Friday, January 31, 2014

Build-A-Bear Grand Opening in Torrance | @BuildaBear @SimonMalls #Torrance

Last week, my daughter and I attended the grand re-opening of the new Build-A-Bear store at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance.  We had never been to one of their stores but we had heard plenty about how cute the bears were.

Build-A-Bear and Make A Wish Foundation had teamed up to give to children who needed that extra hug in their less than ideal lives.  Being a child is hard enough and when they are fighting poverty, illness, family disruption and more, sometimes all they need is a hug to make things better.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Day With Cloudy 2: Now Out On DVD/Blu-Ray | @CloudyMovie #Cloudy2

With the release of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 yesterday, my family and other media were invited to Sony Animation Pictures Studio for  a sneak preview of the bonus material that is found on the discs.  

The bonus material included four short animated films that tied in with the film:  Super Manny, Earl Scouts, Steve's First Bath, and Attack of the 50-Foot Gummi Bear.  These shorts were made with a variety of computer-generated wraparound animation and hand-drawn animation directed by David Feiss. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Lean Turkey at Del Taco | @DelTaco #Giveaway #LetsTalkTurkey #ad

My family tries to eat at home whenever we can because it is the healthiest option. Like any normal on-the-go family, that is not always possible. What choices do we have? My kids have busy sports, scouts and school schedules that leave little time for sit down meals every day.

I keep hoping that the fast food chains will get the idea that in this new day of health conscience parents and everyday people, a change is needed.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cloudy 2: DVD/Blu-Ray Release | @CloudyMovie #Cloudy2 #Giveaway #Review

Last week, I got the chance to help celebrate the release of Cloudy With Chance of Meatballs 2 at Sony Pictures Animation Studios.  We enjoyed seeing behind the scenes shots and even got to talk with the creators!   The imagination of this movie showed off their incredible talents.

If you haven't had a chance to see this movie, it comes out today on DVD/Blu-Ray!

I enjoyed the book when I was a kid and the movies make our imaginations come to life.  The second movie leaves off where Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs left off.  Flint Lockwood gets the chance to work with his childhood idol, Chester V.  Only the best inventors get to work at Live Corp.  Flint blew his chance to make a great impression in front of Chester V and thinks his career is over.

Fresh Beat Band is Coming: Plus Print Activities to Get Ready! | @NokiaTheatre #Concert

Do you have a little dancer at home that loves the Fresh Beat Band?  My kids laugh, sing and dance every time the Fresh Beat Band comes on.  It is a great work out and I love seeing them trying to imitate the moves of their favorite dancers.  The catchy tunes and story-lines even have ME watching! 

I was so excited when I found out that the Fresh Beat Band was coming to the Nokie Live Theatre in Los Angeles.  If you are not familiar with this theatre, it is right next to the Staples Center and it is a VERY intimate setting.  There are no bad seats.  Courtesy of Nokia Live, my family was given a invitation to enjoy it and share with my readers.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Our First Monster Jam! Monster Trucks Galore | @MonsterJam #MonsterJam #ANAHEIM

Yesterday, I took my family to Monster Jam for the first time courtesy of Feld Entertainment! The only time any of us had seen monster trucks before, was a few weeks ago.

I really didn't have too much of an idea of what went on at a Monster Jam so everything was new to me. What I thought we would see was a lot of demolition with a ton of cars getting smashed up without much rhyme or reason. That could not have been too much farther from the truth!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Warrior Dash Training: Week 2 | @WarriorDash #Couchto5K #Fitness #Running

I wish that I could say that the second week of my training started out on a good note.

Unfortunately, the plague seemed to hit my household.  Okay, not the plague but when you have a sick children, it seems that way.  Not only did my children get sick, they had to pass it along to their main caregiver, me.  YUCK!

It took me almost all week to recover from the bad cold that raked our bodies.  Despite this, I did manage to get to running 2 out of the 7 days.  Not my best times as I walked most of the time with very short intervals of light jogging.

At least I got off the couch though. :-)

I had managed to bring my recovering children as well with us as I had them ride their bikes along with us.  They even enjoyed doing the pushups, situps and other exercises along the way.   I loved the way that we could incorporate family time while still training for something that was becoming very important to me, the Warrior Dash and ultimately our health.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Kid Tough Case for the iPad Plus Giveaway! | @GumdropCases #Review

When I got my iPad mini two Christmas' ago, it took my 3 and 5 year old exactly 2 days to drop and crack it.  I was devastated!  I had not had a chance to purchase a case since it was a Christmas present and now it was too late.

All the kids did was drop it off the edge of the bed and the corners were shattered and a long crack across the front.  Annoying but I have decided that it wasn't worth getting it fixed and I got a cheap case I got on sale.  Problem solved.  So I thought.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Baby Boot Camp Opens at the So. Bay Galleria! | @BabyBootCamp #Giveaway #Health

Now that the holidays are over, my clothes are fitting a little uncomfortable.  I don't know about you but I am always looking for a fun healthy way to get back in shape.  I am now training for my first 5k but sometimes it gets hard to since I have my children that are with me 24/7.

I was approached to check out Baby Boot Camp at the South Bay Galleria to possibly help with my problem of always finding a babysitter.

Baby Boot Camp is a nationally acclaimed fitness and nutrition program for moms (dads) and expecting moms where they can get fit with their children. The programs not only helps moms get fit, it contributes to child development and helps battle postpartum blues.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Warrior Dash Training: Week 1 Results | @WarriorsDash #Running #Health

Well, my first week of training for the Warriors Dash is done!  I am proud of how I have kept up my stamina and with every walk/jog, I feel better and stronger!

I won't lie, those first three or four days I was pretty sore.  I wasn't able to do more than 45 seconds out of the 60 second jog intervals the first few days.  I also took a few water breaks and completed the program that the app set out for me.  Luckily... there is a pause button that allows for you to take a break or do exercises along the way.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Planning the Perfect Holiday Trip w/ Holiday Lettings | @HolidayLettings #Travel #ad

With snow covering most of the United States, maybe you are wishing to travel to somewhere new.  Why not take your family to some of the most incredible remote locations that will give your family memories to last a life time?

Imagine a cabin secluded away from main-stream life where you can get back to nature.  This cabin comfortably holds 8 of your closest friends and family so take them with you.  Sorry, no pets allowed but there is a charming on site garden to relax and spend your time and all natural air-conditioning.  Go fishing practically right out your front door with ocean views.  Those that love the simple tastes, these cabins are on snowy glaciers just a week's trek from the nearest car park!

All for the cheapest price around!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Monster Sized Surprise for YMCA Kids Today: Monster Trucks | @MonsterJam #MonsterJam

The Anaheim YMCA kids at Salk Elementary school were amazed today at the larger than life surprise.  The Anaheim Police department  and the new law-enforcement inspired monster truck, the "POLICE NEW EARTH AUTHORITY" came to educate the kids on the importance of keeping a safe community.  Starting at home.  We were so excited to be invited to this incredible meeting as my children and I had never seen monster trucks before!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My First 5K Warriors Dash for St. Judes Hospital | @WarriorsDash #5k #Running

The Warriors Dash

With the New Year,  we try new things.  I am no different.  I make resolutions only to lose steam after awhile.  I am hoping that if I can share my new resolution with all of my readers, I might succeed.

What is my resolution?  I was asked to join friends in helping St. Judes by running a 5k unlike any other.  I have never ran before.  In fact I have NEVER been able to run a full mile without walking!

Why am I doing such an event when I can't run?  One reason, the kids.  I know of so many families personally that have benefited from their tender loving care and specialists.  If those tiny children can fight, so can I!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Los Angeles Boat Show is Coming! | @LABoatShow #Giveaway #Boating #LABoatShow

Spring and Summer are just around the corner and it's time to think about water sports!  Yes, I know that the majority of the United States is under snow and ice.  I am wishful thinking here.  Well, it helps that the coldest that we have gotten is about 50 degrees.  I think the rest of the nation hates us!

The 2014 Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show is coming back February 6-9.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Simon Youth Foundation Helping Students for 14 Years! | @Simon_Youth #Scholarship

Every graduating high-student can use a little help for their future school plans. Whether it is for college, university, vocational or technical schools, students are looking for solutions.

For a fourteenth straight year, Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon property.

Monday, January 6, 2014

We Rang in the New Year at Knotts! | @Knotts #KnottsNYE

I much prefer a New Year’s Eve celebration riding on crazy roller coasters and dining on funnel
cakes than being stuck in a sweaty nightclub with music that is too loud and drinks that are too
expensive. Knott’s Berry Farm, in my humble opinion, was the best possible way to bring in the
New Year.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

S'mores Crumble Recipe, Dutch Oven Camping Dessert

Ask any child what their favorite part of camping and everyone of them will tell you it's the S'mores that is their favorite.  While it is our favorite camping treat too, we don't always want the sticky mess and the danger of the kids near the campfire.

For Christmas, I received a set of Dutch Oven pans and I was dying to try them out.  I was trying to think of tried and true sweets to try in the dutch oven and I came across a recipe for S'mores Pie.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters DVD #Giveaway! | @FHEInsiders #PercyHeroes @PercyMovie

Percy Jackson:  Sea of Monsters came out on DVD/Blu-Ray December 17th and I finally got a chance to review it.  I don't know if you had a chance to see Percy Jackson: Lightening Thief but this movie was just as good!  Percy Jackson, son of the God Poseidon, has to search within him to find his true self and find a way to make his father proud of him.