Thursday, September 18, 2014

This is Where I Leave You Giveaway!

Jason Bateman!!!!

Sorry...getting off track here! If you're as excited as I am about This is Where I Leave You then I have got the giveaway for you!

This is Where I Leave You hits theaters this Friday and I'm offering one awesome reader a fun Prize Pack to enjoy. The winner receives:
  • A $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • A #TIWILY tote
  • A #TIWILY mug

To WIN just complete the steps below and please leave your email info in my comments section. A winner will be selected at random.


Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was offered a prize pack in order to facilitate this giveaway.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Family Travel Spotlight: Lakehouse Hotel & Resort!

The Lakehouse Hotel & Resort is an amazing family travel destination located on the shores of Lake San Marcos in a suburb of San Diego. This gorgeous property just underwent a $9 million renovation and reopened it's doors last June. The lakeside resort offers two saline pools, oversized Jacuzzis, numerous fire pits and all the fun that comes with having your own lake. From boat rentals to paddle boards, Lakehouse Hotel & Resort has it all!

Upon checking in, we immediately fell in love with the lobby area of the hotel. Warm and inviting colors along with ample seating and a large flat screen television. We enjoyed complimentary beverages while we waited for our keys and in the corner of the lobby, we found a cozy area filled with classic board games available for family game night. The kids wanted to start playing the games before we even had a chance to put our bags away.

Once we finally got the kids out of the lobby, we headed to our rooms to get settled in. As soon as the door opened they started to scream and dance. They loved their room! Their favorite features were the giant fish posted over their beds and the tall deck chairs on the balcony. Of course, my favorite features of our rooms were a bit different. As a Mom, I loved having a Keurig brewer in the room because I need coffee to function and having my favorite coffee on hand just makes for a happier mama. I also liked having a mini-fridge to keep drinks and fruit chilled for my kids. The color schemes and d├ęcor of the rooms were just perfect. Such a cool and relaxing environment for traveling with children. We had a partial view of Lake San Marcos and a great view of the pool area.

We literally had to drag our kids out of the room because they just wanted to stay in and play. It took the word "LAKE" to get them running out the door. The dock was just a few steps from our room and we couldn't believe all of the lake toys that were available for rent. My husband's eye caught a pontoon just waiting us and as soon as the kids were geared up in their life jackets we set sail...well, not really sail per say. We were off on our lake adventure! It was our kid's very first time out on a lake and they were loving every single second of it.

As soon as we docked the S.S. Forte, it was time to gather by the poolside fire pit and enjoy Family S'mores Night! I love it when a hotel realizes that these are the special features that keep families coming back year after year. What kid doesn't like roasting marshmallows on a fire by the pool? Did I mention that there is no additional cost to enjoy S'mores night? That's right! It's included for all the guests at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort. After literally inhaling all of the S'mores they possibly could, my kids actually jumped in the pool and swam until dinner time. They went from pool to pool and played water polo (or tried to).

The next morning we ordered room service for breakfast from The Grill and everything was just perfect. The Belgian waffle was delicious. My daughter ordered hard boiled eggs and pancakes while the boys had steak, eggs and oatmeal. We loved our hearty breakfast especially after all of the fun we had the night before.

After breakfast we got dressed and headed to the hotel lobby to meet Katie for our Property Tour. There is so much more to Lakehouse Hotel & Resort than just the lake and pools. They offer multiple spaces for parties, meetings, wedding receptions, etc. They are in the process of adding a new on-site restaurant that will offer gamey meats and outdoor dining overlooking Lake San Marcos. The property also offers a fully equipped fitness center, golf course and spa services.

The biggest project they are in the middle of is offering GLAMPING for guests that want to try their hand at camping, but want to feel assured that the resort is just a short pontoon ride away. They currently have four tents finished and are in the process of adding much more. A pavilion is in the works for glamping guests to enjoy while "roughing it". The tents come fully equipped with electricity, ceiling fans, beautiful bedroom furniture and their own decks overlooking the lake. I will definitely be following up with the property on the progress of this project.

Katie also showed us the private cottages available at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort. The property currently has 4 cottages for guests to enjoy. Two 2-bedroom cottages and two 1-bedroom cottages that boast breathtaking lake views and include kitchens, living areas, dining areas, front and rear fire pits as well as private parking. The next time we visit this property, we will definitely be taking advantage of these amazing cottages.

Sadly, it was time to head back to our rooms and get ready for check out. We didn't want to leave the Lakehouse, but we had to say goodbye. My husband wants to bring my parents out with us next time. My Mother would love getting out on Lake San Marcos with her grandbabies. Lakehouse Hotel & Resort is an ideal Family Travel destination for so many reasons. Great food, great fun and it's literally located in our SoCal backyard. Close enough for a road trip with inpatient kids and far enough to feel like a wonderful getaway.

Thanks so much to Lakehouse Hotel & Resort for having us and we can't wait to see you all real soon!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was offered Media Accommodations in order to facilitate my review. These are just my two cents!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Hero of Color City Screening!

Wayne Brady, Craig Ferguson, Rosie Perez and Cristina Ricci lend their voices in the new animated film The Hero of Color City. My awesome readers are invited to attend an advanced screening of this wonderful film at 11am on September 27th at Bruin Theater. If you would like to attend this FREE screening then just click on the link below and request your tickets!

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About the Film:

Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons jump into their magical Crayon Box which transports them to their home in COLOR CITY, a world of dazzling hues, soaring fantasy and the whimsy of childhood. This land is fed by an enchanted rainbow and waterfall that provides the City and its citizens with color.
When YELLOW, our timid heroine, is accidentally left behind in Ben's room, she inadvertently awakens two Unfinished Drawings: KING SCRAWL, a huge, powerful, mute monster -- and GNAT, Scrawl's motor-mouthed, overactive sidekick. In search of color for themselves, they follow Yellow to Color City, causing panic and concern. If Scrawl and Gnat can claim the waterfall for themselves, Color City will fade, and along with it, our lovable crayon characters will disappear.
It's up to Yellow and a motley crew of Crayons, bodacious and brave, BLUE, meticulous, fussy GREEN, satirical RED, pessimistic BLACK and overanxious WHITE to save the day. Meeting with fantastical creatures and fun adventures along the way, Yellow discovers she has more courage and strength than she knew and learns to believe in herself and to count on the support of her friends. Replete with valuable life lessons, this enchanting story will entertain and inspire in a stunningly rendered and utterly unique animated world.
The Hero of Color City opens in theaters on October 3rd

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Maze Runner Giveaway!

It's time for another great giveaway!
I'm offering one lucky reader a chance to win a $25 Gift Card to go see The Maze Runner in theaters and that's not all! I am also giving the winner a copy of the book and a money maze. Now, who wants to win?!?!
To win just complete the steps below and leave your email address in my comments section. A winner will be selected at random.
In the meantime, check out this "Making of the Maze" Featurette: 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Walking With Dinosaurs Giveaway!

They're Baaaaaaack!!!

Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when the spectacular production, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, returns to North America. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS is a live show featuring 20 life-size dinosaurs that walk, roar and stomp around the stage. This arena spectacular includes a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus and more.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR will be performed at STAPLES Center for a limited seven-performance engagement from Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, September 14

This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Worldwide, more than eight million people have seen this show in 243 cities and over 2,000 performances.

I have a Family 4-Pack of tickets up for grabs! To win, just complete the steps below and leave your email info in my comments section.

*Winner will receive 4 vouchers that will need to be redeemed at the Staples Center box office. Vouchers are not tickets. Vouchers must be presented to box office 48 hours prior to the show date that you wish to attend.
Good Luck!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

MEGA BLOKS: Saban's Power Rangers Super MEGAFORCE

We build a lot around here. My kids enjoy taking on new challenges and this month we are going to attempt to build the Power Rangers SUPER MEGAFORCE Sky Ship Showdown by MEGA BLOKS. This awesome project includes 306 pieces that will make 2 different sky ships, the Red Ranger Sky Ship Zord with working side-cannon launcher and Damaras’s evil ship. Also included are super-posable Red Ranger and Damaras micro action figures with weapons. Both ships are combinable with other Mega Bloks Power Rangers Super Megaforce buildable playsets!

This weekend, Power Ranger's fans will celebrate the 4th bi-annual Power Rangers official fan-run convention, Power Morphicon, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. Fans can expect an action-packed experience with the cast of Power Rangers Super Megaforce and a super-charged panel that will reveal an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming season, Power Rangers Dino Charge. For more details, please visit

If you can't make it out to the convention this weekend, you can see all the action during Shout! Factory’s live streaming digital event Power Morphicon LIVE, on Saturday from 11AM PT to 5PM PT, exclusively on

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. As a Saban Brand-Bassador I was offered sample products in order to facilitate my review. These are just my two cents!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Maze Runner!

So many great movies to see this year! Based on the best-selling YA novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is an action-adventure film releasing in theaters September 19.

When Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

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