Archives for March 2016

Chuck E. Cheese’s Little Big Night Out March 31

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Join Chuck E. Cheese’s on March 31 as they ramp up for National Volunteer Month (April) with a nationwide fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters!

They will be announcing their continued partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters with the first Little-Big Night Out and 15 percent of sales nationally will be donated to the organization. Additionally, throughout April customers can donate $1, $5 or any amount of their choice at the register to the nonprofit organization to help match “Littles” with “Big” mentors.

http://www.chuckecheese.com/deals-offers/help-support-big-brothers-big-sisters/

http://www.chuckecheese.com/birthday-events/fundraising

You can find your local Chuck E. Cheese’s store by selecting “locations” in the top right corner and typing in your zip code here: http://www.chuckecheese.com/. The Little Big Night Out event will be nationwide.

See you there!

Self Disclosure: I have received passes and free tickets to attend this event.

 

The event lasts from 3-9 p.m. at your local Chuck E. Cheese’s store.

 

Natural Easter Egg Dying is Fun and Simple! Tips from our friends at Whole Foods Market!

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It’s time to dye Easter Eggs!

How about a more natural way to dye them this year?

I love these ideas from Whole Foods Market!

Color Easter eggs with dyes made at home using fruits, vegetables and spices. Experiment with other colorful ingredients such as red cabbage, blackberries, coffee, tea and grape juice.

I made a trip to our local Whole Foods Market yesterday and I selected Beets, Blueberries and Blackberries. I can’t wait to try this out tomorrow!

Here’s their basic recipe! (As seen above in their video!)

  • 2 cups roughly chopped, raw beets (for pink/red)
  • OR
  • 2 cups blueberries, crushed (for blue/purple)
  • OR
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric (for yellow)
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • Hard-boiled eggs

You can also try other fruits and veggies!  Have fun and get creative!

Cut your choice of coloring ingredient (beets, blueberries or turmeric) into a small pot with 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, discarding any solids, and then stir in vinegar. Set aside to let cool until warm or room temperature.

To color eggs, submerge in dye, turning often for even coating, until desired color is reached. For more colors, dye eggs first in one color, then wipe dry and dye in a second color.

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to purchase products to try. No other compensation was received. Recipe/Photo and Video Credit: Whole Foods Market.

 

How to Build a healthier, eco-friendly Easter basket with Whole Foods Market! These items are must-haves for the Easter Basket!

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Can you believe that Easter is this Sunday?!  Are you ready? Maybe you still need last minute items?

Whole Foods Market has you covered!

They have a great variety of goodies from Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, 9.6 oz. ($9.99(ML)/$12.99(HI)) – A yummy organic fruit snack made without artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and made with real fruit juice to Surf Sweets Organic Spring Mix Jelly Beans, 2.75 oz. ($2.29(ML)/$2.79(HI)) – Drenched with fruit flavor, and made with organic sweeteners and organic fruit juice, Surf Sweets Jelly Beans are fun for everyone. There’s a spring mix of fruit flavors in every bag, including Tropical Punch, Lemonade, Watermelon, Mixed Berry, Tangerine and Pineapple. With 100% RDA of Vitamin C per serving, these jelly beans are perfect for Easter or anytime enjoyment!

I made a visit to our local Whole Foods Market in Redondo Beach this morning and picked up both products above! I can’t wait to include them in Easter Baskets this Easter!

WFM-Surf Sweets Jelly Beans     WFM- Annies Fruit Snacks

I also had to pick up one of the 365 Everyday Value Organic Chocolate Bars, 3 oz. ($2.49(ML)/$3.19(HI)) – This organic chocolate bar is made with responsibly sourced, fairly traded organic cacao. Full of flavor; perfect for every sweet tooth. They have a few different ones to choose from! I selected the Milk Chocolate for my son!

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And, I had to pick up one of my favorite candy items!

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Well, maybe I had to pick up a few of those! My son loves them too!

I also found these super cute Chocolate Bunny Ears!

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Don’t forget to check out the Blessing Basket from Alaffia ($13.99(ML)/$15.99(HI)) – These beautiful baskets are made by cooperative members in Africa, every basket sold helps create sustainable jobs and helps reduce poverty in the villages they serve.

There’s still time to shop before Easter at Whole Foods Market!

Happy Easter!

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Self Disclosure: I received a e card to facilitate  this special holiday post. 

Beauty Brands stores and www.beautybrands.com is having their Annual Hairspray Sale!

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Beauty Brands stores and www.beautybrands.com is having their Annual Hairspray Sale, which features select hairspray and dry shampoo for just $8.99! Consumers can save up to 70% on their favorite hair care from 75+ salon-professional products!  This promotion lasts until April 9th!

More info about Beauty Brands, the one-stop shopping, spa and salon destination for the modern American beauty: This is where she can find it all: big store choice and boutique intimacy, her favorite marquee brands alongside noteworthy indie labels, quick fix facials and long, luxurious head-to-toe pampering, a lipstick to suit her mood or a new hair cut and style that take off years, not just inches.  It is all delivered with passion by expert professional staff devoted to bringing out every individual customer’s natural beauty.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post.

SmartScope from Ravensburger is a great gift suggestion this Spring!

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Looking for a fun gift idea for older kids this Easter or Spring Break?

Use your smart phone or tablet to explore the amazing world of microscopics with Smartscope! Magnify your own finds, including water, sand, feathers, leaves, insects, and more, or study the objects on the included poster and follow along in the manual for fun facts about each. With a removable light source, sliding object tray and two levels of magnification, you’ll be able to scope out all kinds of objects in minute detail and email them to all your friends!

I received this one and this one is educational and fun! Science X SmartScope has 15 activities and is really easy to use! I like that there is no app required and you simply activate the camera on a smartphone or tablet. This will be so much fun to use this upcoming Spring! I like to go on nature hikes and collect different objects from nature. This one is a must-buy and recommended for ages 8+. Retails for $44.99.

Find out more here.

Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this Spring time post. No other compensation was received.

 

Tea Tasting Party April 3, 2016 Fun for the Whole Family!

April 3rd Tea Tasting at California Science Center - Retro Flyer

When:
April 3, 2016
6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where:
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Find out more at  www.theteabook.com/teaparty  or https://www.facebook.com/events/1682250478659279/

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3 Super Fisheye Camera Lens Kit 3 in 1 by Zeso would make a great gift!

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I have to admit that even though I have a camera, most of the time I take photos using my iPhone. So, I was quite interested in finding out about this product. The Zeso Lens Super Fisheye Camera Lens 3 in 1 Kit is an unique set of lens designed to work with most any internal cameras found in today’s mobile devices. I have to say that I really didn’t know what to expect! But, this set of lens works great! I am having a lot of fun using them to take photos! There are three lens included: the Fisheye, 15X Macro and Wide Angle. So far, my favorite is the 15X Macro but the Fisheye is fun too! I love that it comes with a waterproof case and this would make a great gift for teens and adults! It would make a great graduation gift!
(Hint!)

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted product in exchange for an unbiased review. This product exceeded my expectations.

Universal CityWalk Serves up Four-Star Cuisine with the Addition of Acclaimed Chef Ludo Lefebvre LudoBird Restaurant, Opening Saturday, March 26

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World renowned Chef Ludo Lefebvre brings his famous buttermilk Provençal Fried Chicken-inspired menu to Universal CityWalk™ with the debut of LudoBird™, serving up a vibrant and flavorful take on the American classic fried chicken sandwich, beginning Saturday, March 26, 2016.

“In my 20th year in Los Angeles, I’m excited to open LudoBird at Universal CityWalk,” said Chef Lefebvre.  “As the top entertainment destination in Los Angeles, CityWalk is the ideal match for my passion for this great city where I can create sensational food everyone can enjoy.”

CityWalk’s new establishment, LudoBird, which originated from Chef Lefebvre’s food truck concept called LudoTruck™, will invite Southern Californians, and guests visiting from around the globe, to dine alfresco on his tantalizing menu of fried chicken, signature sauces and side dishes.

“We are thrilled to welcome celebrated Chef Ludo Lefebvre to Universal CityWalk as we begin to phase in the next evolution of our dynamic CityWalk entertainment complex,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “LudoBird’s landing coincides with Universal Studios Hollywood’s much anticipated opening of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,’ and we look forward to entertaining guests with everything that’s exceptional, from attractions to food.”

Celebrating 20 years in Los Angeles in 2016, Chef Lefebvre has shaped many culinary trends on both a local and global level and has gained notoriety as a culinary leader in the Los Angeles dining scene.

Chef Ludo Lefebvre hails from Burgundy, France, where he trained with the great masters of French Cuisine before moving to Los Angeles in 1996.  From the City of Lights to the City of Angels, Chef Lefebvre has redefined fine dining at his acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant, Trois Mec, has given Angelenos a taste of a true Parisian Bistro at Petit Trois, and uniquely combined French and Mexican cuisine for the most exciting brunch spot in town at Trois Familia.

Chef Lefebvre was named “One of The World’s 50 Greatest Chefs” by Relais & Chateaux, a global fellowship of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants, and was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2001 and 2015.  In 2015, Chef Lefebvre was “knighted” by the French government, receiving the prestigious Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres award, which recognizes individuals for their contributions in furthering the arts in France and throughout the world, for his outstanding achievements in cultural diplomacy.

More information about Universal CityWalk is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates also can be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook page Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.

Universal CityWalk is Southern California’s dynamic entertainment, dining and shopping destination that reflects the area’s rich cultural diversity. The iconic open-air leisure and nightlife complex provides “Always Unexpected” entertainment options and has served as a prototype for similar destinations. Universal CityWalk includes the high-tech concert venue, “5 Towers,” L.A.’s best movie-going experience at the Universal Cinemas and unique venues such as Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, LudoBird, iFly indoor skydiving and mechanical bull-riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House.

Credit: Universal City Walk.