Monday, April 24, 2017

The Sweet & Quirky Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles

Additional Tickets for the Museum of Ice Cream will go on sale beginning Thursday at 9am. 

The Museum of Ice Cream is more like an artsy treat for the senses. It's a temporary exhibition that was originally scheduled to open through August 29 but due to popular demand, the museum has extended its run through June. Tickets will likely sell out again but who can blame the crowds for wanting a peak of this whimsy and delightfully sweet fun house!?

Guests are escorted into the museum by a 'sweet' leader dressed in pink. People enter in groups of 8-10 visitors, which allows for a more intimate look at all things candy.
There are giant-sized gummy bears, chocolate-smelling mint plants, a collection of white syrup dispensers, pink palm trees, a swing installation surrounded by 'scratch & sniff' wallpaper plus a 4 foot pool of sprinkles. Did I mention ice cream and candy samples are distributed in nearly every room!?

Here Benny enjoys a Mint & Chip Mochi Ice Cream
Turns out artists from around the world were recruited to collaborate on this unique installation, including Peruvian Artist Abel Bentin, who calls himself a "professional melter" and "sugar craver". Bentin curated a section of shiny black colored ice cream served on gold wafer cones melting on walls, the floor and a statue head. To add some flavor to his display, guests are served a black cookie dough ice cream on a cake cone while in that room.

My son Benny was literally like a kid in a candy store. He was beyond excited-- giggling, jumping and enjoying samples of ice cream and gummy bears. He even got to pretend to 'swim' in hundreds of thousands of pretend sprinkles (anti-microbial plastics).

We can safely say, we had the sweetest day ever!
I walked out singing to the tune of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:
"Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination..."

Friends, if you're interested in buying a ticket, make sure to check out the Museum of Ice Cream website. Additional museum tickets will be sold beginning April 27 at 9am.
Have a Sweet Day and thanks for reading!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Family Outing to Celebrate 35 Years of Caring!

Did you know the Care Bears turn 35 this year? We're excited to share fun facts about these lovable & huggable characters! #35YearsofCaring

Who would've thought that a series of toys and American Greetings cards with cute, colorful and thoughtful bears would lead to one of the world's most popular children's properties!?
The Care Bears highlight the importance of caring and sharing and 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of this endearing group of bears.
On Sunday we spent the day at Giggles N' Hugs celebrating with a play date and screening of Care Bears & Cousins, a Netflix Original Series launched in Fall 2015. Giggles N Hugs was converted into a Care-A-Lot and Benny and Toby were among several children who got to participate in really fun Care Bears-themed activities.

Michelle Steinberg of dOMAIN Integrated, the firm that coordinated Sunday's Care Bears Anniversary event said The Care Bears allow families to integrate because they're unisex and allow for parents and children to express themselves. "For Care Bears it's a story of emotions," she said. "We're celebrating 35 years [of caring] and it's important to care. First and foremost you have to care about yourself, respect yourself...and then care for others."

As a little girl, Funshine Bear was my favorite but these days as a boy mom, it's all about Grumpy Bear!

Care Bears fans can enjoy a robust portfolio of thousands of Care Bears licensed products at retailers globally
 Additional Care Bear Facts:
*Each Care Bear comes in a different color and features a special insignia on its belly representing its personality.
*The Care Bears are no strangers to television screens. They first appeared in their own television specials in 1983 and 1984 and then made the leap to the big screen between 1985-1987 with "The Care Bears Movie" trilogy.
*There were 10 original Care Bears including: Bedtime Bear, Birthday Bear, Cheer Bear, Friend Bear, Funshine Bear, Good Luck Bear, Grumpy Bear, Love-A-Lot Bear, Tenderheart Bear and Wish Bear.

Did you know there's a new Care Bears Movie in the works?
Sounds like we'll be enjoying these adorable characters for many years to come...
Happy 35th Birthday, Care Bears!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Powerpuff Girls are Back and We're Feeling the Girl Power!

The Powerpuff Girls Cartoon about three brave & adventurous sisters arrives on Hulu on March 24!

It’s time for “Girl Power” with Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup!

On March 24, the newly, reimagined animated 2016 Powerpuff Girls series will make its exclusive streaming debut on Hulu.

If you’re not familiar with the cartoon, it’s about the adventures of three sisters with special powers. They use those powers to defend their town from monsters and bad people. However, because they’re sisters, the series also touches on normal everyday issues such as sibling rivalry, going to school, personal hygiene and many other topics children can relate to.
For the launch of the Hulu streaming debut, a call was made to enter a “Real Life Powerpuff” girl contest. 
As many of you know by now, I am a boy mom. I don't have any daughters to share the excitement with.

But my neighbor’s daughter, Josslyn Villareal comes over our house frequently to hang out with Benny and Toby and we've all grown really fond of her.
Josslyn is a sweet little girl who loves shiny lip gloss as much as she loves Rubiks cubes and video games. She's a bit shy but always demonstrates strength and confidence, even if she's the only girl among a group of boys.

On this particular occasion, I encouraged Josslyn to demonstrate her Powerpuff Girl spirit by wearing a cape and creating some “buzz” around the show!

We used a few printouts and markers to make this happen and ended the day very happily!

More about Josslyn:
Favorite Powerpuff Girl: Bubbles (the blue one) because she's nice but "gets really angry and beats up monsters," she says.

Favorite color: Neon Pink

Favorite food: Pizza and Cheeseburgers

Favorite hobby: Taking a swim in her backyard pool, planning birthday parties, drawing and coloring.

Best advice to other little girls: "Be happy and smile"

There are 6 seasons available of The Powerpuff Girls on Hulu. If you don’t have a Hulu subscription yet, you can sign up for a Free Trial.