Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holidays are Always Happy at The Children's Place!

I can always count on The Children's Place to have exactly what I need to keep my kids warm and looking festive during the Holidays. On my recent visit to The Children's Place, I found some great pieces for my kids that are sure to keep them cute and cozy all throughout our SoCal Winter!

I loved everything I saw for my daughter. The soft pastels were such a refreshing change from the traditional colors that are used this time of year. The Winter Wonderland themed tops and bottoms and faux fur vests were a hit with Mya. She adores the faux fur! The Children's Place never ceases to impress me year after year.


Every Winter, my absolute favorite pieces from The Children's Place are their fabulous fleece separates! I was so excited to grab a set for each of my kids. My boy's love camouflage and TCP has two different colors of camouflage fleece pullovers. I had a tough time picking a fleece pullover for my daughter. I knew she would love the stars, the hearts and the leopard print. I finally played a round of eeny meeny miny moe and the stars won!

The Children's Place always helps me get my kids ready for their school's Holiday Show and this year was no different. The dress selection for girls was amazing! I instantly fell in love with the floral print dress below and couldn't wait for Mya to wear it. My boys will be wearing plaid, button down shirts with black pants. There is a great variety of long sleeve shirts and crew neck sweaters for the boys this year.

Don't forget the fun Winter accessories! The Children's Place has a great variety of adorable knit hats for kids with matching scarves, mittens and gloves. Keeping warm never looked so cute!

I usually keep a mental count of how much I am spending as I shop the store, but this time I just grabbed everything I wanted and headed to the register. I was completely shocked to find out how much I had saved when my grand total was so under what I expected to spend.

You can't go wrong with graphic tees from The Children's Place. They always offer such a great variety of tees for boys and girls. The current obsession in my home is Minecraft and I was all over the Minecraft tees for my boys. My kids were so happy to come home and find all of these great clothes waiting for them. They jumped right into their cozy fleece outfits and ran outside to test their pullovers against the cold because we all know how blisteringly cold it gets out here in Los Angeles during the Winter. Ha!

Disclosure: I was invited to The Children's Place Shop Day LA in order to facilitate this feature. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I love TCP!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays with One Final Night at the Museum!

The final chapter is here at last and you don't want to miss it. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens in theaters this Friday and I am offering a fun giveaway to help get you into the spirit.

One lucky reader will win the following Prize Pack:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • Activity Tin including coloring sheets, vine game, maze game, stickers, door hanger and crayons

To Win this fun NATM3 Prize Pack all you have to do is complete the steps below and leave your emal info in my comments section. One winner will be selected at random.


Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 Holiday Gamer's Guide!

It's that time of year again! Time for fun and time for cheer! Christmas is just around the corner and I've compiled a list of some great video games for the gamer in your family. From Family Friendly to FPS, you're sure to find these titles a holiday hit!

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes
RATED E- In Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, players will use real-world interactive Marvel figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of some of Marvel's most popular franchises, including The Avengers. In the Play Sets - penned by award-winning Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis - players will be able to take on the role of more than 20 Marvel characters including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye to battle enemies, complete challenging missions, solve puzzles and ultimately save the world from destruction.         
Featuring an enhanced Toy Box mode, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will introduce new structured, franchise-themed adventures that players can customize and play using any in-game character from across the Disney Infinity universe. Fans will also have hundreds of Marvel-themed items, locations, props and characters at their disposal to create their own stories or even re-create their favorite comic book moments.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
RATED E- The best-selling LEGO Batman videogame franchise returns in an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure! In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it's too late.
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
RATED E- Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is a breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney's classic animated film "Fantasia." In the game, players enter the magical realms of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid, to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice.  Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved takes players on an interactive and immersive motion-controlled journey through worlds of music and magic.        
Players will control music spanning all genres and eras, including classics from the original film such as "Night on Bald Mountain" to over 30 hit artist selections ranging from chart-topper Bruno Mars to rock royalty Queen and electronic DJ and producer AVICII. Using Kinect motion control technology and natural, controller-free gameplay, players will control the musical flow of these hits, unlocking the power to transform the music and living world.
Designed by Harmonix, critically acclaimed creators of Rock Band and Dance Central and the world's leading music and motion gaming studio, players become the sorcerer's newest apprentice, exploring remarkable worlds and unlocking the magic within the music, with Disney Interactive's Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
RATED E- Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U will be the first title on the console to utilise CryEngine. Sonic Boom will focus on the team uniting to fight Lyric, a giant snake-like creature from an ancient race. Serving as a prequel to the stories revealed in the TV series, Sonic Boom delivers a new Sonic experiences with collaborative gameplay at its core. Sonic and friends -- Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and the newest member of the team, Sticks -- will work together as they face their most powerful enemy yet: Lyric, a giant and monstrous snake-like creature from an ancient race. Together, they must prevent Lyric from powering his army of robots and carrying out his plan to destroy the world. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric delivers a completely new action-adventure gameplay experience for Sonic fans. The detailed levels and emphasis on each character's unique abilities give players more choice in exploration as they work as a team to stop the deadly snake-like ancient villain, Lyric, before he can power up his army. Players will be challenged by over-the-top speed runs, but the heart of the game is focused on intense combat and brand-new abilities including the Enerbeam. This energy-charged cord can be used by characters to navigate the world like never before. Swing or zip-line across gaps, grab and throw enemies, take away their shields in combat, and explore alternate paths filled with lush environments and landscapes.
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal
RATED E- Serving as a prequel to the stories revealed in the TV series, Sonic Boom delivers a new Sonic experiences with collaborative gameplay at its core. Sonic and friends -- Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and the newest member of the team, Sticks -- will work together as they face their most powerful enemy yet: Lyric, a giant and monstrous snake-like creature from an ancient race. Together, they must prevent Lyric from powering his army of robots and carrying out his plan to destroy the world. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is a standalone adventure that shares key characters, events and lore of the Sonic Boom universe with exclusive environments and characters. For the first time ever, gamers will be able to take on the role of Sticks, the newest member of the team who will play an integral role in the story after her best friend Amy gets kidnapped by the ancient villain Lyric. While the Wii U version is focused on action-adventure and exploration, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal will place a bigger emphasis on platforming and puzzles. Additionally, unique collectibles featured in the Nintendo 3DS version will unlock special content on Wii U via Wi-Fi connectivity.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
RATED M- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, developed by Sledgehammer Games (co-developers of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3), harnesses the first three-year, all next-gen development cycle in franchise history. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare envisions the powerful battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactic have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Delivering a stunning performance, Academy Award® winning actor Kevin Spacey stars as Jonathan Irons - one of the most powerful men in the world - shaping this chilling vision of the future of war.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
RATED M- For the first time ever, The Master Chief's entire story is on one console. Featuring a re-mastered Halo 2: Anniversary, along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4, new digital series, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta, this is the definitive Halo experience.
RATED T- Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned our solar system, but it didn't last. Something hit us, knocked us down. The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only to find them filled with deadly foes. You are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Defend the City. Defeat our enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Be brave.
Skylanders Trap Team: Dark Edition
RATED E- Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison, freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands. It's up to you and the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements , you have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight for you! Begin the ultimate adventure as you explore Skylands in search of the escaped villains!
Who are the Dark Skylanders? While on a special mission, a team of Skylanders discovered a secret lair where Kaos was experimenting with a new discovery - Petrified Darkness - which he intended to use to take over all of Skylands!  In the fight to stop Kaos, the lair exploded, releasing a cloud of pure Darkness!  The Skylanders knew they could not let it escape, so they absorbed the dark energy, transforming them into dark versions of themselves.  Fortunately, Spyro had learned to tame the darkness within him long ago.  So with his help, these Skylanders now have also learned to control it - combining its power with their own to fight Kaos and the forces of evil.
Super Smash Bros.
RATED E- Mario! Link! Samus! Pikachu! All of your favorite Nintendo characters are back, along with plenty of new faces, in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the next entry in the beloved Super Smash Bros. series. Up to four players can battle each other locally or online across beautifully designed stages inspired by classic Nintendo home console games. With a variety of control options and amiibo compatibility, the timeless Super Smash Bros. battles come alive.
Happy Gaming!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was offered sample copies of select titles for inclusion in this guide. These are just my two cents!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night at the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

I don't have to tell you how excited I am to see Robin Williams return as President Teddy Roosevelt! Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens in theaters on Christmas Day!!! What could possibly be merrier?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

First Look at Jurassic World 2015!

The Wait if OVER!!!
Jurassic Park fans, such as myself, have been see if Universal Pictures was going to attempt another film. I am so excited to say that Jurassic World is THAT FILM and it's almost here! Oh and did I mention CHRIS PRATT?!?!?!?!

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.  Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.
Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Del Taco Introduces New Fresca Bowls!

Del Taco has added 3 new items to their menu. The new Fresca Bowls are loaded with flavor and make for a satisfying meal. Choose between Southwest Chicken & Veggie, Pollo Asado Grilled Chicken and Fire Roasted Veggie.

We tried the Southwest Chicken & Veggie last week and it was delicious! It was packed with boneless, skinless, freshly grilled chicken, fire roasted veggies, and seasoned black beans, served over Fresca Lime rice.

My son really liked this Fresca Bowl and can't wait to try the other two flavors. I think the Fire Roasted Veggie Bowl is next!

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

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fandango Family: Big Hero 6 Review!

Disney's Big Hero 6 recently released in theaters and we jumped at the chance to attend a screening of this family film. The movie takes place in a city called San Fransokyo, where a young Robotics prodigy, named Hiro, lives with his older brother, Tadashi, and their Aunt. Hiro's brother invents a robot, named Baymax, whose sole purpose is to take care of people.

We absolutely loved the film! We laughed, we cried, we laughed again and found ourselves on the edge of our seats. After the film, my kids all stood up and declared "Big Hero 6 is the best movie of 2014!".

It was no surprise who the star of the film was...Baymax! Baymax instantly stole our hearts with his warm and innocent demeanor. In fact, we loved Baymax so much that I decided to keep the party going at home by surprising my kids with a Big Hero 6 themed after school celebration. I came up with a couple of fun snacks for them to enjoy while they colored Big Hero 6 coloring pages and listened to the film soundtrack. 

First up was Baymax Cupcakes! They were so quick and easy to prepare. The Baymax Cupcakes were a HUGE hit with my kids!

Baymax Cupcakes:

Red Velvet Cake Mix (follow instructions on the box)
Cream Cheese Frosting
Large Marshmallows
Black Cake Gel

Of course, they needed a refreshing beverage to help wash down the delicious cupcakes. What could be better than a glass of Honey Lemon-ade?!?!

Honey Lemon-ade:

Pink Lemonade
Lemon Slices

We couldn't celebrate a great movie without popcorn and it couldn't be just any popcorn. I made what I called Hiro's Mix!

Hiro's Mix:

Jelly Beans
Mini Chocolate Chips

If you haven't made it out to the theater to see Big Hero 6 yet there's still time! Purchase your tickets from Fandango. com and enjoy some quality family time at the movies! For more info on family films and more just visit

Disclosure: In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received compensation from Fandango for my time and participation in the Fandango Family Digital Network. Although I have material connection to Fandango, any publicly stated opinions of Fandango and their brands remain my own.