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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Noon Years Eve Party at Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Before the sun went down on New Year's Eve, Kaia and I went with some friends to Discovery Cube Los Angeles. We were curious and excited to celebrate our first 'Noon Year's Eve' at the Cube! We knew there would be a countdown, balloon drop, ginger ale toast and festivities for the kids. Since New Years is typically an adult holiday, I thought it would be fun to do something that my daughter would like. We had been to Discovery Cube recently for the Science of Gingerbread Event and had a sweet time making race cars at the Annual Gingerbread Derby!

When we arrived we were greeted with hats and horns at the front door. The kids were happy with the horns while us moms put on the hats. It was really crowded with everyone gathered on the first floor underneath the huge balloon drops. Check out my video for a play-by-play of the Noon Year's Eve Celebration:

There was a DJ and MC giving a speech and doing the countdown which was getting the crowd pumped! At 2pm we counted down from 10 to 1 as we all screamed "Happy New Year!"  The kids were all blowing their horns making as much noise as they possibly could then the balloons started floating down and that's when it really got crazy!

We all grabbed a glass of ginger ale and toasted to the 2016 in hopes of a happy and healthy new year that's filled with many trips to Discovery Cube! If you didn't get a chance to attend this year, you should definitely put it in the calendar for next year. Wait, am I already making plans for 2017... I CAN'T EVEN!!! Whenever you go make sure to check out my post, 10 Things To Do at Discovery Cube LA for some of our favorite exhibits.

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 sponsored 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. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

10 Awesome Books For Kids of All Ages

The Perfect Book Gift Guide for Kids

Still shopping for last minute gifts but you're all out of ideas? Check out this awesome gift guide for the young book lovers in your family! From toddlers to tween and even the teens these 10 books will get your child excited about reading. I don't know if it's just me, but I would love to read any of these books too. Here's to a wonderful new year filled with many hours of quiet time, and your kids snuggled up next to a good book.

The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel
by Melissa de la Cruz
Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost--a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world. Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon’s Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The eye is cursed, and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the Dragon’s Eye, these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

2016 Guinness World Records 
 By Guinness World Records
This year's Guinness World Records book is loaded with thousands of “officially amazing” facts and eye-popping photographs that will make young readers’ jaws drop. The world's best-selling annual book is back and bursting with thousands of amazing new records! New topics such as waterfalls, twins, ballooning, apps, manga, archaeology, drones, and pirates. 

Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition
 By Guinness World Records
Video game fanatics will be ecstatic when they discover the Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition features more than 20 pages on the global gaming sensation Minecraft! And of course this must-own reference on video games features all new records for revered gaming franchises like Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda and much more. Packed with record-breaking high scores, speed-runs, technical achievements and gaming luminaries, the new gamer’s edition is an essential book for any gaming fan!

Frozen: Reindeers are Better Than People
By Disney Book Group
Reindeers are better than people. And who would know that better than Kristoff? Kids will enjoy reading Kristoff’s ode to his friend Sven in this delightful board book featuring two plush reindeer antlers!

The Story of Diva and Flea 
By Mo Willems, Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery. For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France—but at no fixed address. When Flea flâneurs past Diva’s courtyard one day, their lives are forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars
By Claudia Gray, Illustrated by Phil Noto
This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends--Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell--who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them--and the galaxy--apart?
Star Wars: Lost Stars also includes all-new post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi content, as well as hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for all Star Wars fans.

Cloud Country
By Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Noah Klocek
Sitting there, among the clouds, looking down and day dreaming is... a little cloudlet. Gale would like nothing more than to make one real cloud shape. But instead, she creates something different. Wait until all of Cloud Country finds out!

Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
By Rick Riordan, Illustrated by John Rocco 
 Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy.

Star Darlings Sage and the Journey to the Wish World
By Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa
Welcome to Starling Academy. Twelve very special students have been selected from this year’s class to reclaim the wish energy that powers their beloved planet, Starland. The Star Darlings, as they are known, take classes where they learn how to grant the wishes made on birthday candles, shooting stars, dandelions, wishbones, and coins tossed into fountains, just to name a few. Their top-secret mission will take them to Wishworld (known in some places as Earth). There they will have to find the Wisher and figure out how to grant the wish before time runs out and they are stuck on Wishworld forever. Sage is the first Star Darling soaring off to Wishworld. Travel with her as she discovers how challenging life on a new planet can be and how she learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, and never assuming anything.

Black Widow: Forever Red
By Margaret Stohl
Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy… Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

Disclosure: I received copies of some the books listed above for review. No other compensation was received. The opinions on this blog are 100% fresh and 100% mine. Thanks for reading my blog! Reading is awesome and so are you!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Celebrate New Years Eve at Discovery Cube Los Angeles #GIVEAWAY

How is it even possible that we are at the end of 2015? I don't know about you, but this year has flown by. I am busy making plans for what to do on New Year's Eve with my family. We will be starting a new tradition for the first time this year by celebrating early at Discovery Cube Los Angeles. It can be hard for younger children to stay up late on New Year's so Discovery Cube will be hosting a party to ring in 2016 at a family-friendly time!

(Photo courtesy of Discovery Cube)

You are invited to the kid-friendly Noon Year's Eve Party at Discovery Cube! They have turned this end of the year bash typically for adults into the ultimate celebration just perfect for families and children. No staying up til Midnight required! Make sure to check out the Science of Gingerbread, and Curious George Exhibits while you're there and take a ride on the Helicopter Tour!

Celebrate the new year early at Discovery Cube Los Angeles with Noon Year's Eve Party! Set your clocks to 12pm NOT 12am and bring the kid's to either Discovery Cube (LA or OC) for a celebration they won't forget! 
Special activities include:
  • Horns to blow
  • Hats to Wear
  • Big Countdown and Balloon Drop (12pm and 2pm)
  • Ginger Ale Toast
  • Green Screen Photo Booth
  • Superhero Dance Party
*This year's party theme is Superhero, so make sure your kid's come dressed as their favorite superhero!*

December 30th and Dec 31st
(12pm and 2pm are when they do the countdown w/ balloon drop)

Discovery Cube Los Angeles
Discovery Cube Orange County
To ring in the new year with your family, and make memories that you will never forget!
Happy Noon Year!

Let's end this 2015 with a giveaway! It has been such a pleasure being a Discovery Cube Mom Ambassador this year! I hope you have enjoyed learning about fun and exciting things to do at the Cube as much as I have loved sharing! Enter this giveaway for your change to win an annual family membership ($99 value) to Discovery Cube! It'd be a great way to start off 2016 with free admission for a year to the Cube. GOOD LUCK!

The Cube Admission:
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.

Discovery Cube LA Address:
11800 Foothill Boulevard
Sylmar, CA 91342

Open Monday-Sunday from 10am to 5pm
(not open on 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 sponsored 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, December 17, 2015

Batman Unlimited and a $100 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway

When super heros come to mind, there is no doubt that our kids (and let’s face it, ourselves) can never get too much of Batman. Oh come on, like you haven't ever looked at yourself in the mirror and spoke the famous quote, "I'm Batman" before... It can't just be me!

Just in time for the long winter break, DC Kids has released the animated Batman Unlimited series where Batman and his crime fighting squad battle it out against the cyber robotic animals to keep Gotham City safe. The DC Kids YouTube channel makes it easy for our kids to watch their favorite DC characters, on-demand, and from any device. 

Check out this cool video of Batman Unlimited:

For even more fun, there is an extended online experience on the website where kids can play games, download free printable activities, read comic books, and more.

DC Kids is giving away $100 for Amazon (perfect for the holidays) which makes it a great time to check it all out. I would just love for one of you to win this giveaway! So check out the video and GOOD LUCK!

*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* 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

7 Logitech Gift Ideas for Parents, Kids and Gamers

Looking for tech gift ideas for everyone in the family?

There's less then two weeks until Christmas and if you're anything like me, you are probably still running around trying to find presents the for the people on your list. Logitech creates cool products for families, who knew?

Whether you're gifting for your spouse, one of your gaming tween/teens or someone who may be getting their first iPad this year. (like our youngest - Shhh!) Let me share with you some really great options sure to bring a smile to the face of your loved one.

Because everyone loves tech... Logitech!

1. Logi BLOK Protective Shell for iPad 
This is the first level of the Logitech BLOK Protective line, it's the Protective Shell that will hug your iPad like a glove and protect it like it's life depends on it. Specially made for the iPad Air 2 and all versions of the iPad Mini, so you won't have to worry as the iPad gets toted from home to car, from store to restaurant. This is the tank of iPad holders and it will cushion the blow made by drops, nicks, falls and dings. Because let's face it... life can be slippery!

2. Logi BLOK Protective Case for iPad
This is the perfect iPad case for your children. They actually call it the case that is meant to be dropped, even withstanding drops from 6 feet high! (I saw it with my own eyes.) There is nothing worse then buying an expensive electronic for your child only to have them drop it and shatter a screen or break the thing. The Logi BLOK Protective Case comes with an any-angle stand (and cover) perfect for hands-free viewing, horizontal or vertical. This is one tank of a case and it comes in vibrant color combos of teal/blue combo, red/violet or black.

3. Logi BLOK Protective Keyboard Case for iPad
The all-in-one iPad case that does everything you need it to do. When you want to type, it offers a wireless keyboard that can be used attached or detached, it also doubles as a screen cover. When you want hands-free viewing, you can pull out the any-angle stand. It can also be used as a protective shell when you are reading or browsing online. Go from reading to typing to watching a movie in a flash, perfect for the fast pace life of families. Logitech is proving that we can have functionality, style and full protection with the Logi BLOK Protective Keyboard Case for iPad.

4. Logi Circle - Home Connection Camera
This is a parents dream come true. Why does it seem like everything happens while we are gone at work? First words, first steps, first everything... This little adorably cute robot-looking camera is called Circle and it's the perfect gift for working parents, parents who travel a lot, and parents in the military. This would even make a great gift for a grandparent who doesn't get to see their grandchildren very often. Basically anyone who is away from home more then they want to be and misses the day-to-day things that go on in the house. Don't miss one more thing that happens with your kids, dogs or in your home or business! Download the app and get the portable, chargeable Circle for two-way talk and listen, live view, smart filtering, playback and daily summaries... All that and you can say goodnight to your kids too!

 If you have a gamer at home, like I do then they would love gamers tools that will up their gaming experience. Since my daughter is relatively new in the gaming world I am learning a lot. Like I didn't even know there were so many different accessories to use. This year she is all about the headphones! You will want to move into the Logitech G line of products. It's for the people who have a passion for gaming.

5. Artemis Spectrum - Gamer Headphones
Imagine surround sound gaming headphones that take your whole experience of playing into your own world. Good audio is crucial for gaming. With the G633 model, the surround sound gaming headset will work with Windows 7-8.1 PS4, or Xbox One. But the Artemis Spectrums aren't just for gaming... Listening to music is transforms into a concert hall space. Watching movies transforms into theater quality sound. This gift is for the true audiophile of the digital world. Plus they light up and change colors so with your customization can be turned into a personal expression of style. BAM!

6. Atlas Spectrum - Gaming Keyboard
It's like a light show under your fingers. Each key lights up individually and it is magic. With the G410 model you get this incredible RGB Tenkeyless Mechanical gaming keyboard. It's designed for portability and flexibility which is great for gamers on the go. It's ultra-light so my gamer can toss it in her backpack when she heads to a friend's house to play. The Atlas Spectrum is also a nice size for a desk, small enough to leave room for a lot of motion while using your mouse. Have I mentioned the lights? Yes, I did but it needs to be said again. These center-lit keys can be customized from a palette of millions of colors!

 7. Daedalus Apex - Gaming Mouse
This is what a performance edition gaming mouse should be. You can't have a killer gaming system set-up without an awesome mouse to go with it. That would be uncivilized. The G303 has a super streamlined design and my favorite part is it changes colors. Pretty! But this mouse was designed in collaboration with some of the best professional gamers in the world, with long term comfort and performance in mind. So no matter your level of skill the Daedalus Apex will only compliment your playing.

But these products aren't just for kids! Hardcore gamers, tweens, teens and adults would love any of these sweet tech gifts. Check out my friend Bernadette's husband of Bern Baby Bern Blog trying out the headphones, keyboard, and mouse. Logitech is loved by Dads too!

Which of these Logitech items are on your holiday wish list?

Disclosure: As a member of  the media, I was invited to an event hosted by Logitech and received a gift bag with products featured here. No monetary compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are 100% fresh and 100% mine.