Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Entertaining Done Right!

Do you entertain guests at your home over Summer vacation? I do, and GourmetGiftBaskets.com offers great ideas for entertaining friends at home.

We spend a lot of the Summer out by the pool with our friends and family and every body knows that swimming makes you hungry. One of my favorite things to serve is fruits and nuts. They are a quick and easy snack to enjoy while waiting for lunch. 


GourmetGiftBaskets.com has the perfect Dried Fruit & Nut Platter for your Summer gatherings. With over 2 pounds of premium nuts and exotic dried fruits arranged in a beautiful floral pattern, your guests will love snacking on this impressive platter. 

Whether you're hanging out poolside or staying cool indoors, GourmetGiftBaskets.com has a great variety of gourmet goodies ready to ship!

Happy Summer!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was offered sample product in order to facilitate this review. These are just me two cents!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Introducing UNEEK Shoes for Kids!

Kick off Summer with the perfect shoes!

Are they sneakers? Are they sandals? Guess what...they're both!


UNEEK shoes are sure to be your kid's favorite shoes this Summer. We had the pleasure of checking out the new UNEEK 02 by KEEN footwear and my kids loved them!



UNEEK 02 supports like a sneaker and feels like a sandal. Available in 5 vibrant color combos, these water-repellent shoes are designed with 2-cord construction and will adapt to the natural form of your child's feet for a custom fit. 



They climbed rocks, played in water, ran around and never complained about their feet being hot or uncomfortable. With their easy, slip-on design and variety of fun colors, these Uneek 02 shoes are definitely this Summer's MUST HAVE shoes.

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

Friday, June 17, 2016

Family Jam at the L.A. Zoo!

FAMILY JAM AT THE L.A. ZOO is an after-hours opportunity for families to let their sense of adventure run wild!

(Photo Credit: Jamie Pham)

Saturday, July 9, 2016
6:00-9:00 pm
Theme: “Dinos, Dragons & Dancing.”  

Spotlighting Disney's upcoming theatrical release Pete’s Dragon, this event will feature:

Pete's Dragon Photo Op
Scavenger Hunt
DJ Dance Party
Kids' Karaoke
Crafts
Games
Food Trucks
Up-Close Animal Encounters
Keeper Talks

(Photo Credit: Jamie Pham)

Visitors will start the evening greeted by the life-size prehistoric creatures of Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo!

Among the food trucks at Family Jam are:

Kona Ice Truck 
Lobsta Truck
Rice Balls of Fire
The Lobos Truck 
The Grilled Cheese Truck 
Paradise Ice Cream and Austyn's

Family Jam tickets are $25 per adult and $20 per child, or $22 and $17 for GLAZA members. Just visit www.lazoo.org/familyjam.  For additional information, call (323) 644-6001.  Ticket prices include admittance into the Dinosaurs: Unextinct At The L.A. Zoo exhibit.  

*Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Helicopter Tours at Discovery Cube Los Angeles!

Climb aboard and fasten your seat belts for a ride on the helicopter simulator at Discovery Cube Los Angeles! 


Get ready to soar over California as we follow our water system. Our tour begins in Los Angeles and will take us all the way to Mt. Whitney where snow is a reservoir of fresh water. The water then travels down through creeks and streams into Grand Lake. 


From here, The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power collects some of the water into pipes then diverts the water over 300 miles away into Los Angeles. 


This exhibit is a hit with both children and adults. As the helicopter takes flight, passengers are sure to enjoy the thrill of the journey from start to finish. Rest assured you are in safe hands with the DCLA Helicopter Tours Crew!


For more on our adventures at Discovery Cube Los Angeles, visit:


Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91342
Disclosure: As a Discovery Cube Mom Ambassador, I was compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions remain my own.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Kenneth Cole: Mankind HERO at Macy's!

Give Dad the gift of fragrance this 
Father's Day!

One thing Dad will always need and always use is cologne. Kenneth Cole has a great new men's fragrance out called Mankind HERO


My husband is very particular about his cologne. He has 2 or 3 favorites that he always keeps in rotation. Every now and then, he takes the time to sample new scents to see if there is something different out there that he can add to his collection. 

Kenneth Cole Mankind HERO was an instant winner. It truly captures the essence of a HERO. Just take a look at the notes that make up this amazing fragrance.


  • -Top notes of Italian lemon and coriander seeds

  • -Mid notes of plum wood, lavender, clary sage and vanilla infusion

  • -Down notes of coumarin, amber woods, white moss and musks.

Pick up a 3.4oz bottle of Kenneth Cole Mankind HERO at Macy's for only $76. They're offering a FREE gift with purchase while supplies last.

Happy Father's Day!


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

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Teen Titans Go!: Eat, Dance, Punch!



THE GANG IS BACK FOR MORE CRIME FIGHTING ADVENTURES IN
TEEN TITANS GO!: EAT. DANCE. PUNCH!
SEASON 3 PART 1 


The Teen Titans are bringing you another season of their zany antics all in the name of Justice! Available now on DVD, Teen Titans Go!: Eat, Dance, Punch! Season 3 Part 1 offers 2 discs jam packed with 26 all-new adventures. 

RobinCyborgRavenStarfire and Beast Boy are giving us over 4 hours of hilarious crime fighting that is sure to keep you in stitches. Get your copy today for only $19.97!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was offered a review copy of the DVD in order to facilitate this review. These are just my two cents!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ready, Set, Explore at Discovery Cube Los Angeles!

A Summer full of adventure awaits you at Discovery Cube Los Angeles!

Two amazing new exhibits launched at Dicovery Cube LA on May 28th. Nickelodeon's Dora & Diego: Let's Explore! and SPEED: Science in Motion.


Dora & Diego: Let's Explore! is located downstairs next to Bean Sprouts and it is one of the most interactive and exciting exhibits the museum has to offer. With so many bright colors and familiar characters, this educational play area is going to be your child's favorite place to explore. 




There is so much for kids to do in this exhibit. We literally spent a couple hours just running from one area to the other then back to the first area again! 






Here are all of the interactive worlds within the exhibit:

The Purple Planet
Visit the Purple Planet with Dora and Boots! A Purple Planet home invites young visitors to climb inside and slide down on the surface of the Purple Planet.

Rocket Ship
Dora’s outer-space friends want to go back to the Purple Planet and need help getting there. Aboard the Rocket Ship, preschoolers are invited to put on a spacesuit, pilot the ship, and test their memory with images of colorful planets as they help Dora and Boots take their outer-space friends home.

Constellations
On the way to the Purple Planet, Dora and Boots encounter some interesting star groupings. Children and their families are invited to help identify the patterns made out of stars by inserting star shapes to light up a constellation.

Isa’s Flowery Garden
Dora’s friend Isa the Iguana demonstrates how to take care of flowers, plants, and animals. Preschool visitors can tour Isa’s Garden to pick flowers, interact with bird, butterfly, and insect puppets, and pretend-fly with toddler-sized bird and butterfly wings. Even the littlest visitors will enjoy smelling the flowery scents and picking soft-fabric posies.

Tico’s Tree and Car
Dora is a good friend to Tico the squirrel and visitors are invited to be a good friend to Tico too. Tico needs help picking nuts from the tree for a family picnic. Children can play along with Swiper to swipe the nuts and watch as they shoot up and over to fill Tico’s basket. Visitors can also help Tico fill up his car with nuts so he can begin his journey!

Pirate Ship
In the Pirate Ship, preschoolers can join the Pirate Piggies crew and dress like a pirate to pretend-play along sailing the ship and divvying up the treasure. Visitors can raise and lower the Pirate Piggies’ flag, look through the telescopes to spot the treasure chest and then divvy up the coins into the Pirate Piggies’ banks and help them share the treasure.

Animal Rescue Center
Young children practice caring and helping rainforest animals in Diego’s Animal Rescue Center. Preschoolers can be an animal rescuer, like Diego, as they diagnose and address an animal’s problem from the “Scanner” bed, bandage and apply cold packs at the “First-Aid Station,” and bathe stuffed animals at the “Care Station.”

Rainforest Maze
Preschoolers will explore a rainforest to locate rainforest animals. Active play is encouraged as children swing across the Bobo Brothers’ monkey bars, crawl through a fallen tree, climb across Jaguar Mountain, and jump or hop across the River Rocks.

Once we pulled the kids away from this exhibit, we went upstairs to experience Speed: Science in Motion! The sound of cheering literally filled the air when we walked into this hands-on, action-packed exhibit! 



Speed takes thrill seekers right to a Formula 1 race track, complete with pit lane, workshop and physical testing environments. 

The Workshop –Explore the science behind Formula One cars and learn about the engines, aerodynamics, and motion.
The Fitness Testing Area – Drivers can test their skill levels using anticipation, reaction time, peripheral vision and heart rate exhibits to see if they have what it takes to become a professional Formula One driver.
The Race Track – Trainee drivers can test their driving skills in a race simulator, change a tire under Formula One conditions, or compete against another driver in a virtual race.

My boys immediately rushed to the virtual race track and challenged each other for the title of CHAMP! The girls loved the race simulator and wouldn't even give me turn. I think I called "NEXT" three times before giving up!





The workshop was just as exciting! We learned how to change a tire under pressure in a fact-paced environment. We also learned about the gears and how they change during a race as well as velocity vs. distance. 





This exhibit was a hit with our kids as well as my niece and sister in law. We can't wait to come back all Summer long. Hopefully, next time I will actually get a turn at the race simulator! 

Be sure to visit Discovery Cube Los Angeles this Summer and experience these great exhibits. You can explore with Dora & Diego until September 18, 2016 and Speed's final lap will be on September 11, 2016.

For more on our adventures at Discovery Cube Los Angeles, visit:


Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91342

 Disclosure: As a Discovery Cube Mom Ambassador, I was compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions remain my own.