Everyone knows that Orange County is home to beautiful beaches & amazing amusement parks. But that's not all!" You might be surprised to know that Orange County is also home to several children's museums. That's right - we have not one, but FOUR children's museums.

Ready to spend a great day at the museum?

Mother's Day is almost here, and several of the OC's favorite restaurants are offering extended menus, champagne brunches, and live entertainment. Check out our list of some of the best brunches happening for 2012 in Orange County, and make your reservations soon (they are filling up already!)." 

The Hacienda '€“ Santa Ana
Sunday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Call for reservations: 714-558-1304

Though most fruits and vegetables are available year-round nowadays, they taste so much better when locally grown and purchased in season."  There's almost nothing better than biting into a ripe & juicy strawberry, a tender piece of spring asparagus, or a warm piece of fresh rhubarb pie."  My mouth waters just thinking about it!

There's no doubt that a family trip to Disneyland can be expensive; there's the ticket price, the parking, the food, the treats, the souvenirs... it all adds up. But regardless of your budget, a trip to Disneyland is still doable! Here are some tips on keeping costs low when visiting the park:" 

As a kid growing up in Chicago, the humid summers and blistering winters provided that I could only enjoy my favorite outdoor sports and activities during certain times of the year. This is one of the main reasons why I love Orange County; given the average annual temperature of 70 degrees, not only " I can do all the sports and activities I used to do back home, but I can do them all outdoors and year-round.

Have you ever returned from a trip with pants that don't fit quite as well as when you left?"  Or come home feeling like you should fast for a few days to make up for the overindulging you did on vacation?"  Me too."  And we're not the only ones.

Valentine's Day usually brings to mind expensive dinners, expensive gifts, and expensive entertainment. But romance doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. With a little creativity, you can impress your partner and enjoy your Valentine's Day on the cheap in Orange County.

Outdoor picnic

As a kid, I remember climbing trees, digging for worms in the" mud" and riding my bike until seeing the first shine of the street lights. My friends and I would pretend we were international spies or police officers monitoring the neighborhood on bikes. My fondest memories as a child were doing" imaginary" play."