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As temperatures begin to climb in Orange County, closets are in dire need of spring/summer-cleaning and most likely, some new, refreshing pieces. Luckily, Orange County is a shopper'€™s dream- an oasis of malls and shopping centers full of unique and trendy boutiques, haute couture and affordable fashions alike.

Fashion is an ever-changing landscape and retailers are no different. Here are some of the latest and greatest additions to Anaheim/OC area shopping centers and malls.

Spring is in the air, and the sunny weather beckons us outdoors."  One of my favorite things to do outside is to blow bubbles."  It'€™s an inexpensive hobby, requires very little skill, and it simply puts a smile on your face.

For the modern traveler, a smart phone loaded with apps is an indispensable tool. Maps, dining guides, travel itineraries, translators and more reside at the tips of your fingers, giving you unprecedented access to all the information you need to make your trip successful.

So, for those of you out there making plans to come to Anaheim/Orange County, here is a list of mobile apps that will guide you on your vacation or business trip.

We all know the food coma that comes with Thanksgiving." 

The turkey. The stuffing. The mashed potatoes. And the pies. Oh, the pies.

Cruise your way through a sea of twinkling lights and immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit at Huntington Harbour's Cruise of Lights and Newport Beach's 104th Annual Christmas Boat Parade." 

The search for the best Christmas lights is one of my favorite holiday traditions." Each year, I cozy up in pajamas, map out my route, grab some hot cocoa, pile my loved ones in the car and turn up the holiday tunes in search of the best Christmas light displays in Orange County.

This year, we are highlighting favorite OC Christmas light displays to maximize holiday spirit and enhance your twinkle viewing experience:" 

Photo: Todd Lechtick, 2011

The end of summer is right around the corner, and what better way to end your summer than a festival of international dance in sunny Southern California? From a celebrity Master of Ceremonies, to famous international dance performers, the Anaheim International Dance Festival is the perfect curtain call for your summer." 

Children look forward to it all year long. It is one of the few times of year they are allowed to indulge in excessive amounts of sweets and treats and dress up like their favorite characters and personalities. The air is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. It's Halloween time!

One thing to keep in mind when taking your little ones trick-or-treating on Halloween is safety. Here are a few of the safest and most popular places to trick-or-treat in Orange County:

If there is one thing about the holidays we love most, it'€™s tradition. If you don'€™t have a family holiday tradition, or are looking to start a new one, here is a list of our Orange County-area favorites.

Harbor Lights Christmas Cruise

Katie Brandenburger

Disneyland knows how bring magic like no one else on earth. And on selected evenings for the next month, they will also bring the spooky and the fun as they host Mickey'€™s Halloween Party.

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