Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Queen Mary's FantaSea Welcomes Back Award Winning Illusionists This Weekend!

Prepare to be mystified and mesmerized as magic takes hold over of the majestic and mysterious Queen Mary.  In association with The Magic Castle,
Fantasea returns to Long Beach, California April 8th.  Enjoy magical activities and learn a few tricks of your own!

Tickets start at $29 for adults and $15 for children. The Mysteries of Magic Dinner Show is 21+ only and is $99 per person. Night of Illusions Show is $29 per person.  Abracadabra Brunch is $78.95 per adult and $33.95 for children (ages 4-11).  Haunted Encounters Tour is $19 per person.  Hotel packages are also available and include 2 general admission tickets. For more information and to purchase tickets visit 

Los Angeles Zoo's Big Bunny's Spring Fling Returns!

Ah, yes, spring has officially sprung!  The flowers are in bloom and once again Big Bunny's Spring Fling returns to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.  This has been a tradition in my family since my children were little and now that they're older they still look forward to these festivities. 

Next weekend (April 14-16), hop on over to the zoo for three days of egg-citing entertainment such as musical entertainment by Kiddle Karoo’s Easter Show, face painting and a break dancing demonstration.  Little ones can plant seeds, explore the eggs of various animals, and visit the bubble station with awesome bubble wand shapes.  

All Big Bunny's Spring Fling events are free with paid Zoo admission, except “Big Bunny” photos, which are available for a nominal fee.  Zoo admission is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under age two.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Festival Glamping at Base Camp in Indio

Hitting the Coachella music festival ranks pretty high on my bucket list.  Every year I plan to go and every year, for one reason or another, I miss out.  But I'm left with lingering fantasies of lounging around in the desert while being serenaded by my favorite bands, old and new.  I can only imagine how incredible the vibe really is in person.  Don't cry for me.  I'll make it one day...
For those of you lucky enough to score tickets, one important factor in planning for Coachella is determining where to stay.  My thinking is why wouldn't you want your lodging to be as epic as the festival experience?  While some opt to camp onsite, I have this thing about flushing toilets- they're kind of essential.  Along with a few other creature comforts.  
Enter Base Camp:  A luxury glamping experience offering RV, car and Tent camping located just 10 minutes from the festival.  Base Camp takes camping to the next level with top amenities including concierge service, swimming, pop-up restaurants, and cocktail and coffee bars. Base Camp also offers a lakeside lounge, festival transportation, and charging stations. Guests can relax near the sandy beach lagoon, cool off in the swimming pool, and even take a ride in a hot air balloon. Snap a selfie, relax and re-charge your dancing feet (plus cell-phones & lap tops) at the most luxurious camping compound of 2017.
I'll be heading to Base Camp next weekend.  It's as close as I've been to Coachella and I'm stoked!   Stay tuned for a full review! xo
Are you going to Coachella this year?  Share your lodging tips in the comments section below.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Poshmark Finds

You know your favorite pair of gladiator stilettos you had that you wore all the time until you lost one of them on a flight to NYC?  Or that slinky LBD you had your eye on but for a couple weeks but by the time you got ready to pull the trigger and buy it it was out of stock in your size everywhere?  You might want to check out Poshmark.

Oh, Poshmark, where have you been all my adult life??  It's like eBay specifically for fashion and I can spend hours perusing the virtual closets of community members.   It started back in January when we had a break in and the thing I was most concerned about losing was my L.A.M.B. Rasta kisslock wallet.  I searched the usual suspects with no success.  My search led me to Poshmark and sure enough some other Posher was willing to part with hers- used but for a fair price.  Win-win.

Since then I visit the site a couple times a day.  I have quite a few examples of instances such as the one I described above.  It's kind of like checking up on old classmates on Facebook.  I'm rediscovering long lost loves through other women's closets!

I have only had one negative experience in which a seller failed to mention a worn out clasp on a clutch, rendering it nonfunctional, therefore unusable.  It was really easy to return it and I got a refund quickly.  So, rest assured you are protected in the rare event anything you buy is not up to snuff.  However, I do recommend asking questions before buying.

Have you been reunited with long lost beloved possessions on Poshmark?  Share in the comments section below.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Golden Goose Distressed Sneakers

I'm just going to file this under "Absurd."  High end retailers are selling these Golden Goose distressed sneakers for approximately $600 and I'm trying so hard to understand the appeal.  Is irony that on trend?  I'm so confused.  Would you buy these?

Saturday, September 3, 2016

All By Myself...

When I was a teenager read in some astrology book something to the effect of Scorpios tending to end up living alone as they got older.  I can't remember exactly what it said but I remember feeling profoundly saddened by the thought.  I mean, I couldn't comprehend the notion of going to a movie or eating in a diner alone let alone living alone. I'd see people having coffee by themselves and automatically assume they had no one to be with and I felt pity for their loneliness. It never occurred to me that they may have actually chosen to enjoy a quiet moment to themselves.

As I got older and became a mother I've experienced times when alone time was a precious commodity and on more than one occasion I've literally hidden out in my bathroom for reprieve, however brief.  My children got older and pursued me less and less (avoided me in some cases) and the novelty of being alone just became a reality for me. Especially whenever my husband deployed. What could I do?  Not see a movie, eat out or travel?  Then it all made sense.  Not feeling pressured to make conversation. To be alone with my thoughts.  I've learned to cherish my time with myself.  More and more I'm venturing out on my own and enjoying my solitude. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Shirodhara at Burke Williams

The other night I had a dream that I was riding a bike down a hill and wanted to stop or slow down but my brakes weren't working so I had to use my feet to slow down the momentum.  Maybe it's just me (although I suspect it's not), but it seems like these days we lead such busy lives that it's hard to know how to slow down.  Aside from working fully time, my youngest son has auditions, rehearsals, dance classes and improv classes that keep me going nonstop.  As if that's not enough, I'm starting a new job on Tuesday and I thought it might be fun to throw a class in at the local community college (a math class at that!).  Oh and did I mention my husband is still deployed?

One of several sitting rooms, featuring a cozy little faux fireplace.