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Feb 18

Neighborhood Spotlight: Anaheim

Home to sunny skies, warm weather, and the infamous mouse, Mickey, Anaheim is a family-friendly place to live with plenty of options for food, fun and entertainment. From a chic food hall to historic library, there is somewhere for everyone in the city of Anaheim.

Perfectly located, far enough from Los Angeles traffic and close enough to the Orange County beaches, Anaheim gives its city dwellers and tourists the perfect opportunity to experience many aspects of ‘California Living’. From the Anaheim packing district, to catching a game at Angels stadium or the Honda Center, to experiencing Disneyland, California Adventure and Downtown Disney, there is never a dull moment in Anaheim.

First Stop: You’ve reached foodie heaven.

Nestled in the heart of Anaheim, Anaheim Packing District was built in 1919. It has been transformed from a former orange packaging facility into a trendy foodie’s dream house. From Indian food, to a grilled cheese bar, to tasty crepes, smoothies, shaved show, bubble tea, burgers and more, the Packing District truly has something for all of your cravings. Come one, come all, for a delicious experience for all ages to choose a meal that they will thoroughly enjoy.  

Second Stop: Watch a game.

Anaheim has the modern stadium, home to the Angels, a fantastic place for family and friend bonding. You can take a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Angel Stadium or enjoy some nachos and a beer for a legendary game.

Next up, head over to the Honda Center for an enjoyable hockey game experience with the Anaheim Ducks, which are always fast-paced and exciting.

Last Stop: Because your Anaheim experience wouldn’t be complete without Disneyland!

For a jam-packed day of nonstop fun, take a trip to Disneyland and California Adventure. Enjoy churros, paradise pier ice cream, the happiest place on earth, and endless rides including: Space Mountain, Soaring through California, the Matterhorn, Toontown, Autotopia, Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain, to name a few. You can’t help but smile when seeing all of the Disney characters wandering around the park.For an even more exciting experience, visit during the holidays to see all of the festive decorations. Or better yet, as residents of Anaheim, annual passes could be your best bet. You can enjoy all of the seasons that Disneyland and California Adventure has to offer.

Not to mention all of the incredible dinner and dessert options at Downtown Disney. It is conveniently located in the heart of all the action next to the park. If you need mouse ears, this is the place to stop, as the options are more endless in the Disney store than they are in the actual park.

Grab your camera, friends, and family for a memorable time in Anaheim.

 

Feb 07

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Every Relationship Stage

Whether you are just getting to know someone or have been married for 20+ years, here are some different date and gift ideas for every relationship stage.

For Every Stage

Handwrite a note. You can make someone feel extra special by acknowledging you care for them in a quick hand-written letter. In today’s technology-centric world, it is easy to get caught up in sending a quick message with emojis to show that you care. However, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to handwrite a special note – it means more nowadays  than it has ever before.

For the “Almost Officials”

What better way to take the pressure off and enjoy your special someone’s company than with their favorite sweet treat. Ice cream is a great way to celebrate the day of romance.

Creams and Dreams is a wonderful option for Chino Hills residents. They serve liquid nitrogen ice cream, premium coffee, tea and pastries.

For the Ontario residents, check out CREAM. They create the perfect ice cream sandwich made with your choice of freshly-baked cookies and a variety of ice cream flavors.

Calling all Anaheim residents over to Han’s Homemade Ice Cream, where all ice cream is made fresh in the original location, sourcing cream from local dairies.

For those “Going Steady’

Take your significant other to a comedy show to laugh the night away.

The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in Anaheim puts a twist on the typical comedy theater. You’ll be able to tackle a challenging crime while feasting over dinner with your partner.

With different performers almost every night, the Brea Improv Comedy Club is a great option for Chino Hills residents.  

At Ontario Improv, enjoy yourself with an entertaining evening of comicality with your partner.

For the “Married Lovebirds”

Take your special someone to Disneyland Park in Anaheim to celebrate your love at the happiest place on Earth.  

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a ‘nuisance’ any longer. No relationship is the same, so focusing on celebrating the uniqueness of your relationship will ensure that your celebration is one to remember. Express your excitement for the spark that you have with someone, or the forever type of love that you share with your life partner. Whether you’re celebrating with a simple handwritten note or a trip to Disneyland, we hope that these ideas pave the way for the perfect day. Happy celebrating, lovebirds!  

 

Feb 02

Tips for Taking Your Game Day Party to the Next Level

Every big game provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate with your friends and family, overindulge in snacks, and show off your cheering skills. With the big game just around the corner, we’ve put together some tips for taking your celebration to a whole new level.

Attire

Before the party, make sure you have the proper attire to cheer your team on. To truly make a statement, wear your team’s jersey, face paint, and a hat. Ladies, get in the spirit with your team’s colors manicured on your nails. For a more unbiased approach, throw a flag in the air and put on a referee shirt to keep the peace.

Decorations

Turn your home into a stadium with themed decorations to get in the spirit. You’ll feel like you’re on the field with football shaped plates and snack bowls. Balloons will also help fill empty corners and add more team spirit to your home. When it gets dark, light up your yard with football-shaped paper lanterns to keep the party going even after the game has ended. Another great idea is to set up a photobooth so your guests can remember your party long after the game has ended. All you need is a blank wall and some silly props like these.

Activities

When your guests arrive, kick off the party by having everyone pitch in $5 to participate in the Squares game. This is a fun way for the guests to stay engaged in the game, since they will have a chance to win too.

If there are children attending your party, make sure there are enough activities to entertain them while you watch the game. Use an inflatable goal post cooler to set up a game of touch football in the yard.

Food and Drink

Since any sports is typically about four hours long, your guests will surely be hungry for some game time munchies. Load up on chips and various types of dips, wings, and sliders. For a healthier alternative, assemble a veggie platter and try this slow cooker turkey chili.

Don’t forget to stock up your bar with both domestic and craft beers. Themed cocktails will spice up your drink selection for those who don’t like beer. Last, but not least, you’ll definitely want to open a bottle Champagne after your team scores the winning touchdown.