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May 19

Throw the Perfect Kids’ Birthday Party

For your young inventors, throw a birthday party that will get their creative juices flowing. These locations are perfect for busy parents because they require zero clean-up and are budget friendly. Color Me Mine celebrates the art of having fun. Party goers will get the chance to choose, paint, and take home their very own ceramic creation.  Let your kids’ imagination run wild at their very own Birthday Build-A-Bear Workshop. Each guest will get to experience the magic of Build-A-Bear and make their own full-sized fluffy friend to take home. Since LEGOLAND is located in Carlsbad, opt for a LEGO themed birthday party instead that your little builder will love. Check out these fun ideas on how to throw an awesome birthday party by LEGO themselves.

For your little zoologists and marine biologists, throw a celebration at your local zoo or aquarium. At the Santa Ana Zoo, you can host a birthday picnic under the canopy of shady trees, visit endangered and exotic animals, and take a ride around the Crean Family Farm in the Zoofari Express. For an unforgettable aquatic birthday party, host it at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Their birthday packages include all day aquarium access, a visit from an Aquarium Costume Character, animal touch time, biofact discovery, a take-home souvenir craft project, and a 30-minute birthday celebration at the end of the day.

For your young scientists, the museum is great place to host a fun and educational party. Discovery Cube OC’s  birthday package includes all day admission to the Discovery Cube and 1.5 hours in the private Party Zone where kids can eat cake and open gifts. Attendees will get a chance to spend the day discovering and exploring two whole floors of interactive exhibits. For children in grades Pre-K to 2, Bower’s Kidseumis a perfect place for a fun-filled, unique birthday party experience. The Kidseum’s birthday packages include all day admission for up to 30 guests, a party room for 2.5 hours, a private face painter, and a private art project for every attendee.

For your little energizer bunnies, throw the ultimate birthday party at a nearby amusement park. Boomers takes the stress out of planning by handling all the details: food, decorations, invitations, and most importantly, clean-up! All parties include balloons, a personalized sign, games, paper products, invitations, and a choice of attractions.

May 11

Inspirational Cooking Channels on YouTube

The internet has no shortage of mouthwatering cooking channels. Hosted by your favorite celebrity chefs and self-taught food gurus, these cooking channels are sure to spark your inner creative cook.  Now, grab your apron and tablet and press play on some of our favorite cooking YouTube channels.

No cooking channel roundup would be complete without mentioning Tasty by BuzzFeed. This popular cooking video series needs no introduction. Tasty’s overhead instructional food videos have dominated the internet for the past 2.5 years. Their quick “snack-sized” how-to videos feature visually-appealing dishes plus tons of cheese pulls and gooey chocolate. Tasty’s appincludes a Step-By-Step instruction mode that helps to you follow along the recipe at your own pace.

Binging with Babishis a cooking show dedicated to recreating delectable (and occasionally horrible) foods from movies, TV, and fiction. Andrew Rea recreates dishes like tamales from the movie Coco and Flanders’ Hot Chocolate from The Simpsons Movie. In a rush? Rea has you covered with his easy-to-follow recipes featured on his website.

Cooking with Dogis a cooking show hosted by Francis, a talking grey toy poodle, and a mysterious Japanese Chef whose real name is not disclosed. Chef cooks a variety of popular Japanese dishes while Francis narrates in English. Lauded for its simplicity and granular step-by-step approach, Cooking with Dog has accumulated over 1.3 million subscribers and has uploaded over 290 recipe videos. Although Francis is no longer in the kitchen, Chef continues to release episodes commemorating Francis with a stuffed toy poodle.

Byron Talbottis a culinary veteran that has worked at the Michelin-rated Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood and the LA Times award winning restaurant Bouchon Bistro. In his self-titled culinary YouTube channel, Talbott teaches you how to create delicious dishes such as his Short Rib Breakfast Hashand his Warm Chocolate Lava Cake.

BonAppetit’s YouTube channel features the latest food trends, dining destinations, hosting ideas, and of course, mouthwatering recipes! Follow along as Bon Appetit’s food editors recreate recipes, like Short Ribs with Crispy Garlic and Chile Oiland BA’s Best Shrimp Scamp, filmed straight from their test kitchen.  

Laura in the Kitchenis an interactive cooking show hosted by Laura Vitale, a self-taught Italian chef with a passion for home cooking. In addition to uploading over 1,200 cooking videos, Laura also hosted her own cooking show, Simply Laura, on the Cooking Channel. Her most popular recipes include Nutella popsicles, bite-sized Croissants, and crispy Mozzarella Sticks.

Maangchiis lauded as YouTube’s Korean Julia Child. Maangchi, also known as Emily Kim, shows you how to prepare authentic Korean cuisine in your very own kitchen. Her videos feature Korea’s best dishes ranging from classics like Japchae (glass noodles stir-fried with vegetables) to more modern options like Crunchy Korean fried chicken. Bring Maangchi’s recipes home with her best-selling Korean cookbook, Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking, which contains over 300 pages of never before seen recipes.

May 03

A Healthy Guide: Springtime Cleanse for your Body

With winter well over, we’re dressing lighter, exploring nature, opting for fresher, greener diets. This spring, push yourself to eat healthier, cleanse your body, and give yourself a fresh start. The goal of any cleanse is developing simple daily habits that can be easily converted into a regular part of our lives. Check out our guide on how to eat, drink, and move during your springtime cleanse:


After a long winter of indulging in comfort foods like hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies, it’s time to take advantage of the spring season’s fresh produce. With so many seasonal fruits and vegetables, there are a variety of fresh spring recipes to kick off your cleanse.  Head over to your local farmers market and look for these delicious options.

Broccoli is a versatile vegetable that is perfect for any dinner table. When picking your broccoli, look for a blue-green color and tightly closed flower heads. These little green “trees” can be roasted, boiled, and sautéed. One of our favorite recipes is the Roasted Salmon and Broccoli with Chile-Caper Vinaigrette. This recipe is chock full of protein, deliciously browned broccoli, and has a kick of spice from the jalapeno peppers. Satisfy your Chinese take-out cravings with this healthy Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry. The key ingredient is oyster sauce, which adds a sweet and savory flavor to the recipe. This stir-fry is not only a champion in taste, but also in simplicity and ease.

Grape & cherry tomatoes are packed with flavor and add a pop of color to any dish. Choose tomatoes that are plump and vibrantly colored. Looking for a healthy way to eat pasta? Try making this quick, meatless pasta dish. This Grape Tomato, Olive, and Spinach Pastamakes a great light and healthy lunch. Another great springtime dish is Sautéed Cauliflower & Grape Tomatoes! This paleo, Italian-inspired dish uses tasty pancetta and pairs well with roasted chicken and white fish.

Fresh mixed berries (blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry) are the best way to kick off your new springtime diet. Choose berries that are shiny and vibrantly colored. Avoid berries that show signs of dull or wrinkled skin. Since berries are very delicate, make sure to check the bottom of the container for any damaged berries. Indulge your sweet tooth with these tender Maple Mixed Berry Muffins. These guilt-free muffins make the perfect low-calorie, to-go breakfast. Another deliciously sweet recipe is this Raspberry Coconut Crunch Smoothie Bowl. This simple and delicious smoothie bowl features crunchy shredded coconut bits, English toffee bits, and chopped walnuts.


At the top of our list of healthy drink suggestions is Green Tea. Drinking green tea has proven to lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, and lower blood pressure. Green tea is rich in vitamin B, vitamin E, and other antioxidants which are thought to strengthen eye tissues. This zero-calorie drink can be consumed hot or cold.

Another beverage that promotes weight loss is Cranberry Juice. When shopping for cranberry juice, make sure to choose the 100% juice variety and avoid the sugary cocktail variety. High in vitamin C, E, and K, cranberry juice helps to boost your immune system, firm up your skin, increase oral health, and improve bone health.

Aloe Vera is best known for treating skin burns, but drinking the juice of this prickly succulent also has wonderful health benefits. Aloe Vera juice can help treat digestive issues, reduce inflammation, promote weight loss and detoxify the body. This refreshing beverage is perfect for rehydrating your body after heavy exercise.


With the sun shining and breeze blowing, springtime is great for going for a hike or taking a walk outdoors with some friends. For a quick and easy workout, here are a couple basic exercises that will spike your metabolism:

Lunges help to firm your backside and tone your legs. To properly lunge, make sure to keep your upper body straight and keep your head facing forward. Next, step forward with one leg while lowering your hips until both knees form a 90 degree angle. Take smaller steps and keep your weight in your heels to avoid overextending yourself.

Table top sit ups tighten your stomach and are a great alternative to regular sit ups. First, bring both knees together and create a 90 degree angle. Place both hands behind the head and engage your abs as you curl your head and shoulders towards your thighs. Now, lower your upper body back down to the mat with control. The key to this exercise is maintaining control and not digging your chin into your chest.

Step ups are a great way to target your upper hamstrings and backside. Locate a short park bench and place your foot on it. To do a proper step up, your knee should be bent at a 90 degree angle when on top of the bench. Securely place your entire left foot onto the bench and shift your weight to your left heel as you step onto the bench. To complete the exercise, step down with your left foot and return to starting position.

May 03

Trumark Homes Nears Complete Sellout at Bristol Community in Chino Hills

With More Than 80 Percent of Homes Sold at Bristol, Trumark Homes Witnesses Strong Buyer Demand for the Three Distinct Product Offerings in Desirable Southern California Market

Newport Beach, Calif. (May 3, 2018) Trumark Homes, the national award-winning California homebuilder, announced today that its Bristolcommunity in Chino Hills, CA has reached an impressive sales milestone of more than 80 percent sold since launching sales in March 2017. Introducing a total of nearly 150 homes to a thriving Southern California market, Bristol features three distinct neighborhoods: Towns, featuring three-story townhomes, and Courts and Manors, each featuring two-story single-family detached homes. The Signature Series offered at Bristol’s Manors neighborhood allows homebuyers to choose their own lot, elevation and floor plan among an enclave of 12 oversized home sites with upgrades included such as covered patios and gourmet kitchens.

“As the Chino Hills market continues to grow by leaps and bounds, Bristol’s location ideally positions it within walking distance to an exciting array of new restaurants and retail establishments underscoring the urban walkable lifestyle that today’s homebuyer desires,” said Mike Maples, Co-Founder of Trumark. “We are pleased with the reception at Bristol to date and look forward to welcoming more and more new homeowners to the community.”

The 31-acre Bristol community is located within the bounds of the Chino Hills General Plan, a greater city effort aimed to bring new housing, retail and commercial spaces to the area. At full buildout, the neighborhood will include 42 attached townhomes and 107 detached single-family homes inclusive of two- and three-story floorplans, ranging in size from 1,814 square feet for townhomes and up to 2,945 square feet for single-family homes. Community features include a five-acre walking trail, oversized landscaped walkways and easy freeway access. Prices start in the mid $500,000s for Towns, and low $800,000s for Courts and Manors.

“Our buyers range from Orange County professionals to first-time homebuyers and everyone in between,” said Richard Douglass, Southern California Division President at Trumark Homes. “We look forward to welcoming more homeowners to Bristol and are proud to introduce them to the caliber of home crafted in every Trumark community.”

Located off Soquel Canyon Parkway in Chino Hills, Bristol lies within walking distance to restaurants and stores in the city’s masterplan. On Saturday, May 12, the community will host a Home Stretch Event to welcome prospective homebuyers to tour the last offering of homes at Bristol. Featuring refreshments and delicious bites, the event will allow attendees to learn about the remaining single-family homes and townhomes, ranging from three-bedrooms to five-bedrooms and beginning in the mid-$500,000s. Bristol broke ground in August 2016 and is expected to be complete in December 2018.

About Trumark Homes

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, Trumark Homes is a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of new home neighborhoods spanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. The nationally award-winning homebuilder is part of the Trumark Group of Companies, a diversified real estate development and building firm that also includes: Trumark Communities, a residential land development platform; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods. For more information,