Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube Los Angeles

The Science of Gingerbread
November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016

When we're not decking the halls we are usually going on fun family adventures that will warm our hearts during winter. I'm happy to tell you that there's lots of festive things to do at Discovery Cube Los Angeles to keep the kids active and educated during the holiday break, including the very popular, annual Science of Gingerbread exhibit. You'd be surprised to learn that there's a lot more to gingerbread making than just mixing, pouring, and tasting... there's science at work! (But tasting is probably my favorite part!)

Holiday Festival
Participate in hands-on activities designed to bring families together at Discovery Cube LA's Holiday Festival. Decorate and eat delicious holiday cookies, enjoy the 'Science of Snow' stage show, and much more! Plus check out award-winning gingerbread competition entries displayed throughout the Cube. 

Meet Santa
Meet Santa Claus. Get photos of the kids while they sit upon Santa's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas this year. Meet and Greet times are between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the following dates:
November 27-29
December 5-6
December 12-13
December 19-24
Annual Gingerbread Competition
Do you make and decorate gingerbread houses with your family each year as a holiday tradition? We do and it's something our kids look forward to every December! You may have an award winner on your hands and I've got just the place for you to enter your gingerbread masterpiece. 

Discovery Cube Los Angeles proudly invites families to participate in its Annual Science of Gingerbread Competition. Local companies, schools, families and organizations are invited to build their own creations and enter into a competition. If you think you've got what it takes (and I'm sure you do) I encourage you to participate in this year's competition.

To participate in this year's Annual Science of Gingerbread Competition, you must download, complete and submit this entry form by November 29:

Gingerbread drop off dates are November 21-November 29, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding November 26, 2015) Entries will be judged on December 2-3, 2015. Winners will be announced at the Gingerbread Awards Ceremony and notified by mail no later than December 11, 2015.
Award Categories: 
Best Holiday Theme
Best by an Organization
Best Youth 5 and Under
Best Youth ages 6-13
Best Youth Group/Classroom
Best by a Member of the Cube
Best Science Theme
People's Choice

Share your building experience by using #GingerbreadDC on Social Media. The best photos will be featured on the Discovery Cube Facebook Page.

Grand Opening Price of $10 per ticket extended until January 3, 2016.
(Children 2 and under free.)
Annual Memberships are available.
Tickets to 4D movies cost extra.

11800 Foothill Boulevard
Sylmar, CA 91342

Open Monday-Sunday from 10am to 5pm
(not open on Thanksgiving or Christmas)

Follow Discovery Cube LA on Social Media:
Facebook: Discovery Cube LA
Twitter: @DiscoveryCubeLA
Instagram: DiscoveryCubeLA
See you at the Cube!
Disclosure: This is a compensated post. As a member of  Discovery Cube Mom Ambassadors, my family and I get free admission to The Cube to review and attend events. The thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are 100% fresh and 100% mine.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

13 Nights of Halloween Full 2015 Schedule on ABC Family

13 Nights of Halloween is finally here! The frighteningly fun TV shows and movies that we wait all year long for. This a delightfully scary mix of Halloween-themed programming airing for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween. ABC Family scares up the 2015 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN celebration with the network premiere of “Disney Pixar Monsters University.” The popular programming event, now in its 17th year, kicked off on Monday, October 19th and concludes on Halloween night Saturday, October 31st.

Halloween is quickly approaching and I've got the Full Schedule for the 13 Nights of Halloween of 2015 to make counting down even more fun! To miss it would be terrifying...
Here's the full schedule below:

Night 1 – Monday, October 19th:
 The 17th annual 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN kicks off with back-to-back airings of the final Harry Potter films, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (1:30 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (5:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Then everyone’s favorite Halloween sisters from “Hocus Pocus” (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) deliver the scares. “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT) rounds out the evening with an invitation to the creepiest wedding ever!  

Night 2 – Tuesday, October 20th:
“Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT) is back for another walk down the aisle, followed by beloved Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Then tune in to aspecial Halloween episode of “Stitchers” where Camille preps for her annual Halloween bash, as the Stitchers team investigates the suicide of a young man (guest star Jeremy Sumpter, “Friday Night Lights”), who is suspected of abducting a missing college student (9:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), with an encore airing immediately following. Spend your late night with the friendly ghost “Casper” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night 3 – Wednesday, October 21st:
Kick off the night with the friendly ghost “Casper” (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT), then spend your Wednesday with “The Addams Family” (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and “Addams Family Values” (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Stay up late for extra chills with “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT) where someone is watching, and they know your secret!

Night 4 – Thursday, October 22nd:
 Spend some more time with the kookiest family around, “The Addams Family” (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT) and “Addams Family Values” (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT), then volunteer as Tribute with “The Hunger Games” (8:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).  You’re in for another terrifying late night “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night 5 – Friday, October 23rd:
May the odds ever be in your favor with another airing of “The Hunger Games” (5:30 – 8:30 PM ET/PT).  Johnny Depp is Ichabod Crane in the ABC Family premiere of “Sleepy Hollow” (8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Finish your night with a visit with the most charming and magical girl, “Matilda” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night 6 – Saturday, October 24th:
The day of Halloween hijinks kicks off with the story of a magical little girl who uses her extraordinary gifts to change her unhappy life in Matilda (7:00 – 9:00 AM ET/PT). Then spend some time with “ParaNorman” (9:00 – 11:00 AM ET/PT)and his dearly departed friends. It’s back-to-back Tim Burton thrills with “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET/PT), followed by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1:00 – 2:30 PM ET/PT), doubling your frights. Then “Casper” (2:30 – 4:30 PM ET/PT) the friendly ghost drops by. Spend some time with Gomez, Morticia, and the rest of the “The Addams Family” (4:30 – 6:30 PM ET/PT) and learn some “Addams Family Values” (6:30 – 8:30 PM ET/PT). Enroll with Mike and Sulley in the ABC Family premiere of “Disney∙Pixar’s Monsters University,(8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) and stay to watch Buzz, Woody and all your favorite toys work together to track down their missing friend in “Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!” (11:00 – 11:30 PM ET/PT). Cap off your day of thrills with the Sanderson sisters and practice some “Hocus Pocus” (11:30 PM – 1:30 AM ET/PT).

Night 7 – Sunday, October 25th:
Start the day with a ghostly visit with “ParaNorman” (7:00 – 9:00 AM ET/PT), then you’re invited to the creepiest wedding of the year with “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (9:00 – 11:00 AM ET/PT). Take a trip to Halloween Town to visit Jack Skellington in “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET/PT).  Spend some more time with “Casper” (12:30 – 2:30 PM ET/PT) and “The Addams Family” (2:30 – 4:30 PM ET/PT), followed by “Addams Family Values” (4:30 – 6:30 PM ET/PT).  Take a ride on “Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!” (6:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT) if you dare!  And then go back to school at “Disney∙Pixar’s Monsters University,” (7:00 – 9:45 PM ET/PT). Then spend another witchy late night practicing “Hocus Pocus” (9:45 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT).

Night 8 – Monday, October 26th:
Try to outrun the Headless Horseman terrorizing the town of “Sleepy Hollow” (5:30 – 8:00 PM ET/PT).  Then join Buzz and Woody on “Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!” (9:00 – 9:30 PM ET/PT), followed by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (9:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Stay up late to see the undead Sparky of “Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night 9 – Tuesday, October 27th:
Dr. Frankenstein and his dog are back in “Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie” (4:00 –6:00 PM ET/PT). Have another haunting holiday with “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (6:00 – 7:30 PM ET/PT).  Woody and Buzz are back with more scares in “Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!” (7:30 – 8:00 PM). Don’t drink these witches’ brew as the Sanderson sisters wreak havoc in “Hocus Pocus” (9:00– 11:00 PM ET/PT). Then keep the late night spooks going with “ParaNorman” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night 10 – Wednesday, October 28th:
Kick off the night with “ParaNorman” (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT), and continue on with the baddest witches in town in “Hocus Pocus” (6:00 – 8:15 PM ET/PT). Then Barnabas Collins returns from the dead in “Dark Shadows” (8:15 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).  And you won’t be afraid to stay up late to see “Casper” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night 11 – Thursday, October 29th:
The night kicks off with a bonus airing of “Casper” (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Then spend time some with Uncle Fester and Cousin It in “The Addams Family” (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and “Addams Family Values” (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Have a late night with “Hocus Pocus” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night 12 – Friday, October 30th:
It’s your last chance to see “The Addams Family” (2:30 – 4:30 PM ET/PT) and brush up on “Addams Family Values” (4:30 – 6:30 PM ET/PT).  Watch out for those witchy sisters in “Hocus Pocus” (6:30 – 8:30 PM ET/PT). They’re heeeeeeeeeeere! “Poltergeist” (8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) and “Poltergeist II: The Other Side” (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT) will keep you up with spine tingling scares.

Night 13 – Saturday, October 31st:
All Hallows Eve is upon us and promises to bring with it a day full of ghosts, witches, and Batman. The day kicks off with the Joker vs “Batman” (7:00 – 10:00 AM ET/PT), followed by a bat, a cat, and a penguin in “Batman Returns” (10:00 AM – 12:30 PM).  The otherworldly battles between the Freeling family and some truly wicked spirits in “Poltergeist” (12:30 – 3:00 PM ET/PT) is sure to keep your Halloween scary. Then lookout for the Headless Horseman in “Sleepy Hollow” (3:00 – 5:30 PM ET/PT).  You should always visit Halloween Town on Halloween in “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (5:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT).  Spend your evening with back-to-back airings of “Hocus Pocus” (7:00 – 9:15 PM ET/PT), with an encore airing immediately after (9:15 – 11:30 PM ET/PT). Then wrap up 13 Nights of chills with an encore of “Sleepy Hollow” (11:30 PM – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Happy Feet, Happy Family #etniesStyle

As a Los Angeles family on-the-go our footwear style would best be described as sporty, trendy and casual. It's good to know etnies and etnies Kids has the entire family covered... literally. (See what I did there.) Whether we are hitting up the local theme park, heading to the beach or attending a sporting event, we depend on our footwear to be comfortable and fashionable. We want our shoes built to last, and our children's shoes built to withstand serious play. etnies Kids help keep boys and girls looking fresh, just like the pros in true skate style with their high quality products.


Now that I'm working with etnies Kids, I was happy to learn about how the company is giving back to our planet. They aren't just nice to look at, these shoes have heart and sole soul. For every pair of etnies Kids’ shoes sold, a tree is planted with the Trees for The Future Foundation. etnies' reforestation program helps kids see that their happy feet means a happy forest. To date, etnies has planted well over a million trees. I just want to hug these shoes!
If you're like me, you don't have a lot of time between the carpool line, work, making dinner, homework and extracurricular activities to go to the mall. I've got two words for you - online shopping! For a limited time visit now through November 5, 2015 use the code SKATESHOES and save 20% on Amazon on your etnies. Music to any parent's ears. So they are saving the planet and putting money back in our pockets, I'm sold!


The fall collections are here and they are super cool. It's hard to choose which style I like best between the Scout, Marana and Jameson collections. My gang is loving their new etnies kicks. They have a great variety of shoes for everyone in your crew. Your children will like that they really look (and feel) like the pros when they wear them. etnies are ready for action and can go from zero to sixty instantly which is perfect because it's exactly the speed my kids are going 99% of the time. I'm pretty sure your children aren't much different.

This is how my family shows off their #etniesStyle.

The ultra skate style of etnies Men's Jameson 2 Eco Skate Shoe works great for my husband. When he's not at work he likes to dress casual and wants shoes that will match his laid back style. Nailed it.

Sleek black on black is the style for me. I need a shoe that is lightweight and all about comfort. The women's Scout active shoe fits like a dream. Seriously when I'm wearing mine, it feels like I have on slippers. Plus you can dress them up or down depending on what outfit you're wearing. Winning!

 I was happy to add a little sparkle to my college girl's life with the etnies Women's Jameson 2 shoe, so cute with the glitter. You can never have too much sparkle as far as I'm concerned and this adorable skate shoe proves it. The material looks like denim so it will match with almost anything she has in her closet. Total bae!

The LO-Cut SC Skateboard Shoe is just right for my youngest daughter who is constantly in motion. She can run, jump, ride her scooter and these shoes will support her no matter what. Another bonus this type of shoe makes mornings much easier because it ties itself, literally. So I can finish making her lunch while she slips them on herself. She was so excited about her new etnies, she didn't even mind me taking her photo, that is one magical shoe! Yassss!

It's your turn to get your hands on these sweet styles. You can enter this stylish giveaway for a chance to win $500 in etnies gear for your family. How rad would that be? Plus the holidays are right around the corner (don't remind me) and who couldn't use some free shoes and apparel. Good Luck!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. My family received shoes to help facilitate this review. 
All opinions shared on this blog are 100% mine and 100% fresh.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Curious George Comes to Discovery Cube Los Angeles

During our latest trip to Discovery Cube Los Angeles, we were very curious to explore one exhibit in particular. Curious George has made his way to LA and is now hanging around the Cube just waiting to visit with your family! But you've got to hurry - this exhibit is only around until January 3, 2016.

The latest exhibit to come to Discovery Cube LA is Curious George: Let's Get Curious!
There's so much to do, it's BANANAS! (See what I did there?)

My daughter and her friends (we love having play dates there) walked around from the apartment building, sidewalk produce brand, construction site, city park, space rocket, and the farm. There was dress up, a slide, chances to take photos with Curious George and even three holes of mini golf! Kaia's favorite part was designing her own building at the Construction Site! Stacking up the bricks and then loading them up on the conveyor belt was definitely a highlight for her. Maybe I have a future architect on my hands, huh?

I spent most of my time at the 'Museum inside the Museum.' On display is a fascinating arrangement of how the story of the monkey started including all about the author, the illustrator and the journey that George has taken. 

Did you know that Curious George was published in the United States in 1941. In the original story they were calling him "Fifi." That silly monkey soon became a worldwide success. Editions have appeared in many languages, with George given such names as Jorge, Zozo, Bingo, Nicke, Coco and Piete. I loved learning so much about one of my favorite childhood books.

Here's a closer look at the fun new exhibit that is great for kids of all ages!

For more info, be sure to check out my other posts all about Discovery Cube:
Ultimate Playdate at Discovery Cube LA and Hansen Dam
10 Awesome Exhibits Your Kids Will Love at Discovery Cube LA

Grand Opening Price of $10 per ticket extended until January 3, 2016.
(Children 2 and under free.)
Annual Memberships are available.
Tickets to 4D movies cost extra.

11800 Foothill Boulevard
Sylmar, CA 91342

Open Monday-Sunday from 10am to 5pm
(not open on Thanksgiving or Christmas)
Follow Discovery Cube LA on Social Media:

Twitter: @DiscoveryCubeLA
Instagram: DiscoveryCubeLA
Facebook: DiscoveryCubeLA

See you at the Cube!

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. As a member of  Discovery Cube Mom Ambassadors, my family and I get free admission to The Cube to review and attend events. The thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are 100% fresh and 100% mine.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

LEGO Scooby-Doo Stop Motion Videos and a Giveaway!

Have you seen the new Scooby-Doo sets from LEGO? They're cool man!
But you should see them in action... stop motion action, that is.
Two of the things that my youngest daughter can't get enough of right now are LEGO and YouTube. She can spend hours building LEGO sets and she can spend hours watching videos on YouTube. So hearing about these awesome Scooby-Doo stop motion videos created using the brand new LEGO Scooby-Doo sets was fun news! She has actually just started her own YouTube Channel, (Rainbow vs. Everything - go subscribe) about gaming, reviews, unboxings and theme parks. So naturally, I am hoping that watching these videos inspires her to make stop motion movies of her own. After she builds her LEGO sets, I will encourage her to take photos and videos of them in creative play. I love this idea as a way to really stretch her imagination. Can you tell I'm trying to groom her into the next Scorsese, one LEGO film at a time.

Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? Busy watching creepy fun videos on the WB Kids YouTube Channel, no doubt. New videos will be uploaded weekly – so be sure to visit and subscribe to the WB Kids YouTube channel.

But don't go watching the videos yet, make sure you enter to win this groovy contest first! You can win 1 of 4 $200 Gift Cards from Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us & Amazon! Now that's enough to make you say 

*Disclosure: I received compensation for my time in writing this post. Thank you for reading my blog! The opinions on this blog are 100% mine and 100% fresh*