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Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show

Serving up extraordinary arts & crafts, entertainment, and fun, the Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show, comes to the southland this fall with even more ways to celebrate. A new showcase has been added in Costa Mesa. This marks the 48th season for the revered tradition that is recognized as the largest and most prestigious indoor showcase on the west coast. With more than 24,000 original works from hundreds of exhibitors nationwide, live entertainment, a Kidszone, specialty foods, strolling performers, demonstrations, contests, and more, it’s an awesome experience best shared with friends and family. There is always something new to discover and enjoy with such a colossal collection of artistry all under one roof. Community outreach programs also fundraise for local non-profits. Tickets range from $4 to $9, and kids 12 and under are free. Entrance for groups of 10 or more is only $5. Hours are Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm; and Sunday 10am to 5pm.   *Costa Mesa, September 20-22 OC Fair & Event Center; 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626   *Ventura: October 4-6 Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds; 10 West Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001   *Del Mar:  Oct 11-13 Del Mar Fairgrounds; 2260 Jimmy Durante…

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Wedding Trends

Wedding Trends that are going to be huge in 2019 Courtesy of Giant Invitations   Getting married this year? Don’t worry, we have got you covered with all the latest! Here are the top wedding trends for 2019 according to leading celebrity wedding experts:   Wedding Styling Colin Cowie, the party and wedding planner of choice for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest and Kim Kardashian comments: “I’ve never been one to do trends— I’m much better at creating them. When you work around your client’s unique DNA and cater everything guests smell, touch, taste, see and hear to that DNA, you end up with something unique that truly tells a story. Of course, being in the industry for as long as I have, I can quickly pick up on a few things we can expect to see in 2019: keep an eye out for the return of modern, contemporary, minimalist looks; this year, less is more. Out with the over-the-top floral walls and in with non-traditional florals composed of wheat or grass. Round ceremonies are something I’ve always enjoyed designing because they ensure friends and loved ones are no more than a few…

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SoCal’s Quick Costa Rican Getaway: El Mangroove

It’s been called the “land of art in nature” and for those who love spectacular landscapes, Costa Rican is a travel-must. If black sand beaches and vibrant colored sunsets are your idea of a tropical getaway, El Mangroove in Northwest Costa Rica should rank at on the top of your proverbial bucket list. With an unhurried vibe and hammocks placed in each guest room, this is where visitors come to unwind and indulge in Costa Rica’s unmatched splendor. Situated on the Guanacaste province, El Mangroove is an all-inclusive resort that’s a convenient 20-minute drive from Liberia International Airport. This is where travelers” land and play” without the delays of actually getting to a hotel destination. El Mangroove is the nearest beach resort to an international airport within Costa Rica. Offering an array of activities and water sports, guests can enjoy paddle-boarding, snorkeling, boating, swimming and a variety of treatment options at Bearth Spa, which features outdoor terraces and massage decks. Private and group yoga classes are available upon request and the gym is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Boating excursions are available should guests feel like visiting nearby beaches, and surfing lessons can be booked for individuals or groups….

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in Pets & Wildlife

10 Top SoCal Dog Parks and Beaches

Dog owners will reach new heights to give their dog the best opportunities possible. With these ten best dog parks and beaches in SoCal, Fifi will be the most athletic and social dog around.   The dog beach at Huntington Beach is one of the most popular dog destinations. Your pup can play in the sand, relax in the sun and swim or even surf in the ocean. The only cost is parking, but donations are also accepted. For more information, go to www.dogbeach.org   In San Diego, Nate’s Point is a 2.3-acre dog park. It has many trees for shade and includes picnic tables, water fountains and a double entry gate. The surrounding beautiful scenery feels like you’ve left San Diego for a mythical dog land. www.npdog.org/park.html   Country Kennels Dawg Water Park is one of the best ways you can help your dog cool off. It costs $12 for the first dog and $6 for the second, but is worth every penny. The park includes a pool, fake grass, hills and tunnels to give your dog the time of his/her life. Watch this video for a closer look: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfPolY85EqY   Carlsbad offers a newer dog park, with sections…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Don’t stress over Mother’s Day this year. We researched the trends and found the top products to surprise Mom with. From big to small, we name them all. Read below for our top picks!   Westerlay Orchids : Stunning just for Mom www.westerlayorchids.com Located in beautiful Carpinteria, CA, Westerlay Orchids grows over 3 million orchids each year and ships them to stores across the US.  The team at Westerlay Orchids has a simple mission: to grow the most stunning and highest quality orchids.  They grow the plants we would want in our own homes. Orchids inspire awe. They’re simple and elegant. Their growers carefully attend to each orchid’s health, vigor and flowering cycle for optimal quality and longevity.   CBD Infused, Mantra Masks: Mom needs a mini spa day, help her nourish her skin and soul https://www.mantramask.com New from Mantra Mask comes five skin-nourishing beauty masks enriched with multi-tasking CBD oil. One of the first to harness the power of natural ingredients in a sheet mask, Mantra Mask aims to “nourish your skin… and your soul.” Free of parabens, sulfates and other harmful chemicals, the highest quality ingredients keep skin at its best while the brand name itself inspires positivity that radiates from the inside, out.   Eat Cleaner Fruit + Veggie Wash Spray: For every Motherly…

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20 Must-Visit Outdoor Spots in SoCal

If you’ve ever explored the south during the summertime, you probably sweat at the mere thought of spending the day outside, but summer in SoCal is different. Southern California’s ocean breezes are like a giant ceiling fan, keeping the temperatures just right—so you’re free to frolic around the great outdoors without getting lost in a haze of humidity. And do we even need to mention the scenery? With its coastal bliss and mountain wilderness, SoCal is a diverse outdoor oasis begging you to come out and play. Al fresco attractions abound in this West Coast stretch, from secret gardens to cultural awakenings, and you can experience it all this summer. Slap on some sunscreen and your favorite shades, and get ready to tackle our list of 20 epic outdoor activities in Southern California:   Balboa Park, San Diego Not all the best things to do in San Diego are at the beach. Ditch salty air and grains of sand for the grassy lawns and leafy gardens of Balboa Park. The urban park includes 1,200 acres of green open spaces and hiking trails. The elaborate promenade, El Prado, runs through the center of the park, surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens overflowing with native plants, exotic cacti,…

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