Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Win a Chance to See Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes

I've got a pair of tickets for you and your Super Hero loving kid....yay! Plus, an opportunity to dress up the kids and get them free tickets in Anaheim!

Attention parents looking for ways to enjoy the first full week of July with their kids: the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles; the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario and the Honda Center in Anaheim will present the all-new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes, beginning July 7.

And I've got a pair of opening night tickets for a lucky winner.
For a chance to win these tickets, please answer the following question in the comments:

1. Who is your favorite Marvel Super Hero and why?
2. Include your name and email address 

I will select and email the winner on Friday, June 23 by 5:00pm. 

On Friday, June 23, KABC7 will be promoting Marvel Universe Live! at Pavilion's in Anaheim.
They are looking for kids 14 and younger to wear their favorite MARVEL Superhero costumes on Live TV. 
Every child that participates wearing their favorite MARVEL full costume (not just a mask or hat) will receive one opening night performance voucher, valued at $45!

Kids 14 and younger
Dress up in your favorite MARVEL full costume for a free ticket to MARVEL Universe Live!
Pavilions 8010 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd. | Anaheim, CA 92808
Friday, June 23. Arrive by 10:30am

Good luck!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Last day to hang out at Katy Perry's "Witness" Pop-Up shop!

The Kim Sing Theater in Downtown LA will be open until 8pm for a Katy Perry Pop-Up Shop

I like Katy Perry. I think she's cute and she certainly has a great voice. I was also proud of her for standing by Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign. But all politics aside, I think she's a talented All-American superstar. And although I would probably never actually purchase tickets for one of her shows (I get my Katy Perry fix on KISS FM), I would certainly return to the Kim Sing Theater with some fun outfits for a super cool summer photo sesh. 
The Kim Sing Theater located at 718 N. Figueroa St. in Downtown Los Angeles is totally decked out to match Perry's eclectic and colorful style. 

Earlier this week, Perry hosted a Facebook Live stream that ran continuously for 96 hours as a way to promote her new album "Witness" at the Kim Sing Theater. There were cameras recording her every move and a gazillion fans logged in to watch her. Once she left, they left the facility intact and opened it to the public for fans to check it out.
Today will be the last day Katy Perry fans can head out to check out the pink vanity set where she would apply her make-up. They can hang out on the hot pink swing she used to relax in, or the all-white room where she rested. Heck, you can even take a photo of the bedroom that was built for her (the mattress she used is still there) and then you can spend a little more time (and money) at the merchandise shop. 


Thursday, June 8, 2017

No Apology for Enjoying Breadologie!

 A new bakery in town is making me break my diet...But I'm ok with that #sorrynotsorry

Ok. So I've been absent from my blog for quite some time now. I've been working on a bigger project that focuses on highlighting other LA moms and not so much my own life and lifestyle (more details if you keep reading). This, while still working full-time and managing a house full of boys!
Anyhow, last year, when Toby was practically still a newborn, we were driving around our neighborhood and came across a bright yellow sign that read: "Breadologie Bakery".

My husband pulled into the parking lot and stopped by the shop to see what the bakery was all about (I was curious too). He came out moments later and said he'd told the owners that I would be interested in writing about this new bakery once it opened to the public...Mind you, he usually stays out of anything blog-related so it was hilarious that he would go and pitch my blog (probably felt embarrassed to walk in during construction)!

Well, as it turns out, one year later, I --did-- stop by Breadologie, met Steffi Gutierrez who owns the bakery with her husband Charles and fell in love with their croissants and artisan bread.
They have such an exquisite selection pastries and such a cool vibe that it almost makes me want to pick up my daily morning coffee and sweet bread there... except, they've been so busy with their wholesale orders, the storefront is not open everyday. Still, it's worth a visit. They have cookies & cream croissants, raspberry almond brioche donuts and even introduced a brand new Rocky Road croissant...OMG...So good!

Now to my project... I just launched -- an online magazine for local moms focusing mainly on local moms.
I haven't officially announced my new editorial venture but I'm sharing it here because my last "WOWMOM" profile story is all about Breadologie co-owner Steffi Gutierrez.
Check it out!

In the meantime, make it a point to stop by the bakery if you're ever in the San Fernando Valley.
Here in LA, we're always waiting for the next delicious thing to awaken our senses (and a cup of coffee) and this place is perfect for that...

 More information: Breadologie Bakery

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Marvel Universe Live! Announces "Age of Heroes" featuring Guardians of the Galaxy

The Epic Marvel Super Hero Experience Premieres in Los Angeles on July 7. Tickets on sale now!

With everything we've heard about Guardians of the Galaxy at Disney California Adventure, I've been wondering how to give Benny some Drax, Rocket Racoon and Groot action. My son is still too young to ride the high-speed attraction, but he's not too young for a Marvel-themed live-action show at the Staples Center this summer....yay!

Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into arenas across the country starting with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes.  The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil.  

The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will make it’s world premiere in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 7, 2017.  Tickets are on sale now and you can purchases yours by visiting:  MarvelUniverseLIVE

Hope to see you there! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Oaks at Ojai, A Great Place to Celebrate Mother's Day Year-Round!

This is a sponsored post. I received hotel accommodations & spa treatments at the Oaks at Ojai in exchange for a review on this blog. All opinions are my own.

I'm still catching up on all the Mother's Day photos that were posted by friends, family and beloved acquaintances on social media last weekend. I see gorgeous pictures of moms and grandmas and kids hugging their family's matriarchs and suddenly I begin to think it's not a bad idea to consider celebrating moms more often!
Why does Mother's Day have to be limited to a single day of the year, right!?
Note to all: it's ok to spoil us as often as you'd like!
In all seriousness, I think it's important to show moms small tokens of appreciation throughout the year. It doesn't have to be lavish. Simple things like notes and letters are very endearing.
Another unique idea is to take mom away for a weekend. And I have the perfect place for that: The Oaks at Ojai Hotel & Spa.

I recently spent some time there and the whole experience was enriching and unique.
Located about 90 miles from Los Angeles, the Oaks at Ojai encompasses all the elements of a wellness retreat for women.
For starters, no cell phones are allowed. Can you imagine? It's digital detox at its best.
All meals and snacks are included with your overnight stay and the menu promotes a clean diet plan, with meals usually under 350 calories. Just think lots of organic vegetables, salads, clean protein and flavorful sauces. Dessert usually means fresh fruit.

There is a gym, a sauna, a pool, aerobics classes, yoga and healthy afternoon snacks are served daily.

There are wellness workshops, seminars, mountain hikes, meditation courses and even nearby wine tasting rooms for those who care to walk a block over and discover Downtown Ojai.

Some rooms have outdoor courtyards with gorgeous mountain views.

Lush landscapes decorate the grounds and then there's the Spa.
During my Spa appointment, I was treated to a Signature Facial using Skin Authority products.
It was sooo great, the type of spa experience that makes a woman swear she'll never wear make-up again just so she can keep her face looking so fresh and so clean.

The Oaks at Ojai is owned Sheila Cluff, a woman who has lived her life promoting physical activity and good health. Cluff, also known as the "grandmother of aerobics" was one of the first female entrepreneurs to combine the idea of fitness and nutrition as an attractive package for a destination getaway. Her book "Living Your Dream" is sold inside the hotel's gift shop... and it makes for a fabulous read in a serene atmosphere, away from the pressures and temptations of social media and constant cell phone use.
I plan on making more trips to the Oaks at Ojai. It's a great way to spend quality time with mom and rediscover yourself.  I will give you an opportunity to refocus, recharge and relax.

The Oaks at Ojai
122 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-5573.

Have a great weekend (getaway)!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Denim Mother's Day Inspo from 'Kut from the Kloth'

 How a mommy date with my son turned into a Mother's Day outfit idea!

A funny thing happened when I took my son to Au Fudge last weekend for a special “MommyAndMe—Create Salon” hosted by LA-based clothing company Kut from the Kloth.
During the week leading to the event, I shared with Benny that he would be having an opportunity to design a denim jacket for mama. Benny said he was going to decorate my jacket with glitter and purple colors and butterflies and sprinkles— basically everything he figured I’d like to hear.
Details from the "MommyAndMe-- Create Salon" hosted by Kut from the Kloth at Au Fudge.
Then on the day of the event, as we sat down to begin decorating my cool denim jacket, Benny turned into a total minimalist! He placed only three patches on the top left corner above the jacket's pocket. The back was a little more elaborate with three sequin hearts. It was adorable, although I'll be honest-- I'm the type of mom that loves a lot of color and patterns and ornate things (go figure). It turns out, Benny was more interested in visiting the restaurant’s backroom arcade than embellishing my jacket! He basically squeezed a few globs of glue on some patches and was quickly "done" and ready for the next adventure. This was too funny. All I could think of was a phrase I've been repeating since Benny's younger brother was born: “boys will be boys!”

The unique Kut from the Kloth event was an opportunity for kids to interact with one another and spend a lovely afternoon designing a gift for mom. There were goodies and desserts and a book reading by Sara Aspinall. There were also several jackets for moms to choose from, something which opened my eyes to the company, whose clothing items I’ve often seen at large department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s but never tried.

Kut from the Kloth offers a unique reward program called "Your Style Rewards". It's how the company rewards its customers for shopping and sharing their Kut from the Kloth items on social media. The way it works is, you become a member by creating an account on the company's website. You refer friends, post product reviews and share on your social media channels in order to gain points. For every 2,500 points earned, you get a $15 discount on your next order! They have adorable dresses and tops and their jeans come in all different cuts and styles.

The jacket Benny decorated for me is so comfortable! It's a Kut from the Kloth Amelia Denim Jacket (Sweet Wash) and now that I look at it again, I'm actually happy and very endeared with how it turned out. As a matter of fact, I plan on styling it with a fun dress on Sunday. I'll make sure to post some pictures...
Thanks for reading and Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

UNICEF KID POWER to Celebrate Kid Power Month next Saturday!

UNICEF USA is hosting an fun afternoon on Saturday, May 13 to encourage children and families to get active!

Only one in four American kids gets enough exercise, according to the United Nations' Children's Fund, UNICEF. 
On the other hand, nearly one in four children globally, is malnourished. 
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports the organization's work through fundraising, advocacy and education, working together for a common goal: to reach a time when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. 
As a mom of two little boys, I love this idea. I support this cause and I hope you do too!
This month, UNICEF Kid Power, a growing movement of kids and families activating their inner heroes, to end global malnutrition, is asking families around the country to Show the World Your Kid Power
Specifically, next Saturday, May 13th UNICEF USA will host an activity packed afternoon of games and entertainment in Downtown LA, to encourage children and families to get active and save lives!  
Saturday's event will feature a Star Wars inspired activity, a Target crazy maze, a main stage entertainment line-up and much more.

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Where: Microsoft Square at LA Live
Address: 800 W. Olympic Blvd. / Los Angeles, CA 90015
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm

In 2015, UNICEF launched UNICEF Kid Power fitness bands, which display the number of steps taken by kids as well as the number of points earned. Program supporters convert students’ points into monetary donations toward the purchase of therapeutic food. A full day of physical activity—12,000 steps—translates into five Kid Power Points. Every five Kid Power Points earned results in one packet of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food for children with severe acute malnutrition.
I encourage parents to purchase a Kid Power fitness band and bring it along to Saturday's event!

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Where: Microsoft Square at LA Live

Address: 800 W. Olympic Blvd. / Los Angeles, CA 90015

Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Hope to see you there!

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.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WeVillage-Los Angeles, A Cool New Place to Drop Off the Kids!

We attended the grand opening of this flexible childcare facility in Sherman Oaks, CA (and loved it!)

When we visited the new WeVillage childcare center in Sherman Oaks we were greeted by a beautiful play space with enough detail to make parents smile and kids jump for joy!
WeVillage is a concept that was first introduced in Oregon by founder Karen Beninati.
She was a single mom who wanted to create a place where kids would receive the attention they deserved.
"Everywhere we'd go, the kids came second. The places for the adults were beautiful, the design was beautiful but nothing for the kids," said Beninati. "It was always some toys in the corner, a carpet and they deserve better than that."
So Beninati established WeVillage in 2009 and as it turns out, she was right!
Parents loved the concept, which mixes cutting edge philosophy and elegance and offers play-based programs for children six weeks to 14-years-old.
Among those parents was model and actress Rebecca Romjin whose twin daughters would ask her and husband Jerry O'Connell to drop them off at WeVillage whenever they were in Portland.
"I've been an active customer in Portland for four years and beating my head going, 'why don't we have this in Los Angeles!?'", said Romjin. "It's a dream for parents and for kids. It's almost like day camp but better, it's beautiful, it's activities, it's very interactive."
Romjin is an investor in WeVillage Sherman Oaks and we were excited to meet her and her beautiful family on Saturday!
Here are some more memories from the red carpet grand opening:

Selma Blair and son Arthur Saint Bleick attended the WeVillage Los Angeles grand opening

Among the many fun things to do, there's a Treehouse-type structure where kids can enjoy video games!

My husband and I are thrilled to have a new, safe and wonderful option for date night babysitting! The WeVillage teachers are more than just babysitters though! They are full-time accredited and licensed employees who are trained to encourage children with interactive play while helping facilitate their individual and social skills along the way.
Hope my kids meet your kids there one of these days...
WeVillage Los Angeles
13335 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
tel: 818-233-8218

Thanks for reading!