Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Little Toby and his Little Watch!

BabysWatch is a cotton bracelet that's gentle and cute!


Add this to the list of things that Toby doesn't need but Mommy can't live without: a small fabric bracelet made to look like a wristwatch to fit an infant or toddler's tiny wrist.

It's called Baby'sWatch and it's too darn cute to pass up if you have a little one!


When I put it on Toby for the first time, my son had a smile that I won't soon forget. 
He was thrilled!
It wasn't long before my rascally child tried yanking it off his wrist (he was extremely curious about it). His desire to explore the BabysWatch and take it off was just a sign that he loved it!
Babyswatch offers a lineup of designs for boys and girls.
It's a cotton bracelet made of 100% organic and chemical-free long fiber balanced weave cotton fabric that is ultra soft, breathable and nonirritating against your baby's skin.
The graphics are printed with a non-toxic dye that doesn't fade, rub off or rinse out. 
The company says it has served over a million customers so far. 



"We’re all about the spreading of goodwill, humor and innovation, because we want the world to stay awesome," their website states.

Currently, the BabysWatch designs retail for $14.99 and can be purchased online. You can even buy the product wholesale.

They're totally adorable.
Your kid will love BabysWatch unless they're anything like my 15-month old Toby, who was intrigued at first and eventually figured out how to unsnap it!


BabysWatch is available here.
I received a free product for a review on my blog.

Happy Thursday!

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Minnie Mouse Luau in anticipation of Minnie's Happy Helpers DVD!

Bring home the adventures of Minnie's Happy Helpers coming to DVD on July 25! #sponsored


 A few weekends ago, we attended an LA Mamacitas event for local bloggers at Griffith Park, in anticipation of Minnie's Happy Helpers DVD.
It was extra cute because taking two boys to a luau filled with adorable Minnie Mouse loving girls made for plenty of smiles and chuckles!


Benny and Toby started wrestling inside a Flamingo inflatable, then they ran off in the distance making me panic for a brief moment.
Eventually they came back and had a jam sesh with a small bongo-type drum. Once Benny had enough of the drum sounds, he left to play with other kids. When I looked to see if Toby was still there, he was hugging a large Minnie Mouse plush...aww!



Minnie's Happy Helpers is on the way to Disney DVD tomorrow, July 25, 2017!
The DVD description is so cute, you'll want to rush and buy it for your little girls:
"When Minnie and Daisy aren't racing around Hot Dog Hills, they're helping their friends with fun odd jobs as the Happy Helpers. And no task is too big or too small for them to tackle! With a quick spin in their Turn-Styler, the Happy Helpers are ready for anything that comes their way."


The DVD includes a total of seven episodes and my favorite is the one titled "Egg-Xasperating" which is when the Happy Helpers are babysitting an egg that's about to hatch...(teehee).

Total running time: 77 minutes.

You can connect with Disney Junior on Facebook and/or @DisneyJunior on Twitter.

Happy Monday to all!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pure Disney Fun & Excitement at D23!

Every Disney Lover's Dream Convention! 


I had never attended a D23 Expo before...until Friday.
When I got to the Anaheim Convention Center and walked through the doors into the Exhibit Hall, I was flabbergasted.
I knew I would be surrounded by Disney loving folks and cool Disney-themed displays but I wasn't ready to be confronted with a world of pure Disney Magic at every corner!
Welcoming guests into the show floor was a big stage with a live music band, playing high energy tunes.
Signs, displays, props, and products with colorful Disney characters and other details decorated stands, booths, tables and floors.
There was a Minnie Mouse van, a princess and villain couture dress display, an virtual reality Lion King experience.


Ethan Allen, the furniture store, had an entire Disney-themed "home" with Mickey chairs, sofas, wall art and Star Wars furniture in the kids' bedroom showroom.
There was a display of a giant pair of special edition (and sold-out) Mickey Mouse Ray-Ban sunglasses as well as Donald Duck luggage, special edition Oswald merchandise and a section where Baristas made lattes with Disney designs.



Then there were the costumes. Oh my God. The friendliest, happiest people were at the D23 Expo donning the most creative Disney character costumes. Every single person I approached was more than happy to let me take pictures and enthusiastically talk about their cosplay designs.



This incredible convention was also extremely crowded. If you wanted to get a sandwich for lunch, you'd better wait in a super long line. If you wanted to listen to the panels, people were standing in line three hours in advance. That's because Disney uses the D23 Expo to announce many new & upcoming projects, attractions, experiences and movies... and Disney fans from around the world are anxious to be first in line to find out!
I was happy to see one of my fellow Disney Parks Moms Panelists, Lindsey Morris, who was in town from Texas.


And even though mommy and family obligations prevented me from staying longer than a day, or sitting through an entire panel, or seeing Oprah Winfrey, or hearing Bob Iger speak, I now understand why Disney fans make plans two years in advance to attend the D23 Expo (the expo is held every other year). It was a dynamic and exciting experience full of good music, friendly attendees and Disney charm and if I didn't think before, now I know to plan ahead for the 2019 D23 Expo.
By the way, the "D" stands for Disney and the "23" represents the year 1923 when Walt Disney founded the company.


This year's D23 Expo will continue through Sunday but as you can imagine, tickets are sold out.

Check out many more D23 costume pictures on www.MommyInLosAngeles.com

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Do Tell, Anabel! Gets an Awesome Shout-Out!

Exciting & Unexpected!

Toby and I at a recent "Mommy & Me" Swim Lesson hosted by Olivia+Ocean for mommy bloggers & influencers.

Friends, I haven't been nearly as active on my blog as a dedicated and committed blogger should be.
I've been super busy with work, the kids, the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and my new venture, www.MommyInLosAngeles.com
It's a project I've launched with my sisters and we're very excited to see where it goes. It's basically an online magazine for moms and mostly about LA Moms. We will have a single yearly print edition and a big launch party next year.
Our slogan is "Every Mom Has a Story" and we promote it as a magazine that covers "the movers, shakers, doers & makers, the real LA celebrities: The Moms!" This is our logo:
Needless to say, in the middle of all the madness, I was pleasantly shocked when I recently received a blogger recognition from Care.com, a support network for families that offers resources for parents and children.
They listed this blog, Do Tell, Anabel!, as one of the "Best Five Los Angeles Mommy Blogs You Need to Read Now".

I was ecstatic!
Los Angeles is a huge city, with a ginormous pool of mommy bloggers so to have someone actually read through many of them and decide my lil' ol' blog is worthy of such recognition is a big honor! As a result, I've developed a newfound drive to continue blogging and sharing personal stories about my life and motherhood in Los Angeles (with occasional brand collaborations). Thanks, Care.com!

On a separate note, I'm sharing a few other personal updates: My husband and I recently celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary in Vegas! It was a simple little getaway where we enjoyed each other's company and vowed to make the next 10 years even better...Awww.


Benny and Toby continue getting bigger and giving me plenty to laugh about. My sons are my daily dose of inspiration and the two "traviesos" (Spanish for brats), have the cutest brotherly love/hate relationship ever! Most recently, my dad tried dressing them as young boys completing the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain (read all about this pilgrimage here). They wore the traditional pilgrimage hats decorated with a shell, blue t-shirts and even had a walking stick equipped with a miniature gourd which is commonly used as a water container. It was all too hilarious because they were completely uncooperative when it came to smiling at the camera...and the only thing abuelo wanted was to have a single shot of the three smiling!


 Thanks for reading friends!
Please reach out if you have thoughts, ideas, comments.
And check out www.MommyInLosAngeles.com for stories on inspiring LA Mommies!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes

Make it a point to catch Superhero stunts and live action in LA, Ontario or Anaheim!


When Spider-Man came swinging into the Staples Center Friday Night to challenge a mean, rude "bad guy," my sons Benny and Toby either got really excited or went along with the collective excitement that was expressed throughout the arena.
Kids were cheering and clapping to see their favorite half-arachnid, half-human character come to the rescue and my two boys were no exception.


Benny was enjoying an ice-cold lemonade sold inside a Marvel Hero-themed cup and Toby was extremely attentive to the bright lights and stunt fights in front of him.
The Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes show has arrived at the Staples Center with plenty of action battles, familiar Superheroes (and villains) and loud-thumping sound effects, bright lights, smoke and props (like a taxi cab that arrives looking flawless and ends up getting wrecked by the special powers of the characters).


It's definitely an action-packed show, suitable for boys and girls and very thorough with the number of Marvel heroes that audiences get to see (twenty-five to be exact).

There were a few scenes where Toby was scared but then again, he's 14 months old, quite impressionable and a total mama's boy.

Benny, my 4-year old was beyond excited. When Groot and Rocket Raccoon made their first appearance, he nearly jumped out of his seat. Further, I was very surprised to learn he knew so many of the characters that I was unfamiliar with, like the villains Yondu and Rhino. 


Overall, the show makes for a great family outing and your kids will be thrilled!
The Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes show will be held at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles through tomorrow night (get your tickets here).

Next Stop:Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA from July 13-16

Honda Center in Anaheim from July 20-23

Have fun and enjoy the show!

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. 


ALSO!
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!

Who:
Kids 14 and younger
What:
Dress up in your favorite MARVEL full costume for a free ticket to MARVEL Universe Live!
Where:
Pavilions 8010 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd. | Anaheim, CA 92808
When:
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. 



Enjoy!

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)...lol!


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 www.MommyInLosAngeles.com -- 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!