Friday, November 14, 2014

Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate

Disney on Ice is headed back to SoCal with an all new show filled with all of your favorite Disney friends!
Tickets are on sale now and make sure you use offer code: MOM14 at checkout for a great discount! You can purchase your tickets at each venue's box office or at Ticketmaster.com.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Party Central: Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Parks

You know I am always looking for the next great venue to host one of my kid's birthday parties. I am not kidding when I say that I am an obsessive planner and I am constantly researching all throughout the year for fun, new spots to gather friends and family. I recently came across Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park and I am really excited to plan our next bash.



Sky Zone offers great party packages:

NEW PACKAGES STARTING AT JUST $199!

ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE:

· 1 HOUR OF JUMP TIME
· 40 MINUTES IN PRIVATE PARTY ROOM AFTER YOUR JUMP TIME
· 1 PAIR OF SKYSOCKS PER JUMPER
· ACCESS TO SKY SLAM AND FOAM ZONE
· FULL COLOR INVITATIONS AND ENVELOPES (PICK-UP IN-STORE ONLY)
· SKY ZONE T-SHIRT FOR BIRTHDAY BOY OR GIRL
· DEDICATED PARTY HOST
· PARTY UTENSILS INCLUDED
· PARTY ROOM SET-UP AND CLEAN-UP
· FOOD AND DRINKS
· TWO 1-HOUR RETURN JUMP PASSES FOR BIRTHDAY BOY OR GIRL
· PARTIES HELD ON WEEKDAYS (HOLIDAYS EXCLUDED) WILL RECEIVE 20% OFF THE BASE PACKAGE PRICE

Sky Zone currently offers the following party packages:


JUMP AROUND PACKAGE
· Package includes up to 10 jumpers
· 1 hour open jump time on main court
· Three 12” pan pizzas
· Unlimited soft drinks during room time
· Dodgeball NOT guaranteed w/package
· May add on jumpers for an additional fee
 
SUPER JUMP PACKAGE        
· Package includes up to 20 jumpers

· 1 hour private court time (Max court capacity varies by activity)
· Five 12” pan pizzas
· Unlimited soft drinks during room time
· May add on jumpers for an additional fee
 
SUPREME AIR PACKAGE
· Package includes up to 30 jumpers
· 1 hour private court time (Max court capacity varies by activity)
· Eight 12” pan pizzas
· Unlimited soft drinks during room time
· Dippin Dots Ice Cream for each jumper
· 2nd party host for your event
· May add on jumpers for an additional fee
 
*For a limited time only, book your child's birthday party at Sky Zone and receive double the jump time! That's 2 hours of Wall-to-Wall fun! Just call to reserve your party time today!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. As a USFG Blogger, I was offered air time in order to facilitate this review. These are just my two cents!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Giveaway: Great Brands Make Great Gifts!

With the holidays approaching so quickly, I wanted to share a few brands that would make great gifts for just about anyone.

My kids love Paul Frank apparel and accessories and this year Paul Frank has some really cute pieces for kids of all ages! Paul Frank merchandise is available on Amazon.com.


Shwings are a hit with my kids! They love switching them around and creating their own styles. They are a quick and easy upgrade for any pair of lace-up shoes.


Then there is a brand with a cause. Compassion Brands helps promote anti-bullying. There is nothing better than a gift that keeps on giving with every use. Compassion Brands donates 1/3 of profits to ‘Fashion 4 Compassion’ (an anti-bullying charity). You gotta love that!


I'm giving away a fun little prize pack containing a few pieces from each of the above brands to help get you ready for the giving season. Your prize pack includes:

  • Paul Frank kid's rain boots size 7/8
  • Paul Frank kid's top size 8
  • Shwings products
  • Compassion Brands sterling silver necklace with pink rhinestones


To WIN just complete the steps below and leave your email info in my comments section:

Happy Holidays and Good Luck!
 
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was offered sample products in order to facilitate my review and giveaway.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Disney Infinity 2.0: Expect INFINITE Fun This Holiday Season!

I so enjoy this time of year! It means much more than just the holidays for a Gamer family like ours. The Fall season, for us, means new titles. The Fall season brings new adventures in a world that only Gamers will understand and appreciate. We anticipate the Fall season all year long! This Fall is one of the best I've seen in quite some time. This Fall gave us Disney Infinity 2.0! I am a self proclaimed Marvel geek and was literally over the moon at the launch of Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes, but then Disney goes and releases all new Disney Originals figures last week and I just about lost it! Stitch!!! You all know how much I love Sorcerer Mickey and now, I have Stitch to play with. I am such a happy Gamer!

(He's so darn cute!!!)
 
 
There are also 2 playsets available in stores right now! Marvel's Ulimate Spider-Man Playset includes a Spider-Man figure, a Nova figure and the playset piece that unlocks the all-new Ultimate Spider-Man game. You can also grab the Guardians of the Galaxy Playset that includes the Star-Lord figure, Gamora figure and the playset piece that unlocks all-new intergalactic adventures.
 
 
Disney Infinity 2.0 is different from other titles because it allows the player to create their own content. By having the ability to create your own worlds, your adventures are endless. The only limits are those within your own imagination. My children are not just sitting around playing video games. They are using their imaginations to create the impossible and watching their creations come to life in a world that has no boundaries. They build together, laugh together and make memories that will last a lifetime. I love that we can gather as a family and share these moments together.
 

 
Be sure to add Disney Infinity 2.0 to your Christmas list because there is so much more fun in store for 2015. Here is a little surprise just in case you didn't already know:
 
6 new figures are scheduled to launch in March, 2015
  • Falcon
  • Loki
  • Green Goblin
  • Ronan
  • Yondu
  • Princess Jasmine
If you want to get a head start on these Marvel Super Heroes and Disney Originals, you can pre-order today at BestBuy.com and just sit back and relax until the release date.
 
 
Disclosure: As an avid gamer, I was offered sample product in order to facilitate my review. These are just my two cents!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Modern Family Fun at The Grove!

I have got a great FREE Family Event for you going on this Sunday, October 26th at The Grove in Los Angeles!
 
If you love Modern Family and Halloween, then you'll have a blast at the Modern Family Fall For All event! Families will be treated to a free, immersive Fall experience complete with an interactive corn maze (over 60’ long and 8’ tall!) and pumpkin patch. As guests journey through the corn maze, they will be met with several activities that allow them to test their “Modern Family” knowledge, retrieve iconic show clips through an augmented reality experience, and strike a pose before exiting into a pumpkin patch full of surprises!
 


This awesome event will have numerous photo- and video-friendly opportunities for families including a seasonal pumpkin patch with hundreds of art pumpkins, a 20" interactive gallery wall with clips from the show, snacks, face-painting, and more!

Stop by The Grove in LA on Sunday, October 26th anytime from 12pm-8pm and enjoy this Modern Family Fun Event!

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hot Toy Alert: Zoomer Dino!

With the holidays so quickly approaching, I have been making my list of this year's hottest toys to share with you. Spin Master Toys has one of the coolest toys out right now and it's sure to be on your child's "MUST HAVE" list.


Meet Boomer the Zoomer Dino! Boomer is an interactive Dino with real dinosaur movements, sounds and incredible dino-sense abilities. Boomer can detect when you are nearby and interacting with him.


This amazing Zoomer Dino can be control by the included remote or tamed by the wave of your hand. He can perform tricks such as a Tail Whip, Sitting or even Speaking. My kids had a blast attempting to tame this wild beast!

Here's a few fun facts about Boomer:

  • Control him if you can! Boomer is the incredible Zoomer Dino that only you can tame! He can sense where you are and what you’re doing!
  • Using True Balance Technology™, Boomer perfectly balances while roaming freely around your home!
  • Get him angry by pulling on his tail, train him to dance, chase, chomp and roar! But watch out!
  • Boomer the Zoomer Dino is the ultimate pre-historic pet for kids ages 5+, charges via USB cable and requires 3 AAA batteries for remote control operation.


  • With Boomer, you have to pay close attention to his eyes. Get to know your Dino by watching his eyes for sudden changes in color. If his eyes glow purple, he is in Command Mode and ready for you to play. If his eyes glow green, he is one happy little Dino. But, beware...Boomer is still a dinosaur. Should his eyes glow red, WATCH OUT! Boomer will spin around in a fury while chomping and roaring. If you pull on his tail, be prepared to run!

     
    Zoomer Dino is an awesome family pet! He doesn't eat and never makes a mess. Boomer just provides hours of fun, fun, fun and needs an occasional charging nap. I definitely recommend adding him to your holiday shopping list. No Christmas would be complete without Man's NEW Best Friend!
     
    You can find Zoomer Dino right now at local retailers like Toys R Us, Walmart & Target!

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

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Interview: Chef Annie Sibonney and Olives from Spain!


    Chef Annie Sibonney is a Cooking Network star and Spanish cuisine expert on all things entertaining and olives. She is a self-taught chef and expert on world gastronomy. Annie Sibonney has traveled the globe in pursuit of culinary treasures and extraordinary experiences. Annie is the Co–Creator and Host of From Spain with Love, an award winning, critically acclaimed, food adventure TV series, which immerses viewers in the rich and diverse culinary culture of Spain, produced for Cooking Channel US and Food Network Canada. Annie is also the Co-Creator, Co-Executive Producer and Host of One Night Stand with Annie Sibonney, a culturally compelling and adventurous travel series where for just ONE NIGHT, she explores the food, culture, produced for Discovery World.

    One of Chef Sibonney's favorite ingredients to work with is Olives from Spain. I love creating recipes using fresh olives and I always look for the Olives from Spain logo when purchasing olives for my family. Here are a few facts that might come in handy the next time you're at the market selecting olives:

  • Spain is the world leader in production and export of table olives – supplying more than 155 million lbs. into the U.S
  • Olives from Spain are naturally sugar-free and contain monounsaturated fats, which can improve cholesterol levels and reduce heart attack/stroke risk
  • 95% of stuffed pimiento olives consumed by Americans come from Spain
  • During harvest in September and October, olives are picked one by one to avoid damaging the fruit.
  • Spain’s sunny weather, temperate winters and rich, fertile soil are idyllic for growing the perfect olive.

  • I had the opportunity to interview Chef Annie Sibonney and ask her a few questions about her love for Spanish cuisine and olives:

     


    Chef Annie has definitely inspired me to create a few new recipes using Olives from Spain and I can't wait for my family to try them.