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." 

With the broach of the new year comes a renewed focus on wellness."  A spa retreat can do wonders for physical, mental, and emotional health, but a weekend getaway may not always be feasible. Orange County, with it's picturesque coastline is a retreat unto itself."  If you're looking to relax with a soothing massage, energize with a refreshing facial, or simply spend a few hours taking care of you, check out these serene day spas, located right here in Orange County.

Orange County is known for palm trees, blue skies, and of course, warm and sunny skies.However, there are some days that a little rain must fall onto this tropical paradise.When it does, there are some wonderful places right here in our own backyard that will keep you warm, dry, and entertained until the sun is shining brightly again, which thankfully, is usually the next day!" 

Did you know that the Anaheim Convention Center has an on-site composting unit and recycling center? How about that it has a vegetable and herb garden on it'€™s roof and has ownership of it'€™s own free-range grass-fed cows?" If being green is as important to you as it is to Anaheim, keep reading to find out how the Anaheim Convention Center continues to maintain sustainability daily." 

I like delicious, high-quality beer. It'€™s a fact that, in addition to my order selections when I was at my 20-year reunion, got me the snooty looks. What can I say? I couldn'€™t afford good beer when I was in college, but thankfully, I can now.

Spending the December holidays in Southern California doesn'€™t just mean avoiding cold winter weather elsewhere '€“ it also means indulging in some of the most delicious holiday food in the country.If you'€™re lucky enough to be visiting this time of year, you'€™re in for a real treat.Here are some of the holiday dining experiences in Orange County you simply can'€™t miss.