Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Universal's Big Announcement

On my way home last night I noticed a big, bright spotlight shining up into the sky from somewhere in the vicinity of our neighborhood.  When I picked my son up he asked me what it was for.  I wasn't sure but I was pretty curious myself!  I asked around but no one I talked to seemed to know.  Later that night, scrolling through my Instagram feed I learned that the spotlight was coming from Universal Studios, just over the hill and they had a big announcement to make on Tuesday (today).  The suspense! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sugar Rush

Cake, cookies, ice cream, candy, pie and so much.  This past weekend every kind of sweet tooth was satisfied as Sugar Rush attendees sampled the wares of some of the best local bakers and confectioners in the business.  The event took place in Orange County and was sponsored by Dunkin Donuts who was on hand serving up fresh, delicious donuts and coffee.  If you couldn't make it to Costa Mesa, don't worry- I've got you covered with a list of some of the incredible vendors I was introduced to...

Ava DuVernay Barbie Already Sold Out!

In April Mattel announced a line of limited edition "Shero" Barbies in the likenesses of six prominent female public figures.  Honorees Include SELMA director Ava DuVernay, actress and animal activist Emmy Rossum, Lucky Magazine editor Eva Chen, screen and stage powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth, five-year-old Sydney "Mayhem" Keiser and singer Trisha Yearwood.  The toymaker has come a long way in terms of producing dolls that inspire and empower young woman and I'm thrilled to be able to share them with my own daughter.

Monday, November 30, 2015

This Week's Twitter Party Picks


9:00 am PST Macy's Cyber Monday with @savings @valpakcoupons and others. Prizes: Macy's gifcards as follows ONE (1) $25 GC, ONE (1) $50 GC, FOUR (4) $75 GCs and ONE (1) $100 GC. #MacysCM RSVP

12:00 pm PST Godiva Chocolate with @pollinatemedia @summer_elevate and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) Godiva Chocolate packages ARV $30. #GiveGodiva RSVP

6:00 pm PST Better Starts Now with @citizenwatchus @selfishmom and others. Prizes: VISA giftcards and a Citizen watch Grand Prize. #BetterStartsNow RSVP


11:00 am PST Making the Holidays with @menwhoblog @craftsman. Prizes: FOUR (4) Craftsman prizes ranging in value from $100-$239.99. #makegifts RSVP

12:00 pm PST Pet Tales with @bagsonboard @prestonspeaks and others. Prizes: SEVEN (7) holiday pet prize packages valued at $35 to $185. #PetTales RSVP


11:00 am PST Ask Skin Expert with @lorealparisusa and others. Prizes: L'Oreal Paris Revitalift products and ONE (1) Grand Prize L'Oreal Paris giftbasket + $200 Target giftcard. #AskSkinExpert RSVP


12:00 pm PST Traveling With Your Smartphone with @thetechdad @robynsworld @theonlinemom. Prizes: TWO (2) Motorola Power Pack portable chargers, ONE (1) Droid Turbo 2 smartphone. #VZWBuzz RSVP

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Walking Dead Midseason Finale

First let me start by saying wow.  Second, be prepared for spoiler alerts as I briefly share my thoughts on what went down tonight... 
My overall thought about this episode and this half of the season in general is when is Morgan going to get it together?  We were so happy for his return only to be let down by this "I've come to believe that all life is precious" crap.  Geez, even Gabriel stepped up!  Still, even up until the end I was pulling form him and wasn't sure I was on board with Carol when she said she didn't trust him, but I totally get it now.  And I shouldn't have doubted her because if there's one thing we've learned about Carol, especially this season, it's that she is ride or die for her people and she doesn't care what anyone outside of them thinks about it. 
There weren't many notable losses this episode except for Deanna.  Although I liked the character I wasn't terribly sad to see her go and I appreciated the way she held it together and was determined to go out on her terms.  She had a nice run I was a bit surprised to see Meshonne get so emotional over her loss but I'm hopeful that it will buy her more time seeing as she's the most likely to rebuild Alexandria or play a major role in doing so. Then again, you never know with TWD.   
Did you watch?  Share your thoughts on this episode and predictions for what's to come when the season six resumes.  (Who's excited to meet Negan?)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

LA Zoo Lights Take Holiday Lights to Another Level (Giveaway)

Nothing sparks holiday nostalgia like seeing neighborhood homes adorned with twinkling Christmas lights.  When I was a kid my uncle used to drive a limousine and on Christmas Eve he would pile us up into the limo and drive us over to Candy Cane Lane to ooh and ahh over the festive lights.  Those are cherished holidays memories and while that particular tradition is no more, I've made a strong effort to create new ones with my own family.  The theme remains the same but on a much grander scale!  This year we added L.A. Zoo Lights to our list of holiday traditions.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Chill at The Queen Mary Open Now!

Last night the Queen Mary kicked off it's fourth annual Chill event, creating a winter wonderland in Long Beach.  Once again guests can experience ice skating with the majestic Queen Mary as a backdrop; visit Santa and see if they've made it onto the "nice list;" and of course visit the Ice Kingdom where over two million pounds of ice have been hand-carved into larger than life ice sculptures.