdoorsy families like ours. Especially when it’s less than two hours from home, in southern California wine country, and surrounded by cute towns filled with shops we can meander during some seriously hot afternoons. We – that’s me, my 18-year-old daughter and our 12-pound pup – found our way easily from Los Angeles to Eco-Camps’ glampsite in Warner Springs, maybe 30 minutes southeast of Temecula, entered the combination to the lock on the gate to the property, parked the car, and hauled our luggage (I won’t embarrass myself by using the word…

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Family Fun MonthFeatured

August is Family Fun Month, and Alpine Slide Big Bear (Alpine Slide) is the premier spot in Big Bear that gives families an opportunity to soak up the joys of summertime fun together. Alpine Slide provides guests of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents, a variety of family-fun offerings, which includes a double waterslide, a mountain coaster thrill ride, a zipline-style flight, the Alpine Slide bobsled experience, go-karts and miniature golf.  “The great thing about having a variety of attractions is it gives families a chance to pick and choose what best appeals to them,” said Alpine Slide Big Bear General Manager Julie Eubanks. Family Fun Month occurs every August, and undoubtedly August happens to be one of the hottest months that many Southern California communities have to face each year. However, Big Bear is a great place to escape the daunting heat. Not only is Big Bear 20 to 30 degrees cooler than most of Southern California’s hot zones, but Alpine Slide’s double waterslide gives families who seek refuge from the heat an extra bonus to cool off. Kids can splash all day on two flumes of cascading water, turning and banking on the way to a 3 ½ – ft….

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